The Scholarship Committee of Newtown Visiting Nurse Association recently presented three scholarship checks to students who have met requirements for their respective honors. On June 5, members of the committee presented the final $4,000 Anna E. Clow Scholarship check to Abigail Blakeman. On June 10 Newtown VNA presented two more scholarship checks to students it had promised awards. Erin Begg received a $4,000 VNA Scholarship check, and Meredith Bridges received a $2,500 Janice Van Syckle Scholarship award.
Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) Affiliate Emergency Medical Services including Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps recently received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award, currently the highest level recognition offered by the American Hospital Association. The honor recognizes WCHN’s commitment and success in implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer a severe heart attack known as a STEMI (ST elevation myocardial infarction).
Newtown’s Chief Building Official John Poeltl has joined state Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein in reminding local homeowners of the latest regulations that protect users, especially children, from swimming pool tragedies. Sadly, Connecticut has already seen a child’s life lost in a swimming pool drowning incident this year. Mr Poeltl told The Newtown Bee this week that during inspections, he is still encountering homeowners who are not adhering to statutory guidelines regarding pools — large and small. “Any container capable of holding water in excess of 24 inches must be protected by a barrier, no matter how small, especially to protect young children who might wander or be tempted to lean or get into the water,” the building official said. “There are numerous specific guidelines related to the proper construction and installation of pool barriers - we invite residents to call or visit our office for that information.”
The keynote speaker at the 25th annual Newtown Chapter Hospice Breakfast Fundraiser, Wednesday, June 11, will be Chris Mastropietro, RN, certified hospice and palliative nurse. Ms Mastropietro is the case manager for the Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut for perinatal and pediatric hospice patients. The Newtown Chapter Hospice Breakfast Fundraiser takes place Wednesday, June 11, at the Waterview in Monroe, Route 111, from 8 to 9 am. Tables for eight can be sponsored for a cost of $125; or $500 sponsors a table for 12. Walk-ins are welcome, at $12 per person. Proceeds from the breakfast and raffle support Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut.
While organizers of the tenth Relay For Life of Newtown are in their home stretch this week, making final preparations for their 12-hour event taking place May 31–June 1 at Newtown High School, organizers of a similar event are beginning to ramp up their annual efforts. Tessa Ruggeri, campaign manager for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) of Westchester-Hudson Valley-Connecticut, and Mia Lilienthal, an LLS campaign specialist, co-hosted a meeting for Newtown Light The Night on May 21. Four members of the local committee organizing a local Light The Night (LTN) event attended the meeting at NYA Sports & Fitness Center. In addition to discussing this year’s LTN, the committee addressed concerns about a recent change of personnel and restructuring of LLS. Newtown’s Light The Night, she said, is not in jeopardy. Newtown’s event is the first of the 2014 LLS season in Connecticut, and is scheduled for Saturday, September 27, at NYA Sports & Fitness Center.
The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next community forum, “Caring for our Youth, Signs of Suicide (SOS),” to take place Thursday, June 5, from 6 to 7 pm, at Newtown Middle School. The forum will highlight the relationship between depression and suicide, teaching that most often suicide is a fatal response to a treatable disorder: depression. The forum will be facilitated by David Jacob, LCSW, Recovery Project Director, and by District Health Coordinator Judy Blanchard, MS, CPP.
Marg Studley and Marie Sturdevant, co-chairpersons of the Newtown Chapter of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut, have announced that the annual fundraising and volunteer thank you breakfast will take place Wednesday, June 11, at The Waterview in Monroe. This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the breakfast honoring the many volunteers and caregivers of Regional Hospice. The yearly event also serves to thank the community, and to raise funds to support the organization known for its devotion to the comfort and care of terminally ill patients and their families. Regional Hospice serves more than 500 area patients and their families each year.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Newtown has kicked off its “Paint the Town Purple” campaign to create awareness about cancer. Purple ribbons will be displayed up to the Newtown event held on overnight from Saturday, May 31, to Sunday, June 1, at Newtown High School’s Blue & Gold Stadium. The signature color for Relay For Life is purple as it represents “all cancers.” Relay supporters are encouraging businesses and local communities to join in and show their awareness and support in the fight against cancer. To help finish the fight, relay volunteers are asking community members to participated in a Paint the Town Purple campaign by displaying a purple bow inside or outside their home or business, themed purple displays in storefronts, swapping out white bulbs for purple bulbs, or selecting a day for everyone to wear purple at work or school. Residents are encouraged to decorate their mailboxes or homes with a purple theme or colored ribbon.
Stan and Karen Perrone of Newtown returned May 7 from Washington, DC, where they had spent two days advocating for the National Brain Tumor Society.“Head To The Hill” was a gathering of more than 140 people from all over the country, said Ms Perrone, seeking to focus senators and representatives on three issues important to anyone impacted by the crisis of a brain tumor diagnosis.First, said Ms Perrone, the group is seeking support for a $32 billion funding of research for the National Institute of Health, which funds the National Cancer Society. Second, the group is looking for support for the Cancer Treatment Parity Act. The third point that advocates for the National Brain Tumor Society pressed with the senators and representatives was the reauthorization of the Carolyn Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act.
The Newtown High School Peer Leadership group is set to host a Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive on Thursday, May 29, from 8 am until 2 pm in the school’s auditorium, 12 Berkshire Road. The event is open to the public. The drive will be offered through the Be The Match Donor Registry, the largest registry in the world providing a means for thousands of patients with life-threatening diseases or leukemia to find a match.