• Robinson Speaks To Congress On Gun Violence

    Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson spoke at a House of Representatives hearing on gun violence in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, January 16.

    The hearing, called “Gun Violence Prevention: A Call to Action,” was conducted by the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Dr Robinson was one speaker on a panel for the hearing.

  • Lieberman Joins SHS Support Fund As Advisor

    At a January 18 press conference, retired US Senator Joseph Lieberman discussed his role in advising The Sandy Hook School Support Fund, the largest of the many charities that have formed since the December 14 mass shootings at the elementary school.

    The fund, which currently is being overseen by the United Way of Western Connecticut and by the Newtown Savings Bank, so far has received approximately $8.5 million in donations in response to the 12/14 tragedy at Sandy Hook School.

  • Task Force Hearings Slated In Newtown

    Senator and Minority Leader John McKinney said he and Newtown’s legislative delegation expected at least one public hearing of a special bipartisan task force charged with developing recommendations designed to reduce gun violence, enhance school safety, and increase access to mental health care to be held in Newtown.

    That hearing is set for Wednesday, January 30, at 6 pm in Newtown High School.

  • Governor Names Members Of Sandy Hook Advisory Commission

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced this week the names of the members of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission , an expert panel that will review current policy and make specific recommendations in the areas of public safety, with particular attention paid to school safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention.

  • Feds Crack Down On Fundraising Fraud

    HARTFORD — Bronx, N.Y., resident Nouel Alba, 37, was arrested on December 27, on a federal criminal complaint charging her with lying to FBI agents in connection with their investigation into a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy, according to a federal spokesman.

  • Sandy Hook Fire Station Adds A Constellation Of Remembrance

    Twenty-six copper stars were attached to the roof of the Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue main station on New Year’s Day, representing the lives that were taken 18 days earlier at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Trumbull resident Greg Gnandt, who has close ties to Newtown, spearheaded the project. It is one of the first permanent memorials to the victims of December 14.

  • Retraction And Apology

    An early online report from the scene at the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School quoted a woman who identified herself to our reporter as the principal of the school. The woman was not the school's principal, Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in the Friday morning attack. The quote was removed from subsequent online versions of the story, but the original story did remain in our online archive for three days before being deleted.

  • Police Union Seeks Funding For Trauma Treatment

    As police this week continued their probe into the December 14 incident involving 28 shooting deaths, including 20 first-graders and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the lawyer who represents the Newtown Police Union is seeking help from the town, state, and federal governments to extend paychecks for "three to five" town police officers who were so traumatized by the incident that they have not yet been emotionally able to return to work.

  • Mailing Address Established For Families Of Victims

    Newtown Post Office has set up a special address for those who wish to send cards, notes or gifts to the families of the victims of the December 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    Cards and gifts should be mailed to For The Families Of Newtown, PO Box 3700, Newtown CT 06470.

    Postmaster Cathy Zieff says that any mail received at that address will be forwarded to the Board of Education, along with any mail that has been sent addressed to Sandy Hook School.

  • Suffering From Media Onslaught

    "The story is over. The families are burying their loved ones. Please leave our towns."

    These were the sentiments of State Representative DebraLee Hovey during a Capital memorial service December 19, but they represent the comments of a growing throng of Newtown residents, merchants and officials, as well as a number of survivors who have contacted The Bee in the days since the Sandy Hook School rampage.