Brookfield's HamletHub Fri, 28 Jan 2022 19:53:29 -0500 Winter Storm Safety Reminders from Brookfield Police

Brookfield Police is advising the community to be safe and limit your driving during the upcoming snowstorm. "Only go out if you must," they say.
Reminder NO parking on town streets during the storm. This will make it easier for our hard-working Brookfield Public Works to clear the roads.
Brookfield Police share the following safety tips from FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
Lastly, they say, "Make sure you check on your neighbors and the elderly."
For more information, visit Brookfield Police on Facebook here.
]]> (HH) Public safety Fri, 28 Jan 2022 12:37:41 -0500
Artists on the Rise 2022 – Brookfield Craft Center Student Art Show

Brookfield Craft Center Student Art Show Call for Artists

The Brookfield Craft Center is pleased to announce its Call for Artists for the 7th Annual Juried Student Exhibition: Artists on the Rise. This juried show is open to all High School student aged artists in the Greater Danbury area who design and create their own work in any of the following categories: Clay/Ceramic, Digital, Drawing-Mixed Media, Drawing-Single Media, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media(3D), Painting-Mixed Media, Painting-Single Media, Printmaking, Photography, Wood, Video.

The Exhibition will run from March 5th – March 27th.

The exhibition will be held both in-person and virtually. Our goal is to have as much artwork for in-person viewing as possible, but if you are unable to get your artwork to us, we will present it as part of the virtual exhibition. Judging for awards will be finalized based on works received in person.


Clay/Ceramic, Digital, Drawing-Mixed Media, Drawing-Single Media, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media(3D), Painting-Mixed Media, Painting-Single Media, Printmaking, Photography, Wood, Video.

Entry Instructions:

All student submissions must be entered through our online entry form below. Each entrant must create a username and password in order to complete their submission (if you have any challenges with this please call the event coordinator, Jillian Doherty (203) 775-4526). Each applicant may submit up to two pieces of work to be included in the jury process. Note: dependent on the number of entries, only one piece of work may be selected for the exhibition. Each applicant must submit an artist statement and each submission needs a description of work. Also, please indicate your school and grade along with your submission.

2D Artwork may be no larger than 24 x 16 inches.
3D Artwork may be no bigger than 3 feet in height.

Image submissions File Format: Standard JPEG or PDF
File Size: no larger than 2 MB

Key Dates:

  • Entries are due by: Feb. 11, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: Feb. 18, 2022
  • Items that will be displayed in the Gallery are due: Feb. 26, 2022

Learn more and enter HERE.

]]> (Brookfield Craft Center) Neighbors Fri, 28 Jan 2022 12:03:43 -0500
Lamont Announces Launch of Website for the Newly Formed Connecticut Hate Crimes Advisory Council

Governor Ned Lamont today announced the launch of a website for the recently formed Connecticut Hate Crimes Advisory Council. Located at, the website provides state residents with information regarding the group, which was created as a result of legislation that Governor Lamont signed into law last year.

“This recently formed council consists of a diverse group of members who have volunteered their time to provide the state with their insights so that we can establish policies that combat hate crimes and ensure that appropriate actions are taken as we continue to face these unfortunate and unlawful events,” Governor Lamont said. “Nobody should live in fear of being the victim of a crime because of who they are, and I will be relying on their recommendations for ways that we can improve our policies and laws on hate crimes.”

The council is responsible for encouraging and coordinating programs that increase community awareness and reporting of hate crimes and to combat such crimes. It also can make recommendations for legislation, including on the reporting, investigation, and prosecution of hate crimes, restitution for victims of hate crimes, community service designed to remedy damage caused by hate crimes, and additional alternative sentencing programs for first-time offenders and juvenile offenders involved in hate crimes.

The council consists of 33 members, 9 of whom are ex-officio and the remainder appointed by the governor. It is housed within the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

Its next meeting, which will be held remotely, is scheduled for Friday, February 18, 2022, at 2:15 p.m. More information on its meetings, including links to watch remote meetings live online, can be found on the council’s website.

To report a hate crime, contact local police or 1-800-CALL-FBI, or submit a tip online at Tips may be submitted anonymously.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Fri, 28 Jan 2022 07:36:56 -0500
The Center Announces 14th Annual Hearts of Hope Breakfast at The Candlewood Inn on February 23

14th Annual Hearts of Hope Breakfast on Wednesday, February 23

The Center for Empowerment and Education (formerly the Women's Center) has announced their annual fundraising breakfast will take place at 7:30 am on February 23 at a new location - The Candlewood Inn.

The event will feature guest speaker, Aneta, The Center's client, survivor and advocate, who will tell her story of overcoming domestic violence to the thriving life she is living today.

The Center is honoring Alexa Skalandunas for her years of dedication with the "Service Above Self" Award.

"We are excited to announce our new location at the gorgeous Candlewood Inn. This event sells out year after year so secure your spot today!" The Center says.

Reserve your spot HERE.

]]> (HH) Events Fri, 28 Jan 2022 05:40:00 -0500
Visualizing Early-stage Cancer: Meet CT Breast Imaging Physician Dr. Jaime Szarmach


Meet Dr. Jaime Szarmach, a fellowship-trained breast imager at Connecticut Breast Imaging in Danbury, Connecticut passionate about compassionate, patient-centered care for breast health.

Dr. Szarmach understands the anxiety patients face when deciding which healthcare facility they should go to for their breast imaging.  This is why she believes finding a facility with state-of-the-art services as well as a focus on the doctor-patient relationship is vital for the best possible care.

She advises patients to take a close look to make sure a facility has the proper equipment in place, or if they’re a center that has 3D mammography or tomosynthesis. She further advises patients to ask themselves, ‘who is reading the study, are they fellowship-trained?’ 

This is the amazing value of Connecticut Breast Imaging, as not only does the facility have the necessary equipment to visualize early-stage cancers, it is also staffed with professionals like Dr. Szarmach who are qualified experts in breast health.

In addition to medical school at New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Szarmach chose to enter a specialized fellowship in breast imaging, which includes breast MRI, breast ultrasound, mammography, breast biopsy, and armpit biopsy. Before coming to Connecticut Breast Imaging, she served as an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology for Breast Imaging at Yale School of Medicine.

Dr. Szarmach advises that when patients choose their breast imaging center, first check to make sure that if further medical procedures are needed, such as a breast biopsy, the center is able to facilitate it.

With COVID-19 still in effect today, many patients are choosing to avoid going into medical offices for fear of contracting the virus. This is another unfortunate side effect of the pandemic. Dr. Szarmach assures those who are concerned that it is safe to come in for your exams. Schedule your breast imaging exams now and make your health top priority.


]]> (Connecticut Breast Imaging) Neighbors Fri, 28 Jan 2022 02:02:19 -0500
The Ridgefield Playhouse And Aquarion Water Company Make The Entire Diversity Film Series Free Events For The Community

The Ridgefield Playhouse’s Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series continues in February with three films celebrating Black History Month that amplify and honor African-American culture and traditions.

All films in the Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series are presented as free events for the community. Following each film, a pre-recorded interview led by reporter Cheryl Washington will also be screened. These enlightening interviews can be viewed later on The Ridgefield Playhouse YouTube Channel.

On February 2ndSummer Of Soul presents a powerful and transporting document of an epic event in the summer of 1969: the Harlem Cultural Festival featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Mahalia Jackson, BB King and more. In his debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson reintroduces these lost performances as part of a documentary that combines music, history and story-telling to celebrate Black history, culture and fashion.

Then on February 16thQueen & Slim offers a thrilling modern drama about love, justice and righteous anger, focused on a young couple on the run from the law after a first date gone wrong. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner Smith, directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe and James Frey.

The Black History Month programming concludes on February 23rd with a 50th anniversary screening of Lady Sings The Blues, the classic Billie Holiday biopic starring Diana Ross in a tour-de-force performance that landed Ms. Ross an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

For more information or to reserve your free tickets, go online at or visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse

]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 04:48:23 -0500
Skate with the Hat Tricks Post-game on January 30!

Have you been to a Danbury Hat Tricks game? Danbury Arena is a true family destination and on January 30, the team welcomes kids to join them on the ice!

FPHL Hat Tricks after the home game on Sunday, January 30th!

The Hat Tricks are inviting all fans to skate with the FPHL Hat Tricks after their game against Carolina on Sunday, January 30th. 

The puck drops at 7pm and the game is expected to end by 9:30 pm.

Nick Garofalo, Arena General Manager said, "Come share the experience with the team! Fans can feel the excitement of skating on the same ice with the Hat Tricks!"

Delicious food and drinks are available in the newly renovated and newly reopened Rabbit Hole Bar and Grill and, the brand new (and massive) redemption arcade is a destination for kids!

View the roster and team stats here.

Skates will be available to rent for $5 per pair.

Purchase tickets HERE.

]]> (HH) Events Tue, 25 Jan 2022 05:32:26 -0500
Kratos Gymnasts from Brookfield Show They Are Strong!

Gymnast’s of Kratos Showed They Are Strong 

Between January 20th-22nd gymnasts from Kratos Gymnast took part in the Maggie Nichols, We Are Strong Invitational, in Providence, Rhode Island.

Gymnasts of all levels received the opportunity to meet World Champion and decorated collegiate gymnast, Maggie Nichols! The gymnasts of Kratos were commended by her, receiving “shining stars” for their positive attitudes and great sportsmanship! Every member of Kratos Gymnastics took home a medal with nearly all members placing in the top three on both beam and floor!

Xcel Gold

-Addison Delaney of Brookfield, CT: 6th on vault, 3rd on bars, 4th on beam, 1st on floor, and 2nd all-around

-Lilli Nelson of New Fairfield, CT: 4th on vault, 4th on floor, and 8th all-around

-Caitlin Riina of New Fairfield, CT: 3rd on beam, 1st on floor, and 6th all-around 

Xcel Silver

-Rhayane Delima of Danbury, CT: 5th on bars, 2nd on beam, 1st on floor, and 5th all-around

-Cora Diamond if Ridgefield, CT: 2nd on vault, 2nd on bars, 1st on beam, 1st on floor, and 1st all-around 

-Norah Michaels of Newtown, CT: 4th on bars, 2nd on floor and 4th all-around

The small team of 3 placed 6th as a team! 

At only 7 years old, competing her third competition as a Level 3 gymnast, Bradey Hodge of Bethel, CT stole the show earning an amazing four gold medals (vault, beam, floor, and all-around) out of a possible 5 and one bronze (bars) 

Xcel Bronze

-Taylor Bikowski of Wilton, CT: 5th on bars, 5th on floor, and 6th all-around

-Mylah Burch-Mead of Bethel, CT: 3rd on vault, 5th on floor, 9th all-around 

-Gracie Clifford of New Milford, CT: 5th on beam, 1st on floor, 5th all-around 

-Riley DeShay of Newtown, CT: 4th on floor and 8th all-around 

-Clara Dettmann of Danbury, CT: 1st on vault, 2nd on beam, 2nd on floor, 4th all-around

-Ellie Domingos of Brookfield, CT: 8th all-around 

-Anika Ericson of Bethel, CT: 2nd on bars, 9th all-around 

-Ziva Mathivanan of Bethel, CT: 2nd place on vault, 1st place on beam, 1st place on bars, and 2nd place all-around 

-Sofia Nascimento of Danbury, CT: 9th place all-around

-Annie Pucha of Danbury, CT: 10th place all-around

As a team Xcel Bronze placed 4th!

Level 2 gymnast Sophia Thompson of Westport, CT placed 2nd on floor and 6th all-around!

Level 7 gymnast Lydia Hodge of Bethel, CT finished off the weekend in spectacular fashion earning 3rd place on vault, 5th place on bars, 1st place on beam, 3rd place on floor, and 3rd place all-around.

]]> (Ashley Anton) Neighbors Mon, 24 Jan 2022 11:49:45 -0500
What is shingles? RVNAhealth discusses this painful and preventable condition

The pandemic has stolen many things from many people. Starting with lives and loved ones, and moving on to ceremonies, traditions, and rites of passage. Plus, infinite things in between.

For many, the pandemic has also put them behind health-wise, because who’s thinking about annual screenings and prevention when you’re not even comfortable leaving the house.

If you turned 50 in recent years, or in recent decades, and haven't gotten your Shingles vaccine yet, it's time to get moving. Shingles is painful, unappealing, and easily avoided.

“For many 50- and 60-year-olds, the specter of shingles is a vague and distant threat,” says John Apinis, RN, BSN, RVNAhealth’s Senior Director, Home Health. “Shingles sounds like something that will happen to someone else. But with statistics showing that 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 gets shingles, that ‘someone else’ may well be you. And shingles is something you don’t want to get.”

Shingles is a viral infection that causes an ‘angry, blistering” rash that can occur anywhere on your body. Very painful. Not pretty. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, sensitivity to light, and just to put you over the edge, itchiness.

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox, you are at risk for shingles. If you haven’t had chickenpox but are exposed to someone with chickenpox or shingles, regardless of your age, you will develop chickenpox first. 

Shingles can be intensely painful and can cause serious complications that last for a long time, including postherpetic neuralgia (or PHN, pain that continues long after the shingles blisters have cleared), vision loss, neurological problems, and skin infections.

The good news — finally! — is that Shingles is easily avoided by getting the two-dose vaccine, Shingrix, proven to be over 90% effective in preventing Shingles and the PHN that often accompanies it.

If you’re not already Shingles-vaccinated, it’s time to act. RVNAhealth offers the Shingrix vaccine at our Ridgefield location.
To make an appointment, or learn more, contact us at 203-438-5555 x1119 or


]]> (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Life Thu, 20 Jan 2022 05:56:17 -0500
Brookfield Library DIY Valentine's for First Responders and Healthcare Workers!

Brookfield Library Valentine Card Kit: spread some love and thanks to our first responders and healthcare workers!

Beginning Monday, January 24, you are invited to stop by The Brookfield Library and pick up a Valentine Card Kit with materials needed to make Valentines that will be delivered to first responders and healthcare workers.

Get creative! Decorate, add a sweet message, and return your cards to the Library by Wednesday, February 9!

Visit Brookfield Library online here.

]]> (HH) Life Wed, 19 Jan 2022 13:09:32 -0500
Lamont Issues Order Requiring Nursing Home Visitors Show Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative Test Result

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has issued an executive order (Executive Order No. 14F) directing all nursing homes in Connecticut to require visitors to either show proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recently tested negative for the virus in order to enter the facilities.

“We know that some of the people who are most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19 include those who live in nursing homes, which is why we need to be doing everything we can to protect them from this virus,” Governor Lamont said. “This is one more precaution we can implement at these facilities to keep them safe.”

Specifically, when entering nursing homes, visitors must:

  • Provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and, if eligible, under FDA or CDC guidance, have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster;
  • Provide paper or electronic proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from either a rapid antigen test that was completed within the previous 48 hours or a PCR test that was completed within the previous 72 hours; or
  • Take a rapid antigen test at the nursing home.

The order requires nursing homes to deny entrance to any visitor that tests positive for COVID-19 or who refuses to take a rapid antigen test. The order further provides, according to guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, that a nursing home cannot deny entrance to any visitor who is willing to take a rapid antigen test but is unable to do so because the nursing home is not able to provide a rapid antigen test.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health plans on distributing 50,000 rapid antigen tests to all nursing homes. These are to be used exclusively to facilitate safe visitation. Distribution will begin on Friday, January 21, 2022.

The order takes effect on Saturday, January 22, 2022.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Wed, 19 Jan 2022 12:24:00 -0500
Brookfield Residents Named to Dean's List at WCSU

The following Brookfield residents have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2021 semester at Western Connecticut State University:

Sarah Albuquerque, Marketing; Kathleen Alfano, Nursing; Mia Ballard, Exploratory Studies; Sophie Baluzy, Media Arts; Lylah Bottelsen, Mathematics; Joseph Brown, Justice and Law Administration; Andrea Capilupi, Nursing; Kiley Cassidy, Psychology; Gabriella Casturani, Health Promotion Studies; Rachael Chapman, Nursing; Jessica Cohen, Theatre Arts; Olivia Davidson, Communication; Vince Simon Diesta, Accounting; Zoe Drew, Nursing; Purvi Dudhedia, Justice and Law Administration; Lisa Emmerson, Nursing; Brian Emro, Professional Writing; Zaina Fayad, Psychology; Kyle Getz, Computer Science; Emily Greene, Exploratory Studies; Dianne Hollingsworth, Management; Zachary Honse, Business Administration; Alex Huang, Finance; Liriana Iljazi, Finance; Cailyn Jobin, Nursing; Emily Kappel, Accounting; Madison Katz, Nursing; Ezaan Khan, Biology; Shane Klesh, Management; Robert Knippel, Theatre Arts; Michael Kolf, Justice and Law Administration; Marchelle Lagueux, Nursing; Daisy Lowe, Performance Classical, Vocal; Justin Lyons, Applied Computing; Shaye McGee, Health Promotion Studies; Edwin Medina, Psychology; Alyssa Mitchell, Exploratory Studies; Minjo Mok, Audio & Music Production; Erica Morey, Justice and Law Administration; Adrian Murtishi, Management Information Systems; Seth Quattro, Nursing; Camryn Schilling, Anthropology/Sociology; Derrick Scott, Social Work; Logan Scribner, Exploratory Studies; Rachel Stenton, Biology; Kevin Terry, Marketing; Collin Theaman, Management Information Systems; Trinity Torres, Pre-Interdisciplinary Elementary Education; Hope Townley, Psychology; Chloe Vettorino, Marketing; Anna Weinstein, Social Work

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.


]]> (WCSU) Neighbors Wed, 19 Jan 2022 10:01:26 -0500
How to order your 4 free at-home test kits

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from

Here’s what you need to know about your order:

  • Limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free starting in late January

To secure your test kit please fill out this form.

*Image courtesy USPS

]]> (USPS) Neighbors Wed, 19 Jan 2022 08:25:11 -0500
Brookfield Parks & Recreation Winter Program Guide

The Brookfield Parks & Recreation Winter Program Guide is now available HERE.

Register by calling 203-775-7310 beginning today, Tuesday, Jan. 18th. 

Brookfield Parks & Recreation 162 Whisconier Road

Call 203-775-7310 or go online:

]]> (HH) Life Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:39:55 -0500
Brookfield Board of Finance is currently seeking candidates for an open position

Brookfield Board of Finance Open Position

The Board of Finance is currently seeking candidates for an open position. The position is open to all Brookfield registered Republicans (electors) who are interested in serving on the Board of Finance. Please submit your resume and statement of interest to the Brookfield Board of Finance at

The application deadline is January 28, and interviews will take place February 1 and February 2.

]]> (Town of Brookfield) Politics Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:31:40 -0500