Stuffed toys, such as these removed from a memorial site last January, have found lives of usefulness, thanks to the distribution efforts of America Responds With Love, Inc. Thousands of excess stuffed animals and comfort pillows were removed from a town warehouse in March by the organization, and have since been given out nationwide, to alleviate suffering.
It is our tradition for our Christmas week edition to publish a seasonal illustration on our cover. This year’s illustration is once again by local artist Kim Proctor.
It depicts an old lamplighter plying his trade in the new streetscape of Sandy Hook Center, which in this rendering includes the new village Christmas tree at the corner of Washington Avenue and Riverside Road.
Ms Proctor explained that this year’s illustration is “dedicated with great admiration to Pat Llodra for her compassionate leadership.”
The following is a released letter signed by the faculty and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The letter was received late Thursday morning, December 19, after the deadline for The Newtown Bee print edition of December 20, 2013.
DANBURY — A Danbury Superior Court judge last week sentenced John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater to serve a 50-year prison sentence for murdering his wife, Elizabeth, 32, in April 1984, at their Poverty Hollow Road home in Newtown.
Following the murder, Mr Heath concealed his wife’s body in a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at the 89 Poverty Hollow Road property.
State officials announced new school construction protocols Friday in response to the Newtown tragedy, including exterior surveillance, blast-resistant entryways and classroom door locks -- all features that might have stopped or slowed Adam Lanza's assault on Sandy Hook Elementary a year ago.
HARTFORD (AP) — Some members of a state commission reviewing the Newtown school shooting said December 20 they need more detailed information about the killer’s mental state. Members of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission also want to know his access to treatment before they can make any substantial recommendations concerning mental health policy.
Four days after the December 12 National Vigil for Gun Violence Victims in Washington, DC, conducted in remembrance of all lost to or affected by gun violence, Newtown Foundation spokesperson Dave Ackert was still emotionally moved by the event.
Police Chief Michael Kehoe has reversed an earlier position and decided against pursuing job termination against Police Officer Thomas Bean, a town police officer who responded to the 12/14 mass shooting incident at Sandy Hook School and subsequently has been off work since then due to a medical diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
As childhood friends, Riverside Road resident Susan Oberstadt and her future husband, George, used to play in the cow fields that were eventually developed to build Sandy Hook School.
She became one of the first students to attend that new school back in the 1950s. Ms Oberstadt never dreamed that six decades later she would be sitting in a packed town council meeting fighting to keep her homestead from being taken by eminent domain so the town could enhance the development of a new Sandy Hook School.