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 …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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…
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 …
Superintendent says it is important to return to normalcy, especially for K-4 students.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder released another statement Sunday evening, emphasizing that the district is not planning a moment of silence or review of the events of Friday's tragedy in Connecticut so as to try and return to a semblance of normalcy for students. Below is Schilder's complete statement: Dear Parents, Community, and Staff, I know this has been a difficult weekend for everyone and Monday will not be any easier. I did want to follow up Friday’s e-blast with more details on how the day and the rest of the week will be handled. We are going to take a cautious and careful approach with students, especially at the K-4 level. I believe that in times of stress or crisis, children are best served by returning them to the…