Newtown's HamletHub Sat, 03 Dec 2022 20:39:00 -0500 Sandy Hook mom publishes book on 10th anniversary of her son's tragic death

Choosing Love a Pathway to Flourishing - A Tribute to Jesse Lewis

Marking 10 years since the unimaginable tragedy of Sandy Hook, Scarlett Lewis, founder and Chief Movement Officer of Choose Love Movement, along with her mother Maureen Lewis, have published a powerful and inspiring book as a tribute to Jesse Lewis, Scarlett’s son.

During the massacre, Jesse saved the lives of nine of his classmates. He also provided the solution with three words he left on his kitchen chalkboard: nurturing, healing, love. This became the cornerstone for the Choose Love Movement, a character social-emotional development program in nearly 11,000 schools today.

To mark the tenth year since the tragedy, and the incredible success of the Choose Love Movement in making our world safer, kinder, and happier, Scarlett has published her first children’s book “Choosing Love -A Pathway to Flourishing.”

Her book serves as a complement to the Choose Love program, but also as a stand-alone resource to help children by providing the four key pillars of Choose Love in simple, engaging terms. Illustrated with beautiful watercolors by Jane Davidian, the book highlights key principles of Choose Love in clear accessible language.

As multiple studies have shown, today’s children have higher incidences of depression, anxiety, and difficulties in self-regulation and anger management. “Choosing Love - A Pathway to Flourishing” takes young readers through courage, forgiveness, gratitude, and compassion-in action. These are critical to children’s wellbeing and help them learn to choose love.

Ten years after the Sandy Hook tragedy, young people face even more challenges. Evidence shows the positive impact of programs like Choose Love. This book is another part of the solution. “Choosing Love - A Pathway to Flourishing” is a collection of life lessons that guide young readers to live a life with courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion-in-action.

“This December marks ten years since Jesse was so needlessly and violently killed. I knew immediately that if the shooter had access to social emotional learning, this tragedy would never have happened,” said Scarlett. “I feel Jesse’s spirit around me and he inspires me every day to be strong and share his message of love with the world. This book is a way that I can memorialize Jesse and share his message with children to help them be kinder and more connected with each other.”

Proceeds from the book will benefit the Choose Love Movement.

Choose Love programs are free and teach essential life skills to children and adults. It has grown organically over the last ten years, and now reaches 3.5 million children and adults in over 120 countries. Scarlett Lewis’ vision is to reach and positively impact 25 million people by 2025.

About the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™

Jesse Lewis, a six-year-old first grader, was a victim of the Sandy Hook tragedy whose action saved the lives of nine classmates. Jesse left behind a message on a household chalkboard, “Nurturing Healing Love,” that became the inspiration for his mother, Scarlett, to found the Choose Love Movement.

The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a commitment to reach students, educators and individuals, nationally and internationally, and provide them with a simple, yet profound formula for choosing love. The Choose Love Programs are comprehensive, no cost, lifespan, next-generation social and emotional learning and character development programs. They teach children and adults how to choose love in any circumstance and help them become connected, resilient, and empowered individuals. These skills, tools and attitudes have been proven through decades of scientific research to be the best way to ensure a healthy, meaningful, and purpose-filled life.

Its signature program, Choose Love For Schools™, is a no-cost infant/toddler through 12th grade curriculum that contains the simple universal teachings of courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion-in-action – the foundational concepts of Character Social and Emotional Development. Choose Love For Home™, Choose Love For Communities™, and Choose Love For Athletes™ are also available. Choose Love programming is in all 50 states, 120 countries, and reaches over 3.5 million children.

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Newtown Rotary’s 62nd Annual Pancake Breakfast Tomorrow at Edmond Town Hall

Newtown Rotary Club’s Pancake Breakfast hosts its 62nd Annual event, Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall.


Reserve your spot HERE.

This longstanding tradition has marked the beginning of the holiday season for Newtown. Much celebrated, the event brings families across Newtown together to share friendship and tidings, while eating some of the best homemade pancakes the town has to offer. Enjoy entertainment with dance recitals from the Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet and Voice, and the Lathrop School of Dance, and perhaps, even a visit from Santa Claus himself.

It is not only the fellowship and nourishment, which makes this event so unique, but every dollar raised goes to support the needs of our community. Through fundraisers like this, Newtown Rotary Club supports the Newtown Scholarship Association, Newtown Volunteer Ambulance, C.H. Booth Library, Newtown Youth and Family Services, Dorothy Day Hospitality House, The Women’s Shelter of Danbury, the Regional Hospice of Western, CT, and many more. As part of our international service, we try and raise money to help fund lifesaving heart operations for children with congenital heart disease in developing countries through the Rotary Gift of Life International and under our own “Newtown Gift of Life Challenge.” Funds raised by the club have helped save the lives of well over 200 children.

All-you-can-eat tickets are available for $10.00/adult, and $5.00/child. The menu includes homemade pancakes, Butcher’s Best famous sausages, Maple Craft Foods award-winning maple syrup, and freshly roasted coffee from BD Provisions, along with milk, juices, and hot chocolate.

100% of proceeds support local non-profits and community organizations. Performances by the Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet and Voice, Lathrop School of Dance, and a visit from Santa himself. Gourmet offerings from local purveyors: coffee from BD Provisions, sausages from Butcher’s Best, and syrup from Maple Craft Foods.

The Newtown Rotary Club has been active in the Newtown community since 1939 and consists of all volunteers who provide community services in many ways throughout the year. Providing oversight of the Fund is by members of the Newtown Rotary Club and Newtown Rotary Foundation.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Newtown contact the Club President David Freedman by email at

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Register for Newtown's Family Scavenger Hunt, Part of Holiday Festival Weekend!

Newtown's Family Scavenger Hunt this Saturday, December 3rd from 10 am - 12 pm and Holiday Festival on Sunday, December 4 

Online ticket sales are open for Sunday's Holiday Festival! Click here to purchase.

You can also purchase tickets at the Festival starting at 10:30 am at the Edmond Town Hall ticket booth. At 11:00 am you can buy tickets at both Edmond Town Hall and the Festival of Trees.

General Admission Includes Access to:
Cookies with Mrs. Claus
Outdoor Holiday Market / Stroll Down Main Street
One Showing of The Nutcracker Suite Ballet
Festival of Trees
Kid's Activities at the Library
Superhero Academy
One Ride on the Historic Trolley Tour (first come, first served)
Gingerbread House Competition

Ballet-Only Tickets:
If you're only attending the ballet, and no other Holiday Festival activities, you can purchase a ballet-only ticket for $12.
Tickets are not sold for individual showtimes. You can attend either the 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm show on 12/04/2022.

General Admission Advanced Ticket Prices:
Available from now until November 30th at 11:59 pm.

Adults: $18.00
Children: $15.00 (2-12 years old)
Children under 2: Free
Seniors: $15.00 (65+ years old)

Day of Event Ticket Prices:
Available online from December 1st until 3rd at 11:59 pm                                                                                                                                                        Available on December 4th at the Edmond Town Hall ticket booth starting at 10:30 am.
Available at the Edmond Town Hall ticket booth AND Festival of Trees at 11:00 am.

Adults: $22.00
Children: $18.00 (2-12 years old)
Children under 2: Free
Seniors: $15.00 (65+ years old)

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt and Elf Chats require separate registration.

Scavenger Hunt Registration Here>>>
Elf Chat Registration Here>>>

If you have any questions please contact Susan Smith via email or call 203-270-4335

All proceeds from the Holiday Festival will go to Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS). The Holiday Festival is NYFS' largest annual fundraiser and proceeds go towards mental health, autism and community services.

NYFS is a non-profit youth service bureau and mental health clinic for children, teens, adults and seniors.
For over 35 years, NYFS has been committed to providing high quality human health services to promote individual and community wellness. Specialized services include: outpatient individual, couples and family counseling, substance abuse treatment services, Autism and social skills programs, prevention initiatives and support groups.

The Scavenger Hunt begins at Newtown Youth & Family Services. Click on image #2 for details.
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FREE Candlelight Christmas Concert Sunday, December 18 in Danbury

NOTEWORTHY, the Danbury-based a cappella singing ensemble, will present a FREE Candlelight Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 18th, 7:00 pm at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (30 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, CT). The group will welcome in the Christmas season by performing a selection of carols followed by an audience sing-along. Words for the sing-along will be provided in the program.

The hour-long family-friendly concert is free and open to the public. Donations are welcomed.

Why not make NOTEWORTHY's Candlelight Christmas Concert part of your holiday tradition? You'll leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

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Danbury Hat Tricks Holiday Party on December 14! All Fans Invited to Attend!

You are invited to celebrate the season with our professional hockey team, the Danbury Hat Tricks on Wednesday, December 14th  from 6-8 pm and is in Axe Tricks Lounge!

This 3rd Annual Holiday Party is open to all Hat Tricks fans and will include tons of laughs, stories and camaraderie with your favorite all-star players.

The Hat Tricks have had a stellar season so far and the holidays are a perfect time to celebrate!

The Axe Tricks Lounge is located on the 2nd floor of the Arena.  

RSVP to Herm Sorcher at if you are attending or call 203-794-1794.

Rounding out 2022, you can catch the Tricks when they play at Danbury Arena:

* Friday, December 9, 2022 (7:30 pm)

* Saturday, December 10, 2022 (7:00 pm)

* Friday, December 23 (7:30 pm)

* Saturday, December 27 (7:00 pm)

View the complete schedule Click here.

Learn more about the Danbury Hat Tricks visit


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C. H. Booth Library: The History of Connecticut's Libraries - via Zoom on December 6

This program celebrates our 90th Anniversary on Tuesday, December 6,  7:00 pm via FREE Zoom.

Register on our website:

John Cilio, our storyteller, shares anecdotes about the people who created the libraries we know today. The first American book sharing institutions date back to Colonial times when books were expensive, difficult to acquire, and imported.  As the colonies grew in the 1700's private book clubs evolved among wealthy men who communally shared their books.  Eventually those private club memberships evolved into subscription libraries, for anyone who could pay a membership and book borrowing fees. When you register you can check out a 60 second trailer of the program.

This program is thanks to generous funding from The Friends of the C. H. Booth Library


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Local Dancers Earn Three Regional Titles and Qualify for the World Championships

The New England Regional Irish Dance Championships, also known as the "Oireachtas," was recently held in Hartford, CT the weekend before Thanksgiving. It is the area's most prestigious event bringing in top dancers from schools in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine and competitions have as many as 100 competitors. 

At the event, local dancers, representing the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, were proud to earn a World Championship qualifying position, 3 National Championship qualifying positions, as well as numerous additional podium placements and medals including 3 regional champions: Piper Normand of Canton, Evelyn Anderson of Danbury and Evelyn Savage of Brookfield. 

The World Irish Dance Championships, which is the Olympics of Irish dance, will be held in Montreal, Canada next April and the academy is proud to have champion Piper Normand of Canton qualified to compete. Normand also qualified at the event for the North American Championships to be held in Nashville this July along with medalists Caroline Morneau of Bethel and Trey Ruffles of Danbury. 

Additional medals were earned in solos, traditional sets and teams by Emily Delp of Southbury, Deirdre Smith of Newtown, Natalie Anderson of Danbury, Riley McGrath of Danbury, Katie Ruszczyk of Newtown, Amelia Hogrefe of Southbury, Vivian Eaton of Newtown, Samantha Erdman of Derby, Addison Bertholf of Oxford, Alexa Sandor of Southbury, Kiley Foster of Brookfield, Lily Sandor of Southbury, Scarlett Tichy of Newtown, Olivia Lanza of Oxford, Britta Petersen of Newtown, Sofia McKirdy of Newtown and Kylee Dugan of Washington. 

The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance is directed by former Riverdance and Lord of the Dance stars Craig Ashurst and Christina Dolzall-Ashurst of Newtown. Both were highly successful competitive dancers themselves collectively holding many regional, national and international titles.

The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance is currently enrolling a new beginner program beginning in January 2023. For information, visit: or call (203) 928-0689.

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C.H. Booth Library: Wrap Up of Climate Change Conference 2022 via Zoom on December 1

C.H. Booth Library: Wrap Up of Climate Change Conference 2022 this Thursday, December 1st 7:00pm via Zoom

This in-depth evaluation of the Climate Conference is offered by Dr. Anna Malavisi (Department of Philosophy & Humanistic Studies) and Dr. Manoj Misra (Department of  Social Sciences) Western Connecticut State University.

Topics will offer critical observations & insights on the outcomes of the conference, the ethical dimensions of the climate crisis and UNFCCC’s importance for averting runaway climate change. 

There will be a LIVE Q&A period at the end of the presentation.  If you have a specific question you would like addressed please enter it onto the form when you register on our website calendar:

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Newtown Parks & Rec Mason Jar Contest

Attention Artists & Creative Individuals - Join our Mason Jar Contest

There is still time to get creative and join us!

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Mindfulness Practice with Aline at C.H. Booth Library on Sunday, December 11

Mindfulness Practice with Aline at C.H. Booth Library on Sunday, December 11 at 12:30 PM (In the Meeting Room)

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in each moment, exactly how you are. It can be practiced seated, standing and involves some very gentle stretching and walking. Mindfulness practice experienced over time benefits the whole body by cultivating a toned and more resilient nervous system and a clearer, calmer mind. Anyone can practice Mindfulness. 

No experience or exercise skills are necessary. Everyone is welcome!

Register for the Mindfulness Practice here

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Danbury Hat Tricks Host Toy Drive on Saturday, November 26

The Danbury Hat Tricks and the Forsberg Insurance Group of Brookfield are proud to announce a Toy Drive on Saturday, November 26th when the Hat Tricks take on the Carolina Thunderbirds. The puck drop is at 7 pm.

Purchase your tickets HERE.

Fans are being asked to bring unwrapped toys to the Hat Tricks game and the Danbury Ice Arena to drop in the toy bin.  For those who cannot make the game, but would like to contribute, the bins will be set up on Monday, November 21st in the arena lobby.

The toys are being donated to the Toy Closet of Yale New Haven Hospital.  The goal of the Toy Closet program is to provide each pediatric patient with a toy or small gift when they are discharged from Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.

Forsberg Insurance Group is an independent insurance agency based in Brookfield, Connecticut that has been insuring areas around the East Coast since 1989.   

The Forsberg Insurance Group has built their long term success & 5-star ratings on top notch customer service and competitive rates.  Check them out

For further information on this event, contact Herm Sorcher

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Get Started with Investing Part I - C.H. Booth Library Webinar on Dec. 7

Get Started with Investing C.H. Booth Library Webinar on Wednesday, December 7 | 7:00 PM | Online

This webinar is a two-part webinar series. Part I reviews the most popular investment vehicles like stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, and addresses the advantages of tax-sheltered accounts like a Roth IRA. Learn the fundamentals of investing in a lively, jargon-free format!

Register to receive the Zoom link:

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Taekwondo with Master Heny at C.H. Booth Library on Dec. 7

Wednesday, December 7 at 11:30 AM in the Meeting Room at the C.H. Booth Library (Newtown)

Make working out fun and shake up your routine with a Taekwondo class!

Register for the Taekwondo class with Master Heny at the library here. 

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Newtown's 38th Annual Tree Lighting will be on Friday, December 2

Join fellow community members and welcome the holiday season in Newtown at the 38th Annual Tree Lighting will be on Friday, December 2 beginning at 6:30 pm at Ram's Pasture!

Festive song and Santa will make this a memorable event! Children are invited to put letters to Santa in a special North Pole mailbox!

Donate Tree Bulb/s or Luminaria/s in honor of someone special in your life. (Please be sure to click on the + Tree Bulb or Luminara In Honor of/add name) CLICK HERE to donate today.

Learn more here.



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Memory Café Monday, December 5 at C.H. Booth Library

Monday, December 5 at 2:00 PM in the C.H. Booth Library (Newtown)

A Memory Café is a welcoming place for people with changes in their memory and their care-partner(s) to come together. Join us this month for cocoa, cookies, and winter crafting from nature with Nancy the NP! Meet old friends and make new ones. Connect with others over refreshments and a simple activity. 

Register for the Memory Café here.

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