Parenthood—How to Maintain Your Sanity Despite Your Kids with Norm Bossio

SMART: Southbury & Middlebury Acting Responsibly Together—and the Newtown Parent Connection—invite all parents and caregivers to attend an UNFORGETTABLE forum… Norm Bossio is a tremendously gifted speaker who has enlightened and entertained thousands of participants.  Back in our area by popular demand, Mr. Bossio offers a presentation you won’t want to miss! Speaking from expertise and experience, this former teacher, coach, principal, …

Stephen Wallace on Family Focus

A forum for parents and their teens! Stephen Wallace, President and CEO of SADD, Author of Reality Gap: Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex … What Parents Don’t Know and Teens Aren’t Telling Dr. Wallace provides wisdom, insight, and invaluable information about what families, communities, policy makers, and teens themselves need to do to promote health and safety among our youth.  He empowers teens and parents …

Southbury & Middlebury hosted “Dare to Discuss Drugs” forum

SOUTHBURY “DARES TO DISCUSS DRUGS” By Dorrie Carolan & Donna DeLuca May 2010 Southbury and Middlebury are committed to being proactive in facing substance use and abuse among our young people. Join us and other parents or caregivers, concerned adult citizens, educators, town officials, and all who care about our youth in getting educated and empowered to take action. “Dare …

Reaching Out To Help Parents And Youth Fight Addiction

Commentary Printed in Newtown Bee Donna DeLuca 10/2/2009 September was “Recovery Month.” Approximately 150 families have sought solace in the weekly Hope & Support Group sponsored by the Newtown Parent Connection Inc. Our kids are afflicted with the insidious disease of addiction; some fighting for their lives. We, their parents, fight for their lives as well — and for ours. …

8th Annual Holiday Concert presented by the Concert Society Chamber Orchestra

Trinity Episcopal Church 36 Main Street, Newtown, CT • Concerto for Four Violins by Vivaldi • Under the Christmas Tree for Voices and Orchestra by Brohm and featuring the Trinity Children’s Choir • Other works by Williams, Berlioz, Strauss, Mozart & others All tickets $30.00 and can be purchased at: Newtown Savings Bank Drug Center CH Booth Library Bagel Delight …

Newtown Assesses Drug Problem

Newtown Assesses Drug Problem By Melissa Bruen STAFF WRITER New Times  11/16/2008 06:43:02 PM EST   NEWTOWN — Dana Schubert, resource officer at Newtown High School, said there is a drug problem in town, not just in the school system. He was speaking Thursday night at the “Local Trends in Substance Use and Abuse” forum sponsored by the Newtown Parent …

Local Trends in Substance Abuse

Tom Janette, Director of Community Affairs for the Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association, will discuss the latest trends in substance use plaguing Newtown and surrounding CT communities.   This is a compelling multimedia presentation co-sponsored by the Newtown Police Department. 7-9 pm Newtown Middle School 11 Queen Street Newtown, CT  06470

2008 Family Fun Night

Tickets are sold out! Last year was so much fun – we’re doing it again!  Join us!!!  The Newtown Parent Connection, partially funded by the Newtown Prevention Council, will be hosting a “Family Fun Night”. The event promises to be an entertaining evening for the entire family.  Dinner will include ziti and meatballs, salad, beverages, and ice cream sundaes for …

Dare To Discuss Drugs Forum Revealed Local Trends

Newtown Bee Paul Lundquist, president of the Harrison Group, a strategic marketing and research firm approached town leaders with the offer to initiate a survey and clarify residents’ opinions regarding Fairfield Hills. That was the plan.As with many plans, it graduated to topics such as residential development, traffic issues, schools’ infrastructure, tax levels, even Lyme disease. Of paramount importance was …

Dare to Discuss Drugs III – The Recent Facts

Newtown Middle School Auditorium 11 Queen Street Newtown, CT 06470 7-9:00 p.m. Facilitator Liz Driscoll-Jorgensen, B.A., CADC is a psychotherapist and director of Insight Counseling, LLC in Ridgefield, Connecticut.  She is a consultant to private and public schools and treatment agencies. Panelists: Officer Dominic Costello, Newtown MS & HS Youth Resource Officer Judy Blanchard, Chair, Newtown Prevention Council Beth Agen – …

Parent Connection Forum Will Address ‘Urgent’ Survey Concerns

Newtown Bee The talk will be facilitated by substance abuse expert Elizabeth Driscoll-Jorgensen, and feature panelists from all factions of the community. Participants will hear the most recent information regarding the reality of alcohol and drug use among the youth in Newtown and surrounding areas.The panelists will speak candidly about the current issues from their personal and professional perspectives. Participants …

Gore Arrest Prompts Parent Connection Warning

Newtown Bee By John VoketIf it can happen to the son of a former Vice President, twice, it can happen to you. That is the message the two co-founders of the Newtown Parent Connection want to drive home following the high profile arrest of Al Gore, III, last week, on the second incident of drug possession since 2003. But unlike …

The Bully, The Bystander And The Witness – All Are At Risk

Newtown Bee by Kendra Bobowick“You’re going to pay for this. Nothing goes on in this house without me saying it does.”“How could you do this to me?”The familiar hand-me-down parenting phrases had many in the audience nodding in recognition Tuesday evening during Reed Intermediate School Assistant Principal Anthony Salvatore’s presentation “Parenting The Bully, The Bullied, The Bystander, Or The Witness: …

Celebrity Cyber-Lawyer: Dangers Of Web Socializing Abound

Newtown Bee By John Voket There is probably no better way for a student to learn about Australia than to hook up with a fellow student from Down Under to get the information first-hand through an Internet-based social networking site. But internationally known cyber-safety expert Parry Aftab warned parents and educators Tuesday, that “online, a 47-year-old [child molester] looks just …

Parents Hear The Reality Of Inhalant Abuse

Newtown Bee By Nancy K. Crevier Describing Isabel Burk as “a gift to Newtown,” Alice Jackson, assistant superintendent of schools, introduced the nationally known expert on health, prevention, and educational issues to a group of more than 75 adults at Reed Intermediate School Wednesday evening, February 8. Ms Burk’s forum, “Protecting Your Children in the Vulnerable Years: The Invisible Threat …

Humor And Support Key Tools In Handling Parental Stress

Newtown Bee By Nancy K. Crevier In a machine gun delivery that pierced the audience’s armor of reserve, motivational speaker Norm Bossio had the crowd of more than 200 people at Newtown High School reduced to tears of laughter and poignant sadness within moments of beginning his powerful speech aimed at helping parents understand the impact they hold over their …

Mental Health Expert Warns Substance Abuse Damages The Brain

Newtown Bee By Susan Coney If you think that drug abuse among teenagers is limited to illegal substances like marijuana and club drugs such as Ecstasy, think again. While marijuana is the most common drug abused by teens, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs run a close second. That was the message speaker Jonathan F. Michaelis, PhD, presented to parents who attended the …

Expert Warns About That Other Addictive Substance: Tobacco

Newtown Bee By Larissa Lytwyn Dr Peter M. Glassman of Sandy Hook, a seasoned anesthesiologist, neurologist, and addiction specialist, emphasized the devastating physical effects of substance abuse during the Newtown Parent Connection forum on March 16. In a departure from earlier forums that focused largely on the abuse of alcohol and hard drugs, Dr Glassman also spoke extensively about the …

Family Dynamics: ‘An Ever-Shifting Mobile’

Newtown Bee By Larissa Lytwyn Wendy H. Davenson, a licensed marriage and family therapist, is also licensed in drug and alcohol counseling and is a certified guidance counselor. But at the last Parent Connection forum on January 19, Ms Davenson did not focus exclusively on the types and trends of substance abuse. Instead, Ms Davenson used her considerable expertise to …

Building Protective Factors Key To Substance Abuse Prevention

Newtown Bee By Larissa Lytwyn Parents take countless safety precautions for their children every day. Young children are vaccinated against a myriad of illnesses. Tots are carefully strapped into car seats; safety belts are both a driver and passenger requirement. Imagine, said psychologist Joanna Rosen during Newtown Parent Connection’s last forum on November 9, if parents took the same precautions …