Friday, December 28, 2012
A Scroll of Support From Framingham High students, staff and teachers is proudly displayed at Newtown High School.
In 1983, David J. Burke graduated from Framingham South High School. Twenty-nine years later, Burked emailed Framingham High Principal Michael Welch to say he is "proud to be a Flyer." Burke, his wife and his daughter, 8, today live in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. On Christmas Eve, the couple attended their daughter's Christmas pageant at Newtown High School. Burke said displayed over the trophy case at the entrance of the Connecticut High School, in the same community where 20 students and 6 adults were killed on Dec. 14, was a banner from Framingham High School students. Before students, staff and teachers at Framingham High went on holiday break, they created a "Scroll of Support" for the students of Newtown High School, where elementary …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Sandy Hook resident Sam Mihailoff is donating all money raised through the sale of the bumper stickers for a memorial in honor of the 20 children who were killed on Dec. 14, 2012.
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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Sandy Hook resident Sam Mihailoff wants to help the victims of the school shooting. Here's what he came up with, in his own words: Riveted to the ever changing news reports, I exude a feeling of severe loss, yet I am not a parent. I may have met those lost cherubs from afar as they rode by on the school bus is all. Statements like “We shall ever be defined by this event” go beyond annoyance. Saturday’s stern message to the press by our superior First Selectman, leader, mentor and mother Patricia Llodra, planted a thought in my pea brain. Eventually, the satellite trucks shall drive away, down I-84 and President Obama’s “well publicized” visit shall be yet another footnote to the violence of today’s society. Newtown has changed greatly …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Wear purple today to honor Josephine Grace Gay, 7, who was one of the 20 students killed at Sandy Hook Elementary; her family has established a fund in her name with Framingham-based Doug Flutie Jr. Autism Foundation.
Our daily column, 5 Things You Need to Know Today, will help you to get your day started and offer you some fodder for water cooler conversation. 1. The parents of Josephine Grace Gay, 7, who was one of the 20 students killed at Sandy Hook Elementary are asking individuals to wear purple today in honor of their daughter. The family recently established a fund in her name with the Framingham-based Doug Flutie Jr. Autism Foundation. 2. Framingham Patch blogger Ingrid Peschke writes about what is under her Christmas tree. Give it a read here. 3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town ... to skate at Loring Arena Monday, Dec. 24. The Framingham High Hockey Team is inviting families to come to the arena between 11 a.m. 2 p.m. to skate with Santa. $5 …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
A family who lost their daughter in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy has created the "Joey Fund" with the Framingham-based Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation; and is asking everyone to wear purple on Saturday.
On Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, our beautiful daughter, Josephine Grace Gay, was killed in an unimaginable tragedy at her elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Joey, many of her friends, teachers, and school staff members were taken from our loving community. Joey turned 7 three days prior to this tragedy and was looking forward to celebrating at her birthday party with many of these friends the next day. Although our family is devastated, we are deeply comforted in the knowledge that she is no longer scared or hurting and rests in the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is through His sufficient grace that we are able to get through this. Our innocent, trusting little girl stared into the face of unimaginable evil and overcame it …
The Framingham Board of Selectmen voted to write a letter to President Obama and federal lawmakers in support of stricter gun laws in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.
Framingham Selectmen asked Framingham Police Chief to develop a budget for a possible gun buyback program, following the shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut. The Framingham Board of Selectmen voted to write a letter to President Obama and federal lawmakers in support of stricter gun laws in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. Selectmen will also write a letter of condolence to the community.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
If you're like most, you've received countless invitations on your Facebook page.
While posts on Twitter and Facebook are predominantly, and understandably, focused on the mass murder at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, perhaps the most viral is the "PETITION: SIGN the Sandy Hook Elementary School National Sympathy Card." Surely you've gotten more than one "your voice will make a difference" and link to the petition on your Facebook page. As reported on the cause's page, in less than 48 hours, 1,000,000 had signed the card, and it had been shared more than a million times. The "cause" post serves as both a sympathy card and petition, which will be delivered to Newtown, CT. The card reads, in part, "Our Sincere Condolences. We wish to express our deepest sympathies to all of the families of those lost, to the …
Monday, December 17, 2012
A Sandy Hook Elementary School Teacher, with strong ties to Framingham, ushered fourth graders into a storage closet and then to safety Friday in Newtown, CT.
Last year, Jaclyn Lloyd was working at Barbieri Elementary School in Framingham, as a physical education teacher. Last Friday, Lloyd was one of dozens of teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School who hid and saved students from a gunman who has broken into their school in Newtown, CT. Sadly, not all of the 600 students and staff survived the attack. Twenty students, ages 6 and 7, School Principal Dawn Hochsprung, school pyschologist Mary Sherlach and teachers Victoria Soto and Lauren Rousseau and teacher's aide Rachel Davino died Friday, Dec. 14. Even in the gym, the loudest room in any school on a given day, something sounded very wrong, according to students. “Really loud bangs,” said Brendan Murray, 9, who was there with his fourth-grade…
Framingham Superintendent of Schools issued letter to staff, in the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary stating "It will be a challenge for all of us to remain strong during this time but a challenge I know we can and will overcome."
While some school systems across the country are updating its security systems following the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT Friday, Framingham Public Schools upgraded its security system, including new buzzers, automatic door openers and video equipment, in the fall. Editor's Note: Having visited many of the schools since August. Visitors ring a buzzer at the front door. Office staff can view who is at the door, talk to the person via the system and if they choose, open the door for the person to enter the building. Many of Framingham Public Schools principals sent out emails, letters and ConnectEd phone calls to parents Friday and over the weekend. Most reminded parents of the current security measures in place. This was …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), dean of the New England Congressional delegation, issued the following statement after the fatal school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), dean of the New England Congressional delegation, issued the following statement after the fatal school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Markey represents Framingham in Congress and has an office in downtown Framingham Rep. Edward Markey's statement: “Today’s news of the horrific school shooting of students, teachers and staff is shocking and horrifying, and my deepest condolences go out to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives today in such a senseless and tragic event. As we learn more about the situation at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we remember how precious life is and how we at our best when we come together as a nation to support each other in our time of grief. Our …
PBS has strategies for talking and listening to your children about the news.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Framingham parents may find their children hearing about the tragedy or seeing it on the news and find themselves in a difficult discussion. For parents seeking guidance on how to address the tragedy with their own children, if it comes up, PBS has an article with flexible suggestions for answering kids' questions about the news. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also has a 24-hour hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling at 1-800-985-5990 or by texting "TalkWithUs" to 66746. The hotline is open to U.S. residents who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or man-made disasters, …