My back arched and my tail stood up straight last week when I heard about two acts of vandalism at Sandy Ground playgrounds, built in the tri-state area to honor each woman and child killed on 12/14. In another show of love winning over evil, however, both senseless acts have been turned on their head. Nelba Marquez-Greene has said that she would like to have a message board installed at the playground in Hartford honoring her daughter, Ana Marquez-Greene.
UPDATE (Saturday, May 18, 2014): The 7 pm screening of Ninotchka that was originally scheduled to be offered on May 25 has been postponed. Organizers will screen that at a later date, TBA. In its place, a second screening of The Wizard of Oz will be offered at 7 pm on Sunday, May 25.
Jessica Rekos had a love for horses. On May 4, less than a week before what would have been her eighth birthday, the community celebrated the way she might have wanted to herself. The Pony Rides For Jessica Team and King’s Bridge Farm joined forces and held the second annual fundraiser, Pony Rides For A Purpose, in honor of Jessica, a riding student at King’s Bridge who was killed on 12/14.
Co-authors of The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last Meryl and Stewart Ain, local clergy members, and representatives of Ben’s Lighthouse and The Caroline Previdi Foundation spoke during a Healing, Transformative Gathering hosted by Congregation Adath Israel on Sunday, May 4.
Several local clergy members offered prayers and words of healing during the event, and both Dr Ain and Mr Ain spoke about their work in creating The Living Memories Project.
May is National Bike Month, and for those with pedal power, Bike Walk Connecticut has proclaimed the week of May 12–16 as Bike To Work Week. The less ambitious might want to partake of Bike To Work Day, scheduled for Friday, May 16. Numerous towns around the state have organized celebrations of bicycling as a means of transportation, with specific dates and times found at www.bikewalkct.org.
Samantha “Sammy” Kuruc, 9, is “an amazing little girl who has been through a lot,” said her mother Jill Kuruc.
Sammy was among the Sandy Hook School students who fled the building on 12/14.
“My daughter described vividly” things that she saw and heard and will never forget, Ms Kuruc said. “There isn’t a kid I know that isn’t different…the things they don’t feel comfortable doing, the things they’re afraid of…”
Occupation: I’m a financial advisor. I work for People’s Securities, which is a division of People’s United Bank. I work with individuals mostly, to help them get to a comfortable place with their investments. It’s a lot of fun and it’s challenging, but very rewarding. My office is in Fairfield.
It is not too late to go to www.ragnarrelay.com/race/capecod and pick out a team to support for this year’s RagnarRelay, a 24-hour relay run from Hull, Mass., to Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod. There are several teams running this year to support Sandy Hook and Newtown foundations, and all welcome your donations (and moral support). The race is from May 9 to May 10, so don’t delay.