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  • Health Insurance Exchange Offering Small Businesses Choice Of Plans

    HARTFORD — Determined to set the standard for state health exchanges, Access Health CT will launch its Small Business Health Options (SHOP) program for quoting and enrollment on October 1 of this year. This action comes despite the decision by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to allow states to delay implementation of the employee-choice feature of SHOP until 2015. Access Health CT (also known as the Exchange) was created by the Connecticut Legislature in 2011 and is a quasi-public agency established to satisfy requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act. Its mission is to increase the number of insured residents in Connecticut, promote health, lower costs, and eliminate health disparities. Its vision is to provide a simple online shopping and enrollment experience for state residents and small businesses, starting with open enrollment in October 2013.

  • "Come Have Coffee," And Conversation

    Come Have Coffee And Conversation Come Have Coffee is a small support group that meets once weekly at Sandy Hook Deli & Catering, 102 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook Center. This is not a therapy session, just a chance for anyo...

  • Mental Health Specialist Looking At Community, Individual Healing Tactics

    In the approximately five weeks since Dr Jill Barron, a well-known psychiatrist who has worked with New York firefighters post 9/11 and other mass casualty incident survivors, began conducting a local critical needs assessment of mental health and support response, she has already arrived at some short-term observations. And she is ready to begin offering the community some insights on how to begin coming to grips with the harrowing tragedy of 12/14...

  • Robert Morey Named Town Ambassador For Komen Connecticut Race For The Cure

    The Connecticut Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced April 3 that Newtown resident Robert Morey had been selected as town ambassador for the Inaugural Komen Connecticut Race for the Cure.

  • Raising Responsible And Resilient Children: A Women Of Wellness Event, May 2

    Women of Wellness of CT (WOW) will host “Building Our Future,” a Fairfield County Community Event, on Thursday, May 2, designed to bring parents in the community together for a night of fun, learning and connection. Mothers are invited to gather for an evening of wine, light bits and a special presentation by parenting expert Michael Thompson, PhD.

  • Newtown Parents Back Study For Clues To Violence

    As parents, Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel were plunged into grief when their only child, 6-year-old Avielle, was killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As scientists, they wanted answers about what could lead a person to commit such violence.

  • Support Center, Synagogue Open To Those Retraumatized By Boston Incident

    In response to the April 15 bombing incident in Boston, the Town of Newtown established a temporary support center at Cyrenius Booth Library, 25 Main Street. That support center is further extending its hours of operation through the weekend for community members to come for supp...

  • Benefit Concert To Promote Autism Awareness

    Families United in Newtown (FUN) will present a night of classical music on Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 pm, at Newtown United Methodist Church. This concert will feature the music of Albeniz, Bach, Debussy, Sibelius, and Tàrrega. Performers will include Lindsey Jones on violin, Yossi Kohrman-Glaser on guitar, Wesley Morlock on piano, and Tristan Speed, also playing the guitar. Admission is free, but FUN will be accepting donations at the door for continued support of its program as well as autism awareness efforts.

  • Boston Tragedy Prompts Temporary Support Center, Opening April 17 At Booth Library

    In response to the tragic events in Boston on April 15, the Town of Newtown is providing a space for the community to have an opportunity to gather for support, guidance, or simply to be with one another, Health District Director Donna Culbert has announced.

  • Auerbach Pediatrics Welcomes Patients Old And New

    On Thursday, April 4, Sandy Hook resident and local pediatrician Dr Richard Auerbach was looking over directions and assembling pint-sized furniture in the front waiting room of his new office at 25 Church Hill Road. All around him, boxes waited to be opened, a 150-gallon aquarium still hoped for water and occupants, and the scent of fresh paint was in the air. Contractor Asim Ceylan of Proficient Painting, LLC in Danbury hurried between rooms, adding the finishing touches to the renovations he had handled for the doctor.