FAITH Food Pantry has joined the social network world, thanks to the efforts of Sandy Hook resident Gary Jeanfaivre, along with FAITH volunteer Nancy Taylor. “I have just helped the FAITH Food Pantry set up a Facebook page, as the volunteers are looking to use it as a way to connect with the community,” Gary tells us. His grandmother, Laura Hewitt, has been a longtime pantry volunteer, says Gary, so he is pretty familiar with what a wonderful group of people operate the local food pantry.
Picture the night of Friday, December 8. People will gather in the Ram Pasture to hear the school bands, sing Christmas carols, and watch the Christmas Tree get turned on. Around Hawley Pond will be luminarias (or candles in white bakery bags). Unlike previous years, the plan for this year’s tree lighting ceremony also calls for luminaria candles to be burning on Main Street, Currituck Road and the end of the Ram Pasture, as well as on Elm Drive properties.
Annie Haslam, the only sustaining member of the progressive rock band Renaissance and a popular painter, is pictured with a guitar she decorated. Haslam has chosen The Ridgefield Playhouse as the launching point for her band’s latest tour debuting their newest album, Symphony of Light. The tour opens in Ridgefield October 23, and will end at Hartford’s Infinity Hall November 5.
No matter how intelligent they may be, no matter what their status in the work world, Jean Leonard knows that women tend to put financial matters on the back burner.
“A lot of women don’t have the time to focus on learning about investments and finances,” she said.
The president of Jean Leonard Wealth Management in Newtown, and a financial advisor and strategist since 1996, she hopes to remedy that deficit through a series of Newtown Continuing Education classes she will lead in October and November.
All Hallow’s Eve is creeping up on us. For those who cannot get enough thrills and chills on October 31, there are plenty of opportunities around the state to get a jump on the frightful fun of the autumn holiday.
Occupation: I’m an assistant attorney general with the Child Protection Office in Hartford.
Family: I’m married to Doug Homberg. I have three daughters. Sarah Stofko, 18, is a sophomore at Hunter College in the City. Tess Stofko is a senior at Newtown High School, and is 17 years old. Jordan Stofko is 14, and she is a freshman at Newtown High School.
Pets: We have our dog, Zak. He is a Labrador/Chow mix. He is an adorable dog.
October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month and The Bee is making it easy for residents who want to help some local animals waiting for their forever homes. From October 10 until October 31, a drop-off box will be located in the front lobby of The Bee’s office, at 5 Church Hill Road, for Newtown Animal Shelter donations.