Danbury's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:42:00 -0500 HamletHub.com Reptiles Rock on Sunday at New Pond Farm! http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43230-reptiles-rock-148821930743230-reptiles-rock-1488219307 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43230-reptiles-rock-148821930743230-reptiles-rock-1488219307

 

On Sunday March 5 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. biologist and educator Michael Ralbovsky returns for an exciting high-energy show bringing us reptiles from all parts of the world. During Michael’s interactive and hands-on program, he plans to share a giant toad, a six-foot lizard, an enormous tortoise, a very long Crocodilian, and an awesome snake! Michael has worked with zoos across the country for over 40 years, and with many high-profile celebrities such as Jeff Corwin. He is known internationally for his specialized classes teaching law enforcement officers how to handle reptiles safely and humanely. Join us for a fun and educational afternoon– we guarantee that you will leave as an inspired reptile fan!

This entertaining family program is $10 per New Pond Farm member and $15 per non-member.

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

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info@newpondfarm.org (New Pond Farm) Events Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:49:33 -0500
State Police & K9 Narcotic Arrest on 1-84 in Danbury Today http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/43233-state-police-k9-narcotic-arrest-on-1-84-in-danbury-today43233-state-police-k9-narcotic-arrest-on-1-84-in-danbury-today http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/43233-state-police-k9-narcotic-arrest-on-1-84-in-danbury-today43233-state-police-k9-narcotic-arrest-on-1-84-in-danbury-today

During a speed enforcement on 1-84 in Danbury at approximately 10:15 am this morning, February 27, a Trooper clocked a vehicle at 86 MPH on 1-84 eastbound at exit 5 in Danbury.

According to police, the operator, Danielle Rose Keith of Lewiston ME, was found to be under suspension in PA and was issued an infraction for motor vehicle violations.

During a search of the vehicle a large amount of edible THC was located in the vehicle. The vehicle was searched with a State Police canine, K9 Favor, a black Labrador Retriever. 

Police say a passenger that claimed ownership of the narcotics was taken into custody and processed at Troop A in Southbury.

State Police seized a total of 406 grams of THC lollipops, 22 grams of THC rock candy, 300 grams of THC cookies, 94 grams of THC WAX, and 13 grams of actual marijuana. 

Total seizure: 835 GRAMS or 29.45 ounces.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Public safety Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:48:32 -0500
Women’s Center Honors Law Enforcement at Gala on April 7 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43229-women-s-center-honors-law-enforcement-at-gala-on-april-743229-women-s-center-honors-law-enforcement-at-gala-on-april-7 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43229-women-s-center-honors-law-enforcement-at-gala-on-april-743229-women-s-center-honors-law-enforcement-at-gala-on-april-7

The Women’s Center will be celebrating our partnership with local law enforcement at our annual Gala on Friday, April 7, 2017 at The Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. The evening will begin at 6:00 with cocktails, and will include auctions, dinner and a performance by Steve Kazlauskas of “Echoes of Sinatra.” The honorees for the evening will be the law enforcement agencies in the 13 towns that the Center serves; they will each receive a Founders Award in recognition of the critical work they do in partnership with the Women’s Center.

The Women’s Center provides free & confidential services that prevent or lessen the trauma associated with domestic violence, sexual assault and other major life transitions. Last year, the Center served more than 26,000 women, men and children in 13 area towns. All event proceeds will help to fund these FREE counseling, residential, prevention, and educational programs and services.

Please consider attending the event to celebrate the Women’s Center and our successes in the past year. For more information on ticket purchases, donations, sponsorship, and advertising opportunities, please visit www.wcogd.org or contact Special Events Manager Kelly Parker, at (203) 731-5200 or kelly.p@wcogd.org.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Pat Zachman) Charities Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:37:27 -0500
Ives Concert Park presents second annual Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43228-ives-concert-park-presents-second-annual-juried-fine-art-crafts-show43228-ives-concert-park-presents-second-annual-juried-fine-art-crafts-show http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43228-ives-concert-park-presents-second-annual-juried-fine-art-crafts-show43228-ives-concert-park-presents-second-annual-juried-fine-art-crafts-show

Call for artists underway; deadline to submit is March 31

The Friends of the Ives onprofit organization will present the second annual Art at Ives, Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29, at Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury, Connecticut. This three-day event will feature high-quality original works in a diverse scope of art forms representing every major category. Food and music, along with art classes, demonstrations and children's events, will also be included. The event will take place rain or shine with gates open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The jurying and application system will be digital and  jurors will view the artists' work and accompanying descriptions in a self-paced environment, taking the time needed to accurately evaluate each application. Artists are invited to submit applications through zapplication.org. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31. A program directory and the Ives website will showcase each artist's work and contact information.

In 2016, more than 60 artists from across the country participated in the inaugural show and benefitted from increased visibility with western Connecticut art enthusiasts. The goal of the Art at Ives Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show is to expand awareness of the arts and enrich the artistic, cultural, educational and economic vitality of the region.

The Ives has partnered with many artists and community stakeholders, including the Western Connecticut State University Art Department, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and the Brookfield Craft Center to develop the Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show.

For more information, visit www.ivesconcertpark.com or the art submission site at zapplication.org

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Sherri Hill) Events Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:16:42 -0500
WCSU to conduct Poverty Simulation on Wednesday http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43227-wcsu-to-conduct-poverty-simulation-on-wednesday43227-wcsu-to-conduct-poverty-simulation-on-wednesday http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43227-wcsu-to-conduct-poverty-simulation-on-wednesday43227-wcsu-to-conduct-poverty-simulation-on-wednesday

The Western Connecticut State University School of Professional Studies will conduct a "poverty simulation" at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in the Ballroom of the Campus Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

The poverty simulation is primarily for students who major in "helping fields" including nursing and social work. During the simulation, participants will spend time in the role of an impoverished citizen. Students will experience first-hand some of the obstacles facing those in poverty, and will have to navigate around them to acquire resources needed for basic survival. As a result, they will learn about the struggles of obtaining childcare, housing, transportation, employment, food and other essentials, while facing the same barriers many low-income citizens face today.

WCSU social work student Justice Burch has participated in a previous simulation and said, "The poverty simulation is an incredible learning experience. I recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to participate. As a social work student, I have been educated about the barriers those living in poverty face, but the simulation helps to provide a more complete picture. I better understand the panic that might occur when there are only enough funds to either take the bus to work or buy groceries until the next paycheck."

Burch added, "I also began to understand how one could turn to illegal activities as a means to survive. This activity opened my eyes to the struggles that those living in poverty face far more than sitting in a classroom or reading it from a book ever could."

This event is geared toward students, but accommodations may be made for non-students to observe. For more information, send an email to Assistant Professor of Social Work Rebecca Wade-Rancourt at waderancourtr@wcsu.edu.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Sherri Hill) Neighbors Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:11:49 -0500
Wooster School Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Selected To Prestigious New England Tournament http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43226-wooster-school-boys-and-girls-basketball-teams-selected-to-prestigious-new-england-tournament-148820556243226-wooster-school-boys-and-girls-basketball-teams-selected-to-prestigious-new-england-tournament-1488205562 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43226-wooster-school-boys-and-girls-basketball-teams-selected-to-prestigious-new-england-tournament-148820556243226-wooster-school-boys-and-girls-basketball-teams-selected-to-prestigious-new-england-tournament-1488205562

 

In addition to winning the HVAL Tournament Championship for the second year in a row, Wooster School’s Varsity Boys Basketball team has been selected to compete in the prestigious Class D New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Tournament. Wooster is the #2 seed and will host #7 seed Hoosac School on Wednesday, March 1 at 3:45 pm in the Forever Young Gymnasium. The winner will advance to the semifinals to be held on Saturday, March 4. The location is TBD. 

Tournament seedings are as follows:

#1 – Storm King School

#2 – Wooster School

#3 – Bancroft School

#4 – Christian Heritage School

#5 – Lexington Christian Academy

#6 – Oakwood Friends School

#7 – Hoosac School

#8 – Watkinson School 

To view the full bracket, please visit: http://nepsac.org/page/3059. Be sure to check back for updated results, game times, and locations. 

Coming off their HVAL Tournament appearance, the Wooster School Varsity Girls Basketball team has been selected to compete in the prestigious Class E New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Tournament. Wooster is the #2 seed and will host #7 seed Storm King School on Wednesday, March 1 at 5:15 pm in the Forever Young Gymnasium. The winner will advance to the semifinals to be held on Saturday, March 4. The location is TBD. 

Tournament seedings are as follows:

#1 – Dublin School

#2 – Wooster School

#3 – Providence Country Day

#4 – Covenant Christian Academy

#5 – Oakwood Friends School

#6 – Marie Philip School

#7 – Storm King School

#8 – Chapel Hill – Chauncy Hall 

To view the full bracket, please visit: http://nepsac.org/page/3059. Be sure to check back for updated results, game times, and locations. 

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

About New England Preparatory School Athletic Council

NEPSAC was established in 1942 as an organization of athletic directors from accredited New England independent schools. While the Association does not function as a regulatory or oversight body (like the NCAA or state public high school associations), NEPSAC does sanction New England championship events in many sports and provides guidance in a variety of issues involving interscholastic athletics in our schools.

To learn more, visit http://www.nepsac.org/

 
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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Lori Kriegel) Neighbors Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:26:02 -0500
New phone app tracks Danbury school buses http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43225-new-phone-app-tracks-danbury-school-buses43225-new-phone-app-tracks-danbury-school-buses http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43225-new-phone-app-tracks-danbury-school-buses43225-new-phone-app-tracks-danbury-school-buses

For parents with smartphones, the location of their children’s school bus is now just a click away.

Versatrans “My Stop” application informs parents where the bus is at all times and also sends the estimated time of arrival at their child’s bus stop right to the phone. To access the system, parents enter their child’s student number as a user name and then repeat the number for the password. School administrators can push a notification out to parents when necessary and it will automatically send a notification whenever the bus leaves its origin more than 15 minutes late.

The app can be accessed through Google Play Store for Android or the App Store for iPhone. To receive notifications on the smartphone, users must turns on Notifications and select Delayed Bus.

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kerry@ducey.org (Danbury Public Schools) Life Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:13:24 -0500
After Four Decades, Beloved Hancock Hall Employee Retires http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43224-after-four-decades-beloved-hancock-hall-employee-retires43224-after-four-decades-beloved-hancock-hall-employee-retires http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43224-after-four-decades-beloved-hancock-hall-employee-retires43224-after-four-decades-beloved-hancock-hall-employee-retires

Michele Gratzl’s employment at Hancock Hall and sister facility, Filosa has spanned four decades. She began her work at Filosa Convalescent Home in 1971 when she was just 21 years old, serving as a nurses’ aid. Over the years, her roles and responsibilities evolved as did the nursing profession and skilled nursing industry. Gratzl has served as social worker, ward clerk, and most recently as Resident Trust Coordinator and Accounts Payable Coordinator. Next week, she begins a new chapter as a retiree, and doting grandmother. “I’m proud to be a part of this great organization. I am blessed to have known and worked with a very special group of people and I will miss all of them,” says Gratzl. Here, Gratzl shares cherished memories and gives readers a look at days gone by. 

You moved to Danbury 46 year ago and began working at Filosa soon after. Did you ever think this position would span four decades?

When I was hired by Barbara Filosa in 1971 never imagined that I would be part of the Filosa organization for over four decades!  In 1971 there was no formal orientation as there is today. You were given your list of residents, a sheet with their schedule and you were on your way. I remember being saddened to see that the residents were not home with their families. When I returned home after my first day at work, I remember telling my husband that I would give Mrs. Filosa two weeks and then I would probably leave. However, that never happened. As each day passed, I realized that Filosa Convalescent Home was vitally needed for many who could not be cared for by their families the residents quickly became part of my life and my family.

Tell me about how your role at Filosa and Hancock Hall has evolved and/or how the industry has evolved.

When I started working at Filosa I was a nurse's aide. The facility was a 30 bed nursing home. On the 7-3 shift each aide was responsible for 10 residents. The day went by fast, giving my residents the time and care they required. At that time, there were no bed alarms, spacious showers stalls or housekeeping staff to assist with accidents, spills, etc. On Sunday mornings, under the supervision of the charge nurse, the aides prepared breakfast for the residents. Each resident whose life I was privileged to be a part of, helped me to grow and become who I am today.

The next role that I had was the ward clerk. I worked very closely with Barbara Malone who is Barbara Filosa's daughter. Regulations at that time were much different than today. I was able to pick up doctor orders, count medication delivered by the pharmacy, write care plans and conduct studies. Also answer phones and make appointments for residents.

In 1972 Filosa increased bed capacity to 60 beds and later four more beds were added. Filosa Convalescent Home is presently a 64 skilled bed facility.

In 1974 I gave birth to my first child, Suzanne and my son Michael was born in 1976. I left Filosa for 3 years. In 1977 I returned, now a mother of two. Both Suzanne and Michael worked for the Filosa organization. Suzanne worked at Hancock Hall as a receptionist and Michael worked at Filosa in the kitchen.

My next role was the Social Worker designee. This position allowed me to work with residents, their families and staff. Helping residents and their families to adjust to placement, fears and concerns they experienced, also to be a listening ear for the staff. In this position I continued to grow.

When Hancock Hall, named after a very special friend of Mrs. Filosa, Marion Hancock, opened in 1984. Part of my duties included admitting residents to our new facility. Presently, Hancock Hall is a 96 bed SNF [Skilled Nursing Facility] and short term rehab facility. I continued to work as a social worker designee until 1996. At that time, Filosa and Hancock Hall had a Master's Social Worker in each facility. This remains true today.

In 1996, I began my final role in the Filosa/Hancock Hall organization. I began working in the finance office. Not knowing how to turn on a computer was only one of my challenges! With the help and patience of my co-workers, I was able to master my duties. My role has been to maintain the daily census for Filosa and Hancock Hall, Resident Trust Coordinator and Accounts Payable Coordinator. Frank Malone, PhD, the son-in-law of Barbara Filosa is the CFO of Hancock Hall and Filosa.

The Administrator at Filosa is Michael Malone and Jennifer Malone-Seixas is the Administrator at Hancock Hall. They are the grandchildren of Barbara Filosa This family run organization has grown and become an institution that I am truly honored to be a part of.

You are part of the fabric of Filosa's history! What memories of founder, Barbara Filosa can you share?

Barbara Filosa was a strong woman and a special friend. She expected that her staff always worked as hard as she did. She did not come from a time when meetings were part of work. So when it was mandated that care plans had to be prepared for each resident, with participation from each discipline (nursing, dietary, recreation and social service) she would question why her staff was talking rather than working!

March 3 is a big day for you! After more than forty years you will retire! Tell me about life after Filosa and Hancock Hall.

I started working at Filosa at the age of 21 and at the age of 66 I will be retiring. Filosa and Hancock Hall have been a very important part of my life. I’m proud to be a part of this great organization. I am blessed to have known and worked with a very special group of people and I will miss all of them.

My life will have a different focus. I will be heIping to take care of my 15 month old grandson and in June, his new little brother.

Favorite story about your time at Filosa/Hancock Hall?

When Barbara Filosa was staying at Hancock Hall I enjoyed our visits and talking about our time working together. I remember one Saturday, I came to [Hancock Hall] to visit a friend who just had knee surgery. As I headed to my friend’s room, I saw Mrs. Filosa and I said hello to her. About two hours later, Mrs. Filosa came into the room and told me that she could have me fired for spending so much time with my friend and not working. I reminded Mrs. Filosa that it was Saturday and my day off. She then said that in that in that case, it was alright and she joined us! She was 99 years old at that time. I truly miss this special lady.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:42:40 -0500
Maressa Gershowitz photo show opens at Danbury City Hall http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43222-maressa-gershowitz-photo-show-opens-at-city-hall43222-maressa-gershowitz-photo-show-opens-at-city-hall http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43222-maressa-gershowitz-photo-show-opens-at-city-hall43222-maressa-gershowitz-photo-show-opens-at-city-hall

In a new show at Danbury City Hall, photographer Maressa Gershowitz explores views of the natural and urban landscape that can bring people together even in fractious political times.

“This Land is Our Land … Together,” will show on the third floor of City Hall through April 14. It is the sixth exhibit Gershowitz has staged as part of the Accessible Art Project of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut.

With portraits of the Grand Canyon, the skyscrapers of New York, and images of intimate moments within both urban and untamed settings, Gershowitz highlights the wonderful differences and similarities of the country.

“We recognize ourselves in the landscape and in the iconic structures, but often and sadly we don’t recognize ourselves in the faces of one another,” Gershowitz said. “These photos are about the contributions to the richness of our culture and our society that we build together and who we intend ourselves to be.”

Gershowitz has been documenting culture and nature with her photography for two decades. Her photos of local theater productions appeared regularly in The News-Times and locally. In addition to City Hall, she has shown her work at the Danbury Library and at the Richter Association for the Arts. Among her other activities, Gershowitz has served on the Danbury Board of Education and is active regionally and nationally as an advocate for health care and education human rights.

“No show of the six has been the same, yet for me each has a message of commonality about how we look at things,” Gershowitz said. “No matter what our ideology, each of us can connect to these images.”

The show can be viewed during regular Danbury Hall hours.

A reception will be held on Thursday, March 30 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Danbury City Hall. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Gershowitz at (203) 788-5785.

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Jeninemichaud@gmail.com (Paul Steinmetz) Life Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:33:07 -0500
Shop ‘Til You Drop At Whole Foods Market on March 2nd - 5% Day to benefit Fairfield County’s Giving Day http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43223-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-148797498443223-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-1487974984 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43223-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-148797498443223-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-1487974984

Fairfield County’s Giving Day is a powerful 24-hour online fundraising marathon that unites our community around local causes close to their heart.  For the second year, Whole Foods Market is a champion sponsor and will donate five percent of their total revenues on March 2nd from their Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Westport and Milford stores. This revenue will directly benefit local nonprofits participating in Giving Day.

Last year, Fairfield County’s Giving Day had extraordinary results: $1,246,964 was donated by 11,000+ individuals for 410 nonprofits. Nonprofits throughout Fairfield County compete for grant prizes throughout the day such as the coveted Whole Foods Market “Get Up & Give” prizes. These prizes incentivize donors to give early and quickly on Fairfield County’s Giving Day, happening March 9th, in order to receive a $1,000 grant prize for their favorite nonprofit.

“Through Giving Day, we have witnessed the power of the entire community rallying in unison to support the local nonprofits. The “Get Up & Give” prize offered incredible incentive for our supporters and resulted in even more donations to support our mission. A win-win for all and we can’t wait to try again this year,” stated Catalina Samper Horak, Executive Director, Building One Community, The Center for Immigrant Opportunity (formerly Neighbors Link Stamford).

All community members are urged to shop ‘til you drop at Whole Foods Market on March 2nd and tell their neighbors and friends too! 

“We are thrilled to have our champion sponsor Whole Foods join Fairfield County’s Community Foundation for the second year in a row to directly benefit the nonprofits participating in Giving Day 2017. It is an honor to partner with a business that is a socially conscious, philanthropic champion in the community like Whole Foods Market,” states Juanita James, CEO and President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.  “On Giving Day, we come together as a community to support our neighbors and achieve something truly meaningful. Last year, $1.24 million was raised in just 24 hours. We are aiming high this year to break that record!”

Fairfield County’s Giving Day allows residents and businesses to ‘give where they live.’ This fundraising marathon is spearheaded by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to empower the greater community and encourage local philanthropy. Starting 12:00 am on March 9th, you can go to FCGives.org and choose your favorite local cause. Donations as modest as $10 add up. AND, your donation can help your favorite nonprofit win grant prizes up to $20,000.

As an online event, Fairfield County Giving Day is the ultimate, easy way for community members who live or work in the region to donate to wonderful and meaningful causes. This year, 431 nonprofits will be participating to raise much-needed funds and to increase awareness about their amazing work throughout the region

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is proud to partner with lead sponsor Bank of America for the fourth year.  Additional sponsors include media partner, Hearst Media Group Connecticut; champion sponsor, Whole Foods Market; magazine sponsor, Moffly Media; media sponsors, News 12 Connecticut, Star 99.9 and 95.9 FOX; and town square sponsors including TFI Envision, Day Pitney LLP, First County Bank, Webster Private Bank, Deloitte, Cummings & Lockwood, BlumShapiro, Neuberger Berman, Relyea Zuckerberg Hanson and Wealth Enhancement Group. More information about Fairfield County’s Giving Day can be found at FCGives.org.

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards and has awarded over $212 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation brings together community organizers, business experts and philanthropists to solve our region’s challenges. Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. fccfoundation.org

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Fairfield County’s Community Foundation) Charities Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:03:40 -0500
Amber Alert Canceled: 6 Year Old Found Located in Pennsylvania http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/43220-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania43220-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/43220-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania43220-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania

This morning at 6:48 AM, CT State Police issued an Amber Alert for 6 year old Aylin Sofia Hernandez who was abducted from Bridgeport. Police have canceled the Amber Alert and reported that Aylin was located in Pennsylvania.

According to WFSB (News 3) Aylin was abducted after a double stabbing and a murder in Bridgeport. She is safe and the suspect is in custody. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Public safety Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:59:06 -0500
WestConn professor's book examines Jefferson legacy http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43219-westconn-professor-s-book-examines-jefferson-legacy43219-westconn-professor-s-book-examines-jefferson-legacy http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43219-westconn-professor-s-book-examines-jefferson-legacy43219-westconn-professor-s-book-examines-jefferson-legacy

Reading and book signing on campus Feb. 28

Thomas Jefferson has long influenced Dr. Kevin Gutzman, a professor of History & Non-Western Cultures at Western Connecticut State University. In fact, Gutzman argues, Jefferson influences every American every day.

But Gutzman has spent more time thinking about Jefferson's mark on society than the rest of us. That is why he has written "Thomas Jefferson - Revolutionary: A Radical's Struggle to Remake America," about the man who drafted the Declaration of Independence, served as president and founded the University of Virginia.

Historians have probably written more about Jefferson than any other president besides Lincoln and Washington. Gutzman said there is room for another book because so many of Jefferson's ideas were incorporated into the creation of the United States, and continue to affect our lives.
In many cases, said Gutzman, who is a constitutional scholar, biographer of James Madison and author of several other books, we now think of Jefferson's revolutionary ideas as commonplace.

"People don't realize he was such a radical," Gutzman said. "People think freedom of religion is normal. We shouldn't think that way. It sets us apart from the rest of the world and people outside the U.S. see us as a beacon."

Gutzman argues that freedom of religion was Jefferson's "most significant long-term cause." "Because of Jefferson, government doesn't tell us what our religion would be. In fact, it doesn't care. Jefferson called it freedom of conscience."

The book also covers Jefferson's positions favoring assimilation of Indians and education of blacks and young women, all groups usually not allowed access to the classroom or other rights.
Federalism - the allocation of powers between the state and federal levels - also consumed much of Jefferson's thought and political activity.

Jefferson believed the nation would be healthier if more government decisions were made in state capitols, rather than in Washington, D.C. He wanted power dispersed within states as well.

"If everything is decided in Washington, the average person can't participate," Gutzman explained. "Jefferson wanted people to have more input in lower-case 'd' democracy."

Many of Jefferson's concepts and motivations came together in his work on public education.

Gutzman said Jefferson attended the College of William and Mary as a young man and "he was underwhelmed." When in later years his proposals to bring change to his alma mater were defeated, Jefferson founded the University of Virginia.

"It was completely radical, totally unlike any other institution," Gutzman said. "He stopped the parroting of Greek and Latin, although he loved those languages. Jefferson instituted essay exams and allowed students to take courses they wanted to take. He offered the hard sciences, and the governance of the university was different, with no proctor and faculty members electing the president. The whole thing was totally unknown. Today, nearly every university in the U.S. is like the University of Virginia."

Jefferson, of course, designed the campus and buildings for the university as well. He chose the books for the library with James Madison, lobbied Virginia legislators to ensure it was chartered and wrote course curricula.

And although Jefferson's lifelong slaveholding and belief in the inferiority of blacks is well-known, Gutzman said Jefferson was the first president to hire a black man, a land surveyor, to work for the federal government, and he proposed taxes in Virginia to pay for the schooling of every girl and boy, including free blacks. His arguments eventually included schooling for slave children as well.

The University of Virginia, where Gutzman did some of his own graduate work, was the culmination of Jefferson's efforts to democratize America, where everyone - not only land-owning white men - could be heard and make a difference.

It's a view that, despite occasional political rifts across the nation, generally pervades modern U.S. society.

But even though Jefferson's ideas may have become mainstream, Gutzman said, the third president - one of America's greatest revolutionaries and statesmen - would urge today's citizens to remain jealous of our freedoms.

"The fact that we live with the legacy of Jefferson's successes doesn't mean they are self-sustaining or that they will endure" Gutzman said. "We have to insist on it."

Gutzman will give a public lecture on "Thomas Jefferson - Revolutionary" and sign copies of the book at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Warner Hall on WestConn's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

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

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (WCSU) Events Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:54:51 -0500
Broadview Middle School students perform Peter Pan March 1-3 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43218-broadview-middle-school-students-perform-peter-pan-march-1-343218-broadview-middle-school-students-perform-peter-pan-march-1-3 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43218-broadview-middle-school-students-perform-peter-pan-march-1-343218-broadview-middle-school-students-perform-peter-pan-march-1-3

Broadview Middle School students perform "Peter Pan" March 1-3 beginning at 7:00 pm. The doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. 

For questions and tickets, email bmstheater@gmail.com 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Events Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:34:32 -0500
Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Stephen Harding on March 30 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/43195-town-hall-meeting-with-rep-stephen-harding-148770860443195-town-hall-meeting-with-rep-stephen-harding-1487708604 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/43195-town-hall-meeting-with-rep-stephen-harding-148770860443195-town-hall-meeting-with-rep-stephen-harding-1487708604

HARTFORD – State Rep. Steve Harding (R-107) is hosting a town hall meeting and state budget update on March 30th at the Brookfield Town Hall. Rep. Harding invites all interested constituents to join him in discussing the issues that are shaping the 2017 legislative session – like the state budget deficit and any proposed bills that could impact our community. Brookfield’s First Selectman Stephen Dunn and Superintendent of Schools John Barile will also be speaking at the meeting.

WHEN: Thursday, March 30th, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Brookfield Town Hall Meeting Room 133,

100 Pocono Road, Brookfield, CT

This event is free of charge and open to the public. If you have any questions, or are unable to attend but would still like to connect with Rep. Harding, please call his office at 1-800-842-1423 or email him at Stephen.Harding@housegop.ct.gov.

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alyssa.dirubbo@cga.ct.gov (Alyssa Di Rubbo) Politics Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:07:25 -0500
Danbury Titans: Bourne Tricks Cornwall http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43217-danbury-titans-bourne-tricks-cornwall43217-danbury-titans-bourne-tricks-cornwall http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43217-danbury-titans-bourne-tricks-cornwall43217-danbury-titans-bourne-tricks-cornwall

 
 
The Danbury Titans begin their four games in four night stretch with a big win at home against the Cornwall Nationals. The Titans were led by the first professional hat trick for Taylor Bourne to a 5-3 victory.
 
Danbury got on the board first with a power play goal from Bourne in the second half of the first period. The Titans controlled the play until the Nationals were able to tie the game up with a shorthanded goal from Sylvester Bzdyl. The teams would enter the intermission knotted at 1.
 
The second period continued the back and forth as a second Bourne goal was answered by Cornwall when Darick Ste. Marie scored off of the faceoff. However, Mike Dolman's late power play goal would put the Titans up for good late in the period.
 
With many new guys in the lineup, the Titans locked it down as Matt Graham scored on a penalty shot goal. It was a physical affair for the rest of the period and the Titans eventually got into penalty trouble. With an empty net for Cornwall, Bourne's clearing attempt ended up in the empty net for his hat trick. Cornwall would add a late goal but would fall short.
               
Nick Niedert got the win stopping 21 of 24 shots while Paul Bourbeau stopped 42 of 46 shots.
 
The Titans head on the road for three straight. Friday and Saturdayare in Berlin against the Riverdrivers before finishing up Sunday in Cornwall. The Titans return home Friday, March 3 when they host the Port Huron Prowlers.
 
Tickets and information are available by calling 844-DTHOCKEY or visiting www.danburytitans.com
 
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Tarad@hamlethub.com (m Lynch) Life Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:39:49 -0500