Newtown: Moving Forward, by Sharon L. Cohen, received kudos in many print and online media sources:
Danbury News Times
New York Times–Sunday
A Community Faces the Future After Adversity
“On 12/14/2012, Newtowners immediately helped those most in need. They did whatever was possible, from embracing those who grieved, to raising funds for current needs, to doing errands and household chores for for victims families.”
The purpose of this publication, Newtown Moving Forward, is to serve as a historic document of volunteer and non-profit efforts that occurred within Newtown since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School; increase awareness of the different organizations in order to promote collaboration and address gaps/in services.
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All proceeds going to the Newtown Lions Club’s Sandy Hook Elementary Fund in participation with the Connecticut Counseling Association to raise funds for counseling services for the next decade.
In Newtown, book is available at: Everything Newtown, Butcher’s Best, UPS Store Queen Street Gifts, Newtown Library, Wishing Well, and Dodgingtown Market.
Newtown Lions Club Seeks Additional Funds for
Mental Health Services–Donate Now
Each person reacts differently to trauma. Some individuals immediately show trauma symptoms. Other people may not show any signs of trauma or start having symptoms weeks or even years after an event. Many first responders, for example, suffered from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when the Sandy Hook shooting first occurred. Some of these individuals have improved; others, unfortunately have not. In addition, the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy led to new cases of trauma in both adults and children. Certain triggers, perhaps the Christmas holidays or winter weather, caused nightmares, anxiety and depression in a number of people.
These individuals need to immediately see a mental health counselor; the longer they wait, the more pronounced the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can become. In many cases, people do not have the insurance coverage to pay for this professional care. The Newtown Lions Club has been raising funds to help traumatized individuals for the next decade. Due to the increased demand for such mental health services, the fund is running low. Donations can be made through this website through the purchase of “Newtown: Moving Forward” or by going directly to the Newtown Lions Club website.
As the anniversary comes close, all of us in Newtown, our country and the world, recall the terrible tragedy that occurred. The shooting in Newtown will long be remembered in all of our hearts, and the pain will subside but never be gone. Nor, should it be. The joy and love these children and adults brought to the world made it a better place. It surely will not be the same without them.
Yet, let us also remember the good that was extended throughout Sandy Hook and all of Newtown, as individuals, businesses, social services, the Town of Newtown, religious groups, and newly formed organizations reached out and did all they could to help one another. Too often, the closeness that people feel for one another after a tragedy is lost over time.
Parents of the victims the opportunity to read an overview of the investigation of the Sandy Hook into the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The parents said that the report held no surprises, since they have been kept up to date by detectives since the tragedy. On Monday, November 25, they will be released to the general public. State Attorney Stephan Sendensky III said that this report will not include the entire evidence file, which consisted of 100s of pages.
The report has been promised for many months, but the release date continued to be delayed. Governor Malloy, among others, have been pressuring Sedensky to release the information, since it has nearly been a year since the event.
Newtown Superintendent John Reed has warned parents that they should find ways to limit their children’s exposure to media on Monday. In the meantime, Town Selectman, Pat Llodra is asking that the 911 calls also be released, since the media leaks have been like “torture.”