Newfairfield's HamletHub Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:57:50 -0500 New Fairfield resident, Nathaniel Nisly, part of WCSU Mole Bowl championship team

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

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

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

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

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

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

]]> (Sherri Hill) Neighbors Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:30:56 -0500
Accumulating Snow Developing Could Impact Morning Commute

Accumulating snow across the tri-state area late tonight

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

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

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

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

Learn more here.

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Breakfast with Santa at Stew Leonard's in Danbury on Saturday!

Families are invited to have breakfast with Santa and his friends WOW the Cow and Cynthia the Chick at Stew Leonard's in Danbury on Saturday, December 16 from 9-10am.

A buffet-style breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, mini muffins, bagels, fruit salad, juice and coffee will be served.

Seating at 9 am and 10 am.

Children 10 and under are $9.99 each and those 11 and over (including accompanying parents) are $12.99.

Every person attending the breakfast must have a paid ticket or will not be allowed in.

Stew Leonard's is located at 99 Danbury Road.

Learn more here.

]]> (Stew Leonard's ) Events Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:20:23 -0500
Wines for a Cause: Holiday Party and Wine Tasting at Sizo Salon

You're invited to Sizo Salon's
Holiday Party and Wine Tasting with Via One Hope
Where: Sizo Salon 83 Haviland Drive Patterson, NY

When: Saturday, December 16

Time: 2:00-5:00

RSVP: Maria 845-302-2088

The event is free to attend

In addition to the wine tasting, there will be refreshments, raffles, and fun!

One Hope Wines provides delightful products that bring people together to celebrate and serve the world. $2M+ has been donated through the sales of their wine, coffee & gifts. 


]]> (Sizo Salon) Charities Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:34:00 -0500
Emerging Artists Unleashed: LIFEWTR Series 3 Highlights

From vibrant outfits to artful sketches, LIFEWTR Series 3 showed how #FashionIsArt and put a spotlight on three emerging artists: Adam Dalton Blake, Tiffany Huang, and Ghazaleh Khalifeh.

WATCH Series 3 highlights HERE.

LIFEWTR bottles are focused on a unique aspect of art. Stay tuned for LIFEWTR Series 4, launching soon!

Need #thirstinspiration this holiday season? LIFEWTR has announced a limited-edition holiday bottle design and gift set designed by Series 1 Design & Art duo, Craig & Karl. Each gift set includes a Holiday-themed bottle and embossed notebook designed by Craig & Karl, Le Pen™ drawing pens, and a keepsake booklet providing a behind the scenes look at LIFEWTR artists.

Purchase your holiday gift set here or here and support #local artists.

LIFEWTR #FashionIsArt Wrapup

]]> (Tara Daly) Life Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:50:00 -0500
CT DEEP Warns Of Dangerous Holiday Decorations

Consider Alternatives When Decorating this Season; Avoid Using Material from Invasive Plants

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is asking Connecticut residents and decorators to consider alternatives to invasive plants, such as Oriental bittersweet, this holiday season.

Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) has sometimes been used in holiday decorations, including wreaths. Unfortunately Oriental bittersweet is a highly invasive woody vine that can wrap around trees, damaging and sometimes killing them. The extra weight from Oriental bittersweet on limbs can also cause limb drop, contributing to damage and power outages. Use of the vines in decorations helps spread seeds of the plant to new locations. Additionally, improper disposal of the decorations, either outdoors or in compost after the holiday season, can contribute to the spread of bittersweet.

“There are many alternatives to invasive plants that may be used for holiday decorations,” said Peter Picone, a Habitat Management Program Biologist for the DEEP Wildlife Division. “Often, local florist and greenhouse growers are able to provide attractive and interesting alternatives to bittersweet and other invasive plants. These include native plants that are not invasive, such as winterberry holly. Selling or moving Oriental bittersweet is also prohibited by state law.”
The law, which went into effect in 2004, prohibits the moving, selling, purchasing, transplanting, cultivating or distributing of 80 invasive plant species, including Oriental bittersweet, in Connecticut. This prohibition extends to seeds, flowers, and other reproductive portions of the plants. Fines for violations of the law are listed at $50 per plant.

Individuals who find invasive plants such as bittersweet for sale in Connecticut are asked to contact the DEEP or the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group at UCONN. They also are advised not to compost any holiday decorations that contain one or more of the 97 invasive, non-native plants identified in Connecticut. The list can be found at
More information about Oriental bittersweet and other invasive plants in Connecticut can also be found at
*Image courtesy of USDA
]]> (CT DEEP) Public safety Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:45:21 -0500
Meet Pillsbury! NFSAW Pet of the Week!

Meet Pillsbury! Pillsbury is a 10-year-old grey domestic short hair. He is an absolute love and wants all the attention! He loves to lounge around the cat room and eat. He would do best as the only animal in the home.
If you are interested in Pillsbury please call us at 203 746 2925
The NFSAW Team, Opt-to-Adopt, 223 Route 37 in New Fairfield
]]> (NFSAW) Neighbors Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:20:06 -0500
A Celtic Christmas With The Tartan Terrors in Danbury

Come celebrate the holidays' Celtic style, when the Tartan Terrors, North America's premier Celtic group, bring their Very Merry Celtic Christmas Show to Danbury's Palace Theatre

Enjoy holiday favorites such as Christmas in Killarney, Pachelbel’s Cannon on the pipes, and I Saw Three Ships done Tartan Terror style.

Featuring blistering bagpipe music, fast & furious fiddling, award-winning Step and Highland Dancers, and plenty of comedic fun... it's no wonder this Celtic Christmas Party plays to standing-room-only audiences.

Special guest appearance by Craig Ashurst - a world-class Irish dancer who toured as the lead in "Riverdance" and performed with Michael Flatley in "Lord of the Dance" - will do a solo in the show. The show also features the talents of local students from the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, which offers classes in Newtown and Danbury.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will also join in the fun during this kited holiday extravaganza. Make sure and save some time to visit with them. Hopefully, you’re not on the naughty list! 

Family Friendly Show! Family Friendly Pricing! 

A Celtic Christmas with The Tartan Terrors will have two performances, at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Saturday, December 16. 2017. Tickets cost $30 adults, $25 seniors, $20 kids under 12. (Plus $3 ticketing fee.) For best available seating buy your tickets in advance by telephone at 203-794-9944 or online at Tickets may also be purchased the day of show at the box office beginning one hour before show time.
The Palace Danbury is located at 165 Main Street, 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
]]> (Tara Daly) Events Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:30:46 -0500
Heidi’s Inn Provides Convenient Local Lodging in an Inviting Country Setting

Photo Credit: Margaret CareyPhoto Credit: Margaret CareyPhoto Credit: Margaret CareyPhoto Credit: Margaret CareyPhoto Credit: Margaret Carey

I’ve been a resident of Brewster for over 20 years, and although I’ve passed Heidi’s Inn almost every other day, I had never visited the hotel until last night at the Brewster Chamber of Commerce After Biz Holiday Mixer.

The inviting lobby with its mix of classic and contemporary elements offers a warm welcome.  From its beautiful fireplace to its antique room reservation cabinet, Heidi’s Inn provides a charming location for visiting family and friends.

The holiday season is a busy time for Heidi’s Inn, so don’t delay in making a reservation.  Right off 684 and 84, Heidi’s Inn is ideally located for quick travel. They offer a shuttle service for $20 per person to local venues such as Daryl’s House and Ridgefield Playhouse.  Owner Sean Diggin is commemorating his heritage by partially underwriting Ridgefield Playhouse’s Christmas with The Celts.  They also have a pleasant walking path to get to their neighboring restaurant, Las Mananitas.

Here’s a bit about Heidi’s Inn from their Marketing Coordinator, Stella Koret:

Open for business in 1956, Heidi's Inn has become a local landmark and lodging icon, consisting of 4 buildings containing 40 guest rooms. It is sprawled on a relaxing country setting, with picnic areas, grills, and an outdoor salt-water swimming pool with handcrafted stone fire-pit, surrounded by flowering landscapes on 20+ acres of woodlands.

Built by the German, Von Heidi family, and later purchased in the1980s by the current owners, the Diggin Family of Irish and Finish descents, Heidi's Inn has an interesting European flair to it, fused with modern upgrades such as HD flat screen TV's and laminate hardwood flooring in many of the guest rooms! Some of the unique features of the hotel are rooms with fully equipped kitchens, the glass atrium-like lobby, shuttle service to airports and local venues and the giant 6 foot by 10-foot fireplace in the lobby which was made from stones the current owners harvested off the hotel property.

Not only is Heidi's Inn one of the few lodging options in all of Putnam County, it is also one of the few dog-friendly hotels in the area. With its own resident, white mild-mannered Labrador, Charlie, the hotel has accommodated countless people traveling with their four-legged companions. The hotel staff is proud to create a welcoming and friendly place that people have often described as a 'home away from home', which is reflective of the raving reviews on Trip Advisor and Yelp. It has become a destination location all on its own for couples and families looking for a fun getaway in the Hudson River Valley. 

Heidi’s Inn is located at 1270 Route 22 in Brewster NY 10509. For more information call (845) 279.8011 or visit

Heidi’s Inn is a proud member of the Brewster Chamber of Commerce,

]]> (Margaret Carey) Places Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:41:06 -0500
Tickets Available for 50th Anniversary Nutcracker Ballet in Danbury this Weekend!

Danbury Music Centre still has tickets available for its 50th Anniversary Nutcracker Ballet with performances Friday, December 8 at 7:30, Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 and 7:00 pm, and Sunday, December 10 at 3:00 pm.  All performances take place at Danbury High School.

The Danbury Music Centre's production of Nutcracker is unique in our region because it is accompanied by the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ariel Rudiakov, who play Tchaikovsky's score, live.  

This production, directed by Arthur Fredric of Brookfield, features over 200 dancers and musicians from the greater Danbury area.  Mayor Mark Boughton reprises his role as Mother Ginger.

 Tickets range from $10 to $33, and are available through the box office at Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main St, Danbury, CT  06810 or online:

Audience members are invited to take advantage of the beautiful boutique, open at each show, which sells gifts and souvenirs related to Nutcracker  

For more information about this weekend's performances, please call or visit

]]> (Danbury Music Centre) Events Wed, 06 Dec 2017 03:57:03 -0500
WCSU professor's poetry compilation about gun violence released today

WCSU professor featured on PBS News Hour to discuss his project

A poetry compilation edited by Western Connecticut State University Professor of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process Dr. Brian Clements was released today (Tuesday, Dec. 5) by Beacon Press. The book, “Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence,” is a collection of 54 poems that pairs poets with citizens and their responses to gun violence.

The compilation is introduced by Irish author and National Book Award winner Colum McCann with a foreword written by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly. McCann writes, “The poems attempt to create a community built not just of grief, but of hope, too … The poems assert the possibility of language rather than bullets to open up our veins.

“Many people in this book have suffered publicly, but the point of their poetry is not to whine or moan or even set things aflame but rather to communicate the intricate nuances of that suffering with others,” McCann continues. “It is a form of public sharing. Take these words. Weigh them up. Listen. Pause a while. Help reality touch justice.”

Nick Ripatrazone, writer for the online magazine The Millions, picked “Bullets into Bells” as one of the notable poetry books of December. “Poetry won’t make us whole again, but we need a form for our shouts and our cries,” Ripatrazone wrote.

“Bullets into Bells” was featured on the PBS News Hour on Monday, Dec. 4. A link to the segment can be found here.

Clements said, “The book is the first part of a three-pronged project, which includes additional poems and other content on the book’s website, and a nationwide series of events that will include readings from the book and discussion among local poets, activists and audiences. The first of those events will take place at the Boston Public Library on Dec. 13.”

Clements is the author of multiple books, most recently “A Book of Common Rituals,” and editor of “An Introduction to the Prose Poem”.

He lives in Newtown, Connecticut, where his wife, a teacher, survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

]]> (Sherri Hill) Neighbors Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:40:12 -0500
Immaculate High School Inducts New Fairfield Residents Into the National Honor Society

Immaculate High School (IHS) recently inducted 52 students into the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, an affiliated chartered chapter of the National Honor Society.

“Students who are inducted have leadership roles in both school and community, inspire positive behavior in others, serve at least 75 hours (juniors) or 100 hours (seniors) of community service and consistently demonstrate respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and good citizenship, along with having a GPA of at least 3.5,” said Dana Pinckney, IHS National Honor Society co-advisor and English Teacher.

In his keynote address to the new inductees, Dean of Student Affairs Joe DeMaida told students that “Leaders sacrifice their personal interests in order to yield to the needs of others, and they demonstrate respect, responsibility, reverence, trustworthiness, fairness and caring in all of their actions, and are willing to work for the benefit of those in need without compensation or recognition.”

Membership in the National Honor Society, St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter, is offered to juniors and seniors who meet the criteria established by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Candidate members are selected through a comprehensive application for admission and once accepted, are expected to uphold the criteria of excellence in all four areas.

The students inducted at the ceremony include Rudy Antonios, Danbury; Ellen Apotheker, Bethel; Eliana Assaf, Danbury; Michael Basile, Bethel; Sarah Bohling, Brookfield; Morganne Cartee, New Milford; Adriana Chamberlin, Bethel; Matthew Christe, Brookfield; Kristen Cirone, Newtown; Xinyue “Tracy” Cui, Ridgefield; Michelle Curtis, Danbury; Catherine DiMaria, Newtown; Hailey Dubbioso, North Salem; Natalie Dudas, Redding; Ryan Fanella, New Milford; Stephanie Faria, New Fairfield; Bart Flaherty, New Fairfield; Shea Foye, Danbury; Mackenzy Garden, Danbury; Matthew Gerbo, Sandy Hook; Erica Guydan, New Milford; Madison Halas, Danbury; Yuxuan “Brittany” Hu, Roxbury; Daniel Impellizzeri, New Milford; Avery Jarboe, Danbury; Mary Johnson, Mahopac; Natalie Kennedy, Ridgefield; Angella Kousidis. Sandy Hook; Elizabeth Lang, Ridgefield; Kristin Lefebvre, Ridgefield; Ruotong “Taylor” Li, Danbury; Dan Manning, Bridgewater; Tim Manning, Bridgewater; Taylor Mascetta, Danbury; Victoria McFarlin, Brookfield; Parker McKenzie, Newtown; Jamilly Mendes, Danbury; Kayla Mingachos, Danbury; Connor Mitchell, Bethel; Maura Murphy, Ridgefield; Jamison Nolan, Danbury; Sophia Pilla, Ridgefield; Angela Saidman, Bethel; Chris Sanchez, Danbury; Melissa Schirmer, Danbury; Angela Vodola, Sandy Hook; Veronica Vodola, Sandy Hook; Yinyu “William” Wang, New Milford; Tong “Lilly” Zeng, Bethel; Meizhi “Susan” Zhao, Brookfield; Mozhu “Cindy” Zhao, Danbury; Keleigh Zuckert, Ridgefield.

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Immaculate High School is ranked as the third top Catholic High School in Fairfield County and a top ten Best Catholic High School in Connecticut by NICHE.  Immaculate has the highest SAT scores in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, service to others and personal goals. Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system. For more information, go to

]]> (Immaculate High School ) Neighbors Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:35:30 -0500
Bell Ringing at Stop & Shop in New Fairfield Benefits The Salvation Army

State Senator Michael McLachlan and State Representatives Richard A. Smith and Michael Ferguson will be ringing the bells in honor of the Salvation Army on Tuesday, December 5 from 4:30-6:00 pm at Stop & Shop in New Fairfield (25 CT-39).

Can't make it? You can text CTREP to 71777 and donate. All proceeds to The Salvation Army.

]]> (State Senator Michael McLachLan) Charities Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:15:48 -0500
Maddie is hoping to enjoy her golden years in a forever home

Meet Maddie! Maddie is an Australian shepherd/chow mix and is 13 years old. She is very laid back and mellow. She loves her walks and is great on a leash. She would love a quiet home to live out the rest of her golden years.
If you are interested in Maddie please call us at 203 746 2925.
The NFSAW Team, Opt-to-Adopt, 223 Route 37 in New Fairfield, CT
]]> (NFSAW) Neighbors Mon, 04 Dec 2017 04:52:44 -0500
Mayor Mark Boughton and the Danbury Chamber of Commerce will officially celebrate the opening of OrthoConnecticut’s flagship office next week!

OrthoConnecticut (formerly Danbury Orthopedics and New Milford Orthopedics) is hosting two events next week

Wednesday, December 6 at 6 pm: “Not Your Parent’s Surgery”

On Wednesday, December 6th at 6 pm, a panel discussion titled “Not Your Parent’s Surgery” will be held at the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association office at 27 Governor Street in Ridgefield. Three leading OrthoConnecticut orthopedic surgeons will discuss how patients are benefitting from improved recoveries and greater accessibility because of technological advancements in the field.  Total Joint Specialist, John Dunleavy, M.D., Spine Specialist, Justin Paul, M.D., Ph.D, and Sports Medicine Specialist, Paul Tomaszewski, M.D. will present on the topic and answer questions from those who attend.  The event provides a key opportunity for people to ask questions directly from the surgeons in an informal setting. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is recommended at 203-438-5555 or

Thursday, December 7 at 5 pm: Ribbon Cutting

Mayor Mark Boughton and the Danbury Chamber of Commerce will officially celebrate the opening of OrthoConnecticut’s flagship office location at the ribbon cutting on Thursday, December 7th at 5 pm, at the new office at 2 Riverview Drive in the Berkshire Corporate Park in Danbury. The new 40,000 square foot facility, which opened earlier this year, consolidated the practice’s three Danbury office locations into one, full-service, integrated musculoskeletal center with on-site physician offices and procedure rooms, Physical Therapy, Hand Therapy, a comprehensive Pain Management suite and digital imaging. The new center brings together the practice’s renowned team of specialists and subspecialists in the orthopedic fields of foot and ankle, hand and wrist, shoulder and elbow, hip and knee, spine, sports medicine, pain management and regenerative medicine. The ribbon cutting marks the city’s official welcome for the practice to the new space, and affords the community an opportunity to meet the physicians and tour the new, state-of-the-art facility.

About OrthoConnecticut

OrthoConnecticut is the combined practice of Danbury Orthopedics, New Milford Orthopedics, Coastal Orthopedics and Connecticut Pain Care. The multi-specialty practice is the premier provider of orthopedic care in the region. Thirty-one fellowship-trained, board-certified physicians provide care in nine office locations. The goal of the practice is to help patients regain mobility, lead active lives, and attain optimal health. Offices are located in Danbury, Darien, New Canaan, New Milford, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Sharon, Southbury, and Westport. To schedule an appointment with any of the physicians, please visit or call 1.833.ORTHOCT (1.833.678.4628). 

About RVNA

Founded in 1914, RVNA is an accredited non-profit Medicare-certified home healthcare agency that also supports public health and safety, and promotes the highest quality of life. RVNA provides compassionate care to all individuals, whether young or old, through a continuum of care that encompasses health care at home and in the community. RVNA also provides home health aides and companionship through a non-medical subsidiary called HomeCare by RVNA and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy in its Rehab by RVNA facility at 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield.


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