Newfairfield's HamletHub Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:29:41 -0400 An Evening in the Garden Charity Gala Supports Ability Beyond

When the idea for Ability Beyond was planted by a small group of Connecticut parents more than 60 years ago; they could only dream it would grow to become a model program for  people with disabilities. Today, with over 3,000 adults across New York and Connecticut benefiting from services, the nonprofit is at the forefront of developing innovative programs and best practices that are being recognized and adopted on a national level.

“Ability Beyond has pioneered ways to help people with physical and mental disabilities to discover their full potential and become an integral part of their communities,” said Jane Davis, President and CEO of Ability Beyond. “Our new exciting venture is becoming leaders in creating state of the art environments for those aging with disabilities to address a rapidly growing part of our population.”

In support of their efforts, the organization will be holding an “An Evening in the Garden” gala on Saturday April 29, 2017 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, Connecticut. The annual gala is Ability Beyond’s largest fundraising event, attracting close to 600 guests each year. The money raised will allow Ability Beyond to continue to provide critical supports to those in Fairfield, New Haven, Litchfield, and Hartford counties in Connecticut and Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties in New York. 

The black-tie evening will feature both silent and live auctions, raffles, dinner and awards and dancing. Musical entertainment will be provided by Nik and the Nice Guys. The co-chairs of this year’s event are Jim and Laura Kennedy. The Kennedy’s have a long history of supporting Ability Beyond and Jim has recently become a member of the Board of Trustees.

Gregory Smith, another long-time supporter of Ability Beyond, will receive the Robert S. Young Humanitarian award. This award is given by the Young Family in memory of Robert S. Young, an early member of the Board of Directors of Ability Beyond.

The local business community is showing its support through sponsorship of the event. Diamond Sponsors, the highest level available, include Colonial Automobile Group, Maplewood Senior Living, and Pepsi.

The gala will be held at the Amber Room located at 1 Stacey Rd from 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm. For ticket information, please contact Meaghan Gilmore at (203)826-3019.

Through innovative community job training and placement, supported living, and recreational and educational opportunities, Ability Beyond helps thousands of people with disabilities each year, to live full and rewarding lives. Ability Beyond has headquarter facilities in Bethel, CT and Chappaqua, NY. Its network of over 100 community based residential programs spreads throughout western CT and the Hudson Valley region. Other satellite locations providing day and employment services are located in Norwalk, Guilford and Plainville, CT.

Ability Beyond is a 501{c} (3) organization headquartered in Bethel, Conn. and Chappaqua, N.Y. It provides a wide range of services for over 3,000 people with a disability that inhibits their activities of daily living -- including numerous residential alternatives, employment training, career counseling, job placement services, cognitive and life skills instruction, clinical and therapeutic support, and volunteer and recreational activities. Today, its services extend far beyond the Danbury community into much of Connecticut and the Hudson Valley, New York. For more information about Ability Beyond go to

PHOTO: The annual gala hosted by nonprofit Ability Beyond will be held on April 29 in Danbury. The event raises funds to support programs for those with disabilities and recognizes outstanding volunteers. 

]]> (Tara Daly) Charities Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:27:44 -0400
Police Identify Victim in New Fairfield Fatal Accident

Police have identified the victim of a fatal accident that took place on Sunday at the intersection of 85 and Route 39. Police say that 42 year old Ulysses A. Nunez of Lexington Ave, NY, NY died at the scene after her vehicle hit a utility pole and burst into flames.

According to the police report, the passenger, Victor Deciet Jr of Rochester, NY was transported by New Fairfield EMS to Danbury Hospital with serious injuries. 

Police say this remains an active investigation.

]]> (Tara Daly) Public safety Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:01:09 -0400
The Amazing Edwards Twins Return to The Palace Danbury

Is That Cher & Streisand? Take A Closer Look!

Imagine seeing Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Elton John, and Cher, on the same stage... on the same night... in downtown Danbury? Well that’s not going to happen, but The Palace Danbury has the next best thing. On Saturday May 13, the amazing Edwards Twins are returning to The Palace Danbury.
Anthony and Eddie Edwards are identical twins.  Not only do they look like each other, they also look and sound like over 100 Super Stars. The range and artistry of their impressions is astonishing!
Anthony handles all the male impersonations – including Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Elton John, and Andrea Bocelli– while Eddie impersonates all the divas, including Cher, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, and Barbra Streisand. Barbra Streisand was so impressed with Eddie Edwards that she asked him to be her paparazzi double!

"With no lip-synching, no electronic trickery, and nothing to fall back on but their incredible talent,  Anthony and Eddie Edwards can replicate flawlessly the voices and mannerisms of well over 100 singers of both genders." ~USA Today
The Edwards Twins have received rave reviews and standing ovations all over the world. The last time they appeared at The Palace Danbury they sold the theatre out. According to Carol Freud Spiegel, the Palace’s Managing Director, “We got so many requests for the Edwards Twins that we decided to bring them back just in time for Mother’s Day this year."

The Edwards Twins will perform at The Palace Danbury on Saturday, May 13 at 8:00 PM. Reserved seating only. Tickets cost $50/$40 and can be ordered online at or by phone at 203 794-9944 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm daily. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office starting one hour before showtime.

The Palace Danbury Theatre is located at 165 Main Street in Danbury, CT. Free parking for patrons is readily available in the theatre’s parking lot behind the building. For more information about all upcoming shows and events, please visit their website at

The Edwards Twin (Stars Impersonators)

]]> (esmerelda) Events Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0400
Spring Vendor Fair on Saturday in Brewster

This Saturday is the Spring Vendor Fair at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Brewster. The event will feature many vendors with wonderful items for sale (olive oil, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, clothing, art work, homemade soap, bird houses, jewelry, scents, and more!). There will also be raffles and a bake table!  Hot dogs and beverages will be on sale for lunch.

St. Andrew's is at 26 Prospect Street in the Village of Brewster, with entrance to the fair at the back of the church. The fair is handicapped accessible. 


]]> (Valdeben) Events Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:32:54 -0400
The Mersey Beatles, an all-Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band will appear at The Palace Danbury

Four Lads from Liverpool

The Mersey Beatles, an all-Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band will appear at The Palace Danbury as part of their Get Back Tour. The show will take place Friday, May 19th at 8:00 p.m. The venue is at 165 Main Street, Danbury, CT  06810.

The Mersey Beatles are no ordinary tribute band. The lads grew up as childhood and schoolmate friends, just like the Beatles!  They are the official Beatles tribute band representing the City of Liverpool, and from 2002 to 2012, they were the resident tribute band at The Cavern Club, the nightclub in Liverpool, England, where The Beatles perfected their act before launching a global rock music revolution in the 1960s.

John Lennon’s sister and Director of the Cavern Club endorses the band and traveled with them on their 40-date 2016 U.S. debut tour. She says, “There are a lot of Beatles tribute bands from all over the world, and I’ve seen them all, but The Mersey Beatles are the most authentic I have heard.”

Since 1999, the band has played sell-out shows in more than 20 countries, recreating the Beatles’ most popular hits. The show spans the Fab Four’s entire catalogue, and with four costume changes and authentic Liverpool accents, wit and charm. The Mersey Beatles recreate the Beatles’ sound and image with amazing accuracy using replica Hofner, Rickenbacker and Gretsch guitars and VOX and Ludwig gear. 

This year, the band will be celebrating 50 years of what is arguably the most iconic and influential album of all time - Sgt. Pepper!

The Mersey Beatles will perform at The Place Danbury on Friday, May 19 starting at 8:00 PM. Tickets are available by phone at 203 794-9944 from 1-5pm daily, online at  or at the box office the night of the show. Ticket prices range from $30 to $40, with an additional Meet & Greet with the band available for purchase.
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 . 

The Mersey Beatles Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

]]> (Palace Danbury) Events Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:29:26 -0400
Drug Take Back Day at New Fairfield Police Station on Saturday

Mark your calendars and make your medicine cabinet safe again! DEA RX Drug Take Back Day, hosted by Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse, will take place at New Fairfield Police Station in New Fairfield on Saturday, April 29 from 10am - 2pm.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. 

Click here to learn more about this initiative.

]]> (Jaime) Public safety Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:51:15 -0400
Tony Award Nominee Mary Bridget Davies Coming To Danbury on May 6

                 Star of Broadway’s “A Night With Janis Joplin” to perform at Danburys Palace Theatre on Saturday May 6, 2017
Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies will make her Palace Danbury debut on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
Davies starred in the Broadway musical A Night With Janis Joplin, delivering a performance so raw, real, and in-the-moment that it brought audiences to their feet with nightly standing ovations. It also earned her a Theater World Award win and nominations for a Tony Award, The Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award and Helen Hayes Award.
Although the reviews for the show were mixed, the critics went wild for Davies! Entertainment Weekly cited her “phenomenal voice,” and the Los Angeles Times praised “the astonishing Mary Bridget Davies…it’s a triumph for all concerned.” The New York Times said she “captured the Joplin sound perfectly” and Pegasus News raved “Mary Bridget Davies has the heart of the most intense rocker, the soul of a gospel singer, and the passion of a jazz singer.”
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, this powerhouse rock and blues singer’s love of music was instilled by her parents, who raised her on a healthy diet of the Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Joe Cocker and, naturally, Janis Joplin.
These days, the multi-talented singer, guitarist, photographer and dog-lover is excited about the limitless possibilities that await. "I've never had a specific 'game plan' or laid out a career path for myself… after being on Broadway and getting some attention, I'm really stoked about what's next. Bring it on!”
Mary Bridget Davies and her band will perform Janis' hits along with some serious R&B classics and original tunes at The Place Danbury on Saturday, May 6 starting at 8:00 PM. Tickets are available by phone at 203 794-9944 from 1-5pm daily, online at or at the box office the night of the show. Ticket prices range from $29 to $39.
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

Mary Bridget Davies Channels the Late Great Singer...

]]> (esmerelda) Events Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:23:54 -0400
Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence & Wear Denim Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26 is Denim Day: Wear Jeans to Show & Say NO to Domestic Violence!

For the past 18 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. "Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault," they say.

Peace Over Violence asks community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement and wear jeans as a visible means of protest against myths that surround sexual assault.

Locally, The Women's Center provides prevention, crisis intervention, and support services with regard to domestic violence, sexual assault, and other major life transitions. Their free and confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

About Peace Over Violence

Peace Over Violence, (formerly LACAAW), established in 1971 by pioneering feminist activists, is a sexual and domestic violence, stalking, child abuse and youth violence prevention center headquartered in Los Angeles and dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence.

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]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:04:56 -0400
Ridgefield BANDJAM event is being recorded for national TV! New Fairfield Band to Perform

EXCITING NEWS! This weekend's Ridgefield BANDJAM event is being recorded for national TV! Come cheer on your favorite band and maybe you'll see yourself on CW/WPIX's Wonderama! 

On Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 4pm, the area’s hottest musical competition known as BandJam 2017 will bring eight high-octane bands to compete at The Ridgefield Playhouse!  A panel of celebrity judges –  including singer/songwriter/producer Vaneese Thomas, Living Colour bass player Doug Wimbish and i95 fm’s morning show DJ Ethan Carey – will be on hand to select this year’s BandJam champions!  The kids that are performing hail from all corners of Fairfield County and parts of Westchester. 

High school bands include Orbit (Weston, CT), Mr. Boy (New Fairfield, CT), Gilbert (Katonah, NY) and The Playmates (Southbury, CT).  Middle school bands competing this year are Abby and the Roadsters (South Salem, NY), 2 Minute Minors (Ridgefield, CT), RED (Stamford, CT) and Solid (Redding, CT). Hosted by Christine O'Leary!

Don’t miss the chance to see these young, talented musicians rock the Playhouse stage. Click here for tickets!

]]> (Vania Saintfery) Neighbors Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:55:27 -0400
New Fairfield Fatal Accident: Car Hits Utility Pole Becomes Engulfed in Flames

The operator of a 2015 Ford F-1, who has not yet been identified by police, was traveling southbound on Route 39 in New Fairfield when it lost control and collided with the utility pole located in front of 85 and Route 39 yesterday. The vehicle became fully engulfed in flames, police say. 

According to the police report, the passenger, Victor Deciet Jr of Rochester, NY was transported by New Fairfield EMS to Danbury Hospital with serious injuries. The identification of the operator of the vehicle is unknown and pending further investigation. 

Police say this remains an active investigation.


]]> (Jamie) Public safety Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:56:08 -0400
2 Year Old Boxer/Pit Mix Up for Adoption in New Fairfield

Hi! My name is Mr. Banks! I am a 2 year old boxer/pit mix. I love belly rubs and being with people! I enjoy walks and playing in the yard with toys too! I would prefer a home where I am the only animal so I can be the center of attention! 
To learn more about New Fairfield Sherman Animal Welfare (NFSAW), click here. 

The NFSAW Team, Opt-to-Adopt, 223 Route 37 | PO Box 8232 in New Fairfield

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:54:34 -0400
Meet Hunter: A Purebred Akita Who Just Arrived in New Fairfield


We met Hunter, a purebred Akita rescue dog, outside of Pet Valu on Mill Plain Road in Danbury today. He is presently up for adoption at New Fairfield Sherman Animal Welfare.

This beautiful dog is 1 1/2 years old and has only been a shelter resident for a week! 

In addition to being docile, Hunter is charming and oh so handsome. 

If you are interested in learning about Hunter, please call NFSAW at 203 746 2925. 

To learn more about New Fairfield Sherman Animal Welfare (NFSAW), click here. 

The NFSAW Team, Opt-to-Adopt, 223 Route 37 | PO Box 8232 in New Fairfield

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:50:16 -0400
DisH LIV(ING) Walking Tours Continue in May in Downtown Danbury

Each year in May, people around the world "Walk" their neighborhoods in celebration of Jane Jacobs (b. May 4, 1916 - d. 2006), an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city design and building.  Her 1961 book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail. An international program of the non-profit Center for the Living City, Jane Jacobs' Walks are an informal sharing of hidden treasures, historic notes, tasty bites, and friendly chat. This year marks Danbury's 3rd year participating.

Ted Killmer, a Danbury Downtown resident and worker who conceived DisH Liv(ing) - that means "Downtown is Happening" - as a "Walking" extension of Jane Jacobs' influential thinking, will guide cellphone-less tours this coming month on Saturday, May 6th and Saturday, May 22nd. Both Walks will begin at 11:00am and go to 1:00pm.     

There will be eight 2017 Walks, supported in part by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, the Walks also receive support by the Danbury Cultural Commission, CityCenter Danbury and the more-than-generous participation of eateries, shops, businesses, and individuals who make Danbury home. The Walks will continue through October. 

The May 6th Walk promises a visit to Danbury's oldest cemetery, an open door to a private art collection, and a rollicking "shopping spree" for one lucky walker. On the May 22nd Walk, a scavenger hunt will add to the entertainment. 

The Walks are FREE, though tips are welcomed. As much as possible, stops are wheelchair accessible, family friendly, and do not require difficult climbs. Attendance is limited. Reservations are encouraged. RSVP to with your name, the number in your party, and a phone contact. A confirmation will let you know where to meet. To add your name to the DisH Liv(ing) mailing list, visit or call (475) 289 3113. ("Walk" programs and dates are subject to change.) 

]]> (Ted Killmer) Neighbors Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:24:52 -0400
New Fairfield Man Charged with Criminal Sexual Act & Endangering the Welfare of a Child

On April 20, 2017, the New York State Police at Brewster arrested Richard B. Spring, age 50, of New Fairfield, Connecticut, for four counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the 3rdDegree, a Class E Felony and four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor.
In March of 2017, Troopers from the Brewster Barracks partnered with the Dutchess County Child Advocacy Center to investigate a sexual offense reported to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Child Abuse Hotline.  Subsequent to a detailed investigation, it was discovered that Spring subjected a teenage boy under the age of 17 to sexual contact.  The victim was exposed to the sexual contact on multiple dates at a residence in the Town of Pawling. The defendant is also accused of offering the victim alcohol and marihuana.

Additionally, Spring was stopped by police on Milltown Road and found to be operating his vehicle under the influence of drugs.  He was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, a Misdemeanor.
Spring was arraigned in the Town of Pawling Justice Court, and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.
This investigation is ongoing and the State Police believe that there may be additional victims.  Anyone with additional information regarding Spring is encouraged to contact the State Police at (845) 677-7300. All calls can remain confidential.

]]> (NYS Police) Public safety Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:02:03 -0400
Danbury-Area Representatives Claim Victory in Fight Against Mileage Tax


HARTFORD – State Representatives Michael Ferguson (R-138), John Frey (R-111) and Rich Smith (R-108) expressed relief at the announcement that the Department of Transportation is pulling Connecticut out of a plan to study how to tax state residents for miles driven on Connecticut roads.  In last year’s budget, the state set aside $300,000 to participate in the study for what became known as the “mileage tax.”

The $3 million federal study, which included participants from eight other Northeastern states, would have looked at how a tax on miles driven could replace the traditional gasoline tax and involved the state installing mileage trackers on participants’ cars and transmitting the miles they drove to a vendor, which would generate a sample tax bill.

Fierce opposition to the bill from taxpayers and Republican lawmakers, who resisted the intrusive nature of a mileage tracker and the added expense of paying per mile driven, last year forced majority leadership to throw cold water on the possibility the plan would be implemented, though the fact that the funding had been allocated still troubled people. 

Reps. Ferguson, Frey, and Smith were among those who informed their constituents about the plan and why they openly opposed it.

“As disturbing as Connecticut’s consistent tax and spend policies have been over the last few years, I think the death of the mileage tax study represents a clear victory for taxpayers in Connecticut,” said Rep. Ferguson.  “The idea that the state could force you to put a device in your vehicle that tracks how many miles you drive and then charge you for them was completely unacceptable.  The governor and majority party spinning the plan and saying it was only ‘studying’ the idea only infuriated people more – why spend money on it if you weren’t planning on implementing it?  Taxpayers voiced their opposition to it from the start and state leaders were forced to finally listen to them.” 

“The mileage tax study was a bad idea from the start,” said Rep. Frey.  “No one liked it other than the governor and certain special interest groups, but the majority party didn’t have the courage to scrap it from last year’s budget.  When my colleagues and I sounded the alarm about the study and the implications of a mileage tax, the overwhelmingly negative response it received from Connecticut residents made it politically unpalatable.  Now, thanks to that strong opposition, it’s not going to happen in the near future.  It just shows you the power taxpayers have when they rally around an issue.”

“We need to always be vigilant of the lengths state government will go to in order to extract money from its taxpayers,” said Rep. Smith.  “The governor and majority party had visions of the mileage tax being another cash cow to exploit to enable its insatiable habit of taxing and spending.  Oftentimes, the state will get away with it under the guise of ‘fairness’ and the people end up stuck with the new tax or fee.  This time, through persistent Republican opposition, the study was scrapped from the people’s budget.  I will keep fighting to change the direction of Connecticut and bring jobs back to our state.”


]]> (Rick Joslyn) Politics Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:11:54 -0400