Gun violence touches all ethnicities and socioeconomic group. The push for more sensible gun safety legislation has helped to unify communities that would appear to have little in common. On Saturday, March 8, at 8 am, a group of cyclists known as Team 26 will embark on a 400-mile journey — the 2nd Annual Sandy Hook Ride On Washington (SHROW) — departing from Edmond Town Hall to show how diverse communities across the nation have one common goal: make streets safer and put an end to the gun-violence epidemic.
First Selectman Pat Llodra told the Board of Finance during a budget meeting February 27 that she is planning to budget a contingent of nine armed, retired police officers who will serve as armed school security officers (SSOs) in local schools beginning this September.
Mrs Llodra told finance officials that she expects virtually all expenses for armed and unarmed school guards, as well as a number of other measures from surveillance equipment to building hardening initiatives, to be offset by grants in the coming year.
Until recently, patients of Newtown’s Community Health Associates and Dr Jeffrey Friedman who were tipping the scales, showing evidence of high blood pressure, cholesterol, hypertension or other conditions threatening their heart health, might have received a stern look or candid lecture, and been sent home with reference materials on how to lose weight or dial down their stress.
Others may have been put on, or were warned that they were facing the prospect of being prescribed, blood pressure or cholesterol medication.
The Learning Experience (TLE), an early learning academy for children 6 weeks to 6 years old, announced that its TLE Newtown Center is the winner of its annual Outstanding Achievement in Community Service Award.
Danielle Van Riper, TLE Newtown franchise owner, was honored during TLE’s annual convention January 23 to 27, for her wide-ranging philanthropic events to benefit local community and charitable organizations.
Local officials and residents attending a state Department of Transportation (DOT) informational session on planned improvements for the eastern end of Sugar Street (Route 302), including bridge replacement, have told DOT staffers of the need for sidewalks there, as well as better protection for adjacent electric utility lines that power the town center.
During the kick-off event for this year’s Relay for Life, also the tenth presentation of the event for Newtown, event Chair Christopher Farrington stands with 2014 Honorary Chair Mary Ann Jacob. Both are cancer survivors.
The Newtown Public Works and Police Departments are cautioning Newtown Drivers to continue to drive carefully and slowly as crews continue to work clearing local roadways.
Neither the police nor highway department reported any serious accidents or incidents overnight, although by Friday morning police were dealing with a couple of tractor trailers getting stuck on steep hills.