- Friday, December 12, 2014
Newtown Parks & Recreation hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa event at Newtown Middle School on Saturday, December 6.
Craft tables were available, two therapy dogs attended, Mad Science of Stratford’s “Messy Mel” Salguero and “Mathematical Mike” Elwell performed during the event, and a line of children was constantly waiting to visit with Santa.
Many parents took photos of their children posing with Santa during the event.
- Friday, August 22, 2014
“Play on!” Parks & Recreation Camp Dagorhir instructor Andrew Mangold said on Thursday, August 14.
Around him at Dickinson Memorial Park, campers waited in “ships” wearing a range of costume pieces and holding foam handmade “swords” or other devices.
This is the sixth year the program has been offered, according to Mr Mangold, and it has been growing.
- Thursday, August 7, 2014
Although Friday, August 1, was the last day of the Paint, Draw & More!’s Drawing Mixed Media weeklong camp offered through Newtown Parks & Recreation, students would go home not only with a number of finished projects, but also with new insight on various artistic concepts.
“I want to make the camp fun, and I want them to learn something at the same time,” said instructor Chuck Fulkerson, who taught the Newtown Parks & Recreation camp for four weeks this summer.
- Thursday, July 17, 2014
Students in this year’s Summer Youth Employment Program began their work for the summer of 2014 on Monday, July 7.
A grant through the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board provides the program, according to Peg Ragaini, the school to career coordinator at Newtown High School. Students apply for a position in the program and are placed into a position to work 20 hours a week for six weeks throughout the summer.
- Monday, July 14, 2014
The second annual Summer Jam Concert Series, a weekly offering of free concerts for children and families that opened on June 24, “has been phenomenal” so far, according to volunteer coordinator Erin Masotta.
“The turnout this year has far exceeded last year’s and we hope to keep the attendance high for the next several weeks,” she said Monday, July 14.
- Tuesday, February 4, 2014
They are not ready to pack the house yet, but Newtown youth involved in the Parks & Recreation sponsored “Theatre On Your Feet” program since its inception in January 2013 are developing theater skills that segue into real life, said program instructor Theresa Talluto.
- Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Santa will be at Newtown Middle School on Saturday, December 7, from 9 to 11 am, for his annual breakfast sponsored by Newtown Parks & Recreation.
Children of all ages are invited to join the jolly elf for breakfast of bagels, doughnuts, milk, juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
Admission is free. Donations for the local food pantries will be collection.
- Thursday, August 1, 2013
With the summer halfway over, Newtown Parks & Recreation is pleased at the attendance at this summer’s camps and activities thus far.
According to RoseAnn Reggiano, assistant director of recreation, attendance for this year’s roundup of summer camps have been slightly down when compared to past summer camp participation, but overall, participants have been both plentiful and very happy.
“We’ve received a lot of positive feedback,” Ms Reggiano said, in regard to the summer programs.
- Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Master teaching artist Bob Bloom, who leads interactive programs with an array of drums and world percussion instruments, was the musical guest for the July 24 Summer Jam Concert at Dickinson Park. Shows are suitable for all ages, and Mr Bloom continued the new program’s custom of audience participation. The next concert in the series will be Wednesday, July 31, featuring Robert The Guitar Guy. The season finalé will be August 7, with Zak Morgan. Concerts begin at 12:30 at Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive, and are free of charge.
- Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Slopping through mud on hands and knees, hurdling piles of hay, and pulling themselves from rung to rung — monkey bar-style — on a ladder suspended from trees, approximately 120 athletes of various ages participated in Newtown’s first Mad Dash Adventure Race in June 2012.