To the Editor: Given the circumstances that have transpired over the last few months, I felt the need to write you to extend my appreciation to the members of our community. When my wife, Barbara, and I moved to Newtown in 1994, our goal was to find a pleasant town to live in and raise our three children. Our requirements were simple: we wanted a house, a yard, and good schools. What we got instead was far more than we bargained for.
To the Editor: I'm not from Newtown. In fact I grew up over 3,000 miles away in London, England. However, over the last 13 years Newtown has become my home town, due in large part to the school communities that have warmly welcomed our family.
To the Editor: In January, 2014, our family moved to Newtown. The timing, we thought, was right. By the winter of 2013 we were outgrowing our modest starter home, and facing the prospects of sending our two bright and growing children into a school system that was consolidating schools, and we felt going forward wouldn’t bring out their full potential – it was time to move.
To the Editor: The possible closing of Hawley Elementary School will affect us all! As a local Newtown business owner for 15 years and now finally a resident of Newtown, I was ecstatic about entering my three young children into the Hawley Elementary School this fall, in 2017 and then again in 2018. With the threat of it closing, I am deeply saddened and fearful for my community.
To the Editor: If you were fortunate enough to be on Church Hill Road Wednesday morning, you might have seen the best illustration of why we need Hawley School in the center of our town: 50 kindergartners joyously marched along the sidewalk from Hawley to Big Y on an annual field trip that has become one of the beloved traditions of the school. It was beautiful. It was educational. It was community. It was a visible sign of the heart of Newtown.
To the Editor: There simply aren't enough words to express our gratitude to all who helped make Catherine's Butterfly Party a success on Saturday, June 6. Over 2,000 people attended along with a wonderful array of vendors, sponsors, rescue organizations and educational groups. We are so grateful to the community for supporting this event and helping us build a sanctuary of peace and compassion for all creatures, great and small.
To the Editor: Candlewood Valley Trout Unlimited (CVTU) contacted the Newtown Conservation Commission (CC) last year asking to upgrade the Deep Brook Open Space kiosk with educational materials and a Plexiglas covering which would preserve materials placed...
To the Editor: What is it about birds that we find so fascinating and awe-inspiring? Is it their ability to break the bonds of gravity and freely move in any direction, their ability to navigate across countries or even continents, their songs which captur...