Brookfield's HamletHub Thu, 21 Jun 2018 02:34:54 -0400 Free outdoor concert at Brookfield Library on Sunday!

Mark your calendar for a fabulous concert on Brookfield Library's North Lawn on Sunday, June 24, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Quintessential Brass, a group from Boston, will perform a mix of pieces that we know you'll enjoy. Weather permitting, the concert will be held outside on the library's North Lawn, but we'll move inside if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate. So put your lawn chairs and blankets in the car, and get ready for some great music.

Come early (3:30 to 4:00) for free ice cream!

Visit Brookfield Library on Facebook for more information.


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Brookfield Library Presents: One Town, One Read Big Reveal!

Join Brookfield Library on the front lawn to find out what the book will be for the Library's first-ever One Town, One Read.


The community event takes place on Saturday, June 30 from 5 PM - 7 PM.

Games, live music, and crafts for kids! Families are encouraged to bring a picnic and chairs. Dessert and beverages will be provided!

Learn more here.

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Brookfield Museum Hosts Presentation by Local History Hunter Greg Van Antwerp

Brookfield Museum Hosts Presentation by Local History Hunter Greg Van Antwerp tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 PM

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at 7:30 PM, local history hunter Greg Van Antwerp, also known as The Urban Archeologist, will share his latest discoveries along with some tips and tricks on how to uncover them in a multi-media presentation. The program will take place at the Brookfield Historical Society Museum located at 165 Whisconier Road (Intersection of Routes 25 and 133) Brookfield Center.

Greg has been searching the basements and attics of New York and New England for something more valuable than gold - a good story. Along the way, he has documented his success into a presentation that features the humorous, poignant, unique and historically important. More than anything else, Greg wants to raise awareness for the local history that is sold or tossed each weekend. “Becoming an Urban Archeologist means taking an interest in your own and your community’s story and working to preserve it before it’s gone forever.” Admission is free and complimentary refreshments will be served.

You can learn more about Greg’s quest by visiting his site or follow him for updates on twitter @UrbnArcheology or call (203) 994-8382

Brookfield Museum is located at165 Whisconier Road (Intersection of Routes 25 and 133) in Brookfield Center

]]> (Town of Brookfield) Events Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:09:57 -0400
Brookfield Resident Marissa Snyder Receives Degree from Georgia Tech

Marissa Snyder Receives Degree from Georgia Tech

Marissa Snyder of Brookfield has earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Snyder was among approximately 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech's 255th Commencement exercises on May 4-5, 2018, at the McCamish Pavilion.

One of the nation's leading research universities, the Georgia Institute of Technology is in the business of creating the next - the next idea, the next technology, and the next legion of agile minds well equipped to imagine and engineer our future. More than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled, and Georgia Tech is ranked in the nation's top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. For more information visit


]]> (Georgia Tech) Neighbors Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:17:30 -0400
Brookfield FEMA Funding Update

Residents are urged to read this important update regarding FEMA regulations of debris cleanup funding from Brookfield First Selectman,  Stephen C. Dunn

We all understand obtaining FEMA funding is critical to the town’s effort to rebuild after the storm. It’s essential that each of us fully understand two FEMA rules so we do not jeopardize that funding, which can cover as much as 75% of the total cleanup cost.

First, and most important, do not drag brush from private property onto the town right-of-way. There are FEMA inspectors monitoring the cleanup, following every truck picking up debris. If an inspector sees a resident dragging brush from private property onto the town right-of-way, FEMA could disqualify the entire town from receiving any aid. We could lose up to $1,125,000 of the $1.5 million authorized for the cleanup.

That $1,125,000 is money we possibly could use for a townwide cleanup when we have completed the town right-of-way. Again: please do not bring brush from private property to town roads and jeopardize FEMA funding.

The second essential rule is about the town brush yard. FEMA requires we maintain a State-certified brush yard to track the source of every cubic yard of debris, count it as it’s delivered, and certified as actual storm debris.

We closed the town brush yard because FEMA will not allow anyone other than our contractor to use it, and because it’s a very dangerous place to work. We are working with our contractor to open the yard to residents on Saturdays going forward. We estimate that it will take one month to do the town right of way clean up.

We greatly appreciate your support and understanding as we work through this challenging cleanup.

]]> (Town of Brookfield) Neighbors Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:40:41 -0400
Day of Action in Greater Danbury & New Milford on June 21

United Way's Day of Action 2018 is Thursday, June 21 in Greater Danbury & New Milford!

Join with hundreds of local volunteers for our annual days of volunteerism to complete a variety of service projects throughout Greater Danbury and New Milford, and the city of Stamford. Many of our projects focus on supporting agencies that help ALICE®households (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) who struggle and live paycheck-to-paycheck, addressing needs related to health, education and financial stability. Stamford Day of Action will be Thursday, October 11, 2018.

At the heart of United Way’s strength are our dedicated volunteers--the hand raisers who step up to provide help and hope to those in our community who are struggling.

Join us for Day of Action 2018, when we mobilize volunteers in a variety of large-scale projects to benefit ALICE.

For more information, contact: Stacy Schulman at 203.826.8479 or

There are many ways to help our community on June 21:

Collect Books for Camp Wannaread!

We need books for our Camp Wannaread Literacy kits! Books can be purchased from our Amazon Wishlist ( and shipped directly, or dropped off at our offices on Main Street in Danbury. Books will be collected through June 15: our goal is 400 books for area 2nd graders and our Day of Action Neighborhood Block Party.
>>View our Amazon Wishlist
>>View our Flier (PDF)
For more information, contact: Stacy Schulman at 203.826.8479 or

Summer Meals Blitz Day

Join us as we partner with End Hunger CT! to promote free Summer Meals. The free Summer Meals are an extension of the National School Lunch Program when school is out. A Blitz Day is a day of outreach dedicated to increasing awareness within the community about the FREE Summer Meals Program. Volunteers will pound the pavement and distribute outreach materials throughout neighborhoods, businesses, and community locations to help spread the word about where kids and teens can enjoy free, nutritious meals throughout the summer.

Community Block Party

Following the Summer Meals Blitz, the community will be invited to attend a Block Party. Volunteers will be engaged to help with all aspects of the event from packing Camp Wannaread Literacy Kits to Stuffing a Bus full of books and learning materials to keep kids academically engaged during the summer break. Join us from 3-5 pm for the Community Block Party!

Camp Wannaread and Stuff A UPS Truck

It’s back - Camp Wannaread! Our reading camp in a bag helps combat summer reading loss, also known as summer slide,” by engaging second graders in reading and literacy activities over the summer. We need help sorting book donations and packing kits for local schools, as well as educational kits for all ages to Stuff a UPS Truck full of reading fun!

Improvement Projects

Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in improvement projects throughout the New Milford community.

For more information, contact: Stacy Schulman at 203.826.8479 or


]]> (United Way) Charities Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:35:53 -0400
United Way of Western Connecticut Seeks Nominations for Emerging Hero Awards

United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) seeks nominations of youth leaders in community service and volunteerism for its Emerging Hero Awards through July 9.

The Emerging Hero Awards celebrate the accomplishments of the newest generation of volunteers and community leaders. United Way seeks nominations of area high school-aged youth (grades 9-12) who demonstrate strong leadership in volunteerism and community service.

“Our Emerging Hero Awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the contributions that young people make to our communities,” said Kimberly Morgan, CEO of UWWC. “We look forward to shining a light on the accomplishments of these young people at this year’s Hometown Heroes celebration.”

Nominations are open to young people from the following Western Connecticut towns and cities: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, Warren or Washington. Nominations will be accepted online at through July 9, 2018.

This is an initial nominating process for the Emerging Hero Awards. If a nominee is selected, additional information will be requested for the selection process in late summer/early fall. The Emerging Hero Awards will be part of the celebration of volunteers in Western Connecticut at the 5th Annual Hometown Heroes Benefit Dinner to be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

For additional information, please contact Morgan Greening, Special Projects Coordinator, at 203-297-6736 or Nominations for the Emerging Hero Awards may be submitted at through July 9

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:28:21 -0400
Brookfield Update on Storm Cleanup

Update from the Public Works department:

Debris clean-up work is progressing well. A total of 4,800 cubic yards have been removed from town ROW and delivered to the town brush yard the first 2 days of work. CERES is bringing in additional equipment on Monday and this phase of town ROW debris removal is on schedule. Several local individuals have been hired and trained as FEMA monitors to assist.

The pictures (on Facebook) show the new hires ready for their first day at work and brush yard collection and mulching operations.

See more here.

]]> (Brookfield Matters) Places Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:26:07 -0400
Brookfield residents named to University of Hartford Dean's List

The University of Hartford is pleased to announce the following Brookfield residents have been named to the Dean's List for Spring 2018.

Dana Lofink 

Sydney Aledort

Ashley DeFreitas

Danielle DeMarco

Michael Bernal

Robert Brooks 

The University of Hartford, centrally located in Connecticut, provides a distinctive educational experience across seven schools and colleges for one of the most diverse student bodies in New England. Hartford's faculty are attracted by the opportunity to challenge and support students as they pursue degrees in more than 100 programs in the arts, humanities, science, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions. Chartered in 1957, Hartford has more than 5,000 undergraduate and, 1,600 graduate students from 48 states and 63 countries, and 75,000 alumni worldwide. Visit for more information.

]]> (University of Hartford) Neighbors Fri, 15 Jun 2018 07:21:47 -0400
Brookfield residents named to the Dean's List at University of Delaware

The following Brookfield residents have been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Spring 2018 semester:

Thomas Burkhart 

Martha Diezemann

Renee Grandmaison

Chase Honeck

Jake Lalloway

Danielle Mazzari 


To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

]]> (University of Delaware) Neighbors Fri, 15 Jun 2018 07:17:59 -0400
Brookfield Brush Yard OPEN Saturdays, Closed Sunday Through Friday for Storm Clean Up

In this week's special edition of Brookfield Matters, First Selectman Steve Dunn told residents that the Town has begun cleaning up debris from the right-of-way. "Contracted crews form CERES Inc. will be working for approximately four weeks, Sunday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on town streets," he says.

The Town of Brookfield Brush Yard will be open to residents only on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The brush yard must be closed to residents Sundays through Fridays because it's considered a "work zone," and therefore unsafe.    

If you have questions about the cleanup plan or brush yard, call the Department of Public Works at 203-775-7318 during normal business hours.

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Brookfield Theatre presents the documentary: Why They Kill on June 16, free admission


Brookfield Theatre, in collaboration with The Garner Players, presents the documentary: Why They Kill on Saturday, June 16 beginning at 8:00 pm.  

Why do some men, women, and even children assault, batter, rape, mutilate, and murder? It is an age old question – perhaps more relevant now than ever, and one in which this film explores in a way not yet done. There have been and continue to be a myriad of theories regarding violent crime, but few, if any, so comprehensively explain how violent criminals develop, how violent communities are created and transformed, and how violent acts are committed. This feature documentary elucidates how this process unfolds by exploring the stages in the creation of a dangerous, violent criminal according to a theory developed by the renowned criminologist, Lonnie H. Athens, and the strategies that can be taken in preventing and breaking the violentization cycle.

Dr. Athens’ life and work was the subject of the critically acclaimed book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Richard Rhodes, from which this film is based. The film provides general audiences along with community advocates, policymakers, and stakeholders of educational institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations with new insight into the root causes and prevention of violent crime. It will stimulate discussion among those whose work intersects in the lives of families and children and will help them better consider how they can help short-circuit the violentization process. Most importantly, though, this film underscores the importance of community organizations, including schools, police, courts, families, and neighborhood groups, and others, and the need for these disparate groups to collaborate in a child’s and adolescent’s development.

This film is based on the critically acclaimed book by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Rhodes.

  • A Sangue Films Production
  • Directed and Produced by Giuseppe M. Fazari
  • Edited by Alex Agisilaou

The event features poetry readings from inmates from the Garner Correctional Institution and a talkback with members of the film's team.

The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts is located at 184 Whisconier Road

Why They Kill - Official Trailer

]]> (Brookfield Theatre) Events Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:35:15 -0400
Kick Off Summer Reading at Brookfield Library with a Visit from Creature Teachers

Creature Teachers at Brookfield Library at 5:30 pm on Thursday, June 21 

Come help us kick off Summer Reading 2018 with a visit from Creature Teachers! You will be fascinated with the wonders and diversity of the animals that share our planet. For ages 3 and up, no registration required. Doors will open 15 minutes before the show.

The Brookfield Library is located at 182 Whisconier Road. Visit the library online here.

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Brookfield Library Summer Reading Orientation and Party on June 12

Libraries Rock!
The Brookfield Library’s 2018
Summer Reading Program Needs Your Help!

Summer Reading is coming soon!  If you are interested in volunteering, please come to our Volunteer Orientation & Party on Tuesday, June 12 at 4:30 p.m. Our 2018 Summer Reading program theme this year is Libraries Rock! Volunteers must be entering fifth grade in the fall. 

A complete schedule of volunteer shifts will be reviewed at the Orientation/Party and we will review the process for signing up for shifts.  Please RSVP and let me know if you can make it on Tuesday, June 12 at 4:30.

Looking forward to working with you this Summer!  Best of luck with the remainder of the school year! 

Register HERE.

]]> (The Brookfield Library) Neighbors Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:16:00 -0400
Brookfield Democrats to host 10th annual barbecue

The Brookfield Democratic Town Committee will host its 10th annual barbecue on Sunday, July 22nd from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bandstand at Town Hall, 100 Pocono Rd., Brookfield.

The community is invited to spend time with like-minded families and enjoy the amenities at the Town Hall Bandstand and Kids Kingdom. The food will include hot dogs, hamburgers, sides, and dessert. There will also be raffles, games, and music. The suggested donation per adult is $35 if purchased online or $40 at the door. There is no charge for children under 12.

Residents will have the opportunity for informal conversation with federal, state and local Democratic elected officials and candidates, including Daniel Pearson who is running for State Representative for the 107th District.

“We want to give voters an opportunity to ask questions of all the candidates and to speak with them one-on-one in a casual setting,” said Laura Orban, Chair of the Brookfield Democratic Town Committee.

"It's a perfect time for people to get to know Daniel better, ask him tough questions, and hear what he stands for," Orban continued. "Voters will see that he is a guy who truly walks the talk."

To RSVP for the event, email Tickets can be purchased online at

The mission of the Brookfield Democrats is to create a positive vision for Brookfield’s future that preserves the vibrancy of Brookfield and enhances opportunities for all residents. Visit to learn more. 

The Brookfield Democratic Town Committee meets monthly at Whisconier Middle School. All interested Democrats are invited to attend. For more information, visit the BDTC website at brookfielddemocrats.orgor contact us directly by email at You can find the Brookfield Democratic Town Committee on Facebook at


]]> (Leslie Ruggiero) Politics Fri, 08 Jun 2018 06:53:37 -0400