Among the 30,000 bicyclists breezing through the five boroughs of New York City in the annual Five Boro Bike Tour, Sunday, May 5, were six members of the Newtown Venture Crew 70 and one of their advisors, Peter Van Buskirk.
The 40-mile bike trip that starts just north of Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan and winds its way through Central Park, over the Queensboro Bridge and crosses the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to end on Staten Island, six to seven hours later, is a mostly flat and not too taxing ride for the average bicyclist.
Occupation: I do two things. I’m a team leader for Tastefully Simple. I offer quick, easy, and delicious specialty foods. The products require no more than two ingredients to be added to them to prepare them. I’m also an office manager for a garage organization in Bethel. We install high-end tech panels in garages.
Family: My husband is Mark. We have two children. Ali is 17 and Andy is 15.
A restaurant manager at Carminuccio’s Pizza in Newtown is counting down to May 31. Meagan Bombero is planning to give all of her tips from that day to her cousin’s Relay For Life team, called Bubba’s Buddies. The team is building up to participate in the Shelton Relay for Life, set for Saturday, June 1, at noon to Sunday, June 2, at noon at the Shelton River Walk. Meagan’s personal goal is to raise $1,500, or $100 for each of the years her cousin has been in remission from brain cancer. That is 15 good reasons to eat pizza on May 31!
Columbine High School shooting survivor Amber Wright will present a book talk on her children’s book, It Gets Better, on Thursday evening, May 23, in the C.H. Booth Library meeting room. The program will run from 6:30 to 8 pm.
Ms Wright, an elementary school teacher and mother, witnessed the shootings in the library of her high school on April 20, 1999, in which 13 of her classmates and teachers died. She was just 17 years old and a senior at the school at that time.
The 2013 East Coast ride of the Muddy Angels, a long distance cycling event that honors EMTs and paramedics who have become sick, injured or were killed while performing their duties, will arrive in Newtown for a special ceremony on May 22. The event will honor those who were involved in the events of 12/14. Riders are shown here during their approach to Times Square in a previous ride.
Nearly 18 months after he first began writing it, Newtown High School senior Alex Lampel had the pleasure of hearing his original orchestral symphony performed by a 100-piece orchestra at Western Connecticut State University’s Ives Concert Hall. Under the direction of Stephen Michael Smith, Alex’s work, Chromatic Metamorphosis, was brought to life on Sunday, May 5, as part of the orchestra’s final concert for the season.
When a production is billed as a comedy, it is not always clear what to expect. Frequently, audiences are treated to a farce, with lots of doors from which spouses emerge at inopportune times, or through which lovers and other problems are shoved, so as not to be caught on forbidden ground. Then there are screwball comedies, whose humor depends on bizarre situations, like Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn singing “I can’t give you anything but love, Baby,” to a leopard as they try to retrieve a missing dinosaur bone.
Odyssey of the Mind team mom Heather Almeter with her daughter, Arline, at Newtown Middle School earlier this afternoon. Mrs Almeter’s son, Aidan, is a member of a team that will be heading to Odyssey of the Mind world finals later this month.
“Reimagined Fairy Tales,” with Barbara McClintock and Jerry Pinkney, will open the panel discussions by children's authors and illustrators on Saturday, May 18, at Newtown Middle School. All Newtown residents are invited to attend any portion, or the full day, of free events.