Basketball is an intense game with quick ball movement, lots of scoring, moving screens, plenty of contact, and fouls. Add wheelchairs to the mix and you’ve got a similarly fast-paced game with a twist. On October 25 and 26, athletes from six basketball teams competed in the McKane & Kennedy Memorial Tournament hosted by NYA Sports & Fitness Center. The Connecticut Spokebenders took on other National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) teams from New York and Massachusetts in a fun-filled yet competitive tourney. These athletes not only passed, dribbled, shot, and scored, but also followed wheelchair game-specific rules to avoid traveling violations — showing off their coordination and strength as they moved feverishly up and down the court.
Newtown resident Andrea Zimmermann is one of 12 artists from Connecticut and New York featured in the “Missing Links” exhibit at The Gallery at the Institute Library, in New Haven. Curated by Catherine Vanaria, who with husband Mark Savoia owns Connecticut Photographers in Danbury, the show opened Saturday, October 18 and will run through Saturday, November 29. Using photographs from an early 19th Century photo album Ms Vanaria found at a flea market, the writers and artists involved in the show were asked to respond to selected photographs, with no restrictions as to how they might do so. Ms Zimmermann's three pieces join that of 11 other regional artists for the exhibition.
Retail (For) Therapy, a vendor fair and silent auction event, will be offered at Julie Allen Bridals on Wednesday, November 5, from 6:30 to 9 pm. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Sandy Hook Elementary Fund, organized in the wake of 12/14 by Newtown Lions Club to help cover the counseling costs of Sandy Hook School students, their immediate families, SHES faculty, and first responders. Representatives from Chloe+Isabel, Jamberry, Kokoon and Tastefully Simple will have tables set up, a silent auction will be offered, and an ornament from an artist in Maryland will combine to offer a night of shopping and fundraising.
Three young girls dressed as Elsa, one of the princesses in Disney's Frozen, run toward one of their candy destinations last weekend during the Fourth Annual Sandy Hook Halloween Walk. Girls in the light blue gowns seemed to be everywhere for a few hours on October 25, as children dressed up to give their costumes a trial run (literally, in this case) in a daytime event in Sandy Hook Center. Nearly two dozen local businesses welcomed visitors through their doors. Tonight it's time for the rest of the town to celebrate Halloween, with costumed residents visiting neighbors. The largest contingency, however, will certainly find their way to the Borough to see what Main Street residents are offering by way of decorations and treats this year.
This past weekend the Newtown Bridle Lands Association (NBLA) held its annual Frost on the Pumpkin Hunter Pace across trails, fields, protected open space and private property. Thank you landowners for keeping this rural tradition alive. NBLA was founded in 1978 while the Fairfield County Hounds (FCH) still called Newtown home. Many FCH members founded NBLA, then called Newtown Bridle Lanes Association which more accurately reflected the original mission of the group; to protect riding trails in this fast-developing town. In fact, in the next ten years, Newtown’s landscape was 33 percent covered in development. As riders in the town dwindled, leaving for more open and greener pastures, the NBLA’s mission expanded to save not only riding lanes but open space for everyone.