Saturday, February 23, 2013
This Random Act of Kindness #13 was found on a car windshield in Portsmouth on Thursday.
Have you received a Random Act of Kindness on your car windshield lately? I was surprised (and extremely moved) to find the above note, along with a $5 gift card, on my car windshield Thursday afternoon in the Custom House Coffee parking lot. The note was inside an envelope simply marked "Random Act of Kindness #13." Only the names "Nicole, Keith & Blake" were written on the card. As you can see above, the Random Acts of Kindness are being distributed throughout the country in honor of the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This act is specifically performed in honor of the late Chase Kowalski, age 6. I want to personally thank this person or persons for this random act. It absolutely put a smile on my face, brightened my …
Friday, December 28, 2012
If you are licensed to own a gun, would you want your name and address publicized?
A news publication in New York is under scrutiny for publishing the names and addresses of gun owners in certain parts of the state. Less than two weeks after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., the New York Journal News earlier this week published the names and addresses of local gun owners in three New York counties. A story titled, "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood," highlights the names and addresses of residents who are licensed to own handguns through Freedom of Information Law requests, according to The Huffington Post. The Journal News reportedly requested the information from New York's Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, though the publication was only able to …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Does the massacre at Newtown, CT, signal the need for a political debate on gun regulations?
Before officials had even held their first press conference Friday, Facebook was abuzz with status updates about the Newtown, CT, massacre. The statuses were split between those sending their condolences and those asking if the country would finally deal with the issue of gun control. Some fought back, asking for respect and mourning before political debate began. Others remained fierce in their belief that stricter gun control regulations would have prevented such a mass killing, saying the victims were shot multiple times and with semi-automatic weapons, according to Fox News. The guns were not illegal and were, in fact, owned by the shooter's mother. Among them were a semi-automatic .223 caliber bushmaster rifle and two handguns. Those …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
In a press conference held Friday morning, the head of the NRA called for armed police officers to guard our nations schools
Saturday, December 22, 2012
During its first press conference since the Sandy Hook School shooting last Friday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) called for schools to be armed with police officers. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said NRA executive Wayne LaPierre. LaPierre said school children defenseless "and the predators of the world know it and exploit it." LaPierre urged Congress ”to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school in this nation. At least one Patch reader does not agree. "We can't even afford teachers," said Mike Barbas on the Middletown Patch Facebook page. "Good guys with guns is not the answer." What do you think about the NRA's call for armed police officers in …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Governor Chafee asked bells be rung 26 times today in honor of the victims of Sandy Hook, the Diocese ask they ring 28 times, to include the mother and the shooter in our prayers.
To honor the memory of the 26 victims who lost their lives in the shootings, Governor Lincoln Chafee has called for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and has asked that buildings, which have the ability, ring bells 26 times during that moment in honor the victims. The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island recommends churches ring the bells 28 times, which would include a ring for both the shooter and his mother. "We think praying for all souls best reflects Christ’s message of forgiveness and love for all, and that we should especially pray for those souls who may need our prayers the most," said Ruth Meteer, Communications Director for the Diocese. Patch reader Lisa De Chambeau said a ring should be included for his …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The following was provided by the Office of Governor Chafee
Governor Lincoln Chafee has declared Friday, December 21, 2012 – the one-week anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT – a "Day of Mourning" in the State of Rhode Island. To honor the memory of the 26 victims who lost their lives in the shootings, the Governor has also called for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on that day and has asked that buildings, which have the ability, ring bells 26 times during that moment in honor of each life that was taken. "The past week has been one of great pain for the community of Newtown, the State of Connecticut, and our country as a whole," Governor Chafee said. "Each day, we see reports of funeral services for children taken from their families too soon…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, what safety plans should Newport schools put in place? Should they increase security? Tell us in the comment section.
School administrators in Newport reviewed existing safety procedures and practices in place prior to students returning to school on Monday, including ensuring all doors to elementary schools were locked, Superintendent John Ambrogi said. Portsmouth administrators also met Monday to review security in place "as a way of being responsive and sensitive to the incident that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School," according to Superintendent Lynn Krizic. We want to know what you think should be done locally after this tragedy. Should Newport schools increase security at schools? Change any existing plans for emergencies? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.
The Salve Regina University community came together to create a memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Salve Regina University students, faculty and created a memorial on Monday for the victims of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Rich O’Neill, general carpenter in the university’s facilities office, constructed the crosses honoring the victims. The memorial was installed on the lawn outside the Salve Regina chapel. View the gallery above for more photos. Want to know how to help the Newtown community? Find out here.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
A list of the charities chosen by the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Newtown began saying goodbye Monday to the victims of the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a long and sad process of obituaries, wakes and funerals expected to last throughout the week. As we read these final farewells, we are moved to help in some way. Below is a list of the charitable contributions identified by some of the victims' families. Charlotte Bacon: Christ the King Lutheran Church, 85 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Newtown, CT 06470. Daniel Barden: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Daniel's name to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470, or checks may be dropped off at any Newtown Savings Bank branch location. To donate online, go to https://newtown.…
A special post office box has been established for those wishing to send condolences to Newtown, CT.
The following text was provided by the U.S. Postal Service. NEWTOWN, CT—The U.S. Postal Service has established a unique Post Office Box to allow the public to send condolences to those affected by the tragedy in Newtown CT last week. Those who wish to send expressions of comfort should address them to: Messages of Condolence for Newtown PO Box 3700 Newtown, CT 06470 “We understand that there is an outpouring of support for everyone in the Newtown area and we hope to make it easier for those who wish to send encouragement and messages of compassion to those affected,” said Kimberly J. Peters, Connecticut Valley District Manager for the U.S. Postal Service, adding, “Through letters and cards, families will be able to hold that friendship …