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Under fire Friday, October 31, 2014
Parents, school officials at odds over Halloween celebrations STAFF WRITER
NEWINGTON — School administrators came under fire recently for eliminating Halloween celebrations at two Newington elementary schools, Ruth Chaffee and Anna Reynolds. “This has mushroomed into something a thousand times more than anybody would have anticipated,” said Dr. Marc Finkelstein, board chairman. Board members discussed the issue at their meeting Wednesday but said they would not overrule the schools’ decisions. Volume 54, No. 44
Superintendent of Schools William Collins sent a letter to parents and posted it on the district’s website this week defending the district’s decision to end an annual Halloween parade at the schools. Since making the decision, he said in the letter, the district has gotten “threatening and hateful phone calls and emails from national extremist groups.” Collins said the decision to ban Halloween costume parades at two schools was made by the principals to achieve consistency
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Violence survivors learn self-defense By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER
BERLIN — When Sarah Gallardo first told Dave Gallo about her attempts to escape a violent relationship over the
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course of a decade, he told her she didn’t have to be afraid ever again. Gallardo, a Newington resident, met Gallo at Wing Chun Kung-Fu Academy, years after
she left her abuser, who is also the father of her 6-year-old daughter. “I told him my story, and he said ‘you don’t have to worry
Letters to the Editor on state representative candidates Gary Byron and Carol Anest – paid advertisement –
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