A constant line for rides, smiling faces, and laughing screams could be seen and heard at the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue main station on Saturday, May 4, when Pat Summa from the Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam Monster Truck Series stopped by for four hours.
Mr Summa offered rides in a special truck made for such occasions, and Steve Zion of Toyota Wallingford offered up a specially designed Toyota Tundra, which travels the NASCAR circuit also for such occasions.
It happened in his hometown of Simsbury, and Steven Mitchell thinks it can happen in Newtown too: establishing the town as a bike friendly community. The status is a designation approved through the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) based in Washington.
“It’s the best thing Newtown can pursue right now,” he recalls saying to Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold recently. “As neighbors we want to help,” he said.
He has spoken with several people in town about his idea.
The scent of fresh-turned soil and dust on the breeze drifted across a “Beautiful, quiet field,” between Keating Farm Road and Mile Hill South Tuesday, May 7, said Harvey Pessin. He watched as Parks and Recreation machinery graded earth, preparing a new site for the community-oriented Victory Garden that he founded three years ago.
Denise Kaiser, Friends of the C.H. Booth Library volunteer, might be “flabbergasted” to find that she has been awarded the Friends of Connecticut Library (FOCL) Individual Achievement Award for 2013, but her nominators Jim Maher, the local Friends president, and C.H. Booth Library Director Janet Woycik, are not at all surprised.
Mr Maher and Ms Woycik collaborated on the nomination form submitted last month to the state Friends program, and were notified the week of April 22 that Ms Kaiser had been selected for the honor.
Two of Newtown’s own beautiful people, J. David Goldin and his wife Joyce, rubbed elbows with the beautiful people of Washington, D..C, Saturday, April 27, at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) Dinner, held at the Washington Hilton. The Goldins came to possess the tickets that normally are granted only to White House News Correspondents through the intercession of George Conlon, the White House Correspondent for the National Journal in Washington.
The Reverend Ed Bacon, Episcopalian priest and rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., and Rhinebeck, N.Y., Omega Institute co-founder Elizabeth Lesser will present “Finding Your Invincible Summer,” Thursday, May 9, at Newtown Middle School, beginning at 7 pm.
More than 1,700 vehicles — a record number — were driven into the landfill on Saturday, April 30, the final day when people could take advantage of something that, until recently, they always took for granted in Newtown — free dumping of junk such as tires, appliances, and bulky waste. The new fee system which took effect Monday, May 2, will not change the fact that residents holding permits still can dump household trash at no cost.
Occupation: I’m the director of communications at Newtown Youth Academy, as of March 1. I just came off a five-year hiatus, staying home with my kids. I didn’t realize how much I had missed contributing to something bigger than my personal life. There’s real satisfaction in working for a nonprofit organization, too.