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  • 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.

  • Vote Yes For Our Town

    To the Editor: On September 19, 2013, the Sandy Hook School PTA voted unanimously to advocate for a Yes vote in the October 5 referendum that authorizes the Town of Newtown to accept a grant from the State of Connecticut to rebuild Sandy Hook School. Why vote Yes? The reasons are many, but the overwhelming reason is to bring our kids home — together.

  • Shopping In Sandy Hook

    To the Editor: I’m looking forward to the 3rd annual Passport to Sandy Hook. It will be great to spend the day there listening to music, lots of great places to eat and shopping. I plan on adding to my bling collection from Sabrina’s Style and when my passport is completely stamped enter it into the raffle!

  • Bring Home Sandy Hook School

    To the Editor: On Saturday, October 5th, our town will hold a referendum to accept funding to rebuild Sandy Hook School. As we look to bring home our Sandy Hook School community, it is critical to have a school building that will allow them to stay together. It is important that we all play a role in this process as it affects the entire community.

  • Not A Normal Referendum

    To the Editor: I am writing to urge all the residents of Newtown to vote and please vote Yes on October 5th. This is not a normal referendum, there are no second chances. Voting “no” will not save you any money on your tax bill. It is already allocated; it’ll just be spent somewhere else. The reality is, the largest elementary school in our town is no longer suitable for use.

  • Accepting A Gift

    To the Editor: If someone gives you a gift, the gracious thing to do is to accept it. The $50 million dollar grant that the state is willing to give to Newtown is no different. It should be accepted without question. If the grant is accepted, it does not have to be repaid, it is a free gift. This will provide us with a brand new state-of-the-art school for our children. There are no strings attached here, even though it seems almost too good to be true. A new school for us without an increase in taxes? Yes, that is what is occurring here.