Connecticut’s U.S. senators called Friday for an independent audit of more than $11 million in donations received in response to the Newtown school shooting to determine what donors wanted done with the money. The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation released a plan this week to give $7.7 million to the families and survivors and to have committees decide on uses for the rest of the money. A spokesman said decisions on how to spend the money were based on donor intent and the foundation tried to balance short-term and long-term needs. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy wrote a letter calling for the foundation and United Way of Western Connecticut, which helped raised the money, to implement an audit to determine how to divide the money based on donor intent. They said they appreciate the complexity of the issue and the good intentions of those who worked with the foundation, but share concerns that the determination that 70 percent of the money was meant to benefit victims’ families was not reached through a verifiable, comprehensive analysis of contributions.
On Monday, July 22, most town offices at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, will be closing at 4 pm. The early closing is presumably due to the heavy traffic expected on the Fairfield Hills campus for Monday night's Big Time Rush concert. Regular municipal center hours will resume on Tuesday, July 23. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Gallo, Newtown Recovery Team Project Manager, has announced that approximately 100 BTR tickets will be given away -- first come, first served -- on Saturday, July 20, at noon.
Elizabeth Rallo, Newtown Recovery Team Project Manager, has announced that 100 Big Time Rush tickets will be handed out at Newtown Municipal Center on Saturday, July 20, at noon. Residents passing by Fairfield Hills in recent days can already see something big is coming to town. Additional fencing and a line of port-a-potties have already been installed for Monday’s concert by Big Time Rush. As of this afternoon, 3,500 tickets have been given out to Newtown residents. Admission to the concert is free, but the performance is for residents only.
The Board of Selectmen is planning a town meeting July 24 for consideration of $750,000 being offered by the State of Connecticut. According to a release from First Selectman Pat Llodra’s office this week, the $750,000 grant is part of a $50 million state funding package for the Sandy Hook School building project. The authorization for the first $750,000 of the total grant would recognize a separate action of the state to provide more immediate resources so Newtown may proceed with design and engineering preparatory work. The meeting will begin at 7 pm in the Council Chambers of Newtown Municipal Center.
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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.
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.
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.