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  • Ben’s Lighthouse Beaming With Special Messages At Maritime Aquarium

    NORWALK — Visitors to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk are invited to write – and read – messages of hope and strength on Ben’s Lighthouse, a 20-foot lighthouse that honors the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Sending Prayers To Peshawar

    After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Elizabeth Vaughn, daughter of a Newtown Board of Education employee, saw a picture circulating from Karachi, Pakistan, with children lighting candles next to a sign that read, “Connecticut school killing, [we] feel [your] pain as [you] would feel our pain.” So when she learned about the devastating school attack in Peshawar last week, Ms Vaughn quietly organized a candlelight vigil that featured messages in Urdu translated onto posters by a Pakistani acquaintance.

  • Llodra, Hwang Join Flood Of Opposition To New DEEP Storm Water Regulations

    As shoppers, travelers, and commuters passed by or parked overhead during the rainy Christmas holiday, storm water infused with surplus pesticides left over on lawns mixed with sand and ice melt chemicals, as well as liquids from those passing or parked vehicles, and slowly seeped into the ground below.

  • Our Christmas Cover

    Ross MacDonald created this year’s Christmas cover for The Newtown Bee.

    Mr MacDonald, a professional illustrator, has lived in the Hattertown section of Newtown since October 1996.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Puppy’s First Christmas

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is celebrating with the newest member of the family, the puppy! No matter when the puppy arrived during the year they will always have a first Christmas. Like most of us dog lovers, I’m guilty of overindulgence of my treasured pets. Besides the toys and treats, monogrammed stockings were ordered for them this year. OK, that was more for me than them.

     

    Holiday Decorating For Dogs

  • Pilobolus Performs With Reed Students

    Pilobolus dancers Matt Del Rosario, standing, and Sayer Mansfield performed on Friday, December 19, during a school assembly at Reed, while students participating in Pilobolus At Newtown, an After School Arts Program, looked on from backstage. 


  • Financial Aid Night Planned For Juniors, Seniors, Parents

    Newtown High School’s School Counseling Department is sponsoring a Financial Aid Night for NHS juniors and seniors and their parents in the school’s cafetorium, 12 Berkshire Road, on Thursday, January 8, starting at 7.

    Executive Director of University Financial Aid at Sacred Heat University Julie Savino will present the program, which is designed to help parents and students answer questions they might have about financing a college education, completing the FAFSA form, and more.

  • The Story of Hanukkah Told At Congregation Adath Israel

    Students from The Nezvesky School For Religious Education, affiliated with Congregation Adath Israel on Huntingtown Road, took part in the congregation’s annual Hanukkah program on Sunday, December 21, in the temple’s sanctuary.

    David Smith, the school’s education chairman, looked on as Dalia Coleman, the school’s director, rehearsed with the students who were about to perform in the Hanukkah program.

  • ‘Christmas Vacation’ At Edmond Town Hall, December 21-23

    Celebrating its 25th anniversary this month, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will be screened for three days at Edmond Town Hall Theatre, 45 Main Street.

    Released in December 1989, the film stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, Dianne Ladd, Doris Roberts, William Hickey, John Randolph, and E.G. Marshall. The film was the third release in the National Lampoon series that followed the Griswold family through adventures, but the only one that kept them at home.

  • 26 Days Of Kindness: Small Gestures Gain Momentum Year By Year

    Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change. Kindness that catches us by surprise brings out the best in our natures.

     —Bob Kerrey

     

     

    Like many others, Ashley Petersen did not know any of the children or women who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14, but she was horrified and changed by what happened that day.