From strumming a ukelele and writing from the hear to creating clay masterpieces, workshops for myriad interests have been scheduled at HealingNewtown, housed at Newtown Congregational Church. Openings are still available for upcoming Saturday Clay Dates with Karen Pinto and Rosiland Liljengren, creative writing sessions with Reggie Mara, and an Asian brushwork painting workshop with Mary Barrett-Anders. In addition, a new eight-week intergenerational ukulele class has been announced.
A safe boating course may be the only sign of spring hidden in this month’s frigid forecast. Sandy Hook-based Leaps of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers is hosting a Boating License Course on Saturday, March 22, from 8 am to 4 pm at the Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road. Completion of the course will qualify registrants for their Connecticut Boating & Personal Water Craft License.
Saint, the town police department ’s new German shepherd, has started work with K-9 Officer Felicia Figol, resuming the dog-assisted patrols which had ended in the middle of last year, when former police dog Baro was retired from service. Last September, the police acquired Saint, a nearly all-black shepherd who is smaller than Baro. Saint’s full name is Saint Michael. Officer Figol, who handled Baro, will continue in her role by handling Saint, most often on the police shift that runs from 4 pm to midnight. The dog started patrol work about seven weeks ago. Besides the dog’s keen sense of smell, which helps it find missing people or fleeing suspects, its nose helps it detect certain illicit drugs. Saint is trained to detect marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. Also, Saint’s sensitive nose is able to detect the residual human scent on an object, such as a handgun, which has been thrown into a field, she said. The dog’s keen sense of smell allows it to track a scent in wet areas, she said. Saint is also trained to apprehend, and capable of making full-mouth bites on command. [read more]
School climate has nothing to do with air quality or the physical temperature of the classrooms in which Newtown students learn. But when it comes to school climate, Jo Ann Freiberg, PhD, recently told The Newtown Bee that she prefers to see it cool versus heating up. Dr Freiberg is an educational consultant with the Connecticut State Department of Education working with the Bureau of Accountability and Improvement. According to her bio, she manages the wide arena of bullying, improving school climate, and character education. She will be the next guest in the Newtown Prevention Council’s Parent Speaker Series, Wednesday, March 19, at Newtown Middle School. Her presentation is open to all residents, but she hopes to see lots of local parents and students at the talk, which is scheduled for 7 pm.
The Newtown Economic Development Commission and the local chapter of SCORE is kicking off its series of Small Business Seminars March 13. The series of free workshops for local business owners and entrepreneurs is sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank, with all activities taking place at the CH Booth Library. According to Newtown Economic Development Assistant Betsy Paynter, these seminars are designed to help local businesses stay competitive and successful by providing content and tools to help them grow and prosper in Newtown. In 2013, the EDC sponsored seven business seminars, covering a range of support content and business tools such as, disaster preparedness, online marketing, small business financing opportunities, e-mail marketing, and job-generating state programs.
Team 26 members and supporters gathered on the steps of Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, March 8, before embarking on a 400-mile journey— the 2nd Annual Sandy Hook Ride on Washington (SHROW)— to show how diverse communities across the nation have one common goal: make streets safer and put an end to the gun-violence epidemic.
The four-day “rolling rally” will include events in Ridgefield and Greenwich, Harlem, N.Y., Doylestown, Penn., Baltimore and College Park, Md., and Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., before ending at the steps of the US Capitol Building.
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