DANBURY — Court officials this week disclosed information uncovered by the ongoing state police investigation into the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which a gunman on a shooting rampage killed 20 first-graders and six educators, before killing himself as police approached.
The traditional gifts for a tenth wedding anniversary are tin and aluminum, symbols of how a successful marriage needs to be flexible and durable. The same concepts of flexibility and durability can be applied to Newtown’s Relay for Life, the communitywide cancer awareness and fundraising event that has previously drawn thousands to the Newtown High School stadium and more recently to Fairfield Hills.
Music For Newtown, an online auction of items from artists familiar in the worlds of pop, country and rock, begins this afternoon. The auction of CDs and vinyl albums, guitars, publicity photos, concert and show tickets, and other rare music-related offerings goes live at 3 pm EST at MusicForNewtown.org. The auction site is already live for anyone who wants to look around, read descriptions and start planning their bidding strategy.
Supporters of a "National Compassion Fund" are looking beyond the efforts of Newtown officials including First Selectman Pat Llodra, who want to see the largest victims' fund amassed following the 12/14 tragedy kept under local control. While eight families have signed on supporting an idea to create a nationally administered infrastructure to administer funds following future disasters, only one survivors' family member has criticized the local United Way fundraising initiative.
Everything we know about resilience tells us that it grows best in our relationships with others. Resilience is that special ability to spring back from adversity. It’s a word also used to describe how we can become stronger as a result of the struggles in life. I was at the diner the other day with some friends. We were talking about our kids and how they were doing since 12/14 and how they can be more resilient. After several minutes of my friends talking, here is how the conversation went.
On the morning of 12/14, medical duties were the last thing Newtowners Dr J. James Bruno and Dr Robert Bazuro were thinking about as they rushed separately toward Sandy Hook School praying their children were safe after hearing reports of a lockdown and possible shooting.
At the same time, Danbury Hospital Emergency Room physician Dr William Begg III and dozens of his fellow staffers were hastily but carefully constructing a mass casualty triage area anticipating a large number on incoming victims.
Following the release of confidential 12/14 investigation material after a New Orleans law enforcement symposium session featuring a Connecticut State Police official, Governor Dannel Malloy announced that some preliminary information regarding the case will be released on or before March 29.