TRENTON, N.J. — The largest firefighters union in New Jersey is remembering the 26 victims of December’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Connecticut by building a playground to honor each one in a community recovering from Superstorm Sandy.
New Jersey and New York will get ten playgrounds each, and Connecticut will get six. Each playground will link the two tragedies with the shared name Sandy to create memorials for recovery and hope.
Sandy Hook Fire Chief and Newtown Fire Marshal Bill Halstead has been a fan of auto racing since his youth. So it may have been an understatement when he describes the experience of unveiling a brand new NASCAR vehicle at the site of the Daytona 500 as thrilling.
Chief Halstead, along with his fiancé, Newtown Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia, were on hand February 14 as NASCAR, Swan Racing and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip announced a special tribute to raise awareness and contributions for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
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.
A really nice thing happened when I came out of choir practice at St Rose Church last Thursday night. Someone left a bag of homemade cookies with a red heart on it on my car. It had this inscription on it: 26 Acts of Kindness and Love in honor of Charlotte Bacon Happy Valentine's Day, A Sandy Hook Resident.
Thank you whoever did this. It made me feel so grateful and proud to be part of this community. Time to pay it forward.
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.
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.”