Thursday, December 27, 2012
If you are licensed to own a gun, would you want your name and address publicized?
A news publication in New York is under scrutiny for publishing the names and addresses of gun owners in certain parts of the state. Less than two weeks after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., the New York Journal News earlier this week published the names and addresses of local gun owners in three New York counties. A story titled, "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood," highlights the names and addresses of residents who are licensed to own handguns through Freedom of Information Law requests, according to The Huffington Post. The Journal News reportedly requested the information from New York's Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, though the publication was only able to …
Friday, December 21, 2012
One school system says no.
Webster students were told to change out of their T-shirts that paid tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre last week, according to Fox 25. One of the students, a first-grade boy, was wearing a shirt that read "Rest in peace, the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School. And in the front is all the kids' names," his parent Tiffany Elliot told FOX 25. Elliot told Fox 25 she talked to her son about the shooting and thought the best way to handle it was to have him show his support for the victims. But the school, said Elliot, disagreed, saying it wasn't their place to discuss the tragedy with students. Instead, Superintendent Dr. Barbara Malkas told Fox 25, "... I don't feel it is the school's right to take that privilege of …
In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, what safety plans should Norwood schools put in place? Should they increase security? Tell us in the comment section.
Now a week after the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., school districts across the country are reviewing safety measures and procedures. "We have practiced throughout the year our emergency procedures and will continue to review all our safety plans to do everything we can to provide safe schools in cooperation with the Norwood Police and Fire Departments," Norwood Superintendent James Hayden wrote in a letter to local parents last weekend. We want to know what, if anything, you think should be done locally after this tragedy. Should Norwood increase security at schools? Change any existing plans for emergencies? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
National group issues statement about preventing future tragedies after shooting that killed 28, including the gunman, in Connecticut.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
After days of silence, the National Rifle Association has released a statement on the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., saying it will make "meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." In the release, the organization begins to explain its silence, saying: "Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting." Critics had called out the group in the days following the shooting: As citizens and legislators began to fall on either side of a debate about what, if at all, should be done about gun laws, many wondered why the group was absent from the conversation. Like many Americans, Patch readers have been…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Superintendent James Hayden issued a letter this weekend to all Norwood school parents following up on the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Friday.
After the tragic shooting that took place in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, Norwood Public Schools Superintendent James Hayden issued a letter to all parents regarding emergency plans and how to reassure students of their safety. "We are all shocked and dismayed by the terrible tragedy that happened in Newtown, Connecticut this Friday," Hayden wrote. "Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers go out to all those affected by this tragedy." "Senseless violence is so hard to understand and explain not only to ourselves but also our children," the letter continues. In order to help children feel comfortable in their schools, the letter offers the following ideas: "We have practiced throughout the year our emergency procedures and will continue to …
A special post office box has been established for those wishing to send condolences to Newtown, CT.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The following text was provided by the U.S. Postal Service. The U.S. Postal Service has established a unique Post Office Box to allow the public to send condolences to those affected by the tragedy in Newtown CT last week. Those who wish to send expressions of comfort should address them to: Messages of Condolence for Newtown PO Box 3700 Newtown, CT 06470 “We understand that there is an outpouring of support for everyone in the Newtown area and we hope to make it easier for those who wish to send encouragement and messages of compassion to those affected,” said Kimberly J. Peters, Connecticut Valley District Manager for the U.S. Postal Service, adding, “Through letters and cards, families will be able to hold that friendship in their …
Does the massacre at Newtown, CT, signal the need for a political debate on gun regulations?
Before officials had even held their first press conference Friday, Facebook was abuzz with status updates about the Newtown, CT, massacre. The statuses were split between those sending their condolences and those asking if the country would finally deal with the issue of gun control. Some fought back, asking for respect and mourning before political debate began. Others remained fierce in their belief that stricter gun control regulations would have prevented such a mass killing, saying the victims were shot multiple times and with semi-automatic weapons, according to Fox News. The guns were not illegal and were, in fact, owned by the shooter's mother. Among them were a semi-automatic .223 caliber bushmaster rifle and two handguns. Those …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Patriots President Jonathan Kraft told media Sunday The Kraft Group and his family will be donating $25,000 to those affected by the Newtown tragedy. On Sunday, the Patriots honored the 26 victims of the school shooting with a special moment of silence.
New England Patriots President Jonathan Kraft told 98.5 The Sports Hub Sunday the Kraft family and Kraft Group will be donating $25,000 to help those affected by last Friday’s shooting in Newtown, Conn. that took the lives of 26 people, including 20 elementary school children. “Your heart just sinks and you get nauseous and you never would expect anything like that would ever happen [in Newtown] … it’s just horrible,” Jonathan Kraft said. … “Our family [and] the Kraft Group donated some money and we encourage other people who are in a position to do that to do it.” Friday’s tragedy hit close to the Kraft family because of a box company they own in Newtown with a factory less than two miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School. “We’ve run a …
Experts advise when talking about the shootings to take your lead from your child.
Today is the first day back to school, since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. on Friday, Dec. 14, where 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman. Experts advise that parents follow the lead of their children—feel them out, find out what their concerns are—when talking about the incident. Dr. Joshua Weiner during an interview on msn.com said he had not told his school-aged children about the massacre in Connecticut until Sunday. "With elementary school children, you want to be brief and simple and not go into detail," advised Weiner. "Young children don't understand probablilites. ... You want to assure them that they will be safe." Weiner also said to assure your child that school is a safe place and …
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Monday, December 17, 2012
Five Things You Need To Know Today is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. Check back later for more, and let us know what you think of the feature in the comments section. 1. Once again the Norwood Police Association is assisting the Marines with their Toys for Tots collection. Donations of new, unwrapped, non-violent toys are needed. You may bring them to the lobby of the police station. 2. Looking to do something charitable with your family this holiday season? Click here for ways to volunteer in the Norwood area! 3. Patch is in more than 900 communities across the country, including Newtown, CT, and when tragedy strikes one of our communities, such as the terrible shooting Friday, we all …