Two members of Newtown Christian Church became certified CPR instructors last year, and have decided to share their knowledge with the community. Following a series of three one-day events last October, November and December, another series of classes has been planned for the next three months. Jamie Tanner and Kevin Kuzma will lead Adult & Infant CPR, AED & First Aid classes on Saturdays, February 8, March 15 and April 19. Each five-hour class will run from 9 am until 2 pm, and students will need to bring their own lunch.
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Connecticut on January 13 extended its deadline for customers who signed up for coverage through the state’s health insurance marketplace to make their first premium payment in order to receive coverage retroactive to January 1. The new deadline is January 31, the insurer announced, blaming a backlog in processing.
Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc. will be holding an American Red Cross CPR Certification class on Thursday, February 13, from 6 to 8 pm. “The class which will cover cardiopulmonary resuscitation for infants, children and adults, is a great class for all caregivers and anyone interested in being certified,” said agency Executive Director and CPR instructor Candice Bohr.
Newtown Lions Club will host an American Red Cross blood drive at Newtown Congregational Church, on Monday, January 13. Donors should be at least 18 years of age, weight at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health. Appointments are available, and walk-ins will be welcomed.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown will sponsor a course, “Creative Insight: Taking the Next Step,” which was instrumental in helping hundreds of 9/11 family and community members move forward with their lives. Creative Insight focuses on the development of skills to address six major life challenges including time and stress, balance, relationships, purpose and vision, self-worth, and prosperity. The goal is to strengthen and enrich one’s life so that participants are better able to help strengthen and enrich their families and community.
The Newtown High School boys’ basketball team and Newtown Youth Basketball Association are teaming to host Pack The Gym Night to kick off the American Cancer Society’s Officials vs Cancer fundraising event during the Newtown versus Brookfield game at Newtown Newtown High School at 7 pm. NYBA representatives will collect donations at the game, and present pink whistles to the referees. The high school players will wear pink ribbon logo socks provided by NYBA. Additionally, NYBA representatives will sell NYBA pink ribbon shirts.
Connecticut's Department of Insurance says it is receiving calls from consumers who signed up for coverage on the state’s insurance marketplace but have not yet received a bill or identification card. Some callers said they are having trouble paying their bill online, reaching their carrier, or reaching the Access Health CT health insurance exchange. Others said they have been approved for Medicaid through the exchange but have not yet received an ID card for their new policy, which was supposed to take effect January 1. According to an announcement from Access Health CT earlier this week, the answer depends on which plan or program for which they are eligible.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown will host a panel discussion this week. “Clinical Panel: Offering Hope & Support” will be held at the center, 153 South Main Street, on Thursday, December 19, beginning at 10 am. Residents are invited to share their thoughts, ask questions, and learn about tools that can help on the healing journey. The discussion is expected to last approximately 75 minutes.
The Fairfield County Transcendental Meditation® Program in conjunction with the David Lynch Foundation is offering an introductory presentation on the Transcendental Meditation Technique Thursday, December 19, at 6:30 pm, in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. The technique is a simple, natural program for the mind to experience a more settled state, increasingly quiet and silent levels while it remains alert. In this state of restful alertness, the brain functions with significantly greater coherence and the body gains deep rest for the release of chronic and deep stress.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown has announced special events, open to the public, in upcoming weeks. All events will take place at the center, at 153 South Main Street, including an additional hour of services and offerings for December 14 than had been announced last week. The Resiliency Center of Newtown is a nonprofit that provides free and confidential services, programs and events to assist in the healing process for anyone in the greater Newtown community impacted by the events of 12/14.