• Local Advocates Enlighten Legislators On Need To Address Brain Tumor Issues

    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.

  • NHS Peer Leadership To Host Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive May 29

    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.

  • Relay For Life Activities Abound Ahead Of May 31 Main Event

    The tenth Newtown Relay For Life is just two weeks away and community spirit around the landmark event is building to a fever pitch around town. The public event, which helps raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society (ACS), has taken its place alongside the Labor Day Parade, holiday tree lightings and Halloween on Main Street as one of the biggest community building events of the year. Returning to Newtown High School’s Blue & Gold Stadium after several years at Fairfield Hills, the free, 12-hour non-sporting relay is expected to draw thousands of residents during the overnight of May 31 to June 1, many of whom have faced cancer themselves, or who have supported loved ones, friends, and family members through the fight. Event Chairman Chris Farrington is reminding those who are already registered for the 2014 Relay that the last full committee meeting is set for 6 pm on Thursday, May 22, at Newtown Savings Bank.

  • Collaborative, County-Wide Diaper Drive Will Benefit Ten Organizations In June; Newtown Collection Point Set Up

    CT-Moms Online, the only non-profit parenting forum in Fairfield County, has partnered with over a dozen parenting organizations around the area for the 7th Annual Diaper Drive. The drive continues through the end of May at all 17 area locations of Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool, The Little Gym, Tumble Jungle (including the Newtown location at 224 South Main Street) and KidVille, covering spanning the area from Stamford to Newtown with the help of over 20 town coordinators. Started in 2007 by collecting diapers from 80 members in their private homes, this drive has grown from a few boxes of diapers to over 20,000 diapers in the month filling two storage units. This year's goal is to collect at least 30,000 diapers for ten local charities.

  • Multiple Organizations To Present ‘A Day Of Shared Experience’

    Six community organizations have come together to present “A Day of Shared Experience,” Saturday, May 31, from 9:15 am to 2:30 pm, at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel. The Community Connections event is being organized by The Resiliency Center of Newtown, Sandy Hook Promise, Newtown/Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc, Walnut Hill Community Church, the Town of Newtown, and Newtown Public Schools as a means of helping people understand the trauma experienced 12/14, and developing understanding. It will also serve as a means to learn about coping skills that have worked for others who have experienced trauma similar to that of 12/14. Attendees will hear from keynote speaker Dr Kevin Becker, and will also have the opportunity to hear from survivors and relatives of tragedies that took place at Chardon High School, Columbine High School, the Nickel Mines Amish community, and Virginia Tech, among other speakers.

  • NYFS Conducting Survey On Programming For Children On Autism Spectrum

    Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS), at 15 Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook, is developing a new curriculum for individuals and families who are looking for social recreational and educational programming for children with autism spectrum disorders. The agency is working closely with the autism resources and services of Connecticut, and has recently hired a full-time recreational therapist who will lead these programs. To continue developing its new curriculum, NYFS is requesting that Newtown families complete an anonymous 14-question survey concerning services that are currently available, suggestions for other services, and what roadblocks they are experiencing, among other topics.

  • Workshop For Kids & Parents, Yoga For Adults At Resiliency Center

    There was such a tremendous response to her last visit, Suzanne Rossini is returning to The Resiliency Center (RCN) this week. Ms Rossini will offer a workshop on Friday, May 9, at 4:15 pm. Yoga is also returning to RCN. Adults are invited to take a 60-minute yoga staycation. Release and refresh the entire body and mind with simple, accessible yoga techniques taught in a safe, private, supportive environment. Classes will begin Tuesday, May 13, and will continue for six weeks.

  • Autism ‘Heart’ To Premier At FUN Concert

    Local Artist David Merrill stands beside a colorful heart he helped design for Families United in Newtown (FUN), which was founded by resident Linda Jones, right, in memory of her late son, Tyler. FUN will present a night of music, Friday, May 9, at 7 pm at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Mr Merrill will be honored at the event during the unveiling of the “traveling heart” that was handmade by special needs students and painted by the accomplished artist. The heart will go on display at C.H. Booth Library following the concert, alerting patrons to the resources available at the library’s “Autism Nook.” Admission to the concert is free, but FUN will be collecting donations at the door for continued support of the program and autism awareness. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Bootcamp Workouts To Benefit Ailing Hawley Teacher

    Renee Wilson, owner of Total Performance Sports and Fitness at 31 Peck’s Lane, is hosting a series of Bootcamp workouts to benefit Hawley School teacher Stephanie Dunshee, who is undergoing cancer treatment. Bootcamp sessions are ongoing through June 2. One-hour sessions will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays beginning at 9:30 am, and 4:30 and 6:30; Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm. On the weekends, 75-minute classes will be offered. These will begin on Saturdays at 8 am and 1 pm; and Sundays at 2 pm. Sessions are $10 each ($5 for Total Fitness members), or $60 for a package of ten sessions ($30 members).

  • Relay For Life Welcomes Honorary Chair Mary Ann Jacob, Caregiver Jim Zarifis

    The American Cancer Society has selected Mary Ann Jacob to serve as honorary chair and Jim Zarifis as honorary caregiver for this year’s Relay For Life of Newtown. The tenth Newtown event will begin during the afternoon of Saturday, May 31, and continue during the overnight, into Sunday, June 1, at Newtown High School. Ms Jacob told The Newtown Bee that she has always been aware of Relays For Life, but especially in Newtown because of how huge the event has been and how many people participate. Jim Zarifis has lost a few relatives to cancer. But he never considered his son, James, who was 11 years old at the time, was suffering from anything beyond the aftereffects of a Lyme disease diagnosis, when the youngster started getting nauseous and throwing up every morning nearly 12 years ago.