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  • Sandy Hook Tree Lighting Was A Double Success!

    To the Editor: On behalf of The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP), I would like to thank all who attended our 12th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. This year, the Sandy Hook community gathered to light our traditional tree, and then joined together in lighting Sandy Hook’s new tree just across the street! From the snow flurries outside Sandy Hook Hair Co. to 3D glasses, from Santa’s visit to face painting, it was a festive night in Sandy Hook with our biggest crowd ever!

  • Our Spiritual Common Core

    To the Editor: Twenty-six acts of kindness per day times 365 days per year times seven billion people equals what a wonderful world it would be.

  • Much More Than A Victim

    To the Editor: Before caring for Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mrs Dawn Hochsprung was my principal in Region 14, from kindergarten through fifth grade. I was fortunate enough to go to a tiny country school where Mrs Hochsprung knew each student in the building by name. Our principal wanted only for us to succeed and be happy, and she always made us feel special.

  • The Name Of Compassion

    To the Editor: I am writing to you from Jacksonville, Florida, many miles away from Newtown, Connecticut. One year ago, on December 13th, my husband and I learned that we would be adding a son to our family. We were glad to know we were having a boy, but we had no idea what to name him. The next morning, tragedy struck your community and unbelievable news stories were reported here in Jacksonville. The country was in shock, and we prayed that weekend for the families shattered by the events of December 14th.

  • A Dunblane Memorial

    To the Editor: As the 14th of December approaches, we reflected on the memorials that have been created after the appalling massacre in Scotland. It was on the 13th of March 1996, that a 43 year old gunman entered the school and shot 16 five-year-olds and their teacher. Now in Dunblane, they have a snowdrop, Sophie North, (named after one of the children who was killed).This was the emblem of the group that successfully campaigned for changes to the handgun laws. In 1997 the Conservative government, followed by the Labour government passed two bills which make it virtually impossible to legally own a handgun in Britain.

  • Another Great Greens Sale

    To the Editor: The Garden Club of Newtown would like to thank all our friends and neighbors who came and supported our annual Holiday Greens Sale Fundraiser held on Saturday, December 7th. We would also like to thank Sherry Paisley, manager of the Meeting House for use of the meeting room for our workshop days and the beautiful chapel to showcase our sale items. Thanks also go to Caraluzzi’s Market for providing us with materials to decorate for the event. And last but not least, The Newtown Bee staff who always write wonderful articles about our workshops and the items we create for the sale

  • Choral Society Brings It Home For The Holidays

    To The Editor: The Newtown Choral Society played to an enthusiastic crowd as they presented their holiday concert, “Home for the Holidays,” last Saturday at The Meeting House. We were pleased to premier Phil Crevier’s “Christmas in Newtown,” written especially for the choir and Dan Coffmann’s “Ave Maria.” We added popular as well as classical music of the season. We thank our director, Mary Andreotta and our accompanist, Susan Anthony-Klein, for their good cheer and professionalism during our three months of rehearsals.

  • Feel The Love

    To the Editor: Living in Sandy Hook since 2007, my family and I have come to love the people and the town of Newtown and Sandy Hook. Still, and forever mourning the loss of our most precious children and friends on that tragic day, my wife and I strive to find deeper love and goodness in ourselves and in others. We truly live and believe that the best things in life begin with love and compassion, are all around us, and are free. Over the past year, which will always feel like yesterday, today, and tomorrow to us, we have found a much deeper meaning in our lives and in our beliefs, which drives us to support, honor and love those around us even more.

  • Many Supported Pet Project

    To the Editor: We would like to thank those patrons who on Friday, November 29th, contributed to our collection box in front of the Newtown Stop & Shop. As part of my son Rory's school citizenship project, we set out to collect pet food donations to benefit the Newtown Animal Shelter.

  • Winning The Game Of Pride and Compassion

    To the Editor: It is the measure of a community, to unite under trying times, to face adversity with both pride and compassion. It was cold as I sat on a blanket last night, watching the Newtown Nighthawks football team put their record on the line in a playoff game vs Ridgefield! A game marked by great plays and even greater sportsmanship for both teams.