Friday, January 11, 2013
Town Council will send letters to the Governor, President and other state and federal lawmakers urging the ban of guns like those used in recent school shootings
Mahwah lawmakers made clear Thursday night that they believe “military-style” weapons, like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting last month, should be illegal. The township council passed a resolution Thursday night instructing the township clerk to send a letter to President Barack Obama, Governor Chris Christie, and other state and federal lawmakers urging them to pass legislation that would ban the sale, possession and use of “military-style high-capacity automatic, and military-style semiautomatic” weapons. Township attorney Andy Fede said he drafted the resolution carefully after being asked by the township council to create a formal statement about its stance on control of high-capacity weapons. “There is a…
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Families, friends of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School usher team onto field.
NORTH JERSEY — More than 200 students from Sandy Hook Elementary School were among 400 people from Newtown, Conn., who formed a tunnel for New York Giants players to run through as they took the field Sunday for their final home game of the 2012 season. A little more than two weeks after a 20-year-old gunman stormed into the Connecticut elementary school and killed 26 people, including 20 children, families, classmates and neighbors of the dead were bused to MetLife Stadium and given tickets to the contest by the Giants. The group of Newtown residents received high-fives and handshakes from the athletes as they entered the field. The students and their families then made a ring around the field, holding hands with Giants and Philadelphia …
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.
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 …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Locals are grieving after news of an elementary school shooting in a suburban community less than an hour away
As the country wrestles with an elementary school shooting Friday that left 27 people, including 20 students, dead, Mahwah residents were left trying to cope with the tragedy. Township residents also took to social media sites to express their condolences for the Connecticut community less than an hour away from Mahwah. Residents posted on a Mahwah Moms Facebook page about an impromptu memorial at Lenape Meadows School where residents lit candles in honor of the victims Friday night. Mayor Bill Laforet posted a message to the community on his Facebook page offering condolences to the affected families, and addressing the safety of Mahwah children: “I know many of you are heartbroken today. I am heartbroken. I am sad beyond words. I know …