Praise Newtown Citizens for Opening Family-Friendly Sandy Hook Arcade

Target: Andrew Clure and Scott Cicciari of Newtown, Connecticut

Goal: Commend Clure and Cicciari for helping to promote family values by opening a new non-profit arcade center in Newtown, Connecticut

Last weekend, Andrew Clure and Scott Cicciari of Newtown, Connecticut opened a new arcade that they dubbed the Sandy Hook Arcade Center. The arcade, which is intended for all ages, is aimed at helping families in Newtown recover after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.

The arcade will be a strictly non-profit organization that will use the funds it generates from non-local attendance fees and donations to help maintain the machines and support other town funds. The entire center, which features pinball, air hockey, and various digital and Xbox Kinect games, will be available free of charge to all Newtown citizens.

When they first presented the idea for the arcade center, Clure and Cicciari were overwhelmed by the amount of positive responses from both the arcade industry and local Newtown residents. When interviewed during the arcade’s opening weekend, Clure took the time to make the arcade center’s goal crystal clear: “For us this is not a business, it’s simply our commitment as parents and residents to promote one of the core values in Newtown — family.”

The arcade center also has the added benefit of further debunking the myth that video games somehow “inspired” the Sandy Hook shooter to commit his horrendous crimes. By offering a safe space for kids and adults to come and play games with each other, Clure and Cicciari are doing more good than they may initially realize. Help support their efforts by signing this petition to make sure their commitment to the people of Newtown don’t go unrecognized.


Dear Andrew Clure and Scott Cicciari,

In a time as tumultuous as the one we face now, the world could use more people like you two. Your desire to restore Newtown, Connecticut’s faith and family values through the Sandy Hook Arcade Center is exactly what this country needs and it is my sincerest desire that your efforts don’t go unnoticed.

You should also be commended for helping to debunk the myth that has been spread by the NRA and other organizations claiming that video games are somehow evil. Like any other form of popular media, games can act as a way to bring people together during troubled times and your arcade center is the first in what I hope to be a series of positive and uplifting messages for both Newtown citizens and the gaming community.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jessica Feis via Flickr

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