Four Newtown luminaries had a sweet assignment Monday, October 28. Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, Newtown Bee Publisher Scudder Smith, Newtown Police Department Lieutenant George Sinko, and Queen Street dentist Dr David Nowacki were easily talked into judging the intraoffice “pie smackdown” at Newtown Center Pediatrics.
A light rain misted over the area on Thursday, but after two years of severe storms, the weather was not going to stop determined trick-or-treaters from venturing out on Halloween this year. Halloween had been all but cancelled in 2011 after Winter Storm Alfred dropped heavy, wet snow across the region and created dangerous settings for the autumn holiday. Last year it was Superstorm Sandy that diminished the season’s spirits, causing town officials to ask residents to wait until November 4 to send trick-of-treaters out. By late afternoon this Halloween, however, Main Street was full of activity. Newtown Police had officers staged along the roadway, working to keep the rush hour traffic moving while also watching for the safety of pedestrians.
Monroe residents, who wished to remain anonymous, were assisted by Kim Weber, young adult librarian at C.H. Booth Library, as they set up a “Trick or Read” tent in front of the town library Thursday afternoon. The residents had collected over 3,000 books for Newtown children since 12/14, through the efforts of a Hartford teacher, and were anxious to distribute the books.
As volunteers put the final touches on a hay-hunt, other helpers at the Saturday, October 26, “Howl-o-ween” canine costume party readied additional stations. The family event was sponsored by Newtown Parks and Recreation, and benefited the Friends of Newtown Park and Back and was held on the Fairfield Hills Campus.Activities included a relay race, a haystack treasure hunt, a hot dog toss, and games of "tic-tac-paw."
As trick-or-treaters began making their way through Sandy Hook Village for a Halloween Walk, participating businesses were ready on Saturday, October 26.
This year marked the third Halloween Walk hosted by Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity, better known as SHOP. Local children were invited to attend with parent or other adult and in their best, scariest, funniest, and creative Halloween outfits. As trick-or-treaters stopped at various businesses, they received candy and treats...
Following a special one-night encore showing of The Conjuring on Thursday, October 24, an audience at Edmond Town Hall Theatre was treated to a question and answer session with Lorraine Warren and Tony Spera. The supernatural horror film directed by James Wan follows one of the biggest cases investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren, Monroe residents who spent decades working as paranormal investigators and authors. The movie received applause, but once the stage had been configured, following the screening, for Mrs Warren and Mr Spera to sit at a table for their question and answer session, the pair received a standing ovation.
On Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3, the Kent Historical Society will present its final campaign this year to increase awareness of former Kent resident and early 20th Century artist George Laurence Nelson.Kent Historical Society Executive Director Margaret Smith and Good Gallery owner Tim Good shared a little-known Nelson link to Newtown that may pique the interest of local residents, as much as his artwork, though.
Newtown Action Alliance (NAA), an action-based grassroots organization founded after 12/14 by Newtown residents that is dedicated to reversing gun violence in this nation, and its sister organization, The Newtown Foundation, focused on educational, healing, and cultural programs, invite the public to take part in three projects designed to move our community forward as the first anniversary of 12/14 draws near. NAA has arranged for postcards to be mailed to members of Congress that will encourage them to "Remember Newtown," for holiday cards with positive messages of hope and peace to be sent to friends and relatives, and is also organizing local participating in both a volunteer effort and vigil for gun violence in Washington, D.C. on December 12.