Brookfield's HamletHub Fri, 27 Nov 2020 17:34:59 -0500 Holiday Gift of Broadway from ACT of Connecticut, One Night Only

A One Night Special Livestream Event Airs December 12

Join ACT of CT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, Executive Director Katie Diamond, and Music Supervisor Bryan Perri as they “unwrap” all of ACT of CT's incredible productions to date. In this special livestream event, you’ll be given a backstage pass to see how ACT of CT’s musicals are conceived, designed, rehearsed, and finally put on stage!
And… you'll be amazed at what it takes to produce a musical. Hear from some of the stars, directors, and choreographers from ACT of CT's past productions, and the best part... you’ll get to experience some of your favorite ACT of CT musicals again! With songs and scenes from ACT of CT’s Mamma Mia!, Evita, Working, Austen’s Pride, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, and The Last Five Years – you’ll be overjoyed reliving some of your favorites! And, if you were not able to catch all of ACT of CT’s past shows, you’ll now have an opportunity to see what you missed! A perfect pre-holiday gift to open, you’ll love Broadway Unwrapped!!!!
This special one-hour livestream event airs on December 12th.

While donations are appreciated, this is a gift from all of us to all of you to enjoy!! 
Click HERE to secure your link for this special livestream event! or visit
]]> (ACT of Connecticut) Events Fri, 27 Nov 2020 08:23:50 -0500
Lamont’s 2020 Thanksgiving message: people have come forward from all corners to help and volunteer

On the eve of Thanksgiving, Governor Ned Lamont delivered the following message to the residents of Connecticut:

This year, our family’s table will have fewer people gathered around it than we’re used to. It’s tempting to see that as another sign of the times, but I choose to see it as a reminder of the inspiring efforts made by the everyday people of Connecticut to make this meal possible for us all. Words cannot express how grateful I am to live in a state where its residents look after one another, respect one another, and offer help when someone is in need. For that I thank you.

At this time of year it’s traditional to take time to reflect on what’s most important in our lives and express gratitude. Like so many things during this past year, it’s hard to find comfort in this familiar custom when there are reminders of the strangeness of the times all around us.

There’s no way to put on a cheerful face and pretend that everything is whole when we’ve lost so much. The virus has cost the lives of over 250,000 Americans, the jobs and livelihoods of countless more, and robbed us all of our everyday reality.

And yet there’s hope and plenty to be grateful for.

The adversity of this moment has reminded us how inspiring and courageous our fellow citizens are who have made sacrifices on our behalf. Connecticut’s doctors, nurses, and other public health workers have worked tirelessly through unthinkably long hours while putting their own safety at risk. Medical professionals have come out of retirement to provide assistance to hospitals and nursing homes, where the help is sorely needed. Our state has seen an outpouring of support from nonprofit partners who’ve stepped up to the plate to provide aid and services to those suffering.

Connecticut’s teachers, some of the best in the country, have risen to the challenge of educating our children – a challenge in the best of times, as many of us found out first hand – while adapting to a remote environment.

All that is to say nothing of the ordinary Connecticut folks who have volunteered their time. People have come forward from all corners to man testing sites, deliver food to those in quarantine, and facilitate voting to ensure our democracy continues to thrive. Many have cared for their neighbors who are most at risk by delivering supplies to spare them from danger.

We have a lot to be thankful for.

At this moment, we also have hope in the form of a number of promising vaccines on the horizon. With this hope, despite the fatigue we all feel at having been deprived of even the most basic human interaction, it’s more important than ever that we honor the efforts and sacrifice of our fellow Connecticut residents by staying vigilant. It’s not easy, but the more we express our collective thanks by keeping each other safe when there are treatments so close at hand, the sooner we can get back to the life that we so dearly miss.

In the meantime, despite the impact COVID has had on volunteerism, there are still countless ways to step up and give back throughout this holiday season and beyond. Connecticut charities need your help more than ever – so consider donating time safely or supporting them however you can. We’re still one big family and in this together.

From my family to yours, I wish each of you a warm and happy Thanksgiving.


]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:32:37 -0500
Fun facts from OrthoConnecticut as you carve your turkey


The skin on the palm side of our hand is very unique.

It grows no hair.  

It does not have the ability to tan.

It is tough and durable, but also sensitive enough to discriminate between a quarter and a nickel in your pocket.

The skin is anchored to the bone through an intermediate layer of fascia, which prevents the skin from sliding around like a rubber glove.

Fingerprints provide friction to allow us to grasp and hold onto objects.

These fun facts are just the tip of the iceberg. The OrthoConnecticut team of fellowship-trained, board-certified hand and wrist surgeons know the ins and outs of palms, fingers, wrists….you name it.

So whether you need schooling on little known facts about your hand or skilled surgical proficiency, come to the experts. The Hand Center at OrthoConnecticut is ready to care for you.

]]> (OrthoConnecticut) Life Wed, 25 Nov 2020 07:16:54 -0500
Ready-to-Catch Fish Stocked in Select CT Lakes and Ponds Including Squantz!

DEEP Announces Special Bonus Fishery of Lake Trout

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is pleased to announce a surprise “bonus fishery,” recently stocking close to 500 Lake Trout in select waters around the state!

Averaging between 24-36 inches in length, and weighing between 5-7 pounds, these fish are ready to catch in the following waterbodies, stocked last week: Winchester Lake, Coventry Lake, Tyler Lake, Squantz Pond, and Bigelow Pond. There is no expectation that these fish will holdover for an extended period of time (years) or that they will reproduce. The intent in stocking them is strictly to provide Connecticut anglers with a specialty fishery, enhancing late season and winter fishing opportunities.

The fish come from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Berkshire National Fish Hatchery out of New Marlborough, Massachusetts, where they raise Lake Trout for restoration efforts in the Lower Great Lakes. 

Historically, Lake Trout used to be reared by the state of Connecticut and stocked into a handful of lakes around the state; stocking ceased in 1967 and was likely attributed to poor survival in the wild.  The current harvest state record dates back to 1918, for a fish caught out of Lake Wononskopomuc that weighed a whopping 29 lbs. 13 oz.! 

While these recently stocked fish won’t break the state record in the harvest category (the largest fish by weight), they should provide the catch of a lifetime for many, and for the possibility of filling the state record in the “Catch & Release” (the largest fish by length) category created just this year. For more information on state record fish and the Trophy Fish Award program, please click here.

As Lake Trout are considered trout along with brooks, browns, rainbows, and tigers, there will be no special rules or regulations applied with this specialty stocking; therefore, the standard statewide regulation of 5 trout per day applies to all stocked Lake Trout as well. The lone exception is in Squantz Pond during the month of March, when there is a 16” minimum length daily creel limit of 1 trout.

Please share photos of the Lake Trout you catch with us on Facebook! Also, please complete this survey after each Lake Trout fishing trip. Results from surveys like this help us better manage our fisheries and provide you with the opportunity to provide data/comments that factor into our decision-making process. Good luck, and please continue to practice social distancing if venturing out for a fishing trip. Tight lines!

]]> (CT DEEP) Life Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:55:33 -0500
Brookfield Police Department 6th Annual Stuff a Cruiser Toy Drive On December 12

Brookfield Police Department 6th Annual Stuff a Cruiser Toy Drive On December 12 from 10am - 4pm at 84 Federal Road

Please bring your new, unwrapped gift to the address above (parking lot next to Five Guys and Kohl's). Look for the banner!

Download the flyer here for additional information including gift ideas and suggestions.

]]> (HH) Events Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:35:06 -0500
Connecticut COVID Update: Additional 5,271 Cases, 4.83% Daily Test Positivity

Data updates on testing in Connecticut from Gov. Ned Lamont

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary


Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable)



COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)



Daily Test Positivity



Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19



COVID-19 Associated Deaths



County-by-county breakdown of current COVID-19 hospitalizations:


Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Fairfield County


Hartford County


Litchfield County


Middlesex County


New Haven County


New London County


Tolland County


Windham County




For a series of interactive graphs and maps that provide additional data, including metrics related to age, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as data broken down by every town and city in Connecticut, visit and click the link that is labeled, “Data Tracker.”

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit Residents can also subscribe to text message alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Anyone who is out-of-state or requires a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms are strongly urged to contact their medical provider.



]]> (City of Danbury) Todays events Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:46:34 -0500
Brookfield COVID Update: 67 New Cases, Schools in Full Remote, Public School Dashboard, and More

COVID Cases in Brookfield 
As of yesterday, Thursday the 20th of November, Brookfield is still in the Red Zone.
In the last two weeks reported we have 67 new cases of the virus in Brookfield. That moves our rate per 100K residents up to 28.1 from22.3 last week. The threshold to be in the red zone is 15 cases per 100K residents. Total cases in Brookfield are now reported as 367 since the start of the pandemic. We remain with 9 deaths in town and now have 10 residents who have been hospitalized. There are now over 145 towns and cities in CT classified in the red zone or orange zone. Positivity rate in Brookfield is now 5.9%, up from 4.8% reported last week. Transmission continues to be a result of social gatherings, family gatherings and larger group gatherings at restaurants, where masks are not worn and social distancing is violated. 
The Governor has halted all high school and league sports.
An employee in the Parks and Rec office has become ill. The employee was tested for the virus and the test was negative. However, in an abundance of caution, all employees in the office are quarantining and the office will remain closed next week.
 DECD will start accepting applications for the Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program. Small businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut with a 2019 annualized payroll of less than $1.5 million OR 20 or fewer employees can receive a one-time grant of $5,000. All funding will be disbursed by the end of December and will not require repayment.
The state has launched new technology to help stop the spread of COVID-19 among our residents and families. With support from Apple and Google, we launched COVID Alert CT, a notification app to inform you of possible exposure to COVID-19 – all without disclosing your location or personal information.
This app is only as successful as the number of people who use it, which is why we ask that you share this information with employees, colleagues, family, and friends.
The app is available in multiple languages and can be used on Android and iPhone. Use the following link to download the Android app from the Google Play Store or click here to learn how to enable the app through the settings on your iPhone. 
The schools, due to having a rate of over 25 cases per 100K residents, has gone into full remote mode. The schools have developed a new dashboard which we share here:
Center Elementary School
1 Staff COVID Positive
1 Students COVID Positive
19 Staff Currently in Quarantine Due to Close Contact
33 Students currently in Quarantine Due to Close Contact
Huckleberry Hill Elementary School
1 Staff COVID Positive
1 Students COVID Positive
7 Staff Currently in Quarantine Due to Close Contact
20 Students currently in Quarantine Due to Close Contact
Whisconier Middle School
1 Staff COVID Positive
1 Students COVID Positive
15 Staff Currently in Quarantine Due to Close Contact
46 Students currently in Quarantine Due to Close Contact
Brookfield High School
2 Staff COVID Positive
1 Students COVID Positive
21 Staff Currently in Quarantine Due to Close Contact
115 Students currently in Quarantine Due to Close Contact
 There are four categories in the Coding system. The Red zone indicates municipalities that have an average daily COVID-19 case rate over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population. The orange zone indicates those that have case rates between 10 to 14 cases per 100,000 population. The yellow zone indicates municipalities that have case rates between 5 and 9 per 100,000 population, and those indicated in gray have case rates lower than five per 100,000 population.
COVID-19 Community Alert Infographic:
COVID-19 Community Alert Map is posted here at 4:00 pm on Thursdays: 
The case rates will be included in the detailed data report that DPH publishes every Thursday, which will also be posted on the Data Tracker webpage:
DPH Stay at Home Advisory:
Executive Order 9K on Phase 2.1:
Latest guidance and Sector Rules:
Questions on the reopening phases can be emailed to
Questions on sports guidance can be emailed to
State Testing Locations:
Questions on testing can be emailed to
Community Resources Page:
Questions on testing can be emailed to
2-11 COVID-19 Resources Page:
State Department of Education Revised Addendum 4:
]]> (Steve Dunn, First Selectman) Neighbors Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:11:27 -0500
Connecticut updated sector rules released regarding team sports, gyms, and fitness centers

Governor Lamont signs 81st executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 81st since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus. Executive Order No. 9M enacts the following provisions:

  • DECD authority to enact rules for all sports activities: Expands authority of the commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development to establish mandatory safety rules to all sports.
  • Renewals of certain permits extended: To promote compliance with pandemic-related restrictions on sales of liquor, extends the renewal period for certain liquor permits and refunds certain renewal fees already paid.
  • Extending authorization for online continuing education for plumbers and electricians: Extends to February 9, 2021 the time during which plumbers and electricians may satisfy continuing education requirements through online learning.
  • Extended deadlines for continuing education for plumbers and electricians: Extends to February 9, 2021 the deadline for electricians and plumbers to complete their continuing education requirements while allowing them to renew licenses according to original deadlines.

Updated sector rules released regarding team sports, gyms, and fitness centers

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development today published updated sector rules regarding team sports, as well as gyms and fitness centers. These rules take effect Monday, November 23.

Some of the new rules include:

  • All team sporting activities, except collegiate and professional, are prohibited until January 19, 2021.
  • All team scrimmages, competitions, camps, clinics, and tournaments including all interscholastic, “pick-up” games, and other informal athletic activities prohibited.
  • “Team” is defined as a group of more than four people jointly engaged in an organized or recreational athletic activity on a court, field, etc.
  • Masks are now required in all gyms and fitness centers with no exceptions.
  • Fitness classes have been reduced to 25 percent capacity.

For the full rules released today, click here.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:58:57 -0500
Danbury Music Centre Announces 2020 Virtual Nutcracker Celebration Party on Dec. 12

The Danbury Music Centre is thrilled to announce that on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5:30pm, the show will go on!

A virtual Nutcracker Celebration Party has been planned as a way to gather together as a community, celebrate the season, and help support future DMC Nutcracker productions. Artistic Directors Arthur Fredric and Lisa Denton will host the livestream event, which will feature a viewing of the 2019 DMC Nutcracker Ballet preceded by interviews and appearances by special Nutcracker stars and contributors from over the Danbury Music Centre’s many years.
Guests include such Nutcracker royalty as the Mayor of Danbury, Mark Boughton; conductors Ariel Rudiakov, Jim Humphreville, and Richard Price; designers/choreographers Dody Flynn, Arnold Daley, and Peter Petrino; and sit down interviews at intermission with the 2019 Sugar Plum and Cavalier, Clara and Prince, and more.
Donations to view the production begin at $10.00, with a special VIP pre-show party live via Zoom at 5:00PM for contributors of $100 or more. Please visit or the DMC facebook page for more information and to join the celebration. The Danbury Music Centre will continue to bring the magic of the Nutcracker to the community this year in a truly unique way and allow viewers to enjoy a Danbury tradition that has become a holiday treasure. 
For more information about this virtual event, please contact the Danbury Music Centre at (203) 748-1716 or
]]> ( Laura Flachbart) Events Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:53:34 -0500
Teen Mindfulness in December at Brookfield Library

Brookfield Library presents Teen Mindfulness Thursday, December 3 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Prabha Makayee will lead a guided meditation session for teens and their family members. This program will take place on Zoom. Zoom info will be sent prior to the event. No camera or microphone necessary to participate.

Starting in November, Teen Mindfulness is going monthly! Our upcoming dates will be:
December 3
January 7

Topics covered may include: Gratitude takes Guts, Self Sabotage to Self Love, I am the Boss of Me, I Want Answers, Failure is the Key, and Worrier to Warrior, and many more!

Prabha Makayee is an educator and mindfulness leader who has been offering mindfulness sessions to libraries in the area for the past year. She'll use anecdotal reflections and interaction to help bring the benefits of mindfulness to all with one second, one thought, one breath strategy. The session centers around guided mindfulness, and there is time for both silence and open discussion at the end. 

Register here or email to receive the Zoom room information.

]]> (Brookfield Library) Events Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:20:14 -0500
Ann's Place Virtual 2020 Holidays@Home Festival of Trees is Live!

Come one, come all! Let’s make holiday magic in the tradition of “Festival”. Only this year, enjoy Ann’s Place annual Festival of Trees from the comfort and safety of your own home!

The 2020 Holidays@Home Festival of Trees to benefit Ann’s Place is an exciting and totally re-imagined online event. You and your family can participate in three new, fun and creative challenges now through December 5th. The engaging and entertaining Festival contests will generate CASH prizes, all the while helping to raise funds for Ann’s Place FREE cancer services. This event has raised over $3.4 million since 2003 to support area cancer patients.

Create some holiday magic at your house by entering 1, 2, or 3 of the creative challenges or vote for your favorite entries to win by donating to Ann’s Place. Spread holiday excitement and encourage a little competition and lots of caring this season.

Another “don’t miss” is holiday shopping in Festival’s Click & Bid Auction. The auction and all 3 challenges are available at

The Three Challenges:

Decorate a Tree or Holiday Item

Decorate your creative holiday entry for an online audience, including your grandparents in Florida! You decide size, theme, color, live or artificial. Have photographs ready when you register.

Opportunity to win from $250 up to $2,000 cash if you capture the most votes!

Think Outside the Box: Upcycle Sculpture Challenge

Take a break from remote work and home studies! Put your heads together to create a sculpture using a box as the foundation. Pick a theme. Save delivery boxes! Work with cardboard, paper, plastic, or metal. If you can recycle it, you can use it.

$250 Gift Card to entry with the most votes in each of 3 size categories.

Awkward Holiday Photo Competition

Bring silliness and your good eye! Whether it is a Holiday Feast gone wacky, a gathering of Ugly Sweaters, strange Porch Sitters, or Pets in Costume, jump into this light-hearted competition. No indecent or political photos. Always get permission from human subjects.

Top vote wins $250. Runner-up: $50.

Cancer doesn't stop during pandemics. In fact, social distancing adds an incredible layer of extra stress just getting to treatment and through recovery. Ann's Place has continued to be a beacon of hope through it all with indispensable professional counseling, online wellness classes, support groups, and financial aid. Their gardens and labyrinth offer a respite during the roughest, most isolating times. More than ever, Ann's Place needs your participation and support!

For more Festival information, visit or call (203) 790-6568 x108.

]]> (Ann's Place) Events Thu, 19 Nov 2020 09:22:08 -0500
Brookfield Library Celebrates Sharon Santi with Curbside Parade on Nov. 24!

As many of you know, the beloved "Mrs. Santi" is retiring at the end of this month.  The Library had planned an informal open house this week to allow patrons and former students to wish Sharon well, but our building is now closed to the public.

However, Mrs. Santi will be working on Tuesday, November 24, behind the Circulation Desk, fulfilling patron orders of materials for curbside pick-up.  We thought it would be nice to invite members of the community to join us in a curbside parade at noon that day.  Please line up your cars in the parking lot of The Brookfield Theatre and parade by the Library front doors to offer Mrs. Santi some drive-by well wishes!  Feel free to bring signs or balloons to make it festive for her!

If you would like to drop Sharon a note, it's not too late!  Please send it to: The Brookfield Library, 182 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, 06804, Attn: Dawn Cioffi, or email it to as soon as possible.

]]> (Brookfield Library) Neighbors Wed, 18 Nov 2020 14:01:39 -0500
OrthoConnecticut Spine Surgeon Performs Procedure to Correct Spondylolisthesis

The term Spondylolisthesis might even be a mouthful for OrthoConnecticut Spine Surgeon Justin Paul M.D., Ph.D., however, performing surgery to correct it is something he is quite skilled at.

Watch Dr. Paul’s informative video to learn more about lateral spine surgery. Dr. Paul speaks about the lateral surgical approach which is a minimally invasive procedure performed with an incision through the side of the body to access the spine, instead of through the back. This approach provides greater control making it easier to correct the bone “slippage” that is causing the back pain. 

Learn more about OrthoConnecticut

Justin Paul M.D., Ph.D  Lateral Based Spine Surger...

]]> (OrthoConnecticut) Neighbors Wed, 18 Nov 2020 03:30:08 -0500
34th Annual Brookfield Lions Run for Sight 4-Miler


The 34th Annual Brookfield Lions Run for Sight 4-Miler has gone virtual December 19 - January 1, 2021

Due to the uncertainties and restrictions around the Covid19 pandemic, the Brookfield Lions Club has converted this annual road race to a virtual format. Without your continued support and generosity, this charitable fundraising event would not be the tremendous success it has been for well over thirty years, raising monies for Lions causes including eye research and vision care, diabetes awareness, youth programs and hunger.
Learn more here.
The Run for Sight is the first race of the Four Seasons Challenge Series. Participants who complete all four races in the Four Seasons Challenge Series in 2021 will receive a gift following the Halloween Run in October 2021.
]]> (Brookfield Parks & Recreation) Events Tue, 17 Nov 2020 09:42:07 -0500
Connecticut COVID Update: Additional 4,639 Cases, 49 Hospitalizations, 22 Deaths Since Friday


Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary


Change Since Friday

COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable)



COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)



Daily Test Positivity



Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19



COVID-19 Associated Deaths



County-by-county breakdown:


COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Deaths

COVID-19 Hospitalizations





Fairfield County






Hartford County






Litchfield County






Middlesex County






New Haven County






New London County






Tolland County






Windham County






Pending address validation












For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality, visit and click the link that is labeled, “COVID-19 Data Tracker.”

Learn more here.

]]> (State of CT) Life Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:37:32 -0500