An open letter to Fairfield parents:

The Newtown tragedy has effected me in many ways, and like so many of my neighbors, I would like to do two things here in Fairfield.

First, I'd like to thank our town officials who, as my family and I were reeling from the tragedy, responded by helping to protect our kids. Second, I ask ask that the steps taken in crisis become part of a sustained and continuous program to improve school security.

I am asking the parents of Fairfield to join in thanking Superintendent of Schools David Title, our many principals and Chief of Police Gary MacNamara. I am also asking parents to join me and others in attending the Jan. 5 Board of Education meeting. Officials need to hear from us regarding any sustained programs.

My thoughts during the holiday season will be with the people of Newtown and my kids.

Jay Gross