United States Navy Seaman and Newtown High School 2010 graduate Dustin Hanson arrived in the Philippines November 14.
The massive Typhoon Haiyan made landfall November 8, battering central Philippines and leaving in its wake a death toll that was more than 5,000 by November 22. Tens of thousands were left homeless following the typhoon.
“The Marines and Army are on land helping out with the disaster relief, and the ships are sending aircraft to help supply the people with food and water,” Mr Hanson said.
(This is the 14th installation in a series of stories that share with readers special events that continue to take place as Newtown heals following the events of 12/14. It is also a continuation of anecdotes from across the country, of people offering kind gestures on behalf of our town.)
Students in Newtown High School art teacher Carol Skolas’s Advanced Placement Portfolio class have artwork on display until Friday, December 20, in the meeting room at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.
The students involved were Becca Aimely, Hannah Bartlett, Emily Berube, Samantha Crawford, Jamie Duncan, Graham Johnson, Anna Pasacreta, Karleigh Rivard, Bella Saraceni, and Emma Sullivan.
Richard “Dick” and Gwen Bowers recently made a visit to Newtown, where they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The couple met in 1962, and were married the following year. They decided, said Dick, to return to the town where they met and lived during the first part of their marriage because “Newtown and the community of Sandy Hook are special places to us and we have many wonderful memories that started for us in 1962.”
One of the many interesting things about my Aunt Helen is that while she was a diabetic on a strict sugar-free diet, she was a fabulous baker. Her cookies, cakes, and quick breads were a staple in her kitchen, there for the pleasure of the many townspeople who paused in their day to sit at the table and chew the fat (and some goodies) with her. My Uncle Ferd did not fare so badly, either, with a plate of raisin cookies or cream puffs close at hand, always.
The “Plunge For Sandy Hook” event held at Lake Compounce in Bristol on December 8 raised more than $26,000, surpassing its original $10,000 goal, for the My Sandy Hook Family Fund.
At least two Newtown residents took the plunge into the cold water last weekend: Lauren Morehouse and Christina Wolf. The two women, who have been friends since attending second grade at Hawley Elementary School, were on a team of about 20 people, including family members of some of the victims at Sandy Hook School on 12/14.
As The Newtown Fund was preparing this week for Depot Day, the culmination of its annual Holiday Basket Program during which families in need are provided gifts and other items that will make their lives brighter, one Sandy Hook family was continuing a special tradition of its own.
Occupation: I am a freelance musician. I’m a trumpet player, arranger, composer, and educator. I play with various bands in the area, and I’ll be playing at the Iridium Theater on Broadway, December 15. I’ve done local shows for HealingNewtown and the Arts Festival. I worked in the automobile industry for many, many years, and only recently have committed to being a fulltime musician.
Amazing what a cat finds out, curled up beneath a chair. I’ve heard from a number of people that among Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda numerous talents, she bakes a delicious biscotti. I do hope she shares the recipe with us at The Bee (ahem. email@example.com) so all of Newtown can indulge this holiday season.
Flurries were predicted. But by the time Tuesday’s snowstorm ended, there were eight inches of snow. Although there were no major problems reported during the storm, numerous minor accidents occurred in the afternoon and evening. Tuesday’s snowstorm canceled school on Wednesday, and that meant the sledding season was open for youngsters.