I craned my neck as best I could, trying to see through the cloud cover during Monday’s Labor Day Parade, but I did not see a single vintage airplane or B-17 flying overhead. Parade Committee President Beth Caldwell cleared up the mystery for me, saying that last minute paperwork due to increased security could not be filed in time to schedule the planes this year, after all. Fortunately, there were plenty of wonderful distractions at ground level to alleviate any brief disappointment over the unexpected cancellation.
Occupation: I am the office and volunteer coordinator for Sandy Hook Promise.
Family: My husband of 26 years is Deryl. We have a son, Marty, who is 22 and at the University of North Texas, studying criminal justice. Our other son, Andy, is 19 and headed to Porter and Chester in Watertown, for auto repair.
Riverside Road resident Brian Haag gave up on vegetable gardening when “everything got eaten,” he said, and instead planted a sunflower patch two years ago.
“I never grew them before and they look pretty,” he said of a patch he planted again this year. “Everyone going by seems to enjoy them.” He planted them from seed during the first week of June, a slight delay since “we still had some cold nights in May.”
In lieu of gifts, Claire Fiordelisi asked for donations to the Sandy Hook Family Memorial fund for her tenth birthday on August 14.
The fund, started by residents Christine and Kevin Yacko and their son Thomas, is raising money for a memorial that will serve “as a quiet place to go or where we can share thoughts,” Mr Yacko said. The memorial would be separate from a memorial planned by the town to honor the victims of the 12/14 shootings in Sandy Hook.
What's a little rain -- when it stays up in the air, that is. Preparing for a predicted rainfall, paradegoers for the 52nd Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 2, set up not only chairs along the parade route, but a number of portable tents, as well. Raincoats and umbrellas were stashed nearby, just in case the rumble of marchers turned into the rumble of thunder.