WASHINGTON – Parents and family members of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School students and educators fanned out on Capitol Hill Tuesday to make 11th-hour pitches to try to rescue gun-control legislation that's in limbo in the Senate – at least for now.“We bring a face to this tragedy,” said Mark Barden, who lost his son Daniel. “People should listen to what we have to say and move the debate forward.” The Sandy Hook parents and other family members of the Newtown shooting victims traveled with President Obama to Washington on Air Force One Monday and breakfasted with Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday morning.
Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown and the Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association will host a talk by Rabbi Seth and Sherri Mandell on Sunday, May 5 at 4:30 pm. Their talk, “Building Resilience After Tragedy — A Guide for the Individual and the Community,” will take place at Adath Israel, 115 Huntingtown Road. Preceding the talk will be the next Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association monthly interfaith prayer service. This service, started after 12/14, brings all of the faith communities in the area together as one voice, united in prayer. The service rotates to a different house of worship each month to support the healing of the entire town community.
To publicly show their support for expanded federal gun control laws, members of the Newtown Action Alliance conducted a demonstration starting midday Wednesday on the front steps of Edmond Town Hall at 45 Main Street.The alliance termed the event, “Filibuster The Filibuster: They Deserve A Vote,” in response to a threatened filibuster in the US Senate by Republican senators who oppose expanding federal gun control laws.
On Monday April 8, at approximately 6:58 am, Newtown police received a call from a Newtown resident explaining that his 2002 black GMC Denali full-size SUV had been stolen from the front parking lot at Newtown Mobil.The gas station/convenience store is at 62 Church Hill Road, near the Exit 10 ramps for Interstate 84.The theft occurred while the owner was inside the gas station making a purchase.
The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation announced April 9 the release of $4 million to be disbursed by an interim advancement committee to 40 families most severely impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The 40 families are those of the 26 victims, the families of 12 surviving children from classrooms directly involved in the shooting, and the families of two people injured in the tragedy.
Fire officials are investigating the cause of an apparently accidental fast-moving fire that destroyed a barn and most of its contents midday on Tuesday, April 9, at 64 Main Street. Volunteers firefighters from all five of Newtown's fire companies responded to the fire.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the entire state of Connecticut today. According to the National Weather Service, “wind gusts between 20-25 mph are expected to develop this afternoon before diminishing late in the day. At the same time, relative humidity values will dro...
WEST HARTFORD — Hoping to re-energize pro-gun safety efforts on Capitol Hill, President Obama visited Connecticut on Monday, using this state's sweeping new reforms as a catalyst.The president told an audience of thousands that packed the University of Hartford's Sports Center that gun safety advocates must speak loudly -- and immediately -- if substantive federal legislation is to have any chance."Now is the time to get engaged, to get involved, to push back on fear, frustration, and misinformation," Obama told an audience that included 1,500 students and hundreds of others including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, dozens of state legislators. "Now is the time to make your voice heard from every state house to the corridors of Congress."
SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (AP) — Organizers in New Jersey have opened the first of several memorial playgrounds that are being built across the region in honor the 26 victims of 12/14.The playground that opened Saturday in Sea Bright honors special education teacher Anne Marie Murphy.The playgrounds — one for each child and teacher killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School — are being built in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.The project, named “The Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play,”' is being spearheaded by New Jersey’s Firefighter’s Mutual Benevolent Association. It connects the two tragedies that share the name Sandy.Sea Bright was chosen for the first playground because of the level of devastation brought by Sandy.
Chrysler Hits Building At about 8:17 pm on March 17, motorist William Velez, 17, of Trumbull was driving a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica SUV southward near 96 Great Ring Road, when the vehicle went off the left road shoulder and co...