Anyone unfamiliar with Newtown Youth & Family Services may have found themselves wondering what NYFS is. What does NYFS do for Newtown and area residents? Answering these questions is easier than you think. Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc. (NYFS) is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau, that has been dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential for almost 30 years. NYFS is based at 15 Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook. It is governed by a board of directors made up of people who live within the community. Most importantly NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education to community members throughout the greater Newtown area.
The Connecticut chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) hosted its Light The Night Walk kick-off event last week for Newtown’s event. This year’s Walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, at Newtown Youth Academy Sports & Fitness Center. Light The Night, LLS’s annual fundraising walk held in communities throughout the country, features teams of co-workers, families, and friends walking together in twilight holding illuminated balloons — white for survivors, red for supporters, and gold to remember those who have died. The walk, which commemorates lives touched by blood cancers, is a celebration, with music, refreshments, and family activities. Newtown has hosted its own walk since 2009.
For people with life-threatening cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, bone marrow transplants can be a life-saving experience. Be The Match® connects patients with their donor match for transplants. A Bone Marrow Donor Registry drive will be held in the Gathering Hall of St Rose Church, 44 Church Hill Road, on Sunday, August 11, from 11 am until 2 pm.
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has initiated a shellfish closure and voluntary recall of oysters and clams harvested from the waters of Norwalk and Westport. Raw or under cooked shellfish have been implicated as the source of a number of illnesses related to the naturally occurring bacterium Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Oysters, mussels, hard clams, littleneck clams, chowder clams, quahogs, and soft-shell/steamer clams from the affected areas are harvested both commercially and recreationally. A commercial recall is underway.
Sandy Hook Promise will host the debut Newtown Yoga Festival on Saturday, August 24. The goal of the festival is to promote a positive sense of community and healing in Newtown. World-renowned yoga teachers Seane Corn and Beryl Bender Birch will lead participants in practice and meaningful conversation. There will be local health and wellness vendors, live music and kids activities featuring a children’s yoga class with Newtown resident Karen Pierce. All proceeds from the day’s event will support Sandy Hook Promise
Blood cancer survivor and Newtown resident Sandi Kessman, and her family and friends, are determined to help build awareness about the approximately 1,012,533 people in the United States living with a blood cancer. She will be among those showing their support by participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Newtown Light The Night Walk on Saturday, September 28, at Newtown Youth Academy. Registration begins at 5 pm, there will be a Remembrance Ceremony at 6:15, and the walk begins at 7 pm.
C.H. Booth Library will host a special fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this weekend. On Saturday, July 20, from 3 to 7 pm, the lower community room at the library will be home to a vendor fair. Representatives from a number of companies will be on hand to sell items, as well as offer raffles and auctions. The event is hosted by an LLS Light The Night team, and will benefit the voluntary health agency dedicated to fighting, preventing and curing blood cancers.
Pepper’s Dragons is a children’s story book written by Stacia Bjarnason, PhD, a clinical psychologist who has been helping some of the children of Sandy Hook since 12/14. She has found that working with fairy tales can give children a safe way to talk about upsetting things in a less threatening way. Dr Bjarnason has had copies of the book printed to give to the families of Sandy Hook. Any family that would like a copy can request one at C.H. Booth Library. In addition, Dr Bjarnason will share her insights during a program for parents and adults on Monday, July 8, at 6:45 pm, at the library. Copies of the book will be available during the program.
The Fairfield County Transcendental Meditation® Program, in conjunction with the David Lynch Foundation, is offering free introductory presentations on the Transcendental Meditation Technique at C..H. Booth Library this summer. Programs are planned for Tuesday, July 2, at 6:30 pm, and Thursday, August 1, at 6:30 pm. Both will be offered in the meeting room of the library, at 25 Main Street.
Debra Madden is happy to speak at length about her role as a patient advocate. She is well educated on her subject, thoughtful, and passionate as she discusses the honor of representing the voices of patients, as a member of numerous regional and national panels addressing cancer research. The Newtown resident is a two-time survivor of cancer, and since her first diagnosis at the age of 22 in 1987, she has pursued a goal of making medical information accessible and understandable to patients.