WASHINGTON – A push by the White House and lobbying by the parents of children massacred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School failed Wednesday to convince the Senate to consider a relatively modest gun-control measure: An expansion of background checks for firearms purchases.
“All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” said an emotional President Obama, standing in the Rose Garden with Sandy Hook families.
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) presented an award to the staff of the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South on April 17. The award recognizes the communications center’s expert handling of radio telecommunications traffic stemming from the December 14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook School.
In response to the April 15 bombing incident in Boston, the Town of Newtown established a temporary support center at Cyrenius Booth Library, 25 Main Street. That support center is further extending its hours of operation through the weekend for community members to come for support, guidance, or simply to be with one another, according to Health District Director Donna Culbert.
The library support center will be open Friday, April 19, from 11 am to 5 pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.
All qualified residents and property owners are being called to cast ballots on the proposed townwide budget request Tuesday, April 23. Polling will be at a single location — the gym at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street — from 6 am to 8 pm.
Those who cannot cast a vote in person may do so during special absentee balloting hours Saturday, April 20, from 9 am to noon, in the town clerk’s office at the Newtown Municipal Center, or pick up and file a ballot Monday, April 22, between 8 am and 4:30 pm.
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) is completing its design for the rehabilitation of the Glen Road bridge, which crosses above the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, linking Sandy Hook to River Road in Southbury.
DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said this week he expects that DOT will advertise the project for construction bids in mid-June.
It is expected that the bridge rehabilitation project would begin in April 2014, he said.
HARTFORD — Following Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Commissioner William M. Rubenstein and Attorney General George Jepsen are alerting residents that scammers may already be seeking to exploit the tragedy for their own purposes.