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Community Guide

As local, weekly newspapers, the Connection’s mission is to bring the news you need about your community, to advocate for community good, to provide a forum for dialogue on local concerns, and to celebrate and record milestones and events in community and people’s lives.

To that end, this week's issue features our annual Newcomers and Community Guide beginning on page 11.

We understand that local issues matter, from property values and taxes, to land use, to public services and safety, to quality schools, to teen driving, to fiscal responsibility.

At the Connection, we invite newcomers to the area and long-time residents alike to be a part of providing more input from our readers. Let us know how we’re doing, and let us know what is going on in your part of the community. If you have questions or ideas, call us or send us an e-mail.

We invite you to send letters to the editor, or just to send us an e-mail letting us know about something you especially liked or didn’t like about our coverage. We appreciate readers’ ideas. If you see something that you think might be a story, or just something you wonder about, give us a call, or drop us a line.

We want to know if you have an idea for fixing traffic in your part of the world. We want to know if you’ve had a good or bad experience with local government. We’d like to hear your ideas about how to make things better, or just to hear what you have to say about things that should be different.

If you know of a person or an organization doing important work, something that might make a good feature story, let us know. We are looking for people to feature in our People profile section in all of our communities each week.

We want to know if someone in your family or your community published a book, became an Eagle Scout, raised money for a good cause, accomplished some feat like running a marathon or having art included in an art show.

We publish photos and notes of a variety of community events and milestones, including births, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, awards and obituaries.

We are also interested in events at your church, mosque, synagogue, community center, pool, school, club, etc.

E-mail or mail us a photo and a note about the event. Be sure to include the names of all the people who are in a photo, and say when and where the photo was taken. If you want a hard copy of a photo returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and please do not send us anything that is irreplaceable.

We also publish notes about news and events from local businesses. Notes about openings, new employees, anniversaries are welcome.

It is especially important to us to let people know about events ahead of time in our calendar of events. We appreciate getting notice two weeks ahead of the event, and we encourage photos. Events for our calendars should be free or at nominal cost and open to the public.

In covering the issues, we strive to provide a voice for our readers. I look forward to hearing from you.