Last night a small gathering of people came together at the Kirkland F.O.E. to honor the memory of those lost in the Newtown tragedy last Friday. It was really special, with photos of the children and teachers by candlelight and a poignant moment of silence. Something about bagpipes always makes it extra difficult to hold back tears. Thanks to Sarah Levoy for pulling this event together so quickly to help our community in its healing process. Also honored that evening was Kelsey Jensen, one of our own, a Peter Kirk 5th grader who passed away this week from an AVM on her cerebellum. She will be missed by many.
Joene LaBou joined in the evening with her recently launched project called Brick by Brick, where locals can decorate a brick with a heartfelt message to be sent to Newtown. In case you missed last night's gathering, there is another planned for THIS Sunday 12/23 at 3:30 in Marina Park by the "PuddleJumpers" statue to honor the Newtown families. Please bring flowers, candles, messages and your voices for "Amazing Grace".
May you all have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I think we will be giving some extra tight hugs this season. ~j