Friday, December 28, 2012
Families gather on Village Green to light candles and release sky lanterns in memory of Newtown, CT victims.
Oak Lawn residents gathered with their children at the Village Green on Friday in a show of hope against some dark times in our country by lighting candles and releasing sky lanterns in memory of the Newtown, CT shooting victims. Subscribe to the Oak Lawn Patch newsletter and breaking news alerts. Mayor Dave Heilmann orchestrated the candlelight vigil to honor the 20 schoolchildren and six teachers who died in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. “Most of us have dropped our children off at schools and you see them walk or run in. Seven hours later you expect them to walk out with a smile on their face,” the mayor said. “We don’t expect to get a call with the words that no parent should ever have to hear.” Heilmann …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Christmas lights will go dark on Village Green in honor of Newtown, CT shooting victims. Mayor asks residents to turn off Christmas lights at 7 p.m. Thursday. Cards also being collected to send to Newtown residents in show of community support.
The candlelight vigil honoring the Newtown, CT, shooting victims happens Thursday, Dec.27, on the Oak Lawn Village Green at Cook and Dumke. Residents are asked to begin arriving at 6:45 p.m. At approximately 7 p.m., the Christmas lights will go dark on the Village Green. Sign up for the Oak Lawn Patch newsletter and breaking news alerts. Oak Lawn residents are also asked to shut off their outdoor Christmas lights in conjunction with the community vigil until 7:26 p.m. -- one minute for each of the Sandy Hook School shooting victims. The program features recorded music, prayer and candles. The mayor is looking for children to volunteer to read aloud a Sandy Hook student or teacher's name during the vigil. Adults and children may also leave …
Mayor Dave Heilmann announces community candlelight vigil for Newtown, CT school shooting victims for Dec. 27 on Village Green.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Holiday lights on Village Green will go dark for 27 minutes in honor of 20 children and seven adults killed in Connecticut during candlelight vigil planned for Dec. 27.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The village will hold a community candlelight vigil for the victims of the Newton, CT, on Dec. 27 on the Village Green. The holiday lights on the Village Green will go dark for 27 minutes honoring the 20 children, six teachers, and shooter's mother, who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School and Newtown, CT shootings. Read Newtown, CT, Patch's complete coverage of the Sandy Hook School shootings. "All over this country people are in tears. You see the faces of little children, you htink about those teachers and how hard they fought to protect them, you think about these families, Christmas, the pain must be unbearable for them," Mayor Dave Heilmann said. "I have four children under 10 at home. I cannot imagine dropping them …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Local school officials spend Monday reviewing building security, helping students ease back into school on first day back since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
Oak Lawn’s public and parochial students returned to school on Monday to an increased police presence around local campuses on their first day back at school since last week's Connecticut school shootings. “The increased police presence was at all of our buildings just to serve as reassurance for our families,” Oak Lawn-Hometown Dist. 123 spokesman Ben Grey said. While students eased back into schoolwork and met with counselors, school administrators around Oak Lawn were reviewing building security, particularly external doors, to see if anything more could be done to prevent a possible shooter from entering their respective buildings. The horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that left 20 children and six adults dead also …