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  • Commission Weighs Challenge On Newtown's 911 Calls

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut's Freedom of Information Commission has ordered Newtown officials to provide the commission with 911 calls from the day of the shooting inside Sandy Hook Elementary School as it considers a request by The Associated Press.

    A hearing officer, Kathleen Ross, asked Monday for the town to provide her the copies within two weeks. She said she commission would weigh objections raised by investigators as it evaluates whether the material should be released publicly.

  • Provoked By Newtown, Obama Pushes For Mental Health Reforms

    WASHINGTON DC -– Having stumbled on gun control, President Barack Obama on Monday called for a national dialogue on mental illness – a campaign touched off by last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

    Speaking at the beginning of a day-long White House conference on the issue, Obama said the time has come to bring mental illness “out of the shadows.”

    “I want to make sure people aren’t suffering,” he said.

  • A Day Of Thanks For Therapy Dogs

    More than 70 therapy dog teams who have been in the community for months will gather at Fairfield Hills for A Day of Thanks to the Newtown Therapy Dogs, hosted by Newtown Veterinary Specialists, on Saturday, June 22, from 10 am to noon.

    This event is about learning their stories, taking some pictures, seeing the dogs, and offering heartfelt thanks for all they have done over the past six months.

  • Newtown Families To Legislators: Stop Release Of Crime Scene Photos

    The families of those massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School are calling on legislators to amend state law so that photos and audio of the 911 phone calls from the December incident are not released to the public.

    “They are offensive and an invasion of my son’s right to dignity,” said Dean Pinto, whose 6-year-old son, Jack, was fatally shot along with 25 other students and educators at the Newtown school.

  • Sandy Hook Families Call For Privacy Of 12/14 Crime Scene Information

    HARTFORD — Twenty parents and spouses who lost loved ones at the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on 12/14 gathered together at the Capitol in Hartford on Friday, May 31, to call on legislators to pass House Bill 6424, “An Act Concerning Fees for Searches of Accident and Investigative Reports of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.” They were joined by sisters, a brother, a son, a teacher, and others directly affected by what happened 5½ months ago.

  • Going Green For Sandy Hook

    Ricci’s Salon & Spa, at 99 South Main Street, held a special event on Sunday, May 19: The Sandy Hook Green Salon-a-Thon. All services that were provided to customers included a bottle of Sandy Hook Green, a new, limited edition nail color created and donated by O*P*I Products, Inc. All proceeds benefited Sandy Hook Promise, a charity formed after 12/14. Among those participating at the event were, from left, Suzy DeYoung of Sandy Hook Promise, and also Jennifer Stoltz, and Dana Schicker.

  • 12/14 Report Release May Not Be Until October

    Those awaiting the release of the long-awaited public investigatory report on the criminal actions of Adam Lanza, who shot and killed 28 people including himself in Sandy Hook last December 14, likely will need to wait somewhat longer than initially thought, possibly until October.

    State police spokesman Lieutenant J. Paul Vance said May 29 that the release of that report sometime in June is unlikely, with its disclosure coming at some later point. Lt Vance declined to say when that might be.

  • James Taylor Plays Private Show For Newtown Families, Responders

    Five-time Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee James Taylor, accompanied by his wife Kim and a sweet-sounding ensemble, entertained hundreds of invited Newtown families, 12/14 survivors, and emergency responders during a private one-hour set May 26 at the Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel.

  • Two Interfaith Gatherings In June

    The Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association is planning two gatherings in June.

    The first will be on Sunday, June 2, beginning at 4 pm. This will be the next in the monthly interfaith services that have been held on the first Sunday of each month at various locations since April.

    This month’s gathering will be hosted by Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road. The theme will be “Finding Our Way in Times of Transition.”

  • Jewish Art In Response To Newtown, On View In Easton; Auction To Raise Funds For Mental Health Services

    EASTON — “Jewish Art in Response to Newtown…,” a collection of contemporary carvings by Harvey Paris, is on display at Easton Public Library through June 30. The exhibit features 20 carvings inspired by Newtown, Peace in the Middle East, the Holocaust and Jewish tradition.

    The library will host an artist’s reception and talk, open to the public, on Thursday, May 29, from 6 to 8 pm.