The Sandy Hook School Building Task Force will host its first public meeting on Friday, April 5. The group will be in the Council Chamber at Newtown Municipal Center, and plans to be in session from 7 until 9:30 pm. According to the group’s agenda, the evening will include comments from First Selectman Pat Llodra; the introduction of Richard Harwood, a professional facilitator who has been hired by the Town of Newtown to guide officials through the process of examining options for the Sandy Hook School facility; an outline of the evening’s goals, which will include an understanding of the decision-making process, ground rules, and principles and criteria that will be used to make judgments moving forward.
An urgent push to preserve two Castle Hill properties recently eyed for development included The Animal Center of Newtown/Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary."From the very beginning, this property has been a place we envisioned for the [sanctuary]," said Animal Center Vice President Harmony Verna. One of the 12/14 victims was 6-year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard, who will be remembered for her love of all animals and her constant smile.A third-party buyer for the roughly 136 acres has changed the equation for both Ms Verna and the Newtown Forest Association (NFA), which had aligned efforts to raise funds for a counteroffer to an initial proposal for cluster housing from Newtown-based GLT Development Corporation at #20 and #60 Castle Hill Road - the former Gretsch estate.
Police said Monday they are continuing their probe into a series of shooting incidents which occurred in the darkness early on the morning of Tuesday, March 12, at four separate residential locations.
There were no injuries in the incidents which occurred on Alpine Drive, Saw Mill Road, Berkshire Road, and Brandywine Lane, Lieutenant George Sinko, commander of the police department’s patrol division, said April 1.
The police detective bureau is pursuing leads in the case in seeking to find who took those shots, damaging property at the four locations.
At Alpine Drive, someone shot out two windows of a vehicle parked outdoors; at Saw Mill Road, a bullet penetrated a house’s wall and came to rest in an opposing wall; at Berkshire Road, a bullet passed through a double-paned picture window and entered the house; and at Brandywine Lane, someone shot at a curbside mailbox.
On December 15, members of the Colorado Springs rock band OneRepublic took to the web, so touched by the tragedy that occurred in Newtown one day earlier, that they wanted to do something about it. Beginning with their own $20,000 donation, the band continued to raise funds and recently delivered a check to the town for $100,000.A video posted on the band’s fundraising website now indicates OneRepublic has increased its original goal to $250,000
The families of the Sandy Hook school massacre victims delivered a precise, unequivocal and timely message to legislators Monday: The current bipartisan proposal by the legislature's leaders to ban the sale, but not the possession, of high-capacity ammunition magazines is inadequate.In a letter delivered to leaders, the families of 11 of the 26 victims said they think that 11 children escaped while Adam Lanza was inserting a fresh 30-round magazine in his Bushmaster rifle, making an emotional case for banning magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
The following letter was presented to members of the Connecticut legislative body at a press conference facilitated by Sandy Hook Promise, Monday, April 1, in the office of Senator John McKinney, at the State Capitol in Hartford. Speaking briefly at the press conference was Nicole Hockley, the mother of Sandy Hook Elementary School first grade student Dylan Hockley, who perished 12/14. Bill Sherlach, husband of school psychologist Mary Sherlach who died at the school 12/14, read the letter. Parents of three other first grade students who died at SHS, Jackie and Mark Barden; Jenn Hensel; and Nelba Marquez Greene were present Monday morning, as well.
Two authorized veteran service officers from Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will be at Newtown VFW Post 308 on Saturday, April 13. Doors will open at 10 am, and the officers will present a 40-mintue presentation beginning at 11. The presentation, open to...
Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein want more information about how much money has been collected by dozens of charities that have sprung up in the wake of the Sandy Hook School tragedy. The state officials also hope to identify the intended recipients of money collected or already disbursed. Letters signed by the attorney general and commissioner were mailed March 28 with a short survey to 69 charities that are registered with the state Department of Consumer Protection or that otherwise have been publicly identified as having accepted donations related to 12/14.
A bouncy house was set up, tickets were ready, and a number of “bunnies” were starting to arrive by 10 am on Friday, March 29, for the first day of this year’s Bunny Watch, near Glander Field on the Fairfield Hills campus. The Bunny Watch...