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EG To Stand With Newtown: Photo Op Sunday

The idea came from resident and town employee Wendy Schmidle, whose husband grew up in Newtown.


Like everyone, EG resident Wendy Schmidle was rocked by the news of the horrifying shootings in Newtown, Conn., Friday. But it hit Wendy, who is EG's IT manager, very close to home.

Her husband, Paul, grew up in Newtown. Wendy and Paul were married at St. Rose of Lima Church there, and their first-born child was baptized in that church. Paul's mother served as Town Clerk in Newtown for many years. While Paul was in the Navy, Newtown was the family's "home base."

"I have been struggling all weekend with trying to figure out an appropriate way to help," Wendy wrote in an email she sent to me Monday morning explaining her idea. "What if we staged a photo op ... for everyone from EG who would like to send their well wishes of peace and love to Newtown?"

Wendy suggested posting the photo on Newtown Patch

By midday Monday, the plan was in motion. The School Department, Police Chief Tom Coyle and Town Manager Bill Sequino had all signed on. Everyone in East Greenwich is invited to Carcieri Field at EGHS this Sunday, Dec. 23, at noon for a giant photo of support for the people of Newtown. 

If you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment here. And spread the word! 

Wendy Schmidle December 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Point of clarification... this is for anyone and everyone who would like to send their best wishes to Newtown. I heard through the grapevine that some thought it was just for EG residents with a specific connection to Newtown... that couldn't be further from the intent... we are all in this together. Wendy Schmidle
Elizabeth McNamara December 19, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Thanks Wendy. We want as many people as possible to come for the photo. Let's make this an EG happening with a purpose!
Wendy Schmidle December 19, 2012 at 02:47 PM
One more thought... the colors representing Sandy Hook school are green and white... PC Friars wore said colors Tuesday honoring the school (all uniforms and sneakers provided by Nike) ... perhaps a thought for Sunday. Please wear your best green and white!
Kristin Wheeler December 19, 2012 at 06:40 PM
What a WONDERFUL idea!!!
Paul Higgins December 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
We think this is a great idea. We will be there on Sunday. We lived in Bethel, next to Newtown, for 14 years. We knew many people from this very friendly area. Twenty-six new stars shine over Newtown.

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