Lingering snow may be on the ground with more in the forecast, and many are counting down the days until the beginning of spring, but Marie Athans is already thinking about summer. She hopes residents interested in hosting an inner city child for a week or two will join her on March 20, the first day of spring, for a Fresh Air Fund Day Get-Together at Franco’s Pizza & Pasta to learn more about the nonprofit organization that provides the free summer vacation to the city children that will “introduce them to the joys of country life,” states a recent release. The get-together will be between 4 and 6 pm, with free pizza and surprises for children.
Although displaced from their regular meeting space in C.H. Booth Library since the beginning of the year, when flooding disrupted business at the facility, the library's Young Adult Council (YAC) has continued to meet regularly at other sites. The group is made up of young people in grades six and up, and is dedicated to promoting programs and raising funds to benefit the Young Adult Department of the C.H. Booth Library, under the guidance of YA Librarian Kim Weber.
“Leave your mark” on the Newtown Park and Bark dog park, is the message from park friends. Launching a buy-a-brick campaign this month, the Friends of Newtown Park and Bark, which is under construction and will open in early May, is selling Havana red 4-by-8-inch and 8-by-8-inch bricks for $100 and $200, respectively. The bricks will be used to create a walkway from the park entrance into the off-leash park, located on Old Farms Road, adjacent to the new Brian J. Silverlieb Animal Care and Control Center. Bricks purchased by April 1 will be included in the walkway in time for the grand opening on Saturday, May 3. Bricks will still be available after April 1, but will not be included in the initial installation.
Although it was only the second time that it had staged an awards ceremony, Newtown Kindness brought together several hundred people at Edmond Town Hall on the night of Saturday, February 22, to honor the memory of Charlotte Bacon, one of the first grade children who died in the 12/14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. On what would have been Charlotte’s eighth birthday, Newtown Kindness provided several dozen Charlotte Bacon Acts of Kindness Awards to children from across the US and Canada for performing acts of kindness. The organization presented eight awards to finalists, 35 awards to medalists, and one legacy award during the ceremony held in the historic building's theater.
Baseball and music have been his passions since he was young, said country music star Scotty McCreery, Tuesday, February 25, but music is “something I get to do,” not something he has to do, he said.
The other thing he gets to do, is represent the 12.14 Foundation of Newtown. Recently named the National Goodwill Ambassador for the Foundation, Scotty was at the Dana-Holcombe House on Main Street in Newtown, Tuesday, to meet with members of the Board of Directors of the 12.14 Foundation.
Newtown native and accomplished poet Amy Nawrocki will read from her latest book of poetry, Four Blue Eggs, Saturday, March 1, at 7 pm, at Byrd’s Books, 126 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel. "Four Blue Eggs," published by Homebound Publications, was released February 7. The collection of more than two dozen poems are works developed over an extended span of time, said Ms Nawrocki, and are a reflection on the natural world around us, family, and many life experiences. The book is a full-length collection that was inspired by a contest run by its publisher, which encouraged poets to work with a contemplative theme. Ms Nawrocki anticipates a 35-40-minute reading Saturday night, to be followed by a question and answer session, and feedback. With the independent book store hosting the event located just a few minutes away from her former hometown, Ms Nawrocki hopes to see old and new friends at the reading.
The father of two young children, Newtown resident Dr Michael Baroody saw the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, as “an assault on our soul, with no verbal way to communicate what had happened. I felt like I had lost my own kids, but I realized that my world is not just my living room. These Newtown children are our kids and it is our responsibility to protect our kids.”
As he sought a way to understand and move through the horror, he began to realize that language is sometimes a barrier to healing. “I asked myself, what does our community need? What is one nonverbal way to express ourselves?” he said.
Neither an actor nor a member of the performing arts community, Dr Baroody nonetheless thought about the power of music and theater, and how a world-class performing arts center could become a means of moving people forward in a positive, ongoing manner.