Residents from Newtown and across the state who have filed complaints about outdoor wood-burning furnaces in their neighborhoods with a state-based environmental advocacy organization may be breathing easier soon. The American Lung Association of the Northeast, the Sierra Club of Connecticut, and Environment and Human Health, Inc (EHH) are submitting a legal “petition” to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) asking that agency to set regulatory air standards for residential wood smoke emissions. The Connecticut Fund for the Environment has also submitted a letter to the CT DEEP calling for strong action from the agency on this issue.
Newtown residents who have been receiving financial assistance from the local Lions Club to help offset out of pocket costs for post 12/14-related mental health and counseling services can continue receiving assistance uninterrupted. Robert Schmidt, a spokesperson for the local unit of this global service club told The Newtown Bee February 17 that money in a special Lions fund set up to help local individuals afford counseling for themselves or family members since the Sandy Hook shootings is running out. But the Lions have teamed with the local Rotary Club and the Newtown Memorial Fund to help ensure residents tapping support services aren't forced to stop because of the burden of out of pocket expenses for counseling.
The Newtown Public School Recovery Project is sponsoring two upcoming parent forums, one at Newtown Middle School and the other at Hawley Elementary School. Both are being offered with morning and evening sessions, and all sessions are being done on February 20.The first forum, called “Building Resiliency in Yourself and Your Children,” will teach attendees how to better prepare themselves and their families to navigate life’s stressors and challenges by building inner-strength and resiliency. The second forum, “Parenting Using Positive Discipline Techniques,” will share positive discipline techniques that give parents the tools needed to help with daily challenges.
CycleINPlace, the indoor cycling and exercise studio, has two fundraising events planned in upcoming weeks. The studio is within Plaza South, 274 South Main Street. On Sunday, February 16, from 9 am to noon, CycleINPlace will host a CycleIN for Sanity! Spin-a-thon fundraiser to contribute funds for the Honorable Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly’s Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC. On Sunday, March 2, from 9 am until noon, the studio will host its second annual Pedal To End Cancer event, which will raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
Want to get in shape? Help fight cancer? Meet like minded people? The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) offers Team In Training (TNT), an endurance sports program for all ability levels. Participating in running, walking, cycling, triathlon and hiking events benefit life saving cancer research and honor the patient heroes of LLS. Whether one is planning to lace up their sneakers for the first time since high school, or looking to set a personal best, LLS Team In Training has the training plan and support team to get you there.
UPDATE: Due to Thursday's expected snow, this event has been cancelled. || Want to get in shape? Help fight cancer? Meet like minded people? The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is hoping to hold a Team In Training Newtown informational meeting on Thursday, February 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Dunkin Donuts, 6 Queen Street. Team In Training is an endurance sports training program for all ability levels. Participating in running, walking, cycling, triathlon and hiking events benefit life saving cancer research and honor the patient heroes of LLS.
Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc (NYFS) will be holding an American Red Cross CPR Certification class on Thursday, February 20, from 6 to 8 pm. The class was originally scheduled for February 13, but has been rescheduled to to snow expected within 24 hours. 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, according to NYFS Executive Director and CPR instructor Candice Bohr.
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.”