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  • Having And Not Having

    When the holidays get started in earnest next week, the town will again embark on a season of heightened sensibilities with a celebration of Thanksgiving. Elsewhere, the fulsome holiday spectacle of twinkling lights and jingling cash registers seems to go a little farther over the top with every passing year. But in Newtown the sense of what we have, etched as it is in high relief by what we have lost, has an authentic value worthy of our deepest thanks.

  • Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed: United Way Report Shows That ALICE Is Everyone’s Neighbor

    United Way of Connecticut released, on November 16, a 121-page, statewide report, documenting Connecticut households struggling to afford living expenses that exceed the official federal poverty level of $11,670 for an individual or $23,850 for a family of four. United Way calls this population ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. In Newtown, one in five people meet these criteria and live with these daily economic challenges.

  • AG: Donor Intent Was Honored In Sandy Hook Fund Distribution

    This report was updated August 8 adding comments from Fund Chairman Dr Charles Herrick.

    Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen issued a notice to the United Way of Western Connecticut and the Newtown-Sandy Hook Foundation August 7 indicating the agency and foundation honored donor intent in its decision to distribute $7.7 million of the more than $11 million collected in the wake of 12/14 to immediate victims and their survivors, in the amounts that were designated by the foundation.

  • Amid Calls For A National Victims' Fund, Local Officials Say Give Newtown A Chance

    Supporters of a "National Compassion Fund" are looking beyond the efforts of Newtown officials including First Selectman Pat Llodra, who want to see the largest victims' fund amassed following the 12/14 tragedy kept under local control. While eight families have signed on supporting an idea to create a nationally administered infrastructure to administer funds following future disasters, only one survivors' family member has criticized the local United Way fundraising initiative.

  • Fund Needs To Detach The Strings From Victims’ Money

    To the Editor:

    Cristina Lafferty-Hassinger, daughter of the Sandy Hook principal lost in 12/14, spoke out in an March 6, 2013 Danbury News-Times article, of her frustration with how the United Way of Western Connecticut is distributing the monies from the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which News-Times reported to now be at $10 million. Key issues were the delay in getting funds distributed and requiring “proof of hardship.”

  • Kent School Students Reach Out To Newtown

    Students at The Kent School were, like so many others across the state and country, upset when they heard the news of the shootings at Sandy Hook School on 12/14. And like others, many students of the independent coeducational boarding school in northwestern Connecticut began reaching out to the residents of Newtown with words of condolence.

  • Community Forum On Post-12/14 Recovery And Resilience, February 27 At WCSU

    DANBURY — The United Way of Western Connecticut is inviting the public to a community forum to discuss recovery and resilience in the aftermath of 12/14 on Wednesday, February 27.

    The forum will begin at 7 pm. It will be in Ives Concert Hall, 181 White Street, on the university’s midtown campus. The forum will be broadcast live over the internet by LiveStream.com.