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  • Thanks From NH&L

    To the Editor: On Sunday, September 29, 2013 the Newtown Hook and Ladder Co. #1 hosted the Fourth Annual Firehouse Ride. This ride was created in an effort to raise funds for the new construction of a much needed firehouse. We would like thank all the sponsors, riders, donors, neighboring fire companies, and friends who gathered together to support this cause.

  • A Rough Ride

    (The following letter to First Selectman Pat Llodra has been received for publication.) Dear First Selectman: I enjoy riding my bike in and around Newtown; riding a bike is an excellent physical exercise, allowing yourself to breathe fresh air and let you mind wander. The problem is that Newtown is not a heaven for cyclists. I live on Key Rock Road. When I exit my driveway, I may turn right and head for Hattertown/Poverty Hollow roads or turn left towards Route 302. The decision is not easy as I feel I am caught between a rock and a hard place. Let me explain.

  • Newtown’s Deplorable Roads

    To the Editor: We pay at least $8,000 in taxes every year to this town, as I'm sure many others do. We are not getting our money's worth. Some of the roads in this town are deplorable. I go to tag sales every week-end and at least three paved roads are disgusting. Platt's Hill Road looks like it hasn't been done in the 45 years I've lived here. Parts of Brushy Hill Road and all of Shut Road are terrible.

  • Preparing For Traumatic Aftershocks

    To the Editor: I appreciated The Bee article on how the town is listing available mental health services on the website. As with any community, too many Newtowners suffer from psychiatric problems. Some of these individuals do not recognize the signs of their illness, try to ignore them or turn to self-medication with drugs and alcohol. Others know they are troubled, but do not know where to turn or are concerned about the stigma attached. The 12/14 tragedy greatly exacerbated the town's mental health needs. In addition to common depression and anxiety issues, healthcare providers are challenged with patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Disaster Averted

    To The Editor: On September 30th I decided to take my two year old grandson to Dickinson Park, as it was an exceptionally beautiful day. Little did I know a potential tragedy was about to unfold. I am writing this letter as a cautionary tale for those of you who assume that all town facilities are maintained at the highest level of safety.

  • Making The Town Whole Again

    To The Editor: We are writing to urge all Newtown residents to vote “Yes” on the October 5th referendum. By accepting this generous grant from the state, we will be able to bring our children home to Sandy Hook and provide for the future children of Sandy Hook. This money is a gift from the state and will not impact our local taxes.

  • Support From the NMS PTA

    To the Editor: Newtown Middle School PTA has voted to advocate for a Yes vote for this weekend's town referendum regarding Sandy Hook School. Passing this referendum is a win-win for both our school district and our town government. Accepting the $50 million grant from the state will not only bring the Sandy Hook students back to Newtown, but will also replace a valuable town asset. Failure to accept this grant will have an impact on all Newtown families.

  • Reasons To Vote Yes

    To the Editor: As a member of the Sandy Hook Task Force, and also one of the representatives on the Legislative Council for the Sandy Hook district (2) I struggled to come to a decision as to what the best choice was for the future of Sandy Hook School. I believe and strongly support the decision, to build in the same location, for the following reasons.

  • Gun Control Advocates Exploit Sandy Hook

    To the Editor: Sandy Hook is my home, and the tragic day of December 14, 2013 still emblazons my heart with grief. My mother, who was a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary for almost a decade tells about the perfection of that little elementary that I remember as the most perfect learning environment for a budding young scholar. That is why the actions of the psychopath that is Adam Lanza are inexcusable and inexplicably evil. Our community is in pain, and we should find our own ways of dealing with these occurrences instead of using this travesty for political agendas.

  • The Best Option For Sandy Hook School

    To the Editor: I would like to encourage all Newtown residents cast a ballot for the Sandy Hook School appropriation referendum being held this Saturday at the Newtown Middle School. For those who cannot vote Saturday, absentee ballots are available at the town clerk’s office.