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  • Malloy Signs Legislation For Sandy Hook Workers

    HARTFORD – Governor Dannel P Malloy held a bill signing ceremony at the State Capitol on Tuesday to commemorate the passage of legislation that creates a special fund to assist individuals who suffered psychological trauma as a result of their work related to the Sandy Hook tragedy. 

    He was joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, Newtown Police Captain Joe Rios, and others to mark the occasion.

  • Team 26 Cyclists Head To Washington DC

        Before the soft click of so many rotating wheels embarked on a journey to Washington, DC, from Sandy Hook, a large rally took place at Reed Intermediate School Saturday, March 9, to send off the members of Team 26.

  • Masonicare, Senior Center To Co-Host Grief Forum

    The tragedy that occurred on 12/14 has left many shaken and sad, and empathy and sympathy is deeply felt within the community. Although some may or may not be affected personally, grief can be both personal and communal.

    Newtown Senior Center and Masonicare Home Health & Hospice have joined together to help the community learn about grief and understand the healing process after suffering a loss. The forum will be held on Thursday, March 21, at 9:30 am, in the Lodge Room at Lockwood Lodge at Masonicare at Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Road.

  • "A Buddhist Perspective" To Explore Eastern And Western Approaches To Violence And Healing

    “There’s a kind of profound question when change is imposed on you in a violent way,” said David Kaczynski. “How does one make meaning of it? The option is not to ‘get over it.’ The question becomes, is there a way to reconnect and develop a sense of hope?”

  • Board of Finance Weighs Security Expenditures

    It would not be unusual for Board of Finance school budget deliberations to extend to three hours or more. But despite the intention to do so on March 6, finance officials never cracked open the school budget book.

    Instead, they heard public comment and spent the rest of their special meeting originally scheduled to take up the district budget proposal, trying to get a better understanding about the scope and cost of future school security measures.

  • Raising Funds For A Memorial

  • Talking It Through: Your Kids Need You This Year

    As a psychiatrist, my off-duty conversations with people can run the gamut from the mundane to the very personal.  I was talking to a friend in town who described how he feels cut off from people he knows since the horrific tragedy in December. 

    “It hurts that some people I know really well, even family, haven’t reached out to me. Do they just not care?”  We talked about how they may have no idea what to say that would be helpful and not sound empty.   Not knowing what to say, they say nothing. 

  • Cyclists Plan Sandy Hook Ride On Washington

    Following 12/14, “none of us slept,” admitted resident Monte Frank. During those quiet nighttime hours, he said, “It came to me.” He had the idea to organize a cyclist’s ride from Newtown to Washington, D.C., to promote “the immediate need” for gun safety legislation.

  • Kent School Students Reach Out To Newtown

    Students at The Kent School were, like so many others across the state and country, upset when they heard the news of the shootings at Sandy Hook School on 12/14. And like others, many students of the independent coeducational boarding school in northwestern Connecticut began reaching out to the residents of Newtown with words of condolence.

  • Selectmen Review School Safety Options

    The Board of Selectmen reviewed five options to provide increased security and safety at Newtown’s elementary schools, as well as providing options for local private schools that might want to consider being part of an overall community program tied to the local police department. Officials also met Anne Alzapiedi, a senior human resource leader at GE Capital and former municipal official, who will join two other GE Capital colleagues providing logistical and advisory support to the community in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy.