The Board of Selectmen spent a few minutes April 1 reviewing where the town stands on plans for establishing permanent 12/14 memorials. First Selectman Pat Llodra reviewed several points with Selectman James Gaston; Selectman Will Rodgers was absent.During the brief discussion, Mrs Llodra said the first thing the board needs to do is settle on a charge for the planned commission that will consider many ideas presented since the tragic school shooting. She said once the commission is formed, they will be asked to consider all offers and ideas received, which have already been archived by Newtown’s Cultural Arts Commission.The commission will be expected to engage families of victims, survivors, school staff, and parents, as well as community members. That public input will be received during planned hearings by the panel. Consideration will be given to what Mrs Llodra called “living memorials,” like parks and trails, and will direct the panel to work with town land use officials to determine appropriate public locations for these projects.
Speaking Wednesday morning, April 3, Mark Barden said that considering where lawmakers stood on enacting strong gun legislation two weeks ago, when family members of victims of 12/14 first met with lawmakers at the State Capitol in Hartford, he feels that the bill on gun violence prevention and children’s safety (Senate Bill 1160) set for a vote by legislators that day, showed that legislators had “done some good work in moving the ball forward.”
Mark and Jackie Barden are the parents of 6-year-old Daniel Barden, who was one of 20 first grade students killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHS) on December 14.
Following discussion of technical issues, Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) members have approved construction projects for the St Rose of Lima Church campus on Church Hill Road.
The BZC granted applicant St Rose Church Group approvals for two projects at the property at 38, 40, 42, and 46 Church Hill Road at a March 20 session, following a public hearing.
Newtown’s five fire companies are coordinating efforts to present The Green Ribbon Ride, a motorcycle ride on Sunday, May 5, that will raise money for a number of local funds. The ride, according to organizers, will be done “to remember and honor Newtown’s 26 angels.”
State Police are investigating a robbery of the Naugatuck Savings Bank on Main Street South in Southbury before noon, April 3. According to witnesses, a male entered the bank and demanded money from a teller, implying that he had a weapon. The man is described as a white male, about 30 years old and six feet tall. Police are looking for a green Honda that may be associated with the robbery. Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the man. Citizens are asked to call Troop A at 203-267-2200 with information. All calls will be kept confidential.
The Sandy Hook School Building Task Force will host its first public meeting on Friday, April 5. The group will be in the Council Chamber at Newtown Municipal Center, and plans to be in session from 7 until 9:30 pm. According to the group’s agenda, the evening will include comments from First Selectman Pat Llodra; the introduction of Richard Harwood, a professional facilitator who has been hired by the Town of Newtown to guide officials through the process of examining options for the Sandy Hook School facility; an outline of the evening’s goals, which will include an understanding of the decision-making process, ground rules, and principles and criteria that will be used to make judgments moving forward.
WASHINGTON – The National Rifle Association tapped a Newtown parent who lost a son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings to help it unveil a proposal Tuesday that recommended putting armed personnel in the nation's schools.
At a press conference Tuesday, Mark Mattioli, whose son James died in the Sandy Hook massacre, supported the NRA's initiative, made public the week before the U.S. Senate begins a gun-control debate.
In recognition of the intense effort involved in handling the emergency radio telecommunications traffic that stemmed from the December 14 mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South has received an Outstanding 9-1-1 Call Center Award.
Sharing the award with Newtown was a similar emergency communications center for Aurora, Colorado, where a mass shooting incident occurred in a movie theater last July 20.
On December 15, members of the Colorado Springs rock band OneRepublic took to the web, so touched by the tragedy that occurred in Newtown one day earlier, that they wanted to do something about it. Beginning with their own $20,000 donation, the band continued to raise funds and recently delivered a check to the town for $100,000.A video posted on the band’s fundraising website now indicates OneRepublic has increased its original goal to $250,000