Newfairfield's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:52:05 -0500 HamletHub.com Ives Concert Park presents second annual Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/43044-ives-concert-park-presents-second-annual-juried-fine-art-crafts-show43044-ives-concert-park-presents-second-annual-juried-fine-art-crafts-show http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/43044-ives-concert-park-presents-second-annual-juried-fine-art-crafts-show43044-ives-concert-park-presents-second-annual-juried-fine-art-crafts-show

Call for artists underway; deadline to submit is March 31

The Friends of the Ives onprofit organization will present the second annual Art at Ives, Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29, at Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury, Connecticut. This three-day event will feature high-quality original works in a diverse scope of art forms representing every major category. Food and music, along with art classes, demonstrations and children's events, will also be included. The event will take place rain or shine with gates open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The jurying and application system will be digital and  jurors will view the artists' work and accompanying descriptions in a self-paced environment, taking the time needed to accurately evaluate each application. Artists are invited to submit applications through zapplication.org. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31. A program directory and the Ives website will showcase each artist's work and contact information.

In 2016, more than 60 artists from across the country participated in the inaugural show and benefitted from increased visibility with western Connecticut art enthusiasts. The goal of the Art at Ives Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show is to expand awareness of the arts and enrich the artistic, cultural, educational and economic vitality of the region.

The Ives has partnered with many artists and community stakeholders, including the Western Connecticut State University Art Department, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and the Brookfield Craft Center to develop the Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show.

For more information, visit www.ivesconcertpark.com or the art submission site at zapplication.org

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Sherri Hill) Events Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:16:42 -0500
Tribes Select East Windsor to Host Entertainment & Gaming Facility http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/politics/43045-tribes-select-east-windsor-to-host-entertainment-gaming-facility43045-tribes-select-east-windsor-to-host-entertainment-gaming-facility http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/politics/43045-tribes-select-east-windsor-to-host-entertainment-gaming-facility43045-tribes-select-east-windsor-to-host-entertainment-gaming-facility

 

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes, in their continuing effort to preserve jobs and revenue in Connecticut, today announced that they have selected East Windsor as the site for the proposed entertainment and gaming facility in the Hartford region.

“From the beginning, we’ve said that we want to site our new facility in a town that’s eager to have us. With the unanimous vote by the Board of Selectmen, East Windsor fits that bill, and we’re thrilled to enter into a partnership with them,” said Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

“Today’s announcement is a critical step towards our goal of saving Connecticut jobs and revenue,” said Kevin Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe. “We’re honored to have the community of East Windsor by our side as we move forward with bringing our facility to life.”

A development agreement was voted on and passed unanimously by the East Windsor Board of Selectmen on Saturday. The agreement states that MMCT will pay the Town $3 million no later than 15 months before the gaming facility opens. MMCT will also pay the Town $3 million annually on top of regular tax payments, which are expected to total approximately $5.5 million per year.

MMCT has committed to use of union labor for construction of the facility. And the permanent jobs at the casino will be good paying jobs with good benefits.

The agreement emphasizes MMCT’s commitment to local hiring practices, stipulating that no less than 4% of the casino workforce will be made up of East Windsor residents, and no less than 15% of employees will live within a 25-mile radius of the facility. In pursuit of these ends, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes will host two job fairs in East Windsor. About 75% of the positions at the new casino will be full-time.

The Tribes and the town will hold a signing ceremony on the agreement in the near future.

MMCT Venture was created to preserve jobs and revenue in the state of Connecticut.

To learn more, go to www.ctjobsmatter.com

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Andrew Doba) Politics Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:08:40 -0500
Wooster School Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Selected To Prestigious New England Tournament http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/43043-wooster-school-boys-and-girls-basketball-teams-selected-to-prestigious-new-england-tournament43043-wooster-school-boys-and-girls-basketball-teams-selected-to-prestigious-new-england-tournament http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/43043-wooster-school-boys-and-girls-basketball-teams-selected-to-prestigious-new-england-tournament43043-wooster-school-boys-and-girls-basketball-teams-selected-to-prestigious-new-england-tournament

 

In addition to winning the HVAL Tournament Championship for the second year in a row, Wooster School’s Varsity Boys Basketball team has been selected to compete in the prestigious Class D New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Tournament. Wooster is the #2 seed and will host #7 seed Hoosac School on Wednesday, March 1 at 3:45 pm in the Forever Young Gymnasium. The winner will advance to the semifinals to be held on Saturday, March 4. The location is TBD. 

Tournament seedings are as follows:

#1 – Storm King School

#2 – Wooster School

#3 – Bancroft School

#4 – Christian Heritage School

#5 – Lexington Christian Academy

#6 – Oakwood Friends School

#7 – Hoosac School

#8 – Watkinson School 

To view the full bracket, please visit: http://nepsac.org/page/3059. Be sure to check back for updated results, game times, and locations. 

Coming off their HVAL Tournament appearance, the Wooster School Varsity Girls Basketball team has been selected to compete in the prestigious Class E New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Tournament. Wooster is the #2 seed and will host #7 seed Storm King School on Wednesday, March 1 at 5:15 pm in the Forever Young Gymnasium. The winner will advance to the semifinals to be held on Saturday, March 4. The location is TBD. 

Tournament seedings are as follows:

#1 – Dublin School

#2 – Wooster School

#3 – Providence Country Day

#4 – Covenant Christian Academy

#5 – Oakwood Friends School

#6 – Marie Philip School

#7 – Storm King School

#8 – Chapel Hill – Chauncy Hall 

To view the full bracket, please visit: http://nepsac.org/page/3059. Be sure to check back for updated results, game times, and locations. 

To learn more about Wooster School, visit http://www.woosterschool.org/ or contact Wooster School Admissions at (203) 830-3916.

About New England Preparatory School Athletic Council

NEPSAC was established in 1942 as an organization of athletic directors from accredited New England independent schools. While the Association does not function as a regulatory or oversight body (like the NCAA or state public high school associations), NEPSAC does sanction New England championship events in many sports and provides guidance in a variety of issues involving interscholastic athletics in our schools.

To learn more, visit http://www.nepsac.org/

 
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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Lori Kriegel) Neighbors Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:26:02 -0500
Meet Stormy: NFSAW CAt of the Week http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/43042-meet-stormy-nfsaw-cat-of-the-week43042-meet-stormy-nfsaw-cat-of-the-week http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/43042-meet-stormy-nfsaw-cat-of-the-week43042-meet-stormy-nfsaw-cat-of-the-week

Hi! My name is Stormy! I get along well with other cats and a big lover! If you're looking for a cat who likes to talk and sit on laps, I'm the boy for you!

We are in need of: paper towels and gently used dog toys. 

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

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kerry@ducey.org (NFSAW) Neighbors Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:06:44 -0500
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide FREE Service in New Fairfield http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/43041-aarp-foundation-tax-aide-free-service-in-new-fairfield43041-aarp-foundation-tax-aide-free-service-in-new-fairfield http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/43041-aarp-foundation-tax-aide-free-service-in-new-fairfield43041-aarp-foundation-tax-aide-free-service-in-new-fairfield

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Don't forget to bring your important documents to the site. Access the complete list.

AARP Tax-Aide locations near New Fairfield:

  • DANBURY SENIOR CENTER 10 ELMWOOD PL, DANBURY
  • BETHEL SENIOR CENTER 1 SCHOOL ST
  • NEW FAIRFIELD SENIOR CENTER 33 STATE ROUTE 37

Click here for more locations as well as tax prep dates and times here.

Questions? Email: taxaide@aarp.org

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kerry@ducey.org (AARP) Neighbors Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:50:59 -0500
After Four Decades, Beloved Hancock Hall Employee Retires http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/43040-after-four-decades-beloved-hancock-hall-employee-retires43040-after-four-decades-beloved-hancock-hall-employee-retires http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/43040-after-four-decades-beloved-hancock-hall-employee-retires43040-after-four-decades-beloved-hancock-hall-employee-retires

Michele Gratzl’s employment at Hancock Hall and sister facility, Filosa has spanned four decades. She began her work at Filosa Convalescent Home in 1971 when she was just 21 years old, serving as a nurses’ aid. Over the years, her roles and responsibilities evolved as did the nursing profession and skilled nursing industry. Gratzl has served as social worker, ward clerk, and most recently as Resident Trust Coordinator and Accounts Payable Coordinator. Next week, she begins a new chapter as a retiree, and doting grandmother. “I’m proud to be a part of this great organization. I am blessed to have known and worked with a very special group of people and I will miss all of them,” says Gratzl. Here, Gratzl shares cherished memories and gives readers a look at days gone by. 

You moved to Danbury 46 year ago and began working at Filosa soon after. Did you ever think this position would span four decades?

When I was hired by Barbara Filosa in 1971 never imagined that I would be part of the Filosa organization for over four decades!  In 1971 there was no formal orientation as there is today. You were given your list of residents, a sheet with their schedule and you were on your way. I remember being saddened to see that the residents were not home with their families. When I returned home after my first day at work, I remember telling my husband that I would give Mrs. Filosa two weeks and then I would probably leave. However, that never happened. As each day passed, I realized that Filosa Convalescent Home was vitally needed for many who could not be cared for by their families the residents quickly became part of my life and my family.

Tell me about how your role at Filosa and Hancock Hall has evolved and/or how the industry has evolved.

When I started working at Filosa I was a nurse's aide. The facility was a 30 bed nursing home. On the 7-3 shift each aide was responsible for 10 residents. The day went by fast, giving my residents the time and care they required. At that time, there were no bed alarms, spacious showers stalls or housekeeping staff to assist with accidents, spills, etc. On Sunday mornings, under the supervision of the charge nurse, the aides prepared breakfast for the residents. Each resident whose life I was privileged to be a part of, helped me to grow and become who I am today.

The next role that I had was the ward clerk. I worked very closely with Barbara Malone who is Barbara Filosa's daughter. Regulations at that time were much different than today. I was able to pick up doctor orders, count medication delivered by the pharmacy, write care plans and conduct studies. Also answer phones and make appointments for residents.

In 1972 Filosa increased bed capacity to 60 beds and later four more beds were added. Filosa Convalescent Home is presently a 64 skilled bed facility.

In 1974 I gave birth to my first child, Suzanne and my son Michael was born in 1976. I left Filosa for 3 years. In 1977 I returned, now a mother of two. Both Suzanne and Michael worked for the Filosa organization. Suzanne worked at Hancock Hall as a receptionist and Michael worked at Filosa in the kitchen.

My next role was the Social Worker designee. This position allowed me to work with residents, their families and staff. Helping residents and their families to adjust to placement, fears and concerns they experienced, also to be a listening ear for the staff. In this position I continued to grow.

When Hancock Hall, named after a very special friend of Mrs. Filosa, Marion Hancock, opened in 1984. Part of my duties included admitting residents to our new facility. Presently, Hancock Hall is a 96 bed SNF [Skilled Nursing Facility] and short term rehab facility. I continued to work as a social worker designee until 1996. At that time, Filosa and Hancock Hall had a Master's Social Worker in each facility. This remains true today.

In 1996, I began my final role in the Filosa/Hancock Hall organization. I began working in the finance office. Not knowing how to turn on a computer was only one of my challenges! With the help and patience of my co-workers, I was able to master my duties. My role has been to maintain the daily census for Filosa and Hancock Hall, Resident Trust Coordinator and Accounts Payable Coordinator. Frank Malone, PhD, the son-in-law of Barbara Filosa is the CFO of Hancock Hall and Filosa.

The Administrator at Filosa is Michael Malone and Jennifer Malone-Seixas is the Administrator at Hancock Hall. They are the grandchildren of Barbara Filosa This family run organization has grown and become an institution that I am truly honored to be a part of.

You are part of the fabric of Filosa's history! What memories of founder, Barbara Filosa can you share?

Barbara Filosa was a strong woman and a special friend. She expected that her staff always worked as hard as she did. She did not come from a time when meetings were part of work. So when it was mandated that care plans had to be prepared for each resident, with participation from each discipline (nursing, dietary, recreation and social service) she would question why her staff was talking rather than working!

March 3 is a big day for you! After more than forty years you will retire! Tell me about life after Filosa and Hancock Hall.

I started working at Filosa at the age of 21 and at the age of 66 I will be retiring. Filosa and Hancock Hall have been a very important part of my life. I’m proud to be a part of this great organization. I am blessed to have known and worked with a very special group of people and I will miss all of them.

My life will have a different focus. I will be heIping to take care of my 15 month old grandson and in June, his new little brother.

Favorite story about your time at Filosa/Hancock Hall?

When Barbara Filosa was staying at Hancock Hall I enjoyed our visits and talking about our time working together. I remember one Saturday, I came to [Hancock Hall] to visit a friend who just had knee surgery. As I headed to my friend’s room, I saw Mrs. Filosa and I said hello to her. About two hours later, Mrs. Filosa came into the room and told me that she could have me fired for spending so much time with my friend and not working. I reminded Mrs. Filosa that it was Saturday and my day off. She then said that in that in that case, it was alright and she joined us! She was 99 years old at that time. I truly miss this special lady.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:42:40 -0500
Ann’s Place Fashion Show with Fashions by Audrey Road and AR Kids http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/charities/43039-ann-s-place-fashion-show-with-fashions-by-audrey-road-and-ar-kids43039-ann-s-place-fashion-show-with-fashions-by-audrey-road-and-ar-kids http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/charities/43039-ann-s-place-fashion-show-with-fashions-by-audrey-road-and-ar-kids43039-ann-s-place-fashion-show-with-fashions-by-audrey-road-and-ar-kids

Fashion at Its Finest at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, April 20 at 7:30pm to support Ann's Place!

HamletHub Whole New You Series Partially underwritten by Reliance Merchant Services & Elements Massage With support from Campari & WHIP Salon

Purchase your tickets here.

Make your wardrobe fresh for the Spring/Summer season with fashions from Audrey Road and AR Kids!   Join Ann’s Place, a community-based cancer support agency, as they, along with other celebrity models, bring you new and vintage fashions and jewelry to brighten up your spring wardrobe and take you into summer – all while supporting a great cause.  Bring your friends early and join us in the lobby at 6:30pm for shopping and fun! Then at 7:30pm, join our models as they show off some of the most unique and fun clothing in town!  Fun and Fashionable attire for girls and boys age 2 through 14, will also be showcased by AR Kids!

Come see these “celebrity” models strut their stuff:  Anna O’Rourke, Megan Searfoss, Dawn Grabover, Kim Bishop, Lyla and Shannon Stubbe, PJ James, Trish Shantz, Maddie, Brooke and Reilly Blake, Jennifer and Zoe Garbus, Christine Wohl, Jen Conciatore, Anne Stauff, Mia and Annalisa Verrilli, Julia Signorelli.

Proceeds benefit Ann’s Place, a nonprofit agency located on the Danbury/Ridgefield border that serves over 800 clients – men, women, and children – from CT and nearby NY. All services are provided free of charge to clients. Ann’s Place depends upon the generosity of the philanthropic community to fund these services. For more information, please visit annsplace.org.

$25 – The proceeds will benefit Ann’s Place.

Purchase your tickets here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:30pm HamletHub Whole New You Series Partially underwritten by Reliance Merchant Services & Elements Massage With support from Campari & WHIP Salon) Charities Sat, 25 Feb 2017 04:35:58 -0500
Amber Alert Canceled: 6 Year Old Found Located in Pennsylvania http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/43037-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania43037-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/43037-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania43037-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania

This morning at 6:48 AM, CT State Police issued an Amber Alert for 6 year old Aylin Sofia Hernandez who was abducted from Bridgeport. Police have canceled the Amber Alert and reported that Aylin was located in Pennsylvania.

According to WFSB (News 3) Aylin was abducted after a double stabbing and a murder in Bridgeport. She is safe and the suspect is in custody. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Public safety Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:59:06 -0500
WestConn professor's book examines Jefferson legacy http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/43038-westconn-professor-s-book-examines-jefferson-legacy43038-westconn-professor-s-book-examines-jefferson-legacy http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/43038-westconn-professor-s-book-examines-jefferson-legacy43038-westconn-professor-s-book-examines-jefferson-legacy

Reading and book signing on campus Feb. 28

Thomas Jefferson has long influenced Dr. Kevin Gutzman, a professor of History & Non-Western Cultures at Western Connecticut State University. In fact, Gutzman argues, Jefferson influences every American every day.

But Gutzman has spent more time thinking about Jefferson's mark on society than the rest of us. That is why he has written "Thomas Jefferson - Revolutionary: A Radical's Struggle to Remake America," about the man who drafted the Declaration of Independence, served as president and founded the University of Virginia.

Historians have probably written more about Jefferson than any other president besides Lincoln and Washington. Gutzman said there is room for another book because so many of Jefferson's ideas were incorporated into the creation of the United States, and continue to affect our lives.
In many cases, said Gutzman, who is a constitutional scholar, biographer of James Madison and author of several other books, we now think of Jefferson's revolutionary ideas as commonplace.

"People don't realize he was such a radical," Gutzman said. "People think freedom of religion is normal. We shouldn't think that way. It sets us apart from the rest of the world and people outside the U.S. see us as a beacon."

Gutzman argues that freedom of religion was Jefferson's "most significant long-term cause." "Because of Jefferson, government doesn't tell us what our religion would be. In fact, it doesn't care. Jefferson called it freedom of conscience."

The book also covers Jefferson's positions favoring assimilation of Indians and education of blacks and young women, all groups usually not allowed access to the classroom or other rights.
Federalism - the allocation of powers between the state and federal levels - also consumed much of Jefferson's thought and political activity.

Jefferson believed the nation would be healthier if more government decisions were made in state capitols, rather than in Washington, D.C. He wanted power dispersed within states as well.

"If everything is decided in Washington, the average person can't participate," Gutzman explained. "Jefferson wanted people to have more input in lower-case 'd' democracy."

Many of Jefferson's concepts and motivations came together in his work on public education.

Gutzman said Jefferson attended the College of William and Mary as a young man and "he was underwhelmed." When in later years his proposals to bring change to his alma mater were defeated, Jefferson founded the University of Virginia.

"It was completely radical, totally unlike any other institution," Gutzman said. "He stopped the parroting of Greek and Latin, although he loved those languages. Jefferson instituted essay exams and allowed students to take courses they wanted to take. He offered the hard sciences, and the governance of the university was different, with no proctor and faculty members electing the president. The whole thing was totally unknown. Today, nearly every university in the U.S. is like the University of Virginia."

Jefferson, of course, designed the campus and buildings for the university as well. He chose the books for the library with James Madison, lobbied Virginia legislators to ensure it was chartered and wrote course curricula.

And although Jefferson's lifelong slaveholding and belief in the inferiority of blacks is well-known, Gutzman said Jefferson was the first president to hire a black man, a land surveyor, to work for the federal government, and he proposed taxes in Virginia to pay for the schooling of every girl and boy, including free blacks. His arguments eventually included schooling for slave children as well.

The University of Virginia, where Gutzman did some of his own graduate work, was the culmination of Jefferson's efforts to democratize America, where everyone - not only land-owning white men - could be heard and make a difference.

It's a view that, despite occasional political rifts across the nation, generally pervades modern U.S. society.

But even though Jefferson's ideas may have become mainstream, Gutzman said, the third president - one of America's greatest revolutionaries and statesmen - would urge today's citizens to remain jealous of our freedoms.

"The fact that we live with the legacy of Jefferson's successes doesn't mean they are self-sustaining or that they will endure" Gutzman said. "We have to insist on it."

Gutzman will give a public lecture on "Thomas Jefferson - Revolutionary" and sign copies of the book at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Warner Hall on WestConn's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

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

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (WCSU) Neighbors Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:54:51 -0500
Amber Alert: 6 year old Bridgeport Girl http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/43036-amber-alert-6-year-old-bridgeport-girl43036-amber-alert-6-year-old-bridgeport-girl http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/43036-amber-alert-6-year-old-bridgeport-girl43036-amber-alert-6-year-old-bridgeport-girl

AMBER Update: Bridgeport, CT VEH:Grey Hyundai Sonata 4-door sedan TAG:Connecticut AG91925 CHILD:6yrs Hispanic female 4' 0" 55lbs Hr:black Ey CALL(866)

Activation Date and Time: Friday, February 24, 2017 - 6:48 AM 

Vehicle 2017 Grey Hyundai Sonata CT AG91925        

The Bridgeport, CT Police Department has activated the New York State AMBER Alert and is investigating a child abduction that occurred on Greenwood St, in Bridgeport, CT at about 3:30 AM on 2/24/2017. 

The CHILD, Aylin Sofia Hernandez is a Hispanic female, approximately 6 years old with black hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 4 feet 0 inches and weighs about 55 pounds. Aylin was last seen wearing unknown clothing.  

The SUSPECT, Oscar Hernandez is a Hispanic male, approximately 39 years old with short, brown hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 185 pounds.  

The VEHICLE has been identified as a  Grey 4-door sedan Hyundai Sonata with Connecticut license plate number AG91925. 

The SUSPECT was last seen traveling on Jennings Street in Bronx New York  possibly heading for Bronx locations. 

Suspect abducted child after committing a homicide in Bridgeport Connecticut. Suspect is believed to be in the New York City area.

Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the Bridgeport, CT Police Department at (866)N Y S-AMBER or dial 911 to provide information on a report or sighting. 

Visit http://amber.ny.gov for the most up to date information concerning this alert. 

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (NYS Police) Public safety Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:18:52 -0500
Rep. Ferguson Urges Concerned Citizens to Comment on Toll Legislation at Public Hearing http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/politics/43035-rep-ferguson-urges-concerned-citizens-to-comment-on-toll-legislation-at-public-hearing43035-rep-ferguson-urges-concerned-citizens-to-comment-on-toll-legislation-at-public-hearing http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/politics/43035-rep-ferguson-urges-concerned-citizens-to-comment-on-toll-legislation-at-public-hearing43035-rep-ferguson-urges-concerned-citizens-to-comment-on-toll-legislation-at-public-hearing

Rep. Ferguson Urges Concerned Citizens to Comment on Toll Legislation at Public Hearing

HARTFORD – State Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-138) advised residents of border towns in Connecticut to submit testimony in opposition to all legislation calling for installation of electronic toll booths on state highways in a public hearing to be held on Monday.  There are currently five bills which have been submitted to the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee that each call for a variety of ways to institute tolling in Connecticut.

“As a Danbury resident, I fully understand how putting tolls at Connecticut’s borders is a unique and massive detriment to families in businesses in border towns,” said Rep. Ferguson.  “All of these proposals submitted to the Transportation Committee to raise revenue from border tolls will unfairly punish people in border towns who frequently travel to neighboring states for work and to visit family.  In Danbury, businesses rely heavily on customers who can travel in from New York State without a hassle.  It is financially discriminatory legislation against certain commuters just because of the stretch of road they use for work and personal travel.  I have received countless emails, phone calls, and personal appeals from my constituents expressing their fear of expensive border tolls that would force them to pay for shortfalls in the budget.  None of the lawmakers who introduced tolling legislation represent towns that neighbor other states.  We need to stand together as a community and oppose all of these proposals.  On Monday, I want anyone who would be affected by tolls to make your voices heard at this public hearing.”

The Transportation Committee will hear testimony on the five bills calling for tolling on Monday, February 27, at 11:00 a.m. in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Rep. Ferguson recommended residents of border towns who cannot attend the hearing in Hartford to submit testimony by email at tratestimony@cga.ct.gov.  Residents must mention tolling legislation in their subject headers and include their name and town.  There is no limit on the length of written testimony.

The text of each of the tolling bills is available at here

Any questions or comments can be directed to Rep. Ferguson’s office by calling 860-240-1423 or by emailing him at michael.ferguson@housegop.ct.gov.

State Representative Michael Ferguson represents the 138th district communities of Danbury, New Fairfield, and Ridgefield.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Rick Joslyn) Politics Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:35:47 -0500
Immaculate High School Artists and CyberPatriots Win State Honors http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/43034-immaculate-high-school-artists-and-cyberpatriots-win-state-honors43034-immaculate-high-school-artists-and-cyberpatriots-win-state-honors http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/neighbors/43034-immaculate-high-school-artists-and-cyberpatriots-win-state-honors43034-immaculate-high-school-artists-and-cyberpatriots-win-state-honors

In the past two months, Immaculate High School (IHS) students have won prestigious awards in both art and technology competitions. IHS strives to allow students to attain both academic and extracurricular personal success, and these awards reflect that commitment.

IHS CyberPatriots Defend State Championship Title

The Immaculate High School CyberPatriot team took first, second and third place in the Connecticut Open Division Gold Tier State Round competition, as well as earning a first-place Silver Tier State Round Award for the CyberPatriot IX challenge. This is Immaculate’s second year in a row securing the State championship title. In early February, the team competed again in the regional competition on the Gold and Silver Tier level; Immaculate took 4th place in the Northeast regional round.

IHS students honored in the Gold Tier inlcude: First Place Gold Tier team: Jack Brooks, Colby Bellone, Ben Fletcher, John Palladino and William Wang; Second Place Gold Tier team: Dave Bono and Jake Payton; and Third Place Gold Tier team: Luke Cropsey, Ryan Henn, Taylor Li , Kevin McCoy, Andrew Riotto and Dan Wroblewski.  

First Place Silver Tier winners in the State Round from the IHS CyberPatriot team were James Mok, Andrew Doering, Greg Gruerio, G. Edward Bell and Eric Shields. The CyberPatriot team is coached by Dave Cirella, Immaculate High School’s Director of IT.  

“This has been another great year working with the students. The field of Cybersecurity is complex and difficult, especially for students just entering the computer science field -- with that being said, I am very proud of my students’ commitment and accomplishments for this past CyberPatriot season,” said Mr. Cirella.

CyberPatriot is part of the National Youth Cyber Education Program, conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire students toward careers in c​ybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.

Scholastic Art Awards for IHS Students

Five Immaculate High School (IHS) students were named winners in the 2017 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards.  Linus Jia, David Mercier, Colleen McCann, Veronica Vodola and Krystal Zhangwere noted for their artistic and creative endeavors for IHS art projects, with Mr. Mercier winning a Gold Key award and Mr. Jia winning a Silver Key award. Mr. Jia and Ms. Zhang are part of IHS’s International Student Program.

The Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards is the largest juried student art exhibition in the state, established in 1927. The exhibition features select work from 145 participating Connecticut schools in grades 7-12, and winners are chosen from approximately 3,000 total art entries.

The IHS students were honored at the 2017 Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony on Sunday, January 29 at Lincoln Theater at the University of Hartford. Their artwork was included in a statewide art exhibition held at the Hartford Art School from January 29 to February 3. The students were eligible for Gold or Silver Keys and Honorable Mention places in each of 17 media categories; Mr. Mercier won a Gold Key for his design of the IHS production “Hamlet” program book cover and will move on to the National Level Scholastic Art Award competition, where a national jury will choose works for exhibit in the National Show.

Mr. Jia won a Silver Key award for his painting “A Snowy Day in Canada.” Ms. McCann and Ms. Vodola were honored for their sculptures “Katniss’ and “Singin’ in the Rain” respectively  and Ms. Zhang was honored for her painting “Cityscape;” all three won Honorable Mentions. They are all students of IHS art teachers Samantha Kohler and Leslie Quinn.

“We are very proud of the students,” said Mrs. Kohler. “They all worked very hard and it is nice to see them receive recognition,” she added. She noted that they will find out in April if Mr. Mercier’s program book cover will be exhibited in the National Show.

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.

Photos: 

Scholastic Arts Awardees: (From L-R) Linus Jia, David Mercier, Krystal Zhang, Veronica Vodola, Colleen McCann.

CyberPatriots members: (from L-R): Members of the IHS CyberPatriots Team Colby Bellone, John Palladino, Ben Fletcher and Jack Brooks celebrate their victory.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Immaculate High School) Neighbors Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:46:54 -0500
Malloy issues statement regarding President Trump's decision to recind protection for transgender students http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/politics/43033-malloy-issues-statement-regarding-president-trump-s-decision-to-recind-protection-for-transgender-students43033-malloy-issues-statement-regarding-president-trump-s-decision-to-recind-protection-for-transgender-students http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/politics/43033-malloy-issues-statement-regarding-president-trump-s-decision-to-recind-protection-for-transgender-students43033-malloy-issues-statement-regarding-president-trump-s-decision-to-recind-protection-for-transgender-students

 

Governor Dannel P. Malloy released the following statement regarding President Trump’s  decision to rescind protections for transgender students:

“Discrimination of this kind is outrageous and has no place in our society. This shouldn't be a partisan issue – the President’s regressive actions must be rejected by all compassionate people, regardless of party affiliation. In 2011, I was proud to sponsor and help win passage for a comprehensive transgender rights bill here in Connecticut, and to subsequently lead fights nationally against efforts in North Carolina, Indiana, and elsewhere to restrict the rights of people who are transgender. In Connecticut, we will defend the rights of all students – regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, race, ethnicity, and disability status – and will continue to protect their access to welcoming learning environments.”

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Gov. Malloy's Office) Politics Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:21:24 -0500
Hat City on Tap in Danbury Saturday, March 25 http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/43031-hat-city-on-tap-in-danbury-saturday-march-2543031-hat-city-on-tap-in-danbury-saturday-march-25 http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/43031-hat-city-on-tap-in-danbury-saturday-march-2543031-hat-city-on-tap-in-danbury-saturday-march-25

Hold onto your hats, Danbury, we’re coming your way! The 2nd Annual Hat City on Tap Craft Beer Festival is returning to the Danbury Ice Arena on Saturday, March 25th.

Hat City on Tap is dedicated to showcasing specialty beers and craft breweries from around the globe. We’ll be tipping back samples of more than 100 craft beers from over 50 breweries. Get ready to enjoy a day filled to the brim with amazing craft beer, local vendors, delicious food and live music!

Hat City on Tap will take place at the Danbury Ice Arena from 5pm – 8pm.  The event will offer sampling of over 100 craft and specialty releases from more than 50 breweries.

General Admission tickets are just $35 in advance. VIP tickets are also available for just $55 in advance and include a souvenir hat, food voucher and an extra hour of sampling. Attendance for this event will be capped at 3,000.

For more information and to purchase your tickets to the event, please visit us at HatCityOnTap.com.

Hat City on Tap is supported by Grassy Plain Vape & Smoke, Danbury Tattoo, Guinness and Ace Endico Marketplace.

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Missy Repola) Events Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:05:45 -0500
Support Local Charities on Giving Day http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/charities/43027-support-local-charities-on-giving-day43027-support-local-charities-on-giving-day http://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/charities/43027-support-local-charities-on-giving-day43027-support-local-charities-on-giving-day

Charitable-minded individuals are empowered to make an impact in their community on Giving Day, a 24-hour online event, taking place on March 9, 2017. This day of giving makes it easy for everyone to support local charities that provide vital community services, such as Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS).

Founded in 1974, DAWS is Western Connecticut’s leader in placing homeless animals in their forever homes and promoting responsible pet guardianship.

A no-kill shelter that saves the lives of animals in need and provides community education and low-cost spay/neuter programs, we are a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of donors for our life-saving work.92% of our budget directly supports our programs and animal care, a figure that places us among the highest tier of public charities nationwide.

We are excited to once again be a part of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Giving Day, where bonus awards for participation mean that for as a little as $10, you can help DAWS reach our goal of raising $15,000 for our life-saving work.

Making a fully tax-deductibledonation to DAWS at FCGives.org on Giving Day will directly help save the lives of hundreds of companion animals.

Please join us on March 9. Log on to FCGives.org to learn more about this special opportunity, and look for updates on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/DAWSpets) and website (DAWS.org).

I thank you in advance for your kindness and life-saving generosity.

John Piper
President, Board of Directors 
Danbury Animal Welfare Society

DAWS Giving Day is March 9th 2017!

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Danbury Animal Welfare Society) Charities Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:22:46 -0500