Newfairfield's HamletHub Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:44:13 -0400 Former New Fairfield Resident, Tony O'Brien, 81 has Died

Anthony "Tony" O'Brien, 81, of Ocala, Florida, formerly of New Fairfield, CT, husband of the late Patricia (Quinn) O'Brien died on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Ocala.  The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury

]]> (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:38:44 -0400
Big Brothers Big Sisters Donation Drive in Brookfield

June is donation drive month at savers! Savers pay’s our nonprofit partner Big Brothers Big sisters of southwest CT for all donations!

The summer months prove to be a busy time for the big brothers and big sisters, let’s help get these kids out on the town! So let’s clean out our closets and household goods items and donate today! You will receive a tax receipt and a coupon good for up to 30% a store purchase!! Valid for one year People from all over our region help to support us by donating their used clothing and household goods. The agency assists its clients in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become more confident, competent and caring individuals by providing them with committed, screened, trained and supervised volunteer mentors. This relationship takes many forms. A Big Brother may be his Little Brother's mentor. A Big Sister may be her Little Sister's role model. In all relationships, the "Big" is the "Little's" friend

Saver’s also has a get to give program where any nonprofit organization can benefit from items in the store for free! Weather its clothing, books, shoes, games, toys etc.  I fill the need in our community! Please feel free to call me for details.  203-775-5910 Liz Milazzo Community Donation Manager Savers of Brookfield.

]]> (Savers Brookfield) Charities Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:28:59 -0400
Danbury Orthopedics Total Joint Specialist Talks Robotics for Hip & Knee Replacements on June 29 in Southbury

Danbury Orthopedics Total Joint Specialist, Dr. Robert Deveney, will speak next week about how robotics is making hip and knee replacements a more reliable option that could offer more mobility and a pain-free lifestyle.

The talk will be held at River Glen Health Care Center (162 S. Britain Road in Southbury) on Thursday, June 29th at 5:30 p.m. The event is free, but requires a rsvp. The event will also feature drinks, appetizers and live piano music. To rsvp, email or call 203-264-9600.

Dr. Deveney is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedist who specializes in disorders of the hip and knee, total hip replacement, total knee replacement, robotic-assisted total hip replacement, robotic-assisted partial knee replacement, revision surgery, and minimally invasive total hip and total knee replacement surgery.

]]> (Danbury Ortho) Events Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:22:13 -0400
Laugh yourself silly when local comedians make their stand up debut on June 26 at Ridgefield Playhouse

Christine O’Leary’s students make their stand-up debut in the Comedy Workshop Graduation Showcaseat The Ridgefield Playhouse on June 26

The latest batch of Christine O’Leary’s brave, funny, and fabulous students are getting ready to make their on-stage comedy debut! The Ridgefield Playhouse, Barts Tree Service Comedy Series and HamletHub Whole New You Series presents the Comedy Workshop Graduation Showcase on Monday, June 26 at 7:30 pm.

The performance, which is partially underwritten by Reliance Merchant Services, is hosted by Christine O’Leary and features the comic talents of Jerry Kuyper, Hailey Postmantier, Howard Gale, Brian Shea, Diane Reda-West, Marisa Tsalapatanis, Gerry Dawes, Helen Werner, Jane Golenbock, Angel Fredricks, Eric Rand, Laura Vonstein, Ben Wallace, Kate Rado and Michael Mast. This hilarious, belly laughing evening is the finale to Christine O’Leary’s Stand Up Comedy Workshop at The Ridgefield Playhouse. 

For tickets to the Graduation Showcase ($20) call the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT

]]> (Lisa Barrett) Events Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:19:00 -0400
Bethel Resident Dr. Patrick Higgins Appointed Immaculate High School Principal

Dr. Patrick D. Higgins, a Bethel resident, will assume the post of school Principal of Immaculate High School on July 1.

Dr. Higgins will take the seat of former Principal Joe Carmen, who resigned from the position during the summer of 2016 to take a position as the Director of Leadership Development at Quinnipiac University.  School President Mary R. Maloney assumed the role as Interim Principal this past year.

One of Dr. Higgins’ academic goals is to continue building stronger partnerships with area Catholic elementary schools - especially in relation to the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.  “This also applies to Catholic and public universities in our region, and along with our excellent and dedicated faculty and staff we will continue to make Immaculate High School a leader in curricular innovation, instructional delivery and educational excellence for our students and their families while providing an outstanding Catholic educational experience that will last a lifetime," he said.

“I am excited and honored to have been selected as the new Principal of Immaculate High School, and look forward to getting to know the students, parents, faculty and staff that comprise the wonderful IHS family,” Dr. Higgins said. “Immaculate High School has a proud legacy of academic excellence, spiritual and moral development and recognition of the necessity of service to others in our communities. These strong tenets have served Immaculate High School students and their families well for the past 55 years, and will continue to do so now and in the future,” he added.  

Dr. Higgins, Ed.D. is a Professionally Certified Connecticut Public Educator with endorsements in Social Studies and Grades Pre-K - 12 School Administration. From 1991 to 2011, Dr. Higgins taught college preparatory, advanced and AP Social Studies courses at Ridgefield High School, and from 2011-2013 served as the Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities at Joel Barlow High School in Redding.  Dr. Higgins holds a B.S. in Justice and Law Administration, an M.A. in History and International Relations, as well as an Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership and Education Psychology from Western Connecticut State University in addition to a professional teacher certification from Sacred Heart University including State administrative licensure. As Principal of St. Jude School in Monroe, Dr. Higgins was responsible for administrative operations that included serving as a teaching principal and instructional leader for his colleagues.

“We are extremely grateful to have a qualified, experienced and devoted individual joining us at Immaculate. Dr. Higgins is a visionary leader with an exceptional passion to provide every student an opportunity to become responsible moral leaders of the next generation,” said Mary R. Maloney, President of Immaculate High School.  “On behalf of the entire school community, I offer my thanks to all those who served on the principal search committee this past year.  I know that their efforts have afforded Immaculate students a successful future.”

Dr. Higgins and his wife Tammy, a Cardiac Nurse Practitioner at Danbury Hospital, have resided in Bethel for 26 years and are parishioners of St. Mary Church. They have two grown children, Patrick and Katlyn. For the past 27 years Dr. Higgins has been a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Pavia Council # 48.

“Dr. Higgins has demonstrated success as a teacher and leader at the high school and elementary school levels in both the public and private sector. Most importantly, he is a man of tremendous faith. I believe that he will work collaboratively with the rest of the leadership team to further the mission, vision and future of Immaculate High School,” said Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Bridgeport.

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 also allows students to focus on their spiritual development, personal moral commitments and service to others.  Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system.



]]> (Immaculate High School) Neighbors Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:13:10 -0400
New Fairfield's Own Kate Morris Performs in Tri State Trilogy this Weekend

See New Fairfield's own Kate Morris in Tri State Trilogy an original play written and directed by Robin Frome this weekend. Friday and Saturday beginning at 8:00 pm and 2:00 pm on Sunday at the PAC Box on Grove Street in New Milford.

Suggestion donation is $15 at the door. 

Questions? Email for more information.

About the Pax Box

The PAC Box Theater below CSA in New Milford features classic productions performed year round in an intimate black box setting featuring local talent.


]]> (submitted) Neighbors Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:10:44 -0400
TODAY Show News: Connecticut Resident Wins $100,000 College Tuition Scholarship

Congratulations to Ridgefield resident, Sammie Watts, who was awarded the $100,000 ‘The House’ tuition scholarship on NBC’s Today Show this morning.

Sammie was chosen from a pool of 200,000 applicants as a finalist for this college tuition scholarship. Live this morning, she was greeted by The House actor, Will Ferrell and announced as the winner.

Sammie’s scholarship is from the upcoming film, The House, which is about the extremes parents must go to in order to pay for their child’s college education. Applicants were asked to respond in 500 characters to a question regarding why they think they deserve the award.

Sammie had been on the lookout for possible scholarships and decided to apply. In her application response, Sammie explained that her father had been undergoing esophageal cancer treatment through her early college years and that he is now in recovery. Approaching her third year at Ithaca College, Sammie hoped the scholarship money would help with the expenses.

Sammie told HamletHub, “I can't even express how grateful I am or how surreal this is. I didn’t think it was real when I first got the call to come in on Friday and I still don't even believe it now. All my friends and family have been so supportive this whole time and it's incredible, I'm truly blessed!”

Sammie, an RHS 2015 graduate, is excited to continue her studies in speech therapy and education at Ithaca College and go on to graduate school for a masters. Her end goal is to work with little kids in a preschool or elementary school. Way to go Sammie!

]]> (Grace Heller) Neighbors Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:57:04 -0400
HamletHub Welcomes Wooster School Intern Jackie Logsted

We are thrilled to welcome rising Wooster senior and Danbury resident, Jackie Logsted to our team as an intern!

Jackie is spending portion of her summer here in our Ridgefield office learning about the world of online media and embracing entrepreneurship at its core. In the coming weeks, you will read stories and interviews conducted this budding journalist and writer. Here, Jackie introduces herself to our readers:

My name is Jackie Logsted. I am a rising senior at Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut, and I am interning for the summer at HamletHub. I have been working on my school's online newspaper for the past year, and find myself busy with everything the arts have to offer, from theater to music to writing opportunities.

Outside of school, I enjoy volleyball, spending time with friends, writing, and photography. This summer, as well as being an intern, I will be a Mobilizer for's "Resistance Summer", and a blogger for 

I am very excited to begin my internship with HamletHub, and to learn more about both journalism and the people in my community!

Fun fact: My parents and I wrote a nine book children's series, The Sisters 8, when I was in lower school, published with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!

]]> (HamletHub) Neighbors Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:21:40 -0400
Meet Annie: Up for Adoption in New Fairfield

Meet Annie! Annie is a boxer/pit mix and is 5 years old. She is full of love and energy! She loves to spend time walking with volunteers and playing in the yard. But she mostly enjoys being with people!
If you are interested in meeting Annie please call 203 746 2925
The NFSAW Team, Opt-to-Adopt is located at 223 Route 37 in New Fairfield, CT 
]]> (NFSAW) Neighbors Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:47:26 -0400
HamletHub Wishes You A Happy Father's Day

HamletHub wishes all of the dads and dads-to-be a happy Father's Day! 

Enjoy your special day!


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Sun, 18 Jun 2017 05:15:52 -0400
Sandy Hook Promise petitions to stop NBC from airing interview

Alex Jones is a far right conspiracy theorist who runs the website “Infowars”.  He believes that 9-11 was an inside job and, most abhorrently, that the Sandy Hook and Aurora tragedies were hoaxes created by the government to steal Americans’ guns.

Alex Jones is not the first conspirator to make tragedy conspiracies, but he is the first to gain national attention.  Megyn Kelly, formerly a news anchor on Fox, is set to air an interview with the controversial figure on June 18th on NBC, officially bringing him from the fringe of politics to center-stage.  

Many fear this interview will attempt to humanize the man and give undue weight to his claims that the 20 children and 6 educators of Sandy Hook never existed.  Megyn Kelly will also be interviewing one parent of a Sandy Hook victim in the special.  Though the interview has yet to air, it is already drowning in controversy.

NBC Connecticut is refusing to air the interview.  "Over the last few days, we have listened intently to Sandy Hook parents [and] considered the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal," the station's general manager and president Susan Tully said in a memo released by “The Hartford Courant”.  Instead, Connecticut viewers will be able to watch online or watch a report on the interview at 11pm ET Sunday.

Megyn Kelly was replaced as the host of a gala fundraiser for Sandy Hook Promise on June 14th as a result of the interview.  Nicole Hockley, co-Founder and Managing Director of the organization said, “Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host.  It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”

 In response, Kelly released a statement, saying, “I understand and respect the decision of the event organizers but I am of course disappointed that I won’t be there to support them.  I find Alex Jones’s suggestion that Sandy Hook was ‘a hoax’ as personally revolting as every other rational person does. Our goal in sitting down with him was to shine a light – as journalists are supposed to do – on this influential figure, and yes – to discuss the considerable falsehoods he as promoted with new impunity.”

NBC has a lost an advertiser over the controversy.  JPMorgan Chase has asked that local and digital ads be removed from all NBC News programming until after Sunday’s show airs, according to WSJ reports. The company’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kristin Lemkau, said in a tweet Monday night, “As an advertiser, I'm repulsed that @megynkelly would give a second of airtime to someone who says Sandy Hook and Aurora are hoaxes. Why?”

Alex Jones himself attempted to scoop his own interview with Megyn Kelly by releasing recordings of their conversations leading up to and including the interview on his website, InfoWars.  In the recordings, Kelly  can be heard saying “My goal is for your listeners and the left — you know, who will be watching some on NBC — to say, ‘Wow, that’s really interesting,’.  It’s not going to be some gotcha hit piece, I promise you that.  All I can do is give you my word and tell you if there is one thing about me I do what I say I’m going to do and I don’t double-cross.”  She adds, “Of course I’m going to do a fair interview I’m still me – I’m not going to go out there and be Barbara Walters.”  Jones is now claiming that Kelly lied about the nature of the interview, adding to an already chaotic week for NBC.

Sandy Hook Promise, an organization created by the parents of Sandy Hook victims and dedicated to saving children from gun violence, has created a petition to prevent NBC from airing the interview.  In their statement, the organization says, “We cannot support giving such a dangerous person a national platform to lie about tragedies and wave away the real threat of gun violence.”  

To sign the petition titled “Tell NBC: Don’t Promote Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones” visit Sandy Hook Promise HERE.


]]> (Katherine ) Neighbors Sat, 17 Jun 2017 18:09:35 -0400
LGBT social and support group meets in Brewster

Meet other local LGBT individuals to make connections and get to know each other on Monday, June 26 at 8 PM at the Cultural Arts Coalition's Studio Around the Corner at 67 Main Street in Brewster, NY.  Light refreshments will be served. 

RSVP online

For more information:, or 845-363-8330



]]> (Cultural Arts Coalition) Neighbors Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:23:34 -0400
Newtown Resident Manufacturing Bombs in his Home

Newtown PD Assisted by the FBI, Manufacturing Bombs, Possession of Explosives

On 6/16/2017 at 6:30 am  Larry Bailey (12/8/1949) of 301 South Main Street Newtown CT was arrested on a valid State of Connecticut Arrest Warrant by Detective Dan McAnaspie and Officer Steve Borges of the Newtown Police Department and FBI Special Agent Keith Hall without incident in his home.

Bailey's arrest by warrant stems from a criminal investigation that began on 3/24/17 when Bailey called the Newtown Police Department to report vandalism to his motor vehicle.  During the initial investigation Officer Pirhala identified two objects that appeared to be pipe bombs.  Sgt. Smith was called to the scene and made the determination to complete an evacuation of the immediate area and to contact the Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad and Newtown Police Detective Division; members of both agencies were dispatched to assist the Newtown Patrol Division in the initial investigation and mitigation of the dangers posed by the possible pipe bombs.

After the initial investigation by the Bomb Squad it was determined that there was a possibility that the items identified as possible pipe bombs could cause a public safety hazard (x-rays were inconclusive) and were removed to a safe location to be rendered safe by the Bomb Squad.  Per established protocols the Bomb Squad contacted the FBI and FBI agents were sent to assist with the safe destruction of the two devices and possible investigative and forensic follow-up.

Both suspicious items were rendered safe and initial visual examination of the contents led the Bomb Squad and FBI Bomb Technician to the opinion that these devices were very likely improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or pipe bombs.  A test of some of the retrieved material from inside the devices showed positively that materials inside were energetic in nature (highly flammable and when contained likely explosive).  The casing material, wick material and samples of the contents were seized and sent to the FBI Laboratory for further analysis and investigation.

Detective McAnaspie and SA Hall continued the investigation which included several interviews of Bailey which led to a search of the Bailey residence.  During the search of the residence a number of items were identified as suspicious in nature and led investigators to conclude that Bailey was the likely bomb maker.

In subsequent interviews the belief that Bailey was the likely bomb maker was re-enforced and a warrant for his arrest was sought and upon receipt of the warrant Bailey was arrested.  Bailey is charged with two counts each of: 29-348 (Illegal possession of Explosives, 53-80a (Manufacture of Bombs), and 53a-63 (Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree).  Bailey was also charged with one count of 53a-157b (False Statement).  Bailey was held on a $50,000 bond and transported to Danbury Superior Court for arraignment.

]]> (Newtown Police) Public safety Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:44:07 -0400
BMW of Ridgefield Offers Free Pickup and Delivery Service

Summer is upon us, and your time is even more valuable. Your children are out of school, or maybe you’re just trying to enjoy the beautiful weather. Your BMW needs service and unfortunately you simply don’t have the time to get to the dealership.

Enter BMW of Ridgefield’s Free Pickup and Delivery.

BMW of Ridgefield is the only dealership in the region to offer service pickup and delivery completely free of charge. At no cost to you, we can pick up your vehicle at your home, office, or even hockey practice, leave a new BMW loaner vehicle for your use, and return your vehicle to your preferred location upon completion of all requested services. 

The process is simple. When your BMW needs service, our Appointment Coordinators will schedule the pick-up and delivery at a time that is convenient for you. After the services to your vehicle are completed, we will reach out to let you know we are on the way, returning with your freshly washed BMW.

BMW of Ridgefield. Doing the drive, so you don’t have to.  

Watch BMW pick up and delivery service video here.

BMW of Ridgefield is located at 746 Danbury Road

Free Service Pickup and Delivery

]]> (BMW of Ridgefield) Places Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:33:56 -0400
Chopped Champions & Super-Star Chefs Meet on a Connecticut Farm for a Tasting Dinner July 1

Chopped Champions & Super-Star Chefs from across North America Meet on the Farm for One Night Only for a Collaborative Tasting Dinner on Saturday, July 1

Chefs’ Night Out on the Farm, an exclusive dining event on Saturday, July 1 at 5pm, featuring six top chefs from Austin, Toronto, NYC and the Hudson Valley (including repeat winner of the popular Food Channel cooking competition show Chopped), who will offer a six-course tasting menu for guests to be served on a one of the chef’s working farm in Sherman, CT. 

The six top chefs:

Chefs’ Night Out on the Farm will be a dining experience of open kitchen cooking right on the farm.   Each chef will cook and present a special tasting for dining guests right on the farm.  Beer and wine included in the fare.

“I asked some of my friends, who happen to be incredible chefs from New York City, Austin, Toronto and the Hudson Valley, to spend some time on the farm. This is a great chance for people to meet this generation of culinary masterminds and taste what they’ve got to offer,” says Rich Parente.  Rich and his wife Cassie own Clocktower Farm and Clocktower Grill.


  •   5pm-9pm, Saturday, July 1
  •   Clock Tower Farm, 126 Route 39 North, Sherman, Conn.
  •   Tickets: $125 and can be purchased at Eventbrite. Space is limited. 
  •   Beer and wine provided.
  •   Parking on the farm.

Contact: or 914.374.0633




]]> (Laura Lee Holmbo) Events Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:59:51 -0400