Under the guidance of yoga instructor Brian Pontolilo, third from left, a group of yoga participants demonstrates the chair pose. The instructional session was one of many held at the Newtown Yoga Festival.
Occupation: I grew up in San Diego and graduated from Berkeley with a degree in social work, and attended school at the University of Texas and University of Louisiana. I did some secretarial work and I worked as a shipyard welder and as a riveter on the Liberty ships, when I was in California, during World War II. It was a job opportunity that paid better. I met my husband, Bob, in New York, when I was in graduate school at NYU. I worked in the tenement buildings there as a social worker. There was always a need for help of some kind.
Longtime Newtown resident Pete Samoskevich was surprised on Saturday by his family and friends with a celebration of his 80th birthday. Pete, known best around town on the ball diamonds and working at Sunoco, continues to be a presence in town, entertaining anyone who will talk with him. Happy Birthday, Petey!
If you think that dental hygiene is irrelevant, Dr Joshua Baum and staff are happy to remind you that “Brushing Your Teeth is Never Irr-Elephant.” And to make that point, Shelton landscaper Pete Stanisci and his team have crafted an 18-foot-tall elephant out front of the 23 Church Hill Road office for Dr Baum, from nine large bales of hay (each weighing nearly 1,000 pounds) and many reinforcing bars.
Elle Sauli has been crowned Miss Northern States Jr Teen 2014.
The 13-year-old from Newtown, who will begin her freshman year at Newtown High School this week, won the title during the New England Miss American Coed (MAC) Pageant. The event was held at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, N.H., August 15-17.
“I was stunned when then said my name,” Elle said this week. “I felt crazy, absolutely insane,” when her title was announced, she added.
“Pie is not about perfection,” Beth Howard told the Beloved Book Group Gals of Newtown, when she was visiting in March 2013. Ms Howard, from Iowa, is the author of Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie, and travels the country bringing the message of “piece” — and pie making — to people needing comfort. Whether dealing with life or dealing with a testy pie crust, Ms Howard suggests always moving forward with confidence.
It may have been warm when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge began gaining steam earlier this month, but the owners and employees of Newtown Veterinary Specialists (NVS) ended up taking the challenge on one of the summer’s cooler days. Nevertheless, nearly two dozen people stood on the side lawn of the Church Hill Road 24-hour veterinary emergency and specialty hospital Friday afternoon and poured buckets of ice water over themselves.