Brookfield's HamletHub Fri, 01 Jul 2022 15:33:17 -0400 Martha’s Vineyard Escapes Thanks To The Long Ball

Shark’s catcher Thomas Bramley cracked a game-winning solo home run in the top of the ninth to complete a 4-3 victory over the Westerners.

Martha’s Vineyard (12-8) has won eight of their last ten, and Danbury (9-11) dropped their second game in a row since taking down the Vermont Mountaineers.

Sharks’ center fielder Matt Woods went 2-5 with a game-tying solo shot in the seventh, and catcher Thomas Bramley went 2-4 with the clutch home run in the ninth.

Including Woods and Bramley, the Martha’s Vineyard lineup had five players record multi-hit games on Thursday night. Sharks’ second baseman Dorian Gonzalez went 2-5 with a run scored while Michael Snyder and Henry Wallen each had two hits and an RBI.

Westerners’ left fielder Harrison Feinberg went 1-2 with a walk and 2 RBIs, and designated hitter Korey Morton had a 2-4 night at the plate with two singles. Danniel Rivera also worked three walks from the bottom of the order and scored two runs for his ballclub.

Through the first few innings, it was a back-and-forth affair between the two ballclubs. Martha’s Vineyard struck first in the second with an RBI single from shortstop Henry Wallen. Sharks’ right fielder Harrison Brown lined a ball deep in the right-center gap, but it popped out of the right fielder’s glove, allowing him to hustle into second. After the umpires gathered to discuss the play, they confirmed that the ball was dropped, which allowed Harrison to reach second safely with two outs. Wallen seized this opportunity by yanking a single through the right side to plate Harrison and give the Sharks the early 1-0 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, Danbury answered by scoring a run on a wild pitch. With a runner on first and one away, Westerners’ third baseman Mike Becchetti hooked a double down the left-field line to put two runners in scoring position. One pitch later, Westerners’ catcher Nick Romano scampered home on a wild pitch to even things up at 1.

Martha’s Vineyard snatched the lead right back in the third with an RBI single from third baseman Michael Snyder, but Harrison Feinberg put the team on his back and gave them a 3-2 advantage. In the bottom of the third, Feinberg scorched an RBI single up the middle to plate Danniel Rivera, and he launched a sacrifice fly in the fifth to give his ballclub the lead.

Danbury kept their opponent off the scoreboard in the sixth, but in the late innings, the Sharks’ bats used the short dimensions in right field to their advantage. Matt Woods crushed a solo home run in the seventh to tie the game at 3, and Thomas Bramley tattooed a solo shot over the right-field wall in the ninth to make it a 4-3 ballgame. These were the last two hits for the Sharks’ lineup, but they would prove to be the difference in Thursday’s contest.

Although the Westerners did not end the night in the win column, they were about ten feet away from pulling off a miraculous come-from-behind victory. With a runner on first and one down, Danniel Rivera launched a ball deep fly ball into left-center field. The ball had insane airtime and continued carrying back toward the wall, but it eventually found the left-fielder’s leather as he crashed into the fence. Sharks’ relief pitcher Camron Hill retired the last batter via the strikeout and gifted his team a season sweep of Danbury.

Camron Hill (3-0) threw two scoreless innings and finished the night in the win column, and Westerners’ relief pitcher Vincent Bianchi (0-1) suffered the loss after surrendering the ninth-inning bomb. Hill fanned four and only walked one batter in his appearance.

Sharks’ starter Case Matter struck out the side in the first, but he struggled through the next couple of innings due to the Westerners’ discipline at the plate. Matter’s final line was two runs (one earned), three hits, two walks, and five strikeouts.

Westerners’ starter Kyle Roche (2-0) went 6.0 innings, conceded two runs (one earned) on eight hits, walked one, and struck out three. Roche commanded the strike zone and fielded his position well by turning a double play and snagging a sharp ground ball ticketed for center field.

The next stop for the Westerners will be Alumni Field when they battle the Keene Swamp Bats on Friday night. Earlier in the season, Danbury’s bats came alive and defeated Keene 8-5 at Rogers Park, so they will look to get back on track by sweeping the season series. Billy Oldham will make his first start as a Westerner, and the first pitch will be thrown at 6:30 pm ET.

]]> (Robby Johnson photo by Janiece Kerr) Neighbors Fri, 01 Jul 2022 07:51:46 -0400
4th of July weekend safety reminder from Brookfield Fire Marshal

We wish everybody a happy and safe holiday weekend, with these notes about firework safety:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap. 
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move quickly away from the fireworks device. 
  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area, and only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer (not professional) use.
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

For more Fireworks safety tips, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

]]> (HH) Public safety Fri, 01 Jul 2022 05:45:15 -0400
Brookfield Police Department National Night Out on August 2 Benefits Special Olympics

The Brookfield Police Department will hold their 2nd Annual National Night Out on August 2 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Brookfield Town Hall with games, raffles, food, police helicopter live demo, Cornhole Tournament, music, fun for all ages!
Further details on this event are on the Police Department Facebook page
All proceeds benefit the Special Olympics.
]]> (HH) Events Fri, 01 Jul 2022 05:43:06 -0400
Brookfield Resident Jim Montalto Named a Top Wealth Advisor in Connecticut

Local Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Senior Financial Advisor Jim Montalto was recently named to the 2022 Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list

Jim lives in Brookfield and attended Cornell University. He and his wife, Lisa Cerbone Montalto, are both Senior Vice Presidents at their firm, The Montalto Group.

Jim has worked at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management since 1981, and has helped multiple generations of clients achieve their financial goals. Jim has been named to the Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list every year since 2019.

For the fifth consecutive year, Merrill holds the No. 1 position of all firms, with 1,644 total advisors recognized on the list.

]]> (Nicolas Marcotrigiano) Neighbors Wed, 29 Jun 2022 13:20:34 -0400
Upper Valley Pulls Away Late in Victory

Nighthawks’ first baseman Clay Stearns launched a game-winning two-run blast in the sixth, and his team collected four insurance runs in the ninth to prevail over the Westerners 7-2.

Upper Valley (10-7) has won five in a row and six of their last seven, and they earned the season sweep against the Westerners with the win. Danbury (9-10) falls to 6-4 at Rogers Park this season, and they suffered their eighth loss when scoring three or fewer runs.

Stearns went 2-4 with those 2 RBIs and a run scored, and he was one of four Nighthawk hitters to record a multi-hit game. Nighthawks’ third baseman Ryan Ignoffo continued his hot stretch by going 3-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBIs, and three runs scored.

Westerners’ second baseman Jackson Taylor extended his hitting streak to four games by going 2-4 with a run scored, and first baseman Colby Canales went 2-3 with a double and a run scored. Korey Morton also recorded his third-multi hit game of the summer, and catcher Joey Skarad went 2-4 with an RBI single in the fourth.

After failing to capitalize with runners in scoring position in the first three innings, both offenses scratched a run across in the fourth to make it a 1-1 ballgame. Ryan Ignoffo began the frame by belting a solo shot over the left-field wall. The long ball was his league-leading seventh of the season and got the Nighthawks on the board, but the Westerners responded with an RBI single from Joey Skarad. Colby Canales smoked a two-out double over the center fielder’s head, and Skarad yanked an RBI single through the left side to plate him and even the score.

The Westerners’ baserunning prowess allowed them to plate a second run in the fifth. Jackson Taylor legged out an infield single to lead off the inning, and Korey Morton moved him over to third by smashing a long single off the right-center field wall. With runners on the corners and nobody out, Morton broke for second with the hopes of swiping his first bag of the summer. The catcher spiked the throw down to second off the pitcher’s mound, which allowed Taylor to break for home and slide in safely to give Danbury a one-run lead.

The Nighthawks snatched the lead right back in the top of the seventh. Ryan Ignoffo ignited the offense with a leadoff walk, and first baseman Clay Hearns demolished a two-run blast over the left-field fence to give his ballclub a 3-2 lead.

The score would remain 3-2 as the game headed into the ninth, but the Nighthawks gave themselves some breathing room by putting up a four-spot in the frame. Nighthawk’s catcher Nicholas Fazzari started the party with a one-out single, and he eventually scored on a seeing-eye single from center fielder Tyler Sorrentino to extend the lead to two. With runners on first and second and two down, Ryan Ignoffo delivered the big blow by cracking a two-run double into the left-center gap, and pinch hitter Kyle Novak drove him in by spraying a base hit into left field. Novak’s single gave the Nighthawks a five-run cushion, and Tyler Legere secured the win in the bottom half of the inning by retiring the Westerners in order.

Nighthawks’ relief pitcher Nick Moran (1-1) earned the win after tossing three innings of shutout ball. He only allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out three in his outing.

Although Westerners’ relief pitcher Curtis Clark (2-1) only conceded one hit in his two innings of work, he suffered the loss because that one hit was the two-run shot off the bat of Clay Stearns. His final line was 2.0 innings, two runs, one hit, one walk, and three strikeouts.

Westerners’ starter Zach Grace battled to keep his team in the ballgame. In four innings of work, Grace’s only blemish was surrendering a solo shot to Ignoffo in the top of the fourth. His final line was one run, four hits, two walks, and three strikeouts.

Nighthawks’ starter Chris Lotito hurled three shutout innings, walked none, and fanned three. He squeaked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the second and finished strong by retiring the side in the third.

The Westerners will have a day off on Wednesday, but they return to action on Thursday night when they take on the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks at Rogers Park. Kyle Roche (2-0, 0.56 ERA) will take the mound for Danbury, and his first pitch will be thrown at 6:30 pm ET.

]]> (Robby Johnson, photo by Janiece Kerr) Neighbors Wed, 29 Jun 2022 04:53:57 -0400
Employment Opportunity: Regional Animal Control Kennel in New Milford is HIRING

Immediate Job Opening at Regional Animal Control kennel in New Milford.

Part-time position for 12-20 hours per week. Must be willing to work four-hour shifts feeding and caring for dogs. Pay starts at $18/hour.

If interested, contact Curtis Read, Bridgewater First Selectman at 860-354-5250 or via email

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:02:08 -0400
Brookfield State of the Town

Brookfield State of the Town

First Selectwoman Tara Carr, department heads, and chairs of various Town of Brookfield commissions and agencies, provide Brookfield's State of the Town.

Please see the attached document for a brief overview of the Town goals, current status, and/or future plans.

]]> (HH) Neighbors Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:00:02 -0400
Marty Foncello Campaign Kickoff Fundraiser at La Piazza in Brookfield Tomorrow

Join us on Wednesday, June 29th from 5-8pm for the campaign kick-off for Marty Foncello who is running for the House of Representatives in CT for the 107th District.

The district is comprised of the entire town of Brookfield, the northern part of Newtown and the Stony Hill section of Bethel.

The event will be at La Piazza, 800 Federal Road in Brookfield. Donations accepted either cash or check.

Thank you for your support.  


]]> (Rose DeMarco) Politics Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:54:59 -0400
Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Is Scheduled To Increase on Friday

Governor Ned Lamont is reminding Connecticut residents that the state’s minimum wage will increase from the current rate of $13.00 per hour to $14.00 per hour beginning on Friday, July 1, 2022.

The change is the result of legislation he signed into law three years ago that schedules several increases in the minimum wage over a five-year period.

“For too long, while the nation’s economy grew, the income of the lowest earning workers has stayed flat, making already existing pay disparities even worse and preventing hardworking families from obtaining financial security,” Governor Lamont said. “This is a fair, gradual increase for workers who will invest the money right back into our economy and continue supporting local businesses in their communities.”

“Governor Lamont and I are committed to making sure that our Connecticut economy works for everyone, and that includes our state’s low-income earners,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “That’s why we voted three years ago to increase our state’s minimum wage at a steady rate, providing more financial security to families and providing residents the ability to continue supporting our local economy.”

Signed into law by Governor Lamont in 2019, Public Act 19-4 requires the minimum wage to increase five times over a five-year period, from the then-rate of $10.10 per hour to:

  • $11.00 on October 1, 2019;
  • $12.00 on September 1, 2020;
  • $13.00 on August 1, 2021;
  • $14.00 on July 1, 2022; and
  • $15.00 on June 1, 2023.

Ultimately, beginning on January 1, 2024, that same law requires the minimum wage to become indexed to the employment cost index, which is calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor, and for the first time in Connecticut the rate will grow according to economic indicators

]]> (Office of the Governor) Politics Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:17:59 -0400
Afghan Artists Join Brookfield Craft Center's art community

Brookfield Craft Center is pleased to welcome to our artist community Matin Malikzada, Gul Ziwar Awrang and Alibaba Awrang. These artists, resettled in our area from Afghanistan, are internationally renowned for their exceptional and captivating artistry.

Mr. Matin Malikzada is a seventh-generation Afghan master of traditional pottery, internationally recognized for his technical skill and elegant designs. A native of Istalif, Afghanistan, once a vibrant center of ceramic art and commerce, Matin was forced to flee Afghanistan following the recent Taliban takeover. Along with his family, he is now resettled in Northwest Connecticut where he continues his journey as an artist. 

In Afghanistan, Matin served as head of the Ceramics department at Turquoise Mountain Institute and has exhibited his work internationally in institutions such as the Smithsonian, Philadelphia Art Museum, Buckingham Palace, Japan International Museum, and Davos. 

Mr. Alibaba Awrang is a globally esteemed Islamic Calligrapher whose work has been exhibited worldwide. In love with the art form from an early age, he was attracted by the beauty and colors of calligraphy, one of the most alluring of Islamic arts. Mr. Alibaba Awrang is passionate about his work and teaching others to find that same passion inside themselves.

Ms. Gul Ziwar Awrang produces magnificent traditional Afghan needlework in dresses, shirts, pillows, belts, and bags. She is an expert weaver and produces beautiful and intricately sewn decorative pillows.

Brookfield Craft Center will be working with each of these artists to provide opportunities for the community to explore their exceptional craftsmanship through exhibitions and sales of their work in our Gallery as well as providing programs where the community can learn their techniques in our studios.

The first of these opportunities is in our Ceramic studio where beginning July 2nd, Mr. Malikzada will be offering a 5-week course where students will learn traditional Afghan methods and centuries-old decorative techniques. Go to for more information.


]]> (BCC Director) Places Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:48:08 -0400
Services planned for Raymond T. Nobes, 57, Brookfield VFD Honorary Chief and longtime paramedic

Raymond T. Nobes, Tim, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on June 22, 2022, after a valiant two-year battle against pancreatic cancer. He was 57 years old.

Born on May 4, 1965, in Stamford, CT son of the late Raymond F. and Jane (Mahoney) Nobes. He graduated from Danbury High School in 1983 and continued his education at Mt. Saint Mary College in Maryland receiving his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations. Tim honorably served in the U.S Army. Tim was married to the love of his life, Linda, for 14 years.

Tim was a proud member of the Ridgefield Fire Department for 20 years before retiring in 2021, as well as an on-staff paramedic for the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department for nearly two decades where he was awarded Honorary Chief in May 2022.

Tim was genuinely dedicated to his career as a paramedic and firefighter. Tim had a passion for teaching. He instructed numerous firefighter and EMS classes, including his work with East Coast Tactical Medicine. He loved to help others and was considered a mentor to many, whenever you needed help Tim was always there. Tim was an avid bird watcher turned photographer. He loved to share his photos and encouraged others to enjoy nature’s beauty. Tim was a natural artist, he was a great drawer and loved to sketch.

Tim is survived by his loving wife, Linda, his children; Eilish Nobes, Allie Clement (Kyle), Danny Clement, and Kara Clement, and his siblings; Jane Brennan (Ed), Beth O’Brien, Sharon Von Gal (Tim), Susan Penn (Jeff), his brother in law Jim Boyle and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Barbara Boyle.

A celebration of life gathering will be held on Sunday, July 10th at Danbury Memorial Funeral Home (117 South Street, Danbury) from 1-4 pm. To light a candle in his memory or leave a condolence, please visit the tribute wall at

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Tim’s honor to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Danbury Animal Welfare Society.

Read more on Danbury Memorial website here.


]]> (Danbury Memorial) Neighbors Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:32:50 -0400
Lamont says reproductive rights will be protected in Connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturns the landmark protections on reproductive rights that were prescribed nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision drastically oversteps the constitutional right for Americans to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions without government interference. Decisions on reproductive healthcare should only be made between a patient and their doctor without the interference of politicians. This ruling will not only result in a patchwork of unequal laws among the states, but more importantly, it will result in dangerous and life-threatening situations similar to what this country witnessed countless times in the era prior to the landmark Roe case in which women died or were left severely injured because they could not access the medical care that they should have every right to access on their own.

“I am grateful to live in Connecticut, where our laws make it clear that women have a right to choose. As long as I am governor, reproductive rights will be protected in Connecticut and I will do everything in my power to block laws from being passed that restrict those rights.”

In May, Governor Lamont signed Public Act 22-19, a first-in-the-nation law that protects medical providers and patients seeking abortion care in Connecticut who may be traveling from other states that have outlawed abortion. Additionally, the law expands abortion access in Connecticut by expanding the type of practitioners eligible to perform certain abortion-related care.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Fri, 24 Jun 2022 13:44:49 -0400
Boater Safety Notices For Candlewood Fireworks Show

On Saturday June 25th, 2022 (Rain Date June 26th, 2022) normal boating traffic in the area of Danbury Bay will be disrupted due to the Annual Danbury Volunteer Fireman’s Fireworks Display.
  • All boats entering Danbury Bay will be stopped for a safety inspection.
  • These inspections will only take a couple of minutes and will be a minor inconvenience to boaters.
  • Important Safety Information for Attendees:
  • All boats must have one wearable Personal Flotation Device (Life Jacket) for each person on board.
  • Children under the age of 13 must wear their life jacket at all times while the boat is underway.
  • All boats must have their required lights in working order.
  • Any boat found not having the required safety equipment will be turned away from the area and ordered back to shore to make the necessary repairs and will not be allowed to enter the area until these safety requirements are met.
  • The CLA Marine Patrol will be setting up a safety zone just north of City Island in Danbury Bay and a safety lane will also be created along the eastern shore of Danbury Bay.
  • Beginning at 4pm
  • all boats in the vicinity of City Island must maintain a “slow-no-wake” speed to allow for the fireworks company to safely set up the fireworks behind the Island.
  • no vessels will be allowed to moor or anchor south of the safety zone or in the safety lane approximately 5 hours prior to and during the event.
  • Beginning at 7pm
  • no boats will be allowed to travel south of the safety zone near City Island into the display area.
  • When passing within 200 feet of a stationary law enforcement or fire rescue vessel with its emergency lights on
  • Boat operators are required to slow their vessel to “slow-no-wake” speed until it is more than 200 feet away from the law enforcement or fire rescue vessel.
  • Boaters are reminded after the display to proceed out of the viewing area at “slow-no-wake” speed.
]]> (Candlewood Lake Authority) Public safety Fri, 24 Jun 2022 06:08:19 -0400
Brookfield Library screens Summer of Soul on Saturday

Summer of Soul on Saturday, June 25 from 1 - 3 PM 

Seating starts at 12:30 PM in The Community Room

Registration required

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary-part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more.

SUMMER OF SOUL premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.

PG-13 (Smoking, Brief Drug Material, Some Disturbing Images)

Snacks will be provided!

]]> (Brookfield Library) Events Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:13:17 -0400
Brookfield Arts Commission Presents the Artwork of Liz Monahan through June 30

Brookfield Arts Commission is exhibiting the artwork of Liz Monahan at Brookfield Town Hall now through June 30th.

Brookfield Town Hall is located at 100 Pocono Road.

View the event flyer HERE.

]]> (Brookfield Arts Commission) Events Thu, 23 Jun 2022 06:13:00 -0400