Even before 2005, when 12-year-old Nick Faibish was mauled to death in San Francisco by a “pit bull,” these dogs were maligned, misunderstood, and made into media fodder. After this unfortunate death, Bill O’Reilly featured actress Linda Blair on his Fox News cable show The Factor in search of someone who wanted to stand up for the perilous pit bull. His argument at the time: stay as far away from these dangerous dogs as possible.
The Newtown Lions Club conducted its Sixth Annual Great Pumpkin Race October 17 behind Edmond Town Hall, featuring some fiercely competitive gourd racers and several other seasonal diversions, including pumpkin bowling, bobbing for apples, and the ever-popular hurling of pumpkins into the woods by Mark Michaud and Don Ramsey’s pumpkin trebuchet. Here, Aidan Lourenco, 7, is shown with his pumpkin, BB8 from Star Wars.
Doug Body, left, and Larry Whippie check on a vat of potatoes and Andouille sausage before serving it as part of Newtown Congregational Church’s Low County Shrimp Boil, the third annual community benefit to support Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Miss. The benefit was held October 17 in the church’s Great Room. The church established a relationship in 2005, when it sent financial support to the United Church of Christ mission following Hurricane Katrina.
Ben’s Bells has been sharing its ceramic windchimes locally since 2013, first from its Newtown studio on Church Hill Road, and now from its new home in the rear of 32 Stony Hill Road, Bethel. Join volunteers at the new Ben’s Bell Studio for a grand opening event, this Friday evening, from 5 to 7 pm. The new space offers room for larger parties, and an onsite kiln, and continues to welcome drop-ins during its studio hours.
Newtown residents can anticipate an evening of fun entertainment, said Keith Zalinger, “Reader of Minds,” when he performs at C.H. Booth Library on Tuesday, October 27, at 7 pm.
Mr Zalinger, of Branford, has been sharing his talent of mind reading and stage hypnosis with audiences since 2006, although he has been cognizant of his unusual skill since the 1980s, when he was in his teens. For this mind reader, it was merely a sense of becoming aware of certain feelings that drew him to ideas.
Jeffrey Giraffe has been a familiar sight to anyone passing along Obtuse Road for nearly 15 years. Rain or shine — but not snow — the nearly life-sized paper-maché giraffe has poked his head out of his stall at Pond Brook Farm, bringing smiles to passersby, and happily posing for photo ops.
In recent weeks, his girlfriend, Genevieve, has joined him. And it is Genevieve’s appearance that is a bit of a mystery, said Tom and Dot Dwyer, owners of Pond Brook Farm.
A vehicle travels south on Glen Road, just south of the intersection with Buttonball Drive, on October 18, during one of a handful of snow squalls that passed through the area Sunday afternoon. The snow — the first of the season — appeared a few times during the 2 o’clock hour, but melted as soon as it hit the ground. While Massachusetts also saw similar squalls, residents of central New York didn’t enjoy the weekend snow as much. The Associated Press reported that central parts of that state received up to 9 inches of snow over the weekend.