Neil Davis is on a 3,178-mile journey called “Not Broken, Just Damaged Walk Across America” to raise funds and awareness for the charities Combat Stress in the UK and The Wounded Warrior Project in the United States. On his fundraising page at justgiving.com, he wrote in part: “Quite simply, it’s now time for me to do something to help.” Mr Davis has served in both British and American forces." On August 1, Mr Davis began an ambitious journey: to walk, unsupported, across the United States, from Cape Cod, Mass., to Huntington Beach, Calif. He is aiming to cover 3,000 miles over a span of 108 days. But broadens his timeframe to 120-150 days, to account for unforseeable circumstances. On Day 12 of his journey he passed through Newtown.
Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) members do not use their full names. Because they are empowering children who have been abused, these same abusers or those that support them may decide to target BACA members. All road names are kid-friendly and many come from cartoons or children's stories. A new Connecticut-based chapter has started in Newtown, making it the second in the state. “Starting a chapter in Newtown will help us do a better job of reaching abused kids in Connecticut,” said Irish Baca, president of the Western Connecticut chapter. The mother chapter is in Brooklyn, Conn. This new chapter has been formed “to better manage the state as a whole.” With chapters in most states across the country, these bikers part of an international organization that also has chapters in Australia, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Germany, among other locations.
For four hours each week, shoppers can take in some outdoor shopping at the Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills. Now in its 13th season, the Newtown event continues to offer fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, flowers, organic lemonade and iced tea, plants, jewelry, essential oils, and more. The Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills, set up along the corner of DG Beers Boulevard and 1st Street, is presented Tuesdays from 2 to 6 pm. It will continue weekly until sometime in October, weather permitting.
Newtown High School alum Aaron Johnson rolled into the parking lot of his alma mater one recent sizzling summer afternoon, parked, and pulled out a microwave-sized case removing what looked like a big white plastic X. But after quickly affixing four small propellers to corresponding spindles and placing his smartphone into a cradle device with a hand grip, his plastic X whirred into life and took flight, capturing a bright, clear image of the Blue & Gold Stadium, its minute operator, and his accompanying Newtown Bee correspondent from about 200 feet straight up. After featuring some of his contributed aerial photography, The Bee wanted to know more about Mr Johnson, who it turns out is a Connecticut state librarian by profession, serving as a library media specialist and debate coach in the Greenwich public schools system.
This summer marked the 20th anniversary of Gathering of the Vibes music festival, and it fell on the weekend of what would have been Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia's 73rd birthday. But in many ways, the 2015 gathering at Bridgeport's Seaside Park July 30 through August 2, was more a coming together of various tribes of fans each making a pilgrimage to see one of more of their favorite bands, and landing in a mixing pot of artists that included Wilco, Weezer and a couple of super groups bumping up against sets from New Riders of the Purple Sage, The String Cheese Incident, Doyle Bramhall II, the perky, driving funk of Connecticut's own Kung-Fu and festival openers Primitive Souls. The weekend concert was also a reunion of sorts for members of the Allman Brothers with appearances by Warren Haynes, Jaimoe, Derek Trucks, and Gregg Allman himself.
David Lydem has stepped down as the unofficial Keeper of the Flagpole. The Main Street 100-foot tall flagpole is easily one of Newtown’s most recognizable landmarks. To most, the flagpole is white, its gold finial is shining, the flag flies without worry. It has appeared for years in photos, paintings, postcards, and in books; on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; and as the backdrop for countless television broadcasts done from the town center. And for more than 30 years, Mr Lydem has taken care of it.
The benches began showing up around town last month, inviting those passing by to pause, rest, and remember. By early this week, private contractors, Parks and Recreation employees, and town employees had installed ten of the benches in places as diverse as The Pleasance on Main Street, tucked in next to the rabbit cottage at the back of the property; or at Ferris Farms Creamery, offering an overview of the Creamery and fields across Sugar Street. Eventually, 26 benches honoring those killed 12/14 will populate private and town properties in Newtown, due in large part to the efforts of Mark Sigrist of Columbus, Ohio.
With just two days until opening night of Disney’s "Lion King Jr," NewArts Summer Musicals Director Michael Unger was zooming around the Newtown High School auditorium so busily, it was as though there were three of him. One moment he was up on stage advising his tech crew on how to precisely line up several massive moving panels that serve as important set pieces for his productions this year; the next, he’s at a work station set up in the center of the audience checking an email; and moments later, he’s in the rear of the house, welcoming back a cast member who just returned from the doctor, sporting a brand new arm cast. Disney’s "The Lion King Jr" opened last night, featuring a cast of 130 local actors. It will continue tonight at 7 pm; Saturday, August 8, at 2 and 7 pm; and Sunday, August 9, at noon and 5 pm.