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So Far, Yet So Close

Published: March 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

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To the Editor:

Recently, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, I had an unexpected occurrence. The documentary Newtown was being screened nearby. A few phone calls and I was there. Since I recently relocated from my Newtown home of 40-plus years, you can imagine my feelings.

I was welcomed by Jeremy Nye, operations director of IFSC ( Independent Film Society of Colorado), Steve Mack, community liaison, and Carlo Maldonado, creative director. Steve explained the goal of IFSC, which is a local nonprofit organization at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media, which supports independent film makers.

Newtown is the result of a few years of intense preparation and time spent in Newtown by Kim A. Snyder.

I sat down with an audience of 25 members and viewed this documentary. Memories surfaced as I witnessed my hometown, where I had spent years raising my family, volunteering, and participating in whatever we could during those years of family growth. The event of 12/14/12 is forever etched in my mind. So, I sat with strangers -1,400 miles away - witnessing a film of my past life affiliation. It is composed of factual observation and interviews. It introduces the audience to a unique perception of Newtown.

Following the film, I was requested to comment and take questions. I did. I was surprisingly composed as I shared the beauty of the people of Newtown. I felt a purpose of being there, since not a member of the audience had ever been to Newtown. I was able to spread the good news regarding the evolvement of love, kindness, concern, and volunteerism that comprises the aftermath of the 12/14 event.

In fact, the casual talk at the end of the evening brought me closer to home as one man explained that his son converts guns to tools. His business motto: Disarm Hearts Forge Peace: Raw Tools, Inc.

As I remember this evening in March, I am grateful to share with others my love and respect for Newtown and its people.

I may be far away, but will always be close.

Lorraine Hurley
2527 Freedom Heights, Colorado Springs, Colo.         March 14, 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