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  • A Dunblane Memorial

    To the Editor: As the 14th of December approaches, we reflected on the memorials that have been created after the appalling massacre in Scotland. It was on the 13th of March 1996, that a 43 year old gunman entered the school and shot 16 five-year-olds and their teacher. Now in Dunblane, they have a snowdrop, Sophie North, (named after one of the children who was killed).This was the emblem of the group that successfully campaigned for changes to the handgun laws. In 1997 the Conservative government, followed by the Labour government passed two bills which make it virtually impossible to legally own a handgun in Britain.

  • 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.

  • Sandy Hook Tree Lighting Was A Double Success!

    To the Editor: On behalf of The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP), I would like to thank all who attended our 12th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. This year, the Sandy Hook community gathered to light our traditional tree, and then joined together in lighting Sandy Hook’s new tree just across the street! From the snow flurries outside Sandy Hook Hair Co. to 3D glasses, from Santa’s visit to face painting, it was a festive night in Sandy Hook with our biggest crowd ever!

  • Our Spiritual Common Core

    To the Editor: Twenty-six acts of kindness per day times 365 days per year times seven billion people equals what a wonderful world it would be.

  • Another Great Greens Sale

    To the Editor: The Garden Club of Newtown would like to thank all our friends and neighbors who came and supported our annual Holiday Greens Sale Fundraiser held on Saturday, December 7th. We would also like to thank Sherry Paisley, manager of the Meeting House for use of the meeting room for our workshop days and the beautiful chapel to showcase our sale items. Thanks also go to Caraluzzi’s Market for providing us with materials to decorate for the event. And last but not least, The Newtown Bee staff who always write wonderful articles about our workshops and the items we create for the sale

  • Choral Society Brings It Home For The Holidays

    To The Editor: The Newtown Choral Society played to an enthusiastic crowd as they presented their holiday concert, “Home for the Holidays,” last Saturday at The Meeting House. We were pleased to premier Phil Crevier’s “Christmas in Newtown,” written especially for the choir and Dan Coffmann’s “Ave Maria.” We added popular as well as classical music of the season. We thank our director, Mary Andreotta and our accompanist, Susan Anthony-Klein, for their good cheer and professionalism during our three months of rehearsals.

  • Feel The Love

    To the Editor: Living in Sandy Hook since 2007, my family and I have come to love the people and the town of Newtown and Sandy Hook. Still, and forever mourning the loss of our most precious children and friends on that tragic day, my wife and I strive to find deeper love and goodness in ourselves and in others. We truly live and believe that the best things in life begin with love and compassion, are all around us, and are free. Over the past year, which will always feel like yesterday, today, and tomorrow to us, we have found a much deeper meaning in our lives and in our beliefs, which drives us to support, honor and love those around us even more.