UPDATE (Monday, July 22, 2013):The Newtown Bee has been provided with a copy of the letter sent from Senators Blumenthal and Murphy to Dr Charles Herrick and The Newtown Sandy Hook Foundation. The body of that letter has been added at the end of this story.
NEW HAVEN (AP) — Connecticut’s U.S. senators called Friday for an independent audit of more than $11 million in donations received in response to the Newtown school shooting to determine what donors wanted done with the money.
The Board of Selectmen is planning a town meeting July 24 for consideration of $750,000 being offered by the State of Connecticut. According to a release from First Selectman Pat Llodra’s office this week, the $750,000 grant is part of a $50 million state funding package for the Sandy Hook School building project.
Residents passing by Fairfield Hills in recent days can already see something big is coming to town. Additional fencing and a line of port-a-potties have already been installed for Monday’s concert by Big Time Rush. As of this afternoon, 3,500 tickets have been given out to Newtown residents for the 7 pm concert on July 22. Tickets are free, but are for Newtown residents only.
As the number of remaining seats dwindles, organizers of the July 27 Great Newtown Reunion are urging those interested in attending, and anyone who reserved tickets to complete their purchases so final headcounts can be provided to vendors, catering, and security officials. No tickets will be sold at the gate.
Matt Bennett, co-founder of Third Way, a Washington D.C., public policy think tank devoted to the advancement of “moderate policy and political ideas,” including gun safety laws, has worked with families directly affected by 12/14 and Sandy Hook Promise since January.
A year-round, state-of-the-art, hydroponic greenhouse, family restaurant and pub could be one of the next new ventures at Fairfield Hills.
Antonio St Lorenzo, resident and CEO and Founder of Heroes Village, has submitted to a Fairfield Hills Authority subcommittee a draft letter of intent to occupy the sites of Stratford Hall for the restaurant and pub, and the location of Norwalk Hall, which would come down in lieu of a new 80,000-square-foot greenhouse there — an estimated $3.4 million proposal.
(AP) — Families of the 26 children and educators killed in the Connecticut school shooting last year will receive $281,000 each under a final plan, released Wednesday, for dividing up $7.7 million in donations.
The families of 12 surviving children who witnessed the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School will each get $20,000. Two staff members who were injured will get $75,000 each.