Occupation: I’m a firefighter with the City of Stamford, and I have a little carpentry business on the side, doing smaller jobs.
Family: I’ve been married to Kirstin for 24 years, as of this month.
Pets: We have a gaggle of dogs. Three Labs and a Chihuahua mix. Our Labs are Aerial, Tucker, and Yukon, and the Chihuahua is Misty. We adopted Misty when my mom moved into Maplewood. She’s a feisty little thing.
I have my tail tucked between my legs, and that is not something a cat is apt to do. Last week’s column failed to mention a very important day celebrating some very important people: fathers. A humble and belated Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads who are, were, or will be!
Sunlight like spun glass reflected off the pond at Sticks and Stones Farm Retreat & Education Center Saturday, June 14. Enjoying the breeze, a spot of dappled shade, and the glistening water were Bridgeport residents Jessica Hunter, Carrie Picardi, and Mary Ross. They were among the many local and out-of-town guests at the farm’s fifth annual Open House and Mountain Laurel Festival. The 201 Huntingtown Road location is a quiet and serene escape for those interested in nature, trails, gardening, organic foods and crafts, and more.
Among the more than 120,000 books and other items that will be offered at the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Annual Book Sale next month are hundreds of special, collectible and rare books.
Each year, donated books that catch the eyes of the volunteer sorters are culled and passed on to book expert John Renjilian, a Friends’ volunteer. Mr Renjilian determines the value of the books, and every year, he said, there are quality rare and collectible volumes donated.
“I’ve been lying awake thinking about your beautiful ‘Stacks’ sculpture and how I always see a ‘school library’ when I look at it… but the unfathomable loss of 26 precious souls at the Sandy Hook School [is] never leaving my mind. As I’m sure you know, 20 children ages 6 or 7 perished (12 girls, 8 boys) along with 6 of their educators (all female). Lucy, where I’m going with this: would you consider a commission to create a glass sculpture paying tribute to the 26 tragic victims?”
Dental Associates, Inc of Newtown served up helpings of Rita’s “Ice Custard Delight” Italian ice to passersby Wednesday afternoon, June 18. Dr Elsa George and office manager Donna Brock said the idea came about as a way to treat people on Newtown’s last day of school.
“We called Rita’s and got a bunch of ice to give to the smiling faces as a treat for today,” said Dr George. “Rita’s ice seems to be the big thing theses days,” she said.
The Sandy Hook Sole Sisters & Friends — a cancer awareness and fundraising team — kicked off its walk training season during Newtown’s annual Strutt Your Mutt in late May. Team members met at the town’s new Park and Park dog park where the event took place this year.
From top left are Artistic Director Tory Gozzi, and dancers Katerina Ringes, Hannah Halloran, Natalina Schappach, Jenna Siroky, Arline Almeter, Monique Dubois, Riley Smith.From bottom, left, are Vianna Schappach, Natalia Nikitchyuk, Morgan Cebry, and Elizabeth Delp. The dancers, all from Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet, offered an abbreviated performance of Swan Lake last weekend at Masonicare of Newtown. The public is invited to either of two free performances the dance company will present at Reed School on June 20-21.