NEWTOWN, Conn. – The holidays are all about coming together to celebrate the spirit of season, and that is exactly what the people did recently in the Hawleyville neighborhood of Newtown.
“I have come every year for the past three years," said resident Roger Ball. "It's nice for the Hawleyville people. I get good vibes when I come to this."
The event at 23 Barnabas Road included a toy drive and baked goods along with a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as free pizza provided by Papa Al’s. The baked goods were homemade and donated by the local neighbors. The toy drive benefits the Newtown Fund to help needy families in town celebrate Christmas.
When Newtown’s First Selectmen Pat Llorida spoke, she spoke of wisdom and asked that everyone present take action and do something to make the world a better place.
Three trees were set up — one each to represent the town’s tree lightings in its neighborhoods of Ram Pasture, Sandy Hook, and Hawleyville.
“What’s great about this tree lighting is that it is easily accessible to the families and children — and it's also great for business, too,” said Madeline Bunt, an organizer of the seasonal event.
The tree lighting is organized by the Stony Hill Four Corners Business Association, which is a collaboration between businesses in Bethel's Stony Hill neighborhood and Newtown's Hawleyville neighborhood. It was held in the small business area near Exit 9 of I-84.
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