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  • With Painted Ceramic Hearts, Newtown Has An Opportunity To Pay It Forward

    Residents of all ages gathered in the hall at Newtown United Methodist Church on May 8 to paint ceramic hearts, part of the Hearts of Hope community support initiative. Newtown was introduced to Hearts of Hope in February, and now has a chance to pay it forward, sending hundreds of hand painted ceramic hearts with simple messages of caring to Boston.

  • Newtown’s Chance To Pay It Forward

    For local volunteer Eileen Byrnes, hanging Hearts of Hope — palm-sized ceramic hearts accompanied by a message of love — all around Newtown for Valentine’s Day, the two-month anniversary of the 12/14 shootings, was “like being the Easter Bunny. It was so much fun.”

  • Heading Home

    Willow Bill arrived in Newtown from Nevada at the end of January. He returned last week after visiting his best friend and father, hoping to help the group placing Hearts of Hope on Wednesday, February 13, around town (the group had finished their work before he was able to catch up with them, unfortunately). While here, Bill delivered countless hearts fashioned from willows he found while walking, including a few to The Bee. On Friday, February 15, Bill said farewell to Newtown for at least a few months. He is heading home again, but promised to return in the autumn.

  • Hearts Of Hope Spread Messages Of Love

    Among those who hung the colorful hearts for residents to find on Valentine's Day were Judy Pederson, the founder of Interregnum — the agency that established the community support initiative — pictured at Edmond Town Hall with Sue and Ryan Macheska of Montville, N. J.

  • Volunteers Sought To Populate Newtown With Hearts Of Hope

    Hearts of Hope are hung in public spaces, and each is accompanied by a tag along with a note from the person who panted the heart (not shown in this photo).