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Weekly Wrap Up: May 8

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Here’s what made news this week on It’s Relevant.

Stamford’s West Beach is now home to a new playground, built in honor of Jesse Lewis.  The Sandy Ground Where Angels Play Foundation is building 26 playgrounds in total, to remember each life lost in the Sandy Hook tragedy. 6-year-old- Jesse Lewis died bravely, yelling for his classmates to run when the shooter’s gun jammed. In just 48 hours, hundreds of volunteers built the playground, which was completed Sunday.

"Playground number 20 in honor of the beautiful life of Jesse Lewis," said Bill Lavin, founder of the Sandy Ground project.  

"Jesse was a real soldier.  He confronted evil," said U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.  "He stood up to it.  His courage is a model for all of us.

Six Greenwich Public School teachers were honored Tuesday with the 2014 Distinguished Teachers Award, recognizing the educators for going the extra mile.

"It's probably one of the most important roles in a students life. Sometimes teachers arguably spend more time with a student than their families because they are in the school all day long, so they play a really instrumental role."

In Norwalk, the Board of Education unanimously approved its final operating budget for the 2014/2015 fiscal year. The $166 million dollar budget is a 2.5 percent increase from last year.

"I'm very excited about where we're going and how we're moving forward," said Mayor Harry Rilling. "And it's a credit to everybody's efforts not just one or two people, but there's a total community effort and I feel that more than I ever felt it before."  


That’s what made news this week on It’s Relevant. 


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