Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Sandy Hook educators who laid down their lives for children are among an elite class of honorees. One was Mary Sherlach, whose daughter and son-in-law live in South Jersey.
WASHINGTON – Receiving an award from the president on her mother’s behalf was a bittersweet experience for Erica Lafferty. The bitter part is that an award, no matter how prestigious, can never bring her mother back. The sweet part is that all of the national attention will make sure people always remember the great deeds of her mother, Sandy Hook Principal Dawn (Lafferty) Hochsprung. “All of the honors don’t make anything easier,” she said. “But it is nice that the government and everyone else is realizing all of the good she did and all of the efforts those educators put into that school.” Hochsprung was one of the six educators who died Dec. 14 while trying to protect students at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty students also died …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The Sandy Hook school psychologist was among 26 people killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, school shooting. Her daughter and son-in-law live in Deptford.
The town that Mary Sherlach called home is honoring her in a special way. Town council in Trumbull, CT, voted unanimously last week to rename the Trumbull Counseling Center after her. Sherlach, a school psychologist, was killed in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, on Dec. 14, 2012. Sherlach's daughter, Maura Schwartz, and Maura's husband, Eric Schwartz, are Deptford residents. Eric Schwartz is a regular freelancer for Patch, covering high-school sports in South Jersey. Sherlach's husband, William Sherlach, attended the Trumbull council meeting Monday night. Before the vote, First Selectman Tim Herbst said Sherlach gave her life for the students and teachers at Sandy Hook, and deserved the honor. He …
Friday, December 28, 2012
The Collingswood mayor joined four others in Camden County and another 750 nationwide in calling for tighter restrictions on gun ownership.
Four Camden County mayors—James Maley of Collingswood, Chuck Cahn of Cherry Hill, Dana Redd of Camden, and Frank North of Merchantville—have added their signatures to those of more than 750 other mayors nationwide in seeking tighter controls on firearms in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. Among other measures, the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition is calling for criminal background checks of anyone who buys a gun and a review of the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. "It’s trying to make some basic, common-denominator changes that I think everybody will agree [with]," said Maley, who joined the coalition last year. "It’s not that you’re going to cure [gun violence], it’s just that you’re …
Monday, December 17, 2012
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg will ask Congress to approve a ban on ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds. Do you agree with his proposed bill?
Monday, December 17, 2012
In the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, CT, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced plans to reintroduce high-capacity magazine ban legislation in the 113th Congress. Lautenberg’s bill, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, would prohibit the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds. It also would ban ammunition magazines that could be readily converted to accept more than 10 rounds. “In light of yet another horrific shooting tragedy, it is clearer than ever that there is no place in our communities for deadly high-capacity gun magazines and I will keep working to pass my bill to reinstate the ban on them,” Lautenberg said in a statement. “If we don't pass a high-capacity …
Sherlach was the school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, where a gunman opened fire Friday, killing 26 people.
Mary Sherlach, the school psychologist killed in a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, will be laid to rest this week. A memorial service will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull, CT. Friends are invited to meet directly in St. Stephen Church, 6948 Main St., Trumbull at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 for a Memorial Mass. Interment will be private. Condolences may be sent through the funeral home's website. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fairfield County Community Foundation, Fund for Health and Wellness, 383 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851, to continue Sherlach's work with children and mental health. Sherlach, 56, was …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Mary Sherlach, the mother-in-law of Patch writer Eric Schwartz, was among 27 people killed in the second-deadliest school shooting in American history.
The deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, claimed the life of a Patch writer's family member. Mary Sherlach, the school's psychologist, was among 26 people, including 20 children, who died when a gunman opened fire at the school Friday morning. The gunman, identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, also died in the rampage. Sherlach was the mother-in-law of Deptford resident Eric Schwartz, a longtime Patch freelancer who covers high school sports in South Jersey. Sherlach, 56, lived in Trumbull, CT. Schwartz and his wife, Maura, arrived in Connecticut on Friday evening to be with their family. They could not be reached for comment. In the shooting spree, Lanza also reportedly killed his mother, who was a teacher …