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.
Stray Kats Theatre Company and Third Eye Productions have joined forces to produce and perform John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt at Newtown Meeting House and quite simply: it is a stunner. The play, under the direction of Don Striano, in his debut effort, drives home a message of unattainable certainty in an atmosphere of doubt and the pervasive damage that can cause.
The idea that he might one day hike the entire Appalachian Trail, a trek of just under 2,200 miles when traversed from Georgia to Maine, first entered Alex Neufeld’s head the summer after his freshman year at Newtown High School. On a high adventure trip with Venture Crew 70 to Maine, he encountered a hiker at the top of Mount Katahdin who was finishing up the Appalachian Trail.
LittleBits are small Lego-like building blocks kicked up to a new level. The ½-inch to 1½-inch plastic pieces are pre-engineered electronic modules, each with a specific function, and snapping one to the other through the use of tiny, but powerful, magnets. Developed by interactive artist and engineer Ayeh Bdeir, the mission of littleBits, her company, is “To put the power of electronics in the hands of everyone.”