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  • Autism Social Group Bringing YouTube Sensation Back For An Encore

    Families United in Newtown (FUN) will host its final meeting of the school year on Sunday, June 14, from 3 to 6 pm, at Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive. The meeting and social activities, themed “Dancing in the Park,” are being held by the basketball courts and new FunSpace in the back of the park.

  • Benefit Concert Life-Affirming & Joyous

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  • A Night Of FUN: Benefit Concert Featuring Movie Music Supports Families United In Newtown

    With her voice filling Newtown Congregational Church and her fingers drifting across piano keys, special guest and YouTube sensation Jodi DiPiazza performed “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” Saturday, May 16. She and others came together for a benefit concert, “Celebrating Movie Music,” to raise funds for Families United in Newtown (FUN), which resident Linda Jones established in 2008 to offer recreational programs and respite for families with special needs children like her late son Tyler, who was a non-verbal child with autism.

  • A Magical Event

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  • Newtown Autism Concert To Feature YouTube Phenom Jodi DiPiazza

    Families United in Newtown (FUN) will present its third annual autism awareness-raising concert, “Celebrating Movie Music,” on Saturday, May 16, at 6 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.

    This year’s concert theme involves popular movie tunes spanning the decades, and will welcome headliner and YouTube sensation Jodi DiPiazza. Jodi, a resident of New Jersey, began improvising piano at age 3 and started taking lessons at age 7 despite her struggle with autism spectrum disorder. 

  • FUN Celebrates At Its Final Meeting Of The School Year

    Members of FUN (Families United in Newtown) met at Dickinson Memorial Park on Sunday, June 8, for the group’s final meeting of the 2013-14 academic year.

    FUN was formed in the memory of Tyler Jones, the son of the program’s founders.

  • Booth Library Unveils Autism Resource Center

    Through laughter and tears, sisters Sarah and Hannah D'Avino and their mother, Mary, spoke briefly on May 10 about their late sister and daughter Rachel D’Avino, who was killed on 12/14. She was a teacher’s aide and behavioral therapist at Sandy Hook School. 

    “We’re going to help continue Rachel’s dream of helping [children with] autism,” said Mary D’Avino.

  • 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.

  • A FUN Concert Planned, To Promote Autism Awareness

    Families United in Newtown (FUN) is planning a night of music for Friday, May 9. The performance will start at 7 pm and will be at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.

    The concert will feature tunes for all types of music lovers.

  • Special Needs Kids Are Pretty Special To Many People

    To the Editor:

    I want to thak Linda Jones for all that she does to make the FUN support groups happen.  We took our son Daniel to a Halloween Party at the High School on November 2, 2013 and the Best Buddies club were there to play with and encourage the special needs children.  I joined one of the children to judge the Halloween costumes, and it was a very special evening.