Doug, one of my best friends who usually reports on Connecticut sports, reflects on his hometown of Newtown for his newspaper:
My hometown has always held a special place in my heart.
I’ve always taken great pride in my hometown, knowing that the comfort and warm memories it’s given me for 26 years are luxuries.
But on Friday, my Newtown — the only place I’ve ever lived, save for four years of college — was rattled to its core by a senseless act of violence. As I sat in my house Friday — only about two miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School — I felt helpless; hoping, praying that the horrific details that were unfolding were all just a nightmare. I — like my friends and neighbors who call this quintessential New England town home — was in disbelief.
The seemingly idyllic community — so peacefully symbolized by a 100-foot-high flagpole that rests right in the heart of Main Street — suddenly had become known for unthinkable carnage.
Quote from my former News 12 Long Island colleague:
Islip Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, who proposed the town’s new policy, said after Wednesday’s board meeting that she was struck by its importance on a trip with her children to Montauk .
"They were so amazed at the stars and it dawned on me that my kids don’t know stars," she said.
Some of the rules:
The rules added to Islip ‘s zoning code - which were criticized by one business owner - include specifications for parking lots, ATMs, service stations, flag spotlights (a narrow cone spotlight of no more than 1,300 lumens) and holiday lighting (permitted between Oct. 15 and Jan. 15).
The rules immediately require homeowners, where possible, to use outdoor lights no stronger than 100 watts, and to angle them no more than 45 degrees from vertical.
Businesses that close by 9 p.m. are now required to turn off exterior lights within 30 minutes of closing and no later than 11 p.m. Fines for residential property start at $250 and for commercial property, $500.
I’ve always been amazed at how many stars there are when I go upstate every summer… It would be cool to see more of them here on Long Island but is more government regulation the answer?