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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.

  • Light A Candle For Ben Wheeler, Friday Night

    Friday, September 12, would have been Benjamin Wheeler’s eighth birthday. Friends are joining members of the Wheeler family to remember Ben and the other children and educators lost at Sandy Hook School with light.

    Ben loved lighthouses. To share the light of Ben’s spirit, all are invited to place a candle safely in a window, doorway, or porch on Friday evening. Ideas include using a real candle, an LED candle, an electric window candle, a luminary, a lighthouse lamp, etc.

  • ‘Helping Is Healing’ For All On Ben’s Lighthouse Colorado Trip

    Twenty Newtown teenagers and five chaperones traveled to Loveland, Colo., the final week of July, repairing homes damaged during flooding there last fall.

  • Ben’s Lighthouse Taking Teens To Colorado To Repair Flood Damage

    The second annual “Helping Is Healing” disaster relief mission trip is on its way to Fort Collins, Colo., next week to help families recover from the horrendous flooding that destroyed homes, neighborhoods, and communities last fall.

    In a trip that is fully funded by Ben’s Lighthouse, 20 Newtown teen volunteers will spend the week framing, installing drywall, rebuilding decks, clearing debris, landscaping, and whatever else is needed to help some families whose homes were ravaged by the floods.

  • Hundreds Find ‘Safe Harbor’ At Second Annual Lighthouse Festival

    From tiny little cork boats, shown here, to a 20-foot interactive lighthouse, the Second Annual Lighthouse Festival at Trinity Church had a few dozen offerings to satisfy the event’s theme of “Safe Harbors.”