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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! 

Marilyn Kiesel December 17, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Excellent idea! I did not know that Wendy's husband grew up in Newtown, it is a very special community. My daughter Cheryl & her family live in Newtown, actually in the village of Sandy Hook. We were there this weekend, & they are all safe. The senseless shooting is so difficult to comprehend, & had touched so many lives. The people in the community are offering great support to one another, but the healing will take a long time.
John Colby December 17, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Great. Need any help? jjcolby@providence.edu and suzanne_colby@brown.edu
Town Clerk December 18, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I will be there. What a beautiful idea.
Alicarn December 18, 2012 at 02:02 PM
The postal service has set up a special post office box for those who want to send cards, letters, packages and drawings for Newtown victims. If you’d like to send your own condolences the address is PO Box 3700, Newtown, Connecticut 06470
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Thanks for the info, Alicarn.
Heidi Adele Macfarlan Johnson December 18, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Maybe we could all stand so that we form a heart, or all do that sign of the heart with our hands that you see people do...thumbs together forming the base and the other four fingers of each hand forming the rest of the heart by coming together
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Hi Heidi – we are thinking about a heart!
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 (Editor) 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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