Like everyone else, I am saddened by the tragic news coming from Connecticut. The story hits close home to me because my location in the country in upstate New York is about 23 miles from Newtown.
I was in my sons' high school at a meeting yesterday morning when the murder and mayhem was terrorizing the Sandy Hook Elementary School at the same time. Everything was peaceful at our high school and the meeting was over around the same time the first 911 call came from Sandy Hook to the police in CT.
Over the years I have been in Newtown more times than I could ever count and when the news reports describe it as a quiet town they are correct. It's a picturesque place that is part of the route for me when I go to New Haven on Route 34.
Back when I was in high school a wonderful family commissioned me to draw their Newtown, CT Main Street house and photo silk screen Christmas cards from my ink drawing. In the early '80s my brother's girlfriend lived in another house on Main Street and I was over there a couple of times.
Also, in the '90s when another designer and I teamed up to have a design office in Fairfield County it was located in Brookfield, CT very close to the Newtown line. For the 11 years we operated the firm I was in Newtown quite a lot and that's when I really saw the most of the back country of the place. My wife's uncle had a business in the town for many years and I visited him there several times when I had the design office in Brookfield.
Yesterday afternoon I sent a short email to my friend, Alyssa, who is also in that region of CT to talk about the tragedy that hit so close to home for both of us. I can imagine no one wanting to return to the school at this point...how could anyone concentrate on learning anything when one is present at the site of one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history?
My sympathies go out to everyone in Newtown.
Newtown is on the right hand side of the map, my NY State area is on the left...
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