A very enthusiastic core committee of volunteers and a new event partner are getting off to an early start promoting the excitement of Newtown’s annual Relay For Life. The 2016 event is not only taking place a bit earlier next year, it has reverted to an overnight celebration and is returning to Fairfield Hills in partnership with NYA Sport & Fitness. The new partnership is also elevating the Relay’s potential for supporting cancer prevention by co-promoting health and fitness boosting benefits that can come with NYA memberships. Community members, and especially those looking to honor or remember loved ones who lost the fight, their caregivers, or current and long-term survivors are encouraged to attend the official Relay kickoff Thursday, November 19, from 6 to 8 pm, at NYA in the Fairfield Hills campus.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) has announced a number of upcoming programs. Programs include a pair of discussions focusing on one chapter in "The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog," a coffee hour with lessons on essential oils, and brainspotting appointments.
“This is how love wins.” That was the parting sentiment from Nelba Marquez-Greene following a Newtown Bee interview with her and husband Jimmy Greene, founders of The Ana Grace Project, a multifaceted initiative developed to honor the Sandy Hook Elementary School student who was lost on 12/14. The couple still clearly has difficult moments as they refer to their daughter amid revealing details about a pair of upcoming events being hosted by the Project and partners including the Newtown Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Western Connecticut State University, Newtown Recovery & Resiliency Team, Newtown Public Schools, the Resiliency Center of Newtown, and the Child Trauma Academy on December 2 and 3. The first event is exclusively for the community, and is patterned after a similar community gathering the couple hosted in the Hartford region. Ms Marquez-Greene explained that the Project is bringing in a group of experts for the benefit of community members who feel they have been impacted by the 12/14 tragedy.
The town has acquired a limited supply of battery-operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for free distribution to people who would have difficulty purchasing such devices, according to Fire Marshal Bill Halstead. The detectors are manufactured by Kidde, a fire safety products company. The town recently obtained the detectors at the Operation Save A Life 2015 event held at the New Haven Fire Department Training Center. It is the first time the town is offering such fire safety devices free to those in need.
It's possible that Newtown consumers could be in possession of several food items under recall this week. Whole Foods Market of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is recalling bulk and packaged Curry Chicken Salad and Classic Deli Pasta Salad sold in stores throughout New England (except Vermont), as well as New York and New Jersey because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Adolf’s Meat Products, a Hartford establishment, is recalling approximately 224 pounds of assorted meat that may also be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced October 26.
October not only rolls out the colored leaves, apple picking, and pumpkin carving, but it is the start of the annual flu season, which runs through March. The flu, or influenza, is a viral respiratory illness of three types: A, B, and C, causing few (C) to severe symptoms. A genuine case of the flu will not be confused with other respiratory illnesses. High fever, a feeling of exhaustion, severe body and headaches, and an extremely sore throat with runny nose add up to symptoms that make suffering with the flu feel like a dance with death. Unfortunately, between 3,000 and 49,000 people in the United States do die from flu-related illnesses every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Newtown MediSpa will host “A Night of Pink” and “Wine Selection” on Thursday, October 29, from 7 to 9 pm. It will be special night celebrating strength and survival with guest speaker and cancer survivor Jodie Natale. Guest connoisseur Jeff Cryder will also share some of his knowledge and expertise on the proper selection of wines. Admission is free. There will be raffle prizes and silent auction items, with all proceeds to benefit the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital.
NYA Sports & Fitness Center and Newtown’s Commission on Aging recently unveiled a series of programs for residents age 50 and over. The new initiative is supported by a large body of evidence that links planned exercise with good health and longevity. On Wednesday, October 28, at 11 am, Patrick T. Fisher, executive director of Connecticut Sports Management Group, Inc, will offer an informational seminar on the 2016 Connecticut Masters Games.
Nick Hoffman, the executive director of NYA Sports & Fitness Center, and Curt Symes, chairman of Commission on Aging, recently unveiled a series of programs for residents age 50 and over. The new initiative is supported by a large body of evidence that links planned exercise with good health and longevity. All programs are being offered free of charge at NYA.
Ben’s Bells Project, in collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families, will present the 2015 Kindness Conference: Building the Science of Kindness Together on Saturday, October 24, at Broadview Middle School in Danbury. The event will be focused on the Ben’s Bells Kind Campus and Kind Colleagues programs, and featuring a keynote by Jeremy Richman, CEO and founder of The Avielle Foundation. Parents and educators are invited to kick off the new school year by learning more about Kind Campus engagement, kind discipline, new school materials, and #BeKindChallenge2.