The Board of Selectman has created the volunteer post of Poet Laureate and has asked The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission to recruit, screen and recommend a final candidate. The deadline for submitting an application, and samples of work, is August 1.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have Peter Seltzer conducting a critique of paintings by members during its next meeting, on Wednesday, July 8, at 7:30 pm, The program will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House. It is not necessary to be a member of SCAN to attend. Admission is free.
The 100-bed psychiatric hospital bid for development at Fairfield Hills has refocused to sites elsewhere in town. Fairfield Hills Authority Chairman Thomas Connors said recently that he, along with US HealthVest behavioral health facility CEO Richard A. Kresch MD, and other town officials have considered alternative property in Newtown “in the interest of avoiding potential challenges the project might face” by developing a practice on the Fairfield Hills campus. Mr Connors mentioned a property near the Bethel border along Route 6. Dr Kresch has visited the location and seems interested, Mr Connors said.
The Newtown Scholarship Association (NSA) held its 23rd Annual Jack Friel Memorial Golf Scramble on June 22. The event is sponsored by Newtown’s two golf venues, Rock Ridge Country Club and Newtown Country Club. he winners playing Newtown Country Club were Chris Watson, Bob Watson, Chad Joshpe, and Steve Loughran and at Rock Ridge Country Club were Charles Nanavaty, Glenn Nanavaty, Mike Kehoe, and Terry Shanahan. Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ golf teams also played in the tourney. There were more than 100 participants playing golf in support of the Newtown Scholarship Association. For 78 years, NSA has focused on its mission to put a college education within reach for every high school graduate from Newtown.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy has issued a proclamation declaring the week of July 28-July 5, 2015 Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Week. The timing of the proclamation was done to coincide with what would have been the ninth birthday of Jesse Lewis on June 30. Jesse was one of the children killed on 12/14. “This is a JesseLewisChooseLove.org initiative, and we are working towards teaching children to choose love,” said Jesse’s mother, Scarlett Lewis.
Grace, hope, love, change, solidarity, and forgiveness were recurrent themes as members of Newtown’s interfaith community addressed a crowd of approximately 175 people at the #NewtownRisingForCharleston vigil, held Sunday evening, June 28, at Newtown United Methodist Church. The 7 pm service of song and prayer to honor the nine lives lost June 17, at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., when a young man gunned them down at a Bible study meeting, began more than half an hour before that, with individuals solemnly waiting in line to add their names to a large orange banner that had been laid out in the narthex. Kara Fitzgerald, of Moms Demand Action, said the banner would be sent later this week to “Mother Emanual” AME Church, as a sign of Newtown’s support.
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