This is the 11th 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: students in a magnet school sticking together, decorated hearts from a project based in Shelton, special snowflakes from New Jersey, a pair of sneakers worn by an NBA superstar that fetched a king’s ransom at auction, and a memorial quilt that helped more than those who were honored by the work’s creators.
Following days of rain and a swollen, rushing Pootatuck River — and even hopes by Friday, May 24, that The 13th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race would go onas planned — Newtown Lions Club members on May 25 made the difficult decision to change their plans for the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Rather than floating plastic ducks along the river and fishing the winners from a collection point downstream, Duck Race Chairman Bob Schmidt spun tickets in a raffle wheel mid-Saturday afternoon. In the end, however, the Lions finished the afternoon with the same result as always: 20 people were winners of goods and services donated by local businesses and organizations.
For those who are concerned about the welfare of the pets affected by last week’s tornado that laid low the town of Moore, Okla. and surrounding area, Reed Intermediate School student Aubrey Christensen is coming to the rescue.
Ricci’s Salon & Spa, at 99 South Main Street, held a special event on Sunday, May 19: The Sandy Hook Green Salon-a-Thon. All services that were provided to customers included a bottle of Sandy Hook Green, a new, limited edition nail color created and donated by O*P*I Products, Inc. All proceeds benefited Sandy Hook Promise, a charity formed after 12/14.
When it comes to quietly and efficiently assisting the community and his own political party, many who know him might compare local CPA Alan Clavette to The Energizer Bunny — he just keeps going and going. Mr Clavette’s legacy of service to both the community and the Newtown Democratic Town Committee will be recognized when he becomes the group’s third honoree at the 2013 Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey Dinner. The event will be Thursday, June 13, at The Villa Restaurant, 4 Riverside Road, beginning at 6 pm. According to organizer Rich Boritz, all are invited, regardless of party affiliation.
Five-time Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee James Taylor, accompanied by his wife Kim and a sweet-sounding ensemble, entertained hundreds of invited Newtown families, 12/14 survivors, and emergency responders during a private one-hour set May 26 at the Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel.
Downsized from his normal touring group, the combination of Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Owen Young, Larry Goldings on piano, Andrea Zonn on fiddle and vocals, along with vocalists Kate Markowitz and Arnold McCuller provided a perfect balance to the 13-song set...
Hundreds of Hearts of Hope — palm-sized ceramic hearts, hand painted with personalized messages — painted in Newtown in recent weeks were packaged up and transported to Boston on Tuesday, May 15, on the one-month anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Four Newtown residents joined Hearts of Hope Founder Judy Pederson to hand out the 1,200 hearts in Copley Square.
In 1959, Chicago born playwright Lorraine Hansberry broke new ground in New York with "A Raisin in the Sun," the first play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. Based in part on her family’s personal experience in trying to buy a house in a white neighborhood, the show ran for over two years, received prestigious awards, and has been revived, made into movies, and used as part of the curriculum in many schools. Playwright Bruce Norris was introduced to the film version in his seventh grade classroom, in an all white Texas school district specifically formed to avoid its students being bused to integrated Houston schools. It dawned on him that he and his classmates were essentially the people of Hansberry's work. Long Wharf Theatre is producing Norris's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Clybourne Park" for just a few more days, and would be worth a trip to New Haven.
A Sandy Hook resident who has seen his wristbands worn across the country, a Long Island runner who was inspired by those who died, a college student who did what she could to inspire others to make a promise, cheerleaders raising spirits and funds, and others who once lived in Newtown, or the area, or were so moved by the events of 12/14 that they were compelled to do something... these stories continue The Newtown Bee's Gestures of Kindness series.