Brookfield's HamletHub Wed, 11 Dec 2019 21:45:07 -0500 Brookfield Police Investigate Armed Robbery and Assault at Local Motel

Brookfield Police Investigate Armed Robbery/Assault 

Brookfield, CT - The Brookfield Police Department is currently investigating an armed robbery/assault which occurred during the early morning hours of 12/10/19 at a Brookfield motel.

It was reported that two white males wearing bandanas as masks and dressed in black clothing, entered a room at the motel, and struck another male with a black handgun. The two suspects took items of value and fled the scene.

Witnesses were able to identify one of the suspects only as "Tammy". “Tammy” is reported to be a white MALE with black hair and is approximately 20 years of age. “Tammy” is described as having a thin build and his height is between 6' 5" and 6' 7".

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call Detective Michael Zezza at 203-740-4123

]]> (Brookfield Police) Public safety Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:45:35 -0500
Brookfield Police Department Toy Drive on Saturday

*** Brookfield Police Department TOY DRIVE, Saturday12/14***

The Brookfield Police Department Toy Drive is a holiday tradition started by our officers 5 years ago.

"We join the community and collect toys for the children at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. Our officers then personally deliver the toys, so that these families can focus on the most important thing, their loved one's health," they explain.

At the toy drive, there will be coffee (Candlewood Coffee), food (Chick-fil-A), and music (KICKS 105.5).

Head to 84 Federal Road from 10AM-4PM on Saturday and support LOCAL!


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A Bock and Blu Concert at Brookfield High School on Dec. 13

16th Annual "A Bock and Blu Concert"

Join Brookfield’s own Bock & Blu on Friday, December 13 at 7 p.m. in the Brookfield High School Auditorium.  

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, with proceeds benefiting the Brookfield District Music Department. 

More information available here

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Eastern Student Kyle McCarthy '20 of Brookfield Presented at History Conference

Four Eastern Connecticut State University History majors presented their projects at the history honor society's Phi Alpha Theta New England regional conference on Nov. 23. The Phi Alpha Theta conference highlighted research on topics ranging from gender and power to colonial and imperial legacies and was held at Salem State University in Salem, MA.

Among the student presenters is Kyle McCarthy '20 of Brookfield, who majors in Elementary Education and History and Social Science. Their project was titled "Dolley Madison: The Queen of Hearts."

Eastern's History Department offers "HIS 311: U.S. Presidents and First Ladies," Which focuses on the origins and developments of the American presidency and the position of First Lady from the 18th century to present day. Each student presenter based their projects on the panel of "First Ladies of the United States," and focused on historical figures such as 19th-century First Ladies Dolley Madison and Sarah Polk.

Advised by Assistant Professor Thomas Balcerski, the students worked all semester gathering information for their topics in preparation for their oral presentations. "They represented Eastern with professionalism and intelligence," said Balcerski, when asked about his honor students. The students' projects were "Dolley Madison: The Queen of Hearts," "Sarah Polk: Membress of Congress," "The Other Eleanor: Rosalynn Carter, An Overlooked First Lady" and "Barbara Bush: Matriarch & Grandma."

Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has more than 350,000 members with approximately 9,500 new members joining each year. The qualifications include an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher, at least 12 History credits completed at Eastern and junior or senior status.

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Blood Donation Opportunities in Brookfield

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million units of blood could be transfused in the United States. Individuals are urged to give a lifesaving gift this holiday season by making an appointment to donate blood or platelets and help the American Red Cross ensure a sufficient supply is available for patients throughout the holiday season. Those with type O blood are especially needed.

You can donate blood in Brookfield on December 26 and December 31. See the information below:

12/26/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Brookfield Library, 182 Whisconier Road

12/31/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Congregational Church of Brookfield, 160 Whisconier Road

Additional blood donation opportunities in Fairfield County through Dec. 31


12/18/2019: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street

12/18/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street

12/30/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue


12/10/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Danbury Hospital RSM, 24 Hospital Avenue

12/24/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 18 Clapboard Ridge Rd.

12/30/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., The Crowne Plaza, 18 Old Ridgebury Road


12/14/2019: 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Darien Masonic Lodge, 354 Post Road

12/17/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Congregational Church of Darien, 14 Brookside Road


12/10/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road


12/4/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Cambridge Health and Rehab, 2428 Easton Turnpike

12/11/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Road

12/12/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 1089 Fairfield Woods Road

12/18/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road

12/24/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 4670 Congress Street

12/28/2019: 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Trinity St. Michael's Church, 554 Tunxis Hill Road


12/11/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road


12/17/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Masuk High School, 1014 Monroe Turnpike

12/18/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Dunkin Donuts / Baskin Robbins, 135 Main Street

12/24/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., YMCA Lakewood Outdoor Center Monroe, 204 Stanley Road

New Canaan

12/26/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street


12/19/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Newtown Municipal, 3 Primrose Street


12/12/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m., Walgreens, 55 Westport Avenue

12/19/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Avalon - East Norwalk, 8 Norden Place

12/20/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Norwalk Hospital, 34 Maple Street

12/22/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Temple Shalom, 259 Richards Street


12/5/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ridgefield Park & Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Rd.

12/21/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ridgefield Park & Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Rd.


12/6/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street

12/10/2019: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive

12/24/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hewitt Health & Rehab Center, 45 Maltby Street


12/14/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

12/28/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

12/31/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court


12/11/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ryders Partners, LLC, 88 Ryders Lane, Suite 208

12/13/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Atria Senior Living, 6911 Main Street

12/27/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Homewood Suites, 6905 Main Street


12/10/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Joseph's Center, 6448 Main Street

12/13/2019: 1:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Maefair Health Care Center, 21 Maefair Ct

12/14/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Nichols United Methodist Church, 35 Shelton Road

12/14/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Theresa Parish, 5301 Main Street


12/12/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Westport Library, Arnold Bernhard Plaza, 20 Jesup Road


12/12/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Greens at Cannondale, 435 Danbury Road

12/23/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.




]]> (Kelly Isenor) Life Thu, 05 Dec 2019 03:25:00 -0500
5th Annual Brookfield Police Department Toy Drive Announcement

Brookfield Police Departments has announced that their 5th annual “stuff a cruiser toy drive” is scheduled on Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All donated toys will be personally delivered to the children at Yale-New Haven Hospital the following week. 

Our location has changed, but our mission has not! We have moved the event to the corner of the Kohl's parking lot (closest to Five Guys).  Additionally, we have once again partnered with our friends at KICKS 105.5, Candlewood Coffee and Chick-fil-A Brookfield. That means we will have great music, great coffee, and great food the entire day! Rain, snow or shine!

Not sure if you will be able to make it? You can drop your new and unwrapped toy off at police headquarters (63 Silvermine Road) any time. We will have a box set up in our lobby.

Please see flyer for gift ideas/suggestions!
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Ashurst Irish Dancers Qualify for World & National Championships

The New England Regional Irish Dance Championships, also known as the "Oireachtas," was recently held in Hartford, CT. It is the area's most prestigious event bringing in top dancers from schools in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine and competitions have as many as 100 competitors. 

Local dancers, representing the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, were proud to bring home 3 World Championship qualifying positions, 7 National Championship qualifying positions, 3 podium placing traditional set positions, 3 top placing teams as well as numerous additional medals.

The World Irish Dance Championships, which is the Olympics of Irish dance, will be held in Dublin, Ireland this year. The Ashurst Academy is proud to have Colleen Mallon of Southbury, Cian Walls of Woodbridge and Piper Normand of Canton, qualified to compete in their respective solo championships this April.

These three dancers also qualified for the North American Irish Dance Championships to be held in Nashville this July in addition to their teammates Caroline Morneau of Danbury, Lucy Lowman of Ridgefield, Katie Sheehan of Southbury and Sarah Mallon of Southbury. 

The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance is directed by former Riverdance and Lord of the Dance stars Craig Ashurst and Christina Dolzall-Ashurst of Newtown. Both were highly successful competitive dancers themselves collectively holding many regional, national and international titles.

The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance holds classes and camps in Newtown, Danbury and Southbury for dancers ages 4+. For information, visit: or call (203) 928-0689.

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Town of Brookfield Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday

Town of Brookfield Holiday Tree Lighting

Ring in the holiday season with the Brookfield Girl Scouts at the Annual Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 7 at Town Hall. The festivities begin at 5 p.m.

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Brookfield Parks & Rec Announces Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa

Receive a genuine letter from Santa Claus himself!  Drop your child’s personal letter in the North Pole Mailbox at the Parks & Recreation Office (now located in the Old Town Hall at 162 Whisconier Road), or mail it to Santa, Attn: Parks & Recreation Department at P.O. Box 5106.
Your child’s letter must include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Santa himself will mail a personalized letter back in time for Christmas.
In order for a timely response, letters will be accepted December 1- 14.
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Brookfield Arts Commission Hosts Gingerbread House Contest

Brookfield Arts Commission is again hosting a Gingerbread House Contest.

Entries should be dropped off at Town Hall on Monday, December 9, from 4 - 6 p.m.

Please see flyer for details.
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Brookfield Senior Center Holiday Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 7

Brookfield Senior Center Holiday Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

We will have baked goods, garden shop, jewelry, a variety of handcrafted items and our famous tag saleroom! Lunch will be available to purchase. Entertainment by Brookfield’s own Sharps & Flats. Free diabetes screening by the Brookfield Lions Club. All proceeds to benefit Friends of Brookfield Senior Center. 
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Town of Brookfield Newly Elected Officials Take Oath of Office

The Brookfield Board of Selectmen and town and board newly elected officials were sworn into office on November 30. Congratulations to the following officials:
Town Clerk: Andrea DiStephan
Board of Selectmen: Dunn, Slater, Shaker
Town Treasurer: John Lucas
Board of Finance: Brianna Ruocco, Mark Mulvaney, Sean Hathorn
Board of Education: Robert Belden, Michael Murphy, Debbie Brooks, Amy Foster
Board of Assessment Appeals: Julie Kerton, Jeff Bronn
Planning Commission: Jon Van Hise, Renee Santiago
Zoning Commission: Leslie Ruggiero, Mary Cappiello, Chris Delia
Zoning Board of Appeals: Robert Marconi, Lisa Temple
"All of us at Town Hall wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season! I want to thank the residents of Brookfield for electing Sue Slater and me for another two years, and we welcome back Harry Shaker in continuing Brookfield’s progress," says Brookfield First Selectman Steve Dunn.
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Eversource Connecticut Prepared for Heavy Snow, Sleet ad Gusty Wind

Eversource is Fully Staffed and Ready to Respond 

Readiness Condition: Monitoring
  • Eversource is preparing for heavy, wet snow mixed with rain and sleet with potential wind gusts of 30 - 35 mph this evening, Sunday, December 1, through Monday and into Tuesday.
  • Highest snow/ice amounts will occur across the Northwest Hills, Central and Northeast Hills.
  • Any wintry mix will change over to snow by Monday afternoon, with snow continuing through the night and into Tuesday.
  • Eversource has crews ready to respond to any outages the snow, sleet, ice and wind may cause. 
  • Eversource has staffing plans to ensure crews are ready to respond to any outages.
  • Connecticut Electric Operations is currently at an Event Level 5 (Emergency Response Plan), the least severe of the five emergency conditions.
  • Gas Operations does not anticipate any impacts but is monitoring the system, and crews are prepared to assist with electric restoration if requested.
  • Community Relations is reaching out to our community partners and is ready to assist with emergency planning, as needed.
  • The Connecticut Incident Command Center will open at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 2.
  • Employees are encouraged to check in with their emergency preparedness coordinator and prepare to fill their storm roles.
  • We will launch other internal and external communications as appropriate.
  • This Preparedness Briefing will be sent to communities, including state regulators and the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
  • Storm preparedness messaging will be on Twitter (@EversourceCT) and Facebook 
  • Customers are encouraged to download the Eversource mobile app to report outages or check for updates. You can also sign up to receive storm outage updates on the channel of your choice (text, email, phone call) at


  • If the power goes out, we want customers to stay safe and comfortable. Get ready for the storm by visiting Outages & Storms on, then click on Storm Preparedness.
  • If you see a downed wire, call Eversource at 800-286-2000 or 911 to report it. Stay as far away as possible until Eversource arrives to make the area safe.
  • Before you use a generator, make sure it is connected by a qualified electrician. Always operate it outdoors, as far from the house as possible. Keep it away from doors, windows and air vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Gas customers are reminded to keep natural gas meters, all gas appliances and outdoor vents clear of snow and ice buildup to maintain safe operation and access.
  • If you smell a gas odor in your home or business, leave immediately. From a safe place, call Eversource to report the leak at our 24/7 emergency number, 877-944-5325, or call 911. Please remain outside until Eversource can check the source of the odor.
Outbound Call to Medical Customers (sent out at 11:40 a.m. today)

Hello, this is an important message from Eversource. Severe weather is expected in your area and may cause power outages. Please prepare a backup power source or move to an alternate location if necessary. Information on emergency disaster services—including shelters—is available at or by calling 211. Download the Eversource mobile app in the App Store or Google Play to easily report or check an outage and view the outage map. Our crews are prepared to restore power as quickly as safety allows. Thank you and stay safe. Goodbye.

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Immaculate High School Sending Three Teams To State Semifinals

Immaculate High School has sent five Fall teams to their respective State Tournaments this season, with boys soccer, girls soccer, field hockey, girls volleyball and girls swim all qualifying based on their regular season winning records. Immaculate also saw cross-country athletes competing in both the State Open and New England meet, and ATI  football (co-op team with Abbott Tech) is in the running for a State playoff spot with a winning record so far of 7-1.

Now, as a result of quarterfinal games this past Thursday and Friday, Immaculate has three teams headed to the CIAC Class S State semifinals this week! Field Hockey topped Morgan by a score of 7-0 before emerging victorious in the quarterfinals over No. 6 seed Northwest Catholic 5-2. The top four seeds in the State Tournament have all prevailed thus far and will meet up this week on their run to the championship. Immaculate, the defending Class S State champion, is the No. 3 seed (17-1-0) and will take on No. 2 seed, North Branford (17-0-1) on Tuesday, November 19 at 5:45 p.m. at Cheshire High School.

Boys Soccer (11-5-3) entered the State Tournament as the No.15 seed. They knocked off Griswold at home 3-1, followed by a 2-1 victory over Litchfield (No. 2 seed) on the road. The team then returned to Mustang Valley to take on Old Lyme on Friday, emerging with the big win in front of their cheering fans by a score of 2-0. They have punched their ticket to the semifinals of the State Tournament for the first time since 1997 and will face Holy Cross (No. 3 seed) on November 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Trumbull High School.

Girls Volleyball (17-6), in only its sixth year as a varsity team, has had an incredible run of their own this season. Immaculate, as the No. 10 seed, defeated East Hampton 3-1 to kick off the tournament, followed by an exciting match topping No. 7 seed Cromwell 3-2. They then went on the road for a quarterfinal matchup against the No. 2 seed Aerospace, sweeping them in three sets to put them in the Class S semifinal game for the program’s first time. They will face No. 3 seeded Lyman Memorial on November 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Southington High School.

“While Immaculate is known for its students’ academic achievements, we have had an extraordinary tradition of athletic excellence for 50+ years and this Fall season is no exception,” said Nelson Mingachos, IHS Athletic Director. “I am incredibly proud of our coaches and student-athletes who work tirelessly and represent our school so well.” Mingachos noted that many of the current varsity field hockey and volleyball players first picked up the sport as Immaculate freshmen. “It is remarkable how far so many of our athletes have come in such a short time. These kids can find their passion and excel at Immaculate,” he said.


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Connecticut DPH Alerts Residents of FDA Recall Issued for Frozen Wild-Caught Yellowfin Tuna Medallions

Connecticut DPH Alerts Residents of FDA Recall Issued for Frozen Wild-Caught Yellowfin Tuna Medallions Imported from Vietnam, Distributed By Rhode Island Supplier

Frozen Tuna Linked to Multi-state Scombroid Outbreak That Has Sickened Two CT Residents

HARTFORD – The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is informing consumers in Connecticut (CT) of a recent recall notice received from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involving frozen, wild-caught yellowfin tuna medallions distributed by Northern Fisheries, LTD, in Little Compton, RI. The product originates from Vietnam and has tested positive for high levels of histamine associated with scombroid poisoning. Currently, DPH is aware of two CT cases resulting from consumption of this recalled product.

The product associated with the recall is a frozen item with a “Best Before” date of 6/13/2021. Because this product may still be in consumer’s freezers, DPH encourages consumers to check any frozen tuna medallions they may have to determine if the production date and UPC code provided below match their product. The production date and UPC code can be found on the back of the frozen tuna package.

  • Tuna King Brand, tuna medallions 2-3oz, 10 x 1 lb.
  • Northern Lot #: 0058797
  • UPC Code: 815838020638

Customers who still have the product should not consume it and should discard it immediately. Scombroid poisoning can result in a tingling and burning sensation around the mouth, facial flushing and sweating, nausea and vomiting, headache, palpitations, dizziness, and rash. Symptoms can present within minutes to a few hours and last for a few hours, usually resolving spontaneously within 12 hours. Severe reactions (e.g. cardiac and respiratory complications) occur rarely, but people with pre-existing conditions may be susceptible.

Consumers are reminded that cooking of the product does not destroy or render the toxins harmless and that the product should be discarded immediately. If you have already consumed the recalled product and believe you may have developed symptoms of illness, you should contact your physician for follow-up.

The FDA recall notice can be found here.


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