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    Newtown Savings Bank’s Relay For Life Team will host a fundraising car wash this weekend. The public is invited to visit the parking lot of the bank’s main branch, at 39 Main Street, between 9 am and 1 pm. Car washes will be offered in exchange for donations. All money collected on Saturday will then be donated to Relay For Life through the team’s efforts.

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    This cat is feeling a bit thirsty, and just in time to support some of our volunteer firefighters. A wine tasting fundraiser will take place at the Newtown Country Club, April 25, from 7 to 10 pm, to benefit the Newtown Hook & Ladder Co’s new firehouse project. A few tickets, each at $40, are still available, for wine and refreshments. The evening also includes a silent auction, music, and if the samples of wine don’t quench your thirst, a cash bar will be available.

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    If the wedding dress that Fiona (Emma Stierle) wore in the Newtown Middle School production of Shrek The Musical Jr, staged Friday, March 27, through Sunday, March 29, looked familiar, that’s because it formerly appeared on a window mannequin at Julie Allen Bridals. The bridal shop donated the dress for future productions at the school after learning a wedding dress was needed for a scene in that production.

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    You may have read about 2-year-old Bezalel Alquilos of Cebu, Philippines, in the February 27 Newtown Bee story, “Newtown Rotary Gift of Life Keeps On Giving.” Bezalel and his mother, Hazel, have been guests of the Dan Rosenthal family this past month, while Bezalel underwent some lifesaving heart surgery at Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. The surgery has been paid for through the local Gift of Life challenge, as well as the generosity of surgeon Dr Harris Leopold and Children’s Medical Center.

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    Due to an expected winter storm, the Friday evening performance of City of Angels, at Newtown High School, has been canceled. Pre-purchased tickets can be used at any of the other performances this weekend.

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    After three back-to-back winter storms last week, it feels as if winter has released its grip on us, at last. I think I even saw some grassy areas peeking through, after the sunny days midweek. This hint of spring probably has gardeners itching to get their hands back into the soil — or at least get the garden prepped for planting. The Governor’s Horse Guard is ready to help.

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    Springing is one thing cats do well, so I am more than ready to spring into Daylight Saving Time this coming weekend. DST starts at 2 am on Sunday, March 8, so be sure to set your clock ahead one hour when you go to bed on Saturday night. Now if I can only see over the snowbanks by the time spring arrives, in just two weeks. I sense snowdrops and crocus crying out from beneath the mounds of snow.

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    Sandy Hook resident Diana Baxter, author of a series of romance/suspense novels (DuBois Manor, Windswept, and the soon to be released Tainted Glass) centered around a fictionalized version of an actual mansion in North Carolina, has been invited to take part in a two-day book signing in that Southern mansion. “The mansion is rented out for venues, and twice a year they hold this huge tourism event,” Diana tells me. After the event manager read copies of the book, our local author was invited to the Winter Gala.

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    Newtown Hearts of Hope has partnered with the Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI), I’m told. Every ceramic Heart of Hope painted in Newtown that is going to a veteran or to active military person will now be accompanied by a very special star. Hearts of Hope are distributed as anonymous messages of comfort. MSAWI, founded by the mother and sister of its namesake, honors Major Stuart Adam Wolfer, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2008 during a tour with the Army Reserves.

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    Your Newtown legislative delegation is challenging residents to help fill the Newtown Social Services Food Pantry. State Representatives Mitch Bolinsky (106), Dan Carter (2), J.P. Sredzinski (112), and State Senator Tony Hwang (28), along with the Newtown’s Social Services Department, remind Newtown residents that they are holding a food drive until the end of February, to benefit Newtown families in need. Newtown Social Services Department has a significant need for food donations year-round, especially during the winter months.