Saturday, January 12, 2013
Q&A with Comfort Dog Ministry from Hawthorn Woods: "Dogs created a bridge to help bring people back from a dark period and place back into a place where they can begin the healing process."
Ladel, a Comfort Dog from St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods returned from Newtown, CT, after a three-day visit, where she helped spread some joy and comfort to children and adults recovering from the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Ladel lives with Pastor Tim Kinne and his wife, Deb. Ladel traveled to Newtown with three handlers, Deb Kinne, Lauraine Morajda and Kylie Yocum. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. Read about their experience in this Q&A with Deb Kinne: How many dogs went to Newtown? Nine full grown and one puppy in training. One dog turned 1 year old while we were in Connecticut and she is almost ready to be "placed." The puppy is just 9 weeks old…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Sandy Hook school shootings had a profound effect on columnist Elizabeth Fish. The New Year offers the opportunity for change.
The Newtown shootings have affected me even more so than Columbine, the movie theatre shootings in Colorado or any of the dozens of other shootings that have been in the news this year. Newtown really hit me very hard. The fact that a person went to a local elementary school, shot his way in and killed every adult and child in his way, for little, if any, apparent reason is devastating. Maybe it is because I have a first grade child at a local elementary school. And there was little that could have been done at Sandy Hook or any other elementary school to prevent such a tragedy. I still get teary thinking about the shooting and cannot fathom how President Barack Obama named each victim in his speech at Newtown days after the shooting. It …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Ladel, a golden retriever, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods has been called to service.
Chicago-area K-9 Comfort Dogs, a ministry from Lutheran Church Charities (LCC), have been aiding in the healing in Newtown, CT, since shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy occurred. On Jan. 1, Ladel, a Comfort Dog from St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods, left with a team of dogs and handlers for Newtown. Ladel was invited to Newtown High School to provide the unconditional love and compassion that define Comfort Dogs. The last months have been busy for Ladel as she recently served in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy devastated the area. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. Ladel lives with Senior Pastor Tim Kinne’s family at the parsonage in Mundelein. Deb …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Following the deaths of 28 people in Newtown, Conn., as an unbearable heaviness lingers across the country, Sally Higginson takes a moment to appreciate the everyday aspects of raising children.
The country is still stunned, saddened and sober, focusing on the same things: How to talk to children about fear and death. How to assure them that what happened at one school won’t happen at their school. How to explain to children the difference between the reality of gun violence in our world versus the fantasy of gun violence in so many shows and games. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. And we parents ask ourselves: how do we continue to wrap holiday presents for our own children while our hearts are at half-mast for the families who have most recently lost theirs? How do we let go of our children as they walk out the door each day, heading beyond the safety of our controlled …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Reader wants insurance companies to offer better coverage of mental health issues to help curb violence.
Friday, December 21, 2012
To the Editor: Less emphasis on gun lobby, NRA and the like. We need to place increased pressure on insurance companies to cover mental health screenings, treatment and reduce ridiculous limitations on amounts that will be paid. In short, since most news outlets focus on violence, we cannot underestimate its effects on the public and, accordingly, the psychological impact on the populace. Most carriers limit yearly recompense for psychiatric and psychological care. The limitations are entirely unreasonable and the coverage wholly inadequate. Marc Kreiter Deerfield
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Two local students teamed up with La De Da, Josh's Hot Dogs and other local businesses to raise money for Newtown, CT's Sandy Hook School Support Fund Friday.
Two North Shore residents are teaming up with local businesses to do what so many of us are trying to accomplish this week: figure out a way to help the victims of the Newtown school shooting. Lindsey Heller and Lauren Dzakovich are both from Northbrook and are students at Indiana University, and came up with the fundraiser idea. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. "Saddened by the news of the shooting, and as pre-service teachers at Indiana University, Lauren and I have decided to put this fundraiser together," Lindsey explained in an email. "We first decided to sell ribbons for small donations and create sympathy cards to send to the families and friends of the victims that lost …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Patch blogger Lisa Barr gives her thoughts on the tragedy in Newtown and the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
A year ago, readers felt a Northbrook Court jewelry store was right to have an armed security guard. Patch wants to know readers’ views in light of the shootings in Newtown and Oregon.
(Update on Dec. 18 at 5 a.m.) Friday’s murder of 26 people including 20 children by a gunman in Newtown, CT, and more gunplay at a mall outside Portland a few days before prompted Patch to take a new look at the use of an armed guard at C.D. Peacock’s Northbrook Court jewelry store. A year ago, Patch observed the guard and asked readers how they felt. A majority supported the idea. Patch wants to know if recent events have changed minds in the area. Patch is running a new poll and will publish the results next week. Patch contacted Peacock President Bob Baumgardner for a comment. He did not return the call. A year ago, state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) questioned the wisdom of the use of an armed guard in a mall store. Now, she …
Monday, December 17, 2012
District 109 and Deerfield High School communicate with families on the best way to help children in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown.
School officials in Deerfield wasted no time communicating with families about safety and students’ emotional well being over the weekend in the aftermath of the shootings Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. In Deerfield Public Schools District 109, Superintendent Renee Goier sent an email to all families Saturday letting them know the efforts of the District over the weekend to be ready to help children with emotional and other needs today. Earlier: Safety, Security Remain Key 109 Focus in Connecticut Aftermath In particular, school psychologists and social workers will be ready to help students and will be looking for any signs leading them to believe a child needs attention. Parents who feel their children will …
After the tragic mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., there are ways you can help.
The horrific school shooting Friday at Sandy Hook School that left 26 dead, including 20 young children, has stirred the hearts of people across the country and around the world who want to know how they can help. The Newtown Patch reported that people from Connecticut, California, Canada and even Australia and India have sent an outpouring of support. People in Illinois also want to know how they can help. People who want to donate to help the families affected by the tragedy can donate in one of these ways, according to Internet sources and information compiled by Pam Wegner Pavlik of Grayslake: Sandy Hook School Support Fund - mail a check to: Newtown Savings Bank Sandy Hook School Support Fund 39 Main Street Newtown, Connecticut 06470 …