The Great Newtown Reunion Committee has opened up the process for individuals wishing to purchase a ticket to the all-day July 27 event. The event is open to all current and former students of Newtown public schools and St Rose, as well as faculty, administrative staff, maintenance, independent bus drivers and school system volunteers; and any past or present Board of Education members, town employees including emergency and fire department volunteers, according to reunion committee organizers.
A dress rehearsal for Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet’s annual spring performance took place at Reed Intermediate School on Thursday, June 20, before the curtains opened on the show that weekend. The Malenkee Ballet Repertoire Company danced to both contemporary and classical sounds from...
This year Musicals at Richter has departed from its usual format by having their first production be a two-week run of Some Enchanted Evening, a review of the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, some forty numbers chosen from their most popular showsincluding Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music, as well as some from shows you’ve probably never seen: State Fair, Allegro, Flower Drum Song, Me and Juliet, and Cinderella. The good thing about this format is that, with no story line to distract attention, it allows audiences to recognize just how amazingly talented this duo was, and to realize how many of Rodgers’ haunting melodies are engraved in our collective memory, while appreciating what a great lyricist Hammerstein really was.
Just past noon Wednesday, Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys stepped on stage as a crowd of families, summer day campers, and parents grew. The first concert of the new Summer Jam Concert Series was about to begin. By 12:30 pm Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold introduced Ms Trien, a friend of her from “years ago,” and two members of her band, from Boston. Joining Ms Trien onstage Wednesday were Jumping Monkeys guitarist and vocalist Julie Rama-Winslow and stand-up bass player Paul Kochanski. Concerts scheduled through August 7 will take place weekly on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm at Dickinson Park. The free outdoor concerts bring music to families and children (ages 10 and under).
Students in Newtown Middle School 8 Purple Cluster learned more than grammar and punctuation, mathematics and geography this past semester. They were among those whose teachers incorporated life lessons into their curriculum this past spring, including the idea of paying kindness forward. Guided by a suggestion from English teacher Danelle Egan, the students began by doing a few acts of kindness for a classroom in Detroit. They then surprised their teacher by taking up their own collection to send for the restoration of schools and classrooms in Moore, Okla. “They have impressed me this year with their sensitivity to others and their desire to give back,” Ms Egan said.
This is the 12th installation of a series of stories that share with readers special events that continue to take place as Newtown heals following the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School. It is also a continuation of anecdotes from across the country, of people offering kind gestures on behalf of our town.