The Irish melodies played by bands nationwide in St Patrick's Day parades are still swirling on the currents, but it is not too early to start thinking about a parade that is near and dear to the hearts of so many: The 52nd annual Newtown Labor Day Parade.
Newtown Labor Day Parade President Beth Caldwell and committee members Robin Buchanan, Andy Cluff, Dan Cruson, Ellie Whalen, Stacey Olszewski, Betsy Kenyon, Kym Stendahl, Kelly Stendahl, Steve Bigham, and Tom D’Agastino began meeting in January to plan the September 2 event.
Grace Family Church (formerly Grace Christian Fellowship) will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30, at Treadwell Park. Children up to age 12 are invited; groups have been traditionall divided by age for the egg hunts. Shown here are 10-to 12-year-olds racing toward the Easter eggs when it was their turn during the 2012 event. Saturday's event will run from 1 to 3 pm and will include a puppet show, games, and a visit from the Easter Bunny with a message about the true meaning of Easter, all leading to the big egg hunts.
Lynn Kovack of the Building Department is grateful and thrilled that certain items inadvertently removed from the Newtown Municipal Center in February have been returned. The charcoal drawings of victims of 12/14 and a special quilt are in the hands of the families who had requested them, so thank you to those who heeded Lynn’s plea.
Hannah Warshaw opened the March 25 Board of Fire Commissioners meeting by presenting a gift to the commissioners: more than 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, to be distributed among Newtown’s fire companies.
A still from the movie Curfew, winner of the 2013 Academy Awards for Best Live-Action Short Film and one of the films being featured in this year’s Brookfield Film Festival. The three-day festival is moving to a new location this year: Edmond Town Hall's Alexandria Room... in Newtown.
Stephen Sondheim, Liza Minnelli, Angela Lansbury, Christine Ebersole and other great stars of American music and musical theatre share the spotlight with the country’s most passionate music preservationist as Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook returns to PBS for its star-studded, three-part season on Friday, April 5, at 9 pm. The series, which debuted in October 2010, has taken viewers on a dynamic road trip through the glorious history of American song by the acclaimed musician and five-time Grammy-nominated vocalist.
The Farmers’ Almanac tells us the full moon that rose March 26 was 2013’s Full Worm Moon. It reached its peak at 5:27 am this morning. According to another trusted source, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we are reminded that the Native Americans, who lived in the area that is now the northern and eastern United States, kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full moons. Each full moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred.
Newtown’s Cyrenius H. Booth Library’s Books Heals Hearts program, which was created in the wake of 12/14 to help the community grieve and heal, has proven itself to be an effective and useful resource for a community dealing with tragedy.
The program privately funded through donations of materials and money provides books, CDs, coloring books, and audio tapes, which people can take free of charge from the library.