Ridgefield's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:32:39 -0400 HamletHub.com Actor, comedian Kevin Nealon set to take Playhouse stage on May 4 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55966-actor-comedian-kevin-nealon-set-to-take-playhouse-stage-on-may-455966-actor-comedian-kevin-nealon-set-to-take-playhouse-stage-on-may-4 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55966-actor-comedian-kevin-nealon-set-to-take-playhouse-stage-on-may-455966-actor-comedian-kevin-nealon-set-to-take-playhouse-stage-on-may-4

Get ready for a great night of stand-up comedy with Kevin Nealon at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, May 4 at 8 p.m. as part of the Barts Tree Service Comedy Series and is partially underwritten by Bruce Bennett Nissan. 

Connecticut native Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor, dry wit and likable demeanor. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, Weeds.  His feature film credits include “Anger Management,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Happy Gilmore” and “Daddy Day Care.”  He currently stars in the CBS comedy “Man With A Plan” alongside Matt Le Blanc.

Kicking off the night is actor, writer, producer and award-winning stand-up comedian Kirk Fox. Fox was the host of the syndicated daytime conflict talk show The Test and has had a recurring role on NBC’s hit comedy Parks and Recreation as Sewage Joe. Fox’s extensive television background includes guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, Chelsea Lately, and Last Comic Standing, as well as his own Comedy Central Presents.

 Get your tickets here!

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vsaintfery21@gmail.com (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:41:15 -0400
Join Timothy Keeler on a walking tour of Revolutionary Patriots & Loyalists in Ridgefield Cemeteries on Sunday http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/55965-join-timothy-keeler-george-hancock-on-a-fascinating-self-guided-walking-tour-of-revolutionary-patriots-loyalists-in-ridgefield-cemeteries-on-sunday55965-join-timothy-keeler-george-hancock-on-a-fascinating-self-guided-walking-tour-of-revolutionary-patriots-loyalists-in-ridgefield-cemeteries-on-sunday http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/55965-join-timothy-keeler-george-hancock-on-a-fascinating-self-guided-walking-tour-of-revolutionary-patriots-loyalists-in-ridgefield-cemeteries-on-sunday55965-join-timothy-keeler-george-hancock-on-a-fascinating-self-guided-walking-tour-of-revolutionary-patriots-loyalists-in-ridgefield-cemeteries-on-sunday

To  commemorate The Battle of Ridgefield weekend, the Town of Ridgefield’s Graveyard Restoration Committee is hosting a self-guided walking tour in Olde Town and Ridgefield Cemetery on Sunday, April 30 from 1:00-4:00pm. These cemeteries are part of the Mapleshade Cemetery complex. 

Along with the Jerusalem Masonic 49 Lodge and the 1777 Wooster - Sons of Liberty Foundation, this self-guided walking tour is a part of Ridgefield's town wide celebration of the 240th anniversary of The Battle of Ridgefield.  The walk will take guests to the final resting places of some of Ridgefield's finest Revolutionary War veterans and notable townspeople during this tremulous time in the founding of America. 

Some of the grave sites on the tour include proprietors of the famous Keeler Tavern, a fierce citizen warrior, the starter of "Farmers Against the Crown", the homeowner of the Howe house mystery, a solider that served under General Wooster, and many other Patriots (and a Tory or two.)

Volunteers from The Discovery Center and Keeler Tavern Museum will don Revolutionary War-era attire will be stationed at select grave sites to bring these Ridgefielder's stories to life.

The tour is set for Sunday, April 30th from 1:00-4:00pm. Parking is available in Mapleshade Cemetery adjacent to Olde Town and Ridgefield Cemetery.   The entrance of Mapleshade is located at the corner of Mapleshade Road and North Street. 

Questions? Contact committee member Hannah Barber at 203-244-8408

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Hannah Barber) Neighbors Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:55:00 -0400
An Evening in the Garden Charity Gala Supports Ability Beyond http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/55964-an-evening-in-the-garden-charity-gala-149331376455964-an-evening-in-the-garden-charity-gala-1493313764 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/55964-an-evening-in-the-garden-charity-gala-149331376455964-an-evening-in-the-garden-charity-gala-1493313764

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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kathy@alliancesbyalisa.com (Alisa Gaudiosi) Charities Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:27:44 -0400
Walk Proposed NRVT in Ridgefield on Sunday http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/55962-walk-proposed-nrvt-in-ridgefield-on-sunday55962-walk-proposed-nrvt-in-ridgefield-on-sunday http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/55962-walk-proposed-nrvt-in-ridgefield-on-sunday55962-walk-proposed-nrvt-in-ridgefield-on-sunday

Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) is unveiling a brand new trail in Ridgefield with a community walk on Sunday, April 30 beginning at 1:00 pm

A planning team of Ridgefield citizens has identified the proposed first section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT);  a beautiful two-mile section running from the intersection of Rt 7 and Simpaug Turnpike to Bobby's Court on the Redding line. “This will connect with the proposed Redding Mile section of the NRVT,” says Charlie Taney, Executive Director, Norwalk River Valley Trail.

NRVT is unveiling this trail with a 4 mile hike on Sunday, April 30 beginning at 1:00 pm. Participants should meet at the parking lot at Simpaug Turnpike on Route 7. “You'll see the parking area on the north side of Simpaug Turnpike, right at the intersection with Rt 7,” says Taney.  Please note: you are not obligated to hike the entire two miles each way. Taney adds, “Feel free to hike the first twenty or thirty minutes along the river, then head back.”

“I hiked this section on Tuesday, took about 50 minutes each way, going at a modest pace, along with some bird watching and modest trail clearing. It's a beautiful hike, a good piece of it along the Norwalk River,” says Taney.

Taney recommends that participants bring water and tick repellent. “A hiking stick might a good idea as well, as there are a few spots where the footing is a bit tricky,” he says.  

Regarding weather Taney says, “We'll plan to go unless it's really nasty.”

Learn more about the NRVT here.

Get involved in the project! Click here to learn more.

*Image courtesy of NRVT

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:34:07 -0400
Leaving the Bubble: New Seminar for Ridgefield Graduates and Parents Planned for July 15 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55960-leaving-the-bubble-new-seminar-for-ridgefield-graduates-and-parents-set-for-july-1555960-leaving-the-bubble-new-seminar-for-ridgefield-graduates-and-parents-set-for-july-15 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55960-leaving-the-bubble-new-seminar-for-ridgefield-graduates-and-parents-set-for-july-1555960-leaving-the-bubble-new-seminar-for-ridgefield-graduates-and-parents-set-for-july-15

A new seminar for Ridgefield graduates and their parents or guardians -- focused on equipping college-bound seniors with last-minute practical insights on making the transition to college towns across the globe -- will be offered July 15 at the Ridgefield Rec Center.

The seminar -- "Leaving the Bubble" -- will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will feature subject matter experts on the topics of Campus/Dorm Safety, Personal Safety, Mental Health, and General Health.  The four, 45-minute sessions are being designed to be highly interactive.

"We wanted to create a last-chance venue for graduates and a parent or guardian to do something fun and practical before they head off to college," said Mark Dollins, one of the event organizers. "Our home town is among the safest in the nation, and with many attributes that most communities don't have, so it really is leaving a bubble of sorts. We want to empower students and parents with knowledge and confidence."

Space is limited for this free pilot. There is room for 100 graduating seniors who live in Ridgefield and attend any area high school, and space for 100 parents or guardians to come with them. Attendees must sign up in advance to reserve their spaces. For a link to registration and additional information on the event, visit www.ridgefieldbubble.com.

 

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markddollins@aol.com (Leaving the Bubble) Events Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:01:11 -0400
SPHERE Art Show Opens on Friday, May 5 in Ridgefield http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55872-sphere-art-show-opens-on-friday-may-5-in-ridgefield55872-sphere-art-show-opens-on-friday-may-5-in-ridgefield http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55872-sphere-art-show-opens-on-friday-may-5-in-ridgefield55872-sphere-art-show-opens-on-friday-may-5-in-ridgefield

SPHERE will host an Art Show featuring many outstanding works created by SPHERE members. The show is a culmination of a year of artistic creation, under the tutelage of Megan Marden.

The SPHERE Art Show will open on Friday, May 5 with a reception from 6-9pm at SPHERE's headquarters, 421 Main Street in Ridgefield. The show will continue on Saturday, May 6 from 10am to 4pm.

Learn more about SPHERE here.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Events Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:52:00 -0400
Professor Cunningham & his Old School Jazz Band at Sarah's Wine Bar on Sunday http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55959-professor-cunningham-his-old-school-jazz-band-at-sarahs-wine-bar-on-sunday55959-professor-cunningham-his-old-school-jazz-band-at-sarahs-wine-bar-on-sunday http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55959-professor-cunningham-his-old-school-jazz-band-at-sarahs-wine-bar-on-sunday55959-professor-cunningham-his-old-school-jazz-band-at-sarahs-wine-bar-on-sunday

The Jazz Masters Series continues on Sunday, April 30 at Sarah's Wine Bar with Professor Cunningham & his Old School Jazz Band featuring:

  • Adrian Cunningham, reeds
  • John Merrill, guitar
  • Daniel Foose, bass
  • Paul Wells, drums

You are invited to be jazzed by reeds master Adrian Cunningham, who will lead a quartet configuration of Professor Cunningham and His Old School Jazz Band.  Originally from Sydney, Australia, Adrian has risen to prominence on the New York Jazz scene and performs internationally with Professor Cunningham and His Old School, specializing in traditional and New Orleans-style jazz forms.  He leads the sax section of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, performs extensively with trombone master Wycliffe Gordon, and is a favorite performer in jazz fesivals around the globe 

Music begins at 6:00 pm. 

$27.50 cover charge
(includes CT ticket tax)
$20 food/drink minimum + 20% service charge

Reservation 203-438-8282

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (SWB) Events Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:51:17 -0400
Rep. Frey Facilitates Restoration of Ridgefield Historical Marker Ahead of Battle of Ridgefield Anniversary http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/55958-rep-frey-facilitates-restoration-of-ridgefield-historical-marker-ahead-of-battle-of-ridgefield-anniversary55958-rep-frey-facilitates-restoration-of-ridgefield-historical-marker-ahead-of-battle-of-ridgefield-anniversary http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/55958-rep-frey-facilitates-restoration-of-ridgefield-historical-marker-ahead-of-battle-of-ridgefield-anniversary55958-rep-frey-facilitates-restoration-of-ridgefield-historical-marker-ahead-of-battle-of-ridgefield-anniversary

 

 

State Representative John Frey (R-111) revealed the restorations he had completed on one of Ridgefield’s historical marker signs in town after Ridgefield resident Elaine Cox brought the sign’s deteriorating condition to his attention.

The historical marker sign, located on Route 116 North Salem Road (between Wooster Heights and Tackora Trail) commemorates an American general who had died as a result of injuries sustained in the Battle of Ridgefield. It reads: “On this spot fell General Wooster, mortally wounded April 27, 1777 at the Battle of Ridgefield.”  Ridgefield is preparing to honor the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield this weekend with a reenactment of the battle and other events marking the historic date.

There are two historical marker signs in the Town of Ridgefield that commemorate Revolutionary War events in which British troops landed in Westport and travelled up to Danbury where they destroyed a munitions supply.  The signs are among only 139 signs that were placed across the State of Connecticut in 1935 to celebrate the tercentenary of European settlement.  Among many other varied facts and historical events, the signs inform passersby where steamboat inventor John Fitch was born in South Windsor, where the British landed troops in Westport, and where Revolutionary War Governor Jonathan Trumbull lived in Lebanon.  The second Ridgefield sign stands on Main Street in front of Casagmo and marks the third and chief engagement of the Battle of Ridgefield.

Since the state Department of Transportation would not claim responsibility for restoring the General Wooster sign, Ms. Cox graciously volunteered to cover the costs.  Rep. Frey asked Paul Roche and the town Parks and Recreation Department to take down the sign so he could bring it to Designs and Signs of Brookfield, owned by Ridgefield native, Dan McKee, to be restored to its original quality.  Marty Heiser, owner of Service Unlimited, is contributing the repainting of the 12' steel post and bracket.  The Parks and Recreation is rehanging it on Thursday, the 240th anniversary of General Wooster’s mortal wound.

“Ridgefield has such a rich and important history that tells the story of our republic and how it was forged in acts of courage and a commitment to democratic ideals,” said Rep. Frey.  “I was inspired by learning the story behind these historical markers across Connecticut and what they represent for our identity as a state.  I thank Elaine for raising the issue of the sign's condition and her willingness to contribute to ensure that it remains there for many more years to come.  Recognizing and honoring our shared history can truly bring us together as a town, as a state, and as a nation, even as we endure one of the most divisive periods of time in living memory.  People often say we should focus on what brings us together; this weekend is the perfect opportunity to do that.”

“Kevin and I are proud to be Ridgefielders – and the Revolutionary War history is a big part of what makes our town so special,” said Elaine Cox.  “Legend has it that a part of our front yard served as cover for Revolutionary War soldiers.  After seeing the sign fade over the years, we asked Rep. Frey to help us find out how we could restore it.  We were happy to chip in to help make this happen – what a great way to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield!”

General David Wooster has been called "a largely forgotten hero of the Revolution."  In the 1820s, the City of New Haven converted a small pasture into a public square and named it Wooster Square in his honor.  Today, the entire neighborhood, as well as several streets in New Haven, all carry Wooster's name.  The neighborhood was the center of large-scale Italian immigration to the city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and still retains a large Italian presence today.  Streets in Ridgefield, Bethel and Danbury are named for the General, as well as Danbury's Wooster School.

State Representative John Frey represents the 111th district of Ridgefield.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Richard Joslyn) Politics Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:42:54 -0400
JBHS Girls Lacrosse Play4TheCure TONIGHT! http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/15-todays-events/55957-jbhs-girls-lacrosse-play4thecure-pink-night-149330320355957-jbhs-girls-lacrosse-play4thecure-pink-night-1493303203 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/15-todays-events/55957-jbhs-girls-lacrosse-play4thecure-pink-night-149330320355957-jbhs-girls-lacrosse-play4thecure-pink-night-1493303203

Please come out and support the Joel Barlow Girls Lacrosse players at their Play4TheCure PINK NIGHT on Thursday, April 27 (tonight!) at Joel Barlow High School’s Stadium. 

  • JV at 5 PM 
  • Varsity will play at 6:30 PM 

Why attend? 

It's for a great cause: the girls have dedicated their games to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and patient support. All donations and proceeds will go to the National Foundation for Cancer Research. 

It will be an exciting game: our twice-SWC Champions and 2016 State Finalists will be playing neighboring Bethel. 
There will be lots of great food: "pink" baked goods, hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and drinks! 
There will be pink everywhere: the Falcon Stadium and players will be dressed in pink for the occasion. Why not wear something pink too? 

So please come out on Thursday and support the Barlow Girls’ Lacrosse teams and the National Foundation for Cancer Research! 

Donations (big and small) will be accepted at the door or you can go to the Joel Barlow Girls Lacrosse Pink Night Fundraising Page here

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smssiburtek@optonline.net (Susan Siburn) Todays events Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:38:30 -0400
Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 SilverSource Awards http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/55941-now-accepting-nominations-for-the-2017-silversource-awards-149320829055941-now-accepting-nominations-for-the-2017-silversource-awards-1493208290 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/55941-now-accepting-nominations-for-the-2017-silversource-awards-149320829055941-now-accepting-nominations-for-the-2017-silversource-awards-1493208290

SilverSource – a leader in advocating for the needs of older adults and their families– announced today that it is now accepting nominations for the 2017 SilverSource Awards.  The awards celebrate the exceptional advancements and meaningful contributions made in improving the lives of adults over age 60 throughoutFairfield County by volunteers, individuals, businesses and organizations.  There is no cost to enter.  Nominations may be made by visiting SilverSource.org and are due by June 1, 2017. Awards will be presented during the 3rd Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast at the Italian Center of Stamford this fall.

“As a leader in advocating for older adults and their families, we are proud to recognize those who are part of this expanding movement of innovation, advocacy and caring, for the benefit and quality of life of older members of our communities, said Kathleen Bordelon, Executive Director for SilverSource, Inc.  “These awards celebrate the advancements, actions, and programs that qualitatively improve the lives of older people, keeping them healthier, safe, engaged, and more independent.”   

Award Details

The SilverSource Community Service Volunteer Award is given to an outstanding volunteer age 50 or over who is sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of older adults. 

The SilverSource Contribution to Community Award is given to an outstanding individual, as well as an outstanding organization or business that provides significant improvements to the region as a place to live and retire.

Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now open to volunteers, individuals, organizations, businesses and groups or collaborative initiatives that contribute to the lives of older adults.  All nominations will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of community, business and thought leaders. All achievements, accomplishments or service on which nominations are based must reflect the SilverSource vision and mission. The Awards recognize high impact programs and initiatives in Fairfield County.  There is no cost to enter.

The SilverSource mission is to advance the dignity, independence and quality of life of older adults by providing guidance for families and supportive services to those who are in need, by engaging in community partnerships and by advocating for sound public policies.  SilverSource envisions a society that ensures older adults have the resources to live independent, healthy and fulfilled lives. 

How to Enter

For more information about the SilverSource Awards, or to make a nomination, visit www.SilverSource.org/Awards.  Enter your nomination by using the online form, or download a PDF with full details and email it to Awards@SilverSource.org or fax it to 203-324-3787.  Questions may be directed to Linda Christensen, (203) 324-6584.  The deadline to submit a nomination is June 1, 2016, and the awards will be presented at the 3rd Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast in October.

“Communities, businesses and individuals are responding to the needs of older adults and contributing to their quality of life.  It is important to recognize these efforts so that others learn about them and are inspired to participate in activities that promote vibrant aging and create more livable communities,” said Bordelon. 

About SilverSource, Inc.

SilverSource, formerly known as Senior Services of Stamford, was founded in 1908. It is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides information, financial support, and other services that positively improve the quality of life for people over age 60 while serving as a resource center and referral source for older adults and their families. Its mission is to advance the dignity, independence and quality of life of older adults by providing guidance for families and supportive services to those who are in need, by engaging in community partnerships and by advocating for sound public policies.  SilverSource envisions a society that ensures older adults have the resources to live independent, healthy and fulfilled lives and is located at 2009 Summer Street in Stamford, CT 06905.  For more information visit www.silversource.org or call 203.324.6584.

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Nutmegers@optonline.net (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:14:18 -0400
RVNA Health Source: Green Spaces Linked with Improved Health http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/55956-rvna-health-source-green-spaces-linked-with-improved-health55956-rvna-health-source-green-spaces-linked-with-improved-health http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/55956-rvna-health-source-green-spaces-linked-with-improved-health55956-rvna-health-source-green-spaces-linked-with-improved-health

Many studies have been done to evaluate the positive benefits of green space on an individual’s mental and physical wellbeing. People living in areas with higher levels of green vegetation have been found to have lower levels of depression, increased social engagement and higher levels of physical activity. Being in or near nature helps to alleviate mental fatigue and restore the mind, which can improve job and school performance and help to reduce mental stress and illness.

One study from the Harvard School of Public Health of 100,000 women nationwide determined that women living in the highest levels of “greenness” had a 12% lower rate of death compared to women who lived in the least green areas. The mental and physical health benefits can be attributed to many factors. Less depression could be the result of more time spent outside in green spaces, providing greater exposure to vitamin D which helps to reduce depression.

Green spaces also invite people outdoors where they are more physically active and therefore, likely to be healthier. Exercise also improves cognitive function, learning, and memory. Outdoor activities can help to alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. In addition, greener environments generally have lower levels of pollution, meaning that the risk of respiratory disease may be reduced. So regularly step outside and enjoy nature. It’s greening up all around us and it’s good for your health!

Founded in 1914, RVNA is an accredited non-profit Medicare-certified home healthcare agency that also supports public health and safety, and promotes the highest quality of life. RVNA provides compassionate care to all individuals, whether young or old, through a continuum of care that encompasses health care at home and in the community. RVNA also provides home health aides and companionship through a non-medical subsidiary called HomeCare by RVNA and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy in its Rehab by RVNA facility at 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield.

Visit RVNA at www.ridgefieldvna.org

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lschroppe@ridgefieldvna.org (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Life Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:05:35 -0400
Fashion Show will be part of 2017 Spring Stroll http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55955-fashion-show-will-be-part-of-2017-spring-stroll55955-fashion-show-will-be-part-of-2017-spring-stroll http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55955-fashion-show-will-be-part-of-2017-spring-stroll55955-fashion-show-will-be-part-of-2017-spring-stroll

On Friday, May 5, Bailey Avenue will be hosting a red carpet event and YOU"RE INVITED!! It's all part of the 2017 Spring Stroll.

The avenue will be closing, the red carpet laid, and chairs set-up in anticipation of a fashion show by many local Downtown Ridgefield merchants! Already-confirmed catwalk models and dressers include Ursula’s Interior & Designs, Ridgefield Hardware, Audrey Road, AR Kids, Lynn Evans, Olley Court, Hutton’s Fine Men's Wear and nancy O, and more local merchants and organizations are expected to participate.
 
Whip Salon is generously providing their styling expertise to prepare our models for the occasion, and Christine O'Leary from the Ridgefield Playhouse will once again be our master of ceremonies for the evening. 

Don't miss the fun in Downtown Ridgefield!

To find all the latest happenings and events in Downtown Ridgefield, visit their Facebook page.

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terri@hamlethub.com (Terri Garlick) Events Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:53:16 -0400
Ridgefield Public School Friends host Moana Movie Night on Friday at ERMS http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55954-moana-movie-night55954-moana-movie-night http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55954-moana-movie-night55954-moana-movie-night

RPS Friends is hosting a Moana Movie Night on Friday, April 28th at 7pm at East Ridge Middle School Auditorium

Tickets are by Donation

(doors open at 6:30pm)

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film8kr289@gmail.com (RPS Friends) Events Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:48:12 -0400
Haze, college binge drinking documentary film screening in Ridgefield on May 10 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55953-haze-college-binge-drinking-documentary55953-haze-college-binge-drinking-documentary http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55953-haze-college-binge-drinking-documentary55953-haze-college-binge-drinking-documentary

Haze, a 50 minute documentary film about the dangers of college binge drinking, followed by a Q&A panel discussion. Wednesday May 10th, 7:00 PM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, North Hall. 

Register to attend: Laura Cleary, RCCASA Coalition Coordinator, (203) 431-1893 coalition@ridfgefieldct.org

The Ridgefield Prevention Council is sponsoring this event to raise awareness and open up conversation about alcohol use on college campuses, and the prevalence and dangers of binge drinking.  Open to the public; College studens, Mature high school students and parents encouraged to attend, and be a part of the discussion..

This film was produced by The Gordie Foundation, a non-profit organization  that was founded after the hazing death of Fairfield County resident,  freshman Gordie Bailey at the University of Colorado. The mission is "to provide today's young people with the skills to navigate the dangers of alcohol, binge drinking, peer pressure and hazing.”

The film is 50 minutes. The follow up discussion panel will include:

  •       Carol Mahlstedt  Psy.D. a Ridgefield based psychologist
  •       Allison Kernan, a Young adult in recovery and a recovery support specialist
  •       Sharon Guck, Director of Prevention WCSU
  •       A local college student

The Ridgefield Prevention Council organizes and supports many community programs centered on community education, substance abuse prevention and positive youth programs. www.ridgefieldpreventioncouncil.org

Thank you to St. Stephen’s Church for generously providing the space for this event!

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coalition@ridgefieldct.org (Laura Cleary) Events Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:41:19 -0400
The British Invade Ridgefield on Saturday! http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55952-the-british-invade-ridgefield-on-saturday55952-the-british-invade-ridgefield-on-saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/55952-the-british-invade-ridgefield-on-saturday55952-the-british-invade-ridgefield-on-saturday

Celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield this Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Battle of Ridgefield Re-Enactment will begin at 11:00 AM on Main Street. 

Witness history before your eyes! Watch a reenactment of the Battle of Ridgefield from Casagmo to Keeler Tavern.

The reenactment will begin with a commencement speech at Town Hall by Ridgefield's First Selectman, Rudy Marconi and then proceed from Casagmo along Main Street to the Keeler Tavern.


But that's not all! A host of 240th battle anniversary events are taking place at The Keeler Tavern.

Visit the soldiers' encampments: the British at Ballard Park and the Patriots at Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center. There will also be period crafters and artisans, free tours of Keeler Tavern Museum, period music by the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, and fun family activities.

Re-Enactment Events at KTHC

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9 AM - 5 PM

American Encampment

Mingle through the camps of the 5th CT, 6th CT, and 5th New York Regiments, and the Ye Olde Lebanon Town Militia. Each soldier will be in full character and will be able to answer any historical questions you may have!

Tour the Keeler Tavern Museum

Tour the historic Keeler Tavern Museum and see the original cannonball lodged in the building. 

Meet the Players

Meet Timothy & Esther Keeler, Sybil Ludington, Benedict Arnold and other notable figures who will share their perspective on the Battle of Ridgefield and life during this tumultuous period in our history.

Who Won the Battle of Ridgefield?

In January, Scotts Ridge Middle School students visited KTHC to learn about the Battle of Ridgefield and answer the question "Who won the Battle of Ridgefield?" View their projects and cast your vote.

Patriotic Music by the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra

  • Demonstrations of Period Crafts
  • Colonial Games and Kids' Craft
  • Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution

Visit The Keeler Tavern Museum website for more information.

The Battle of Ridgefield 240th Anniversary celebrations are in partnership with Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Historical Society, and the Masons of Jerusalem Lodge 49.

*Image courtesy of Keeler Tavern Museum

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Keeler Tavern) Events Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:06:26 -0400