Wilton's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:37:31 -0400 HamletHub.com Tomato Tasting + Family Fun at Ambler Farm on August 26 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47318-tomato-tasting-family-fun-at-ambler-farm-on-august-2647318-tomato-tasting-family-fun-at-ambler-farm-on-august-26 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47318-tomato-tasting-family-fun-at-ambler-farm-on-august-2647318-tomato-tasting-family-fun-at-ambler-farm-on-august-26

Tomato Tasting + Family Fun at Ambler Farm on Saturday, August 26, Noon – 2pm

Enjoy an epicurean afternoon at Ambler Farm while tasting and learning about a variety of fresh heirloom, hybrid and garden variety tomatoes.

Ambler Farm will have lawn games and a tour of the production garden. Bring the largest tomato from your home garden and the attendee with the largest one will receive a prize!

Amber Farm encourages attendees to bring a tomato-based dish for sharing at the event.

If you plan to participate, please email us the recipe in advance (info@amblerfarm.org) and bring a copy on August 26th.

BYO picnic and blankets or chairs.

Rain or Shine. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $20/family (up to 6 people)

Register Here


kerry@ducey.org (Ambler Farm) Events Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:46:00 -0400
Cannon Grange Fair in Wilton on August 27 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47310-cannon-grange-fair-in-wilton-on-august-2747310-cannon-grange-fair-in-wilton-on-august-27 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47310-cannon-grange-fair-in-wilton-on-august-2747310-cannon-grange-fair-in-wilton-on-august-27

The 85th Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair is set for Sunday, August 27th and serves as the grand finale to summer in Wilton.

The annual event is an authentic agricultural fair which recalls Wilton's rural past with juried exhibits inside the historic Grange Hall of home-baked goods, sewing and needlework, hand crafts, home-grown vegetables, fruit and flowers.

Live musical entertainment will be performing throughout the day, plus there will be games for kids, selected concessionaires for teens and adults to do shopping. Ending the day will be the annual watermelon-eating contest and the auction of baked goods, vegetables and flowers from the exhibits. 

Admission is $2 per person, or $1 with a canned good donation for the Wilton Food Pantry.

Parking is available at the Cannondale Railroad Station with a reminder to all to use the crosswalk in front of the Grange Hall.

Click here for additional information.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (submitted) Events Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:03:00 -0400
Cool giveaways this week at Stamford Marriott! http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/47385-cool-giveaways-this-week-at-stamford-marriott47385-cool-giveaways-this-week-at-stamford-marriott http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/47385-cool-giveaways-this-week-at-stamford-marriott47385-cool-giveaways-this-week-at-stamford-marriott

You have three more chances to be a WINNER with this cool giveaway!

Between now and Friday, follow @stamfordmarriott on Instagram here, repost their giveaway of the day, and tag 5 friends on the post for a chance to win!

So far, Stamford Marriott has given away a complimentary night for two and a free dinner at Sam's, a restaurant in the hotel.

Each day they will post their next giveaway, so keep your eyes peeled! 

Click here to learn more about the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa.

The hotel is located at 243 Tresser Boulevard, in the heart of downtown Stamford, combining New York City energy with New England charm. Need we say more?

We are proud to welcome Stamford Marriott to our family of HamletHub sponsors!

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:52:13 -0400
On the Children's Shelf: The Power of Children's Books http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47386-on-the-children-s-shelf-the-power-of-children-s-books47386-on-the-children-s-shelf-the-power-of-children-s-books http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47386-on-the-children-s-shelf-the-power-of-children-s-books47386-on-the-children-s-shelf-the-power-of-children-s-books

I recently discovered the book "Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White" by Melissa Sweet. I started reading the section on the writing of "Charlotte's Web." After White wrote the book, he spent a year rewriting the opening. He tried beginning with Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, Fern's dad, and finally settled on Fern asking her father where he was going with that ax. This really struck me because we all struggle with different parts of our writing, and to see one of my favorites struggle with a part of one of my favorite books made me feel that facing challenges while writing happens to even the best writers. 

I planned to write about this book last week for this column, but then E.B. White's former house went up for sale, and I was mentally moving in. Plans change, and I needed to write about the house.
After finishing my piece about E.B. White's house, I returned to "Some Writer!" and kept reading. As I turned the page, I saw the photo of E.B. White swinging on Fern's rope swing in the barn, the one I was mentally picturing my children swinging on just like Fern. I was immediately drawn to the photo and saw the note that it was taken by Jill Krementz on his farm in Maine. I started flipping through the pages and saw more photos taken by Krementz. 
Just as I felt there were so many things calling me to the E.B. White house when I heard it was for sale, now I felt even more drawn to it. I grew up riding horses, and when I was about eight, my mom gave me a copy of Jill Krementz's book "A Very Young Rider." The book follows a young girl as she cares for her pony and prepares for competitions. Krementz also wrote similar books about a young dancer and a young gymnast. I remember turning the pages of my copy of "A Very Young Rider" and being so drawn into the book. Yes, because it was about horses, but there was another reason. That book was the first time I saw a story being told with actual photographs not illustrations and those photos were beautiful. It spoke to me in  a way no other book had, and at that moment, I knew that someday I needed to somehow tell stories with photos.
I didn't plan to grow up to be a photographer, I don't think I even knew at that time that being a photographer was something I could do. I just wanted photos to tell stories. Often as I'm holding my camera trying to capture my story, I think of Jill Krementz and "A Very Young Rider." I think of how those photos spoke to me and how I hope someday mine speak to others. I do secretly want to write a children's book that combines my photos to tell a story.
This is the amazing thing with children's books. When you give a child a book, you have no idea how they might identify with it. They might find comfort in the pages. They might learn how they want to (or perhaps ways they don't want to) handle different situations. They might find a character with whom they identify. They might see that a character is going through the same thing they are and not feel alone. Or like me, they might find a part of themselves they didn't know existed, a part of them that is inspired to write or take photos or be an illustrator. They might find a whole new world they never imagined.
My mom gave me "A Very Young Rider" because I was a little girl who lived for horses. She thought I would identify with another little girl with horses, but because of that book, I grew up to be a photographer. Thank you Jill Krementz for showing me the power of photographs to tell a story.
Be sure to check out both the Jill Krementz "A Very Young...." books (there are copies in the local library system) and Melissa Sweet's "Some Writer!" I highly recommend both.
sally.stra@gmail.com (Jessica Collins) Life Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:37:00 -0400
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Wilton Library on August 21 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47384-solar-eclipse-viewing-party-at-wilton-library-on-august-2147384-solar-eclipse-viewing-party-at-wilton-library-on-august-21 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47384-solar-eclipse-viewing-party-at-wilton-library-on-august-2147384-solar-eclipse-viewing-party-at-wilton-library-on-august-21

Solar Eclipse program added to Wilton Library’s events for Monday, August 21!

 Monday, Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse Party!, 1 – 4:30 p.m.  All ages are welcome to join the fun at Wilton Library’s Eclipse Party!  One pair of solar eclipse safety glasses will be available per family attending the viewing, while supplies last.  A live feed from NASA of the full solar eclipse will be shown on the big screen in the Brubeck Room and there will be many activities available as well.  Wilton will see about 70% of the eclipse.  The eclipse will start around 1:25 p.m. with the fullest viewing around 2:45 p.m. Includes sun-themed refreshments.  No registration, no fee.  Call for details 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

8986aslanandemilyviewing081517 Caption:  Even Wilton Library’s animals are getting into swing of things in preparation for the Eclipse Viewing Party being held on Monday, Aug. 21, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the library. The drop-in program is for people of all ages with eclipse-related activities and refreshments. Aslan the lion and Emily the giraffe are checking out the safety glasses that will be used to view the eclipse. For details, call 203-762-6336.Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; Main number: 203-762-3950.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Wilton Library) Events Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:02:47 -0400
Fairfield County Bank Appoints Susan Lockwood to Vice President, Compliance Officer http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47382-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-susan-lockwood-to-vice-president-compliance-officer47382-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-susan-lockwood-to-vice-president-compliance-officer http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47382-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-susan-lockwood-to-vice-president-compliance-officer47382-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-susan-lockwood-to-vice-president-compliance-officer

Fairfield County Bank is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Susan Lockwood to Vice President, Compliance Officer. Formerly the Compliance Officer at Savings Bank of Danbury, Mrs. Lockwood brings extensive experience in compliance and banking regulation to the Fairfield County Bank.

Mrs. Lockwood’s responsibilities include: Providing guidance on compliance issues based on new and existing applicable laws and regulations, performing annual compliance risk assessments as well as compliance audits, coordinating compliance training and assisting in bank wide oversight and implementation of compliance efforts. She will also be a resource for employees for compliance related issues.

Mrs. Lockwood graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree. She then went on to law school and graduated from Pace University School of Law and is a licensed attorney in the State of New York.  Mrs. Lockwood is an ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists) certified AML (Anti-Money Laundering) Specialist and graduated from the American Bankers Association Compliance School.  She is a current member of the American Bankers Association and the New York State Bar Association.

“We are very pleased Susan is joining the Fairfield County Bank team.  Her appointment is another proof point to our commitment to protecting our customer’s interests and banking needs.” Says Marcie Coffin, Executive Vice President of Audit, Compliance & Risk Management.

Mrs. Lockwood currently resides in Ridgefield, CT with her husband.

Founded in 1871, Fairfield County Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank headquartered in Ridgefield, CT with locations throughout Fairfield County.  Fairfield County Bank delivers a full range of financial services through superior customer relationships and the knowledge that when you put your money in Fairfield County Bank, it stays in Fairfield County - strengthening our communities.  Visit www.fairfieldcountybank.com to find out more about the Bank.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Ryan Arconti ) Neighbors Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:35:20 -0400
Woodcock Nature Center Hosts Under the Harvest Moon Fundraiser http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/47381-woodcock-nature-center-hosts-under-the-harvest-moon-fundraiser47381-woodcock-nature-center-hosts-under-the-harvest-moon-fundraiser http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/47381-woodcock-nature-center-hosts-under-the-harvest-moon-fundraiser47381-woodcock-nature-center-hosts-under-the-harvest-moon-fundraiser

Woodcock Nature Center, a nonprofit environmental education organization located in Ridgefield and Wilton, will host its annual Under the Harvest Moon fundraiser on Saturday, September 9 from 7-10pm. The event will take place at Woodcock in the picturesque candlelit pavilion.

Chef Sarah Bouissou of Sarah’s Wine Bar will be preparing a locally grown farm-to-table tasting with produce supplied by Millstone Farm, Simpaug Farms, and The Hickories. No. 109 Cheese and Wine will provide a sampling of artisanal cheeses and wine and beer will be provided by Cellar XV and Two Roads brewery. Nod Hill Brewery will provide tastings of its craft beer. 

The event features silent and live auctions for a variety of unique items including tickets to The Late Show with Steven Colbert and Woodcock experiences such as glamping in our pavilion, catered dinners from local chefs, and a VIP Wreath Festival package. All proceeds support Woodcock’s environmental education initiatives. 

Tickets are $80 and can be purchased at: www.woodcocknaturecenter.org

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Woodcock Nature Center) Charities Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:28:13 -0400
Book Release Reception: Rochelle Almeida, PhD http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47379-book-release-reception-rochelle-almeida-phd-150281270147379-book-release-reception-rochelle-almeida-phd-1502812701 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47379-book-release-reception-rochelle-almeida-phd-150281270147379-book-release-reception-rochelle-almeida-phd-1502812701

Please join Pequot Library in celebrating the release of Southport resident and Library friend Dr. Rochelle Almeida’s new book "Britain’s Anglo-Indians: The Invisibility of Assimilation." Rochelle Almeida, PhD is a professor of Liberal Studies at New York University, a certified docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and past recipient of the Pequot Library’s Stanley-Crane Volunteer of the Year Award.

• A 30-40 minute author talk
• Reception with the author
• Book sales & signing

Free and open to the public. Light hors d’oeuvres served.

About the Book:
Anglo-Indians form the human legacy created and left behind on the Indian sub-continent by European imperialism. When Independence was achieved from the British Raj in 1947, an exodus numbering an estimated 50,000 emigrated to Great Britain between 1948–62, under the terms of the British Nationality Act of 1948. But sixty odd years after their resettlement in Britain, the “First Wave” Anglo-Indian immigrant community continues to remain obscure among India’s global diaspora.

Through meticulous ethnographic field research conducted amidst the community in Britain over a decade, Rochelle Almeida provides evidence that immigrant Anglo-Indians remain on the cultural periphery despite more than half a century. Through a critical scrutiny of multi-ethnic Anglophone literature and cinema, the modes and methods they employed in seeking integration and the reasons for their near-invisibility in Britain as an immigrant South Asian community are closely examined in this much-needed volume.

About the Author:
Born in Bombay, India, Rochelle Almeida taught at Jai Hind College, Bombay and in the graduate English Department at the University of Bombay before joining the Liberal Studies Program at NYU in 1994. She has also taught at Exeter College, University of Oxford, UK, and in the Global Liberal Studies Program at NYU-London. She was awarded the Provost's Global Research Initiatives Fellowship at NYU-London in Fall 2016.

Almeida’s publications include three monographs and two edited anthologies. She has given invited lectures on her ethnographic research on Britain's Anglo-Indians at Columbia University, New York, the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds, in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, University of Padua in Italy and the University of Bombay. She has presented research papers at conferences around the world and has had significant publications in peer-reviewed journals.

heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Neighbors Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:57:41 -0400
The Fall 2017 RVNA Nutrition Class Catalog: Because Learning Should Never End http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47373-the-fall-2017-rvna-nutrition-class-catalog-because-learning-should-never-end-150246918247373-the-fall-2017-rvna-nutrition-class-catalog-because-learning-should-never-end-1502469182 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47373-the-fall-2017-rvna-nutrition-class-catalog-because-learning-should-never-end-150246918247373-the-fall-2017-rvna-nutrition-class-catalog-because-learning-should-never-end-1502469182

This autumn, RVNA — embracing the back-to-school season — is hosting three multi-session nutrition education classes on the subjects of Diabetes, Cholesterol and Nutrition & Lifestyle for Weight Management. Each class includes education and discussion as well as hands-on strategies and techniques (including recipes and demonstrations), designed to support the creation and meeting of individual goals.

The professor for each of these classes is RVNA’s Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Educator, Meg Whitbeck, MS, RDN. “Fall is an excellent time to start afresh and learn new approaches and behaviors,” says Whitbeck. “These classes capitalize on the renewed motivation and vigor we feel in the autumn and prepare participants for the holiday season with new habits and enthusiasm.”

The RVNA fall nutrition course lineup includes:

Healthy Cooking for Diabetes: Participants will learn how to control diabetes with healthy meal planning, shopping, cooking and eating strategies to help balance intake and integrate new habits into daily routines. The course will also introduce low-cost and easy recipes aimed to address diabetes head on.
Tuesdays, September 12, 19 and 26, 12:00pm – 1:30 pm. $23 per class or $59 for all 3.

Six-Week Cholesterol Challenge: This interactive workshop kicks off with individual weigh-ins and cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure measurements. Then, the real education begins as participants learn targeted cooking techniques and healthy eating strategies to aid in lowering cholesterol. Food demonstrations and tastings are included at each class. The program finale is a final biometrics measurement to check progress and results.
Tuesdays, October 10 – November 14, 11:30am – 1:00pm. $195 for all 6 classes, including all biometric screenings, recipes and tastings.

Women’s Nutrition & Lifestyle for Weight Management – An eight-week group series for women. Learn how your body changes throughout your life and how to manage these changes to achieve and maintain optimal health. All participants will set personal goals, learn and discuss strategies, share support and encouragement, and be held accountable for the goals set and the changes desired. Women of all ages are welcome.
Tuesday evenings, October 3 – November 28 (no class on Halloween), 7:00pm – 8:30pm. $159 includes recipes, resources and tastings.

Advance registration and payment is required for all of the nutrition education classes. Whitbeck is also available for individual nutrition consultations at RVNA on 27 Governor Street. To learn more or enroll for the fall 2017 semester, please contact RVNA at 203-438-5555 or write to info@ridgefieldvna.org.

About RVNA

Founded in 1914, RVNA is an accredited non-profit Medicare-certified home healthcare agency that also supports public health and safety, and promotes the highest quality of life. RVNA provides compassionate care to all individuals, whether young or old, through a continuum of care that encompasses health care at home and in the community. RVNA also provides home health aides and companionship through a non-medical subsidiary called HomeCare by RVNA and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy in its Rehab by RVNA facility at 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield.

nrowe@ridgefieldvna.org (Nancy Rowe) Life Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:30:55 -0400
Shabbat in the Park at Merwin Meadows in Wilton on August 18 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47376-shabbat-in-the-park47376-shabbat-in-the-park http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47376-shabbat-in-the-park47376-shabbat-in-the-park

The entire community is invited to join Temple B’nai Chaim members and families for a celebration of “Shabbat in the Park,” in Merwin Meadows, this Friday, August 18, at 6:30 pm.  

Bring a picnic dinner to eat under the pavilion after services.

Bring a friend or two as well, to celebrate Shabbat outdoors!


webmaster@templebnaichaim.org (Temple B'nai Chaim) Events Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:27:47 -0400
Shop Tax Free in Connecticut August 20-26 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47377-shop-tax-free-in-connecticut-august-20-2647377-shop-tax-free-in-connecticut-august-20-26 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47377-shop-tax-free-in-connecticut-august-20-2647377-shop-tax-free-in-connecticut-august-20-26

Tax-Free Week is Aug. 20-26

From Sunday, August 20th, through Saturday, August 26th, shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase select items under $100, without sales tax added on. With the start of school just around the corner, this is a great opportunity for back-to-school shopping for the kids while saving families some money.

New and used college textbooks are also exempt for students who present a valid college ID at the time of purchase.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

Please note: This benefit has been substantially reduced from previous years and will apply only to clothing and footwear that costs less than $100.

Tax-Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to: clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities like football cleats and specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as helmets and headbands. Accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a full list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (State Rep. Gail Lavielle) Life Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:24:55 -0400
The Finest Police Cruiser of Them All? Vote for Connecticut http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47368-the-finest-police-cruiser-of-them-all-vote-for-connecticut47368-the-finest-police-cruiser-of-them-all-vote-for-connecticut http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47368-the-finest-police-cruiser-of-them-all-vote-for-connecticut47368-the-finest-police-cruiser-of-them-all-vote-for-connecticut

The American Association of State Troopers (AAST) Best Looking Cruiser Contest ends Monday, August 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. As of right now, the Connecticut State Police cruiser has approximately 2,100 “likes.”

Connecticut State Troopers are asking you to cast your vote for the Best Looking Cruiser (ours of course) now through August 14, 2017 by clicking “like” on the individual photo. According to AAST, comments will not count as votes; only “likes” for individual cruisers will be counted. The winner will be presented with the "Best Looking Cruiser Award" and featured on the cover of the AAST's "America's Best Looking Trooper Cruisers 2018 Wall Calendar." Voting ends at 5:00 p.m. EST August 14, 2017. 

The American Association of State Troopers (AAST) is holding a national contest to determine the best looking cruiser. 2017 Best Looking Cruiser allows users to “like” their favorite police cruiser.

Make sure to cast your vote for Connecticut cruiser (2017 Best Looking Cruiser) here

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Kelly Grant) Neighbors Fri, 11 Aug 2017 06:51:43 -0400
CTTransit Bus Service to Expand to UConn Storrs Campus on August 13 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/47369-cttransit-bus-service-to-expand-to-uconn-storrs-campus-on-august-1347369-cttransit-bus-service-to-expand-to-uconn-storrs-campus-on-august-13 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/47369-cttransit-bus-service-to-expand-to-uconn-storrs-campus-on-august-1347369-cttransit-bus-service-to-expand-to-uconn-storrs-campus-on-august-13

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker today announced that beginning August 13, the existing CTtransit bus route that services destinations between Hartford and Tolland is expanding further east and will now include new stops in Storrs.  The route extension will – for the first time ever – provide UConn students, faculty, and staff the ability to connect to the main UConn campus in Storrs, the downtown Hartford campus, and UConn Health in Farmington via public transit, in addition to a wide variety of other destinations in between.

UConn students are eligible to ride the bus at no charge simply by showing their student ID and a UPass obtained through the university, the costs of which are included in their university fees.

“An investment in our transportation system is an investment in our economic development, and it makes great sense to considerably improve connections between campuses within our state’s flagship university,” Governor Malloy said.  “By linking these three campuses together via public transit, in addition to the ability to connect to other destinations in Central Connecticut, including the upcoming Hartford Line rail commuter system with convenient connections to Bradley International Airport, we are making smart investments in our economy.”

“This new service gives residents more opportunities to pursue education, expand employment options, even access restaurants, entertainment, and shopping,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said.  “It’s the modern transit connectivity that is vital for quality of life and commerce.”

The extended bus route will run hourly and include the following stops:

  • Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center, Storrs Center (Connections to UConn Transportation for travel around campus and for connections to Willimantic)
  • UConn campus Whitney Hall
  • Route 195 at Route 44 (Four Corners)
  • Tolland park and ride lot
  • Buckland Hills Mall
  • Manchester - Buckland park and ride (Bus Stops A & B)
  • Downtown Hartford at Central Row (a short walk to UConn Hartford campus and connections to other local and express bus services)
  • Union Station, Hartford
  • CTfastrak Sigourney Street station (transfer available via CTfastrak Route 121 to UConn Health in Farmington)

Commuters on the extended route will have the ability to connect to the CTfastrak bus network in Central Connecticut, as well as the upcoming Hartford Line commuter rail system, which will launch in May 2018 and provide more frequent train service between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield.

The bus route’s hours of operations will be:

  • Weekdays: 5:45 a.m. to midnight
  • Saturdays: 6:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Sundays: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

**DOWNLOAD: Maps of the extended bus route

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Gov Malloy) Politics Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:07:19 -0400
Summer Sings! Music on the Hill in Wilton http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47367-summer-sings-music-on-the-hill47367-summer-sings-music-on-the-hill http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47367-summer-sings-music-on-the-hill47367-summer-sings-music-on-the-hill

Music on the Hill hosts a series of four stand-alone music reading sessions, each led by a different conductor and featuring a different composer(s). No preparation, no performance, no advance registration, no worries -- just walk in and sing! All are welcome, including students.

Singers may choose a familiar favorite choral work or try something new -- or both.  Join in for one session or for many. Music and refreshments provided. 

Summer Sings take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wilton Presbyterian Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton. Donations welcome.

Summer Sings Schedule

Aug. 15: "Great Choruses from Opera, Operetta, and Musical Theater" (including Verdi, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Sondheim), led by Kaitlin Lazere;

Aug. 22Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, led by Fiona Smith Sutherland;

Aug. 29: "Best Anthems in the World" (including Handel, Mendelssohn, and more), led by Craig Scott Symons.

About Music on the Hill

Music on the Hill promotes engagement with music by offering workshops, the Summer Sings! series, and four performing ensembles -- Summer Chorus, Festival Chorus, Chamber Chorus, and the Jubilate Ringers handbell choir -- all under the leadership of artistic directors David H. Connell (D.M.A.) and Ellen Dickinson (M.M.)

Music on the Hill ensembles are project-based: participants join for one music project -- one rehearsal/concert cycle -- at a time. As a result, each ensembles includes both new and returning singers/ringers. Ensembles are short-term time commitments.

Learn more about ensembles at musiconthehillCT.org. To receive notice of upcoming events, including this fall's Handbell Workshop and September's "Soirée Under the Stars," subscribe to the mailing list.

Music on the Hill is an independent non-profit organization funded by generous donors and by a grant from the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

mcmorrow456@aol.com (Music on the Hill) Life Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:16:18 -0400
Women's Center Holds Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Certification Program this Fall http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/47370-women-s-center-holds-domestic-violence-and-sexual-assault-certification-program-this-fall47370-women-s-center-holds-domestic-violence-and-sexual-assault-certification-program-this-fall http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/47370-women-s-center-holds-domestic-violence-and-sexual-assault-certification-program-this-fall47370-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 www.wcogd.org to apply. Please call the Volunteer Coordinator at (203) 731-5200, ext. 202, or email elizabeth.i@wcogd.org, 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.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Women's Center) Charities Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:17:48 -0400