Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Newtown, Conn. school shooting has spurred some retailers to suspend gun sales.
Christmas shopping for the outdoorsman may be a little different this year. Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended sales of semi-automatic weapons at its stores following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., according to a report from CNN. The chain includes 511 stores in 44 states, and posted this message to its web site: We are extremely saddened by the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, CT, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to the entire community. Out of respect for the victims and their families, during this time of national mourning we have removed all guns from sale and from display in our store nearest to Newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Sherlach was the school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, where a gunman opened fire Friday, killing 26 people.
Mary Sherlach, the school psychologist killed in a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, will be laid to rest this week. A memorial service will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull, CT. Friends are invited to meet directly in St. Stephen Church, 6948 Main St., Trumbull at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 for a Memorial Mass. Interment will be private. Condolences may be sent through the funeral home's website. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fairfield County Community Foundation, Fund for Health and Wellness, 383 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851, to continue Sherlach's work with children and mental health. Sherlach, 56, was …
A government agency has produced a video that shows what to do in an active shooter situation.
With several incidents involving active shooters over the past few months, a video from Houston's disaster preparedness agency shows viewers how to react if confronted with an active shooter situation. Police in Levittown and around Bucks County often practice drills that involve active shooter situations. Click here to see a booklet compiled by the Department of Homeland Security on what to do if confronted by an active shooter.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
When tragic news breaks, it's important not to get caught up in the anxiety of the event, said one expert.
One of the things that parents worry about in the wake of violent news is how to talk about it with their kids, and after the Connecticut school shooting, many of our readers might be struggling to answer some questions. Dr. Joanne Plescia, Director of Special Services for the Collingswood Public School District in New Jersey offered some guidance that might be helpful in having these conversations. Above all, she says, the most important thing you can do is to be calm and present to your children and their feelings throughout the conversation. 1. “If they don’t ask questions, it’s okay.” A school shooting is like any kind of tragedy, Plescia said: the more we focus on it, the more our general level of anxiety climbs. She suggests that …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Mary Sherlach, the mother-in-law of Patch writer Eric Schwartz, was among 27 people killed in the second-deadliest school shooting in American history.
The deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, claimed the life of a Patch writer's family member. Mary Sherlach, the school's psychologist, was among 26 people, including 20 children, who died when a gunman opened fire at the school Friday morning. The gunman, identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, also died in the rampage. Sherlach was the mother-in-law of Deptford resident Eric Schwartz, a longtime Patch freelancer who covers high school sports in South Jersey. Sherlach, 56, lived in Trumbull, CT. Schwartz and his wife, Maura, arrived in Connecticut on Friday evening to be with their family. They could not be reached for comment. In the shooting spree, Lanza also reportedly killed his mother, who was a teacher …