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  • Governor Announces Federal Grants To Make Connecticut Schools Safer, Healthier Places To Learn

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced on December 5 that Connecticut has received two federal grants totaling more than $3.5 million to create safer, more nurturing environments in schools.

  • Three Tree Lightings Planned For The Weekend

    Trees at Ram Pasture, Sandy Hook Center, and in Hawleyville will be formally lit for the holidays this weekend.

    Newtown’s oldest tree lighting celebration will open the weekend.

    The 30th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ram Pasture is scheduled for Friday, December 5. The event will begin with musical performances at 6:30 pm, and culminate with the tree lighting at 7, followed by caroling, hot chocolate, and visits with Santa and Mrs Claus.

  • Resiliency Center Of Newtown Announces December 13-14 Weekend Schedule, Additional Events

    The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) will be open during the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, with programs to help residents navigate through the second anniversary of 12/14.

    The center, at 153 South Main Street (lower level), will be open from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Walk-in visitors are welcome. Therapists will be available throughout the weekend, as well as Zoe the therapy dog on Sunday. There will be light refreshments both days.

  • Working Women’s Forum Holding Holiday Event

    Local professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to join the Working Women’s Forum Wednesday, December 10, for a holiday gathering at The Villa Restaurant, 4 Riverside Road in Sandy Hook.

    A wide variety of raffles will be offered, including spa services at A New Beginning Aveda Salon, portraits from Newtown photographer Marleen Cafarelli, local designer Christina Wolf’s holiday embellishments, a wine basket, a train set filled with goodies, festive “gold” and “silver” baskets, and much more.

  • Through Children’s Eyes, ‘It’s A Beautiful World’

    On October 19, Zoar Ridge Stables hosted 27 children who were participating in Embrace Hope’s “It’s a Beautiful World” photography workshop.

    They were met by four photographers — Debra Marafiote, Jens Haulund, Darrel Harrington and Danielle Amato — who gave them tips on taking an interesting photo. Armed with cameras and a new knowledge of light, angle and perspective, the children ventured out onto the Sandy Hook farm to capture anything that inspired them.

  • Sound Center Open House, Sunday Afternoon

    The Sound Center for Music, Creative Arts and Mindfulness, in the historic renovated chapel at 31 Hawleyville Road,  invites the public to usher in the holidays with a month of opportunities to relax, rejuvenate, and celebrate.

    On Sunday, December 7, an IAM Meditation Technique Workshop will begin at 11 am. The practice offers is a powerful way to reconnect with one’s real self and experience the infinite vitality and innate joy that underlies life.

  • Resident Hoping To Return To Top Tier In Festival Of Lighthouses Contest

    NORWALK — A Newtown woman and her delicious holiday lighthouse are vying for the $1,500 grand prize in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s 13th annual Festival of Lighthouses Contest.

    Donna Kern Ball’s “Gingerbread Man Kind” is among the 24 creative handmade entries in the holiday display, which will be open daily through January 19 in the popular Connecticut family attraction.

  • Council Welcomes Eva Bermudez To Fill Vacant District 2 Seat

    Eva Bermudez, a local, state and national union organizer for the Service Employees International Union, and an outreach worker for Access Health CT, was sworn in December 3 to fill an open District 2 seat on the Legislative Council.

  • Council Authorizes Town To Accept ‘Gift’ Of Lanza Property

    The Legislative Council on December 3 unanimously voted to acquire, at no cost to taxpayers, the home and property where 12/14 shooter Adam Lanza lived with his mother, Nancy Lanza. The bank that was holding the outstanding mortgage on 36 Yogananda Street decided after months of discussion to give the parcel and residence to the community.

  • AFT Head Visits Newtown, Honors Fallen Educators While Calling For Additional Support

    American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, AFT Connecticut Vice President Steve McKeever, and Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski presented a collage honoring the six educators who were murdered nearly two years ago on 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School to the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, December 2.

    Earlier on Tuesday, the group visited Sandy Hook School, spoke with school staff, held a media conference, and attended a dinner prepared by Newtown High School culinary students.