Tricia Guiry of Bethel started her new position as studio and community relations manager at Ben’s Bells Newtown in November, and has tackled the job with enthusiasm, and a determination to match the dedication of the dozens of volunteers at the 17 Church Hill Road studio, she said.
Recently, an old book, The Dog Lover’s Companion to New England, surfaced in my office begging to be flipped through. This collection of dog-friendly parks, beaches, and recreation areas was ranked by one to five paw prints to guide you where to take your dog for a walk, hike, or swim.
Charm It! is a line of interchangeable charm jewelry geared toward girls aged 5 to 14. Hundreds of the whimsical, enameled charms are available to that younger population at specialty toy stores, online, and in several big box stores across the nation.
Occupation: I am the owner of Replay Sports, which relocated this past year to 731 Main Street in Monroe. I grew from the 800-square-foot space I had for four years in Newtown, on South Main Street, to 3,200 square feet. I sell used and new equipment and gear for just about every sport.
Maybe you were one of the lucky ones to hear these singers: A group of about 20 people, adults and children, embarked on a special night of caroling this past holiday season, inspired by Extreme Martial Arts owners Cindy and husband Russ Moore. The group met at the martial arts studio in the Plaza South, then ventured to three local homes of people who needed a bit more joy for the holidays. I understand cookies were shared with each family they visited.
There are two paths we take as one year passes into the next; one looking forward to the coming year and another looking back on what just transpired. Some face firmly in one direction or the other, some do both, a moment of reflection before planning another year. I used to take that two-faced approach, looking back over my shoulder, then looking ahead to the unknown. This New Year’s ritual I found mostly depressing as it forced me to focus on what I didn’t accomplish looking back.
Toni Earnshaw, co-chair of communications for Newtown Action Alliance (NAA), shared with me the Newtown experience of last month’s National Vigil for Gun Violence Victims, held December 11, at the National Cathedral in our nation’s capitol. Sixty Newtown residents took time out of a busy month to join with hundreds of others from across the country, meeting with more than 50 legislators, “to honor victims with action by calling on Congress to do a better job of keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people,” said Toni.