HARTFORD – More than six months after losing their loved ones in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, families say dealing with questions over how to distribute the millions of dollars sent to help Newtown heal is instead causing them more pain.
“Just close your eyes and listen,” said Newtown Forest Association President Robert Eckenrode. He stood on an overgrown old farming road beside a stream; its splashing sounds mingled with birdsong and a gentle breeze. Referring to a 1934 aerial photograph of the 27.6-acre parcel at 196 Hattertown Road that the NFA recently purchased, member Bart Smith observed that the area where he and Mr Eckenrode explored Wednesday morning, probably once meadows, remains unchanged.
Representatives of Cos Cob’s Kids in Crisis stood with Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) Executive Director Candice Bohr, second from left, during NYFS’s Annual Meeting, held on Monday, June 24. Kids in Crisis earned NYFS’s H.D. Bassett Award.
Members of the Hurley family crowd around the flagpole in front of Lorraine and Mike Hurley’s South Main Street home, Sunday, June 16, to cut a yellow ribbon, signifying son-in-law Lieutenant Colonel Ben Wallen’s safe return from Iraq. From left are Rusty and Grace Kuehling, Micaela McMurrough and Mike Hurley. Maggie Kuehling reaches for the yellow ribbon, while brother Shawn gets tough.