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Suzy Hayman DeYoung works with Newtown Connecticut's Recovery and Resiliency Team as a Case Manager

Prior to that Suzy worked on community outreach for the Newtown CT. non profit, The Sandy Hook Promise.

Suzy is also founder of Parenting With New Perspectives a source of education and support for parents.

Prior to working with parents, Suzy worked as a segment producer and copywriter for a number of national television talk shows, including "Good Morning America" and "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee." Later, Suzy received her Masters of Education in Parent and Child Development from Bank Street College of Education in New York City and went on to teach pre-school in New York City and Connecticut.

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There's Always Time for Empathy, Governor Christie

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 11:13 AM

This is one way the scene in Governor Chris Christie's office on Wednesday, July 2nd could have played out:

The Participants: Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley, parents of first graders killed during the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, members of the Barden family...

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Newtown: A Shared Experience

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 8:06 AM

A noteworthy event took place in Newtown, CT last month.

On May 31, the Newtown community proudly hosted a gathering of visitors.

No media, no politics -- just people.

Titled, Community Connections - The Shared Experience, the purpose of this unique occasion was to connect residents of Newtown...

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Together Through Mud

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 3:37 PM


Dan Williams did not lose a child in the Sandy Hook, CT school shootings. Still, he describes himself as having been "utterly devastated" by the senseless 2012 massacre that took the lives of six educators and twenty first graders, including...

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A Kindergarten Teacher in Therapy

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 12:53 PM


Not long ago, I nonchalantly remarked to a family member that my son's kindergarten teacher was in therapy to deal with emotional repercussions from her divorce. Despite being from a generation that rarely considered therapy, her response nevertheless took me...

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Natalie's Kitchen -- One Year Later

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 2:05 PM


Natalie copes best when cooking. That is what she declared in a recent email in which she offered friends the opportunity to convene in her kitchen this December 14,th just as we did one year ago -- the evening the shootings in...

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'The Woman Who Raised That Monster'

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 12:31 PM


I've become accustomed to the reaction when I tell people where I'm from.

Eleven months later, it's as consistent as it was back in January.

Just yesterday, inquiring as to the availability of a rental house this holiday season, the gentleman...

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Thank You, Starbucks

(22) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 5:56 PM

If the December 14th Sandy Hook School shootings were truly a "tipping point" in the debate over gun violence, then last Friday's episode at Newtown's Starbucks, the town in which I happen to live, tipped the scale even further.

For this I wish to thank Starbucks.

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The Things We Hold Inside

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 9:49 AM

· "Christine," a high school freshman, was recently struck with Guttate Psoriasis, a skin condition which causes scaly blemishes. When her doctor inquired if anything unusual had happened recently, neither Christine, nor her parents could think of anything. However, when asked when the rash began, (early January 2013) and where...

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Love in the Time of Black Ops

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 12:20 PM

It's always nice to be told someone loves you. It's even nicer when it comes in the form of a distracted 15-year-old boy, breezing past as you load a pile of towels into the washer. "I love you, mommy," he hurriedly and softly mutters in that deep baritone voice I'm...

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Finding Our Inner Compass

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 2:45 PM

You don't have to know much about guns to recognize that within us all lies an "inner compass" which, if permitted, can steer us toward what is right and what is wrong.

I know little about guns, more than I knew prior to December 14th, but still, little. What I...

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The Risk of Getting Back to 'Normal'

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 3:54 PM

Three months later, life in Newtown appears to be back to "normal." If not for the reminders scattered about town, the buttons, the bracelets, the storefront posters, the offers of "healing," an uninformed visitor may never know anything catastrophic had occurred.

For some, these reminders have become a source of...

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Posttraumatic Growth

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 3:55 PM

The kids here are scared. Countless children, from elementary school-age to teens, are refusing to sleep alone. 10-year old Brian will only sleep in his single mother's bed. 13-year-old Michael has wedged a golf club on one side of his bed and a samurai sword on the other. His mother...

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149 Million Points of Origin

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 1:11 PM

"I'm not done being the best father I can be for Ben -- not by a very long measure." This was recently declared by parent David Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son, Ben, was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th.

David went on to share that the...

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It's in the Air...

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 2:01 PM

The world didn't end on December 21st as many had feared. But something did end. Call it a way of thinking, an outlook, an attitude. It's in the air... something unquestionably has shifted.

There were those who believed that based on the predictions of The Mayan Calendar, the world would...

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Face-to-Face With 'Celebrity'

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 12:10 PM

Stephen Barton is not a household name. He has nevertheless achieved a fair amount of celebrity status this past year, primarily for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. While biking cross-country with a friend, 22-year-old Stephen made the fateful decision to take in a midnight showing of...

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When 'Where Are You From?' Becomes a Loaded Question

(6) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 5:24 PM

Given that I tend to enjoy skiing apart from my more advanced family and friends, I spent a fair amount of time over our recent vacation riding chair lifts and grabbing lunch alongside strangers. Consequently, I was asked numerous times where I lived. The following are the initial replies I...

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A Thank You to the NRA

(2) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 2:07 PM

I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the NRA. For years, countless citizens have been working to turn the tide on gun violence to no avail. In a matter of minutes, one man, Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's CEO, managed to tip the scale. This was not the direction, however,...

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Newtown United

(8) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 3:51 PM

It's difficult to write when you're shaking. Writing is what I love to do, however, so I sit here at my computer struggling to come up with what to say. You see, I live in Newtown, Conn. I moved here from New York City nine years ago with my husband...

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