2008 Family Fun Night

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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 dessert.  There will be a magician, music, Baro the K-9 Officer, and face painting.

Eating dinner together every night is an opportunity to open the doors of communication with your children.  Newtown Parent Connection and Newtown Prevention Council are encouraging parents to take this time and enjoy a wonderful evening out with your children.

The aim of Family Fun Night is to encourage families to act on the realization that family time and relationships are important for leading healthy lives.  Many times our occupations and busy schedules interfere with our best intentions to spend quality time with loved ones.  We encourage all Newtown residents to join in more opportunities for bonding, by setting one day a week aside without scheduled activities and homework in order to increase family communications and interaction.  We hope that families will decide that this is a valuable undertaking, and make a concerted effort to set aside quality “family time” on a regular basis, with no goal other than the enjoyment they get from being together.  By committing to a ritual of regular family gatherings or events, we believe much will be gained; allowing families to strengthen as a unit and grow in a spirit of mutual love, support, and the cohesiveness that leads to healthy, loving families and a great community.





Mailing Address
PO Box 187
Newtown, CT 06470

Office and Meeting Address
2 Washington Square
Fairfield Hills
Newtown, CT 06470

Mission Statement

The mission of the Newtown Parent Connection is to educate and empower the community in the prevention of substance abuse and to embrace families in crisis.

Support Groups

Hope & Support

A weekly gathering for parents and caregivers with children or loved one's affected by substance use/abuse. This group provides a confidential venue to receive information and support concerning how to handle their child's or loved one's suspected or confirmed use of substances. Facilitated by an experienced drug & alcohol counselor.

Meeting Information Here

A compassionate venue for those

who have lost a child or other loved one due to catastrophic circumstances. The group is facilitated by a licensed therapist.
Meeting Information Here

First Wednesday of month
7:00 to 8:30 pm


Founder & Executive Director

Dorrie Carolan and her husband raised their four children in Newtown, CT. Starting the Parent Connection was never part of her plan.

The issue of substance abuse became personal when her eldest son, Brian, became addicted and subsequently died at age 28 of a prescription drug overdose. Through the struggles caused by Brian's addiction, Dorrie became aware that this was an issue that affected many others in the community. She founded the Parent Connection in 1993 in an attempt to network with other concerned Newtown parents. It was the impetus behind many policy changes in town and within the schools.

Our Board of Directors is a committed body of volunteers who support our mission to keep the youth of Newtown safe and substance free.

Dorrie Carolan  - Executive Director

Joseph Hemingway - President 

Gene Vetrano- Vice President

Frank Crudo- Treasurer

Kevin Carolan -Secretary

Maggie Conway

David Cooper

Anne Dalton

Kathleen Moonan

Ken Rodbell

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