Scott Langner was so excited when he learned he could one day move into an apartment with friends that he soon began talking about the invitations he’d use for his housewarming party. He’d seen his older brother and sister go off to college and then their own apartments, and his parents hoped that Scott, who has developmental disabilities, autism and a seizure disorder, would eventually be able to move into a home with his friends, with supports funded by the state Department of Developmental Services. But last year, they learned that was unlikely to happen. His mother, Collette Bement Langner, said they were told that DDS no longer has the money to provide him residential supports, and that Scott would likely live with his parents until they die. Now Scott, 27, is reluctant to even consider developing skills that would help him live more independently. When his mother suggested learning to cook, he told her, “I don’t want to talk about that anymore. That makes me really sad. I don’t want you to die.”
According to its Facebook page, the 2014 Relay For Life of Newtown kickoff meeting has been rescheduled to tonight. The event, which was originally scheduled for Monday, February 3, was postponed last week due to the first of two snowstorms that blanketed the region with snow during the week. The kickoff will now take place Monday, February 10, at 7 pm, in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall.
The Relay For Life of Newtown Planning Committee has announced that RFL-Newtown 2014 will return to Newtown High School this year. In addition, there is a slight change to the date of the Relay, which was being planned for Friday, May 30. “It was brought to the planning committee’s attention that Friday, May 30, 2014, is the date of the [Newtown High School] senior trip,” RFL-Newtown Planning Committee member Michelle Babyak said February 5. “The high school seniors, as are all Newtown students, are an important part of Relay, so in order to make sure they have the opportunity to participate, the Relay has been moved to Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1, 2014.”
On Thursday, January 23, the board of directors of the Greater Waterbury YMCA met the members of The Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski (CMAK) Foundation. The morning began with a small ceremony to unveil a recognition plaque paying tribute to a recent CMAK Foundation gift to the Greater Waterbury YMCA Child Development Center. The gift of financial support celebrates the center as a safe and loving environment for children to thrive. The morning continued with members of three local YMCAs and CMAK Foundation meeting to solidify a partnership by signing the Memorandums of Understanding for the Race4Chase Youth Triathlon Program. YMCA locations in Waterbury, Danbury and Trumbull will host the triathlon
The Resiliency Center of Newtown has added two events to its schedule, both coming up within the next week. The first program, on Saturday, February 1, at 11 am, will be a youth enrichment experience, using the Creation Song Project’s easy-to-learn rhythms, big drums, healing song chants and simple step dance. On February 4, Dr Lori Leyden will present a program on EFT/Tapping. Both events will take place at the Resiliency Center, located at 153 South Main Street. The center of Newtown offers long-term healing to those impacted by 12/14 to help these individuals reach their full potential. The center is a program of Tuesday’s Children, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
UPDATE (Monday, February 3): The kick-off event has been postponed due to weather. New date TBA. || Relay For Life organizers are inviting residents of Newtown and surrounding communities to help officially launch the community’s 10th Relay For Life of Newtown Event. In honor of the community event’s tenth presentation year, the theme for the 2014 event is “Party." The free kickoff party is set for Monday, February 3, at 7 pm, in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall, according to Relay Event Chair Chris Farrington. The 2014 event will be Friday into Saturday, May 30-31, at Fairfield Hills. Mr Farrington is hoping many residents will turn out for refreshments, an opportunity to meet the 2014 Honorary Chairs, and hear about a number of new developments with the event. During the kickoff, Mr Farrington will also host a “meet and greet” for Newtown’s brand-new American Cancer Society liaison, David Andros. There will also be news of new relay participant and team recognition programs with the American Cancer Society.
Even if he wasn’t a familiar face from his many health and medical reports on ABC News and Good Morning America, with five children, Dr David Katz told The Newtown Bee during a recent interview, he has plenty of practical “hands-on” advice to share with fellow parents. And he plans to do just that with as many moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers he can pack into the Newtown Meeting House when he is welcomed by the Newtown Prevention Council as the second guest in its “Parent Speaker Series” Tuesday, January 28, at 7 pm. Dr Katz, whose youngest is a high school freshman and whose oldest two children are out of college and living independently, said every parent and attendee to the Prevention Council event can take a few basic steps to add years and enjoy a greater quality of life. “I really want everyone attending to know they can do this for their own family,” he said.
The month of January has been designated as Radon Action Month in Connecticut according to Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert. Her local agency is joining with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the American Lung Association of Connecticut, and US Environmental Protection Agency urging local residents to test their home for radon, and, if necessary, mitigate high levels when found.
“Radon is not necessarily predictable, one home could have high levels of radon gas and the one next door may not,” Ms Culbert told The Newtown Bee this week. “The only way to be sure is to test.” Radon is an invisible, odorless radioactive gas that is formed from the radioactive decay of uranium, which occurs naturally in bedrock worldwide
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.