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  • Changing Positions

    To the Editor:

    Hopefully, the [Team 26] bicyclists will accomplish what is so desperately needed.

    Failing this, we have to find a way to make  every member of Congress reveal, along with their vote, the money they have received from the NRA.

    If we can accomplish this, I have to believe many, if not all of them, who voted against controls will find a way to rationalize changing  their position.

    Richard Cole

  • Team 26 Arrives In D.C.

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— Riding 400 miles from Newtown, 26 bicyclists hoping to change the nation’s gun laws faced some strong headwinds on their way to Washington, D.C. When they reached the U.S. Capitol Tuesday, they faced even more — of the political kind.

    It’s been nearly a year since a bill that would increase FBI background checks on gun buyers failed to clear a 60-vote threshold in the Senate. The House has not taken up any gun control legislation and doesn’t seem inclined to do so.

  • Team 26 Departs For DC

    Team 26 members and supporters gathered on the steps of Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, March 8, before embarking on a 400-mile journey— the 2nd Annual Sandy Hook Ride on Washington (SHROW)— to show how diverse communities across the nation have one common goal: make streets safer and put an end to the gun-violence epidemic.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Looking for a couple of good causes to help? Among the local organizations hoping for support and a chance at an addition prize is the Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation (CMAK). CMAK will compete for prize money up to $25,000 as part of Fairfield County Giving Day.

  • Team 26 Departure To DC Is March 8; Kick-Off Rally Moved To Edmond Town Hall

    Gun violence touches all ethnicities and socioeconomic group. The push for more sensible gun safety legislation has helped to unify communities that would appear to have little in common. On Saturday, March 8, at 8 am, a group of cyclists known as Team 26 will embark on a 400-mile journey — the 2nd Annual Sandy Hook Ride On Washington (SHROW) — departing from Edmond Town Hall to show how diverse communities across the nation have one common goal: make streets safer and put an end to the gun-violence epidemic.

  • Team 26 To Ride Again Honoring Gun Victims, Supporting Prevention

    Sandy Hook resident and world class cyclist Monte Frank will be coordinating a second ride from Sandy Hook to Washington featuring Team 26 — a group of similarly motivated riders looking to honor Newtown’s and all victims of gun violence, support stronger gun violence prevention laws and to spread a message of peace, hope and love.

    According to Mr Frank, also a local attorney, the ride will depart Newtown on March 8. The public is invited to help send off the cyclists at an 8 am ceremony at Edmond Town Hall on Main Street.

  • Newtown Cyclocross Challenged Riders At Fairfield Hills

    Almost 200 cyclists gathered on Saturday, December 21, for Newtown Cyclocross at Fairfield Hills. The cyclists tested their athletic skills on a challenging hilly 1.75-mile cross-country course that included pavement, snow, mud, turf, and sets of barriers, requiring riders to occasionally run and carry their bikes across unridable terrain. 

  • Cyclocross Saturday At Fairfield Hills

    Connecticut bicycling organizations, the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) and Team 26 are partnering to host a cyclocross bicycle event to begin at 9 am on Saturday, December 21, at Fairfield Hills.

    All ages and skill levels are invited to participate — or be a spectator — at this fun and competitive bicycling event. The course will be held on a two-mile circuit with surfaces ranging from pavement to grassy fields to dirt trails. Cyclocross and mountain bikes without bar-ends are recommended.

  • Team 26 Pedals A Message To DC Legislators

    Before the soft click of so many rotating wheels embarked on a journey to Washington, D.C., from Sandy Hook, a large rally took place at Reed Intermediate School Saturday, March 9, to send off the members of Team 26.

  • Newtown-Bred Activists Partnering Up With National Gun-Control Groups

    WASHINGTON – The 26 gun control activists who biked from Newtown to Washington, arriving Tuesday, belong to a growing group of Newtown residents who, with the help of national groups, are becoming a lobbying force on Capitol Hill.

    The residents and family members of the 26 killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings are a powerful reminder of the tragedy for lawmakers and reporters, who sometimes have short attention spans.