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  • A Season To Remember

    To the Editor: On behalf of the Newtown Renegades, thank you [to the Newtown community] all for your tremendous support of our journey that began at the District 5 tournament in Southbury and ended at the Cal Ripken 10U World Series in Ocala, Florida. Your overwhelming generosity and heartfelt good wishes inspired us all – coaches, players, brothers, sisters, parents, families and fans.

  • A Slur That We Cannot Let Stand

    To the Editor Because of my deep Southern heritage, and knowing the significance behind the term “a Jim Crow,” I was shaking in anger upon reading Bill Stevens’ letter [“Jim Crow Comes To Newtown,” Letter Hive, 8/30/13] regarding our town. And I was going to sit back and let his choice of words speak for themselves; I was going to let him call us a slur name and walk away…let his attempt at bullying and intimidation speak for itself. But I cannot sit aside and let that happen, because that is exactly what he wants, and Mr Stevens crossed the line of civility.

  • Many Made The Road Race Successful

    To the Editor: On behalf of the race organizers, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the eighth annual Newtown Road Race 5K. We had the largest-ever field of 687 registered runners in this year’s 5K and more than 130 smiling children participate in the kids fun run. This race would not be possible without the financial support of our sponsors and our incredibly hard working volunteers. All proceeds of the race benefit Newtown Youth and Family Services.

  • Librarians Make The Library

    To the Editor: Books don’t make the library—librarians make the library! Newtown is incredibly lucky to have unusually dedicated, knowledgeable librarians who are willing and able to answer all kinds of questions, find just the right book for the right occasion, and take special care of the people they serve. With a smile!

  • Parade Was A Labor Of Love

    To the Editor: How do we thank our town? The Newtown Labor Day Parade Committee is full of gratitude and appreciation as we reflect on this year’s parade. We traditionally list all the people and organizations who have participated in the parade, but this year is different – we all know that. And this was the dream and the vision of our committee: to make this parade different and the same. Our goal was to honor and to recognize 12/14 while offering the town an opportunity to come together, to smile and to celebrate all that makes Newtown such a special community.

  • Covered By A Stranger

    To the Editor: Right after the parade in that pouring rain, Barbara Bloom and I were huddled under a small tree on Queen Street waiting for some of the men to dismantle the Republican Town Committee tent. A car drove up to the curb, the window opened, and a woman handed out an umbrella and said “Here, here's an umbrella – you can keep it.” Now. how nice is that?

  • Taking A Chainsaw To The Flower Garden

    To the Editor: Forty years ago, I moved to Newtown. I soon discovered the treasured resources, and the friendly and dedicated personnel of the C. H Booth Library. When I retired five years ago, my activity at the library increased as I became a member of several monthly reading groups. Over time, I borrowed numerous books and DVDs from the extensive collection.

  • Kindness, Caring, and Sympathy

    To the Editor: The family of Gregory Layda wishes to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our friends and relatives for their support and compassion during our recent bereavement. Your generous acts of kindness, caring and sympathy continue to be a comfort to us.

  • A Few Suggestions For The Library Director

    To the Editor: I’m writing to The Bee for the first time ever, and it is about the place in Newtown that I most love, the Cyrenius Booth Library. I am not happy with some of the changes that the new director, Shawn Fields, is making at the library, and I feel the need to speak up. The Booth Library helped me raise my kids, supplied me with books free of charge since I moved here in 1994 and a job when I was ready. Staff here have always offered a warm welcome and assistance when I needed it. I have a few suggestions for Mr Fields who appears to be trying to change things without getting a feel for the library environment first.

  • Jim Crow Comparison Was Ludicrous

    To the Editor: I read with incredulity the letter written by Bill Stevens comparing modern-day gun owners to those oppressed by the odious Jim Crow laws of a not-too-distant past. As a Second Amendment supporter myself, I understand Mr Stevens' concerns about law-abiding gun owners' Constitutional rights. However, I don't understand how he can make such a ludicrous comparison in defense of his beliefs.