Several children climb amid a network of nylon ropes stretched between metallic members in a geometric structure at the new playground at Dickinson Park on July 26. Although the playground was formally dedicated on Saturday, it was open to the public for only a few hours. Work crews have been completing safety surfacing and borders this week, with the hope to officially open the playground for good by early next week.
There was a time when the center of Newtown was mostly farmland and empty lots. Trees shaded grassy plots and tourist homes populated Church Hill Road. Grocery shopping meant a trip to Danbury or Southbury. Traffic passed leisurely up Queen Street, with no full-service banks or restaurants to lure drivers away from the route.
After a trial period of three weeks, EverWonder Children’s Museum Experience founder Kristin Chiriatti said that the museum at 31 Pecks Lane is ready to officially introduce its newest exhibit to the space.
All that remained of the historic Fredericka House on Friday, July 25, was a pile of concrete and bent pipes heaped next to a giant industrial screener in the Newtown United Methodist Church parking lot. Darin and David Renihan of Site Services in Danbury stood nearby, surveying the packed surface where the house had once stood.
After reading five books while participating in C.H. Booth Library’s Summer Reading Program, children can enter their name into a raffle box, from which they can win a number of prizes. While children win prizes, librarians are encouraged by the idea that young children are making a connection with books early in their lives through the annual program.
Occupation: I call myself a stay-at-home mom, first of all. On the side, I am a professional blogger for MaryJanesFarm, at http://sfgblog.maryjanesfarm.org. I’m the Suburban Farmgirl. I write about gardening, cooking, and being a mom. Sometime I even write about Newtown, because that’s where I’m from.
With a mixture of welcome back embraces and shy, hidden faces, a group of young men and women from New York City stepped off a coach bus as it arrived in Newtown Tuesday afternoon.
Holding a handmade sign that read: “Welcome back Joseph” was Newtown resident Katherine Kohrman, who waited for the young man who would enjoy a week at her house through the Fresh Air Fund, making summer vacations possible for inner city children. Wearing a big pair of sunglasses, Joseph shouted, “I can’t wait to get to the house.”