On her left forearm, five numerals are tattooed: 06470. The Newtown zipcode is a visual reminder to Newtown resident Jody Murray that she should not wait to do the things she has intended to do.
On June 7, Ms Murray, a licensed acupuncturist and athletic trainer, and owner of Acupuncture Therapy in Brookfield, returned from a two-week medical mission to Kodaikanal, India — something she had always intended to do, she said.
“After 12/14, I stepped up the pace [on accomplishing goals],” said Ms Murray, saying that as a volunteer writing thank you notes to the thousands who sent cards of sympathy to Newtown after the shootings, she had grasped the value of the present moment. She also hopes that stepping outside her comfort zone to help others, as best she can, sets an example for her niece and nephew, both recent college graduates.
Edmond Town Hall’s theater will be screening showings of Avengers: Age Of Ultron July 10-15, and a special showing free of charge, thanks to Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, will be shown on Saturday, July 11. The July 11, 7:30 pm showing, will be open to the public, space allowing, without fee. Ingersoll Automotive, owned by Todd Ingersoll of Newtown, has been offering free showings at Edmond Town Hall since January 2013. Regular admission for movies at the town hall, 45 Main Street, is $2.
Since February 2013, residents have become familiar with Hearts of Hope, a program that invites people of all ages to paint palm-sized ceramic hearts with simple messages of hope. The unique hearts are then left to be discovered by strangers, who are encouraged to keep them and take them home. A local chapter of the program was established in July 2013, and it recently celebrated its second anniversary during its regular monthly painting party.
The Newtown Labor Day Parade Committee invites the community to “Celebrate the Fine Arts of Newtown,” honoring the Society of Creative Arts of Newtown with Grand Marshal Ruth Newquist at this year’s Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 7. The Newtown Labor Day Parade has been a townwide event for the past 54 years, embodying the charm and character of the local community. Since its creation back in 1962, this town parade has grown to be the largest Labor Day Parade in the state.
BETHEL - The Treasure Trunk Flea Market to benefit the Happy Hoofers 4-H Club of Fairfield County will take place Saturday, July 11, from 9 am to 3 pm, at the Fairfield county Extension Center, 67 Stony Hill Road, Bethel. Vendors are currently sought. Early bird reservations are $20 per space, by Tuesday, July 7; spaces are $30 after July 7. For more information contact Doreen at 203-209-5924, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thirteen-year-old Sabrina Boccuzzi, a member of Girl Scout Troop 55005 in Newtown and a rising eighth grader at Newtown Middle School, will present three craft programs this summer at C.H. Booth Library, as part of the requirements to qualify for the Girl Scout Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, entails completing what is known as a “Cadette Journey,” comprising numerous steps to develop and put into action a community-based project that reflects a girl’s personal interest. The project requires at least 50 hours of work. “I personally like the library,” said Sabrina, adding that she appreciated the many library programs she had participated in as a younger girl. “I asked [Young Adult Librarian Kim Weber] what I could do for this summer,” said Sabrina.
Edmond Town Hall is calling all soccer fans and supporters of US Women's Soccer to the Edmond Town Hall theater Sunday, July 5 at 6:30 pm to see the team battle Japan in the Finals. The game will be broadcast on the theater's motion picture screen, and concessions will be available to purchase. According to the Associated Press, the United States has won two World Cup titles, but none since 1999. The Americans have appeared in the semifinals of all seven of the women's tournaments.
Consider yourself an American history enthusiast? Think you know all there is to know about the patriotic exploits of George Washington, Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, Sam Adams, Benedict Arnold, and Martha Dandridge (Washington)? Then you should get to know Liberty Smith. More than four dozen youthful but talented cast members starring in this comedic, historical musical being staged this summer by NewArts, a division of the 12.14 Foundation, met for an initial read-through Monday, June 29 in the cafetorium at Newtown High School. A similar exercise happened with the 120-plus actors of NewArts production of Disney’s The Lion King, Jr later in the week.
Although it was a cool day riddled with intermittent drizzle, those who attended Newtown Historical Society’s 19th House & Garden Tour on Sunday, June 28, enjoyed the opportunity to sample at close range some of the historical houses and adjacent elaborate gardens found in the Borough, Hawleyville, Botsford, and Sandy Hook. The Matthew Curtiss House at 44 Main Street, which serves as the group’s museum, was the stepping-off point for participants on the self-guided tour, which featured seven properties. On display for tourgoers were the Whalen residence and garden at 65 Main Street; the DaSilva residence at 17 Main Street; the Lincoln garden at 15 Longview Road; the Beers garden at 117 Toddy Hill Road; the Shanley garden at 7 Little Brook Lane; the Sharpe residence and garden at 62 Underhill Road; and the Kerr residence and garden at 6 Old Bethel Road. Tourgoers were allowed to the visit the properties in any sequence they chose during a six-hour period from 11 am to 5 pm.