Monday, February 25, 2013
The girls basketball team from the town still healing from a school shooting tragedy came to Ramapo College for a special game
The girls basketball team from Newtown High School was in Mahwah Sunday for a special game against the team from the Saddle River Day School. The game raised money for Threes for Sandy Hook, a fundraising program started by the Newtown Nighthawks Girls Varsity Basketball team in response to the school shooting tragedy in Newtown last December. The fundraiser is simple - for every three-point shot made at a game during the season, a three-dollar donation is made to a fund that supports the community of Newtown. SRDS is one of over 500 teams across the region who signed on to dedicate their season to helping Sandy Hook. Ramapo College hosted the game, and Sunday was declared official 'Support Sandy Hook Day' in Mahwah. SRDS won the game but …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Mayor has declared Sunday 'Support Sandy Hook Day' in the township
The message of a basketball game happening in Mahwah this Sunday is simple – don’t forget the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last year, and do what you can to offer the community support. The girls basketball team from Newtown High School will be in town for what will likely prove to be an emotional game against the team from the Saddle River Day School this Sunday. Organizers hope the game will show support for the nearby Connecticut town, which suffered a loss of 26 innocent victims in a school shooting in December. According to representatives from SRDS, the idea for the game started when the Saddle River Rebels decided to take part in Threes for Sandy Hook, a fundraising program started by the Newtown…
Friday, January 18, 2013
The crux of the ongoing investigation is to find out why the boy exhibited the behavior that 'alarmed many' in the township, police said
Mahwah Police are still investigating what prompted a 13-year-old Mahwah student dressed up in a camouflage Ghillie suit and carried a fake rifle while walking in the woods near some of the township’s public schools last month, Chief Jim Batelli told Patch this week. Though they have not yet done so, police may still file juvenile charges against the boy, he said. “In this case, possession was not a crime,” Batelli said. “But, there [is more of a basis for a possible] disorderly conduct charge, for creating alarm and concern. It’s why you can’t yell fire in a crowded theater, or go into a bank with a Halloween mask on.” According to police, the boy’s outfit was alarming to many people in the area, including the nearby Seiko Corporation, …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
MLS players will travel to town affected by mass shooting to show support for devastated community.
Members of the New York Red Bulls and Major League Soccer will travel to Newtown, CT on Monday to raise funds for the families affected by the tragic Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, league officials announced. Soccer players will use the event to help raise attention, support and funding for these families with “Soccer Night in Newtown.” The shooting, which killed 27 people, including 20 children, had an especially strong impact on San Jose Earthquakes’ player Marcus Tracy, who grew up in Newtown and whose mother once taught at the school. Residents and members of the Newtown Youth Soccer Club have been invited to attend and meet professional soccer players including Red Bulls players Kenny Cooper, Ryan Meara and Heath …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Resident decorated Winter's Pond in memory of victims of a school shooting earlier this month
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
As families throughout Mahwah celebrated Christmas Eve Monday, one resident took the opportunity to create a public display in memory of the victims of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., earlier this month. The somber reminder of the tragedy was made up of 26 luminaries around Mahwah's Winter's Pond, one for each victim of the shooting. Resident Tom Dewan, who has been working on the restoration of the pond, said he set up the display as a holiday reminder to residents of those lost in the shooting.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Police say they have notified the school district of the situation involving a 13-year-old Mahwah boy
One week after sensitivity to gun violence was heightened across the country because of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, police picked up a 13-year-old Mahwah boy wearing a camouflage outfit and carrying a fake rifle. According to police, the boy was walking through a wooded area Friday afternoon at the corner of Macarthur Blvd. and Ridge Road, which houses four of the township’s six schools. According to Police Chief Jim Batelli, a Ridge Road resident called police after seeing a boy walking in the area wearing the bottom piece of a camouflage suit and carting a large satchel. When police found the boy in a wooded area near a business complex on Ridge Road, he was wearing the bottom half of a Ghillie suit, a “…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
750 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' across the country asked President Obama to support changes in gun legislation
About 750 mayors across the country sent a letter to President Barack Obama this week, urging him to support changes in gun ownership legislation after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last Friday. ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ is a bipartisan coalition led by NYC Mayor Michal Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, and now includes Mahwah Mayor Bill Laforet. In a letter addressed to the president, the group asked him to support seven changes that they say would make it “harder for dangerous people to possess guns, and easier for police and prosecutors to crack down on them.” Laforet said he was prompted by last Friday’s shooting to sign the letter. “We cannot let another day pass without asking ourselves, ‘have we done …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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 …
In light of last Friday's school shooting, are you worried about the safety of Mahwah's students?
In light of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last Friday that shocked the nation and has many parents concerned about the safety of their own children, Mahwah school district officials say they are adding “heightened security” measures to township public schools. Officials declined Monday to comment on the specifics of any security plans changed as a result of the shooting, but did post a note to Mahwah parents on the district website: "Friday our nation suffered an unimaginable loss, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As we mourn for those children and adults, we also reflect on the safety and care of our own precious children in …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Event is at Mahwah High School Monday night at 7 p.m.
Three days after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., residents in Mahwah, NJ – less than a two-hour drive from the Connecticut town – are looking to honor the lives lost in the tragedy. The township announced Monday afternoon it would be hosting a prayer vigil for the Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Newtown Conn., community Monday night in the Mahwah High School auditorium. The event is set to start at 7 p.m. In a simple statement released on the event, Mayor Bill Laforet said “our community needs an opportunity to express its emotion during this tragic event.” Though he said details about the exact program of the vigil are still being determined, Mahwah’s spiritual leaders …