Newfairfield's HamletHub Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:10:30 -0500 Pamby Motors is Hiring an Administrative Assistant

Looking for a new job with incredible hours and a family feel? Join the Pamby Motors Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Sales Team as the Administrative Assistant!

Pamby Motors offers flexible hours, a genuine, fun, and nice work environment, and advancement opportunities. 

To apply, email your resume to Joel Questions? Call: 203-438-4801.

Pamby Motors is located at 665 Danbury Road in Ridgefield.


]]> (Pamby Motors) Neighbors Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:38:49 -0500
Meet Thor: NFSAW Pet of the Week

Meet Thor! He is a 3 and a half year old pit/shar pei mix. He is extremely sweet and loves everyone! He loves to chew on nylabones and cuddle with people! Come on down and meet this wonderful boy!

We are in desperate need of: gently used dog toys, towels, and bleach. 

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

]]> (NFSAW) Neighbors Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:15:55 -0500
Sample a variety of fine wines paired with decadent chocolates & support DAWS on February 11

Do something sweet for Valentine's Day. Make plans to support Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS) on February 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm for a Wine & Chocolates Wine Pairing Class.

Sample a variety of fine wines paired with decadent chocolates at Max Wine and Spirits (40 Mill Plain Rd)

$40 per person

Buy tickets online or pay at the event. All proceeds support DAWS.

Questions? Email


]]> (Tara Daly) Charities Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:44:54 -0500
High wind warnings & lots of rain in the forecast for Connecticut

The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings for coastal Connecticut from 1:00 AM tomorrow morning until 1:00 AM Tuesday morning.  Wind advisories have been issued for the rest of southern Connecticut for the same time period.  A coastal flood advisory is in effect for tomorrow evening's high tide in western Long Island Sound and Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for Litchfield and Hartford Counties for late Monday afternoon and Monday night.
 The following forecast is based on a blend of the GFS and NAM models:

Tonight: Light rain showers developing during this evening.  East Northeast winds increasing to 15 – 25 MPH gusting to 40 MPH at times along the coast after midnightwith lows in the mid to upper 30’s.

Monday Morning: Rain showers with some sleet mixed in the NW hills expected during the morning rush hour with temperatures in the mid to upper 30’s.  East northeast winds sustained at 25 – 35 MPH, gusting to 50 MPH at times along the coast during the morning rush hour.  The winds may present a hazard to high profile vehicles on exposed bridges.  Some sleet may be present on some roads during the rush hour with a very minor impact on driving.  Minor coastal flooding is possible during high tide around 8:00 AM in Western Long Island Sound.

Monday Afternoon:  Winds increasing to 35 – 45 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH inland and 65 MPH at times along the coast by late-afternoon.  Isolated gusts to 70 MPH are possible over the open waters of Long Island Sound during the late afternoon.  Light to moderate rain mixed with some sleet at times in the NW hills.  The impact on the afternoon rush hour is expected to be minor with some slush on a few roads in the NW hills.  Highs in the mid to upper 30's.  The winds will present a hazard to high profile vehicles on exposed bridges.  Some tree and powerline damage is expected.  Minor to pockets of moderate coastal flooding are possible during high tide around 7:30 PM in Western Long Island Sound.

Monday Night: Moderate to heavy rain southeast of I-84 with rain, sleet and some wet snow expected northwest of I-84.  Temperatures holding or falling slightly into the low to mid 30’s during the evening.  Strong Northeast winds sustained at 35 – 45 MPH gusting to 50 MPH inland and 65 MPH at times along the coast overnight.  Significant power outages are possible overnight.  Some urban flooding is possible during any bands of heavy rain.  Total rainfall is forecast to range from 1" - 3" across the state.  The winds are forecast to begin subsiding before daybreak on Tuesday.

Tuesday Morning: Winds subsiding with rain and mixed precipitation tapering off during the morning.  Minor coastal flooding is possible during high tide around 7:00 AM in Western Long Island Sound.  Total accumulations of 1" - 2" of sleet and wet snow are expected to be confined to the NW Hills and higher elevations of northern CT. ​

]]> (NOAA) Life Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:03:51 -0500
Danbury Titans Win Another in Overtime!

 A game deadlocked at zero through two periods saw six goals scored in the third before Danbury's Steve Brown sneaked a shot past the glove of Danville's Storm Phaneuf 2:49 into overtime to mark Danbury's third win in a row. Pucks and Paws night was a success at the Danbury Ice Arena on Saturday night as the Danbury Animal Welfare Society collected donations from the crowd.
The Danbury Titans came into the game riding a two game winning streak with a pair of victories over the Watertown Wolves after dropping two in a row to the Dashers by identical 4-1 scores last weekend. Meanwhile, the Dashers were coming off of a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Berlin RiverDrivers on Friday evening in New Hampshire. Getting the call in goal again for the Titans was Nick Niedert, who has not relinquished control of the crease to Nikita Ivandikov since returning from a call up to the Elmira Jackels of the ECHL.
Neither team was able to get on the board in the first period, though the Titans would outshoot the Dashers by a 12-8 margin. The second period would be a repeat of the first as Niedert and Phaneuf both made important saves to keep the score deadlocked at nil. Through two periods the Titans were 0-1 on the power play and Danville's top ranked power play, converting at a league best 29%, were 0-2.
Dalton Jay would break the tie and score his 15th of the season 3:26into the final period to give the Titans the first lead of the game. A minute and a half later Taylor Love potted his 2nd of the year and the Titans were in control. The momentum would not last for more than five minutes as Jonathan Hall scored his first of the year to pull the Dashers within one. A minute and five seconds later the Titans responded with Tyler Noseworthy knocking home a rebound to restore the two goal lead.
Momentum would teeter on a disallowed goal minutes later as John Scully one timed a shot home from the blue line and the Titans would have gone up by three, but referee Erik Holvig called the goal back, claiming the shot was hit by a high stick before ending up in the net. The Dashers took full advantage of the break, and Gehrett Sargis would again bring Danville back within one at the 16:34 mark.  The Dashers pressed offensively again and quickly tied things up on Justin Brausen's team leading 21st goal of the season to draw even on the Titans with only 2:11 to go.
With a tied game and only 1:30 to go, Taylor Love would take his second penalty of the game to give the Dashers a power play with the game on the line. After forcing overtime, the Dashers began the extra period with a 4 on 3 man advantage.  The Titans were able to kill the penalty, holding the league's best power play scoreless on four opportunities. Off an offensive zone faceoff Steve Brown found himself with the puck at the top of the blue line, and he snuck one under the glove of a screened Phaneuf to give the Titans a 4-3 overtime victory.
Danbury moves into a tie with Berlin for second place in the Federal Hockey League with the win, although the RiverDrivers have three games in hand. The Titans will be off until taking a trip up to Watertown to face off against the Wolves for the third time in their last four games for a 7:30 game on Friday night at the Watertown Municipal Arena. After that, the Titans will take things outside with Watertown, hosting the Wolves on Sunday afternoon at The Pond at Brewster Ice Arena for a scheduled 4:30PM start under the open sky.  The game will mark the last game of Danbury's special black uniforms worn for every home game in January, and the jerseys will be auctioned off at the next Titans home game on February 11th.
The Danbury Titans, home to hockey's most passionate fans, are entering their second season in the Federal Hockey League after finishing in first place and making a trip the Commissioner's Cup Finals. Full season and individual game ticket plans are now on sale at or by calling 844-DT-HOCKEY. Follow the Danbury Titans online at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.
]]> (m lynch) Neighbors Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:43:04 -0500
Venus Okwuka '17 Breaks Wooster’s All-Time Scoring Record!

Heading into Saturday afternoon’s game against Hyde School, Wooster School’s Venus Okwuka, of Brookfield, CT, was only five points away from breaking the girls all-time career scoring record. 

Venus scored 21 points in the game to break McKenzie Corby's career record of 1,450 points set back in 1998. Venus joined the varsity team in 7th grade and it’s no surprise to anyone who has watched her play that she reached this milestone.

Only 5:42 minutes into the game, after grabbing a rebound, Venus made the shot to score the points that broke the girls all-time scoring record! 

“I just want our team to do well,” Okwuka said. “I'm not scoring all these points for the sole purpose of beating the record, it's so that our team can be successful.”

“Above all else, I am happy for, and proud of, Venus in regards to achieving this milestone,” said Coach Dave MacNutt. “It has been a wonderful journey to have witnessed, and played a role in, Venus' development as a player. She has played an integral role in the success of our program for several consecutive seasons, so it's really nice to see Venus enjoy this well-deserved moment in the spotlight.”

The Generals dominated the game against Hyde School and won by a score of 48-19. Okwuka led the team with her game-high 21 points. The senior has now scored 1,467 points in her varsity career, with five more regular season games, along with the post-season still remaining, for her to amass an even higher career total. Congratulations Venus!

To learn more, visit or contact Wooster School Admissions at (203) 830-3916.

]]> (Lori Kriegel) Life Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:59:16 -0500
More than 300 Locals Attend Grand Opening of Hotel Zero & Terra Restaurant

 Thursday night the crowd rushed in to experience the long awaited Terra restaurant and Hotel Zero Degrees. There were over 300 people in attendance from Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Ridgefield and northern Westchester towns: Mahopac, Somers, Katonah and North Salem.

Special guests included:  Mayor Mark Boughton of Danbury and Stephen Bull, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Danbury Chamber.  “We are very grateful for the local support and enthusiasm and look forward to supporting the local community,” said Ramze Zakka, Owner of Terra restaurant and the Z Hospitality Group. “

Terra Ristorante served tastings of their diverse northern Italian restaurant and catering menus to include their assorted wood burning oven pizza, wild shrimp cocktail, baby vegetable crudité with chick pea hummus, potato and white truffle potato croquettes, beef empanadas with tomato and cilantro salsa, Kobe beef cheese burgers, baby lamb chops, imported cheese and fruit platters and much more.

Tours were provided throughout the night by the Hotel Zero Degrees team to view the variety of exciting new venues to host corporate meetings and special events from the ballroom, to the lobby, the restaurant and picturesque outdoor patio. 

Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury is conveniently located off I-84 and features 114 unique guest rooms including 27 extended stay suites in a relaxing natural setting. 

Terra is open seven days per week for lunch, dinner and brunch on Sundays. They offer happy hour specials daily and “Wine Appreciation Tuesday’s” where wine is discounted at 50%.

For reservations guests may call the restaurant at (203) 730-9595. For groups and catering (475) 329-5580 and for negotiated rates at the Hotel Zero Degrees (475) 329-5582. The hotel and restaurant are located at 15 Milestone Road in Danbury Connecticut.


]]> (Mia Schipani) Places Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:56:51 -0500
Update from NOAA: Potential for Significant Coastal Storm

NOAA states that, "Confidence continues to increase for a potential significant coastal storm bringing strong winds, heavy precipitation, and coastal flooding across the area Sunday night through Monday night."

Potential for a period of accumulating heavy wet snow across the hills of Northeast NJ, Lower Hudson Valley, and SW CT Sunday night into Monday night.

An overview of potential hazards and impacts include: 

Strong Winds

  • Moderate potential for east winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts 50-60 mph along the coast late Sunday Night through Monday Night.
  • Low potential for wind gusts greater than 60 mph.
  • Damage to trees and power lines possible.

Heavy Rain/Flooding

  • Rainfall of 1-3 inches likely; 4+ inches possible Sunday Night intoMonday Night
  • Heaviest rain Monday afternoon and evening with minor urban flooding likely.
  • More serious urban flooding and small stream flooding possible if 4+ inches occur
  • On rivers, significant within bank rises likely, but the threat for minor flooding of adjacent areas is slight.

Snow/Wintry Mix

  • Potential for a period of accumulating heavy wet snow across the hills of Northeast NJ, Lower Hudson Valley, and SW CT Sunday night into Monday night.

Coastal Flooding

  • Moderate potential for minor coastal flooding during Mon. and Tue. Morning high tides.
  • Potential for locally moderate coastal flooding if peak surges coincide with high tides, heavy rain, and strong winds Mondayevening.
  • The highest threat for coastal impacts will be for flood prone locales along the south shore bays of LI/NYC, eastern bays of LI, lower NY/NJ Harbor and western LI Sound. 
  • High surf will bring potential for dune erosion and localized wash overs along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront Monday into Tuesday.

Marine Hazards (Storm Watch Coastal Waters Sunday Night-MondayNight)

  • East to Northeast Gales 34-47 kt likely Sunday night into Mondaynight on all waters.
  • Potential for storm force gusts 48-62 kt on the ocean and Eastern LI Sound.
  • Seas could build to 15 to 20 feet on the ocean waters Mon into Mon Night and 5 to 8 feet Sun Night into Mon Night on Long Island Sound.


  • There is model spread in timing and track of the storm this far out, which will affect rainfall timing and amounts, wintry precipitation potential, and coastal flood potential.

Please monitor for the latest weather forecast updates.

]]> (NOAA) Life Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:18:52 -0500
Malloy Declares Today Women's March on Washington Day in the State of Connecticut

Governor Dannel P. Malloy has signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, January 21, 2017, to be Women’s March on Washington Day in the State of Connecticut in recognition of the hundreds of thousands of people from across the country who will be traveling to the nation’s capital to participate in a peaceful demonstration in support of the protection of the rights, safety, and health of people and families across the country.

Read More: Gov. Malloy Declares Saturday as Women's March on Washington Day in the State of Connecticut

]]> (Governor Malloy) Politics Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:12:00 -0500
New Fairfield ranks 116 in school spending amongst CT Towns

The quality of New Fairfield’s school system has a direct correlation to so much of what makes it a great town. Home values, crime, and family all receive a boost from a strong school system.

Every town has different thoughts on what portion of the town’s tax dollars should be spent on education. Much research has been done on the effectiveness of educational spending, and the effectiveness that additional spending has on a better quality education and school system.

New Fairfield currently spend $246,591 on education according to Connecticut State Comptroller, which represents a cost per student of $ 99.

New Fairfield has 2,497 students enrolled, which ranks 69 amongst the 202 school districts in Connecticut.

The amount that New Fairfield spends on education is $246,591, which ranks New Fairfield number 116 in educational spending of the 151 reporting towns in the state of CT.

]]> (Karen Moore) Life Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:43:57 -0500
Be My Valentine Bash at The Crowne Plaza Danbury

Be My Valentine Bash on Saturday, February 18 from 6pm to midnight at the Crowne Plaza Danbury

Grab your Valentine and join us for an evening of delectable food and dance the night away with Southern Voice. You'll get an open bar from 6PM-midnite, hor d'ouerves, dinner buffet and a chocolate explosion dessert buffet (link to menu below).

  • Sleeping Room Package - $199 per couple plus tax
  • Includes overnight accommodations welcome amenity – 2 PM check out next – Breakfast Buffet. 
  • Event Only Package - $139 per couple plus tax

Call Ardita Ismaili at 203.830.5165 to book! 
IMPORTANT: Please reference group code BMV when booking! 

**Full deposit required at time of booking, Cancellation with no penalty until 6 PM 2/17. **

Booking link:
Food & Beverage menu:

]]> (Crowne Plaza Danbury) Events Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:11:00 -0500
Potential significant coastal storm Sunday night into Tuesday

NOAA reports that confidence is increasing that there will be a significant coastal storm bringing heavy precipitation, strong winds, and coastal flooding to the Tri-state area Sunday night into Tuesday. 
Potential exists for a period of accumulating heavy wet snow across the hills of NE NJ, Lower Hudson Valley and SW CT during the Sunday night into Tuesday morning time frame.
The following is a detailed breakdown of potential hazards and impacts from this storm:

Strong Wind

  • Moderate potential for easterly winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 50+ mph along the coast during the Sun night to Monday night time frame.
  • Low potential for wind gusts of 60+ mph. 
  • Tree damage and power outages possible.
  • Potential for rainfall of 1 to 3 inches with locally higher amounts Sunday Night into Tuesday.
  • Threat for minor urban and small stream flooding if high end rainfall amounts are realized. 
  • Rises on larger rivers are likely...but at this point the threat for minor flooding of adjacent areas is slight. 

Snow/Wintry Mix

  • Potential exists for a period of accumulating heavy wet snow across the hills of NE NJ, Lower Hudson Valley and SW CT during the Sunday night into Tuesday morning time frame.
Coastal Flooding
  • Moderate potential for minor coastal flooding during the Monday and Tuesdaymorning high tides, with potential for locally moderate coastal flooding if peak surge coincides with high tides. The highest threat for coastal impacts will be for flood prone locales along the south shore bays of LI/NYC...eastern bays of LI...lower NY/NJ Harbor...and western LI Sound. 
  • High surf will bring potential for dune erosion and localized washovers along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront Mon into Tue.
Marine Hazards
  • East to Northeast Gales likely Sunday night into Monday night on all waters.
  • Potential for storm force gusts on the ocean and Eastern LI Sound.
  • Seas could build to 15 to 20 ft on the ocean waters Mon into Mon Night...and 5 to 8 ft Sun Night into Mon Night on Long Island Sound.
  • There is model spread in timing and track of the storm this far out, which will affect rainfall timing and amounts, wintry precipitation potential, and coastal flood potential.

Please monitor for the latest weather forecasts and discussions on this storm.
]]> (NOAA) Life Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:50:41 -0500
Weston Best City in Connecticut for Employment according to New Report

Connecticut is home to some of the best cities in the world and we all know a vibrant employment market is essential to keep it that way. How does New Fairfield rank?

Zippia recently ranked 46 cities in Connecticut based on the potential for employment. New Fairfield was not on the list of 46 cities.

New Fairfield has a labor force of 7,264 according to the Department of Labor, and the latest unemployment rate for New Fairfield is 3.10% for the month of November 2016. This rate is not seasonally adjusted.

Overall the State of Connecticut has a labor force of 1,888,100, and an unemployment rate of 3.7%.

Weston was ranked as the best, with Wilton and Fairfield ranked second and third. The score was determined by an average of 4 factors:

Unemployment rate
Recent job growth
Future job growth
Median household income

To see the entire list of 46 Connecticut cities, please go to

]]> (Karen Moore) Politics Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:35:11 -0500
RVNA Health Source: Healthy Choices for the New Year

Every January we think about things we could do to make our lives healthier. Dr. Andrew Gurman, President of the American Medical Association offers these seven recommendations to get the year off on the right foot by making lasting and impactful changes that can have significant health benefits.

1. Avoid beverages with sugar.

2. Take the screening test at to see if you might be at risk for type 2 diabetes.

3. If you’re healthy and between the ages of 18 and 65, get at least 30 minutes of moderate level aerobic exercise five days a week, or 20 minutes of high-intensity exercise three days a week.

4. Cut down on processed food and food with added salt.

5. Watch your alcohol consumption. Women should have no more than one drink daily; men no more than two.

6. If you smoke, quit.

7. Don’t allow secondhand smoke in your car or home.

Some of these changes are easier to make than others, but any move in the right direction is beneficial. It’s important to think about your own health and wellbeing, and that of your family, and make conscious choices that will have a lasting impact.

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.

Visit RVNA at

]]> (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Life Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:33:03 -0500
Praxair employees assemble literacy kits to benefit first graders at Ellsworth Avenue School in Danbury

United Way and Praxair Partner to Celebrate Volunteer Service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Volunteer Center of United Way of Western Connecticut is proud to announce that it has once again partnered with Praxair, Inc. to orchestrate an in-house volunteer activity to acknowledge and celebrate the meaning of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16, 2017.

The project involved numerous Praxair employees assembling more than eighty literacy kits to benefit first grade students at Ellsworth Avenue School in Danbury, thereby giving back to the local community and benefiting the lives of children in need. Ellsworth Avenue School is a neighborhood elementary school in Danbury that serves a number of low-income and minority students. 

About Praxair

Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 300 company with 2015 sales of $11 billion, is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others. More information about Praxair, Inc. is available at


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:19:18 -0500