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  • Where The Fun Stuff Happens

    To the Editor: Driving by Healing Newtown Arts space today my four-year-old daughter exclaimed “There's the Arts space Mommy! That's where I get to do really fun stuff that I love!” I am writing this in the hopes that many people will read this and share with others. As many of you already know Newtown Healing Arts current space will soon be unavailable to them and they are hoping for a generous donation of space to further the wonderful work they have done within our community.

  • Vote When It Matters The Most

    To the Editor: After 12/14, Newtown was the closest, most kind, loving and generous community. That has helped my family and other families to begin the healing process, but now we are in the dreaded and divisive budget season. Security is a topic that I have thought about endlessly. On 12/13, I would not have thought security was necessary. While the chance of the tragedy happening at all in Sandy Hook was minute, it happened. And while the chance of it happening again is also minute, we can’t say it won’t happen.

  • Don’t Forget The Postal Food Drive

    To the Editor: The Annual Postal Food Drive will be held on Saturday, May 11th. This drive is the major supplier of food to the Newtown Salvation Army Food Pantry that is located in the office of Newtown Social Services. There are several ways that you and your children (12 and older) can help that day.

  • Saying Goodbye To The Sandy Hook School Building

    To the Editor: Sandy Hook School is a part of our history, a part of our lives. My own family roamed those halls for 14 years. Whether we decide to massively renovate it, or tear it down, I have a request. Can we set aside a day when we can have one last walk-through?

  • ‘Blame Game’ Is An Irrelevant Distraction In Gun Debates

    To the Editor: Recently, a friend sent a Facebook link from the Washington Examiner entitled: “Obama Should Blame Tea Party, Not NRA, For Gun Control Defeat.” He asked for my opinion. I thought about it for a while before I responded because I wanted to be precise. I was grateful for both the article, and for the solicitation of my feelings. My own thoughts became more clarified as I wrote the following (slightly edited) response:

  • The Legality Of The Right To Bear Arms

    To the Editor: What is it which makes some people and judges believe that the Second Amendment in our Constitution gives everybody the right to bear arms? What does it really mean when it ties the right to bear arms to the need of a militia? There is no militia and there is no more need for a militia than for an armed mob, whether patriots or otherwise. Let us look if there is really a similar armed group existing today, the need for one, and whether a militia is really only an anachronism, a relic from a time long past.

  • A Magical Evening Of Music

    To the Editor: Families United in Newtown (FUN, a recreational program for families with special needs children created in memory of Tyler Jones) sponsored our first benefit concert for Autism Awareness month on April 27 at the Newtown United Methodist Church. It was a magical evening of music dedicated in memory of Josephine Gay and Dylan Hockley, two children with autism that were lost on December 14, 2012, in the Sandy Hook tragedy. Four outstanding musicians donated their gift of music to over 100 guests. Thank you Wesley Morlock (piano), Tristan Speed (guitar), Lindsey Jones (violin), and Yossi Kohrman-Glaser (piano and guitar), and piano accompanists Liang-Fang Chang and Alexis Zingale, for your beautiful talent and love for music that you graciously offered for all of us to enjoy.

  • Spreading The Joy

    To The Editor: The Newtown Choral Society played to an enthusiastic crowd as they presented their spring concert, The Joy of… last Saturday at The Meeting House. Enlarging on the joys we find in life through music, our director, Mary Andreotta, directed the group in a survey of popular music from Broadway to Cole Porter, including John Denver and Leonard Bernstein. Susan Anthony-Klein, our accompanist, supported the choir with her usual professionalism and zeal, and accompanied the choir on clarinet, as well as piano. We were delighted to welcome back former accompanist Todd Gorski who impressed with two four-handed pieces, Tuxedo Junction and Copeland’s Stomp Your Foot.

  • A Magical Evening Of Music

    To the Editor: Families United in Newtown (F.U.N. – Recreational Program for families with special needs children created in memory of Tyler Jones) sponsored our first benefit concert for Autism Awareness month on April 27, 2013 at the Newtown United Methodist Church. It was a magical evening of music dedicated in memory of Josephine Gay and Dylan Hockley, two children with autism that were lost on December 14, 2012 in the Sandy Hook tragedy. Four outstanding musicians donated their gift of music to over 100 guests. Thank you Wesley Morlock (piano), Tristan Speed (guitar), Lindsey Jones (violin), Alexis Zingale (piano accompanist), Yossi Kohrman-Glaser (piano and guitar), and Liang-Fang Chang (piano accompanist) for your beautiful talent and love for music that you graciously offered for all of us to enjoy

  • Save The Christmas Tree

    To the Editor: Sometimes a tree is more than just tree. The Sandy Hook Christmas Tree is a powerful symbol in our community. It has been a gathering place in times of joy and sadly in times of great sorrow. The Sandy Hook Christmas Tree stood with us and accepted the outpouring of grief from the community and from the world during our most difficult days. We owe that tree. The Newtown Forestry Association plans to remove this beloved tree. It’s part of a redevelopment plan for the area. I’m sure there are logical reasons for the removal of our tree. I understand it is old and may only have a few years left with us, and a replacement tree is planned for across the way.