Next step forward.
Voting to move forward
A vocal contingency on Facebook, the new water cooler, coffee shop and Saturday morning dump runs all rolled into a 24/7 hour relentless complaint cycle, insists we are moving “way too fast” and we should “think this through.”
I only look to Fairfield Hills, a dormant, neglected, condemned psychiatric hospital on the prettiest property in town that we have been thinking through for over a decade. Almost two.
If the vote went down, we’d lose the grant. A yes vote gives us the funds, no takes it away. Should be a simple decision, but with our referendum history and apathy of voters, it was not a sure thing.
“Really?” she said. “You could stay here? Can you even imagine living in a town that wouldn’t support this? What kind of human being would not support tearing down that building and building a new school to bring our kids home? It’s a grant – who would ever say no??!!
I was not alone with these concerns, and I watched as Newtown rallied; a huge community effort to get out accurate information both on-line, and on the streets of town. Elected officials and PTAs. Coaches and teachers. On soccer sidelines, at the gas station and the bagel store. The town was buzzing: “Did you vote?” “Did you vote yet?”
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