The mother of one of the 26 victims of 12/14 wished the country’s educators “courage, faith and love’’ Friday as they start a new school year. Nelba Marquez-Green’s 6-year-old daughter Ana Grace was one of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Ms Marquez-Green and her husband, Jimmy Green, also have a son who was at the school at the time of the shooting and was uninjured. In her letter published on the Education Week website, Ms Marquez-Green relayed how much the teachers at Sandy Hook impressed her by coming back to work after the tragedy.
A New York City street has been renamed in honor of Benjamin Wheeler, one of the children killed on 12/14. Family and friends gathered Saturday for a ceremony in Queens. A sign saying Benjamin Wheeler Place was added to the sign post at 41st Street and Queens Boulevard. The Wheeler family lived in the neighborhood where the street was renamed before moving to Newtown. David Wheeler said at the tearful gathering that Benjamin’s first glimpse of the world was around the intersection now bearing his name. Mr Wheeler was joined by his wife Francine and their older son, Nate, for the emotional gathering.
Town Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold and Parks and Recreation Commission Chariman Ed Marks reviewed 13 projects, currently underway or recently completed, with the Board of Selectmen on September 3. Beginning with the Treadwell pool house, Ms Mangold told selectmen that the extensive renovation project was finished before pool opening. She said her staff was pleased with the work done by Pediment Construction Company. The meeting also offered updates on other projects at that park, Dickinson Park, The Victory Garden, the town's dog park, and recently created playing fields on Oakview Road.
Newtown school officials must release records for the gunman who killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a Connecticut judge ordered Friday, September 6. Hartford Superior Court Judge Sheila Huddleston granted the request to release Adam Lanza’s records to the state’s child advocate office, whose Child Fatality Review Panel reviews unexpected child fatalities. Brian Smith, attorney for the school district, said officials were not resisting the release but wanted to make sure they complied with privacy laws. He said the records would be released to the child advocate’s office “expeditiously.”
Newtown police said Friday, September 6, that they are pursuing a tip that Robert Hoagland, 50, of Sandy Hook, who has been missing from his Glen Road home since July 28, may have been seen within the past few days in Rhode Island.Newtown Police Detective Lieutenant Richard Robinson said Newtown police received a tip that Mr Hoagland, whose photo has been widely circulated, was seen in the “Rhode Island area.”
DUI Incident Police report they stopped motorist Boris Zilbershteyn, 52, of Brookfield near the intersection of South Main Street and Prospect Drive at about 9 pm on August 31 for driving violations. ...
The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders: Thursday, August 29: 6:05 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 348 South Main St...
Governor Dannel P. Malloy is ordering Connecticut and US flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Todd Lobraico, 22, a New Fairfield resident who was killed in action yesterday in Afghanistan. Flags will fly at half-staff until burial, details of which are forthcoming.
Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) will travel to Washington, D.C., along with gun violence victims and family members from places like Chicago, Hartford, Colorado and other communities, on September 17-18. An information session is planned for students and parents this weekend. Junior NAA will host a meeting on Sunday, September 8, beginning at 2 pm, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. They will share information about the planned trip to the nation’s capitol.
The 13th Annual CT United Ride, Connecticut’s largest annual 9/11 tribute, is scheduled for Sunday, September 8. The ride starts in Norwalk at 11:30 am and goes through Fairfield County, ending in Bridgeport with an afternoon party at the beach. Motorcycles travel through 11 towns, covering 60 miles with police motorcycle escorts providing passage through signal lights and stop signs, before ending with a five-mile parade through Bridgeport. In all of the towns visited by the ride, fire departments display American flags over the roadway, including all five of Newtown's volunteer companies.