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  • Gestures Of Kindness, Part Eight: "A Little Good" For Newtown, And Lessons For All Ages

    (Editor's Note: This story and one of its accompanying cutlines have been updated to show that Centennial High School is located in Ellicott City, Md.)


    (This is the eighth installation of a series of stories that share with readers special events that continue to take place as Newtown heals following the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School. It is also a continuation of anecdotes from across the country, of people offering kind gestures on behalf of our town.)

  • Monsignor Weiss To Be Honored At ARC’s 5th Annual "Keep The Faith" Celebration

    DANBURY — The Association of Religious Communities (ARC) has announced it will be honoring Monsignor Robert Weiss, the pastor of St Rose of Lima Church, during this year’s Keep The Faith Celebration.

  • SHS Staff To Be Honored For Service Before Self

    When nominations for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors Award, sponsored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, were received in December, there were overwhelming nominations to recognize the valor and selflessness of the teachers and staff at Sandy Hook School during the events of 12/14.

    Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation President Tom Wilkerson said the nominations for the award came from across the country.

  • To Honor 12/14 Victim— The Doug Flutie, Jr Foundation For Autism Announces Inception of Joey’s Fund

    FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism has announced the opening of the Joey’s Fund Family Grant Program, a fund set up in honor of Josephine (Joey) Gay, one of the victims of 12/14.

    Joey’s Fund Family Grant Program provides grants to families in Newtown that need financial assistance for their family member living with autism. The Flutie Foundation anticipates offering two grant cycles per year through Joey’s Fund with plans to expand the geographic focus in future grant cycles.

  • SHS Teachers Honored During 2013 Teacher Of The Year Rose Garden Ceremony

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Twelve years ago, Zillah High School in Washington state had no engineering classes. The science curriculum was lagging behind, and students had to go off campus to take technology classes.

    Jeff Charbonneau, who returned to his hometown 11 years ago to teach at Zillah High, was determined to change that. And he did. Science enrollment is way up. Kids are graduating with college-level science credits. The school expects to have to hire more teachers now to meet the demand.

  • Forget-Me-Not Cards The First Beacon Toward Upcoming Lighthouse Festival

    Volunteers of all ages recently gathered to create handmade invitations for a Lighthouse Festival to be presented on June 15 at Trinity Episcopal Church. The event will be presented by Ben’s Lighthouse Fund, and organizers hope to draw residents of all ages.

  • Llodra: State Will Accommodate Sandy Hook School Building Schedule

    Following a pair of meetings April 15 and 16, First Selectman Pat Llodra said she has secured a commitment from state officials that they will waive certain procedural requirements to help fast-track any reconstruction or new construction the town proposes related to Sandy Hook School.

    The  school facility has been vacant since the mass shooting tragedy of 12/14. Following the holiday break, classes for SHS students resumed at the former Chalk Hill School in Monroe.

  • Newtown Parents Back Study For Clues To Violence

    As parents, Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel were plunged into grief when their only child, 6-year-old Avielle, was killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As scientists, they wanted answers about what could lead a person to commit such violence.

  • Newtown Parents Back Study For Clues To Violence

    As parents, Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel were plunged into grief when their only child, 6-year-old Avielle, was killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As scientists, they wanted answers about what could lead a person to commit such violence.

  • One Way Of Remembering

    To the Editor,

    I have been away for a number of months, so I am unaware if this idea has been put forward. I note the beautiful job being done in Sandy Hook Center on a new stone wall. I was wondering if we could rename the wall as “The Sandy Hook Memorial Wall,” in recognition of all that so tragically lost their lives in the terrible events that occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.