Book Sale organizers tell me that nine boxes were already serving as place holders at Reed Intermediate School, Tuesday morning, July 9. The annual Book Sale sponsored by Friends of the C.H. Booth Library begins on Saturday, July 13, and runs through Wednesday, July 17. (You can find details at www.boothbooksale.org.) I guess there are some book lovers out there who truly believe that the early bird gets the worm.
The Parks and Rec Commission has decided to continue keeping Dickinson Park open late on weekend nights, for teenagers to use as a hangout through Labor Day weekend, provided there continues to be no problems at the park on those nights. The decision came after Park and Rec Director Barbara Kasbarian informed commission members that there have been no problems during the first three weekends teens have used the park on weekend nights.
Mary Ann Cantor, seated, and Jodie Adolfson make Kindness Coins, in preparation of the grand opening of Ben’s Bells Newtown, on July 13. Guests on July 13 can choose to glaze the coins, which will eventually be distributed to area schools, or make or glaze original beads for Ben’s Bells.
Occupation: I’m the owner of Academy Design and Construction, and Kitchens By Academy, both in Newtown. I started Academy in 1989. It’s a high-end residential design and construction firm. Our Kitchens By Academy provides for a cross section of the market, based on the customer’s price point and aesthetics. I have an architectural degree and my designs have been featured in the Art Institute of Chicago, and I’ve won international design competitions.
I may be a bit behind the times, or felines, but I just learned this week that cat cafes are a popular Japanese hang out spot where caffeine aficionados can enjoy their favorite beverage in the presence of cats. I haven’t been able to find one in Connecticut, but if one was to open up in Newtown, you know who would be its first customer!
Life is ascendant under the summer sun, endlessly cycling in little eddies cast up in the wake of successively larger cycles of seasons, planets, stars, and galaxies. Each cycle has its own frequency, its own back and forth, hither and yon, its own signature in the guest book of eternity.
Two weeks after summer break began, Head O’ Meadow School classrooms were abuzz again, this time with excitement as Summer Music And Arts (SMART) Camp celebrated its opening day on July 1. This year is the 22nd summer the SMART Camp has offered continuing education programs for children exiting kindergarten through sixth grade. Monday was the first day of two two-week programs, comprising 21 different subjects, focusing on art, music, science, and other subjects.
Liz Carroll, the legendary Irish fiddler and composer, was having a very good week when I spoke with her. She had just got back from teaching at the O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp in Texas; her hometown hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks, had won the Stanley Cup; and she was looking forward to her upcoming concert in Newtown with her longtime friends and fellow Chicago residents, tenor banjo player Pauline Conneely and flutist and uilleann piper Sean Gavin.