After hosting an exclusive press avail and video session for The Newtown Bee, and a subsequent press conference for local news outlets last Monday afternoon, the same group of top local officials and community leaders are planning to sit for a wider influx of media representatives on December 9. A notice posted on the Newtown municipal website informs members of the community that the press event is being held, and to not be alarmed or concerned if a number of media trucks are visible on the grounds of Fairfield Hills on Monday.
“Love Wins: A Conference Promoting Love, Connection and Community for Every Child and Family” took place Monday, December 2, at the University of Hartford’s Lincoln Theater. The inaugural event of the Ana Grace Project of Klingberg Family Centers celebrated the life of Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, and inspired the nearly 500 people in attendance to explore effective ways to build community and interpersonal connection to prevent violence and promote recovery. Participants in the December 2 symposium represented the fields of medicine, nursing, education, mentoring, early childhood, mental health, foster care, and the faith community, as well as state and local government.
Following a report from C.H. Booth Library Acting Director Beryl Harrison, at the Tuesday evening, December 3, meeting of the Board of Trustees, the next two hours were focused primarily on a line by line dissection of the library budget, which were to be submitted to the town by December 6. Among the topics covered were fire alarm issues, the library's archival information management project, the amount requested for the building's maintenance, the income line item for annual fundraising, and the search for a new permanent library director.
President Barack Obama has ordered flags lowered to honor Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at his home in South Africa. In a proclamation issued last night, the President has ordered “that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff ... until sunset, December 9, 2013."
An analysis of the Newtown Police Department’s (NPD) response to the 12/14 shootings at Sandy Hook School has found that Newtown police responded rapidly, positioned themselves appropriately, and followed police department policies concerning such a situation.
A four-member committee of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) prepared the report which was requested by Police Chief Michael Kehoe to clarify the sequence of events on that day. The CPCA is a professional association of 104 municipal police chiefs in the state which seeks to improve the quality of law enforcement.
The committee also produced a graphic timeline depicting the events which occurred on 12/14 from 9:35 to 10 am.
Members of Newtown Clergy Association have announced plans for the town’s faith communities to offer services and support for residents in upcoming weeks, as the first anniversary of 12/14 approaches. The town's faith communities are diverse in faith and practice, but are united in common compassion and a commitment to minister faithfully to all residents. “Because any single event on the Anniversary of December 14th would create challenges on multiple levels, we have decided that it would be best to offer a variety of opportunities for our beloved Newtown community to come together: to remember and honor those we have lost, to support all who are grieving, and to steady one another on our journey together. We pray that one or some may provide a way for many of you to come together for comfort, support and encouragement," the group announced on December 4.
It was an odd image, seeing Jeff Capeci seated at an audience microphone during the public comments portion of Wednesday's Legislative Council meeting.But as he was briefly honored by newly elected council Chair Mary Ann Jacob for his years of elected service, the former chairman had nothing but congratulations to offer. "I encourage you to ask the right questions and make the right choices," Mr Capeci said to the slate of officials, including newcomer Anthony Filiato.In recognizing Mr Capeci, Ms Jacob said she admired his fair and balanced decision making, and that she had learned much watching his leadership style. First Selectman Pat Llodra recalled her early days on the council in 2005, when she sat next to Mr Capeci, another newcomer to a council with only two incumbents.
With Depot Day fast approaching, The Newtown Fund still has five families who need to be adopted this holiday season. The Newtown Fund’s Holiday Basket Program provides gifts for all members of a family, food to get through the holidays, and gift certificates for gas, shoes, additional food, etc. The families are kept anonymous, after contacting Social Services. This year’s Depot Day — the day when all items for the annual holiday program are dropped off, organized, and then delivered to the families — is scheduled for Saturday, December 14.