All things canine were on display and celebrated Saturday, May 18, at Fairfield Hills as the town staged the 4th Annual Strutt Your Mutt event at the sprawling campus, providing dog owners with recreational activities keyed to their pets.
The centerpiece of the family-oriented event was a dog walk during which dog owners marched across the lush campus with their leashed pets, following a course marked by giant white paw prints that had been painted on the ground. About 190 dogs participated in the walk.
Judy Pederson returned to Newtown early last week, and again at the beginning of this week. This time Ms Pederson was packaging and then transporting painted ceramic hearts from Newtown to Boston. The painted hearts are the latest in an ongoing project called Hearts of Hope. Newtown was introduced to the project in February, when hundreds of the personalized hearts arrived from across the country and were hung on trees just in time for Valentine’s Day. The effort, coordinated locally by Judy Vetare with Ms Pederson, the founder of the community support initiative, meant residents also found the palm-sized keepsakes on the two month anniversary of 12/14. After the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, Newtown had a chance to turn from being not only the recipients of signs of support, but also able to push some of that good karma toward others.
Among the 30,000 bicyclists breezing through the five boroughs of New York City in the annual Five Boro Bike Tour, Sunday, May 5, were six members of the Newtown Venture Crew 70 and one of their advisors, Peter Van Buskirk.
The 40-mile bike trip that starts just north of Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan and winds its way through Central Park, over the Queensboro Bridge and crosses the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to end on Staten Island, six to seven hours later, is a mostly flat and not too taxing ride for the average bicyclist.
This is the third time that Mr Van Buskirk has led members of the crew on this all-day expedition through the heart of New York City, and the fourth time that he has ridden the course. It would be unremarkable, except for the fact that less than two years ago, he was in a wheelchair, diagnosed with the extremely rare autoimmune disorder known as multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN).
Columbine High School shooting survivor Amber Wright will present a book talk on her children’s book, It Gets Better, on Thursday evening, May 23, in the C.H. Booth Library meeting room. The program will run from 6:30 to 8 pm. Ms Wright, an ...
The 2013 East Coast ride of the Muddy Angels, a long distance cycling event that honors EMTs and paramedics who have become sick, injured or were killed while performing their duties, will arrive in Newtown for a special ceremony on May 22. While the annual rides honor EMTs and paramedics who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and memorialize those who have died in the line of duty, the Newtown stop will be a little different. On May 22, the Muddy Riders will roll into Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters to honor local EMS providers who were involved in the events of 12/14. For those who want to watch for the group, their route has them coming into town from Southbury following Route 6. They will stay on Route 6 into Sandy Hook Center, and then for the full length of Church Hill Road, before turning north-northwest onto Route 6/25, following Main Street to the ambulance garage.
Nearly 18 months after he first began writing it, Newtown High School senior Alex Lampel had the pleasure of hearing his original orchestral symphony performed by a 100-piece orchestra at Western Connecticut State University’s Ives Concert Hall. Under the direction of Stephen Michael Smith, Alex’s work, Chromatic Metamorphosis, was brought to life on Sunday, May 5, as part of the orchestra’s final concert for the season. It was in December 2011, while taking an independent study with music teacher Christopher Lee, that Alex began working on Chromatic Metamorphosis, based on the twelve-12 musical chromatic scale. “I was very happy with the final product,” Alex said a few days after its public debut. “Having a piece premiered was incredible.”