Prior to the vote on gun legislation held Monday, April 1, at the State Capitol, the following letter was presented to members of the Connecticut legislative body at a press conference facilitated by Sandy Hook Promise, in the office of Senator John McKinney. 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.
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.
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 has been held annually for the last couple of years as a fundraiser for local Odyssey of the Mind teams. The event is set to be open from 10 am until 4 pm on both Friday, and Saturday, March 29.
On Friday afternoon Audra and Hans Barth and their three children were sorting through donations of clothes with friends and neighbors outside the shell of what used to be their cozy little home on Berkshire Road.
People waving handmade signs with conflicting messages Thursday, March 28, demanding “Action now,” “Fewer bullets, fewer burials,” and “Safer gun laws,” while others read, “I’m a responsible gun owner,” or “NRA, stand and fight.” Those among the roughly 100 protesters gathered at rush hour on the curb outside the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) at the corner of Wasserman Way and Queen Street were either supporting their rights regarding firearms, or lobbying for changes in legislation for stricter
Following the shortest public budget hearing in recent memory, the council will take up deliberations on the 2013-14 proposal with the possibility of acting on the request as early as April 3, according to council Chairman Jeff Capeci.
Only three citizens addressed the council during the approximately 20-minute session. In previous years, public hearings have swelled to the extent that they were held in the high school lecture room and auditorium.
A spring cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, April 7, in Sandy Hook Center. Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) President Michael Burton said that just like last year, volunteers are welcome to help clean the Pootatuck River banks and roadsides of litter, and “maybe plant some flowers.”
The Pootatuck runs through the center and behind many of the shops downtown.
A crowd of protesters both supporting their Second Amendment rights and the National Rifle Association, and a large faction pushing for stronger gun legislation in the wake of 12/14, gathered at the intersection of Wasserman Way and Queen Street late Thursday afternoon. More than 100 protesters — many with handmade signs or carrying flags — crowded the curb after 4:30 pm as drivers in rush hour traffic beeped in support. The crowd Thursday was the largest seen to date.