The Newtown Soccer Club hosted the 33rd Annual Memorial Day Soccer Tournament this past weekend. The club welcomed 102 teams from all over Connecticut to play in a one-day format tournament. Out-of-county towns such as Plainfield, Naugatuck, Wallingford, and Bristol came for the competition, along with local clubs from Wilton, Weston, and Westport. The girls’ teams played on Saturday and the boys’ squads on Sunday. In addition to competitive games, food vendors and t-shirt sales made this year’s tournament a success for the Newtown Soccer Club.
A sampling of Newtown’s population gathered on the grounds of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 on Monday morning, May 25, to honor the memories of service men and women who have died, as well as to recognize the service of current troops. In the crowd was a number of veterans from earlier wars including World War II, Korea and Vietnam, as well as more recent efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
When organizers including founder and retired New York Port Authority cop Bill Keegan joined together to form HEART 9/11 — or Healing Emergency Aid Response Team, a peer-to-peer support network for the hundreds of surviving responders to the 9/11 attacks — he had no Idea how far his team might go to help counsel shocked, troubled and traumatized colleagues in police, EMS and fire services. Their primary mission is to help communities and the emergency workers serving them recover from some of the worst tragedies and disasters, from Oklahoma towns devastated by tornados, and Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi, to Port Au Prince, Haiti, and to the relatively quieter headquarters of the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Newtown Police Department.
The Town and Country Garden Club will present “JOY! 50 Years of Celebrations,” a standard flower show in celebration of the club’s golden anniversary, which occurred in 2014. The show will be presented at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, June 12-13. The special event will offer a Design Class, a Horticulture Division, and a Special Educational Exhibit. The show will be open to the public, free of charge.
Readers are invited to continue to honor current troops. A donation box has been set up in the lobby of The Newtown Bee, 5 Church Hill Road, and will remain in place until May 29. In conjunction with VFW Post 308 Newtown, The Bee is collecting items to be sent to service men and women. Donations will be delivered to Post 308, where they will be shipped to our troops.
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