It takes stamina, experience, and a belief in one’s self and others to turn chaos into transformation.
Standing in front of The Sandy Hook School Building Task Force the evening of April 5, Richard Harwood looked into the eyes of the task force members, most of whom he was meeting for the first time. The founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, in Bethesda, Md., tried to assess where those members, the additional members of the technical team, and members of the public in attendance were in the difficult process of determining the future of the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Imagine an Old Sturbridge Village-like complex complete with a farrier/blacksmith shop, general store with a potbelly stove, farm animals, and several horse barn structures for riding lessons and performances … right here in Newtown. George Mason is...
Dozens of people gathered at a special reception, Friday afternoon, June 26, to honor departing C.H. Booth Library director Janet Woycik. Hosted by the library Board of Directors, guests included many who have rubbed shoulders with Ms Woycik over the years, including staff, former staff, and town officials. All were there to celebrate Ms Woycik’s three decades plus of dedication, and to send her off knowing how much she was appreciated.
DUI Incident Police report that at about 10:30 pm on June 18, they spotted motorist Nomia Durrani, 31, of Easton driving on Wasserman Way, near Trades Lane. Durrani was not keeping to the right and ma...
Shortly after he took his oath of office to represent Newtown in Connecticut's 116th District, Mitch Bolinsky came to The Newtown Bee with a stack of proposals, and to talk about what he hoped to accomplish in his freshman term. He returned to the newspaper a few days after the close of that historic session armed with a different set of documents. As he headed into his first few weeks at the Capital, Rep Bolinsky said he had "come out of the box with 16 or 17 bills. Most were based on constituent requests or issues that were Newtown centric," he said. "Nine wound up tabled, which is pretty typical." But Rep Bolinsky also saw about 35 percent of his proposals move forward, albeit as borrowed elements of larger mental health and privacy legislation. In that respect, Rep Bolinsky admitted, "As a newcomer, that may be unprecedented."
Just north of a 150-year-old schoolhouse in Emporia, Kan., ground was broken earlier this month for the first monument in the United States dedicated to teachers who have died while protecting students. Within its first carving, The Memorial To Fallen Educators will include Rachel D’Avino, Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Marie Sherlach, and Victoria Soto, the names of the six women gunned down at Sandy Hook School on 12/14. A former Newtown resident and Board of Education member, Dr Gerard Brooker was invited to participate in the groundbreaking event on June 13. He also spoke during the annual Teachers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony the following evening. Dr Brooker was inducted into the Teachers Hall of Fame in 1988.
First Selectman Pat Llodra’s latest post at OneNewtown.org indicates it is time for all residents to move “into a quiet period of rest, recuperation and healing.” On Thursday, June 27, Mrs Llodra used her blog to announce that while countless offers have been extended to residents in the days, weeks and months following 12/14, the town has decided that no additional special events will be added to the town’s calendar.
Newtown High School students are invited to join a mission trip to support the clean-up effort in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma from July 21-26. Airfare, ground transportation in Oklahoma and accommodations will be fully paid for by Ben’s Lighthouse. The trip is open to any person who is entering 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade or who just graduated from high school this spring. A mandatory meeting for all high school youth interested in attending, and their parents or guardians, will be held Saturday, June 29, at 7 pm, at Trinity Church, 36 Main Street.
Sam Irving gives a thumbs up from the seat of a race car ride on the opening night of the St Rose Parish Carnival, Tuesday, June 25. The annual event will continue on the parish grounds until Saturday, June 29, running nightly from 6 to 10:30 pm. carnival features rides and games by Stewart Amusement, as well as a kiddie tent with face painting and crafts, and nightly entertainment.
There are plenty of food offerings, and the St Rose Home and School Association will host a Friday Night Bingo on June 28. Admission for Bingo is $17 per person, which includes all regular and some special games.
Proceeds from this year’s carnival will be used to support parish needs.