Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, and whether your heart is pounding with new love, broken to pieces, or keeping a steady beat, you need to take care of it. Choosing heart healthy foods is one way to do so. It is pretty well agreed upon by nutritionists and doctors that variety is not only the spice of life, but the key to longevity, when it comes to food. Ask any nutritionist, or check out any online nutrition site for heart healthy foods and you will see a number of the same foods pop up, over and over. These are not the fads that promise to be the new Fountain of Youth, but rather foods that have proven their worth through years of research. They are also not usually too exotic, so adding them into your diet does not mean a field trip to some far-flung specialty shop.
As snow fell outdoors, a wood-burning stove warmed the rustic hardwood interior at McLaughlin Vineyards on Sunday, February 8. Spreading a different kind of warmth were the chocolate and wine pairings, as guests sipped and sampled various flavor combinations during the season's first Wine & Chocolate Pairing wine education class with Sommelier Lee Gentile.
The opening night of a run of original one act plays at Ridgefield Theater Barn on January 30 proved entertaining and thought provoking. Some of the most whimsical pieces brought home a valuable message. Others were just plain fun. While somewhat uneven, the audience thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of the plays. Many were very well written, effective and totally captivating.
Shane Vereen remembers hearing about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He wears a green and white wristband inscribed with Angels of Sandy Hook on his right wrist, a daily reminder of a cold morning Friday in December 2012 when Sandy Hook suddenly became known around world. Within days of the shootings, rubber wristbands designed by Sandy Hook resident Kris Schwartz began appearing in Newtown. As days and then weeks passed, the bracelets began showing up everywhere, even across the country. Last weekend when Vereen and the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX, one of those bracelets was spotted on the running back's wrist. A gift from someone shortly after 12/14, Vereen says he hasn't taken it off since he received it.
“Take a minute to watch something special," wrote Newtown Forest Association President Robert Eckenrode, referring to a video submitted to him by “two young aspiring artists.” Two residents and photo and videographers created a film depicting the natural beauty they experienced at the Holcombe Hill property owned by the Newtown Forest Association, and sent it to Mr Eckenrode.
The newest version of "Annie," released in December, opened this week at Edmond Town Hall Theatre. The film continues daily through Sunday, February 8. On Saturday and Sunday, February 7-8, all screenings of the family friendly musical are being offered free of charge. Ingersoll Auto of Danbury has announced it will sponsor all seven screenings planned for the two days. "Annie" (2014) features Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale and Cameron Diaz.
Greeting guests as they enter the Matthew Curtiss House museum on Main Street, junior docent Mairin Hayes appears at the door as an authentically dressed Colonial girl. She welcomes guests to her 1750s world perfectly preserved inside the circa 1750 saltbox home. Newtown's Historical Society opens its doors to the public throughout the year, and relies on docents to run tours, history camps, and open houses. Docents perform a critical role for the historical society, creating opportunities for the community to engage with living history.” Junior docents, according to Interim Head Docent Amy Fallas-Kerr, “are some of the society’s most enthusiastic volunteers. It’s incredibly rewarding to see them volunteer with the society throughout the years and witness the lasting impact that this program has for our local students. We hope to instill a lifelong love of history.”