The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission has revamped its newsletter, “Vibrant Arts for a Healthy Community.” You can subscribe to the twice monthly, free, arts newsletter at www.newtownartscommission.org/newsletter, where you will also find out how you can promote your art event in the newsletter. The newsletter serves the arts organizations in town, as well as individual artists, and Newtown youth artists.
Laura E. Lerman was elected chairman of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission this week. Mrs Lerman succeeds Jennifer Johnston Cebry, an early advocate of the creation of the commission and chairman since its inception ten years ago.
Mrs Lerman was appointed to the Commission in 2012 and is also president of Newtown Choral Society.
Mrs Cebry will take the vice-chairman position, replacing Jennifer Rogers, who joined the Commission as an auxiliary member in its early years before joining as a Commissioner.
The final Fairfield Hills Authority meeting of 2013 indicated changes to come for 2014.
The role of chairman has passed from James Bernardi to authority member Thomas Connors.
Noting his “last night as chair” at the December 18 meeting, Mr Bernardi said, “I’ve got to thank you all for being volunteers dedicated to making the campus better for our town. You do it because you are dedicated, you donate your time, and I am proud of the work you all do.”
The permanent memorial to the lives lost April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Colorado was created with the participation of the Columbine school community and the efforts of an original group of 100 people, according to Doug Ireland, division chief for the Littleton (Colo.) Fire Rescue. It was Chief Ireland who cautioned the Newtown community in January 2013 that a permanent memorial to 12/14 would be “a slow process,” noting that it was eight years before the Columbine memorial was completed.
Tim Walsh, perched on stilts and juggling while towering above the crowd Sunday, December 22, entertained children during HealingNewtown’s Holiday Party at Newtown Congregational Church hall. A Bethel resident, Mr Walsh joined Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club that day.
Renowned ice sculptor Bill Covitz, the owner of Ice Matters, will be bringing his frozen magic to the HealingNewtpown Holiday Party on Sunday, December 22. The event will be at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street, from 2 to 6 pm.
Get out your flags, slice the watermelon, and fire up the grill — the Fourth of July is just over the horizon. And as exciting as fireworks can be, the Connecticut Department of Safety reminds us that the only legal fireworks items in Connecticut are sparklers. Even the popular novelty items such as party poppers, snakes, smoke devices, and other things that emit a flame are not legal for private use in Connecticut. So have fun, and be safe, not sorry.
First Selectman Pat Llodra has announced that Newtown Cultural Arts Commission has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support HealingNewtown. Mrs Llodra made one of the first announcements about the grant on Friday, June 14, while a guest on CT Public Radio’s “The Colin McEnroe Show.”
On Tuesday, June 18, Mrs Llodra was joined by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty in formally announcing the award.