First Selectman Pat Llodra’s latest post at OneNewtown.org indicates it is time for all residents to move “into a quiet period of rest, recuperation, and healing.”
On Thursday, June 27, Mrs Llodra used her blog to announce that while countless offers have been extended to residents in the days, weeks and months following 12/14, the town has decided that no additional special events will be added to the town’s calendar.
Meanwhile, she points out, there are still “several major events and activities designed to provide opportunities for children and families to enjoy while school is not in session.” No activities have been cancelled. There will just not be any additional events added.
Mrs Llodra also makes a point of thanking everyone who made a special offer or coordinated a special event during the past six-plus months, and asks for understanding from those who may have been thinking about making an offer in the future.
The First Selectman’s full post reads as follows:
“Over the past many months we have been the recipients of great generosity and kindness of many individuals and organizations in donations of events and activities for Newtown families and children to enjoy in the wake of the December 14th tragedy. I believe that the time is coming for us to move into a quiet period of rest, recuperation, and healing. In order to support that quiet time for the community, the Town will respectfully decline any further special events not currently scheduled by the Town or currently being planned for July/August. During these summer weeks there are several major events and activities designed to provide opportunities for children and families to enjoy while school is not in session. However, going forward from mid-August we feel it is in the best interests of our community to not participate in any further major events offered by outside organizations. We are very appreciative of the efforts put forth by so many to make special activities available to our community members. We ask that organizations and individuals please accept our sincerest of thanks. We are hopeful that everyone understands the need for us to move into a quieter period.
“Our Newtown Parks and Recreation programs will continue as usual. Newtown has always been a nurturing community-oriented town and we will continue to develop and deliver programs of growth and excellence for all of our citizens to enjoy.”