Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Crossings Animal Sanctuary is holding a donation drive to benefit The Animal Center, a nonprofit animal rescue organization in Newtown, Conn.
The Crossings Animal Sanctuary is holding a donation drive this week in honor of two victims of last month’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The donation drive will benefit The Animal Center, a nonprofit animal rescue organization in Newtown, Conn. The idea for the donation drive came from a request made by the family of Catherine Hubbard, one of the children killed in the school shooting. The Hubbard family asked that donations in their daughter’s memory be made to The Animal Center. In addition to honoring the memory of Catherine Hubbard, the donation drive is also in memory of Benjamin Wheeler, a 6-year-old victim. Benjamin’s mother, Francine Lobis Wheeler, is a graduate of Council Rock High School. The Animal Center …
Friday, January 4, 2013
State Rep. Todd Stephens of Horsham plans to introduce legislation that would require the Pennsylvania State Police to upload information about people not legally permitted to buy guns in Pennsylvania into a national database.
As it stands now, anyone from Pennsylvania who has been involuntarily committed, or found to be mentally deficient - and thus ineligible to buy firearms - could travel to another state and buy a gun. State Rep. Todd Stephens (R-151) of Horsham is looking to prevent what he calls a “loophole” pertaining to the inclusion of mental health records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). “What I’m proposing is already the law in 17 other states,” Stephens said. “I’ve been working on this initiative for a year and a half urging the state police to add this data to the national database.” Currently, the Pennsylvania State Police include mental health commitments in the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS), according …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Benjamin Wheeler is the son of a Council Rock graduate who died in the school shooting at Sandy Hook.
Friday, December 21, 2012
The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors on Wednesday voted to make Friday, Dec. 21 "Newtown, Connecticut Day."
Today is Newtown Day. But not our Newtown. It's Newtown, Connecticut Day. The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday passed a proclamation making today Newtown, Connecticut Day. Today is exacty one week after the horrific school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A proclamation approved the by supervisors states: "We realize that this event, which happened only 150 miles from our township, will never be completely removed from our thoughts." The proclamation goes on to say "our hope is that this incomprehensible act will draw us closer together, remind us to watch out for not only our own children but our neighbor's children even more and appreciate each day that we have together." Click here to read the full proclamation.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Newtown, CT school shooting has spurred some retailers to suspend gun sales.
Christmas shopping for the outdoorsman may be a little different this year. Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended sales of semi-automatic weapons at its stores following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, according to a report from CNN. The chain includes 511 stores in 44 states, and posted this message to its web site: We are extremely saddened by the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, CT, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to the entire community. Out of respect for the victims and their families, during this time of national mourning we have removed all guns from sale and from display in our store nearest to Newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all …
A memorial service will be held Thursday for Mary Sherlach, the school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
When the school day ended, Mary Sherlach didn’t stop helping people. “She was a psychologist off the job,” said her daughter, Maura Schwartz, 27, of Deptford, NJ. “Any time my aunts needed someone to talk to, they called my mom. Any time a friend was in crisis, they called my mom. She did not take her (work) hat off. This wasn’t just a job for her; it was who she was. She was constantly wanting to help people.” Sherlach, 56, was among 26 people—including 20 children—killed during a shooting rampage Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The shooter, identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, also killed his mother and himself, authorities said. Sherlach, the school’s psychologist, has been hailed as a hero in the deadly …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Parishioners are invited to mourn and pray for the victims of Friday's shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Monday, December 17, 2012
The vigil was held Sunday night in memory of the victims of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Fran Lobis-Wheeler’s son, Benjamin, 6, died in the attack. Lobis-Wheeler is a member of Council Rock’s class of 1985.
A Council Rock graduate lost her son in Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut. According to sources, Fran Lobis-Wheeler’s son, Benjamin, 6, died in the attack. Lobis-Wheeler is a member of Council Rock’s class of 1985. According to a story from New Haven-based News 8, Lobis-Wheeler and her husband, David, had recently moved to Newtown, CT from New York City. The story says their son Nate, also a student at Sandy Hook, survived the attack. A memorial page, Friends of Benjamin Wheeler, has been set up on Facebook.
A candlelight vigil was held Sunday and Council Rock send out an email to parents on Sunday.
Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, CT has shaken the nation and caused individual communities to respond with vigils and action plans. Newtown, PA is no exception. A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night at Lutheran Church of God's Love in memory of the victims. Friday's events also prompted Council Rock School District Superintendent Mark Klein to address parents in an email Sunday. “As we enter school on Monday, please know that our administrative team met Sunday afternoon to prepare for opening school,” he said. Students in middle and high school opened the day with a short moment of silence during homeroom. Elementary students did not have a moment of silence but Klein said parents should expect the issue would be addressed in …