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    I’m happy to hand out my first Good Egg Award of the year. Beginning in early December, at the Sandy Hook Tree Lighting, the Foundry Kitchen and Tavern in Sandy Hook Center began handing out customized baseball caps in return for donations to support the Newtown Fund Holiday Basket program. This program uses 100 percent of the proceeds to support Newtown families in need, throughout the entire year, with food and fuel assistance, utility bills, rent, and medical expenses.

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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?

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    It’s October and that makes me think about Halloween on Main Street (black cats, of course), witches — and pumpkins. And pumpkins make me think about McKenzie Page’s Third Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge. The NHS sophomore invites people once again to carve or decorate a jack-o-lantern, drop it off at her 14 Main Street home, and hopefully drop $5 in the donation jar there. The money she collects each year goes to charity to fight cancer.

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    Good news for those who love the writings of Sandy Hook poet Charles Rafferty. His collection of short, short stories — some just 1,000 words long — is live at www.fomitepress.com/FOMITE/Magellans, as well as at www.amazon.com.

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    Ed Atkinson might think he is being sneaky, but his neighbors know that he is the one responsible for (not so secretly as he thought) replacing a damaged mailbox in the Westwood Terrace neighborhood, while the family was off to church on Sunday. Ed, you are definitely a Good Egg!

    Speaking of good eggs, the heat wave seems to have brought out the scientist in everyone. How many people have tried to fry an egg on the a) sidewalk b) car hood or c) roof top? Let me know…

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    I may be a bit behind the times, or felines, but I just learned this week that cat cafes are a popular Japanese hang out spot where caffeine aficionados can enjoy their favorite beverage in the presence of cats. I haven’t been able to find one in Connecticut, but if one was to open up in Newtown, you know who would be its first customer!

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    The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review by Dawn Drazl this past weekend calls Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking “one of the finest food memoirs of recent years.” If that’s not enough to send you scurrying to get a copy of the book, maybe knowing that it is penned by Newtown author and award-winning blogger Elissa Altman will do the trick. Elissa’s been crisscrossing the country promoting her new book this spring.

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    Newtown’s VFW Post 308 and Auxiliaries are partnering with an Oklahoma VFW and its Auxiliaries to assist residents in Moore, Okla., and other towns affected by the recent devastating tornadoes there. The Oklahoma VFW has requested gift card donations to Walmart, Target, Home Depot, or Lowe’s. Gift cards will give people the opportunity to purchase items they need, specifically. Cash, or checks made out to Newtown VFW 308, with a memo line of “Oklahoma” will be accepted, and turned into gift cards.

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    June is National Adopt A Cat month, and I like #1 on the American Humane Society website: If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.

    If adopting a cat is out of the question, how about going to look at some big cats? Saturday, June 15, is Newtown Day at the Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. Show your Newtown identification, and entry to the zoo is just $5, 10 am to 4 pm. Seems like it could be at grrr-eat outing.