Letter: ‘Hope and Healing’ at Upcoming Addiction Awareness Vigil

As a pastor for over 40 years, including eight years as a part-time chaplain in a drug and alcohol facility, I have witnessed the devastating impact addiction and substance abuse has on families and communities. Addiction affects every aspect of an individual’s life, but it’s hardly a solitary experience. Spouses, children, parents and all loved ones who witness addiction endure its short-term and long-term consequences. Addiction isn’t an obscure, far away disease. It can happen even in the most successful and peaceful families.

Letter: Rich Townsend for Town Council

To the Editor,

I encourage you to support Rich Townsend in his run for Town Council. Rich is a man of great integrity; he is honest, hardworking and deeply committed to maintaining a high quality of life for the citizens of New Canaan. As his Pastor, I have witnessed Rich’s care for and commitment to our local community through various missions and charitable organizations over the years. Rich is a core volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fairfield County and co-coordinator of our church’s monthly Habitat workday. As a devoted and active member of the United Methodist Church of New Canaan, Rich and his wife, Cathy, are always willing to serve and lead our congregation as needed.