For several days before the somber anniversary of 12/14, First Selectman Pat Llodra led a panel of community leaders through a half-dozen press conferences that were attended by state, regional, and national media.
Donna Kern Ball cleared the shelves at two local supermarkets of Hostess products when it was time to start collecting baked goods for her third entry in the annual Festival of Lighthouses Contest at The Maritime Aquarium. Hundreds of Twinkies, Ho Hos, and Hostess cupcakes went into the creation of this year’s entry, which remains on view at the South Norwalk venue until January 20.
Those with a taste for the outdoors can step across the Pootatuck River at an old bridge meant years ago for foot traffic between Glen Road and Dayton Street. The bridge is just a few steps away from the entrance to Rocky Glen State Park. The location is one of many that offers the opportunity to walk through a scenic part of Newtown’s history.
Almost 200 cyclists gathered on Saturday, December 21, for Newtown Cyclocross at Fairfield Hills. The cyclists tested their athletic skills on a challenging hilly 1.75-mile cross-country course that included pavement, snow, mud, turf, and sets of barriers, requiring riders to occasionally run and carry their bikes across unridable terrain.
Occupation: I’m a teacher, but right now I’m taking time off to be with my kids. Most recently, I was teaching fifth grade at St Rose School. I’ve taught just about every elementary grade over the years, at various schools.
Letters from Sandy Hook — Newtown to the World, compiled and edited by Sandy Hook resident Suzanne Davenport, has been released. The book is available at The Newtown Bee office, C.H. Booth Library, and Everything Newtown. The cost of the book is $30 and when purchased at any of the abovementioned locations, all of the proceeds will be donated directly to the Newtown Memorial Fund. The book is available on Amazon, but the foundation gets only three percent of the proceeds in that case.
The town will formally take on ownership of the former Newtown Congregational Church on December 30. The transfer of the property to the town and a simultaneous signing of a lease by the Heritage Preservation Trust of Newtown, Inc is the culmination of nearly four years work to preserve the 180-year-old building.
Nearly three dozen children accepted the invitation to the Royal Party hosted by The Resiliency Center of Newtown on Monday, December 23, singing along with music therapist Jennifer Sokira, making crowns, wands, and shields with art therapists Nicole Porter-Willcox and Lisa Donohue-Olivieri, and dining on pizza provided by Franco’s Pizza & Pasta of Newtown.
Tim Walsh, perched on stilts and juggling while towering above the crowd Sunday, December 22, entertained children during HealingNewtown’s Holiday Party at Newtown Congregational Church hall. A Bethel resident, Mr Walsh joined Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club that day.
(This is the 15th and final installation of a series of stories that have shared special events that have taken place as Newtown began healing following 12/14. The series has also offered anecdotes from across the country, of people offering kind gestures on behalf of our town.)