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  • Families of 12/14 Victims Present Letter To Legislators

    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.

  • Free Cones For Kids, April 10

    To celebrate the opening of a new ice cream season, Ferris Acres Creamery and Holy Cow Ice Cream will both be offering free ice cream cones for children ages 12 and under on Wednesday, April 10.

  • State Officials Seeking Details On Growing List Of 12/14 Charities, Funds

    Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein want more information about how much money has been collected by dozens of charities that have sprung up in the wake of the Sandy Hook School tragedy. The state officials also hope to identify the intended recipients of money collected or already disbursed. Letters signed by the attorney general and commissioner were mailed March 28 with a short survey to 69 charities that are registered with the state Department of Consumer Protection or that otherwise have been publicly identified as having accepted donations related to 12/14.

  • Bunny Watch Hopping With Excitement

    A bouncy house was set up, tickets were ready, and a number of “bunnies” were starting to arrive by 10 am on Friday, March 29, for the first day of this year’s Bunny Watch, near Glander Field on the Fairfield Hills campus. The Bunny Watch...

  • Sandy Hook Fire Victims Inspire An Outpouring Of Support

    On Friday afternoon Audra and Hans Barth and their three children were sorting through donations of clothes with friends and neighbors outside the shell of what used to be their cozy little home on Berkshire Road.That structure was destroyed in a stubborn fire March 27. But according to Hans Barth, the fire was comparatively insignificant in relation to the events of 12/14, when their two older children were among the students locked down in, and eventually evacuated from, Sandy Hook School.

  • Protesters Square Off On Gun Policy At NSSF Protest

    People waving handmade signs with conflicting messages Thursday, March 28, demanding “Action now,” “Fewer bullets, fewer burials,” and “Safer gun laws,” while others read, “I’m a responsible gun owner,” or “NRA, stand and fight.” Those among the roughly 100 protesters gathered at rush hour on the curb outside the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) at the corner of Wasserman Way and Queen Street were either supporting their rights regarding firearms, or lobbying for changes in legislation for stricter gun laws.

  • Three Prisoners Arrested In Separate Garner Incidents

    State police report arrests of three inmates recently in separate incidents at the state’s high-security Garner Correctional Institution. One inmate was found to have a weapon in his cell, another spat on a correction officer, and the third assaulted a correction officer.

  • Budget Hearing Highlights Info And Advocacy

    Following the shortest public budget hearing in recent memory, the council will take up deliberations on the 2013-14 proposal with the possibility of acting on the request as early as April 3, according to council Chairman Jeff Capeci. Only three citizens addressed the council during the approximately 20-minute session. In previous years, public hearings have swelled to the extent that they were held in the high school lecture room and auditorium.

  • Sandy Hook Center Spring Clean-Up Planned

    A spring cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, April 7, in Sandy Hook Center. Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) President Michael Burton said that just like last year, volunteers are welcome to help clean the Pootatuck River banks and roadsides of litter, and “maybe plant some flowers."

  • Protestors On Both Sides Of The Argument

    More than 100 protesters both supporting their Second Amendment rights and the National Rifle Association, and a large faction pushing for stronger gun legislation in the wake of 12/14, gathered at the intersection of Wasserman Way and Queen Street late Thursday afternoon.More than 100 protesters — many with handmade signs or carrying flags — crowded the curb after 4:30 pm as drivers in rush hour traffic beeped in support. The crowd Thursday was the largest seen to date. A Newtown couple appeared in the same location — outside the offices of the National Sport Shooting Foundation (NSSF) — on March 14, and a larger group appeared there last week.