Newtown Public Schools are closed Tuesday, December 17, due to the weather. Additional cancellations and postponements have been received from Newtown Parks & Rec, Newtown Municipal Center (concerning meetings), C.H. Booth Library, Newtown Chamebr of Commerce, and NYA. Additional notices will be posted as they are received.
First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.
US Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday, December 17, that a $1.5-million federal grant will be provided to reimburse organizations and agencies that provided direct support to the victims, first responders, and the Newtown community in the immediate aftermath of the 12/14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
The Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) provided the grant to the Connecticut Judicial Branch, which administers funding for services to victims of violent crime.
The Newtown tragedy has galvanized gun-control groups and turned victims of gun violence into advocates like no other mass shooting in US history. In the year since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, new coalitions have been formed as have new gun-control organizations, including Mothers Against Gun Violence, a PAC created by former Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords — a victim of a mass shooting herself — and Newtown Action Alliance.
Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed recently called the effort by the Town of Monroe to help Newtown following the events of 12/14 “complex and extremely important.” Within days of the shooting at Sandy Hook School, Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra announced Monroe’s willingness to help by providing a new home for Sandy Hook School at its then-mothballed Chalk Hill Middle School. Mrs Llodra received personal support from longtime friend and Monroe First Selectman Steve Vavrek within hours of the shootings at Sandy Hook School. On December 16, 2012, Mr Vavrek and other elected officials offered Newtown the use of its then-mothballed Chalk Hill Elementary School.
St John's Sandy Hook has postponed its 5 pm memorial service scheduled for Saturday until tomorrow, Sunday evening at 5 pm. There will be no 9:30 am service at the church Sunday morning. The Al Hedaya Islamic Center has postponed this afternoon's planned events. New date TBA.C.H. Booth Library has closed for the day, and will be closed tomorrow.The annual Living Nativity at St Rose has been rescheduled to tomorrow, Sunday, to follow the 5 pm Mass, according to church's website. EverWonder Children's Museum is closed today.
A new warden has taken charge at Garner Correctional Institution, the state’s high-security prison for men at 50 Nunnawauk Road.Henry Falcone, who served as a deputy warden for operations at Garner under former warden Scott Semple, has been named the prison’s new warden.Mr Semple was Garner’s warden from mid-2009 until November 26. Mr Semple has been promoted to the post of deputy commissioner for operations for the state Department of Correction (DOC).Mr Semple attended the December 3 session of the Public Safety Committee for Garner Correctional Institution at which he introduced Mr Falcone to committee members. The panel meets quarterly to discuss public safety issues posed by the presence of the 245,000-square-foot facility which opened in November 1992.Mr Semple told panel members that Warden Falcone “came up through the ranks” at the DOC, having worked for the agency for more than 22 years.Mr Semple noted that James Dzurenda, who served as Garner’s warden from 2005 to 2009...
A Newtown police officer who responded to the 12/14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook School, and who has been off work since then due to subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), said that the town has not yet contacted him to negotiate the terms of his expected departure from the police department. Officer Thomas Bean, 38, who has been a police officer for the past 13 years, said December 5 that he has received no word on the matter from the town. Officer Bean has said that the intensity of the 12/14 incident had such an emotional effect on him that he no longer would be able to function as a police officer.
Many families made their way to Reed School last weekend, to purchase a Christmas tree from members of the Newtown Middle School and Reed Intermediate School Interact Clubs. The trees were cut recently from a local property and are being sold to fundraiser for the two clubs. The sale will continue December 14-15, weather permitting.