Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday March 13, 2013

The Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation is donating 2,500 gun safety locks to the police departments of Bridgeport, Stratford, Fairfield and Waterbury, which will be distributed to residents free of charge.
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch thanked the foundation and said, "Every lock we give out potentially prevents a tragedy and saves a life.” 
During the past decade, Project ChildSafe, administered by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, dispensed 36 million firearm safety kits nationwide. The kits include a cable lock that makes a gun impossible to fire, and safety brochures.  
The Foundation opposes strengthening gun safety laws in Connecticut, or anywhere else in the U.S.
Finch said, “Reasonable people can disagree on public policy, but today’s event illustrates that people with divergent views even on a subject as important as gun control can find common ground and come together for the safety of families and children.”

A bill  introduced in the Connecticut legislature would require pediatricians to screen their patients in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 for behavioral health problems during annual physical exams. The objective is to identify mental health problems in a timely way.

It was proposed by Senator Toni Harp, who co-chaired the legislative working group on mental health issues set up after the Newtown massacre. The bill has generated criticism from parents and homeschool advocates who say it would stigmatize children, intrude on parents' rights, and cost millions of dollars.
Under the bill, the assessments would be done by the child's pediatrician, who would submit a form to the state verifying that the child had received the assessment. The results would be confidential and disclosed only to a child's parent or guardian.
The bill as written, applies to all public and homeschooled children, but Harp said Tuesday she would drop the requirement for home-schooled children. She would also consider adding private school children to the legislation.
Opponents said the bill is unnecessary because it duplicates federal laws that require boards of education to identify, assess and serve children with serious emotional disturbances. Deborah Stevenson, founder of National Home Education Legal Defense, said the issue is one of parents' rights, and has been upheld by a long line of cases in the U.S. and Connecticut Supreme Courts.

A group of 26 professional and amateur cyclists rode 400-miles from Newtown to Washington, D.C. to campaign for stronger gun safety laws. They were welcomed by Connecticut’s congressional delegation on Tuesday.

While they may have stirred public support with their ride, Congress is gridlocked on the major gun-control measures under consideration, a proposed assault weapons ban and an expansion of FBI background checks to all gun buyers.
Brookhaven  Town officials are considering a proposal to build large-scale renewable green energy facilities on as many as 15  sites over the next two years. . If approved, the proposal could net the town an estimated $40 million to $50 million over the next 20 years. 

The plan's primary component is a private-public partnership with solar developer American Capital Energy to construct solar panel arrays and small-scale wind turbine sites at town-operated facilities.
 If fully implemented, the systems would generate up to 50 megawatts of alternating current electricity, enough to power 8,400 homes. 

The developer would sell the energy produced to LIPA through a Power Purchase Agreement . 

Each of the proposed sites will include at least one, or a combination of ground, roof or car port solar panel arrays with some having wind turbines.

In addition, 10 solar fueling stations are proposed for Town Hall to allow residents to charge the batteries of electric powered vehicles. 

A panel discussion on the economic benefits of immigration took place Monday at the Congregational Church of Patchogue.
Panelists included Long Island labor leaders and representatives of the Long Island Farm Bureau and the Long Island Association. The discussion was introduced by First District Congressman Tim Bishop
A video of the meeting is available at

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