The organizers of The Great Newtown Reunion, which took place on July 27 on the grounds of the Fairfield Hills Campus, spent months putting together a first-ever event that had at its heart, paradoxically, tradition. Getting together — the object of every reunion — has become an automatic impulse for Newtowners since the tragic massacre at the Sandy Hook School on December 14. As we saw at the event Saturday, it has turned out to be an impulse strong enough to drive people back to town from the far corners of the country and beyond.
Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association will present the next interfaith gathering for prayer on Sunday, August 4, beginning at 4 pm.
An ongoing monthly series launched in the weeks following 12/14, this month’s gathering will follow the theme “Prayers for Rest and Renewal.” Gatherings are on the first Sunday of each month and rotate between various locations.
Staff and students at Jessica’s Camp, a horse training scholarship program, posed for a group photo at the camp at Kings Bridge Farm on July 19. Rear row from left, are counselor Kelly Coughlin, instructor Montana Calloway, the Welsh pony known as Waffles, and counselors Michele Reid, Jess Coughlin and Daly King. The six girls in the front row were the first students to participate in the program.
The Sandy Hook School PTA would like to take this opportunity to thank some of the many people who have helped support our school community during these most challenging months since December 14th.
We have done our best to thank every first responder who came to our rescue in December, but we realize we will never be able to adequately acknowledge them all. We will never forget all you did for us, not only on December 14th, but during the days and weeks that followed.
Cement blocks, traffic cones, and multiple warning signs across Dickinson Drive bar the curious from gaining access to Sandy Hook Elementary School. More than seven months after 12/14, visitors continue to visit Sandy Hook Center. Many are looking for a memorial and to pay their respects. Some have less than honorable reasons to visit the location.
The interstate signs for Exit 10 say “Newtown, Sandy Hook,” two now-famous names that will catch the attention of even the most road-addled thru-traveler. The signs may as well say, “This is the place!” Throw the utilitarian inducements of the Mobil gas station and The Blue Colony Diner into the proffer, and it is no surprise that Newtown now has a steady stream of strangers pulling off the highway, for gas, food, and curiosity.
UPDATE (Monday, July 22, 2013):The Newtown Bee has been provided with a copy of the letter sent from Senators Blumenthal and Murphy to Dr Charles Herrick and The Newtown Sandy Hook Foundation. The body of that letter has been added at the end of this story.
NEW HAVEN (AP) — Connecticut’s U.S. senators called Friday for an independent audit of more than $11 million in donations received in response to the Newtown school shooting to determine what donors wanted done with the money.