The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation announced April 9 the release of $4 million to be disbursed by an interim advancement committee to 40 families most severely impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The 40 families are those of the 26 victims, the families of 12 surviving children from classrooms directly involved in the shooting, and the families of two people injured in the tragedy.
Fire officials are investigating the cause of an apparently accidental fast-moving fire that destroyed a barn and most of its contents midday on Tuesday, April 9, at 64 Main Street. Volunteers firefighters from all five of Newtown's fire companies responded to the fire.
WEST HARTFORD — Hoping to re-energize pro-gun safety efforts on Capitol Hill, President Obama visited Connecticut on Monday, using this state's sweeping new reforms as a catalyst.The president told an audience of thousands that packed the University of Hartford's Sports Center that gun safety advocates must speak loudly -- and immediately -- if substantive federal legislation is to have any chance."Now is the time to get engaged, to get involved, to push back on fear, frustration, and misinformation," Obama told an audience that included 1,500 students and hundreds of others including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, dozens of state legislators. "Now is the time to make your voice heard from every state house to the corridors of Congress."
SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (AP) — Organizers in New Jersey have opened the first of several memorial playgrounds that are being built across the region in honor the 26 victims of 12/14.The playground that opened Saturday in Sea Bright honors special education teacher Anne Marie Murphy.The playgrounds — one for each child and teacher killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School — are being built in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.The project, named “The Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play,”' is being spearheaded by New Jersey’s Firefighter’s Mutual Benevolent Association. It connects the two tragedies that share the name Sandy.Sea Bright was chosen for the first playground because of the level of devastation brought by Sandy.
Chrysler Hits Building At about 8:17 pm on March 17, motorist William Velez, 17, of Trumbull was driving a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica SUV southward near 96 Great Ring Road, when the vehicle went off the left road shoulder and co...
In a 2½-hour meeting in Newtown Municipal Center's Council Chambers on Friday evening, April 5, facilitator Richard Harwood of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation led a group of 27 people representing the Board of Education, Legislative Council, Board of Finance, and the Board of Selectmen — collectively, The Sandy Hook School Building Task Force — through the beginning of what will be a four to five week process to reach consensus for the Board of Education, as to the future of the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
HARTFORD – In emotional back-to-back debates, the Connecticut Senate and House overwhelmingly voted for one of the nation's most comprehensive gun laws Wednesday and Thursday, a long-awaited response to one of the nation's worst mass shootings, the Sandy Hook school massacre.The Democrat-dominated legislature passed the sweeping measure with significant Republican support, a rare bipartisan gesture on a political and cultural issue that has divided America, deadlocked Congress and stymied a president who promised strong action. “I want to tell you how proud I am of you and how proud I am to be a member of this General Assembly,” House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, told his colleagues.“Keeping children safe is not a partisan issue – it's not,”