Posts tagged ‘school’

February 20th, 2013

Esty Hosts Gun Violence Forum Tonight

by Christopher O'Brien

Newly elected US Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will host a forum on gun violence tonight at Rotella Magnet School in Waterbury at 7:00 pm. The school is at 380 Pierpont Rd., not far from the Wolcott town line. There is no RSVP required and anyone in the public is welcome to attend. Please note that no large bags or backpacks  will be permitted into the building.

Esty will discuss the policy principles announced by the Congressional Gun Violence Task Force, answer questions, and listen to residents’ ideas on the proposals. Esty serves as one of twelve vice-chairmen on the Tast Force. Its recomendations can be viewed HERE.

February 8th, 2013

Winter Storm Links

by Christopher O'Brien

Below is a list of helpful storm links including updatable weather forcasts, live dopplar radar, and discussion. If you know of additional resoucres we can share, please let us know at WolcottWhisper@gmail.com

Radar

Dopplar Radar (zoomable): http://www.ctnow.com/weather/radar/

Connecticut Doplar: http://www.wfsb.com/category/211192/doppler-loop

Closings

From WFSB: http://www.wfsb.com/category/211195/school-closings

From Fox CT/ Hartford Courant: http://www.ctnow.com/weather/closings/

Weather

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January 25th, 2013

Public Input Invited on School & Gun Safety Task Force

by Christopher O'Brien

The legislature’s bipartisan task force on gun safety will hold a hearing 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28. The hearing on mental health issues will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Both will be held in room 2C at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. A fourth public hearing will be held by the task force at Newtown High School 6 p.m. Jan. 30.

Have something to add to the discussions before the task force on gun safety, mental health, or school safety? Send your testimony here. And here are general instructions on how to submit testimony for a public hearing.

January 16th, 2013

School Cancelled

by Christopher O'Brien

Its snowing out. Its white, fluffy, frozen…. you know.. a good day to stay inside for a couple of hours. Then when you wake up, go sledding.

You’ll get tired out by about 11 am. And think… are you sure you got that math problem right? Do your homework. And that big essay that’s due in two weeks.

C’mon you know you want to. Oh, alright-  after 1 pm is fine.

This was posted on Wednesday January 16th…. if you’re reading on any other day…. you’re probably late.

December 25th, 2012

A Sailor in Newtown

by Christopher O'Brien

On Saturday, eight Wolcott’s police officers supported Newtown police through patrol, funeral, and memorial post assignments. The town has been inundated by visitors from all over Connecticut and the nation after the tragic deaths of 26 schoolchildren and teachers as well as two other residents. Police, firemen and charities throughout the state have descended upon the town to assist during a tumultuous week of sorroe. Officer Bryan Spiotti wrote about his experience.

By Bryan Spiotti

     Today I worked in Newtown, stationed near the Sandy Hook Elementary School and also at the Town Hall. I met many wonderful people who all shared in the mourning and grief. I met firefighters who volunteer their time and police officers who are all at a loss for words. Everyone agreed that it is a senseless tragedy. Many people walking by the droves of letters, posters, stuffed animals and other memorials with teared eyes and heavy hearts. I met a Marine / Police Chaplain who prayed

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December 19th, 2012

Letter: Long Term Treatment and Special Officers Could Improve Society

by Christopher O'Brien
     In light of the horrible tragedy recently in Newtown, I believe it is time that we as a community begin to at least consider an obvious option. If we are willing to hire security guards to protect our money, gold, silver, properties and businesses, why don’t we demand that security (police) be posted in the schools to protect what we value most of all – our children. I understand that some school districts already do this periodically with Officers from their local police departments which is great. However, it is obviously insufficient. It should be regular posting for the foreseeable future.

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December 17th, 2012

Obama Mourns In Newtown

by Christopher O'Brien

A woman kneels outside of Newtown High School | Christopher O’Brien

By Hugh McQuaid and Chris O’Brien | IMNCT
NEWTOWN — President Barack Obama said the reaction of the Newtown community to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting inspired a nation, but it also left us with some hard questions.“Can we honestly say we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm?” Obama asked. “If we’re honest with ourselves theChristopher O'Brien

answer is, ‘no.’”

Since he’s been president, this is the fourth time he’s visited a grieving community following a mass shooting.

“We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end and to end them we must change,” Obama said, acknowledging that change won’t be easy.

Satellite trucks parked in  Sandy Hook center photo:  Christopher O’Brien

The families of 15 of the 27 families who endured loss took their places at Newtown High School after meeting privately with President Obama. Other residents joined them for the interfaith service and in adjacent overflow room. Unfortunately, some town residents couldn’t make it inside as hundreds flocked the town from as far away as New Jersey, feeling the need to ‘feel close’ to the tragedy.

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December 17th, 2012

Candlight Vigil Monday 6 pm

by Christopher O'Brien

Town residents and friends are invited to join Mayor Dunn and and local clergy for a candlelight vigil on Wolcott’s Town Green at 6 pm Monday evening in support of the families and friends who lost loved ones in the shooting in Sandy Hook. All residents are invited to attend.

December 15th, 2012

Stories of Heroism Emerging From School Tragedy

by Christopher O'Brien

By John Voket | The Newtown Bee

 

There was the school custodian, bleary-eyed and shaking off expressions of thanks and praise, who, as shots were ringing out, reportedly ran through the school halls making sure classroom doors were locked from the inside.

And the school nurse who fought the urge to run toward the commotion to help, instead following the protocol and training she received never thinking she would have to use it. That adherence to her training likely saved her life.

Moments after taking cover under her desk per her training, she said saw the boots of the gunman as he entered her office.

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October 28th, 2012

Wolcott Ready for Hurricane

by Christopher O'Brien

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on New Jersey and the Connecticut shoreline, Wolcott is ready for coping with the storm. Mayor Thomas G. Dunn is informing residents to be prepared. As of Sunday evening, traffic was sparse around town and some were topping off their cars with gasoline just in case. Yet, many area businesses still have plenty of provisions of batteries, bottled water and other necessities if residents still need to stock up.

If a shelter is needed to be opened, residents will be notified through the emergency notification and reverse 911 system. Residents with cell phones should register with the town’s alert system right now so that they can be notified should phone service also be interrupted. The link to do so is here.

Mayor Dunn tells the Whisper that a decision to open the storm shelters will be done when the need arises. The Senior Center was used last year for a temporary shelter and housed about thirty residents. Tyrrell School is the designated shelter for the town and has capacity for residents to sleep overnight.

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