Newtown Police officers will be participating in a special event this week at Pizza Palace Restaurant. On Wednesday, July 17, from 4 to 10 pm, uniformed members of the department will be waiting on tables at the restaurant. All tips left for the police officers during those hours will be given to Special Olympics of Connecticut (SOCT). Pizza Palace staff will donate their time, the restaurant will be its own donation to SOCT, and patrons will be entertained by a local magician.
Hoping to generate “some buzz” with a little paint, signs, and marketing, Trails Committee Chairman Scott Coleman proposed two bicycle routes for Newtown.
With Treadwell and Dickinson Parks as starting points, he suggested two- and four-mile routes through neighborhoods surrounding the parks.
He approached members of the Parks and Recreation Commission Tuesday evening, handing them maps of his proposed routes. Cyclists can leave Dickinson Park, take Point O’ Rocks Road to Deep Brook Road to Elm Street, and up brief side streets and back to Elm, and finishing at the park’s main entrance.
Since January, when the Tucson, Arizona-based Ben’s Bells kindness program first came to Newtown, the ceramic bead and bell creations have brought joy to many who have discovered the randomly distributed works of art. Workshops have taken place at various locations in the town since then, allowing residents to become part of the creation process, making beads, glazing, stringing, and hanging Ben’s Bells. The Ben’s Bells workshops have been so popular, said volunteer organizer Jennifer Avari, that the 100-person sessions, quickly filled up every time.
Artist and resident Jim Chillington propped his easel on the sidewalk outside The Newtown Bee at 5 Church Hill Road and quickly sketched a view. Taking shape on his canvas was the newspaper’s façade, and in quick strokes the branches of a Japanese Maple and the busy knots of flowers along the sidewalk. Leaning in with bold strokes, he dashed out the lines of Church Hill Road, topped by the flagpole. The end result will be a vivid oil painting.