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.
For those who are concerned about the welfare of the pets affected by last week’s tornado that laid low the town of Moore, Okla. and surrounding area, Reed Intermediate School student Aubrey Christensen is coming to the rescue.
Aubrey and her mother, Nicole, have set up collection boxes at Your Healthy Pet, 224 South Main Street, and at the Parks and Recreation office, Town Hall South, Main Street, for donations of pet food, cat litter, and leashes.
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.
When it comes to quietly and efficiently assisting the community and his own political party, many who know him might compare local CPA Alan Clavette to The Energizer Bunny — he just keeps going and going. Mr Clavette’s legacy of service to both the community and the Newtown Democratic Town Committee will be recognized when he becomes the group’s third honoree at the 2013 Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey dinner.
Five-time Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee James Taylor, accompanied by his wife Kim and a sweet-sounding ensemble, entertained hundreds of invited Newtown families, 12/14 survivors, and emergency responders during a private one-hour set May 26 at the Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel.
Standing within the lobby of The Fairmont Crown Plaza Hotel, on the left are Newtown residents Michael Hadgraft and his father, Jeff. Fifth from right is Hearts of Hope Founder Judy Pederson; second from right and on the right are mother and daughter Kathleen and Rachel Cole, also from Newtown. Volunteers from New York Life Insurance, which had subsidized the costs for the majority of hearts that were painted in Newtown, joined the group on May 15.
NEW HAVEN — In 1959, a young Chicago born playwright named Lorraine Hansberry broke new ground in New York with A Raisin in the Sun, the first play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. Based in part on her family’s personal experience in trying to buy a house in a white neighborhood, the show ran for over two years, received prestigious awards, and has been revived, made into movies, and used as part of the curriculum in many schools.
Sandy Hook resident Kris Schwartz, who created the Angels Of Sandy Hook / Hope Faith Love bracelets shortly after 12/14, received this photo of North Carolina Central University basketball players wearing the wristbands during one of their games.