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  • Bringing Fresh Water, Food, Education To African Villages

    Renee Gilbert’s pictures reveal an arid, hard-packed village beneath a burning African sun. Casting harsh shadows, but smiling, are children dressed in new, pink school uniforms and standing before a building with the words Calvary Feeding Centre.

  • New Stories For Newtown Deadline Approaching

    For young people in Newtown, a chance to have their poetry, short stories, and/or art published is here.

    The New Stories For Newtown: Words and Images contest has a deadline approaching. Entries are due by October 31, and according to C.H. Booth Library staff, they are looking for as many student entries as possible before that time.

  • A Rainy Passport To Sandy Hook

    The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) held the Fourth Annual Passport to Sandy Hook on Saturday, October 11.

    The event challenged participants to visit the 32 participating locations to have their “passports” stamped at each stop. Participants to completed having their passports stamped at all of the participating locations were entered into a drawing for three prize packages.

  • A Halloween Tradition, Boo Boxes Will Fundraise For Food Pantries & Ann’s Place

    For the tenth year a collection of cardboard boxes have been decorated and filled with Halloween offerings. For the first time, they are being sold around town.

    This year, the boxes have been decorated by members of Newtown United LLC, along with a few local artists, and are being sold for $10 each as a fundraiser for FAITH Food Pantry, the Salvation Army Food Pantry at Newtown Social Services, and Ann’s Place.

  • Volunteers Sought For Handmade Blanket Event

    TRUMBULL — The Binky Patrol of Southern Connecticut (BPSC) is planning a Binkathon, a one-afternoon event during which hundreds of binkies will be produced for future distribution.

  • Renaissance 'Symphony Of Light' Tour Will Debut, Conclude In Connecticut

    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.

  • John Voket Named A National Ambassador Of Hope

    John Voket was presented with a 2014 National Ambassador of Hope Award on October 15, during the monthly Hearts of Hope-Newtown painting party.

    Hearts of Hope (HOH) Founder and Executive Director Judy Pederson said Wednesday morning that “An Ambassador of Hope is awarded to someone who goes above and beyond in service to others.”

  • Snapshot: Kate Sheehan

    Occupation: I’m the head of technical services and systems librarian at C.H. Booth Library.

    Family: My husband is Gary. We’ve been married for seven years. We have a son, Adrian, who is 2 years old.

    Pets: We have a dog named Cooper. He is an elderly Collie, 12½ years old. And we have some fish.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    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.