Way back in February we reported on the opening of the Sandy Hook Arcade Center, an arcade founded by Andrew Clure and Scott Cicciari, two long-time Newtown residents, who wanted to share their love of pinball with the community in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six adult staff members.
Clure said at the time that the response to their idea from the arcade industry and the local community was "tremendous."
Today we learn that the arcade will close this month. A post on the arcade's Facebook page delivered the bad news:
"It is with tremendous sadness that we are announcing the closing of the SHAC on Saturday, August 31," the post reads. "What an amazing experience it has been for us to meet you all. Thank you for playing the games, volunteering your time, making generous donations and having fun with us. Your smiles, laughter and gracious words meant the world to us."
Originally the arcade was to run for three months, but the founders kept it open a lot longer and clearly helped the community by extending that timeframe considerably. The arcade was a place where families could bring their kids and play console, pinball, and arcade games in a friendly setting. They accomplished that mission, and did their part to help bring a little joy in a town that suffered a great deal of sorrow. We tip our hats to these two wonderful gentlemen.