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  • Ben’s Lighthouse Beacon Beckons Local Woman To Come Full Circle

    Kelly Paredes is settling not only into her new position as program manager of Ben’s Lighthouse, but resettling into the community she once called home, graduating from Newtown High School in 1998.

    Along with her husband, Hernando, and 19-month-old son, Oliver, Ms Paredes moved back to Newtown during the Labor Day weekend, and started her new job on Tuesday, September 2.

  • Light A Candle For Ben Wheeler, Friday Night

    Friday, September 12, would have been Benjamin Wheeler’s eighth birthday. Friends are joining members of the Wheeler family to remember Ben and the other children and educators lost at Sandy Hook School with light.

    Ben loved lighthouses. To share the light of Ben’s spirit, all are invited to place a candle safely in a window, doorway, or porch on Friday evening. Ideas include using a real candle, an LED candle, an electric window candle, a luminary, a lighthouse lamp, etc.

  • ‘Helping Is Healing’ For All On Ben’s Lighthouse Colorado Trip

    Twenty Newtown teenagers and five chaperones traveled to Loveland, Colo., the final week of July, repairing homes damaged during flooding there last fall.

  • Ben’s Lighthouse Taking Teens To Colorado To Repair Flood Damage

    The second annual “Helping Is Healing” disaster relief mission trip is on its way to Fort Collins, Colo., next week to help families recover from the horrendous flooding that destroyed homes, neighborhoods, and communities last fall.

    In a trip that is fully funded by Ben’s Lighthouse, 20 Newtown teen volunteers will spend the week framing, installing drywall, rebuilding decks, clearing debris, landscaping, and whatever else is needed to help some families whose homes were ravaged by the floods.

  • Hundreds Find ‘Safe Harbor’ At Second Annual Lighthouse Festival

    From tiny little cork boats, shown here, to a 20-foot interactive lighthouse, the Second Annual Lighthouse Festival at Trinity Church had a few dozen offerings to satisfy the event’s theme of “Safe Harbors.” 

  • A Successful Lighthouse Festival

    To the Editor:

    What a beautiful, wonderful day we had for the 2nd Annual Lighthouse Festival this past Saturday!  The weather was perfect and there was fun and excitement throughout the day.

  • Lighthouse Festival To Involve Entire Newtown Community

    Over 100 community volunteers have signed up to help bring smiles to Newtown’s children and families at the 2nd Annual Lighthouse Festival, sponsored by Ben’s Lighthouse. The volunteers will guide visitors through the myriad activities taking place at the festival this Saturday, June 14, from 10 am to 4 pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 36 Main Street.

  • Sandy Hook Arcade To Reappear At Lighthouse Festival

    The Second Annual Lighthouse Festival on Saturday, June 14, will resurrect Sandy Hook Arcade Center (SHAC) for one day. Along with all the other activities and events at the festival, several of the most popular games from the former SHAC will be available throughout the day.

  • ‘Lighthouse Santa’ Author To Appear At June 14 Lighthouse Festival

    Ben’s Lighthouse, the hosts of the second annual Lighthouse Festival, is pleased to announce Sara Hoagland Hunter, author of Lighthouse Santa, will be a special guest for this year’s festival.

    Ms Hunter’s book, with gorgeous illustrations by Julia Miner, is based on the real-life exploits of Edward Rowe Snow, who delivered Christmas presents to lighthouse keepers’ children for almost fifty years.

  • Animation Workshop Series For Young Artists Begins May 28

    Earlier this spring Ben’s Lighthouse offered a workshop called “Meet the Animator.”

    For contractual reasons, the artist’s name and the company he works for were not announced, but it was a lead animator from a major animation studio who visited town that day.