With shy smiles and a twinkle of excitement in their eyes, seven members of Kids In Deed Organization (KIDO) posed for pictures in front of the heartstrings tunnel, a piece of playground equipment designed exclusively for Healing Hearts Center for Grief and Loss, by Kompan Play Institute of North America. The dedication of the playground on the grounds of the Regional Hospice Center of Comfort, Care & Healing construction site at 30 Millstone Road, in Danbury, took place Monday afternoon, November 7. The playground was funded through the efforts of a number of Newtown Middle School students, headed by Ryan Patrick, now a student at Newtown High School. In 2012, Ryan, at the time a 12-year-old Newtown Middle School student, sold wristbands commemorating 12/14. The students responded to a challenge from Regional Hospice, and raised $50,000 for the playground.
John Bernabe and his crew with John’s Painting out of Danbury spent time recently making improvements to two landmarks under the care of Newtown Historical Society. The Little Red School House at Middle Gate School, and the Matthew Curtiss House on Main Street both received repairs recently. Newtown Historical Society Co-President Amy Fallas-Kerr said, “We are working to maintain the historical society’s assets, the biggest of which are the buildings.”
A small flag with a blue star in the center, bordered by white and red, hangs in the front window of the Gottmeier home in Newtown. Holly Gottmeier is quite proud to have it there, marking her as a “Blue Star Mother,” with a child in the service. The word “proud” peppers a conversation with Ms Gottmeier. She is proud of her husband, Richard; proud of her five children; and proud of the many men and women who serve in the armed forces of the United States. They are a military family and patriotic, she said, and she is proud of that. As Veterans Day draws near, she reflected on that pride.
Green lentils, brown lentils, red lentils — I love them all. So how could I resist when I saw a bag of black lentils on the shelf of an Italian specialty store? Also known as Beluga lentils, a nod to the bean’s caviar-like look, black lentils are as delicious and nutritious as their more commonly found counterparts. Lentils, like most beans, are not a complete protein, lacking in tryptophan, methinone, and cystine, three of the nine essential amino acids. But when served with a whole grain such as rice, farro, pasta or barley, that deficit is amended.
Diana Johnson, Amy Mangold, John Moore, and Janet Woycik, four members of the Ram Pasture Tree Lighting Committee, met Tuesday morning, October 21, to discuss the changeover from open flame candles to an alternate light source for the nearly 2,000 luminarias that light the town during the annual celebration. This year, said Ms Johnson, glow sticks will glimmer from within the packages lining Main Street, Glover Avenue, and all around Ram Pasture and Hawley Pond, December 5. “We have finally been able to locate glow sticks bright enough to be seen through the beautiful packaging Curtis Packaging donates to us,” Ms Johnson announced. The one caveat of the glow sticks, said Ms Johnson, is that they are green. “But,” she said, “green is a Christmas color,” and she hopes that residents will embrace the change.
Thanks to an ongoing gesture of kindness by Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, all of the November 8-9 screenings at Edmond Town Hall Theatre will be free of charge. This weekend’s feature is "Guardians of the Galaxy." Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, owned by Todd Ingersoll of Newtown, started the monthly offer in January 2013. Moviegoers simply need to show up at the box office when it opens prior to each screening and tell the employee there how many people are in their party. There are no residency requirements.
Splattered with multicolored paints that in some spots took days to dry, the many pieces of a large, handmade flower — each petal the size of a skateboard — are waiting for assembly and public display. Artist Dave Brooker coordinated the public art project, completed during the Newtown Arts Festival. The helping hands of nearly 400 children and adults all added their dashes of paint to the roughly 14-foot, 34-part artwork, which is now looking for a home. Discussion on a possible home for the art was part of a recent Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, which also included the departure of a longtime member.