Danbury's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:45:34 -0400 HamletHub.com NO HATE IN HAT CITY: March for Immigrant Rights & Worker Rights in Danbury http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43597-no-hate-in-hat-city-march-for-immigrant-rights-and-worker-rights43597-no-hate-in-hat-city-march-for-immigrant-rights-and-worker-rights http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43597-no-hate-in-hat-city-march-for-immigrant-rights-and-worker-rights43597-no-hate-in-hat-city-march-for-immigrant-rights-and-worker-rights

May 1st or May Day is International Workers Rights Day. On May 1st - a coalition of Danbury area community, social justice, labor and faith groups are coming together and rallying for workers and immigrant rights in Danbury! Join us to declare that Danbury should be a welcoming city for all!
 
“NO HATE IN HAT CITY: March for Immigrant Rights and Worker Rights"
Solidarity with all Workers
Monday, May 1st, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Gather at 4:00pm at Hispanic Center of Danbuty, 4 Harmony Street, Danbury, CT *** NEW LOCATION
March begins at 4:30pm. March down West St and turn on Main Street. Rally at Kennnedy Park
Rally at 5:00pm at Kennedy Park, 294 Main Street, Danbury, CT
Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/280993829019685/ and fliers attached
 
On May 1st - we will show the power of the Danbury community, workers, students and immigrants when we all come together. Join us!
 
Join us on May Day to proclaim that:
- Danbury should be a welcoming city for all
- Workers rights are immigrants rights, immigrants rights are workers rights
- all Danbury residents deserve to live a life with dignity and without fear
- All danbury residents deserve the right to bargain collectively for a living wage
 
On May 1st  - nationwide tens of thousands of workers, students, and immigrants are taking to the streets to demand permanent protection, dignity, and respect for our community. 
Where will you be on May 1st?
 
 
Partner orgs: Danbury Area Justice Network, CT Students for a Dream, UAW Region 9A, 32BJ SEIU, AFT Connecticut, Hispanic Center of Danbury and more!
 
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¡El primero de mayo esta a la vuelta de la esquina! ¡Nuestra Marcha y Concentracion para los derechos de Inmigrantes y trabajadores está cerca! Hemos tenido un cambio de ubicacion para el inicio de la marcha, por favor lea a continuación. La concentracion todavía sera en el mismo lugar, en Kennedy Park a las 5 pm.
 
El 1 de mayo es el Día Internacional de los Derechos de los Trabajadores. ¡El 1 de mayo - una coalición de la comunidad del área de Danbury, la justicia social, los trabajadores y los grupos de fe se están uniendo y reuniendo para los derechos de los trabajadores y de los inmigrantes en Danbury! Únase a nosotros para declarar que Danbury debe ser una ciudad acogedora para todos!
 
"Un día sin inmigrantes" -- Marcha por los derechos de los inmigrantes y los derechos de los trabajadores 
Solidaridad con todos los trabajadores
Lunes 1 de mayo ** 4pm - 6pm
Reúnanse a las 4:00 pm en el Centro Hispano de Danbury, 4 Harmony Street*** NUEVA UBICACIÓN
Marcha comenzara las 4:30 pm. Marcharemos hacia West St y giraremos en Main Street. Concentracion sera en el Parque Kennedy.
Reunete con nosotros a las 5:00 pm en Kennedy Park, 294 Main Street, Danbury, CT
 
 
El 1 de mayo - mostraremos el poder de la comunidad inmigrante. 
¡ÚNETE!
 
- Todos los residentes de Danbury tiene derecho a vivir una vida digna y sin miedo.
- Demostraremos que este país no puede funcionar sin inmigrantes.
- Los derechos de los trabajadores son derechos de los inmigrantes, los derechos de los inmigrantes son derechos de los trabajadores
 
El 1 de mayo, miles de trabajadores, estudiantes e inmigrantes de todo el país están saliendo a las calles para exigir protección permanente, dignidad y respeto a nuestra comunidad.
¿Dónde estarás el 1 de mayo?
 
 
Partner orgs: Danbury Area Justice Network, CT Students for a Dream, UAW Region 9A, 32BJ SEIU, AFT Connecticut, Hispanic Center of Danbury and more!
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carolina@ct4adream.org (Danbury Justice Network) Events Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:20:06 -0400
Microsoft Store in Danbury Celebrates National Small Business Week http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43598-microsoft-store-celebrates-national-small-business-week43598-microsoft-store-celebrates-national-small-business-week http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43598-microsoft-store-celebrates-national-small-business-week43598-microsoft-store-celebrates-national-small-business-week

Join the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce at the Microsoft Store at Danbury Fair Mall for a full week of FREE events in support of National Small Business Week April 30th-May 6th. Guest Speakers will share valuable information about the tools and resources you need to move your business forward and, everyone who attends the presentations will receive a complimentary Head Shot for your LinkedIn account from professional photographer Kristen Jensen! **You must attend the presentation to be eligible!

Workshops include:
May 1st, 8-10am - Entrepreneur Expo: Talk to the Experts presented by Nelson Merchan of the CT SBDC. Hear from the secrets of success from 5 local entrepreneurs

May 2nd, 8-10am - Successful Email Marketing presented by Solutions for Growth. Learn how to get more business using the Inbox

May 3rd, 5-7pm - Using LinkedIn to Grow your Business presented by Microsoft

May 5th, 8-10am -Your Image is Your Brand presented by Kristen Jensen.

For workshop times and details go to MicrosoftStore.com/Danbury or contact the Chamber at 203-743-5565 or info@danburychamber.com

All are welcome!

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joann@danburychamber.com (JoAnn Cueva) Places Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:18:12 -0400
Employment Opportunity at Ann's Place: Event Specialist http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43599-employment-opportunity-at-ann-s-place-event-specialist43599-employment-opportunity-at-ann-s-place-event-specialist http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43599-employment-opportunity-at-ann-s-place-event-specialist43599-employment-opportunity-at-ann-s-place-event-specialist

Ann's Place is hiring an Events Specialist

Ann’s Place is a nonprofit that provides comfort and support to people living with cancer and their loved ones living in Connecticut and Hudson Valley New York.  We help inspire people to create solutions which will strengthen and sustain them. Our clinical social workers, facilitators, and wellness experts provide professional counseling, wellness activities, support groups, and resources. Through the support of the philanthropic community we are able to provide these services to 1,300 clients and their loved ones at no charge.

 Position Description:

The Events Specialist reports to the Director of Development and works closely with the President, Board of Directors, staff members, volunteers, event committees of the Board and in the community to further the revenue development goals of our 501 (c) (3) non-profit agency. The position is full-time with work to be performed from our main offices in Danbury, with some meetings and events at other locations.

Specific Responsibilities:

·         Responsible for developing the plan and overall budget, revenue and expenditures, and implementation of all ticketed events (five major events a year) for Ann’s place, including:

o   Cultivation, recruitment and management of event committee members, together with event committee chair, and coordinates with the Volunteer Coordinator to adequately staff the events.

o   Maximizes revenue through sponsorships, ticket sales, adds and other revenue opportunities

o   Site negotiations and all site logistics such as food, supplies, signage, etc, coordinating with other Ann’s Place team members.

o   Coordinates with accounting team to ensure proper payment handling can be accomplished (equipment, power connections, etc).

o   Managing event publicity

o   Oversees all logistics such as attendance tracking, program book content, written acknowledgements.

o   Provides regular updates on progress to Director of Development and President-CEO and tracks budget including gross and net projections and final actual.

·         Builds awareness of Ann’s Place in various communities and sectors through attending networking meetings, exhibits at local service clubs and community organizations; manages dissemination of awareness materials to educate population on services and e-blasts for events; works to increase attendance at events including open houses, other seminar and workshop events; works to increase commemorative donations (e.g. bricks)

·         Responsible for all Community 3rd Party benefits: is primary contact point for Ann’s Place community benefits activities, manages the scheduling, ensures Ann’s Place involvement and coordinates with the Volunteer Coordinator any volunteer needs for their event, and works to increase number and yield of community benefits; together with Director of Development evaluates annual plan for community benefits.

·         Will work with the Director of Development to standardize support systems for 3rd party events and train a volunteer team who can be Ann’s Place liaisons for these 20-40 events a year.

·         Together with Director of Development, responsible for agency event advertising, overall plan for the year, budget management, selection of publicity options; prepares press releases, maintains media contacts;

·         Ensure that the Ann’s Place website, social media channels and marketing materials are up to date with accurate event information, fresh video and photo content.

·         Works toward skill-sharing so that more than one Ann’s Place staff person has required knowledge of all types of web-site and social media up-dates.

·         Responsible for materials stored for use in events; anticipate volume and assist other office staff involved in managing materials.

·         Able to work flexible hours including, evenings and weekends.

·         Perform other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, hospitality, communications or related field.

·         3 – 5 years of relevant work experience in all aspects of event planning and execution.

·         Organizational skills and attention to detail a must.

·         Excellent time management skills.

·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

·         Enthusiastic, positive and full of energy.

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

·         Negotiation skills when looking for the best price from venues, suppliers and contractors.

·         Excellent time-management skills and the ability to work under pressure to ensure the efficient running of an event.

·         Strong working knowledge of social media.

·         Proficient with computer skills, word processing, spreadsheets, etc. (MSWord, MSExcel, PowerPoint).

·          Additionally beneficial if candidate has familiarity with design programs such as Adobe Suite.

Salary level $45k - $50k

Ann's Place is an equal opportunity employer.

Send resume and cover letter to matt@annsplace.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ann's Place) Places Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:59:20 -0400
Danbury 2017-18 school year to start after Labor Day http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43596-danbury-2017-18-school-year-to-start-after-labor-day43596-danbury-2017-18-school-year-to-start-after-labor-day http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43596-danbury-2017-18-school-year-to-start-after-labor-day43596-danbury-2017-18-school-year-to-start-after-labor-day

 

Danbury Public Schools Announce 1st Day of Classes is September 5                  

Due to construction at Danbury High School, Danbury Public Schools will hold the first day of classes on Tuesday, Sept. 5, for the 2017-2018 school year. It will be a full school day.

The plan will be to return to a start date in late August the following school year.

“Construction at the high school has been moving along according to schedule,” said Superintendent Dr. Sal Pascarella, “but we just need an extra week to assure that the building is ready to accommodate students at the beginning of school. We have made adjustments to the entire calendar to ensure that the school year is not unnecessarily extended to make up for the late start.”

Two days have been added to the new school calendar: a half day of school is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving break, and a full day on Tuesday, Feb. 20, following President’s Day.

With the late start date and not considering five snow days, the tentative last day of school for students will be June 15, 2018.

The new start date will not affect the Early Release days for purposes of Professional Development that were built into last year’s calendar.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Robin Provey) Life Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:12:02 -0400
St Thomas Episcopal hosting Sing-A-Thon to Benefit Bethel Food Pantry http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43590-st-thomas-episcopal-hosting-sing-a-thon-to-benefit-bethel-food-pantry-149331000143590-st-thomas-episcopal-hosting-sing-a-thon-to-benefit-bethel-food-pantry-1493310001 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43590-st-thomas-episcopal-hosting-sing-a-thon-to-benefit-bethel-food-pantry-149331000143590-st-thomas-episcopal-hosting-sing-a-thon-to-benefit-bethel-food-pantry-1493310001

What could be better than great live music?   Great live music for a great cause!

A Sing-a-Thon showcasing top local talent will take place on Saturday, May 13, to benefit the Bethel Community Food Pantry (BCFP).

Individuals and groups, from kids to adults, will perform at historic St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Audience members may come and go any time between songs.

Sing-a-Thon admission is free, and only monetary donations -- cash and checks payable to Bethel Community Food Pantry-- will be received at the door.  BCFP is an all-volunteer, non-profit providing food, paper goods and toiletries to Bethel residents in need. 

“Your Sing-a-thon contribution of just $10 will allow the pantry to stock the shelves with staples like nearly 200 pounds of rice, ten jars of spaghetti sauce, or a case of canned fruits and vegetables,” BCFP president Steve Deuschle said.

“We’re very grateful to St. Thomas’ for hosting this tremendous event to help Bethel residents in need,” Deuschle added. “Seeing the community come together to support the pantry’s work is so rewarding—and we're touched by St. Thomas’ kindness, energy, and generosity.”

Here’s the line-up:

10:30   Anne Ktorides

11:00   St. Thomas’ Singers

11:45   Tony Arcamone with Sandra Chadwick and Kathy Whipple

Noon   St. Mary’s Children’s Choir, Karen Mattera, Director

12:30   Two for the Road

1:00     Jane Mead with William Piciulli, Russ Preston and Jim Moriarty

1:30     Kyle Ledoux

2:00     The Chamber Singers of the Connecticut Choral Society, Ron Dukenski, Director

2:30     Lenny Levine

3:00     Danbury Music Center Madrigals

3:45     Lara Schuler

4:15     Olivia Hirsch  

4:30     Steve O’Tree & Friends

St. Thomas’ is located at 95 Greenwood Avenue, across from Caraluzzi’s Bethel Food Market. 

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judiital@sbcglobal.net (Judi Perkins) Charities Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:12:59 -0400
WCSU Justice and Law Society to unveil Law Enforcement Memory Garden http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43595-wcsu-justice-and-law-society-to-unveil-law-enforcement-memory-garden43595-wcsu-justice-and-law-society-to-unveil-law-enforcement-memory-garden http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43595-wcsu-justice-and-law-society-to-unveil-law-enforcement-memory-garden43595-wcsu-justice-and-law-society-to-unveil-law-enforcement-memory-garden

The Western Connecticut State University Justice and Law Society will host an unveiling ceremony of a "Law Enforcement Memory Garden" at noon on Wednesday, May 3, at the Alumni Clock outside the Classroom Building on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event is free and open to the public. Police departments from the university, Ridgefield and Danbury, as well as other agencies selected by the Justice and Law Society, will also be in attendance. A small reception following the ceremony will be held under the Alumni Pavilion. Refreshments will be served.

Justice and Law Society students, most of whom are Justice and Law Administration majors, voted to create a law enforcement memory garden for the area they adopted as part of the university's adopt-a-spot program. The garden will have a small law enforcement memorial flag in place for each law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Presently, there will be 37 flags, but according to WCSU Professor of Justice and Law Administration Terrance Dwyer, "Yearly totals go in the range of 135-165." There also will be a marble stone in place with an inscription and landscaping with flowers.

Dwyer is an adviser to the Justice and Law Society and explained how the club decided on the garden. "Many of the members of the Justice & Law Society at WCSU either have family who are in law enforcement or they themselves aspire to join the ranks of law enforcement. At a meeting of the student club our secretary, Robert Weinberg, proposed the idea and club members joined in support. It has really been a total club effort under the leadership of club president Michael O'Sullivan and vice president Rebecca Sargeant. The club has benefited from the donation of time and services from local businesses, and the students have shown a lot of initiative in getting this project completed."

For more information, email Dwyer at dwyert@wcsu.edu

*Photo shows WCSU Professor of Justice and Law Administration Terry Dwyer; Justice and Law Society members Michael O'Sullivan, Violet Lisi and Rebecca Sargeant; and Mark Buzzetto from Brewster Flower Garden (which donated the flowers and landscaping materials);  (kneeling): Justice and Law Society member Robert Weinberg, holding the engraved plaque in the garden the club created.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (WCSU) Places Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:05:50 -0400
An Evening in the Garden Charity Gala Supports Ability Beyond http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43593-an-evening-in-the-garden-charity-gala-supports-ability-beyond43593-an-evening-in-the-garden-charity-gala-supports-ability-beyond http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43593-an-evening-in-the-garden-charity-gala-supports-ability-beyond43593-an-evening-in-the-garden-charity-gala-supports-ability-beyond

When the idea for Ability Beyond was planted by a small group of Connecticut parents more than 60 years ago; they could only dream it would grow to become a model program for  people with disabilities. Today, with over 3,000 adults across New York and Connecticut benefiting from services, the nonprofit is at the forefront of developing innovative programs and best practices that are being recognized and adopted on a national level.

“Ability Beyond has pioneered ways to help people with physical and mental disabilities to discover their full potential and become an integral part of their communities,” said Jane Davis, President and CEO of Ability Beyond. “Our new exciting venture is becoming leaders in creating state of the art environments for those aging with disabilities to address a rapidly growing part of our population.”

In support of their efforts, the organization will be holding an “An Evening in the Garden” gala on Saturday April 29, 2017 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, Connecticut. The annual gala is Ability Beyond’s largest fundraising event, attracting close to 600 guests each year. The money raised will allow Ability Beyond to continue to provide critical supports to those in Fairfield, New Haven, Litchfield, and Hartford counties in Connecticut and Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties in New York. 

The black-tie evening will feature both silent and live auctions, raffles, dinner and awards and dancing. Musical entertainment will be provided by Nik and the Nice Guys. The co-chairs of this year’s event are Jim and Laura Kennedy. The Kennedy’s have a long history of supporting Ability Beyond and Jim has recently become a member of the Board of Trustees.

Gregory Smith, another long-time supporter of Ability Beyond, will receive the Robert S. Young Humanitarian award. This award is given by the Young Family in memory of Robert S. Young, an early member of the Board of Directors of Ability Beyond.

The local business community is showing its support through sponsorship of the event. Diamond Sponsors, the highest level available, include Colonial Automobile Group, Maplewood Senior Living, and Pepsi.

The gala will be held at the Amber Room located at 1 Stacey Rd from 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm. For ticket information, please contact Meaghan Gilmore at (203)826-3019.

Through innovative community job training and placement, supported living, and recreational and educational opportunities, Ability Beyond helps thousands of people with disabilities each year, to live full and rewarding lives. Ability Beyond has headquarter facilities in Bethel, CT and Chappaqua, NY. Its network of over 100 community based residential programs spreads throughout western CT and the Hudson Valley region. Other satellite locations providing day and employment services are located in Norwalk, Guilford and Plainville, CT.

Ability Beyond is a 501{c} (3) organization headquartered in Bethel, Conn. and Chappaqua, N.Y. It provides a wide range of services for over 3,000 people with a disability that inhibits their activities of daily living -- including numerous residential alternatives, employment training, career counseling, job placement services, cognitive and life skills instruction, clinical and therapeutic support, and volunteer and recreational activities. Today, its services extend far beyond the Danbury community into much of Connecticut and the Hudson Valley, New York. For more information about Ability Beyond go to www.abilitybeyond.org.

PHOTO: The annual gala hosted by nonprofit Ability Beyond will be held on April 29 in Danbury. The event raises funds to support programs for those with disabilities and recognizes outstanding volunteers. 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Charities Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:27:44 -0400
Cultural Alliance of Western CT Announces New Board Members http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43591-cultural-alliance-of-western-ct-announces-new-board-members43591-cultural-alliance-of-western-ct-announces-new-board-members http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43591-cultural-alliance-of-western-ct-announces-new-board-members43591-cultural-alliance-of-western-ct-announces-new-board-members

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, looks to strengthen its support to the region (Danbury, Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, and Sherman) with five new Board members, selected to build on its strong foundation. Executive Director Lisa Scails, now serving on the Private Sector Network Advisory Team of the Americans for the Arts, is enthused by the future. "With our welcomed new Board members, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is poised to expand partnerships with business, increase access to and equity for the arts, and strengthen our key commitment to regional arts promotion", she says. 

The pARTnership Movement, an initiative from the Americans for the Arts to reach business leaders with the message that partnering with the arts can build their competitive advantage, has inspired the Cultural Alliance's next steps. Partnering with local Chambers of Commerce is among its prime goals. The opportunity for growth and the potential to create dynamic, mutually beneficial partnerships that diversify audiences and build sustainable support networks, rooted in local communities, is ever increasing, and the Cultural Alliance has adopted this model.

The new members to the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut's Board of Directors, who support the concepts of partnership with and for business, are: 

NICOLE ALMEDIA

owner, Arthur Murray of Danbury

Born in Danbury and raised in Brookfield, Nicole graduated from UMASS Amherst with a degree in Communications in 2005.  As a way to stay active while looking for her career job, she started a training class at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Danbury in May of that same year (the business was started by her parents in May of 1979) and she never looked back. She became a franchisee in 2008, and then started a second business, Dance Dynamix, in January of 2016 - especially to apply her love and knowledge of dance to focus on children.  She also is a mentor through Danbury Youth Services and a member of the newly created group, Danbury Select, which is a group of entrepreneurs focused on the growth and expansion of Downtown Danbury.

ROBERT CRAWFORD

professional artist

A resident of Woodbury, Robert is an illustrator and fine artist, working in his own unique style influenced by magic realism and

the regionalism of post-World War Two artists like Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton. His work has been featured on the covers of major magazines such as Fortune, Business Week, The Atlantic,  U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek and Rolling Stone. He recently finished his fourth children’s book. A previous book, The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain, reached #1 on the regional best-seller list. He includes two LL Bean Christmas covers in his portfolio and was chosen by the German car maker, Volkswagen, to do six paintings for a book which

celebrated Volkswagen's 50th anniversary. He's participated in a United Nation's show on the environment, that painting featured on CBS's Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.

HAL KURFEHS

Vice President of Coldwell Banker Commercial Scalzo Group, Bethel

Hal oversees commercial, investment, industrial sales and leasing, development, and has worked in commercial real estate sales for 26 years. Hal is a multiple recipient of the prestigious CoStar Power Broker Award for the Westchester/Southern Connecticut market. He is a past President of the statewide Commercial Investment Division (CID), Connecticut Association of Realtors, a state director of CID, and a past president of the Greater Danbury CID. He is also Chairman of the Western Connecticut Economic Development Alliance (WCEDA), Chairman of the Brookfield Economic Development Commission, serves on the Advisory Board and is a Corporator for Fairfield County Bank and was past Vice Chairman of the Brookfield Planning Commission. 

JENNIFER MALONE-SEIXAS

Vice President of the Filosa Facilities, Danbury

Jennifer A. Malone-Seixas has been the Administrator of Hancock Hall since June 2011. She was named long-term care “Student of the Year” from the University of Connecticut, School of Business, in April 2011.  Earlier in her career, Jennifer worked as an educator and program coordinator for the Museum of Modern Art and as a sommelier at various restaurants in NYC.  While the area of healthcare takes Jennifer a distance from her training in the arts and education, joining the team at Hancock Hall and Filosa has proven to be the right choice, continuing to bring the arts to the elderly and home bound.

IVAL STRATFORD-KOVNER

professional artist

Bethel resident, Ival  has been an artist and arts educator for many decades, teaching in various universities and museums in the New England Area.  Receiving a BFA from Boston University and after starting graduate studies, a position as Art Director for St. Croix Country Day School in the US Virgin Islands opened up,  and Ival spent several years teaching and scuba diving in the islands.  Colorful watercolors with a tropical feel resulted from those years where she taught art for grades 1-12. She returned to earn a Masters in Education  at WCSU, while teaching full time in Harlem NYC at Public School 92.  Her work has been exhibited internationally at Oxford University, France, Italy, Germany and Scotland, and she hopes to exhibit at the 70th Anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival.  Art therapy and equine therapy remain ongoing concerns of Ival. Her most recent show was at Danbury City Hall through the Cultural Alliance's Accessible Art program where she exhibited her large scale charcoal horse drawings from her days as a trooper/historian for the Governor’s Horse Guard in Newtown.

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut depends largely on community support for its programs and services.  Contact Lisa Scails to volunteer or to donate at lscails@cawct.org. For more information,  call (203) 798 0760 or visit www.artswesternct.org

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Neighbors Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:41:32 -0400
RVNA Health Source: Green Spaces Linked with Improved Health http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43589-rvna-health-source-green-spaces-linked-with-improved-health43589-rvna-health-source-green-spaces-linked-with-improved-health http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43589-rvna-health-source-green-spaces-linked-with-improved-health43589-rvna-health-source-green-spaces-linked-with-improved-health

Many studies have been done to evaluate the positive benefits of green space on an individual’s mental and physical wellbeing. People living in areas with higher levels of green vegetation have been found to have lower levels of depression, increased social engagement and higher levels of physical activity. Being in or near nature helps to alleviate mental fatigue and restore the mind, which can improve job and school performance and help to reduce mental stress and illness.

One study from the Harvard School of Public Health of 100,000 women nationwide determined that women living in the highest levels of “greenness” had a 12% lower rate of death compared to women who lived in the least green areas. The mental and physical health benefits can be attributed to many factors. Less depression could be the result of more time spent outside in green spaces, providing greater exposure to vitamin D which helps to reduce depression.

Green spaces also invite people outdoors where they are more physically active and therefore, likely to be healthier. Exercise also improves cognitive function, learning, and memory. Outdoor activities can help to alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. In addition, greener environments generally have lower levels of pollution, meaning that the risk of respiratory disease may be reduced. So regularly step outside and enjoy nature. It’s greening up all around us and it’s good for your health!

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.

Visit RVNA at www.ridgefieldvna.org

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Life Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:05:35 -0400
Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 SilverSource Awards http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43580-now-accepting-nominations-for-the-2017-silversource-awards-149320809543580-now-accepting-nominations-for-the-2017-silversource-awards-1493208095 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43580-now-accepting-nominations-for-the-2017-silversource-awards-149320809543580-now-accepting-nominations-for-the-2017-silversource-awards-1493208095

SilverSource – a leader in advocating for the needs of older adults and their families– announced today that it is now accepting nominations for the 2017 SilverSource Awards.  The awards celebrate the exceptional advancements and meaningful contributions made in improving the lives of adults over age 60 throughoutFairfield County by volunteers, individuals, businesses and organizations.  There is no cost to enter.  Nominations may be made by visiting SilverSource.org and are due by June 1, 2017. Awards will be presented during the 3rd Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast at the Italian Center of Stamford this fall.

“As a leader in advocating for older adults and their families, we are proud to recognize those who are part of this expanding movement of innovation, advocacy and caring, for the benefit and quality of life of older members of our communities, said Kathleen Bordelon, Executive Director for SilverSource, Inc.  “These awards celebrate the advancements, actions, and programs that qualitatively improve the lives of older people, keeping them healthier, safe, engaged, and more independent.”   

Award Details

The SilverSource Community Service Volunteer Award is given to an outstanding volunteer age 50 or over who is sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of older adults. 

The SilverSource Contribution to Community Award is given to an outstanding individual, as well as an outstanding organization or business that provides significant improvements to the region as a place to live and retire.

Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now open to volunteers, individuals, organizations, businesses and groups or collaborative initiatives that contribute to the lives of older adults.  All nominations will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of community, business and thought leaders. All achievements, accomplishments or service on which nominations are based must reflect the SilverSource vision and mission. The Awards recognize high impact programs and initiatives in Fairfield County.  There is no cost to enter.

The SilverSource mission is to advance the dignity, independence and quality of life of older adults by providing guidance for families and supportive services to those who are in need, by engaging in community partnerships and by advocating for sound public policies.  SilverSource envisions a society that ensures older adults have the resources to live independent, healthy and fulfilled lives. 

How to Enter

For more information about the SilverSource Awards, or to make a nomination, visit www.SilverSource.org/Awards.  Enter your nomination by using the online form, or download a PDF with full details and email it to Awards@SilverSource.org or fax it to 203-324-3787.  Questions may be directed to Linda Christensen, (203) 324-6584.  The deadline to submit a nomination is June 1, 2016, and the awards will be presented at the 3rd Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast in October.

“Communities, businesses and individuals are responding to the needs of older adults and contributing to their quality of life.  It is important to recognize these efforts so that others learn about them and are inspired to participate in activities that promote vibrant aging and create more livable communities,” said Bordelon. 

About SilverSource, Inc.

SilverSource, formerly known as Senior Services of Stamford, was founded in 1908. It is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides information, financial support, and other services that positively improve the quality of life for people over age 60 while serving as a resource center and referral source for older adults and their families. Its mission is to advance the dignity, independence and quality of life of older adults by providing guidance for families and supportive services to those who are in need, by engaging in community partnerships and by advocating for sound public policies.  SilverSource envisions a society that ensures older adults have the resources to live independent, healthy and fulfilled lives and is located at 2009 Summer Street in Stamford, CT 06905.  For more information visit www.silversource.org or call 203.324.6584.

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Nutmegers@optonline.net (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:16:33 -0400
RVNA Presents Zika Awareness: What You Need to Know on May 18 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43582-rnva-presents-zika-awareness-what-you-need-to-know-149321098443582-rnva-presents-zika-awareness-what-you-need-to-know-1493210984 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43582-rnva-presents-zika-awareness-what-you-need-to-know-149321098443582-rnva-presents-zika-awareness-what-you-need-to-know-1493210984

Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA) is holding an education event on the topic of the Zika virus just in time for the summer travel season.  “Zika Awareness: What You Need to Know” will be held on Thursday, May 18th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the RVNA office, 27 Governor Street in downtown Ridgefield. April Rodriquez, RN, RVNA Community Health & Wellness Nurse, will be the speaker. Attendees will learn all about this mosquito-borne illness, such as who is at risk, how it is transmitted, the symptoms, and precautions that may help a person avoid contracting it. This event is free and open to the public. To register, please call RVNA at 203.438.5555.

About The Speaker

April Rodriguez, RN received a BA from the University of Connecticut and an ADN from Norwalk Community College.  Her background includes working in dermatology, general surgery, and long-term care. She is currently Community Health & Wellness RN at RVNA.

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.

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lschroppe@ridgefieldvna.org (Lisa Fleming) Events Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:49:00 -0400
College Student Housing Being Developed In Downtown Waterbury http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43583-college-student-housing-being-developed-in-downtown-waterbury-149321480743583-college-student-housing-being-developed-in-downtown-waterbury-1493214807 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43583-college-student-housing-being-developed-in-downtown-waterbury-149321480743583-college-student-housing-being-developed-in-downtown-waterbury-1493214807

Waterbury Student Housing Developer Mr. Joe Gramando (r), the owner of Green Hub Development Corporation LLC, hosted an information booth during the UCONN Admitted Students Open House event at the campus on Saturday, April 22.

Assisting Mr. Gramando with the booth were student Efrain Torres III and Mrs. Barbara Gramando. Green Hub Development is currently renovating the 75,000 square foot historic Brown Building at 20 East Main Street in Waterbury to provide fully-furnished luxury one and two-bedroom group suites for 98 students plus retail stores located less than 100 feet from UCONN.

The two-story premier Art Deco building is located in Exchange Place directly across from the Waterbury Green and main UCONN building. Each suite features a living area, full kitchen, two bathrooms, public lounges, study areas, laundry facilities, central heating and air conditioning, and state-of-the-art security system.The Brown Building will house incoming college students beginning August 2017.

For information and availability, visit www.BrownBuildingLiving.com or contact Green Hub Development Corporation at 203-598-0300.

                                                                                                                                  

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brancom@westnet.com (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Neighbors Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:12:03 -0400
Danbury Youth Services will host its 3rd Annual Spin-a-Thon fundraiser on Saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43584-spin-for-kids-this-saturday43584-spin-for-kids-this-saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43584-spin-for-kids-this-saturday43584-spin-for-kids-this-saturday

Danbury Youth Services will host its 3rd Annual Spin-a-Thon fundraiser on Saturday, April 29 at S.E.T. Gym in Danbury.

The event will run from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., with five one-hour sessions led by spin instructors
John Mattio and Tonya Felton. Each session has its own theme and set of challenges.

The schedule is as follows:

7 a.m.–8 a.m.         Rock of Ages with John

8 a.m.–9 a.m.         Alpe d'Huez Climb with John

9 a.m.–10 a.m.    Michael Jackson Ride with Tonya

10 a.m.–11 a.m.    Pop*Star Ride with Tonya

11 a.m.–12 p.m.    Paced Teammate Ride with John

Participants may choose to take part in as many sessions as they'd like, with a minimum donation of $25 per session. All proceeds will support DYS programs for at-risk youth in the Greater Danbury area.

Healthy refreshments will be provided for participants, and chair massages will be available. There will also be a raffle of a gift card for a personal fitting and outfit selection from lululemon.

Online registration is available at www.danburyyouthservices.org. Participants are encouraged to register in advance, although they may also sign up at the door.

The DYS Spin-a-Thon is generously sponsored by Praxair, with additional support from Wells Fargo, Cartus, Snyder Civil Engineering, Lamnia International and S.E.T. Gym.

Danbury Youth Services, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency designated as the Youth Services Bureau for the City of Danbury. The agency offers after-school programs, one-on-one mentoring, youth employment services, and a licensed psychiatric clinic. Its mission is to strengthen youth and families by fostering hope and teaching the skills necessary to lead a positive and productive life.

For more information on DYS programs, please visit www.danburyyouthservices.org or call (203) 748-2936.

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pontecanning@att.net (Danbury Youth Services) Charities Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:10:36 -0400
Bob Dylan Tribute Concert in New Milford on May 20 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43578-dylan-new-milford-243578-dylan-new-milford-2 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43578-dylan-new-milford-243578-dylan-new-milford-2

A Bob Dylan tribute concert will be the May 20 concert at the Merryall Center in New Milford. Following two sold-out concerts in Westport, The Suzanne Sheridan Band will be on stage at Merryall in tribute to the great American rock poet Bob Dylan on his selection for the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. The concert will take place Saturday May 20 at 8 pm at the Merryall.

The Nobel Prize honored Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." He is the first musician ever to win the award and the first American to win in the literature category since Toni Morrison won in 1993. The New York Times called it “perhaps the most radical choice in history stretching back to 1901" when the first Nobels were awarded.

Over a career that has spanned more than five decades, Dylan has written songs in many genres, from folk, blues and country to rock, English folk, jazz and the Great American Songbook. In the 60’s, Songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems of the civil rights and anti-war movements. Later, he composed beautiful love songs, such as “Make You Feel My Love,” first commercially released by Billy Joel in 1997 under the title "To Make You Feel My Love" before Dylan's version appeared later that same year. It has since been covered by numerous performers and has proved to be a commercial success for recording artists such as Adele, Garth Brooks, Bryan Ferry and Kelly Clarkson. Two covers of the song (one by Garth Brooks and one by Trisha Yearwood) were featured on the soundtrack of the 1998 film Hope Floats. Dylan eventually released the song as a single.

“A lot of his songs are amazing,” Sheridan says, but she especially likes “To Make You Feel My Love” for the “sensitivity” displayed by it. Another of her favorites is “It Ain’t Me Babe,” which shows the cynical side of Dylan’s personality. His output has always been characterized by what Sheridan calls “telling the truth to power” and also by a “poetic spirituality.” Dylan’s list of accolades is a long one. In addition to the Nobel, he has received 11 Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a special Pulitzer Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. He is also a member of several music halls of fame, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Sheridan will be covering the Dylan songs that capture “the essence of who Dylan is.” These most l will include “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rollin’ Stone,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’, ” “I Shall Be Released,” “You Gotta Serve Somebody,” “Masters of War,” “Forever Young,” “Lay Lady Lay,” “Just Like a Woman,” and “Hey Mr. Tambourine Man.” Sheridan might even take on an imitation of Dylan’s scratchy, high-pitched vocalizations.  

Sheridan will be joined by musicians Bob Cooper on keyboard and organ; Colin Healy on harmonica, mandolin and fiddle; drummer Jake Habegger; and Paul Horton on lead guitar, a well-known Nashville studio musician.

This will be Sheridan’s first appearance at Merryall. She and Merryall artist Rob Brereton performed together in October 2016 at the Westport Historical Society’s very popular folk series, Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s. In addition to her Dylan concert, she and her band have done concerts featuring the music of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen (her personal favorites), Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, James Taylor, Carly Simon, and Pete Seeger in addition to leading singer-songwriter circles. She has been to Australia and Canada with the Mitchell/Cohen show and has performed several times at Voices Café. Her concerts at Voices Café have proven to be their highest grossing concerts since the inception of the series, beating out such notables as Peter Yarrow and Cheryl Wheeler. It is time that the Merryall audience finds out whyl. 

The Merryall Center is located at 8 Chapel Hill Rd., New Milford, CT 06776. There is parking available in the lot next to the Merryall Center and in the field across the street where the Merryall Chapel is located. The phone number is 860-354-7264

For tickets to Suzanne Sheridan and The "Bob Dylan Tribute Concert” click here: Sheridan/Dylan concert. The date is Saturday May 20 at 8 pm and tickets are $10. For further information on Suzanne Sheridan, visit her website at Suzanne Sheridan Music.

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rozannegates@optonline.net (Rozanne Gates) Events Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:11:25 -0400
Community Compassion Forum at Danbury Democratic Headquarters on Saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43579-community-compassion-forum-at-danbury-democratic-headquarters-on-saturday43579-community-compassion-forum-at-danbury-democratic-headquarters-on-saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43579-community-compassion-forum-at-danbury-democratic-headquarters-on-saturday43579-community-compassion-forum-at-danbury-democratic-headquarters-on-saturday

The first in a series of outreach initiatives sponsored by the Danbury Democratic Town Committee Social Justice Task Force will take place on Saturday, April 29 at Danbury Democratic Headquarters.

On Saturday, April 29th, the Social Justice Task Force of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee is hosting a "Community of Compassion Forum", the first of a planned series to engage with citizens and to discuss issues that impact, and are relevant to, Danbury neighborhoods and communities. The gathering is scheduled for 10:00am to 12:00pm noon at the Danbury Democratic Headquarters, 161 Main Street, Danbury. Light refreshments will be served. Metered and garage parking is readily available nearby. 

"This series gives us a unique opportunity to help frame the future of the Democrat Party in Danbury", says Gene Eriquez, DDTC Chairman. "We want to listen to your concerns and respond to a strong and collective voice". Those who wish to attend are urged to  R.S.V.P. here

About the Social Justice Task Force
 
In October 2016, a small group of members of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee started meeting for the purpose of putting together a platform of issues for the local Democratic Party members to speak to in 2017. An overview of Social Justice Issues was compiled, using resources like the Democratic National Committee and Black Lives Matter.  After the national election results, it became apparent that there were real community concerns about the issues the DDTC was looking at. But, rather than speculate what the DDTC members thought were the relevant issues for Danburians, the Social Justice Task Force members reached out to local activists groups, e.g., the Danbury Area Justice Network, CT Students for a Dream, and Act Together CT-Northern Fairfield County, to expand the conversation.  Since the beginning of the year, the expanded group has been meeting regularly.  The results of the meeting have produced a community survey which will be launched at the "Community of Compassion Forum" on April 29th. The Social Justice Task Force will use the results of the survey to compile a proactive, working list of issues that the Democratic Party will address in 2017, focusing in particular on the upcoming municipal elections.
 
With questions or for more information, call (203) 778 3661 or email info@danburydemocrats.com
 
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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Ted Killmer) Events Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:24:57 -0400