Southbury's HamletHub Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:49:21 -0500 Southbury Film Commission Announces Winners of 2017 Oscar Contest!

Congratulations to the winners of the Southbury Film Commission's first annual 2017 Oscar Game!

We had 63 ballot submissions. The following players scored 17 correct answers out of a possible 24: Stephanie Furman, Fran Tepperman and Hallie Tepperman.

Second place goes to Jim Tully with 16 correct answers and third place goes to Reed Tepperman with 15 correct answers.

The results of our contest were calculated independently by SFC Chairman, Joel Wald, Vice Chairman, Fran Tepperman and a Southbury Town Hall representative.

Thank you to everyone who played. We hope we made the Academy Awards a little more fun for everyone this year. 

]]> (Southbury Film Commission) Life Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:13:53 -0500
State Police & K9 Narcotic Arrest on 1-84 in Danbury Today

During a speed enforcement on 1-84 in Danbury at approximately 10:15 am this morning, February 27, a Trooper clocked a vehicle at 86 MPH on 1-84 eastbound at exit 5 in Danbury.

According to police, the operator, Danielle Rose Keith of Lewiston ME, was found to be under suspension in PA and was issued an infraction for motor vehicle violations.

During a search of the vehicle a large amount of edible THC was located in the vehicle. The vehicle was searched with a State Police canine, K9 Favor, a black Labrador Retriever. 

Police say a passenger that claimed ownership of the narcotics was taken into custody and processed at Troop A in Southbury.

State Police seized a total of 406 grams of THC lollipops, 22 grams of THC rock candy, 300 grams of THC cookies, 94 grams of THC WAX, and 13 grams of actual marijuana. 

Total seizure: 835 GRAMS or 29.45 ounces.

]]> (Tara Daly) Public safety Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:47:04 -0500
Tribes Select East Windsor to Host Entertainment & Gaming Facility


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more, go to

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History Lecture Series with Mark Albertson at Southbury Public Library

History Lecture Series with Mark Albertson at Southbury Public Library

Please note: this program takes place every Tuesday in March from 6:30-8:30pm in the Kingsley Room

Please join Professor Mark Albertson for a four-part lecture series on Jihad. Jihad, is an Arabic term meaning struggle. For Muslims, that struggle is of an internal nature, an effort by which the individual attempts to rid him or herself of those impediments which compromises their becoming one with their religion. However, the popular notion of Jihad held by many is that of Holy War.  Professor Albertson, in this series, will seek to peel away the confusion, misconceptions and propagandistic perversions which hamper a proper conception of not only what is construed as the Jihadi movement, but hopefully foster-at the same time--a better understanding of one of the globe's most fascinating yet misunderstood religions.

Registration is required. Please call the library at 203-262-0626 ext. 130

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. 

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Southbury Residents Hit the Polls Tomorrow to Fill Vacancy in 32nd Senatorial District

Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 28 the Town of Southbury will hold a Special State Election. Electors will be voting for State Senator to fill vacancy for the 32nd Senatorial District. 

Polling Locations:

The Town of Southbury has three polling locations:

  • Voting District #1, Firehouse, 461 Main Street South
  • Voting District #2, Public Library, 100 Poverty Road
  • Voting District #3, Community Building (Senior Center/Parks & Rec), 561 Main Street South

Voters will vote at their assigned district polling sites. Click here to find your voting district and a polling location.

  • All elections, primaries and referenda are from 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

To view a sample ballot, find voting districts and polling locations, and for other election information, please visit the Town website.

]]> (Town of Southbury) Politics Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:53:26 -0500
Connecticut Innovations Invests $12.2 Million

Connecticut Innovations (CI), the leading source of financing and ongoing support for Connecticut’s innovative, growing companies has announced that it invested $12.2 million in equity investments in 31 companies and scientific projects during the three months ending December 31, 2016.  

The investments leveraged an additional $58.4 million in capital to further support the growth of these companies. Of the $12.2 million, CI invested $6.6 million in bioscience and $5.6 million in information technology.

“We were pleased to be able to fuel the growth of more than 30 companies in bioscience and information technology throughout the quarter,” said David Wurzer, executive vice president and chief investment officer at Connecticut Innovations. “This quarter, we closed a deal with the inaugural VentureClash winner, Dream Payments.”

The second quarter of the fiscal year also included a number of key deals. CI closed:

  • A $1 million investment with the inaugural winner of VentureClash 2016, Dream Payments;
  • A $250,000 investment with Biohaven Pharmaceuticals, which leveraged an additional $39.8 million; and
  • A $1 million investment with CaroGen, a company that has been funded through CI’s pre-seed fund and the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund.

About Connecticut Innovations
Connecticut Innovations (CI) is the leading source of financing and ongoing support for Connecticut’s innovative, growing companies. To maximize company growth potential, CI provides venture capital and strategic support for early-stage technology companies; financial support for innovation and collaboration; and connections to its well-established network of partners and professionals. For more information, please visit

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United Airlines to Debut Nonstop Service Between Bradley Airport & San Francisco

CT Airport Authority Announce Launch of Nonstop Service Between Bradley & San Francisco with United Airlines

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) and United Airlines today announced the debut of new, seasonal nonstop United Airlines service between Bradley International Airport (BDL) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).  Beginning June 8, 2017 and running through September 5, the flight offers business commuters and tourists another option when traveling to the Greater Hartford area.

“It is undeniable that we are witnessing a period of significant growth at Bradley International Airport with the addition of yet another nonstop route to another major hub,” Governor Malloy said.  “What I hope everyone understands with these ongoing developments is that adding more airlines and more routes opens the door for increased economic opportunities for business travelers who see Hartford as a destination where their companies can do business with even more convenience.  This is exactly why I pushed for the creation of the Connecticut Airport Authority several years ago, because we see Bradley as a key economic driver in our region.  We will continue utilizing the airport as yet another resource to grow jobs and increase business activity in Connecticut.”

“This is more good news for Connecticut residents, our business community, and our economy,”  Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said.  “Direct service to San Francisco will bring more business and innovation, increase tourism opportunity, and is another indicator that Bradley is a global competitor in the travel sector.”

“United is proud to offer our Connecticut customers a convenient and comfortable travel experience between Hartford and our premier Pacific gateway hub in San Francisco,” Aileen Moriarty, United’s manager of Connecticut Sales, said.  “This new route will provide multiple connections to destinations along the U.S. West Coast and to United’s international routes to China and business centers throughout Asia.”

“Bradley International Airport already connects passengers to more than thirty popular destinations with nonstop flights, and one of the Airport Authority’s key strategic goals is to continue growing the airport’s menu of flights, with a particular emphasis on additional West Coast service,” CAA Board Chair Charles R. Gray said.  “We are very pleased to be expanding the airport’s route structure with the introduction of this new service, offering our passengers added connectivity to the West Coast and beyond.”

The service will utilize an Airbus 319 with a 128-seat configuration.  The outbound flight will leave BDL at 6:30 AM (ET), with an arrival at SFO at 9:46 AM (PT).  The inbound flight will depart SFO at 10:30 PM (PT), with an arrival at BDL at 6:53 AM (ET).

“United has been part of Bradley’s network for more than 50 years.  We are pleased to strengthen this ongoing partnership with the introduction of the new route to San Francisco, and pleased that United will be expanding their footprint at Bradley,” CAA Executive Director Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E, said.  “This new route is an important addition to our growing roster of flights, and it is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to provide our travel community with an exceptional travel experience to and from Bradley.”

In 2016, Bradley marked its fourth consecutive year of year-over-year passenger growth.  This was heightened by a number of service launches, including Aer Lingus service to Dublin, Ireland; American Airlines service to Los Angeles; United Airlines service to Denver; and OneJet service to Pittsburgh.

Over the past year, Bradley has also diversified its menu of amenities.  Recent openings include an Escape Lounge, Phillips Seafood restaurant, a duty-free shop, a Customs and Border Protection Global Entry enrollment center, and a mothers’ nursing room.  In the coming months, a Two Roads Brewery Tap Room is also scheduled to open at the airport.

The CAA was established in 2011 with the goal of transforming BDL and five of the state’s general aviation airports (Danielson, Groton/New London, Hartford-Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham Airports) into vibrant economic drivers.  It is a quasi-public agency and has the flexibility and autonomy to streamline processes and maintain responsiveness to economic opportunities for the airports.  The CAA Board of Directors consists of 11 members with a broad spectrum of experience in aviation-related and various other industries.

BDL is the second largest airport in New England, with a customer base that covers the entire Northeast.

]]> (Gov. Malloy's Office) Life Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:44:55 -0500
Amber Alert Canceled: 6 Year Old Found Located in Pennsylvania

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

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


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Public safety Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:59:08 -0500
Amber Alert: 6 year old Bridgeport Girl

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

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

Vehicle 2017 Grey Hyundai Sonata CT AG91925        

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit for the most up to date information concerning this alert. 

]]> (NYS Police) Public safety Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:18:52 -0500
Fashion in Fiction: Clothing in Jane Austen's Writing at Southbury Public Library March 2

Fashion in Fiction: Clothing in Jane Austen's Writing on Thursday, March 2nd from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room at the Southbury Public Library

Join us at the Southbury Public library from 2-4pm on Thursday, March 2nd! Clothing speaks volumes in Jane Austen's Regency Novels.

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, this presentation by dynamic performance artist Kandie Carle is a delightful show-and-tell on the clothing of Regency England as reflected in Jane Austen's fiction. While dressed in authentic Regency attire, Ms. Carle gives a detailed overview of the clothing of the Regency Era, (early 1800s) for both gentlemen and ladies. Ms. Carle will share excerpts from Austen's personal letters as well as passages from some of the novels, highlighting Miss Austen's use of clothing and fashion to define character & class, enhance story line, and develop plot points.

Ms. Carle has been presenting historical programs since 1992, from Regency to Edwardian (1800-1915), and draws on her extensive background in theatre, dance and historical fashion to engage and enthrall the audience. Ms. Carle has come to the Southbury Public Library in the past as the Victorian Lady and we are delighted to welcome her back.

Registration is required. Please call 203-262-0626 x 130! This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

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Pancake Supper, Government Involvement Workshop & More Upcoming Events in Southbury

Southbury Happenings

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper - 2/28/2017 | 4:30PM

SBCC Church Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Organizers: South Britain Congregational Church.

Click for the event's details.

Government Involvement Workshop - 3/1/2017 | 7:30PM

Learn how you can be involved in town government. Organizers: Southbury Democratic Town Committee.

Click for the event's details.

Snow Sculpture Contest - ENDS 03/31/2017

When the flakes start to fall, be creative and sculpt your masterpiece! Take a picture of your snow masterpiece and email the photos at Photos will be on display at the Parks and Recreation office and winners will be announced by March 31, 2017. Organizers: Southbury Parks and Recreation.

Click for the event's details.


The British Are Coming (to CT!): The Danbury Raid & Battle of Ridgefield on March 9, 2017

Bullet Hill School Docent Workshop on March 14, 2017

"The Big Fat Fix" Film Showing on March 29, 2017


Library's Calendar contains information about upcoming programs for adults, teens and children.


PDDH's Calendar contains upcoming and ongoing events for our district (e.g. Travel Vaccination Services, Weekly Vaccination Services, Free Blood Pressure monitoring)



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Our Lady of 121st Street brings grace with hilarity to the WCSU stage

The Western Connecticut State University Department of Theatre Arts will present “Our Lady of 121st Street” in eight performances from Feb. 24 through March 5 at the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

Evening performances will be at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 25 and on March 3 and 4. Matinee performances will be at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25 and 26 and on March 4 and 5. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (203) 837-8732. Student and senior tickets are available at the box office with a valid ID.

Hailed as “a scorching and dark new comedy” by the New York Times, “Our Lady of 121st Street” tells the story of Harlem Catholic school graduates reuniting for the funeral of their former teacher, the community activist Sister Rose. Motivated by rage, grief and a search for meaning, the characters’ comic desperation illuminates the pain of life. The WCSU production is directed by Theatre Arts Professor Sal Trapani.

“The play is ultimately about redemption and salvation,” Trapani said. “In a universal sense, all of us are searching for what’s missing in our lives, for those deep, true connections, for grace.”

The cast includes student actors Justin Pesce (Balthazar), of Waterbury; Zach Federici (Edwin), of Rocky Hill; Emily Gray (Marcia), of Southington; Ally Olynik (Marcia), of East Haven; Emma Giorgio (Sonia), of Ridgefield; Alicia Napolitano (Sonia), of Woodbury; Luis DeJesus (Pinky), of West Haven; Howard Hendrix Powell (Flip), of West Haven; John Mudgett (Lux), of Danbury; Sydney Varick (Inez), of Waterbury; Christina Branfuhr (Norca), of North Haven; Ryan J. Taylor (Gail), of New Fairfield; Nick Raines (Victor), of Brookfield; and DJ Allen (Rooftop), of Danbury.

Allen, who plays Rooftop, said the play has a “phenomenal story line about forgiveness, repentance and brutal honesty. It is a dark comedy, so be warned — we use some choice, colorful words.”

 The student technical crew includes Alex Allyn (costume design), of Trumbull; Abby Bueti (set design), of Brewster, New York; Zachary Charles (sound design), of Newtown; Nathan Clift (assistant director), of Trumbull; Amber Levine (assistant director), of Danbury; Claire Gaudette (principal stage manager), of Thomaston; Maya Daley (props), of Danbury; Hayley Moretti (assistant stage manager), of Danbury; Celina Kestecher (assistant stage manager), of Middletown; David Zahacewski (assistant lighting design), of Torrington; Abby Bueti (assistant set designer), of Brewster, New York; and AJ Bacik (assistant technical director), of Waterbury.

Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis is an American writer, director and actor who won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play “Between Riverside and Crazy.” A member and former co-artistic director of the LAByrinth Theater Company of New York City, Guirgis’ plays have been produced both off-Broadway and on Broadway and in the United Kingdom. “Our Lady of 121st Street” originally ran in 2003 as an off-Broadway production by the LAByrinth Theater at Center Stage/New York and then moved to the Union Square Theatre. Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Our Lady of 121st Street” received the Lucille Lortel Award nominations for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Director, the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for the John Glassner Award, and a Drama Desk Award nomination.

The production contains explicit language throughout the show, and may be considered unsuitable for young children.

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

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Malloy issues statement regarding President Trump's decision to recind protection for transgender students


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

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

]]> (Gov. Malloy's Office) Politics Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:21:21 -0500
They've Only Just Begun: The Prospector Theater is a Force for Good

Blast from the (not too distant past): 2014 Huffington Post article spotlighting The Prospector Theater "People with Disabilities Have A Hard Time Finding Jobs And This Company is Doing Something About It". Fast-forward three years: The Prospector has blossomed and so have the employees known as "The Prospects". 

Audiences are treated to an exceptional movie-going experience while enjoying gourmet popcorn (created in-house by The Prospects), snacks, and even cocktails! Full time Prospect coaches support the employees through the Theater's training program - this allows the Prospects to turn their abilities and passions into professions (even outside of the Theater!)

Sparkle on Valerie and staff! 

Here, Prospector Theater founder and visionary, Valerie Jensen reacts to the Huffington Post article on The Prospector Facebook Page:

"We have worked so hard and keep raising the bar. Speaking of ‘The bar' 12 Prospects passed a 5 hour TIPS® Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is a dynamic, skills-based training program designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking by enhancing the fundamental "people skills" of servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol."

TIPS gives individuals the knowledge and confidence they need to recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies.

Visit the theater at 25 Prospect Street in Ridgefield! Click here for movie times. 

]]> (Tara Daly) Charities Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:39:27 -0500
Fairfield County Bank sponsors 9th Annual Chili Warm-Up on March 26 in Danbury

9th Annual Chili Warm-Up is set for March 26 & features hili tasting, children’s activities, music beer & wine, vendors, family fun & more

The Danbury Westerners in conjunction with the Danbury Sports Dome, Fairfield County Bank, Berkshire Broadcasting and a group of dedicated volunteers are proud to once again offer the 9th Annual Chili Warm-Up at The Danbury Sports Dome on Sunday, March 26th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. We’re pleased to announce that our Hot Stuff Title sponsor is Fairfield County Bank.

The Chili Warm-Up is from 1:00-4:00pm and provides family fun including arts and crafts, a bouncy house, chili sampling, live music, vendors and much more. For the first time, we’ll offer beer & wine for purchase by those 21 and over. The cost for the event is $5.00 per person or $20 for a family of four or more. Purchase your tickets in advance HERE  or you can pay at the door.

All chili cooks are invited as the competition is open to nonprofit community organizations, fraternal organizations, restaurants/caterers, first responders and the general public. The entry fee for all divisions is $50. Non-profit/Public winners will be awarded cash prizes, 1st $500, 2nd $250 and 3rd, $125. The Restaurant/Caterer division will receive plaques and bragging rights.

Sponsorship/Advertising opportunities are still available at the following levels to support this community event.  

  • Event & Awards Sponsor - $1,250
  • Jalapeno Haven Sponsor - $750
  • Chili Pepper Sponsor - $250

For information on vendor booths, chili teams and more call Shelley at 203-788-3898 or email,

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