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  • ‘Yes’ Shows Newtown To Be United And Committed

    To the Editor: The upcoming referendum on October 5th is not just about the Sandy Hook School community. It is a referendum with an outcome that has an impact on every family in our town. We are writing to urge you, our neighbors, to vote Yes to the October 5th Referendum to accept the $49,250,000 grant from the State of Connecticut to rebuild Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Seize The Opportunity, Yo

    To the Editor: My message today comes as a neighbor and friend, not as a member of the Legislative Council and Chair of its Finance Committee. While the words of eminent philosophers always abound, here’s a paraphrase of the one they call Eminem. It’s about the funding referendum scheduled for this Saturday, October 5, at the Middle School.

  • 2013’s Great Pumpkin Challenge

    To the Editor: I wish that I could take my friend Zoe’s cancer away, but that’s not how it works. What I can do is support her courage and strength. She inspires me and I am committed to making a difference in her life through celebrating friends, family, community and benefitting the lives of other kids going through difficult situations. I’m a sophomore at NHS and have lived in Newtown my whole life. I love the people here and I love our town’s traditions; one of my favorites being Halloween on Main Street. Two years ago, I created the Great Pumpkin Challenge to help support my 12-year-old friend and to have fun.

  • School Grant Is State-Imposed Socialism

    To the Editor: Calling the $50 million a gift from the state to build us a new school (to replace our Sandy Hook School) is not really true. Government has no money unless they take it from us first. It has to come from somewhere, probably state income taxes and gas taxes or other fees. It will add to our state deficit.

  • Vote Yes For Sandy Hook

    To the Editor: Please be sure to vote this Saturday, October 5th in the town referendum. My family and I will be voting Yes for Sandy Hook Elementary School. Whether one looks at the issue practically, heart-felt, or economically, to me, the answer is yes, yes, yes.

  • When The Traffic Returns In December

    To the Editor: As a longtime resident and business owner in Sandy Hook, I am proud of the way that the residents of this town dealt with the adversity of the past year. Our citizens have pulled together for each other, and made me proud to say I live in Newtown/Sandy Hook. However, as the one-year anniversary of December 14 approaches, there is a practical matter that concerns me. Last year, due to the traffic and congestion in the town because of media and visitors, and despite the efforts of police brought into town from throughout the state, Sandy Hook Center was effectively shut down for a month. Traffic was at a standstill, and people and signs extended out into the streets. I live less than two miles from my office, yet unless it was very early in the morning, or late at night, it took me over an hour to get there. Despite signs and repeated polite requests, parking spots which are supposed to be for the patrons of Sandy Hook businesses were filled with news vans and out-of-state cars from those who came to see the site of the tragedy. I am afraid that this December, the same thing will happen again.

  • Accepting A Gift

    To the Editor: If someone gives you a gift, the gracious thing to do is to accept it. The $50 million dollar grant that the state is willing to give to Newtown is no different. It should be accepted without question. If the grant is accepted, it does not have to be repaid, it is a free gift. This will provide us with a brand new state-of-the-art school for our children. There are no strings attached here, even though it seems almost too good to be true. A new school for us without an increase in taxes? Yes, that is what is occurring here.

  • Elegance And Beauty

    To the Editor: Yesterday, Sunday, September 22nd , I had the great pleasure of attending an extraordinary concert given by the Poulenc Trio, presented by the Newtown Friends of Music at Edmond Town Hall. While I have come to expect world-class artists giving stellar performances in this fabulous concert series, these three virtuosi displayed the most elegant, precise and beautiful phrasing that I have ever heard from a woodwind and piano ensemble.

  • Therapy Dogs Have Passports To Sandy Hook

    To the Editor: The Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs, a strictly-local group of certified therapy dogs and their handler/owners, are thrilled be among the honored guests of SHOP’s October 12th Passport To Sandy Hook day.

  • The Referendum Vote: Opportunities And Obligations

    To the Editor: On Saturday, October 5, Newtown voters have an opportunity to cast their ballot in the question of whether we should accept the state’s grant  for the purpose of building a new Sandy Hook School. I strongly encourage voters to act...