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Mahwah Mourns Sandy Hook Victims [PHOTOS]

The township hosted a multi-faith prayer vigil to honor the victims and their families Monday night

The people of Newtown, Conn., are “no different than the people of Mahwah,” Mayor Bill Laforet told a crowd of over 100 residents who gathered in the Mahwah High School auditorium to pray for the victims of Friday’s school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The prayer vigil, organized by the township and attended by members of the Mahwah police department, fire department, ambulance corps, emergency responders, and town council members, as well as township residents, invited local leaders of different faiths to lead the group in prayers for those affected by the shooting that claimed 26 victims, 20 of them children.

“No matter where you are on your faith journey, stop, and pray for these people,” Pastor Rob Parker of Mahwah’s Plant Church, who presided over the ceremony, said.

Locals were led by Parker, Ramapo Reformed Church Rev. Bill Grove, Temple Beth Haverim Shir Shalom Rabbi Joel Mosbacher and members of religious houses across the township in prayers for the victims and their families, the survivors and their families, students, teachers, the emergency responders who responded to Sandy Hook last Friday, and the entire Newtown community.

Members of the Mahwah school community and township ambulance corps spoke to honor the teachers and emergency responders in Newtown.

Ramapo Ridge teacher Ed Scherer fought back tears while talking about his students.

“Going to school, seeing the children I love and care for, I know it meant a lot more today,” he said.

Bob Klingen, a Co. 4 ambulance member, compared the police officers and volunteer ambulance workers are firefighters in Newtown, to those in Mahwah.

“That town is very similar to our own,” he said. 

A string of about 10 speakers at the event stressed the importance of the Mahwah community coming together to support one another and those in Newtown.

“We are stronger for being together tonight,” Laforet said at the close of the ceremony.

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Brenda Calandrillo December 18, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me." Who knew it would be so soon. God bless Newtown and parents everyhwhere.
Jonathan N. Marcus December 18, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I could not bring myself to attend last night's service as this issue is too emotional for me. My friend, Matthew Hubbard, and his wife Jennifer lost their innocent, beautiful and precious daughter, Catherine. Matt grew up in Ho-Ho-Kus and attended Midland Park High School. He then attended college with me at our own Ramapo College in Mahwah. Our daughters were born within months of each other. Though Matt and his family live in Connecticut, through Facebook we have spent the last 6 years watching our daughters grow up together. As parents, our Facebook pages inevitably become shrines to our children. Catherine had a head of red hair that only God himself could have given her. She was a loving and kind child who had a great affection for animals. Tomorrow will be her wake. Thursday will be her funeral. In addition to her mother and father, Catherine leaves behind her older brother who is only 8 years old. Please keep Catherine, her family and all the victims and their families in your prayers. Those who might be interested in donating to Catherine's memorial fund can do so through the Give Forward web site that Matt's co-workers at Pitney Bowes have set up. Here is a link: http://www.giveforward.com/catherinehubbardmemorialfund?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=graph&utm_campaign=vanity_page
Mahwah Fire Rescue Company 1 December 20, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Several Mahwah firefighters traveled to the funeral of Daniel Barden in Newtown yesterday. Daniel wanted to be a fireman when he grew up. Word was put out and firefighters from New Jersey to Boston gathered in Newtown and gave him the full honors of a firefighter funeral. Daniel was 7.

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