Southbury's HamletHub Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:24:06 -0400 Employment Opportunity at Ann's Place: Event Specialist

Ann's Place is hiring an Events Specialist

Ann’s Place is a nonprofit that provides comfort and support to people living with cancer and their loved ones living in Connecticut and Hudson Valley New York.  We help inspire people to create solutions which will strengthen and sustain them. Our clinical social workers, facilitators, and wellness experts provide professional counseling, wellness activities, support groups, and resources. Through the support of the philanthropic community we are able to provide these services to 1,300 clients and their loved ones at no charge.

 Position Description:

The Events Specialist reports to the Director of Development and works closely with the President, Board of Directors, staff members, volunteers, event committees of the Board and in the community to further the revenue development goals of our 501 (c) (3) non-profit agency. The position is full-time with work to be performed from our main offices in Danbury, with some meetings and events at other locations.

Specific Responsibilities:

·         Responsible for developing the plan and overall budget, revenue and expenditures, and implementation of all ticketed events (five major events a year) for Ann’s place, including:

o   Cultivation, recruitment and management of event committee members, together with event committee chair, and coordinates with the Volunteer Coordinator to adequately staff the events.

o   Maximizes revenue through sponsorships, ticket sales, adds and other revenue opportunities

o   Site negotiations and all site logistics such as food, supplies, signage, etc, coordinating with other Ann’s Place team members.

o   Coordinates with accounting team to ensure proper payment handling can be accomplished (equipment, power connections, etc).

o   Managing event publicity

o   Oversees all logistics such as attendance tracking, program book content, written acknowledgements.

o   Provides regular updates on progress to Director of Development and President-CEO and tracks budget including gross and net projections and final actual.

·         Builds awareness of Ann’s Place in various communities and sectors through attending networking meetings, exhibits at local service clubs and community organizations; manages dissemination of awareness materials to educate population on services and e-blasts for events; works to increase attendance at events including open houses, other seminar and workshop events; works to increase commemorative donations (e.g. bricks)

·         Responsible for all Community 3rd Party benefits: is primary contact point for Ann’s Place community benefits activities, manages the scheduling, ensures Ann’s Place involvement and coordinates with the Volunteer Coordinator any volunteer needs for their event, and works to increase number and yield of community benefits; together with Director of Development evaluates annual plan for community benefits.

·         Will work with the Director of Development to standardize support systems for 3rd party events and train a volunteer team who can be Ann’s Place liaisons for these 20-40 events a year.

·         Together with Director of Development, responsible for agency event advertising, overall plan for the year, budget management, selection of publicity options; prepares press releases, maintains media contacts;

·         Ensure that the Ann’s Place website, social media channels and marketing materials are up to date with accurate event information, fresh video and photo content.

·         Works toward skill-sharing so that more than one Ann’s Place staff person has required knowledge of all types of web-site and social media up-dates.

·         Responsible for materials stored for use in events; anticipate volume and assist other office staff involved in managing materials.

·         Able to work flexible hours including, evenings and weekends.

·         Perform other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, hospitality, communications or related field.

·         3 – 5 years of relevant work experience in all aspects of event planning and execution.

·         Organizational skills and attention to detail a must.

·         Excellent time management skills.

·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

·         Enthusiastic, positive and full of energy.

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

·         Negotiation skills when looking for the best price from venues, suppliers and contractors.

·         Excellent time-management skills and the ability to work under pressure to ensure the efficient running of an event.

·         Strong working knowledge of social media.

·         Proficient with computer skills, word processing, spreadsheets, etc. (MSWord, MSExcel, PowerPoint).

·          Additionally beneficial if candidate has familiarity with design programs such as Adobe Suite.

Salary level $45k - $50k

Ann's Place is an equal opportunity employer.

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]]> (Ann's Place) Neighbors Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:59:20 -0400
Connecticut State Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on Saturday

Connecticut State Police participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) drug take-back program.

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Connecticut State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to one of the sites listed below.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.  Local law enforcement agencies like the Connecticut State Police and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

In April 2016, all of the 11 State Police Barracks across the state were equipped with a permanent drug collection drop box.  The drop boxes were made possible through a donation by CVS Pharmacy. Residents may deposit unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances anytime, no questions asked.

All state police locations are available for drop-off;  however, if you want to participate specifically in National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017, bring your medications to one of the following Troops for disposal:

Troop A-Southbury                            90 Lakeside Road, Southbury
Troop B-North Canaan                       463B Ashley Falls Road, North Canaan
Troop D-Danielson                             55 Westcott Road, Danielson
Troop F-Westbrook                            315 Spencer Plains Road, Westbrook

Troop I-Bethany                                 631 Amity Road, Bethany

Troop K-Colchester                            15A Old Hartford Road, Colchester
Troop L-Litchfield                              452A Bantam Road, Litchfield

Middlefield Resident Troopers Office 405 Main St,Middlefield
Higganum Pharmacy 23 Killingworth Rd, Haddam
Old Lyme Resident Troopers Office 294 Shore Rd, Old Lyme
Westbrook Resident Troopers Office 866 Boston Post Rd, Westbrook
Walgreens Store 1093 North Main Street Dayville, CTMiddlefield Resident Troopers Office 405 Main St,Middlefield
Higganum Pharmacy 23 Killingworth Rd, Haddam
Old Lyme Resident Troopers Office 294 Shore Rd, Old Lyme
Westbrook Resident Troopers Office 866 Boston Post Rd, Westbrook
Walgreens Store 1093 North Main Street Dayville, CTMiddlefield Resident Troopers Office 405 Main St,Middlefield
Higganum Pharmacy 23 Killingworth Rd, Haddam
Old Lyme Resident Troopers Office 294 Shore Rd, Old Lyme
Westbrook Resident Troopers Office 866 Boston Post Rd, Westbrook
Walgreens Store 1093 North Main Street Dayville, CT

Permanent State Police drop box locations, available year-round, 24 hours a day, are as follows:

Troop A-Southbury                90 Lakeside Road, Southbury
Troop B-North Canaan           463B Ashley Falls Road, North Canaan
Troop C-Tolland                     1320 Tolland Stage Road, Tolland
Troop D-Danielson                 55 Wescott Road, Danielson
Troop E-Montville                  I-395 North (between exits 6 & 9), Montville

Troop F-Westbrook                315 Spencer Plains Road, Westbrook
Troop G-Bridgeport                149 Prospect Street, Bridgeport
Troop H-Hartford                   100R Washington Street, Hartford
Troop I-Bethany                     631 Amity Road, Bethany
Troop K-Colchester                15A Old Hartford Road, Colchester
Troop L-Litchfield                  452A Bantam Road, Litchfield

]]> (CT State Police) Public safety Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:53:05 -0400
Acts 4 Ministry's Inspiration Fundraiser Features Blues Hall Of Fame Guitarist, Chris Vitarello

The Jeremey Baum Trio-JB3 blues and funky, soul-jazz band featuring gifted guitarist and Blues Hall of Fame® legend Chris Vitarello will be the entertainers at the non-denominational, non-profit Acts 4 Ministry’s annual fundraising reception, “Inspiration: Inspiring acts of love”. Tickets are now on sale for the fundraiser that will be held Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Lower Orchestra Lobby of the Palace Theater in Waterbury.

“This event is an annual celebration of the many ways our organization impacts positive changes in the greater Waterbury community. We support the daily needs of families and individuals who are in dire financial distress because they have lost virtually everything they possess to a fire, flood, or other devastating life events,” explained the Waterbury-based charitable organization’s executive director, Sarah Elizabeth Carabetta.

Famed guitarist Chris Vitarello is a full-time member of the Jeremy Baum Trio, the Bruce Katz Band and the Chris O’Leary Band. When not on tour, he is Worship Leader at Walnut Hill Community Church leading Sunday morning worship for hundreds of congregants at campuses in Waterbury, New Milford, Seymour and Bethel, Connecticut.

Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame’s on November 14, 2013, at the Hudson, New York chapter venue, Vitarello was also a nominee and performer at the 32nd Blues Music Awards. During the past 20 years, he has been a band member, and recorded or shared the stage with the legendary Jimmy McGriff, Bruce Katz, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, Jerry Jemmott, Tad Robinson, the Chris O’Leary Band, Dennis Gruenling, Roxy Perry, Jeremy Baum, Joel Frahm, and Bernard Purdie to name a few. He has appeared on 30 plus albums and continues to perform nationally and internationally.

Jeremy Baum, organ player and his trio are rooted in the blues and funky soul-jazz sounds of the late 1960s including the music of Booker T. and the MG’s, The Meters, Jimmy Smith. His style is also influenced by the current masters of the jam-band scene including Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Soul-Live, Derek Trucks Band. Baum has been playing festivals and jazz clubs in the New England region since the release of his first album. The JB3 Band was also featured on Boogaloo to McDuff, a tribute to Jack McDuff. A native New Yorker, Baum studied jazz at the SUNY New Paltz and while there joined Murali Coryell’s band (son of jazz guitarist Larry Coryell.) In 1998, after playing professionally at clubs and opening for many big-name artists, Baum earned his Master’s degree in fine arts and studied with organist Larry Goldings. He began leading his own organ trio and in 2002 released his first self- produced album Lost River Jams on Flying Yak Records.

Drummer Chris Reddan has toured with legends of blues and rock since age 17 having met Popa Chubby and being mentored at age 14 by the late blues master, Bill Perry. At 18 he was touring Europe, the United States, Canada, and Africa with Popa Chubby’s band which included a double bill with Johnny Winter. Reddan has performed at such prestigious festivals as the Nice Jazz Festival, Bos Pop Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Festival, San Javier Jazz Festival, Blues on the Farm, Memphis in May, Santa Cruz Blues Festival and Ulmer Zelt Festival, and appeared alongside such legends as the Allman Brothers, Sting, Gov’t Mule, Steve Vai, Blood Sweat and Tears, Simply Red, Ten Years After, and many others. He has also toured, recorded and/or gigged with Lance Lopez, Jimmy Vivino, Little Sammy Davis, Michael Hill’s Blues Mob, Rhett Tyler, Billy Hector, Galea, Slam Allen, Arthur Neilson, Big Ed Sullivan and Nicholas D’Amato, and appeared on major television and radio shows, and in magazine articles.

Sponsors to date of Acts 4 Ministry’s 2017 “Inspiration” fundraiser include top-level Inspirational Sponsors are Tomasso Group TBI Construction and Bourassa Catering and Events. Carabetta stated that Thomaston Savings Bank, the David & Eunice Bigelow Foundation, and Jim & Jackie Zoldy are motivational sponsors at the $1,500 level, while Jim and Cathy Smith, and O’Rourke and Birch Florist, Inc. are influential sponsors at the $1,000 level. Beneficial sponsors at the $500 level include Branagan Communications Consultants LLC., Halsey Associates, a subsidiary of The Washington Trust Company, and Freedom Enterprise Holdings, LLC. A friend sponsor at the $250 level is DaVita®.

“Acts 4 Ministry is not a church,” explained Carabetta. “We are a collaborative group of a volunteer board of directors, staff members and a multitude of volunteers who desire to share God’s love by meeting the physical needs of others. We achieve this goal daily on many levels by collecting and distributing, free-of-charge to recipients, clothing, and housewares with an accommodating furniture program through volunteerism. Each year we distribute clothing to nearly 4,000 people, and over 1,000 pieces of furniture and housewares to people of varying income levels throughout the Greater Waterbury area.”

Tickets for the May 10th “Inspiration” fundraiser are $45/ person and can be secured by clicking “Click to Give” at top right corner of home page, or clicking “Purchase Tickets” under the “Inspiration” event on the Events page.

Tickets can also be purchased by check or money order made payable to Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. and U.S. Mailed to PO Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704. Tickets can also be purchased at Acts 4 Ministry’s building and retail shop at 1713 Thomaston Avenue Mondays through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and select Saturdays, or by calling 203-574-2287, or via

Tax-deductible donations can be brought to Acts 4 Ministry’s facility Mondays through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. and select Saturdays. Cash or money order donations can be U.S. Mailed to P.O. Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704. To donate online with a credit card, visit and go to “Click to Give” in the top right corner of the home page.

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Neighbors Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:30:09 -0400
Southbury Arbor Day Celebration & More Upcoming Events

Upcoming events and activities in Southbury

Southbury Arbor Day Celebration is tomorrow, Firday, April 28 begining 10:00AM

Please join us in honoring the Committee's founding members Catherine and Paul Palmer. Organizers: Southbury Historical Tree Restoration Committee and the Public Works Department.

Click for the event's details.

Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs - 4/29/2017 | 9:00AM-2:00PM

Drop off your outdated, unknown, unused prescription and over the counter medicines for safe collection and disposal at the Southbury Resident Trooper's Office. Organizer: Southbury Resident Trooper's Office.

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Go, Van Gogh! - 4/30/2017 | 2:00PM

Explore some of +2000 paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. Organizers: Alliance Francaise of NW CT.

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Digging Deeper: Confessions of an Urban Archaeologist - 5/4/2017 | 12:00PM

History is all around us... Organizers: Southbury Historical Society.

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Southbury Land Trust's Annual Meeting - Bear Presentation on May 7, 2017

3rd Annual David Wood Memorial 5K on May 27, 2017 - REGISTER BY MAY 13 TO GET FREE T-SHIRT

Memorial Day Parade and Picnic on May 29, 2017

Town Wide Tag Sale on June 3, 2017 - LOOKING FOR VENDORS


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)

]]> (Tara Daly) Events Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:39:34 -0400
Go, Van Gogh! Sunday, April 30 in Southbury

The Alliance Francaise of NW CT announces a special art program titled "Go, Van Gogh! presented by Michael Norris, of Armchair Art Tours to take place on Sunday, April 30 at 2pm at their AFNWCT Office located at 1 Pomperaug Office Park in Southbury.

Vincent van Gogh, born March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands was a post-impressionist painter whose work, notable for its beauty, emotion and color, highly influenced 20th century art. He struggled with mental illness, and remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life. Van Gogh died in France on July 29, 1890, at the age of 37, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Mr. Norris received his BA in classics from the University of California at San Diego and his MA in classics and Ph.D. in art history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He will introduce us to some of Van Gogh’s paintings especially those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art where Norris worked for twenty years.

Light refreshments will be served after the presentation. As seating is limited, please RSVP by calling (203) 707-0710 and letting us know the number of people in your party. A suggested donation of $5 is kindly requested.

The Alliance Française of Northwestern Connecticut is an educational non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the French language and the many cultures of the francophone world. In addition to French language classes, our programs include educational lectures, Ciné-Club, French conversation, discussion and book reading groups, organized visits to French cultural exhibits and holiday celebrations. For further information on upcoming programs, please visit our website at 

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An Evening in the Garden Charity Gala Supports Ability Beyond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

]]> (Tara Daly) Charities Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:27:44 -0400
Woodbury Resident Joins Cultural Alliance of Western CT Announces Board of Directors


The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, looks to strengthen its support to the region (Danbury, Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, and Sherman) with five new Board members, selected to build on its strong foundation. Executive Director Lisa Scails, now serving on the Private Sector Network Advisory Team of the Americans for the Arts, is enthused by the future. "With our welcomed new Board members, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is poised to expand partnerships with business, increase access to and equity for the arts, and strengthen our key commitment to regional arts promotion", she says. 

The pARTnership Movement, an initiative from the Americans for the Arts to reach business leaders with the message that partnering with the arts can build their competitive advantage, has inspired the Cultural Alliance's next steps. Partnering with local Chambers of Commerce is among its prime goals. The opportunity for growth and the potential to create dynamic, mutually beneficial partnerships that diversify audiences and build sustainable support networks, rooted in local communities, is ever increasing, and the Cultural Alliance has adopted this model.

The new members to the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut's Board of Directors, who support the concepts of partnership with and for business, are: 


owner, Arthur Murray of Danbury

Born in Danbury and raised in Brookfield, Nicole graduated from UMASS Amherst with a degree in Communications in 2005.  As a way to stay active while looking for her career job, she started a training class at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Danbury in May of that same year (the business was started by her parents in May of 1979) and she never looked back. She became a franchisee in 2008, and then started a second business, Dance Dynamix, in January of 2016 - especially to apply her love and knowledge of dance to focus on children.  She also is a mentor through Danbury Youth Services and a member of the newly created group, Danbury Select, which is a group of entrepreneurs focused on the growth and expansion of Downtown Danbury.


professional artist

A resident of Woodbury, Robert is an illustrator and fine artist, working in his own unique style influenced by magic realism and

the regionalism of post-World War Two artists like Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton. His work has been featured on the covers of major magazines such as Fortune, Business Week, The Atlantic,  U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek and Rolling Stone. He recently finished his fourth children’s book. A previous book, The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain, reached #1 on the regional best-seller list. He includes two LL Bean Christmas covers in his portfolio and was chosen by the German car maker, Volkswagen, to do six paintings for a book which

celebrated Volkswagen's 50th anniversary. He's participated in a United Nation's show on the environment, that painting featured on CBS's Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.


Vice President of Coldwell Banker Commercial Scalzo Group, Bethel

Hal oversees commercial, investment, industrial sales and leasing, development, and has worked in commercial real estate sales for 26 years. Hal is a multiple recipient of the prestigious CoStar Power Broker Award for the Westchester/Southern Connecticut market. He is a past President of the statewide Commercial Investment Division (CID), Connecticut Association of Realtors, a state director of CID, and a past president of the Greater Danbury CID. He is also Chairman of the Western Connecticut Economic Development Alliance (WCEDA), Chairman of the Brookfield Economic Development Commission, serves on the Advisory Board and is a Corporator for Fairfield County Bank and was past Vice Chairman of the Brookfield Planning Commission. 


Vice President of the Filosa Facilities, Danbury

Jennifer A. Malone-Seixas has been the Administrator of Hancock Hall since June 2011. She was named long-term care “Student of the Year” from the University of Connecticut, School of Business, in April 2011.  Earlier in her career, Jennifer worked as an educator and program coordinator for the Museum of Modern Art and as a sommelier at various restaurants in NYC.  While the area of healthcare takes Jennifer a distance from her training in the arts and education, joining the team at Hancock Hall and Filosa has proven to be the right choice, continuing to bring the arts to the elderly and home bound.


professional artist

Bethel resident, Ival  has been an artist and arts educator for many decades, teaching in various universities and museums in the New England Area.  Receiving a BFA from Boston University and after starting graduate studies, a position as Art Director for St. Croix Country Day School in the US Virgin Islands opened up,  and Ival spent several years teaching and scuba diving in the islands.  Colorful watercolors with a tropical feel resulted from those years where she taught art for grades 1-12. She returned to earn a Masters in Education  at WCSU, while teaching full time in Harlem NYC at Public School 92.  Her work has been exhibited internationally at Oxford University, France, Italy, Germany and Scotland, and she hopes to exhibit at the 70th Anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival.  Art therapy and equine therapy remain ongoing concerns of Ival. Her most recent show was at Danbury City Hall through the Cultural Alliance's Accessible Art program where she exhibited her large scale charcoal horse drawings from her days as a trooper/historian for the Governor’s Horse Guard in Newtown.

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut depends largely on community support for its programs and services.  Contact Lisa Scails to volunteer or to donate at For more information,  call (203) 798 0760 or visit

]]> (Tara Daly) Neighbors Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:41:32 -0400
AtoZ Databases Presentation Tuesday, May 2 at 6pm in the Kingsley Room at Southbury Public Library

Would you like to learn more about how to search for a job, research a business, do a residential search and/or a background and criminal search?  Then join Christine Smailys of AtoZ Databases who will be here to show us how to use this powerful resource.

AtoZ Databases is the Premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

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

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Peter Fletcher, Classical Guitar on Thursday, May 4 in Southbury

Listen to the masterful work of Carnegie Hall performing musician Peter Fletcher as he plays a 70 min. classical guitar set (with brief intermission), later staying to greet guests and chat. The Southbury Public Library welcomes Peter back after his last performance at the library in 2015.

Peter was broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR) and throughout his career, he has been invited to play at the George Eastman House in Rochester, Cincinnati's Memorial Hall, St. Philip Cathedral in Atlanta, and many other prestigious venues. He made his New York Debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in February 2007, and returned in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2015. This May, he will perform at Carnegie Hall once again.

Registration is required.

Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. 

]]> (Southbury Public Library) Places Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:20:31 -0400
Mad Dash Mud Race comes to Newtown on June 11

NYA Sports and Fitness Center and Newtown Parks and Recreation Bring the Mad Dash Mud Race to town on Saturday, June 11.

The race will take place at Newtown Municipal Center - Fairfield Hills Campus (4 Primrose Street)

The Mad Dash 2017 is the sixth annual adventure race held in Newtown, CT. It will offer participants the ultimate in fitness adventures where they’ll run, jump, crawl, carry and climb their way through the scenic Fairfield Hills Campus; utilizing both its natural topography, as well as manmade structures! This fun, but challenging course includes physical challenges, running and skilled events.
Deadline for early registration is May 19. Please visit Newtown Parks & Rec online here for more info and to register.
Participants can choose from different levels:  Elite, Open and, the
Mini-Dash & Superheroes divisions are back: 
Mini Dashers Pre-register: By May 19th & Receive a T-Shirt - $15
Superheroes - Firefighters, Police Dept., EMT, Search & Rescue, etc. $125. 
Each family member running must register.  The Open course will have significantly less running and modified challenges and is designed for families and single runners at an intermediate fitness level. The advanced course will test even the most-seasoned athlete with more difficult running components and challenges. 

Teams of 10: Early-bird $200 and after May 19th $250. 
Superheroes (Teams of 6) $125 until June 16th at 12PM. 
Teams of 10 & Superheroes, teams of 6: Must run in same division and can only register in the Parks and Recreation Office. We will only accept full team registrations; individuals cannot come and register separately for a team. Please download the appropriate form and return to Parks & Recreation as soon as possible. Teams/Superheroes will NOT be allowed to register day of the race, you will need to register in the Elite or Open Divisions as individuals.  

Mad Dash schedule: 9:45 am for Family/Beginners & Mini Dash
Visit NYA’s website: for updates. Want to be a part of Mad Dash? Think about volunteering. Adult volunteer’s needed - registrations, refreshments or course monitors. 
Email or call or 203-270-4373.

Early Bird $25.00 | Registrations after May 19th and day of race: $35.00. 
Online registration closes on Friday, June 16th at 12:00 PM. 
 Registrations after Friday, June 16th at 12:00 PM will be considered Same Day Registration. You must register by 8:30am on the day of the race.   
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3rd Annual David Wood Memorial 5K on May 27

3rd Annual David Wood Memorial 5K, hosted by BSA Troop 60 and The United Church of Christ, is planned for May 27 beginning at 8:30 am (registration opens at 7am). Event proceeds to benefit Boy Scout Troop 60, Southbury, CT.

Click here to learn more and to register ($25 by May 13 and $30 after).

An "Out and Back" 5K run or walk over a combination of paved and dirt roads through beautiful Settlers Park in Southbury, CT. Come get some great exercise, support a local Boy Scout troop and, most importantly, honor a good friend of our scouting community.


  • Top 3 Male/Female Overall
  • Top 3 Male/Female finishers in the following age groups:
  • 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over
  • Top Boy Scout & Top Girl Scout (under age 18)
  • Team Award for Woodie Cup Troop Challenge (competition among Boy Scout troops)

Learn more about the David Wood Memorial 5K here. 

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Bring Unwanted Medications to Southbury Police Department, Resident Trooper's Office on Saturday

Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 29

The Southbury Resident Trooper's office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Southbury Police Department, Resident Trooper's office, located at 421 Main Street South, Southbury CT.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet, or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.


]]> (Town of Southbury) Public safety Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:26:29 -0400
Southbury Historical Tree Restoration Committee announces the 20th annual Arbor Day Celebration

Southbury Arbor Day Celebration on April 28, 2017

Southbury Historical Tree Restoration Committee announces the 20th annual Arbor Day ceremonies to be held at Southbury Town Hall, outside Room 205, on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10am.

The ceremony led by Mr. Tom Gaipa, Chairman of the Southbury Historical Tree Restoration Committee, will include a tree planting honoring the many Southbury volunteers who have passed-on in the last year. Benches will also be installed to honor the Committee's founding members, Paul and Catherine Palmer.

Residents of Southbury and all interested parties are welcome to attend.



]]> (Town of Southbury) Events Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:21:58 -0400
College Student Housing Being Developed In Downtown Waterbury

Waterbury Student Housing Developer Mr. Joe Gramando (r), the owner of Green Hub Development Corporation LLC, hosted an information booth during the UCONN Admitted Students Open House event at the campus on Saturday, April 22.

Assisting Mr. Gramando with the booth were student Efrain Torres III and Mrs. Barbara Gramando. Green Hub Development is currently renovating the 75,000 square foot historic Brown Building at 20 East Main Street in Waterbury to provide fully-furnished luxury one and two-bedroom group suites for 98 students plus retail stores located less than 100 feet from UCONN.

The two-story premier Art Deco building is located in Exchange Place directly across from the Waterbury Green and main UCONN building. Each suite features a living area, full kitchen, two bathrooms, public lounges, study areas, laundry facilities, central heating and air conditioning, and state-of-the-art security system.The Brown Building will house incoming college students beginning August 2017.

For information and availability, visit or contact Green Hub Development Corporation at 203-598-0300.


]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Neighbors Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:12:02 -0400
Woodbury Farm Market Hosting Annual Big Green EggFest on May 6

On Saturday May 6, 2017 Woodbury Farm Market is proud to host an official Big Green EGGFest.  What is an EGGFest?  An event where Egg Enthusiasts and Tasters gather for a festival type event dedicated to the Big Green Egg.

Egghead chefs showcase their skills and share culinary creations all cooked on the Big Green Egg. Tasters enjoy samples of unique recipes such as Pulled Pork, Pizza, and even desserts. Eggfests are the perfect opportunity for current Egg owners to enhance their Eggsperience as well as beginners to learn more about the Egg.

]]> (Joe Donato) Places Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:13:11 -0400