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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Significant Change Requires Significant Thought

    To the Editor: As a 30-year Newtown resident with experience as a librarian and a business communication and marketing consultant, I am responding to the Bee's article about the library focus group. It's true that change is inevitable for every organization, and staff and customers/clients often have difficulty with these changes. However, significant change should only occur when those making the final decisions weigh the ramifications of their actions.

  • A Dangerous Bus Maneuver

    To the Editor: I noticed in the published public school bus routes for the new school year, that they now note some stops with the word U-Turn. This is scary. My three daughters are in the Newtown school district and get on buses that do a three point U turn at Webster Place and Shut Road.

  • Who Do You Think You Are?

    To the Editor: There is nothing more exciting and rewarding than doing your family genealogy. While the TV program traces the stories of famous personalities, our family histories are just as interesting and important to know. The Genealogy Club in Newtown has meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at the C.H. Booth Library at 25 Main Street. I invite you to come and hear interesting speakers who can offer clues to getting your started or helping you with your ongoing research.