Wendy Leahy Mitchell, Newtown High Class of ‘87 and founder/director of The SHACK (The Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids), is hoping a combination of direct public support, grants, nominal fees for activities, and strategic fundraising will keep her cozy little refuge for those still feeling the effects of 12/14 available for the community. A fundraiser on April 28 will feature an auction of art created by local children as well as celebrities including Edie Falco and Regis Philbin.
Hang onto your picnic baskets. I think Yogi and friends are in town. Joe Paliotti spent about an hour watching this bear last week on Parmalee Hill Road, where his mother lives. His mom had crossed paths with the big guy — Joe, a hunter and outdoorsman estimates the bear was 350 to 400 pounds — when taking out the garbage after dark. Newtown Police investigated her call, but the bear was a no show by the time they arrived.
Occupation: I am the owner of WellBaskets.com, with the brick and mortar Wishing Well store in Sandy Hook. Wishing Well has been here for five years, and I’ve been in my Church Hill Road location for about 2½ years. I’ve owned WellBaskets.com for ten years.
Family: I’m married to Shannon Doherty. We’ve been married for 15 years. We have a daughter, Tegan, who is 14 years old, and our son, Eamon, is 10 years old.
UPDATE (Friday, April 19, 2013): Organizers have announced that student rush tickets will be available for tonight’s performance, beginning at 6:45 pm, at the box office. Cash or check only, with valid student ID.
NEW BRITAIN — Things happen for a reason and sometimes don’t happen for a reason, says Louise L. DeMars, executive director of New England Carousel Museum.
Last summer the museum staff put out a bulletin board asking visitors to name a stander horse from the museum’s collection created by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein. The horse, on display in the museum, is an inside row piece in primer paint with a roached mane.
Therapy Dogs International Chapter 268 held its first meeting in Newtown on Tuesday, February 26, after receiving permission from Therapy Dogs International (TDI) to create a local chapter. TDI Chapter 268, currently with 41 members, is the only TDI chapter in Connecticut.
EverWonder Children’s Museum board members Chris and Kristin Chiriatti, Rebekah Harriman-Stites, and Karen Smiley welcomed a steady stream of curious parents and children, from Newtown and other area towns, to opening day of the “EverWonder Experience,” Saturday, April 6.