Friday, May 10, 2013
"You know the darkest depths of tragedy, but you also know that unity, resilience and strength allow us to triumph over terror."
Friday, May 10
A letter from Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino: Dear Selectman Llodra, On behalf of the people of Boston I thank you and the people of Newtown for sending me the banner filled with signatures and words of prayer and support. All of us were very moved by this kind and thoughtful gesture. As such, we have proudly displayed the banner in the lobby of Boston City Hall for all to see and appreciate. In the aftermath of the attack at the Boston Marathon, our city has been flooded with offers of support and prayers from around the world. None of them, however, meant as much as the banner you sent from Newtown. You know the darkest depths of tragedy, but you also know that unity, resilience and strength allow us to triumph over terror. Your …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Despite the holiday season, many are feeling sadness after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Here are ten ways you can take action to start healing.
This past week has been a challenging one for all of us as we struggle to move through the holiday season after the tragic event that was the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14. This column, my last for this year, was going to focus on New Year’s Resolutions and goal setting but I thought it’d be more helpful to focus on thoughts of healing. Many of the essential teachings of yoga talk about the struggle we have as humans and techniques we can use to ease our suffering. Many of these actions live in the mindfulness realm and emphasize things like meditation and attitudes of forgiveness and compassion. Along with these mindfulness-inspired ideas are other techniques that are inspired by medicine and general wellness. So, as …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino writes about taking action against gun violence in the U.S.
Monday, December 31, 2012
The following was submitted by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's office: As a parent and grandparent, I remain overcome with sadness, grief and outrage by the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. This unspeakable act of violence will forever imprint December 14, 2012 in our hearts and minds, and my heart goes out to the families impacted by this senseless tragedy and the many others we have recently witnessed across the United States. As a Mayor who has seen too many lives forever altered by gun violence, it is my responsibility to fight for action. Now is the time for that action. Each day in the United States, 33 people are murdered by guns. Our nation has been brought to a tipping point. Now is the time for a real dialogue on national …
Friday, December 21, 2012
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.
In an amazing Friday morning press conference, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." "We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Boston City Council unanimously supported U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's, D-CA, reintroduction of the expired assault weapons ban.
The Boston City Council's last meeting for 2012 began and ended up with moments of silence and reflection about the Newtown school tragedy. And in between those silent moments, the council looked to address gun violence. On Wednesday, District 8 City Councilor Mike Ross called on the council to support U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, in her reintroduction and support of a national ban an assault weapons, which expired in 2004. "After the horrendous violence we saw on Friday in Newtown... I thought we as a city council need to do something," said Ross. Ross said he supports the legislation that would ban automatic assault weapons, as well as minimize the size of gun magazine clips. Added Ross, "Other cities have signed on, and it's …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Residents are invited to a public hearing with Boston Public Schools and the Boston Public Health Commission on Tuesday night to address mental health issues, especially in light of the recent tragedy of Newtown, Connecticut.
The timing of a scheduled Boston City Council hearing on ending the stigma of mental health illnesses is eerily uncanny due to the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut last week. As the nation continues to mourn and wonder why the shooter did what he did, the question of his mental health is being openly discussed. Were there warning signs? Did he ever seek treatment? For many people, there is a stigma attached to seeking mental health help. On Tuesday night, At-Large Boston City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo is hosting a hearing on "ending the mental health stigma and how the city can be a part of the effort." Previously, Arroyo assembled a task force of mental health organizations that will be represented at the hearing to …
The following article is based upon a Boston Police report.
A West Roxbury resident turned a handgun into Boston Police District E-5, saying he no longer wanted his father's gun in his home. The man turned in the Browning High Power .9-mm with 50 rounds of ammunition after walking into the police station around 7:47 p.m. on Dec. 14. The man also turned in one rifle round, a safety lock with two keys, and a brown leather carrybag. The gun was taken and secured in the station's gun locker.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said there will be more uniformed Boston Police officers around schools the next couple of days - even though there is no connection to Boston in today's tragic shooting in Connecticut.
There will be more uniformed Boston Police officers patrolling in and around Boston schools the next coming days in response to Friday's tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Boston Police Commissioner posted the following statement on BPDnews.com: "Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims and the families of those affected by the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. I have been in touch with the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools and the Chief of the Transit Police. Although there is no connection to the Boston area, the shooting is disturbing. Accordingly, we will be increasing uniformed police patrols in and around schools over the next several days." Dr. Carol Johnson, superintendent of Boston Public Schools, said that staff…