Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Boston Marathon bombing is only the latest event that can rock kids' sense of security.
On the day of the Newtown, Ct. school shootings, my younger son arrived home from Ridge High School to find the television tuned to a news channel and me passing along the news that there had been a shooting in Connecticut, not far from where his grandparents and my brother live. Without intending, I burst into tears when I got to the part I had to say that so many children had been shot and killed. Of course, he was sympathetic. He also inquired about the safety of my neice, who attends school nearby. But then he urged me not to dwell on such news so I wouldn't get overly depressed. Therein lies some of the uncertainty of talking to children about local, national (or international) tragedies that are being blared all over the news. Some …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Public Invited to panel discussion at Bernards Township Library.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Sunday, February 3
In the aftermath of the tragic school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, the Bernards Township Democratic Committee has announced that the group will host a panel discussion on "Gun Violence and Children’s Safety" at the Bernards Township Library. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. nexto Monday, Feb. 11, at the library, 32 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge. The event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. "A serious dialogue about gun safety is taking place across the nation as we struggle to cope with the seemingly endless string of mass shootings in the United States," the announcement said. The Democratic Committee's announcement said the panel discussion is an "effort to better educate ourselves and our …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
It seems a long, long time ago that it was fall and we were awaiting Thanksgiving and planning for the December holidays.
It's hard to believe it's been less than three weeks since a enigmatic 20-year-old shot up an elementary school in Newtown, Ct., killing 20 children and six adults. Adam Lanza reportedly had at some point attended the Sandy Hook Elementary School. That news came just as we were all still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy. Those of us who live here can't say we were surprised by another power outage in the Somerset Hills in 2012, following two lengthy outages tipped off by the October snowstorm and Irene in 2011. But were most of us really expecting Sandy to pack the kind of winds we more often see in news clips from storms down South? Did we think we would see giant trees stretched across major roadways for days on end? And then…