- Wednesday, November 5, 2014
With just over five weeks left before the second anniversary of 12/14, First Selectman Pat Llodra and School Superintendent Dr Joseph V. Erardi, Jr have co-written a letter that is directed as much to immediate members of the Newtown and Sandy Hook communities as it is to the state and nation.
- Wednesday, October 22, 2014
To the Editor:
The “vote” in Connecticut this Election Day, represents more than a choice between parties, policies, and/or personalities. The focus most is guns, rifles and ammo. Those who stand tall living in a state with bipartisan gun control laws, are on one side of the issue. Those who stand tall in support of repeal of Connecticut's gun control laws, are on one side of the issue. In a true sense, there is no other issue for Connecticut, and certainly not for Newtown, on November 4th.
- Tuesday, October 21, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In commemoration of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, as well as the 60,000 American victims of gun violence since December 2012, The Newtown Foundation will join Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, Washington National Cathedral and allies from across the United States in a vigil service of mourning and remembrance for all those who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America.
- Friday, October 10, 2014
HARTFORD (AP) — Gov Dannel P. Malloy and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley on Thursday exchanged some of the strongest words yet in their continuing debate over Connecticut’s response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, with the candidates accusing one another of grandstanding on issues that arose from the massacre.
- Wednesday, October 8, 2014
To the Editor:
Nearly two years ago, we survived an unimaginably horrific day. Twenty-six families would never be the same. Many more were changed forever. Through the nightmare of the days that followed, my best-friend, my husband, repeated in my ear: “Something good will come of this.” Impossible, I thought. Just impossible.
- Thursday, September 18, 2014
The governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has heard testimony from an array of experts on school security, mental health, and gun violence prevention in the past year and a half, but none spoke more authoritatively on the impact of sudden chaos on the orderly life of a community than Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra. She addressed the panel last Friday.
- Friday, September 12, 2014
First Selectman Pat Llodra and School Superintendent Joseph Erardi, Jr appeared before Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Friday, September 12, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
In addition to receiving presentations from the panel’s Mental Health Working Group, Safe School Design and Operations Working Group, and Law Enforcement Working Group, Mrs Llodra and Dr Erardi, each provided testimony, touching on a wide range of subjects related to Newtown’s recovery efforts post 12/14.
- Thursday, September 11, 2014
Hartford’s response to 12/14 took two distinct paths. Ironically, the path fraught with contention and strife — a package of stricter gun laws — was chosen quickly, by a determined governor working with the advantage of legislative majorities in the state House and Senate and political tailwinds emerging from the storm of shock and sorrow following the Sandy Hook tragedy.
- Friday, August 15, 2014
(The following letter to Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for governor, has been received for publication.)
Dear Mr. Foley,
First, let me introduce myself. My name is Karen Wilk, and I work at Sandy Hook School in Sandy Hook (Newtown), CT. You may have heard of us. I have worked at the school for over 17 years now and was very much present on December 14, 2012, when a troubled young man came into my beloved school and gunned down 26 people who meant the world to so many.
- Thursday, July 31, 2014
It has been about nine months since the Board of Selectmen appointed 12 volunteers to the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission. We learned from the panel last week that in that time, the commission has begun an “outreach process” to various groups in the community that will last for several months. When they were first appointed, First Selectman Pat Llodra warned them that the process of forming some kind of consensus on a community memorial for those lost at the Sandy Hook School on 12/14 would take time.