Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The Rhode Island Senate passed two bills Tuesday to improve school safety, but they also make safety plans exempt from public records. What do you think? Should these plans be made public?
School safety is on everybody's mind, especially after the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT, which was deemed the worst school shooting in recent U.S. history. Last week, the Rhode Island Senate passed two bills aimed at improving school safety. The first bill, 2013-S 0800A, introduced by Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D- Cranston, West Warwick), directs the commissioner for elementary and secondary education to certify annually that all school safety plans and school emergency response plans have been reviewed and updated as appropriate. The second bill, 2013-S 0801A, sponsored by Gallo, requires all schools to perform a school safety assessment in conjunction with local police, fire and school safety teams within 30 days of passage of the …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Portsmouth schools will test out a new surveillance system in response to the shooting in Newtown, CT.
Portsmouth school officials were quick to examine Portsmouth's own security only days after last December's shooting in Newtown, CT. School officials in Portsmouth immediately looked for ways to increase security after the deadliest school shooting in recent U.S. history. Nearly six months later, in a decision with Orwellian connotations, the Portsmouth School District will try out a new security system. The new security system asks teachers to upload photos and videos from their classrooms in the event of an emergency, reports The Associated Press. Portsmouth School Superintendent will then be able to watch the footage and notify first responders, according to the article. The surveillance system is called VizSafe, which is produced…
Friday, February 22, 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, January 11, 2013
In response to the Newtown, CT, shooting, the Portsmouth School District is taking steps to increase security.
The Portsmouth School District will spend $8,000 to increase security at schools following the shooting in Newtown, CT, reported The Providence Journal on Thursday. The school district will purchase new ID badges for employees and make improvements to intercom systems, according to The Journal. The steps are being taken in response to the shooting in Newtown, CT, which is being considered the worst school shooting in recent U.S. history. Portsmouth schools are also flying green flags in memory of the Newtown, CT, victims. What do you think about the security steps being taken by the school district? Should more be done? Tell us in the comment section below.
Friday, December 21, 2012
In a press conference held Friday morning, the head of the NRA called for armed police officers to guard our nations schools
Friday, December 21, 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 …
The company-wide blackout is to honor the memory of those killed last Friday in Connecticut.
This morning at 9:30, Patch will join with AOL in a company-wide blackout as "moment of silence" to honor the victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT, last week. According to Techcrunch, "The campaign was inspired by a call for a moment of silence by Connecticut’s Governor, and spearheaded by Causes and SV Angel. 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 today's moment of silence? Tell us in the comments.
Thursday, December 20, 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.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Sandy Hook resident Sam Mihailoff wants to help the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, CT. 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 …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Portsmouth School District will honor the victims of Newtown, CT, the first full school week of January.
Portsmouth schools will fly green flags the first, full school week in January to honor victms of the Newtown, CT, shooting, announced Superintendent of Schools Lynn Krizic. Krizic announced the plan during the Portsmouth School Committee meeting on Tuesday night. According to Krizic, green ribbons represent support for both the victims and survivors of the Newtown community. The ribbons were provided to the school committee by parent Christina Craft, a former Newtown, CT, resident. Portsmouth hires new principal The Portsmouth School Committee also appointed a new principal for Hathaway Elementary School. Suzanne H. Madden has been appointed to the position of Hathaway Elementary school principal, effective Jan. 2. Madden will …
In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, what safety plans should Portsmouth schools put in place? Should they increase security? Tell us in the comment section.
School administrators in Portsmouth met Monday to review all existing safety procedures and practices 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. The Newport School District is also reviewing its safety plans after what is being considered one of the worst school shootings in recent U.S. history. We want to know what you think should be done locally after this tragedy. Should Portsmouth schools increase security at schools? Change any existing plans for emergencies? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.
A list of the charities chosen by the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Newtown, CT, 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.…