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Memorials Continue for Newtown Shooting Victims

Many websites, including Patch, will darken Friday morning during a national moment of silence.

In the week since the nation was shaken by the fatal shootings of more than two dozen students and staff at a Connecticut elementary school, efforts have been made locally to remember those affected. 

All Patch sites will go dark during the national moment of silence Friday morning. Locally, it will begin at 8:30 a.m.

During the week, many towns organized candlelight vigils in memory of the victims. In Buffalo Grove, Patch reader Mark Bushey urged residents to participate Wednesday night.

On Monday, the Buffalo Grove Village Board held a moment of silence during its meeting.

“Tragic events such as this horrific act have become all too common in our society,” Village President Jeff Braiman said. “It unfortunately reminds us that life is precious and fragile.” 

The village will connect with local schools to make sure they know police, fire and building services are available to them, he said.

Schools have discussed their safety plans with Patch in the last week. Former Village President Elliott Hartstein issued a letter to the editor advocating "meaningful gun control" and resident Stan Zoller reflected on the tragedy in his blog titled, "Where Do We Go from Here?"

On Wednesday, Patch reported that Walmart stores and Dick's stores had pulled some firearms from their shelves.

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