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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.

  • A Magical Evening Of Music

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  • Benefit Concert To Promote Autism Awareness

    From left is Wesley Morlock, Tristan Speed and Lindsey Jones, three of the four musicians planning to perform a special concert to raise funds for FUN, and autism awareness, on April 27. Guitarist Yossi Kohrman-Glaser is also planning to perform during the benefit.

  • Benefit Concert To Promote Autism Awareness

    From left is Wesley Morlock, Tristan Speed and Lindsey Jones, three of the four musicians planning to perform a special concert to raise funds for FUN, and autism awareness, on April 27. Guitarist Yossi Kohrman-Glaser is also planning to perform during the benefit.

  • Newtown FUN Group Celebrating Autism Awareness Month; Special Event Planned For April 27

    April 2 was the sixth annual World Autism Awareness Day. In tribute, blue lights burned brightly on the top of the Empire State Building in honor of individuals and families touched by autism.

    The Autism Society has celebrated National Autism Awareness since the 1970s and the United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.