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.
The “Plunge For Sandy Hook” event held at Lake Compounce in Bristol on December 8 raised more than $26,000, surpassing its original $10,000 goal, for the My Sandy Hook Family Fund.
At least two Newtown residents took the plunge into the cold water last weekend: Lauren Morehouse and Christina Wolf. The two women, who have been friends since attending second grade at Hawley Elementary School, were on a team of about 20 people, including family members of some of the victims at Sandy Hook School on 12/14.
As The Newtown Fund was preparing this week for Depot Day, the culmination of its annual Holiday Basket Program during which families in need are provided gifts and other items that will make their lives brighter, one Sandy Hook family was continuing a special tradition of its own.
Occupation: I am a freelance musician. I’m a trumpet player, arranger, composer, and educator. I play with various bands in the area, and I’ll be playing at the Iridium Theater on Broadway, December 15. I’ve done local shows for HealingNewtown and the Arts Festival. I worked in the automobile industry for many, many years, and only recently have committed to being a fulltime musician.