A young boy squeezed between adults looks out over the St Rose field on Tuesday, the opening night of the St Rose Parish Carnival. Elsewhere, pressed firmly into their seats, three friends felt the carnival ride begin to rise. A few seconds later they hung suspended over the field. Then, as the Rip Cord ride released, the girls fell straight back toward the ground, screaming and laughing as they stopped short of the platform. Rushing into the crowds on the church lawn in search of another thrill, Courtney Cohane, Ashley Marron, and Gianna Terracino all looked back at the ride they were on. All across the grounds were other spinning, swinging, noisy amusements with their lights and bells, and lines of carnivalgoers waiting to get on. The annual event runs each night through June 28.
The 2014 Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America, released Wednesday, June 25, is the first collaboration of its kind between members of Congress, gun safety advocates, and public health/academic communities on the nation’s gun violence epidemic. Written by Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), the report is, according to her website, “the first-ever Congressional analysis of the nation’s gun violence epidemic that offers a blueprint for ending the crisis.” The contributors to the report include Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA), chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force; Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Contributors also include The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, NAACP, National Urban League, Americans for Responsible Solutions, Center for American Progress, Duke University, University of Chicago Crime Lab, Harvard University School of Public Health and John Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.
During the first sobriety checkpoint of the year, which took place on the evening of Friday, June 20, and early morning of Saturday, June 21, town police charged three motorists with driving under the influence. Besides the DUI arrests, police issued two infractions for child safety seat violations, four warnings for seatbelt violations, and 14 warnings for various other motor vehicle violations, according to Lieutenant Christopher Vanghele. Police set up the checkpoint near the intersection of Wasserman Way and Trades Lane, near the main entrance to the Fairfield Hills core campus. Motorists driving in both directions on Wasserman Way were stopped and briefly interviewed to determine whether they were driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Police hold such checkpoints to make local roads safer for the motoring public.
A glass memorial to the victims of 12/14 will be unveiled at a public reception Sunday, June 29, from 1 to 4 pm, at Curtis Packaging, 44 Berkshire Road. Commissioned by local businessman Don Droppo, Sr, the 21-inch-high glass sculpture on a 26- by 30-inch base by artist Lucy Lyon is a library scene of stained glass books lining six shelves, which surround 20 tiny glass chairs.
Retired Newtown Assistant Principal Anthony Salvatore, Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski, and Sandy Hook School teacher Liesl Fressola traveled to Emporia, Kan., for the dedication ceremony, held on Thursday, June 12, of a Memorial to Fallen Educators.
The memorial was created by the National Teachers Hall of Fame, and will permanently recognize more than 100 United States educators who have lost their lives while fulfilling their educational duties, according to a release from the American Federation of Teachers.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Venezuelan man, charging him with making numerous telephone calls to Newtown residents on December 16, 2012, lodging threats against those residents two days after the Sandy Hook School incident in which Adam Lanza killed 26 people before killing himself. Wilfredo Anibal Cardenas Hoffman, 30, of El Hatillo, Venezuela, was charged on June 21 with transmitting threats to injure via interstate or foreign commerce. The criminal complaint alleges that Cardenas Hoffman made 96 telephone calls to the Newtown area on December 16, 2012. Those calls were either made from or routed through Venezuela, according to the complaint. Cardenas Hoffman was arrested on June 21 while he was at Miami International Airport en route to Mexico from Venezuela.
When Edward F. Wolf, Sr arrived at the St Rose Gathering Hall on June 13 for an installation ceremony of the new Knights of Columbus officers, he was surprised to also find himself the center of attention, as the recipient of the prestigious George Meany Award. The award is an AFL-CIO Executive Council honor recognizing union members “who have made a significant contribution to the youth of their communities by volunteering in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America. The award, introduced in 1974, is named for the first president of the AFL-CIO, a BSA supporter for many years. Mr Wolf is among 2,600 men and women who have received the award since its creation.
A Newtown man, who is a former National Football League player, pleaded not guilty on June 17 in Danbury Superior Court to two counts of illegal sale of narcotics. Those charges stem from a US Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into the man’s alleged sale of potent prescription painkillers at his home in April and May. In his arraignment in Courtroom 2 at the White Street courthouse, Gennaro L. DiNapoli, 39, of White Oak Farm Road, Newtown, pleaded not guilty to both charges and also elected to have a jury trial. Danbury attorney Gerald Hecht is representing Mr DiNapoli, who remains free on $150,000 bail. Mr DiNapoli is scheduled to return to court on July 1.
An accidental fire caused by spontaneous combustion damaged a stall in an elaborate vacant stable under construction at a horse farm known as RCG Farm At Taunton Hill located at 38 Taunton Hill Road early on the morning of June 17. There were no injuries. Damage is estimated at approximately $15,000. Deputy Fire Marshal Rich Frampton said June 18 that the fire started when spontaneous combustion caused a stored drop cloth to ignite within the stable. Painters had been using that drop cloth while staining some woodwork.
Ferris Acres Creamery, at 144 Sugar Street, is celebrating its tenth anniversary June 23. To thank its customers, the ice cream stand located on the dairy farm operated by the Ferris family is hosting a special events all day Monday. It is the family’s way, said Ferris Acres Manager Terri Ferris, of thanking friends and customers for what has “definitely been a good decade.” The Creamery’s hours are 11:30 am to 10 pm daily, and on Monday, the day will be filled with free refreshments, raffles and even a series of sundae eating contests. “We knew this was the tenth anniversary coming up, and wanted to do something special,” said Mrs Ferris. “The family has been planning this forever.”