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Health & Safety Fair Draws Hundreds Seeking Advice, Screenings

Published: September 23, 2017 at 12:00 am

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During his visit to the September 16 Newtown Public Health & Safety Fair at Reed Intermediate School, Dr. Thomas Draper greets Kevin's Community Center Clinic Director Mary Nielson while Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert, Access Health…
During his visit to the September 16 Newtown Public Health & Safety Fair at Reed Intermediate School, Dr. Thomas Draper greets Kevin's Community Center Clinic Director Mary Nielson while Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert, Access Health CT representative Grace Montesi, and Dr. Della Schmid look on. (Bee Photos, Voket)
Ryland Edwards of Sandy Hook gets his annual flu shot from Bethel VNA Registered Nurse Janette Basham.
Ryland Edwards of Sandy Hook gets his annual flu shot from Bethel VNA Registered Nurse Janette Basham.
Mary Broder representing Main Street RX pharmacy chats with Joanne's Fitness owner Joanne Lockwood.
Mary Broder representing Main Street RX pharmacy chats with Joanne's Fitness owner Joanne Lockwood.
Naturopathic physician Dr. Yarilis Vazquez explains the benefits of acupressure to health fair visitor Joanne Molden.
Naturopathic physician Dr. Yarilis Vazquez explains the benefits of acupressure to health fair visitor Joanne Molden.
Former Newtown resident and life long Lions Club member Paul Arneth rolled into the health fair to help recruit new members for the global service organization.
Former Newtown resident and life long Lions Club member Paul Arneth rolled into the health fair to help recruit new members for the global service organization.
Lisa Mello, LPN, performs a glucose test on Sue Belanger, while Nancy Coviello of Newtown Primary Care handles inquiries at the Newtown Health & Public Safety Fair.
Lisa Mello, LPN, performs a glucose test on Sue Belanger, while Nancy Coviello of Newtown Primary Care handles inquiries at the Newtown Health & Public Safety Fair.
Ainsley Irwin puts on a smile in more ways than one at the Newtown family Dentistry booth.
Ainsley Irwin puts on a smile in more ways than one at the Newtown family Dentistry booth.
Hundreds of visitors turned out on Saturday morning, September 16, for the 24th Annual Health & Public Safety Fair, which was held in the cafetorium at the Reed Intermediate School.

Besides the many free giveaways sponsored by nearly 50 participating businesses, health providers, volunteer and municipal agencies, organizers of the fair were also able to raffle off hundreds of dollars worth of mobile electronic items donated by the Wireless Zone Verizon store in Sand Hill Plaza, as well as gift cards or certificates from Olympic Sports, Sal e Pepe, Papa Al's Pizza, Butcher's Best Market, Franco's Pizza, and Café Xpresso.

Ryland Edwards of Sandy Hook took one in the arm as he sat with Bethel VNA volunteers for an annual flu shot. This important preventative service was being offered free by both the Bethel and Newtown VNA organizations.

Bethel VNA also handled cholesterol and lipids screenings, and was an event co-sponsor.

Besides the flu vaccines, Fisio Physical Therapy & Wellness and Greenwood Physical Therapy provided spinal mobility and balance assessments; while Joanne's Fitness Studio owner Joanne Lockwood and staffer Cindi Kromberg offered body composition assessments.

The Western Connecticut Medical Group and Newtown Primary Care handled body mass index (BMI) measurements; and event co-sponsor Sophia Natural Health Center handled pain and stress relief using acupressure.

In addition, Co-organizer Della Schmid, DC, provided back and neck posture consultations, and the Newtown VNA in partnership with Dr William Notaro performed skin cancer screening. The Newtown Lions sponsored vision screenings, while officers from the Newtown Police Department supervised child safety seat fittings and installations.

The totally free event was organized by the Newtown VNA, the Newtown Health District, Newtown Prevention Council, and Dr Schmid. Besides the aforementioned supporters, the fair was also co-sponsored by the American Red Cross, Aqua Environmental Lab, Connecticut Tick Control, and Scot L. Goldberg, DC.

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
25% (1 vote)
“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
50% (2 votes)
“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
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“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
25% (1 vote)
Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
0% (0 votes)
Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
0% (0 votes)
“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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Total votes: 4