Cecelia Ann Ragusa and cousin Halle Rowan Pechenko are four months old now. The daughters of Jessica (Stiewing) and Thomas Ragusa of Newtown and of Brook (Stiewing) and Eric Pechenko of Brookfield see each other nearly every day, as they have since Cecelia’s May 29 birth and Halle’s May 30 birth.
The “twousins” — not quite twins, but more than just cousins — were born less than 26 hours apart at Danbury Hospital, much to the surprise of their parents.
Krista Adams’s crystal voice held a rapt audience Saturday, September 13 as she gave a musical performance during the annual Mozart, Merlot, and Mums fundraiser benefiting Kevin’s Community Center (KCC).
Hula hoops cast dizzying shadows across the Fairfield Hills lawn Sunday, September 14, where Tanner Chase of Velvet Orchid out of Bristol danced through her hoop routine. Surrounding her were a dozen children with their own hoops, aiming to keep them spinning. With Newtown Arts Festival going on around them, others celebrated under a baby blue sky with ribbons, rainbow splashes of paint, arts, crafts, demonstrations, sculpture, poetry reading, and more.
TRUMBULL — A beer and wine tasting event in Trumbull next month will benefit Where Angels Play Foundation, the group responsible for 26 playgrounds that have been built during the past 16 months with a dual purpose. They have primarily been built in communities that were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Each one has also honored the memory of a woman or child killed on 12/14.
The first playground was built in April 2013 in Sea Bright, N.J. It honored special education teacher Anne Marie Murphy.
The Comfort Quilt is one of 250 quilts received by the Town of Newtown, following 12/14. The plaque that accompanied its arrival in Newtown tells a special story.
Created in 2001 by the children of St Hilary Catholic School in Fairlawn, Ohio, the 35-block quilt was first presented to the students of St James Catholic Grammar School in Red Bank, N.J. after 9/11, as a tangible display of the thoughts and prayers sent their way.
Occupation: I retired in 2013 after 35 years of teaching; 28 years at Nathan Hale Middle School in Norwalk, and the remainder at Newtown Middle School. I started out as a math teacher. In the early 1980s, when desktop computers were coming into popularity, NHMS started buying PET computers. They were huge, and had only 8k of memory. We started a computer integration class, and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. The computers changed all the time and kept it interesting.
Sisters Barbara Dague and Mari O’Rourke received some good news this week. Their company, Dague Popcorn, with which you may be familiar — they sell it every week at the Farmer’s Market at Fairfield Hills — has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards in the Foods, Sweets & Baked Goods category.
The Band and its members — Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, and Levon Helm — are often referred to as one of the most influential American acts coming out of the late 1960s and early ‘70s.
But educator, musician and biographer Craig Harris will be the first one to remind folks that four of The Band’s five talented members hailed from Canada before they were enlisted to back folkie Bob Dylan as he made his historical transition from acoustic to electric in 1966.
The year before the Sandy Hook tragedy propelled Newtown into the hearts and minds of people across the globe, resident and finance industry expert Hayden Bates set out to bring a broader range of world-class artists in to play in the intimate Edmond Town Hall Theater, in part to raise funds to improve the classic Main Street venue.