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  • A Call To Protest Changes At The Library

    To the Editor: There are times when we have to question and oppose the thinking and decisions that are made by those entrusted with the responsibility to provide the best operating environment for the residents of Newtown. This is especially true in the case of the new library director, Shawn Fields, who has a plan to overhaul the existing layout of the library to fit into his concept of what our library should resemble in his mind. Such decisions often create a sterile atmosphere because visitors and residents were not consulted beforehand in order to get their feedback and suggestions.

  • Stamp Your Passport To Sandy Hook In October

    To the Editor: On behalf of S.H.O.P., (Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity), I would like to thank the community for coming out and supporting our events in Sandy Hook Center. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the event scheduled for Saturday, August 17, will have to be rescheduled to a later date.

  • The Police Commission’s Obsession With Queen Street

    To the Editor: The Newtown Bee reported last week that Queen Street residents have long complained about speeding motorists. Now with three speed bumps added to the two already installed, Queen Street residents have a new issue to complain about, noise caused by the speed bumps and motorists going over them, a few beeping their horns. One resident complained that the children are stressed by the sound of honking horns. Another resident said it was unclear why some people are angry about the presence of speed table. Yet another said divers were being un-neighborly and unkind.

  • Newtown’s Community Theater

    To the Editor: Whenever I hear about how much Newtown needs some sort of cultural arts center, I don't disagree – however, I would like to remind Newtown residents that we have our very own community theater which has been in existence for nearly 80 years. Town Players' Little Theatre is located at 18 Orchard Hill Road. Our all-volunteer crew puts on four, sometimes five, productions per year. Comedy and drama, both of a contemporary and historical nature, grace our stage every season. We shy away from musicals only because of the space limitations of our intimate setting. Many of our volunteers are from Newtown, but a good number come from surrounding towns. All are welcome! If you're interested in becoming involved, you have only to let us know.

  • Have Guns… Will Travel!

    To the Editor: There was a popular TV show, “Have Gun Will Travel,” in which the main character, “Paladin,” was a gun for hire… and he traveled. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) evoked “Paladins” to travel from across the State of Connecticut, and neighboring states, and descend upon Starbucks in Newtown on their self-declared “Starbucks Appreciation Day” Friday. The appreciation is for Starbucks corporate policy of allowing guns in their stores. It is beyond the pale to imagine that any gun carrier would have the gall to place Newtown in the cross hairs of their gun carrying pride day. Yet they came, not only to their neighborhood Starbucks, but traveled miles to put their guns in front of Newtown children and adults.

  • Needed: Intelligent Dialogue

    To the Editor: The letter titled “Newtown Is The New North Stamford” appeared in August 2 Newtown Bee. The heading of the letter is interesting since I never lived in the area of Stamford referred to as North Stamford. I do think as I said in my original letter that we can tackle traffic problems in Newtown whether they exist on Curry Drive, Currituck Lane or The Boulevard. I know we can learn from the experiences of other towns. I don't think much will ever be accomplished through sarcasm, hyperbole, name calling, and confused responses to suggestions to improve traffic conditions throughout the town.

  • A Treadwell Returns For The Reunion

    To the Editor: We have all heard of Treadwell Park, named for our First Selectman Timothy B. Treadwell, who died tragically in a house fire in February, 1972. Tim had three sons, and the oldest, Mead Treadwell, is Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. He came to the “Great Newtown Reunion,” having attended Sandy Hook Elementary School and the middle school before graduating from Hotchkiss School in 1974, and graduating from Yale in 1978. He gave the keynote address at the [Great Newtown Reunion], introduced by First Selectman Pat Llodra.

  • Newtown Is The New North Stamford

    To the Editor: I read with interest, a letter from last week [“Queen Street’s Big Picture Needs A Regional View,” Letter Hive, 7/24/13], extolling the virtues of the new large yellow bumps on Queen Street. Apparently we must accept them because they were first used in Southern Fairfield County, and their migration north must be natural, I assume. It was stated that the “bumps” solved the problem in an affordable manner. In fact, the problem is not solved. We cringe as we navigate the “bumps”, speed between them, hope that the vehicle behind us does not ram us from behind as we slow, etc. No, far from solved, the town has only created an “attractive nuisance” on a major borough thoroughfare, and we await the first lawsuit against the town for placing obstacles on a road surface that causes accidents. It will happen.

  • Praise for ‘Panacea’

    To the Editor: Last Saturday night, at the Great Newtown Reunion, "Panacea" absolutely rocked our world. Every single one of the rock group's members was superb, and the song choices brought tears to our eyes. "Panacea" was back again, and 40 years magically melted away ... we were young, deliriously happy and carefree once more. We knew every single word to every single song, and we let the world know it with a cacophony of off-key yet joyous and enthusiastic singing to the music of our beloved "Panacea."

  • Extraordinary Trip, Extraordinary Kids

    To the Editor: As chaperones of the Ben’s Lighthouse sponsored work camp in Oklahoma, we want to praise each and every one of the youth who took part in the trip: Aimee Alexander, Alana Murray, Austen Wagner, Brenna Kelly, Dan Harrison, Elizabeth Calabrese, Eric Benson, Erica Thill, Jeff Haylon, Jessica Delp, Joe Fiorella, Katie Clark, Maggie Kost, Marissa Thill, Matt Gonzalez, Mergim Bajraliu, Patrick Pierce, Tess Murray, and Trystan Wagner.