Brookfield's HamletHub Wed, 23 Oct 2019 05:58:41 -0400 Green Day's American Idiot in Brookfield

Green Day’s "American Idiot" Explodes onto the Brookfield Stage

In Green Day’s combustible rock opera "American Idiot" sex, drugs and rock &  roll are the mantra of three young friends: Johnny, Tunny and Will until unexpected challenges confront them and they’re forced to face the hard realities of life. Bursting onto the Broadway scene, this rocket-fueled musical features music by Green Day with lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong & Michael Mayer. It won two Tony Awards adding to the Grammy they had garnered for their multi-platinum album.

Now, beginning Friday night, November 1 through Saturday, November 23, “American Idiot” lights up the Brookfield Theatre stage unlike anything that has been seen before. Directed by Beth Bonnabeau with musical direction by Adam Snyder and choreography by Alicia Dempster, the show features lighting and special effects by Stephen Cihanek and stars David Anctil, Mason Sacco, Noah Leibowitz, Anna Hicks, Carly Phypers, Ruby White, Jami Valzania, Jared Reynolds, Eli Brito, Phil DeHuff, Sabine Dempster, Sarah Denn, Faith Fernandes, Amanda Higley, Matthew MacGregor, Kate Patton and Jasmin Love Salas.

Performances are on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm and Sundays at 2pm from November 1 to November 23. There will be a free preview performance for senior citizens on Thursday, October 31 at 8 pm.

Because of mature content, “American Idiot” is not intended for young audiences. It should also be noted that flashing lights and smoke effects will be used during the production.

Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for students and seniors and are available at the box office or online at Reservations may be made by calling 203-775-0023. 

"American Idiot is a great rock musical"  Lewis Baird, On Stage Blog U.K.
" ... energizing and provoking in the way effective punk revivalism should be"  Johnny Loftus,
" ... Beach Boys harmonies and a Springstein style production ... "  Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone

Purchase TICKETS

Reservations are strongly suggested.  Note: Flashing lights, smoke effects, mature content.


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Halloween Fun at The Brookfield Library

You're Invited To A Halloween Party at Brookfield Library on Wednesday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m. (during Fun & Friends)

Who:   Children age 6 months - 5 years with a parent/caregiver

Where: The Brookfield Library Community Room

Halloween stories and songs, crafts, a costume parade, and special snacks will make this a fun and festival fal gathering!

ALSO! Children are invited to wear costumes to Little Adventurers, Family Storytime and Time for Twos on Oct. 28th, Oct. 29th, and Nov. 1st.

Visit Brookfield Library online here for additional information.

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Open House & Member Sale Tomorrow at Brookfield Craft Center

On October 19, 2019 from 12-5 pm, art and craft enthusiasts can visit northwestern Connecticut’s historic Brookfield Craft Center to explore over a dozen fine crafts and meet artists on the faculty.  From jewelry-making, wood carving, fiber arts and woodturning to turning bowls in the pottery studio or hammering out steel in the Blacksmith forge, visitors can view demonstrations of crafting techniques, learn about upcoming programs and classes, and visit and shop for handcrafted works in the gallery shop.

“Our open house is a great opportunity for the community to see how enjoyable and accessible our programs are here at the Center,” said Howard Lasser, Executive Director of the Craft Center.  “With a talented faculty of over two dozen instructor artists and a continuously changing lineup of learning opportunities, we have something for everyone.”

The award winning artists at Brookfield Craft Center look forward to sharing their skills and details of programs directly with prospective students.  “There are so many learning opportunities here at the Center,” said blacksmith teacher Chris Doherty. “Open House is a fun opportunity for us to demonstrate what students can learn and experience, and answer questions about the types of things we cover.  There’s a class for everyone!”



]]> (Howard Lasser) Places Fri, 18 Oct 2019 08:26:00 -0400
Brookfield Parks & Recreation presents the 28th Annual “Well Adjusted, LLC” Halloween Run

Brookfield Parks & Recreation presents The 28th Annual "Well Adjusted, LLC" 5K Halloween Run on Sunday, October 27 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Brookfield Municipal Center (100 Pocono Road, Brookfield CT).  

Our chip-timed race features long sleeve T's to first 150 registered, awards to top three overall runners and in nine age groups, water station, splits at mile marks, prizes for best costumes, post race raffle, and excellent post race refreshments.  USATF certified #CT06013JHP.  Walkers welcome!
Pre-registration fee (by 4:30 p.m. 10/25):  $25.00
Race Day Registration fee:  $30.00

To register online, please click here.     
Online registrations must be completed by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24.   
]]> (Brookfield Parks & Rec) Events Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:59:41 -0400
Brookfield Craft Center Receives Major Grants

The Brookfield Craft Center (BCC) is pleased to acknowledge receiving several major grants in the past several months. 

The State of Connecticut has awarded the Craft Center a matching grant of $5,900 from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts.  This grant was awarded through the Supporting Arts in Place program and will support ongoing educational programming. State Representative Stephen Harding noted: "Brookfield Craft Center is one of the cultural gems of our region and I am very pleased that our State's Department of Economic and Community Development has recognized this with a well-deserved grant. Howard [the Center’s Executive Director] and his team have done an incredible job of growing and spotlighting the Craft Center in recent years and I am certain that this grant will be helpful in expanding their critical efforts." 

Brookfield Craft Center was also awarded a grant of $7,000 from Iroquois Gas Transmission Systems.  “We are grateful for the continued support from our corporate community,” Lasser said.  He noted this grant will be used to install new chimneys for coal forges in the Good Forge, the Craft Center’s Blacksmith Shop.  Other corporate donors and sponsors to the Craft Center have been, Norbert E. Mitchell Company, Savings Bank of Danbury, Design Builders & Remodeling, Inc., and Reid & Page, PC.

Brookfield Craft Center has also received several grants from other organizations including The Albert Wadsworth & Helen Clark Meserve Memorial Fund and Give Back Brands Foundation.  “These grants were used to expand and promote our youth programing.  With these funds we were able to double the number of children receiving full scholarships to our summer youth program” Lasser said.  “Offering more opportunities for the youth in our community is a strategic priority for the Craft Center.”

To learn more about Brookfield Craft Center, visit:, or stop by the Gallery and Gift Shop at 286 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT.


]]> (Howard Lasser) Places Fri, 11 Oct 2019 10:10:59 -0400
WCSU hosts second event in Regional Lake Communities Symposium series

The Western Connecticut State University Integrative Biological Diversity graduate program, WCSU NOAA BWet Finding Our Way Office of Science Education Outreach and Praxair will host the second of three Regional Lake Communities Symposia, “What Can We Do to Help Manage the Water Quality of Connecticut’s Lakes?” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, in Room 125 of the Science Building on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

The symposium will include presentations by Chris Bellucci, Supervising Environmental Analyst, Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse, CT DEEP, on “CT DEEP’s Lake Monitoring and Assessment Program” and Tracy Lizotte, Environmental Analyst 3, Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse, CT DEEP, on “Cyanobacteria in CT’s Lakes: What Can We Do to Help Manage the Water Quality of Our Lakes?”

WCSU Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Ed Wong also will discuss his research findings in “Lake Cyanobacteria: A Research Perspective.”

In October, 2013, Candlewood Lake, Lake Lillinonah and Lake Zoar saw an unexpected sight: large blooms of cyanobacteria (aka “blue-green algae”) late in the season. This caught Wong’s attention because he specializes in using DNA techniques to study organisms of environmental importance. His previous work had been to use DNA technology to monitor local waterways for the presence of the invasive bivalve, the zebra mussel. With the news of cyanobacterial blooms now appearing more frequently in these same waterways, Wong worked with the Candlewood Lake Authority to set up a summer monitoring and water testing program for cyanobacteria and their toxins.

Cyanotoxins can cause symptoms ranging from skin irritation to brain and liver damage, and even death. Some research even suggests a correlation between long-term low-level cyanotoxin exposure and neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and Alzheimer’s disease. Not all cyanobacteria carry the genes for producing toxin, and even those that do might only synthesize toxin under certain conditions. These conditions include, but are not limited to, climate and nutrient availability.

Supported by funding from municipal health departments, Wong’s lab has been operating the cyanobacteria monitoring program since 2015. The program involves sampling water at public town beaches and testing the water for concentrations of microcystin, one of the most common cyanotoxins. Cyanobacterial cells are identified by microscopy, and DNA is isolated from cells to determine if they contain cyanotoxin genes. Over the last three years, bloom events and toxin levels have steadily increased in local waterways. 

Wong and his lab — which includes research associate Dr. Ghada Hafez and a long line of research students — hope these data will provide a better understanding of the conditions that foster cyanobacterial blooms and toxin production.

WCSU Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Theodora Pinou will introduce the panelists, the topic and facilitate the conversation.

The symposium is free and the public is invited. Lake community panelists and other attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions to the speakers.

Future Regional Lake Communities Symposia will include:

  •          “The Value of the Lake, Monetizing the Social Benefits of Lakes” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25. Economist  Matthew Bingham of Veritas Economic Consulting and Chris Sanders from the Connecticut Federation of Lakes and president of the West Side Pond Association will discuss community strategies for non-market valuation of water resources.

For more information, send an email to

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Republicans Invite Brookfield to October 12 Open House

The Republican Fall Open House has become an Election Season tradition in Brookfield. Once again residents will be treated to a harvest lunch as they hear candidates for local municipal office speak to the issues of greatest concern to Brookfield voters. At the top of the list according to Mel Butow, who’s running for First Selectman, is rising taxes fueled by increased operating expenses in town departments. 

Festivities will begin at 11 am at Butow/Shaker Headquarters at 640 Federal Road. The free event includes voter registration, an auction, and children’s activities. 

]]> (Brookfield RTC) Politics Wed, 09 Oct 2019 04:12:00 -0400
The Aldrich and Western Connecticut State University Partner to Present Weather Report Symposium

The Aldrich Announces Weather Report: A Symposium on Art and Weather on Saturday, October 19 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Ives Concert Hall

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to partner with Western Connecticut State University to present Weather Report: A Symposium on Art and Weather on Saturday, October 19 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Ives Concert Hall at Western Connecticut State University. This event is free, but pre-registration is required at

The symposium is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Weather Report, which will be on view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum October 6, 2019, to March 29, 2020. Weather Report presents a group of diverse international artists who reference weather in provocative ways through sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, and video. Works of art will manifest phenomena such as clouds, wind, rain, snow, temperature extremes, storms, and visibility, while individual works will approach subjects that include climate change, the emotional effects of weather, the relationship between the atmosphere and the earth’s oceans, weather as a metaphor for turmoil and change, and weather’s impact on history and politics.

The Museum, in partnership with the Western Connecticut State University Meteorology Club, Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences Meteorology program, School of Visual and Performing Arts Department of Art, and the New York City/Long Island Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, has organized a one-day cross-disciplinary symposium investigating the intersection of art and weather. This event will have a morning and afternoon session. Lunch will be available for purchase from WCSU’s Student Center Cafeteria. 
  Weather Report: A Symposium on Art and Weather on Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11 am to 5 pm

Free/All are welcome

A diverse range of speakers will present on topics relating to art and weather. Noted WCBS 880 chief radio meteorologist Craig Allen will present on his experience reporting on weather and emcee the event. Forest Management Researcher Amanda Bunce, who is part of UConn’s Stormwise program, studies tree-related storm damage to power lines will be collecting data from a tree sited in The Aldrich’s Sculpture Garden and presenting that data in the Weather Report exhibition with the help of UConn’s Digital Experience Lab. Todd Forrest is the Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at the New York Botanical Garden and an advocate for historic trees and forests in urban landscapes and public gardens. Richard Klein organized Weather Report and is The Aldrich’s Exhibitions Director and will discuss the experience of organizing this interdisciplinary exhibition and program. Artist Kim Keever, formerly a thermal engineer primarily working on NASA projects, has become well-known for his large-scale photographic works. Colin McMullan’s artwork touches on environmentalism, New England history and land use, community organizing, and political activism. Pat Pickett has been engaged in a long-running experimental drawing project expressing the interaction between the force of the wind and plants. All three artists are exhibiting in Weather Report.

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Western Connecticut State University and Nuvance work together on Mission Health Day

Western Connecticut State University and Nuvance Health hosted Mission Health Day on Oct. 5 on the WCSU Midtown campus, serving more than 600 people.

Nuvance and its doctors, nurses and other health professionals provided health evaluations in a medical tent set up by the Connecticut National Guard. Volunteers handed out new winter coats, hats, socks and other products, while 30 vendors offered education and services.

The event was designed for local individuals and families in need of health services, housing support and other community service aid. Some 452 adults and 186 children were served for a total of 638.

Medical professionals, social service advocates and student volunteers provided the one-stop health, housing and social service fair in WCSU’s Bill Williams Gym.

The university began offering an annual day of support to area homeless and working poor more than a decade ago. For the past three years, WCSU and Nuvance (formerly Danbury Hospital) have worked together to provide a full combination of medical, social and economic services.

Services offered during the day included:

  •          General health and vision screenings and time with a medical provider
  •          General health history and assessment
  •          Basic point-of-care testing
  •          Insurance enrollment assistance
  •          Referrals to primary care
  •          Vaccinations
  •          Cancer screenings and mammography referrals
  •          Podiatry screening
  •          Behavioral health and substance abuse screening and referrals
  •          Kid Zone-supervised child play area
  •          Winter clothing give-away
  •          A light breakfast and lunch
]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Mon, 07 Oct 2019 10:26:18 -0400
Brookfield Republicans Host Senior Voters

Brookfield‘s Senior Citizens will be the special guests of the Republican Town Committee on Friday, October 11 at a meet and greet event. The free breakfast and entertainment will take place at Butow/Shaker headquarter, 640 Federal Road fro 9 to 10:30 am.

Local candidates will be present to share their plans for meeting the needs of older residents who face rising taxes and property expenses. No reservations are required.The event is handicapped accessible. 

]]> (Brookfield RTC) Politics Mon, 07 Oct 2019 04:10:36 -0400
Brookfield Resident and Eastern Student Musician, Julia Montville Performs in Concert Band

The Concert Band at Eastern Connecticut State University is amid its fall 2019 season of performance. This instrumental ensemble performs classic band literature as well as challenging works from contemporary composers.

Among the student performers are Julia Montville '21 of Brookfield, who majors in Communication and Music and plays the Euphonium.

With many talented students, faculty, alumni, local music educators and musicians from the area, the Concert Band presents several concerts during each academic year and is led by Eastern Professor Kelly Watkins.

Eastern's Music Program supports a variety of musical ensembles, small and large, classical and non-classical. Ensemble experience teaches valuable lessons in teamwork, commitment and individual responsibility. Ensembles are open to all eastern students regardless of major.

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SafeWalk Supports The Women's Center on Sunday

Safe at Home, School and Everywhere in Between

The Women's Center will hold its annual 4K Safewalk on Sunday, October 6th at the Danbury Fair mall. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. To create/join a team or register as an individual and set your fundraising goal, click here!

Can't attend but would still like to donate? Click here!

SafeWalk is the Women's Centers premier event to unite the community in its mission to end domestic violence and raise much-needed funds to support our programs. As always, the money raised from this event stays in our community and is used to support the Women's Center programs and services.

Contact the Women’s Center if you would like to volunteer at the 2019 SafeWalk.

]]> (HH) Charities Wed, 02 Oct 2019 08:43:00 -0400
Newtown Police Charge Brookfield Resident with Interfering with Investigation, Violation of Protective Order

On Saturday evening, Newtown Police made a traffic stop on Wasserman Way for a routine motor vehicle violation.

The operator of the vehicle was found to have a suspended license.

The passenger in the vehicle attempted to lie to police about her name, but her identity was discovered as Elayna Smith, age 23, of Brookfield and it was found that Smith had a full no-contact order and was not to have any contact with the driver of the stopped vehicle.

Smith was subsequently arrested and charged with Interfering with an investigation and violation of a protective order.

Smith was given an additional protective order reminding her to keep away from the other party before being released on $500.00 bond.

As Smith exited the police department's lobby, a Newtown Police officer approached the vehicle that Smith had gotten into and observed the same individual whom Smith was not supposed to contact was a passenger in the vehicle.

Smith was immediately arrested again for another count of Violation of a Protective Order in the parking lot of the police station. She was released after posting an additional $1,000.00 bond and is scheduled to appear in Danbury Court on 09/30/2019 for both arrests.

"Protective orders are tools used by both the court system and police to protect victims of serious domestic violence arrests. To have two violations within hours is of serious concern and hopefully Ms.Smith got the message that police will not take these matters lightly and do whatever is necessary to protect the victim." Lt. Aaron Bahamonde


]]> (Newtown Police) Public safety Tue, 01 Oct 2019 07:23:03 -0400
Claire Lennon of Brookfield Participates in Hiking as a Part of the University of Vermont TREK Program

Incoming UVM Student, Claire Lennon, Participates in Hiking as a Part of the University of Vermont TREK Program

On Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, Claire Lennon of Brookfield and more than 270 first-year University of Vermont students, led by 76 upper-class leaders began their UVM experience as part of TREK, a unique, seven-day first-year enrichment program sponsored by the University's Department of Student Life.

Claire Lennon participated in Hiking. A part of the Wilderness TREK program which provides students the opportunity to build lasting friendships, initiate self-discovery, and explore the people and landscapes that are Vermont, Hiking TREK provides incoming students an opportunity to visit and explore some of the highest, most remote and oldest footpaths in the country - all along the long trail and in the Adirondacks. Hiking on average eight miles per day, traversed through hardwood, trickling streams and learned of the North Country's rich, natural history along the way.

For 40 years, UVM's TREK program has sent new students all over the state of Vermont to explore the region's wilderness, develop leadership skills, and work on community service projects. TREK is one of the biggest and most diverse new-student, collegiate, community-building programs in the northeast region.

The UVM TREK program offers first-year students diverse experiences and self-directed opportunities to learn about themselves, future classmates and student life at the University of Vermont. Working in small, cooperative groups with upper class leaders, TREK gives students with similar co-curricular interest an opportunity to develop teamwork skills, meet new friends, build community and make the transition to life at UVM. This year consisted of thirteen different trips in the areas of community service and leadership development (Animal Rescue, Better Burlington, Catamount Trail, Farm & Food, Habitat for Humanity, and State Park) and wilderness exploration (Hiking, Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Sea Kayaking, Whitewater Kayaking, Mountain Biking, and Pride Trek for LGBTQA+ students interested in the outdoors).


]]> (UVM) Neighbors Fri, 27 Sep 2019 08:00:37 -0400
Connecticut Governor Proclaims Oct. 6 as Chowdafest Day

Westport, Conn – CT Governor Ned Lamont has officially proclaimed Oct 6, 2019 as Chowdafest Day in the State of CT.  This continues the recent tradition of state governors of the past 9 years.  “We’re very proud of the distinction,” said event director Jim Keenan.  “They don’t hand them out to everyone” he continued.  This marks the fifth consecutive year that the event will be held at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. making it the largest event at the state’s oldest park.

Attendees enjoy unlimited sampling of chowder, soup and bisque while rating everything they try.  Over 30 distinguished restaurants from all over New England had been invited to battle it out in this year’s people’s choice competition.  

Chowdafest presented by Stop & Shop benefits Food Rescue US in the ongoing fight against food insecurity.  Over 2 million meals have been funded through Chowdafest in the past 4 years alone and the event hopes to add another half million meals to that number.  For additional information about Chowdafest, please visit or email event director, Jim Keenan at  

Chowdafest is sponsored by Cabot Creamery Co-operative, Chabaso Bakery, Chica de Gallo, City Carting, CT Bites, Copp's Island Oysters, Eight O’Clock Coffee, Even Hotels,  Foods of the Vine, Hood Cream, Local Food Rocks, Lowe's, Lucy’s, Michele's Pies, Mi Nina Tortilla, MINI of Fairfield County, Natalie’s Juices, New England Dairy Council, People’s United Bank, Polar Beverages, PKF O’Connor Davies, Silly Cows Farm, Tetley Tea, Toast Point of Sale, Wades Dairy, Vazzy’s, WEBE 108 and Westminster Crackers. 

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