Letter: Support Jim Himes for Congress

To The Editor:

We have been very fortunate to be represented by our extremely hard-working and effective Congressman, Jim Himes.

While providing exceptional constituent services, Jim fights to build and maintain affordable health care, secures resources for our state’s economy in expanding and creating jobs, and diligently works to protect individuals’ constitutional rights.

Jim also is a leader on Congress’s Intelligence Committee where he has overseen our critical international security interests to keep us safe.

Jim works tirelessly for his country and constituents. Join me in voting to return Jim to Washington so he can continue his outstanding service.

John Cunningham


Letter: Anne Hughes, CT-135

To the Editor:

In state government, the way it works, only majority party members write and approve our laws and policies.

Connecticut faces multiple challenges — budget, unemployment, health care, and education costs. The reader can add even more issues for our state.

In Easton, these issues impact us as citizens and taxpayers. A Connecticut that is less competitive in creating job opportunities directly affects our lifestyle and housing values.

Easton needs a representative in Hartford who is in the majority. Join me in supporting and voting for Anne Hughes in November — Anne is Easton’s voice in Hartford.

John Cunningham


South Park Advisory Committee Special Meeting Tonight, Monday, April 20, at 7

John Cunningham, chairman of the South Park Advisory Committee, is inviting Easton residents to participate in a Special Meeting tonight, Monday, April 20, 2020 at 7 p.m. The meeting is available online or by telephone, per the instructions below.

The meeting will be conducted online using the Zoom video conferencing software. The meeting can be accessed by either using your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone using the link below ( https://zoom.us/j/5731465822?pwd=cHdKTDR5S0dPZlI0QnNZdUk1N20zQT09 ) or you may dial in by telephone.

South Park Advisory Committee Zoom Special Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 573 146 5822
Password for Zoom meeting: SPAC0420

Or you can call in by telephone using these phone numbers and password. Please note the password is different for calling in by telephone.

Dial by your location:

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 253 215 8782 US

        +1 301 715 8592 US

Meeting ID: 573 146 5822

Password for calling in by telephone: 076206

Family Joins Town Farming Tradition with ‘Guinea Pig Garden’

Longtime Easton residents Kathi and John Cunningham have opened their home to their daughter, Megan, her husband, Daniel Chait, and the couple’s son, Jack. 

Typically, the Cunninghams are accustomed to weekly trips to New York City to see their children. Their son, David, lives near his sister in downtown Manhattan with his wife, Suysel, and daughter, Cecilia; Kathi and John visit both children frequently. But now, with the spread of the coronavirus in the city, the visiting has been reversed and extended.

David Cunningham and his family also left their New York City apartment and are living in and working out of their country home in the Catskills due to the current situation.

Jack Chait has spent his entire life until now as a New York City resident. So the adjustment to Easton for him has included foregoing subways and buses while gaining access to acres of outdoor space.  Jack spent the first few days of his visit “clearing the yard of debris, including fallen branches and leaves,” with his grandfather. As they proceeded with the yard clearing, their discussion turned to gardens.

In the following days, Jack worked with tools from his grandparents’s shed, removing moss and large stones to make a clearing in the shape of  a garden grid where herbs will grow. The plan is to grow mint, basil, oregano, chives, thyme …. “And lots and lots of rosemary!” Jack said.  The final herb was insisted on by Jack, teasingly, because of his grandfather’s strong aversion for rosemary.

The garden sits in the Cunninghams’s back yard, next to their stone wall. “The layout of the three-box grid and the stone path was inspired by my visit to Shaggy Coos Farm,” Jack said.  The materials for compost and topsoil were ordered from Snow’s Farm. It’s truly an all-Easton effort. 

Jack said he plans to name the garden after his guinea pigs and hopes there will be herbs available to pick for their meals this spring.

The guinea pigs are staying in Easton during the COVID-19 crisis also. Two males named Huddles and Cuddles they are rescue guinea pigs and Jack’s first pets. Jack got them a year ago today, March 31, on his seventh birthday. Happy eighth birthday, Jack!

John Cunningham of Easton and his grandson from New York stay active while socially distancing, building a backyard Guinea Pig garden.