Stuffed toys, such as these removed from a memorial site last January, have found lives of usefulness, thanks to the distribution efforts of America Responds With Love, Inc. Thousands of excess stuffed animals and comfort pillows were removed from a town warehouse in March by the organization, and have since been given out nationwide, to alleviate suffering.
It is our tradition for our Christmas week edition to publish a seasonal illustration on our cover. This year’s illustration is once again by local artist Kim Proctor.
It depicts an old lamplighter plying his trade in the new streetscape of Sandy Hook Center, which in this rendering includes the new village Christmas tree at the corner of Washington Avenue and Riverside Road.
Ms Proctor explained that this year’s illustration is “dedicated with great admiration to Pat Llodra for her compassionate leadership.”
With winter weather settling in, State Sen John McKinney (R-28), State Representatives Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), DebraLee Hovey (R-112), and Dan Carter (R-2), along with Newtown’s Social Services Department, are holding a food drive in the month of January to benefit Newtown families in need.
The Board of Education unanimously accepted new educational specifications for the proposed design of Sandy Hook Elementary School as presented by Jay Brotman and Julia McFadden of Svigals + Partners during a meeting on Monday, December 23.
Preserved as open space, the High Meadow in Fairfield Hills will also be protected by a management plan, which the Conservation Commission members are finalizing, according to commission Chairman Mary Gaudet-Wilson.
“Meadows habitat is what we have the least of in Connecticut and it’s valuable for certain species and biodiversity,” she said. The plan being drafted, which must then be approved by other town officials, will be based on a habitat management plan already written for both the High and West Meadows at Fairfield Hills.
The following is a released letter signed by the faculty and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The letter was received late Thursday morning, December 19, after the deadline for The Newtown Bee print edition of December 20, 2013.