Redding's HamletHub Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:35:15 -0500 WCHN and CCMC Announce New Pediatric Alliance


Western Connecticut Health Network and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center align to enhance and expand specialized pediatric health care to families throughout western Connecticut.


DANBURY, Connecticut, January 22, 2018 — Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (Connecticut Children’s) have launched a pediatric alliance to bring Connecticut Children’s prominent attributes and highly specialized pediatric health care to families throughout western Connecticut. Connecticut Children’s pediatric hospitalists and physician assistants (PAs) are now providing inpatient care for children at Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital. Neonatologists will start caring for babies at each hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) this summer. This alliance will enhance quality outcomes and provide greater access to subspecialty pediatric care for families in the communities WCHN serves.

WCHN is now bringing an unprecedented level of specialized pediatric and neonatology care to its community hospitals by aligning with Connecticut Children’s, the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children. Through the alliance, children and their families will have 24/7 access to readily available specialized and subspecialized pediatric services. Even more pediatric consultations will be available at Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital emergency departments (EDs), ensuring best-in-class pediatric emergency care for young patients.

“Aligning with Connecticut Children’s exemplifies how WCHN is collaborating with leading healthcare experts to ensure we can offer the greatest care possible. Bringing Connecticut Children’s to our community hospitals enables us to deliver extraordinary pediatric care and achieve the best outcomes for every family and the children they cherish,” said John M. Murphy, MD, president and CEO of WCHN.

Two physician leaders from Connecticut Children’s and three WCHN providers have assumed new roles to lead local efforts at each hospital. This includes a Connecticut Children’s board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physician who will provide consultation to Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, and Norwalk Hospital EDs. WCHN will adopt Connecticut Children’s standardized best practices to advance continuity of care. Family-centered care will also be introduced, where the entire care team rounds at the bedside with the patient’s family.

“We are looking forward to expanding our evidence-based, state-of-the-art care to families in western Connecticut. We are excited to align with WCHN and progress our mission to make children in Connecticut the healthiest in the country,” said Anand Sekaran, MD, division head of Hospital Medicine at Connecticut Children’s.

Pediatric patients will remain Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital patients. They will have easy access to Connecticut Children’s main campus in Hartford if necessary. Pediatricians and family physicians can refer children to WCHN’s EDs for evaluation, care, and hospitalization. They may also contact the pediatric hospitalist team for direct admissions.



]]> (Amy Forni, Manager, Public Relations, Western Connecticut Health Network, 203-739-7478, Andrea Rynn Manager, Public Relations Director, Pub) Life Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:19:01 -0500
Redding residents named to the Dean's List at WCSU

Congratulations to Redding residents who have earned Dean's List at Western Connecticut State University hfor fall 2017:

Emily Haug, Exploratory Studies

John Neumann, Economics

Sophia Pizzo, Professional Writing

Sky Saraceni, Psychology

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

]]> (WCSU) Neighbors Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:06:14 -0500
Local artists showcase work at Wilton Library’s A Couple of Couples exhibit

Finding something in which two people have a shared interest oftentimes makes for a solid foundation.  That appears to be true for two couples who share their love of art in Wilton Library’s upcoming art exhibition, “A Couple of Couples—Paintings and Photography,” opening Friday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

Julie Leff and Charles Douthat, artists from Weston, and Leona and Richard Frank of Westport, artist and photographer respectively, will be showcasing more than 60 of their works in the exhibition that runs through February 23. Their talents are on display in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, charcoal drawings and photography with subject matter encompassing portraits, still life, abstracts, botanicals, landscapes and more.

Ed MacEwen, Wilton Library’s art chairman, said of the pairings, “I had seen the talent of Julie and Leona on separate occasions, and was aware of the Franks’ time as Weir Farm artists-in-residence.  When I heard that there was a fourth artist in Charles, I just knew that this exhibition had to come together in this way.”

Julie Leff, a graduate of Yale University, began painting professionally in 2001.  Since then, her work has appeared in numerous solo and group shows in New York and Connecticut.  Her artwork is held in many private collections in the US, Europe and Asia.  Her medium is oil paint on canvas and subjects are primarily florals, still lifes, abstracts, and portraits. She noted about her work, “I paint for myself, for my love of color and form, but in a way that invites others to discover the beauty I see in the world.”  To view her work, visit

Charles Douthat is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California, Charles is a self-taught painter who works within the traditions of abstract expressionism and lyrical abstraction.  He paints in acrylics, usually on canvas, but sometimes on recycled surfaces. Of his work, he said, “I never know where I’m going or what I’m looking for; I’m simply trying to make marks on canvas that strike me as moving or beautiful or full of potential.”

Leona Frank is a painter who also teaches art in her Westport studio.  Her award-winning acrylic paintings are in numerous public and private collections. Her latest energy has been applied to her Flowerscapes, which focus on the insistent and vibrant flowers she observed at Weir Farm, the National Historic Site in Wilton where she and her husband, Richard Frank, were collaborative Artists-in-Residence in July, 2012. During the month-long residency at Weir Farm, Leona and Dick spent valuable time sharing ideas for new directions in their respective work. A unique aspect of Leona’s work is the challenge of creating art on the diminutive 2”x 2” format of an iPhone screen, as well as the limitation of the given tools in the Notes program.  Her many years of experience as a professional calligrapher provide familiarity with small-scale work. She remarked, “Whether I am painting or drawing, the act of drawing consistently plays an important role in my work. It is through drawing that I learn to understand my subjects.”  Leona has a B.A in Studio Art from Queens College, New York and an M.S. in Art Education from Southern CT State University. She is a member of National Association of Women Artists, Connecticut Women Artists and New Haven Paint & Clay Club, where she was one of five members selected for a solo exhibit. Leona’s work can be seen on her website,

Richard Frank began photography at the age of twenty-two, when he enrolled in Sheldon Brody’s photography class at Queens College.  That class became the catalyst for his interest in “pursuing the discipline of observation and technical knowledge needed to do meaningful and high quality work.” The American social landscape and portraiture became his preferred subjects. Dick worked as a free-lance photographer, specializing in people on location, for over forty years.  He is known for his ability to depict his subjects in a natural and authentic style.  Dick has done assignments for national magazines, including Fortune, Money, Sports Illustrated, Life, New York Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Car & Driver, Esquire and Audubon Magazine.  Dick continues to challenge himself with visual ideas and content, and according to him, he’s “always looking.”

The reception is free and open to the public.  A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The media sponsor is The Wilton Bulletin. Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. The library is open Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. The library will be closed on February 19 for Presidents’ Day.  For information and directions, visit or call 203-762-6334.

]]> (Janet Crystal) Neighbors Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:30:11 -0500
Hurry! Only a couple of offices still available at The Suites on Grove in Ridgefield!

We just got word from Bob Cascella, partner of Suites on Grove, that there are a still a couple of exclusive office suites that are still available.

Are you a local executive in need of a turnkey office opportunity? You know...a professional, furnished office that affords you productivity, networking, and the ability to hold occasional meetings. 

Enter Suites on Grove, conveniently located in the heart of Ridgefield’s business district at 38C Grove Street in Ridgefield.

Office suites are all-inclusive, glass-enclosed and provide abundant natural light. What's more, you can host a meeting in a state-of-the-art conference room and take advantage of the fully-equipped kitchenette, WIFI networking lounge, and coffee bar.

Suites on Grove offers an annual license for just $700 to $1,350 monthly.

To learn more about Suites on Grove, visit their Facebook Page here.

To schedule a tour of the property, please call 203-731-7492 or email

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:23:44 -0500
Ridgefield Hockey Players are #NicoStrong

When word spread last weekend, that Nico Mallozzi, a 10-year old Connecticut resident and local hockey player, had passed away from complications from the flu, families in Ridgefield were heartbroken. The local hockey community is small but active, and several players on the Pee Wee teams fielded by the Ridgefield Amateur Hockey Association (RAHA) have taken clinics or played in leagues with the New Canaan resident. And as always, when a family is in need and grieving, Ridgefielders take action.

Although a Go Fund Me page has been set-up for the family, Mimi van Wees whose daughter Truus is a Pee Wee AA for Ridgefield felt just donating seemed impersonal. Truus had taken a clinic with Nico last summer and Mimi had spent time at the rink with his family. Mimi wanted to do more, so she and Truus and the RAHA Pee Wees organized a bake sale today at the Winter Garden Ice Arena.

On this beautiful winter day, there was quite a collection of delicious baked good available for a donation to the Mallozzi family. At the end of day, these 10-year olds and their families raised $777.75 for the Mallozzi family. I guess you could say that today Ridgefield was #NicoStrong.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:08:18 -0500
Volunteer with Regional Hospice and Palliative Care!

Are you a good listener who enjoys being with other people? Have you been looking for a way to have an impact on someone else’s life? If so, please consider becoming a volunteer for Regional Hospice and Palliative Care.  

Spending time with a volunteer often allows patients to forget about their medical issues and focus on enjoying activities.  Whether playing cards, looking at family photos, running errands, providing caregivers with a break or listening to a patient tell his or her stories, it is meaningful time together for both the patient and the volunteer.

Family support volunteers provide companionship for patients and much-needed respite for caregivers, typically 2 to 4 hours per week.  Regional Hospice and Palliative Care cares for patients across Fairfield, Litchfield, New Haven and Hartford counties.  Visit patients as close or as far from home as you'd like.

The February Family Support Volunteer Training class takes place over 3 daytime sessions:

  • Wednesday, February 21st – 9 AM to 5 PM*
  • Thursday, February 22nd – 9 AM to 5 PM*
  • Friday, February 23rd – 9 AM to 5 PM*

*You must attend all 3 classes to complete the training.

The March/April Family Support Volunteer Training class takes place over 6 evening sessions:

  • Monday, March 26th – 5 PM to 9 PM*
  • Tuesday, March 27th – 5 PM to 9 PM*
  • Wednesday, March 28th – 5 PM to 9 PM*
  • Thursday, March 29th – 5 PM to 9 PM*
  • Tuesday, April 3rd – 5 PM to 9 PM*
  • Thursday, April 5th – 5 PM to 9 PM*

*You must attend all 6 classes to complete the training.

All interested volunteers must:

  • Fill out an application online (Complete Here)
  • Schedule an interview & be offered a spot in the class
  • Submit three references
  • Complete a background check

Class Size is Limited, So Apply Early!

Any Questions or to Schedule An Interview, Please Contact:
Mary Beth Hickey, Volunteer Director

Laura Cordeira, Volunteer Manager

Visit our Website at

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]]> (Laura Cordeira) Charities Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:32:20 -0500
Flu Shots at RVNA Today and Tomorrow - No Appointment Necessary

RVNA Offers Drop In Flu & Pneumonia Vaccine Clinics


  • Friday, January 19 – Drop-in, all ages, until 5:00 pm

  • Saturday, January 20 – Drop-in, all ages, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Drop into RVNA at 27 Governor Street, or call us at 203-438-5555.

Professional, Skilled, Convenient

RVNA flu shot clinics and office drop-ins are conducted according to our usual high standards.

  • Staffed by trained, experienced RVNA nurses, knowledgeable in flu and pneumonia vaccines
  • Stocked with 2 types of preservative-free flu vaccines so that you can pick the one that’s right for you:
    ~    Quadrivalent for ages 6 months and older
    ~    High dose for ages 65 and older
  • Stocked with Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23 pneumonia vaccines
  • Available for your whole family, from infants (6 months old) to seniors
  • Able to accept a variety of convenient payment options (see below for more information)

FLU ALERT:  For the latest information on flu activity in Connecticut, and tips to stay healthy, click here.

]]> (RVNA) Neighbors Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:55:06 -0500
Redding Elementary School students showcase their creativity and STEM projects on January 27

The Redding Elementary School PTA presents: Imagine a World: Senses. An Art & STEM Event on Saturday, January 27 at 1 PM - 4 PM at Redding Elementary School, 33 Lonetown Rd, Redding.

Join the RES PTA and our RES community to celebrate students' achievements and creativity in artistic and STEM projects!

Visit the event Facebook Page here.

]]> (Sarah) Events Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:37:42 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Donates $5,000 to the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk

Ridgefield, CT – January 18, 2018: Fairfield County Bank donated $5,000 to the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk. The donation will help support the Smilow SoNo Life Center. The Bank will be partnering with the Life Center to offer financial training to their clients and become involved in the Shelter’s activities.

“We are very fortunate to help the Open Door Shelter as they play a vital role in our community by helping others in need,” said Isaac Walcott, Vice President at Fairfield County Bank. “The Life Center will have a lasting impact on Norwalk, and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The Smilow Sono Life Center will be built in a historic 19th-century factory building. The 19,800 square foot building will be completely restored and house sixteen efficiency apartments, a job training facility and a neighborhood health center that will offer mental health and substance abuse counseling services. The Life Center will serve both individuals and families of the working poor and the homeless community. 

]]> (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:34:51 -0500
Redding Artist George Zipparo to Exhibit Work at YMCA's ESCAPE to the Arts

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut Kicks Off 2018 Accessible Art Series on February 5 

With a mission to join business with art - and art with business, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut will kick off a new year of its multi-site series of visual art shows, Accessible Art, on Monday, February 5th. With five rounds of exhibitions spread over the course of 2018, Accessible Art will provide those who live, work, and play in, or visit, the Greater Danbury region with a sense of the importance of Art in our everyday lives. This round of Accessible Art runs through Friday, April 13th.

 "'New' is the operative word in 2018," notes the Cultural Alliance's Executive Director, Lisa Scails.  “More than half of the artists selected this year are new to the program.  The experience of their individual creativity and expression will be new to our growing audience and art enthusiasts.  And, all of this is only possible with the support from our small business community, and particularly Danbury City Hall, CityCenter Danbury, Hodge Insurance Agency, Bethel Public Library, Pour Me Café, Mothership Bakery, Hancock Hall, and the Regional YMCA ESCAPE to the Arts.”   

Including six artists from the ten towns serviced by the Cultural Alliance and two from neighboring towns, this premier round of the 2018 Accessible Art series will highlight the works of Clarice Azzoni (Southbury), Betsy Davidson (Bethel), Colin Harrison (Brookfield), Mary Jane Magoon (Sherman), Jan McClean (Shelton), Keith Raphael (Danbury), Wing Na Wong (Danbury), and George Zipparo (Redding).  Hours at the venues vary, so call ahead. For more information about Accessible Art, call (203) 798 0760 or visit  All exhibitions are subject to change.

Clarice Azzoni
Pour Me Coffee & Wine Cafe, 274 Main Street, Danbury
What would life be without art and photographs?  BORING.
"When I draw or paint, I love to enjoy the process without worrying about the outcome," says Clarice.  "Sometimes it works...sometimes it doesn't.  But the process always makes me feel alive." 
Betsy Davidson
Betsy works in an explorative process, often using many different mediums in one piece. Her use of collage and paint together provide a means to express a rich vocabulary of shape-shifting in space. She values the role of chance, saying "I welcome serendipitous moments and appreciate when they occur. I strive to be present in the making and then to choose carefully what ultimately remains. My work can be viewed as an outward expression of an internal dialogue with form."
Colin Harrison
Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main Street, Danbury
Colin believes that the photographer's job is really 90% about Seeing, about being in the right place and the right time and actually noticing a moment that is worth capturing and sharing. "Scenes that call out to me and people with whom I can strike a resonance are moments that expose truths that need to be preserved," he notes, adding "and having a camera on hand as well." 
Mary Jane Magoon
Mothership Bakery & Cafe, 331 Main Street, Danbury
With a background and education in interior design, Mary Jane has always had a passion for art, especially watercolor. Owning an art gallery, Artistic Surroundings, deepened this infatuation.  "I am especially fascinated by the effects of light and the shadows that it creates, she comments. "Reflected glass and windows are some of my favorite subjects to paint. The transparency and luminosity of watercolor affords reflections to be even more luscious."  
Jan McClean
Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave
Through paint, paper, fibers, fabric, found objects and a 'let's-try-this' approach to mixed media collage, Jan creates the world as  whimsical, colorful, fun and funny. She says, "I offer the viewer playful but also profound insights into the essence of humanness and of Life itself. I am a storyteller. Whether the motifs are houses, trees, critters or something more abstract, my work is always a narrative. Houses carry on conversations. Trees dance. Fish teem in cosmic seas. The story may not always be evident, but it is inevitable."

Keith Jay Raphael

Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue
A global financier, sculptor, woodworker, and Kodak Award winner at the age of 18, Keith has produced photography for the last 46 years. He says, "I find that abstraction feeds my imagination, creativity, and alternative thinking. There is no greater artistic satisfaction for me than to produce an image that speaks to my diverse interests in art, nature, and humanity. Each time this happens, the wonderment of my inner child is triggered and I am elated."
Wing Na Wong (Wendy)
Wendy decided at the age of twelve that she wanted to be an artist. Drawing, painting and digital arts have always been her focus. "I love the fusion of practical projects with the creative process," she passionately shares. 
George Zipparo
YMCA's ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main Street, Danbury
"My work is my statement," George declares. The artist is best known for his captivating, true-to-life portraiture.
]]> (Ted Killmer) Neighbors Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:09:24 -0500
Head to The Village Tavern in Downtown Ridgefield on January 25 and Support One Warm Coat

Head to The Village Tavern in Ridgefield for a charity coat drive (with tons of pizzazz) supporting One Warm Coat on January 25 beginning at 8:00 pm. The open-mic style fundraising event is sponsored by Ridgefield's PJ Trish & Company.

One Warm Coat collects clean, gently worn coats to be distributed in local communities. Come listen to the amazing 5 O'Clocks while helping those less fortunate stay warm in these record-breaking temps!

  • 1 Free Drink voucher per every coat donated!
  • 10% of all food & drink proceeds will be donated!
  • Monetary Donated Accepted! $25 = 1 coat.

This event will feature an Open Mic! The Village Tavern is looking for comedians, musicians, magicians, and poetry slammers! Contact PJ Trish & Company for more details or visit the event Facebook Page here.

This event is also sponsored in part by Mantz Construction LLC

The Village Tavern is located at 378 Main Street in Ridgefield.

About One Warm Coat

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need. One Warm Coat supports individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country by providing the tools and resources needed to hold a successful coat drive. Coats are distributed in the communities where they were collected, to children and adults in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation. Since One Warm Coat’s inception in 1992, we have worked with our volunteers to host more than 27,000 coat drives and have given away more than 5 million coats.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:06:26 -0500
RVNA Answers Questions About Influenza B After Death of New Canaan Child

Neighboring New Canaan, Connecticut is mourning the sudden death of one of their own. Ten-year-old Nico Mallozzi, a student at West Elementary School passed away on Sunday, January 14 as a result of the flu - Influenza B. Please keep the Mallozzi family and the entire New Canaan community in your prayers.

In a letter to parents, Bryan D. Luizzi, Ed. D. New Canaan  Superintendent said, “As we know, Influenza poses a serious health risk, and regardless of its possible connection with this tragedy, it is important for everyone to take appropriate precautions, including receiving the influenza vaccination as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Additionally, anyone experiencing signs and symptoms of the Flu should seek medical advice from a physician, and please do not send your child to school if he/she is not feeling well.”

On the heels of this tragedy, locals are worried, and they have many questions. We contacted the RVNA’s CEO Theresa Santoro to ask her some questions about the flu, more specifically, Influenza B.

How do I know if my child has Influenza B?

We have not seen any information that suggests that the symptoms of B are different from the symptoms of other strains of the influenza virus.  Laboratory tests can identify the strain of influenza virus that a patient has.

How common is Influenza B?

In Connecticut...Of the positive laboratory tests that have been reported to CT DPH during the current season (August 27 – January 6), 16.2% were influenza B viruses.  72% were Type A (subtype unspecified).  So I would say that B is less common than A. However, more people in CT have been hospitalized with B than with A. According to the CDC, Influenza A (H3N2) is circulating widely. And the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) information posted on Jan 12 (the most recent available), “Influenza A (H3N2) viruses appear to predominate within the US and Connecticut.”  However, also according to DPH, more people have been hospitalized with influenza B virus (64) than with Influenza A (H3N2) (49), with data as of January 6, 2018.

Does the flu vaccine prevent it?

The flu vaccine prevents it IF the strain in the vaccine matches exactly the strain that the person has.  However, flu strains are notorious for mutating as they move through a population. And the vaccine has to be developed far in advance, so it usually is not a perfect match.

The quadrivalent (four-component) vaccine, which is what RVNA has, contains two strains of Influenza B.

While the flu vaccine doesn’t provide 100% protection (due to the mutations that develop), it is beneficial and the CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and over get one.

Is the flu shot effective this year?

According to the CDC, the flu vaccine is about 30% effective this year.  The flu vaccine we have this year contains the A (H3N2) strain, but flu viruses are known for mutating as they move through the population. That doesn’t mean the flu vaccine is useless; it is still the best defense that has been developed.  It also can reduce the severity of symptoms, shorten the duration of illness, and protect the people around us that are most vulnerable, which are the young and the elderly.

How many flu shots has RVNA given this year?

We began giving the current flu vaccine in mid-September.  Since then,  we have given 1,100 flu shots to the public.  We also do private clinics at places of employment, private schools, assisted living facilities, and other locations.  We have given 1,370 shots at those private clinics since mid-September.

Is it still worthwhile to get a flu shot this year?

Yes, definitely.  The CDC is currently recommending influenza vaccination for everyone ages 6 months and older.  Flu season can continue well into the spring months.

Is the flu shot available in Ridgefield?

RVNA has the flu shot in stock.  And we will order more if the community needs it.  We have all three types available: quadrivalent for ages 6-36 months, quadrivalent for ages 3yrs and older, and high dose for ages 65+. Click here for RVNA flu clinic information.

When and where can someone get the flu shot from RVNA?

People can come to our building at 27 Governor Street between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Appointments are needed for children 10 and younger, but all others can drop in.  We are also open for flu shots by appointment on Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

How can people protect themselves in addition to getting a flu shot?

We suggest people follow these practices:

-Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

-Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth without washing your hands first. This is a common way germs are spread.

-Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

-Get plenty of rest and eat a healthy diet.

The RVNA advises residents to visit the Center of Disease Control (CDC) website for additional details.

*Image courtesy of CDC

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:43:50 -0500
International Documentary Photographer Daryl Hawk presents on Cuba at Mark Twain Library on February

Into the Heart of Cuba

International documentary photographer Daryl Hawk will present his latest photo documentary and lecture entitled “Into the Heart of Cuba” at the Mark Twain Public Library in Redding, CT on Thursday, February 8, 2018. The presentation begins at 7:30 PM.

In April of 2016 and then again in the spring of 2017, Mr. Hawk embarked on a long 2700-mile circumnavigation of the entire country of Cuba. Hawk was one of the first Americans to travel alone without any restrictions and unlimited access to all areas. Riding in a 1953 Chevrolet for two weeks, he fell in love with this unique country within hours of his arrival. “The visual stimulation that I experienced from dawn to dusk was truly exhilarating,” Mr. Hawk commented. “I have never seen such a perfect combination of beautiful light, color and the friendliest and most welcoming people in all of my travels. Explorers all have stories to tell. Mine is told through the lens of a camera. I am a visual explorer.”

Mr. Hawk started his journey in the capital of Havana where the day-to-day street life and architecture was his focus. He then made his way to the rural Vinales region which is world renowned for tobacco plantations. From there he continued to head east through the cities of Cinfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Camaguay and Santiago de Cuba as well as many villages in between. The stunning architecture, colorful cars from the 1950s, remote caves, environmental portraits of people from all walks of life, and dramatic landscapes are all covered in the presentation.

Mr. Hawk was there to shoot a documentary for magazines and will share his nonstop, day-to-day adventures, experiences, discoveries, and valuable lessons he learned on this incredibly spiritual journey. He will discuss his style, philosophy, and various techniques he uses when photographing subject matter. Equipment, lighting on location, environmental portraits, and travel tips on planning a trip to Cuba will all be covered.

For the past thirty years, Daryl Hawk has explored some of the most remote and isolated places in the world telling stories with his camera. He is a photographer, travel writer, lecturer, and explorer whose articles and photographs often appear in numerous national magazines and publications worldwide. He is a member of the Explorers Club, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and member of the Professional Photographers Association. He has been featured several times on NBC’s “Today Show” and Fox 5 television.

Mr. Hawk is the author of five published photography books: Distant Journeys consists of 150 color images from the Arctic, the Andes, Patagonia, Antarctica, Bhutan, New Zealand, and much more. Quiet Moments includes Hawk’s favorite 120 black and white photographs taken over the past 25 years. Nature and nautical landscapes and abstracts, New York City scenes, and miscellaneous travel landscapes and portraits are all highlighted. White Pond is a tribute to a small lake in southern New Hampshire. Manhattan is a color retrospective with 200 landscapes, buildings and street scenes of New York City. His latest book, Into the Heart of Cuba, consists of 250 images from his recent circumnavigation around Cuba.

Mr. Hawk is also the former host and producer of the television show “The Unconventional Traveler” which featured some of the worlds’ leading explorers, travel photographers and filmmakers sharing their work from various expeditions and documentaries. He produced over 100 shows over a 10 year period and some of his guests included Jane Goodall, Buzz Aldrin, Reinhold Messner and George Schaller.

For more information on Daryl Hawk, please go to his website at:

Please register online, at the Library or call 203-938-2545 for information.

]]> (Romy Weinberg) Events Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:26:30 -0500
Rhythms of Grace – special needs Sunday service in Bethel

Rhythms of Grace service for children and families with special needs occurs the third Sunday of every month, except in August.  

The next service is January 21 at 12:00 noon.  Please visit the church’s Rhythms of Grace page for more information and FAQ to ensure the best experience  for your family:

For more information contact: Norma Schmidt, Pastor via phone: 203.743.1494 or email

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church is located at 95 Greenwood Avenue across from Caraluzziʼs Bethel Food Market in Bethel, CT.

]]> (judi) Events Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:18:53 -0500
Hockey is BACK at Wooster School!

After a forty year 'intermission', hockey is back at Wooster School. This past Friday the Wooster Generals hosted their first home game of their re-inaugural season.

The evening began with a ceremonial puck drop to commemorate the occasion. Both Matt Byrnes, Head of School, and Brian Hastings, Director of Student Life, were honored for their commitment to getting Wooster back on the ice.

From the opening drop until the final buzzer, the arena was filled with a sensational energy. A large, passionate group of students and faculty joined the standard cadre of friends and family to 'pack the rink' and cheer on their Wooster Generals.

The Generals fought hard but were overpowered by a strong Kingswood Oxford School team. The final score was 9-4. Senior Cole Hollett and sophomores Jack Caiola, Drew Greeley, and James Hoban scored for the Generals.

The team is coached by Rob Sutherland and consists of Wooster students from many local communities.

2017-2018 Hockey Roster:

  •        Jack Barsh, Somers, NY
  •        Evan Bourgeault, Redding, CT
  •        Jack Caiola, Ridgefield, CT
  •        Lucas Carfi, Ridgefield, CT
  •        Marcus Dupree, New Milford, CT
  •        Arteen Eshraghi, Danbury, CT
  •        Drew Greeley, Ridgefield, CT
  •        Kieran Greeley, Ridgefield, CT
  •        James Hoban, Ridgefield, CT
  •        Cole Hollett, Wilton, CT
  •        Thomas Holloway, Brewster, NY
  •        Jack Kane, Redding, CT
  •        Milan Khameneh, Danbury, CT
  •        Kevin Kong, Danbury, CT
  •        Elliot Near, Ridgefield, CT
  •        James Rapp, Ridgefield, CT
  •        Justin Silliman, Ridgefield, CT
  •        Max Thaler, Ridgefield, CT
  •        Indy Wright, New Preston, CT

About Wooster School

Wooster School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school, serving students from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, the School serves students from Pre-K through grade 12. A leader in classroom innovation and teaching, Wooster School is a place where thinking and learning are personal, meaningful, and visible; and where faculty work closely with students in small classes and cohorts to think and communicate critically and creatively. At Wooster, every student participates, every student contributes, and every student learns and develops the necessary skills to be a life-long learner and leader in college and beyond.

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

Photo – Puck Drop: (left to right) Cole Holett, Matt Byrnes, Brian Hastings, Kingswood Oxford player during ceremonial puck drop

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