Library Summer Reading Kickoff: Every Hero Has a Story

To kick off its annual Summer Reading program, C.H. Booth Library hired magician Scott Jameson to perform for children and their parents on Tuesday, June 23. “We’ve had him before…he’s wonderful, he’s very intriguing, he’s very skilled. The kids loved him last year, so we’re having him back,” said Lana Bennison, the head of the children’s department at the library. As students showed excitement, inching further toward the performer, Mr Jameson opened his performance by producing two umbrellas from seemingly nowhere during a scarf dance.

Peer-Led ’Tweens Programs Scheduled At Library

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.

Sen Hwang Finds More Reasons Than Not To Support ‘Second Chance Society’

Sometime between the end of the 2015 legislative session and the special session that wrapped up earlier this week, Newtown’s freshman Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) decided to give the governor’s proposed “Second Chance Society” legislation a second look. As the official session wrapped up a few weeks ago, Sen Hwang stood firmly with opponents to Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed “Second Chance Society,” which aimed to reduce both the onus and penalties associated with certain drug offenses. But when the special session vote came down, Sen Hwang registered his vote and lent his voice in support of the progressive legislation.

Summer Begins For Parks & Recreation Campers

The start of summer camp for local children in the Newtown Parks & Recreation day camps at Dickinson Memorial Park and Treadwell Park was on June 22, the day after summer officially began. Sara Edgerton and Trevor Ferraro are the site directors at Treadwell Park and Leah Pizighelli is the site director at Dickinson Park. All three site directors agreed that the first week of camp went well, saying that the highlight of the week was the combined field trip to Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury.

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