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  • Showing Us How To Cheer

    To the Editor: The following poem was submitted as a Letter to The Editor by its author, Michael Ratcliffe. His sister-in-law, Kim Baker, is an assistant coach for the D15 cheerleading team, one of two Newtown Youth Football & Cheer teams that recently competed in the AYC National Cheer Championships in Kissimee, Fla. Mr Ratcliffe’s niece, Grace Baker, is a member of the team. Our family is so proud of Grace’s and her teammates’ achievements. I’ve thought about submitting this to various journals, but it just seemed more appropriate (at least in my mind) to send it to a paper serving the Newtown area.

  • Lighting Up The Season

    To The Editor: Thank you everyone for taking in stride the rescheduling of the 29th Ram Pasture Christmas Tree lighting. Our gain was a sparkling clear night and a snow covered setting that showed off the 2,200 luminaria, which lined the streets and pasture and led the way to our Christmas Trees in a true winter wonderland.

  • Kindness Finds Its Way Home

    To the Editor: This letter is to thank the person who found my shoulder bag and took the trouble to bring it to my house Saturday.

  • Newtown Rises To The Occasion

    To the Editor: Women Involved in Newtown held the annual Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive in collaboration with Newtown Social Services on Friday November 22nd. The number of families in need this year increased significantly from previous years, but Newtown rose to the occasion as it always does!

  • A Great Day For Pancakes

    To the Editor: The Newtown Rotary Club would like to thank all the people who came out to support our 53rd Annual Pancake Day. It was a wonderful event to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends enjoying the best pancakes and sausages in town!

  • Many Supported The Library Holiday Sale

    To the Editor: Last weekend the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library sponsored the annual Holiday Sale, making gift-quality books, media and other items available at reasonable cost in time for holiday giving. Our thanks go the patrons of the sale and to the ...

  • Newtown And The Media

    To the Editor:Many colleagues in the national and global media have been asking: “What will happen if a reporter has to come to Newtown on Saturday?” My response is simple: be creative, don't procrastinate and you won't have to come on Saturday. But as a journalist, I know that not everything in the news business can be canned ahead of time. While the likes of CNN and NBC can prepare their pieces weeks in advance, there are many outlets, particularly our sympathetic local media, who don't have such luxury.I have told my colleagues not to misconstrue my hometown's seemingly prickly approach to the media on December 14 as a show of anger or entitlement, or a lack of appreciation for the coverage – most of it respectful – that we have experienced.

  • Breakfast With Santa

    To the Editor: Smiles laughter and joy was felt by everyone that visit with Santa. [Breakfast With Santa on December 7 at Newtown Middle School.] I’d like to thank Motoko Ishihara Evans, Japanese Culture Consultant who performed a tea ceremony and origami cranes which were enjoyed by everyone. Later she wrote the children’s names in Japanese.

  • Love Always Wins

    To the Editor: Heartfelt thanks to all the individuals who welcomed both me and our Hearts of Hope program to your beautiful town during my first visit to Newtown last February and in the months since then. Newtown is filled with such caring and compassionate individuals, and the kindness of each of you has touched my heart in ways I could never fully express.

  • Love Triumphs

    In March of this year, I unexpectedly lost a close friend. The details of her passing are irrelevant. All the world needs to know is that she was a practical jokester who loved art, children, and America’s Next Top Model. For months, the silliest things would unglue me. And then, by chance one day, I found Alissa Parker’s blog.