While there was no direct discussion on the subject during a March 12 Board of Finance meeting, Town Finance Director Robert Tait circulated documentation showing a municipal special revenue fund established in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy increased by about $80,000 in the past five weeks.
Anyone who can pick out a blue baseball cap with white stitching that says “Patriots” from the mass of 15,000 runners expected for Sunday’s New York City Half Marathon may be looking at a Sandy Hook resident who will be running that morning. The blue and white cap is Catherine Galda’s signature running hat, she says, and it will be in its place and ready to run once more in just a few days.
Cristina Lafferty-Hassinger, daughter of the Sandy Hook principal lost in 12/14, spoke out in an March 6, 2013 Danbury News-Times article, of her frustration with how the United Way of Western Connecticut is distributing the monies from the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which News-Times reported to now be at $10 million. Key issues were the delay in getting funds distributed and requiring “proof of hardship.”
HARTFORD – Governor Dannel P Malloy held a bill signing ceremony at the State Capitol on Tuesday to commemorate the passage of legislation that creates a special fund to assist individuals who suffered psychological trauma as a result of their work related to the Sandy Hook tragedy.
He was joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, Newtown Police Captain Joe Rios, and others to mark the occasion.
Before the soft click of so many rotating wheels embarked on a journey to Washington, DC, from Sandy Hook, a large rally took place at Reed Intermediate School Saturday, March 9, to send off the members of Team 26.
The tragedy that occurred on 12/14 has left many shaken and sad, and empathy and sympathy is deeply felt within the community. Although some may or may not be affected personally, grief can be both personal and communal.
Newtown Senior Center and Masonicare Home Health & Hospice have joined together to help the community learn about grief and understand the healing process after suffering a loss. The forum will be held on Thursday, March 21, at 9:30 am, in the Lodge Room at Lockwood Lodge at Masonicare at Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Road.
“There’s a kind of profound question when change is imposed on you in a violent way,” said David Kaczynski. “How does one make meaning of it? The option is not to ‘get over it.’ The question becomes, is there a way to reconnect and develop a sense of hope?”
It would not be unusual for Board of Finance school budget deliberations to extend to three hours or more. But despite the intention to do so on March 6, finance officials never cracked open the school budget book.
Instead, they heard public comment and spent the rest of their special meeting originally scheduled to take up the district budget proposal, trying to get a better understanding about the scope and cost of future school security measures.