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I’m happy to hand out my first Good Egg Award of the year. Beginning in early December, at the Sandy Hook Tree Lighting, the Foundry Kitchen and Tavern in Sandy Hook Center began handing out customized baseball caps in return for donations to support the Newtown Fund Holiday Basket program. This program uses 100 percent of the proceeds to support Newtown families in need, throughout the entire year, with food and fuel assistance, utility bills, rent, and medical expenses. Karla Trujillo, Foundry manager, is shown here with Newtown Fund board members Linda Bates of Stockwell and Bates and Sharon Maynard of Savings Bank of Danbury. 

The Foundry collected $500 for the cause. Chris Bruno, owner of the progressive American Cuisine tavern, said, “There is truly no better feeling than giving back to those who need so much and yet ask for so little.” The Foundry continues to accept donations for the Newtown Fund at its 1 Glen Road location, or call 203-270-9312 to find out how to donate directly. Along with so many other generous individuals and businesses in our town, Chris and staff, you are Good Eggs!

I sure wish I had a frowny-face BAD Egg Award to hand out, because I know just who would receive it. I hear from a Scudder Road resident that on New Year’s Day, she and her husband spotted three men taking split wood off of their neighbors’ property. “My husband went over and told them it was not available to be taken. They put it back and left.” That’s all good and well; except that the neighborhood watchdogs woke up the next morning to find that their front door had been egged. Coincidence? Whether or not, it is shoddy behavior by a trio of bad eggs.

One bit of good news comes out of the waterlogged C.H. Booth Library. Young Adult Librarian Kim Weber says that the Tardis, a phone booth/time machine from the Dr Who television series, built by Ian Wilson and his dad, Scot, survived the January 4 flood inside the library. Ian and Scot spent months working on it, and had just installed it in the Young Adult section of the library the Saturday before last. “It survived without a drop of water on it,” says Kim jubilantly, “a good thing, because it is made of paper.”

The Bee welcomes a new intern, Newtown High School 2013 graduate and Endicott College freshman Michelle Spanedda. She’s already made fast friends with office dog Tique and seems comfortable here at 5 Church Hill Road. She tells me she likes music, theater, cooking, and writing. (Here’s hoping she also likes feeding the cat with loads of Newtown gossip.) Wednesday marked Michelle’s first full day in the office, and by coincidence, former Bee intern Steve Bonanno stopped by to say hello and learned the person who has taken his spot is also a fellow Endicott College student. Steve’s been up to quite a lot, he tells me. He is writing for DigBoston, and having fun covering concerts and writing movie reviews.

Rehearsals for the Newtown Choral Society spring concert begin Wednesday, January 22, at 7:30 pm, in the chorus room of Newtown Middle School. The theme for the April concert is “Music Of The Night,” and will include songs like Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” and “In The Still Of The Night,” as well as “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” from The Lion King. If you can feel the love of singing, why not join in? The Choral Society welcomes new members. Director Mary Andreotta will assign new singers to sections. For more information, contact lel@se-ltd.com.

Congratulations to Lorraine and Michael Hurley. They welcome grandchild Evelyn Pierce McMurrough, named for both great-grandmothers, and born during the snowstorm, January 3, in NYC, to Micaela McMurrough, the Hurley’s youngest daughter, and Jason McMurrough.

FAITH Food Pantry, located in the lower level of St John’s Episcopal Church in Sandy Hook Center, is feeding more people than ever, say volunteers. As always, FAITH appreciates food donations, but right now what they need is more help during the Thursday evening hours, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Adult volunteers can help with sorting and stocking donated items, and assisting customers. To volunteer, call Lee at 203-426-5604.

Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, owned by Todd Ingersoll of Newtown, has committed to another year of free Saturday night movies at Edmond Town Hall. The Ingersolls stepped up early last year to make the special offer of free movie tickets to one Saturday night screening each month. This weekend, the Main Street theater will begin screenings of Delivery Man, and the 7 pm show on Saturday night is free. As ETH Manager Tom Mahoney has said, “All you need to do is come to the box office and tell us how many tickets you want and we will give you that many.”

Hearts of Hope of Newtown will host its first painting party of 2014, Wednesday, January 15, at the hall of Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road. All ages are invited to paint palm-sized clay hearts, which this month will be delivered to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. There is no charge, but donations are accepted and used to cover the costs of the hearts and supplies, all of which are provided. Painters are welcome for all or any portion of that timeframe. For more information visit www.facebook.com/HeartsOfHopeOfNewtownCT.

Ben’s Bells Newtown will launch a new series of monthly fundraisers on January 17, “Girls Night Out Filled With Kindness.” The events will be the third Friday of each month, from 8 to 11 pm, at the 17 Church Hill Road studio. Women are welcome to attend alone or with friends. Light refreshments will be offered (BYOB) as will “be kind” raffle prizes. Suggested donation is $10 per person. Walk-ins are welcome, but groups of six or more should send an e-mail to newtown@bensbells.org or register at www.Facebook.com/BensBellsNewtown.

We’ve heard from a few families already that the stork has come. If you live in Newtown, have had a baby since the beginning of the year, and you haven’t already done so, contact The Bee to have your newborn be a contender for Newtown’s 2014 First Baby. Parents have until noon on Tuesday, January 14, to share their happy news. The parents who can offer the earliest day, date, and time for their child’s 2014 arrival will receive a prize package filled with goods and services thanks to many local restaurants, banks and businesses. Contact Associate Editor Shannon Hicks at 203-426-3141 or Shannon@thebee.com. She’ll need the names of the parents, the child’s birth info, and the best way to contact you. We will interview the parents and photograph the newborn, along with any siblings (or family pets) for a feature in the January 17 issue of The Bee.

I don’t believe a stork will deliver me any of the news I need, but be assured that I will be poking my whiskers into everybody’s business. Be sure next week to… Read me again.

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