Many voices said rebuild, knock down, memorialize, during the second “Community Conversation” on what to do with the Sandy Hook School building following the events of 12/14. Others said they want to see the school building in use again.
The session took place Friday, January 18, in the Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall.
As First Selectman Pat Llodra said near the end of the event, there are many differing opinions and, as the process moves forward, “compromise will be the name of the game.”
At a January 18 press conference, retired US Senator Joseph Lieberman discussed his role in advising The Sandy Hook School Support Fund, the largest of the many charities that have formed since the December 14 mass shootings at the elementary school.
The fund, which currently is being overseen by the United Way of Western Connecticut and by the Newtown Savings Bank, so far has received approximately $8.5 million in donations in response to the 12/14 tragedy at Sandy Hook School.
Senator and Minority Leader John McKinney said he and Newtown’s legislative delegation expected at least one public hearing of a special bipartisan task force charged with developing recommendations designed to reduce gun violence, enhance school safety, and increase access to mental health care to be held in Newtown.
That hearing is set for Wednesday, January 30, at 6 pm in Newtown High School.
HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced this week the names of the members of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission , an expert panel that will review current policy and make specific recommendations in the areas of public safety, with particular attention paid to school safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention.
HARTFORD — Bronx, N.Y., resident Nouel Alba, 37, was arrested on December 27, on a federal criminal complaint charging her with lying to FBI agents in connection with their investigation into a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy, according to a federal spokesman.
Twenty-six copper stars were attached to the roof of the Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue main station on New Year’s Day, representing the lives that were taken 18 days earlier at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Trumbull resident Greg Gnandt, who has close ties to Newtown, spearheaded the project. It is one of the first permanent memorials to the victims of December 14.
An early online report from the scene at the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School quoted a woman who identified herself to our reporter as the principal of the school. The woman was not the school's principal, Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in the Friday morning attack. The quote was removed from subsequent online versions of the story, but the original story did remain in our online archive for three days before being deleted.
As police this week continued their probe into the December 14 incident involving 28 shooting deaths, including 20 first-graders and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the lawyer who represents the Newtown Police Union is seeking help from the town, state, and federal governments to extend paychecks for "three to five" town police officers who were so traumatized by the incident that they have not yet been emotionally able to return to work.