Westport native and 1981 Staples graduate Jeb Backus is the senior program director at a local YMCA.
Sandy Hook is next door.
As a coach and athlete in several Fairfield County sports organizations, Jeb knows many Newtown families.
Last night — numb with grief, and needing to do something — Jeb posted a simple request on Facebook’s Staples ’81 page, and a few others: Bring flowers and candles to the Compo cannons.
Jeb went down to the beach around 8:30 p.m. Candles already flickered there.
Amid the flowers, someone placed a tiny stuffed animal.
It’s a small gesture, for sure. But Jeb wants his friends in Newtown to know that all of us here are thinking of them.