Newtown High School 2015 graduate Alec Hersh is set to have his edition of ABC's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" air this Thursday, October 1. He auditioned for the chance to be on the show last spring, filmed his participation with the game show on Friday, July 31, and he said his friends and family have been waiting to watch the episode ever since. Currently a freshman at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., Alec's appearance will come during the game shows special Off To College Week. While he has yet to declare a major, Alec found that some of his interests, including psychology, history and theater, helped him answer the trivia questions he faced.
In renovating the building at the corner of West and Main Streets, the history of the property has been a priority for developers Chris Wilson and Chris Hottois, of Flint Ridge Development, LLC, in Monroe. Commonly known as “the Chase Building,” the structure was “a mess,” said Mr Hottois, when the partners purchased the building two years ago, and began restoration. “When we acquired this building, it was in really tough shape,” Mr Hottois said, adding there was little indication that any maintenance had been performed in the past 50 years. “You name it, it needed to be replaced,” agreed Mr Wilson. From floorboards to rafters, the building has slowly been brought up to code and returned to its dignified beauty of an earlier era.
Newtown Middle School eighth grader Cooper McLaughlin returned home Sunday, September 20, with stars in his eyes and stars on his mind — famous stars, that is, like actor Alec Baldwin, comic Jim Gaffigan, actor/director Jim Naughton, and Broadway performer Cody Williams. Mr Baldwin and the others were among the big names with whom Cooper had the pleasure of working and hob-nobbing with, from Wednesday, September 16 through Saturday, September 19, as one of 11 young people from the region selected to perform at the annual Fandango Benefit Gala at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, in Ashford, Conn.
It’s hard for kids, or adults for that matter, to really understand what the dentist is doing in there when they’re working intently filling a cavity. And what the heck does asthma look like from inside your lungs? These and many other questions about the incredible interworkings going on inside us will be answered by MEGA Body, the 50-foot-long special guest that will be on hand at Newtown’s 22nd Annual Health & Safety Fair — a free community health showcase and informational event, set for Saturday, October 3, from 9 am to 1 pm, at Newtown Middle School. The exciting free exhibit, says co-chair Donna Culbert, is a wonderful way for anyone to experience the inner workings of various systems and individual parts of their bodies all at once, including how cavities form in your teeth and how asthma affects the lungs.
Golden Opportunities hosted a special Retro Fest program at Nunnawauk Meadows last week, when residents were invited to dress in the style of their favorite era for some dinner, dancing, and live entertainment. The VonZells provided the entertainment, performing music from the 40s to the 70s. The September 17 event also included a roast beef dinner, a trivia game, and more dancing. Nunnawauk Meadows Executive Director Linda Manganaro said “the whole dance floor was filled” after dinner.