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Playgrounds honoring Newtown victims take shape

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By PAT EATON-ROBB

Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The families of Newtown shooting victims Dylan Hockley and Victoria Soto plan to be surrounded by the laughter of children as they mark the six-month passing of the tragedy.

A ribbon cutting is planned Friday at a playground in Westport being built in honor of Hockley. Ground will be broken at another in nearby Stratford in Soto's memory.

They are fourth and fifth being constructed by a New Jersey firefighters union that has plans for 26 playgrounds in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. Most will be in communities affected by Superstorm Sandy, which shared part of a name with Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Soto's sister Jillian says the playgrounds are a perfect tribute to the victims. Each has been personalized to incorporate something that person loved.

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