• Former Resident Donates Statues To VFW

    When former resident Colonel Robert Morris, Jr (Ret), returned to Newtown recently, he met Frank Colacurcio at VFW Post 308. The two subsequently met at the former home of Col Morris’s father, the late Robert C. Morris, Sr, where Mr Colacurcio noticed statues of soldiers — concrete stone men in military uniform, arms raised in salute. Col Morris and his father are both veterans. The men then had the idea that similar statues would be a good addition at the VFW.

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    Are you ready to stretch your muscles and your mind? The 2015 Newtown Yoga Festival gets underway Saturday, August 22, at 9 am, and runs through 4 pm, at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, at Fairfield Hills. Featuring Drs Patricia Gerbarg and Richard Brown for an afternoon Breath-Body-Mind workshop, the morning hours are a potpourri of yoga and dance for all ages. Go to www.newtownyogafestival.org for more information and to register.

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    Sandy Hook firefighters rescued this lucky bunny from a storm drain when resident Liz Luzietti alerted them to the incident.

  • VFW Memorial Day Ceremony Honored Veterans

    A sampling of Newtown’s population gathered on the grounds of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308, Freedom Defenders Way, Monday morning, May 25, to honor the memories of service men and women who have died, as well as to recognize the service of current troops.

    In the crowd were a number of veterans from earlier wars: Vietnam, Korea, and World War II, as well as from Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Volunteers Place Flags To Honor Veterans

    13-year-old Ethan Hanna carries a box of American flags, ready to visit Zoar Cemetery and decorate the graves of veterans there. Ethan was one of many volunteers placing flags on veterans’ gravesites, Thursday afternoon, May 14.

  • VFW Scholarship Award Winner Talks About A Veteran She Admired

    Standing before the veterans’ mural at the Newtown Municipal Center on August 19 was Alison Forger, who told a brief story about veteran Eugene Struzik, “rhymes with music,” she said. A Monroe resident and daughter of Newtown VFW Post 308 men’s auxiliary member Walter Forger, Alison entered the VFW’s annual essay scholarship program and won this year’s scholarship award. Her essay was about Mr Struzik, “the 95-year-old man” who shook her hand in church after mass, she wrote.

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    Has Newtown got enough fresh air, cool lake water, and sunshine to share? Add to that the generosity of welcoming a child from New York City to visit town and pet a horse for the first time, or stand at the top of a hiking trail and listen to the waterfall at Orchard Hill Nature Center. Maybe an inner-city child would love to feel sand underfoot, then the splash of fresh water while taking a swim at Eichler’s Cove.

  • VFW Ceremony Honors Fallen Service Men And Women

    “It’s an important tradition for us to come here,” said Richard Gottmeier, prior to the start of the Monday, May 26 ceremony at the VFW Post 308 honoring veterans who have died in service to the country. Mr Gottmeier served 28 years in the Army and Army Reserves, he said, is a member of the VFW, and comes from a family tradition of serving the country since the Revolutionary War. “We pay our respects today to those who didn’t get to come home. They are the true heroes,” he said.

  • VFW Replaces Flags At Graves Of Veterans

    Members of VFW Post 308, Ladies Auxiliary, and volunteers gathered at the Village Cemetery on Elm Street early Wednesday morning, May 21, before fanning out across 11 local cemeteries to replace flags marking the graves of Newtown veterans. Prior to setting out, they were joined by State Representative Mitch Bolinsky for a brief ceremony honoring Vietnam Army veteran Eric George Blantin.

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    In fictional animal news... Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg, author and illustrator, respectively, of the recently published Snowflakes Fall, both visited Sandy Hook School last week. I understand that while speaking to one group of students Mr Kellogg, a former Sandy Hook resident, shared a fun fact. Did you know his former canine Pinkerton, who inspired his Pinkerton books (like A Rose for Pinkerton), is hidden in some of the illustrations for some of his other books?