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  • 2013’s Great Pumpkin Challenge

    To the Editor: I wish that I could take my friend Zoe’s cancer away, but that’s not how it works. What I can do is support her courage and strength. She inspires me and I am committed to making a difference in her life through celebrating friends, family, community and benefitting the lives of other kids going through difficult situations. I’m a sophomore at NHS and have lived in Newtown my whole life. I love the people here and I love our town’s traditions; one of my favorites being Halloween on Main Street. Two years ago, I created the Great Pumpkin Challenge to help support my 12-year-old friend and to have fun.

  • School Grant Is State-Imposed Socialism

    To the Editor: Calling the $50 million a gift from the state to build us a new school (to replace our Sandy Hook School) is not really true. Government has no money unless they take it from us first. It has to come from somewhere, probably state income taxes and gas taxes or other fees. It will add to our state deficit.

  • Vote Yes For Sandy Hook

    To the Editor: Please be sure to vote this Saturday, October 5th in the town referendum. My family and I will be voting Yes for Sandy Hook Elementary School. Whether one looks at the issue practically, heart-felt, or economically, to me, the answer is yes, yes, yes.

  • The Sky Is No Limit

    To the Editor: Citizens rejoice; once again our elected congress persons are looking out for us. The September 2013 issue of Civil Engineering (page 43) notes that representative Donna F. Edwards (D-Maryland) and Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 8th to establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the (ready for this) Moon!

  • Letters of Endorsement

    Letters of endorsement for candidates in the 2013 Newtown local elections.

  • A Gift The Giver Cannot Afford

    To the Editor: In the several letters which have appeared in The Bee urging the support of the almost-certain-to-be-passed October 5th referendum, a number of points are made and repeated with which reasonable people could take issue. But I believe that one comment, reiterated in several of the letters, is simply wrong. That is the assertion that the demolition/re-building of Sandy Hook Elementary School is dependent on the approval of this referendum, and that there are “no second chances” should it fail. Not so.

  • Newtown: Shaping A Life

    To The Editor Fifty years ago, when I was a senior at Newtown High, then on Queen Street, my life was full of wonderful adult models who helped to shape my life:

  • The Utmost Integrity

    To the Editor: When John Reed was first hired as superintendent, I was the Middle Gate PTA liaison to the Board of Education and watched closely as he worked his office. I also served on two of his committees charged with sizing the buildings out 10 years. In all my dealings with John, he conducted himself with the utmost transparency, honesty, and integrity. The children of Newtown always came first.

  • When The Traffic Returns In December

    To the Editor: As a longtime resident and business owner in Sandy Hook, I am proud of the way that the residents of this town dealt with the adversity of the past year. Our citizens have pulled together for each other, and made me proud to say I live in Newtown/Sandy Hook. However, as the one-year anniversary of December 14 approaches, there is a practical matter that concerns me. Last year, due to the traffic and congestion in the town because of media and visitors, and despite the efforts of police brought into town from throughout the state, Sandy Hook Center was effectively shut down for a month. Traffic was at a standstill, and people and signs extended out into the streets. I live less than two miles from my office, yet unless it was very early in the morning, or late at night, it took me over an hour to get there. Despite signs and repeated polite requests, parking spots which are supposed to be for the patrons of Sandy Hook businesses were filled with news vans and out-of-state cars from those who came to see the site of the tragedy. I am afraid that this December, the same thing will happen again.

  • A Life-Changing Program

    To the Editor: To all those involved in the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) program: Hello! My name is Kevin Rovelli, and I am a Newtown High School Class of 2011 alumnus. I participated in the NICE program as a host for two Chinese students and as a member of NHS’s first student delegation to travel to Liaocheng. I am writing this email to all of the educators involved in the NICE program to express my gratitude for their dedication and hard work that make this program a success.