• Adult Bereavement Group Starts April 4

    SOUTHBURY — A free six week bereavement group for any adult who has experienced a loss starts on Thursday, April 4 from 3:30 to 4:45 pm at the Jewish Federation, 444 Main Street North. Sponsored by Brownstein Jewish Family Service and facilitated by Jenny Casey, MSW, of Regional Hospice, this short-term professionally facilitated bereavement support group will continue meeting on Thursday afternoons through May 9.

  • For Parent Connection: Former NBA Player To Share His Story Of Recovery, April 11 At Brookfield High School

    BROOKFIELD — The Newtown Parent Connection, Inc, and newly organized Brookfield Cares coalition, a merging of the former Brookfield Substance Abuse Coalition and Brookfield Acts, will present a public event on Thursday, April 11, at 7 pm, at Brookfield High School, 45 ...

  • Masonicare, Senior Center To Co-Host Grief Forum

    Newtown Senior Center and Masonicare Home Health & Hospice have joined together to help the community learn about grief and understand the healing process after suffering a loss through a free forum.

  • Social Worker: Reed Drop-In Center Has More Counselors Than Visitors

    Clinical Social Worker Stephen Beck has headed up a community drop-in center at Reed since shortly after the 12/14 tragedy. But this week he told The Newtown Bee that despite a waiting list of experienced counselors hoping to assist Newtowners through their grieving and ...

  • After Going It On Her Own, Newtown Resident Has Established Assisted Transition To Help Others

    During her final months in a long-established career as a midlevel IT manager for a global manufacturing company, Newtown resident Wendy Seiler received a crash course in caregiving — with all the time-consuming administrative duties that come with it.

  • Free Yoga & Art Events For All Ages At The Graceful Planet

    Sandy Hook Peaceful Arts, Inc, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for the community to collaborate, create, express, and experience the arts under the guidance of teaching artists, will host two offerings of Yoga & Art at The Graceful Planet.

  • Rep Carter Promotes Bill To Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

    HARTFORD — On February 7 at a public hearing in Hartford, State Representative Dan Carter, who represents part of Newtown, advocated in favor of a bill to help prevent prescription drug abuse. The bill, HB 5484, requires the written consent of a physician in order to use a generic substitution for any drug designed in a tamper-resistant formulation.

  • Study Suggests Better TV Might Improve Kids’ Behavior

    SEATTLE (AP) — Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers’ behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found. The results were modest and faded over time, but may hold promise for finding ways to help young children avoid aggressive, violent behavior, the study authors and other doctors said.

  • Congressman, Coalition Members Discuss Violence Against Women Act

    HARTFORD — It has been more than two years since the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) expired, jeopardizing essential funding and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In Connecticut, that means that services for more than 57,000 victims of domestic violence and 7,000-plus victims of sexual assault could be at risk.

  • New Center Offers Healing Through Sound And Music

    The Sound Center for Music, Creative Arts & Mindfulness opened as of Saturday, December 15, in the historic Hawleyville Chapel on Route 25, following renovations to the former wedding chapel and physician's office by director and owner Jennifer Zulli and her husband, John, of Newtown. Although open house plans for Sound, originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16, were postponed by the tragic turn of events Friday, December 14, at Sandy Hook School, Ms Zulli said that she was on site all weekend to greet the few curious passersby who stopped in. She is deeply saddened by the tragedy that temporarily derailed the opening days of Sound Center for Music, Creative Arts & Mindfulness, but believes that she is in the right place, to offer the right salve to Newtown's pain. In this time of darkness, Ms Zulli is hopeful that sound and music can deliver light and peace. "If anybody's town can heal and show the world how to live," she said, "it is our town."