With her voice filling Newtown Congregational Church and her fingers drifting across piano keys, special guest and YouTube sensation Jodi DiPiazza performed “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” Saturday, May 16. She and others came together for a benefit concert, “Celebrating Movie Music,” to raise funds for Families United in Newtown (FUN), which resident Linda Jones established in 2008 to offer recreational programs and respite for families with special needs children like her late son Tyler, who was a non-verbal child with autism. One year after her son’s death the program blossomed, with help from Newtown High School.
The Brookfield Theatre of the Arts production of "Godspell" rocks, literally. This performance of an updated version of the original, which was conceived and directed by John Michael Tebelar, with music and lyrics by Steven Schwartz, has been blessed with an incredibly energetic and talented cast which is being imaginatively directed by Mensah Robinson, making his directorial debut with this vibrant creation. The vocal aptitude of every cast member is not only excellent, but incredibly well suited to their individual roles. Each has dug deep to find their character and present them fully. Props go to the entire cast, all are standouts. The playground set provides space to romp, and with the colorful eclectic costumes, adds to the quality of childlike innocence.
The annual fundraising and volunteer thank you breakfast hosted by the Newtown Chapter of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut will take place Wednesday, June 17, at The Waterview, 215 Roosevelt Drive, just over the Newtown line in Monroe. Co-chairpersons Marg Studley and Marie Sturdevant are looking forward to the 26th year of the event to support the hospice organization devoted to the comfort and care of terminally ill patients and their families.
Nothing says “Summer” like a cold drink, a sandy beach, and a good book. Who better to give suggestions on books to read these hazy, lazy days than the people for whom books are a big part of life?
Book sorters for the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library and C.H. Booth librarians gave some thoughts to their favorite summer reads, and shared their recommendations.
In the book room on the lower level of the C.H. Booth Library, volunteers with the Friends sift through thousands of donated books. There will be plenty of books at the Annual Book Sale, July 11 to 15 — just as summer peaks — and there will certainly be several of their favorites, said volunteers on Monday, May 11.
Emoticons, Braille, and Morse code are among the various forms of language featured in the Boy Scouts of America’s newest merit badge, Signs, Signals, and Codes. Introduced in February by Boy Scouts of America, the badge is the 135th addition to the merit badge program. Whether Scouts are hiking a trail, signaling for help in an emergency, or texting their friends, some form of communication is involved. Newtown resident Catherine Summ, a Boy Scout Troop 270 committee member who has been involved with local troop for about a decade, recently shared some of her expertise in a specialized communications field to help create the latest merit badge introduced by the national organization.
Newtown Boy Scouts have been serving coffee and donuts to holiday travelers for about three decades. While coffee stops used to be set up for most major holidays, the program has dwindled down to Boy Scout Troop 370, who continue to offer free coffee and baked goods to travelers s over Memorial Day weekend. After 30 years of offering the travel break at the vacant lot on Church Hill Road opposite the Exit 10 East off ramp, the coffee break will be moving just slightly west this year.
The seeds I try to get into the ground earliest in the spring, are my peas. Even when the ground is too cold for other crops, a little digging around loosens the soil enough so that peas can be dropped into the holes, with visions of pea plants and the coming harvest dancing in my head. Usually, this takes place towards the end of March, but this year, my garden was still covered in about two feet of snow all that month. April was slow to warm up and melt away the ice from the raised beds, and a few other spring distractions meant that it was nearly May Day before my first ritual of spring took place.