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  • Library Board Needs To Come Out In The Open

    To the Editor: I am writing this letter to let the C.H. Booth Board of Trustees know that we are still watching and to encourage others in town to continue to do just that. Since September 16th, we've heard little or nothing about the plans of the board to create a search committee and hopefully to use an inclusive search process to find a new library director. I believe that to regain the trust of the community, the board will need to break their habit of secrecy and be more forthcoming with information. I recommend that updates be regularly posted in The Newtown Bee and on the Booth webpage and that minutes be more accurate and detailed.

  • Appreciative And Hopeful

    To the Editor: I’m writing to say thank you to the voters of District 1 for allowing me to continue my role as your Democratic Legislative Council representative. I truly appreciate the opportunity. To those who didn’t vote for me, I promise do my best to earn your respect and see if maybe next time around I can earn your vote too.

  • Where I Am From

    To the Editor: While traveling, we went to dinner with a group of colleagues from around the world. As we all started to share our stories I was asked where I grew up, and a sudden sinking feeling came over me as I knew as I answered what would follow and how the energy of the conversation would change. And sure enough I was greeted with the “Wow, what happened there was just tragic, you must really have been impacted by it.”

  • Working Hard For Newtown

    To the Editor: I would like to say thank you to the voters who came out to the polls this week. I am again honored to represent District 2 on the Legislative Council.

  • Generosity Grows In The Victory Garden

    To the Editor: I’m writing on behalf of the management and residents of Nunnawauk Meadows to express our special thanks to Harvey Pessin, Victory Garden Director, and all of the hard-working volunteers who helped plant, harvest and deliver the delicious vegetables from the Victory Garden during these past few months.

  • Read-A-Treat

    To the Editor: Many of you enjoyed Read-A-Treat on Halloween in front the library. The event was a success and many thanks go out to all those who helped make it happen. We thought it would be appropriate to let the community know how it came about. The books were collected after a Facebook page –Books for Sandy Hook – was created back in December by one of your neighbors from Monroe, who is also a teacher.

  • A Short Note Of Thanks

    To the Editor: Just a short note of thanks to all off the voters who came out to vote in this week's election and especially for the voters of District 1 who elected me to serve as their representative for a third term on the Legislative Council.

  • Continuing The Discussion

    To the Editor: Upon waking the morning after the election, I was glad that the campaign for the Board of Education was behind me, but that is only because I know that working to secure the best opportunities for Newtown’s students is ahead.

  • It Is Unclear What The Voters Want

    To the Editor: I would like to congratulate everyone elected to serve Newtown, and I applaud District Two voters for electing Democratic candidate Lisa Romano to attempt to restore some balance on the Legislative Council. Lisa was the only candidate elected above and beyond the minimum party representation. The majority of the seats on the ballot were uncontested and the minority party representation rules ensure that a few Democrats will win a seat on the various boards no matter what. I hope that in the future, the voters in other districts will look beyond the party line and elect some new faces.

  • No Relief For Newtown’s Struggling Seniors

    To the Editor: At the senior coalition October meeting with the town officials, it was clear they do not have the slightest interest in their seniors – a group who comprises 33 percent of the community. The formula used to calculate taxes on senior condominiums is a sham. They have come up with a formula that in no way justifies the results! The current value of the senior condo should be used to result in a fair tax. Previous valuations should have nothing to do with the current tax calculation. No consideration has been given to the fact that the senior condo communities pay for all of their own services such as road maintenance and snow removal but do not even own the condo property.