The Plunge For Sandy Hook event held at Lake Compounce on December 8 raised more than $26,000, surpassing its original $10,000 goal, for the My Sandy Hook Family Fund. At least two Newtown residents took the plunge into the cold water last weekend: Lauren Morehouse and Christina Wolf. The two women, who have been friends since attending second grade at Hawley Elementary School, were on a team of about 20 people, including family members of some of the victims at Sandy Hook School on 12/14. The Plunge For Sandy Hook was organized by Sean Cummings and Molly Goodine, who both told The Bee before the event that they wanted to do something to continue helping the families, one year after the events at the school.
A one-day delay did not diminish the spirits of the nearly 100 seniors in attendance at the Newtown Senior Center Annual Holiday Party, Wednesday, December 11, at Capellaro’s Grove in Bethel. Originally scheduled for the previous day, wintry weather caused a postponement of the festivities.
The holiday season is three times as bright in Newtown as residents celebrated tree lightings in Sandy Hook, Hawleyville, and at the Ram Pasture. A quick countdown from ten zeroed in on the Sandy Hook tree on The Glen , which threw its rainbow of holiday lights across the center on December 7, followed shortly thereafter by the lighting of a second tree covered with thousands of green and white lights. Hawleyville followed with a tree lighting on Sunday night, and the 29th Annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting -- postponed from last week due to poor weather -- was held Wednesday, December 11.
Seated side by side and facing a long line of adults and children carrying stacks of books, former resident and renowned children’s book illustrator Steven Kellogg and award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan were in Newtown this past weekend to meet residents, readers of all ages, and sign copies of their recent work, "Snowflakes Fall." Mr Kellogg, a former Sandy Hook resident, and Ms MacLachlan worked together to create the book in memory of those lost on 12/14. The friends and collaborators were in town for special book signings on Sunday afternoon at C.H. Booth Library, and then Monday at Big Y.
Residents are reminded that the 29th Annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting Ceremony will be tonight. Entertainment will begin by 6:30, and First Selectman Pat Llodra will light the tree at 7 pm. The first of three tree lightings that had been planned for last weekend, the Ram Pasture event was postponed last week due to poor weather on December 6. This event is centered around the trees at the corner of Elm Drive and Hawley Lane. Hundreds of luminarias will again surround Hawley Pond and line streets in the immediate vicinity, leading those who are walking from nearby roads (and homes, for some) to the trees.
For the third year in a row, The Sherman Players are presenting a “Christmas Panto” — something that is traditional in Britain, and hopefully will become a tradition here as well, since the two that I’ve seen (last year’s "Cinderella," and this year’s "Aladdin") — are rollicking good fun, designed to entertain young children, but delightful fun for grownups as well. The show combines lively music and serious vocal talent with campy female impersonation, topical humor, and a cast that is a seamless mix of kids and adults, while the audience sings along, and shouts out helpful advice.
A Giving Tree stands in the Edmond Town Hall lobby this year. Promoting the tree that is intended to benefit community members in need, the Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers and the Newtown Prevention Council staff promoted the tree earlier this week. The council is the inaugura...