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Deb Z. for BOE

Published: October 23, 2017 at 12:00 am

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To the Editor:

Deborra Zukowski (Deb Z.) is a write-in candidate for Newtown Board of Education. She is worthy of your support. I strongly encourage you to cast your ballot for her on November 7 by writing her name in the appropriate column. I have had three significant and long-term interactions with Deb, each time being impressed by her intelligence, her work ethic, her problem-solving skills, and her commitment to find the right and best outcomes.

In 2004, the first of these collaborations Deborra worked with me, the interim principal of Newtown High School, and with guidance counselors to revamp and revise the school's grade point ranking system. This was a difficult initiative, fraught with concerns for tradition and the recognition of academic excellence. Deborra, as the parent of two academically successful students, was a calming voice in the effort, an informed voice of reason that guided us carefully and accurately with well-thought-out understandings and solid data.

I called on Deb later to serve on the Fairfield Hills Master Plan Review Committee. Her contributions in these many months of meetings and work products were outstanding in quality, effort, outreach, and outcomes. That review process and Deborra's leadership set a standard for future assessments of the master plan. Most recently Deborra served on the Charter Review Commission, again bringing to the effort an extraordinary work ethic and persistent pursuit of accurate and meaningful data.

Through each of these initiatives, Deb demonstrated a consistent focus on her work as service to students, parents, community. Deb Z. is a consummate public servant, only seeking to benefit the community she serves. For BOE, write DEB Z. in square 14D (and don't forget to color in the oval!).

E. Patricia Llodra, First Selectman
3 Primrose Street, Newtown         October 23, 2017

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This Week's Poll

Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
50% (1 vote)
“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
50% (1 vote)
“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
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“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
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Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
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Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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Total votes: 2