- Friday, September 12, 2014
The wine at the Newtown Forest Association’s September 6 Sunset Wine Tasting Fundraiser must have been excellent. Even a sky full of lightening the latter part of the evening could not drive off the many supporters in attendance. Instead, the small room sheltering the auction donations became a full house, as did the nearby gazebo. Party on, foresters!
- Friday, August 29, 2014
Longtime Newtown resident Pete Samoskevich was surprised on Saturday by his family and friends with a celebration of his 80th birthday. Pete, known best around town on the ball diamonds and working at Sunoco, continues to be a presence in town, entertaining anyone who will talk with him. Happy Birthday, Petey!
- Friday, July 25, 2014
Summer reading is not just for kids in this town. Adults are invited to take part in the C.H. Booth Library Adult Summer Reading program. Stop by the main circulation desk on the second floor and pick up some review forms. Read your books, and then put the forms into your chosen prize boxes on the table, near the front door. Librarians there tell me there will be a grand drawing, at the end of August, for some awesome prizes.
- Friday, July 11, 2014
If you’re reading this column, I know you are a supporter of the printed word. Need I remind you that one of New England’s largest book sales gets underway this Saturday, July 12, right here in town? Friends of the C.H. Booth Library presents the 39th Annual Book Sale at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane, beginning at 9 am. The real fun begins at 7 am, though, when numbered admission tickets go on sale at the door, for $5 each.
- Thursday, July 3, 2014
Photo bombs continue to be a very popular trend, and this week I spotted one of my own doing just that. When one of our Bee photographers was out collecting Bee’s Buck photos last week, she didn’t realize that while she was trying to sneakily take a photo for this week’s challenge photo, the photographer herself was also being watched.
- Friday, June 20, 2014
I have my tail tucked between my legs, and that is not something a cat is apt to do. Last week’s column failed to mention a very important day celebrating some very important people: fathers. A humble and belated Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads who are, were, or will be!
- Friday, June 13, 2014
Caraluzzi’s Market, at 5 Queen Street, is hosting The Animal Center’s cat and kitten food drive through June 21. The Animal Center is requesting Friskies and Purina brand wet and dry food, but all donations are greatly appreciated as it heads into its busiest time of year. Donation bins are located at the store entranceways.
- Friday, June 6, 2014
Has Newtown got enough fresh air, cool lake water, and sunshine to share? Add to that the generosity of welcoming a child from New York City to visit town and pet a horse for the first time, or stand at the top of a hiking trail and listen to the waterfall at Orchard Hill Nature Center. Maybe an inner-city child would love to feel sand underfoot, then the splash of fresh water while taking a swim at Eichler’s Cove.
- Friday, May 30, 2014
VFW Commander James Rebman commented on Monday at the Memorial Day ceremony that he recalled watching Memorial Day parades way back in 1968 “and the guys with the funny hats.” Well, now Jamie, a veteran, is one of those guys in the funny hats, he observed, and Memorial Day has taken on a whole new meaning to him.
- Friday, May 23, 2014
Stephen J. Sedensky III of Newtown was honored at Plymouth State University’s (N.H.) 2014 Commencement ceremony May 17. Mr Sedensky, a 1980 alumnus of Plymouth State, provided the charge to the graduates and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. As state’s attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury, he was the chief investigator of the tragedy in Newtown. His advice to the Class of 2014 was to have a plan and work hard at achieving it. “Being outwardly grateful reminds us that we cannot achieve our goals or success without other people.