For some, the passage of time in this town is brief. Others settle in, leaving an imprint of their lives over the course of many years. Julie and Pete Stern fall into the latter category, many who know them would say. Through community interaction and support, they have quietly interlaced their fingers with those of Newtown people and organizations for the nearly half century that they have called this town “home.” They have served on town commissions, joined civil and social groups, volunteered in schools and youth groups, shared their knowledge with young people, and actively supported the C.H. Booth Library. Following a loose philosophy of wanting to be “a contributor, not a taker,” they have given time and talents to improve their lives and those of their fellow residents, however they could. Letting go of the hand of Newtown will not be easy when they leave on June 2 for their new home in Haverford, Penn., they said.
More than three dozen members of the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library, library staff, and fellow book sale volunteers crowded into the Old Board Room of the C.H. Booth Library Monday morning, May 19, to wish well to Julie and Pete Stern. The Sterns, who have volunteered with the Friends for many years sorting books, serving on the board, and, in Mr Stern’s case, representing the Friends on the board of trustees of the C.H. Booth Library, are moving to Pennsylvania as of June 2. (See related story.)
“They’ve done a phenomenal amount of work here. They are amazing, both of them,” commented Friends’ President Jim Maher, prior to the celebration.
The 2014 Great Pootatuck Duck Race will take place on May 24, from 10 am until 2:30 pm, rain or shine. This year’s race features a new co-operative arrangement between Newtown Lions Club and Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP). Vendors and volunteer organizations will on Saturday display their wares and share information along sidewalks within Sandy Hook Center as well as within the park area at 3 Glen Road. For many, the big draw of The Great Pootatuck Duck Race is the dumping of thousands of yellow rubber ducks into the Pootatuck River. Ticket holders will be vying a share of a prize package that this year is worth over $4,900, according to the club.
"The Little Princess" and "The Wizard of Oz" — one starring a 10-year-old Shirley Temple and the other a Best Picture nominee that features some of film history’s most well-known songs — will launch a new film series at Edmond Town Hall this weekend. “1939: The Greatest Year In Film — A 75th Anniversary Celebration” will have its premiere on Sunday, May 25. "The Little Princess" will be screened that afternoon at 1 pm, and "The Wizard of Oz" will be offered at 4 and 7 pm. Tickets for all shows are $2, and costumes are encouraged.
As a music journalist, I couldn’t ask for a better two-night run, which recently included a band fronted by a dynamic young musician whose material was mostly unfamiliar, and a show featuring a very established artist where virtually every song was a chart topping hit. It was an added bonus that catching each of these acts knocked two more shows off my ever-shrinking concert bucket list. Wednesday is a tough night to catch a show, but I couldn’t resist making the drive on May 14 to Mohegan Sun Arena to catch The Killers, a band that has been on my “must see” roster for nearly a decade. And while it might have been a ho-hum weeknight, the band and its magnetic frontman, Brandon Flowers, put on a hell of a show. The next night found your reviewer in Boston’s cavernous and half-empty TD Garden for the opening night of Barry Gibbs’s “Mythology Tour.” It was a bittersweet appearance, considering it marking the first time the soft spoken and powerfully gifted Gibb has considered touring since the passing of his beloved brothers and former Bee Gees band mates Robin and Maurice.
AT&T representative Steve Godbout and AT&T Director of External Affairs Harry Carey joined State Representative Mitch Bolinsky at Newtown Senior Center on Monday, May 19, in a collaboration to demystify some of today’s newest gadgets. “Technology can be daunting,” said Mr Carey, prior to the start of the presentation. “We have found that in intimate settings and with their peers, such as this, people feel more comfortable. We can walk people through their questions on everything from apps, to tweeting, to Facebook and LinkedIn,” he said.