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 …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Also today: Help the Sharon High School varsity football team raise money to purchase Superbowl rings.
1. The Unitarian Church of Sharon will host a vigil in honor of the families affected by last week's shooting in Newtown, Conn. The vigil will begin at 4 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. 2. The Sharon High School varsity football team is trying to raise money to purchase Superbowl rings after being named Superbowl champions earlier this month. For more information on how to help, click here. 3. 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. Those who wish to send expressions of comfort should address them to: Messages of Condolence for Newtown PO Box 3700 Newtown, CT 06470 4. Think you have the best holiday decorations around? Share them with …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The event will run from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, and will mark the beginning of a month-long vigil against violence.
The Unitarian Church of Sharon will be holding a vigil Thursday night to honor families affected by last week's shooting in Newtown, Conn. The vigil is also aimed to "commit ourselves to ending violence in America," according to the chuch's website. All are welcome to attend the vigil anytime between 4 and 8 p.m., and stay as long as they wish. The vigil will feature presentations by Sharon religious leaders, a quiet meditation, and a chance for residents to share their thoughts and feelings with one another. Additioanl parking will be made available at the First Congregation Church on North Main Street. The gathering on Thursday will mark the beginning of a month-long vigil against violence that will culminate on Monday, Jan. 21, also …
If you're like most, you've received countless invitations on your Facebook page.
While posts on Twitter and Facebook are predominantly, and understandably, focused on the mass murder at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, perhaps the most viral is the "PETITION: SIGN the Sandy Hook Elementary School National Sympathy Card". Surely you've gotten more than one "your voice will make a difference" and link to the petition on your Facebook page. As reported on the cause's page, in less than 48 hours, 1,000,000 had signed the card, and it had been shared more than a million times. The "cause" post serves as both a sympathy card and petition, which will be delivered to Newtown, CT. The card reads, in part, "Our Sincere Condolences. We wish to express our deepest sympathies to all of the families of those lost, to the …
A special post office box has been established for those wishing to send condolences to Newtown, CT.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The following text was provided by the U.S. Postal Service. NEWTOWN, CT—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 …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Find out how you can help families affected by the incident in Newtown, Connecticut last week, as well as what others in Sharon have to say so far.
1. If you're looking to help out families affected by the incident in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday, click here. 2. Sharon School Superintendent Tim Farmer this week posted an article to the school department's website about the Newtown tragedy. 3. New Sharon Patch blogger Nina Rogoff weighs in with thoughts, prayers and other comments on the incident in Newtown. 4. Have you spoken with your child or student about the incident in Newtown? If so, share your tips on how to approach the issue with other parents and teachers in the area. 5. Help Patch build a huge virtual card to the Newtown community and let them know they are in your heart and on your mind.
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
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 …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Help Patch build a huge virtual card to the Newtown, CT community and let them know they are in your heart and on your mind.
“There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.” – The Dalai Lama When unthinkable tragedy strikes, we grapple for a way to come to terms with the how and the why. We search for ways to make sense of what happened, even when it doesn't make sense. The horrific shooting that took place at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT on Friday, Dec. 14, stunned a nation as the news broke that not one child, but 20, six- and seven-year-old children and six of their teachers had been shot and killed by a gunman who then took his own life. Most communities can only begin to imagine sorrow …