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  • A Terrible Idea

    To the Editor We will admit that we didn’t read the 2/22/13 issue of The Newtown Bee, so we only learned of the cluster housing proposal for Castle Hill last evening. To say the least, our initial reaction was that this is a terrible idea for this la...

  • Quick Clean-Up Appreciated

    To the Editor: I would like to commend the local stores which totally cleared all the snow out of their parking lots after the recent blizzard. I observed the Big Y, for example, use huge dump trucks in the early morning hours removing great heaps of snow that had accumulated during and after the storm. This kept sight lines clear and sidewalks less hazardous.

  • Apples and Oranges

    To the Editor: I love both apples and oranges and consume many of each. When asked which I like better, I will admit: While I’m eating a crunchy apple in the fall, I say, “apples”; however, if I’m slurping a juicy orange, then I prefer “oranges.”

  • Where Is The Unity

    To the Editor: I am a Newtown native who has never written a letter to an editor. However, I feel the need to address an issue that I find disturbing. Newtown is a town with five districts, all united. Each district has its own fire company. Newtown Hook & Ladder No. 1, United Fire Co. of Botsford, Dodgingtown, Hawleyville, and Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue. The town also has one of the finest volunteer ambulance services available anywhere. Even though the names and location is different, all respond to calls helping each other.

  • A Call On NSSF For A More Responsible Dialogue

    (The following letter to Steve Sanetti, President of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, has been received for publication.) Dear Mr Sanetti, I am writing you as a concerned mom and fellow citizen of Newtown. Since December 14, I have struggled to make sense of the horrible crime at our beloved Sandy Hook School. Along with many others, I seek any and all solutions so that no other community experiences a similar event in the future.

  • Preserve Castle Hill For Public Use

    To the Editor: We are writing to express our dismay that the Diocese of Bridgeport is on the brink of selling the former Gretsch property to a developer who plans to build 136 single family homes on the property, as described in Andrew Gorosko’s February 22 article. [Cluster Housing Complex Proposed For Castle Hill.”] While it is our understanding that this deal may be as good as sealed, we hope that the town will take whatever action it can to prevent the bulk of this development and preserve the area for public use.

  • Zoners Should Reject Castle Hill Cluster Housing

    Despite a Febuary 22nd article in The Bee [“Cluster Housing Complex Proposed For Castle Hill], it just came to my attention today (3/5/13) that 136 acres of “meadows forest, and shore line frontage on Taunton Lake” open space is set to be put to sale on the open market. A developer wants to builder “cluster housing” in this area.

  • A Call For Leadership On Gun Laws

    Dear Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, After more than two and a half months, our community is still reeling from the tragic loss of 26 innocent lives. December 14th has forever changed our town, our state and our country. If something like this can happen in Sandy Hook, then it can happen anywhere in this nation.

  • Forced Behavioral Assessments Is A Step Too Far

    To the Editor: As a Newtown mother, I have come across e-mails warning me of multiple pieces of proposed legislation being presented in our state at this time. What shocks me most of all is the fact that they affect all public and home school families, yet...

  • Castle Hill Housing Plan Is Out Of Character For Newtown

    To the Editor: A recent article in The Newtown Bee [“Cluster Housing Complex Proposed For Castle Hill,” 2/22/13] discussed a proposed new “cluster housing development,” the largest in Newtown “in over a decade.” The prospect of adding 136 homes, virtually in the center of town, seems to be a remarkably bad idea. A development of this size will put significant pressure on the town’s infrastructure, add congestion and further erode our limited open space.