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  • Ben's Lighthouse Took Newtown Spirit To Oklahoma Tornado Recovery

    Ben’s Lighthouse Workcampers sharing a moment with an Oklahoma couple (near the center of the group, holding green Ben's Lighthouse T-shirts) who lost their home in the tornado.  After seeing the group on the local news, the couple drove 25 minutes from their temporary home to thank the group for coming.

  • Sandy Hook School Ducks Send Support To Oklahoma

    A banner, signed by local community members, was sent to Moore, Okla., on Monday, July 8, with words of support.

    The banner was made and donated by Unlimited Signs Designs & Graphics in Brookfield, and was a combined effort between Monroe Police Department Officer Todd Keeping and his wife Lisa, who are also Newtown residents.

  • Newtown Youth Needed in Oklahoma

    To the Editor:

    Ben’s Lighthouse, the organization that hosted the recent Lighthouse Festival, is committed to community service as part of its three-pronged approach to supporting the youth of Newtown in the recovery from the tragic events of December.  By helping others, our children strengthen their own resolve to move forward.

  • Oklahoma Tornado Recovery Collection Reminder

    Residents of Newtown and anyone in the vicinity are reminded that Sandy Hook native John DiCostanzo, and a few friends, will be returning to Oklahoma for the second time since the fatal EF5 tornado of May 20. He and three friends drove to Oklahoma less than a week after that weather event, bringing two large SUVs and two 20-foot trailers filled with supplies to help those in the affected areas.

  • Sending Love Out: From Sandy Hook To Moore

    Four men with direct ties to Sandy Hook, including one current and two former residents, drove to Moore, Okla., within days of a fatal EF5 tornado. “We had an immense amount of love pour into our town in December, and it continues to show up,” said Peter Baressi, second from right. “We need to not feel helpless. We need to share it,” he said, explaining why he and three friends drove 36 hours to deliver two trailers filled with supplies for those affected by the May 20 twister.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown’s VFW Post 308 and Auxiliaries are partnering with an Oklahoma VFW and its Auxiliaries to assist residents in Moore, Okla., and other towns affected by the recent devastating tornadoes there. The Oklahoma VFW has requested gift card donations to Walmart, Target, Home Depot, or Lowe’s. Gift cards will give people the opportunity to purchase items they need, specifically. Cash, or checks made out to Newtown VFW 308, with a memo line of “Oklahoma” will be accepted, and turned into gift cards.

  • Help For Oklahoma’s Dogs And Cats

    For those who are concerned about the welfare of the pets affected by last week’s tornado that laid low the town of Moore, Okla. and surrounding area, Reed Intermediate School student Aubrey Christensen is coming to the rescue.

    Aubrey and her mother, Nicole, have set up collection boxes at Your Healthy Pet, 224 South Main Street, and at the Parks and Recreation office, Town Hall South, Main Street, for donations of pet food, cat litter, and leashes.