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  • Seven Tons Of Love Intended For Newtown

    As of Monday, February 11, Richard Gray said his project to honor those who died in Sandy Hook on 12/14 was going full throttle. The only problem is, the nearly seven-ton granite memorial that is taking shape under the hands of craftspeople in Downeast Maine currently has not been guaranteed a site in Newtown.

    Town officials in Newtown have not spoken directly with Mr Gray, a recent resident of Merritt Island, Fla., and former longtime resident of Gouldsboro, Maine, according to Sue Marcinek, executive assistant to First Selectman Pat Llodra.

  • A Round Of Apologies By Lutherans

    Rob Morris, the pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, has apologized to those who were upset or offended at his participation in the December 16, 2012, vigil at Newtown High School. He is not apologizing, however, for being part of that evening’s presentation.

    “That moment was such a moment of grief,” Pastor Morris said last week. “Refusing to be present was unthinkable to me.”

  • Sleepless Nights Led To A Design Of Love And Support

    Adam Zuckerman shakes hands with Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Chief Bill Halstead on January 21, after MrZuckerman made a financial donation to and shared licensing rights for his "Sandy Hook School In Our Hearts" design with the company. On the left is SHVFR President Bradley Richardson.

  • Temporary Memorial On Church Hill Road Approaching The End Of Its Run

    It all started with an American flag.

    Seven weeks after a large American flag was put on the arm of a bucket truck and raised at the northwest corner of Church Hill and Edmond Roads, the corner remains occupied by that oversize sign of patriotism and a large white party-style tent. The property has turned into the destination for those seeking to visit the one temporary memorial still within Newtown honoring the victims of 12/14.

  • The Voices Of Newtown

    One of the ironies rooted in the experience of abject loss of the magnitude sustained in Newtown on December 14 is that so many people set about so quickly to see what can be gained from that loss. In its most positive form, this human impulse to do something constructive in response to such a horribly destructive event is redemptive. It has the potential to make the world a better place. In its most negative form, it seeks to leverage a community’s grief in the cause of special interests. That is exploitative.

  • A Concert Of Caring, Healing And Togetherness: Peter Yarrow & Friends For Newtown

    RIDGEFIELD — Created with the intention of bringing the Newtown community together in song, spirit, and common purpose, “A Concert Of Caring, Healing And Togetherness” will be performed at The Ridgefield Playhouse at 3 pm on Sunday, February 10. Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary), Dar Williams, Guy Davis, and Bethany & Rufus will join performers from Newtown’s Flagpole Radio Café to sing songs that follow the evening’s theme. Admission is free, but tickets are required.

  • Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Sandy Hook School Fraud Case

    BRIDGEPORT — A Bronx, N.Y., woman on January 17 pleaded not guilty in US District Court to a criminal charge of lying to FBI agents in connection with their investigation into a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy in Newtown.

    Nouel Alba, 37, pleaded not guilty to one count of making false statements to federal agents, an offense that carries a maximum prison term of five years and a fine of up to $250,000. Alba is represented by a public defender.

  • Stars of Hope Arrive in Newtown

    The utility poles in Newtown have always done extra duty as sign posts for tag sales and special events. And in recent years, they have supported an array of American flags along Main Street in the warmer months. But last weekend, the poles took on some extraordinary and encouraging adornments.

  • Will Newtown Make A Difference?

    When the 2013 legislative session convened in Hartford on Wednesday, state lawmakers sat down to the usual agenda of budget conundrums, but overshadowing this normal partisan tug-of-war over finances were the events in Newtown on December 14. Consequently, hearings will be scheduled soon on possible gun control legislation, and the leadership of the Democratic legislative majority is calling for a “bipartisan approach” to the issue. Last week, Governor Dannel P.