The Easton 175th Committee heeded the advice of the Easton Park and Recreation Department and went ahead with its first event Friday night, despite a somewhat questionable weather forecast.

Park and Rec staff have experience in these matters, and the decision worked out well, drawing an enthusiastic turnout on a clear summer evening, following a light rain in the afternoon.

Residents of all ages, and particularly families, watched E.T. — The Extra Terrestrial — on the big screen, safely socially distanced from their cars in the Samuel Staples Elementary School parking lot.

First Selectman Dave Bindelglass and Selectmen Kristi Sogofsky and Bob Lessler collected about $383 in donations to the United Way,

“What a fun night!” Lessler, who leads the 175th committee, said. “Thank you to Jeff [Klein], Danielle [Alves], Lisa [Farasciano], Allison [Taylor], Sarah [Lehberger], the Park and Rec staff and everyone who made the evening a great success. The weather cooperated, and the turnout was very good. Job well done. We are off to a great start.”

The 175th team has been hard at work planning lots of fun and interesting activities for the upcoming months.

Future events include a trivia night planned for Aug. 14, a bike tour and a 5K run/walk as well as a fireworks display planned for the end of August or beginning of September in partnership with Easton EMS.

Read more about the 175th celebrations:

What is the Easton 175th Committee?

Easton 175th – New and Noteworthy

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By Nancy Doniger

Nancy Doniger worked as a journalist for three decades and was a founding editor of the nonprofit Easton Courier in partnership with the School of Communications, Media & the Arts at Sacred Heart University (SHU). She served two years as executive member and is now a contributing editing of the Easton Courier. She was a former managing editor of Hometown Publications and Hersam Acorn Newspapers covering Connecticut's Fairfield and New Haven counties. She was a correspondent for the Connecticut section of The New York Times from 1995 until the section was discontinued in 2006. Over the years she edited The Easton Courier, The Monroe Courier, The Bridgeport News and other community newspapers. She taught news editing as an adjunct professor at SHU and served as coordinator and member of the Community Assets Network for the Easton, Redding and Region 9 schools. She was a member of the Newtown Community Center Commission, member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), board member of the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), and past president and board member of the Barnard Club of Connecticut. She has won awards for her writing from SPJ and NENPA.