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  • Is The School Board A Closed Shop?

    (The following letter to the Newtown Board of Education has been received for publication.) Last week I sent the following email to each member of the Board of Education. Not one of the seven members has acknowledged it or responded. Hopefully some of them read The Newtown Bee so I am submitting my concerns in this venue. To Members of the Board of Education: Your decision to fill a vacancy on the school board without reaching out to the public for interested and qualified volunteers was a mistake.

  • Improving Traffic Safety

    To the Editor: Over the past few weeks I have read with interest several letters concerning the speed tables on Queen Street. About nine years ago, shortly after buying properties on Queen Street, I attended my first meeting to discuss traffic issues on Queen Street. I left that meeting thinking that action would be taken. After attending numerous meetings with various groups and discussing the problem with anyone who would listen, including Bruce Walczak, who was then on the Police Commission, I always felt we were just about to see action. It was Bruce, in fact, who encouraged me to engage in the process, including the writing of a formal letter of request, attending meetings, and circulating a petition among the residents of Queen Street, which my wife accomplished.

  • Community Involvement Made House and Garden Tour A Success

    To the Editor, On behalf of the Newtown Historical Society, we would like to thank all of our volunteers, committee members, homeowners, and residents for making this year’s 17th Annual Newtown House and Garden Tour a success. We are very grateful to the community for attending our primary annual fundraiser and supporting our mission to preserve Newtown history.

  • Bumpy Roads In Newtown

    To the Editor: It is now only possible to navigate Queen Street, from Glover Avenue to Wasserman Way, by slowing to between 10-15 mph and exposing your vehicles suspension to a constant test of strength, thanks to the addition of even more bumps, humps and obstacles. Queen Street residents between Glover and Wasserman are one step closer to the private, controlled street they apparently desire. I only wonder, half in jest, when the town will add entry gates at either end of Queen Street, with only residents of the area permitted to scan their ID Cards to gain entry, and create a “gated community”? Think it far fetched? Did you ever expect that so many bumps, humps and obstacles would be imposed upon you, each trip you make on Queen Street?

  • A Great Opportunity For Newtown

    To the Editor: This letter is in response to the Sandy Hook Stables article [“Main Man Proposes Large-Scale Horse Facility In Town”] dated June 28 in The Bee. I wholeheartedly support the idea of this private venture and I humbly ask the editor of The Newtown Bee to get behind this grassroots effort and endorse the project because it can help the town in multiple ways.

  • Rescind The Tax Hike!

    To the Editor: Is this the way the town of Newtown treats its citizenry? By jacking up their taxes to stratospheric levels because they made a mistake years ago? How can you justify over $7,000 dollars in taxes for property that's just a quarter of an acre and sits 40 feet from one of the state's busiest highways, Route 84, without a sound barrier that the town has done absolutely nothing about!

  • Many Helped Make The Carnival A Success

    To the Editor: On behalf of Saint Rose Parish, I want to thank everyone who supported and attended our Annual Parish Carnival. We were truly blessed with five “rain-free” nights, incredible parish volunteers and a dedicated group of men and women who coordinated the event for us. The presence of the Newtown Police Department gave a feeling of safety and security to our volunteers and guests.

  • Instrumental To Success

    To the Editor: I was negligent in not mentioning Gino Faiella in the interview on the Technical Advisory Committee. [“Task Force Tech Team Reveals Details of School Site Selection,” Letter Hive, 6/21/13.] Gino is the Director of Facilities and was instrumental in the success of the Technical Advisory Committee. His knowledge of the schools and all their systems enabled the team to design and budget the prototype school in an incredibly tight time frame.

  • Long May They Wave

    To the Editor: On behalf of SHOP (Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity) I would like to thank Bill Halstead and Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue company for offering to purchase and install new American Flag kits for Sandy Hook center.

  • Queen Street Has Important Friends

    To the Editor: The Police Commission, who approved five speed bumps on Queen Street, and Pat Llodra, who authorized their installation, have done a huge disservice to Newtown. It has negatively changed the character of the Borough and Newtown forever. The number of bumps is a clear indication that the primary objective was to divert auto, truck and bus traffic off Queen Street, not speed.