In expressing his grief and frustration over yet another mass gun shooting, President Barack Obama, in a speech Thursday evening, challenged news media to compare the number of US citizens killed by terrorism versus those killed by gun violence, each year. The President’s remarks were in response to shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., earlier that day, which left multiple people dead and wounded. President Obama pointed out the disparity of funds spent to protect Americans — and rightly so, he added — from relatively few terrorist attacks, as compared to what is spent on preventing gun violence.
Following a 40-minute public hearing September 30 dominated by two local officials suggesting several late adjustments to Newtown’s constitutional document, the Charter Revision Commission initiated some of those changes and voted to send a final draft to the Legislative Council for its own hearing and review process. The panel received kudos for their efforts, which included a charge to overhaul the entire document with a goal of making it more relevant and user-friendly for both Newtown’s citizens and the many local government agencies and policies serving them. Following the hearing, commissioners convened a planned meeting to complete any final adjustments to the draft. Mr Capeci said that the panel was able to act on the advice or requests of some of the hearing participants.
While a public survey gauging community opinions on developing a new community center will be available until midnight on October 10, a series of public question and answer sessions providing members of an appointed panel on the planned project a chance to hear residents’ opinions and thoughts are continuing. A growing number of residents are taking an online survey that will remain available until midnight October 10.
Newtown’s Recovery and Resiliency Team is inviting residents to a Trauma Stewardship workshop intended for the Newtown/Sandy Hook community, along with anyone who has served or participated in the healing and recovery efforts. The free event will be October 16 at the Knights of Columbus Building at St Rose Church.
According to a release from the firm involved in a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the Bushmaster assault rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a federal district court has handed an important victory to the ten Sandy Hook families who are plaintiffs. In a short order issued September 30, the Court ruled that the families’ lawsuit should proceed in Connecticut state court, where it was initially filed. Shortly after the families filed suit last year, Bushmaster removed the case to federal court. Bushmaster argued that a federal law granting broad immunity to the gun industry provided a basis to dismiss the plaintiffs’ case against Riverview Sales, the store that sold the Bushmaster assault rifle.
Following the SOS (Support Our Schools) meeting on Monday, September 28, at Reed Intermediate School, campaign Co-Founder Kristen Bonacci said the event was an informational meeting and forum for the community to hear about upcoming events and ways to get involved.
“It was also to help people know that SOS is no longer just about Hawley,” said Ms Bonacci. “It is about the entire town and being involved in the upcoming budget.”
Fairfield Hills Authority members Monday argued procedure for more than 30 minutes before voting to decline to engage in negotiating a lease agreement with US HealthVest, a psychiatric health care facility.
In past months US HealthVest President and CEO Richard A. Kresch, MD, had submited a letter of intent to occupy space on the Fairfield Hills campus and tear down Norwalk Hall, where the company hoped to build an approximately 100-bed hospital. Dr Kresch had attended Monday’s meeting on September 28.
In their latest pre-election position paper, local Republicans recognize the “special kind of person” who steps up to volunteer and serve Newtown on a board or commission. The local GOP also takes the opportunity to affirm how many Republicans and unaffiliated voters the party has met, interviewed, and helped successfully transition into some area of local public service.
“Finding people willing to serve is not an easy task,” the paper points out. “Often times, serving the town means many hours spent away from family and friends with no compensation other than the satisfaction of trying to make Newtown a better place.”