The Board of Education unanimously voted during its meeting on Tuesday, March 19, for former Newtown Superintendent of Schools John Reed to act as interim superintendent in the school district, effective immediately. During its Tuesday, March 5, meeting the Board of Education announced it received Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson’s letter of resignation, and by the end of that meeting, the board passed two motions to begin searching for both an interim and a permanent superintendent. Dr Robinson’s resignation will be effective on June 28; she has accepted the position as superintendent of schools in Stratford. After roughly 20 years as Newtown's superintendent of schools, Dr Reed retired in 2002.
NEW HAVEN (AP) – The man who killed 26 people inside a Connecticut elementary school last year showed interest in other mass killings, people close to the investigation told The Associated Press. Authorities found literature on other mass shootings at Lanza's house, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.
As heavy afternoon rush-period traffic whizzed by on March 14, a local couple stood in front of the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) office building at 11 Mile Hill Road holding signs of protest. After spotting the protestors, the NSSF called town police to the scene.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Newtown Emergency Communications Center is scheduled to receive the 2013 Outstanding Call Center Award in ceremonies on Tuesday, March 19.
US Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will present the award at the Tenth Annual 911 Honors Gala.
Jill Barron, MD, MHS, has been quietly ramping up plans to conduct a critical needs assessment of mental health and support response since arriving in Newtown in late February. But the experienced trauma specialist who worked with New York firefighters post 9/11 made her first local public appearance, receiving an official welcome when she was introduced to the Board of Selectmen March 18.
A contingent from Newtown filled four charter buses and headed to New York City Saturday morning for the 252nd Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. The Newtown High School Marching Band & Color Guard, along with members of Hawleyville and Sandy Hook Fire companies, Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue, and a few teachers participated in the parade to represent. When the group arrived in Manhattan it was cloudy and a light snow was falling. By the time they began marching the snow was falling steadily.
Behavioral health experts from Wellmore, a mental healthy agency based in Waterbury, were the first counselors to response to Sandy Hook, following the 12/14 shootings at the elementary school. In the three months since, the need has continued and evolved. The Wellmore professionals say they will continue to be available as long as the people of Newtown need them.
The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission ignored the politics cramping gun-control legislation now under negotiation and issued an interim report Monday recommending broad restrictions on the sale and possession of semiautomatic firearms and ammunition in Connecticut.The independent panel appointed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after the shooting deaths of 26 children and women at Sandy Hook Elementary eschewed references to “assault weapons” and urged a ban on the possession of any firearm capable of firing more than 10 rounds without reloading. In an implicit rebuke to previous assault weapon bans and current negotiations that focus on military features, the commission said those bills forced cosmetic changes to firearms without reducing their “lethality,” which the panel closely links to high-capacity magazines.
She saw the small, dark brown creature again, and this time got a picture. Laurie Borst captured digital images in mid-March of a narrow dark-bodied animal with a long, bushy tail walking through her yard. “I know my nature,” she said. &l...