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SHPMC Issues Memorial Guidelines

Published: September 21, 2017 at 12:00 am

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The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission (SHPMC), on behalf of the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Newtown, is inviting design submissions for a permanent memorial to honor and remember the 26 victims of 12/14.

In a press release issued September 20, SHPMC Chairman Kyle Lyddy spoke to potential designers while explaining the importance of the work.

"With your submission, we hope that you will be purposeful with your thoughts, keeping in mind the reason your design is being sought, and are sensitive to the many individuals and families who have been impacted by that horrific day."

All interested designers, including but not limited to landscape architects, architects, and artists, are invited to apply individually or as teams. Emerging design professionals are also encouraged to submit a design.

A document called "Guidelines for Submitting a Design" will be available at SandyHookPermanentMemorial.com as of September 22. Phase I design submissions will be accepted until December 15, 2017. Once accepted, SHPMC and an advisory panel will review designs and create a short list to move forward into Phase II.

"While we have outlined a detailed document as a base for your work, we are hopeful this doesn't limit the creativity of your submission," Mr Lyddy explained.

After a lengthy search for a site, the Town of Newtown received a donation of land by the Board of Trustees of the Social Boys & Athletic Club (SAC) of Sandy Hook for the memorial.

The site is a 5.3-acre property on Riverside Road, which contains two open areas (former playing fields), two ponds, and woodlands. It is situated in a semirural area close to Sandy Hook Center. Neighboring and nearby properties include private residences, town land, and farms.

Individuals interested in submitting a design will be allowed access to the memorial via scheduled site walks and by appointment only.

Mr Lyddy this week also expressed thanks to the members of SHPMC, past and present, and others in the community who have played a role in navigating this process over the past several years.

"It's an emotional task. We've attempted to be diligent with our approach while ensuring every decision we're making is guided by our mission statement of honoring those lost on that horrific day."

Comments, suggestions, and questions for the committee can be e-mailed to SandyHookPermanentMemorial@gmail.com.

Additional information is available at SandyHookPermanentMemorial.com and Facebook.com/SandyHookPermanentMemorial. The committee can also be followed on Twitter at @SHPermMemorial.

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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.)

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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
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“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 26
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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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