When the timer starts ticking on Friday, September 18 for the Fifth Annual Connecticut Chefs Challenge, a fundraiser to support the Optimus Foundation, at the Lincoln Culinary Institute in Shelton, one of the eight chefs vying for the championship belt and $1,000 grand prize, will be Sandy Hook resident Justin Kern.Chef Kern will not be the only Newtown representative there, though. Hosting the fundraiser will be Chef Kristopher Plummer (better known as “Chef Plum”), a personal chef from Newtown, and owner of Plum Luv Foods and Pork Belly Productions. Chef Plum has appeared on Food Network, ABC, CBS, Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube. He is also a former Chefs Challenge participant. The Chefs Challenge — a evening of food, music, and raffles, and open to the public — raises funds that go toward renovation of medical office facilities, investment in technology and equipment, staff training, research and development, as well as increasing public awareness of Optimus Health Care’s community services.
The lineup for Monday’s 54th Newtown Labor Day Parade has been provided by the Newtown Labor Day Parade Committee. The theme of this year’s parade is “Celebrating the Fine Art of Newtown,” and longtime resident and artist Ruth Newquist will serve as grand marshal.
The Newtown Soccer Club will hold its first Recreation Soccer Kickoff Celebration on Thursday, September 3, at NYA Sports & Fitness, 4 Primrose Street. Registered players, as well as prospective participants interested in joining the league, are welcome. Registration will be available at the event.
The Newtown Yoga Festival was held at NYA Sports & Fitness Center on Saturday, August 22. This was the third year for the annual event.
During the morning people practiced yoga under the guidance of a number of instructors and danced with Newtown energy healer and yoga teacher Joanne Keane and later the dance troupe Pilobolus.
Vendors were also set up for the event in the NYA’s courtyard.
The headline program for the 2015 Newtown Yoga Festival was led by Drs Patricia Gerbarg and Richard Brown, pioneers in the emerging field of yoga and medicine.
Residents who would like to volunteer for the upcoming Newtown Forest Association (NFA) wine tasting event on September 12 are invited to a meeting Tuesday, September 1 at 7 pm at the Holcombe Hill offices at 65 Great Hill Road. The NFA board members are reaching out to residents to help p...
Chase Michael-Anthony Kowalski, the son of Rebecca and Stephen Kowalski, was just 7 years old when he died at Sandy Hook Elementary School, December 14, 2012, along with 19 classmates and six educators. Their active, athletically inclined son and third child, with two older sisters, Brittany and Erin, amazed them, said Rebecca Kowalski. At age 6, Chase was a triathlete, competing with his age group in the challenging swim/bike/race contest. Chase, said Ms Kowalski on August 24, has been an inspiration to athletes near and far, including herself. She will compete in the Women’s Sprint Triathalon, Sunday, August 30, at Winding Trails in Farmington.
My senses were overtaken recently by all things dog show! As a ring steward for the Newtown Kennel Club, the Elm City Kennel Club, and the Northwestern Connecticut Dog Club dog shows at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass, I ring stewarded over four days for the judging of nearly 600 dogs. Ring stewards have been called the “office managers” of the dog show ring. The reality is that it’s more like the ultimate test of multitasking, efficiency, and endurance.