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Two vigils planned

Two vigils are planned Wednesday and Thursday in connection with the shootings in Newtown.

A town prayer and candle vigil at the Community Center Thursday night at 7 will allow Ridgefielders to express their sorrow for and support of the citizens of grief-stricken Newtown.

“It’ll be a combination of music and prayer and candles, recognizing the 27 people lost in the tragedy in Newtown,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said.

“There will be prayers offered by various representatives of the many faiths in town.”

The vigil is being coordinated by the Ridgefield Clergy Association and its president the Rev. Charles Hambrick-Stowe of the First Congregational Church.

“We hope to have this event outside,” Mr. Marconi said.

If the weather is bad, the vigil may move inside. Community Center Executive Director Di Masters has made the entire building available, Mr. Marconi said.

But weather reports had him hopeful Tuesday morning that Thursday’s weather would be appropriate for an outdoor event at the Community Center on Main Street.

“It appears it will be cloudy but warm,” he said.

A candlelight vigil   will take place Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 4:15 near the Bandstand in Ballard Park.

Candles will be lit, and victims names read between 4:30 and 6:30, said Helen Epley, one of the organizers.

“We hope to reassert for the victim’s families and friends the humanity of those around them, so that they may begin to regain hope for the future, even in the wake of this terrible loss,” she said.

For more information contact Ms. Epley, 203-731-9068,  helenepley@hotmail.com, or Melissa Kiernan, 203-561-4803, mkridgefield@aol.com.

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