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Newtown officials prepare for one year anniversary of shootings

Newtown officials are working this week to prepare the community for the anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr John Reed says they are hoping to have designs for a new school done by February.  He says no part of the new school will follow the footprint of the original school where people lost their lives.


First Selectman Pat Llodra says Newtown residents are choosing not to allow the tragedy to be bigger than the goodness that can come out of it.  She says the town can't make this tragedy "unhappen", but residents can chose how to react to it.  Llodra says the community is working to gain its foothold around this difficult time.


Llodra says they are hoping to manage the week in the spirit of remembrance.


Interfaith Clergy Association leader Matthew Crebbins says kindness is a choice that has to be made every day.  He says the town is cracked, to quote Leonard Cohen, but that's how the light gets in.  He says the kindness of friends and neighbors and families in immense grief, are doing amazing things.


Police Chief Michael Kehoe says another report will be coming out by Connecticut State Police.  He says it's voluminous and some things will be redacted, but it will be a thorough investigative report.  He says State Police troopers have done all they can do to uncover every bit of information they could about this horrific event.


Kehoe says Newtown officers have made remarkable gains one year later, but there is a long road ahead.