A bill crafted privately by Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s office, Connecticut’s top prosecutor, and legislative leaders would require the written consent of family members of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims before certain records concerning the shooting may be publicly released. According to a working draft of the bill, released Wednesday by Malloy’s office, consent would be required before any record related to the December 14 shooting that consists of a photograph, videotape, digital recording or other image, or a recording depicting the physical condition of any victim, could be circulated to the public.
As parents who lost children turned to each other for support in the weeks following 12/14, school security emerged as a theme in emotionally wrought conversations around Newtown’s kitchen tables. Now, six Sandy Hook families have launched the Safe and Sound at Sandy Hook Initiative, a program to help communities improve their school security plans.
Following an executive session, the Board of Education unanimously voted on Tuesday, May 21, to name a principal and assistant principal for Sandy Hook School.
Kathleen Gombos, the current principal at R.M.T. Johnson School in Bethel, was chosen as the new principal for Sandy Hook School, and Timothy Napolitano, who currently teaches at Reed Intermediate School, was appointed as assistant principal.
According to a press release from the school district, Dr Gombos “has been viewed by her staff as intelligent, compassionate, a true leader, and a person who empowers others but yet holds them accountable...
Newtown police, among other area police departments, will be continuing their seatbelt enforcement project, known as Click-It or Ticket, through Sunday, June 2.
The heightened seatbelt enforcement campaign started on May 20.
The Town of Newtown has launched a new recovery website called onenewtown.org. This website has been developed to bring information on recovery together in one place and is different from the town’s website which focuses on town departments, meeting agendas, minutes and other details. According to a release, Onenewtown.org provides information, support resources, and the opportunity to ask questions. It details the ideas and stories that will help the community to heal. “Onenewtown.org is focused on connection and communication, being engaged with one another and sharing experiences that refresh and inspire us,” said First Selectman Pat Llodra. “Our hope is that the site will be a key source for critical and timely information on our recovery, promote community participation, and detail our collective path forward.” Mrs Llodra extended a personal note of thanks
The public is invited to attend a Ceremony of Remembrance on Monday, May 27, at the Newtown Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 308. The program will begin at 11 am, under the direction of Past Post Commander Donald Monckton, master of ceremonies.
Whether it’s a few pennies from a piggy bank, a generous check, or any amount in between, all Newtown municipal departments are currently set up to collect donations that will be included in a series of ongoing donations to tornado ravaged Moore City, Oklahoma. Town Human Resources Director Carole Ross is heading up the initiative, and hopes to collect enough to make an initial donation to the municipality by early next week. “We have to do something,” she told The Newtown Bee Tuesday, just hours after the full affect of the mile-wide storm became evident: at least 24 people were reported killed, including at least nine children. And those numbers were expected to climb.
Good news came with the bad on Tuesday, May 21: HealingNewtown Arts Space will close its doors at its current 5 Queen Street location on Wednesday, May 22, but volunteer director Rob Rabinowitz said he “hopes to hear good news soon” regarding leads on a new location. “We are negotiating for space…,” which will be announced. Until then, programming locations will be listed in the HealingNewtown.org calendar of events.In a short Facebook message this week also posted on HealingNewtown.org, Mr Rabinowitz said: “Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, effective Wednesday, May 22, 2013 the HealingNewtown Arts Space will close…” His message assures participants that the healing arts space allocated to the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission following 12/14...
In an effort that grew out of personal experience, advice from experts and the stories parents told in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the head of the legislature’s Committee on Children Monday unveiled a proposal aimed at making it easier for families to access mental health services for children.The bill is a first step, a framework for the mental health system, Sen Dante Bartolomeo, a freshman Democrat from Meriden, said as she outlined the measure, flanked by mental health experts and parents of those killed on 12/14.
Checks for the approximately $50,000 in funds raised during “the one and only” Sandy Hook Green Ribbon Ride fundraiser and remembrance, held on Sunday, May 5 will soon be in the mail to recipients, according to event co-organizer Anthony Capozziello. Mr Capozz...