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The Newtown Bee - November 20, 2015

Newtown’s Tree Lightings Newtown’s three tree lighting ceremonies will take place across the weekend of December 4-6 this year. The 31st Annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting will be Friday, December 4. The 15th Annual Sandy Hook Center Tree Lighting will be Saturday, December 5. And the 6th Annual Hawleyville Tree Lighting will be Sunday, December 6. Details for each event will be announced in upcoming issues of The Newtown Bee.

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‘Polar Express’ Program Planned Parents and children of all ages are invited to take a magical journey to The North Pole by visiting Newtown Youth & Family Services the morning of Saturday, December 19. Wear your favorite (warm) pajamas to listen to a reading of the classic Polar Express story. Refreshments will be served, and everyone will have a chance to make his or her own silver bell to enjoy for the holiday season.

Author Replaces ‘Christmas Jar’ Cash Stolen At Ohio Library DOVER, OHIO (AP) — A jar of cash that was meant to be a Christmas gift for a needy family this holiday season was stolen from an Ohio library in early October. The author whose book inspired the collection stepped in to save the day. Dover Public Library had collected about $1,000 that was swiped by a thief caught on surveillance video. Some of the money was found the next day in the book drop with a handwritten apology. The Times Reporter reported that Christmas Jars author Jason Wright started collecting donations to replace the fund, and he brought a jar with $1,000 when he spoke at the library in late October. Mr Wright’s novel, released in October

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The program is open to all age groups, and will run from 10 to 11 am. Cost is $10 per child. Registration is requested, and parents are asked to make sure they let organizers know of any food allergies their child(ren) may have. Call 203-270-4335 for registration or additional information. NYFS is at 15 Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook.

2005, follows the story of Hope Jensen, who is mourning the loss of her adoptive mother when her apartment is robbed. Her one bright spot in the midst of her despair is a small jar full of money someone anonymously left on her doorstep. Eager to learn the source of the unexpected gift, Hope uses her reporter’s instincts to find other recipients of these so-called “Christmas jars,” as well as the family that began the tradition of saving a year’s worth of spare change to give to someone in need at the holiday. Mr Wright had hoped to speak with the jailed suspect to explain the charitable purpose of the jars, but the young man from Dover declined the visit.

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