Ben's Bells

  • Ben’s Bells CT Planning Girls Night Out

    BETHEL — Ben’s Bells Connecticut will host a Girls Night Out on Thursday, November 12, at its new studio, 32 Stony Hill Road.

    The event will run from 6:30 until 9 pm. Entrance is around the back of the building, from the upper driveway.

    At this monthly event, guests will discover the background story and mission of Ben’s Bells and learn about kindness education programming. Guests will also be invited to paint Kindness Coins or beads to be used to create future bells. No artistic ability is needed.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Ben’s Bells has been sharing its ceramic windchimes locally since 2013, first from its Newtown studio on Church Hill Road, and now from its new home in the rear of 32 Stony Hill Road, Bethel. Join volunteers at the new Ben’s Bell Studio for a grand opening event, this Friday evening, from 5 to 7 pm. The new space offers room for larger parties, and an onsite kiln, and continues to welcome drop-ins during its studio hours.

  • Middle Gate Gathers Together With A Special Message

    A Newtown Hook & Ladder Co. #1 ladder truck, and two drones, like the one pictured, were used to take photos and video on Thursday, October 8, of the Middle Gate School community gathering to form the words Be Kind and the shape of a heart.

  • The Science Of Kindness: Ben's Bells Conference To Be Held In Danbury

    DANBURY — Ben’s Bells Project, in collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families, will present the 2015 Kindness Conference: Building the Science of Kindness Together on Saturday, October 24, at Broadview Middle School, 72 Hospital Avenue.

    The conference will run from 8 am until 4 pm, and admission is free.

  • ‘Kindness’ Visitor Arrives For Ben’s Bells Opening In Bethel

    Ben’s Bells Connecticut, formerly Ben’s Bells Newtown, Assistant Studio Manager Sam Siess and volunteer Camryn Walsh sat inside the nonprofit’s new location on Saturday, August 22.

    It was the first day the new location was open to visitors. As people made their way to the new space, Ms Siess answered phone calls and directed people to the accommodations, at 32 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, at the back of the shopping plaza.

    Tables were set with paint brushes, and everything appeared in order to begin work.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Ben’s Bells Newtown studio is seeking a new home. “We are so thankful for the generosity of our current landlord, Peter Stockwell. We just need a location that can house our kiln,” says Tricia Guiry, studio manager. The 17 Church Hill studio cannot accommodate the busy kiln for firing the handcrafted ceramic pieces that make up the bells. Ideally, Ben’s Bells studio wants to stay in Newtown. “The Newtown community has supported us in so many ways over the last two years.

  • June 7 At Dickinson Park: Ben’s Bells Planning Celebration Of Kindness

    Ben’s Bells Project will present Celebration of Kindness — a free family event that will take place at Dickinson Park — on Sunday, June 7, from noon until 4 pm.

    The mission of Ben’s Bells is to “inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships, and our communities.”

  • The Top of the Mountain

    I understand Newtown Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander, Vice Chair Laura Roche, member John Vouros, Sandy Hook School Principal Kathy Gombos, and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, ventured across the town border Monday, May 18, to share their gratitude with the Monroe Board of Education during its meeting. As he said at the Newtown board meeting the following night, Mr Alexander said the group thanked the Monroe Board of Education for “lending us a school [and] for the town’s support.” If I had opposable thumbs, they would be up.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    It looks like the Newtown Reads selection at C.H. Booth Library is a popular pick. Residents had snatched up all of the free copies of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by late last week. Not to worry. Our librarians were on top of it, and additional copies were ordered and ready for readers by midweek. Newtown Reads is a program encouraging all residents to read the same book, at the same time, by July 1.

  • Ben’s Bells Newtown Administrator Finds Managing Kindness A Pleasure

    Tricia Guiry of Bethel started her new position as studio and community relations manager at Ben’s Bells Newtown in November, and has tackled the job with enthusiasm, and a determination to match the dedication of the dozens of volunteers at the 17 Church Hill Road studio, she said.