Thursday, January 3, 2013
MLS players will travel to town affected by mass shooting to show support for devastated community.
Members of the New York Red Bulls and Major League Soccer will travel to Newtown, CT on Monday to raise funds for the families affected by the tragic Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, league officials announced. Soccer players will use the event to help raise attention, support and funding for these families with “Soccer Night in Newtown.” The shooting, which killed 27 people, including 20 children, had an especially strong impact on San Jose Earthquakes’ player Marcus Tracy, who grew up in Newtown and whose mother once taught at the school. Residents and members of the Newtown Youth Soccer Club have been invited to attend and meet professional soccer players including Red Bulls players Kenny Cooper, Ryan Meara and Heath …
Friday, December 21, 2012
School districts in the region respond to Connecticut massacre by reviewing safety procedures.
At 9:30 a.m. Friday, 26 bells were rung, one each for the lives taken in the hallways and classrooms of Sandy Hook Elementary School during the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn. The Friday before Christmas, typically a day reserved for holiday parties and cheer, marked a week since what has been labeled the second deadliest school shooting in America. Just days and even hours after the shooting, school districts in Morris and Somerset counties sprung into action, developing plans to communicate with parents and reaching out to police officers about how to make schools more safe. "Right now, the crucial thing for school boards to do is to look at the security procedures in place," said Frank Belluscio, communications director for the New …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
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…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Candlelight vigil held Tuesday night at Veterans Park elicits tears, tributes and a call for an end to the violence.
More than 100 residents gathered at Veterans Park Tuesday night to offer respects to the 20 children and six adults gunned down Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Parsippany's Par-Troy Council of Parent-Teacher Associations candlelight vigil was the brainchild of Parsippany Hills High School PTSA President Sandy Nussbaum Giercyk. "I had to do something," she said, when asked why she suggested putting on an outdoor event to allow Parsippany residents to stand in solidarity with the Newtown fallen. "My emotions have run the gamut, from love to hate to guilt," Giercyk said, addressing the crowd at the park's bandshell. "This tragedy leaves us with a reminder that life is very fragile." Elizabeth Kadian, also of the Par-…