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    For those of you watching the premiere of this season’s American Idol on Wednesday, January 15, you might have recognized Sandy Hook resident Hayley Pettinato. She was shown briefly, but earned a “golden ticket” to continue on to Hollywood, where the show continues. Seventeen-year-old Hayley is one of three Connecticut residents chosen by the judges for this season. “Getting that golden ticket was honestly like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It was so surreal.

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    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.

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    Does Newtown have the most polite drivers? We’ll soon find out. NHS Principal Charles Dumais announced this week that the high school will be running a “traffic experiment” the mornings of November 25, November 26, and November 27. The school has coordinated the experiment with the Newtown Police Department, Newtown High School Security, and All-Star Transportation, according to Mr Dumais. During those mornings there will be NO traffic control officer in place.

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    You may have seen our own Newtown personal chef Kristopher Plummer (widely known as Chef Plum) on episodes of Chopped or The Taste, or maybe you’ve run into him doing the family shopping at Caraluzzi’s. If not, be sure to tune in to the Food Network this Sunday evening, at 8 pm, when Chef Plum competes against three other chefs in Guy’s Grocery Games. Chef Plum tells me the show, hosted by Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives fame, is a the old Supermarket Sweep meets Chopped. How does our local cooking personality fare?

  • Ben’s Bells Event Held At Hawley

    Volunteers from Ben’s Bells Newtown visited Hawley Elementary School for a Friday, October 18, evening event to create the ceramic and bell creations that are randomly distributed works of art.

    Hawley School students and family members gathered in the school’s gymnasium for the event, and according to Hawley Principal Jo-Ann Peters, roughly 150 people signed up to participate.

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    I craned my neck as best I could, trying to see through the cloud cover during Monday’s Labor Day Parade, but I did not see a single vintage airplane or B-17 flying overhead. Parade Committee President Beth Caldwell cleared up the mystery for me, saying that last minute paperwork due to increased security could not be filed in time to schedule the planes this year, after all. Fortunately, there were plenty of wonderful distractions at ground level to alleviate any brief disappointment over the unexpected cancellation.

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    While preparing for last weekend’s Great Newtown Reunion, Bee front office staff member and 1981 Newtown High School graduate Bridget Seaman was gifted with a “flat” version of herself by a few of my fellow Bees. I understand Flat Bridget made her way into a good number of photos at the reunion on Saturday. The real Bridget tells me she had a fantastic time.

  • Ben’s Bells Newtown Evening Workshop Bumped To May 31

    Due to a scheduling conflict, a Ben’s Bells Newtown workshop that had been planned for May 30 at Newtown United Methodist Church has been rescheduled to Friday, May 31.

    Those who had already registered for the original date have already been put on the guest list for the new date.

    “We hope everyone is still able to attend that night. If you are not able to, please let [us] know so [we] can release your ticket for someone else to attend,” said a May 14 email from the Ben’s Bells Newtown team.

  • Ben’s Bells Newtown Evening Workshop At NUMC

    Ben’s Bells Newtown will conduct a bell making workshop on Thursday, May 30, from 6 to 8 pm. The workshop will be at Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook.

    Nationally renowned, Ben’s Bells are brightly colored ceramic works of art that are randomly hung in public places that bear a tag instructing the person who finds the bell to take it home and to remember to be kind.

  • Ben's Bells workshop

    Ben’s Bells workshop, 12-2 pm, HealingNewtown Art Space, 5 Queen Street, free but registration required, residents invited to learn how to create bells to be hung in public places to inspire kindness through project based in Tucson, Ariz.,; newtown@bensbells.org.