Dumping out standing water around the yard – even as little as a half cup full – and closing down mosquitoes access to one’s home are the two best ways to avoid contracting West Nile Virus according to Donna Culbert, Newtown Health District Director.
Her advice comes on the heels of an August 29 announcement that a Stratford resident has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection.
This is the first human case of WNV associated illness identified in Connecticut this season, according to the State Mosquito Management Program.
On September 28 a group of local health professionals and volunteers will celebrate the 20th annual Health and Public Safety Fair. The four-hour event will again be offered at Newtown Middle School, and will offer free health screenings, free information and expertise, and plenty of health-related giveaways in a single one-stop location. In addition, there will be numerous free drawings, including one for a new bicycle, gift certificates to many of Newtown’s restaurants and eateries to honor Family Day, and generous promotions from many local businesses.
Sandy Hook Promise will host “Why Sleep Quality Is More Important Than Sleep Quantity,” on Tuesday, September 3, from 5 to 7 pm, in the Lecture Hall of Newtown High School. Led by board certified sleep specialist Dr Barry Krakow, the workshop will focus on how the quality of sleep impacts daily life and the steps one can take to address mental and emotional causes of insomnia. The sleep seminar is free and open to the public, although seating is limited.
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street, on Monday, September 16. The event will run from 8:30 am until 6:15 pm. Walk-ins will be welcomed, and appointments are available.
Anyone unfamiliar with Newtown Youth & Family Services may have found themselves wondering what NYFS is. What does NYFS do for Newtown and area residents? Answering these questions is easier than you think. Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc. (NYFS) is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau, that has been dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential for almost 30 years. NYFS is based at 15 Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook. It is governed by a board of directors made up of people who live within the community. Most importantly NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education to community members throughout the greater Newtown area.
The Connecticut chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) hosted its Light The Night Walk kick-off event last week for Newtown’s event. This year’s Walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, at Newtown Youth Academy Sports & Fitness Center. Light The Night, LLS’s annual fundraising walk held in communities throughout the country, features teams of co-workers, families, and friends walking together in twilight holding illuminated balloons — white for survivors, red for supporters, and gold to remember those who have died. The walk, which commemorates lives touched by blood cancers, is a celebration, with music, refreshments, and family activities. Newtown has hosted its own walk since 2009.
For people with life-threatening cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, bone marrow transplants can be a life-saving experience. Be The Match® connects patients with their donor match for transplants. A Bone Marrow Donor Registry drive will be held in the Gathering Hall of St Rose Church, 44 Church Hill Road, on Sunday, August 11, from 11 am until 2 pm.
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has initiated a shellfish closure and voluntary recall of oysters and clams harvested from the waters of Norwalk and Westport. Raw or under cooked shellfish have been implicated as the source of a number of illnesses related to the naturally occurring bacterium Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Oysters, mussels, hard clams, littleneck clams, chowder clams, quahogs, and soft-shell/steamer clams from the affected areas are harvested both commercially and recreationally. A commercial recall is underway.
Sandy Hook Promise will host the debut Newtown Yoga Festival on Saturday, August 24. The goal of the festival is to promote a positive sense of community and healing in Newtown. World-renowned yoga teachers Seane Corn and Beryl Bender Birch will lead participants in practice and meaningful conversation. There will be local health and wellness vendors, live music and kids activities featuring a children’s yoga class with Newtown resident Karen Pierce. All proceeds from the day’s event will support Sandy Hook Promise
Blood cancer survivor and Newtown resident Sandi Kessman, and her family and friends, are determined to help build awareness about the approximately 1,012,533 people in the United States living with a blood cancer. She will be among those showing their support by participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Newtown Light The Night Walk on Saturday, September 28, at Newtown Youth Academy. Registration begins at 5 pm, there will be a Remembrance Ceremony at 6:15, and the walk begins at 7 pm.