In expressing his grief and frustration over yet another mass gun shooting, President Barack Obama, in a speech Thursday evening, challenged news media to compare the number of US citizens killed by terrorism versus those killed by gun violence, each year. The President’s remarks were in response to shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., earlier that day, which left multiple people dead and wounded. President Obama pointed out the disparity of funds spent to protect Americans — and rightly so, he added — from relatively few terrorist attacks, as compared to what is spent on preventing gun violence.
Following a 40-minute public hearing September 30 dominated by two local officials suggesting several late adjustments to Newtown’s constitutional document, the Charter Revision Commission initiated some of those changes and voted to send a final draft to the Legislative Council for its own hearing and review process. The panel received kudos for their efforts, which included a charge to overhaul the entire document with a goal of making it more relevant and user-friendly for both Newtown’s citizens and the many local government agencies and policies serving them. Following the hearing, commissioners convened a planned meeting to complete any final adjustments to the draft. Mr Capeci said that the panel was able to act on the advice or requests of some of the hearing participants.
While a public survey gauging community opinions on developing a new community center will be available until midnight on October 10, a series of public question and answer sessions providing members of an appointed panel on the planned project a chance to hear residents’ opinions and thoughts are continuing. A growing number of residents are taking an online survey that will remain available until midnight October 10.
Newtown’s Recovery and Resiliency Team is inviting residents to a Trauma Stewardship workshop intended for the Newtown/Sandy Hook community, along with anyone who has served or participated in the healing and recovery efforts. The free event will be October 16 at the Knights of Columbus Building at St Rose Church.
According to a release from the firm involved in a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the Bushmaster assault rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a federal district court has handed an important victory to the ten Sandy Hook families who are plaintiffs. In a short order issued September 30, the Court ruled that the families’ lawsuit should proceed in Connecticut state court, where it was initially filed. Shortly after the families filed suit last year, Bushmaster removed the case to federal court. Bushmaster argued that a federal law granting broad immunity to the gun industry provided a basis to dismiss the plaintiffs’ case against Riverview Sales, the store that sold the Bushmaster assault rifle.
In their latest pre-election position paper, local Republicans recognize the “special kind of person” who steps up to volunteer and serve Newtown on a board or commission. The local GOP also takes the opportunity to affirm how many Republicans and unaffiliated voters the party has met, interviewed, and helped successfully transition into some area of local public service.
“Finding people willing to serve is not an easy task,” the paper points out. “Often times, serving the town means many hours spent away from family and friends with no compensation other than the satisfaction of trying to make Newtown a better place.”
HARTFORD — Jury selection in the federal drug trafficking trial of a former Newtown police sergeant and a former Newtown emergency communications dispatcher has been postponed from October 13 to January 12.
Thomas Carson, spokesman for the US Attorney for Connecticut, said September 30 that on September 23 the defendants in the case attended a court conference to discuss the status of their cases.
Among the 11 defendants are Steven Santucci, 38, of Waterbury, a former Newtown police sergeant, and Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport, who formerly worked as a Newtown emergency communications dispatcher. Both Mr Santucci and Mr Chickos resigned from their jobs following their arrests by federal authorities in late April. Federal officials allege that Mr Santucci headed the drug ring.
As friends, colleagues, and admirers gathered for a celebration of her life at Fairfield Hills Saturday September 26, one could easily imagine Julia Wasserman somewhere beyond the wispy clouds that dotted the afternoon sky, head cocked earthward, listening to the hundreds of stories unfolding about the indomitable former state representative who did so much for — and meant so much to — the community she called home.
While only a half dozen of those in attendance made their way to the microphone, offering personal glimpses into the wiles and wit of Mrs Wasserman, those stories evoked a mixture of laughter, tears, and glowing admiration for this small but powerfully determined woman who began a life full of adventure escaping the Nazi regime in Germany as a teenaged girl.