Emoticons, Braille, and Morse code are among the various forms of language featured in the Boy Scouts of America’s newest merit badge, Signs, Signals, and Codes. Introduced in February by Boy Scouts of America, the badge is the 135th addition to the merit badge program. Whether Scouts are hiking a trail, signaling for help in an emergency, or texting their friends, some form of communication is involved. Newtown resident Catherine Summ, a Boy Scout Troop 270 committee member who has been involved with local troop for about a decade, recently shared some of her expertise in a specialized communications field to help create the latest merit badge introduced by the national organization.
Newtown Boy Scouts have been serving coffee and donuts to holiday travelers for about three decades. While coffee stops used to be set up for most major holidays, the program has dwindled down to Boy Scout Troop 370, who continue to offer free coffee and baked goods to travelers s over Memorial Day weekend. After 30 years of offering the travel break at the vacant lot on Church Hill Road opposite the Exit 10 East off ramp, the coffee break will be moving just slightly west this year.
The seeds I try to get into the ground earliest in the spring, are my peas. Even when the ground is too cold for other crops, a little digging around loosens the soil enough so that peas can be dropped into the holes, with visions of pea plants and the coming harvest dancing in my head. Usually, this takes place towards the end of March, but this year, my garden was still covered in about two feet of snow all that month. April was slow to warm up and melt away the ice from the raised beds, and a few other spring distractions meant that it was nearly May Day before my first ritual of spring took place.
For this year’s Relay For Life Honorary Caregiver Jack Nahmias and his children Megan and Jonathan, it is about honoring their wife and mom, while attempting to express their immense gratitude to family members and the entire community for the support they received as Debbie Nahmias battled angiosarcoma. And ssince her 2008 diagnosis with thyroid cancer at age 21, the Relay’s Honorary Survivor Lauren Pade has also sought ways to express thanks and appreciation to family members, friends, and the nurses who not only cared for her, but also inspired her to switch from a planned career in the business world to becoming an RN herself. Both discussed their experiences ahead of this year's Relay event set for June 13 at Newtown High School's Blue & Gold Stadium.
TheatreWorks New Milford’s production of "Souvenir" is awesome. A night at the theatre I will not soon forget. Written by Stephen Temperley, this comedy with music is immensely entertaining while covering all of the emotional bases. The direction of Ms Osborne takes full advantage of the enormous talent in her cast. She has made clean choices and used a simple elegant set, designed by Scott Wyshynski and Richard Pettibone, to showcase actors Priscilla Squiers as the kind-hearted but tone-deaf singer Florence Foster Jenkins and Greg Chrzczon as her charming accompanist and friend Cosme McMoon.
It was an afternoon of lunching, Bingo, and a special Mother’s Day Tea at the Newtown Senior Center, Wednesday, May 6. Nearly 30 women wearing festive springtime hats — and a few men — laughed and visited over a teatime selection of baked goods and hot tea.
Most all who sported hats were proud to note that they had created them. Rose Cipolla made her rose-covered cap the night before. “I have lots of hats. I love to wear them,” said Ms Cipolla.
Claire Theune created a simple bow-adorned headband for the party, and had encouraged Paula Catalano to do the same. Ms Catalano heeded the suggestion, coming up with a delicate floral headband.
Dottie Dellapiano reached into the shopping cart for her hat, weaving a pink fedora out of plastic bags.