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  • A Gift The Giver Cannot Afford

    To the Editor: In the several letters which have appeared in The Bee urging the support of the almost-certain-to-be-passed October 5th referendum, a number of points are made and repeated with which reasonable people could take issue. But I believe that one comment, reiterated in several of the letters, is simply wrong. That is the assertion that the demolition/re-building of Sandy Hook Elementary School is dependent on the approval of this referendum, and that there are “no second chances” should it fail. Not so.

  • Newtown: Shaping A Life

    To The Editor Fifty years ago, when I was a senior at Newtown High, then on Queen Street, my life was full of wonderful adult models who helped to shape my life:

  • The Utmost Integrity

    To the Editor: When John Reed was first hired as superintendent, I was the Middle Gate PTA liaison to the Board of Education and watched closely as he worked his office. I also served on two of his committees charged with sizing the buildings out 10 years. In all my dealings with John, he conducted himself with the utmost transparency, honesty, and integrity. The children of Newtown always came first.

  • Support The Pantry

    To the Editor, The F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry would like to remind the community of a wonderful event being held on Saturday, October 12th from 11 am to 4 pm. The 3rd Annual Passport to Sandy Hook continues to be a supporter of the Pantry and once again is requesting all who attend to bring nonperishable food items.

  • ‘Yes’ Shows Newtown To Be United And Committed

    To the Editor: The upcoming referendum on October 5th is not just about the Sandy Hook School community. It is a referendum with an outcome that has an impact on every family in our town. We are writing to urge you, our neighbors, to vote Yes to the October 5th Referendum to accept the $49,250,000 grant from the State of Connecticut to rebuild Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Seize The Opportunity, Yo

    To the Editor: My message today comes as a neighbor and friend, not as a member of the Legislative Council and Chair of its Finance Committee. While the words of eminent philosophers always abound, here’s a paraphrase of the one they call Eminem. It’s about the funding referendum scheduled for this Saturday, October 5, at the Middle School.

  • 2013’s Great Pumpkin Challenge

    To the Editor: I wish that I could take my friend Zoe’s cancer away, but that’s not how it works. What I can do is support her courage and strength. She inspires me and I am committed to making a difference in her life through celebrating friends, family, community and benefitting the lives of other kids going through difficult situations. I’m a sophomore at NHS and have lived in Newtown my whole life. I love the people here and I love our town’s traditions; one of my favorites being Halloween on Main Street. Two years ago, I created the Great Pumpkin Challenge to help support my 12-year-old friend and to have fun.

  • When The Traffic Returns In December

    To the Editor: As a longtime resident and business owner in Sandy Hook, I am proud of the way that the residents of this town dealt with the adversity of the past year. Our citizens have pulled together for each other, and made me proud to say I live in Newtown/Sandy Hook. However, as the one-year anniversary of December 14 approaches, there is a practical matter that concerns me. Last year, due to the traffic and congestion in the town because of media and visitors, and despite the efforts of police brought into town from throughout the state, Sandy Hook Center was effectively shut down for a month. Traffic was at a standstill, and people and signs extended out into the streets. I live less than two miles from my office, yet unless it was very early in the morning, or late at night, it took me over an hour to get there. Despite signs and repeated polite requests, parking spots which are supposed to be for the patrons of Sandy Hook businesses were filled with news vans and out-of-state cars from those who came to see the site of the tragedy. I am afraid that this December, the same thing will happen again.

  • Bring Home Sandy Hook School

    To the Editor: On Saturday, October 5th, our town will hold a referendum to accept funding to rebuild Sandy Hook School. As we look to bring home our Sandy Hook School community, it is critical to have a school building that will allow them to stay together. It is important that we all play a role in this process as it affects the entire community.

  • Not A Normal Referendum

    To the Editor: I am writing to urge all the residents of Newtown to vote and please vote Yes on October 5th. This is not a normal referendum, there are no second chances. Voting “no” will not save you any money on your tax bill. It is already allocated; it’ll just be spent somewhere else. The reality is, the largest elementary school in our town is no longer suitable for use.