Thursday, December 27, 2012
For more than a decade the Stoneham Public Schools have had a district-wide emergency response plan in place, said Superintendent Les Olson in response to the recent Newtown, Conn. shooting.
For more than a decade the Stoneham Public Schools have had a district-wide emergency response plan in place, said Superintendent Les Olson in response to the recent Newtown, Conn. shooting. "Security and emergency procedures are reviewed annually with school administrators and local Fire and Police Departments, and they are again being reviewed in light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut," Olson said in an email to Stoneham Patch. "The plan covers both district-wide procedures and specific building-level responses. In the event of an emergency, the district or school cooperates with the appropriate public safety responders, whether they be our local fire and police departments or regional/state authorities. "In such an event, the …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The 26 victims in the Newtown, Conn. shooting on Dec. 14 were remembered during a Christmas Eve vigil at the Stoneham Town Common.
Dozens of Stoneham area residents attended a solemn Christmas Eve vigil to honor the Newtown, Conn. shooting victims at the Stoneham Town Common. The vigil was organized by concerned Stoneham mom Erin Sinclair who put it together through a Facebook page, an email blast campaign and word of mouth. “Grace Mcdonald, age seven. Emily Parker, age six. Jack Pinto, age six...,” said Jim Devlin, veteran's service officer for Stoneham, from a small podium at the gazebo on the Common. While reading the names of the 26 victims, Devlin fought to hold back tears as others wept openly. “My heart just goes out to the families, I'm constantly thinking about them,” explained Stoneham mother, Erin Riddell, summing up much of the sympathies of those in …
The 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn. shooting on Dec. 14 were honored during a Christmas Eve vigil at the Stoneham Town Common.
The 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn. shooting on Dec. 14 were honored during a Christmas Eve vigil at the Stoneham Town Common. Did you miss the Christmas Eve vigil in Stoneham honoring the victims of the Newtown, Conn. shooting? If so, check out our photo gallery for images from the vigil. For those that did attend the vigil, upload your photos and videos to this post. Please make sure to log into your free Stoneham Patch user account before attempting to upload your images. Click the "Upload Photos and Videos" buttong located above and below the gallery and follow the prompts. Also, make sure to provide a full-sentence caption for each photo and the name of the photographer in the "credit" field.
A look at the speech Newtown, Conn. resident Dara McKenzie gave during the Christmas Eve vigil at the Stoneham Town Common.
[Editor's note: The following is the speech given by Newtown, Conn. resident Dara McKenzie during the Christmas Eve vigil at the Stoneham Town Common.] "My name is Dara McKenzie and this is my husband Joe and our almost three- year-old daughter Kylie who was most likely attending Sandy Hook Elementary in September for preschool. We are here today because we are visiting our family, Joe's mother Elaine McKenzie who is a native of Stoneham and currently a children's librarian here in town. His father, Richard, who has lived in Stoneham for 33 years and his sister Janyce who graduated from Stoneham High School. His brother Andrew is also a Stoneham High graduate and currently lives in California. We are also here today because almost three …
Friday, December 21, 2012
The company-wide blackout is to honor the memory of those killed last Friday in Newtown, Conn.
This morning at 9:30, Stoneham Patch will join AOL in a company-wide blackout as "moment of silence" to honor the victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last week. According to Techcrunch, the campaign was inspired by Connecticut's governor, who called for a moment of silence. Web companies Causes and SV Angel spearheaded the idea in the tech sector. It follows a coalition of tech leaders calling for more gun control. Other companies likely taking part in the "Web Moment of Silence" include Adobe, Duke University, Salesforce and WillCall. How will you participate in the moment of silence? Tell us in the comments.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
A special post office box has been established for those wishing to send condolences to Newtown, Conn.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The following text was provided by the U.S. Postal Service. NEWTOWN, Conn. —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 …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
There will be a vigil for the victims in the Newtown, CT shootings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Christmas eve at Stoneham Town Common.
To honor the nearly 30 victims of the Newtown, Conn. fatal shootings, there will be a vigil held on Christmas eve in Stoneham. The vigil is slated for 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at the Stoneham Town Common, according to organizer Erin Sinclair. At 7:28 p.m., green LED-lit balloons with names tags of the victims will be released simultaneously in many communities by 20 elementary aged kids and 8 adults, followed by a two-minute moment of silence, according to Sinclair. "27 balloons will be released for the victims of Sandy Hook and the 28th balloon is for all lost souls or people who are or have someone that is a victim from acts violence," wrote Sinclair on the event page on Facebook. "We are looking for families to join us at the Stoneham …
Monday, December 17, 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, Conn.
Monday, December 17, 2012
[Editor's note: The following is Congressman Ed Markey's press statement on the fatal school shooting in Newtown, Conn.] “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 collective heart breaks as we consider the family members who are being given the worst news imaginable, and we turn our thoughts and prayers to all of the people of Newtown …
Friday, December 14, 2012
PBS has strategies for talking and listening to your children about the news.
In the wake of the Newtown, CT shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Stoneham 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. How would you talk with your children about a tragedy such as the Newtown, CT one? Let us know by posting a comment in the comments section below.