Features


Snapshot: Frank Arnone

Published: March 09, 2018 at 12:00 am

Print

Frank Arnone is this week's Snapshot profile.
Frank Arnone is this week's Snapshot profile.
Occupation: I am an elementary school principal at Osborn Hill School in Fairfield. I've been an administrator since 1995, and before that I taught for 11 years. I've taught everything from kindergarten through fifth grade math to K-12 social studies.

Family: My wife Suzanne and I have been married for 27 years. Our oldest son Timmy is 25 and lives in Nashville, Tenn. He works for the CTK Corporation, which is Dolly Parton's management team. He went to Emerson College for sound and post audio production and is loving doing that down there. Our youngest son Chris is 23 and is attending Western Connecticut State University. He is in the honors program for biology.

Pets: We have a cat, Bianca, who loves Chris. We also have two bichons, Sammy and Charlie, that we love. Charlie was a "clearance" dog - he was a purebred on sale - and Sammy is a rescue.

How long have you lived in Newtown? Twenty-one years. Before that we lived in Norwalk, and we knew we wanted to have more of a town feel. We were always driving up Route 25 to Newtown and just fell in love with it.

What do you like to do in your free time? Whatever my wife tells me to do. I also love to junk shop - going to Goodwill and tag sales, getting tchotchkes. It's an addiction.

Do you have a favorite author? Sinclair Lewis. He was an unbelievable writer from the early half of the 20th Century. He wrote Dodsworth, Babbitt, Main Street, and Cass Timberlane. I also love to collect any bestseller that became a famous movie like Now, Voyager or Peyton Place. Even if they were trash novels, I love reading them.

What is your favorite travel destination? Cape Cod. I've been going there since I was little. My dad was a teacher, and we'd take a week to go there in the summer. Suzanne's family did the same and now we've been going there with our boys since they were babies.

What is the best part about Newtown? Oh, so many things. It's a small town even though it's the biggest town in Fairfield County. It's a kind and caring place with great schools, loving families, and traditions.

Who has been the greatest influence in your life? My father, Ralph Arnone, Jr. He died when he was 43, but he touched more lives than anyone I've ever seen. He was an all-around nice guy. He was a teacher, administrator, coach - I thought, if dad's going to be a teacher than I'm going to be a teacher.

If you could spend the day with one person, who would you choose and why? I would want to go back in time to be with my father, my mother, and all of my old Italian grandparents and family for Christmas Eve dinner at my Aunt Julia's house. I'd want to bring Suzanne, Timmy, and Chris, so they could all see the craziness that went on.

What is your favorite musical genre? Motown. Also, my wife has taught me to love jazz, and I love musicals.

Do you have a favorite TV show? I Love Lucy, The Partridge Family, and Downton Abbey.

What is the greatest piece of advice you have ever been given? My next-door neighbor, Mrs Drinkwater, was like a second mother to me and helped take care of my dad when he was dying. I remember she always said, "Be true to yourself" and "Be kind."

What is something you cannot live without? My family. And junk shopping.

What is your proudest accomplishment? My marriage with Suzanne and our boys Timmy and Chris.

Change Text Size:

This Week's Poll

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
0% (0 votes)
The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
0% (0 votes)
Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
50% (1 vote)
“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
50% (1 vote)
“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
0% (0 votes)
“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
0% (0 votes)
Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
0% (0 votes)
Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
0% (0 votes)
“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
0% (0 votes)
Newtown Day, October 6
0% (0 votes)
The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
0% (0 votes)
Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
0% (0 votes)
“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
0% (0 votes)
Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
0% (0 votes)
The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
0% (0 votes)
Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
0% (0 votes)
Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
0% (0 votes)
“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
0% (0 votes)
Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
0% (0 votes)
Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 2