PERSONAL REACTION TO THE RELEASE OF THE 911 TAPES - December 4, 2013
Recently I have been asked to provide my insights about the release of the 911 recordings and what it means to the Newtown community, especially so close to the one year anniversary. What I have told the press is that the release of the tapes will create a new layer of pain for many in the Newtown community. Hearing those calls takes us back to a day of horror and tragedy. My plea is for the media to treat us kindly...to recognize that there is great personal pain in this event and little public good to be garnered through the general release. Imagine yourself as a parent of a child who was killed, or a family member of one of the six educators. Imagine yourself as a teacher or staff member in that building desperate to save the lives of children. Imagine you are the parent of a child who was able to escape. Then ask yourself, media person, what is the public good and how do I balance that against the hurt?
REACTION TO THE RELEASE OF THE SANDY HOOK REPORT - November 26, 2013
Upon request, Pat Llodra provided the following comments to the Newtown Bee regarding the report from the State's Attorney's Office released today. Media are invited to access Selectman Llodra's statements in the linked article http://newtownbee.com/news/news/2013/11/26/officials-react-release-sandy-hook-report/178097
First Selectman Pat Llodra was among a number of officials issuing brief reactions in the wake of the state's attorney's report on the 12/14 tragedy. Mrs Llodra observed that "much of the detail in the report is presented in such a factual, neutral way that it almost felt unreal, sanitized somehow, and not really a telling of the horror that unfolded on that awful day."
The first selectman said the document for the most part offered few new insights for her, until she came to the parts that shed some light on the person of Adam Lanza, and of his mother Nancy Lanza. "I am overwhelmingly sad for the loss of so many loved ones – and sad, too, for a young man isolated and damaged beyond reach by mental illness, so much so that even his one available parent could not make a positive difference," Mrs Llodra said.
"I will not judge the actions or choices of Nancy as she was certainly struggling, too, to find a way to support and love her son," the first selectman continued. "I was hoping to find more answers to why Adam acted out his anger and confusion on Sandy Hook School and am disappointed to be left still wondering."
Finally, seeing the story in its entirety reminded Mrs Llodra of the heroism of Newtown's police, and of the teachers and staff at Sandy Hook School. "There are no words sufficient to express the honor and regard I hold for them in their acts of bravery and courage in the face of danger," she said.
To read the full article: http://newtownbee.com/news/news/2013/11/26/officials-react-release-sandy-hook-report/178097
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY: WHAT WE CAN DO - November 25, 2013
These weeks are very difficult for our community. We are gearing up for the release of the investigation report, will learn of the disposition of the tapes of the 911 calls, and will experience the first anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook School. Each of these happenings has the potential to feel like a body blow – it takes our breath away and we struggle to regain our balance. No one experiences these events more deeply and more painfully than the families of the victims. Consider too the cumulative emotional impact of this past year as felt by every parent of every Sandy Hook student, by their teachers and staff, and by those who love and care for them. Part of our despair is that we can do little to ease their personal pain. We cannot stop the drip-drip-drip of leaked information – a problem that has plagued us for months and months. Is it possible that those persons who feel compelled to speak without authority and without permission do not know the harm they do? And we cannot stop the release of whatever information the courts determine must be released. And we cannot, despite massive efforts of many, ensure that we will not be overrun by media on December 14.
So, what can we do? We can tap into that inner strength we have called upon again and again over this past year to confront what we must, manage that hurt as best we can, and put it behind us somehow. We can be sure to not let others control our destiny. We cannot change what happened at Sandy Hook School; we can only choose how we respond. We have a choice on December 14. We have called upon every person to honor those who lost their lives that day in a personal, kind way. We ask, too, that you not let the specter of media overload destroy again our Sandy Hook commercial village. Come to shop, to dine, and enjoy the beauty of the village on December 14. Our presence there in support of these businesses shows that we will make the choice to not be deterred on our journey of recovery.
TOWN OF NEWTOWN TO RECEIVE $15 MILLION MULTI-YEAR GRANT FROM GE TO DEVELOP COMMUNITY CENTER - November 18, 2013
Tonight at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Martha Poulter from General Electric, announced that the Town will receive a $15 million multi-year grant from GE for the development, construction and operation of a community center.
The community center will be funded by GE, which has more than 150 employees living in Newtown. Of the $15 million, $10 million will be committed to the development and construction of a center that will have programming designed to meet community needs. The remaining $5 million will be dedicated to operating costs for the center over five years, including the hiring of experienced professional staff. The center will be owned and operated by the Town of Newtown.
As I said at tonight's Selectmen’s meeting, “On behalf of Newtown, I am honored to accept GE’s very generous donation that will help us develop a Community Center, connecting people of all ages. We envision a Community Center as a place to foster inclusive community participation through recreation, the arts, community outreach services and resiliency programs. This is a donation that will add value to the entire community for years to come.”
Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE said, “GE has been part of the Newtown community for many years and we are committed to supporting our friends, family and neighbors as they continue to heal. Over the last year, our GE colleagues from Newtown identified several ideas to help the town and identified that a community center was one of the town’s greatest needs. We are proud to help them achieve that goal.”
We are just in the preliminary stages of thinking about the development of a community center and as we progress, I will provide updates through my blog. Our goal is to offer additional space and programs that will make a positive impact on our community and as planning proceeds, community input will be sought and incorporated. Thank you again to GE for this very generous donation.
THOUGHTS ON THE MEDIA AND THE DEMOLITION OF SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - November 1, 2013
Recently, I was asked by the press to provide my thoughts on the media arriving in Newtown to cover the demolition of the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The following was my response:
“I understand the interest of the media to cover the Sandy Hook School demolition. Readers and viewers throughout the state (and the nation) remain very engaged in the story of our tragedy and continue to pursue all bits and pieces of information about the event itself, along with any and all following activity. And, I understand, too, that the demolition of the building is a very significant and compelling action that would draw some attention even if it weren't the site of a shooting that took the lives of 20 children and 6 educators. The fact that this is the very spot of such a horror elevates its importance as a news item.
Given all that, however, I remain committed to protecting as much as possible the emotional health of our families, our Sandy Hook teachers and staff, our school kids and their parents, and all the members of our community. Those voices are telling me that the continuous coverage in newspapers and on television is wearing on our spirit and serves as a constant reminder of our great hurt. Parents and children throughout our community deserve to be able to travel our streets, read newspapers and watch television without being struck in the heart again and again by reports that cover any and all aspects of the shooting and its aftermath. The journey of recovery is fragile for so many. Let’s do everything we can to help each other on that journey.
So, on the one hand I respect the media's pursuit of information that is relevant, interesting, and timely. And I respect that readers and viewers have a 'right to know' some things. On the other hand I see that the persistent coverage is having a deleterious effect on our mental health and poses impediments in our journey of recovery. For me, the balance tips in favor of the people of Newtown.”.
NEWTOWN'S RESPONSE TO ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SANDY HOOK TRAGEDY - October 16, 2013
Newtown has received great kindness and generosity these past 10 months. We are grateful and humbled by the expressions of love and support of friends and neighbors from near and far. We ask now for patience and understanding as we approach the first anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook School. Our community is choosing to remember and honor those who lost their lives in that awful tragedy in ways that are quiet, personal, and respectful – centered on the themes of kindness, love, and service to others. We are wishing fervently that those many persons who wish us well, and the media, will allow us this time to be alone and quiet with time for personal and communal reflection.
The municipality will not be hosting any town-wide event. Our houses of worship and their clergy will offer religious and ecumenical services for congregants. The schools will honor the event in ways that are appropriate for each level of student. Our town organizations, such as Parks and Recreation, C. H. Booth Library, Edmond Town Hall, and the Senior Center will provide remembrances in ways that are appropriate and within their scope of service.
Our community is committed to creating a long-lasting and sustainable ‘good’ to honor those who lost their lives in a senseless act of violence. We cannot undo the awful happening on that day – but we can choose how we respond to it and that choice could maybe have long-lasting positive effects.
We suggest that in the weeks leading up to that date, organizations, businesses, families, faith communities, and individuals pledge an act of kindness to one another. Maybe this tragedy can serve as a reminder for all families to set aside a few minutes to talk together about the importance of compassionate acts – that those acts become the glue that binds us together in our humanity. Maybe some small amount of time can be set aside in school classrooms for appropriate and meaningful discussions about kindness and service. It is not that these things don’t already occur from time to time, but just think about the power of so many thinking the same good thoughts and acting to benefit others at the same time. There is great power in a community supporting and believing the notion that each of us can and do make a difference and that it is our compassion and genuine caring for one another that connects us not just in Newtown but as citizens of this country.
In Newtown, we are encouraging every resident, young and old, to use the weeks leading up to this anniversary, as a time to formally commit to acts of service and kindness. Perform a kindness in honor of those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook School; and spend some time in reflection about how our future can be made better for all persons. We have the opportunity to continue to move toward positive change – there is no greater gift of love than to act on behalf of those whose lives were taken.
Finally, for those who choose to recognize the anniversary of this tragic event with gifts, please understand that we in Newtown have been the recipients of many gifts, beyond measure. We appreciate the kindness but know that others are deserving. We strongly encourage donors to consider needs within their own communities. For those who wish to donate money specifically to honor the children and adults who lost their lives on that tragic day, you may want to consider the many family funds dedicated to specific causes found at www.newtowncharities.org, select In Memoriam.
Our town, our schools, our houses of worship, and our municipal organizations, are joined in this statement by Newtown civic, social service, and athletic groups. Together, we believe that this statement represents the best interest of our community. Thank you in advance for respecting our wishes and our privacy.
OCTOBER 5TH REFERENDUM - SANDY HOOK SCHOOL - September 26, 2013
On Saturday, October 5, Newtown voters have an opportunity to cast their ballot in the question of whether we should accept the state’s grant for the purpose of building a new Sandy Hook School. I strongly encourage voters to act in favor and cast a yes vote. We have a contract with Monroe to use the Chalk Hill building through June 2016 for educating our displaced students. Our obligation to these students, to their families, and to the faculty and staff is to return them to our community. How then to be sure that we can meet that obligation? Betting on enrollment decline that may or may not happen over two years risks putting us in a position to have no options for these students but to be divided up among other schools in some fashion and thus redistributing all the K-4 population. I believe this is a risk not worth taking. Delivering an effective and productive K-12 educational program requires pre-planning and clear understandings about facilities, staffing, and resources. It is not, in my mind, an arena for throwing caution to the wind. We also have an obligation to all voters and taxpayers to be wise in the use of resources, to seek ways to reduce costs, to plan for future needs in a way that allows for options and choices. I believe that building a new Sandy Hook School helps to address that taxpayer obligation, too. The building will be a town asset of substantial worth – in terms of dollars and space. If we are fortunate enough in years ahead to be able to repurpose a school building to meet other municipal needs, such as a senior center or a police station, we will have that option only if we add this building back to our inventory. Finally, the state legislature and the governor’s office have made this grant offer fully-funded with no local tax impact and no repayment requirement. I think we should not squander this opportunity to be made whole and to be able to move toward the future with confidence in our ability to meet our obligation to the students and to each other.
PAT'S WORDS AT A 9/11 MEMORIAL SERVICE HELD TODAY - September 11, 2013
We are 12 years from the events of September 11, 2001. That is 4380 days…days in which each of us has had an opportunity to make a difference, to seek out some goodness and strength that can emerge from a tragic and overwhelmingly hurtful event in our history. Let us not allow this day, September 11, 2001, to become a faint memory of times past. The more than 3,000 lives lost deserve that we remember them forever. Remember them as real people who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Not of their choosing, but fate, time, and circumstances put them all in harm’s way. Let us hold on to the realization that these real people are just like you and I. None of us know if or when our personal strength and courage will be tested. We can only hope that we act with dignity and integrity in those final circumstances, should they come our way.
Here is just one story of a real person who acted for ‘us” on September 11, 2011.
Tom Burnett was on Flight 93. He and his fellow passengers were drafted unknowingly as the first citizen-soldiers in the war on terrorism. Tom’s last words in his phone conversation with beloved wife Deena were, “We’re going to do something.” And they did. Thanks to the extraordinary decisiveness, leadership and character he and his fellow passengers showed, thousands of lives were spared in Washington, DC. Little more than one hour into the war, American won its first battle against terrorism. Tom was a man of faith, integrity, wisdom, wit, compassion and courage. He was a success in business and in life. In the words of his parents, “He was bright, driven and competitive. He had a very strong sense of right and wrong and was solidly grounded in the strength of his own convictions.” Tom was an exceptional husband, father, son, brother, and uncle.
I think of real people like Tom as having the power to anchor us in the true meaning of tragic events. We lost Tom on that day – Tom and more than 3,000 others. Persons who did not more than go to work, get on a plane, put on a uniform – all common activities in ordinary lives. Real people with real lives. All of whom deserved to live those lives to the fullest but for whom that choice was taken away. I cannot help but think of our Sandy Hook tragedy in the same way. The loss of innocent lives through the ill-conceived and angry actions of some other.
Life is unpredictable – we simply do not know when we will face that end or under what circumstances. So, I remind myself every day to be good – to reach out – to find some way to have made a positive difference for those who come after me. The legacy I leave matters, and so does that of every living being. So, for Tom Burnett, our Flight 93 hero, and the thousands of others including our children and teachers whose lives have been taken by terrorism, and by mis-directed anger “Let’s do something every day – something right, something kind, something bold.”
REVALUATION, TAXATION, AND MOVING AHEAD - August 27, 2013
By Connecticut State regulation, municipalities are required to conduct every five years a revaluation of property. It used to be that these mandatory revals were to occur every ten years, but it was found that economic factors affecting property values are not stable over a decade’s time, so the period between required revaluations was cut in half. The purpose of revaluation is to create a more level playing field so that property owners each are assessed taxes proportionate to the value of their property as compared to other properties in that municipality. The ‘marketplace’ and sales data have a great deal to do with setting the value of a property, as does the general aesthetics of a neighborhood, the location of a residence, its size and interior amenities such as number of bathrooms, central air, and on and on.
In Newtown, the revaluation process was completed for the 2012 grand list and has shown its consequences in the tax levy for fiscal 2013. Those tax consequences are stark and difficult for some, not so difficult for some, and downright welcome for some others. We all know that our home and property lost value over the past five years. But, not all lost the same degree of value; that disproportionate loss of value has had a great impact on the re-calibrated assessment. For example, the average loss of value for residential property in Newtown was found to be 26%. If your home lost that amount of value, then your 2013 taxes essentially remained the same or showed a slight uptick based on the accepted combined municipal and school budgets. If your property lost more than the average value (as compared to other properties in Newtown) then your taxes show a reduction. If however, your property lost less value than the average 26%, or gained in value because of improvements, then your tax impact under this revaluation could be substantial. In Newtown, approximately 80% of the residential properties have a tax impact at a level the same or less than the previous year. The remaining 20% of the residential property owners are paying more in taxes than the budget increase, and some of those property owners are realizing the effect of a shift in the tax levy. That shift in property valuation falls into four categories: 1) larger, high-end, homes; 2) high quality, age-restricted developments; 3) waterfront property; and 4) commercial property.
Simply put… properties in those four categories did not lose as much value since the last revaluation as did other properties in Newtown. That shift is hard to bear as with it comes a tax increase greater than was ever anticipated. Sure, if I am one of those property owners, it is nice to know that my property has not lost as much value as have other properties. But, that ‘gain’ (or relative loss) is only on paper; is transitory at best; and does not help me pay those dang taxes!
What can we do to turn this ship around, or at least slow it down so that property taxes do not drive us all to the point where living is impossible in Newtown, and in all of Connecticut and in much of the Northeast, for that matter? Locally, we need to continue to curtail spending. Our municipal budgets (town and school combined) have averaged about 1% growth each year for the last 4 years. And we need to maintain and elevate our commitment to growing our grand list especially in the commercial/industrial sectors. A major part of this emphasis is the sewer project slated for the route 6 corridor in Hawleyville. State-wide? We need to continue the clarion call for the end of unfunded mandates and call for serious study of alternatives to this tax burden based on property values.
There is much more to be said on this topic and some of what is presented here is simplified for general consumption. Bottom line…we have a tax problem that will not go away unless we are strategic and plan purposely for changes that will mitigate the impact.
MY SANDY HOOK CENTER TOUR WITH THE GOVERNOR - August 6, 2013
A little while ago, I asked the Governor if he would be interested in touring Sandy Hook Center to see how far we have come with our Streetscape project and to meet with some of our local business owners. He arrived last Wednesday and we, along with Liz Stocker, our Economic Development Director, Mike Burton SHOP (Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity) President and several townspeople, toured Sandy Hook Center and 10+ businesses.
The Sandy Hook business district continues to attract residents and new businesses and is a place of continued growth and development where residents and visitors can live, work, shop, and become involved in numerous community activities.
The progress we have made in Sandy Hook Center is one of growth and prosperity. I’m proud of the hard work by so many to improve the look and feel of Sandy Hook Center. It is an area rich in history and natural beauty. So often I am asked about Sandy Hook in relation to the event on December 14th. One reporter present for the Governor’s recent visit asked, “How will Sandy Hook ever overcome the stigma?” My response to him and to others who see us as only as a place with a tragic happening is that our town will not be defined by that one event. We are so much more than that. Newtown has a 300 year history replete with stories of important events and people that combine to make us who we are today. We will incorporate the events of December 14 into that history – always in honor of those who lost their lives but always, too, with an eye to a better future. That tragedy has changed us and will continue to influence our behavior. Many, including me, see that change from a tragedy can be positive and good.
Our Sandy Hook streetscape project had its origin more than a decade ago with the first HVCEO grant. In recent years the improvement effort was enhanced by funds from our town capital improvement plan. Contributions have been made also from local business owners and the Newtown Forest Association. And in January of 2013, the State of Connecticut granted us a $500,000 STEAP award to help the Sandy Hook businesses rebound. This has been a true partnership - the State, the Town, local businesses, and a private foundation. These combined efforts covering many years of work have resulted in important changes: renovation of the historic Dayton Street Bridge for pedestrian access connecting the neighborhood with the business center and hiking trails that intersect near Dayton Street; removal of the telephone pole previously located in an awkward island at the mouth of Riverside Road; installation of a new traffic signal with a focus on pedestrian mobility; significant extension of sidewalks; and revitalization of the Glen which now offers an area for quiet contemplation near the river.
The Governor was pleased to personally stop by the businesses that were helped by the grant, and as we were touring, I was once again reminded how much I love that our town always pulls together with an eye toward our future.
Speaking of the future, my thoughts are that the sort of neighborhood development and revitalization focused on mixed-use and small commerce such as we see in Sandy Hook can and should be applied to our other ‘villages’. Hawleyville, Botsford, and Dodgingtown each have their own identity, uniqueness, and rich history. In a land area of some 60 square miles, it makes sense to develop our villages in ways that enhance their role as a center for those residents. I envision sidewalks, bike paths, trails, pocket parks, small businesses, and residential/mixed use appropriate for each area. There is much discussion to be had on this sort of plan, but I believe that we can accomplish that which we see in our mind’s eye – even if it takes more than a decade, as it has in Sandy Hook.
CONVERSATIONS, PLANS, & POSSIBILITIES RELATED TO SCHOOL SECURITY - July 30, 2013
The discussion below considers how security for the public schools located in Newtown will be provided. This does not include Sandy Hook School, for which separate and distinct plans are made.
It is important to state right at the outset that the intention and commitment made by the Town, the Police department and School District to provide armed security for our public schools remains intact. Dr. Reed, Chief Kehoe and I have met several times this summer to discuss what form that plan would take come the opening of school in September. Those discussions have led us to understand that we have three possibilities moving forward: short-term; mid-term; and long term. In the short –term, Newtown police will be assigned to the elementary schools (and as a back-up to the juvenile officer at Reed) from overtime. We will use funds from that budget account to compensate officers for the additional duty. There will be NO gap in service. This overtime approach will remain in place until we are able to implement the mid-term plan.
The mid-term plan calls for the assignment of SROs or new hires as school officers for the three Newtown-based elementary schools and the assignment of a back-up for the juvenile officer at Reed to ensure that no armed security gap exists at that school. The grant for SROs, if funded, will provide for two officers. The third position would come through an additional new hire funded by the municipal budget. We do not know yet the status of our application to fund school resource officers through the grant. We are hoping to know that answer by September. Further, we need to fully understand the future obligations taken on by the town through this grant, if funded. At the very least we do know that the grant will require the Town to maintain the two SRO positions through our local budget for at least one year after the end of the two-year grant fund. The critical concept in this approach is that the police department will be increased by three officers and the importance of ensuring the future funding necessary to add these positions to the local budget, partially offset by grant revenues.
The long-term plan includes the possibility of a new ‘position’, called school safety officer, to provide armed officers in our public schools. This role is just being developed in two other CT communities and the certification process is being developed through the State Police. Recently retired police officers are eligible for the school safety officer (SSO) positions. The roles, responsibilities, and scope of authority of an SSO are being developed and are expected to be released sometime soon. When the job description and certification process are complete the district safety committee and town and school representatives will conduct site visits to help evaluate how this alternative is working and ultimately make a recommendation one way or the other to the Board of Education about this option. These positions would be school-year based and not full additions to the ranks of sworn personnel of our Newtown Police Department.
Please know also that each of our schools will be served by security guards in addition to an armed officer. Again, remember that the discussion in this document relates to schools located in Newtown. The Sandy Hook School, temporarily located in Monroe, has a separate and distinct plan.
AS WE MOVE INTO THE FALL MONTHS...
Over the past many months we have been the recipients of great generosity and kindness of many individuals and organizations in donations of events and activities for Newtown families and children to enjoy in the wake of the December 14th tragedy. I believe that the time is coming for us to move into a quiet period of rest, recuperation, and healing. In order to support that quiet time for the community, the Town will respectfully decline any further special events not currently scheduled by the Town or currently being planned for July/August. During these summer weeks there are several major events and activities designed to provide opportunities for children and families to enjoy while school is not in session. However, going forward from mid- August we feel it is in the best interests of our community to not participate in any further major events offered by outside organizations. We are very appreciative of the efforts put forth by so many to make special activities available to our community members. We ask that organizations and individuals please accept our sincerest of thanks. We are hopeful that everyone understands the need for us to move into a quieter period.
Our Newtown Parks and Recreation programs will continue as usual. Newtown has always been a nurturing community-oriented town and we will continue to develop and deliver programs of growth and excellence for all of our citizens to enjoy.
WORKING OUR WAY THROUGH THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DECISION - June 12, 2013
As I’m sure you know, a few weeks ago a group of 28 elected officials made the decision to remove the current Sandy Hook Elementary School and build a new school on the same site but with a changed orientation and built on a modified version of the current site. The task force of elected officials weighed many options and recommendations by experts, teachers, families, and Newtown residents for several weeks. In the end, they came to a unanimous decision, weighing imperfect options and knowing that a solution could not satisfy everyone in the community.
What I wanted to offer today are thoughts not so much about the decision, but more around the observations I made throughout the decision process. The SHS decision was our first big public process coming from the December 14th tragedy. The decision on the school will shape many other decisions we will face this year.
What I have observed most is a sense of compassion and how I have seen the people of Newtown stick together. There is a genuine concern for the common good balanced with a strong respect for individual voices. It would have been easier to not come to agreement on the SHS decision but this isn’t what happened. The task force had confidence in our future and the confidence to weigh imperfect options and help the community come to some sense of closure on this particular issue. This decision could have been a platform for posturing or grandstanding yet that didn’t happen either.
What I observed was people modeling the behavior of our path forward: engaging in tough issues, keeping values front and center, being patient with the process and preserving in the face of difficult decisions. There is a quote from Rich Harwood who facilitated the meetings that I love. The Task Force work “became a human challenge, not a political football”.
What I saw, and what I believe is that individual voices matter, respect matters, compassion matters. This is the behavior I see modeled by the residents of Newtown every day. I think this is what makes us special.
MOVING US FORWARD - May 22, 2013
Today I am pleased to launch onenewtown.org. As we create our collective path forward, this website will serve as a way to bring information regarding the recovery together in one place. It is different from the Town website which focuses on the town’s business. This site provides informational and inspirational topics as we move through our healing process.
Onenewtown.org is focused on connection and communication. In this context, Connection means being engaged with one another and sharing experiences that refresh and inspire us; to provide transparency and promote community participation. Communication is about the importance of sharing timely information about the recovery.
I am inspired everyday by our progress in Newtown, with our resilience and that we have a path forward to recovery. This website is just one way we hope to inform and inspire. We will continually refresh content on the website and look forward to your suggestions and feedback. Feel free to make any recommendations, ask me questions, or give story ideas.
Stay well and we look forward to hearing from you.