Any family can visit an ice cream factory or swim with the dolphins on vacation. But not every family calls up an industrial manufacturer and asks if they can tour the facility — and ends up starring in a Discovery Channel series. In August 2012, Dianna and Greg Pategas, and their sons Oliver, 6, and Simon, 4, were visiting Portland, Ore., when Ms Pategas decided on a whim to find out if they could tour the nearby Wilsonville SSI Shredding Systems company. Last month Oliver and his mother returned to the company, by special invitation,
A children's e-book, handmade bracelets of knotted thread, a stuffed animal collection that benefited more than the children of Newtown, a 5K run-walk in Yorktown, N.Y., and even a collection of 26 knit critters at Booth Library... This is the eighth installation of a series of stories that share with readers special events that continue to take place as Newtown heals following the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School. It is also a continuation of anecdotes from across the country, of people offering kind gestures on behalf of our town.
Fleetwood Mac’s remaining members, from left, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham showcased nearly two dozen songs during a 2½-hour show at Mohegan Sun Arena April 20, including most of the material off their groundbreaking album Rumors.
Agreements have been reached among members of the Great Newtown Reunion Committee, Hook & Ladder Fire Company No. 1, and Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, with each of the fire companies heading up separate catering responsibilities for the gathering July 27 at Fairfield Hills. Members of Newtown Hook & Ladder will be hard at work when The Great Newtown Reunion kicks off on July 27, preparing thousands of burgers and hot dogs to be sold to reunion guests. As the late afternoon approaches, Hook & Ladder personnel will switch places with their Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue counterparts, who will then prepare lobsters and steak for the second phase of the day-long event.
New York City Ballet (NYCB) principal dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck briefly chose a smaller stage from which to share their talents, visiting Sandy Hook this week. On Monday, as Mr Fairchild met with the local dance studio instructors and students, he said that in December while dancing in The Nutcracker he chose to dedicate the performance to Sandy Hook. He remembers thinking at the time, “I don’t feel like I can do much.”
For local volunteer Eileen Byrnes, hanging Hearts of Hope — palm-sized ceramic hearts accompanied by a message of love — all around Newtown for Valentine's Day, the two-month anniversary of 12/14, was "like being the Easter Bunny. It was so much fun." Ms Byrnes also assisted in hanging more of the hand painted hearts in Newtown earlier this month, and found joy in knowing the messages of caring had been discovered.