Sunday, January 27, 2013
Richard Palumbo, moved by Connecticut school shooting, gains support for Somerset County initiative.
A Basking Ridge man's inspiration to put up some of his own money to buy back unwanted and illegal guns as a way of preventing potential shooting tragedies has been gaining support through private donations and the help of Somerset County law enforcement authorities, he said. Like many people, Basking Ridge resident Richard Palumbo watched the news about last month's school shooting in Newtown, CT., wishing there was something he could do to help. For Palumbo, the sympathy for the families of the children who were killed was made more acute because he himself has children, ages 5 and 8. He also noted that Basking Ridge, the community where he and his wife live and his children attend school, is remarkably like Newtown in many ways. But …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Bridgewater couple's Newtown effort goes national, PSE&G hearing also make headlines.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
As part of initial budget talks, the district is earmarking $30,000 for additional security personnel at the high school. Police presence was increased at Bridgewater-Raritan High School Friday because of rumors circulating Thursday evening about a possible prank or weapons, according to an email from Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder. Parents say they are not sure additional security is the best method for protecting local schools from an incident similar to the one in Newtown. The board of education held a first discussion about the 2013-2014 school budget, with a proposed 1.76 percent tax hike if nothing is added to, or cut from, the current budget. PSE&G held a public information session to discuss its response to Superstorm …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
In the wake of CT shooting, parents said schools need to find the weaknesses in their systems.
For many parents of children under 6 years old, they said they felt it was unnecessary to talk to them about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. “My children are 5 and 2-and-a-half,” said Bridgewater resident Jessica Demcsak. “I did not feel the need to discuss the shootings with them because of their age. They did not encounter any news broadcasting at home or in the car, so it was pretty easy to shield them.” Bridgewater parent Liz Marranca said she has also limited the exposure her children—ages 6, almost 4 and 8 months—have had to news and current events. “I just told my just turned 6-year-old that a bad man in Connecticut did something bad and we need to pray for people in Connecticut,” she said. “I …
Robert and Lucrecia Young heading back to CT as donations come in from around the country.
With messages flowing in from as far away as Ohio, Texas and Michigan, Bridgewater residents Robert and Lucrecia Young are preparing a return trip Thursday to Newtown, Conn., to bring donated toys and stuffed animals to those still suffering in the wake of Friday’s school shooting tragedy. After sharing his story of spending Saturday in Newtown, showing Bridgewater’s support for those suffering, Young said he began hearing from residents across the country who wanted to help as well. “I’ve noticed there’s a lot of division in the country, and this is showing me that when it comes right down to helping each other, Americans hop in and help,” Robert Young said. Young said he already has a Jeep filled with stuffed animals—at least 75 so far—…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
It will be discussed in the board’s facilities committee.
All crisis management teams in the district met Monday morning to discuss current, and future, security measures in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, according to Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder. Schilder said Tuesday that the teams were looking at reviewing current security procedures, while also making recommendations for enhancement. “I compiled those into a format for the board facilities committee,” he said. “There are security issues, and suggestions are coming in that are very robust and detailed.” Schilder declined to give specifics on what is being discussed at this time. Board of education vice president Patrick Breslin said the facilities committee received the recommendations, and will be …
Robert and Lucrecia Young drove to Connecticut Saturday with a goal to just give back.
CENTRAL JERSEY -- A local couple saw the kindness of strangers in January when people donated clothes and other items to them after their house burned to the ground from a fireplace fire—and now in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., they are just trying to pay it forward. “I woke up Saturday morning with tears in my eyes,” Robert Young, of Bridgewater, said. “I turned to my wife in bed, and said, ‘Let’s go.’ She asked where, and I said we’re going to Newtown because we have to do something to help.” Young and his wife, Lucrecia Young, headed out on the drive to Connecticut, planning to do whatever they could to help those devastated after the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 children…
Monday, December 17, 2012
It is encouraging children to send pictures about banning guns to President Obama.
Bridgewater resident Neha Pallod Limaye is hoping to get one message to the President of the United States—“No badge, no guns.” And to promote that, Limaye has started a Facebook group called Let us Live!, which is centered around that message. The group was created just after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut Friday, which left 28 people dead, including 20 children under the age of 10 years old. With more than 1,200 members after just starting the group Saturday, Limaye is asking children to draw pictures that can then be sent to President Barack Obama in the White House. “Our intention is to get that message out to the President, to flood the White House with pictures hand drawn by young children, asking…
Friday, December 14, 2012
Michael Schilder directs school staff to follow security procedures as a precautionary measure.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder released the following message Friday evening concerning the tragedy at the elementary school in Connecticut: Dear Parents and Community, I am writing to you tonight with great sadness. The loss of children in Connecticut today due to a school shooting is an unspeakable horror. While I do not feel that there is any threat to BRRSD, as a precautionary measure, I did issue a directive this afternoon to all staff to make sure all security procedures are being followed in strict accordance with the district's Crisis Management Plan and standard operating protocols. Children are likely to be upset by this tragedy. We believe that if possible, parents should always be the ones to first address their …