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  • A Generous Grant From GE

    To the Editor: On behalf of both the Newtown Parks and Recreation Commission and the Commission on Aging we would like to thank General Electric (GE) and the GE families across Newtown for their generous grant and consideration in funding the development of the much needed and long desired, multi-generational community center to address the needs of Newtown’s youth and seniors. This vision of a combined Parks and Rec and Senior Center facility has been sought after for almost 10 years now, and the requirements definition, planning and preliminary design work have been ongoing and carefully evolving.

  • Software Development Is Never An Exact Science

    To the Editor: Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to listen to a substantial amount of the rhetoric being delivered on cable news channels regarding the Healthcare.gov debacle. I have found it thoroughly entertaining to listen to pundits talk about the ins and outs of the rollout, or shall we say non-rollout. Not because the matter is to be taken lightly, but because these otherwise brilliant individuals have willingly taken on the task of judging success or failure in a field that they know nothing about. They might as well be trying to evaluate the reasons for the success or failure of the space program or of peace in the Middle East. Oh wait, they do that too. The thing is that, unlike the latter two topics, for which they have presumably studied extensively and in which they may have had some firsthand experience, they clearly have no idea what it takes to deliver a solution like Healthcare.gov.

  • Kindness Has Always Been A Part Of Sandy Hook

    As I write this, it’s Small Business Saturday, and I’ve just come back from shopping in Sandy Hook Village, a place where local merchants welcome visitors with a warm smile year round. It’s truly a wonderful place to do your holiday shopping – and this weekend, to share in the annual tree lighting festivities. Saturday, December 7 is Sandy Hook’s 12th Annual Tree Lighting! Festivities start at 4 pm with Karaoke, 3-D glasses, cookies, crafts, a visit from Santa, specials at local restaurants, jingle bells brace-lets, a wine tasting and so much more! The tree will be lit at 6, and then you can stay to enjoy carols by the tree.

  • The FAITH Food Pantry Thanks All

    To the Editor: All five fire companies of Newtown, under the organizational leadership of Karin Halstead, successfully completed their annual Thanksgiving food drive. For the 13th consecutive year the drive was a huge success. In addition, St Rose Church organized their food drive. Nearly 100 turkeys, along with nearly 200 boxes of food, and over $1,400 in cash and gift cards were collected.

  • Small Business Saturday

    To the Editor: On behalf of the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (S.H.O.P.) I would like to extend a warm welcome to the community to join our merchants on Small Business Saturday, November 30. While Small Business Saturday has been a great way to kick off the holiday season in recent years, it is even more important this year.

  • Help Light Up The Season (Safely)

    To the Editor: Soon the town festivities will begin with the lighting of the town Christmas trees and luminaria to excite and inspire us for the upcoming holiday season. What began 29 years ago in the Ram Pasture with a few hundred people is now numbering into several thousands and the logistics of getting to the site often requires creative planning for parking, walking and crossing busy roads as people hurry both to the event or home from work in their vehicles.

  • A Generous Response

    To the Editor: I would like to thank the generous residents of Newtown for coming out this past Saturday the 23rd of November for the 13th Annual Fill the Fire Truck Food Drive. Firefighters from all five companies came out and stood in front of Big Y and Stop & Shop to collect goods.

  • What Has NSSF Done To Support The Newtown Community?

    To the Editor: The AP this week reported about National Shooting Sports Foundation and Steve Sanetti's consideration of leaving Newtown. One must have sympathy for NSSF's employees. It must be uncomfortable being part of an organization whose major focus is promoting civilian assault weapons (AKA Modern Sporting Rifles) after such a weapon was used in last December's horrendous massacre in their own town. That they expressed feeling “nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about” calls to mind Upton Sinclair's statement “It's hard to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it”.

  • An Eternal Thanksgiving

    To the Editor: If you could say something to those courageous teachers and to those 20 innocent children who were tragically killed on last December 14, what might that be?

  • Force Feeding Students And Teachers?

    To the Editor: With good conscience I need to speak out to the caring public regarding a serious government intrusion into the local public schools. The reason for this is that politics and academic theory often mix poorly with good teaching practices in the classroom.