Danbury's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:26:53 -0500 HamletHub.com Praxair Recognized for Exceptional Performance by The Wall Street Journal and Forbes http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/44712-praxair-recognized-for-exceptional-performance-by-the-wall-street-journal-and-forbes44712-praxair-recognized-for-exceptional-performance-by-the-wall-street-journal-and-forbes http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/44712-praxair-recognized-for-exceptional-performance-by-the-wall-street-journal-and-forbes44712-praxair-recognized-for-exceptional-performance-by-the-wall-street-journal-and-forbes

DANBURY, Conn., December 18, 2017 – Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) announced it was recently named to The Wall Street Journal’s Management Top 250 as well as the Forbes JUST 100, recognizing the company for its exceptional performance.

The Wall Street Journal’s Management Top 250 list (http://on.wsj.com/2it5yTn) recognizes the most effectively-managed companies in the United States based on customer satisfaction, employee engagement and development, innovation, social responsibility and financial strength. Praxair ranked 100 on the list and fifth in its sector. These metrics reflect the teachings of the late Peter Drucker, a renowned business leader and Wall Street Journal columnist who favored a holistic approach to evaluating business management performance. Each company listed in the Management Top 250 represents one of the highest scorers out of the 608 U.S. companies reviewed.

Praxair was also named to Forbes Magazine’s JUST 100, a list of America’s most JUST companies. The company was selected as the top performer in the chemical sector and was ranked 31st overall. Praxair was one of 10 companies ranked first among all sectors in the "Products” segment, which includes criteria such as: Makes Products that are Beneficial to Health, Environment or Society; Makes Quality Products and Provides Fair Pricing. Praxair was also recognized for outperforming its chemical sector peers on such criteria as Commitment to Work-Life Balance, Environmentally Responsible Management, Commitment to Labor and Human Rights, Local Sourcing and others. The list was compiled by JUST Capital, a non-profit that analyzes and ranks corporate behavior and performance according to what the American people identify as most important. For the complete 2017 JUST 100 list, visit: www.forbes.com/just100.

“Praxair is focused on driving operational performance and our success stems from our commitment to ethical business behavior, sustainability, and social awareness,” said Anne Roby, senior vice president, Praxair, Inc. “We are proud to be recognized for this performance and thank our employees for their dedication to our core values.”

About Praxair

Praxair, Inc. is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. With market capitalization of approximately $40 billion and 2016 sales of $11 billion, the company employs over 26,000 people globally and has been named to the Dow Jones® World Sustainability Index for 15 consecutive years. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Our 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. For more information about the company, please visit our website at www.praxair.com.

kerry@ducey.org (Jason Stewart) Places Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:41:18 -0500
Women's Center to Honor Ingersoll Auto at 2018 Gala http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/44711-women-s-center-to-honor-ingersoll-auto-at-2018-gala44711-women-s-center-to-honor-ingersoll-auto-at-2018-gala http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/44711-women-s-center-to-honor-ingersoll-auto-at-2018-gala44711-women-s-center-to-honor-ingersoll-auto-at-2018-gala

Women’s Center of Greater Danbury  (WCOGD) Announces Save-the-Date and Honoree Ingersoll Auto for Spring 2018 annual fundraising dinner, An Evening Together, slated for Friday, April 6, Danbury's Amber Room Colonnade.

2018 Event Co-Chairs and Women’s Center Board members Vicki Taylor-Bloch, Owner, At Home Design and Abigail Miranda, Esq., Associate, Cramer & Anderson, LLP and event committee members throughout the region are busy securing event sponsors, program advertisers, and donations for auction items as well as selling tables and individual tickets now for one of the area’s most highly attended and anticipated events of the spring season.

“Given the current news cycle our issues are in the forefront every day: sexual assault and abuse claims against celebrities, politicians and others: the #metoo movement revealing sexual harassment or abuse. As a result, more and more people are seeking our help. As the only state certified agency in the 13 communities we serve, the Women’s Center stands ready to meet the increased need,” offered Taylor-Bloch.

The Women’s Center is pleased to announce that Ingersoll Automotive will be the recipient of this year’s coveted Founders Award. Todd Ingersoll and his team work tirelessly to support the community, and many of the beneficiaries of their generosity are also people and communities who receive services and/or programming from the Women’s Center.

“People are searching for how they can take action in the midst of all the dialogue. We’re here to talk about it, and translate that desire into action,” added Miranda. “Honoring Ingersoll Auto is a move towards celebrating with other community partners who are committed to doing good works locally and connecting in kind, compassionate, effective ways.”

In addition to a musical presentation from a local youth choir, the evening will also play host to the profound presentation of the scheduled speaker, author of A Child’s Voice, Michelle Pranger.  “Kindness has the power to change not one, but many lives.”

The Friday evening dinner provides a fresh break from the more formal Saturday night fundraiser gala rotation, an intentional move kept to on the part of organizers. “We look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s event and are grateful to the many corporations, businesses, organizations and individuals who have and continue to so generously support us in our mission of working to end the violence,” shared Women’s Center President & CEO Patricia Zachman, who will be celebrated that evening for her laudable 25 years of committed service.

To purchase a sponsorship, tickets, donate an auction item, or for more information about the event, please contact Kelly Parker, Special Events Manager, at (203) 731-5200 or kelly.p@wcogd.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Women's Center) Neighbors Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:35:02 -0500
Connecticut Residents Urged To Give Blood Now, Save Lives Within A Month http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/44710-connecticut-residents-urged-to-give-blood-now-save-lives-within-a-month44710-connecticut-residents-urged-to-give-blood-now-save-lives-within-a-month http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/44710-connecticut-residents-urged-to-give-blood-now-save-lives-within-a-month44710-connecticut-residents-urged-to-give-blood-now-save-lives-within-a-month

Donors of all blood types urged to give blood, platelets this holiday season

Give blood now, help save lives by next month

The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients now and into the new year by giving blood or platelets.

Donations decline during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when busy holiday schedules cause regular donors to be less available to give and many blood drives may be canceled due to severe winter storms. Last year, nearly 64,000 fewer blood and platelet donations were given through the Red Cross during the seven weeks from Thanksgiving through the first week of January than the average during the rest of the year.

“By taking just about an hour of time today, you can help save someone’s life within a few weeks or even days of your donation,” said Kelly Isenor, External Communications Manager of the Red Cross Connecticut Blood Services Region. “We’re asking donors to give now to help ensure blood is available when patients need it most.”

Blood is perishable and can only be replenished by volunteer donors. Red blood cells, the most transfused blood product, must be transfused within 42 days. Platelets, the tiny cells that form clots and help stop bleeding, must be transfused within just five days. More than half of all platelet donations go to cancer patients who may need platelet transfusions to prevent life-threatening bleeding during chemotherapy.

“Platelet donors don’t have to wait a few weeks to make a difference in a patient’s life,” said Isenor. “Someone could donate platelets on Monday, and by Friday, those same platelets can help someone’s fight to kick cancer.”

Kelly Ellison certainly knows that. Twenty-eight weeks into her third pregnancy, she was raced to the hospital with uncontrollable bleeding and received a doubly devastating diagnosis. Not only did she have aplastic anemia – a rare blood disorder in which the body’s bone marrow does not produce enough new blood cells – doctors also detected kidney cancer. Kelly received 43 units of blood and platelets. Five weeks later, she gave birth prematurely to her son, who also needed blood transfusions to survive.

“Our lives have been forever changed because of lifesaving blood and platelet donations,” said Ellison. “Every breath I take is a blessing!”

All blood types are needed this winter. Platelet donations are especially encouraged the first week of the new year, which is among the most difficult to collect enough platelets to meet patient needs. Donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a special thank-you for taking the time to donate, those who come to give Dec. 21 through Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Fairfield County:


1/5/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Rd.


12/20/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street

12/20/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street

1/2/2018: 1 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Avenue


12/26/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Brookfield Library, 182 Whisconier Road

12/27/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., On Track Karting, 100 Silvermine Road


12/21/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Danbury Hospital RSM, 24 Hospital Avenue

12/23/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 18 Clapboard Ridge Rd.

12/27/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 119 Mill Plain Road

1/8/2018: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Danbury Hospital RSM, 24 Hospital Avenue

1/15/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Danbury Fire Department, 19 New Street

East Norwalk

1/10/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., East Norwalk Library, 51 Van Zant Street


12/20/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road

12/30/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Trinity St. Michael's Church, 554 Tunxis Hill Road

1/4/2018: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., YMCA, 841 Old Post Road


1/8/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Avenue


12/20/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Dunkin Donuts / Baskin Robbins, 135 Main Street

1/6/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Beacon Hill Evangelical Free Church, 371 Old Zoar Road


12/28/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Newtown Municipal, 3 Primrose Street

1/9/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.


12/24/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Temple Shalom, 259 Richards Street

12/27/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Walgreens, 55 Westport Avenue


1/4/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ridgefield Park & Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Rd.



12/18/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Perkin Elmer Corporation, 710 Bridgeport Avenue

12/19/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Precision Resource, 25 Forest Parkway

1/2/2018: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive

1/3/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., OEM Controls, 20 Controls Drive


1/13/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Sherman Volunteer Fire Department, 1 CT 39


12/23/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

12/30/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

1/13/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court


12/20/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Baldwin Senior Center, 1000 West Broad Street


12/23/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Theresa Parish, 5301 Main Street

1/5/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 5958 Main Street

1/5/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Insports Centers, 29 Trefoil Drive

1/12/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Vincent's Special Needs Center, 95 Merritt Boulevard


12/21/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.

1/5/2018: 9:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., YMCA, 404 Danbury Road

How to donate blood or platelets

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

kerry@ducey.org (Kelly Isenor) Charities Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:27:00 -0500
New Year's Day Concert for Peace http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/44708-new-year-s-day-concert-for-peace44708-new-year-s-day-concert-for-peace http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/44708-new-year-s-day-concert-for-peace44708-new-year-s-day-concert-for-peace

Concerts Around the Corner,  New Year’s Day, Concert for Peace

Women Composers and Celebrating 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

The Cultural Arts Coalition presents: New Year’s Day Concert for Peace, Monday, January 1st, 2:00pm, Studio Around the Corner, Brewster NY.

Start your new year at a peaceful gathering, with music, readings and camaraderie. This year’s concert will highlight women composers and celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote! Jennifer Tao, piano; Robert Zubrycki, violin;  Sebu Sirinian, violin;  Adria Benjamin, viola; and Anik Oulianine, cello. Poetry by Maya Angelou and more will be recited. Amy Campanaro, director of the Southeast Museum, has prepared a talk about women’s suffrage.

The program will feature Jeffrey Marano singing “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper; the Mel Bonis (Mélanie Hélène Bonis) Piano Quartet; works by Mary Rhoads, Jennifer Higdon, Cécile Chaminade, Lili Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, and Woodworks, by the Danish String Quartet. To celebrate the New Year, a few Waltzes by Johann Strauss II and Auld Lang Syne. 

Mélanie Hélène Bonis, (1858-1937) taught herself the piano, in a hostile family environment, until the age of twelve, when her parents, influenced by one of their friends, a professor at the prestigious Conservatoire, resigned themselves to give her a musical education. She was introduced to César Franck, who was so impressed with her abilities that he made arrangements for her to be admitted to the then all-male Paris Conservatory, in 1876. While at the Conservatoire, she fell in love with a fellow student, a relationship her parents disapproved of, so she was removed from the school and later forced into an arranged marriage. Since women composers were not taken seriously at the time, she composed under the pseudonym, Mel Bonis. Camille Saint-Saëns highly praised her chamber music and could not believe a man had not composed it. This was both a compliment and a sad commentary on the fact that women composers were basically ignored and regarded as second rate. We’re thrilled to perform her gorgeous piano quartet at the Studio Around the Corner.

Mary Rhoads (Lotus Pond, Lament for the Lost Children) was a jazz and classical performer, composer a feminist and the mother of local artist and teacher, Sharon Nakazato. Mary taught at the University of Northern Colorado and later settled in Seattle, where she continued composing and performing. 

Violinist, Robert Zubrycki, is currently Concertmaster for the New York City Chamber Orchestra, a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony, and has performed in the orchestra for the American Ballet Theater at Lincoln Center. He has recently performed as Concertmaster for the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, Encores! at City Center, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and for Pope Francis at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A veteran of dozens of Broadway shows, Bob performed in the orchestra for “She Loves Me” and previously performed in “A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder”, winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best New Musical and he can be heard on the recent cast recordings of “She Loves Me”, “An American in Paris” and “Paint Your Wagon” (violin and mandolin). He has won an Emmy Award for his musical contribution to the documentary, “The Curse of the Bambino”. As the first violinist for the Queen’s Chamber Band and the Abaca String Band, Robert has recorded extensively and toured United States, including performances at the Chautauqua Institute and the White House. At this performance, Bob will be joined by his colleagues from The American Symphony, Amici New York, New York City Chamber Orchestra and Broadway. 

Tickets are a suggested donation of $10; $5 for children under 12.  Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased online at toscac.booktix.com or call (845) 363 - 8330 or email info@culturalartsco.com for reservations.

For more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit: www.CulturalArtsCo.com or on Facebook.

Concerts Around The Corner is made possible in part by the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. In Putnam County, this grant program is administered and monitored by the Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac, NY.


Photo Credit: Laurie Rhodes

keytocomputing@gmail.com (Cultural Arts Coalition) Neighbors Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:42:59 -0500
Putnam County awarded $1.2 million for Danbury-Brewster sewer project http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/44707-putnam-county-awarded-1-2-million-for-danbury-brewster-sewer-project-151338629644707-putnam-county-awarded-1-2-million-for-danbury-brewster-sewer-project-1513386296 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/44707-putnam-county-awarded-1-2-million-for-danbury-brewster-sewer-project-151338629644707-putnam-county-awarded-1-2-million-for-danbury-brewster-sewer-project-1513386296

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that the Danbury-Brewster sewer project has been awarded $1.2 million in New York State funding. The project, which extends the Danbury sewer line over the state border and through the Route 6 corridor of Brewster, was granted Empire State Development money through the consolidated funding application (CFA) process.

“Being awarded this funding confirms the significance of the Danbury-Brewster sewer project and its potential long-term impact on Putnam County’s economic vitality,” said Odell. “We have to put the proper infrastructure in place within our commercial districts to ensure a growing business community. In addition, the sewer line would result in equally benefiting improved water quality within the NYC watershed, higher quality of life for area residents and spurring economic growth in the region.”

The Empire State Development funding supports economic development initiatives and projects that create or retain jobs, generate increased economic activity and improve the economic and social viability of local communities.

"I was delighted to learn we were awarded $1.2 million through the competitive CFA process. The Danbury-Brewster sewer project has the potential to be the most cutting-edge and progressive project ever put forth by Putnam County government,” said Leg. Ginny Nacerino, chairwoman of the Putnam County Legislature.  “Bringing this project to fruition will be life-changing for the residents of Putnam County and will help the Route 6 corridor reach its maximum potential.  It will enhance our quality of life by providing convenience and ultimately will help to offset taxes. I am proud to work with my colleagues and the Administration as we continue to serve the residents and deliver projects that support a better Putnam.”

The sewer line will connect 3.5 miles of commercially zoned land to the City of Danbury’s sewer system, which has excess capacity. 

“Investing in our local infrastructure will not only support economic development, but also improve quality of life for our residents,” said Senator Terrence Murphy. “As always, it is a pleasure to support the work of County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Putnam County’s community-minded officials and back the CFA process, which is delivering more than a million dollars for this essential construction project. Extending the sewer line along the Route 6 commercial corridor is an important investment that will pay dividends in the years to come.”

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne agreed. “This worthwhile investment will help support any future construction of mid-to-large commercial enterprises here in Putnam County,” he said. “I am pleased to see the state agreed with us and sees the shared benefits of this project for the region.”

The Danbury-Brewster sewer line will also strengthen the Brewster revitalization effort.

“The news of the CFA grant is exciting news for the commercial property owners along the Route 6 corridor,” said Legislator Paul Jonke, District 6, which includes the business district.  “They are a step closer to maximizing the potential of this under-utilized area of Brewster. The news of the grant is a big win for the taxpayers, whom will benefit by increasing the property tax base as well as the potentially increased sales tax revenue.”

Brewster Mayor James Schoenig said, “The Village of Brewster is honored to be part of this cooperative effort transforming Putnam County into a shining 21st century economic engine.”

The creation of the Danbury-Brewster sewer line will bring construction jobs to Putnam County.

“The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenter is excited to see the Route 6 corridor open up between Brewster and Danbury which would bring much needed commerce and job creation to Putnam County,” said council representative Ed Cooke.

News of the award was welcomed by the business community.

“Since the day County Executive MaryEllen Odell was elected into office she has made infrastructure and economic development a priority and it is starting to pay off,” said Jennifer Maher, chairwoman of the Putnam Chamber of Commerce. “I am excited to be working with this administration on other similar projects that will better our ability to attract the businesses we need to offset our property taxes and to improve upon the overall business climate.”

Brewster Chamber of Commerce President Geoffrey Reinwald congratulates the county on receiving the funding. “The Brewster Chamber hopes the development that will take place on Danbury Road will bring more businesses, more people and more jobs,” he said.

The grant application was submitted by Sandra Fusco, acting director, Putnam County Planning, Development and Public Transportation Department, and her staff.

“It is due to Sandra's efforts to research and apply for this grant, along with her expertise in completing a very tedious and comprehensive application, which enabled the county to achieve this award,” said Odell. “I also want to thank Putnam County Chairwoman Ginny Nacerino, Legislator Paul Jonke as well as Meghan Taylor and the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council for their steadfast support of this project.”

The Danbury-Brewster sewer project was one of the initiatives that Meghan Taylor, who is the regional director of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, identified while she served as the president of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation.

“Seeing progress from the ideas that we planted while I was with the Putnam EDC in 2015 is incredible,” said Taylor. “The Danbury-Brewster sewer line is not only good for Putnam County, but for the Mid-Hudson Region.  It will reverse the decline of Putnam County’s economic stability and provide public sewer to a major thoroughfare. The sewer line supports the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council’s focus of regionally transformational projects that move the region forward.”

keytocomputing@gmail.com (MaryEllen Odell) Life Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:04:48 -0500
Danbury resident & IHS student Kristen Roessler named All-American http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/44703-ihs-s-kristen-roessler-named-all-american44703-ihs-s-kristen-roessler-named-all-american http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/44703-ihs-s-kristen-roessler-named-all-american44703-ihs-s-kristen-roessler-named-all-american

Kristen Roessler, a senior at Immaculate High School, was recently selected to the prestigious 2017 Fall High School Girls All-America Team by United Soccer Coaches. The Danbury resident is one of only 60 girls in the country to receive this honor. United Soccer Coaches is the world’s largest soccer coaches organization.

“This USC All-America honor as one of the best soccer players in the nation is most deserving,” said Tim Dunn, IHS Athletic Director. “Immaculate High School is very proud of Kristen and her accomplishments athletically, civically and academically.” Her coach is equally impressed. “I’m just so proud of Kristen and what she has accomplished here at Immaculate -- she follows a lot of great goalies that have graduated before her. I look forward in seeing what she accomplishes in the four years after graduation,” said Nelson Mingachos, who was named SWC Coach of the Year.

The star goalie is passionate about soccer.  “Besides playing soccer in the fall for Immaculate,  I play soccer year round for CFC Real, which is coached by Immaculate soccer coaches Brad Jeeves and Nelson Mingachos. We attend showcases all over the East Coast,” said Roessler. In addition to being named All-American, Roessler was also named All-New England, All- State and First Team All-SWC.  She has committed to play soccer at Central Connecticut State University in 2018, where she plans to study finance.

This year the Immaculate girls soccer team had a record of 19-1 and was named Patriot Division champs and SWC champs. This is the fifth time the lady Mustangs have won the SWC title. The team won the first round of the CIAC Class M State Championship tournament, but lost in the second round to Weston 0-1.

Players on this year’s United Soccer Coaches High School All-America Teams will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the All-America Luncheon on January 20, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention.

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, service to others and personal goals. Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system. For more information, go to www.immaculatehs.org.


jazzi@immaculatehs.org (Immaculate High School ) Neighbors Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:49:32 -0500
Think GREEN this Holiday Season: Recycle Unwanted Electronic Devices http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/44709-think-green-this-holiday-season-recycle-unwanted-electronic-devices44709-think-green-this-holiday-season-recycle-unwanted-electronic-devices http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/44709-think-green-this-holiday-season-recycle-unwanted-electronic-devices44709-think-green-this-holiday-season-recycle-unwanted-electronic-devices


The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Reminds Residents to Recycle Unwanted Electronic Devices this Holiday Season
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds residents to drop off their unwanted computers, monitors, printers and televisions at a local collection center for recycling under DEEP’s Electronics Recycling Program.
“Many people will be receiving new electronic devices as gifts this holiday season, from televisions to computers, cell phones and tablets and a wide array of other tech gadgets,” said Mark Latham, DEEP’s E-Waste Program Leader. “For those who have outdated electronics, residents are reminded Connecticut state law bans the disposal of electronic devices in the trash. The proper way to dispose of e-waste is via one of the recycling centers located across the state or by donating the equipment to a needy charity. Recycling is one the easiest things people can do to help our environment, and this program has helped to keep millions of pounds of e-waste out of our landfills.”
Since 2011, over 100 million pounds electronics have been recycled according to DEEP’s 2017 annual status report on the program. In Connecticut, the manufacturers of electronics are required to finance 100% of the recycling costs, meaning there is no charge to towns or residents.
See a complete list of permanent recycling locations on the DEEP website.
kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:31:11 -0500
WeCAHR in Danbury Celebrates 40th Anniversary http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/44702-wecahr-celebrates-40th-anniversary44702-wecahr-celebrates-40th-anniversary http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/44702-wecahr-celebrates-40th-anniversary44702-wecahr-celebrates-40th-anniversary

WeCAHR based in Danbury, CT is celebrating their 40th anniversary.  In honor of this milestone, a Mayor's Proclamation was given by Mayor Mark D. Boughton. 

The Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights (WeCAHR) has been advocating for people with disabilities in the Greater Danbury area since 1977; and

WeCAHR is a civil and human rights organization that focuses on helping children and adults with their independence and personal successes.  The organization has a close partnership with families, and the community, and works tirelessly to strengthen and empower individuals with disabilities"

To learn more about WeCAHR and to support the mission please visit www.wecahr.org.



christinacalabrohr@gmail.com (WeCAHR) Charities Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:42:15 -0500
Unique Artisan Gifts for the Holidays at The Farm Shop at Hunt Hill Farm http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/44701-unique-artisan-gifts-for-the-holidays-at-the-farm-shop-at-hunt-hill-farm44701-unique-artisan-gifts-for-the-holidays-at-the-farm-shop-at-hunt-hill-farm http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/44701-unique-artisan-gifts-for-the-holidays-at-the-farm-shop-at-hunt-hill-farm44701-unique-artisan-gifts-for-the-holidays-at-the-farm-shop-at-hunt-hill-farm

Do your shopping in a relaxed atmosphere at The Farm Shop at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford, CT where you will find unique and local artisan gifts as well as custom-made gift baskets.

Not sure what to purchase? We have gift certificates available that can be redeemed for cooking classes, special events or kids summer camps.

Learn more about The Farm Shop at Hunt Hill Farm here.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:54:24 -0500
RVNA Health Source: Unique Holiday Gifts http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/44700-rvna-health-source-unique-holiday-gifts-151334443344700-rvna-health-source-unique-holiday-gifts-1513344433 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/44700-rvna-health-source-unique-holiday-gifts-151334443344700-rvna-health-source-unique-holiday-gifts-1513344433

Do you have a loved one living alone or in deteriorating health whom you worry about? Would you like to do something to make their life a little safer and easier? Consider these gifts: a Lifeline medical alert device and/or the non-medical help of a certified home health aide to assist with bathing, housekeeping and meal preparation.

Lifeline provides a vital safety net for those living independently and provides quick access to help 24 hours a day in the event of an emergency. Research shows there is a small window of opportunity in which medical assistance can make a difference for someone suffering a heart attack or stroke.

Lifeline’s unique “Auto Alert” personal response pendant detects a fall with 95% accuracy and signals for help after 30 seconds if your loved one cannot. The new Lifeline “Go Safe” medical alert system with GPS technology is appropriate for more active and mobile individuals. With any Lifeline system, RVNA is contacted if a hospitalization occurs and our staff will visit your loved one to plan a smooth transition back home. RVNA’s highly trained personnel install and provide education on the use of the Lifeline device.

Monthly fees are affordable, and service calls and battery replacement are free. Another “gift” to be considered is non-medical home care, hourly or daily, by HomeCare by RVNA. It may be just what your loved one needs to continue living independently, or it can provide respite care in the event a devoted caregiver needs a break. An aide is able to assist with activities of daily living, provide companionship and enable a person to remain in their home as long as possible.

For more information on Lifeline medical alert devices or HomeCare by RVNA, contact RVNA at 203-438-5555.

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

lschroppe@ridgefieldvna.org (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Neighbors Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:27:12 -0500
CT Main Street Center Announces Danbury to Host 2018 Awards http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/44698-ct-main-street-center-announces-danbury-to-host-2018-awards44698-ct-main-street-center-announces-danbury-to-host-2018-awards http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/44698-ct-main-street-center-announces-danbury-to-host-2018-awards44698-ct-main-street-center-announces-danbury-to-host-2018-awards

Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) is pleased to announce that the City of Danbury and CityCenter Danbury will host the 2018 VIBRANT MAIN STREETS awards celebration on Monday, June 4, 2018. The event begins at 4:00 pm with an opening reception and awards presentation at the Palace Theatre, 165 Main Street. CityCenter Danbury will then host a Block Party on Post Office Walk, a pedestrian-oriented alley-way that connects Main Street to the CityCenter Green.


"When selecting the host city for our annual awards celebration, we identify downtowns that have a compelling story, including strong public/private partnerships, adaptive reuse of historic buildings, and improving the quality of life for all citizens. We are particularly impressed with Danbury's recent work in encouraging entrepreneurial activity in its multi-cultural community," said Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker, Associate Director of CMSC. 

Danbury is experiencing a tipping point and true momentum in the vitality of its historic downtown. The One Kennedy Flats apartment complex reflects a $70 million investment in downtown, offering 365 market-rate apartments. Naugatuck Valley Community College, Western Connecticut State University, the Paul Mitchell School, and Ridley-Lowell are all right at downtown's doorstep. 

The Danbury Downtown Special Services District began its revitalization efforts in 1989, and CityCenter Danbury has been a major player in many projects that have transformed downtown over the last few decades. Residents look forward to long-standing events such as the Taste of Greater Danbury and the Summer Concert Series, while anticipating newer ideas such as the Downtown Chow-Down and the Country Music & Food Truck Rally. There has also been a greater emphasis on the arts with the creation of a downtown Urban Sculpture Garden, this year's first annual Danbury Artisans Street Fair, and a collaboration with the City of Danbury for a Traffic Box Art initiative. As a member of the National Main Street Center and the Connecticut Main Street Center, CityCenter Danbury strives to accelerate the renewal of the city's urban core, with quality of life as the underlying theme.

"I was delighted to hear that the City of Danbury was chosen to host this year's VIBRANT MAIN STREETS awards celebration," said Mayor Mark D. Boughton. "Our downtown continues to grow into a more vibrant and progressive city center, which is why we are humbled and grateful for this prestigious honor. Downtown Danbury is the perfect example of what Connecticut Main Street Center stands for and we are certainly looking forward to hosting this event."

"We are thrilled to be hosting the 2018 VIBRANT MAIN STREETS awards celebration in Downtown Danbury this year," said CityCenter Danbury Executive Director PJ Prunty. "CityCenter Danbury looks forward to showcasing all the positive progress that our downtown has seen over the last few years. From new coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, boutique retail shops, upscale housing and plenty more! We eagerly await our colleagues from across the state and welcome them to Downtown Danbury." 

The CT Main Street Awards program was created in 2003 to recognize outstanding projects, individuals and partnerships in community efforts to bring traditional downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts back to life, socially and economically.  Submissions are judged on criteria which include innovation, replication, representation, partnerships utilized, and impact. The 2018 award winners will be announced in early March.

The 2018 VIBRANT MAIN STREETS awards celebration is sponsored by Fuss & O'Neill, Express Strategies and CT Economic Resource Center.

kerry@ducey.org (CityCenter Danbury) Neighbors Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:09:25 -0500
Danbury Resident Sarah Appedu Recognized at Midyear Graduates Ceremony http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/44697-danbury-resident-sarah-appedu-recognized-at-midyear-graduates-ceremony44697-danbury-resident-sarah-appedu-recognized-at-midyear-graduates-ceremony http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/44697-danbury-resident-sarah-appedu-recognized-at-midyear-graduates-ceremony44697-danbury-resident-sarah-appedu-recognized-at-midyear-graduates-ceremony

Sarah Appedu of Danbury was recognized during the December 13, 2017, midyear graduates recognition ceremony for having completed the requirements necessary for graduation.

Appedu will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

kerry@ducey.org (Gettysburg College) Neighbors Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:46:37 -0500
WCSU defends Mole Bowl championship title http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/44695-wcsu-defends-mole-bowl-championship-title44695-wcsu-defends-mole-bowl-championship-title http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/44695-wcsu-defends-mole-bowl-championship-title44695-wcsu-defends-mole-bowl-championship-title

Western Connecticut State University competed and won in the western Connecticut division of the American Chemical Society ninth annual Chemistry Bowl at Sacred Heart University in celebration of National Mole Day on Monday, Oct. 23. WestConn has competed in the championship every year and has won in 2010, 2016 and 2017.

The Chemistry Bowl is a trivia-style competition that covers topics from all chemistry disciplines. The members of WestConn's winning team are Erica Frisco, of Cheshire; Nathaniel Nisly, of New Fairfield; Julio Bernal, of Brookfield; and Damian Esposito, of Danbury. Frisco, Nisly and Bernal are seniors majoring in biochemistry and Esposito is a senior majoring in chemistry. After graduation, Frisco aspires to teach biochemistry at the high school level, Esposito plans to work in the chemical industry, Nisly will attend graduate school for a doctoral degree in materials chemistry and Bernal will pursue a doctorate in chemistry.

WestConn Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Nicholas Greco supported the student competitors.

"The victory was very much a team effort," Greco said. "All of the students correctly answered a number of questions along their way to victory. The final round was a landslide. The Mole Bowl is a wonderful experience for our students to see how they stack up against the other schools in the area."

He added, "The students did it all.  They organized the group, they competed and won.  I was only there to drive them and offer my support as a fan."

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

kerry@ducey.org (Sherri Hill) Neighbors Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:30:56 -0500
Accumulating Snow Developing Could Impact Morning Commute http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/44696-accumulating-snow-developing-could-impact-morning-commute44696-accumulating-snow-developing-could-impact-morning-commute http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/44696-accumulating-snow-developing-could-impact-morning-commute44696-accumulating-snow-developing-could-impact-morning-commute

Accumulating snow across the tri-state area late tonight

A widespread dry powdery snowfall of 1 to 3 inches is forecast for our area between 1 am to 7 am on Thursday, December 14. Roadways may become snow covered which may create a slippery morning commute. Motorists are urged to use extra caution if traveling Thursday morning.

Maximum hourly snowfall rates are forecast to be less than ½ inch per hour. Blowing snow is possible.

The heaviest snow of 2-3 inches is forecast across Long Island.

Forecast uncertainty:  If the low tracks further south, then less snow will occur.  If the low tracks further north, more snow will occur further north and less along the coast. See below for potential high-end amounts.

Learn more here.

kerry@ducey.org (NOAA) Life Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:54:32 -0500
Children's Book Signing with Rosemary Wells at The Hickory Stick Bookshop http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/44693-children-s-book-signing-with-rosemary-wells-151317896144693-children-s-book-signing-with-rosemary-wells-1513178961 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/44693-children-s-book-signing-with-rosemary-wells-151317896144693-children-s-book-signing-with-rosemary-wells-1513178961

Due to a scheduling conflict, the signing with Rosemary Wells at The Hickory Stick Bookshop has been rescheduled and will now be held on Sunday, December 17th at 2pm.

Rosemary Wells’ (creator of the Max and Ruby series and author of over one hundred children’s books) most recent book is Say Hello Sophie (Viking, $17.99), about an irrepressible, charming, and endearing two-year-old. Some of Wells’ most popular works include Max & Ruby’s Treasure Hunt, Hand in Hand, Max Counts His Chickens, Max & Ruby’s Bedtime Book, and Max Cleans Up.

Can Sophie say the word Hello?
No She just can't say it.
Because Hello and Thank you and Goodbye get stuck
in Sophie's mouth and won't come out.
What can help Sophie say Hello?
As always, Granny has the answer to one of the
universal problems of toddlerhood.



"Delightful . . .This is Wells' work at her best insightful, witty, and beautifully drawn." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This is Wells at her comedic best, and readers will be left in stitches. Absolutely enchanting a must-have” -Kirkus, starred review of Use Your Words, Sophie

“Wells remains a master of conveying intense emotions through subtly funny writing, smartly observed situations. . . and emotionally telegraphic art.” Publishers Weekly, starred review of Use Your Words, Sophie

Rosemary Wells is the author of more than one hundred books for children, including the Max and Ruby books about the beloved bunnies who star in their own show on Nick Jr. She lives in New England. Visit her at www.rosemarywells.com

This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Say Hello, Sophie by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please visit www.hickorystickbookshop.com or email books@hickorystickbookshop.com



info@hickorystickbookshop.com (The Hickory Stick Bookshop) Events Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:13:34 -0500