Rich Harwood in The Christian Science Monitor

A year after school shooting, Newtown to mark day with 'acts of kindness'
By Stacy Teicher Khadaroo
December 13, 2013

Residents of Newtown, Conn., hope to avoid the intense media scrutiny that came a year ago Saturday, after the school shooting that shocked the world. Their focus will be on reflection, healing, and kindness.

The political, civic, and religious leaders of Newtown, Conn., decided back in October that there will be no townwide observance this Saturday to mark the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which thrust the small New England town into the world spotlight last Dec. 14

It is not an attempt to wish the anniversary away but rather an acknowledgment that residents affected by the tragedy walk the path of grief and healing in their own ways, and many of them wish to do so out of the public eye.

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