Southbury's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:07:28 -0500 HamletHub.com Young Professionals of Waterbury Region CEO Speakers Series on Friday with Ginny O'Rourke Cookson http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/2903-y-p-o-w-r-young-professionals-of-waterbury-region-ceo-speakers-series-this-friday-january-27-with-ginny-o-rourke-cookson2903-y-p-o-w-r-young-professionals-of-waterbury-region-ceo-speakers-series-this-friday-january-27-with-ginny-o-rourke-cookson http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/2903-y-p-o-w-r-young-professionals-of-waterbury-region-ceo-speakers-series-this-friday-january-27-with-ginny-o-rourke-cookson2903-y-p-o-w-r-young-professionals-of-waterbury-region-ceo-speakers-series-this-friday-january-27-with-ginny-o-rourke-cookson

The Waterbury Regional Chamber’s Y.P.O.W.R. – Young Professionals of Waterbury Region – is hosting their annual three-part “Influential Business CEO Speaker Series” titled “The Past, The Present and The Future of Family Businesses.”  Attendees are capitalizing on the rare opportunity to directly engage with three longstanding and dedicated family business leaders in the greater Waterbury community.

The series began on Friday, January 13, 2017, with speaker Frank Monteiro, chief operating officer of MacDermid Performance Solutions in Waterbury. On Friday, January 27 the series will continue with speaker Virginia O’Rourke Cookson, owner of O’Rourke & Birch Florist, Inc. in Waterbury, and Carmen Romeo, president of Fascia’s Chocolates in Waterbury will be the final keynote speaker on Friday, February 24. All presentations are being held at Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury Downtown at 63 Grand Street from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. 

MacDermid Performance Solutions COO Frank Monteiro spoke to a packed room of fascinated attendees on January 13th. He articulated how the company has always been a ‘happy family’ within itself and there are “no formalities, titles, or barriers to all employees knowing each other.” Highly-respected for their extensive contributions to United Way and other non-profit organizations within the Waterbury region, Mr. Monteiro pride-fully commented, “When our employees leave their offices at 5:00 p.m. each day, they are not going home. They are going to meetings for non-profit organizations where they serve on committees and boards. We all want to be giving members to the Waterbury community.”

The January 27th Y.P.O.W.R. CEO Series speaker, Virginia “Ginny” O’Rourke Cookson, owner and president of O’Rourke & Birch Florist Inc. in Waterbury, is celebrating 94 years in business in 2017. O’Rourke-Cookson is a highly-respected member of the Waterbury Regional Chamber for 22 years, and in 2013, she was named the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year. She is also the recipient of many honorable and recognized community and leadership awards including the 2000 Waterbury Regional Chamber Business Woman of the Year Award. Silver Sponsor of this program is the Waterbury Exchange Club.

The February 24th’s CEO Series speaker, Carmen Romeo, president of Fascia’s Chocolates, was born and raised in Waterbury, graduated from Wilby High School and then Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Electrical Engineering.  During his corporate tenure, he worked with General Electric, Simplex Time Recorder, SimplexGrinnell organization. E-Lite Technologies, a spin-off of Timex Corp and Bergquist Torrington Company. In 2009, the engineer-turned-chocolatier joined his wife Louise's family business, Fascia's Chocolates. Under his leadership, Fascia's Chocolates has become a tourist destination in addition to making gelato and baked goods as a compliment to their premium chocolates. 

The mission of Y.P.O.W.R. is to energize young professionals aged 21 to 39 who are looking to grow their careers in the Waterbury area by engaging them in positive opportunities for professional development, educational, social, and community service.

All of Y.P.O.W.R’s CEO series programs will be held 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown Waterbury at 63 Grand Street. The series is open to Y.P.O.W.R. and Waterbury Regional Chamber members, and the general public.

Costs are $15/session for Y.P.O.W.R. members; $20/session for Waterbury Regional Chamber members; and $25/event for not-yet Y.P.O.W.R. members. To register, visit www.ypowr.org, or email to info@ypowr.org or call 203-757-0701.

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brancom@westnet.com (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell ) Events Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:08:27 -0500
Data Collectors on Hennessey Farm Road and Hulls Hill Road in Southbury this Week http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/2902-data-collectors-on-hennessey-farm-road-and-hulls-hill-road-in-southbury-this-week2902-data-collectors-on-hennessey-farm-road-and-hulls-hill-road-in-southbury-this-week http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/2902-data-collectors-on-hennessey-farm-road-and-hulls-hill-road-in-southbury-this-week2902-data-collectors-on-hennessey-farm-road-and-hulls-hill-road-in-southbury-this-week

The Town of Southbury 2017 Property Revaluation Project continues with data collectors inspecting all houses in our town.

On Monday, January 23 and for the next several days the data collectors will be on Hennessey Farm Road and Hulls Hill Road.

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The first phase of the revaluation process is collecting current information on all of the properties in Southbury. As the data collector visits each property, they will confirm the exterior measurements of each building and document additional information such as location, topography, utilities, zoning, and quality of construction. Each home will be measured and the exterior inspected on the data collector's first visit to the home. A new photograph of the home will also be taken to update the Assessor's File.

The interior inspections take only 10 to 15 minutes and include a quick tour of the house, including basement and attic space. The data collector will count the number of total rooms and make notations on heating systems, interior construction and extra features of the home. The homeowner will be asked to sign the data collection form to verify that the inspection took place. An interior inspection will not be conducted unless a person 18 years or older is available to sign the form.

While it is not mandatory for residents to allow data collectors interior access, the data is vitally important to the accuracy and uniformity of the assessments, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Data collectors generally work between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (with appointments on Saturday). If the homeowner is unavailable at this visit, the data collectors will still perform the exterior inspection and a letter with instructions on how to schedule an interior inspection appointment will be sent.

Data collectors will be wearing an identification badge, fluorescent vests that say "Property Inspector" and will have written documentation from the town stating their affiliation with the project. All Vision representatives and their vehicles are also registered with the Southbury Police Department. Homeowners are encouraged to ask for this identification prior to admitting anyone into their homes. If a homeowner has a question as to the identity of a data collector, they may call the Southbury Police at 203-264-5912 or the Tax Assessor's Office at 203-262-0674 for further confirmation.

This is a state-mandated project which requires periodic analysis of real estate market conditions to determine the fair market value of all real property within the Town. Vision Government Solutions, Inc. has been hired to conduct this update of assessments. For more information please visit the town website at www.southbury-ct.org/revaluation.


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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Town of Southbury) Neighbors Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:36:16 -0500
Danbury Titans Win Another in Overtime! http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/2901-danbury-titans-win-another-in-overtime2901-danbury-titans-win-another-in-overtime http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/2901-danbury-titans-win-another-in-overtime2901-danbury-titans-win-another-in-overtime

 
 A game deadlocked at zero through two periods saw six goals scored in the third before Danbury's Steve Brown sneaked a shot past the glove of Danville's Storm Phaneuf 2:49 into overtime to mark Danbury's third win in a row. Pucks and Paws night was a success at the Danbury Ice Arena on Saturday night as the Danbury Animal Welfare Society collected donations from the crowd.
 
The Danbury Titans came into the game riding a two game winning streak with a pair of victories over the Watertown Wolves after dropping two in a row to the Dashers by identical 4-1 scores last weekend. Meanwhile, the Dashers were coming off of a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Berlin RiverDrivers on Friday evening in New Hampshire. Getting the call in goal again for the Titans was Nick Niedert, who has not relinquished control of the crease to Nikita Ivandikov since returning from a call up to the Elmira Jackels of the ECHL.
 
Neither team was able to get on the board in the first period, though the Titans would outshoot the Dashers by a 12-8 margin. The second period would be a repeat of the first as Niedert and Phaneuf both made important saves to keep the score deadlocked at nil. Through two periods the Titans were 0-1 on the power play and Danville's top ranked power play, converting at a league best 29%, were 0-2.
 
Dalton Jay would break the tie and score his 15th of the season 3:26into the final period to give the Titans the first lead of the game. A minute and a half later Taylor Love potted his 2nd of the year and the Titans were in control. The momentum would not last for more than five minutes as Jonathan Hall scored his first of the year to pull the Dashers within one. A minute and five seconds later the Titans responded with Tyler Noseworthy knocking home a rebound to restore the two goal lead.
 
Momentum would teeter on a disallowed goal minutes later as John Scully one timed a shot home from the blue line and the Titans would have gone up by three, but referee Erik Holvig called the goal back, claiming the shot was hit by a high stick before ending up in the net. The Dashers took full advantage of the break, and Gehrett Sargis would again bring Danville back within one at the 16:34 mark.  The Dashers pressed offensively again and quickly tied things up on Justin Brausen's team leading 21st goal of the season to draw even on the Titans with only 2:11 to go.
 
With a tied game and only 1:30 to go, Taylor Love would take his second penalty of the game to give the Dashers a power play with the game on the line. After forcing overtime, the Dashers began the extra period with a 4 on 3 man advantage.  The Titans were able to kill the penalty, holding the league's best power play scoreless on four opportunities. Off an offensive zone faceoff Steve Brown found himself with the puck at the top of the blue line, and he snuck one under the glove of a screened Phaneuf to give the Titans a 4-3 overtime victory.
 
Danbury moves into a tie with Berlin for second place in the Federal Hockey League with the win, although the RiverDrivers have three games in hand. The Titans will be off until taking a trip up to Watertown to face off against the Wolves for the third time in their last four games for a 7:30 game on Friday night at the Watertown Municipal Arena. After that, the Titans will take things outside with Watertown, hosting the Wolves on Sunday afternoon at The Pond at Brewster Ice Arena for a scheduled 4:30PM start under the open sky.  The game will mark the last game of Danbury's special black uniforms worn for every home game in January, and the jerseys will be auctioned off at the next Titans home game on February 11th.
 
The Danbury Titans, home to hockey's most passionate fans, are entering their second season in the Federal Hockey League after finishing in first place and making a trip the Commissioner's Cup Finals. Full season and individual game ticket plans are now on sale at DanburyTitans.com or by calling 844-DT-HOCKEY. Follow the Danbury Titans online at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.
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Tarad@hamlethub.com (m lynch) Neighbors Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:43:04 -0500
Venus Okwuka '17 Breaks Wooster’s All-Time Scoring Record! http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/2900-venus-okwuka-17-breaks-wooster-s-all-time-scoring-record2900-venus-okwuka-17-breaks-wooster-s-all-time-scoring-record http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/2900-venus-okwuka-17-breaks-wooster-s-all-time-scoring-record2900-venus-okwuka-17-breaks-wooster-s-all-time-scoring-record

Heading into Saturday afternoon’s game against Hyde School, Wooster School’s Venus Okwuka, of Brookfield, CT, was only five points away from breaking the girls all-time career scoring record. 

Venus scored 21 points in the game to break McKenzie Corby's career record of 1,450 points set back in 1998. Venus joined the varsity team in 7th grade and it’s no surprise to anyone who has watched her play that she reached this milestone.

Only 5:42 minutes into the game, after grabbing a rebound, Venus made the shot to score the points that broke the girls all-time scoring record! 

“I just want our team to do well,” Okwuka said. “I'm not scoring all these points for the sole purpose of beating the record, it's so that our team can be successful.”

“Above all else, I am happy for, and proud of, Venus in regards to achieving this milestone,” said Coach Dave MacNutt. “It has been a wonderful journey to have witnessed, and played a role in, Venus' development as a player. She has played an integral role in the success of our program for several consecutive seasons, so it's really nice to see Venus enjoy this well-deserved moment in the spotlight.”

The Generals dominated the game against Hyde School and won by a score of 48-19. Okwuka led the team with her game-high 21 points. The senior has now scored 1,467 points in her varsity career, with five more regular season games, along with the post-season still remaining, for her to amass an even higher career total. Congratulations Venus!

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

 
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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Lori Kriegel) Life Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:59:16 -0500
More than 300 Locals Attend Grand Opening of Hotel Zero & Terra Restaurant http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/places/2899-more-than-300-locals-attend-grand-opening-of-hotel-zero-terra-restaurant2899-more-than-300-locals-attend-grand-opening-of-hotel-zero-terra-restaurant http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/places/2899-more-than-300-locals-attend-grand-opening-of-hotel-zero-terra-restaurant2899-more-than-300-locals-attend-grand-opening-of-hotel-zero-terra-restaurant

 Thursday night the crowd rushed in to experience the long awaited Terra restaurant and Hotel Zero Degrees. There were over 300 people in attendance from Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Ridgefield and northern Westchester towns: Mahopac, Somers, Katonah and North Salem.

Special guests included:  Mayor Mark Boughton of Danbury and Stephen Bull, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Danbury Chamber.  “We are very grateful for the local support and enthusiasm and look forward to supporting the local community,” said Ramze Zakka, Owner of Terra restaurant and the Z Hospitality Group. “

Terra Ristorante served tastings of their diverse northern Italian restaurant and catering menus to include their assorted wood burning oven pizza, wild shrimp cocktail, baby vegetable crudité with chick pea hummus, potato and white truffle potato croquettes, beef empanadas with tomato and cilantro salsa, Kobe beef cheese burgers, baby lamb chops, imported cheese and fruit platters and much more.

Tours were provided throughout the night by the Hotel Zero Degrees team to view the variety of exciting new venues to host corporate meetings and special events from the ballroom, to the lobby, the restaurant and picturesque outdoor patio. 

Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury is conveniently located off I-84 and features 114 unique guest rooms including 27 extended stay suites in a relaxing natural setting. 

Terra is open seven days per week for lunch, dinner and brunch on Sundays. They offer happy hour specials daily and “Wine Appreciation Tuesday’s” where wine is discounted at 50%.

For reservations guests may call the restaurant at (203) 730-9595. For groups and catering (475) 329-5580 and for negotiated rates at the Hotel Zero Degrees (475) 329-5582. The hotel and restaurant are located at 15 Milestone Road in Danbury Connecticut.

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Mia Schipani) Places Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:56:52 -0500
Southbury ranks 19 in school spending amongst CT Towns http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/2898-southbury-ranks-19-in-school-spending-amongst-ct-towns2898-southbury-ranks-19-in-school-spending-amongst-ct-towns http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/2898-southbury-ranks-19-in-school-spending-amongst-ct-towns2898-southbury-ranks-19-in-school-spending-amongst-ct-towns

The quality of Regional School District #15’s school system has a direct correlation to so much of what makes it a great town. Home values, crime, and family all receive a boost from a strong school system.

Every town has different thoughts on what portion of the town’s tax dollars should be spent on education. Much research has been done on the effectiveness of educational spending, and the effectiveness that additional spending has on a better quality education and school system.

Regional School District #15 currently spend $1,859,162 on education according to Connecticut State Comptroller, which represents a cost per student of $407.

Regional School District #15 has 4,570 students enrolled, which ranks 44 amongst the 202 school districts in Connecticut.

The amount that Regional School District #15 spends on education is $1,859,162, which ranks Regional School District #15 number 19 in educational spending of the 151 reporting towns in the state of CT.

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auto@hamlethub.com (Karen Moore) Life Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:01:15 -0500
Weston Best City in Connecticut for Employment according to New Report http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/politics/2897-weston-best-city-in-connecticut-for-employment-according-to-new-report2897-weston-best-city-in-connecticut-for-employment-according-to-new-report http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/politics/2897-weston-best-city-in-connecticut-for-employment-according-to-new-report2897-weston-best-city-in-connecticut-for-employment-according-to-new-report

Connecticut is home to some of the best cities in the world and we all know a vibrant employment market is essential to keep it that way. How does Southbury rank?


Zippia recently ranked 46 cities in Connecticut based on the potential for employment. Southbury was not on the list of 46 cities.

Southbury has a labor force of 8,822 according to the Department of Labor, and the latest unemployment rate for Southbury is 3.60% for the month of November 2016. This rate is not seasonally adjusted.

Overall the State of Connecticut has a labor force of 1,888,100, and an unemployment rate of 3.7%.

Weston was ranked as the best, with Wilton and Fairfield ranked second and third. The score was determined by an average of 4 factors:

Unemployment rate
Recent job growth
Future job growth
Median household income

To see the entire list of 46 Connecticut cities, please go to https://www.zippia.com/advice/best-places-in-connecticut-to-get-a-job/.

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auto@hamlethub.com (Karen Moore) Politics Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:46:48 -0500
Southbury Happenings: Grad Nite Fundraiser, Films, Disco & More http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/2896-southbury-happenings-grad-nite-fundraiser-films-disco-more2896-southbury-happenings-grad-nite-fundraiser-films-disco-more http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/2896-southbury-happenings-grad-nite-fundraiser-films-disco-more2896-southbury-happenings-grad-nite-fundraiser-films-disco-more

Here's what's happening in Southbury

Eurochannel's Short Films Program - 1/24/2017 | 1:00PM

Eurochannel's 7th Annual Short Films Tour celebrates "My Dear Family" showcasing European culture and cinematographic heritage. This program,"Away We Go," will feature films from France, Montenegro, Armenia, Bosnia, Czech Republic and Ireland. RSVP requested. Organizers: The Alliance Francaise of Northwestern Connecticut and Southbury Film Commission..

Click for the event's details.

PHS Grad Nite Miranda's Fundraiser - 1/26/2017 | 11:00AM-9:00PM

Support PHS Grad Nite at Miranda's. Organizers: PHS Grad Nite.

Click for the event's details.
 

COMING SOON

Eurochannel's Short Films Program on January 27, 2017

Must Dance - Kids Disco Party on January 28, 2017

Ladies' Night Out: "Embrace," the Documentary Film Showing on January 31, 2017

"The Big Fat Fix" Film Showing on February 9, 2017


SOUTHBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

POMPERAUG DISTRICT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Events Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:26:02 -0500
The Goddes You Book Launch and Signing in Woodbury http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/2895-the-goddes-you-book-launch-and-signing-in-woodbury2895-the-goddes-you-book-launch-and-signing-in-woodbury http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/2895-the-goddes-you-book-launch-and-signing-in-woodbury2895-the-goddes-you-book-launch-and-signing-in-woodbury

“The Goddess You” book launch and signing with New Milford resident and author Jeanne Street, Thursday, January 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Inspirit Healing Studio in the historic 1770’s Pratt House at 346 Main Street South in Woodbury. 

Meet Jeanne Street, author, spiritual medium, and spiritual healer, and Inspirit Healing Studio Founder, at the celebration launch event.

Jeanne Street conducts individual healing sessions, private and group medium readings, spiritual counseling, nutritional guidance, plus angel and superfoods workshops, hosts an in-studio spiritual boutique, and conducts a Spiritual Healers Course.

The event is free, no reservations necessary. Refreshments.

For more information, visit www.jeannestreet.com, or contact Jeanne Street directly at jeanne@jeannestreet.com, or 203-788-9338.

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brancom@westnet.com (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Events Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:39:11 -0500
Praxair employees assemble literacy kits to benefit first graders at Ellsworth Avenue School in Danbury http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/charities/2894-praxair-employees-assemble-literacy-kits-to-benefit-first-graders-at-ellsworth-avenue-school-in-danbury2894-praxair-employees-assemble-literacy-kits-to-benefit-first-graders-at-ellsworth-avenue-school-in-danbury http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/charities/2894-praxair-employees-assemble-literacy-kits-to-benefit-first-graders-at-ellsworth-avenue-school-in-danbury2894-praxair-employees-assemble-literacy-kits-to-benefit-first-graders-at-ellsworth-avenue-school-in-danbury

United Way and Praxair Partner to Celebrate Volunteer Service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Volunteer Center of United Way of Western Connecticut is proud to announce that it has once again partnered with Praxair, Inc. to orchestrate an in-house volunteer activity to acknowledge and celebrate the meaning of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16, 2017.

The project involved numerous Praxair employees assembling more than eighty literacy kits to benefit first grade students at Ellsworth Avenue School in Danbury, thereby giving back to the local community and benefiting the lives of children in need. Ellsworth Avenue School is a neighborhood elementary school in Danbury that serves a number of low-income and minority students. 

About Praxair

Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 300 company with 2015 sales of $11 billion, is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others. More information about Praxair, Inc. is available at www.praxair.com.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:19:18 -0500
Southbury Housing Market Data released by Zillow http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/2891-southbury-housing-market-data-released-by-zillow2891-southbury-housing-market-data-released-by-zillow http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/2891-southbury-housing-market-data-released-by-zillow2891-southbury-housing-market-data-released-by-zillow

The housing market for Southbury increased by 0.44% from the previous month according to the latest Zillow survey.

Zillow released their monthly Home Value Index from November 2016 which shows the median price of a home in Southbury at $273,200, which represents an increase of 0.44% from the previous month. The index for Southbury is up 7.98% from last year.
Zillow also reported that the average value per square foot of a home in Southbury is $ 147.

The average of the index for each town in Connecticut is $242,800, which is up .20% from the previous month, and up 1.85% from last year. The average of the median values per square foot in CT is $163.

Zillow believes US homes will continue to regain lost value since 2007 and could surpass pre-recession highs by mid-2017.

Zillow also reports that rents are more unaffordable than ever in many markets. On average in the US renters spend 29% of their income on rent.

More information on how Zillow computes their price index can be found here http://www.zillow.com/research/zhvi-methodology-6032/

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auto@hamlethub.com (Karen Moore) Neighbors Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:53:16 -0500
Data Collectors at Heritage Village at Hill Top Road West in Southbury this Week http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/2893-data-collectors-at-heritage-village-at-hill-top-road-west-in-southbury-this-week2893-data-collectors-at-heritage-village-at-hill-top-road-west-in-southbury-this-week http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/2893-data-collectors-at-heritage-village-at-hill-top-road-west-in-southbury-this-week2893-data-collectors-at-heritage-village-at-hill-top-road-west-in-southbury-this-week

The Town of Southbury 2017 Property Revaluation Project continues with data collectors inspecting all houses in our town.

Beginning today, Wednesday, January 18, and for the next several days the data collectors will be in Heritage Village at Hill Top Road West.


 

The first phase of the revaluation process is collecting current information on all of the properties in Southbury. As the data collector visits each property, they will confirm the exterior measurements of each building and document additional information such as location, topography, utilities, zoning, and quality of construction. Each home will be measured and the exterior inspected on the data collector's first visit to the home. A new photograph of the home will also be taken to update the Assessor's File.

The interior inspections take only 10 to 15 minutes and include a quick tour of the house, including basement and attic space. The data collector will count the number of total rooms and make notations on heating systems, interior construction and extra features of the home. The homeowner will be asked to sign the data collection form to verify that the inspection took place. An interior inspection will not be conducted unless a person 18 years or older is available to sign the form.

While it is not mandatory for residents to allow data collectors interior access, the data is vitally important to the accuracy and uniformity of the assessments, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Data collectors generally work between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (with appointments on Saturday). If the homeowner is unavailable at this visit, the data collectors will still perform the exterior inspection and a letter with instructions on how to schedule an interior inspection appointment will be sent.

Data collectors will be wearing an identification badge, fluorescent vests that say "Property Inspector" and will have written documentation from the town stating their affiliation with the project. All Vision representatives and their vehicles are also registered with the Southbury Police Department. Homeowners are encouraged to ask for this identification prior to admitting anyone into their homes. If a homeowner has a question as to the identity of a data collector, they may call the Southbury Police at 203-264-5912 or the Tax Assessor's Office at 203-262-0674 for further confirmation.

This is a state-mandated project which requires periodic analysis of real estate market conditions to determine the fair market value of all real property within the Town. Vision Government Solutions, Inc. has been hired to conduct this update of assessments. For more information please visit the town website at www.southbury-ct.org/revaluation.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Neighbors Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:04:37 -0500
Lincoln Center Local: Danish String Quartet, A Little Night Music at Southbury Public Library http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/2892-lincoln-center-local-danish-string-quartet-a-little-night-music-at-southbury-public-library2892-lincoln-center-local-danish-string-quartet-a-little-night-music-at-southbury-public-library http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/2892-lincoln-center-local-danish-string-quartet-a-little-night-music-at-southbury-public-library2892-lincoln-center-local-danish-string-quartet-a-little-night-music-at-southbury-public-library

Join Southbury Public Library for  a pre-recorded performance of the Danish String Quartet: A Little Night Music, which was performed at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on August 7, 2015. One of the most exciting young string quartets on the world stage arrives at the Kaplan Penthouse for their Mostly Mozart debut with a fascinating program that begins with Mozart's arrangements of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Running time is 1 hour.

Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings, a program created by Lincoln Center Education and hosted by libraries and community centers, brings the best of Lincoln Center-world-renowned performances coupled with unparalleled educational resources-off its Manhattan-based campus and into communities anywhere. This Lincoln Center program provides high-definition screenings from the growing digital catalog of the world's leading performing arts center.

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

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Southbury Public Library) Events Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:24:42 -0500
Southbury Public Library Talks Quilts on Thursday http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/2890-southbury-public-library-talks-quilts-on-thursday2890-southbury-public-library-talks-quilts-on-thursday http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/2890-southbury-public-library-talks-quilts-on-thursday2890-southbury-public-library-talks-quilts-on-thursday

 

Let's Talk About Quilts

Thursday, January 19th from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room

This program explores the ways in which quilts have become a part of American culture and folklore. Using images of antique quilts and quilted objects, Ms. Jerome discusses some of the definitions and ideas surrounding the word "quilt." What pictures come to mind? How has the term evolved through time? The audience is encouraged to bring one quilt or quilted object with them. These objects will be used to illustrate and enhance the discussion of all-things-quilts, including care of family heirlooms.

Susan was a consultant and conservationist at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, the Connecticut Historical Society, Connecticut Landmarks at the Nathan Hale Homestead, and the State of Rhode Island. She volunteers at the Stonington Historical Society, helping with the costume collection and the War of 1812 Stonington flag.

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library

Learn more: www.southburylibrary.org 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:52:42 -0500
Eurochannel 7th Annual Short Film Tour on January 24 & 27 in Southbury http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/2889-eurochannel-7th-annual-short-film-tour-on-january-24-27-in-southbury2889-eurochannel-7th-annual-short-film-tour-on-january-24-27-in-southbury http://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/2889-eurochannel-7th-annual-short-film-tour-on-january-24-27-in-southbury2889-eurochannel-7th-annual-short-film-tour-on-january-24-27-in-southbury

The Southbury Film Commission (SFC) is pleased to announce that it will once again co-sponsor with the Alliance Francaise of Northwestern Connecticut (AFNWCT), a Short Film Festival from Eurochannel's 7th Annual Short Films Tour titled "My Dear Family" showcasing European culture and cinematographic heritage, the art of short films, with a rich programming of productions. Some are as short as 5 minutes and as long as 30 minutes.

The family has been the core of European society and the vital energy that moves countries and changes almost every aspect of life, from economics, to politics, to arts. The Seventh Eurochannel Short Films Tour will capture this familiar spirit and treat the viewers and cinema lovers with stories about families, their challenges and greatest accomplishments. The nuclear European family traditionally consisted of a married father and mother with several children, but today this is only one option among many. Despite the modern day variances, Europeans continue to value family ahead of friends, work, leisure time, politics and religion as the most important element in their lives. That is why, this new edition of the Eurochannel Short Films Tour will pay homage to its crucial importance.

The Eurochannel Short Films Tour has been a successful Eurochannel trademark for the last seven years. A unique event, the tour invites viewers to follow talented directors on an exciting exploration of Europe through short films: with the directors as guides, viewers discover fascinating cultures through the eyes of a filmmaker.

Program 3, titled "Away We Go" will be shown on Tuesday, January 24 at 1:00 pm at the AF Center in Southbury and also on Friday January 27 at 7:00 pm for those who prefer an evening time - also at the AF Center. The following short films will be shown:

  • FRANCE (ILE-DE-FRANCE) "Bamako Saint-Afrique" - Drama, Comedy, 12 minutes
  • MONTENEGRO "All of That", Drama, 13 minutes
  • ARMENIA "Glimmering", Drama, 13 minutes
  • BOSNIA "Redemption", Drama, 13 minutes
  • CZECH REPUBLIC "Occasional Showers", Drama, 14 minutes
  • IRELAND "Personal Development", Drama, 14 minutes

Each film is shown in its original language with English subtitles. Brief discussions will be held between films to give time to the audience to give their reaction and ask questions. ALL PROGRAMS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WITH A SUGGESTED DONATION OF $5. Please RSVP by calling 203-707-0710 with your name and the number of people attending as seating is very limited.

The Southbury Film Commission is a sub-commission of the Southbury Economic Development Commission and has as its mission to market the town of Southbury as a filming destination by promoting local professionals and support. The Southbury Film Commission welcomes volunteers, either as members or just helping with particular tasks.

Where: Alliance Francaise Center (1 Pomperaug Office Park, Southbury)

Cost: A suggested donation of $5

RSVP: 203-707-0710 (Seating is VERY limited

For more information visit their website at www.southburyfilm.org or contact the SFC Chair at southburyfilm@southbury-ct.gov

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kerry@ducey.org (Southbury Film Commission) Events Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:50:58 -0500