Seated on mother Julie Barbeau’s lap, 3½ year old Ryan Costa is as wriggly as any toddler. He eagerly nibbles on cheese crackers, a smile stretching from one chubby cheek to the other. His mother knows, though, that beneath Ryan’s seemingly healthy appearance,cancer cells course through the little boy’s bloodstream. His daily life, and that of his parents, Ms Barbeau and Gary Costa, is a regimen of chemotherapy, quarterly spinal taps, and steroids. Pediatric cancer can change a family’s life overnight, said Ms Barbeau. Less than a year ago, Ryan was an active, on-the-go child. He enjoyed the days he spent at Little Explorers Childcare in Sandy Hook, and play dates with his friends. Other than a speech issue, for which he was receiving therapy through the Birth-to-Three State of Connecticut program, his parents had no real concerns about Ryan, the fifth child in the family. On July 10, 2014, however, when Ms Barbeau picked him up from Little Explorers, the teachers mentioned that Ryan’s speech therapist had noticed Ryan seemed unwell.
Catherine’s Butterfly Party, a free community event that Jenny and Matt Hubbard anticipate will be an annual event celebrating the memory of their daughter, Catherine Violet Hubbard, took place Saturday, June 6, on the grounds of NYA Sports & Fitness Center at Fairfield Hills. Held two days before what would have been Catherine's ninth birthday, the party was certainly one for animal lovers. A dozen animal rescue groups from the area were on site, along with dozens of vendors selling pet-related items and foods, raptor demonstrations by Horizon Wings, a tropical butterfly exhibit and educational butterfly information from Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, therapy dogs, an agility demonstration by The Exceptional Pet, and many hands-on nature-based activities for children. Midway through the four-hour party, the ASPCA presented a check for $50,000 to support the creation of The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary. Several exhibitors and vendors also noted that their profits that day would be donated to support CVHAS.
There is a stream that trickles through the culvert beneath the driveway, but any body of water large enough to float a boat is miles away from Allen and Cheryl Kellogg’s Ox Hill Road property. That has not stopped Mr Kellogg from periodically turning his garage into a boat builder’s workshop. A self-taught boatwright, he has crafted three more boats since his first Chaisson surf dory in 1996.
It can be said every year that, when Lathrop School of Dance (LSoD) presents its Stardust Revue at Edmond Town Hall, there is “the best show ever.” This year, with four performances presented June 6-7, was no different.
Judges were impressed with Carole Polcyn’s floral arrangement for “Joy! 50 Years of Celebrations,” saying she had a “fabulous selection of ‘backyard’ garden plants organized well to create a strong rhythm.” The judges also liked Barbara O’Connor’s design, in which she combined dried palm fronts, roses and calathea for an abstract floral design. Ms Polcyn and Ms O’Connor are among the members of Town & Country Garden Club of Newtown who entered a standard flower show the club is hosting at C.H. Booth Library only through 4 pm Saturday, June 13.
Hints of steam and seared steak drifted through the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co firehouse on Riverside Road both Friday and Saturday nights, June 5 and 6, at the 28th annual LobsterFest. A fundraising event for the fire company, the weekend found hundreds of residents enjoying what has become a Sandy Hook tradition, bringing volunteers, residents, town officials, and lobster lovers out for two nights of music, food, and refreshments.
True dyed-in-the-wool sports fans, even if they knew nothing about horses, were mesmerized last Saturday, watching the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel in Thoroughbred racing’s ultimate test — the Triple Crown. Awe-struck they watched as a well-muscled, three-year-old bay stallion with a misspelled name took a stab at sports history. Let’s admit it, we all live vicariously through our sports heroes, whether individual athletes, whole teams, or incredible horses like American Pharoah.