Newtown High School's girls' soccer team will look to bounce back from a season in which the team did not qualify for the South-West Conference playoffs. Newtown's boys' booters, meanwhile, is looking to get back into the SWC playoffs. Both teams begin the season on September 11, with the girls hosting New Fairfield and the boys visiting New Fairfield.
Newtown Parent Connection and Newtown Prevention Council will be hosting a Family Fun Night at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane, on Friday, September 25, from 6 to 8 pm.
The fee for admission is $2 per person, and children under 2 are free. Tickets may be purchased online at newtownparentconnection.org or at Dr Baum’s office, at 23 Church Hill Road. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
The event is for the entire family and will offer a ziti and meatball entrée, salad, refreshments, and ice cream sundaes for dessert. For entertainment, there will be a DJ, a representative from Newtown Police Department, face painting, and a popcorn machine station. The evening will be dedicated to families dancing, playing games, and eating dinner without interruptions of any electronic devices.
“We’re serving as a bridge to connect people to the horses. The horses are really the therapists,” said PATH (Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified therapeutic riding instructor Diana Kruzshak. Ms Kruzshak and Christine Patella, of Therapeutic Recreation Center in Woodbridge and director of the Animal-Assisted Therapy Services at Miles Hill Farm in Guilford, have joined with Barbara Gaydosh of Timber Hill Farm on Huntingtown Road to open Animal-Assisted Therapy Services, an equine therapy program. The first session will begin Saturday, September 19, said Ms Kruzshak, with programs geared to people of all ages on the autism spectrum, and for riders who suffer from emotional, physical, and mental issues.
Headlining the 2015 Newtown Yoga Festival on Saturday, August 22, will be two award-winning authors and nationally recognized doctors: Dr Patricia Gerbarg and Dr Richard Brown. Partners in work and life, Dr Gerbarg and Dr Brown, of Kingston, N.Y., with offices in Manhattan, will present the afternoon workshop for ages 16 and up, “Back to Balance: Yoga, Meditation, and Tools for Cultivating a Stress-Free Life." Returning to NYA Sports & Fitness Center for the third year, this month's event will once again offer seven hours of classes, live music, lunch, vendors and two offerings of the popular Yoga Buffet, where guests can sample a number of different styles and meet local instructors during a 45-minute session.
What was initially going to be a $500 check presentation to the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps ended up doubling to $1,000 after Newtown Verizon Wireless store operators met VCA Corps Chief Michael Collins and learned the funds would underwrite the replacement of a damaged automatic external defibrillator or AED.
Newtown Yoga Festival returns Saturday, August 22, for a third year of sharing well-being and health through yoga and related positive energy practices. The festival takes place at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, and yogis can choose from a variety of yoga and dance practices throughout the event. The festival's headline program this year will feature a presentation and class led by Drs Patricia Gerbarg and Richard Brown, pioneers in the emerging field of yoga and medicine. Specials guests this years will also include members of the dance company Pilobolus. Food vendors, a Lululemon trunk sale, a silent auction, and live music can also be enjoyed in the courtyard at NYA during the festival, and with a "YogaBear: Yoga for Youngsters" book signing by author Karen Pierce and illustrator Paula Brinkman, both of Newtown.
A diverse crowd gathered on Saturday, July 11, at The Resiliency Center of Newtown to attend The Avielle Foundation’s Youth Brain Health First Aid course. The course certified citizens ages 15 and up with the skillset to recognize potential signs and symptoms of youth in a brain health crisis, and ways to appropriately respond, according to The Avielle Foundation. The program, federally managed by the National Council for Behavioral Health, was offered free of charge through the foundation’s support. The seminar, which took place from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday, drew people from around the state, ranging from high school students to professional therapists. Instructors covered a range of topics aimed at helping youth in both crisis and noncrisis situations.
When Fred Ferris puts an olive in his mouth and likes it, he will know if it is myth or fact that kidney recipients sometimes take on the likes and dislikes of the donor. “I hate olives, so if I like it…” said Mr Ferris.
He is hopeful he will one day have the opportunity to test that theory. It is a more than three-year wait, on average, for the more than 100,000 people in the United States in need of a kidney transplant to find a match. With both kidneys failing, Mr Ferris has been on the national list since 2013, three years after he was diagnosed with stage four kidney disease, related to type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week that the commission will be discussing whether town police officers should use body cameras while on duty to visually and sonically record their interactions with the public. The state legislature on June 29 passed two criminal justice bills, one of which covers the use of police body cameras. That bill requires that state police wear such body cameras and also offers financial incentives to municipalities to have their police departments use such devices. Mr Mangiafico stressed that the idea is under consideration at this time; a decision has not been made yet concerning the use of such equipment by local police officers. If they were to be employed, the Police Commission would need to formulate regulations on the use of body cameras, he said. The chairman noted that Police Commission members briefly talked about body cameras at a recent meeting, but added, “It was not a long discussion.”