More than 300 students, teachers and parents from the Newtown area boarded buses bound for Washington, D.C., early Saturday, joining thousands of others from Connecticut and across the nation, to lend their voices to the March for Our Lives.Another 840 additional marches for the anti-gun violence protest are being held across the country and worldwide in reaction to the massacre in Parkland, Fla,, that left 17 students and educators dead last month. Dozens of rallies are planned in eastern Europe and more are scheduled in the capitals of Colombia and Ghana, Japan and Vietnam.In Connecticut a march that some estimate could attract up to 10,000 people is planned in Hartford, with others taking place in communities including Enfield, Guilford, Old Saybrook, Roxbury, Shelton, Stamford and West Hartford. As many as 500,000 people are expected to march through Washington, D.C., today.In the early morning darkness in Newtown, more than 300 assembled in school parking lots before departing at … [Read more...] about Connecticut Students Head to March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.
Dave Franchino is no longer avoiding East Washington Avenue.For years, his office was located in the American Center Business Park north of Interstate 39-90-94. So when clients from out of town would visit Madison, trips Downtown were taken via the interstate, southeast to the Beltline with an exit onto John Nolen Drive. The route would give his customers a picturesque view of the city’s Capitol skyline with Lake Monona and Monona Terrace in the foreground.It also would bypass the blight of the isthmus with its empty manufacturing facilities, vacant car lots and overall depressing vibe that stood in contrast to the city’s overall reputation. Franchino, the president of Design Concepts, no longer goes out of his way to show off his city. Instead, he has moved his company’s headquarters and about 55 employees into part of the Lyric building next door to Breese Stevens Field. Franchino is not only embracing East Washington Avenue but providing a glimpse of what is to … [Read more...] about Design Concepts offers a template for the future of East Washington Avenue
Just before the sun rose over Washington, D.C. on Saturday, about 105 UCF students rolled off of two buses and into the street three blocks north of the White House.They changed out of sweatpants and into long-johns and large jackets. Under their coats, many of them wore a shirt emblazoned with the logos of two schools: the University of Central Florida and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.They’re joining an anticipated 500,000 other students to demand action. Their message is simple and conveyed by the rallying cry that’s become associated with our nation’s latest mass-shooting tragedy: never again.Josh Bolona, 21, wore a polo from his time in student government at Stoneman Douglas.“I dug it out of my closet,” he said. “This school means so much to me. It’s given me so much. Being here is the least I can do.”Coralie Morin, a 22-year-old Stoneman Douglas graduate, was inspired to march after tragedies hit two cities she loved dearly, … [Read more...] about UCF students rally at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON — Large crowds are expected to descend on Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday as part of the “March for our Lives” anti-gun violence rally organized by the grieving students of a South Florida high school shooting. A month after 17 students and faculty members were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, students from the school, joined by celebrity supporters, will lead a rally starting at noon calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to enact stricter gun control laws. Event organizers, in their permitting request to hold the event, said they expect up to 500,000 people to show up for the rally. Students and parents from across the country, including several busloads from Long Island, are expected to participate, and satellite rallies are planned in dozens of U.S. cities. “No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues … [Read more...] about March for Our Lives gets underway today in Washington, D.C.
Thousands of students across Maryland are boarding trains and buses and hopping in cars headed to Washington this morning to join what is expected to be a crowd of 500,000 at a March For Our Lives rally sparked by the recent school shootings.The school safety and anti-gun violence movement has been led by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where a shooting last month left 17 dead at the school.The Maryland students are marching not just in honor of those who died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, but also for the two students who were shot Tuesday by a gunman at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County.Here’s what you need to know about today’s march:« The March For Our Lives Rally will take place on Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. between 3rd street and 12th street NW. The rally starts at noon.« “Sibling” rallies will take place around the country. Anna Hilger, a freshman at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, has organized … [Read more...] about Here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s March For Our Lives in Washington