HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut's Freedom of Information Commission has ordered Newtown officials to provide 911 calls from the day of the shooting inside Sandy Hook Elementary School as it considers a request by The Associated Press. A hearing officer, Kathleen Ross, asked Monday for the town to provide her the copies within two weeks.
WASHINGTON DC -– Having stumbled on gun control, President Barack Obama on Monday called for a national dialogue on mental illness – a campaign touched off by last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.Speaking at the beginning of a day-long White House conference on the issue, Obama said the time has come to bring mental illness “out of the shadows.”“I want to make sure people aren’t suffering,” he said.
Urging state legislators to make a “compassionate choice,” First Selectman Pat Llodra has added her voice to that of grieving 12/14 parents and a group of lawmakers led by Senator and Minority Leader John McKinney working to excerpt certain public records, images and 9111 recordings from public access.
According to an Associated Press report, the president of the foundation overseeing about $11.4 million in funds donated to Newtown in the wake of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School said Monday his group hopes to begin distributing money to the families of victims within a month.
With the third round school budget referendum set for Tuesday, June 4, Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed and others ventured to ballfields around Newtown last Saturday and Sunday to speak with residents. The single polling location for Tuesday's referendum is at Newtown Middle School from 6 am until 8 pm. Residents Michelle Ku and Michelle Hankin along with Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche accompanied Dr Reed for part of the visits. Ms Roche said many of the people she spoke with on Sunday had few questions, and most of the people were simply happy to see Dr Reed out speaking with residents about the upcoming budget referendum and Newtown’s educational system in general. “Everybody was thanking him for coming on board,” said Ms Roche, who also noted people thanked Dr Reed for taking the time to visit the ballfields...
State Reps Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) and Dan Carter (R-2) invite Newtown residents to a legislative wrap-up on the legislative session that ends on Wednesday, June 5. The legislative update will be held Tuesday, June 11, from 7 to 9 pm, at Newtown Municipal Center.
A former librarian has organized and launched an on-line auction in the memory of one of the 12/14 victims.Bobbie Pyron’s appeal to more than 30 authors — many who penned award-winning and New York Times best sellers — was answered as they joined to autograph their works in honor of Catherine Vio-let Hubbard, a little girl with a dream to provide a sanctuary for homeless animals. In the months since the shooting, Catherine’s parents and The Animal Center in Newtown have set up a fund to raise money for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Sanctuary.
The families of those massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School are calling on legislators to amend state law so that photos and audio of the 911 phone calls from the December incident are not released to the public.“They are offensive and an invasion of my son’s right to dignity,” said Dean Pinto, whose 6-year-old son, Jack, was fatally shot along with 25 other students and educators at the Newtown school. A bill that the legislative leadership has been secretly negotiating with the governor's office would block future release of crime-scene photos...
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) will be shifting the lanes of traffic flow on the two Interstate-84 bridges which cross above Center Street in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook.
The construction work required to shift the location of traffic flow on the two 100-foot-long bridges is scheduled to start on Sunday, June 2, and continue to Friday, June 21. The parallel bridges lie about 90 feet apart from one another.