Ben's Lighthouse

  • Ben’s Lighthouse Outreach Trip Information Session Planned

    Ben’s Lighthouse is gearing up to head to Montana next summer, and will take 20 teenagers to help a community impacted by tragedy, for the fourth year in a row. 

  • Celebrating Volunteers

    To the Editor:

    What a wonderful day for celebrating volunteering we had this past Saturday!  The weather was perfect and there was fun and excitement throughout the afternoon at our Ice Cream Social.  We connected our community with diverse local organizations, all which run with volunteers.

  • Ben’s Lighthouse Young Adult Volunteer Session, Wednesday

    Ben’s Lighthouse is looking to connect with high school volunteers.

    On Wednesday, September 9, at 6 pm, the organization will host a high school volunteer night at Trinity Episcopal Church, 36 Main Street.

    The event seeks to inform local high school students of programs and activities to get involved with to volunteer their time. Information about volunteer opportunities and sign-ups to get involved will be available.

  • Helping Is Healing: Ben’s Lighthouse Group Continues Outreach Work

    NOTE: This story has been updated to include the name of a chaperone who was initially missing from the story.

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  • The Top of the Mountain

    I understand Newtown Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander, Vice Chair Laura Roche, member John Vouros, Sandy Hook School Principal Kathy Gombos, and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, ventured across the town border Monday, May 18, to share their gratitude with the Monroe Board of Education during its meeting. As he said at the Newtown board meeting the following night, Mr Alexander said the group thanked the Monroe Board of Education for “lending us a school [and] for the town’s support.” If I had opposable thumbs, they would be up.

  • Ben's Lighthouse Volunteer Open House Planned

    The public is invited to join members of Ben's Lighthouse for a special volunteer meeting and open house this week.

    Kelly Paredes, program manager for the non-profit organization named in memory of Ben Wheeler, said it will be “a unique meeting.”

    The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the organization and its mission, and for those who are interested in becoming involved.

  • Ben’s Lighthouse To Sponsor After-School Program At NMS

    Ben’s Lighthouse will sponsor a free after-school program at Newtown Middle School for all local seventh and eighth grade students, on Mondays from 2:15 to 3 pm, from February 4 to March 16.

    The program will offer students the opportunity to tell stories, like favorite memories or achievements, by talking about the importance of life lessons, lessons learned, and sharing influences in their lives. According to Ben’s Lighthouse, the program’s goal is to create and publish a paperback book with all of the shared stories.

  • Ben’s Lighthouse Community Murals On Display

    Murals created by youth who visited a Ben’s Lighthouse event or location in recent months are now on view at Newtown Municipal Center. One of the community murals was created in June, shown here, during the Second Annual Lighthouse Festival.

  • Ben’s Lighthouse 'What Happens Next?' Panel Discussion Tuesday At Library

    Ben’s Lighthouse will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 28, at 7 pm, at C.H. Booth Library.

  • Ben’s Lighthouse Beacon Beckons Local Woman To Come Full Circle

    Kelly Paredes is settling not only into her new position as program manager of Ben’s Lighthouse, but resettling into the community she once called home, graduating from Newtown High School in 1998.

    Along with her husband, Hernando, and 19-month-old son, Oliver, Ms Paredes moved back to Newtown during the Labor Day weekend, and started her new job on Tuesday, September 2.