Wilton's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:50:02 -0400 HamletHub.com Two Separate Road Incidents in Wilton: A DUI and a Breach of Peace http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/47197-two-separate-road-incidents-in-wilton-a-dui-and-a-breach-of-peace47197-two-separate-road-incidents-in-wilton-a-dui-and-a-breach-of-peace http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/47197-two-separate-road-incidents-in-wilton-a-dui-and-a-breach-of-peace47197-two-separate-road-incidents-in-wilton-a-dui-and-a-breach-of-peace

Compiled by Jackie Logsted

June 25th

At 2:12 am, at 28-year-old female from New Fairfield was involved in a DUI on Danbury Road in Wilton. The driver drifted over two lanes to the left, signaled to change lanes back to the left north bound lane, and finally swerved from the left north bound lane to the right south bound lane on the other side of Route 7. She was pulled over and arrested after failing a sobriety test. The driver was taken to Wilton HQ and released in the morning after her boyfriend posted a $250 bond. 

June 26th

At 1:30 am, a complaint about damage done to a motor vehicle on Danbury Road near Hollyhock Lane was made to Wilton Police. A 19-year-old man from Norwalk, after being accused of throwing an object at someone else's car, was charged with Breach of Peace in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and Throwing Objects at a Motor Vehicle. The man is set to appear in court. 

jacqueline.logsted@woosternet.org (Wilton Police) Public safety Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:03:48 -0400
Over 40 firework events are happening in CT from June 30th to July 4th http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47198-over-40-firework-events-are-happening-in-ct-from-june-30th-to-july-4th47198-over-40-firework-events-are-happening-in-ct-from-june-30th-to-july-4th http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47198-over-40-firework-events-are-happening-in-ct-from-june-30th-to-july-4th47198-over-40-firework-events-are-happening-in-ct-from-june-30th-to-july-4th

July 4th is coming up, which means one thing: fireworks! Being a Connecticut resident, however, means you are not limited to the firework shows in your area. They are happening all across the state, with 41 events going on between Friday, June 30th, and Tuesday, July 4th. Find one (or more) that interests you from the selection below!

Friday, June 30th

  • Danbury - Danbury Fair Mall (6 PM). Rain Date: 7/3/17

  • Hamden - Town Center Park, 2761 Dixwell Ave (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/1/2017

  • Hartford - Dunkin Donuts Park (Hartford Yard Goats Post-Game Show). No Rain Date.

  • Killingly - Owen Bell Park (9:15 PM). Rain Date: 7/7/2017

  • Norwich - Dodd Stadium (CT Tigers Post-Game). No Rain Date.

  • Norwich - Fireworks on the Harbor, 100 Chelsea Harbor Drive (Dusk). Rain Date: 07/02/2017

  • Oxford - 2017 Quaker Farms Fire Co. Annual Carnival, Quaker Farms School, 30 Great Oak Rd. (9:45 PM). No rain date.

  • Simsbury - Celebrate America - Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center (After Concert). Rain Date: 7/1/2017

  • Stafford Spring - Independence Day Celebration with Fireworks, Stafford Motor Speedway, 55 West St. (Fireworks at Conclusion of Feature Events). No Rain Date.

  • Stamford - Cummings Park (Entertainment at 6 PM, Fireworks at 9 PM). Rain Date: 7/1/2017

  • Stratford - Short Beach Park (9:00 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

Saturday, July 1st

  • Bristol - Lake Compounce (9:00 PM). Rain Date: 7/7/2017

  • Darien - Darien High School (Gates Open at 6:30 PM). Rain Date: 7/2/2017

  • Greenwich - Greenwich Point and Binney Park (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/2/2017

  • Hartford - Dunkin' Donuts Park (Hartford Yard Goats Post-Game Show). Rain Date: None

  • Lakeville - Lime Rock Park (9:00 PM). Rain Date: None

  • Manchester - Manchester Band Shell (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/2/2017

  • Middletown - Barge off of Harbor Park (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/2/2017

  • Milford - Milford's Lisman Landing (9:15 PM). Rain Date: 07/08/2017

  • New Britain- New Britain Stadium (New Britain Bees Post-Game Show). Rain Date: None

  • New Milford - Town Green (Full Dusk - Approx. 9:30 PM). Rain Date: 07/28/2017

  • Putnam - Rotary Park, Kennedy Drive (Concert at 7 PM, Fireworks at 9:15 PM). Rain Date: 07/02/2017

  • Redding - Rock'n Roots Revival, Lonetown Farm & Museum, 43 Lonetown Rd (9k Run at 8 AM, Concert at 12 PM, Fireworks After Dusk). Rain Date: 07/02/2017

Sunday, July 2nd

  • Fairfield - Penfield or Jennings Beach (Entertainment at 6 PM, Fireworks at 9:15 PM). Rain Date: 7/3/2017

  • Hartford - Dunkin' Donuts Park (Hartford Yard Goats Post-Game Show). No Rain Date.

  • Orange - Orange Fairgrounds (Concert at 6:30, Fireworks at 9:30 PM). Rain Date: 7/3/2017

  • Waterbury - Brass Mill Center (Festivities at 2 PM, Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.). Rain Date: 7/9/2017

Monday, July 3rd

  • Bridgeport - The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport Bluefish Post-Game Show). No Rain Date

  • Derby - Downtown Derby/Shelton (Concert beginning at 7 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • Madison - Waterfront area off of West Wharf Beach (9:30 PM). Rain Date: 7/7/2017

  • Naugatuck - Old Firehouse Rd. (Celebration at 6 PM, Fireworks at 9:15 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • Norwalk - Calf Pasture Beach (Performances begin at 5:30 PM, Fireworks at Dusk). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • West Haven - Bradley Point Park (9:00 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • Westport - Compo Beach (9:00 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

Tuesday, July 4th

  • Haddam - Search for Fireworks Cruise, Eagle Landing State Park (Departs at 7:30 PM). No Rain Date.

  • Middlebury - Quassy Amusement Park (10:15 PM). No Rain Date.

  • New Canaan - Waveny Park (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • New Haven - East Rock Park (9 PM). No Rain Date.

  • Norwalk - Bayley Beach (9:15 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • Norwich - Dodd Stadium (CT Tigers Post-Game Show). No Rain Date.

Wilton - Wilton High School (9:30 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

Ridgefield - Ridgefield High School. Rain date July 5.

Happy Independence Weekend, everyone!

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Jackie) Life Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:03:00 -0400
Author Talk: The LoFrisco Family Cookbook - How Josie Brought Sicily to Brooklyn http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47187-author-talk-anthony-lofrisco-the-lofrisco-family-cookbook-how-josie-brought-sicily-to-brooklyn47187-author-talk-anthony-lofrisco-the-lofrisco-family-cookbook-how-josie-brought-sicily-to-brooklyn http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47187-author-talk-anthony-lofrisco-the-lofrisco-family-cookbook-how-josie-brought-sicily-to-brooklyn47187-author-talk-anthony-lofrisco-the-lofrisco-family-cookbook-how-josie-brought-sicily-to-brooklyn

Tuesday, July 11 Author Talk: Anthony LoFrisco - The LoFrisco Family Cookbook: How Josie Brought Sicily to Brooklyn at Wilton Library on Tuesday, July 11 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The LoFrisco Family Cookbook: How Josie Brought Sicily To Brooklyn by Anthony LoFrisco, is part cookbook, part memoir. The author, son of Sicilian immigrants in the early 1900s, shares not only his mother's time-tested simple and delicious recipes, but he brings them to life by embracing them with endearing family stories of growing up in an Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn.  

The LoFrisco Family Cookbook is a welcome addition to the kitchen of those who like to cook something which reflects 'authentic' in every sense of the word.  The hard-to-put-down narratives are a bonus every bit as delectable as the recipes.    Anthony LoFrisco has been living - and cooking - in Wilton for over 40 years. Q&A follows the talk. 

No charge. Books will be available for purchase and signing.  

Registration highly recommended.

Register online or call 203-762-6334. 

Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

publicity@wiltonlibrary.org (Wilton Library) Events Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:16:51 -0400
Summer Music & More Concert Series: Over Easy at Wilton Library http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47186-summer-music-more-concert-series-over-easy47186-summer-music-more-concert-series-over-easy http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47186-summer-music-more-concert-series-over-easy47186-summer-music-more-concert-series-over-easy

Thursday, July 6 Summer Music & More Concert Series: Over Easy, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Over Easy opens Wilton Library’s 17th year of free concerts, recreating’60s harmonies and the sounds of the British invasion. 

Enjoy music from the Hollies, the Cyrkle, the early Beatles and so many more with engaging interactions with the audience. Additional dates:  July 13 Bob’s Your Uncle, a Wilton-based fund/blues band; July 20— Billy and the Showmen, ’60s/’70s R&B with lots of energy; July 27— Echoes of Sinatra with Steve Kazlauskas, a crowd-pleasing American Songbook/Rat Pack compilation – this will be his 5th straight year performing at the summer concerts. 

Open to the public - concerts and refreshments free.

Concerts take place in the Brubeck Room rain or shine. Sponsored by The Village Market.

Wine provided by Michael Crystal. No charge. No registration.

Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

publicity@wiltonlibrary.org (Wilton Library) Events Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:14:23 -0400
5 of Connecticut's Best Rural Ice Cream Stands http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47189-5-of-connecticut-s-best-rural-ice-cream-stands47189-5-of-connecticut-s-best-rural-ice-cream-stands http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47189-5-of-connecticut-s-best-rural-ice-cream-stands47189-5-of-connecticut-s-best-rural-ice-cream-stands

When I was a kid, my dad would sometimes take me to the Carvel store near our house for an ice cream cone. I didn't even like ice cream all that much - I remember I would eat a little bit of the cone and then wonder what the heck I was supposed to do with the rest of it before it melted down my arm - but I certainly recognized the appeal of going out for ice cream. And that, I think, is what my dad was going for: that summery, skip work for an hour, sit on a bench and eat a melty, chocolatey, childhood treat feeling. In retrospect, I wish that he, a transplanted New Yorker, had known about the plethora of ice cream outing opportunities that existed just beyond our little corner of the state.

Because while Connecticut lacks many things, it has more than its fair share of farms selling delicious, handmade ice cream in bucolic locations. The following five spots are all ones I've discovered since I began writing this blog. They are by no means the only places to get ice cream in Connecticut, but they're my favorites (so far.) I decided to restrict this list to outdoor stands, in rural settings, that in addition to large, rotating ice cream menus, also offer at least a few flavors of lower-fat, dairy-free, or sugar-free options. (Because I still don't really like ice cream as much as I like going to get ice cream, but I will travel many miles for good frozen yogurt and sorbet.)

Salem Valley Farms, Salem

They started making ice cream in 1988, but something about a trip to Salem Valley Farms takes me back to the 1950s...when I wasn't even close to being alive yet. Still, the simplicity of this little red stand with its unpaved parking lot and picnic tables gathered on a patch of grass is old-fashioned in the best way. And though I can't prove it, I think they use the most, and the biggest, chocolate chips.

Rich Farm, Oxford

The first time I turned up the driveway to Rich Farm Ice Cream, slightly hidden away in the New Haven County countryside, I could tell this place was a local (and beyond local) favorite. It's named for the family who run it, not the richness of the ice cream, but that interpretation works too. There are picnic tables. There are silos. There are cows. There will probably be a line. Get on it.

The Collins Creamery, Enfield

The Collins Creamery, located in what its owners describe as "the quiet side of town," is not fancy. It's just a no-frills New England dairy farm where you can shovel tasty ice cream into your face while enjoying being surrounded by peaceful, wide open fields (on weekdays) and happy families (on weekend afternoons.)

Tulmeadow Farm, Simsbury

You probably wouldn't guess on first sight that there's ice cream for sale at the unassuming Tulmeadow Farm in West Simsbury. Driving past, you'd notice the displays of flowers and the cluster of old red buildings set among rolling hills. But stop and follow the excited children lining up in front of the little farm store, and you'll find a creamery with the best tasting cones ever. Yes, the cones themselves. Does anyone ever just eat cones without ice cream, straight from the package of cones? If so, these would be those cones.

Buttonwood Farms, Griswold

If you've driven past Buttonwood Farms in mid-summer, you've probably noticed the cars stopped along the side of the road and the acres of sunflowers in the fields. But past the sunflowers (sales of which go to Make-A-Wish Connecticut), and the corn maze, and the other fun attractions, there is yummy ice cream that's worth standing on a (sometimes very long) line for. And even if you miss the sunflowers, the eastern Connecticut setting is idyllic.
If this post inspires you to you go off in search of the best ice cream ever, keep in mind that ice cream stands like these are not the cheapest places to grab a frozen dessert, and many only take cash. Also, they will probably smell like cow and there may be bees, flies, and so on. It's all worth it.
Johnna Kaplan is a freelance writer and editor living in New London. You can find her on Twitter @johnnamaurie, on Instagram @johnnakaplan, and on her website, johnnakaplan.com. This post was originally published at The Size of Connecticut.
Photo by Johnna Kaplan
sally.stra@gmail.com (Johnna Kaplan) Life Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:26:03 -0400
Wilton 4th of July Celebration: Freedom Run, Softball, Music & Fireworks! http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47184-wilton-4th-of-july-celebration-freedom-run-softball-music-fireworks47184-wilton-4th-of-july-celebration-freedom-run-softball-music-fireworks http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47184-wilton-4th-of-july-celebration-freedom-run-softball-music-fireworks47184-wilton-4th-of-july-celebration-freedom-run-softball-music-fireworks

Wilton 4th of July Celebration

Wilton Parks & Recreation is planning the following activities and *bands for this year's July 4th Celebration:

8:30 AM: Freedom Run Road Race (5K)

12:00 PM: Republicans vs. Democrats Softball Game

5:00 PM: One Bad Oyster

6:30 PM: Shelter Dogs 8:00 PM: Retro Express

9:30 PM: Fireworks! Approximate time Rain Date: July 5th

Learn more on the Wilton Parks & Rec website here.

Wilton Parks and Recreation Information Hotline (203) 454-5188

July 4th Freedom Run Road Race 


Freedom Run Road Race will be held Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at WHS Track at Fujitani Field 8:30 AM.

Start Race Fees: $10.00 each for children ages 14 and younger $20.00 each for individuals ages 15 and up

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Wilton Parks & Rec) Life Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:38:11 -0400
Wilton Concerts in the Park Sundays Beginning July 16 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47183-wilton-concerts-in-the-park-sundays-beginning-july-1647183-wilton-concerts-in-the-park-sundays-beginning-july-16 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/47183-wilton-concerts-in-the-park-sundays-beginning-july-1647183-wilton-concerts-in-the-park-sundays-beginning-july-16

Concerts in the Park 2017 Summer Concert Series

After the success of last year’s concert at Merwin Meadows, the Wilton Parks and Recreation Department is once again sponsoring summer concerts in Wilton.

Concerts will be held on Sunday evenings starting July 16th through August 6th from 5-7 pm with the first two concerts being held at Schenck’s Island with seating on the island and across the river at The Chess Park and the final two at Merwin Meadows.

This year’s series will feature local bands, Acoustic Wilton – Spotlight Sessions (July 16th), Open Road (July 23rd), Wilton Rocks For Food Allstars (July 30th), and One Bad Oyster (August 6th), playing tunes from a variety of musical genres. The concerts will be free and concert goers are encouraged to set up a blanket or chair, bring a picnic and sit back and enjoy the music.

The cost of the concert is being underwritten by the Wilton Parks and Recreation Department, The FAIR Group – William Raveis Real Estate and by a challenge donation from Lynne and Paul Vanderslice. Corporate or individual contributions in any amount would also be welcome.

Wilton Parks and Recreation is grateful for your support of its programs.

Concert Sponsor Form


Tarad@hamlethub.com (Wilton Parks & Rec) Neighbors Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:27:01 -0400
Graffiti in Wilton Town Center: Police Seek Help to ID Culprit http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/47182-graffiti-in-wilton-town-center-police-seek-help-to-id-culprit47182-graffiti-in-wilton-town-center-police-seek-help-to-id-culprit http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/47182-graffiti-in-wilton-town-center-police-seek-help-to-id-culprit47182-graffiti-in-wilton-town-center-police-seek-help-to-id-culprit

The Wilton Police Department is seeking the community's assistance in identifying the individual(s) responsible for the pictured graffiti located at various locations in the Town Center, specifically in the area of Schneck's Island.

Anyone that has information related to this crime can contact investigating Officer Eric Patenaude @ (203) 834-6260.

Anonymous tips can be left on the Wilton Police Department Tips Line @ (203) 563-0256 or e-mail crime.watch@wiltonct.org.

Visit Wilton Police Facebook Page for additional images of the graffiti.

kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Police) Public safety Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:36:48 -0400
Laugh yourself silly when local comedians make their stand up debut on June 26 at Ridgefield Playhouse http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47119-laugh-yourself-silly-when-christine-o-leary-s-students-make-their-stand-up-debut-on-june-26-at-ridgefield-playhouse47119-laugh-yourself-silly-when-christine-o-leary-s-students-make-their-stand-up-debut-on-june-26-at-ridgefield-playhouse http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47119-laugh-yourself-silly-when-christine-o-leary-s-students-make-their-stand-up-debut-on-june-26-at-ridgefield-playhouse47119-laugh-yourself-silly-when-christine-o-leary-s-students-make-their-stand-up-debut-on-june-26-at-ridgefield-playhouse

Christine O’Leary’s students make their stand-up debut in the Comedy Workshop Graduation Showcaseat The Ridgefield Playhouse on June 26

The latest batch of Christine O’Leary’s brave, funny, and fabulous students are getting ready to make their on-stage comedy debut! The Ridgefield Playhouse, Barts Tree Service Comedy Series and HamletHub Whole New You Series presents the Comedy Workshop Graduation Showcase on Monday, June 26 at 7:30 pm.

The performance, which is partially underwritten by Reliance Merchant Services, is hosted by Christine O’Leary and features the comic talents of Jerry Kuyper, Hailey Postmantier, Howard Gale, Brian Shea, Diane Reda-West, Marisa Tsalapatanis, Gerry Dawes, Helen Werner, Jane Golenbock, Angel Fredricks, Eric Rand, Laura Vonstein, Ben Wallace, Kate Rado and Michael Mast. This hilarious, belly laughing evening is the finale to Christine O’Leary’s Stand Up Comedy Workshop at The Ridgefield Playhouse. 

For tickets to the Graduation Showcase ($20) call the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT

kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Barrett) Events Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:19:00 -0400
RVNA Health Source: Managing Multiple Medications http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47181-rvna-health-source-managing-multiple-medications47181-rvna-health-source-managing-multiple-medications http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/47181-rvna-health-source-managing-multiple-medications47181-rvna-health-source-managing-multiple-medications

Millions of Americans take daily medication. In the 65+ category, 90 percent do, and almost half of these take five or more drugs. Especially for this age group, dealing with multiple medications every day can be challenging and result in complications. Older adults experience the most significant problems from the improper use of medication and put themselves at risk for dangerous drug interactions and cognitive impairments. Problems with medication management are the primary reason people can no longer live independently.

There are strategies that make managing multiple medications easier and safer:

1) Keep an up to date list of all medications taken and dosages, including over-the-counter supplements. Go over it with your physician regularly and especially when a new medication is added. Keep a copy of the list at home and give a copy to a loved one or friend.

2) Use a pill dispenser or other reminder system with enough compartments to keep track of medications taken throughout the day. Take medications at the same time each day and as prescribed.

3) Refill prescriptions early before they run out. Check expiration dates on existing drugs and discard any that are out of date.

4) Use one pharmacy for all prescriptions. It makes getting refills easier and it can also help to prevent drug interactions when the pharmacist is aware of all prescriptions. Be sure to ask your physician or pharmacist any questions you have about side effects, whether medications are taken on a full or empty stomach and any possible drug, food and alcohol interactions.

5) At your annual physical, take all your medications and supplements with you so that your physician can do a comprehensive review. With age, changes in drug type or dose may be warranted. Taking these steps can provide more assurance that medications will be taken properly and provide the greatest benefit.

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.

Visit RVNA at www.ridgefieldvna.org

kerry@ducey.org (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Life Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:44:38 -0400
Art and About: ARTrip to Weir Farm on July 26 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47179-art-and-about-artrip-to-weir-farm-on-july-2647179-art-and-about-artrip-to-weir-farm-on-july-26 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47179-art-and-about-artrip-to-weir-farm-on-july-2647179-art-and-about-artrip-to-weir-farm-on-july-26

ARTrip to Weir Farm, Wilton, CT on July 26 from 9am to 1:00pm

Group limited to 15. No entrance fee. Meet at at 9:00 at the Ridgefield Library parking lot at the Library entrance. Then we will car pool as a group up to Weir Farm. We will arrive at Weir Farm (735 Nod Hill Rd, Wilton, CT 06897) at 9:30 am and put our things in the barn (brown bag lunch, etc.). Half of the group will go on the tour of the house and studios while the other half watches the video about Weir Farm. Then we will switch. After the tours and screening are over we will all gather in the barn for a brown bag lunch and then head back to our cars to return to the Library by 1 p.m. Registration is required at ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Weir Farm National Historic Site is a 60-acre national park with a focus on the visual arts, one of only two such sites in the National Park Service. Established by Congress in 1990; the park preserves a significant site associated with the American Impressionist movement, maintains the setting that inspired artists for more than a hundred years, and offers the American public opportunities for inspiration and education.

kerry@ducey.org (submitted) Events Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:11:44 -0400
Second Annual NICE Festival in Norwalk on July 8 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47162-second-annual-nice-festival-in-norwalk-on-july-847162-second-annual-nice-festival-in-norwalk-on-july-8 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/47162-second-annual-nice-festival-in-norwalk-on-july-847162-second-annual-nice-festival-in-norwalk-on-july-8

The NICE Festival at Oyster Shell Park, North Water St. Norwalk on July 8th from 11 am to 8 pm. Rain or Shine.

NICE host dancers, musicians, vendors and local international restaurants; and encourage the community to spend the day together.


The Norwalk International Cultural Exchange (NICE) is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote and increase awareness of the diversity of people from around the world through arts and culture. The mission of NICE is to encourage the various groups that make up our society to learn about each other’s traditions and customs in order to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of what each group brings to our community.

The NICE Festival Series celebrate the rich global heritage and culture so evident in the music, food, art and talent of which we in Norwalk are so proud. The NICE Festival Series host dancers, musicians, food and craft vendors from multiple traditions and customs; and encourage the community to spend the day together. NICE INC supports global and local charitable organizations in their fight against the problems facing the modern world, which as we know, include poverty, hunger, sparse economic and educational opportunities, and slavery.

Click here for additional information.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (NICE Festival) Events Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:05:37 -0400
Wilton Police arrest Ridgefield real estate agent for larceny http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/47178-wilton-police-arrest-ridgefield-real-estate-agent-for-larceny47178-wilton-police-arrest-ridgefield-real-estate-agent-for-larceny http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/47178-wilton-police-arrest-ridgefield-real-estate-agent-for-larceny47178-wilton-police-arrest-ridgefield-real-estate-agent-for-larceny

On June 15 at 11:00 AM, Ridgefield resident Barbara Morris, age 66, came to the Wilton police headquarters to turn herself in for an active arrest warrant for violations of Criminal Attempt to Commit Larceny, police say.

According to Wilton police, between February 6 and February 8, Morris removed private property from a residence she was overseeing as a realtor and then attempted to sell the items at an auction house in Stamford, CT.

Police report that the total estimated retail value of the stolen property was $405,000. All stolen items have been recovered and returned to the original owner/victim.

Morris posted a $75,000 bond and is scheduled to appear before the Norwalk Superior Court on June 26.

kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Police) Public safety Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:40:41 -0400
Meyer Jabara Hotels Celebrates 40 Years in the Boutique Hotel Business http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/47177-meyer-jabara-hotels-celebrates-40-years-in-the-boutique-hotel-business47177-meyer-jabara-hotels-celebrates-40-years-in-the-boutique-hotel-business http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/47177-meyer-jabara-hotels-celebrates-40-years-in-the-boutique-hotel-business47177-meyer-jabara-hotels-celebrates-40-years-in-the-boutique-hotel-business

This spring, Ridgefield resident and Chairman of the Board of Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), Richard Jabara and partner William Meyer, celebrate 40 years of Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJ Hotels).

Jabara, President and Chief Executive Officer, has led MJ Hotels to receive excellence awards from five individual franchisors. He operates the company from their headquarters in Danbury, CT, where they have been located for thirty years. In addition to Connecticut, MJ Hotels has headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The success of 40 years began in 1977 when Jabara, a second generation hotelier, partnered with Meyer, the previous President and Chief Executive Officer for Servico, Inc., to open the Holiday Inn of Danbury. In this original hotel, the owners also started Teddy’s Restaurant and Lounge, which they named after Jabara’s father. Since then, the restaurant has traveled to 10 other MJ Hotels.

Today, the company operates 30 boutique hotels in 10 eastern states under licenses from Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Cambria, Choice Hotels, and Hyatt.

A seasoned hotelier with four decades of hospitality experience, Jabara is past Chairman of Intercontinental Hotels Owners Association, the world’s largest hotel company.

MJ Hotels distinguishes itself from competitors through their proud commitment to “The Journey.” Following this philosophy, each hotel maintains a special community where associates are inspired and encouraged to bring forth their unique skills in order to build the best relationships with partners and customers. Additionally, the company works closely with businesses in the surrounding neighborhood to make sure visitors experience the specific area’s culture.

Jabara shares insight into the secret to success, "I believe our company has enjoyed sustained success because of a strong foundational belief in developing partnerships with people.  We partner with our associates to deliver great places to work. We partner with our guests to create differentiating, memorable, positive experiences. We partner with our owners and franchisors to continually learn and consequently grow the assets. We are not really in the hotel business. We are in the people business. Better the people; better the relationships; better the business."

Committed to giving each guest a unique and memorable taste of the area, MJ Hotel hospitality is certainly one worth celebrating.

Congratulations to Meyer and Jabara for a successful 40 years!


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