On November 5, Newtown residents are invited to exercise their civic duty while protecting their health and the health of their family and loved ones. For the second consecutive year, the Newtown Health District will be hosting Vote & Vax at the Newtown Middle School. This coordinated public health outreach offers flu vaccinations to residents who want them on Election Day. “The idea is the resident is taking the time to go to their polling place to vote, and while they are there, they can conveniently visit another area at the building at the Newtown Middle School and get a flu shot,” said Health District Director Donna Culbert.
Florida-based nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms will be offering “MOVE: Focus” on Saturday, November 2, from 9 am to 6:30 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church. “MOVE: Focus” is a one-day workshop led by professional counselors where attendees will explore issues that are rarely talked about, including depression, anxiety, and suicide. The discussion will cover what is behind these struggles, what drives them, what recovery looks like, and how students can make a difference. The workshop is open to all students in grades 8–12 in the area. MOVE will be taught by licensed mental health counselor Aaron Moore and registered mental health intern Denny Kolsch. “It’s a free conference that will tackle the issues of depression, anxiety, and suicide,” said NCC Youth Minister Allysa De Wolf, who also said the event is “not a religious event but is open to students from all backgrounds.”
Many parents of teens and adolescents begin struggling with the challenge of teaching their children as much as possible as they begin their acceleration toward adulthood and eventual independence. But popular author Anthony Wolf PhD believes despite the constant urge to find “teachable moments” at every turn during a child’s teen years, that parents should fight the urge and instead become good, quiet listeners. This is just one of the many points Dr Wolf hopes to make to local parents next week when he speaks at the next Newtown Prevention Council Parent Speaker Series on Parenting Teens in a Difficult Time. Dr Wolf, who is a renowned psychologist and bestselling author of Get Out of My Life but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? and I’d Listen to My Parents if They’d Just Shut Up, will appear at the Cyrenius H. Booth Library meeting room on Wednesday, October 23, at 7 pm.
The Fairfield County Transcendental Meditation Program in conjunction with the David Lynch Foundation will offer an introductory presentation on the Transcendental Meditation Technique on Tuesday, October 29, at 6:30 pm. The program will be in the board room of C.H. Booth Library. The Transcendental Meditation technique is a simple, natural program for the mind to experience a more settled state, increasingly quiet and silent levels while it remains alert.
Newtown Prevention Council (NPC) heard a summary last month of the 2013 Youth Survey Report by Archie Swindell of Quantitative Services. The news received during the September 19 was mixed. The survey found that local youth are smoking less… tobacco, that is. Marijuana is another thing. The survey was sponsored by Newtown Prevention Council and the Newtown Public Schools through the Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services. It was administered in April. The results had previously been presented to the Board of Education during its August 20 meeting.
Home Instead Senior Care of Trumbull and Sandy Hook, owned by Sharon and Robert Massafra, is part of the network of franchises providing thousands of people worldwide with nonmedical companionship and care. The branch services clients in 33 area towns, and employs roughly 125 people, said Ms Massafra.
Among those 125 employees are three husband and wife teams, Ms Massafra said, two of whom are from Newtown.
CycleINPlace will be hosting an open house on Thursday, October 17, from 4:30 to 6 pm. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the benefits of cycling and learn how to use the state-of-the-art cycles with monitors. Owners Molly Basak-Smith and Mitzi Hayes will give guests a tour of the facility and answer any questions.
Community and health care professionals are cordially invited to attend a Hospice and Palliative Care Fair at Masonicare at Newtown on Wednesday, October 16, from 2 to 6 pm. The event, sponsored by Masonicare Home Health & Hospice, will feature experts who will explain that hospice is not a place, but a philosophy of care with a holistic approach designed to encompass mind, body, and spirit. It will explore the many benefits hospice and palliative care can bring to patients and their families who may be dealing with a serious or life-limiting illness. Several information booths will feature health care experts who will outline the myriad services Masonicare’s hospice program provides, including bereavement support and spiritual care, home health services, social workers and volunteer opportunities, the “Reflections” program for patients with dementia, and more. Attendees will receive a raffle ticket at each booth visited to be entered into a drawing for a free door prize, complimentary chair massages will be available, and refreshments will be served.
Those wishing to attend should RSVP to the Masonicare HelpLine at 888-679-9997 by Monday, October 14.
Two members of Newtown Christian Church recently became certified CPR instructors, and have decided to share their knowledge with the community. Jamie Tanner and Kevin Kuzma will lead Adult & Infant CPR, AED & First Aid classes on Saturdays, October 19, November 2 and December 7. Each five-hour class will run from 9 am until 2 pm. For those who want to take the class without certification, there is no charge. To receive Red Cross Certification, there is a $27 fee.
Kim Weber, Booth Library young adult librarian, Kim Killoy, Drug Free Communities grant coordinator, and Judy Blanchard, district health coordinator and co-chair of the Newtown Prevention Council, recently met at The Parent Corner of the C.H. Booth Library to plan the group’s Parent Speaker series. This year the library and NPC will present Anthony Wolf, PhD, an author of many booksincluding "A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager." His lecture, titled “Parenting Teens in a Difficult Time,” will take place at the library, on October 23 at 7 pm. With The Newtown Bee among its community partners, the council boasts upwards of 45 members and meets five times each year at the library. All meetings are open to the public. Ms Blanchard has been a part of the council since 1991 and serves as co-chair with Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe.