The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review by Dawn Drazl this past weekend calls Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking “one of the finest food memoirs of recent years.” If that’s not enough to send you scurrying to get a copy of the book, maybe knowing that it is penned by Newtown author and award-winning blogger Elissa Altman will do the trick. Elissa’s been crisscrossing the country promoting her new book this spring.
Four men with direct ties to Sandy Hook, including one current and two former residents, drove to Moore, Okla., within days of a fatal EF5 tornado. “We had an immense amount of love pour into our town in December, and it continues to show up,” said Peter Baressi, second from right. “We need to not feel helpless. We need to share it,” he said, explaining why he and three friends drove 36 hours to deliver two trailers filled with supplies for those affected by the May 20 twister.
When it comes to being a professional writer, Newtown resident Sophfronia Scott has seen it all. From writing articles for Time Magazine and People to publishing a novel and penning non-fiction books on how to get ahead in the world of business, Ms Scott knows what it takes to make it as an author. So much so, in fact, that after her novel All I Need to Get By was published in 2004, she started a business helping people write their own books.
Newtown’s VFW Post 308 and Auxiliaries are partnering with an Oklahoma VFW and its Auxiliaries to assist residents in Moore, Okla., and other towns affected by the recent devastating tornadoes there. The Oklahoma VFW has requested gift card donations to Walmart, Target, Home Depot, or Lowe’s. Gift cards will give people the opportunity to purchase items they need, specifically. Cash, or checks made out to Newtown VFW 308, with a memo line of “Oklahoma” will be accepted, and turned into gift cards.
Students from the Gibbs Magnet School in Little Rock, Ark., set up their store at a school board meeting. The students have been creating and selling duct tape trinkets, and donating the proceeds to the Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families in Danbury, for months.
(This is the 11th installation of a series of stories that share with readers special events that continue to take place as Newtown heals following the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School. It is also a continuation of anecdotes from across the country, of people offering kind gestures on behalf of our town.)
With the creative use of duct tape students at Gibbs Magnet School in Little Rock, Ark., have shown that when kids stick together they can make a substantial difference.
Ricci’s Salon & Spa, at 99 South Main Street, held a special event on Sunday, May 19: The Sandy Hook Green Salon-a-Thon. All services that were provided to customers included a bottle of Sandy Hook Green, a new, limited edition nail color created and donated by O*P*I Products, Inc. All proceeds benefited Sandy Hook Promise, a charity formed after 12/14. Among those participating at the event were, from left, Suzy DeYoung of Sandy Hook Promise, and also Jennifer Stoltz, and Dana Schicker.