WASHINGTON – The National Rifle Association tapped a Newtown parent who lost a son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings to help it unveil a proposal Tuesday that recommended putting armed personnel in the nation's schools.
At a press conference Tuesday, Mark Mattioli, whose son James died in the Sandy Hook massacre, supported the NRA's initiative, made public the week before the U.S. Senate begins a gun-control debate.
In recognition of the intense effort involved in handling the emergency radio telecommunications traffic that stemmed from the December 14 mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South has received an Outstanding 9-1-1 Call Center Award.
Sharing the award with Newtown was a similar emergency communications center for Aurora, Colorado, where a mass shooting incident occurred in a movie theater last July 20.
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.
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.
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.
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 all area veterans, their spouses and siblings, will cover veterans’ rights, benefits and entitlements, and the claims process.
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.