Brookfield's HamletHub Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:11:02 -0500 Brookfield, Visit a Connecticut Christmas Tree Farm for a Joyful Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us! Get into the spirit of the season by visiting one of Connecticut’s picturesque Christmas tree farms. For a complete list of Christmas tree farms closest to Brookfield, please see below.

Connecticut’s some 500 Christmas tree farms are officially open for business, offering customers fresh Connecticut Grown trees. Not only is searching for the perfect tree a festive and time-honored family tradition, but it supports our state’s economy, the hardworking farmers, and our agriculture.

According to the Connecticut DEEP, nearly 4,000 acres of Connecticut farmland are planted with Christmas trees – the 13th largest acreage in the U.S. “The Christmas tree industry in Connecticut has grown significantly in recent years and now contributes about $10 million in annual economic activity,” they say.

Here is a list of the farms near Brookfield from Please make sure to call ahead, as HamletHub did not call each farm to verify the information below.

Drumlin Hill Farm
Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, Santa appearances, trees baled, 
440 Hulls Hill Road, Southbury
Phone: (475) 212-5440. Email: Open: 9 am to 4 pm pm every weekend from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Open: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Pa..please see website for details
Stuart's Greenhouse & Floral Station
Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, mistletoe, Christmas decorations, trees tied, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area
160 Baker Road, Roxbury
Phone: 860-355-1324. Fax: 860-355-2998. Email: Open: December 1st through December 25th; Monday through Sunday 9 am to 8 pm. Directions: From Bridgewater Mobil Station. Follow route 67 towards Southbury, Pass Wellers ..please see website for details
Averill Farm
Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas wreaths, trees baled, saws provided, free hot cider, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)
250 Calhoun Street, Washington Depot
Phone: 860-868-2777. Email: Open: from the day After Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, 9:30 am to dusk daily. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover.  
High View Tree Farm
Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas trees- you choose and we cut, Living Christmas trees (to plant later), trees tied, tree shaking provided, trees baled, free tree trimmings, saws provided, winter wagon rides, 
95 Turkey Plain Road, Bethel
Phone: 203 313-9556. Email: Open: Monday to Friday 12 pm to 5 Saturday to Sunday 9 am to 5. Directions: Rte 53. Payment: Cash, Check. 
Windswept Tree Farm
Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas wreaths, trees baled, saws provided, free hot chocolate, free hot cider, gift shop
12 Evergreen Lane, New Milford
Phone: (860) 355-9907. Email: Open: Friday After Thanksgiving - 9:30 am, All Other Fridays - 11 am Weekends - 9:30 am. Directions: We are located on Route 37 on the Sherman/New Milford town line.The farm is located on the N..please see website for details
Castle Hill Farm
Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, garlands, Christmas decorations, trees bagged, trees tied, saws provided, free hot cider, Fresh eggs, farm market, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area (bring your own food), pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
25 Sugar Lane, Newtown
Phone: 203-426-5487. Email: Open: Monday through Friday, from 2 pm to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am to 5 pm, Friday after Thanksgiving to December 24; Call for additional hours. Click here for current open hours, d..please see website for details
Sam's Tree Farm
Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, trees bagged, saws provided, 
138 Huntingtown Road, Newtown
Phone: 203-426-2170. Directions: Rte 25 South, 5 miles from Flagpole, Right on Meadowbrook Road, Left on Huntingtown Road for 1/4 mile. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in December. Open: Friday, Saturday and Sunday,..please see website for details
Lappala Christmas Tree Farm
Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, trees bagged, porta-potties
Corner Of Route 202 And Upland Road, New Milford
Phone: 860-354-3540. Email: Open: Friday November 27 from Noon - 4:00 Open Saturdays and Sundays Saturday after Thanksgiving through December 20 from 10 am to 4:00 pm. Directions: At the Corner of Route 202 And Upland Road, Northvi..please see website for details
Maple Row Tree Farm
Choose and cut Christmas Trees, pretagging allowed,  gift shop, Saw are Provided, restrooms, wrapping, hayrides, Gift Shop 
538 North Park Avenue, Easton
Phone: 203-261-9577. Email: Open: daily, 9 am to 4:30 pm from Friday before Thanksgiving - Till Christmas Eve at noon.  Directions: For a map and directions, click here. Hay Rides on  Weekends Only
Staib Tree Farm
Choose and cut Christmas Trees, pretagging allowed, 
49 Walnut Hill Road, Bethel
Phone: 203-748-1610. Email: Open: the first 2 Saturday and SUndays in December from 10 am to 4:00 PM. Directions : From Route 84 West take exit 9 and make a left at bottom of the ramp onto Route 25 South. Next turn right ont..please see website for details
Four Corners Farm
Choose and Cut Christmas trees, saws provided, FREE greens
55 Hattertown Road, Newtown

Many Christmas tree farms also offer more joys of the season including hayrides, Santa visits, hot cocoa, and a local market.

The Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association Department of Agriculture’s website has a brochure with more information on tree farms.

For a comprehensive list of tree farms in Connecticut, visit here.

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What is Chinese Dietary Therapy?

Chinese Medicine offers a unique way at not only perceiving the human body in terms of health but of food as well. Most books give you a set plan with a regimen and schedule to overcome your food goals. Whether you want to lose weight, eat healthier, or even acquire more energy, there are millions of diet texts explaining just that. However, in this blog, we talk about food from nature’s perspective.

Eastern Nutrition is not a diet, but a way of life.

By understanding the simple principles found in nature, we can start to incorporate them into our daily meals. Remember, our bodies are tiny microcosms that reflect the macrocosm of the vast Universe. In this blog, we will uncover the mystery of food to maximize abundant health and harmony. You don’t need to be a good cook, or even know anything about food. I say, “The less you know about food, the better!” First, let’s talk about the groundwork of eastern nutrition.

Five Flavors of Food (Well, Actually Six)

Eastern nutrition offers a very simple way of explaining the basic principles of food. For instance, the ancients understood that one should harmonize the five flavors into their daily diet. The flavors are; bitter, sour, spicy, salty, and sweet. When food does not contain any of the five tastes as mentioned above, it is considered to be bland (known as the sixth flavor). By understanding the five flavors, we understand that many Americans eat an unbalanced diet. For instance, almost all of us ingest a disproportionate amount of sweet, salty (MSG), and spicy foods, while, forgetting about bitter and sour tastes. But honestly, who wants to eat bitter and sour foods?

There is a method to the madness when it comes to using the five flavors for health purposes. Why should you incorporate different tastes in your diet? Well, as we mentioned, each organ system in the body incorporates their own acquired Chinese function. With that being said, each function resonates with a particular taste and temperature. Not only that, each unique food impacts a specific organ(s) system. By default, most foods will influence the Spleen and Stomach. Underneath, I added a list of the five main organs and there paired taste.

Heart – Bitter
Spleen – Sweet
Lung – Spicy
Kidney – Salt
Liver – Sour

Here is where understanding the five flavors begin to get confusing. Okay, so we now know that each food has a function, distinct taste/temperature, and a specific organ connection. Now, let’s talk Qi (energy). Each food we ingest has a unique energetic quality. These movements of food include; upward, downward, inward, and outward. For example, some foods move up and out, causing diaphoresis (sweating) such as spicy food. While others, move down which helps relieve symptoms such as, indigestion, abdominal fullness, and constipation (attributed to bitter foods). Lastly, inward-moving foods are often attributed to sour and salty.

In TCM, there is a subtle quality to food that we search for. For instance, grab a pinch of cinnamon from your spice cabinet and put some on the tip of your tongue. You will soon learn that not only is the taste sweet, but you may start to feel a warming quality. Underneath, I added some recommendations!


  • Winter: incorporate warmer foods; soups, teas, heavy (yin) foods. Add little salty and bitter food in Winter.
  • Spring: Foods should still be warm, add foods with a sour taste.
  • Summer: Lightly cook/steam your foods for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. Add bitter foods in the diet.
  • Autumn: Eat foods such as squash and corn since they are harvested during the fall season. Add spicy food into your diet during this season.

To learn more about Chinese Dietary Therapy, come to our one-hour presentation on “Eat Right For The Winter Season” Wednesday December 12th, 2018. Our address is SOPHIA Natural Health Center 31 Old Rte 7, Brookfield CT. The cost is free and there will be food tastings and recipes provided for all guests.

Chris Maslowski, L.Ac.
SOPHIA Natural Health Center

]]> (Chris Maslowski, L.Ac.) Life Tue, 11 Dec 2018 05:18:29 -0500
Bring Holiday Joy to Locals In Need: Join Fairfield County Bank & 98Q at Chick-fil-A in Brookfield Tomorrow!

98Q's 8th annual Bags & Bears

Join Fairfield County Bank this Saturday, December 8 from 10-3 at Chick-fil-A Brookfield, Connecticut as they sponsor and support DANBURY'S 98Q 8th Annual Bags & Bears benefitting local children in foster care through the Danbury Department of Children and Family Services.

A goal of 88 gift cards has been set for 2018 and Fairfield County Bank will deliver 10 gifts to 98Q's Rich Minor tomorrow! Only 78 more! 

98Q says gift cards for teens and older adults are needed! They will also be collecting:

  • New, unwrapped toys
  • Diaper bags with baby products
  • Toiletries
  • Art supplies, coloring books
  • Movie tickets

Visit 98Q online here for additional details.


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4th Annual Stuff A Cruiser Toy Drive hosted by the Brookfield Police Department on December 8

4th Annual Stuff A Cruiser Toy Drive hosted by the Brookfield Police Department will take place on December 8 from 10:00am - 4:00pm at Raymour and Flanigan Plaza, 14 Candlewood Lake Road.

Please bring a new, unwrapped gift. 

]]> (Town of Brookfield) Neighbors Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:05:00 -0500
What is Acupuncture Happy Hour at Sophia?

Have you ever heard about “Acupuncture Happy Hour”? Most likely not.

However, think of a time when you’ve gone to a restaurant during happy hour. What do you remember? Most memories include delicious food, mixed drinks and of course – the discounts.

It’s an hour to unwind and enjoy time with co-workers, a friend or even the family. In many ways, “Acupuncture Happy Hour” is very similar – minus the alcohol! In this short blog, I will explain what an “Acupuncture Happy Hour” is and why everyone should go.

Happy Hour for Health

Do you live with pain, stress or any health problems that concern you? At this Happy Hour for Health, we will begin to address your health needs.

Our clinical purpose is to help as many people as possible using natural medicine. Because of that, we are using a cost-effective method called auricular (ear) acupuncture. Through the ear Acupuncture method, we can greatly increase the healing prowess of one’s body. Guests leave rested, calmer and in better health.

When we think about happy hour, this phrase always rings a bell… It’s Always Happy Hour Somewhere

SOPHIA Natural Health is excited to announce “Acupuncture Happy Hour” EVERY Tuesday evening from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

During this Happy Hour for Health, we will allow all guests to enjoy and relax in a comfortable community atmosphere. There is no pressure to fill out medical paperwork. No lengthy lines. The only requirement is to come in and to sign a quick waiver of treatment consent. No other qualifications needed.

It’s always happy hour somewhere – why not at SOPHIA Natural Health Center!

The Most “Buzzing” Happy Hour in Brookfield

When we think of a “buzzing” happy hour, we think about being served signature cocktails, shareable plates, and attractively low prices. Instead, at this Happy Hour for Health, we will be serving up Acupuncture for $10 per person. As for our Veteran population, they will be served completely on the house. Just show us a military ID or DD-214 when you come in.

Speaking of “buzzing”, all who leave our Happy Hour, will buzz from head to toe with better health.

What’s on the Menu?

For the main course, a 20-minute treatment will help reduce stress, rest and reset the nervous system and can temporarily reduce aches and pains. Acupuncture has been shown through research to help with anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic pain, headaches and much more.

For dessert, all money collected will go to numerous charities such as Veterans groups, toys-for-tots and many more. Now, that’s sweet!

Come join us EVERY Tuesday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at SOPHIA Natural Health Center. No appointments needed. Just walk in. Our office address is 31 Old Route 7, Brookfield, CT. For more information, call 203-303-9830.


]]> (Chris Maslowski, L.Ac.) Places Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:28:45 -0500
Suspected Gun Is Portable Light Stand at WCSU

University identifies the object that prompted shutdown

After a thorough investigation, police have determined that the sighting of a "gun" which was reported at the Western Connecticut State University Visual and Performing Arts Center on Nov. 20 was actually a portable light stand.

Security cameras in the building captured photos of a person carrying the light stand. A student later carried the same piece of equipment past the classroom where a student called 911 to report seeing a man with a gun.

After examining the photos, a witness who had been in the classroom acknowledged that the tripod-like light stand, and the student carrying the stand with a shoulder-slung book bag, matched the description from the 911 call. This was corroborated by additional witness accounts.

WCSU President Dr. John Clark expressed relief that in fact there had been no gun on campus, and praised the investigative work of the University Police, the Connecticut State Police and Danbury Police. He also praised the patience and understanding of the students, faculty and staff over the past two weeks. He gave special recognition and praise to the student who made the initial 911 call.

"She took the exact, right action and should be congratulated for it," Clark said.

"Our entire university community must remain vigilant after this last incident," Clark added. "Everyone must follow a simple rule for safety and security. If you see a suspicious person or activity and even have a doubt, call the police and 911 immediately.  The old axiom, better be safe than sorry certainly applies here."

"This has been a difficult, traumatic time for us," Clark said. "We want to believe that our university is safe and secure, and any indication that we aren't, causes anxiety and anger. I thank everyone involved for their patience and for sharing their concerns. We need to make sure that everyone's questions are answered and that help and assistance are provided to all students, faculty, and staff who experienced this incident."

While this incident did not involve an actual gunman, Clark said the university is determined to implement a number of improvements to campus security based on the recommendation the administration has received from faculty, staff and students.

Some actions have already been taken. Campus police have increased foot patrols in the Visual and Performing Arts Center, Counseling Center staff has provided additional support and outreach to the campus community and several hundred more people have signed up to receive notices through the campus emergency notification system. Changes to infrastructure of the center are being considered to improve communication within the building as well as access controls. Additional training for all members of the campus community is also being developed. An assessment of the entire incident is being conducted, which will result in recommendations to cover the range of possible emergency situations that may arise on either WCSU campus.

Clark said he is working toward starting the improvements and additional training protocols as soon as possible.

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

]]> (Sherri Hill) Public safety Thu, 06 Dec 2018 07:51:34 -0500
The Results of Natural Nutmeg Magazine’s 10BEST Awards

The Results from the Nutmeg 10BEST Awards Are In…

…And SOPHIA Was Rated Best in the Categories: Chinese Medicine / Acupuncture and Best Naturopath for Yarilis Vazquez, ND!

Not sure what awards we’re talking about? SOPHIA Natural Health recently participated in Natural Nutmeg Magazine’s 2nd Annual 10BEST Reader’s Choice Awards this past September. Readers nominated their favorite Connecticut holistic practitioner/business from selected categories and we are proud to announce that SOPHIA Natural Health Center’s was in the top 10 nominations in both Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture AND Naturopathic Doctor! 

Thanks to the help of our current and past patients, we were able to be rated in the top 10! We will be featured in a special Natural Nutmeg issue coming out in December. You can visit the Natural Nutmeg website to find out where to pick up your free copy.

]]> (SOPHIA Natural Health Center) Life Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:37:39 -0500
Eversource Launches New Outage Map

As part of its ongoing efforts to better meet the needs of customers, Eversource now has a new, state-of-the-art outage map that provides comprehensive information allowing customers to zero-in on details related to an outage at their home or business. With one click on the new outage map, customers can view up-to-the-minute outage information, including the number of customers affected, the time and cause of the outage, and an estimated time of restoration.  Customers can also now report an outage using new features on the enhanced map.

“We routinely engage with our communities and customers to see how we can improve their interaction with us, and the enhancements to our outage map are in direct response to requests for more detailed information during a power outage,” said Eversource Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Penni Conner.  “Our new interactive map provides our customers with the critical and detailed information they value most – particularly how long an outage will take to repair. These upgrades highlight the many ways we are always working to serve our customers better.”

Eversource launched its first phase of an ongoing effort to improve customer outage communications in December 2016, with the enhanced customer notification system. That feature provides customers with outage information and updates in the method they chose– text message, email, or phone. Customers have since shared positive feedback with the energy company related to the availability of more timely information. The newly enhanced outage map is the latest upgrade providing customers with the greater level of detail they requested.

Click here to view a short video on how to use the new outage map.


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WCSU theatre arts department to present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Western Connecticut State University Department of Theatre Arts will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” from Thursday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 9. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6 (High School/Student Preview Night), and at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8; with 2 p.m. matinees on Dec. 8 and 9.

The performance will be on the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. For tickets, go to Click or tap if you trust this link."> or call (203) 837-8732.

The production is a well-known musical comedy, centered on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, which is run by three equally quirky adults. According to Music Theatre International, the eclectic group of students compete in the “spelling championship of a lifetime” while candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives. The tweens also “spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming ‘ding’ of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.”

Based on the book by Rachel Sheinkin, the added music and lyrics of William Finn help to bring this story to life. The 2005 Broadway production by James Lapine was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. The show has also inspired numerous other productions throughout the United States and across the world.

The cast includes Krista Allen, of East Hampton, as Logainne Schwartzandgrubinerre; Nathan Clift, of Trumbull, as William Barfée; Lu DeJesus, of New Haven, as Mitch Mahoney, Colin Gallaher, of Wappingers Falls, New York, as Leaf Coneybear; Emma Giorgio, of Ridgefield, as Olive Ostrovsky; Tony Harkin, of New Milford, as Chip Tolentino; Izzy Mercaldo, of Brookfield, as Marcy Park/Movement Coach; Jessica Schwartz, of Brookfield, as Rona Lisa Peretti; and Dominick Ventrella, of Ridgefield, as Douglas Panch.

The crew includes Director Phillip George, Music Director Howard Kilik, Assistant Director Chelsea Weaver, Production Stage Manager Sarah Renzoni, Lighting Designer Stef Carr, Costume Designer Jessica Bowe and Set Designer Abigail Bueti.

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

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Brookfield Library Open Tomorrow, Live Stream of President George H.W. Bush Funeral

The Brookfield Library will be open Wednesday, December 5

Tomorrow is a national day of mourning for President George H.W. Bush.

For anyone who would like to watch the funeral tomorrow, the library will live stream the service, in the Community Room, beginning at 11:00 am. We also have a display on the main floor with information and resources about the late President.

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Local mom, educator talks cyberbullying, suicide, She Mattered at Brookfield Library

   "She Mattered" on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. at The Brookfield Library

"My Daughter, Alexa, took her life at 14 years of age.  SHE MATTERED."

Debra Berman, a mother, educator, and survivor of suicide loss, will present a program at The Brookfield Library, "She Mattered,” on Thursday, December 6.

Debra’s daughter, Alexa, was born in Russia, and at age three was adopted by the Bermans. She was a sweet, bright, creative, sensitive girl, with many interests--she passionately loved dancing, reading, music and had a love for animals. When she entered 8th grade, she was ostracized by several girls who had formerly been close friends and she became the subject of continuous cyberbullying.  Three days before her daughter was to start high school, she took her own life.

This tragic loss compelled Debra Berman to tell her story in order to raise awareness and educate others about the dangers of bullying and cyberbullying.  Her hope is that people receive her message that kindness, tolerance and inclusion matter, and most of all, that people realize that they have the power to change the outcome. 

This adult program is also open to students, grades 7 and up. Caregivers and all who work with children, especially teens are encouraged to attend.

For more information, She Mattered website

Preview - She Mattered

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Immaculate High School's Field Hockey and Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams Win State Championships

The Immaculate High School Mustangs had a tremendous Fall season, including winning the State titles for the Field Hockey and Girls and Boys Cross Country teams.  Seven out of the eight Fall athletic teams qualified for State Tournaments, and the season produced three State championship wins, four State championship finalists, one Southwest Conference (SWC) Champion and two regular season Patriot Division winners. Immaculate was represented strongly in postseason play this season, creating a school record for the number of teams in a single season in the playoffs.

Field Hockey won the Class S State Championship. They defeated #1 seed Granby Memorial in a 3-0 shutout in the final game; this is the first time Field Hockey won the State title in school history. The girls entered the Class S Tournament as the #3 seed after finishing first in the SWC Patriot Division. After a tough loss to Pomperaug in the SWC Championship, the girls avenged their loss by capturing the State title. The team was lead by their All-State award winners Madison Halas ‘19 of Danbury, Lauren Oskam ‘20 of Ridgefield, Kristen Cirone ‘19 of Newtown and Celia Preveza ‘21 of Danbury. Celia, Madison, and Lauren also were awarded All-SWC honors as well. The Field Hockey team also had four All-Patriot Division award winners in Kristin Cirone, Molly Coyle ‘20 of Brookfield, Mackenzy Garden ‘19 of Danbury and Stephanie Faria ‘19 of New Fairfield. The team flourished under coaches Shannon Horosky and Matt Ariniello.

Girls Cross Country had an exceptional season finishing first in the Patriot Division and the SWC Conference Championship, winning the Class SS State Championship, becoming the State Open runner-up and finishing third at the New England Championship meet. They had six All-SWC runners, three making First Team All-SWC and three making Second Team All-SWC. The three First Team runners are Taylor Mascetta ‘19 of Danbury, Ailene Doherty ‘21 of Danbury and Kaitlyn Segreti ‘21 of Danbury and the three Second Team runners are Angela Saidman ‘19 of Bethel, Natalie Dudas ‘19 of Redding and Christina Carboni ‘19 of Danbury. Taylor, Ailene, Kaitlyn and Angela were also named CIAC All-State athletes.

Boys Cross Country were Class SS State Champions, a first in school history. The team was lead by All-SWC award winner Drew Mitchell ‘20 of Brookfield as well as Honorable Mention awardees Ryan McNerney ‘20 of Sandy Hook, Parker McKenzie ‘19 of Newtown and James Sullivan ‘20 of Redding. Drew Mitchell was also named a CIAC All-State athlete.

Coach Brian Hayes was awarded the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in the State of Connecticut.

Girls Soccer ended their fantastic season 12-3-1 with an appearance in the SWC and State Championship finals, where they were runner-ups in a hard-fought States game against Old Lyme by 2-1. The team did have a tournament win 4-0 against East Granby and defeated Coginchaug 3-0 in the semifinals. The Lady Mustangs have two All-State and All-SWC players in Kayla Mingachos ‘19 of Danbury and Avery Jarboe ‘19 of Danbury, along with three All-Patriot League players in Meryl McKenna ‘21 of Brookfield, Lauren Manning ‘22 of Bridgewater and Madison Bourque ‘22 of New Fairfield. The girls have a lot to be proud of after a great season, and Coach Nelson Mingachos will be back next year in hopes of reaching the State Finals again.

Boys Soccer had a fantastic postseason run after a tough start for this year’s season. The Mustangs finished 7-8-1 and qualified for the State Tournament. The Mustangs (#23), for the first time in 20 years, won their way to the State Tournament quarterfinals by winning two road games against #10 Hale Ray 2-0 and #5 St. Paul 3-1. The team was lead by the core of All-State and All-SWC award winner Quinn Guth ‘20 of Brookfield, along with All-Patriot award winners captains Michael Basile ‘19 of Bethel, Ryan Fanella ‘19 of New Milford, and David Talarico ‘19 of Danbury. The boys did a great job representing Immaculate High School and carrying on the winning culture in Immaculate Athletics under the guidance of Coach Steven Carneiro.

After a losing record and missing out on the playoffs a year ago, Coach Monica Ortega and the Immaculate Volleyball Team turned the program around, qualifying for the SWC and State tournament for the first time in school history. The team finished 10-10, and also had a great State Tournament run advancing all the way to the quarterfinals, including wins against  Morgan (3-2) in the first rounds of States and then St. Paul in five sets. The team was led by All-Patriot award winners Gabrielle Rynne ‘20 of Danbury and Alissa Brugnatelli ‘20 of Brewster. The team also was awarded the SWC Sportsmanship Award for the fourth time in five years.

Girls Swim (a co-op with Bethel High School) also had a great season this year. The following team members competed at the State Class L Trials Championship meet: 200 Medley Relay team of Cheyanne James ‘19 of Southbury, Kristen LeFebvre ’19 of Ridgefield, Lauren Petta ’20 of Brookfield and Arianna Petta ‘22 of Brookfield, who placed 14th; Cheyanne James for the 50-Freestyle who placed 22nd and qualified for the finals, and Arianna Petta in the 100 Butterfly; Lauren Petta for the 100 Breastroke; Arianna Petta, Maya Velez ‘20 of Danbury, Kristen LeFebvre and Aislin Blair ‘19 of Danbury for the 200 Freestyle and placed 16th; and Aislin Blair, Kristen LeFebvre, Cheyanne James and Lauren Petta for the 400 Freestyle Relay and placed 17th.

Besides Cheyanne James, all three relays qualified for Class L State Finals, where, Cheyanne James placed 21st in the 100 butterfly and the 200 Medley Relay team of Devin McGovern ‘21 of Brookfield, Cheyanne James, Lauren Petta and Arianna Petta placed 11th. Also, the 200 yard Freestyle Relay team of Aislin Blair, Kristen Lefebvre, Arianna Petta and Devin McGovern placed 16th, and the 400 yard freestyle Relay Team of Devin McGovern, Aislin Blair, Cheyanne James and Lauren Petta placed 17th.

Congratulations to the swim team, and to Lauren Petta who broke the team and Immaculate records for the 100 Breastroke, Farrah Volpintesta (Bethel ’20) who won the Class L Diving Championship and who is the new team record holder for points scored in diving and Devin McGovern who was awarded with All-Conference Honorable Mention for her efforts this season.

ATI Football, a co-op with Abbott Tech, had a strong year finishing 7-3 and just missing out on a State Tournament bid, finishing 9th in Class M. The team finished the season beating O’Brien 36-14 on Senior Day and defeating MCW United 48-6 for their Thanksgiving game. The team was lead on offense by captain Matt Christe ‘19 of Brookfield, who lead the team in touchdowns with 17 on the season. Defensively, Tommy Fahey ‘21 of Danbury finished in the top three in the State in interceptions with 10.

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, personal commitments and service to others.  Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system.


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Brookfield Police Hold 4th Annual Stuff-A-Cruiser Toy Drive on Decmeber 8

The Brookfield Police Department is very pleased to announce that our 4th annual Stuff-A-Cruiser Toy Drive is on Saturday, December 8, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Raymour & Flanigan Plaza in Brookfield, 14 Candlewood Lake Road. Look for the giant inflatable Santa! A toy donation is required to enter a Raymour and Flanigan drawing to win two $100 gift cards. KICKS 105.5 will be playing music; Candlewood Coffee will serve delicious premium mountain-grown coffee; Chick-fil-A Brookfield will offer delightful chocolate chip cookies and the famous cow mascot will be available for photo ops! 

Please bring a new, unwrapped gift and together we will make a difference this holiday season for the children at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital.

If you cannot make it to the toy drive and still wish to participate, there is a toy drop box in the lobby of our Police Department (63 Silvermine Road), which is already starting to fill up! Pssst … we’re open 24/7. 

Visit our Facebook page at Brookfield Police Department - CT for more details.  

]]> (Brookfield Police) Charities Mon, 03 Dec 2018 13:13:52 -0500
15th Annual Bock & Blu Concert in Brookfield on December 14

A concert to benefit the Brookfield District Music Department Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:00 PM at Brookfield High School Auditorium Brookfield's own Bock & Blu are a ten-piece band led by Steely Dan arranger Gary Blu featuring Barbara Bock & Timmy Maia on vocals.

Join them and other guests along with the Brookfield High School Band, the Brookfield High School Chorus, the Brookfield High School Drum Line, the Whisconier Middle School Band, the Whisconier Middle School Chorus, and the Huckleberry Hill 4th Grade Chorus for an evening of inspiring music and holiday cheer!

Purchase tickets at Brookfield Parks & Rec 203-775-7310 Students & Seniors $5.00, Adults $10.00 Tickets also available at the door.

Visit Bock & Blu online here to learn more.

]]> (Bock & Blu) Events Mon, 03 Dec 2018 13:09:44 -0500
Huckleberry School Project heads to Town Meeting after Town Board approval

The Board of Education, the Board of Selectman and now the Board of Finance have all unanimously approved the Huckleberry School project to go to a town meeting and then to a referendum to allow the voters of Brookfield to make the decision to build a new school.

This new school would replace Center School and Huckleberry Hill School with one new building while bringing fifth grade back down to the new school and allow the removal of the portables at Whisconier. Thank you to the Strategic Facilities Committee and the Boards of Education, Selectmen, and Finance for your careful and thorough work in unanimously moving the project forward.

 Click here to view the 6-minute video that outlines the project vision and rationales.

New School Intro 11-28-18

]]> (Town of Brookfield) Life Mon, 03 Dec 2018 13:01:56 -0500