Sisters Caroline and Katherine Brickley of New Canaan dressed as Snow White, left, and Cinderella as they sat with young resident Annika Fogal during the Miles of Smiles children’s festival brought to town by Ron VillaReale of Easton, Mass., and a host of volunteers from neighboring states.
The HealingNewtown Art Space was filled with people, looking at art on display, talking between themselves, and participating in activities before Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, and Newtown Cultural Arts Commission Chair Jennifer Johnston spoke at the space’s grand opening on Thursday, February 14.
As of Monday, February 11, Richard Gray said his project to honor those who died in Sandy Hook on 12/14 was going full throttle. The only problem is, the nearly seven-ton granite memorial that is taking shape under the hands of craftspeople in Downeast Maine currently has not been guaranteed a site in Newtown.
Town officials in Newtown have not spoken directly with Mr Gray, a recent resident of Merritt Island, Fla., and former longtime resident of Gouldsboro, Maine, according to Sue Marcinek, executive assistant to First Selectman Pat Llodra.
Willow Bill arrived in Newtown from Nevada at the end of January. He returned last week after visiting his best friend and father, hoping to help the group placing Hearts of Hope on Wednesday, February 13, around town (the group had finished their work before he was able to catch up with them, unfortunately). While here, Bill delivered countless hearts fashioned from willows he found while walking, including a few to The Bee. On Friday, February 15, Bill said farewell to Newtown for at least a few months. He is heading home again, but promised to return in the autumn.
(This is the fifth installation of a series of stories that share with Newtown Bee readers special events that continue to take place as Newtown heals following the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School. It is also a continuation of anecdotes from across the country, of people offering kind gestures on behalf of our town.)
Martin Luther King, Jr, Day was overcast, cold, and punctuated with sleeting rain.
Among those who hung the colorful hearts for residents to find on Valentine's Day were Judy Pederson, the founder of Interregnum — the agency that established the community support initiative — pictured at Edmond Town Hall with Sue and Ryan Macheska of Montville, N. J.
Within a few days of 12/14, green signs with white writing declaring We Are Sandy Hook / We Choose Love began appearing around Newtown. The signs measure 11 by 17 inches and have been printed on a heavy card stock.
Seven weeks after a large American flag was put on the arm of a bucket truck and raised at the northwest corner of Church Hill and Edmond Roads, the corner remains occupied by that oversize sign of patriotism and a large white party-style tent. The property has turned into the destination for those seeking to visit the one temporary memorial still within Newtown honoring the victims of 12/14.