In this week's Herald

Here are some of the stories and features in this week’s Herald:

• A new view downtown: Avalon Shelton opens apartments soon.

• Sen. Kelly part of task force formed in wake of Newtown tragedy. Public hearings on gun violence protection, school safety and mental illness are scheduled.

• Community supports Rebecca Rose at fund-raiser.

• How many cases of influenza have been reported in Shelton so far?

• Finley called an “Unsung Hero.”

• Shelton woman raises money for Sandy Hook playground.

• Photo: Alexandra DeFrancesco cut off eight inches of her hair in honor of her late grandmother.

• Musical auditions for Center Stage production are Feb. 9.

• Police news

• Valentine’s Day events benefit Spooner House.

• Toby, our Pet of the Week, needs a home after his owner threw him out of a pick-up truck.

• ‘Book givers’ wanted to World Book Night.

• Lots to do around Shelton, check Library News and Spotlight for some ideas.

In Sports: Gaels third in Valley of Champions, Rams roll over Shelton and more.

• Look inside this week’s paper for our Education supplement. It includes information on School of Rock’s tribute.