The Resiliency Center of Newtown has been created to provide long-term support and healing assistance to anyone impacted by the events that occurred on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Resiliency Center of Newtown was founded by Sandy Hook resident Stephanie N. Cinque, MSW, and Connecticut state certified school social worker, along with the help of many dedicated volunteers. Resiliency Center of Newtown offers a variety of programs, services, and events designed to empower the residents of Newtown and surrounding areas. Programs focus on building resiliency in individuals, families, and within the community. The organization provides discreet and confidential services, educational seminars, mentorship programs, and outreach events of various kinds. These wellness-based services are distinguished and differentiated to meet a broad range of individual needs.
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.
For the second consecutive year, Amie Meleshkewich of Flow To Fit Yoga helped Light The Night Team “AHH…Always Have Hope!” raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through a Yoga For A Cure fundraiser, held Friday, September 13. A donation of $25 was requested for each participant, with all proceeds to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Each participant also received a Light The Night gift bag and bottle of water. Ivy Pearson, captain of Team “AHH… Always Have Hope!,” said this year’s Yoga For A Cure event had more participants than last year’s. By the start of the evening’s yoga session, 15 people were seated on yoga mats at The Graceful Planet in Sandy Hook. Before Ms Meleshkewich began the session, Ms Pearson thanked Ms Meleshkewich and everyone coming for their help in raising funds for the LLS.
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.”
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
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.