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Molten Java to Collect Donations for Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids

Molten Java to Collect Donations for Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on The S.H.A.C.K.’s website on 1/9/13. Owner/Editor of Bethel Buzz, Wendy Mitchell, grew up in Sandy Hook, attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown Middle School, and graduated from Newtown High School in 1987. Wendy’s sister-in-law works at Sandy Hook Elementary and thankfully survived. Another sister works at the Newtown Middle School. This tragedy has impacted not only Wendy’s family but families worldwide. This project, The S.H.A.C.K. is one Wendy is working on with her fellow alumni of NHS Class of 1987.

Local Businesses Rally ‘Round The S.H.A.C.K.

mom and pop

For a small community like Sandy Hook, it is important to work together with the town, local retailers and the community to bring something special, like our community arts center, into town. We are happy to say we have done just that. On Tuesday, January 8th we attended the monthly meeting of a local business group, S.H.O.P., which stands for “Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity.” We were very warmly received and established some wonderful connections with local business owners who are supportive of our endeavour.

At the meeting first selectman Pat Llodra announced the state has given Newtown a $500,000 grant to help local businesses that were impacted by the tragedy.  Betsy Paynter, a member of the Economic Development Committee, explained the importance of shopping local and shared some ideas on upcoming events that are being planned to benefit the Sandy Hook shopping district. President of S.H.O.P. Michael Burton spoke about how the streetscape project will impact the community.

The “Shop Local” and “support each other’s businesses” sentiments were heard loud and clear and many shop owners were receptive to the new ideas that were presented.

One business, Family Fun Kuts for Kids, has agreed to allow The S.H.A.C.K. to host a “Pop-Up Art” event at her shop. More details will be announced shortly.

Other local businesses have agreed to serve as collection centers for The S.H.A.C.K. for art supply donations.

Those businesses are as follows:

Local Drop-Off Collection Centers:

Monroe: Sippin Fuel, 234 Main Street, Monroe.

Bethel: Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel.

Brookfield: Servpro of Newtown & Litchfield, 3 Production Drive, Suite #4, Brookfield

New Fairfield: Village Hardware, 1 Brush Hill Road, New Fairfield

Ridgefield: Hamlet Hub (a.k.a. Talk of the Town) Online News, 37 Danbury Rd, Suite 202, Ridgefield

Newtown: TBA soon!

Danbury: TBA soon!

Our “Wish List” for donations is as follows:

kid’s size smocks
carpet squares
drop cloths
tiles for mosaics
mosaic grout
mosaic tools
butcher paper rolls (white, colored)
air-dry clay
exacto knives 
adult sized scissors
kids sized scissors

tissue paper for collages
newspapers for paper maiche
glue……. lots & lots of glue!!!!!

paint your own pottery supplies & glaze

For more information “About Us,” please click here, or email

You may also call 203-501-7424.

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Bethel Artist Memorializes Sandy Hook Children Through Drawings

Bethel Artist Memorializes Sandy Hook Children Through Drawings


Benjamin Wheeler, drawn by Dana Benz

Dana Benz, a 23-year-old Bethel artist is on a mission to draw all of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy and give the drawings to their families. Last week Dana drew Emilie Parker and Olivia Engel (click here for pictures and article).

Jessica Rekos, drawn by Dana Benz

Jessica Rekos, drawn by Dana Benz

This week Dana has drawn four more of the children and has written the following letter to the families. This is Dana’s personal letter and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of Bethel Buzz News or its editor.–

Daniel Barden, drawn by Dana Benz

Daniel Barden, drawn by Dana Benz

Beloved Families,

Words cannot express how incredibly loved you all are. You are precious and amazing. My heart weeps for the unimaginable heartache you are feeling. My hope is to bring some small amount of peace to you. May God comfort every heart that is crushed in this tragedy, including yours.

You all had gorgeous children. They seemed full of life and joy. They will always be remembered by their shining deep eyes, infectious smiles and loving hearts.

I know that no child on this earth could ever take the place of your lost ones. No matter if you have other children or even plan on having more, they will never ever be replaced. Their beautiful souls were carefully put together by the hands of God. Their lives matter regardless of what any other misguided person may say to you. It’s okay to be angry. This tragedy is not okay.

I believe this is all happening for a reason. You may ask what the reason is but honestly I have no idea. I’m wondering the same thing. I am not sure we ever will until we can ask God Himself. All I know is this: God did not choose this or want this. He wanted them to live a full life with all of you by their side. God loves everyone too much to cause such evil. A struggling, disturbed young man did this. He is being held accountable for those actions. We all have our own free will and God’s heart is weeping over this situation.

God knows your pain. He is with us always and constantly helping us, especially in times of trouble. I believe that He can turn even the worst things into something beautiful. Nothing is ever wasted. “The white keys on a piano represent happiness and the black keys represent sadness. Just know the black ones create music too.”

May you take the time to heal and see goodness arise from this horrible time. May your sorrow grow into joy…That the insurmountable pain would be relieved, day after day, with some laughter and good memories. I know this won’t be easy, I know our community will never be the same. I cannot even to begin to grasp the horrific and gut-wrenching pain you are feeling. I am here to support you in whatever way feels best. I’m praying for your hearts. You will always have my love.

“So take heart…Let His love lead us through the night. Hold on to hope and take courage again.” Among the sadness, the burdens and the loneliness I see beauty slowly emerging. There is still light in this world. It is shared in a hug, in an act of kindness, a prayer and many other forms that I cannot even name.

I feel like we are a tulip wrestling to get through a snowy ground. It feels cold, hard and nearly impossible but I think as we nourish one another with care we will be able to arise. There is hope, even in a time like this. You are loved and that love will get us through.

“What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him! Because He was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole. I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When He wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of this victory. “

May our Heavenly Father pour out His best blessings upon you, always. May goodness and mercy follow you all the days of your lives. I hope with every fiber of my being that when you feel the void taking hold that you will heavily feel God’s love and arms around you.

Dana Benz

Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, drawn by Dana Benz

Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, drawn by Dana Benz