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  • Hearts Of Hope Second Anniversary Celebrated

    Since February 2013, residents have become familiar with Hearts of Hope, a program that invites people of all ages to paint palm-sized ceramic hearts with simple messages of hope.

    The unique hearts are then left to be discovered by strangers, who are encouraged to keep them and take them home. A collection of hearts was sent to Newtown two months after 12/14, left for residents to find on Valentine’s Day, which coincided with the two-month anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Congratulations to rising NHS senior Mackenzie Page, who, in recognition of her fundraising efforts for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp through The Great Pumpkin Challenge, was honored as an honorary co-chair at the Travelers Championship golf tournament, in Cromwell, this past weekend. She was selected as one of just four people who support charity in remarkable ways. Mackenzie has raised nearly $10,000 throughout the years. Think of all the catnip I could get with that. Oh, how I love catnip ...

  • Monday’s Children’s Hearts Of Hope Event Cancelled

    Girl Scout Troop 50113’s event with Hearts of Hope scheduled for the evening of Monday, February 23, has been cancelled.

    The event was for participants to make clay hearts that would be donated to a worthy cause through Hearts of Hope, a volunteer-driven nationwide community service program that has a chapter in Newtown.

    The event was originally scheduled for 7 pm at St Rose of Lima School, for children in third through sixth grade to participate.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown Hearts of Hope has partnered with the Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI), I’m told. Every ceramic Heart of Hope painted in Newtown that is going to a veteran or to active military person will now be accompanied by a very special star. Hearts of Hope are distributed as anonymous messages of comfort. MSAWI, founded by the mother and sister of its namesake, honors Major Stuart Adam Wolfer, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2008 during a tour with the Army Reserves.

  • Girl Scouts To Host Hearts Of Hope Children’s Event

    Girl Scouts in Troop 50113 are set to host an event on Monday, February 23, for children in third through sixth grade to participate in making Hearts of Hope.

    The event will be held from 7 to 8 pm at St Rose of Lima School, 40 Church Hill Road.

    Participants will paint clay hearts that will be donated to a worthy cause through Hearts of Hope, a volunteer-driven nationwide community service program that has a chapter in Newtown.

  • 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.”

  • The Top of the Mountain

    I’m a pro at stretching and relaxing, but even if you’re not, you can be a part of the Newtown Yoga Festival. The all-day yoga extravaganza takes place this Saturday, August 23, from 9 am to 4 pm, at NYA. A “Yoga Buffet” served up by local yoga instructors provides the chance to try out several yoga practices in approximately 20-minute segments during the morning. Then, in the afternoon, join internationally and nationally recognized yoga teachers Ray Crist, Tiffany Maloney, and Jennifer Reis for some really special sessions.

  • Hearts Of Hope-Newtown Chapter Celebrates First Anniversary Of ‘Tiny Treasures’

    Paper may be the traditional gift for a first wedding anniversary, but for those involved with Hearts of Hope, something in ceramic may be even more appropriate.

    Barb Tarpey and her two daughters were among a few dozen people who attended the first anniversary gathering of the Hearts of Hope-Newtown chapter on June 18. She and her daughters were in the hall of Newtown United Methodist Church to paint palm-sized ceramic hearts for the first time Wednesday evening, and Mom was having a little trouble deciding where to begin.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    I’m happy to hand out my first Good Egg Award of the year. Beginning in early December, at the Sandy Hook Tree Lighting, the Foundry Kitchen and Tavern in Sandy Hook Center began handing out customized baseball caps in return for donations to support the Newtown Fund Holiday Basket program. This program uses 100 percent of the proceeds to support Newtown families in need, throughout the entire year, with food and fuel assistance, utility bills, rent, and medical expenses.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Calling Newtown’s lords, ladies, and house servants. The C.H. Booth Library has a “Downton Abbey Tea” set for Saturday, January 4, from 3 pm to 4 pm, to celebrate the January 5 return of the popular BBC Channel Downton Abbey program. People attending the tea party at the library are asked to come in costume. Register for the proper tea party at www.chboothlibrary.org, under the events calendar link.