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Joan Crick, a lifelong resident of the Borough who only recently moved to the Hearth in Southbury, called last week to tell us that she “thoroughly” enjoyed the August 30 edition of the paper — especially the “Historic Places” article. While no longer living in town, Joan says she would not be “without my Bee. It’s so nice to open the paper and know a few people here and there.” Thank you, Joan, for letting us know we are appreciated!

Congratulations to Congregation Adath Israel! The congregation celebrates 100 years in 2019 and invites the public to a special service this Friday evening, September 13, at 7 pm, at the 115 Huntingtown Road synagogue. Join them for refreshments and socializing after the service. You can direct any questions to office@congadathisrael.org.

Thank you to Gayle DiBenedetto and Chris Farrington for bringing Hope On Main Street to town this past Saturday. Read more about this new fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, a spin-off by former Relay For Life organizers, elsewhere in this issue of the paper.

Friends of Newtown Seniors (FONS) is assembling a group to walk in the Alzheimer’s Walk, September 22, at Central Connecticut State University. Newtown resident John Boccuzzi, Sr, will be walking and is looking for others to join him. Find his team and register at act.alz.org/site/spageserver?pagename=walk_teams_friends_fam. The team is called Friends of Newtown Seniors.

Seniors will also be spending a fun afternoon of socializing at the Senior Social on Saturday, September 14, from 2 to 5 pm, at the new Senior Center, 8 Simpson Street, at Fairfield Hills. You don’t need to be a Senior Center member; anyone 55 years and older is welcome to join in the free refreshments and finger foods — and just enjoy a relaxing time. RSVP please to 203-270-4310.

Tick-tock! I hear that Jerry Valenta will be at the Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, this Sunday, September 15, from noon to 4 pm, for an ongoing demo about clocks. Docent-led tours will be available that afternoon, as well. What a great chance to learn something new about our local history.

Registration for the Tenth Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, presented by Newtown Savings Bank to benefit the C.H. Booth Library, is open! The race starts and ends this year at Newtown Middle School, and a kinder, gentler route is now in place — eliminating the grueling run up Schoolhouse Hill. Register at runsignup.com/newtownturkeytrot. It’s $27.50 per runner plus $2.50 sign-up fee or $20 per walker plus $2.50 sign up fee. But after November 2, runner’s price bumps up to $30.

Are you good with kids? Do you love the idea of being a mentor? ARC in Danbury is looking for mentors for kindergarten children through its “Kids In Danbury Schools” program. Mentors will be asked to commit to two hours a week, at the same school, using educational games, small group activities as instructed by teacher, or one-on-one mentoring to encourage these young learners. A mentor information session takes place Monday, September 23, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, at ARC, 24 Delay Street in Danbury. Register no later than September 18 by e-mailing your name to Michael at proassist@arcforpeace.org, subject line “kids.”

It’s also the tenth anniversary of the The Hook & Ladder Firehouse Ride. Motorcyclists head out from the 12 Church Hill Road fire house at 3 pm, on September 28, for the 50-mile ride (day-of registration at 1 pm). There’s an after party/BBQ that begins at 4 pm for anyone and everyone who wants to support this historic fire company. Find out details at firehouseride.com/register.php.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? You can pick up some German phrases by registering at chboothlibrary.org for the Lunch & Language program at the C.H. Booth Library, Tuesday, September 17, from noon to 1 pm. Wunderbar!

Nobody listens better than a dog. And with school in session, reading aloud is awesome practice for young readers. The C.H. Booth Library invites kids to sign up to read aloud to Tucker, a standard poodle. A certified therapy dog owned by Jane Hellman, Tucker is a patient and kind listener. Go to the library website, chboothlibrary.org to find out how to register to read to Tucker on September 19.

What does a cantor do on her off days? Well, Ridgefield’s Shir Shalom Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray has just published Prayerful Creations, a book using her experience as a creator and teacher of Swedish Weaving. The techniques has been used for Jewish ritual including tallitot, (prayer shawls ) and challah covers. With photos and descriptions, it is quite the inspiration to anyone interested in the craft. You can find her book locally at Books on the Common, 404 Main Street in Ridgefield.

I understand that Girl Scout Troop 50078 is grateful to Newtown Youth & Family Services. The Troop spent this year learning about the local youth service/mental health clinic and supporting NYFS foster families with bake and cookie sales, a toy drive, and other activities. The girls want everyone to know what a treasure we have in NYFS and asks that you support them by donating at newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org/make-a-gift. Or maybe you can give a call to 203-270-4335 and find out how you can volunteer at one of the many events sponsored by NYFS.

There are plenty of wonderful fall offerings at the Newtown Farmers’ Market each Tuesday from 2 to 6:30 pm, up at Fairfield Hills. Connecticut grown produce is joined by Connecticut made items like cheeses, baked goodies, handmade soaps, and even locally raised meats. Bring your tote bags and get ready to fill them up with the harvest.

Don’t put away your golf clubs too soon. Newtown Parent Connection will again host the Kevin J. Carolan Memorial Golf Outing, named after NPC founder and executive director Dorrie Carolan’s late husband. It is played each year in his honor. This year the outing will be held on October 7, at Oxford Greens. For registration and info visit newtownparentconnection.org.

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