Monday, February 11, 2013
Community safety panel discussion will be held at Morris County Library.
A group of elected officials and health and safety professionals will gather this month for a panel discussion on gun violence, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction and school safety moderated by Kinnelon Mayor Robert Collins. The discussion, which will be held on Feb. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Morris County Library in Whippany, was organized by Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb in response to Gov. Chris Christie's taskforce, NJ Safe. NJ Safe must present recommendations to the governor within 60 days of the taskforce's comissioning on Jan. 17. Deeb, who was affected by gun violence in her personal life when a cousin died from a gun accident when she was 19, is hoping to bring input gathered by the panel to the state …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Superintendent said officers should serve as comfort to parents, not a concern.
Police officers will be increasing their presence in Kinnelon schools, Interim Superintendent of Schools Diane DiGiuseppe announced Thursday night. Elected officials and school leaders have been meeting with police to talk about the safety and security of Kinnelon's youth since the days that followed the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. in which 20 children were killed. At a recent Kinnelon Council meeting, Mayor Robert Collins said the protocols and procedures already in place in the school district were being reviewed again to ensure safety of the entire school community. Collins said he had met with DiGiuseppe and asked her to talk to the Kinnelon Board of Education about safety measures the district could implement and to come back to…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Substitute teacher launched effort to send survivors and their families to Disney World.
NORTHERN JERSEY -- Miles away from Newtown, CT, a New Jersey resident said she felt personally impacted by the elementary school shooting in which 20 children were killed last month. Sarah Cox, 22, a substitute teacher in Butler, said she spends a lot of time around children who are similar ages to those who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School. "I enjoy working with the younger kids, I love children and I could not believe it," Cox said. "I'm sure everyone in America's heart is breaking for these families." While Cox has spent some time reflecting on the tragedy, she has also spent time planning for a way to bring some sort of relief to the survivors and their relatives. Cox said she instantly thought of Disney and launched the Dreams …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Tri-boro school leaders talk about comforting district communities and ensuring safety after Newtown school shooting.
For many on Friday, after details began to emerge about the shooting massacre at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school, the world seemed to stop. People watched and read about the event from around the country. Parents hugged their children a little bit tighter when they got home from classes. And tri-boro school officials said they sprung into action, trying to not only come up with ways to bring district parents comfort that their children would be safe in school, but to actually ensure that that would be true. Planning for emergencies such as the Sandy Hook school shooting did not begin on Friday, though. According to Butler Public Schools Superintendent Mario Cardinale, planning for these types of emergencies, the ones where an individual…
Friday, December 21, 2012
School districts in the region respond to Connecticut massacre by reviewing safety procedures.
At 9:30 a.m. Friday, 26 bells were rung, one each for the lives taken in the hallways and classrooms of Sandy Hook Elementary School during the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn. The Friday before Christmas, typically a day reserved for holiday parties and cheer, marked a week since what has been labeled the second deadliest school shooting in America. Just days and even hours after the shooting, school districts in Morris and Somerset counties sprung into action, developing plans to communicate with parents and reaching out to police officers about how to make schools more safe. "Right now, the crucial thing for school boards to do is to look at the security procedures in place," said Frank Belluscio, communications director for the New …
Monday, December 17, 2012
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg will ask Congress to approve a ban on ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds. Do you agree with his proposed bill?
Monday, December 17, 2012
In the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced plans to reintroduce high-capacity magazine ban legislation in the 113th Congress. Lautenberg’s bill, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, would prohibit the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds. It also would ban ammunition magazines that could be readily converted to accept more than 10 rounds. “In light of yet another horrific shooting tragedy, it is clearer than ever that there is no place in our communities for deadly high-capacity gun magazines and I will keep working to pass my bill to reinstate the ban on them,” Lautenberg said in a statement. “If we don't pass a high-capacity …