The Top Of The Mountain

Newtown Youth Wrestling Association has a new website. As it Tweeted on February 27, “We have a new website w/a catchy name! http://www.newtownyouthwrestling.com go there often & learn things.” Will do! I’ll bet you didn’t know I’ve honed my tweeting skills, but how else can I follow the “tweet tweeting” of Newtowners… and tweety birds?

Lynn Kovack, in the Newtown Building Department, recently gave a resident this comfort quilt, sent to Newtown from Alabama. “There is another item that goes with the quilt, so I am trying to find the woman who picked it up, so I can give her the other item that goes with it,” says Lynn. Please call her at the Building Department at 203-270-4261, if you were the recipient of the quilt.

Can you juggle your schedule? The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3 to 5 pm, this Saturday, March 9, in the Auxiliary Gym at Reed Intermediate School. Last minute changes, especially in the event of weather, can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/Newtown.Juggling.

If you read me last week, which I’m sure you did, you remember learning about the Healing Hearts photograph book that HOM substitute teacher (and 2006 NHS grad) Alyssa Schankman developed, and which is being sold through Shutterfly (www.facebook.com/hearts4newtown). I should have mentioned that a copy of the book is being donated to the HealingNewtown Arts Space, as well as to the local schools and town officials, in case you want to stop by and take a look at one.

By the way, an event to benefit HealingNewtown Arts Space will feature musicians from the New York Philharmonic in a performance at Western Connecticut State University this Saturday, March 9. The afternoon of music, games, and stories begins at 2 pm, in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall, at the corner of White Street and Fifth Avenue, Danbury. During “Fun with the Philharmonic,” children can join a musician for musical games, followed by a 3 pm performance of works by Bizet, Mozart, Britten and more by the Philharmonic. “Hands-On Fun” is at 3:45 — try out a string instrument. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and can be purchased at www.wcsu.edu/tickets or by calling 203-837-TIXX. Donations also will be accepted to benefit HealingNewtown.

Inspired by the words of Charlotte’s mother, JoAnn Bacon, during the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards on February 22, Newtown Kindness has a new slogan: “Think Kindly. Act Boldly.” Newtown Kindness co-founder Aaron Carlson tells me that merchandise, including bumper magnets and bracelets, are in the works. He says Newtown Kindness’s number one goal is to increase participation and share more fantastic stories of kindness. The new slogan was announced on the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award Facebook page, and more information about Newtown Kindness’s efforts is available at www.NewtownKindness.org and on the “Newtown Kindness” Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Peace Builders, an initiative to bring kids from Newtown together in community service and fun activities, is preparing to launch on March 17. Peace Builders will engage kids 11 to 14 years old to help them become compassionate global citizens, building a culture of peace. Part of resilience is understanding how diversity strengthens us as a community. Peace Builders will get kids involved in service activities that develop character and bring out the best qualities in one another. Learning how these best qualities are present in every culture, religion, and people helps prevent prejudice and promotes an active understanding of our common humanity. The first session is Sunday, March 17, from 1 to 3 pm, at the Newtown Youth Academy Conference Room, Fairfield Hills. Space is limited. For more information or to register, contact Rachel Lattin-el Safty at newtownpeacebuilders@gmail.com.

The St Rose Knights of Columbus Council 185 will host its annual Irish Cabaret on Saturday, March 16, in the St Rose Gathering Hall. Doors open at 7 pm and the entertainment will begin at 7:30 pm. Keltic Kick, a lively group that has been delighting crowds with Irish and rock music for many years, is returning to headline. Tickets are $25 (BYO beverages and snacks). Proceeds will help the Knights perform their charitable works. To reserve tickets call Tim Reilly at 203-417-7561 or they can be purchased after Masses at St Rose this weekend. “Reserve your seats soon,” Tim said this week, “as this event typically sells out.”

St John’s Episcopal Church, 5 Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook, is offering music and healing prayer every services each Wednesday evening this month. The services begin at 7:30 and last approximately 90 minutes, “to bind up the brokenhearted” (Isaiah 61:1).

Who needs Punxsutawney Phil when you have robins? About 20 of the (true) harbingers of spring were dotting a lawn on Ashford Lane earlier this week. There may still be a chill in the air and white stuff on the ground, but I am a firm believer that when the red, red robin goes bob, bob, bobbing along — it’s spring.

Another animal is gearing up to spring about Fairfield Hills soon. I hear that Bunny Watch 2013 is in the works. Last year a Newtown High School Odyssey of the Mind team along with a Reed Intermediate School team set up the second Bunny Watch, held near Glander Field on the Fairfield Hills campus. The event was held as a fundraiser for the local Odyssey of the Mind teams to attend the national level of the problem-solving competition. Last year a number of bunnies, complete with painted noses and floppy ear headbands, attended the all-ages event. Bunny Watch is in the works for March 29 and 30. I’ll hop to it, and get you up-to-the minute information as it arrives here at The Bee.

March may be coming in like a lion, but that doesn’t mean that Daylight Saving Time gets put on hold. Be sure to “spring ahead” one hour, Saturday night, March 9, or get ready to befuddle yourself by arriving overly promptly at your first appointment of the day on Sunday.

Not to worry, though. I’ll not let my catnaps, be it Daylight Saving or Standard Time, interfere with collecting the news that’s best to print. Be sure next week to… Read me again.

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