- Thursday, August 28, 2014
For more than 50 years, townspeople have swarmed to the center of town to watch the Newtown Labor Day Parade. Entertaining, free, and educational at times, the floats, bands, horses, dogs, music and more work an end-of-summer magic on the people that line the streets, from the top of Main Street to the judging stand on Queen Street. It is a tradition that pulls the entire town together, erasing the divisions that make people exult in their Dodgingtown, Botsford, Sandy Hook, Hawleyville, or borough residencies.
- Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Those planning to attend Monday’s Labor Day Parade are invited to start their day at 14 West Street, where for convenient and ample parking will be available along with a pancake breakfast before the big event.
- Friday, August 22, 2014
I’m a pro at stretching and relaxing, but even if you’re not, you can be a part of the Newtown Yoga Festival. The all-day yoga extravaganza takes place this Saturday, August 23, from 9 am to 4 pm, at NYA. A “Yoga Buffet” served up by local yoga instructors provides the chance to try out several yoga practices in approximately 20-minute segments during the morning. Then, in the afternoon, join internationally and nationally recognized yoga teachers Ray Crist, Tiffany Maloney, and Jennifer Reis for some really special sessions.
- Friday, August 8, 2014
Want to know how to catch a raccoon? Well, don’t ask Howard Lasher. Someone told Howard that the best way to solve the raccoon problem in his garden was to place sardines in a Hav-A-Hart trap. That may attract raccoons, true, but there are many other animals that are tempted by those stinky little fish — and when Howard and Jeanette were unable to find their cat, Georgio Katz, I’ll bet you can guess where he was. Poor Georgio was trapped. At least he didn’t go hungry.
- Friday, July 25, 2014
Summer reading is not just for kids in this town. Adults are invited to take part in the C.H. Booth Library Adult Summer Reading program. Stop by the main circulation desk on the second floor and pick up some review forms. Read your books, and then put the forms into your chosen prize boxes on the table, near the front door. Librarians there tell me there will be a grand drawing, at the end of August, for some awesome prizes.
- Saturday, July 19, 2014
What would you do, if you had only a third of the funds necessary to present a $30,000 event? If you are the Newtown Labor Day Parade Committee, you would have faith, and move forward with the plans for the 53rd annual parade, scheduled to put its best foot forward Monday, September 1, at 10 am.
Nonetheless, said Parade Committee President Beth Caldwell, it would be nice to have a little more wiggle room, this late in the game.
- Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Newtown loves a parade, and there is no parade Newtown loves more than the annual Newtown Labor Day Parade. Determining the parade’s theme and its grand marshal are among the priorities Parade Committee volunteers tackle when planning begins in the dark, cold days of winter.
- Wednesday, September 4, 2013
To the Editor:
- Tuesday, September 3, 2013
To the Editor:
Right after the parade in that pouring rain, Barbara Bloom and I were huddled under a small tree on Queen Street waiting for some of the men to dismantle the Republican Town Committee tent. A car drove up to the curb, the window opened, and a woman handed out an umbrella and said “Here, here's an umbrella – you can keep it.”
Now. how nice is that?
- Monday, September 2, 2013
What's a little rain -- when it stays up in the air, that is. Preparing for a predicted rainfall, paradegoers for the 52nd Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 2, set up not only chairs along the parade route, but a number of portable tents, as well. Raincoats and umbrellas were stashed nearby, just in case the rumble of marchers turned into the rumble of thunder.