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  • WIN Seeks To Fill Easter Baskets

    Women Involved in Newtown (WIN), is once again seeking help from the public in creating Easter baskets to distribute to children in need this Easter season. Donations of Easter candy, gently used or new stuffed animals, and Easter baskets of all sizes are needed.

    Two high school youth groups, the WINterns and Leo Club, are assisting WIN this year.

  • Newtown Rises To The Occasion

    To the Editor:

    Women Involved in Newtown held the annual Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive in collaboration with Newtown Social Services on Friday November 22nd.  The number of families in need this year increased significantly from previous years, but Newtown rose to the occasion as it always does! 

  • 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.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    I was grateful for my fur coat when I scurried into the Bee editorial department Monday morning. Just in time for one of the chilliest days yet, the radiators in that section of the building refused to cough up any heat. Naturally, I sought out the sanctuary of the warm conference room and any other cozy spot around town. That’s when I found out about something that at least warmed my heart.

  • WIN Thankgiving Baskets Ready For Delivery

    Generous residents filled the community room below the United Methodist Church Friday, November 22, with donated canned goods and items intended to get to as many as 81 families in need during the holidays. Through the Women Interested in Newtown (WIN) basket program, members and high school students volunteered to prepared goods for delivery that afternoon.

    Co-coordinators Mandy Monaco and Cyndy DaSilva, in an appeal to residents recently for more support as donations had been low this year, glanced around the bustling room, pleased that calls to help had come.

  • Lions Support WIN; Help From Residents Still Sought For Thanksgiving Baskets

    Newtown Lions Club member Dick Kovacs recently presented a check to Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) President Colette Ercole and Vice President Audrey Locorotondo (photo at right) to support the local group’s efforts.

    WIN benefits Newtown all year around. The club’s November program, “Thanksgiving Baskets,” is a townwide event involving Newtown’s Department of Social Services, Girl Scouts, various churches and businesses, and individuals.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown Meals On Wheels (MOW) provides a hot, midday meal for shut-ins or people temporarily or permanently unable to get out, thanks to the many volunteer drivers. But due to retirement or other time conflicts for drivers, the organization is currently in great need of additional drivers, said driver coordinator Colleen Honan. Volunteers are assigned a route consisting of several meal recipients. Most drivers volunteer just once a month, one day of the week.

  • Newtown Middle School Student Council Collecting For WIN

    Food items have already started piling up for the Newtown Middle School Student Council’s food drive to collect for the Women Involved in Newtown’s (WIN) yearly Thanksgiving Baskets campaign.

  • A WIN-Win For FAITH Food Pantry

    FAITH Food Pantry has relied on the kindness and support of Newtown residents and even a few businesses for more than three decades. The pantry, situated in the undercroft of St John’s Episcopal Church on Washington Avenue, earlier this year observed its 30th anniversary of providing food to residents who need a hand putting meals on their table.

    In June, food pantry co-organizers report they were providing food for nearly 5,000 meals per week. Volunteers plan for three meals per day per family member.

  • Easter Baskets From WIN

    It was the first time in 16 years of putting together Easter baskets for charity that Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) has done so with snow on the ground, said member Mandy Monaco, but that did not stop members from creating and delivering 180 Easter baskets, over a five-hour period, Thursday, March 21.