The March for Change in Hartford on Valentine's Day was a moving experience with an impressive group of Newtowners in attendance. The rally attracted more than 5,500 concerned Connecticut citizens.
Regardless of one's political views, the grassroots effort out of Newtown was inspiring. So many people came together to make it possible to bus more than 300 mothers, fathers, children, clergy, and dedicated people to this event.
During a February 9 panel discussion at the annual winter convention of the New England Newspaper & Press Association in Boston, State Police Lt J Paul Vance told about 100 journalists, editors and publishers attending a panel on school shootings that the only official and accurate statements regarding the tragic events of 12/14 and the continuing investigation will come from him.
The HealingNewtown Art Space was filled with people, looking at art on display, talking between themselves, and participating in activities before Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, and Newtown Cultural Arts Commission Chair Jennifer Johnston spoke at the space’s grand opening on Thursday, February 14.
As of Monday, February 11, Richard Gray said his project to honor those who died in Sandy Hook on 12/14 was going full throttle. The only problem is, the nearly seven-ton granite memorial that is taking shape under the hands of craftspeople in Downeast Maine currently has not been guaranteed a site in Newtown.
Town officials in Newtown have not spoken directly with Mr Gray, a recent resident of Merritt Island, Fla., and former longtime resident of Gouldsboro, Maine, according to Sue Marcinek, executive assistant to First Selectman Pat Llodra.
Rob Morris, the pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, has apologized to those who were upset or offended at his participation in the December 16, 2012, vigil at Newtown High School. He is not apologizing, however, for being part of that evening’s presentation.
“That moment was such a moment of grief,” Pastor Morris said last week. “Refusing to be present was unthinkable to me.”
Adam Zuckerman shakes hands with Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Chief Bill Halstead on January 21, after MrZuckerman made a financial donation to and shared licensing rights for his "Sandy Hook School In Our Hearts" design with the company. On the left is SHVFR President Bradley Richardson.
One of the ironies rooted in the experience of abject loss of the magnitude sustained in Newtown on December 14 is that so many people set about so quickly to see what can be gained from that loss. In its most positive form, this human impulse to do something constructive in response to such a horribly destructive event is redemptive. It has the potential to make the world a better place. In its most negative form, it seeks to leverage a community’s grief in the cause of special interests. That is exploitative.
RIDGEFIELD — Created with the intention of bringing the Newtown community together in song, spirit, and common purpose, “A Concert Of Caring, Healing And Togetherness” will be performed at The Ridgefield Playhouse at 3 pm on Sunday, February 10. Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary), Dar Williams, Guy Davis, and Bethany & Rufus will join performers from Newtown’s Flagpole Radio Café to sing songs that follow the evening’s theme. Admission is free, but tickets are required.