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  • State FOI Commission Orders Release Of 911 Recordings From 12/14

    HARTFORD (AP) — The state’s Freedom of Information Commission on Wednesday ordered the release of the 911 tapes from last year’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, ruling in favor of an appeal by The Associated Press for access to records withheld by investigators.

    The recordings will not be made available immediately. The prosecutor leading the investigation of the massacre, Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, said the commission’s decision will be appealed in Connecticut’s courts.

  • Justice Department Approves Grant for Police Staffing

    WASHINGTON, DC – US Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday, September 27, that the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will provide $150,000 in 2013 fiscal year funding to Newtown to pay for two police positions to ensure school safety, such as school resource officers.

     “This grant funding will help to offer critical support for law enforcement and essential services to the community as Newtown comes back from a heartbreaking tragedy,” Mr Holder said in a statement.

  • Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation Hires Executive Director, Begins Recruiting Volunteers

    The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation has hired a part-time executive director, and has begun the process of identifying members of the community who might serve on a distribution committee to examine needs in the community resulting from the tragedy of 12/14. The foundation has been charged with overseeing the donations received for and disbursed from The Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

  • Shrine Dedicates Sandy Hook Memoriam Garden

    Monsignor Robert Weiss, second from left, the pastor of St Rose Church in Newtown, was the special guest on September 14 of the dedication of a Sandy Hook Memoriam Garden at San Silverio Shrine in Dover Plains, N.Y. On the left is Shrine Chaplain Fr Ciro Iodice, OFM, of San Silverio Shrine; second from right is Father Pio Mandato, FMHJ, a Franciscan priest in the Diocese of Scranton, Penn.; and on the right is Andrea Cerra, of San Silverio Shrine.

  • Influencing The Future

    A draft of Newtown’s latest version of its Plan of Conservation and Development is currently making the rounds of town agencies for critiques and comments before the Planning and Zoning Commission formally approves the planning document later this year. By state law, the town has to update this document at least once a decade.

  • Local Car Show To Benefit Sandy Hook Support Fund

    ORANGE — The Pyramid Shriners Car Club will hold its annual car show at the Orange Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 29. Proceeds will benefit Sandy Hook children, among other recipients. Following 12/14, club members decided to contribute to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

    Newtown resident and club member Tom Adams said “it’s great” to receive the club’s support.

  • Newtown Activists Shift Focus To House Of Representatives

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a week in which another mass shooting took place, and in a year in which gun control has fallen off Congress’ radar, gun control activists again came to Capitol Hill to lobby unyielding politicians.

  • Newtown Parents Make Appeals To Mass. Lawmakers

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers studying dozens of changes proposed to Massachusetts’ gun laws in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., said they hoped to craft a single comprehensive bill that balanced the desire to reduce gun violence with the rights of legitimate gun owners.

    The Legislature’s Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held the fifth and final in a series of statewide public hearings Friday, September 13, drawing hundreds of people to the Statehouse.

  • Sandy Hook Promise: Public Supports Gun Control

    (AP) A nonprofit group in Newtown that has worked with families who lost relatives in the school shooting last year on tougher gun laws says the recall of two lawmakers in Colorado does not diminish public support for such measures.

    Two Democratic state lawmakers who backed tighter gun laws in the aftermath of mass shootings have been kicked out of office.