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.
The utility poles in Newtown have always done extra duty as sign posts for tag sales and special events. And in recent years, they have supported an array of American flags along Main Street in the warmer months. But last weekend, the poles took on some extraordinary and encouraging adornments.
BRIDGEPORT — A Bronx, N.Y., woman on January 17 pleaded not guilty in US District Court to a criminal charge of lying to FBI agents in connection with their investigation into a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy in Newtown.
Nouel Alba, 37, pleaded not guilty to one count of making false statements to federal agents, an offense that carries a maximum prison term of five years and a fine of up to $250,000. Alba is represented by a public defender.
When the 2013 legislative session convened in Hartford on Wednesday, state lawmakers sat down to the usual agenda of budget conundrums, but overshadowing this normal partisan tug-of-war over finances were the events in Newtown on December 14. Consequently, hearings will be scheduled soon on possible gun control legislation, and the leadership of the Democratic legislative majority is calling for a “bipartisan approach” to the issue. Last week, Governor Dannel P.
Twenty-six copper stars were attached to the roof of the Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue main station on New Year’s Day, representing the lives that were taken 18 days earlier at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Trumbull resident Greg Gnandt, who has close ties to Newtown, spearheaded the project. It is one of the first permanent memorials to the victims of December 14.
Entering this new year, we are feeling more world weary than ever before after a fateful 2012 that saved its worst for last. It was a year that rebranded Newtown from that “nicer” place to what one network news anchor called “the saddest place on earth.” But these labels are mostly for those on the outside looking in — convenient classifications, evocations, for those who can’t ever quite know a place where they don’t live.
HARTFORD — Bronx, N.Y., resident Nouel Alba, 37, was arrested on December 27, on a federal criminal complaint charging her with lying to FBI agents in connection with their investigation into a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy, according to a federal spokesman.
An early online report from the scene at the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School quoted a woman who identified herself to our reporter as the principal of the school. The woman was not the school's principal, Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in the Friday morning attack. The quote was removed from subsequent online versions of the story, but the original story did remain in our online archive for three days before being deleted.