Saturday, December 29, 2012
Snowflake creators from throughout the country say they want to join the effort.
- Jay Corn
Saturday, December 29, 2012
People across the country have had the families of Newtown, Conn. in their minds for the past couple of weeks—and, during the holidays, they're in our thoughts more than ever as so many families don't have all their loved ones by their side anymore, due to the recent tragedy. How can you help all the way from Lutz? The Sandy Hook Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) recently announced that Sandy Hook students will be relocating to another building to continue school in January. To brighten the students' first day, the PTA is asking for handmade snowflakes from well-wishers across the country, to hang in their new building. "Please help these students have a 'winter wonderland' at their new school! Get creative. No two snowflakes are alike," …
Monday, December 24, 2012
The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., was on the minds of locals this Christmas Eve.
Monday, December 24, 2012
The victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting are on the minds of many this holiday season. Dunedin Patch Editor Kathryn Dolac came across this tribute to the children and teachers who perished in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Dolac found the display on Waterwood Street while out looking at Christmas lights in Lutz with her family. Have you come across holiday displays that made you take pause? Share what you've seen or photos you've taken on this story.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
A look back at some of the people who help to make the community, and the world, a better place.
In the days following the heart wrenching Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, a quote from Mister Rogers went viral, reminding those of us at a loss for understanding, much less words of our own, that there is still immeasurable good in the world. "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world." —Mister Rogers I've gone back to it often this week, and it's reminded me of all the great people I've met since I began covering the Land O' Lakes and Lutz…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Spokesman Detective Larry McKinnon said the sheriff's office is working with the Hillsborough County School District to develop a committee to look into ways to secure elementary schools.
In the wake of the mass shooting Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is looking at long-term ways to better protect the county's elementary schools. According to sheriff's spokesman Detective Larry McKinnon, the sheriff's office is working with the Hillsborough County School Board to develop safeguards to prevent a similar tragedy from occurring at a local elementary school. McKinnon said the sheriff's office is developing a committee to look into ways to better protect elementary students, including the possibility of posting permanent deputies at elementary schools. The sheriff's office already has school resource deputies assigned to middle and high schools throughout the …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
From Bloomingdale to Westchase, bloggers from the 23 Patch sites in Tampa Bay are responding with their own local voices.
When the tragic shooting occurred in Newtown, Conn., the conversation across the country began about school safety, gun control and mental health care. Some of the most vocal advocates in all of Tampa Bay took to blogs right here on Patch to share their opinions. Here is a compilation of many of the blogs that were submitted to the 23 Patch sites in Tampa Bay in the last few days. We hope it provides a look at the various opinions of residents across Tampa Bay and sparks a conversation among readers and bloggers alike. America in Need of Revival - Jeff Lukens, Bloomingdale Patch "We live in and age of unbelief. We live with America in decline. We are no longer the America of our founders, or even the America that existed twenty years ago…
One Tampa Bay area lawmaker says yes. What do you think Tampa Bay?
Last Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has prompted one local lawmaker to take up the charge to push Congress to pass two proposed gun control acts. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, says it’s time for Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines along with them. She’s also urging Congress to close a loophole that allows the immediate sale of weapons at gun shows. “There is no reason people need access to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” Castor said in a statement posted on her website. “Commonsense regulation is appropriate. It is time for us as a Congress and as a nation to take swift action. Congress should consider and pass the assault weapons ban this week.” Castor is the …
Monday, December 17, 2012
A local woman lost a niece during Friday’s shooting in a sleepy Connecticut town.
As congregations across America and beyond prayed Sunday for those lost during Friday’s shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the folks at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz felt a close connection to the tragedy. One of Idlewild’s own, Christine Carmody, lost a niece during the massacre, according to My Fox Tampa Bay. Rachel Davino, 29, was a teacher's aide at Sandy Hook, who loved to cook, her grandmother, Nicoletta Davino, of Waterbury, Conn, told USA Today, and the two would share Italian recipes, Newtown Patch reported. Davino, who lived in New Britain, would also make tomato sauce when she visited each year, the elder Davino said. "It's not only tragic but for us at Idlewild personally, it's close," …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Local and state police in Newtown, Conn. were called to an elementary school at about 9:30 this morning after a gunman allegedly opened fire at the school.
Twenty seven people are dead, including 18 children, at a Connecticut elementary school after a gunman went on a shooting rampage. The shooting happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. a town of about 28,000 people an hour outside of Stamford. Newtown Police were called to the school at about 9:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call. They alerted Connecticut State Police and authorities began an active shooter investigation once they arrived at the school, according to Connecticut State Police spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vance. Authorities held a press conference at 1 p.m. and said students and staff at the school were killed and that the gunman was found dead inside the school. They did not confirm the number of fatalities. …