Brookfield's HamletHub Sat, 18 Aug 2018 16:50:07 -0400 DAWS offers 50% off adoption fees during Clear the Shelters nationwide initiative

Hundreds of animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo for the 4th Annual Clear the Shelters adoption event tomorrow, Saturday,  August 18.

Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS) is proud to be one of the nationwide participants for Clear the Shelters. "Join us Saturday from 12-4pm as we offer 50% off our adoption fees in an effort to help homeless pets," says DAWS.

During this nationwide event, animal shelters and rescue organizations will open their doors, and, in many cases eliminate and/or reduce adoption fees in an effort to find loving homes to animals in need.

Learn more about  Clear the Shelters and find a participating shelter here.

Visit to see all the great animals that will be available for adoption in Danbury tomorrow!


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Waterworks Team H20 Pours on the Support for Ann's Place

Last night, hundreds of area residents and Ann’s Place supporters headed to the Amber Room in Danbury, laced up their sneakers participated in The Run From The Sun, a 5K scenic run to Candlewood Lake and back.

We sat down with the event’s top fundraiser, Shannon Simmons, Director, Client Services & Channel Support at Waterworks in Danbury to learn more about her team H20 and their dedication to Ann’s Place.

Waterworks Team H20 surpassed their 2018 fundraising goal by a landslide and raised a whopping $21,226! “We’ve really gotten creative!” says Shannon. In 2017, Team H20 launched “Costumes for a Cause”. “You could sponsor one of our team members and they wore a costume in the 5K. There were different sponsorship levels,” explains Shannon. For $500, the Waterworks participant had run in a ballerina costume, complete with a tiara, wig and butterfly wings.

After raising $13, 874 in 2017, Simmons decided to raise the bar and made the 2018 goal 14K. Team H20 swapped the costumes for some innovative marketing and announced on their liquidation website that, for a limited time, 5% of sales would be donated to Ann’s Place. “The sales reached 220K!” exclaimed Simmons. Yesterday, the company made am 11,056 donation to Team H20 in support of Ann’s Place, bringing their total amount raised to more than 20K.

Waterworks in Danbury fully embraces Ann’s Place mission and service. In 2006, when Ann’s Place built a beautiful new 17,000 square foot facility on Saw Mill Road in Danbury, the company was behind them all the way. “Waterworks donated material for their new building. That’s when our bond with Ann’s Place began.”

The company’s support for Ann’s Place is sure to prevail long after the sun sets on the annual Run for the Sun 5K. “We’re local, they are local. We’re located just 5 minutes down the road from Ann’s Place,” says Simmons who adds, “We have all been impacted by cancer in some way and many of us [at Waterworks] have friends or family members who have relied on Ann’s Place.” says Simmons.

The mission of Ann’s Place is to provide comfort, support and resources to people living with cancer and to their loved ones. They provide all of their services free of charge. To learn more about Ann’s Place, click here.

Learn more about Waterworks here.

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Danbury Madrigal Singers seeks new members

The Danbury Music Centre Madrigal Singers is accepting new singers (ages 14 and up) for the fall 2018 season. The Madrigal Singers is an auditioned choral ensemble that performs a variety of chamber music and a cappella (unaccompanied) Renaissance and Elizabethan madrigals, motets, chansons, and anthems, and will be presenting a fully-staged Renaissance dinner program in November. The ensemble rehearses on Thursday nights (7 – 9 pm) on the first floor of the Danbury Music Centre.

Auditions (Monday, August 20th, 7 – 8 pm and Tuesday, August 21st, 7 – 8 pm) will take place at the Marian Anderson Hall of the Danbury Music Centre (256 Main Street, Danbury). To schedule an audition (or to arrange an alternative date/time), contact Madrigal Singers Director Joyce Flanagan (, 203-240-9398). For more information, go to

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Drink Pink for Ann's Place: Kristen Jensen's photoshoot with breast cancer survivor, Dawn

Kristen Jensen’s "Faces of Courage" tell a story of strength, courage, and hope

behind the scenes look at one of Drink Pink’s “Faces of Courage”, breast cancer survivor, Dawn.  She is shown here with photog Kristen Jensen during yesterday’s photoshoot at Kristen’s Bethel studio.

Prior to being photographed by Kristen for the 2018 Faces of Courage collection, Dawn received a complimentary beauty treatment thanks to the generosity of adam broderick salon & spa. Shout out to JoJo who did Dawn’s hair, and Carter who is responsible for her make up!

Absolutely stunning images of Dawn (and many other "Faces of Courage") will be on exhibit at  Drink Pink for a cause on October 10 at Bernards' in Ridgefield. All proceeds of the event benefit Ann’s Place.

Hosted by Sarah Bouissou of Bernard’s, photographer, Kristen Jensen, and Kerry Anne Ducey, Drink Pink is a festively "Pink" gathering that is sure to warm your heart and empower your soul during National Breast Cancer Month.

There will be a $20 admittance charge and each attendee will receive one pink ticket, good for a pink drink. Live music, raffle prizes, nibbles and pink beverages (courtesy of Bernard's and 109 Cheese & Wine) will make this a very memorable evening.

No need to RSVP, just save the date and show up on October 10 and raise a glass for Ann's Place, for Dawn, and for the many Faces of Courage!

Look for our interview with Dawn - coming soon to HamletHub!

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Hamilton Trivia Night at The Brookfield Library with MC Sarah Denn of The Brookfield Theatre

Hamilton Trivia Night at The Brookfield Library with MC Sarah Denn of The Brookfield Theatre on Thursday, August 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

Come for a fun evening of trivia on all things Hamilton! Test your knowledge on topics ranging from Alexander Hamilton’s life and times to Hamilton the musical to My Dear Hamilton. Sign up a group of friends to form a team or team up on the spot. Prizes will be awarded to the first place team. Light refreshments provided. Interested teens can also sign up for this adult program.

This is One Town, One Read (OTOR) event. Attendees will receive a ticket toward the prize drawings happening on September 8th (grand prize: 2 tickets to Hamilton the musical). The first place team members will receive an additional ticket to the prize drawings!

Registration required! Click HERE to register.

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Connecticut Pops Band is Recruiting Musicians

The Connecticut Pops Concert Band is recruiting for 2018-19 membership!

The band is in residence at Naugatuck Valley Community College under the direction of Allan Dabkowski, and is open to wind musicians of intermediate to advanced playing ability from the greater Waterbury-Danbury area.  Informal auditions are held during the first three rehearsals of the season, August 28th through September 11th.

Interested players are invited to come and play with the band for two or three rehearsals to see if it is a good fit before committing to membership.   The band rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:15-9:30 in the Mainstage auditorium of NVCC, 750 Chase Parkway in Waterbury.  Three concerts are performed each year, one in December and two in May.  At this time the band is particularly seeking those who play percussion, trombone, tuba, trumpet, and clarinet, however, any interested musician is welcome to audition.  For more information please call the band manager, Patricia Reinhardt at 203-426-6148 or see the band website:

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New Milford Hospital Announces Fall Series of Strong People Strong Bones Classes

Strong People Strong Bones is offering classes in New Milford, Brookfield, and Kent

New Milford Hospital is hosting fitness classes for middle-aged and older men and women to increase strength, balance, and flexibility. Strong People Strong Bones is a nationally recognized fitness program designed to prevent and reverse osteoporosis and osteopenia and promote general health and wellness.

New Milford

September 17 to November 2, 2018

Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (Pick 2)

Time: 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Cost: $85.00 for 2 classes per week (7 weeks/14 classes)

September 18 to October 23, 2018

Day: Tuesday

Time: 4:45 PM–6:00 PM

Cost: $49.00 for one class per week (7 weeks/7 classes)

Classes are located at New Milford Hospital Campus: 30 Elm Street, New Milford, CT 06776

Classes are open to the community. For more information, contact Lisa Lee, Strong People Strong Bones Leader from New Milford Hospital, at 860-614-1737.


September 20 to November 1, 2018

Day: Thursday

Time: 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM

Cost: $49.00 for one class per week (7 weeks/7 classes)

This class is located at Brookfield Senior Center: 100 Pocono Road, Brookfield, CT 06804

This class is open to Senior Center members and the community. For more information, contact Ellen Melville, Brookfield Senior Center Director, at 203-775-5308 or Lisa Lee, Strong People Strong Bones Leader from New Milford Hospital, at 860-614-1737.


September 20 to November 1, 2018

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Time: 10:00 AM to 11:15 PM

Cost: $85.00 for 2 classes per week (7 weeks/14 classes)

This class is located at St. Andrew’s Church (Parish House): 1 North Main Street, Kent, CT 06757

Classes are open to the community. For more information, contact Lisa Lee, Strong People Strong Bones Leader from New Milford Hospital, at 860-614-1737.

About The Strong People Strong Bones Program

The Strong People Strong Bones Program was developed by Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., associate professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. The program is based upon years of research on how strength training and nutrition improve the health of men and women of all ages. “Strength is a critical factor in living healthier, more active lives. Our research shows that a program of strength training not only improves bone density but reduces falls, improves arthritis symptoms and increases flexibility and strength,” said Dr. Nelson. This program is designed to increase strength, balance, and flexibility, and is appropriate for both sedentary and very active people. Classes are led by Lisa Marie Lee, an instructor who was certified to teach the program by Dr. Nelson, its founder.

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Adult Coloring at Brookfield Librar on Thursday!

Color Your World: Coloring for Adults at The Brookfield Library on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of coloring Thursday afternoon at the library.  We have more coloring books than you can imagine, pencils and pens, and refreshments. Our group is now meeting upstairs in the library, at the two tables in the adult fiction/nonfiction area.

Limited to ten participants, please register.

Adults 18+

The Brookfield Library is located at182 Whisconier Road
Call 203-775-6241 or go online:

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Chase Caldwell’s One Plug Entertainment featured at TBIC0’s 25th Anniversary Gala

Music by Chase Caldwell’s One Plug Entertainment will be featured at TBICO’s 25th Anniversary Celebration at Main, New Milford, on Saturday, September 8th.

The theme of the gala is Believe. Says Caldwell, “We believe in all of the good work that TBICO is doing through job training and education, they make it possible for individuals to reach their dreams. That’s why we are making the music.” Caldwell started One Plug four years ago. After graduating from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida with a degree in Entertainment Business, he joined Carnival Cruises as a DJ. “Sounds glamorous but it was challenging, so I combined my book learning with my natural creativity and launched One Plug,” His wife, Amanda, works with him as a photographer and will also be part of the TBICO Gala.

The company does 60 events a year, half of which are weddings. “Recently we provided the mood and music for the Danbury High Schools Senior Prom”, he adds. When not making music, Caldwell runs the After School Program at King Street Primary School in Danbury. Says TBICO founder and president Lou Ann Bloomer “We thank the Caldwell’s for their generous contribution.”

Founded in 1993, TBICO equips individuals with the employment skills needed to secure economic independence and gives families the chance to start over, to succeed.

For more information visit

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Shop LOCAL and Tax FREE August 19 to August 25

Shop LOCAL and Tax-FREE!

In the State of Connecticut, shoppers will have a tax free holiday on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 from Sunday, August 19th until Saturday, August 25.

According to the Connecticut DRS, most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $100 are exempt from Connecticut Sales and Use Tax. For items costing $100 or more, sales tax is calculated on the full purchase price. 

Click here for a list of tax-exempt items and for additional information from the DRS.

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The Candlewood Camera Club seeks new members!

The Candlewood Camera Club of Danbury, CT is seeking new members

Come join us on August 28th, Tuesday evening at 7:30 p. for the kick-off meeting of the 2018/2019 season of the Candlewood Camera Club.

Where: The Hatters Park Duckpin Facility at 7 East Hayestown Road, Danbury, CT. 06811.  

The meeting starts at 7:30 pm.  Come earlier to meet and mingle with our members.  Refreshments are also served.

The Candlewood Camera Club is a fun, interesting and exciting learning experience for all levels of photographers. Whether you are new to photography or and experienced photographer you are welcome to join or club.

Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Our Tuesday meeting focuses on Educational nature.

We have a variety of learning, educational and creative subjects.

Meeting on the 4th Thursday of the month. These meeting are our Competition nights.  An assigned subject for these meeting are on a different subject each time.  The assigned subjects for this year are on our website: along with additional club information.  You can view many of our competition winner's photos. 

If you are unable to attend our meeting but would like to join the club you can submit your photos digitally.

Any questions you may have can be sent to Diane Toth, Chairperson of Communications at

]]> (Diane Toth) Neighbors Sun, 12 Aug 2018 05:56:11 -0400
Brookfield Police will hold a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics on September 12

 Brookfield Police will hold a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics on Wednesday, September 12th from 5 to 9 pm at 189 Sports Cafe.

"Our officers are once again teaming with the staff at189 Sports Cafe(across from Costco) to raise money, benefiting Connecticut Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut! Come down and join us on Wednesday, September 12!" Brookfield Police say.

Already know you can’t make it, but you want to donate?

Donation checks made payable:
CT Special Olympics

Mailed to: 
Cpl. Jason Fiege
Brookfield Police Department
63 Silvermine Road. 
Brookfield, CT 06804

Visit Brookfield Police on Facebook here for additional information.

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Brookfield Craft Center Hosts ATradition of Excellence: Works by the Brookfield Craft Center Faculty

Brookfield Craft Center Hosts A Tradition of Excellence: Works by the Brookfield Craft Center Faculty

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 11, from 5pm - 8pm

The Brookfield Craft Center is proud to present the annual faculty exhibit as a showcase of the amazing work of our talented instructors. Each piece represents technique and creativity honed by many hours of work and practice in the artisan's specific field of fine craft. Viewers of the show will have the opportunity to connect with both form and function as they peruse the show filled with innovative items crafted in wood, metal, jewelry, glass, ceramics and fiber and more. 

From our founding to the present, Brookfield Craft Center has been fortunate to engage highly professional artists and fine craft workers as faculty members. They demonstrate skill, creativity and a passion for passing the torch to the next generation of artists. We are proud to present work from all seven of our teaching studios in what is truly a "Tradition of Excellence".

The faculty participating in this year's exhibition are (in alphabetical order):

Linda Banks -New Preston

Souby Boski -New Milford

Andrew Chapman -New Milford

Kaitlin Clark -New Milford

Katherine Corigliano -Danbury

Louise Fischer Cozzi -Brooklyn, NY

Jim Degen -Brookfield

Chris Doherty -Brookfield

Barbara Drillick -Brookfield

Rosemary Erb-Fawcett -Brookfield

Carl Ford -Poughkeepsie, New York

Colin Harrison -Brookfield

Maureen Henriques -New Milford

Kanika Khurana -Danbury

Elisabeth J. Levy -Bethel

Clare Lewis -New Milford

Dawn Lombard -Milford, Pennsylvania

Karin Mansberg -Bethel

Betty Ann Medeiros -Danbury

Don Metz -Southbury

Ellen Morrell -Brookfield

Caitlin Morris -Fredrick, Maryland

Rachel Morris -Portland, Oregon

Matthew Parkinson -Wolcott

Joy Raskin -Bedford, New Hampshire

Robin Sherwood Armour -New Milford

Katie Strano -Southbury

Will Talbot -Washington

Christine Wilkinson -New Jersey

The Gallery and Gift Shop hours are Tuesday - Friday 1 - 5 PM, Saturday 11-5PM, Sunday 12-4PM or by appointment.   

Please join us for an Opening Reception:

Saturday, August 11, from 5pm - 8pm

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Garden Club of Brookfield hosts program on tree loss

Garden Club of Brookfield will host a special program on Thursday, August 16 beginning at 10:00 am titled, "Recovering from Tree Loss: Some Prospectives and a Road Map Forward".

Presented by Eric Larson, horticulturist, gardener, educator and lecturer Through his talk and slide presentation, Eric will introduce us to the steps it will take to restore our beautiful home and town plantings.

Gardeners, arborists and landscapers alike will learn from Eric's expert experience with the natural processes and his life of gardening.

Everyone is welcome.

Pre-registration on the library website is preferred. Donations are accepted.

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Brookfield Library Hosts Teen Book Discussion on August 13

Teen Book Discussion: Alex & Eliza on Monday, August 13, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Taking place during the American Revolution, this historical fiction story focuses on the romance between beautiful Eliza from New York's elite Schuyler family, and Alexander Hamilton, a man with a dubious past who happens to be General Washington's right-hand man. Join us in the Teen Section of the library for snacks and a discussion of the book. Plus, you'll be entered in our One Town, One Read raffle to win two tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway!

Please register online, by phone, or at the Checkout Desk.

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