When I lived for about 2 decades, on and off, in Stamford, I probably would never have met these people as neighbors. Their house, reports THE NEW YORK TIMES, was valued at about $1.7 million. My condos were not on the waterfront and were worth peanuts, relatively speaking in Fairfield County.
However, where we had made part of our lives will always remain in our memory banks as "the neighborhood." Centuries ago John Donne observed that no man is an island. When we hear the church bell tolling about a tragedy or a joy, that bell is tolling for us.
All of us who had lived in Stamford, and in our nomadic society that represents a lot of people, know that the bell has tolled great sorrow this Christmas day.