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Dec. 15, 2019 — Healing in a town that certainly could use it

It was seven years ago yesterday when a madman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and shot 26 people, 20 of whom were elementary school students.

There has been precious little done in terms of Federal law — much like in the instances of Jonesboro, of Columbine, of Orlando, or of Las Vegas — to contain unfettered access to military-grade weapons.

The people of Newtown have therefore had to find solace and comfort in other ways.

One way is through sports. This fall, Newtown’s field hockey team earned the No. 1 seed in the Class L championship with an undefeated record.

Had Newtown carried that form through the tournament, it would have been a great story. But New Milford (Conn.) ended the Nighthawks’ dream with a 2-1 win in overtime.

Which brings us to last night — seven years to the day since the Sandy Hook massacre.

Newtown’s football team had won its way into the state Class LL final against Darien (Conn.).

The Nighthawks and Blue Wave fought to a 7-7 draw into the final seconds of play.

And then, this happened.

Mind you, no football win, no matter how dramatic, will bring back the 26 lives lost seven years ago.

But in the long road towards healing, it’s a pretty good start.