The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Donation Center at 127 South Main Street opened in March, and donation center attendant Mike Thomas said that he is “real happy” with the response the collection center has generated in Newtown. From a first week count of 27 donors, that number has rapidly grown. In the final week in April, Mr Thomas said, 119 people had stopped by to donate everything from clothing and shoes to children’s bicycles, furniture, games, and more.
“We are seeing a lot of repeat customers, and that’s a good thing,” Mr Thomas said.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization matching children between the ages of 6 and 15 with a volunteer mentor at least 18 years of age or older. The “Bigs” as they are known, are asked to commit to meeting once a week, twice a month, or once a month with their “Littles” for three to five hours at a time, for a year. The one-on-one mentoring program provides at-risk children with positive role models, and is supported by professionals that offer guidance.
In the three years that Tracy Lefebvre has been owner and director of Misty Morning Child Center on Commerce Road, she has created a cultural shift “to a child-focused program that meets the needs of 21st Century childhood development,” she said, building on the 15-year-old business’s foundation.
Village Perk Cafe opened its doors at 6:30 this morning, the first day of operations for the new coffee house at 3 Glen Road in Sandy Hook. Nick Tornatore and manager Jennifer Weller were behind the counter this morning, ready to serve customers. The coffee house offers plenty of hot and iced drinks, smoothies, salads, grilled paninis, gelato, and Ovens of France baked goods. For the time being all orders must be paid for with cash. Hours are 6:30 am until 8:30 pm daily.
Flagpole Realty, formerly of 33 Main Street, has relocated to 71 South Main Street, Suite 12, just 1.3 miles south of the flagpole. The new office is in Ricci's Plaza, with plenty of parking. Wendy Margules, Cathy Masi, and Kenny Jacobson are looking forwa...
The executive management team of Urgent Care of Connecticut announced the opening of a new facility in Newtown, its sixth location and the company’s fourth in the greater Danbury area. Located in Plaza South at 226 South Main Street, is scheduled to open its doors in July.&...
Author CJ Golden will be the guest speaker on May 8 at a Working Women's Forum. “Living a Vital and Joyful Life with Tao and Defiance, Learn It, Live It, Pass It On,” Ms Golden's program, will discuss a life that combines the principles of Taoism, the ancient Chinese philosophy of acceptance, along with defying stereotypes, negativity, and self-defeating behaviors.
Former Newtown resident and business owner Morgen McLaughlin was recently named new executive director of the Santa Barbara County (Calif.) Vintners’ Association (SBCVA). Ms McLaughlin previously served the Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing...
It’s one thing for a restaurant operator to assemble an array of mouth-watering entrees, soups, salads, appetizers, and desserts, but Foundry Kitchen and Tavern owner Christopher Bruno has taken his tasks far beyond the former Stone River Grille’s kitchen walls. He has been involved in every facet of the restaurant’s physical redesign as well. From the deconstruction process that has left the interior sparse and rustic, but at the same time welcoming, to a number of tables and serving surfaces that he and staff members have built or reclaimed, Mr Bruno’s experienced touch can be seen at every turn. The new restaurant's progressive American menu will focus on beef, seafood, and other tavern specialties.
Hoping to build on what Newtown schools already do well, said Vivek Subramanian and Geetha Rajgopalan, they are pleased to present the Mathnasium concept of learning and enrichment to Newtown and area students.
Members and supporters of SHOP (Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity) spent the weekend of April 13 sprucing up Sandy Hook Center and the banks of the Pootatuck River in anticipation of welcoming hundreds of community members and visitors for a Spring Fling Block Party on Saturday, April 27. Festivities will run from 11 am to 4:30 pm that day.