As the days count down to the main event, and the number of tickets dwindles, organizers of the Great Newtown Reunion are requesting anyone interested in attending the July 27 event, or anyone with a ticket reservation in progress to complete their purchases. "Like with any event that is expected to draw in excess of 1,000, we need to know at least several days in advance the headcount to provide to our event support people," said event co-chair Wendy Lee Hewitt. "Right now we have several hundred reservations in progress, but we're getting closer to our capacity, and I want to be sure everyone who wants to attend gets a seat."
Matt Bennett, co-founder of Third Way, a Washington D.C., public policy think tank devoted to the advancement of “moderate policy and political ideas,” including gun safety laws, has worked with families directly affected by 12/14 and Sandy Hook Promise since January. As an advisor to those seeking changes to current gun laws in a way that could honor the loved ones they have lost, he has shown them how to make their ways through the tangle of legislation, and pointed out to them that there will be many disappointments and lessons to learn before their hopes are realized.
A year-round, state-of-the-art, hydroponic greenhouse, family restaurant and pub could be one of the next new ventures at Fairfield Hills. Antonio St Lorenzo, resident and CEO and Founder of Heroes Village, has submitted to a Fairfield Hills Authority subcommittee a draft letter of intent to occupy the sites of Stratford Hall for the restaurant and pub, and the location of Norwalk Hall, which would come down in lieu of a new 80,000-square-foot greenhouse there — an estimated $3.4 million proposal. FHA subcommittee members met with Mr St Antonio on July 17 to discuss his proposal, ask questions and voice concerns about the project that would greatly impact two locations on the campus.
Families of the 26 children and educators killed in the Connecticut school shooting last year will receive $281,000 each under a final plan, released Wednesday, for dividing up $7.7 million in donations. The families of 12 surviving children who witnessed the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School will each get $20,000. Two staff members who were injured will get $75,000 each.
HARTFORD (AP) – Members of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's panel charged with reviewing school safety, mental health and public safety following the Newtown school massacre say they want their final report to have national significance. Robert Ducibella, a member of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission and a security consultant, said July 12 he feels the group has a responsibility to broaden its recommendations beyond the December 14 shooting in Connecticut and craft a report that's meaningful to other states as well.
The Main Street flag was lowered on Friday to pay respect to the late Zita McMahon. Mrs McMahon, 75, who served as Newtown's First Selectman from 1989 until 1993, died on July 12, peacefully and surrounded by family. The widow of John Gary McMahn of Sandy Hook, Mrs McMahon spent 49 years of her life in Sandy Hook. Calling hours will be at Honan Funeral Home on Tuesday evening, with a Mass of Christian Burial planned for Wednesday, July 17.
First Selectman Pat Llodra, Newtown Emergency Management Director Bill Halstead and the Newtown Health District are offering information to prevent citizens from becoming victims of the heat during these days of extremely high temperatures. The weather forecast is for hot temperatures throughout the week. Residents should feel free to visit any of four locations to seek relief from the heat, to plan when they will run errands or work outdoors, and keep an eye out for each other. By late Monday morning, the National Weather Service (NWS) said a heat wave is building across the Ohio Valley and eastern United States. While there were no warnings in place at 11:15 am, a Heat Advisory was put into effect for the hours of noon until 8 pm Monday
On Friday, July 19, survivors of the Aurora theater massacre, families of victims, several Newtown families, gun violence prevention advocates, and local faith leaders will gather in Aurora, Colorado, to mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Century 16 movie theater that killed 12 people and injured another 70. They will join together in a day of remembrance and a call to action, urging America’s leaders to take meaningful action to reduce gun violence nationwide. Among the participants will be those traveling as part of the “No More Names: National Drive To Reduce Gun Violence,” which launched from the steps of Edmond Town Hall on Friday, June 14.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy, in a letter to the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc, has expressed his frustration with the foundation’s pace and manner of decisionmaking in terms of distributing funds, which the group has collected to benefit those people affected by the 12/14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.In the July 12 letter, Gov Malloy wrote, in part, “While I appreciate your efforts, I remain deeply frustrated at both the pace and the manner in which the foundation has approached decisions on how best to distribute these funds.” “It is a sentiment that I have heard from individuals in the Newtown community and elsewhere in our state,” he added.