I grew up in Monroe and I wrote for Monroe Patch for a period of time.
As you may have read in one of my many columns I was baptised at St. Peter's Episcopal Church and I attended Monroe schools up to my graduation from Masuk High School in 1961.
Not long after that I got married, moved to Newtown and it is here where I've lived for the past 45 or so years.
I was a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School for over 30 years. After my retirement I became a substitute teacher until my baby sitting duties for my grand children prevented me from further subbing.
The recent events in Sandy Hook have been horrible. It has been very difficult but while I have been grieving for the families of the victims, it is nothing compared to what the survivors must be going through.
Yet, in all of this there has, incredibly, been a bright spot. It is the wonderful people in the town of Monroe.
The extraordinary generosity and care that you have shown us is, well, incredible.
As you may know by now, Sandy Hook School will assume the space once occupied by Chalk Hill School.
It has been reported to me that the outpouring of genereosity has been amazing.
Thank you, Monroe, for helping us get through this horrible time. You are indeed a wonderful neighbor.