Brookfield's HamletHub Sun, 16 Jun 2019 00:38:59 -0400 Brookfield Residents Named to Dean's List at

The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce the Spring 2019 Dean's List. The students represent nearly all of Rhode Island's cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, and many other states and countries.

Congratulations to the Brookfield residents named to URI's Dean's List: Justin Leslie, Amanda Stevens, and Emily Waldman.

To be included on the Dean's List, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits for letter grades earning at least a 3.30 quality point average.

The University of Rhode Island's pioneering research extends the University's influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,637 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment. In May 2019, more than 3,300 undergraduate and about 700 graduate degrees were awarded. The University now has more than 120,000 alumni worldwide.

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Brookfield Resident Joins SPHERE Board

SPHERE Inc.'s Board of Directors has welcomed two new Board Members, Caitlin Schneider of Brookfield, CT and Emily G. Pambianchi, of Ridgefield, CT.

"SPHERE is fortunate to have the support and various experience of our Board members with us as we move into our next phase of growth," says SPHERE President and Board Chairman, Lori Berisford. "Their dedication enhances our mission to enrich and enhance the lives of adults with disabilities through education, recreation, and the arts while fostering and nurturing relationships between our members and our communities."

SPHERE is pleased to introduce Caitlin Schneider. Caitlin is a secondary Special Education teacher in New Milford, CT. SHE studied Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and graduated with her BSA in History, then attended Manhattanville College and earned her MPS in Education/Special Education. Years ago, alongside her mom and sister, she started volunteering for SPHERE'S Gala.

Caitlin has been an active volunteer for the last three years, within the Music and Performing Arts program, SPHERE Squad program, and SPHERE group events. She now leads SPHERE Squad and continues to enjoy being involved with the dynamic group planning events. Caitlin has the firsthand pleasure of experiencing the creativity and joyfulness of the members. She lives in Brookfield, CT with her fiancé, Dan!

Emily G. Pambianchi enthusiastically returns to Board after a five-year hiatus. Emily is an experienced communications manager with a demonstrated history of working in the business and non-profit industries. Born and raised in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Emily graduated with her B.A. in English and French and began grad school two days after graduating, earning her M.A. in Writing Studies in 2007 from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA.

Upon her return to Ridgefield, Emily began volunteering with SPHERE and joined the Board from 2010-2014. She won the Ridgefield Arts Council's "Behind the Scenes" Award for her work with SPHERE in 2013. Emily opened her own company, Social Graces Communications, in 2017 and started running SPHERE's communication strategy in 2018. She is a member of the Ridgefield Prevention Council and works with a variety of non-profits and small businesses as their communications consultant.

To learn more about SPHERE’s Mission and Programming, please visit

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The Mustang on screen at Brookfield Library tomorrow!

FREE showing of The Mustang at Brookfield Library this Saturday, June 15th at 2:00 p.m.

Directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre and starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Jason Mitchell, and Bruce Dern. Roman Coleman, a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his past, rediscovers his own humanity in a social rehabilitation program. There he must gentle an especially unbreakable mustang named Marcus. During the program, Roman is helped by a no-nonsense veteran trainer and an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider. His journey with Marcus inspires a heartfelt connection and challenges him to be a better person.

“Filmmaker Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s story of a troubled convict (an incendiary, indelible Matthias Schoenaerts) bonding with a wild mustang is a striking debut. Each time you think you have this movie pegged, it’ll knock you for a loop.” – Rolling Stone

Rated R for language, some violence and drug content; 96 minutes. Free showing, popcorn & soda.

The Brookfield Library is located at 182 Whisconier Rd.

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Brookfield's St. Joseph Catholic Academy Celebrates Graduates


Brookfield, CT- The St. Joseph Catholic Academy Class of 2019 Grade 8 graduates triumphantly tossed their caps into the air when St. Joseph Catholic Academy graduated its first class of 18 students at their Commencement Liturgy held on Saturday, June 8 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Brookfield. 

Students Amanda Hoyt, Shaun McKenna, Zach Morris, Avedis Ovanessian, Michael Spaziante, Liam TeeKing and Sania Toprani received a President's Award for Academic Excellence citing their ability to achieve 85% or above in their composite standardized testing as well as maintains a 95% or above school academic record. Students Alexander Godino, Frances Hanley, Cole Ross, Isabel Taiman, Alexander Olcese and Emma Tomaselli received a President's Award for Academic Achievement citing their ability to achieve 75% or above on their standardized testing an 85% or above school academic record. Of the 18 students, 14 received High Honors and Honors recognition. Subject area awards were presented to students who received the highest grade point average. Shaun McKenna received the English, Science and Math awards, Zach Morris received another Math award, Amanda Hoyt received the World Language award, Frances Hanley received the Religion award and Alex Godino received the Social Studies award.

Ten graduates will be attending parochial high school, three will be attending private high schools and five will be attending their local public high school.  Student Shawn McKenna was awarded an annual merit scholarship of $2,500 from Immaculate High School and student Lily Sweeting received a one-year Isabelle T. Farrington $2,000 academic scholarship. Student Alex Godino reflects on his years at the school and states that "The teachers here are the nicest, kindest teachers I know. They really care about your education and your experience when you are in school." Student Council President, Amanda Hoyt acclaims that "Saint Joseph's is a great community. We have such a great relationship with the Church, so whenever there is an event going on across the street, anyone who wants to help out from the school is welcome."

In addition to celebrating their first SJCA graduating class, the school celebrated with its Pre-K children in a Moving Up ceremony.

St. Joseph Catholic Academy is a private, non-profit Catholic PK through Grade 8 school preparatory institution serving students from surrounding Brookfield communities. St. Joseph Catholic Academy provides an innovative multi-age learning program that allows students to focus on academic excellence, personal success, and spiritual development.

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Brookfield Girl Scout wins Connecticut VFW Scout of the Year

Brookfield Girl Scout Wins Connecticut VFW Scout of the Year Award

During the awards breakfast at the annual VFW Connecticut State Convention held on Saturday, June 8 in Rocky Hill, Ambassador Girl Scout Grace Collins of Brookfield Troop 50897 was named by the Office of the VFW State Commander as the first place winner of the Connecticut VFW Scout of the Year award.

The competition was open to all of Connecticut’s VFW Posts. The field was then narrowed down to a representative from each of the 6 VFW Districts in the State. Collins representing the First District was one of six finalists, the other being Eagle Boy Scouts representing the other 5 Districts. Grace’s name was initially submitted in the competition by the Brookfield Jason D. Lewis Memorial Post VFW 10201 after being selected as the Brookfield Scout of the Year.

Her major accomplishment that led to receiving the Gold Award, the most prestigious of all Girl Scout honors, cited her work initiating Mental Health wellness and awareness programs at Brookfield High School as well as Whisconier Middle School and Huckleberry Elementary School. At the High School and Middle School, she arranged for Mental Health Professionals and Inspirational speakers who overcame addictions and depression to speak to over 1,000 students.

Many who listened subsequently shared their own concerns with school counselors. One mother said Grace’s program saved her son’s life who was contemplating suicide.

Grace was given an inscribed plaque recognizing her selection as the 2019 Connecticut VFW Scout of the Year, as well as a First Place Scholarship amount for $300.00. Her name has been forwarded along with her Scouting accomplishments to the National VFW Headquarters in Kansas City where she will compete with Scout of the Year recipients from other States. The scholarships for the National winners range from $5000.00 for the first place, to $3000.00 for second place and 1000.00 for the third place winner. That determination will be made before July 1, 2019.

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Brookfield's 1st Little Free Library Unveiled on June 23

The official unveiling of Brookfield's first Little Free Library in the Town Center District of Brookfield will be Sunday, June 23 from 1 – 3 pm, in front of The Brookfield Funeral Home, 786 Federal Road, Brookfield. 

This is a wonderful way to kick off Summer Reading in Brookfield!

To celebrate this event, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Nan Rossiter, will be reading one of her books and will be available for signing! 

The result of a partnership with The Brookfield Library and The Friends of the Brookfield Library, this Little Free Library is a take-a-book, leave-a-book phenomenon sweeping the nation!

For more info, view Press Release for Little Free Library Unveiling

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Farm Fresh in Brookfield Beginning June 21

The Brookfield Farmers Market will return on June 21 from 3 - 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

Stop by the horses at 100 Pocono Road every Friday to get fresh vegetables and other great products. There will be both new and returning vendors, and live music.

The Market is open through October 25th 2019.

Don't forget to stay for the concert in the park at the bandstand directly after the market! (*concerts run through August)

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Brookfield Resident Returns From Research Project in Greece

WORCESTER, MA - Brookfield resident Alexander Duffield is a member of the class of 2020 majoring in civil engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Duffield was a member of a student team that recently completed an intense, hands-on research experience through the WPI project center in Thessaloniki, Greece. The project was titled Mapping the Complexity and Future Vision of the Egnatia Corridor. In their project summary, the students wrote, "Through analysis of primary and secondary data sources, this study aimed to provide an integrated understanding of current conditions along Egnatia for the Major Development Agency of Thessaloniki to use in future urban development projects."

At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue. About two-thirds of students complete a project at one of the university's 50-plus off-campus project centers, which are located around the world. A signature element of the innovative undergraduate experience at WPI, the project-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical knowledge to develop thoughtful solutions to real problems that affect the quality of people's lives-and make a difference before they graduate.

"The WPI project-based curriculum's focus on global studies brings students out of the classroom and their comfort zones and into the global community to apply their knowledge and to solve problems," said Professor Kent Rissmiller, interim dean of the WPI Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division. "Students are immersed in all aspects of a different culture, from the way people live and work to the values they hold to the foods they eat - all valuable perspectives for surviving and thriving in today's global marketplace. They also learn the meaning and magic of teamwork; make a real and meaningful difference in their host community; and gain a competitive edge for any resume, or graduate or professional school application."


WPI, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI's pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world. WPI offers more than 50 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internet of things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more. For more information, click here.

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Brookfield Residents Graduate from Wooster School

Congratulations to Brookfield residents, part of Wooster School Class of 2019 

Juliana Cerniglia, daughter of Mark and Trish Cerniglia will be attending College of the Holy Cross and is the recipient of a Holy Cross Scholarship.

Steven Unger, son of Smadar Ledany-Unger and Dane Unger was awarded the following prize from Wooster School: Technology Award. Steven will be attending Drexel University.

The ceremony featured a number of speakers, and the awarding of prizes and diplomas. President of the Wooster School Board of Trustees, Leon Weaver offered kind words to Wooster’s soon-to-be graduates. “Your generation, born in the 21st century, has the opportunity to be this century’s greatest generation not for what you will do but for who you are."

Dr. Tyrone Black, Director of Middle and Upper Schools announced the honorees for, “Crayons to Commencement,” commending students who began their Wooster careers in the Lower School. Prizes were given out for outstanding Senior Independent Study projects, academic achievements, and awards of character, followed by an address by the class orators, Andrew Felton '19 and Jacob Smith '19. "Being gentle, generous, truthful, kind, and brave will be ever present in us especially as we give our heartfelt thanks and farewells on this day," remarked Felton and Smith. They added, "We have learned to be gentle with our strength, to be generous with ourselves and others as we try and fail, to be truthful as we forge lasting friendships and seek knowledge, to be kind as we see the bigger picture and understand how much we can do in the world, and to be brave as we face the greatest adversities in our lives."

Head of School Matt Byrnes presented the H. Korb Eynon Award, for enduring commitment and service to Wooster School, to Andrew Gray, Chief Financial Officer.

Last but not least, before the seniors received their diplomas, Head of School Matt Byrnes spoke to the graduating class. "You kids are good at things, and confident -- but I want to use my final words to the class to give some advice. This is not follow your passion cheerleading. What this is some thinking about how you lay the groundwork to be able to follow your passion. You need to be thinking about a plan -- not how you are going to go from the point A of college to the point B of a career, but what can you do improve the quality and efficacy of that journey. Right now you shouldn’t be thinking so much about what you are going to study -- or what you’ll major in -- but how you are going to make it work, no matter what you choose," Byrnes remarked. He added "Class of 2019, you are strong and ready to rock. You can do it -- but you need a plan. We are always here to help. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for it."

Congratulations to the Great Class of 2019 for all of their accomplishments!

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Brookfield Resident Graduates from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

WORCESTER, MA - On Saturday, May 11, on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) campus quadrangle, 1,019 bachelor's degrees were awarded during the university's 151st commencement ceremony. Congratulations to Brookfield resident Matthew Biondi, who was awarded a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering with high distinction.

President Leshin told the graduates that while she is sad to see them go, she and the campus community feel a great sense of pride in all of their accomplishments at WPI. "Over the past four years, we have all watched, and hopefully helped you discover, your passions and strengths, we've seen you work very hard, and we've seen you truly make a difference."

Class speaker Emily Molstad of Newington, CT, a major in mechanical engineering with materials science and engineering, recalled for her classmates the "nine words we heard when we arrived, and over and over again throughout our four years here: Go to class. Do the work. Ask for help. These words, repeated so often, weren't always easy to practice day to day, but once we followed them, they put us on the path to success."

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

WPI, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI's pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world. WPI offers more than 50 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internet of things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more.

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Brookfield Resident Sarah Bohling Is Immaculate High School's Valedictorian

Immaculate High School graduated 124 seniors at its Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 1 at the Western Connecticut State University O’Neill Center in Danbury, CT.

Sarah Bohling of Brookfield is the Class of 2019’s Valedictorian and Kristen Cirone of Newtown and Wenqi Angela Lai of Brewster are the Co-Salutatorians and were all recognized at the ceremony. Of the 124 members of the Class of 2019, 100% of those students who applied to colleges and universities were accepted and were awarded college scholarships and grants totaling $26 million. The top ten percent of students achieved a SAT score average of 1424, and nearly three-quarters of the class earned an average GPA of 3.5 or higher. At the graduation ceremony, President Mary Maloney told the graduates to “Empower yourself to empower others and never forget that your success is not determined by how much you own but by how much you live and love.”

Valedictorian Sarah Bohling will attend the University of Notre Dame as a Stamps Scholar and as a member of the Glynn Family Honors Society and major in Biochemistry. Sarah was an outstanding student at Immaculate, earning Distinguished Honors for her grades while successfully taking nine AP courses in her last two years of high school; additionally, she scored a perfect 800 on the SAT math section and a perfect composite score of 36 for the ACTs. At Immaculate, Sarah was a member of the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society and the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. She received numerous awards and honors, including the Isabelle T. Farrington Award, the Campus Ministry Outstanding Participation Award, the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the President’s Education Award, the Harvard Prize Book Award and was World Language Student of the Month. Sarah was an active member of the school’s Campus Ministry, Key Club, She’s the First Chapter and Model UN team, and was a cheerleader.

Co-Salutatorian Kristen Cirone will attend the University of Notre Dame and major in Accounting and Finance. At Immaculate, Kristen earned Distinguished Honors all four years of high school and was a member of the National Honor Society and the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. Kristen received the Diocese of Bridgeport’s St. Sebastian Award, the Fairfield University Book Award, and was captain of the IHS varsity field hockey, girls basketball and girls lacrosse teams (she helped lead the field hockey and lacrosse teams to the All Patriot Division and was a key member of the 2019 field hockey team that won the Class S State Championship). Kristen was also a Student Ambassador, International Student Mentor, Class Secretary and a member of several extra-curricular clubs including Key Club, Campus Ministry, Peer Leadership Club, Special Friends Club, Film Club and Math Club.

Co-Salutatorian Wenqi Angela Lai will attend Washington University in St. Louis and major in Architecture.  Wenqi received Distinguished Honors at Immaculate and was a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and the Science Honor Society. She earned a perfect score (800) on the Math Level II SAT Subject Test, an advanced version of the regular SAT math portion. Wenqi received the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence and the Cornell Book Award. At Immaculate Wenqi was a member of the Art Club, the International Club, the Math League and Model UN. A clarinet performer who played in several youth orchestras, Wenqi also loves to visit museums and document her experiences -- she visited over 60 museums in more than 20 cities across the world and secured her impressions by writing travel notes that included illustrations and still-life sketches.

Completing the top ten graduating senior list are Ryan Fanella of New Milford (University of Notre Dame for Finance), Angela Saidman of Bethel (Columbia University for Economics), Qianer Kris Lu of Ridgefield (UC San Diego for Accounting/Math/Statistics), Sophia Pilla of Ridgefield (University of Georgia for Veterinary Medicine), Meizhi Susan Zhao of Brookfield (University of Washington, Undeclared), Rodolph Antonios of Danbury (College of the Holy Cross for Biology) and Victoria McFarlin of Danbury (Springfield College for Physical Therapy).

Rodolph Antonios was also named Immaculate High School's Student of the Year for the 2018-19 school year. Rodolph earned this honor for consistently demonstrating school spirit and dedication to IHS, strength of character and faith in action through kindness to others, and a passion for learning and going beyond what is expected, including encouraging others to do their best.

This graduating class contributed over 6,050 hours to a school-wide total of 24,762 hours of community service and several students were honored by the Danbury Exchange Club, the Danbury Rotary Club and the Diocese of Bridgeport for their service and academic achievements. Student-athletes received numerous individual athletic SWC and CIAC leadership and sportsmanship recognitions and the girls field hockey team, girls cross country team and boys cross country team won SWC and/or State Championships. Students were honored with academic, music and art awards, including Commendations from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, Connecticut High School Fine Arts Awards, Halo Theater Awards and more. Other seniors were part of the Brave Engineers Team and Mock Trial teams that won major competitions.  

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 also allows students to focus on academic excellence spiritual development, service to others and personal goals.  Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system.

In photo, from left to right:  IHS Top Ten: Meizhi Susan Zhao, Victoria McFarlin, Wenqi Angela Lai, Kristen Cirone, Rodolph Antonios, Ryan Fanella, Sophia Pilla, Sarah Bohling, Angela Saidman and Qianer Kris Lu


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Brookfield Craft Center Showcases Work of Mary Lou Alberetti

Brookfield Craft Center hosts an Art Exhibition: “Fragments of Culture: A Collection of works by Mary Lou Alberetti”

The Brookfield Craft Center, will host an exhibition showcasing the works of Mary Lou Alberetti. This exhibition will open on June 15th and run through July 7th. The public are invited to meet the artist and discuss her work at an opening reception June 15th, from 5-8pm in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery located in the Craft Center’s main building at 286 Whisconier Road (Route 25).

About the Artist - Throughout Mary Lou Alberetti’s career as an artist, she has lived and taught in Italy, France, and Ireland and studied their architecture looking for clues and insight from the fragments left behind. Her creative impulse and curiosity have found expression in clay sculpture, reliefs, mixed media, and collages. She uses architectural, historical, and contemporary references to create work that distills the beauty and lessons of antiquity as well as explore how fragments of a culture embody its aesthetic and philosophical underpinnings.

Mary Lou has been a longtime supporter of the Brookfield Craft Center. Throughout the years she has taken ceramic classes from notable visiting artists: Hui Ka Kwong, Paul Soldner, and Ruth Duckworth. She has also taught a wide variety of classes in the Ceramic Studio including but not limited to: Raku, Sculpture, and Intro to Ceramics. In the 1970s she served on the board of directors and has since been a consistent member of the BCC community.

About the Brookfield Craft Center - The Brookfield Craft Center (BCC) was founded in 1952 and is recognized as one of the core fine craft schools in America. The center, incorporated in 1954 is a 501(c)(3) organization, offering classes and workshops in glass arts, woodturning, ceramics, jewelry, blacksmithing, fiber arts, drawing and painting, digital arts and other creative endeavors for children and adults taught by professional faculty. The historic Mill Building (ca 1780) Gift Shop and Exhibition Gallery is a beautiful venue for displaying fine craft. All works are carefully juried and are representative of the type of skills individuals can learn in our classes. As a force for arts advocacy and community building, Brookfield Craft Center strives to teach and preserve the skills of fine craftsmanship, and to enable creativity and personal growth through craft education.


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Dr. Michael Brand, Sports Medicine Specialist, Now Seeing Patients at OrthoConnecticut’s Southbury Office

Southbury, CT – Dr. Michael Brand, one of the top Sports Medicine practitioners in the region, and president of OrthoConnecticut, will now be adding office hours in the practice’s Southbury location, located at 900 Main Street South, Building 3.

“I have been seeing Southbury residents in my Danbury and Ridgefield offices for years, so adding time in the OrthoConnecticut Southbury office will make treatment more convenient for area residents,” Dr. Brand explains.

Dr. Brand is widely recognized for his work as a shoulder and knee surgeon, including reconstructive knee surgery, total knee replacement, arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery, as well as ACL and ACL revision surgery. He has worked with professional sports teams, as well as Division 1 NCAA athletes during his career and currently serves as team physician at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) and Newtown High School.

Dr. Brand has been recognized as a Castle Connolly top doctor for many years, has been a Connecticut Magazine Top Doc for four consecutive years, and is a 2018 America's Most Honored Professionals Top 1%.

OrthoConnecticut is a member of the Southbury Business Association, and supports several local organizations, including Southbury Baseball, Ewald Park, Southbury Business Association and the Southbury Women's Club.  

About OrthoConnecticut

OrthoConnecticut is a multispecialty practice staffed by leaders in orthopedic and pain care, and is the united practice of Coastal Orthopedics, Danbury Orthopedics, New Milford Orthopedics and Connecticut Pain Care. The practice’s network of 28 fellowship trained, Board-certified physicians offer appointments and follow up care in 9 office locations. The goal of the practice is to help patients regain mobility, lead active lives, and attain optimal health. In addition to Southbury, OrthoConnecticut has offices in Danbury, Darien, New Canaan, New Milford, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Sharon, and Westport.

To make an appointment in the Southbury office, call: 203-797-1500.

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Two-Time TONY Award® Nominee Kate Baldwin to Join Bryan Perri in ACT of CT’s Broadway Unplugged Series

ACT (A Contemporary Theater) of Connecticut is excited to announce that TONY Award nominee Kate Baldwin, recent star of the Broadway revival of HELLO, DOLLY!, will join ACT’s Resident Music Supervisor, Bryan Perri, on July 20, 2019 for the Broadway Unplugged Series!

Hailed as “the redheaded firecracker” (New York Times), Ms. Baldwin was nominated for the 2017 TONY, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as “Irene Molloy” in the Broadway revival of HELLO, DOLLY!, where she played opposite both Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters.  She received TONY, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for her starring role in FINIAN’S RAINBOW. Ms. Baldwin also received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her role as Jen in JOHN & JEN, starred as Sandra Bloom in BIG FISH (Broadway), and earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work as Leslie Lyntonn Benedict in GIANT (The Public Theater). Other Broadway credits include THE FULL MONTY, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and WONDERFUL TOWN.  

Ms. Baldwin has an intimate history with the founders of ACT:  She recently worked with Bryan Perri in the world-premiere Off-Broadway production of SUPERHERO, and ACT’s Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine, in BABES IN ARMS at City Center Encores Series. "I can’t wait for the ACT audience to meet Kate Baldwin! Kate is truly one of the most gifted Broadway stars that I have had the pleasure of working with. Her voice is stunning and this will be a night to remember. Our Broadway Unplugged Series has become an ACT favorite, and Kate is very excited to be a part of it!" says Perri.

The Broadway Unplugged Series is the brainchild of the accomplished Bryan Perri, who recently finished a five-year run as Music Director and Conductor of the Broadway production of WICKED. Bryan also recently served as Music Director for SUPERHERO, having its world premiere Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater, and is the Music Director for the Broadway-bound JAGGED LITTLE PILL which opens in New York this Fall. Each show in the Broadway Unplugged Series presents an intimate evening where Mr. Perri sits down at the piano with amazing Broadway performers for an exceptional evening of never before heard stories, great conversation, and incredible vocals.

Purchase tickets for the July 20, 2019 show HERE. For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theater-related news and announcements, visit

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway musicals and plays, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. ACT of CT was honored with 11 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards in 2018-2019, its inaugural season. The theatre company produces three shows per season, including one show in the “Presenting Stephen Schwartz!” Series (honoring ACT Artistic Advisor, Stephen Schwartz). All shows feature both Broadway stars and local Fairfield and Westchester County talent. In addition to fully produced Mainstage productions, ACT of CT hosts a New Works Series, Broadway Unplugged Series, youth education classes, masterclasses, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students. Visit for further information.


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Brookfield Area College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced

23 Students from Connecticut awarded College Sponsored Scholarships

Brookfield area students were awarded College-sponsored Merit Scholarships. These students are part of a distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $31 million.

Award recipients close to Brookfield are as follows:

PublishedDate Student City Probable Career College Sponsor High School
2019-06-05 12:00 Daniel Bouzolin Seymour Mechanical Engineering National Merit University Of Texas At Dallas Scholarship Seymour H. S., Seymour
2019-06-05 12:00 Soumya L. Ganti Trumbull International Relations National Merit Boston University Scholarship Trumbull H. S., Trumbull
2019-06-05 12:00 Liam Patrick McEniry Trumbull Computer Engineering National Merit Northeastern University Scholarship Trumbull H. S., Trumbull
2019-06-05 12:00 Andrew Moy Westport Business Administration National Merit University Of Richmond Scholarship Staples H. S., Westport
2019-06-05 12:00 Joshua C. Zhang Westport Economics National Merit University Of Chicago Scholarship Staples H. S., Westport


Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced over 3,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2019 competition to about 4,100.

Today’s announcement is the third National Merit Scholar release in 2019 by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). NMSC named recipients of corporate-sponsored awards on April 17 and winners of National Merit® $2500 Scholarships on May 8. Additional recipients of college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 15. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,600 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.

This year, 173 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 95 private and 78 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.


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