The permanent memorial to the lives lost April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Colorado was created with the participation of the Columbine school community and the efforts of an original group of 100 people, according to Doug Ireland, division chief for the Littleton (Colo.) Fire Rescue. It was Chief Ireland who cautioned the Newtown community in January 2013 that a permanent memorial to 12/14 would be “a slow process,” noting that it was eight years before the Columbine memorial was completed.
Journeyman guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Sexton will be heading to the Ridgefield Playhouse for a January 18 show with support from The Brothers McCann. He recently spoke to The Newtown Bee focusing on current and future projects, discussing his current preferences for guitars, and the use of his songs in film and television.
Occupation: I’m an evidence-based chiropractor specializing in nutrition, sports medicine, and muscular anomalies. I even treat cellulite. Everything I do, there’s research to back it up. What I do is massage, a lot of muscle lengthening, and tension reducing techniques, rather than adjustments. My office is in the old Victorian house on the corner of The Boulevard. I work part-time at Extreme Fitness Martial Arts in Plaza South, too.
I’m happy to hand out my first Good Egg Award of the year. Beginning in early December, at the Sandy Hook Tree Lighting, the Foundry Kitchen and Tavern in Sandy Hook Center began handing out customized baseball caps in return for donations to support the Newtown Fund Holiday Basket program. This program uses 100 percent of the proceeds to support Newtown families in need, throughout the entire year, with food and fuel assistance, utility bills, rent, and medical expenses.
“It’s all coming together in February,” said Mary Fellows, a member of the Board of Managers at Edmond Town Hall, referring to the upgrades to the infrastructure of Edmond Town Hall. The cornerstone of the historic building at 45 Main Street was laid in 1929.
“When Edmond Town Hall was built, there was a part-time first selectman and a town clerk — that’s it,” Ms Fellows said in a phone interview December 30.
The Legislative Council voted 17-0 January 4 to approve a resolution “censoring” First Selectman Rod Mac Kenzie for violating the town charter by overspending certain line item accounts without having authorization. Mr Mac Kenzie did not comment at the council meeting. But he said afterwards that he considered the motion illegal, because, he maintained, the council lacked the authority to censure anybody.
For several days before the somber anniversary of 12/14, First Selectman Pat Llodra led a panel of community leaders through a half-dozen press conferences that were attended by state, regional, and national media.