Newtown has a wealth of shops well stocked with gifts for the season. There is no need to go beyond the town’s boundaries to find oodles of gifts that are perfect, and shopping locally means easy parking, individual service, and none of the big box store headaches.
As a fundraiser for both the Newtown Middle School and Reed Intermediate School Interact Clubs, donated trees will be sold starting Saturday, December 7, for $40 each. The fundraiser is possible thanks to the donation of 100 trees — including balsam, white spruce, and blue spruce trees — from NMS science teacher Jason Adams, whose family has had a Newtown tree farm for generations. The sale will begin December 7, continue December 8, and will resume the weekend of December 14-15 if trees are still available. Proceeds from the sale will benefit each club, as well as local charities.
Freelance writer and communications consultant Sharon Cohen has self-published "Newtown: Moving Forward, A Community Faces the Future After Adversity." The book describes and highlights approximately 75 local organizations that were created in the aftermath of 12/14. Ms Cohen received her first batch of the books on Monday, November 25, and planned to have them in stores by the end of the week.
Newtown resident Ray Sipherd, who wrote scripts for the television program Sesame Street for 17 years, was featured as the first storyteller on Saturday, November 16, in the Children’s Adventure Center’s new program known as Sandy Hook Bookworms. Mr Sipherd read from storybooks to a group of young children and their parents in a well-lit, brightly colored space at the center known as The Sunshine Room. The November 16 event was the first of a series of free storytelling sessions at the center that will be held in the coming months.
Generous residents filled the community room below the United Methodist Church Friday, November 22 with donated canned goods and items intended to get to as many as 81 families in need during the holidays. Through the Women Interested in Newtown (WIN) basket program, members and high school students volunteered to prepared goods for delivery that afternoon. Co-coordinators Mandy Monaco and Cyndy DaSilva, in an appeal to residents recently for more support as donations had been low this year, glanced around the bustling room, pleased that calls to help had come. “Newtown came through as it always does,” Ms DaSilva said.
This is the 13th installation of a series of stories that share with readers special events that continue to take place as Newtown heals following the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School. It is also a continuation of anecdotes from across the country, of people offering kind gestures on behalf of our town. This time, meet the employees of Engineered Tax Services, headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla., who have adopted a local elementary school and have promised to offer positive programs on a monthly basis.