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March 17th, 2016

Beloved WHS Teacher Passes

by Christopher O'Brien

David Pape, an engaging and beloved Social Studies teacher for the past 19 years, died this past weekend at the young age of 43. He passed away in his sleep of natural causes.

Prior to becoming a teacher, he was a sports writer at the Waterbury Republican-American for two years. At the High School he was an advisor to many student organizations, including the school newspaper.

Calling hours will be Friday from 4- 7 pm at Woodtick Memorial Funeral Home.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Michael’s Church (62 St. Michael Dr.) in Bucks Hill at 10 am on Saturday.

A community vigil is scheduled on the Wolcott Green Saturday evening, March 19th from 6:30-8:00. Please bring a candle.

A fundraiser for David’s children will be held at Lakewood Lanes on April 15th from 1-3 pm. contact 203-574-5131 for more information.


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.