WASHINGTON – The National Rifle Association tapped a Newtown parent who lost a son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings to help it unveil a proposal Tuesday that recommended putting armed personnel in the nation's schools.
At a press conference Tuesday, Mark Mattioli, whose son James died in the Sandy Hook massacre, supported the NRA's initiative, made public the week before the U.S. Senate begins a gun-control debate.
In recognition of the intense effort involved in handling the emergency radio telecommunications traffic that stemmed from the December 14 mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South has received an Outstanding 9-1-1 Call Center Award.
Sharing the award with Newtown was a similar emergency communications center for Aurora, Colorado, where a mass shooting incident occurred in a movie theater last July 20.
Newtown’s five fire companies are coordinating efforts to present The Green Ribbon Ride, a motorcycle ride on Sunday, May 5, that will raise money for a number of local funds. The ride, according to organizers, will be done “to remember and honor Newtown’s 26 angels.”
State Police are investigating a robbery of the Naugatuck Savings Bank on Main Street South in Southbury before noon, April 3. According to witnesses, a male entered the bank and demanded money from a teller, implying that he had a weapon. The man is described as a white male, about 30 years old and six feet tall. Police are looking for a green Honda that may be associated with the robbery. Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the man. Citizens are asked to call Troop A at 203-267-2200 with information. All calls will be kept confidential.
On December 15, members of the Colorado Springs rock band OneRepublic took to the web, so touched by the tragedy that occurred in Newtown one day earlier, that they wanted to do something about it. Beginning with their own $20,000 donation, the band continued to raise funds and recently delivered a check to the town for $100,000.A video posted on the band’s fundraising website now indicates OneRepublic has increased its original goal to $250,000
An urgent push to preserve two Castle Hill properties recently eyed for development included The Animal Center of Newtown/Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary."From the very beginning, this property has been a place we envisioned for the [sanctuary]," said Animal Center Vice President Harmony Verna. One of the 12/14 victims was 6-year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard, who will be remembered for her love of all animals and her constant smile.A third-party buyer for the roughly 136 acres has changed the equation for both Ms Verna and the Newtown Forest Association (NFA), which had aligned efforts to raise funds for a counteroffer to an initial proposal for cluster housing from Newtown-based GLT Development Corporation at #20 and #60 Castle Hill Road - the former Gretsch estate.
Police said Monday they are continuing their probe into a series of shooting incidents which occurred in the darkness early on the morning of Tuesday, March 12, at four separate residential locations.
There were no injuries in the incidents which occurred on Alpine Drive, Saw Mill Road, Berkshire Road, and Brandywine Lane, Lieutenant George Sinko, commander of the police department’s patrol division, said April 1.
The police detective bureau is pursuing leads in the case in seeking to find who took those shots, damaging property at the four locations.
At Alpine Drive, someone shot out two windows of a vehicle parked outdoors; at Saw Mill Road, a bullet penetrated a house’s wall and came to rest in an opposing wall; at Berkshire Road, a bullet passed through a double-paned picture window and entered the house; and at Brandywine Lane, someone shot at a curbside mailbox.
The following letter was presented to members of the Connecticut legislative body at a press conference facilitated by Sandy Hook Promise, Monday, April 1, in the office of Senator John McKinney, at the State Capitol in Hartford. Speaking briefly at the press conference was Nicole Hockley, the mother of Sandy Hook Elementary School first grade student Dylan Hockley, who perished 12/14. Bill Sherlach, husband of school psychologist Mary Sherlach who died at the school 12/14, read the letter. Parents of three other first grade students who died at SHS, Jackie and Mark Barden; Jenn Hensel; and Nelba Marquez Greene were present Monday morning, as well.
Two authorized veteran service officers from Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will be at Newtown VFW Post 308 on Saturday, April 13. Doors will open at 10 am, and the officers will present a 40-mintue presentation beginning at 11. The presentation, open to...