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  • Two Interfaith Gatherings In June

    The Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association is planning two gatherings in June.

    The first will be on Sunday, June 2, beginning at 4 pm. This will be the next in the monthly interfaith services that have been held on the first Sunday of each month at various locations since April.

    This month’s gathering will be hosted by Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road. The theme will be “Finding Our Way in Times of Transition.”

  • Jewish Art In Response To Newtown, On View In Easton; Auction To Raise Funds For Mental Health Services

    EASTON — “Jewish Art in Response to Newtown…,” a collection of contemporary carvings by Harvey Paris, is on display at Easton Public Library through June 30. The exhibit features 20 carvings inspired by Newtown, Peace in the Middle East, the Holocaust and Jewish tradition.

    The library will host an artist’s reception and talk, open to the public, on Thursday, May 29, from 6 to 8 pm.

  • Getting It Right

    To the Editor:

    A rare F5 tornado leaves a 14-mile path of destruction in a populated area. Twenty-four dead. We are doing something right: early warning systems and education, and more.

    A disturbed young man walks into a school with a semi-automatic weapon. Twenty-six dead. When will we be able to say "We are doing something right"? My heart goes out to all 50 families.

    Deborra Zukowski

  • A Good Way To Combat Evil

    (The following letter was sent to Stephen Chun in response to his letter to The Bee [“Sandy Hook Inspiring Action In Washington State And Liberia”] published on 5/17/13.)

    Stephen Chun

    c/o Kamiak High School

    10801 Harbour Pointe Blvd 

    Mukilteo, WA 98275

  • State Makes $5 Million Available For School Safety

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut is making $5 million available immediately to cities and towns to help reimburse them for school safety and security upgrades following 12/14.

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the first round of funding on May 24 for the competitive grant program included in the General Assembly’s response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He appeared on Friday at Hartford’s Classical Magnet School with US Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a town hall-style discussion about school security and education reform.

  • Senate Passes Additional Newtown-Related Bills

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers on Thursday began building on a package of reforms the General Assembly passed in April that addressed the Newtown school shooting, requiring annual firearms safety training for armed security in local schools and improvements in mental health services for children.

    Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield), whose district includes Newtown, said 12/14 helped bring to light gaps and shortcomings in the state’s mental health system affecting young people.

  • US Education Department Awards $1.3 Million Grant To Newtown To Further Support Recovery Efforts

    The US Department of Education announced on Friday, May 24, it is awarding more than $1.3 million to Newtown Public School District to help with ongoing recovery efforts following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14. This grant, which is being made through the Department's Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program, will support school district leaders as they continue to restore a safe and healthy environment that is critical to teaching and learning.

  • Newtown Denied Bid To Postpone Hearing On Records

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission on Friday denied a bid by Newtown officials to postpone a hearing on a request by The Associated Press for records related to the gunman in December’s school shooting.

    An attorney for the town asked for a continuance until after the state legislature adjourns on June 5, citing a pending bill that would leave release of some material up to the victims’ families. But the commission said the hearing will take place as scheduled on June 3.

  • Musicians Premiere Memorial Composition ‘Glorificare’

    After many rehearsals, Newtown High School’s wind ensemble, orchestra, and choruses took the stage Wednesday, May 22, to perform the world premiere of Samuel R. Hazo’s Glorificare, under the guidance of the composer.

    [A live recording of Glorificare can be heard here.]

  • Safe And Sound In Sandy Hook: Parents Seek More Focus On School Security

    HARTFORD (AP) — The moment Alissa Parker learned of a shooting at her daughter’s school, she suddenly regretted not pointing out what she had seen as security gaps at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    Mrs Parker, whose 6-year-old daughter Emilie was among 20 first graders killed on 12/14, had thought security could have been tighter, although she never could have guessed it would be tested by a gunman with a military-style, semiautomatic rifle.