To the Editor,

We are heartbroken and pained by the attack that took place earlier today, the last day of Pesach, during services, at Chabad of Poway, CA. This is an attack on all of us, and we grieve for the family of Lori Gilbert-Kaye who lost her life, trying to protect others, and pray for the recovery of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Noya Dahan (Age 8) and her uncle Alon Peretz, who are all injured.

We thank all of those who checked in on us here and showed their care & support.

We will continue to review our security measures and take utmost precaution to ensure the safety of all those at Chabad of Northwest CT.

The Rebbe — Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory — often reminded us of the biblical verse “and the living shall take to heart.” Alongside the natural mourning and grief, there is a need to focus on things that will result in action and positive change.

Lori Gilbert-Kaye was was killed in today’s attack. How many Jewish women can we get take upon themselves to light Shabbat candles this Friday evening, May 3, in her memory? May her memory be a blessing for all eternity.

Chabad of Northwest CT will be sponsoring Shabbat Candle Lighting kits and mail them to anyone who wishes to light this Friday night free of charge. Please email:, your name & address for a free kit to be mailed to you. Let’s cover the entire Northwest CT and let us bring light and love into the world to combat this senseless darkness and evil.

Let us pray that G-d send healing and comfort to the Chabad community of Poway. We pray for the day when all evil and hatred will vanish from the world, with the coming of Moshiach, speedily in our days.

In the merit of our collective Mitzvot, may we each bring much comfort and peace at this challenging time.


Rabbi Joseph I. Eisenbach,

Chabad of Northwest CT

To the Editor,

On May 7 the voters of Washington will have the opportunity to appoint two members to the Region 12 Board of Education. New Preston’s favorite son, Joe Abdella, will make an excellent addition to our BOE. Joe has lived in Washington since he was 12, attending and graduating from Shepaug M/HS. His two sons currently attend Region 12 schools. Joe is President of the Shepaug Soccer Club along with coaching and mentoring his son’s teams. He is an accomplished tradesman, owning and operating a highly successful tile and flooring installation business.

First and foremost, BOE members are entrusted with the the responsibility of educating all of our students as well as overseeing a $22 million budget. This candidate will be a staunch advocate of high quality education for every Region 12 student. I believe that a BOE member should exemplify common sense and good judgement.

For these reasons I am endorsing Joe Abdella for the Region 12 BOE as he is thoughtful, well rounded and fiscally responsible. Region 12 is fortunate to have someone of this caliber to step up and volunteer his time for the success of our schools.

Please vote on May 7.

Respectfully Submitted,

John Buonaiuto,


To the Editor,

North Canaan what kind of town do we want? What are the values that we have in common that we will act on to uphold? What will be the decisions that will ensure that the kind of town we want happens? What are our shared responsibilities to ensure that the air, water and the beauty of the landscape is maintained?

What is the common good? When do individual and business land use rights become a burden to a town, rather than a benefit? How do you weigh a business investment in our town against the health of your neighbors? What is the future of North Canaan going to be?

On Monday, May 13, a public hearing will take place beginning at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall at 100 Pease Street, North Canaan. What will be brought before the community and the Zoning officials is an amendment to the Zoning Regulations of the Town of North Canaan. It will be proposed that the Zoning Board approve an amendment to add the manufacturing, production and/or storage of asphalt to the list of Prohibited Land Uses in all zones of the town of North Canaan.

It is time to declare: What are your shared community values? What is your responsibility to your community? Please make your choice known by attending this public hearing, or if you cannot attend by emailing or writing North Canaan Planning & Zoning, Town Hall, 100 Pease Street, North Canaan, CT, 06018.

Do not underestimate the seriousness of this decision for our town. Our health. Our environment. Our future. Even what we think and feel about living and raising families in North Canaan is all at stake. There is no other more important issue than the welfare of a whole community. What will you exchange for that? What kind of town do you want? Is it Canaan, “The land of milk and honey” or is it “Asphalt Valley?”

Bernard Re, Jr.,

North Canaan

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