Residents are invited to attend this weekend's tree lighting celebrations on Friday night at Ram Pasture, Saturday evening in Sandy Hook Center, and again on Sunday in Hawleyville. Saturday's festivities include illuminating two trees, one of sentimental value and tradition, and a newer tree covered in green and white lights.
The 30th Annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting is scheduled for the evening of Friday, December 5, at the Ram Pasture. The ceremonies start at 6:30 pm, with the Christmas tree lighting expected to occur at about 7 pm. The Christmas tree is positioned near the intersection of Elm Drive and Hawley Road. Police are notifying the public of road closures and parking bans that will be effect from 5 to 8 pm that night.
A group of Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers gaining national attention as they align themselves with educators and supporters in support of gun violence prevention are scheduled to appear Sunday, December 7, on a segment of "CBS Sunday Morning."
Eva Bermudez, a local, state and national union organizer for the Service Employees International Union, and an outreach worker for Access Health CT, was sworn in December 3 to fill an open District 2 seat on the Legislative Council. She received the endorsement of Paul Lundquist and Daniel Amaral, two of the three Democratic council members charged with naming a replacement after Lisa Romano resigned her seat last month.
The Legislative Council on December 3 unanimously voted to acquire, at no cost to taxpayers, the home and property where 12/14 shooter Adam Lanza lived with his mother, Nancy Lanza. The bank that was holding the outstanding mortgage on 36 Yogananda Street decided after months of discussion to give the parcel and residence to the community. The council’s action was on the acquisition exclusively, not the disposition of that property.
The police department is sponsoring its 14th Annual Mitten Tree display in the police station lobby at 3 Main Street until January 1. Police Patrol Officer Maryhelen McCarthy, who oversees The Mitten Tree Project, asks that residents make donations of new mittens, hats, and scarves to adorn the Christmas tree. Through the course of the holiday season, the tree will occasionally be “trimmed,” with the donated apparel being given to needy families.
Newtown members of the Salvation Army encourage the public to support the 2014 Salvation Army Kettle Campaign, scheduled to take place over two weekends this month. The Newtown/Bethel Chapter of Salvation Army has undertaken the kettle collection for more than 30 years, accepting donations that range from children’s pennies to a check of $100. Ten percent of money collected goes to Salvation Army headquarters in Hartford, and the remaining 90 percent stays in Newtown, to help residents in need.
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, AFT Connecticut Vice President Steve McKeever, and Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski presented a collage honoring the six educators who were murdered nearly two years ago on 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School to the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, December 2. Earlier on Tuesday, the group visited Sandy Hook School, spoke with school staff, held a media conference, and attended a dinner prepared by Newtown High School culinary students.