The Lions Low Vision Centers of Fairfield and New Haven Counties (LLVC) recently delivered a free Eye-Pal Solo reading device to Adrienne Ralles, 82, a Nunnawauk Meadows resident with macular degeneration. The device “reads aloud” to the sight impaired. heart disease and arthritis. Devices such as the Eye-Pal Solo are provided by the LLVC at no cost to the recipients after referral to LLVC by an eye care professional. Most clients are people who, having sustained a significant vision loss, must find new ways to do necessary and favorite activities.
Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism (MCCA) will honor Greg Williams and The Non-Profit Development Corporation of Danbury at its annual awards dinner on March 20. Mr Williams, a Newtown native currently living in Danbury, will be honored as Man of the Year for his work in producing "The Anonymous People," an 84-minute, independent documentary about the 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery. “I’m very humbled and flattered that somebody wants to recognize my work,” said Mr Williams. “The MCCA has been an incredible agency in supporting people in recovery ... It shocked me, to hear I was getting this award,” he said. The making of the documentary was not about getting an award, though, said Mr Williams, and being the recipient of the Man of the Year Award leaves him conflicted. “This is not about Greg Williams. It’s about the men and women of the decade, who are people who will forever affect change,” he stressed.
Workshops are filling quickly for the 5th Parent Empowerment University (PEU) set for Saturday, March 22, from 8 am to 2:30 pm, at Newtown Middle School. Newtown Parent Connection, in partnership with Brookfield CARES, is once again offering the day of education for parents and caregivers who wish to be proactive and learn positive parenting strategies for raising children of all ages. This year’s keynote speaker, Dr Jane Nelsen, EdD, LMFT, will present “How to Empower Your Children & Yourselves.” In a change from previous years, parents will then head to just one afternoon session of their choice instead of two. Children are welcome at the event, which will again include Kids University.
A free seminar series, “The Transition Dilemma: A 4-Part Series on Aging,” is being offered at Maplewood at Newtown, 166 Mt Pleasant Road, to explore the questions, options, challenges, as well as solutions and resources for elder care. Attorney Kathy Boufford, one of the event’s organizers, describes the event as an opportunity for the community to gain a wealth of valuable information in a short period of time. Although the series is taking place at Maplewood at Newtown, event organizers want to emphasis that many types of care for the elderly will be discussed. The seminars will take place Thursdays, March 20 to April 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm each week. Three speakers per evening are scheduled for a total of 12 professional presentations.
School climate has nothing to do with air quality or the physical temperature of the classrooms in which Newtown students learn. But when it comes to school climate, Jo Ann Freiberg, PhD, recently told The Newtown Bee that she prefers to see it cool versus heating up. Dr Freiberg is an educational consultant with the Connecticut State Department of Education working with the Bureau of Accountability and Improvement. According to her bio, she manages the wide arena of bullying, improving school climate, and character education. She will be the next guest in the Newtown Prevention Council’s Parent Speaker Series, Wednesday, March 19, at Newtown Middle School. Her presentation is open to all residents, but she hopes to see lots of local parents and students at the talk, which is scheduled for 7 pm.
Paul L. Sirois was named executive director of Regional Hospice Foundation, the fundraising arm of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut, as of January 1. A financial planner for 17 years, most recently vice president and financial advisor for Union Savings Bank, Mr Sirois previously served as chairman of the Regional Hospice board. “This felt like a very natural transition,” said Mr Sirois. “You would think after 17 years in one career there would be some anxiety [with a career change], but there was not. It feels right,” he said. Along with his financial expertise, Mr Sirois brings to his new position his seven years of experience of having been on the other side of what it takes to make Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown has added two events to its schedule, both coming up within the next week. A new series of classes will also begin within the week. The first program, on Tuesday, March 11, is a community yoga session; and the second special event, on Thursday, March 13, is an EFT/Tapping Workshop. In addition, Positive Discipline of Western CT will be holding introductory classes at The Resiliency Center through March for anyone who may be interested in taking the six-week course beginning April.
Recent studies show only 20% of Americans are happy in all aspects of their life. Which percentage are you a part of? Looking for a change? Feeling stuck? Wishing for better job, success or more enjoyment in your life? Cannon Ridge Training Center will host Live Ignited, Fearless & Excited (LIFE) on Saturday, March 8, at 9:30 am. Participants will learn how to turn the mundane into the amazing through an “interactive and transformational workshop.” Cost for the three-hour workshop is $45 per person, and reservations are requested.
Until recently, patients of Newtown’s Community Health Associates and Dr Jeffrey Friedman who were tipping the scales, showing evidence of high blood pressure, cholesterol, hypertension or other conditions threatening their heart health, might have received a stern look or candid lecture, and been sent home with reference materials on how to lose weight or dial down their stress. Others may have been put on, or were warned that they were facing the prospect of being prescribed, blood pressure or cholesterol medication. But thanks to a new tool and guidelines for physicians introduced last November, Dr Friedman can now show patients a computerized profile of their cardiovascular health, and work with them using the tool to help minimize, and in some cases eliminate, their potentially heart-harming conditions.
The Newtown Parent Connection, Inc., in partnership with Brookfield CARES, announces the return of its popular, parent education day. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 22, from 8 am to 2:30 pm, at Newtown Middle School. Registration is necessary for attendees and children. This collaboration is offered to parents and caregivers who wish to be proactive and learn positive parenting strengths for raising children of all ages. This year’s keynote speaker is Jane Nelsen, EdD, LMFT, noted author and accomplished educator in the field of Positive Discipline. Her topic is “How to Empower Your Children and Yourselves!” Kids University is also offered, with music, games and special guests for ages 3-11.