Geralyn Hoerauf of Diversified Project Management told the Public Building and Site Commission (PB&S) at its meeting on Tuesday, August 12, the Phase 3 Site Work package for the Sandy Hook School building project has been approved by the state. “The team went up to the state on Friday, August 8,” said Ms Hoerauf. “The state did approve the package. It did authorize us to go to bid for site improvements. [Consigli Construction] is working as we speak for the bid packages.” A portion of the site improvements were set to go out to bid Thursday, August 14, and the bids will be due on September 16, according to Ms Hoerauf. Ms Hoerauf also said the town has asked Consigli Construction to come up with a method to control how bid documents will be shared with contractors. Sharing bid documents, she said, will be more of a concern with the Phase 4 building construction drawings than with the site improvement work in Phase 3, but the protocol is being developed now.
For students who attended Newtown Parks & Recreation day camps at Dickinson Memorial Park or at Treadwell Park, the summer concluded on Friday, August 8, with a talent show that combined both day camps.
“It was great just seeing what they can come with,” said Newtown Parks & Recreation Assistant Director RoseAnn Reggiano, about the talent show.
Groups of campers, or sometimes individuals, took turns displaying talents they may have found while at camp this summer or talents they have been harvesting longer.
Although Friday, August 1, was the last day of the Paint, Draw & More!’s Drawing Mixed Media weeklong camp offered through Newtown Parks & Recreation, students would go home not only with a number of finished projects, but also with new insight on various artistic concepts.
“I want to make the camp fun, and I want them to learn something at the same time,” said instructor Chuck Fulkerson, who taught the Newtown Parks & Recreation camp for four weeks this summer.
Students learned a number of artistic techniques, such as how to work with chalk, pastel, oil pastel, watercolor, acrylic, crayon, sculpture, clay, and more. Students even learned how to make a 3-D aquarium made out of recycled trays and containers.
Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) Safety Town students huddled in front of Newtown Parks & Recreation life guards Jenn McDonald and Megan Duero on Thursday, July 31.
Ms Duero and Ms McDonald had some lessons to teach the students about swimming, and they weren’t the only visitors for the day.
As Ms Duero and Ms McDonald taught the students swimming safety tips, Porco’s Karate Academy representatives waited outside to instruct the students about “stranger danger,” when and when not to use martial arts, how to be a good friend, how to stand up to bullies, and show a few self defense moves.
Newtown resident Kelsey McEvoy swam one mile in the open water of Nantasket Beach in Nantasket, Mass., on July 12 to raise money for cancer research.
The Swim Across America (SAA) Nantasket Beach event is intended to raise money to support cancer research and patient care at the Perini Quality of Life Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and at the Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center, said Kelsey.
Kelsey, who currently swims for the Tufts University Women’s Swim Team, heard about the SAA event through one of her swim team captains.
Students gathered outside Reed Intermediate School under a late morning sun on Wednesday, July 30, clutching objects of different shapes to their chests.
Each object contained a raw egg, somewhere in the depths of a combination of bubble wrap, elastic bands, poster board, garbage bags, wood, masking tape, plastic, or other household products.
Newtown Continuing Education “Design It, Build It, Launch It” camp instructor Rick Lowry explained to Newtown Hook & Ladder Company #1’s Mike McCarthy and Ray Corbo that each of the objects were to be dropped from the company’s ladder truck to see whether the eggs would be kept from breaking.
SHOP (Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity) President Joe Hemingway presented Newtown Scholarship Association President Glenn Nanavaty with a donation of $1,000 on Thursday, July 17.
The donation will go to fund SHOP’s third annual scholarship, and the Newtown Scholarship Association will choose the deserving recipient of the scholarship, who will be a Sandy Hook resident interested in pursuing a business major in college. Kevin Liniger, a 2014 Newtown High School graduate, was the recipient of this year’s scholarship.
The second session of Newtown Continuing Education’s SMART (Summer Music And Arts) Camp began on July 21, and offered a range of classes for students. The first session ran July 7-18. “I hear positive things about all the classes,” SMART head intern Ashley Maturo said July 24, while students were outside playing on Head O’ Meadow’s campus for a recess. By Thursday, Ashley said the program was going well and students were taking an interest, particularly, in two second session classes, “Where in the World” and “Discovering Great Artists.” Site Supervisor Stephanie Schwartz said the second session of SMART was quieter than the first session, with a lower enrollment, so students were getting more one-on-one time with the teachers. The students, she said, were also working on a range of projects in all of the classes by Thursday.
Newtown Parks & Recreation’s summer camp “Fresh and Fun Cooking” ended Friday, July 18, with an End of Cooking Camp Party.
Parents were invited to enjoy different food creations, including bruschetta, watermelon slushies, and other offerings made by their children.
Sharon Martovich, the camp’s instructor, said her students cooked six different things every day.
“We made homemade ice cream, strawberry mint tea, homemade pickles, burger buns, oven-baked churros, chicken skewers, buffalo chicken dip, granola, and more,” she said.
“My favorite part of the class was making the bruschetta!” said Ms Martovich’s daughter, Mia.
While the Board of Education held off making a decision on whether to implement a school-based health clinic at Newtown Middle School during its meeting on Tuesday, July 15, it also promised to take the topic up again at a future date. A number of people who worked on a committee to research the school-based health clinic were present to discuss the option with the school board, including nursing supervisor Anne Dalton, School Based Health Centers of Danbury coordinator Melanie Bonjour, NMS Principal Thomas Einhorn, school district medical advisor Ana Paula Machado, Thomas Draper representing the Newtown Health District in place of Donna Culbert, and school district health coordinator Judy Blanchard. “I think the exciting news in regard to this issue is that there is a funding stream in place for this to take place,” said Superintendant of Schools Dr Joseph Erardi said. “If the board supports this initiative they can move from paper to practice somewhere in the area of December 2014 or January 2015.”