Two Newtown properties were accepted into the State Register of Historic Places, at the April 3 meeting of the Council of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. As part of a thematic nomination of 200 barns, in the third monthly installment of properties to be considered, the Blackman Farmstead at 12-16 Blackman Road, Newtown, and the Morris Farmstead on Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook, are among the newest to be included in the Trust project.
Wendy Leahy Mitchell, Newtown High Class of ‘87 and founder/director of The SHACK (The Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids), is hoping a combination of direct public support, grants, nominal fees for activities, and strategic fundraising will keep her cozy little refuge for those still feeling the effects of 12/14 available for the community. A fundraiser on April 28 will feature an auction of art created by local children as well as celebrities including Edie Falco and Regis Philbin.
Hang onto your picnic baskets. I think Yogi and friends are in town. Joe Paliotti spent about an hour watching this bear last week on Parmalee Hill Road, where his mother lives. His mom had crossed paths with the big guy — Joe, a hunter and outdoorsman estimates the bear was 350 to 400 pounds — when taking out the garbage after dark. Newtown Police investigated her call, but the bear was a no show by the time they arrived.
Occupation: I am the owner of WellBaskets.com, with the brick and mortar Wishing Well store in Sandy Hook. Wishing Well has been here for five years, and I’ve been in my Church Hill Road location for about 2½ years. I’ve owned WellBaskets.com for ten years.
Family: I’m married to Shannon Doherty. We’ve been married for 15 years. We have a daughter, Tegan, who is 14 years old, and our son, Eamon, is 10 years old.
UPDATE (Friday, April 19, 2013): Organizers have announced that student rush tickets will be available for tonight’s performance, beginning at 6:45 pm, at the box office. Cash or check only, with valid student ID.
NEW BRITAIN — Things happen for a reason and sometimes don’t happen for a reason, says Louise L. DeMars, executive director of New England Carousel Museum.
Last summer the museum staff put out a bulletin board asking visitors to name a stander horse from the museum’s collection created by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein. The horse, on display in the museum, is an inside row piece in primer paint with a roached mane.