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Committee Plants A Tree As 'Give Back' Before Earth Day

Published: April 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

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In honor of Earth Day and as a "giving back to the middle school for hosting us," Earth Day Committee member Brad Paynter said he and others, on Sunday, April 22, will plant a tree at Newtown Middle School where another tree once stood. The original tree died, he said, so on Earth Day, and one week ahead of Newtown's Earth Day Festival, Saturday, April 28, a new tree will take its place.


Newtown's 11th annual Earth Day Festival and celebration will take place at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, from 10 am and 4 pm.


According to newtownearthday.org, "The primary mission of the Newtown Earth Day Festival is to foster education and awareness of environmental stewardship through project participation and collaboration with local associations. Held annually in April, this community event brings together schools, municipal and charitable organizations, sustainable vendors, and nonprofits, in a synergistic celebration of good deeds for our space on the planet."


Organized by various members of the community, "the festival provides a forum for residents of all ages to become more engaged in the collective consciousness and responsibility we owe to the health of Newtown - and to our region's soil, air, and water," the site states.


A portion of proceeds funds a "green" scholarship through the Newtown Scholarship Association for Newtown High School graduates interested in environmental/ecological studies. Over the last several years, the event has raised more than $8,000 dollars and has been able to support several students.


The day includes the Lions Club "Lose the Litter" from 9 am to 1 pm, and from 1 pm will be an activities section for family activities. From 3 to 4 pm will be a Birds of Prey exhibit with birds from the Sharon Audubon Society.


The day will include food, vendors, children's activities such as building bird houses, composting, a bike safety check, creating pinecone bird feeders, and more.


Listed on the site are several of Newtown environmentally conscientious groups: Newtown's Sustainable Energy Commission is responsible for the Reed Intermediate School Solar Panel project.


Newtown Forest Association, established in 1924, is the oldest private land trust in Connecticut. It is dedicated to accumulating and preserving open space and resources for public enjoyment within Newtown.


The Pootatuck Watershed Association's mission is clear: Clean and abundant water for Newtown's future. The association promotes this goal through water sampling, educational programs, and habitat restoration.


The Transition Network: a global initiative that supports a community-led process to help neighborhoods become stronger and happier. Reach out to bhtoomey@yahoo.com to get involved in the Newtown chapter.


Newtown Earth Day's 2018 Committee members' contact information is available through newtownearthday.org. For general information, contact: info@newtownearthday.org.


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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
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“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
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“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
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“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
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Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
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Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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Total votes: 2