The first Light The Night for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in Newtown took place at Newtown High School in the fall of 2009, organized by Sandy Hook Resident Ginny Chion with the help of Newtown High School Athletic Director Gregg Simon. While it was the first appearance in her hometown of the annual findraiser for LLS, 2009 marked the seventh year Ms Chion had been involved in organizing teams to walk to support the mission of LLS, to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Four years later, Ms Chion continues working to bring awareness about blood cancers through Newtown Light The Night efforts.
Servpro of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County believes there is no predicting when or where a disaster may strike, leaving property destruction and damage in its wake. But National Preparedness Month, sponsored each year in September by the Federal Emergency Management Agency focuses the nation’s attention on the steps home and business owners can and should take to be ready to respond to emergencies, including natural and human-made disasters.
Urgent Care of Connecticut opened its sixth walk-in clinic, and first in Newtown, on Friday, August 30. Located in Plaza South at 266 South Main Street, this facility joins other Urgent Care clinics in Brookfield, Glastonbury, Norwalk, Ridgefield and Southbury. All Urgent Care of Connecticut offices are open 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to pm on weekends and holidays. The clinic recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with national standards for health are quality and safety in ambulatory care organizations.
Masonicare Home Health & Hospice and Masonicare at Newtown will host a bereavement support program for the community led by the renowned Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv. The program, entitled “Post Traumatic Growth,” will be presented Thursday evening, September 26, at Edmond Town Hall. Dr Doka will explore how significant losses can transform our lives. Although free of charge, registration is required for the program.
The St Rose Divorce and Separation Support group will begin meeting every second and fourth Friday night at 7 pm in the Knights of Columbus Hall starting September 13. For those who are divorced, in the process of divorcing, or separated, organizers will offer a friendly, safe and confidential support group that focuses on spiritual and emotional healing. While Catholic in nature, men and women of all faith denominations are welcome.
CrossFit Hook’d (CFHD) opened its doors last month and has set its Grand Opening/Charity Fundraiser for Sunday, September 29, from 9 am to 1 pm. The grand opening will be held at the gym, at 7 Turnberry Lane in Sandy Hook. The day will offer an opportunity to meet the coaches and owners, learn more about the facility, and support CFHD’s first of many planned charitable events, Barbells for Boobs.
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.