Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church has expanded Sunday's annual Blue Christmas service.
A bell at Westborough's Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will toll 28 times at 3 p.m. this Sunday in memory of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting victims. The tribute, including prayers and candle lighting, will be part of Good Shepherd's annual Blue Christmas service, which "gives permission for people who need to mourn during a time when our world wants everyone to be happy," church officials said today in a press release. Good Shepherd has expanded the service in response to the tragedy, church officials said. The church has set aside 2:30 to 3 p.m. for individual prayer. Good Shepherd is the second Westborough church to publicly invite community members to pray for the Newtown victims. The First United Methodist Church held a prayer …
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut last week, the sporting goods chain has decided to remove guns from stores.
Dick’s Sporting Goods has removed all “modern sporting rifles” from their stores nationwide as well as all guns from sale and display in its store nearest to Newtown, Conn., in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings last week. “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,” according to a company press release. “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 all of our stores chainwide," the press release said. "We continue to extend …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Police are stationed at each Westborough school today, part of a plan developed over the weekend.
Police are stationed at each Westborough school this morning, part of the schools' and the town's response to Friday's mass shooting at Newtown, Conn.'s Sandy Hook Elementary School, Superintendent Marianne O'Connor said today. O'Connor said she, Police Chief Alan Gordon and the school administrators developed that plan over the weekend. "As soon as we were made a aware of the tragedy, we put an action plan into place," she said. School officials sent families a ConnectED message this weekend "with resource links that may assist them in discussing the situation with their children," O'Connor said. Also, "school support personnel have developed age appropriate scripts to address student concerns as needed. School psychologists, guidance …
Superintendent Marianne O'Connor says her son and grandchildren live in Newtown, Conn., but her 6-year-old grandaughter did not attend Sandy Hook.
Friday's Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting touched Westborough School Superintendent Marianne O'Connor as a parent and as a grandparent. "My own son and grandchildren live in Newtown, CT and I have a six year old granddaughter who thankfully did not attend Sandy Hook School," O'Connor said today. "Our family has been devastated by this event." School officials have implemented a plan in response to the shooting. And Westborough community members gathered at the First United Methodist Church on Friday night for a prayer gathering for the victims.