Occupation: I am the driver for Bus #24, for the Newtown schools. I get to go all over the place. I drive routes for the high school, Reed Intermediate School, and for Middle Gate School.
Family: I’ve been married to Jonathan for 20 years — quite an achievement when he keeps moving us. He’s an engineer with Enfield Technologies in Shelton. We’re both originally from England. We have a high school junior, Christopher, and our daughter, Pip, is a freshman at NHS.
Has Newtown got enough fresh air, cool lake water, and sunshine to share? Add to that the generosity of welcoming a child from New York City to visit town and pet a horse for the first time, or stand at the top of a hiking trail and listen to the waterfall at Orchard Hill Nature Center. Maybe an inner-city child would love to feel sand underfoot, then the splash of fresh water while taking a swim at Eichler’s Cove.
It is not quite summer, but it is the first of June and in Newtown that means Lathrop School of Dance (LSoD) is prepared to present its annual Stardust Revue. Without a hitch, four performances flew by last weekend, with students performing four shows on the stage at Edmond Town Hall. On Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1, dancers were tapping and gliding over the stage, smiling as they enjoyed performing for their family and friends.
As a fundraiser for the group to create a professionally recorded CD, the Newtown High School Gold Jazz Band is set to host “Time To Talk ‘Bout Jazz” on Saturday, June 7. The evening of jazz and Mexican food will run from 6 to 9 pm, in the cafetorium of Newtown High School.
Adult tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; children’s tickets, for ages 5 and under, are $5. To purchase tickets in advance, NHS Band Director Kurt Eckhardt said students can speak at school.
Rising high above wooded hills in the western section of town, the cleared expanse at the summit of Holcombe Hill affords a 360-degree view of the surrounding terrain, where ridge upon ridge recede to the horizon.
Holcombe Hill, which has the highest elevation in town at 830 feet above sea level, is in the Holcombe Hill Preserve, an 86-acre parcel protected from development by its owner, The Newtown Forest Association (NFA), a local land trust.
Promoter Hayden Bates has tapped Wilco alumni Pat Sansone and John Stirratt for the next Live at Edmond Town Hall concert, with opening support from singer-songwriter Amanda Bloom. The pair will be appearing in their own ensemble The Autumn Defense, which recently released its fifth project, appropriately titled Fifth.
“You put the lime in the coconut, you drink ‘em both together…” Oops. That 1971 Harry Nilsson song may have to be rewritten. Substituting lemons for limes is all the rage, and not just as a new foodie fashion.
As just one of two young people selected in January 2013 to serve on the 15-member Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award 2015 Intermediate Selection Committee, Newtown Middle School eighth grader Michael Arther read more than 30,000 pages in 120 books over the course of eight months — 40 of those books during last summer’s break from school. Seeking out the opportunity and committing to the challenge was not unusual for Michael, said his father, Fred.