Komen Connecticut and the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard held the first Ride for the Cure, on the Horse Guard’s Fairfield Hills grounds, on October 24. Riders dressed in pink and saddled up to raise funds and awareness for the local fight against breast cancer. Among the participants were members of the Wilton Riding Club.
More than 30 entries for the 2015 My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest arrived on the front lawn of Newtown Middle School by early afternoon Saturday, October 24. The public now has until Thursday, October 29, to decide, through $1 votes, which sculpture should be deemed this year's winner. The money generated during the voting period will be split among the three teams whose sculpture collects the largest number of votes.
This year’s Great Pumpkin Challenge campaign has already started collecting donations, and this week challenge creator Mackenzie Page announced the Life is Good company will match each dollar donated, up to $10,000, for the cause. The annual fundrasier has primarily raised funds for The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp since its inception in 2011. Life is Good Co-Founders Bert and John Jacobs, Mackenzie said, are also planning to be at her Main Street home on Friday, October 30. The Jacobs brothers will be joined by actress and Hole In The Wall Gang Camp board member Bridget Moynahan during pumpkin collection times that day to support the local challenge to raise money. The camp is a summer camp and center that serves children and families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses. The Great Pumpkin Challenge began four years ago, when Mackenzie was in eighth grade. She was inspired to support a family friend, Zoe McMorran, who was diagnosed with brain cancer.
Even before 2005, when 12-year-old Nick Faibish was mauled to death in San Francisco by a “pit bull,” these dogs were maligned, misunderstood, and made into media fodder. After this unfortunate death, Bill O’Reilly featured actress Linda Blair on his Fox News cable show The Factor in search of someone who wanted to stand up for the perilous pit bull. His argument at the time: stay as far away from these dangerous dogs as possible.
The Newtown Lions Club conducted its Sixth Annual Great Pumpkin Race October 17 behind Edmond Town Hall, featuring some fiercely competitive gourd racers and several other seasonal diversions, including pumpkin bowling, bobbing for apples, and the ever-popular hurling of pumpkins into the woods by Mark Michaud and Don Ramsey’s pumpkin trebuchet.
Newtown Congregational Church hosted its third Low County Shrimp Boil, a community benefit to support Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Miss., last weekend. The church established a relationship in 2005, when it sent financial support to the United Church of Christ mission following Hurricane Katrina. It has continued to send financial and physical support since, with groups of NCC members traveling at least once each year since October 2006 to rebuild homes in the city on the Gulf.
Newtown residents can anticipate an evening of fun entertainment, said Keith Zalinger, “Reader of Minds,” when he performs at C.H. Booth Library on Tuesday, October 27, at 7 pm. Mr Zalinger, of Branford, has been sharing his talent of mind reading and stage hypnosis with audiences since 2006, although he has been cognizant of his unusual skill since the 1980s, when he was in his teens. For this mind reader, it was merely a sense of becoming aware of certain feelings that drew him to ideas.