To the Editor: Does anyone, parents or voters, know yet how much more in taxes they will be forced to pay for the salaries and insurance coverage of armed guards in Region 18 schools? Region 18, OUR schools. If this is public knowledge, I cannot find anything. Nor can I find any information on whether the armed guards will also be present during after-school activities, … [Read more...] about Letter to the Editor: Armed Guards in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools — More Questions
To the Editor: This past Wednesday, the Board of Education voted 7-2 to place armed guards at District 18 schools. Though many board members expressed reservations, including to NBC News, it passed. I am submitting this letter as a child advocate and as a pediatric nurse practitioner withe certification and expertise in pediatric mental health. I am a parent and a … [Read more...] about Letter to the Editor: Armed Security Guards in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are Not the Solution to Gun Violence
To the Editor: Human rights attorney Dave Rubino is challenging Devin Carney for the House of Representatives seat in the 23rd District. Dave’s position on many social issues differs markedly from Devin’s. As indicated on Dave’s campaign website, he supports: criminal justice reform; a strong social safety net; adequate paid family and medical leave; and a … [Read more...] about Letter to the Editor: Clarifying the Contrasting Positions of Carney, Rubino on Critical Matters
Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. Every year in New England nature reminds us of this. Crocuses emerge, the landscape turns from brown to green and many animals have their babies: foxes, otters and black bears, just to name a few. I look fondly back on my grandmother’s stories about lambing season in Ireland. Human babies are born year round, of course, but my … [Read more...] about Family Wellness: New Beginnings
“Mindfulness” is certainly trending these days. Books and workshops are in abundance, aimed at children, adults and families. For some, the concept provokes rolling of the eyes, for others, curiosity, others still, an eagerness to share how helpful the practice has been for them. Perhaps in some it may provoke an urge to purchase new yoga pants and scented candles. I … [Read more...] about Family Wellness: Does Mindfulness Work for Families?
The idea for this column came from a LymeLine.com reader, but there is also a general clamor for information about this topic that I am privy to in my work with families. Anna and Rosalie Shalom were the picture of old school, imaginative play in their West Orange, New Jersey, home. The two, 5 and almost 3, labored in harmony at their task, preparing an elaborate pretend … [Read more...] about Family Wellness: Screens, Media and Family Life
We are delighted to welcome Betsy Groth to our stable of writers today. She is an APRN, PMHS – BC and a pediatric nurse practitioner with advanced certification in pediatric mental health. She is a counselor, mental health educator and parent coach in Old Lyme and will be writing a monthly column for us on 'Family Wellness.' In this introductory column, she explains the … [Read more...] about Welcome to Betsy Groth, our new ‘Family Wellness’ Columnist!