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    Does Newtown have the most polite drivers? We’ll soon find out. NHS Principal Charles Dumais announced this week that the high school will be running a “traffic experiment” the mornings of November 25, November 26, and November 27. The school has coordinated the experiment with the Newtown Police Department, Newtown High School Security, and All-Star Transportation, according to Mr Dumais. During those mornings there will be NO traffic control officer in place.

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    You may have seen our own Newtown personal chef Kristopher Plummer (widely known as Chef Plum) on episodes of Chopped or The Taste, or maybe you’ve run into him doing the family shopping at Caraluzzi’s. If not, be sure to tune in to the Food Network this Sunday evening, at 8 pm, when Chef Plum competes against three other chefs in Guy’s Grocery Games. Chef Plum tells me the show, hosted by Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives fame, is a the old Supermarket Sweep meets Chopped. How does our local cooking personality fare?

  • Ben’s Bells Event Held At Hawley

    Volunteers from Ben’s Bells Newtown visited Hawley Elementary School for a Friday, October 18, evening event to create the ceramic and bell creations that are randomly distributed works of art.

    Hawley School students and family members gathered in the school’s gymnasium for the event, and according to Hawley Principal Jo-Ann Peters, roughly 150 people signed up to participate.

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    I craned my neck as best I could, trying to see through the cloud cover during Monday’s Labor Day Parade, but I did not see a single vintage airplane or B-17 flying overhead. Parade Committee President Beth Caldwell cleared up the mystery for me, saying that last minute paperwork due to increased security could not be filed in time to schedule the planes this year, after all. Fortunately, there were plenty of wonderful distractions at ground level to alleviate any brief disappointment over the unexpected cancellation.

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    While preparing for last weekend’s Great Newtown Reunion, Bee front office staff member and 1981 Newtown High School graduate Bridget Seaman was gifted with a “flat” version of herself by a few of my fellow Bees. I understand Flat Bridget made her way into a good number of photos at the reunion on Saturday. The real Bridget tells me she had a fantastic time.

  • Ben’s Bells Newtown Evening Workshop Bumped To May 31

    Due to a scheduling conflict, a Ben’s Bells Newtown workshop that had been planned for May 30 at Newtown United Methodist Church has been rescheduled to Friday, May 31.

    Those who had already registered for the original date have already been put on the guest list for the new date.

    “We hope everyone is still able to attend that night. If you are not able to, please let [us] know so [we] can release your ticket for someone else to attend,” said a May 14 email from the Ben’s Bells Newtown team.

  • Ben’s Bells Newtown Evening Workshop At NUMC

    Ben’s Bells Newtown will conduct a bell making workshop on Thursday, May 30, from 6 to 8 pm. The workshop will be at Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook.

    Nationally renowned, Ben’s Bells are brightly colored ceramic works of art that are randomly hung in public places that bear a tag instructing the person who finds the bell to take it home and to remember to be kind.

  • Ben's Bells workshop

    Ben’s Bells workshop, 12-2 pm, HealingNewtown Art Space, 5 Queen Street, free but registration required, residents invited to learn how to create bells to be hung in public places to inspire kindness through project based in Tucson, Ariz.,; newtown@bensbells.org.

  • HealingNewtown Workshops & Programs, March 30-April 16

    Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC), Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, and The Connecticut Office of the Arts have come together to create HealingNewtown Arts Space at 5 Queen Street.

  • Ben’s Bells: Kindness Chimes In

    From left, Dana-Holcombe House hostess Jane Vouros, Ben’s Bells founder Jeannette Maté, and Newtown resident Jenny Avari show off a few of the more than 1,000 Ben’s Bells strung together by volunteers at the Main Street bed and breakfast on January 7. Volunteers planned to fan out across Newtown and Sandy Hook on January 8 to hang the bells in public spaces, a kindness project intended to bring a smile to the face of the finders.