Letters to the Editor

  • Angels Memorial – Accessible, Secluded, Proximate

    To the Editor: I sit at my favorite place for yearly reflection as our town's 12/14 anniversary approaches, behind a house of worship, welcoming all faiths of believers and not, a quiet and subdued space near enough to memories of fear, pain and tears,. far enough from daily distracting sounds of cars and voices.

  • Stocking The Food Pantry

    To the Editor: On behalf of Newtown Social Services and the Salvation Army Food Pantry, we would like to thank the various groups who have conducted food drives for us in recent days; “Stuff a Bus”/Stop ‘n Shop, Taunton Press, St. Rose, Newtown High School, and Women Involved in Newtown.

  • Supporting International Education

    To the Editor: I am writing to express thanks and gratitude for the extraordinary efforts made on behalf on Interna-tional Education Week during November 16-20. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education. It is an opportunity to celebrate international education and exchange worldwide.

  • Help Out With Holiday Baskets

    To The Editor: The Newtown Fund was organized in 1959. Our wonderful board is made up of volunteers who are available for emergency requests from Social Services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During the year we provide funds to help when people fall through the cracks. We pay for medical insurance when someone is incapacitated and can’t get any more help from other sources or when a young person needs extensive dental work and no insurance is available. We have a fuel assistance fund. Social Services is responsible for screening all candidates.

  • Saving The Planet One Bus Ride At A Time

    To the Editor: I am looking forward to varied replies to this letter. As I navigate my way through the gridlock surrounding Berkshire Road and Wasserman Way, I can't help but notice how many cars are occupied by one student or one parent and one student.

  • A Successful Senior Center Bazaar

    To the Editor: Newtown has the best senior center members! Thank you to many and from many who participated in the annual Senior Center Bazaar.

  • A Time For Sharing

    To the Editor: I would like to thank the residents of Newtown for once again stepping up to help the volunteer firefighters of Newtown fill the shelves of the FAITH Food Pantry. This was our 14th year and it was a successful one! Between Big Y & Stop & Shop supermarkets, we collected 70 turkeys, 2 hams, 167 boxes of food and just over $1,000 in cash and gift cards!

  • Settling On A Location For A Permanent 12/14 Memorial

    To the Editor: I wanted to share the work the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission (SHPMC) is doing to establish a memorial for the victims of 12/14/12. At the last Conservation Commission meeting, mem-bers of the SHPMC shared that out of 30 open space properties that the Land Use Agency provided for their review, they have determined that at this time, the High Meadow at Fairfield Hills is the best place for the memorial. (For those unfamiliar, the High Meadow is the large meadow adjacent to the paved walkway that leads up to the water towers.)

  • Ring The Bell This Season

    To the Editor: It's that time of year again, when Newtown's generous spirit shines through. Every year, I am amazed at how easy it is to fill the spots for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing campaign. The people in New-town and Sandy Hook are amazing. The spots are one hour a piece. I always say, "who couldn’t do one thing for one hour?"

  • Building A Tractor Supply Where The Small-Town Character Used To Be

    To the Editor: The request by Tractor Supply to change zoning from residential to South Main Village Design District (SMVDD) overlay zoning has now been approved and designated as Special Design District-4 (SDD-4). A major objective of the SMVDD zoning is to enhance the small-town New England character of South Main Street. That begs the question: What is the character of small-town New England?