Two Newtown properties were accepted into the State Register of Historic Places, at the April 3 meeting of the Council of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. As part of a thematic nomination of 200 barns, in the third monthly installment of properties to be considered, the Blackman Farmstead at 12-16 Blackman Road, Newtown, and the Morris Farmstead on Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook, are among the newest to be included in the Trust project.
Sandy Hook businesses are not the only enterprises continuing to feel traffic-dampening effects of the still painfully proximate incidents of 12/14. Wendy Leahy Mitchell, the founder of a cozy, not-for-profit arts center tucked into the cluster of buildings at 100 Church Hill Road is looking tentatively toward a summer full of arts camps, classes, demonstrations, and healing fun — hoping to see that vision through.
First Selectman Pat Llodra surprised Director of Social Services Ann Piccini on Friday, April 12, with flowers and a commendation for 25 years of service to the town of Newtown.Mrs Llodra noted Ms Paccini's dedication, and thanked her for all her efforts over the last 25 years.Friday marked 25 years to the date that Ms Piccini began working with the Newtown Department of Social Services.
A concert by Phosphorescent at the Edmond Town Hall on Friday, April 19, will be “a unique mix of country rock,” said Live at Edmond Town Hall series coordinator Hayden Bates. A Newtown resident since 2009, Mr Bates has been organizing the Live at Edmond Town Hall series since 2011 as fundraisers to support the town hall’s restoration work.
Things happen for a reason and sometimes don’t happen for a reason, says Louise L. DeMars, executive director of New England Carousel Museum. Last summer the museum staff put out a bulletin board asking visitors to name a stander horse from the museum’s collection created by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein. The horse, on display in the museum, is an inside row piece in primer paint with a roached mane. “We collected many names from the public for the staff to review but a new name was never selected,” Ms DeMars said recently.
“It occurred to me that, sadly, this seems to be the year of ‘Sandy,’ between the storm that brought such devastation to Connecticut and the senseless tragedy in Newtown.