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  • The Holiest Week of the Year for Christians and Jews

    To the Editor: On Sunday past, called the “Sunday of the Palms,” Christians throughout the world held up palm branches while proclaiming ‘Hosanna Filio David!’ (save, we pray Son of David!) This event that some of the Gospel writers interpreted as Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the long – awaited king – Messiah of Israel. Such acclaim would quickly give way to a passionate outcry for his death – a sentence that would surely follow, but not until a memorable evening, on the first night of Passover, would be celebrated. Christians term said evening as Maundy (Mandate) or Holy Thursday and the event named differently, either as The Lord’s Supper, the Divine Mysteries, the Mass or Holy Eucharist.

  • School Board Should Reconsider Retirement Package

    To the Editor: The Newtown public schools are facing an unprecedented certified staff reduction this year. I understand that the district is facing declining enrollment and that these “RIF notices” are necessary, but I would expect the Newtown Board of Education to make this situation as painless as possible for our teachers. A few months ago a retirement incentive package was presented as some other local communities are doing. I have perused the minutes from the past several BOE meetings, but could not find any mention of when the retirement package was discussed publicly.

  • A United Council In Support Of The Budget

    To the Editor: On April 2nd, the Legislative Council unanimously approved the budget put forth for our consideration by the Board of Finance. This budget represents a zero tax increase while taking into account the need for a solid school security plan, proper coverage of our health insurance funds, money to repair our roads as well as a reduction in staffing in our schools in response to declining enrollment.

  • School Officials And Board Support The Budget

    To the Editor: The Board of Education, along with Interim Superintendent Dr John Reed and incoming Superintendent Dr Joseph Erardi, respectfully requests that you join with us in supporting the 2014-2015 budget by voting YES on Tuesday, April 22nd, at Newtown Middle School between the hours of 6 am and 8 pm.

  • What People Don’t Know About Common Core Is Cause For Concern

    To the Editor: I am a believer in high standards in education for my children and for schools. Over a year ago, my husband and I learned about something called Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It wasn't widely known about, but the more I started researching it, the more concerned my husband and I were.

  • To Prevent Violence, Start At Home

    To the Editor: I would like to take a moment and thank Po Murray, that’s not easy for me to say given her stance on many issues being well on the other side of my own personal beliefs! I would like to thank her for providing the list of those state senators and house representatives who must be defeated in their next election cycle!

  • Information Important To Seniors

    To the Editor:  The founders and staff of the Newtown League of Senior Voters have organized an important meeting at 6 pm on the 16th of April. All seniors are invited to attend. We have in the last 10 months attended many of t...

  • A Council Member’s Clarification

    To the Editor: After reading The Bee’s coverage of my attendance and comments on the Board of Education budget at the April 2 Legislative Council Meeting, I must respond and clarify. First, I was delayed by 15 minutes...

  • Budget Support Requires Your Vote

    To the Editor: I am writing as a resident of Newtown (and not in my capacity as member of the Legislative Council) to share my support of the proposed town budget and to encourage residents to come out on April 22nd to vote “Yes” across the boa...

  • Another Successful Battle Of The Books

    To the Editor: The 10th Battle of the Books was held on Saturday, April 5th in the Meeting Room of the Library and as always, was a huge success. The talent of Newtown’s young people continues to awe and inspire us. All of the teams exhibited great teamwork and proved that they were up to the challenge. The questions were not easy! We want to recognize the participants for working so hard to achieve such a mastery of teeny- tiny details on the four Nutmeg books. We also want to thank the parents and friends who helped them along the way.