Monday, February 25, 2013
Residents can bring their unwanted guns to the police on March 9.
One local couple has stepped forward to fund an effort to curtail gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook school tragedy. North Andover Police will host a Gun Buy-Back program at the North Andover Police Department Headquarters, 1475 Osgood St., on March 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. North Andover residents who have unwanted guns can bring them to the Police Station during that time and will receive an American Express gift card for $50, $100 or $150, depending on the type of gun: handgun, rifle, shotgun or assault rifle. There is no limit on the number of guns you can turn in, but each family will be limited to three gift cards. "The firearms will be destroyed before they fall into the wrong hands, potentially resulting in a tragedy," …
Friday, December 21, 2012
The company-wide blackout is to honor the memory of those killed last Friday in Connecticut.
This morning at 9:30, North Andover Patch will join AOL in a company-wide blackout as "moment of silence" to honor the victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last week. According to Techcrunch, the campaign was inspired by Connecticut's governor, who called for a moment of silence. Web companies Causes and SV Angel spearheaded the idea in the tech sector. It follows a coalition of tech leaders calling for more gun control. Other companies likely taking part in the "Web Moment of Silence" include Adobe, Duke University, Salesforce and WillCall. How will you participate in the moment of silence? Tell us in the comments.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
In North Andover, you can drop off donated teddy bears at Cervizzi's Martial Arts on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.
Two local teachers have launched a project to bring comfort to children in Newtown, Connecticut following last week’s mass killing. Emily and Elizabeth Donnellan were featured Tuesday night in a report on WBZ talking about the “Teddy Bears for Newtown” project where they are working with the local newspaper in that town to distribute the bears to local children. They reportedly plan to drive down to Newtown Saturday with the donated bears. More information, including drop off places, can be found on the Teddy Bears for Newtown Facebook page. In North Andover, Cervizzi’s Martial Arts is accepting donated teddy bears between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. until Thursday. The other three Cervizzi’s branches, in Winthrop, North Reading and Lynnfield…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Does the massacre at Newtown, Conn., signal the need for a political debate on gun regulations?
Before officials had even held their first press conference Friday, Facebook was abuzz with status updates about the Newtown, Conn., massacre. The statuses were split between those sending their condolences and those asking if the country would finally deal with the issue of gun control. Some fought back, asking for "respect" and mourning before political debate began. Others remained fierce in their belief that stricter gun control regulations would have prevented such a mass killing, saying the victims were shot multiple times and with semi-automatic weapons, according to Fox News. The guns were not illegal and were, in fact, owned by the shooter's mother. Among them were a semi-automatic .223 caliber Bushmaster rifle and two handguns. …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Patriots President Jonathan Kraft told media Sunday The Kraft Group and his family will be donating $25,000 to those affected by the Newtown tragedy. On Sunday, the Patriots honored the 26 victims of the school shooting with a special moment of silence.
New England Patriots President Jonathan Kraft told 98.5 The Sports Hub Sunday the Kraft family and Kraft Group will be donating $25,000 to help those affected by last Friday’s shooting in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of 26, people, including 20 elementary school children. “Your heart just sinks and you get nauseous and you never would expect anything like that would ever happen [in Newtown] … it’s just horrible,” Jonathan Kraft said. … “Our family [and] the Kraft Group donated some money and we encourage other people who are in a position to do that to do it.” Friday’s tragedy hit close to the Kraft family because of a box company they own in Newtown with a factory less than two miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School. “We’ve run a …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
People all over the world want to know how to help Sandy Hook residents following Friday's horrifying mass shooting. Post "I want to help" in this comment thread to get updates on what you can do.
In the wake of the unimaginable tragedy at Sandy Hook School Friday people from all over the world—in Connecticut, California, Canada and much farther away in Australia and India—sent an outpouring of support and want to know how they can help. If you want to be notified via e-mail of ways to provide comfort and support during this difficult time, please post in the comments section: "I want to help." If you know of an organization or fundraiser providing assistance, let us know in the comments section. Already the United Way of Western Connecticut, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank, created the Sandy Hook School Support Fund to help provide support services to the families and community that are affected. Check donations may be …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The North Andover superintendent says there is "only so much we can do to prepare" for such a tragedy.
A mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut Friday morning has sent shockwaves through the nation. As of Friday afternoon, 20 children and 7 adults were confirmed dead after a man opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. "Any time you hear things like this, it's gut-wrenching, as an educator, as a patent," North Andover Superintendent Dr. Kevin Hutchinson said. "Our hearts go out to the families. I can't even imagine what they're dealing with." But how does a community prepare for the virtually unimaginable tragedy of a possible mass shooting at an elementary school? Hutchinson said that there isn't really a way to prepare for such a tragedy. "It's more like avoidance, how do you avoid these types of …