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  • Ben’s Bells Project Spreading Kindness Throughout Connecticut

    Jeannette Maré’s visit to Newtown the week of July 20 was three-fold.

  • Ben’s Bells: Ringing Out The Old, Ringing In The New

    This story has been amended to reflect the correct spelling of the Ben's Bells founder's last name, which is Maré, not Maté.

    Wednesday, July 29, will be the final workshop at the 17 Church Hill Road Ben’s Bells Newtown Studio. The doors will not be closing permanently, however, on the program that has issued thousands of the handcrafted ceramic bead and bell ornaments to the Newtown community, and many other communities in need of an act of kindness.

  • 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: 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.