WASHINTON – In an emotional vote, the Senate on Thursday handily beat back an attempt by some Republicans to block consideration of the most comprehensive gun-control legislation Congress has considered in 20 years.
With family members of Newtown's victims watching from the gallery, the Senate voted 68-31 to move forward on a bill that would extend FBI background checks of prospective gun purchasers and toughen federal penalties for trafficking and other-gun related violations. Only 60 votes were needed to end the GOP-led filibuster.
Sixteen Republicans joined most Democrats in voting to let the legislation proceed.
One of the of the nation's foremost authorities on the Second Amendment and its history, Professor Saul Cornell, will speak on this subject on Tuesday, April 16, in the lecture hall at Newtown High School. Prof Cornell to offer an outline of the Second Amendment, its history and what it really means, to be followed by a discussion where anyone can ask questions regarding this important and not always clearly defined subject matter.
The United Way of Western Connecticut has announced it will assist in receiving contributions for the newly formed Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund, a fund designed to provide support to volunteer and professional workers who responded to the December 14 shootings inside Sandy ...
George “Spike” LeGrice has organized Spike’s Ride For Sandy Hook, an event taking place this weekend that will raise funds for the families of those killed on 12/14. Mr LeGrice has organized an outdoor event that he expects will have nearly 3,000 cars, bikes, and trucks on display at Lime Rock Racetrack on Saturday, April 13. The event will run from 9 am until 6 pm. In addition to the thousands of cars, trucks, and bikes on display, the show will feature live music, a drifting exhibition, a motorcycle stunt show and an Eastern Motor Racing Association track event.
The Legislative Council’s Ordinance Committee fielded a range of public comments April 11 on a proposal to rework the town’s gun ordinance to better address the various issues, including public safety, posed by target shooting on residential properties.
Mary Ann Jacob, who chairs the committee, said she expects that the panel’s review of the topic would take several months to complete, possibly extending into the fall.
The Ordinance Committee is next scheduled to discuss the target shooting issue on May 8.
Francine Wheeler will be giving the Weekly Address from The White House on Saturday, April 13, 2013, one day before the four-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the President's decision to have Mrs Wheeler offer comments on April 13 during this afternoon's press briefing. "The President has asked Francine Wheeler .. to speak to the American people in this week's Weekly Address," he said.
Sacred Heart University will present an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra on Sunday, May 19, during the during the university’s 47th Annual Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies. Mrs Llodra, one of four people who will be honored by the university with honorary degrees this year, will also deliver the commencement address that day.
Tonight’s episode of Glee (9 pm, FOX-TV) may be a little much for some residents to stomach. Less than four months after Adam Lanza killed his mother in her bed, then shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot to death 20 children and six faculty membe...
Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are reviewing local economic development information for inclusion in the decennial update of the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.At an April 4 P&Z session, Elizabeth Stocker, town director of economic and community development, reported to P&Z members on economic development that has occurred since the 2004 town plan was published, as well as the prospects for continued economic growth.The town has the potential for future commercial and industrial growth, when considering land use rules that have been created to foster such development, Ms Stocker wrote in her report to the P&Z.
State plans to shift the travel lanes on two Interstate-84 bridges, which cross above Center Street in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, in preparation for a two-year dual bridge reconstruction project have been delayed for technical reasons, according to a state Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesman.
DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said this week that state officials are reviewing an issue concerning eastbound I-84’s existing bridge pavement geometry that must be resolved before a lane shift could be created on that bridge.