For at least the fourth time this year, the corner of Wasserman Way and Queen Street became the site of a demonstration, with protesters waving handmade signs outside the headquarters of National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF). Reacting to failed background check legislation as part of stronger federal gun control laws, students from Newtown and surrounding towns lifted their signs toward passing cars on Thursday, April 18.
WASHINGTON – A push by the White House and lobbying by the parents of children massacred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School failed Wednesday to convince the Senate to consider a relatively modest gun-control measure: An expansion of background checks for firearms purchases.
“All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” said an emotional President Obama, standing in the Rose Garden with Sandy Hook families.
The following is a text transcript of comments made by Mark Barden of Sandy Hook in introducing President Obama at a press conference following the US Senate's vote on gun control measures:
“My name is Mark Barden. Just four months ago my wife Jackie and I lost our son, and our children James and Natalie lost their younger brother Daniel, a first grader at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our sweet seven year old Daniel was one of 20 children and six adults lost on December 14th. I have to say, today it feels like it just happened yesterday.
Following Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Commissioner William M. Rubenstein and Attorney General George Jepsen are alerting residents that scammers may already be seeking to exploit the tragedy for their own purposes.“Once again, we know that compassionate, caring individuals and groups will want to offer whatever assistance they can,” said Commissioner Rubenstein. “But because scammers are always poised to exploit tragedy for personal gain, we want to remind donors to beware of the potential for scam charities to proliferate,
“I think the timing is crucial now to get the project out to the community,” landscape designer Billie Cohen wrote in a recent correspondence to Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Ed Marks. Ms Cohen and the commission have been looking at her schematic design of what Dickinson Park could become in the future — a restored natural sanctuary within and around the existing recreational park, as she states in a mission statement.
Questions of funding and community support to move the project forward remain.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy, following a proclamation from President Barack Obama, has ordered US and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff in honor of the victims of yesterday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. Flags are to remain at half staff until sunset on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Paul Bastiaanse and Dan Hern of Valley Restoration in Torrington were above it all, Tuesday morning, April 16. as they repaired the stem and set a new gilded ball in place on the flagpole. The gilded ball that formerly topped the flagpole was lost last August when a truck hit the pole, knocking the ball off its post. Despite a search in the area at that time, the 16-inch diameter ornament was never recovered.
What was supposed to be an avenue for Newtown runners to help in the healing process following the tragic events of 12/14, their participation in the Boston Marathon on April 15 turned out to open up even more wounds. At the same time, however, just as Newtown community members have come together to make something positive out of a negative circumstance before, they plan to do it again.Two explosions near the finish line, which resulted in three deaths and injured more than 100 spectators, cast a dark cloud over what was an otherwise fulfilling day of not only running a renowned race, but also representing victims of 12/14, for some men and women from Newtown.
The annual Earth Day cleanup at Newtown Forest Association’s Nettleton Preserve will take place on Saturday, April 20. Residents, Scouts, and friends of the environment who wish to volunteer their time should meet at Old Castle Hill Drive off of Castle Hill Road at 9:30 am....
In response to the tragic events in Boston of April 15, the Town of Newtown is providing a space for the community to have an opportunity to gather for support, guidance, or simply to be with one another, Health District Director Donna Culbert has announced.