It was a painful week. We watched as another Connecticut town began to mourn the loss of 20 schoolchildren and six school personnel and we mourned with them. The Newtown massacre hit us all close to home.
Stonington Public Schools tried to make Monday as normal as possible, but there was increased security. And on Thursday, a Stonington High School was arrested after he brought a knife to school. In the weeks to come we will have to answer questions about security procedures at our schools and as a nation we are beginning what will likely be a heated discussion on gun control.
For those looking for ways to help Newtown, here is a list of the charities chosen by the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims. And tonight at 6 at Owens Field the Stonington Community Center and Ender's Island will host a Community Candlelight Vigil to honor the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims.
As we struggle with normalcy so close to Christmas Frances Kelley Prescott wrote in her blog that we should Let Love Be The Legacy Of Newtown, and , wrote of Reconciling the Newtown Tragedy with the Christmas Story.
We had other blog posts this week: by Taylor Grant Greenberg and Amelia Earhart's Connection To Southeastern Connecticut by Lisa Saunders. And other news. A tattoo studio could open next month in Pawcatuck. A horrible fire at Dodson Boatyard could cost $1 million in damages. We also caught up with the merchants at Angel Haven and Franklin’s General Store.
Thanks to Extra Virgin Oil Store, C. Kramer Interiors, The Finer Line Gallery, Angel Haven and Quality Woodwork for recently claiming their directory listings on Patch. If you have a business in Stonington, Mystic or Pawcatuck that you want listed on Patch for free or want to claim email Editor Bree Shirvell.
We covered lots more this week and throughout the weekend, so search the site for other stories, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and check out our calendar to see what's happening next week in town.