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  • Salon-A-Thon Event Nailed It

    To the Editor: We would like to thank the many in our community gave so much of their time, talent and energy to make this past Sunday’s Salon-a-Thon at Ricci’s Salon a tremendous success. All funds raised from this day long event have been graciously donated to Sandy Hook Promise where they will be used to continue to help our community heal. This includes financial, in-kind, education and individual and community mental wellness treatment and events, to name a few.

  • Beautifying The Meeting House

    To the Editor: The Board of Trustees of the Heritage Preservation Trust of Newtown, Inc.—which administers the Newtown Meeting House—wishes to publicly thank the Horticulture Club of Newtown for its continued support in beautifying the Meeting House grounds.

  • Watering Down The Shooting Range Ordinance

    To the Editor: The Ordinance Committee is wrapping up a series of meetings on an updated firearms ordinance with extensive input from the public. Those who want little or no restrictions on target shooting have been well represented, as have been residents wanting greater restrictions in the interest of safety and quality of life for their neighborhoods. As the committee nears the end of this process, the outline of the final changes are becoming clear. While provisions that will help lessen some negative effects of target shooting on neighbors are likely (banning exploding targets, limiting shooting to four hours during daylight hours and requiring advance notification of police about shooting sessions), other proposals have been watered down or rejected...

  • Our Society Is The Root Cause Of Learning Disabilities And Mental Illness

    To the Editor: My name is Kinley Nagle. I am a certified special education teacher with dyslexia. My ground-breaking work is about the unexplored potential in our children, ourselves and society. When I recognized that my students’ emotional needs were interfering with their learning I provided them with the necessary emotional support, tools and teaching strategies to thrive, resulting in a 90 percent success rate in my resource and self-contained classrooms.

  • Give What We Can

    To the Editor: In the wake of 12/14, the Town of Newtown was the beneficiary of overwhelming generosity from all over the world. The City of Moore, Oklahoma is now suffering terribly. Let us all contribute whatever we can .

  • We Can’t All Have What We Want

    To the Editor: It’s time that our officials take a good look why the budgets don't pass. Yes, you can lower the budget amounts, but they are forgetting one thing: the mill rate has to be lowered also. Our seniors and others can't afford this mill rate. Open your eyes town officials. We all can't have what we want even in a normal house in this town. We have to say no.

  • Literary Stars In Alignment

    To the Editor: Getting so many of the rock stars of the children’s book world together in one place couldn’t have been easy—but the stars were certainly in alignment for Newtown last weekend. It was truly a thrill for me and dozens of other adults and children to attend “Turning the Page: New Stories for Newtown” at the Middle School and meet these very talented (and very friendly) authors and illustrators in person.

  • Target Shooting Needs To Be About Safety

    To the Editor: Thank you for your investigation Mr. Barzetti. [“An Improbably Shot On Split Rock Road,” Letter Hive, 5/15/13] I want to re-state what happened on that day in January. A person, who was working on the roof of our neighbors’ home, was hit with a stray bullet from a nearby shooting range. Luckily, he was not injured. The police report is currently accurate in stating a person (not a ball as originally stated in the report) was hit with the bullet. Honest mistake by the policeman, I would hope. A police report is only adjusted through a specific interview process by the police department to validate what was reported. The report was adjusted, it is fact. I also want to make something clear. I do not think a bullet hitting a ball in anyone’s yard where children could be playing is acceptable in any way, I hope you agree.

  • The Dogs Did It Again!

    To the Editor: Strutt Your Mutt! 2013 was an overwhelming success! We sent home over 200 tired dogs, most of them smiling from ear to ear. In attendance were several well-known names: Romeo and Juliett, MegaTron, Zeus, Snooky and even Miss Daisy. The event this year was focused on Community Health and Healing. Our 2K walk around the grounds of Fairfield Hills, was led by Therapy Dogs Intl from Canine Training Behavior Services. At the top of the hill along the upper meadow we paused to take in a priceless view of Newtown, and to blow soap bubbles and send good thoughts aloft.

  • The Hieroglyphics of the Second Amendment

    To the Editor The Second Amendment to our Constitution has had five Supreme Court reviews and decisions, all of them with a different interpretation. This is not surprising since they may as well have interpreted Egyptian hieroglyphics. The times and the context in which this amendment was passed bears not the slightest resemblance to our modern world. It was a world of constant violent conflicts, both external and internal, of totally different demographics, of different concepts of the laws and the rights of men, of a totally different social environment, of internal conflicts to the direction of our future government and the role of the federal government and a world in which the most destructive device was the cannon.