Sunday, December 30, 2012
Families, friends of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School usher team onto field.
NORTH JERSEY — More than 200 students from Sandy Hook Elementary School were among 400 people from Newtown, Conn., who formed a tunnel for New York Giants players to run through as they took the field Sunday for their final home game of the 2012 season. A little more than two weeks after a 20-year-old gunman stormed into the Connecticut elementary school and killed 26 people, including 20 children, families, classmates and neighbors of the dead were bused to MetLife Stadium and given tickets to the contest by the Giants. The group of Newtown residents received high-fives and handshakes from the athletes as they entered the field. The students and their families then made a ring around the field, holding hands with Giants and Philadelphia …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
The Morris County Arts Workshop collecting notes of support and encouragement to send to the families who lost loved ones in Newtown.
The Morris County Arts Workshop (MCAW) in Chester is channeling their creativity and compassion into a project to pay tribute to those who are suffering in the aftermath of the shooting in Newtown, Conn. Jane Shatz, director of MCAW has organized a tealight tribute to the children of Newtown. MCAW is dedicated to making arts participation an integral part of everyday life. The goal of this project for the people of Newtown is for the community to come together to share their grief, as well as wishes for healing and peace. "This is something we can do. From one community to another," Shatz said. "That is what the soul of it is." During MCAW’s Thursday night fundraiser at their new storefront at the Chester Springs Shopping center, guests …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Mayors throughout country are signing letter to President, Congress seeking stricter gun control legislation.
Last week a 20-year-old man shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children, at a school in Newtown, Conn., his mother and himself. On Wednesday, more than 750 mayors from around the country, who are part of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) coalition, signed a letter to call on President Barack Obama and Congress to pass stricter gun control legislation. "With all the carnage from gun violence in our country, it's still almost impossible to believe that a mass shooting in a kindergarten class could happen," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. Bloomberg is Co-Chair of MAIG. "We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak …
Banner holds signatures, ribbons commemorating 27 dead in school shooting.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Age and location make no difference when it comes to expressing condolences to the families of those who were killed in the Newtown, Connecticut massacre. Students at Centenary College in Hackettstown have created a large canvas banner, containing 27 green ribbons with the initials and age of each victim from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Students from the college have been signing the banner with well-wishes for the families and community. The banner will sent to the Newtown community in remembrance of those whose lives were taken. "In times of great sadness, a kind word, even from a total stranger can help to ease one's pain. We hope this canvas, with our kind words, will help in some small way,” said Kerry Mullins, Dean of…
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Is murder of 26 people, most of them children, enough to make Washington take notice?
Bullet-proof glass in every window. Armed guards monitoring X-ray machines at the sole entrance. Snipers on the rooftop keeping watch over the playground. Is this the future of elementary schools in New Jersey and the nation? It’s hard to imagine everything school officials would have to do to make children completely safe, after the horrific slaughter Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. There is one thing that this nation must do: Congress must pass and the president must sign laws putting much greater controls on guns, preferably to include an Australia-style firearms buy back. Information about the senseless murder of 20 first-graders and six staff members at the school is still incomplete, with new details seeming …