Brookfield's HamletHub Mon, 18 Oct 2021 15:35:35 -0400 U.S. and state flags in Connecticut lowered to half-staff in honor of General Colin Powell

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that – in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden directing flags to be lowered throughout the country as a mark of respect for General Colin Powell – he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on the evening of Friday, October 22, 2021.

Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Mon, 18 Oct 2021 10:13:39 -0400
Town of Brookfield Resinds Mask Mandate Effective 12:01 AM Saturday, Oct. 16

On October 8th, we told our residents that the case rate has fallen to 8, down from 14.3 per 100 thousand from the previous week’s report and the positivity rate has fallen to 1.8 percent, down from 3.6 percent for the prior week.
That gave us one week of numbers below our threshold of having the case rate below 10 per 100 thousand and the positivity rate below 3%. This week our case rate is 9.3 per 100 thousand and our positivity rate is 2%. These numbers mean that we have had two weeks in a row where the rates stayed below 10 per 100 thousand and the positivity rate stayed below 3%. 
We will be rescinding the mask mandate, effective at 12:01 AM Saturday (this evening) for all indoor public spaces in Brookfield.
However, this lifting of the mask mandate does not change the other rules that the Governor has put in place. Namely, if you are unvaccinated you must still wear a mask in all indoor public places and the rules for masking in our schools has not changed.
Additionally, the government has announced approval of the use of the Moderna vaccine for booster shots. We will be setting up clinics for residents to obtain a booster shot and will announce the details of the clinics in the next few days. This will include the town working with our school system to have our children vaccinated when and if that is approved.
We will continue to monitor this going forward and we wish to thank all of our residents once again for their assistance in keeping Brookfield safe.
]]> (Steve Dunn, First Selectman) Neighbors Fri, 15 Oct 2021 15:06:50 -0400
Axe-Citing things are coming to Danbury Arena!

Axe Tricks Lounge – Danbury Arena will have a new addition in entertainment coming just in time for the Danbury Hat Tricks season opener on October 29, 2021. The Axe Tricks Lounge will feature a full bar, familiar bar games like billiards and foosball, and of course Axe Throwing lanes.

The lounge will open pre and post-game for each home FPHL Hat Tricks Pro Game and will launch live music later this year. Fans can look forward to seeing their favorite Hat Tricks players on the lanes too!

Axe Tricks Lounge highlights include:

  • Billiards
  • Pro-Foosball
  • Full Bar with your favorite spirits
  • Fan Favorite Menu
  • Axe Throwing
  • Live Music
  • Big TV Wall playing the game
  • Lounge and Bar Seating
  • Cathedral Ceilings and Danbury Skyline views
  • Industrial comfort chic decor

The stylish new space is outfitted with a large video wall that will broadcast the game and a new sound system and stage for live music entertainment. The Axe Tricks Lounge is located on the second floor of the Danbury Arena across from the Luxury Suites. All fans are welcome to attend. The space is perfectly outfitted to accommodate approximately 75 to 100 comfortably and can be used for a variety of private and corporate events.

Regular hours of operation start one hour before puck drop for all FPHL home games, staying open late after. Other times to be announced.

“We are thrilled to finally open our Axe Tricks Lounge, a project delayed because of the pandemic. We couldn’t be more pleased with how incredible the space looks and expect the Axe Tricks Lounge to elevate the entire fan experience.” Says Bill Diamond, CEO of Diamond Hospitality Group.

Visit Danbury Hat Tricks online here and purchase tickets!

About Diamond Hospitality Group

Diamond Hospitality Group is an entertainment and recreational subsidiary of Diamond Properties, a nationally recognized and award winning commercial real estate and investment company. With over 20 DHG companies operating in five states, our diverse portfolio of unique spaces and exceptional service is unparalleled.

]]> (Laressa Gjonaj) Places Fri, 15 Oct 2021 10:03:18 -0400
How Do You Choose a Breast Imaging Center?

A big question for patients is how do I pick a breast facility and a specialty-trained radiologist to interpret my exam? What should I look for? According to Connecticut Breast Imaging Breast Specialist, Dr. Jaime Szarmach, technology is important. “You can only see what your equipment will let you see.”

Dr. Szarmach recommends looking for a center that has Tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D Mammography. Dr. Szarmach continues, “In addition to the technology, it’s important to have someone who is extremely qualified to read and interpret the images. Ask if the physician is fellowship-trained in breast imaging, as these specialists have the most experience in the field and will be the best at catching potential issues on a mammogram. They will also be able to dismiss things as normal that might have been questioned by a less experienced physician.”

In addition to offering state-of-the-art technology and physician expertise, making sure that the facility not only does imaging but also performs biopsies or has surgeons on staff who do in case the need arises, is key. Ideally, patients should seek the best facility that can provide a continuum of care, from your first scan to your last treatment.

Connecticut Breast Imaging (formerly Connecticut Women’s Imaging), has recently launched a new podcast: Breast Assured: Conversations About Breast Health. The podcast discusses how to choose a breast center and addresses key topics around breast health. Breast Assured’s goal is to be the reassuring and intelligent resource that’s often missing for people as they go through a diagnostic and treatment process.

For more information or to learn more about Connecticut Breast Imaging, visit or call 203.426.3002.

]]> (Jen Coakley) Life Fri, 15 Oct 2021 08:56:14 -0400
Sensory Friendly Halloween Trick or Treat Event in Danbury on October 30

FREE sensory-friendly Trick or Treating on Saturday, October 30th from 1-3 pm, rain or shine at The Summit in Danbury, 100 Reserve Rd, Danbury.

For the 4th year, Autism Behavioral Health will be hosting a sensory-friendly Trick or Treat event, specially designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other special needs kids that would benefit from this inclusive celebration.

The event is outdoors, following all CDC guidelines, and offers a contact-less toy/goodies delivery system

Questions? Email

]]> (Autism Behavioral Health) Events Fri, 15 Oct 2021 05:51:02 -0400
Find Fall Faster with Connecticut's Top Fall Foliage Drives

Ready for some leaf peeping? Head no farther than Connecticut, where you'll find New England’s longest fall foliage season. Running from north to south steadily over about 6 weeks, the foliage coverage varies, but there’s always somewhere to see the colors change. Thanks to our friends at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, here are a few suggested driving “loops” to get you safely out and about during prime leaf peeping season. Be sure to program your mapping app, or set your gps, for an amazing drive through the wonders of fall in Connecticut.

Loop #1: Scenic Fairfield County
Loop #2: Litchfield Hills Ramble
Loop #3: Hartford West
Loop #4: Exploring the Quiet Corner
Loop #5: Mystic Country & the Coast
Loop #6: Connecticut River Color
Loop #7: New Haven & Neighborhood

Visit for more information including directions to the best locations for viewing Ct's fall foliage.

]]> ( Life Thu, 14 Oct 2021 05:25:16 -0400
Struggling Families Can Sign Up for Free Produce Program Through Prosperi-Key

United Way of Western Connecticut's New Digital Platform Gives Low-Income Workers
Access to Benefits, Discounts
United Way’s program benefits residents in Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman, Stamford, Roxbury, Warren, and Washington.
People who need help paying for groceries can now sign up for a program that gives them free produce and other food discounts at participating grocery stores. Healthy Savings provides $10 of free, fresh produce to residents of the 15 towns served by United Way of Western Connecticut. To sign up for the program, qualifying individuals go through a digital platform called Prosperi-Key, which is designed specifically to address the needs of hardworking people or people who live on fixed incomes and are having trouble making ends meet.
Prosperi-Key is the new online portal that supports households with incomes above the typical government benefit thresholds. It is the only platform to income-qualify users in this income bracket—through a friendly, confidential, and fast process. It is designed for the 40% of households in Western Connecticut who have trouble paying their bills, despite working hard or living on a fixed income.
Allowing people to sign up for Healthy Savings through Prosperi-Key means they can determine if they are qualified for the program at any time of the day or night—without waiting for assistance during business hours.
In addition to Healthy Savings, users can learn about 20+ nonprofit programs that may benefit them and 10+ businesses that offer discounts on the Prosperi-Key platform in Western Connecticut.
United Way’s program benefits residents in Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman, Stamford, Roxbury, Warren, and Washington.
The Healthy Savings program has benefited 670 households in United Way of Western Connecticut’s footprint and has provided $124,000 in fresh produce to those families. United Way hopes to expand the program to 1,200 households within the next year.
The Healthy Savings program and its expansion are made possible in part by grants from Affinity Federal Credit Union, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, BI Cares Foundation, The Connecticut Community Foundation, First County Bank Foundation, The PCLB Foundation, and The Goodnow Fund.
Healthy Savings is for the 40% of households in Western Connecticut that have difficulty paying for basic necessities. Of these households, 50% have indicated that they struggle to pay for weekly groceries―but they aren’t eligible for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program. Many are essential workers who helped us get through the pandemic—such as grocery store clerks, child care workers, and elder care workers.
“When you’re older and you’re on a fixed income, well I’ve found Healthy Savings has really helped me a great deal,” said a New Milford Senior Center client who has been using the program for more than a year. “With this program I am able to get plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, and the coupons are wonderful.”
“We recognize that struggling workers don’t have the time to run around to different agencies to get the benefits they may qualify for,” said Kim Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut. “That’s why we built Prosperi-Key. This is new way for our hardworking neighbors to get the help they need 24/7.” 
For more information about Healthy Savings contact or visit For more information about Prosperi-Key, go to
]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Tue, 12 Oct 2021 09:50:00 -0400
Brookfield Theatre's hit musical comedy [title of show] opens Oct. 15

Brookfield Theatre presents the hit musical comedy "[title of show]", with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell.

The show follows two struggling writers as they race the deadline to submit a new musical to a theatre festival. It is, above all, a love letter to American musical theater and to the joy of collaboration. Directed by David Anctil, it stars Nick Mason as Jeff, Rob Bassett as Hunter, Jami Valzania as Heidi, Jennifer Beveridge as Susan, and features Sarah Fay behind the piano as Mary.

Tickets are $25 at the door or at "[title of show]" may not be suitable for young audiences.

]]> (Brookfield Theatre) Events Tue, 12 Oct 2021 08:09:00 -0400
Key considerations when choosing a Spine Specialist

The OrthoConnecitcut Spine Team strives to help patients get back to doing what they love. Patients often seek treatment when they have debilitating pain or they realize they aren’t able to do the things they love. It’s important not to wait to get help when you have pain in your back or neck. However, it is equally as important to be sure you find the right spine specialist to treat your specific situation.

There are a few key questions to consider when researching who is the right specialist for you to see.

Be sure the spine specialist you choose is board-certified and fellowship-trained in spine care. This means that the physician performed an additional year of training specializing in caring for the full range of spine conditions. Even if you don’t think your problem is major, it’s important to have a knowledgeable physician with exceptional expertise evaluate your issue. Make an appointment with a highly-trained spine surgeon and you’ll be on your way to recovery.

It’s important you connect with your physician. Be sure you feel as comfortable as possible with the physician you choose and be sure they take the time to answer your questions. Bedside manner is an important piece of your journey towards health. You’ll want to trust and depend on the physician you will be working with.

Lastly, you want to make sure the spine surgeon you choose is trained in the most recent advancements and techniques available. Nowadays, a surgeon can use minimally invasive techniques to treat many conditions which help aid the recovery process and patient outcomes. You’ll want a physician who has been trained in the latest techniques and who has performed these surgeries many times before.

OrthoConnecticut spine surgeons, Dr. Abiola Atanda and Dr. Justin Paul, care for simple to complex issues of the cervical and lumbar spine, for patients of all ages. Both physicians are fellowship-trained surgeons schooled in the latest minimally invasive spine techniques.

If you have pain in your neck or back, call the practice to set up an appointment at 203-797-1500. 

Visit OrthoConnecticut online here.

]]> (Jen Coakley) Neighbors Tue, 12 Oct 2021 06:40:00 -0400
Flair Club Mondays at Brookfield Library October 25 - November 15

Flair Club Mondays October 25 - November 15, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Get creative! Make personalized key chains, magnets, and zines!
October 25 - Fingerprint Art Magnets
November 1 - Painted Wooden Bead Keychain
November 8 - Zines (homemade, self published magazines)
November 15 - Perler Bead Magnets
Please register for each craft individually. Crafts will take place on the library patio. Registration required. For grades 6-12. 
]]> (Brookfield Library) Events Mon, 11 Oct 2021 14:01:26 -0400
Hat Tricks Opening Weekend Promos, Costume Contest, Pre-game Ceremony

When the Hat Tricks open their season on October 29th and 30th against the Port Huron Prowlers, Hat Tricks fans will have a lot to be excited about.

The Danbury Hat Tricks Opening Weekend will be highlighted by a 2019-20 East Division banner and Halloween costume contest.
On Friday, October 29th, the 2019-20 East Division Champion Hat Tricks will be honored with a pregame ceremony and banner unveiling.
The Hat Tricks inaugural season was one to remember. Danbury won the Federal Prospects Hockey League East Division title, going on a run that included an 11-game win streak and countless memories in Danbury Arena.
On Saturday, October 30th, the Danbury Hat Tricks will be hosting a Halloween costume contest for fans of all ages.
There will be two competitions, one for kids and one for adults. All kids 15 and under can pre-register for the kids' contest and receive a complimentary ticket here.
After the first period, fans will be invited out onto the ice. The contestant with the best costume as voted on by the fans will win a new Xbox.
All fans 21 and over are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the game as well. At the end of the second period, the contestant with the best costume as voted on by the fans will receive a $100 gift card to our brand-new Axe Tricks lounge, which will be opening on October 29th.
Register for the adult Halloween costume contest here
For more information about Hat Tricks tickets or the Opening Weekend promotions contact Josh Starr at
Purchase your Hat Tricks tickets HERE.
]]> (Hat Tricks) Events Mon, 11 Oct 2021 07:51:00 -0400
When You Enter ACT's Smokey Joe's Cafe, You'll Beg To Stay Past Closing Time!

The words of the legendary Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are dead on. 

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway

They say there's always magic in the air

After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, ACT of Connecticut brings Broadway BACK with a BANG. And, indeed, the lights are shining bright and the magic is contagious inside the equity theater in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

1950s rock n’ roll music at its core combined with soulful choreography by Stephanie Pope Lofgren will make you literally dance in your seat, wave your hands (add hoot and clap when appropriate). When you step inside Smokey Joe's Cafe you’ll beg to stay past closing time.

The talented cast of eight has heart, rhythm and soul. They do so much more than sing -  with no dialogue, only music, they tell a story of an era in American history that has left an indelible mark thanks to Leiber and Stollers masterpieces including “Jailhouse Rock", "Stand By Me", “Yakety Yak”, “Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” and “Spanish Harlem” (to name just a few).

The epitome of girl power is Keyonna Knight, Courtney Long, Kelly MacMillan belting out “I am a Woman”. These ladies have swag - they are sultry and empowering. Inside Smokey Joe’s Cafe, they join Broadway veterans Juson Williams (who recently appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent), Albert Guerzon (Dance Captain), Avionce Hoyles, Jordan Fife Hunt,  and Arnold Harper II. Together, they create sparks that reach beyond the walls of the contemporary theater.

ACT of Connecticut has made a triumphant return to live theater. 

Added Performances: Sunday, October 17 at 7pm and Thursday, October 21 at 2pm

Purchase tickets here.

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded in 2018 by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known musicals, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers.

*Image courtesy ACT of Connecticut


]]> (KA) Life Sun, 10 Oct 2021 08:46:53 -0400
COVID Cases Fall in Brookfield, Mask Rules Continue

Brookfield Community Update from Steve Dunn


As we discussed on our last CodeRED on September 29th, we had continued our mask mandate in Brookfield due to the high case rate of 18.1 per 100,000 people and the high positivity rate of 4.7 percent for tests given. At that time, we said that we would remove the mandate when the case rate fell below 10 per 100 thousand and the positivity rate fell below 3 percent for two weeks in a row.

The latest report we have gotten is very heartening. The case rate has fallen to 8, down from 14.3 per 100 thousand from last week’s report and the positivity rate has fallen to 1.8 percent, down from 3.6 percent for the prior week. That means we have now had one week of rates within the range needed to eliminate the mask mandate. If next week’s rates stay at the current level or drop further, we will then drop the mask mandate in Brookfield. Thank you to everyone who helped get these numbers to drop so significantly in the past two weeks.


The Town of Brookfield recently imposed a mandatory mask requirement in all town-owned buildings, regardless of vaccine status. Unfortunately, the most recent data on the COVID-19 “Delta” variant shows a continued rapid increase in the spread of this highly contagious virus. Furthermore, health authorities expect to see more of the same over the next few weeks.

As a consequence, the Town of Brookfield, in accordance with the Town of Brookfield emergency orders coterminous with the Governor’s Emergency Powers, will join forces with our neighboring towns in continuing the mask requirement to include all publicly used indoor spaces.
The use of face masks that cover the nose and mouth is mandatory in all indoor areas, both public and private, regardless of vaccine status, where safe social distancing cannot be maintained. This includes all indoor spaces that are open to the public. Business owners are advised to post notices at all entry points to inform the public of the requirement (see list below for exclusions).

The Delta variant has been found to be more highly contagious than the original (“Alpha”) strain. It is more easily contracted, especially by children, and can be spread asymptomatically to unvaccinated family members with the potential for very serious or fatal consequences.
We sincerely hope this measure will be temporary. We will continue to monitor the data issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the Connecticut Department of Public Health and will adjust our policies as needed.

Not included in this order:

• Private residences
• Work spaces not accessible to the general public
• Indoor restaurant dining when seated at the table
• Outdoor dining

Thank you for your cooperation in helping keep our community safe.

]]> (Steve Dunn, First Selectman) Neighbors Fri, 08 Oct 2021 15:09:50 -0400
Reapers Women's Tackle Football Team Holds Tryouts Tomorrow in Danbury

Tryouts for Reapers football team tomorrow, Saturday, October 9th!

Our next season starts in spring, 2022.  We’d love to have you join us!  Tryouts are Saturday, October 9th at Great Plain Elementary School field, 10 Stadley Rough Road, Danbury, CT 06810 between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The Reapers Football Team is a not-for-profit organization established by women who value and promote empowerment, respect, and positive advancement for all females in activities and sports.  Our players live and work throughout the tri-state area.

Women’s semi-professional, full-contact football is one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S. Its focus is to support sports participation while promoting healthy development and positive role models for young female athletes.  Football is already a national pastime and wonderful family entertainment.  With the inclusion of semi-professional women’s football, the possibilities are limitless.

Based in Danbury, The Reapers provide a football program to meet female athletes’ needs in cooperation with the Women’s Tackle Football League (WTFL).  Presently, the WTFL is a national league with approximately 30 participating teams. 

By becoming part of our team, you’ll continue to grow a community program that assimilates The Reapers with local organizations and businesses to provide positive examples of semi-professional women athletes.  All events are family oriented to promote team continuity and grow a strong fan base in cooperation with our supporters.  Reaper home games are played at New Fairfield High School, home of the Rebels, 54 Gillotti Road, New Fairfield, CT 06812.

For more information visit here or here

]]> (Ellen Rossini) Neighbors Fri, 08 Oct 2021 08:09:01 -0400
Think Pink, Think Early Detection: Important Message from Connecticut Breast Imaging

See pink, wear pink, think pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You just saw a pink ribbon – did it remind you to schedule your annual screening mammogram? Screening mammograms save lives. One in eight women, or about 13%, will have breast cancer in their lifetime, with breast cancer second in the US only to skin cancer and being the most common cancer worldwide in 2021.

State-of-the-art screenings and diagnostics are just around the corner

Connecticut Breast Imaging offers state-of-the-art 3D mammography in a caring and relaxed environment not often found in traditional hospital settings. The practice’s radiologists are subspecialty-trained in breast imaging and are focused on unsurpassed diagnostics, interpretation, and dedication to each and every patient. The practice, with three easily accessible locations in Danbury, provides a truly safe and compassionate environment, and the most advanced radiological care available today.

So, raise awareness, start a conversation

Spread the word, help raise awareness of early breast cancer detection by asking friends and family if they’ve had their annual breast exams. You may find that some friends need that reminder, or may need help making an appointment. Others may be afraid of mammograms and might not have had one in years, or ever! Start a conversation, do research together. The earlier breast cancer is detected the better.

Connecticut Breast Imaging

Founded in 2010, Connecticut Breast Imaging is a highly regarded innovator in the field of comprehensive breast imaging and diagnosis. The practice’s focus on patient-centered care has earned its recognition in the State of Connecticut Employee Network of Distinction for Breast Biopsies. With three convenient locations in Danbury, it serves patients Monday through Friday, and also offers evening and Saturday hours. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call: 203.426.3002.


]]> (Jen Coakley) Life Fri, 08 Oct 2021 07:06:04 -0400