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  • Council Revises Tick-Borne Disease Funding

    Legislative Council members this week revised a past funding approval, reducing from $25,000 to $15,000 the town amount to be spent for a study on the local impact of tick-borne disease.

    At a September 17 session, council members approved a $15,000 special appropriation to be funded through the “Sandy Hook special revenue fund” for consulting services for a marketing/messaging plan on tick-borne disease awareness and mitigation.

    The town has high incidence of tick-borne disease among its residents.

  • School Board Approves NMS-Based Health Clinic

    After hearing several presentations and visiting site locations, the Board of Education unanimously approved a grant-funded school-based health clinic for Newtown Middle School.

  • Newtown Participating In Emergency Medication Distribution Drill Thursday

    Newtown Health District officials are expecting a state Department of Health courier and State Police escort to arrive at Newtown High School sometime Thursday morning as part of a statewide mass emergency medicine distribution drill.

  • Health District Promoting National Nutrition Month Message

    March is National Nutrition month, which serves as an opportunity for the Newtown Health District to promote the wealth of nutrition education sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Health District Director Donna Culbert said Newtowners can access loads of information at the academy’s website, EatRight.org.

  • Health District Urges Homeowners: Take Time To Test During January ‘Radon Action Month’

    The month of January has been designated as Radon Action Month in Connecticut according to Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert. Her local agency is joining with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the American Lung Association of Connecticut, and US Environmental Protection Agency urging local residents to test their home for radon, and, if necessary, mitigate high levels when found.

  • Health District Promotes Localized Mental Health Services, Info

    Visitors to Newtown’s municipal website are immediately greeted with links to supplemental sites that can help them learn about a variety of support and recovery initiatives, as well as a site that showcases the many nonprofit causes that have sprung up in the day

  • Mental Health Specialist Looking At Community, Individual Healing Tactics

    This story was originally published in The Bee on April 26.

    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.