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  • Newtown Denied Bid To Postpone Hearing On Records

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission on Friday denied a bid by Newtown officials to postpone a hearing on a request by The Associated Press for records related to the gunman in December’s school shooting.

    An attorney for the town asked for a continuance until after the state legislature adjourns on June 5, citing a pending bill that would leave release of some material up to the victims’ families. But the commission said the hearing will take place as scheduled on June 3.

  • State Makes $5 Million Available For School Safety

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut is making $5 million available immediately to cities and towns to help reimburse them for school safety and security upgrades following 12/14.

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the first round of funding on May 24 for the competitive grant program included in the General Assembly’s response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He appeared on Friday at Hartford’s Classical Magnet School with US Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a town hall-style discussion about school security and education reform.

  • Senate Passes Additional Newtown-Related Bills

    HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers on Thursday began building on a package of reforms the General Assembly passed in April that addressed the Newtown school shooting, requiring annual firearms safety training for armed security in local schools and improvements in mental health services for children.

    Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield), whose district includes Newtown, said 12/14 helped bring to light gaps and shortcomings in the state’s mental health system affecting young people.

  • Musicians Premiere Memorial Composition ‘Glorificare’

    After many rehearsals, Newtown High School’s wind ensemble, orchestra, and choruses took the stage Wednesday, May 22, to perform the world premiere of Samuel R. Hazo’s Glorificare, under the guidance of the composer.

    [A live recording of Glorificare can be heard here.]

  • Safe And Sound In Sandy Hook: Parents Seek More Focus On School Security

    HARTFORD (AP) — The moment Alissa Parker learned of a shooting at her daughter’s school, she suddenly regretted not pointing out what she had seen as security gaps at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    Mrs Parker, whose 6-year-old daughter Emilie was among 20 first graders killed on 12/14, had thought security could have been tighter, although she never could have guessed it would be tested by a gunman with a military-style, semiautomatic rifle.

  • Bill Would Give Families Say Over Newtown Records

    HARTFORD — A bill crafted privately by Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s office, Connecticut’s top prosecutor, and legislative leaders would require the written consent of family members of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims before certain records concerning the shooting may be publicly released.

  • Flutie Foundation For Autism Extends Joey’s Fund Application Deadline

    FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism had extended the application deadline for the Joey’s Fund Family Grant Program. Applications are now being accepted until June 14, 2013, for the fund, which was set up in honor of Josephine (Joey) Gay, one of the victims of 12/14.

  • Proposal Seeks To Lay Groundwork For Better Children's Mental Health

    In an effort that grew out of personal experience, advice from experts and the stories parents told in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the head of the legislature’s Committee on Children Monday unveiled a proposal aimed at making it easier for families to access mental health services for children.

  • With Painted Ceramic Hearts, Newtown Has An Opportunity To Pay It Forward

    Residents of all ages gathered in the hall at Newtown United Methodist Church on May 8 to paint ceramic hearts, part of the Hearts of Hope community support initiative. Newtown was introduced to Hearts of Hope in February, and now has a chance to pay it forward, sending hundreds of hand painted ceramic hearts with simple messages of caring to Boston.

  • Green Ribbon Ride Raised $50,000

    Checks for the approximately $50,000 in funds raised during “the one and only” Sandy Hook Green Ribbon Ride fundraiser and remembrance, held on Sunday, May 5 will soon be in the mail to recipients, according to event co-organizer Anthony Capozziello. Mr Capozziello, fellow organizer Greg Gnandt and Ride Director Fred Garrity Jr are not thinking of doing the ride annually.