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12/14 anniversary

  • Llodra’s Pleas For Acts Of Kindness Generate Efforts Across The Nation

    For several days before the somber anniversary of 12/14, First Selectman Pat Llodra led a panel of community leaders through a half-dozen press conferences that were attended by state, regional, and national media.

  • Remembering The Future

    A panel of local officials hosted multiple press conferences this week, trying earnestly to satisfy the curiosity of the assembled media about all things Newtown as the community approaches the first anniversary of the deadly 12/14 attack on Sandy Hook School. In recent weeks, these same officials have been trying to reserve the actual anniversary date as a day of private reflection and commemoration for the community. The press conferences were an attempt to preempt a repeat of the media crush that swamped the town a year ago.

  • This Weekend: Faith Communities Offering Anniversary Gatherings

    Many faith communities in Newtown are offering services and support for residents this weekend, to mark and honor the first anniversary of 12/14.

    The media is being asked to respect the privacy of those attending any of these services. Many houses of worship have posted signs on their grounds asking all media to stay back while residents, friends, and families gather to remember those who were killed at Sandy Hook School, and to reflect on the past year.

  • Special Weekend Events To Honor And Reflect

    This article has been updated to reflect a change in plans for visits by The Therapy Dogs of Sandy Hook at Newtown Veterinary Specialists.

     

  • Our Spiritual Common Core

    To the Editor:

    Twenty-six acts of kindness per day times 365 days per year times seven billion people equals what a wonderful world it would be.

    We are Newtown.  We are Sandy Hook.  We are humanity.  We choose love.

    Mike Hughes

    22 Turkey Roost Road, Sandy Hook             December 10, 2013

  • Newtown And The Media

    To the Editor:

    Many colleagues in the national and global media have been asking: “What will happen if a reporter has to come to Newtown on Saturday?” My response is simple: be creative, don't procrastinate and you won't have to come on Saturday. But as a journalist, I know that not everything in the news business can be canned ahead of time. While the likes of CNN and NBC can prepare their pieces weeks in advance, there are many outlets, particularly our sympathetic local media, who don't have such luxury.

  • What Will Newtown’s Community Leaders Be Doing On 12/14?

    Prior to an open press conference conducted by several elected Newtown officials and community leaders to discuss issues around the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, those individuals sat down with The Newtown Bee for an exclusive video interview with the hope that it would be an opportunity for them to speak directly to residents, readers, and visitors to NewtownBee.com.

  • Officials, Community Leaders Turn Attention To 12/14 Anniversary

    From left is Cody Foss of Newtown Youth Academy, Police Chief Michael Kehoe, First Selectman Pat Llodra, Interim School Superintendent Dr John Reed, and Newtown Congregational Church Senior Minister Matt Crebbin, during a press conference at Newtown Municipal Center. The December 3 event offered the opportunity for the leaders to respond to questions and offer information concerning the approaching first anniversary of 12/14.

  • Talking It Through: For the Anniversary, Launching A Year of Service

    The anniversary is approaching. Discussions have been going on across town about how best to approach the day. Taking the wishes of the families into account who have asked to not have a commemorative event that would repeat the media circus they lived through last year, there won’t be a townwide event on 12/14/13.

  • Local Organization Offering Ways To Honor 12/14

    Newtown Action Alliance (NAA), an action-based grassroots organization founded after 12/14 by Newtown residents that is dedicated to reversing gun violence in this nation, and its sister organization, The Newtown Foundation, focused on educational, healing, and cultural programs, invite the public to take part in three projects designed to move our community forward as the first anniversary of 12/14 draws near.