Danbury's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:02:03 -0500 HamletHub.com Praxair is Named Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43023-praxair-is-named-best-place-to-work-for-lgbt-equality43023-praxair-is-named-best-place-to-work-for-lgbt-equality http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43023-praxair-is-named-best-place-to-work-for-lgbt-equality43023-praxair-is-named-best-place-to-work-for-lgbt-equality

DANBURY, Conn., January, 2017 — Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) has been named to the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) with a perfect score of 100 percent. Praxair satisfied all of CEI’s criteria and has been designated a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Praxair is one of more than 1,000 businesses rated in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

"This award recognizes Praxair’s dedication to its core values of workplace diversity and inclusion,” said Praxair Chief Diversity Officer Vanessa Abrahams-John. “Workplace diversity drives competitive advantage and is essential to our ability to sustain our company success over the long term. We thank our employees for their commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone.”

Praxair supports a number of initiatives that reinforce the company’s focus on diversity and inclusion, including:

  • employee resource groups that provide support, development and networking opportunities for the LGBT community, millennials, women, veterans and ethnic minorities;
  • unconscious bias training for managers across the company;
  • formal and informal mentoring programs; and
  • scholarship support for students of diverse backgrounds who are studying engineering or other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.

About Praxair

Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 300 company with 2015 sales of $11 billion, is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospacechemicalsfood and beverageelectronicsenergyhealthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others. More information about Praxair, Inc. is available at www.praxair.com.

kerry@ducey.org (Praxair) Places Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:32:59 -0500
Sample a variety of fine wines paired with decadent chocolates & support DAWS on February 11 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43022-sample-a-variety-of-fine-wines-paired-with-decadent-chocolates-support-daws-on-february-1143022-sample-a-variety-of-fine-wines-paired-with-decadent-chocolates-support-daws-on-february-11 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43022-sample-a-variety-of-fine-wines-paired-with-decadent-chocolates-support-daws-on-february-1143022-sample-a-variety-of-fine-wines-paired-with-decadent-chocolates-support-daws-on-february-11

Do something sweet for Valentine's Day. Make plans to support Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS) on February 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm for a Wine & Chocolates Wine Pairing Class.

Sample a variety of fine wines paired with decadent chocolates at Max Wine and Spirits (40 Mill Plain Rd)

$40 per person

Buy tickets online or pay at the event. All proceeds support DAWS.

Questions? Email daws@daws.org


Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Charities Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:44:54 -0500
On the Children's Shelf Throwback: Books you *have to* read http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43019-on-the-children-s-shelf-throwback-books-you-have-to-read43019-on-the-children-s-shelf-throwback-books-you-have-to-read http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43019-on-the-children-s-shelf-throwback-books-you-have-to-read43019-on-the-children-s-shelf-throwback-books-you-have-to-read

At the start of a new year, when we're thinking about reading resolutions and new releases and unwieldy to-be-read lists, it feels like the right time to be reminded of what it's all about: finding joy and community through reading.  
Lately, I have seen several lists going around on social medial of books that authors believe you *have to* read. Some are lists you should read to your child by a certain age. Others are lists of books every little girl should ready. There are lists of children's books adults should read.
I love lists. I am a list keeper. I have shared in this column lists of books that I would like others to consider reading. I keep lists of books I want to read. I keep lists of books I have read.
So today, I sat down to write my list of *have to* read books, except the more I thought about it, the more I don't want to say "you have to read these books." I would love for many of you to at least check out the books I recommend, but I want reading to be without pressure. I want to introduce you to great books. I want you to take suggestions from this column and create your own book lists. 
Instead of a list of specific books to read, today I just want to say, please read.
Read any book that makes you happy.
Read a book in a new genre.
Read a book you have been meaning to read and that has been sitting on your "to be read" list for months (or years).
Read an old favorite that you have read 20 times already.
Read a book your child recommended to you.
Read a book your best friend says changed her life.
Read a book I have mentioned on this column in the past.
Still don't have a book you want to read? Email me at jessicac@hamlethub.com, and I will recommend a few of my favorites.
My list today is very simple ... READ. And if you want more on that list, reply to this and let me know what book you decided to read.
This piece was originally published on April 8, 2016.
sally.stra@gmail.com (Jessica Collins) Life Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:56:00 -0500
Danbury Titans Win Another in Overtime! http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43018-danbury-titans-win-another-in-overtime43018-danbury-titans-win-another-in-overtime http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43018-danbury-titans-win-another-in-overtime43018-danbury-titans-win-another-in-overtime

 A game deadlocked at zero through two periods saw six goals scored in the third before Danbury's Steve Brown sneaked a shot past the glove of Danville's Storm Phaneuf 2:49 into overtime to mark Danbury's third win in a row. Pucks and Paws night was a success at the Danbury Ice Arena on Saturday night as the Danbury Animal Welfare Society collected donations from the crowd.
The Danbury Titans came into the game riding a two game winning streak with a pair of victories over the Watertown Wolves after dropping two in a row to the Dashers by identical 4-1 scores last weekend. Meanwhile, the Dashers were coming off of a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Berlin RiverDrivers on Friday evening in New Hampshire. Getting the call in goal again for the Titans was Nick Niedert, who has not relinquished control of the crease to Nikita Ivandikov since returning from a call up to the Elmira Jackels of the ECHL.
Neither team was able to get on the board in the first period, though the Titans would outshoot the Dashers by a 12-8 margin. The second period would be a repeat of the first as Niedert and Phaneuf both made important saves to keep the score deadlocked at nil. Through two periods the Titans were 0-1 on the power play and Danville's top ranked power play, converting at a league best 29%, were 0-2.
Dalton Jay would break the tie and score his 15th of the season 3:26into the final period to give the Titans the first lead of the game. A minute and a half later Taylor Love potted his 2nd of the year and the Titans were in control. The momentum would not last for more than five minutes as Jonathan Hall scored his first of the year to pull the Dashers within one. A minute and five seconds later the Titans responded with Tyler Noseworthy knocking home a rebound to restore the two goal lead.
Momentum would teeter on a disallowed goal minutes later as John Scully one timed a shot home from the blue line and the Titans would have gone up by three, but referee Erik Holvig called the goal back, claiming the shot was hit by a high stick before ending up in the net. The Dashers took full advantage of the break, and Gehrett Sargis would again bring Danville back within one at the 16:34 mark.  The Dashers pressed offensively again and quickly tied things up on Justin Brausen's team leading 21st goal of the season to draw even on the Titans with only 2:11 to go.
With a tied game and only 1:30 to go, Taylor Love would take his second penalty of the game to give the Dashers a power play with the game on the line. After forcing overtime, the Dashers began the extra period with a 4 on 3 man advantage.  The Titans were able to kill the penalty, holding the league's best power play scoreless on four opportunities. Off an offensive zone faceoff Steve Brown found himself with the puck at the top of the blue line, and he snuck one under the glove of a screened Phaneuf to give the Titans a 4-3 overtime victory.
Danbury moves into a tie with Berlin for second place in the Federal Hockey League with the win, although the RiverDrivers have three games in hand. The Titans will be off until taking a trip up to Watertown to face off against the Wolves for the third time in their last four games for a 7:30 game on Friday night at the Watertown Municipal Arena. After that, the Titans will take things outside with Watertown, hosting the Wolves on Sunday afternoon at The Pond at Brewster Ice Arena for a scheduled 4:30PM start under the open sky.  The game will mark the last game of Danbury's special black uniforms worn for every home game in January, and the jerseys will be auctioned off at the next Titans home game on February 11th.
The Danbury Titans, home to hockey's most passionate fans, are entering their second season in the Federal Hockey League after finishing in first place and making a trip the Commissioner's Cup Finals. Full season and individual game ticket plans are now on sale at DanburyTitans.com or by calling 844-DT-HOCKEY. Follow the Danbury Titans online at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.
Tarad@hamlethub.com (m lynch) Neighbors Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:43:05 -0500
Venus Okwuka '17 Breaks Wooster’s All-Time Scoring Record! http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43017-venus-okwuka-17-breaks-wooster-s-all-time-scoring-record43017-venus-okwuka-17-breaks-wooster-s-all-time-scoring-record http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43017-venus-okwuka-17-breaks-wooster-s-all-time-scoring-record43017-venus-okwuka-17-breaks-wooster-s-all-time-scoring-record

Heading into Saturday afternoon’s game against Hyde School, Wooster School’s Venus Okwuka, of Brookfield, CT, was only five points away from breaking the girls all-time career scoring record. 

Venus scored 21 points in the game to break McKenzie Corby's career record of 1,450 points set back in 1998. Venus joined the varsity team in 7th grade and it’s no surprise to anyone who has watched her play that she reached this milestone.

Only 5:42 minutes into the game, after grabbing a rebound, Venus made the shot to score the points that broke the girls all-time scoring record! 

“I just want our team to do well,” Okwuka said. “I'm not scoring all these points for the sole purpose of beating the record, it's so that our team can be successful.”

“Above all else, I am happy for, and proud of, Venus in regards to achieving this milestone,” said Coach Dave MacNutt. “It has been a wonderful journey to have witnessed, and played a role in, Venus' development as a player. She has played an integral role in the success of our program for several consecutive seasons, so it's really nice to see Venus enjoy this well-deserved moment in the spotlight.”

The Generals dominated the game against Hyde School and won by a score of 48-19. Okwuka led the team with her game-high 21 points. The senior has now scored 1,467 points in her varsity career, with five more regular season games, along with the post-season still remaining, for her to amass an even higher career total. Congratulations Venus!

To learn more, visit http://www.woosterschool.org/ or contact Wooster School Admissions at (203) 830-3916.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Lori Kriegel) Life Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:59:17 -0500
Rep. Harding Jumps to Action on Rejuvenating Connecticut http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/43011-rep-harding-jumps-to-action-on-rejuvenating-connecticut-148494220643011-rep-harding-jumps-to-action-on-rejuvenating-connecticut-1484942206 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/43011-rep-harding-jumps-to-action-on-rejuvenating-connecticut-148494220643011-rep-harding-jumps-to-action-on-rejuvenating-connecticut-1484942206

State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) has set a great precedence for his second term: he proposed several new pieces of legislation that strengthen our fiscal responsibility, a more business-friendly climate, proper funding for education, more control for our local boards and commissions regarding housing development, greater and more consistent support for our veterans, and finally addressing lake preservation. Overall, he hopes to make our state government more efficient so that students, families, workers, businesses, and the elderly may continue to thrive here. For a full list of the bills Rep. Harding has introduced – with summaries – please visit www.repharding.com and click on the “Legislation” tab.

Fiscal Responsibility and a Better Life for our Businesses & Residents

Rep. Harding wishes to re-invigorate the business climate here in the State of Connecticut. The primary step in doing so, he believes, is to eliminate undue taxes, fees and regulations on businesses. He is also committed to assisting our senior citizens and young professionals through the elimination of estate, pension and social security taxes, as well as providing tax credits for student loan payments and businesses hiring graduates.

“One of my main objectives as your State Representative is to provide a climate in which our young men and women, and senior citizens, are incentivized to stay here in Connecticut,” says Rep. Harding, Chairman of the General Assembly’s Young Legislators Caucus. “We need to motivate businesses to hire our young professionals, perhaps by creating tax credits for businesses.”

Some proposals made by Rep. Harding in these regards include:

  • Implement the constitutional spending cap
  • Eliminate the municipal budget cap and provide aid to municipalities each year before March 1st to ease their local budgeting challenges
  • Establish a tax credit for businesses that hire unemployed or self-employed persons
  • Phase out personal property, entity and unitary taxes on businesses
  • Establish a bipartisan group that will study job creation and retention of an educated and prepared workforce in the state
  • Require the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to establish the Learn Here, Live Here program that helps students save toward a down payment on their first home in Connecticut by segregating a portion of their state income tax payments for up to ten years after they graduate
  • Establish a tax credit for businesses that match payments made by employees toward their student loans
  • Establish tax credit for businesses that hire a recent high school or college graduate
  • Establish a tax credit against the personal income tax for interest and principal paid on student loans

Funding for Education

“My goal is to restructure the Education Cost Sharing Formula (ECS) more in favor of supporting our schools,” Rep. Harding says. “This has long been an issue in our state, and in my opinion, Brookfield, Bethel and Danbury are not currently receiving the proper amount of state funding. I hope that my proposal to restructure the ECS funding formula, and add a cost of living adjustment to it, will provide a suitable, and deserving, amount of resources from the state.” Rep. Harding’s additional education-related proposals include:

  • Study unfunded state education mandates and the effects they have on school district budgets and instruction to students
  • Require the Commissioner of Administrative Services to approve an application for a roof replacement project at Brookfield High School

Local Authority over Housing Decisions

A key initiative of Rep. Harding’s this session is to provide more authority to local leaders, as opposed to allowing bureaucratic decisions to be merely passed down from Hartford. “This is where 8-30g comes in,” he says. “It is a hampered law that negatively impacts local communities and establishes a bypass on all local zoning control.” Here are his introduced ideas:

  • Allow towns that have made good faith efforts to develop specific areas of their municipalities the ability to prohibit new affordable housing in such areas, provided said efforts were made prior to any application for such housing.
  • Amend 8-30g so that burdensome affordable housing requirements on towns are eliminated

Veterans’ Support


“Connecticut’s veterans are some of our best citizens and we need to do everything possible to provide them with the proper resources to succeed here, as they have made so many sacrifices for us,” says Rep. Harding. He plans to help them through his efforts to sponsor the following legislative actions:

  • Allow school districts to include a course or program about veterans and their military service to our country as part of the curriculum
  • Study the hardships prevalent among Connecticut veterans
  • Give veteran-owned businesses a ten percent price preference on state contracts and set aside five percent of all such contracts for award to such businesses
  • Expand veteran benefits eligibility to certain veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a traumatic brain injury
  • Name a portion of Route 53 in Danbury the “Danbury Veterans Memorial Highway”

Lake Preservation

Lastly, Rep. Harding has made a proposal to amend the Community Investment Act (CIA) to include state funds for the preservation of our local lakes. “I am dedicated to assisting our local municipalities in addressing invasive species prevention at both Candlewood and Lillinonah Lakes, two of our community’s greatest resources,” says Rep. Harding, Ranking Member of the Legislative Environment Committee.

alyssa.dirubbo@cga.ct.gov (Proposes legislation that will help businesses, students, veterans and more) Politics Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:26:04 -0500
What Happens to Animals in Winter for Children Ages 4 & 5 (with a parent) http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43015-what-happens-to-animals-in-winter-for-children-ages-4-5-with-a-parent-148502476843015-what-happens-to-animals-in-winter-for-children-ages-4-5-with-a-parent-1485024768 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43015-what-happens-to-animals-in-winter-for-children-ages-4-5-with-a-parent-148502476843015-what-happens-to-animals-in-winter-for-children-ages-4-5-with-a-parent-1485024768

Come to New Pond Farm (101 Marchant Road) on Saturday, February 4 from 10 - 11 a.m. and learn the answers to the questions, What happens to animals when winter comes? Where do they go? What do they eat? How do they survive? and lots more!

This program is $8 per New Pond Farm member child and $10 per non-member child

Registration is required, please visit us online or call us at (203) 938-2117 to register.

info@newpondfarm.org (New Pond Farm) Events Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:22:05 -0500
Titans Outdoor Classic on The Pond at Brewster Ice Arena http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43016-titans-outdoor-classic-on-the-pond-at-brewster-ice-arena-148502620643016-titans-outdoor-classic-on-the-pond-at-brewster-ice-arena-1485026206 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43016-titans-outdoor-classic-on-the-pond-at-brewster-ice-arena-148502620643016-titans-outdoor-classic-on-the-pond-at-brewster-ice-arena-1485026206

The Danbury Titans are excited to announce our second annual Outdoor Classic on the pond at the Brewster Ice Arena! 

Bundle up Fans! The Titans will take on the Watertown Wolves outside at Brewster Ice Arena at 4:30pm! 

i95 will be the sponsor for the evening, and there will be numerous food trucks and an outdoor bar for fans! There will be merchandise for sale as well.

So pack up your chairs, blankets and mittens, and come cheer on the Titans! Everyone loves a little pond hockey!

Following the game all fans are welcome to join the Titans on the ice and skate with the players! Bring your skates, or use rentals provided by BIA at no cost.

$14.50 adults and $9 kids 10 and under

Online special of $13 adults and $7 for kids!

Sunday, January 29 at 4:30 PM - 8:05 PM

The Brewster Ice Arena
63 Fields Ln, Brewster, New York 10509

Facebook Event


keytocomputing@gmail.com (Danbury Titans) Neighbors Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:16:00 -0500
More than 300 Locals Attend Grand Opening of Hotel Zero & Terra Restaurant http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43013-more-than-300-locals-attend-grand-opening-of-hotel-zero-terra-restaurant43013-more-than-300-locals-attend-grand-opening-of-hotel-zero-terra-restaurant http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43013-more-than-300-locals-attend-grand-opening-of-hotel-zero-terra-restaurant43013-more-than-300-locals-attend-grand-opening-of-hotel-zero-terra-restaurant

 Thursday night the crowd rushed in to experience the long awaited Terra restaurant and Hotel Zero Degrees. There were over 300 people in attendance from Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Ridgefield and northern Westchester towns: Mahopac, Somers, Katonah and North Salem.

Special guests included:  Mayor Mark Boughton of Danbury and Stephen Bull, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Danbury Chamber.  “We are very grateful for the local support and enthusiasm and look forward to supporting the local community,” said Ramze Zakka, Owner of Terra restaurant and the Z Hospitality Group. “

Terra Ristorante served tastings of their diverse northern Italian restaurant and catering menus to include their assorted wood burning oven pizza, wild shrimp cocktail, baby vegetable crudité with chick pea hummus, potato and white truffle potato croquettes, beef empanadas with tomato and cilantro salsa, Kobe beef cheese burgers, baby lamb chops, imported cheese and fruit platters and much more.

Tours were provided throughout the night by the Hotel Zero Degrees team to view the variety of exciting new venues to host corporate meetings and special events from the ballroom, to the lobby, the restaurant and picturesque outdoor patio. 

Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury is conveniently located off I-84 and features 114 unique guest rooms including 27 extended stay suites in a relaxing natural setting. 

Terra is open seven days per week for lunch, dinner and brunch on Sundays. They offer happy hour specials daily and “Wine Appreciation Tuesday’s” where wine is discounted at 50%.

For reservations guests may call the restaurant at (203) 730-9595. For groups and catering (475) 329-5580 and for negotiated rates at the Hotel Zero Degrees (475) 329-5582. The hotel and restaurant are located at 15 Milestone Road in Danbury Connecticut.


Tarad@hamlethub.com (Mia Schipani) Places Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:56:53 -0500
Be My Valentine Bash at The Crowne Plaza Danbury http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43005-be-my-valentine-bash43005-be-my-valentine-bash http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43005-be-my-valentine-bash43005-be-my-valentine-bash

Be My Valentine Bash on Saturday, February 18 from 6pm to midnight at the Crowne Plaza Danbury

Grab your Valentine and join us for an evening of delectable food and dance the night away with Southern Voice. You'll get an open bar from 6PM-midnite, hor d'ouerves, dinner buffet and a chocolate explosion dessert buffet (link to menu below).

  • Sleeping Room Package - $199 per couple plus tax
  • Includes overnight accommodations welcome amenity – 2 PM check out next – Breakfast Buffet. 
  • Event Only Package - $139 per couple plus tax

Call Ardita Ismaili at 203.830.5165 to book! 
IMPORTANT: Please reference group code BMV when booking! 

**Full deposit required at time of booking, Cancellation with no penalty until 6 PM 2/17. **

Booking link: https://goo.gl/JcTMHK
Food & Beverage menu: https://goo.gl/rHdDD2

czanard@cpdanbury.com (Crowne Plaza Danbury) Events Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:11:44 -0500
Twelve Week Family-to-Family Class Starts February 16 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43007-twelve-week-family-to-family-class-starts-february-16-1484876445-148487644543007-twelve-week-family-to-family-class-starts-february-16-1484876445-1484876445 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43007-twelve-week-family-to-family-class-starts-february-16-1484876445-148487644543007-twelve-week-family-to-family-class-starts-february-16-1484876445-1484876445

 NAMI Southwest CT, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer NAMI’s Family-to-Family program beginning Thursday, Feb. 16 in Ridgefield.

NAMI Family-to-Family program is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The weekly course is open to families from Ridgefield, Redding, Wilton and Weston. It’s designed to help family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being.

Participants will learn about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions from trained teachers who also are family members who know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing.

The program will be held each Thursday for 12 weeks, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., in the Carriage House of Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main St. Ridgefield, CT.

Pre-registration is required.

For more information, contact:

Marc   - 203-940-2516, marcrabinowitz1@gmail.com

Or  Loraine -  203-858-1477, lorrainezegibe@gmail.com

marcrabinowitz1@gmail.com (Marc Rabinowitz) Events Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:08:39 -0500
Rep. Harding Appointed Chair of Young Legislators Caucus http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/43010-rep-harding-appointed-chair-of-young-legislators-caucus-148493858543010-rep-harding-appointed-chair-of-young-legislators-caucus-1484938585 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/43010-rep-harding-appointed-chair-of-young-legislators-caucus-148493858543010-rep-harding-appointed-chair-of-young-legislators-caucus-1484938585

State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) was recently appointed as the House Republican Chairman of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Young Legislators Caucus.

“I am honored to serve as Chairman and look forward to working with young legislators on both sides of the aisle to create legislation that helps incentivize our young professionals to grow their families and succeed here in the State of Connecticut,” said Rep. Harding. “This is an issue that is of the utmost importance to me.”

The Legislative Young Legislators Caucus is made up of both Senators and State Representatives who are 40 years old and younger. The group meets regularly to discuss issues and policies which impact younger Connecticut residents’ quality of life, including job creation, housing, the environment, public safety and higher education.

alyssa.dirubbo@cga.ct.gov (Alyssa Di Rubbo) Politics Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:06:59 -0500
Danbury ranks 27 in school spending amongst CT Towns http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43009-danbury-ranks-27-in-school-spending-amongst-ct-towns43009-danbury-ranks-27-in-school-spending-amongst-ct-towns http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43009-danbury-ranks-27-in-school-spending-amongst-ct-towns43009-danbury-ranks-27-in-school-spending-amongst-ct-towns

The quality of Danbury’s school system has a direct correlation to so much of what makes it a great town. Home values, crime, and family all receive a boost from a strong school system.

Every town has different thoughts on what portion of the town’s tax dollars should be spent on education. Much research has been done on the effectiveness of educational spending, and the effectiveness that additional spending has on a better quality education and school system.

Danbury currently spend $1,374,367 on education according to Connecticut State Comptroller, which represents a cost per student of $123.

Danbury has 11,157 students enrolled, which ranks 7 amongst the 202 school districts in Connecticut.

The amount that Danbury spends on education is $1,374,367, which ranks Danbury number 27 in educational spending of the 151 reporting towns in the state of CT.

auto@hamlethub.com (Karen Moore) Life Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:33:42 -0500
Program for Adults with Pre-diabetes to begin February 7 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43008-program-for-adults-with-pre-diabetes-to-begin-february-7th-148492143243008-program-for-adults-with-pre-diabetes-to-begin-february-7th-1484921432 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43008-program-for-adults-with-pre-diabetes-to-begin-february-7th-148492143243008-program-for-adults-with-pre-diabetes-to-begin-february-7th-1484921432


Regional YMCA of Western CT will offer The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – an innovative program proven to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes – at Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA) in downtown Ridgefield beginning February 7th.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. The year-long program will meet on Tuesdays starting February 7th at 11:00 am or 6:30 pm. A trained lifestyle coach helps participants learn tactics for healthy eating, physical activity, and other lifestyle changes. The goals in this program are to reduce body weight by 7% and to increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week during the first half of the program. 

The program is held in a group setting and this session will be led by trained lifestyle coach Barbara Newland, RVNA’s Director of Community Health & Wellness. Programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program have been shown to prevent or delay new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent and as much as 71 percent in adults over the age of 60.

“Currently, 86 million people - more than 1 out of 3 adults - have pre-diabetes,” said Lisa O’Connor, YMCA’s Wellness Coordinator and Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator.  “The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program empowers participants, who have or are considered at risk of developing pre-diabetes, to make lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing Type 2 diabetes,” she explained.

Registration is required and anyone with questions should contact Lisa O'Connor, Regional YMCA Program Coordinator at 203.775.4444 ext. 135 or loconnor@regionalymca.org.

About RVNA

Founded in 1914, RVNA is an accredited non-profit Medicare-certified home healthcare agency that also supports public health and safety, and promotes the highest quality of life. RVNA provides compassionate care to all individuals, whether young or old, through a continuum of care that encompasses health care at home and in the community. RVNA also provides home health aides and companionship through a non-medical subsidiary called HomeCare by RVNA and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy in its Rehab by RVNA facility at 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield.

To Contact RVNA

Call RVNA at 203-438-5555. Visit RVNA at www.ridgefieldvna.org.

lschroppe@ridgefieldvna.org (Lisa Fleming) Neighbors Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:10:32 -0500
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In a once-in-lifetime opportunity, ten students from Westside Middle School Academy and ten students from South Street Elementary School will contact the International Space Station next week to talk live with an astronaut in command.

On Jan. 27, students will have 10 minutes to speak with astronaut Shane Kimbrough in this rare opportunity accepted and scheduled by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). NASA selects 50 groups worldwide per year to contact the space station.

“This is a wonderful hands-on opportunity for our students, and I am thrilled that they are getting a chance to participate in the space program,” said Superintendent Dr. Sal Pascarella. “It allows them to dream of what roles they can play in the future in space exploration.”

Coordinated by NASA and Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS), the contact will be essentially through ham radio. Students will learn not only about life in space, but also about how radio communication works. Next Friday, students will opt for a telecom link to a ground station. After connecting via telephone to a ground station in Australia, the station will contact to the ISS via radio link.

To prepare for the event, students are gathering questions and learning to speak clearly and loudly, following radio procedure, such as saying “over” at the end of a question. There will be time for 16-20 questions. Under the guidance of WSMSA teacher Jon Neuhausel, the South Street Students will ask the first eight questions followed by questions from WSMSA students. Contact with the ISS will last approximately ten minutes.

Some of the questions include, “What types of microorganisms are dangerous in space?” “What type of medical testing does an astronaut have to go through to be fit for duty?” ‘How are you able to get internet in space and send information back and forth to Earth?” and “How do you handle major medical emergencies, such as a broken arm or heart attack?”

kerry@ducey.org (Robin Provey) Neighbors Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:07:38 -0500