Kenneth Stroud is a mild man, with a ready smile and even at age 93, blue eyes that sparkle. His handshake is firm and while the years threaten to bend him in half, his stride is steady. A deacon in the Catholic Church for 36 years, the native Englishman does not have the demeanor of a man who harbors memories that would raise the eyebrows of the boldest soldier.
But for three and a half years of his life the question for Mr Stroud was always, “What’s next?”
Captured by the Japanese in 1942, just after the British forces in Singapore surrendered, the young Royal Air Force (RAF) Leading Aircraftsman would find himself shipped ultimately to the Indonesian island of Haruku, in the Banda Sea off of New Guinea.
Trays of catered foods, tables draped with linen and filled with wine, live music, and a silent auction greeted guests to the sixth annual Mozart, Merlot & Mums to benefit Kevin’s Community Center (KCC). The center is a free medical clinic open to uninsured or underinsured patients. A l...
Connecticut’s hills proved a good challenge for those riding in this year’s UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Minuteman Challenge, which reached Newtown on day three of its seven-day journey. A convoy of 150 bicyclers, their support teams and escorts arrived in Sandy Hook around 2:45 Tuesday afternoon, taking the bridge from Southbury’s River Road and turning left onto Glen Road. From there, riders traveled to Cherry Street, then picked up Riverside Road for a rest and water stop at Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue’s main station.
If there is one piece of live theater you get to see all year, make it Ridgefield Theater Barn’s August: Osage County. When Tracy Letts’ dark tragic-comedy premiered on Broadway in 2008, it swept all the prizes, prizes, garnering the Pulitzer for that year, along with multiple Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. One woman in the Theater Barn’s lobby the other night was heard to remark: “I saw the original show in New York … and this production’s better!”
The first Light The Night for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in Newtown took place at Newtown High School in the fall of 2009, organized by Sandy Hook Resident Ginny Chion with the help of Newtown High School Athletic Director Gregg Simon. While it was the first appearance in her hometown of the annual findraiser for LLS, 2009 marked the seventh year Ms Chion had been involved in organizing teams to walk to support the mission of LLS, to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Four years later, Ms Chion continues working to bring awareness about blood cancers through Newtown Light The Night efforts.
Families were out in full force to pile on the sweet toppings and participate in activities at the many booths set up behind Trinity Episcopal Church during an ice cream social hosted by Ben’s Lighthouse on August 31. Ferris Acres Creamery provided ice cream, a portion of which it donated, and the scoops were served by town officials, teachers, coaches, emergency responders, and clergy. There were smiles all around as children engaged in fun-filled therapeutic activities through a variety of vehicles, such as art, music, juggling, petting Pet Partners Therapy Dogs and, of course, eating ice cream.