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  • Newtown Shooting Prompts Expanded Movie Ratings

    The Motion Pictures Association of America is changing its rating system to better inform parents about violence in movies. CEO Christopher Dodd announced the tweaks in Las Vegas April 16 at the annual movie-theater convention, CinemaCon. The White House has called on the movie industry to give parents better tools to monitor violence in media since the Newtown school shooting.

  • 43 Newtown Charities Report Raising $20.4 Million

    Forty-three charities that collected funds after the Newtown school shooting have informed Connecticut officials they have so far raised nearly $20.4 million and distributed close to $2.9 million of that money. The money already distributed has gone to the families of the 26 victims at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, including 20 first graders and six educators, as well as a variety of related causes. The list includes the local police union and fire companies, equipment for a faculty room at the new Sandy Hook school (the former Chalk Hill School, in Monroe, where SHS students are currently attending classes), mental health care for first responders and Sandy Hook families, and materials for teachers’ classrooms.

  • Llodra: State Will Accommodate Sandy Hook School Building Schedule

    Following a pair of meetings April 15 and 16, First Selectman Pat Llodra said she has secured a commitment from state officials that they will waive certain procedural requirements to help fast-track any reconstruction or new construction the town proposes related to Sandy Hook S...

  • Newtown Parents Back Study For Clues To Violence

    As parents, Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel were plunged into grief when their only child, 6-year-old Avielle, was killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As scientists, they wanted answers about what could lead a person to commit such violence. The couple believes it is unlikely there ever will be a full answer explaining why a man gunned down 26 people inside the school late last year. But they feel more research into brain health — and how a propensity for violence is manifested — could help prevent future tragedies.

  • Police Charge Caregiver With First-Degree Larceny

    After learning that police held a warrant for her arrest, Wanda Nunez, 27, of Danbury went to the police station on April 15 and was charged with one count of first-degree larceny in connection with her allegedly having stolen approximately $100,000 worth of valuable items while ...

  • Police Planning To Expand Law Enforcement Staff

    In anticipation of hiring additional police officers, the Newtown Police Department is gearing up its police hiring process, Police Chief Michael Kehoe said this week. Chief Kehoe said that the police department would be aided by the Connecticut Police Chi...

  • Students Protest Failed Background Check Legislation

    For at least the fourth time this year, the corner of Wasserman Way and Queen Street became the site of a demonstration, with protesters waving handmade signs outside the headquarters of National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF). Reacting to failed background check legislation as part of stronger federal gun control laws, students from Newtown and surrounding towns lifted their signs toward passing cars on Thursday, April 18.

  • Sandy Hook Parents Watch As Gun Bill Dies In Congress

    WASHINGTON – A push by the White House and lobbying by the parents of children massacred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School failed Wednesday to convince the Senate to consider a relatively modest gun-control measure: An expansion of background checks for firearms purchases. “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” said an emotional President Obama, standing in the Rose Garden with Sandy Hook families.

  • Mark Barden's Comments In Introducing President Obama On April 17, 2013

    The following is a text transcript of comments made by Mark Barden of Sandy Hook in introducing President Obama at a press conference following the US Senate's vote on gun control measures: “My name is Mark Barden. Just four months ago my wife Jackie and I lost our son, and our children James and Natalie lost their younger brother Daniel, a first grader at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our sweet seven year old Daniel was one of 20 children and six adults lost on December 14th. I have to say, today it feels like it just happened yesterday.

  • Dispatchers, Nute Receive Awards For Outstanding Service

    The staff of the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, and also an individual dispatcher there, were the recipients of awards this week presented to recognize excellent performance, especially as demonstrated during the intensive period of emergency radio telecommunications traffic following the mass shooting incident at Sandy Hook School on 12/14.