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  • A WIN-Win For FAITH Food Pantry

    FAITH Food Pantry has relied on the kindness and support of Newtown residents and even a few businesses for more than three decades. The pantry, situated in the undercroft of St John’s Episcopal Church on Washington Avenue, earlier this year observed its 30th anniversary of providing food to residents who need a hand putting meals on their table.

    In June, food pantry co-organizers report they were providing food for nearly 5,000 meals per week. Volunteers plan for three meals per day per family member.

  • Starbucks Says Guns Unwelcome, Though Not Banned

    NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms.

    The fine line that the retailer is walking to address the concerns of both gun rights and gun control advocates reflects how heated the issue has become, particularly in light of recent mass shootings.

  • A Slur That We Cannot Let Stand

    To the Editor

    Because of my deep Southern heritage, and knowing the significance behind the term “a Jim Crow,” I was shaking in anger upon reading Bill Stevens’ letter [“Jim Crow Comes To Newtown,” Letter Hive, 8/30/13] regarding our town.

  • Rubbing Salt In Raw Wounds

    To the Editor:

    Thought I could maybe help out Lou Carpenter [“The Holster On My Hip,” Letter Hive, 8/23/13] and others confused about why many of us in Newtown/Sandy Hook might get very upset seeing them open-carry their weapons around town.

    I realize that some of these people might have their heart in the right place and truly may not understand.

  • Dozens Touched By 12/14 Join Officials Signing Coalition Letter To Starbucks

    The family of Lauren Rousseau, one of the four teachers lost on 12/14 - and a former Starbucks barista - has been joined by other family members of those killed, advocacy groups, local clergy, First Selectman Pat Llodra and several other state and federal officials signing a letter asking the global coffee company to ban guns from its retail shops.

  • Put Your Gun Away

    (The following letter is addressed to the author of a letter entitled “The Holster On My Hip,” published in the 8/23/13 edition of The Bee.)

    Dear Lou Carpenter,