Southbury's HamletHub Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:14:05 -0400 adam broderick named one of the best spas in the nation by CreditDonkey

adam broderick salon & spa, a premiere Salon & Spa in Ridgefield and Southbury, has recently been hailed by CreditDonkey as one of "the nation's very best spas" in an article written this month proclaiming the best value spas in the country.

According to CreditDonkey, adam broderick salon & spa offers the best of urban chic with the convenience of the suburban lifestyle. Mr. Broderick's team of top stylists, colorists, spa therapists, and more work together to create a premier, luxurious experience for every visitor. With results-focused treatments for face, body, hands, feet, and hair, this is a truly a beauty destination.

Read the entire list of spas here, and visit an Adam Broderick location at 89 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield, CT 06877 or 730 Main St S C, Southbury, CT 06488. 

]]> (Tara Daly) Places Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:14:34 -0400
Celebrate Dinosaur State Park’s 51st Anniversary on August 19 with Free Admission & Special Events

DEEP and Friends of Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum co-sponsor Dinosaur State Park Day

Dinosaur State Park and the Friends of Dinosaur Park and Arboretum (FDPA) are once again sponsoring their annual family-friendly festival on Saturday, August 19, celebrating the anniversary of the discovery of 2,000 early Jurassic dinosaur footprints in Rocky Hill. Admission to the museum and outdoor activities will be free and the FDPA will be sponsoring a series of special events from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Entertainment and Activities
Entertainment will include Amazing Andy, BeBe the Clown and a 3-piece band.  Animal shows will be held at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and will feature a reptile show and a Birds of Prey show.  There will be games with prizes, a giant craft tent, tattoos, face painting and continuous educational programs and films in the building.  Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the museum and enjoy self-guided activities in the Discovery Room.
The Park’s track casting area will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Visitors must bring 10 pounds of plaster of Paris to make a cast (no substitute materials are allowed).  The 2.5 miles of hiking trails will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  No dogs or bicycles are allowed on the trails. 
Food will be available for sale on park grounds and the gift shop will have specials including the very popular grab bags.  Visitors can also bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the outdoor picnic area.  No food is allowed in the building.
Additional Information
Admission is free on Dinosaur State Park Day.  Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Special activities are 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Park hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  The museum and grounds are always closed on Mondays.  Park hours are subject to change after Labor Day weekend.

Admission for days other than August 19 is $6 for adults 13 and up, $2 for children ages 6-12 and children under 5 are free.  Charter Oak passes are available for Connecticut residents who are at least 65 years old.  A picture ID establishing age and residency requirements must be presented to receive a pass. Those with a pass will be admitted free of charge.
For further questions, call the Park at (860) 529-5816 or visit the Dinosaur State Park website at: 
]]> (CT DEEP) Places Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:27:44 -0400
Newtown Cafe Goes to the Dogs on August 26

 As summer begins winding down, people and their pooches are gearing up to celebrate National Dog Day, on Saturday August 26 and Café Xpresso is marking the occasion by hosting Yappy Hour that afternoon from 2 to 4 pm on their patio.

Dog lovers are invited to pack up and dress up their pooches and bring them to the event.  There will be doggie treats and pet contests including Best Kisses and Best Dressed.  Winners of contests will even receive prizes.

Café Xpresso is partnering with Your Healthy Pet, located on Church Hill Road, next to Newtown Hardware and The Exceptional Pet Dog Training, located on Simms Lane, to who will also be participating in the event. 

National Dog Day was established in 2004 as a day to bring attention to the number of dogs that need to be adopted and rescued and celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure.

"Millions of dogs are killed each year because they're simply unwanted,” says Bob Schlump, owner of Café Xpresso.  He and his wife are avid dog lovers and they wanted to do something to recognize a day that focuses on the celebration of dogs.  “All a dog wants is to love you and be loved by you,” he says.  “Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and responsive creatures that deserve love and respect.” The Schlumps’ rescued Poodle, Boli, will be attending the event. 

Northern Fairfield County’s foremost Coffee House, Café Xpresso is a place for you to get a seriously good cup of coffee and grab a bite for breakfast, lunch or just a snack.  The café is open seven days a week and is located at 150 South Main Street, NewtownYou can look them up on the internet at or their phone number is (203) 304-9955.



]]> (Cafe Xpresso) Places Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:50:09 -0400
Jazz Singer Liz Childs in Roxbury on August 27

The Minor Memorial Library is pleased to invite the public to the 24th annual McCann Concert on Sunday, August 27, at 3:00 PM. Acclaimed jazz singer Liz Childs will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the building of Roxbury’s Hodge Memorial Library, the predecessor to the Minor Library, with a program of Jazz standards from the 1930s, the golden age of big band music. The McCann Concert has been generously sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation, and admission is free.

In the depths of the Great Depression, music gave voice to Americans’ aspirations, optimism and joy. Band leaders such as Count Basie, Bennie Goodman, and Duke Ellington, amongst many others, travelled the country playing at venues and recording their music which aired on radio stations across the land. The music also featured in Broadway plays and Hollywood movies, and the public danced and listened avidly. In celebration of the opening of the Hodge Memorial Library and Museum in 1937, the Minor Library celebrates the 1930s with a series of lectures and events, of which the McCann Concert is the first. Other events will include a series of lectures in the fall and oral histories in the late fall and winter. 

]]> (Sarah) Events Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:40:22 -0400
Sip & Sketch at WCSU pairs art & wine on August 25

'Sip & Sketch’ evening at WCSU pairs art with wine & refreshments  

  Guests of all artistic levels invited to participate in Aug. 25 event       

 An entertaining creative evening that pairs the experience of drawing from a live model with wine and refreshments will be offered in the “Sip and Sketch” series event to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, at Western Connecticut State University.

Guests of all artistic skill levels are invited to create original drawings as they enjoy wine and an assorted snack sampler during the “Sip and Sketch” evening in the Drawing Studio, Room 241 of the WCSU Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The ticket fee of $25 per person includes admission and refreshments as well as basic art supplies including charcoal and paper. Attendees are welcome to bring their own drawing supplies if they wish.

Admission to the event is open to adults 21 years of age and older. Reservations should be made online at

The “Sip and Sketch” series is sponsored by Whole Foods Market Danbury and presented by the WCSU Department of Art. The 2017 series will conclude with a “Sip and Sketch” event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 6, also at the VPAC Drawing Studio.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403 or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.


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United Way Opens Nomination Process for Hometown Heroes and Emerging Hero Awards


United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) is now accepting nominations to honor local individuals and at its 4th Annual Hometown Heroes Benefit Dinner on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury.

New this year are Emerging Hero Awards, which will be awarded to area high school-aged youth who demonstrate strong leadership in volunteerism and community service.

UWWC’s Hometown Hero awards celebrate the unsung heroes who live in our local communities and lead by example, giving back to others because it feels good to do so, and demonstrate a strong commitment to making an impact on the lives of others. A Hometown Hero is distinguished through their philanthropy and volunteerism. The new Emerging Hero Awards will celebrate the accomplishments of our community’s newest generation of volunteers and community leaders.

“We are thrilled to include a new category of award for youth volunteers who have made service to others a priority and distinguished themselves by making a positive impact in their community,” said Kim Morgan, CEO of UWWC. “We invite those in our communities to help us recognize the outstanding individuals and youth who devote themselves to helping those in need, locally.”

Nominations for both Hometown Hero and Emerging Hero Awards will be accepted for individuals and groups from the following towns: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, Warren and Washington. Nomination forms are available at

The following criteria are taken into consideration in selecting an honoree:

  • Achievement – the nominee’s actual accomplishment produced significant results
  • Action – the involvement of the nominee is active and hands-on
  • Caring – as demonstrated by the nominee’s interaction with others
  • Commitment – the nominee has a sincere belief in their community
  • Impact – the nominee’s activity or program produced positive changes, provided examples for other groups
  • Initiative – the nominee recognizes a need in their local community and initiates new programs or activities to meet that need
  • Leadership – the nominee demonstrates singular leadership to contribute to their community
  • Time – the nominee dedicates considerable time and energy to making a difference in their community

Proceeds from the event will benefit hard-working ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households throughout Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties. United Way defines ALICE households as those which earn above the basic Federal Poverty Level, but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. ALICE households live paycheck to paycheck and don’t have enough money for basic needs including housing, childcare, food, transportation, and health care.

Please visit to complete the online nomination form by Friday, September 15, 2017. Nominations received after that date cannot be considered. UWWC plans to select honorees by mid-October. For more information about Hometown Heroes, please contact Stacy Schulman at or 203-826-8479.


]]> (UWWC) Neighbors Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:14:25 -0400
1 Confirmed Fatality After A Plane Crash in New Milford

There has been a plane crash at Candlelight Farms Airport in New Milford killing 1 and injuring 2.

According to New Milford Mayor, David Gronbach, New Milford Police and emergency crews are responding to a small plane crash in Candlelight Farms Airport in New Milford, CT.

LifeStar emergency medical helicopters have responded as well as First Responders from surrounding areas including Sherman Fire, Sherman Ambulance, Bridgewater Ambulance and Medic 4 paramedics.

FAA and NTSB have been notified and will be conducting a full investigation.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Public safety Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:05:12 -0400
Outdoor Movie, Volunteer Appreciation BBQ & More Southbury Events

Outdoor Movie Night and More Upcoming Events in Southbury

Southbury Farmers' Market - 8/10/2017 | 3:00-6:00 PM

Southbury Farmers' Market opens with local vendors, live music and cooking demonstrations. Today's demonstration: zucchini fritters. Organizer: Town of Southbury.

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The Sounds of Frank Concert at the Gazebo - 8/10/2017 | 6:00-8:00 PM

Southbury Green Summer Concert Series Music presents The Sounds of Frank - take a nostalgic walk down memory lane listening to all your favorite Frank Sinatra classics. Organizer: Southbury Green.

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Family Fun and Outdoor Movie Night - 8/15/2017 | 6:30 PM

Free event by the Southbury Parks and Recreation Department. There will be a bouncy house, face painting from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. The movie "Sing" will be shown at 8:15 p.m. or when dark. Organizer: Southbury Parks and Recreation Department.

Due to the rain, the event has been postponed to Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

The night's schedule:

  • Bounce House: 6:30 p.m. – start of the movie
  • 8:15 p.m., or when dark, the movie “Sing” will start.

It is free to attend. Pop corn, sno cones, soda and water will be sold all evening. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the movie. 

Click for the event's details.



Willie & Jan Band Concert at the Gazebo on August 17, 2017

"Online With Love" Musical on August 18-20, 2017

Billy Michael Concert at River Glen on August 23, 2017

Volunteer Appreciation BBQ on August 27, 2017 - REGISTER NOW

Phillips Farm 5K Trail Run/Walk on September 9, 2017 - REGISTER NOW

SVFA Ladies Auxiliary Fall Tag Sale on September 16, 2017 - VENDORS WANTED

Southbury Celebration on September 23, 2017

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Women's Center Holds Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Certification Program this Fall

Fall Direct Service Volunteer Training Session

The Women’s Center is now accepting applications for our fall 2017 dual Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Certification program. This 48-hour training class certifies volunteers to perform crisis intervention at the Center during business hours or from home when the Center is closed; it is a prerequisite for court advocate, counselor advocate, group facilitator, and other advanced direct service volunteer positions. Day and evening training classes begin Tuesday, September 5th, and meet through late month in the Center’s 2nd floor Training Room at 8 West Street in Danbury.

During the last fiscal year, the Women’s Center responded to over 2,000 sexual assault and domestic violence hotline calls, in addition to providing emergency shelter, counseling services, advocacy services, community education and prevention programs, and information and referral services. More than 26,000 clients in the greater Danbury area were served by the Center’s programs and services.

Whether staffing hotlines, running support groups, providing individual counseling, or working in our shelter, YOU can help to end the violence by visiting the Volunteer page of our website at to apply. Please call the Volunteer Coordinator at (203) 731-5200, ext. 202, or email, for more information. Space is limited and all prospective volunteers must apply by August 25th.

Because abuse does not discriminate, and to insure that our services are responsive to the needs of all individuals, we are actively recruiting volunteers who reflect the diversity of the greater Danbury community. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age; male and bilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply. There is a $50 per person materials fee to help defray the cost of the manual (waivers are available for qualified candidates), and a background check will be done.

The Women’s Center provides free and confidential services to prevent or lessen the trauma associated with domestic violence, sexual assault and other major life transitions to thousands of women, children and men annually. The programs of the Women’s Center are supported by state and local government, area United Way agencies and the people and businesses in the communities we serve including Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, Warren and Washington, CT.

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Deadline for entries to Danbury Artisans Street Fair extended to August 22nd

Deadline for entries to Danbury Artisans Street Fair extended to August 22nd

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut announces a new call for artisans for Main Street. 

Scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd, the Danbury Artisans Street Fair,  set amidst the architecture and history of Downtown Danbury, will feature everything handmade, from original fine art to upscale crafts - and it is seeking artisans and craftsmen to participate. The Fair is presented In collaboration with CityCenter Danbury. The result: more sidewalk buzz.

“CityCenter Danbury is very excited to be a part of the first Danbury Artisans Street Fair. What better way to bring arts and culture into the community than setting up right in the heart of our Downtown on Main Street. With our co-sponsor's support, we hope to grow this Street Fair into a marquee event in the Greater Danbury area.,” notes PJ Prunty, Executive Director of CityCenter Danbury.

With its recognition on the National Register of Historic Places, Main Street's outdoor event will be, indeed, Handmade. A celebration of indie, artisanal creation, visual and performing arts, and more, the Danbury Artisans Street Fair will feature one-of-a-kind works, whether they be paintings and sculpture, clothing and jewelry, toys and ceramics.  "Our goal is to produce a show that provides each exhibitor the opportunity to show his or her talent in an attractive urban setting at its best advantage, " says Lisa Scails, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut. "Not only may we foster art appreciation, but the event will strongly support the purchase of original local and regional fine art and hand-made craft, for which the Cultural Alliance's ten towns are well acknowledged."

The show is open to all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, or national origin. All artwork and hand-made craft displayed must be one-of-a-kind, original work created by the artist. Deadline for entries has been extended to Tuesday, August 22nd. For more information and applications, visit Click on Danbury Artisans Street Fair.

]]> (Ted Killmer) Neighbors Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:08:13 -0400
Solar Eclipse Lecture this Friday at the Southbury Public Library

The Great American Solar Eclipse on Friday, August 11 at 2pm in Kingsley

Want to know more about the Great American Solar Eclipse- how it works, how to view it safely, and more?

This presentation will cover basic celestial mechanics of a solar eclipse, the track of Totality for the August 21st eclipse, and what you can expect to see from Connecticut. Recommendations on where to travel to see Totality, the long-range weather prospects for the 21st, and safe viewing of the eclipsed sun will also be discussed. 

On Monday, August 21st, the moon will eclipse the sun as its shadow races across North America at more than 1,000 miles an hour. With the darkest part of the moon's shadow crossing the continent in approximately 90 minutes, spectators within a narrow track in 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a Total Solar Eclipse, with the entire sun briefly covered by the moon. Outside the 70-mile wide track, only a portion of the sun will be obscured.

To register to attend, please call us at 203-262-0626 ext. 130. As with all our programming, this presentation is free and open to anyone interested, regardless of their town of residency.

  Bill Cloutier, an engineer by day and a life-long amateur astronomer by night, will be giving this presentation. He was involved in the planning and construction of the world-class McCarthy Observatory in New Milford, which opened in 2000, and is one of many volunteers that currently operate and maintain the public facility. His interests include lunar photography, solar system exploration and the history of spaceflight. 
]]> (Southbury Public Library) Events Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:19:39 -0400
Southbury Strategic Planning Task Force will hold a presentation workshop August 10

The Southbury Strategic Planning Task Force will hold a presentation workshop August 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Town Hall, Room 205. The Southbury Town Charter states that the "First Selectman is responsible for preparing and annually updating a strategic plan for the Town, such plan is subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen."

On April 20, 2017, the Board of Selectmen approved the formation of the task force to begin the strategic planning process inclusive of a comprehensive survey of town residents and stakeholders establishing priorities for proper town governance and responsible town growth. This plan will be supplemental to Southbury's Plan of Conservation and Development of 2012 (POCD).

The intent of this strategic planning process is to clarify and monitor the goals and objectives of our local elected and appointed leaders; the initial phases of the process are underway-for information regarding this process, please refer to

All Southbury residents and business owners are invited to attend the presentation workshop on Thursday, August 10, 2017, to obtain an update on the task force's progress and next steps; public comments are most welcome but will be limited to five (5) minutes. All input for this committee may additionally be emailed to

Registration is required. Please reserve your seat by calling (203) 262-0647.


]]> (Town of Southbury) Life Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0400
Get a FREE one day fishing license on Saturday

DEEP Designates Saturday, August 12 as “Free Fishing License Day”

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has designated Saturday, August 12, “Free Fishing License Day” for all anglers in Connecticut.
To fish for free, anyone – resident or non-resident – 16 years of age or older can obtain a free one-day fishing license -- good for both the inland and saltwater fishing areas --through the DEEP online sportsmen licensing system ( or at any venue that sells fishing licenses. Those who are 15 or younger do not need a fishing license but can register using the same on-line system to obtain a “Youth Fishing Passport.” Visit for details on how to sign up.
Also on August 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London, a special 6th Annual Saltwater Fishing Day event will also take place.  The event is sponsored by DEEP’s No Child Left Inside® program and the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) programs. 
To celebrate Saltwater Fishing Day at Ft. Trumbull, there will be fishing and crabbing opportunities for the entire family and a variety of educational activities. State Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police will have a saltwater fish exhibit and be on hand to answer questions.  CARE will feature a touch tank with live marine species. Staff from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture/Bureau of Aquaculture will be doing an oyster shucking demonstration. CT Sea Grant will have information about shellfish and seaweed aquaculture.  Mystic Seaport will have a table with information on cod fishing, artifacts related to cod fishery of the 19th century and a paper dory boat craft activity.  
 “The designated ‘Free Fishing License Day’ combined with Saltwater Fishing Day, is a DEEP initiative designed to connect people with outdoor activities and Connecticut’s natural resources. This day reflects how fishing is much more than catching fish.  For many, the quality time spent connecting with friends and family outdoors is priceless,” said Susan Whalen, DEEP Deputy Commissioner.  “Many of those who took advantage of the previous ‘Free Fishing License Days’ have either fished as a youngster or have held a fishing license in past years.  We know that once people come out and fish our many lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and Long Island Sound they will be amazed at how much they have been missing.”
“Connecticut has just about every type of fishing, convenient to residents, including trout, bass, pike, panfish, for inland fishing and saltwater species including striped bass, fluke, porgy or bluefish,” added Whalen.
DEEP’s listings of Lakes & Ponds, Rivers & Streams, Coastal Access points and fishing regulations are found in the 2017 Connecticut Angler’s Guide available online at Print versions are available at more than 350 locations statewide, including many town halls, bait & tackle shops and other vendors selling outdoor equipment, DEEP facilities, and commercial marinas and campgrounds.  
Additional fishing and fisheries related information can be found on the DEEP web site at:, and on our social media channels; Facebook at Twitter, or @CTFishinginfo. For any additional questions contact DEEP’s Fisheries Division at (860) 424-FISH (3474).


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Town of Southbury August Road Work Schedule

Town of Southbury has announced their Road Work Schedule for August. Please click the image to enlarge and take note of the roads impacted. 

Visit the Town of Southbury website for additional information.


]]> (Tara Daly) Places Tue, 08 Aug 2017 02:19:11 -0400
August Day Tripping in Connecticut

Looking to take some family day trips before summer ends? Check out these staycation options in Connecticut

Copper Creek (tournament level) Mini Golf, Montville - Ages 8 and up

At Nature's Art Village, Copper Creek Mini Golf is a new, challenging, one-of-a-kind course for families to enjoy. The 18-hole course is only wheelchair accessible for the first 9 holes, and will not allow children under 6 years old to be on any of the premises. Please call 860.443.4367 for more information. 1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT 06370.

Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury - All Ages

Quassy is a family-oriented amusement and water park. For the month of August, Quassy will be open from 11am to 8pm Sunday-Thursday, and 11am to 10pm Friday and Saturday. From August 28th-31st, the park will close at 5pm. With kiddie, family, thrill, and water rides, there is something for everyone at Quassy. Call 1-800-FOR-PARK or 203-758-2913 for more information, or visit
Lake Quassapaug, Rt. 64 (2132 Middlebury Road), Middlebury, CT 06762.

Beach Day! Compo, Penfield, or Jennings, Westport & Fairfield - All Ages

Spend an afternoon or evening at the beach! Compo Beach in Westport and Penfield & Jennings Beaches in Fairfield are all good, local options for beach fun this August. Some of these locations require a beach sticker or parking fee to use their parking lots. Compo Beach is open from 4am to 10pm; all vehicle must be gone by midnight. Penfield & Jennings Beaches are open from 10am to 8pm.

Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park, Portland - All Ages

Come down to Brownstone for a day of aquatic fun! From slides to jet skiis to zip lining, all activities run over a big lake and involve water. Call (866) 860-0208 for more information, or visit 161 Brownstone Avenue, Portland, Conn, 06480. 

Lake Compounce, Bristol - All Ages

Lake Compounce is a perfect park for family fun! From roller coasters to water rides to shows, there is so much going on at Lake Compounce this season. Call 860-583-3300 for more information, or visit 186 Enterprise Drive, Bristol, CT 06010.

]]> (Jackie Logsted) Life Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:21:49 -0400