Southbury's HamletHub Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:02:16 -0500 Think GREEN this Holiday Season: Recycle Unwanted Electronic Devices


The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Reminds Residents to Recycle Unwanted Electronic Devices this Holiday Season
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds residents to drop off their unwanted computers, monitors, printers and televisions at a local collection center for recycling under DEEP’s Electronics Recycling Program.
“Many people will be receiving new electronic devices as gifts this holiday season, from televisions to computers, cell phones and tablets and a wide array of other tech gadgets,” said Mark Latham, DEEP’s E-Waste Program Leader. “For those who have outdated electronics, residents are reminded Connecticut state law bans the disposal of electronic devices in the trash. The proper way to dispose of e-waste is via one of the recycling centers located across the state or by donating the equipment to a needy charity. Recycling is one the easiest things people can do to help our environment, and this program has helped to keep millions of pounds of e-waste out of our landfills.”
Since 2011, over 100 million pounds electronics have been recycled according to DEEP’s 2017 annual status report on the program. In Connecticut, the manufacturers of electronics are required to finance 100% of the recycling costs, meaning there is no charge to towns or residents.
See a complete list of permanent recycling locations on the DEEP website.
]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:31:11 -0500
Unique Artisan Gifts for the Holidays at The Farm Shop at Hunt Hill Farm

Do your shopping in a relaxed atmosphere at The Farm Shop at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford, CT where you will find unique and local artisan gifts as well as custom-made gift baskets.

Not sure what to purchase? We have gift certificates available that can be redeemed for cooking classes, special events or kids summer camps.

Learn more about The Farm Shop at Hunt Hill Farm here.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:54:23 -0500
Festival of Lessons and Carols in Southbury on Sunday

Southbury Happenings: Lessons and Carols, Snow Sculpture Contest & More!

The Festival of Lessons and Carols - 12/17/2017 | 4:00 PM

Join Sacred Heart Church as we gather to listen to nine lessons, followed by carols sung by the talented Sacred Heart Church Choir. We encourage parents to bring their children, giving them the opportunity to sing familiar Christmas hymns in a beautiful setting. This is a perfect opportunity to step back from the holiday hustle and reflect on the true meaning of the Christmas season.

This service is open to the public and free admissions. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Click for the event's details.

Snow Sculpture Contest - ENDS 03/30/2018

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 30, 2018. Organizers: Southbury Parks and Recreation.

Click for the event's details.


Boy Scout Troop Christmas Tree Pickup on January 6, 2018

Southbury-Oxford C.A.R.E.S on January 10, 2018


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

]]> (Town of Southbury) Events Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:02:16 -0500
Accumulating Snow Developing Could Impact Morning Commute

Accumulating snow across the tri-state area late tonight

A widespread dry powdery snowfall of 1 to 3 inches is forecast for our area between 1 am to 7 am on Thursday, December 14. Roadways may become snow covered which may create a slippery morning commute. Motorists are urged to use extra caution if traveling Thursday morning.

Maximum hourly snowfall rates are forecast to be less than ½ inch per hour. Blowing snow is possible.

The heaviest snow of 2-3 inches is forecast across Long Island.

Forecast uncertainty:  If the low tracks further south, then less snow will occur.  If the low tracks further north, more snow will occur further north and less along the coast. See below for potential high-end amounts.

Learn more here.

]]> (NOAA) Life Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:54:32 -0500
Troopers Seek Whereabouts of Wanted Men Who Escaped Waterbury Halfway House

Troopers Seek Whereabouts of Wanted Men

Troopers are seeking the whereabouts of Zachary Foster. Foster is a 22 year old black male, approximately 5’5”, 130lbs with brown eyes and black hair.

Zachary Foster is wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for Escape 1st Degree after leaving a halfway house in Waterbury during September 2017.

Troopers also continue to seek the whereabouts of James Shea. Shea is a 47-year-old white male, approximately 5’9”, 250lbs with blue eyes and brown hair.

James Shea is wanted on several outstanding arrest warrants for Larceny, Failure to Appear and Escape after leaving a halfway house in Waterbury during April 2017.

Anyone who thinks they may have any information about Zachary Foster or James Shea or thinks they may know their whereabouts is asked to call Troop A-Southbury at 203-267-2200 or text TIP711 with any information to 274637. All calls and texts will be kept confidential.


]]> (NYS Police) Public safety Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:56:04 -0500
Children's Book Signing with Rosemary Wells at The Hickory Stick Bookshop

Due to a scheduling conflict, the signing with Rosemary Wells at The Hickory Stick Bookshop has been rescheduled and will now be held on Sunday, December 17th at 2pm.

Rosemary Wells’ (creator of the Max and Ruby series and author of over one hundred children’s books) most recent book is Say Hello Sophie (Viking, $17.99), about an irrepressible, charming, and endearing two-year-old. Some of Wells’ most popular works include Max & Ruby’s Treasure Hunt, Hand in Hand, Max Counts His Chickens, Max & Ruby’s Bedtime Book, and Max Cleans Up.

Can Sophie say the word Hello?
No She just can't say it.
Because Hello and Thank you and Goodbye get stuck
in Sophie's mouth and won't come out.
What can help Sophie say Hello?
As always, Granny has the answer to one of the
universal problems of toddlerhood.



"Delightful . . .This is Wells' work at her best insightful, witty, and beautifully drawn." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This is Wells at her comedic best, and readers will be left in stitches. Absolutely enchanting a must-have” -Kirkus, starred review of Use Your Words, Sophie

“Wells remains a master of conveying intense emotions through subtly funny writing, smartly observed situations. . . and emotionally telegraphic art.” Publishers Weekly, starred reviewof Use Your Words, Sophie

Rosemary Wells is the author of more than one hundred books for children, including the Max and Ruby books about the beloved bunnies who star in their own show on Nick Jr. She lives in New England. Visit her at


This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Say Hello, Sophie by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please visit or email



]]> (The Hickory Stick Bookshop) Events Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:07:10 -0500
Southbury Parks & Recreation Announces 2018 Winter Activities Guide

The Southbury Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to announce the release of the 2018 Winter Activities Guide. Inside you will find a variety of quality recreational programs, events, and leisure opportunities.

Registration is easy - just click on your desired activity's code number and you'll be taken directly to the enrollment section of the P&R webpage.

Click to view 2018 Winter Activities Guide. Registration begins TODAY, Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

]]> (HH) Neighbors Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:15:00 -0500
Emerging Artists Unleashed: LIFEWTR Series 3 Highlights

From vibrant outfits to artful sketches, LIFEWTR Series 3 showed how #FashionIsArt and put a spotlight on three emerging artists: Adam Dalton Blake, Tiffany Huang, and Ghazaleh Khalifeh.

WATCH Series 3 highlights HERE.

LIFEWTR bottles are focused on a unique aspect of art. Stay tuned for LIFEWTR Series 4, launching soon!

Need #thirstinspiration this holiday season? LIFEWTR has announced a limited-edition holiday bottle design and gift set designed by Series 1 Design & Art duo, Craig & Karl. Each gift set includes a Holiday-themed bottle and embossed notebook designed by Craig & Karl, Le Pen™ drawing pens, and a keepsake booklet providing a behind the scenes look at LIFEWTR artists.

Purchase your holiday gift set here or here and support #local artists.

LIFEWTR #FashionIsArt Wrapup

]]> (Tara Daly) Life Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:50:00 -0500
New YEAR - New YOU! Authentic Classical Pilates in Woodbury

Experience Authentic Classical Pilates as designed and taught by Joseph H. Pilates at Melanie Johnson Studio in Woodbury. These exercises focus on the "core" muscles - the abdomen, back and buttocks - together with deep, coordinated breathing. The Classical Pilates system emphasizes musculo- skeletal balance, proper breathing and spinal alignment.

Melanie Johnson is a third generation classically-trained Pilates instructor, licensed Fletcher® Pilates teacher, certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® instructor, 
and certified personal trainer voted New Haven's Best Personal Trainer and Best Pilates Studio for eleven years in a row, as well as the former CT certifying studio for both The PhysicalMind Institute and Balanced Body.

The studio offers private sessions by appointment and small group classes Monday - Sunday. 203-231-2104

Group Class Schedule begins January 2, 2018.

Classical Pilates MAT:
Monday 7pm
Tuesday & Thursday 930am
Wednesday 530pm
Sunday 9am

Gyrokinesis®: Sunday 10am

Classic Stretch: Friday 12pm


]]> (MJ) Neighbors Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:24:36 -0500
Ho Ho Ho! Southbury Kids Can Write Letters to Santa

The Parks and Recreation Department would like to offer your child a chance to write to Santa Claus and have Santa return a letter to your child.

You can drop off your child's letter at our building at 561 Main Street South. There's a special mailbox for Santa's special letters.

Please include your child's first and last name and a mailing address and if possible could the parent please include a few details on your child (school if attending, brothers or sisters, pets if any, friends and a present they will be receiving or any other info you think will help make the letter more personal). Your child will then receive a letter from Santa.

Please drop off the letters by December 12, 2017.

If you have any questions, please call the Parks & Recreation at 203-262-0633. 

]]> (Southbury Parks & Rec) Life Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:48:41 -0500
Holiday Open House and More Upcoming Events in Southbury

Southbury Events: Santa, Food Drive, Dance and More!

Holiday Dance - 12/9/2017 | 7:00 PM

Holiday Dance with live Band! Organizer: VFW Post 1607.

Click for the event's details.

Holiday Open House & Food Drive - 12/10/2017 | 12:00-3:00 PM

Join us at the Old Town Hall Museum for an afternoon of holiday cheer and community giving! Organizers: Southbury Historical Society.

Click for the event's details.

Letters to Santa Claus - Submit by 12/12/2017

Parks and Recreation Department would like to offer your child a chance to write to Santa Claus and get a letter from Santa! Organizers: Southbury Parks and Recreation.

Click for the event's details.


The Festival of Lessons and Carols on December 17, 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)

]]> (Town of Southbury) Events Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:18:01 -0500
Waterbury Regional Chamber's Y.P.O.W.R. Donates 290 Blankets To Local Non-Profit Organizations

Over the last four years, more than 1,000 blankets have been collected and distributed to local nonprofits through the works of the Young Professionals of Waterbury Regional (YPOWR), an umbrella organization of the Waterbury Regional Chamber.

The organization’s fourth annual “Warm Someone’s Heart Blanket Drive” concluded November 27, 2017 with 290 blankets collected throughout the region with the help of local businesses FD Community Credit Union, Seven Angels Theater, Mathnasium of Naugatuck Valley, Urology Specialists in Middlebury, Health Complex Medical of Waterbury and Premier Subaru in Watertown, and a collection day that was held outside the WalMart Supercenter in Naugatuck.

Y.P.O.W.R. Creator and Director, and Waterbury Regional Chamber Director of Special Events Director, Courtney Ligi commented that “Each year our volunteers collect hundreds of lightly-used and new blankets and monetary gifts to support six local charitable organizations. The group collects the much-needed blankets and monetary contributions and donates them to Acts 4 Ministry, Inc.; Greater Waterbury YMCA; the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries; St. Vincent De Paul Mission Homeless Shelter; Salvation Army of Waterbury; New Opportunities, Inc.’s Meals on Wheels Program; and Naugatuck YMCA.

“The blankets and funds, which are complemented with donations from six local area businesses, help provide much-needed warmth to elderly people, families, children, and individuals throughout the greater Waterbury region,” stated Ligi.

Jack Hogan, Health Complex Medical President and CEO and blanket drive collector stated “It’s very important for our organization to get involved and support the communities in Connecticut that we serve.  “Health Complex Medical has been involved in The Warm Someone’s Heart Blanket Drive for several years and hopes to be for many more years to come. Our team at Health Complex Medical will never shy away from a worthwhile cause.”

Naugatuck YMCA CEO Susan Talbot commented, “The day after we distributed the new, clean, warm and yes fuzzy blankets, I heard from a Mom about her son’s reaction to his ‘gift.’  The little boy immediately after his nightly shower, ran down to the couch and wrapped himself in his new blanket with his favorite book.  A little while later he informed his Mom that he was too comfortable to move and could she wake him when it was his bedtime. These blankets provide much more than warmth. They provide comfort and security.”

“Community service is a large part of YPOWR’s mission so we are very pleased to be contributing to the well-being of hundreds of people-in-need across the Greater Waterbury region,” added Ligi.

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.

Photographed on the day of distribution of the 290 contributed blankets at the end of the 2017 drive were (left to right), back row: Erik Anthony, FD Community Credit Union; Ashley Cocuzzi, Thomaston Savings Bank; James Higgins, Webster Bank; and Caitlyn Sheedy, FD Community Credit Union. Front row: Christina Boisvert, Servpro of Naugatuck Valley and New Haven; Roxane Sanders and Stephanie Harris of the Mattatuck Museum.

To learn more, visit, or contact Y.P.O.W.R Director Courtney Ligi at or call 203-757-0701.


]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Charities Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:13:37 -0500
How to Cut Your Cable Bill and Save Tuesday, December 12 at Southbury Library

How to Cut Your Cable Bill and Save on Tuesday, December 12th at 6:30pm in the Kingsley Room at Southbury Library

One in five U.S. households do not subscribe to cable TV, and the number is climbing every year.

  • Are you considering getting rid of cable?
  • Will you be able to watch all your shows?
  • What kind of equipment will you need?
  • Will it really save you money?

Join presenter Tom Borysiewicz to learn about your options.  Tom will explain the different devices you might use, the services available, and how cutting your cable fits in with your lifestyle and viewing habits.  He will also bring several devices that participants can try out.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Registration is required. Call the library at 203-262-0626 ext. 130 or go online: 

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Mobile Pantry in Southbury Announces Time Change for December 15

Mobile Food Pantry in Southbury will open from 9:30 to 10:30 am on December 15. The Pantry will resume its regular schedule and time in January.

The Mobile Pantry is located at the Southbury Senior Center, 561 Main Street in Southbury.

If you have any questions, please call the Mobile Pantry Hotline: 203- 741-9751

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:11:39 -0500
WCSU Professor Publishes Poetry Compilation About Gun Violence

WCSU professor featured on PBS News Hour to discuss his project

A poetry compilation edited by Western Connecticut State University Professor of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process Dr. Brian Clements was released today (Tuesday, Dec. 5) by Beacon Press. The book, “Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence,” is a collection of 54 poems that pairs poets with citizens and their responses to gun violence.

The compilation is introduced by Irish author and National Book Award winner Colum McCann with a foreword written by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly. McCann writes, “The poems attempt to create a community built not just of grief, but of hope, too … The poems assert the possibility of language rather than bullets to open up our veins.

“Many people in this book have suffered publicly, but the point of their poetry is not to whine or moan or even set things aflame but rather to communicate the intricate nuances of that suffering with others,” McCann continues. “It is a form of public sharing. Take these words. Weigh them up. Listen. Pause a while. Help reality touch justice.”

Nick Ripatrazone, writer for the online magazine The Millions, picked “Bullets into Bells” as one of the notable poetry books of December. “Poetry won’t make us whole again, but we need a form for our shouts and our cries,” Ripatrazone wrote.

“Bullets into Bells” was featured on the PBS News Hour on Monday, Dec. 4. A link to the segment can be found here.

Clements said, “The book is the first part of a three-pronged project, which includes additional poems and other content on the book’s website, and a nationwide series of events that will include readings from the book and discussion among local poets, activists and audiences. The first of those events will take place at the Boston Public Library on Dec. 13.”

Clements is the author of multiple books, most recently “A Book of Common Rituals,” and editor of “An Introduction to the Prose Poem”.

He lives in Newtown, Connecticut, where his wife, a teacher, survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

]]> (Sherri Hill) Neighbors Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:40:12 -0500