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UPDATE: Governor Closing State Offices Early Wednesday; Storm Warning Issued

Updated at 3:50 pm - Governor Dannel P. Malloy has decided that state office buildings will close on Wednesday, November 26, at 12:30 pm due to the anticipated snowstorm that is expected to significantly impact the state. Nonessential state employees will be dismissed at that time. “After speaking with emergency management officials and assessing the current forecast, I have decided to close state office buildings at 12:30 tomorrow afternoon,” said Governor Malloy. “The more we can get cars off the road before this storm’s real impact is felt, the better our chances are for dealing with whatever Mother Nature throws our way. ”The Connecticut Department of Transportation canceled all planned road work today at 3 pm. to ease congestion and accommodate drivers who are modifying their travel plans and traveling to their holiday destinations tonight instead.

Partnership And Communication Essential, Says Superintendent, In Response To Lanza Report

On Monday, November 24, Dr Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, superintendent of the Newtown school district, responded to the report from the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA), released Friday, November 21, saying that his first thoughts go directly to the victims’ families. “How can I offer any kind of assistance to families?” he asked. The report was prepared in response to a directive from the Connecticut Child Fatality Review Panel to review Adam Lanza’s life prior to the commission of mass murder, and develop recommendations for public health system improvements. Failure of the Newtown schools to follow established guidelines and multiple examples of lack of coordination for services are among the many findings in the report.

Letters Spark Concern At NHS, Responsible Party Found

Following a number of letters sent to Newtown High School students in recent days, the school announced Monday night, November 24, the responsible individual has been determined and measures are being taken. According to the school the letters, which were received in the mail, contained personal information and “sexually explicit comments. While nothing in any of these letters posed threats of violence to anyone, they were nonetheless disturbing in nature,” said a letter sent to parents by NHS Principal Lorrie Rodrigue.

WIN, Students Complete Holiday Basket Drive

Quickly packing canned goods into boxes Friday, November 21 was Danielle Sampson, one of many Newtown High School students helping prepare packages for roughly 80 families in need before Thanksgiving. Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) members coordinate the Thanksgiving Basket program each year, and last Friday afternoon everything came together in the hall of Newtown United Methodist Church. Volunteers of all ages received donations from the public and a number of school groups, while others sorted the donations into separate areas, one for each family that would benefit from the program by the end of the day.

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