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.
Occupation: Right now I’m on a six-month sabbatical from a great company, O2 Concepts in Newtown, where I was vice president of quality systems. I’ve worked hard my whole life, so now I’m taking a little break to do some other things.
Family: My husband, Lou, works for Cannondale in Bethel. Our son Paul is going to graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology in the spring. Son #2 is Stephen, and he will graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in January.
Calling Newtown’s lords, ladies, and house servants. The C.H. Booth Library has a “Downton Abbey Tea” set for Saturday, January 4, from 3 pm to 4 pm, to celebrate the January 5 return of the popular BBC Channel Downton Abbey program. People attending the tea party at the library are asked to come in costume. Register for the proper tea party at www.chboothlibrary.org, under the events calendar link.
The Christmas Tree on the Ram Pasture was vandalized last weekend, as somebody unplugged many of the strings of lights. Mike Siedman, president of the Chamber of Commerce, said the problem was discovered on the morning of Monday, December 19. Tom Pasternoster plugged most of the lights back in, but because of the height of his ladder, he couldn’t reach the wire which controls the star on top.
It all started earlier in the week with a Facebook post of praise by a 2013 graduate of Newtown High School. “You may all know Eunice as the owner of Bagel Delight here on Church Hill Rd in Newtown. Today, like many other days, she characterized what Newtown is really about. I told her about how I was heading back to Boston to take final exams and she could tell I was stressed out. After ordering the (excellent) egg and cheese bagel, she proceeded to hand me three enormous bags full of bagels to bring back to college.
(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.