For those who want to live a more engaged and balanced life, there is a way of being and doing that allows one to live life more fully through the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a human quality, a way of learning to pay wise attention to what is happening in the present moment, with non-judgmental awareness. Sound (Center for Music, Creative Arts & Mindfulness), a renovated historic chapel at 31 Hawleyville Road, will host a free “Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)” program on Monday, September 23, at 6:30 pm.
NYA Sports & Fitness Center is offering a free community fitness program specifically for seniors. The goal of this program is to provide a safe, fun, and informative environment to help seniors improve their levels of fitness. Led by certified staff at NYA, the program will incorporate walking sessions along with bodyweight and fitness band exercises utilizing the beautiful Fairfield Hills campus (weather permitting) and within NYA. The program will address balance, flexibility, aerobic and strength training along with basic nutrition to help participants increase their energy, coordination, and overall strength. It is free for Newtown's senior citizens. An optional lunch is also available each week for $3
School District and local Prevention Council representatives have teamed up to warn parents about a high-powered type of Ecstasy that has contributed to the deaths of four individuals in New York, Boston, and in Washington, D.C., since the beginning of September. Martha Shilstone, Newtown student assistant counselor, and Judy Blanchard, co-chair of the Newtown Prevention Council and district health coordinator for Newtown Public Schools say that parents may not be aware their children are consuming the drug, because they are acquiring and using it when they are attending concerts formerly known as “raves.”
The first Light The Night for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in Newtown took place at Newtown High School in the fall of 2009, organized by Sandy Hook Resident Ginny Chion with the help of Newtown High School Athletic Director Gregg Simon. While it was the first appearance in her hometown of the annual findraiser for LLS, 2009 marked the seventh year Ms Chion had been involved in organizing teams to walk to support the mission of LLS, to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Four years later, Ms Chion continues working to bring awareness about blood cancers through Newtown Light The Night efforts.
Servpro of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County believes there is no predicting when or where a disaster may strike, leaving property destruction and damage in its wake. But National Preparedness Month, sponsored each year in September by the Federal Emergency Management Agency focuses the nation’s attention on the steps home and business owners can and should take to be ready to respond to emergencies, including natural and human-made disasters.
Urgent Care of Connecticut opened its sixth walk-in clinic, and first in Newtown, on Friday, August 30. Located in Plaza South at 266 South Main Street, this facility joins other Urgent Care clinics in Brookfield, Glastonbury, Norwalk, Ridgefield and Southbury. All Urgent Care of Connecticut offices are open 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to pm on weekends and holidays. The clinic recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with national standards for health are quality and safety in ambulatory care organizations.
Masonicare Home Health & Hospice and Masonicare at Newtown will host a bereavement support program for the community led by the renowned Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv. The program, entitled “Post Traumatic Growth,” will be presented Thursday evening, September 26, at Edmond Town Hall. Dr Doka will explore how significant losses can transform our lives. Although free of charge, registration is required for the program.
The St Rose Divorce and Separation Support group will begin meeting every second and fourth Friday night at 7 pm in the Knights of Columbus Hall starting September 13. For those who are divorced, in the process of divorcing, or separated, organizers will offer a friendly, safe and confidential support group that focuses on spiritual and emotional healing. While Catholic in nature, men and women of all faith denominations are welcome.
CrossFit Hook’d (CFHD) opened its doors last month and has set its Grand Opening/Charity Fundraiser for Sunday, September 29, from 9 am to 1 pm. The grand opening will be held at the gym, at 7 Turnberry Lane in Sandy Hook. The day will offer an opportunity to meet the coaches and owners, learn more about the facility, and support CFHD’s first of many planned charitable events, Barbells for Boobs.
Dumping out standing water around the yard – even as little as a half cup full – and closing down mosquitoes access to one’s home are the two best ways to avoid contracting West Nile Virus according to Donna Culbert, Newtown Health District Director.
Her advice comes on the heels of an August 29 announcement that a Stratford resident has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection.
This is the first human case of WNV associated illness identified in Connecticut this season, according to the State Mosquito Management Program.