One of the 17,000 people each year who volunteers with Appalachia Service Project, working toward a goal of providing “warmer, safer, and drier” homes for families in Central Appalachia (generally including counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina), is Katie Temple, a graduate of Newtown High School and a 2013 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Newtown High School junior Ashley Gong has been selected to be one of this year’s five National Student Poetry Ambassadors.
Ashley has known about her achievement since July, but had to keep it a secret until it was announced. That announcement came during a visit to Washington, D.C., September 17-20, during which First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a reading, which was the first event the five National Student Poetry Ambassadors took part in, kicking off their year as ambassadors.
Through its Community Impact Grants Program, The Home Depot Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Newtown VFW Post 308. The donation will be used to rebuild the front entrance and upgrade part of the existing handicapped entry to the building on Freedom Defenders Way.
Walter Dolan, the local post’s junior vice commander, is the project chairman.
In case you didn’t get in enough artisan crafts shopping during the Newtown Arts Festival, the Newtown based and women-owned Equestrian Hill Farm event planning is presenting the Autumn Harvest Event at Edmond Town Hall, Saturday, October 4, from 9 am to 4 pm. Nearly 21 area vendors have registered so far, so get your shopping bags ready to go.
RIDGEFIELD — Those who see images of Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding may mistakenly assume she attracted all the attention and fame she has been enjoying for nearly a decade, first and foremost, because of her tall, willowy supermodel looks.
SHERMAN — Stella Gordon vehemently believes that a house divided cannot stand. She ferociously protects her domain while her recalcitrant family dukes it out to get what they think they have coming to them. Thus is the premise of Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate, now being presented by The Sherman Players.
NEW MILFORD — TheatreWorks New Milford is currently offering the edgy, puppet populated and Tony Award winning musical Avenue Q, with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marks, book by Jeff Whitty, and based on the original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marks. These are adult-only puppets with a message for the child in all of us.
Occupation: I retired from Schlumberger last year, after 25 years, but still consult for them. I was a principal research scientist and program manager for them, specializing in using optical sensors for deep well oil exploration. I worked in their Ridgefield lab from 1988, and then moved with them to Boston in 2006, where the lab relocated. We had an apartment in Boston and our home Newtown for the last seven years, and I traveled between them. Before that, I worked in Ann Arbor, researching nonfossil fuel energy using laser-induced fusion.
Community and state leaders, volunteers, and numerous supporters of Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) joined NYFS Executive Director Candice Bohr and staff in celebrating the organization’s 30 years of commitment to the community, as well as honoring special NYFS award recipients, Tuesday, September 23, at a breakfast event held at Rock Ridge Country Club in Newtown.