Danbury's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:42:42 -0400 HamletHub.com FUN-raise for Regional Hospice and run the SoNo Half Marathon http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43900-fun-raise-for-regional-hospice-and-run-the-sono-half-marathon43900-fun-raise-for-regional-hospice-and-run-the-sono-half-marathon http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43900-fun-raise-for-regional-hospice-and-run-the-sono-half-marathon43900-fun-raise-for-regional-hospice-and-run-the-sono-half-marathon

FUN-Raise for Regional Hospice and Palliative Care & Receive a Free Race Entry into the SoNo Half Marathon!

Visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/2017SoNoHalf and click on 'Set Up a Fundraiser' and then 'Join a Team' to sign up for the Regional Hospice Team. Be sure to select 'Regional Hospice Runs SoNo' as your team!

* $300 fundraised receives a free race entry

* $400 fundraised receives a free race entry + team water bottle + neck cooler

* $500 fundraised receives a free race entry + team water bottle + neck cooler + team race shirt

WHY WE FUNDRAISE

We understand the death is a natural part of the life cycle.  We have successfully helped thousands of patients live out their remaining days in the comfort of their own home or nursing care facility with peace and dignity, while supporting their families emotionally and spiritually.  Regional Hospice and Palliative Care is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and we are committed to providing compassionate end-of-life care, regardless of an individual's ability to pay.  Last year, we provided over $1 million in free care to patients whose needs were not covered by their insurers.

ABOUT US

Regional Hospice has served Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford & Litchfield counties with nonprofit home hospice care for over 30 years. In 2015, RHPC opened the state-of-the-art Center for Comfort Care & Healing. This family-centered hospice residence is CT’s first and only private-suite facility. Its mission is to provide exceptional end-of-life care, comfort and compassion to infants, children, adults and their families with a dedicated staff of professionals.  For more information, visit www.RegionalHospiceCT.org. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RegionalHospiceCT

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mtraub@regionalhospicect.org (Michelle Traub) Charities Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:26:15 -0400
SummerStage at Danbury Fair Fireworks & Food Truck Event is June 30 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43899-summerstage-at-danbury-fair-fireworks-food-truck-event-is-june-3043899-summerstage-at-danbury-fair-fireworks-food-truck-event-is-june-30 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43899-summerstage-at-danbury-fair-fireworks-food-truck-event-is-june-3043899-summerstage-at-danbury-fair-fireworks-food-truck-event-is-june-30

SummerStage at Danbury Fair is back with exciting new events and entertainment in June, July and August that will make Summer 2017 one for the record books! 

SummerStage kicks-off with the area's BEST fireworks on Friday, June 30.

The party starts at 6:00 PM in the back lot with bands, food trucks and SO MUCH MORE. The event starts with performances by Western Connecticut's Own Nick Arne band from 6-8PM, then performances by Rock This Town from 8-10PM.

Come hungry - food trucks will be onsite along with Whole Foods Market. Fireworks launch at dusk; raindate July 3rd.

Visit danburyfairmall.com for up-to-the-minute event details!

Visit the event Facebook Page here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Sarah) Events Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:48:19 -0400
CT Choral Society Chamber Singers to perform at Heritage Village http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43897-lori-mchugh-1498570422-149857042243897-lori-mchugh-1498570422-1498570422 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43897-lori-mchugh-1498570422-149857042243897-lori-mchugh-1498570422-1498570422

An Evening of Song: Chamber Singers of the Connecticut Choral Society

The Chamber Singers of the Connecticut Choral Society will be performing in concert at Sarah Cooke Hall in Heritage Village on Friday, June 30th, 7:00 pm, capping off a very special month for Heritage Village as it marks its 50th anniversary.

The Chamber Singers is a select group of 20 voices from the larger 65-voice Connecticut Choral Society (CCS), which for over 35 years has made music that makes a difference in peoples’ lives, locally, regionally, and internationally.

CCS has appeared numerous times in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Woolsey Hall at Yale and has toured England, Canada, Europe, Australia and China, but they have remained dedicated foremost to bringing beautiful and inspiring works to local audiences in Connecticut. In 2014, CCS was named by WFSB in Hartford as one of the top five choral groups in the state.

The Chamber Singers is an “ambassador group” of the larger CCS, with the explicit mission of bringing great a cappella choral music into the lives of those who may not have the mobility or means to attend the CCS’s major concerts. As such, the Chamber Singers offer a wide repertoire of choral music - from madrigals to spirituals and folk songs to pop hits from the great American Songbook - in venues like libraries, town festivals, benefit events, assisted living facilities and senior centers. Formed in 1988, one early highlight was a 1990 appearance on the network TV show, Good Morning America.

The program for the Heritage Village concert will include a sampling of the Chamber Singers’ varied repertoire. It will feature American Songbook standards (When I Fall In Love, Moon River and Music, Music, Music), an ancient madrigal by Thomas Morley
(My Bonnie Lass She Smileth) and a more modern one by the witty and irreverent Peter Schickele (aka PDQ Bach) called My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth. The audience will enjoy two lively spirituals: Ain’a That Good News and Every Time I Feel the Spirit.

Pete Seeger’s beautiful folk song To My Old Brown Earth will also be performed, along with a special surprise. “I’m going to keep people guessing on this one,” Ron says, “but it was especially selected for this concert - a song that was a #1 hit in 1967, to celebrate this 50th anniversary for Heritage Village.”

Tickets for this not-to-be-missed concert on Friday, June 30th, at 7 pm, are available at the door for $10. For more information: ChamberSingers@ctchoralsociety.org, or call (860) 921-3075.

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nachas@comcast.net (Lori McHugh) Neighbors Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:36:08 -0400
Wooster Student is Mr. Teen Puerto Rico & Participates in Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43898-puerto-rican-parade-of-fairfield-county-to-celebrate-its-24th-anniversary-july-7-943898-puerto-rican-parade-of-fairfield-county-to-celebrate-its-24th-anniversary-july-7-9 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43898-puerto-rican-parade-of-fairfield-county-to-celebrate-its-24th-anniversary-july-7-943898-puerto-rican-parade-of-fairfield-county-to-celebrate-its-24th-anniversary-july-7-9

Bridgeport, CT, June 2017 – The 2017 Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County will celebrate its 24th anniversary with special events on Friday, July 7; Saturday, July 8; and Sunday, July 9, with the Parade as the culminating event. The public is invited to all the events, with reservations required for the Annual Banquet Gala on Friday.   

This three-day celebration of community and tradition honors the rich history, heritage and culture of Puerto Rico. The theme, The Power and Pride of Our Voices, celebrates and recognizes the struggle and sorrow as well as the advancement and contribution of Puerto Ricans.  

The weekend gets started with the Annual Dinner/Dance Banquet Gala on Friday at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn. Advance reservations required.   Son 7 & DJ MB Flo will serenade the guests with tropical and dance music. The Grand Marshall, Sergeant Joseph A. Hernández, Bridgeport Police Department, Godmother/Madrina Anna C. Cruz, Assistant to the Dean of Students at Housatonic Community College, and Godfather/Padrino Carlos Collazo, President of the Greater New Haven Mentoring Collaborative, will be accompanied by the Royal Court, comprised of youth from Fairfield County schools, including: 

- Little Miss Puerto Rico Josany Galarza, Bridgeport/San Sebastián - attends Barnum School 

- Miss Teen Puerto Rico Christina Auguste, Bridgeport/Lares - attends Classical Studies Magnet Academy

- Mr. Teen Puerto Rico Kyle Vega, Stratford/ Bayamón - attends Wooster Middle School 

- Miss Puerto Rico Irene Surapine, Norwalk - attends Brien McMahon High School

Special 2017 honorees include Carlos Nieves, Jr., owner of Ortiz Boxing Gym as well as Carolyn González from Capital for Change. The keynote speaker is Edwin Ramos, local recording artist and Grammy Award winner.     

Bridgeport City Hall will host the annual flag raising event, which this year is honoring Miriam Colón (20 August 1936 – 3 March 2017), on Saturday at 11:30AM. A Puerto Rican actor, Colón was the founder and director of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York City, performed on Broadway and later moved on to television.  She is remembered for visiting Bridgeport on several occasions.  

The celebration continues with the Parade that begins at Central High School and goes down Park Avenue to Seaside Park, which annually attracts thousands of spectators and draws performers and marchers from various backgrounds. The entertainment continues into the evening at the Seaside Park with the music fest welcoming Pepe Rios y la Orchestra La Mancha directly from Puerto Rico. The highly popular Fiesta features top entertainment, a variety of food vendors with fun activities for children and families.  

 The Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that sponsors various events that are free of charge and open to the public.  Benefactors and the work of community volunteers support the PRPFC.  

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Rosa Correa) Events Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:01:00 -0400
Over 40 firework events are happening in CT from June 30th to July 4th http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43896-over-40-firework-events-are-happening-in-ct-from-june-30th-to-july-4th-149850217443896-over-40-firework-events-are-happening-in-ct-from-june-30th-to-july-4th-1498502174 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/43896-over-40-firework-events-are-happening-in-ct-from-june-30th-to-july-4th-149850217443896-over-40-firework-events-are-happening-in-ct-from-june-30th-to-july-4th-1498502174

July 4th is coming up, which means one thing: fireworks! Being a Connecticut resident, however, means you are not limited to the firework shows in your area. They are happening all across the state, with 41 events going on between Friday, June 30th, and Tuesday, July 4th. Find one (or more) that interests you from the selection below!

Friday, June 30th

  • Danbury - Danbury Fair Mall (6 PM). Rain Date: 7/3/17

  • Hamden - Town Center Park, 2761 Dixwell Ave (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/1/2017

  • Hartford - Dunkin Donuts Park (Hartford Yard Goats Post-Game Show). No Rain Date.

  • Killingly - Owen Bell Park (9:15 PM). Rain Date: 7/7/2017

  • Norwich - Dodd Stadium (CT Tigers Post-Game). No Rain Date.

  • Norwich - Fireworks on the Harbor, 100 Chelsea Harbor Drive (Dusk). Rain Date: 07/02/2017

  • Oxford - 2017 Quaker Farms Fire Co. Annual Carnival, Quaker Farms School, 30 Great Oak Rd. (9:45 PM). No rain date.

  • Simsbury - Celebrate America - Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center (After Concert). Rain Date: 7/1/2017

  • Stafford Spring - Independence Day Celebration with Fireworks, Stafford Motor Speedway, 55 West St. (Fireworks at Conclusion of Feature Events). No Rain Date.

  • Stamford - Cummings Park (Entertainment at 6 PM, Fireworks at 9 PM). Rain Date: 7/1/2017

  • Stratford - Short Beach Park (9:00 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

Saturday, July 1st

  • Bristol - Lake Compounce (9:00 PM). Rain Date: 7/7/2017

  • Darien - Darien High School (Gates Open at 6:30 PM). Rain Date: 7/2/2017

  • Greenwich - Greenwich Point and Binney Park (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/2/2017

  • Hartford - Dunkin' Donuts Park (Hartford Yard Goats Post-Game Show). Rain Date: None

  • Lakeville - Lime Rock Park (9:00 PM). Rain Date: None

  • Manchester - Manchester Band Shell (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/2/2017

  • Middletown - Barge off of Harbor Park (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/2/2017

  • Milford - Milford's Lisman Landing (9:15 PM). Rain Date: 07/08/2017

  • New Britain- New Britain Stadium (New Britain Bees Post-Game Show). Rain Date: None

  • New Milford - Town Green (Full Dusk - Approx. 9:30 PM). Rain Date: 07/28/2017

  • Putnam - Rotary Park, Kennedy Drive (Concert at 7 PM, Fireworks at 9:15 PM). Rain Date: 07/02/2017

  • Redding - Rock'n Roots Revival, Lonetown Farm & Museum, 43 Lonetown Rd (9k Run at 8 AM, Concert at 12 PM, Fireworks After Dusk). Rain Date: 07/02/2017

Sunday, July 2nd

  • Fairfield - Penfield or Jennings Beach (Entertainment at 6 PM, Fireworks at 9:15 PM). Rain Date: 7/3/2017

  • Hartford - Dunkin' Donuts Park (Hartford Yard Goats Post-Game Show). No Rain Date.

  • Orange - Orange Fairgrounds (Concert at 6:30, Fireworks at 9:30 PM). Rain Date: 7/3/2017

  • Waterbury - Brass Mill Center (Festivities at 2 PM, Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.). Rain Date: 7/9/2017

Monday, July 3rd

  • Bridgeport - The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport Bluefish Post-Game Show). No Rain Date

  • Derby - Downtown Derby/Shelton (Concert beginning at 7 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • Madison - Waterfront area off of West Wharf Beach (9:30 PM). Rain Date: 7/7/2017

  • Naugatuck - Old Firehouse Rd. (Celebration at 6 PM, Fireworks at 9:15 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • Norwalk - Calf Pasture Beach (Performances begin at 5:30 PM, Fireworks at Dusk). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • West Haven - Bradley Point Park (9:00 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • Westport - Compo Beach (9:00 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

Tuesday, July 4th

  • Haddam - Search for Fireworks Cruise, Eagle Landing State Park (Departs at 7:30 PM). No Rain Date.

  • Middlebury - Quassy Amusement Park (10:15 PM). No Rain Date.

  • New Canaan - Waveny Park (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • New Haven - East Rock Park (9 PM). No Rain Date.

  • Norwalk - Bayley Beach (9:15 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • Norwich - Dodd Stadium (CT Tigers Post-Game Show). No Rain Date.

Wilton - Wilton High School (9:30 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

 

Happy Independence Weekend, everyone!

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jacqueline.logsted@woosternet.org (Jackie) Life Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:58:52 -0400
An Evening of One Acts Opens at Theater Barn June 30! http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43895-an-evening-of-one-acts-opens-at-theater-barn-june-30th-149849787943895-an-evening-of-one-acts-opens-at-theater-barn-june-30th-1498497879 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43895-an-evening-of-one-acts-opens-at-theater-barn-june-30th-149849787943895-an-evening-of-one-acts-opens-at-theater-barn-june-30th-1498497879

The Ridgefield Theater Barn will present An Evening of One Acts 2017 Friday and Saturday evenings, June 30th through July 15th at 8pm, and Sunday July 9th at 5pm. Produced by Cheryl Boyd, the evening will feature eight original, unpublished works which celebrate life and relationships through an assortment of perspectives. 

Bringing together an incredible ensemble of actors from throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties, the evening features Rachel Ames, Tim Cleary, Brian DeToma, Eileen Fickes, Larry Greeley, Rick Haylon, Peter Haynes, Pamme Jones, Desi Kelley, Panni Layton, Kristi McKeever, Roberto Perez, Danette Risoillig, Stefanie Rosenber, Chhanda Som, Nicole Veach, and Donna White.

An Evening of One Acts is a popular annual event on the Theater Barn calendar and they are thrilled with this year’s selections, which include: The Buffet, written by Christopher Griffin and directed by Flori Doyle, A Package Deal, written by C.J. Ehrlich and directed by Kay Mayr, High Contrast, written by Pat O’Connor and directed by Daniel Mulvihill, The Lounge, written by Christopher Griffin and directed by Alexis Vournazos, The Drive, written by Tracy James and directed by Nick Kaye, Web-Enabled, written by Deborah A. Vines and directed by Cheryl Boyd, The Computer Lesson, written by Myles Gansfried and directed by Kay Mayr, and The Rooftop Artist, written by Marlene Fanta Shyer and directed by Deborah Carlson.

The Ridgefield Theater Barn is located at 37 Halpin Lane; cabaret seating, bring food & beverage, doors open one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are $25 and available at ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.

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publicity@ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org (Ridgefield Theater Barn) Neighbors Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:59:11 -0400
The Ultimate Buddy Holly Experience Comes to Danbury! http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43890-the-ultimate-buddy-holly-experience-comes-to-danbury43890-the-ultimate-buddy-holly-experience-comes-to-danbury http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43890-the-ultimate-buddy-holly-experience-comes-to-danbury43890-the-ultimate-buddy-holly-experience-comes-to-danbury

 

Get ready to to party like it’s 1959 when Not Fade Away, the ultimate Buddy Holly experience, comes to Danbury’s Palace Theatre this Saturday June 24 at 8PM.
 
Backed by a full-tilt,  good-time rockin’ live band, this one of a kind show will have you dancing in the aisles to the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and more.
 
In 1959, Buddy Holly was a rising rock ’n’ roll star when a tragic plane crash struck him down along with Valens and The Big Bopper. Holly's death was memorialized in Don McLean's iconic song "American Pie" as "the day the music died.”
 
But Holly's music never died. The songs he wrote and performed with his band remain as fresh today as they did in the 1950’s. A rock ’n’ roll pioneer, Holly created an energetic new kind of music, changing the landscape for an entire generation of music listeners and music makers alike. 
 
Not Fade Away takes the ordinary tribute show and turns it into a rock ’n’ roll tour-de-force With fresh takes on classic hit songs including That'll Be The Day, Summertime Blues, Oh Donna, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Peggy Sue, and more
 
Featuring Jared Mancuso as “Buddy,” Mancuso is a singer, dancer, and actor who has portrayed the rock legend from coast to coast to rave reviews.“With his short, curly hair and thick framed glasses, Mancuso captures not only the look and sound of Buddy Holly but also the spirit of the young rock ‘n roller … for all sense and purposes, Jared Mancuso is Buddy Holly!” -David Appleford,~American Theatre Critics Association
 
Tickets are available online at https://tickets.thepalacedanbury.com or at the box office the night of the show. All tickets $40. Reserved seating only. Box Office phone number: 203 794-9944
 
The Palace Danbury is located at 165 Main Street, just minutes off of I-84, in Danbury, Connecticut. Free parking is readily available for theatre patrons in the parking lot behind the building. For more information about this and all upcoming shows visit https://tickets.thepalacedanbury.com

 

Not Fade Away Teaser

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carol@thepalacedanbury.com (esmeralda ) Events Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:11:58 -0400
Danbury Farmers' Market set to open TOMORROW! http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43871-danbury-farmers-market-set-to-open-on-june-24th-remaining-open-until-october43871-danbury-farmers-market-set-to-open-on-june-24th-remaining-open-until-october http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43871-danbury-farmers-market-set-to-open-on-june-24th-remaining-open-until-october43871-danbury-farmers-market-set-to-open-on-june-24th-remaining-open-until-october

 

CityCenter Danbury will be hosting a Farmers' Market every Saturday from June 24th through October 21st at Danbury Green from 10 am to 2 pm. Held by the Danbury Farmers’ Market Community Collaborative (DFMCC), this event "enables everyone to share in the excitement and benefits of fresh local fruits, vegetables, specialty food items, music and special events." The event will feature live music; nutrition, health, and fitness activities; and, of course, fresh food from vendors all over Connecticut. If you are interested in applying to be a vendor, click here

The over-arching message of the event is told by Better Health through Better Food, a "community-wide health and nutrition enhancement and engagement campaign, a sustainable agriculture initiative, and an economic development strategy" overseeing the event. "Obesity and poor nutrition at all ages, underlying factors in most chronic diseases are strongly associated with the inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables. Those with limited resources tend to purchase less fruits and vegetables. Through direct cash incentives at the market, the DFMCC continues to attack disparities in food purchasing power. Research shows that 79% of the project participants increased their intake of fruits and vegetables."

Better Health through Better Food aims to use the Danbury Farmers' Market as an opportunity to provide better access for all Danbury residents to fresh food, promoting nutrition while giving families a more financially-friendly health food option. To create a healthier community is at the heart of the event's mission, and that starts with making health food more accessible.

Click here for further information on this years Danbury Farmers' Market.

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jacqueline.logsted@woosternet.org (Jackie) Places Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:18:00 -0400
State Police Investigate Sexual Assault on 12 Year Old http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/43892-state-police-investigate-sexual-assault-on-12-year-old43892-state-police-investigate-sexual-assault-on-12-year-old http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/43892-state-police-investigate-sexual-assault-on-12-year-old43892-state-police-investigate-sexual-assault-on-12-year-old

According to documents filed in Danbury Superior Court, Luis Emilio Cruz of Bridgeport was arrested on charges of sexual assault in the 4th degree. Connecticut State Police say he committed the alleged assault on Wednesday January 25, 2017 in Newtown, CT on a 12 year old female victim.  The victim had been exiting a transportation bus owned by Connecticut Transportation Services, LLC (CTS) when she told her foster mother that the driver, later identified as Cruz had touched her inappropriately.

Due to confusion in communication between CTS and the Department of of Children and Families (DCF), the act was originally thought to have been committed on January 26, 2017 by a different driver.

The victim is currently living with a foster parent and has been diagnosed as intellectually disabled, described as operating on an intellectual level much younger than her chronological age.

The victim has scheduled visits with her biological parents every Tuesday and Thursday.  Following the visits, she is transported back to her foster home in Bridgeport by CTS.  On March 8, 2017, the victim’s regular driver was questioned.  He had been the one to drive her on Thursday, January 26 - the date originally thought to be the date of occurrence of the assault.  However, CTS vehicles are equipped with GPS systems that confirmed the regular drivers’ story.  He claimed to have picked her up on time (4:30), and driven to Bridgeport with no stops.  The GPS shows him leaving the pickup location at 4:31 and driving straight through to Bridgeport.  The regular driver also told police that the victim was typically “joyful” and sang along with the radio.  However, on the day in question, the victim was much more reserved and did not sing.  When he neared his typical exit, she suddenly started screaming, “Don’t get off!  Stay on the highway!  Don’t get off!”  The driver was able to calm the victim without stopping the vehicle and the rest of the trip was uneventful.  GPS data corroborated the account.

On March 9, 2017, police received documentation from DCF that CTS had performed a one-time transport of the victim from her biological parents’ residence in New Fairfield to her foster home in Bridgeport on Wednesday, January 25.  Normally, CTS transports do not occur on Wednesdays.  The driver on that date was Luis E. Cruz.  

A licensed clinical social worker with training in administering forensic child interviews in cases of suspected sexual assault interviewed the victim on March 9.  The victim was able to indicate that she had been touched on her intimate parts but was not able to tell the interviewer who was responsible.

GPS data for Cruz’s vehicle on the date of the assault were examined.  Cruz picked the victim up at 4:33pm at her biological parent’s residence.  He drove the expected route towards Bridgeport but made an unscheduled stop off route at 5:15pm when he pulled into the National Shooting Sports Foundation parking lot.  Cruz’s vehicle remained stationary in the lot for one minute and forty-one seconds.  He then pulled back onto the road and continued to Bridgeport with no further unexplained stops.

Cruz was questioned by police on March 13.  Cruz initially claimed to have made no unscheduled stops.  When confronted with GPS evidence to the contrary, he admitted to having stopped in the National Shooting Sports Foundation parking lot for a short period to make sure that the victim was still wearing her seatbelt.  Cruz was unable to explain why he had reason to believe that the victim had removed her seatbelt.  When asked if he had verbally asked the victim, “Did you take your seatbelt off?”  he answered that he tried not to talk to the victim.  When asked how he determined that the seatbelt was still fastened, Cruz maintained that he had pulled into the parking lot at dusk and without activating any interior lights was able to turn and see that the seatbelt was fastened.  However, this fails to account for about 90 seconds of time.  Cruz could provide no other explanation for the unaccounted 90 seconds other than “he lost track of time.”  

When Cruz dropped off the victim in Bridgeport, he admitted to police that he had seen the girl turn back to him and point while declaring to her foster parent that “that man touched my vagina.”  Cruz says he was shocked but gave no verbal response to the claim.  He claims that the foster parent told him, “Don’t worry about it” and made a spiral hand gesture to indicate that the victim was “not all there.”  After that, Cruz claims to have forgotten about the incident.

On March 16, police interviewed the foster parent at her home in Bridgeport.  She described the victim as happy and generally honest.  She reported that she had been working on “Boundary Issues” with the victim, who is not afraid to voice a concern to her foster mother when she perceives a problem.  She is also teaching the victim to use proper terms to describe her own body.  The foster parent claims that her foster daughter pointed directly at Crus and stated, “That man touched my vagina,” before rushing inside.  Cruz reportedly responded, “She’s lying.”  The foster parent indicated to Cruz to wait while she went to check with the victim, but when she returned, Cruz had left.  She claims to have never told Cruz “not to worry” and says she would never indicate that a child was “not all there.”  The foster parent returned inside to the victim, who told her without prompting that “That man touch my vagina with his finger.”  The foster parent immediately began making calls to the DCF to report the incident.

On March 16, Cruz was again questioned by police.  He claimed to have remembered an alibi - he was texting a friend during the one minute forty second period  he was stopped in the parking lot.  However, there were no active texts in the thread that Cruz showed to police that matched the time of the crime.  Cruz ultimately provided a verbal statement that he had pulled into the parking lot with the sole intent of touching the victim’s vagina.  He believed that she was asleep and would be unaware of the contact.  After stopping the vehicle, he took off his own seatbelt before spinning around to the victim.  He stated that his intent was to touch the Victim’s vagina on top of her clothing but he only touched her inner, upper thigh on top of her clothing

On March 23, police examined the vehicle in which the crime had occurred.  They determined that from the driver’s seat, it would not have been possible to see whether the passenger had been wearing a seatbelt.  The floor plan of the vehicle also allows for the driver to move about to the second row unobstructed.  Though Cruz maintains he was seated while he touched the victim, it is possible that he left his seat.  However, given Cruz’s physical stature and the distance between the driver’s seat and the second row of seats, it is possible for Cruz to have touched the victim without leaving his seat.

Given all evidence, police believe suspect Luis Emilio Cruz, DOB 08/28/1977, 39 years old at the time of the incidence, committed the crime of sexual assault in the fourth degree on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  The victim was 11 years old at the time and suffers from some degree of mental impairment.  He touched her inner thigh, which qualifies as an intimate part of her body.

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Shannon) Public safety Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:57:32 -0400
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Park Avenue School Community Garden Set For June 29 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43888-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-for-park-avenue-school-community-garden-set-for-june-2943888-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-for-park-avenue-school-community-garden-set-for-june-29 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43888-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-for-park-avenue-school-community-garden-set-for-june-2943888-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-for-park-avenue-school-community-garden-set-for-june-29

 

Ceremony Celebrates the Work of Parents, School Staff, and United Way Volunteers

 United Way of Western Connecticut invites the public to a ribbon cutting for the Park Avenue School Community Garden on June 29, 2017 at 6 pm. This event will usher in the official opening of the Park Avenue School Community Garden, with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by the parents, local funders, and school staff and administration who made the garden possible. State Senator Michael McLachlan of Connecticut’s 24th District, representing communities of Danbury, Bethel, New Fairfield and Sherman, will also attend the event.

The garden was created as part of United Way of Western Connecticut’s Strong Start Neighborhood Initiative at Park Avenue School. Strong Start prepares children in the Park Avenue Elementary School neighborhood/zone for success in kindergarten and the early grades, which form a critical foundation for academic achievement and success in the later school years. The garden was supported by Strong Start Program funds from The Grossman Family Foundation.

“This is an amazing garden,” said Kimberly Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut. “The parents are rightfully proud of the work they have done to create a beautiful garden that can be used by the school and the neighborhood. Gardens bring people together. This is something that will bring parents, school staff, and the Park Avenue neighbors together for many years.”

The project was spearheaded by Maria Vargas, a bilingual parent outreach worker at Park Avenue School whose work is also funded through Strong Start. Recognizing that parents who don’t speak English as a first language are often hesitant to get involved in extra-curricular school life, Vargas encouraged parent involvement in the garden as a way to break down barriers between parents, school administrators and staff.

The garden includes 14 vegetable beds, with a variety of thriving plants, including lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, cabbages and potatoes. Many parents, particularly students’ fathers who are often unable to attend school events, were important volunteers to this project, from pouring concrete to installing an irrigation system.

This garden was not only built by family, staff and administrators from Park Avenue School, but furnished with generous donations from throughout the community. Park Avenue School parents (and grandparents) contributed more than 30 planting cages for tomatoes and cucumbers, carrots and radish seeds, transportation for building material, and landscaping fabric. The Park Avenue PTO will be donating benches for the garden's sitting area. United Way Northern Fairfield County Community Council Member Gigi Christel was actively involved in the planning and construction of the garden and facilitated a donation of starter plants from the Ridgefield Garden Club. Agway of Danbury and New Milford donated plants and discount on building materials.

Park Avenue Elementary School Principal David Krafick also dedicated many hours to the project. “Building the garden has been a great opportunity to meet and mingle with more parents and work on something fun with the kids,” Principal Krafick said. “The garden can now be used as part of the school curriculum, and will continue to be a gathering place for families.”

If you are interested in getting involved in the Park Avenue Community Garden project, please contact Caroline LaFleur at United Way of Western Connecticut at (203) 297-6307 or caroline.lafleur@uwwesternct.org

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (UWWC) Places Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:29:28 -0400
Grand Re-Opening Celebration at Gallery 25 at New Milford Train Station http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43887-grand-re-opening-celebration-at-gallery-25-at-new-milford-train-station43887-grand-re-opening-celebration-at-gallery-25-at-new-milford-train-station http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/43887-grand-re-opening-celebration-at-gallery-25-at-new-milford-train-station43887-grand-re-opening-celebration-at-gallery-25-at-new-milford-train-station

 

Gallery 25 is excited to announce the gallery’s Grand Re-Opening reception, on Saturday, July 15th from 6PM – 9PM, in celebration of their new location at the historic New Milford train station. Refreshments will be served and many artists will be available that evening to discuss their works consisting of paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, glass, fiber and more.

“We are so thrilled to be open in our new location.  It’s a beautiful space to showcase the artwork of some incredibly talented artists from western Connecticut.” said gallery Director Diane Dubreuil. “We couldn’t have made a successful transition without the vision and support of Mayor David Gronbach, Economic Development Director Kevin Bielmeier and New Milford Commission on the Arts. We are so grateful.”

"I am so happy with the work that the Commission on the Arts and the Gallery does in providing an outlet and a forum for art in New Milford. The new location is a great fit for our Downtown and I thank all of the people involved in moving and maintaining this ever evolving project. There is a small park to the side of the Station that would make a great sculpture garden. We'll see what next year brings!" said New Milford mayor David Gronbach.

With guidance from the New Milford Commission on the Arts, Gallery 25 was founded in the fall of 2014 as a cooperative-style art gallery representing local and regional award-winning artists and artisans. Gallery exhibitions, both then and now, include a wide variety of unique fine art and fine artisan creations in a wide range of media. 

Renewing interest and growth in the local art scene is a priority of the gallery and its member artists.

Gallery 25 is conveniently located at 11 Railroad Street at the historic train station in New Milford, Connecticut (http://newmilfordgallery25.blogspot.com). Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm, or by appointment (phone 860-355-6009). Admission is free. Ample free parking is available. 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Lori Meehan) Places Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:18:02 -0400
Journey Through the Twists and Turns of Richter's Into the Woods http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43893-journey-through-the-twists-and-turns-of-richter-s-into-the-woods43893-journey-through-the-twists-and-turns-of-richter-s-into-the-woods http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/43893-journey-through-the-twists-and-turns-of-richter-s-into-the-woods43893-journey-through-the-twists-and-turns-of-richter-s-into-the-woods

Take an exciting journey through the dark twists of beloved fairytales in Musical at Richter’s Into the Woods. The Broadway smash written by Jame Lapin with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim opened this past weekend and will performing until July 1st.

The show begins with three intertwined fairy tales, focusing on the wishes of characters dreaming for a better life while overcoming adversity. Cinderella wishes to go to the king’s festival. She must overcome the efforts of her evil stepmother and stepsisters to prevent her from attending. Jack (of the Beanstalk fame) wishes not to sell his friend Milky White, a cow, despite the insistence of his mother. The baker and his wife desperately wish for a child but are cursed by their neighbor, a vindictive witch. The witch instructs the baker and his wife to obtain four items for a spell and in exchange she will break the curse. On their quest into the woods, they encounter Little Red and her legendary red cape. Little Red is subsequently confronted by two charming but ravenous wolves as she strays from the path. Traditionally, the scene is played by one wolf, however the additional wolf made an interesting change in the dynamic and staging of the song. The wolves later play Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince. A team of Narrators perceptively guides us through the stories as they also take on supporting characters throughout the production.

Little Red expertly played by Tori Vacca, with her sweet and sassy interpretation of the role makes every moment she is on stage a delightful one. Sergio Mandujano as Cinderella’s Prince and Little Red’s wolf has a stunningly strong voice and a command of the stage that made you look even when he isn’t leaping halfway across it. The Baker’s Wife, played by Carey Van Hollen fully embodied the character. Her strong determination in seeking the necessary items to get her child almost makes you think that the ends do indeed justify the means. Will Armstrong gives a sincere performance as the puppeteer of Jack’s bovine friend, Milky White. The design evoked the seriousness of the show War Horse, with its wire framing, but was given a beautiful lighthearted air as Armstrong brought him to life. Tyler Carey as Jack was astounding in his performance of “Giants in the Sky” as he bounds between rotating platforms that are creatively designed to look like books.  Betsy Simpson beautifully portrayed Cinderella as we see her transform from a submissive young girl into a determined heroine. Rounding out this talented cast are Tracey Marble, Nathan Mandracchia, Patrick Spaulding, Stephen Moores, Beth Bria Salvador, Natalie Harde, Emma Giorgio, Priscilla Squiers, Cassandra Bielmeier, Cathy Cavender, Brian Hinger, Juliana Koziol, Rob Mayette, Rachel Salvador and Daisy Stott.

Brad Blake direction and choreography the show, mixed traditional and new interpretations to create unique production with Music Direction by Ed Koch. The orchestra lead by Daniel Michael Koch included Anna Demasi, Sarah Tusch, Daniel Frankhuizen, Charles Casimiro, Kate Diaz, Jessica Pietrosanti, Jessica Stein and Bob Kogut.

The set design, by Jake McGuire, pulls you into the world of storybooks. The subtle change when entering the woods works perfectly with Richter’s outdoor theatre, giving you a sense of being immersed in the woods with the characters. The set works seamlessly with the lighting design also by Mr. McGuire, to create a pattern of light and shadows reminiscent of the woods at twilight. Things hide in the shadows, and pop out when you least expect it.

Don’t miss the final performances on June 23, 24, 25, 29, 30 & July 1 at the Richter Arts Center (next to the Richter Park Golf Course, I-84, Exit 2), 100 Aunt Hack Road, in Danbury. Tickets for “Into the Woods” on Friday, Saturday & Sundays are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students (with ID), and $10 for children 10 and under. For the additional Thursday performance on June 29, tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for children 10 and under. Tickets may be purchased through the Musicals at Richter website (www.musicalsatrichter.org) or at the door. Grounds open at 7:15 p.m. for picnicking, with curtain at 8:30 p.m.

Photo credit: David Henningsen Photography

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (Antonia & Margaret Carey) Neighbors Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:44:47 -0400
DAWS holds Kitten Open House tomorrow in Bethel http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43879-daws-holds-kitten-open-house-tomorrow-in-bethel43879-daws-holds-kitten-open-house-tomorrow-in-bethel http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43879-daws-holds-kitten-open-house-tomorrow-in-bethel43879-daws-holds-kitten-open-house-tomorrow-in-bethel

Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS) will hold a Kitten Open House tomorrow, Friday, June 22 from 5:30-7:30PM at DAWS!

"Meet the cuties and maybe find the newest member of your family," says DAWS.

DAWS is located at 147 Grassy Plain Street in Bethel.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (DAWS) Events Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:46:12 -0400
Global Lyme Alliance Issues RFP for 2017-18 Grants http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43874-global-lyme-alliance-issues-rfp-for-2017-18-grants-149810287343874-global-lyme-alliance-issues-rfp-for-2017-18-grants-1498102873 http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/43874-global-lyme-alliance-issues-rfp-for-2017-18-grants-149810287343874-global-lyme-alliance-issues-rfp-for-2017-18-grants-1498102873

Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme and tick-borne disease through research, education and awareness, today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for grants to advance the identification, treatment and cure of Lyme and tick-borne diseases. 

Grants will be provided for one-year duration with the possibility of renewal. The deadline date for applications to be accepted is midnight, Friday, September 15, 2017.  Proposals will be reviewed and funding decisions will be announced in December 2017. 

GLA’s 2017-18 grant funding supports innovative research efforts in areas that include, but are not limited to, antimicrobial development, personalized medicine, identification and treatment of post-treatment Lyme, new diagnostic technologies and ecology of emerging tick-borne diseases. A more detailed list of potential research areas can be found on the organization’s website. 

The objective of GLA’s grant program is to encourage scientific studies that will lead to new discoveries, better diagnostics and therapeutics in Lyme and tick-borne diseases. 

“As the number of Lyme and tick-borne diseases continues to grow, there is a tremendous need to keep science moving forward," said Mayla Hsu, Ph.D., GLA’s Director of Research and Science (pictured). 

Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne disease in the U.S. with some 329,000 new cases reported in the U.S. each year. The number of Lyme cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national reporting began in 1982. There are no accurate diagnostic tests for Lyme disease, no tests to prove that Lyme bacteria are eradicated or that an individual is cured.

For more information about GLA’s research grant program and application, visit GLA.org. 

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ABOUT GLOBAL LYME ALLIANCE

Global Lyme Alliance is the leading nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme through research, education and awareness. The 501(c)(3) is headquartered in Greenwich, CT. 

 

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ronacherry@earthlink.net (Global Lyme Alliance) Charities Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:31:21 -0400
Cultural Alliance of Western CT hosts Open Mic Night http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43878-cultural-alliance-of-western-ct-hosts-open-mic-night43878-cultural-alliance-of-western-ct-hosts-open-mic-night http://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/43878-cultural-alliance-of-western-ct-hosts-open-mic-night43878-cultural-alliance-of-western-ct-hosts-open-mic-night

 

As poets and writers breathe words, so too does Art give voice. To celebrate and complement its current @287 Gallery exhibition, "Endworks: Out of Darkness," The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is hosting an "Open MIc Night" on Friday, July 14th at 5:30pm at 287 Main Street, Danbury. The event is designed to engage, move the conversation forward, and increase awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.

"Endworks" is a collaboration between the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and the Women's Center of Greater Danbury.  The relationship between artist and audience is distinctive, creating an artist-led encounter between those whose lives have been touched by domestic violence and sexual assault, and those who have not. The current art exhibit explores these issues and what it means to the artist personally and perhaps for our nation at large.  It is also a place to create common ground, to explore these topics more fully, to inspire truth and hope, and to deepen our dialogue.

"Open Mic Night" is an invitation to a community of all ages and abilities to participate in an evening of performance. Performers of all levels who sing, play instruments (acoustic or electronic), write and perform poetry or spoken word, essayists and all other performing artists who seek an audience are welcome. Help the Cultural Alliance celebrate writing that speaks to transformation, renewal, and inspires a sense of hope and new beginning, perseverance and inner strength, fostering a shared narrative that is empowering as it relates to domestic violence, sexual assault, and broader issues of violence. Share your writing with local and regional like-minded writers, artists, and community members. Enjoy the art exhibit. Light refreshments will be served, and  original artworks and broadsides are for sale.

Spaces are limited, so reservations are required. If you would like to perform or attend as an audience member, please register. Go to http://bit.ly/endworksopenmic to join in this special evening. First come, first perform, and share our creative community voices. 

Featured writers (attached photos) will include:

Rennie McQuilkin, 2017 Poet Laureate for the State of Connecticut, Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Rennie has an extensive background participating in poetry readings and workshops in Connecticut and beyond, as well as a distinguished literary career with several published full-length collections of poetry. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The Yale Review, Yankee, The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, The Gettysburg Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The North American Review, The American Scholar, and many other publications.

Lea Graham, author of chapbooks and the poetry book, Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You, published by No Tell Books in 2011. Her poems, translations, reviews and essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She is Associate Professor of English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Major funding is provided by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. @287 Gallery is supported by the Savings Bank of Danbury.  

    

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kerry@ducey.org (Ted Killmer) Events Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:28:35 -0400