Responding to a challenge/invitation from Washington (CT) Fire Department Firefighter Jeff Kozo, seven members of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company joined 16 firefighters from Washington, Kent, and other regional companies for the 2015 Sandy Hook 5K. The firefighters walked the 5-kilometer/3.1-mile course on Saturday, March 28, wearing full turnout gear. Many also carried air packs, and some even walked much of the course while on air. Plattsys Timing, the company that handled timing and posting results for the race, noted “snow — breezy — 31 degrees” on its final notes for the day. Nevertheless, firefighters were all smiles when they crossed the finish line, as a group, in less than an hour.
A family film and sporting events will dominate the movie screen at Edmond Town Hall this weekend and early next week. "Penguins of Madagascar" will open Friday, April 3, at the movie theater within the historic building at 45 Main Street. Meanwhile, sports fans can enjoy Game 2 of the NCAA Division I Men's College Basketball Final Four on Saturday, and the Final of the competition on Monday night. A pair of Major League Baseball Opening Day games will be broadcast on Monday afternoon, and then the NCAA Division I Women's College Basketball Championship Final will be aired Tuesday night. Introduced a few weeks ago, live broadcasts of television events at the ETH Theatre began on March 19, opening day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. Over 30 games were aired over two days, according to Andy Clure, a member of the ETH Board of Managers. “With the improvements that have been made to the ETH movie theater we wanted to try opening up the big screen to more than just movies,” Mr Clue said April 1.
The Máirtín O’Connor Trio has toured the world with legendary Irish singer Christy Moore, with Australian guitar master Tony Emmanuel, and with the beloved fiddler Martin Hayes’ Masters of Tradition ensemble. They have played to full capacity audiences in venues such as Lincoln Center and UCLA’s Royce Hall. On Friday, April 10, at 8 pm, Fairfield County’s own Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society will bring the trio — Mr O’Connor, Cathal Hayden and Seamie O’Dowd — to Newtown Meeting House for the first date of a nine-day East Coast tour.
Newtown’s “diver doctor,” David Charash, DO, is poised to host the next in a series of annual Dive Medicine Conferences on April 11 at Danbury’s Ethan Allan Inn at 21 Lake Ave Extension. Welcoming vendors and exhibitors including Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR), Dr Charash told The Newtown Bee that he is honored to be bringing in one of the world’s foremost authorities on deep water diving. “Joe Dituri is recently retired from serving as a Navy Deep Submergence Unit commander, and he holds the world’s record for the deepest underwater dive,” Dr Charash said. “He is also one of the few divers to utilize a deep diving exosuit.” Mr Dituri will discuss some of the health and safety implications of in-water recompression for both research and public safety divers. “He’s a world authority on the subject of decompressing without the use of a hyperbaric chamber,” the physician added. Mr Dituri will be joined on the program by cold water expert and author Bernie Chowdhury, who will cover health and safety practices for cold water diving along with Dr Charash.
As one of two surviving members of The Doors, Robby Krieger is heading out on the road celebrating the group’s 50th anniversary by showcasing mostly familiar Doors tunes with his current band Jam Kitchen - featuring his son, Waylon, on guitar and vocals. In an exclusive interview with The Newtown Bee — 50 years after that history-making first jam session with Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore — Krieger talked about The Doors collaborative songwriting process, revealed why he settled on the Gibson SG as his long preferred choice of guitar, discussed the final stages of building an all-analog recording studio at his home, and what the Playhouse audience will be in for during his upcoming Ridgefield show.
Since 12.14 Foundation summer musical director and creative leader Michael Unger left Newtown after last year’s successful run of 101 Dalmatians: The Musical and A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream, he has been very busy. Along with editing an opera DVD in Boise, Idaho, and recently taking on the position of Artistic Director of the York Theatre in New York City, Mr Unger has been working with 12.14 Foundation founder Michael Baroody to determine which shows the company will mount for 2015. The local foundation, whose goal is to eventually develop a year-round arts center in Newtown, has announced it will begin auditioning for its two summer productions April 25, along with a new pay-to-participate program.
Newtown Middle School students will take the stage to perform "Shrek The Musical Jr" this weekend, Friday through Sunday, March 27-29. The show is a family-friendly musical comedy that follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon; however, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle different obstacles, including learning how to believe in himself.