Redding's HamletHub Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:20:43 -0500 Meet Rehab by RVNA's Newest Team Member

RVNA is happy to introduce the newest Occupational Therapist to join our team, Julie Fasolino.

Julie brings over 25 years of experience to RVNA and currently serves patients both in their homes and on-site at Rehab by RVNA.  A native Chicagoan, Julie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago before heading east to join her husband, start a family and launch her career.

Julie specializes in neurological conditions and orthopedics, helping her patients regain their independence and functionality after an illness or injury.

When she’s not practicing OT at RVNA, Julie can be found on the hiking trails or soccer sidelines, or simply at home enjoying her three teen-aged children.

Learn more about Rehab by RVNA


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Connecticut is first state in country to use intimate partner violence risk assessment tool

CCADV, CT POST release report regarding CT’s Lethality Assessment Program

Today Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) and CT Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) released a new report – Connecticut ’s Lethality Assessment Program 2017 Report. The report highlights that Connecticut is the first state in the country to achieve statewide utilization by law enforcement of an intimate partner violence risk assessment tool. The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) provides a two-pronged approach that allows law enforcement to identify victims of intimate partner violence at risk for increased or fatal violence and get them immediately connected to help.

According to Connecticut’s Family Violence 2016 Arrest Report, there were 12,894 arrests for intimate partner violence in 2016, accounting for approximately one-third of all cases in Connecticut’s criminal justice system. The successful statewide implementation of LAP has had a significant impact on connecting victims in Connecticut to domestic violence services at a critical time while also shaping policy to strengthen the state’s response to domestic violence. Data collected between October 2012 and September 2017 demonstrates:

  • 22,566 lethality screens completed statewide
  • 51% deemed “high danger”
  • 73% of “high danger” victims spoke with a counselor when the police officer placed a phone call to the local domestic violence organization at the scene
  •  89% of those victims who spoke with a domestic violence counselor at the scene followed up for services

A review of over 3,000 screen responses found that 61% of victims had recently left or were attempting to leave their abuser at the time police were called, 58% of victims had experienced attempted strangulation, and 53% of victims had been stalked by their abuser. The timely connection of high danger victims to services that are facilitated by the use of LAP is critical to providing safety planning as victims prepare for the release of their abuser from custody, which may occur within hours of an arrest.

In September 2012, following a recommendation by the Connecticut Domestic Violence Fatality Review Task Force, which is led by CCADV, CCADV and the Connecticut Police Officer Standards & Training Council (POST) partnered to begin the statewide rollout of LAP. LAP utilizes a validated screening tool that identifies known risk factors for fatal intimate partner violence. The screen itself takes just 5 minutes for law enforcement to conduct and evaluate for the potential immediate referral of a victim to domestic violence services.

“The Lethality Assessment Program identifies those victims of domestic violence who are in ‘high danger’,” said Chief John Gavallas, Watertown Police Department, and President, Connecticut Police Chiefs Association. “This opens the door to safety and services that can make a significant change in the lives of those victims and their children.”

To ensure that the best practices and sizeable accomplishments achieved through LAP are not only maintained, but advanced, some next steps include:

  •                     Reviewing further research opportunities and data collection initiatives to formulate recommendations for systems-level change.
  •                     Assess potential changes to LAP protocol based on the available data about types of abuse experienced by victims in Connecticut.
  •                     Develop processes to ensure adherence to the fidelity of the LAP protocol.
  •                     Establish a clear model for the implementation and sustainability of LAP on a statewide basis that can be utilized by Connecticut and other states.
  •                     Determine other areas of the criminal justice system that could be informed about offender risk and dangerousness through the utilization of the LAP screen score while maintaining victim safety and confidentiality.
  •                     Work with other stakeholders to ensure uniform data collection across systems.

First piloted in 2010 by Ansonia Police Chief Kevin J. Hale in concert with CCADV member organization, The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services, LAP was created by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. LAP is based on extensive and comprehensive research conducted by Dr. Jacquelyn C. Campbell and Johns Hopkins University over a 25 year period. Maryland LAP provided training and technical assistance for the development and implantation of LAP in Connecticut.

]]> (David Bednarz) Public safety Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:10:06 -0500
LIFEWTR gave an emerging NYC artist worldly recognition

It's very exciting to see people holding my artwork in their hands. I think it's great that LIFEWTR is supporting emerging artists and designers because, in the beginning, it's very hard to find people who believe in your mission

 - Tiffany Huang

HamletHub has been presenting our readers with a series of engaging and empowering videos from LIFEWTR, a bottled water that uses every bottle to showcase new and emerging artists.

LIFEWTR’s Series 3 turns its focus to fashion and celebrates the designs of three talented emerging designers who bring their creative visions to life through incredible outfits.

Meet Tiffany Huang, a Taiwanese designer born in the USA with a specialization in sustainable/conscious textiles.

In partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), this series explores the different ways in which fashion is its own unique form of art.

Watch this video and quench your thirst for inspiration.

Learn more about LIFEWTR here.


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:01:18 -0500
Technological Advancements in Orthopedics to Improve the Care & Recovery of Today's Patients


To introduce the public to the latest technological advancements in orthopedics — including robotic-assisted surgery, among others — RVNA is teaming up with OrthoConnecticut/ Danbury Orthopedics to host a panel discussion on Wednesday evening, December 6, Technological Advancements in Orthopedics to Improve the Care and Recovery of Today’s Patients.

The discussion will be moderated by Gigi Weiss, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services, RVNA & Rehab by RVNA. Panel speakers will include John P. Dunleavy, M.D., Total Joint Specialist, Hip & Knee Surgeon; Justin C. Paul, M.D., Ph.D., Spine Specialist, Surgeon; and Paul M. Tomaszewski, M.D., Sports Medicine Specialist, Knee, Hip & Shoulder Surgeon. A question & answer period will follow the discussion.

The panel will address how technological advancements in surgical tools and equipment, robotic-assisted surgery and procedures continue to change the field of orthopedic surgery, and how advanced imaging and precise techniques allow for a wider range of patients to access surgical solutions and aid in the overall recovery process.

“Today’s orthopedic tools and modalities aim to be minimally invasive and highly precise, targeting a damaged joint without causing gratuitous impact to the surrounding area,” says Dr. Dunleavy, a hip and knee specialist with exceptional joint replacement surgery experience. “This results in more effective surgeries and better, often faster, recoveries. As a consequence, for many patients, the decision to have orthopedic surgery is much easier to make today than it was in the past — because the advances in technology make the whole experience more accessible and acceptable.”

“Now is a great time to be an orthopedic patient,” adds Gigi Weiss of RVNA. “At Rehab by RVNA, as well as through RVNA’s in- home therapy services, we are seeing and treating patients of all ages both before and after advanced orthopedic surgeries. Their returns to mobility, health and well-being are remarkable. Today’s tools and methodologies set the scene for exceptional outcomes and exceptional recoveries.”

Technological Advancements in Orthopedics to Improve the Care & Recovery of Today’s Patients will run from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at RVNA, 27 Governor Street in Ridgefield, CT. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is recommended at 203-438-5555 or

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Caroling in the Barn with the Animals at New Pond Farm

Caroling in the Barn with the Animals

Fri. Dec. 1, 6 – 7 p.m. or
Sat. Dec. 2, 5 – 6 p.m. or
Sun. Dec. 3, 5 – 6 p.m.

Begin the holiday season on a joyous note. Join New Pond Farm in the main barn as we sit on hay bales surrounded by cows and sheep and are led in song by talented musicians. Homemade cookies and farm fresh hot chocolate will be served!

Members only, seating is limited

$8 per person (over the age of 3)

To Become a Member of New Pond Farm and register for this event please follow THIS LINK

New Pond Farm is located at 101 Marchant Road - West Redding, CT 06896

for more info: (203) 938-2117

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Eric Ben-Kiki of Hartford’s EBK Gallery is Guest Curator for Silvermine Guild Group Show Exhibition

In its year-end exhibit of 2017, the Silvermine Galleries will present a Guild Group Show guest curated by Eric Ben-Kiki, whose contemporary art gallery in downtown Hartford is creating a new model for presenting artists to the public. Ben-Kiki brings his curatorial eye to the wide-ranging work of the Silvermine Guild of Artists.

The exhibition runs from November 26 through December 22, with an opening reception on December 3, 2-4pm. The reception is free and open to all.

An Artist Talk will take place on Tues., Dec. 12 at 6pm in the gallery.

Accompanying the Guild Group Show will be an extended Holiday Gift Shop offering art and fine crafts in diverse media.

Speaking about his selections for the Guild Group exhibition, Eric Ben-Kiki said he thinks about “the presence each piece commands. I juggle multiple ideas to apply when I view a wide spectrum of artwork. I think about the poetic voice of a piece, the crafting of it, the idea driving it, layers of perception in play. And also, very, very important, is keeping in mind that there is a viewing public that will see though eyes other than mine. For me, the type of artwork doesn’t pre-determine any decisions of choice, because the caliber of work will ultimately be what presents itself. One of the most rewarding experiences curating and choosing artwork for exhibits are those moments of discovery. There were many here at Silvermine.”

The exhibition includes work by dozens of Guild members across all disciplines. Among BenKiki’s selections are Scott Richter’s abstract painting, which is a nuanced political statement from his Trump series; and altered book art from Chris Perry, who in Ben-Kiki’s words, “uses materials the way a painter uses colors.” Zeb Mayer merges lush pattern and color, Dmitri Wright expands his territory, and Pam Ackley offers her inimitable take on the portrait and the still life.

Before opening his EBK Gallery in Hartford, Eric Ben-Kiki designed and installed exhibits for the Wadsworth Atheneum and the University of Hartford’s Joseloff Gallery, and also managed Trinity College’s art collection. Since 1998 he has been owner of EBK Framing and Art Services specializing in all aspects of art presentation such as museum framing, lighting, restoration and exhibition design. His clients include businesses, museums, non-profits and private collections in Connecticut. Over the last twenty-five years Eric has consistently curated and produced exhibits showcasing regional and national artists, which led to his founding of the EBK Gallery. At EBK, he specializes in curating and presenting small and focused oneperson exhibits, which are all viewable at He serves as a board member of the Hartford Art School and an Advisory Board Member of the Connecticut Forum, and is, in his own words, “pretty much a lifelong hardwired optimist.”

Silvermine Arts Center is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. Its 5 ­acre campus in New Canaan, Connecticut, consists of a nationally renowned artist guild, an award-­winning school of art offering classes for all ages, an arts and fine crafts shop, and a gallery offering over twenty contemporary and historic exhibitions annually. Silvermine is a non­profit 501c3 organization that also offers an Outreach Education Program, Art Partners, and hosts lectures, film screenings, and special events. Silvermine Galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. For more information, call (203) 966­9700 ext. 20 or visit the website:

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Join Fairfield County Bank for Home in a Day event on Saturday

Fairfield County Bank is co-sponsoring Home in a Day hosted by the Housing Development Fund (HDF)

Home in a Day is a one-stop shop for first-time homebuyers as you will receive a free credit report, an action plan to start your home buying process, and a chance to meet with Fairfield County Bank’s Loan Officers Kevin McMahon, Patrick McRedmond, and John Mascolo to discuss first mortgage options.

“We are very excited to be sponsoring the Home in a Day event and working with such a great organization, the Housing Development Fund. Our goal is to help customers navigate their home buying experience, sharing our team’s expertise to help find the right loan option that fits the homebuyer’s individual needs,” said George Bossis, Executive Vice President at Fairfield County Bank.  

The event will take place at the Norwalk Inn, 99 East Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851 on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

You can register for the event at

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Redding Reads Finale: Are You Smarter Than a Middle Schooler? A Town History Trivia Contest

On Saturday, November 18 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm the Redding Reads program will conclude with Are You Smarter Than a Middle Schooler? A Town History Trivia Contest.

This program will be held at the Redding Community Center. Register Below.

Town officials go up against middle schoolers to test their knowledge of town history during this fun and fast-paced finale of the Mark Twain Library’s Town-Wide Read. Find out which side will claim bragging rights to being named the town’s top history experts! Brent Colley, local historian and First Selectman of Sharon, will be the master of ceremonies.

To Register, please follow THIS LINK

Redding Reads is a town-wide program sponsored by the Mark Twain Library in which residents were encouraged to read "My Brother Sam is Dead"  by James and Christopher Collier, a historic novel set in Redding during the Revolutionary War. The novel was (still is) available in display boxes at the library, with free copies of the book will be set up in several locations throughout town. Take a copy, read and enjoy it, then bring it back to the box or to the Library.

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Redding resident stars in Wooster School's Delusions

Wooster School Theater Presents “Delusions”

“If we offend, it is with our goodwill.” Enter the world of "Delusions," an evening of scenes and monologues woven together by the Wooster Theater Department. 

In this one-act piece, 6 actors play multiple roles in scenes ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary Drama. From the comedic to the tragic, all of these characters suffer from some type of self-delusion which makes him see himself and the world not as it is, but as he imagines it to be. This promises to be a diverting, moving, and raucous night of theatre which showcases the breadth and depth of the actors’ talents and the highlights the simple power of good playwriting! 

Directed by Claire Simard with Technical Direction by Kim Gerardi, Costumed and Assistant Directed by Andrea Barrett. Featuring Temidayo Garritano, Charlie Snow, Ross Spellman, Connor Staub, Ben Staw, and Liam Weaver.

Performances are: Friday, November 17 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, November 18 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm in the Black Box Theatre.

*NOTE: Delusions contains strong language which may be unsuitable for children under 13 years old.

All tickets are $15 each. Ticket purchases can be made at:  

Seating is extremely limited, so we ask that you please honor your reservation.

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

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45th Annual Mark Twain Library Art Show

Preparations are underway for the Mark Twain Library 45th Annual Art Show.   For one week each year, the  library is transformed into a fine art gallery displaying the work of over 100 local and regional artists for the show.   During the show, all the juried artwork is for sale with artists donating a portion of their sales to benefit the library.   The 10 day event begins with a ticketed Preview Reception.  

According to Co-chairs Rochelle Williston and Angela Matsuoka, the Preview Reception will open the Art Show with a celebratory spirit.  They explain that the reception will again feature the popular silent auction of one-of-kind works, live music and delicious food.  The Co-chairs encourage everyone to come and mingle with friends old and new in support of the Library with a purchase of quality regional artwork. They note that some new artists along with returning favorites are expected to participate this year. 

The Preview Reception will be held on December 1st with doors opening at 7 pm at the library. Parking for the event is located at John Read Middle School with shuttle service to and from the library.

For additional information about the Art Show or to purchase tickets to the Preview Reception, visit or call the library (203) 938-2545 for information.

The Mark Twain Library is located at: 439 REDDING ROAD, REDDING, CT 06896

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Talking Twain: Meet the Authors Who Finished Mark Twain’s Unpublished Fairytale

Mark Twain started a fairytale -- the Steads were chosen to finish it. And now it's a New York Times bestseller! Meet the award-winning author/illustrator team and the Mark Twain Library on Thursday, November 16 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Registration Required: REGISTER HERE or sign up online at or call the library at 203-938-2545 for information. This program is best suited for middle school age and up.

The Mark Twain Library is located at: 439 REDDING ROAD, REDDING, CT 06896

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Public Astronomy Program at New Pond Farm on Novmeber 18

Fall constellations and Andromeda Galaxy

The Discovery Center at Ridgefield with New Pond Farm Observatory, 101 Marchant Rd., West Redding, is offering a public astronomy program on Saturday, November 18 starting at 7:00 PM. For those interested, there will be a discussion of objects to be viewed in the classroom building at 6:30 PM. With the telescopes, we will view the Andromeda Galaxy, star clusters, nebulae and the planet Uranus.   We will point out and the fall constellations and hope to catch some “shooting stars” from the Leonid meteor shower.

Dress warmly and please bring a flashlight for the walk to the observatory.  There is a warming building next to the telescopes. The program is $4 for Discovery Center members, with a maximum of $16 per family. For nonmembers, the charge is $6 and a maximum $24 per family.

Registration is required at or call 203-438-1063. If the skies appear cloudy, check the website after 5:00 PM for program status.

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New Children's Art School Opening Saturday on Route 7 in Ridgefield

A new children's art school is opening on Route 7 in Ridgefield on Saturday, but it's not your typical art studio.  Hosting art, musical theater classes, birthdays and glow parties, the studio will also feature a wide variety of offerings, for children and families including paint and sip, teen paint and pizza night, pictures with Santa and much more.

The Arts & Nature School of Ridgefield is holding a Grand Opening event Saturday, Nov. 11 that brings together many local artists including Michele Williams Photographer, George Brennan Music and Ridgefield CT Rocks. Famed graffiti artist Michael Cerullo, creator of murals at JoyRide and Whip Salon, is a featured guest at the Open House. Cynthia Rauschert, founder of Circus Moves, will hold class demos for her classes for kids from ages 3-12 that includes juggling, tight rope walking, stilt walking and other circus performing arts. 

The studio also boasts a small pop-up shop that sells local artisans work from Sandy Hook based Aunt Cappy's Antiques, Jamie Knox of Lifting Spirits Creations and others.

Owner Wendy Mitchell, local resident and a member of the Ridgefield Arts Council and  Ridgefield Youth Commission, was the founder of the Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids (SHACK), founded by her after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. She has taught musical theater in the Greater Danbury area for the last 15 years, and will continue to do so at her new school.

"My philosophy centers around the concept that each child is different with unique talents and abilities. My job is to help develop those talents while building their self-esteem in a nurturing environment. Through theater games, improvisation, vocal and theater instruction, we're helping kids develop lifelong skills," Mitchell explained.

Art activities are largely based on using recycled and upcycled materials and items found in nature. 

"When I was little we used to play outside all day long making tree forts and collecting pine cones and leaves in the woods. Now kids are hooked up to technology and studies show this can be detrimental to their health. We want to create projects and experiences that make kids ask questions about the earth and bring them back to nature to encourage imaginative and creative play, collaboration with their peers and social interaction between children."

The studio is hosting a Grand Opening on Saturday, Nov. 11 form 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. which will feature live music, story stone painting, kid's karaoke, refreshments, face painting and class demonstrations with teachers. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more, click here or email

]]> (Arts & Nature School) Places Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:23:47 -0500
For Sale in Redding: Stately English Stone Tudor

Stately English stone Tudor approached via a stone pillared entry on 2.65 park-like acres with stone walls, lush lawn, flowering gardens and irrigation.

With this exquisite country estate you truly can have it all: Old World-influenced Tudor styling with elaborate stone, brickwork and half-timbering; juxtaposed by clean modern interior lines flooded with light and state of the art appointments; set back off quiet cul de sac with fenced in backyard, bordered by 60 protected acres; yet easy commute to lower Fairfield County and NYC.

Highlights including approximately 4,000 sf, 4 bedrooms, 2/1 baths on 3 finished levels; dramatic 2 story Great Room with library loft and floor to ceiling stone fireplace; designer kitchen with professional appliances; elegant MBR suite with dressing room and lower level with fitness plus English Pub!

Take a virtual tour of the property HERE.

To make an appointment to visit this property, contact Laura Freed Ancona HERE.

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The Pilates Barre in Ridgefield to Host FREE Workshop on Sunday: Pilates for Back Care

Nagging back pain can prevent you from living an active lifestyle and impact your quality of life.

Did you know? The Pilates Barre, located at 35 Danbury Road, specializes in safe and effective exercise protocols to alleviate back pain by helping you to achieve optimal core strength and stability.  

“After 30 years of teaching equipment based Pilates sessions and classes, I continue to be inspired and grateful for this body of work that helps so many different types of people in profound ways,” explains owner of The Pilates Barre, Sharon McSpedon.

The Pilates Barre invites you to take a positive step toward increased core strength, greater flexibility, improved balance and better posture.  Learn how to reduce back pain and stiffness by attending their FREE workshop, Pilates for Back Care, this Sunday, November 12th at 10:30. This event is open to the public but space is limited.

Reserve your Pilates Tower today to participate in their demonstration class by going to

Join Pilates master Sharon McSpedon, along with expert Pilates instructors Kathleen Moran and Natasha Kowatch for a brief discussion on the importance of deep core muscles and safe strengthening exercises to protect the spine for life.  

Register Here for the FREE Pilates for Back Care workshop.

Here’s what clients of The Pilates Barre are saying:

Unlike other exercise professionals, Sharon is unique and innovative in her work. Drawing on a remarkable array of Pilates techniques, she designed a program for me that helped overcome a decade of back problems and I will forever be grateful.  Her talented team is also a testament to the quality of training and overall commitment to client wellness at The Pilates Barre.


Not a member of The Pilates Barre? Learn more about membership HERE and enjoy a sneak peek of upcoming Pilates Barre Classes:

Sunday, November 12th

11:30  M.E.L.T Class

If you haven't experienced a M.E.L.T. Class,  now is the time to Hydrate Connective Tissue, learn self-therapy and treat your body to something extraordinary!

Register Here.

Friday, November 17th

Couples Bodhi

This is a class the guys LOVE!! Bodhi is our version of TRX and Pilates in one.  Bring your significant other and join Natasha for an invigorating hour.  

Register Here

Friday November 24th

Burn the Turkey Is Back!

8:15am  Barre Cardio  

9:30am  75 Minute Barre Burn

10:45am Bodhi Burn

Register Here.

New Barre Classes

Monday at 5:45am

Monday & Wednesday at 4:30pm

Thursday at 6:30pm  

New Pilates Tower Classes

Tuesday at 11am

Wednesday at 12pm

Thursday at 10:45am   

New Open Reformer Classes

Tuesday at 9am

Thursday at 1pm  

New Teen Barre/Bodhi Class

Thursday at 4pm  

Pre-Holiday Special

11 classes for the Price of 10!

$235 - $21.36 per class (available until 11/22)  

New Client Open Reformer Package $300! For 10 Classes   (expiration 4 months)  

Please email the studio for reservations at

To schedule your free class, visit

The Pilates Barre | 203-438-2222 ||      


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