All that remained of the historic Fredericka House on Friday, July 25, was a pile of concrete and bent pipes heaped next to a giant industrial screener in the Newtown United Methodist Church parking lot. Darin and David Renihan of Site Services in Danbury stood nearby, surveying the packed surface where the house had once stood. It has been many years since Fredericka House opened its doors onto Church Hill Road. Built around 1810 by one of the early Sanford family members, it was given to Elizabeth C. Sanford upon her marriage to Edmond Trowbridge Hastings Gibson, a New York broker, by her brother, David Sanford, in 1842. The house continued to make its presence known, though, for many years. When Fredericka House was demolished, its wood, lathe, plaster and foundation were allowed to collapse into the basement. Each spring, the church community has found itself paying to fill in sinkholes that occur as the debris continued to decompose and settle.
This week marks the halfway point of C.H. Booth Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, READ!” This summer, readers who wish to participate in the Summer Reading Program now have two options: They can fill traditional paper log of what they have read, or they can set up an online account through Summer Reader. "We figure having the choice to partake in the Summer Reading Program online is easier and more convenient for people. All a person needs is WiFi, and they can sign up,” said Children's Librarian Alana Bennison. Participants of all ages have more than 40,000 titles to choose from this year.
After a trial period of three weeks, EverWonder Children’s Museum Experience founder Kristin Chiriatti said that the museum at 31 Pecks Lane is ready to officially introduce its newest exhibit to the space.
A public reception for the Mag Wall, funded by the Newtown Junior Women’s Club (NJWC), will take place Saturday, August 2, at 12:30 pm. The Mag Wall consists of multiple PVC tubes, ramps, hoops, and cups that attach with powerful magnets to a board mounted on the wall.
Elaine Benko and Lana Dorrian spent time last week raking and weeding the bocce court at The Pleasance. Part of a group of women who regularly enjoy the court, they decided to spend time pulling weeds at their weekly meeting place that had been filled with water following a heavy rain.
It was in mid-March of this year, while walking his property, that Howard Lasher had a vision that his mother needed recognition. Ida Lasher, whose birthday was March 20, died in 1999 at the age of 85. Four months and 400 feet of drainage, hundreds of pounds of grass seed, dozens of plant purchases, and 12,000 pounds of stone later, “Ida’s Garden” is well on its way to becoming the memorial to his mother that Mr Lasher first envisioned
Thanks to the past two Reed Intermediate School sixth grade classes, a school in Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia, in Liberia, has a new well, and a new school building is being constructed. This past February, Newtown Middle School seventh grade students — the former Reed students who led the fundraising efforts — learned how they helped fund a well for a Liberian school through participating in a yearly event at Reed Intermediate School as sixth grade students the previous school year. Funds were raised through two very successful Pushcart Days at Reed School, where children created their own “pushcarts” filled with selected foods and other items, and then sold the items while competing with other pushcart teams. The program was based on "The Pushcart Wars" by Jean Merrill, which tells the fictional story of a clash between pushcart vendors in New York City. At the Board of Education’s Tuesday, July 15, meeting, the school board learned how Reed sixth graders, participating in the same event this past school year, helped to build a new school building.