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  • Parade Was A Labor Of Love

    To the Editor: How do we thank our town? The Newtown Labor Day Parade Committee is full of gratitude and appreciation as we reflect on this year’s parade. We traditionally list all the people and organizations who have participated in the parade, but this year is different – we all know that. And this was the dream and the vision of our committee: to make this parade different and the same. Our goal was to honor and to recognize 12/14 while offering the town an opportunity to come together, to smile and to celebrate all that makes Newtown such a special community.

  • Many Made The Road Race Successful

    To the Editor: On behalf of the race organizers, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the eighth annual Newtown Road Race 5K. We had the largest-ever field of 687 registered runners in this year’s 5K and more than 130 smiling children participate in the kids fun run. This race would not be possible without the financial support of our sponsors and our incredibly hard working volunteers. All proceeds of the race benefit Newtown Youth and Family Services.

  • Librarians Make The Library

    To the Editor: Books don’t make the library—librarians make the library! Newtown is incredibly lucky to have unusually dedicated, knowledgeable librarians who are willing and able to answer all kinds of questions, find just the right book for the right occasion, and take special care of the people they serve. With a smile!

  • A Few Suggestions For The Library Director

    To the Editor: I’m writing to The Bee for the first time ever, and it is about the place in Newtown that I most love, the Cyrenius Booth Library. I am not happy with some of the changes that the new director, Shawn Fields, is making at the library, and I feel the need to speak up. The Booth Library helped me raise my kids, supplied me with books free of charge since I moved here in 1994 and a job when I was ready. Staff here have always offered a warm welcome and assistance when I needed it. I have a few suggestions for Mr Fields who appears to be trying to change things without getting a feel for the library environment first.

  • Covered By A Stranger

    To the Editor: Right after the parade in that pouring rain, Barbara Bloom and I were huddled under a small tree on Queen Street waiting for some of the men to dismantle the Republican Town Committee tent. A car drove up to the curb, the window opened, and a woman handed out an umbrella and said “Here, here's an umbrella – you can keep it.” Now. how nice is that?

  • Taking A Chainsaw To The Flower Garden

    To the Editor: Forty years ago, I moved to Newtown. I soon discovered the treasured resources, and the friendly and dedicated personnel of the C. H Booth Library. When I retired five years ago, my activity at the library increased as I became a member of several monthly reading groups. Over time, I borrowed numerous books and DVDs from the extensive collection.

  • Kindness, Caring, and Sympathy

    To the Editor: The family of Gregory Layda wishes to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our friends and relatives for their support and compassion during our recent bereavement. Your generous acts of kindness, caring and sympathy continue to be a comfort to us.

  • Jim Crow Comparison Was Ludicrous

    To the Editor: I read with incredulity the letter written by Bill Stevens comparing modern-day gun owners to those oppressed by the odious Jim Crow laws of a not-too-distant past. As a Second Amendment supporter myself, I understand Mr Stevens' concerns about law-abiding gun owners' Constitutional rights. However, I don't understand how he can make such a ludicrous comparison in defense of his beliefs.

  • Summer Readers

    To the Editor: Congratulations to the more than 600 children who participated in the C.H. Booth Library’s Summer Reading Program “Dig Into Reading.” The success of this program is due to the efforts of many: our dedicated library staff, our community partners and the 69 young adult volunteers who donated 769 hours listening to reading reports and awarding incentives.

  • A Most Special Library

    To the Editor: Several weeks ago I was “home” and as usual I went to the library, this time to buy several copies of Daniel Cruson's new book and as always, to breath in the atmosphere. I know and love the fact that ours is a most unique and most special library. I have, over the years, brought many people to admire our very special library. It always fills me with great pride and affection.