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Annual Newtown Fund Tag-A-Gift Program Underway; Unwrapped Gifts Needed By December 8

Newtown Junior Women’s Club (NJWC) and Education Connection have launched the annual Tag-A-Gift Program, one part of the annual Newtown Fund Holiday Basket Program. NJWC and Education Connection are coordinating this year the collection and wrapping of holiday gifts for Newtown children in need. The Tag-A-gift program provides the toys and other gifts for The Newtown Fund’s annual gift and food drive for local families. The event culminates with Depot Day, when all items are delivered to families in Newtown who need a hand putting food on the table and gifts under the tree. NJWC, which has done the Tag-A-Gift program for years, is now being joined by the regional educational service center. "We're all working toward the same goal, so we decided to work together this year,” said NJWC member Meri Jitsukawa.

Ram Pasture Tree Lighting Donations, Sponsorships Sought

The Chamber of Commerce of Newtown has expanded its fundraising for the 30th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ram Pasture, scheduled this year for Friday, December 5. A few weeks ago, The Tree Lighting Committee members announced that they have decided to use glow sticks inside the white bags, replacing tea light candles that have been traditionally used. With that decision, however, also comes a larger bill than in years past for the one of the first events in town of the holiday season. Chamber President Timothy Haas said this week that the cost of putting on the tree lighting ceremony has gone up “significantly” due to the decision to use glow sticks.

Lisa Unleashed: Holiday Happiness And Hazards

This week kicks off the hectic holiday season and that means travel, turkey, and a tendency toward large family gatherings. It also means happiness for the household hounds with guests bearing extra treats, kisses, and belly rubs. As we plan for the upcoming festivities let’s pledge to keep our pets happy and hazard-free.

Child Advocate’s Office Reports On Adam Lanza’s Troubled Life

The Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) of the State of Connecticut released a report Friday, November 21, focusing on Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHS) mass murderer Adam Lanza. The report defines lapses in integration of education and health care, and how untreated mental illness contributed to Adam Lanza’s overall decline. Directed by the State Child Fatality Review Panel (CFRP), in late January 2013, the OCA was asked to investigate “the circumstances leading to the death of the children at Sandy Hook, with a focus on any public health recommendations that may emanate from a review of the shooter’s personal history.”

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