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  • The Top of the Mountain

    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.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Calling Newtown’s lords, ladies, and house servants. The C.H. Booth Library has a “Downton Abbey Tea” set for Saturday, January 4, from 3 pm to 4 pm, to celebrate the January 5 return of the popular BBC Channel Downton Abbey program. People attending the tea party at the library are asked to come in costume. Register for the proper tea party at www.chboothlibrary.org, under the events calendar link.

  • Love Always Wins

    To the Editor:

    Heartfelt thanks to all the individuals who welcomed both me and our Hearts of Hope program to your beautiful town during my first visit to Newtown last February and in the months since then. Newtown is filled with such caring and compassionate individuals, and the kindness of each of you has touched my heart in ways I could never fully express. 

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Julie Hasselberger’s son, Daniel, who lives a severely medically restricted life with polymicrogyria, celebrated his 16th birthday recently. Julie had put out a request for birthday cards to brighten her wheelchair-bound son’s day, and found herself plastering his room with 845 cards received from all over the world — and they keep coming, says Julie. “A local 7th grade Girl Scout Troop came and sang to him at his school, STARR, at RIS, each holding a balloon and a card.

  • Hearts Of Hope Painting Party For Food Pantry Planned

    Hearts of Hope-Newtown Chapter will host its next painting party tomorrow night, in the undercroft of Newtown United Methodist Church.

    As with recent months, there will be a theme for those who paint ceramic hearts. This time the group will be painting hearts to include in bags of food that will be distributed through FAITH Food Pantry.

    All ages are welcome to participate in the monthly Hearts of Hope painting parties. All materials are provided.

  • Creating Hope

    To the Editor:

  • Newtown’s Hearts Of Hope Arrive In Boston

    Standing within the lobby of The Fairmont Crown Plaza Hotel, on the left are Newtown residents Michael Hadgraft and his father, Jeff. Fifth from right is Hearts of Hope Founder Judy Pederson; second from right and on the right are mother and daughter Kathleen and Rachel Cole, also from Newtown. Volunteers from New York Life Insurance, which had subsidized the costs for the majority of hearts that were painted in Newtown, joined the group on May 15.

  • Sending Our Hearts To Boston

    To the Editor:

    It is with the heaviest of hearts that we, as a community, are beginning to move forward following the events of 12/14/12.  Newtown has forever been changed, especially in our close-knit community where six degrees of separation isn't the norm, but rather one or two.

  • With Painted Ceramic Hearts, Newtown Has An Opportunity To Pay It Forward

    Residents of all ages gathered in the hall at Newtown United Methodist Church on May 8 to paint ceramic hearts, part of the Hearts of Hope community support initiative. Newtown was introduced to Hearts of Hope in February, and now has a chance to pay it forward, sending hundreds of hand painted ceramic hearts with simple messages of caring to Boston.

  • Newtown’s Chance To Pay It Forward

    For local volunteer Eileen Byrnes, hanging Hearts of Hope — palm-sized ceramic hearts accompanied by a message of love — all around Newtown for Valentine’s Day, the two-month anniversary of the 12/14 shootings, was “like being the Easter Bunny. It was so much fun.”