Jill Barron, MD, MHS, has been quietly ramping up plans to conduct a critical needs assessment of mental health and support response since arriving in Newtown in late February. But the experienced trauma specialist who worked with New York firefighters post 9/11 made her first local public appearance, receiving an official welcome when she was introduced to the Board of Selectmen March 18.
December 14 was off to a normal start for Marcy Kane, PhD, vice president of Child Services at the regional behavioral health agency Wellmore. Then, shortly after 9:30 am her phone rang.
“It was the Danbury Police Department notifying us that there was a shooting incident [at Sandy Hook School] in Newtown,” Dr Kane told The Bee in a recent interview. The mental health professional said that she and a team of six clinicians immediately responded, not yet prepared for the nightmare scenario they soon would face.
The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission ignored the politics cramping gun-control legislation now under negotiation and issued an interim report Monday recommending broad restrictions on the sale and possession of semiautomatic firearms and ammunition in Connecticut.
NEW YORK CITY — Beth Bogdan, the senior director of artistic relations for Republic Records, usually spends her days handling itineraries, calendars, and travel issues for “a certain number of artists on the label,” she said earlier this week.
While there was no direct discussion on the subject during a March 12 Board of Finance meeting, Town Finance Director Robert Tait circulated documentation showing a municipal special revenue fund established in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy increased by about $80,000 in the past five weeks.
Anyone who can pick out a blue baseball cap with white stitching that says “Patriots” from the mass of 15,000 runners expected for Sunday’s New York City Half Marathon may be looking at a Sandy Hook resident who will be running that morning. The blue and white cap is Catherine Galda’s signature running hat, she says, and it will be in its place and ready to run once more in just a few days.
Cristina Lafferty-Hassinger, daughter of the Sandy Hook principal lost in 12/14, spoke out in an March 6, 2013 Danbury News-Times article, of her frustration with how the United Way of Western Connecticut is distributing the monies from the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which News-Times reported to now be at $10 million. Key issues were the delay in getting funds distributed and requiring “proof of hardship.”
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.