Brookfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield Sat, 26 Sep 2020 19:50:41 -0400 HamletHub.com DEEP Reopens Lattins Cove Boat Launch at Half Capacity https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/places/46141-deep-reopens-lattins-cove-boat-launch-at-half-capacity46141-deep-reopens-lattins-cove-boat-launch-at-half-capacity https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/places/46141-deep-reopens-lattins-cove-boat-launch-at-half-capacity46141-deep-reopens-lattins-cove-boat-launch-at-half-capacity

Outreach and Monitoring Continues on Candlewood Lake and at Launches

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced that Lattins Cove state boat launch on Candlewood Lake has reopened at 50% capacity.

Lattins Cove state boat launch was closed Aug. 26, following an uptick in new COVID-19 infections in Danbury and numerous reports of “rafting” – boats tied-up together in mass gathering – on Candlewood Lake.  The shift in seasonal weather has reduced activity levels on the water, allowing for partial reopening of access to provide safe outdoor recreation opportunities consistent with COVID-19 prevention guidance.

DEEP, in coordination with DPH and local officials in Danbury, continues to monitor the situation and will maintain increased outreach and monitoring on the lake and at the state boat launches to deter and identify gatherings on the water and at state boat launches.

DEEP recommends that all persons using state boat launch facilities and docks maintain a six-foot social distancing separation from non-family members.  Where this distance is not possible, face coverings should be worn. All persons boating with non-family members should maintain a six-foot social distancing separation from non-family members.  On vessels where this distance is not possible, face coverings should be worn. “Rafting,” where several boats tie up, and large gatherings, are not conducive to appropriate and safe social distancing, and are strongly discouraged. 

For further safe boating information, visit https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Boating/Boating-and-Paddling. For the latest information on state boat launch closures, visit the Boating Division’s Twitter handle, @CTBoatingInfo.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (CT DEEP) Places Fri, 25 Sep 2020 11:00:18 -0400
Virtual Vendor Fair at at St. Marguerite Parish in Brookfield Oct 23-Nov 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/events/46139-virtual-vendor-fair-oct-23-nov-646139-virtual-vendor-fair-oct-23-nov-6 https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/events/46139-virtual-vendor-fair-oct-23-nov-646139-virtual-vendor-fair-oct-23-nov-6

Vendors and crafters are invited to participate in a virtual vendor fair at St. Marguerite Parish in Brookfield, October 23rd-November 6th.

We have held a Fall Festival for nearly 30 years but in today’s situation, it would be impossible. To help both the vendors and the parish, we are providing this venue in hopes that it will encourage people to support our crafters and vendors. The following link explains more about our plans and has an application included: SMB Virtual Vendor Fair

Please feel free to contact Mary Ellen Tiernan if you have any questions or would like more information at (203) 775-5117, x215 or metiernan@stmarguerite.org.

 

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jpiccorelli@stmarguerite.org (St Marguerite Parish) Events Fri, 25 Sep 2020 04:13:27 -0400
Phase 3 of Connecticut's Reopen Plan Set to Begin October 8 https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/politics/46140-phase-3-of-connecticut-s-reopen-plan-set-to-begin-october-846140-phase-3-of-connecticut-s-reopen-plan-set-to-begin-october-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/politics/46140-phase-3-of-connecticut-s-reopen-plan-set-to-begin-october-846140-phase-3-of-connecticut-s-reopen-plan-set-to-begin-october-8

The changes will increase capacities for certain businesses, including restaurants, personal services, libraries and performing arts venues, while ensuring safety protocols are still in effect.

Phase 3 Business Changes:

Increase from 50% to 75% capacity indoors subject to COVID-19 safety requirements

  • Restaurants
  • Personal Services
  • Libraries

Outdoor event venues increase from 25% to 50% capacity

Indoor performing arts venues can open at 50% capacity

Bars and nightclubs remain closed

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Politics Thu, 24 Sep 2020 13:22:23 -0400
RVNAhealth StayWELL Services Wins ‘Provider of Choice’ Award https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/places/46138-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award46138-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/places/46138-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award46138-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award

RVNAhealth is pleased to announce that its StayWELL service line has received a 2020 Best of Home Care® - Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. This award recognizes the top performing non-medical home care agencies in the nation, based upon unfiltered client satisfaction feedback. The recognition is a testament to RVNAhealth’s outstanding service and high-quality caregiving teams, each dedicated to the health and well-being of their clients.

Committed to being the best in our field, RVNAhealth partnered with Home Care Pulse at the beginning of 2020 as part of an ongoing improvement initiative, to better understand the client and caregiver experience. As an independent third-party provider, Home Care Pulse collects candid and direct phone-interview feedback monthly from StayWELL clients and caregivers in areas such as impact on daily life, communication, caregiver ability, and client/caregiver compatibility.

“As one of only 16 home care agencies in Connecticut to receive this award, and with many hundreds of agency options in our state, we are honored to be recognized for our outstanding service. I am extremely proud of our skilled and compassionate caregivers who provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I also extend appreciation to our incredible clients for their feedback and trust in having RVNAhealth care for them or their loved ones,” says Melissa Woodhouse, RRT, MOT, OTR/L, CDP, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL Services.

To learn more about StayWELL services, please visit rvnahealth.org/services/stay-well/ or call 203-438-5555. To meet some of our exceptional caregivers, please visit our Meet the Caregivers webpage.

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kerry@ducey.org (Nancy Rowe) Places Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:35:24 -0400
Connecticut firm requests your love stories https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/life/46137-connecticut-firm-requests-your-love-stories46137-connecticut-firm-requests-your-love-stories https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/life/46137-connecticut-firm-requests-your-love-stories46137-connecticut-firm-requests-your-love-stories

A Connecticut company that offers bespoke invitation design and event planning for weddings and other special occasions is asking the romantically inclined to share their love stories on Facebook.

Entries may take the form of a written story, a photo or 15-second video. The seven entries that garner the most likes will receive a crystal bottle of signature perfume designed for M U R M U R A T I O N LTD, the firm founded by Brookfield resident René Hue.

Hue’s original vision 24 years ago was to sell elegant invitations embracing the preservation of vintage processes and artisanal techniques such as engraving, letterpress printing, and embossing, featuring them on unusual papers and carefully curated objects. Her designs and products were chosen for stationery collections offered by Neiman Marcus and other specialty retailers and Hue was soon being approached for her ideas on how to plan events with the same sensibilities.

M U R M U R A T I O N, which is also the description of flocks of starlings that fly in intricate patterns, is a luxury event design firm that brings together details of a celebration to create memorable events of emotional and visual power.

The request for love stories, at https://www.facebook.com/reneamyhue.murmurationltd, coincides with the autumnal equinox, signifying the harvesting or cultivating of ideas and intentions in a new cycle of growth. Participants are asked to share the hashtag #murmurlovestories.

The natural perfume being offered — “M U R M U R” — is presented in a limited-edition crystal bottle adorned with a sterling wire twining vine, steel cut beads, and a citrine crystal. The fragrance mingles notes of bergamot, violet leaves, rose petals, musk and amber.

Hue (@murmurationltd) is conducting the giveaway in advance of the company’s evolution with a relaunch and a new website in November.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Sun, 20 Sep 2020 13:14:41 -0400
SOPHIA's Special Offer for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46136-sophia-s-special-offer-for-breast-cancer-awareness-month46136-sophia-s-special-offer-for-breast-cancer-awareness-month https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46136-sophia-s-special-offer-for-breast-cancer-awareness-month46136-sophia-s-special-offer-for-breast-cancer-awareness-month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! We are so excited to share that for the first time our clinic is offering a voucher of $125 for a breast thermography screening! (normally $249)
 
AT SOPHIA, we’ve been providing thermography screening to our community for almost 15 years. Our state-of-the-art camera, interpretive services and natural medicine follow-up capabilities make our center in Brookfield, CT the most advanced resource in the region.
 
 
The Benefits of Breast Thermography Screening.
 
WHILE IT IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR MAMMOGRAPHY, THERMOGRAPHY HAS ADVANTAGES...
  • It's safe - no radiation, painless, non-invasive, no contact.
  • Early detection of risk factors that other screening tools can miss.
  • Particularly useful for women with dense breasts.
  • Images analyzed by the most qualified interpreters in the country.
  • It's a great adjunct to any other breast screening you may be doing.

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Sophia Natural Health Center) Neighbors Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:42:43 -0400
State Orders Discharge All Residents of Three Rivers Nursing Home After COVID Outbreak and Serious Violations https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/places/46133-state-orders-discharge-all-residents-of-three-rivers-nursing-home-after-covid-outbreak-and-serious-violations46133-state-orders-discharge-all-residents-of-three-rivers-nursing-home-after-covid-outbreak-and-serious-violations https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/places/46133-state-orders-discharge-all-residents-of-three-rivers-nursing-home-after-covid-outbreak-and-serious-violations46133-state-orders-discharge-all-residents-of-three-rivers-nursing-home-after-covid-outbreak-and-serious-violations

DPH Commissioner Issues Emergency Order to Discharge All Residents of Three Rivers Nursing Home in Norwich to Other Facilities

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today is announcing an emergency order issued by Acting Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford MD, MPH for the immediate discharge and transfer of all residents of the Three Rivers Nursing Home in Norwich. The facility has been experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 since late July that has so far infected 22 residents and six staff at the facility. A number of the impacted residents needed to be hospitalized, and four have died.

An investigation conducted by DPH into that outbreak revealed numerous violations of infection control, staffing, and other practices at Three Rivers that warranted the appointment of a temporary manager to run the facility. That temporary manager, Kathrine Sacks, took over operations at the Three Rivers late last week and has subsequently reported to DPH that the serious, systemic problems still existing at the nursing home were too great to be corrected by the date of September 30, 2020 as required under federal regulations. In addition, these challenges posed a serious ongoing risk to the health and safety of Three Rivers residents.

“Today marks a very sad but necessary step we must take to keep the residents of this nursing home safe and healthy,” said Acting DPH Commissioner Gifford. “Closing a nursing home such as Three Rivers is a complicated process and we are committed to doing it in an orderly way to minimize disruption in the lives of residents. This has been a home for many, and now residents will begin to move out. The Department issued this order because this facility simply could not make the necessary changes in time to meet the federal mandate, because of numerous challenges. This represented a risk to the health and safety of residents and staff and so we were compelled to act, based on the recommendation of the Temporary Manager we appointed. Many nursing homes in Connecticut are getting it right when it comes to managing the COVID-19 pandemic with this very vulnerable population. Three Rivers, unfortunately, was not one of them.” 

On August 24, 2020 DPH issued several deficiencies against Three Rivers Nursing Home for several federal and state regulatory violations, most of which involved failure to adequately control a recent outbreak of COVID-19 in the facility. DPH imposed upon Three Rivers a Directed Plan of Correction requiring the facility to implement several immediate actions, including the appointment of an Infection Control Nurse Consultant, to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 and bring the facility into compliance with federal and state law. DPH continued to monitor the facility actively and found significant additional and ongoing deficiencies. The facility failed to maintain adequate staffing levels and failed to meet infection control standards. 

Based upon the nature and severity of the ongoing violations, on September 10, 2020, DPH amended the Directed Plan of Correction to require Three Rivers to turn over the operation of the facility to a Temporary Manager and approved Kathryn Sacks, an attorney and licensed Nursing Home Administrator, as Temporary Manager. The appointment of a Temporary Manager is an enforcement action that DPH can take when a facility is not substantially complying with federal and state law and such failure is a persistent and widespread threat to the health and safety of residents. 

Under federal and state regulations, the Temporary Manager possesses the authority to hire, terminate or reassign staff, obligate facility funds, alter facility procedure, and manage the facility to correct the deficiencies identified by DPH. The Temporary Manager is paid by the facility but reports to DPH. The Amended Directed Plan of Correction required the Temporary Manager to conduct an initial assessment of the facility with the goal of bringing the facility into substantial compliance by September 30, 2020. During the initial assessment, the Temporary Manager identified widespread problems in the facility related to:

⦁ the facility’s delivery of care 
⦁ inadequate infection control 
⦁ deterioration of systems of accountability 
⦁ lack of staff education 
⦁ absence of management and policy controls

In addition, Temporary Manager Sacks found other on-going management, staffing, and financial issues that she did not believe could be fixed by September 30th. These issues significantly threatened the health and safety of both the residents and the staff. Consequently, Sacks recommended that DPH order the Facility to discharge all residents to other facilities as soon as possible.

Given the scope of the facility’s serious deficiencies, DPH has concluded that the facility cannot be brought into compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements by the time permitted under federal law and the Department’s Order and that the facility’s continued operation presents a meaningful risk of harm to the Facility’s residents. To protect the health and safety of the facility’s residents and staff, DPH is issuing an emergency order pursuant to Connecticut General Statute §19a-534a requiring the facility discharge all residents to appropriate licensed facilities, in consultation with DPH and under the direction and authority of the Temporary Manager.

Three Rivers residents will start to be discharged in the coming days. Those who are still COVID positive will be transported to the Riverside COVID Recovery Facility in East Hartford to complete their recoveries, and those who test negative will be discharged to the nursing homes of their choice. The Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman is involved and assisting with overseeing the process. 
Documents related to the investigation into Three Rivers Nursing Home including the statement of deficiency related to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the violation letter outlining the appointment of a temporary manager, are available online by searching for it by date (between August 25-September 16). A copy of the signed and executed emergency closure order with charges listed is attached to this news release.

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kerry@ducey.org (CT Dept. of Health) Places Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:34:38 -0400
SPACE on Ryder Farm will NOT open Residency applications for the 2021 Residency Season https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/places/46135-pace-on-ryder-farm-will-not-open-residency-applications-for-the-2021-residency-season46135-pace-on-ryder-farm-will-not-open-residency-applications-for-the-2021-residency-season https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/places/46135-pace-on-ryder-farm-will-not-open-residency-applications-for-the-2021-residency-season46135-pace-on-ryder-farm-will-not-open-residency-applications-for-the-2021-residency-season

Traditionally, this period of late summer would be a very busy time for SPACE’s residency program - as the leaves turned, the season would be in full swing, with new residents arriving practically every week. We would be deep in preparations for our signature event, The Roving Dinner, and we’d be gearing up to launch applications for the following year’s residencies. But, as I am sure I don’t need to tell you, this is no typical year at SPACE or anywhere in the world.

In response to COVID-19, SPACE carefully considered how we could responsibly operate our annual residency programs. We built plans and studied guidelines, and even announced a truncated season of residents this past May who would come to the farm in the late summer and fall of 2020. Additionally, we awarded many applicants who would have received a 2020 residency with a deferred 2021 residency. However, after further consideration and research, including the continued assessment of a rapidly changing landscape, in August the SPACE team made the very difficult decision to cancel our residency programs in 2020. Those that had been awarded 2020 residencies had these opportunities deferred to 2021. While we believe that this decision is the responsible civic choice during this crisis, SPACE is deeply saddened that we cannot provide time and space to creators on Ryder Farm this year as we have every year since our founding in 2011.

As we look forward to the 2021 season, it is our sincerest hope that we will be able to reopen our residencies and welcome residents to Ryder Farm again, in some form or another. However, since the majority of 2021 residents have already been selected through deferred residencies, and the SPACE team has learned to not plan too rashly in the face of the pandemic, SPACE has made the decision not to open applications for the 2021 residency seasonProviding artists and innovators with time and space includes respecting the time and space folks might employ to fill out an application for SPACE. It would be irresponsible for SPACE to ask hundreds of applicants to dedicate time to an application process when everything about the future, including how many available slots SPACE will have available, is so uncertain. 

We know that this is not easy news - it is undoubtedly yet another chapter in an ongoing line of postponed opportunities and shifted programming. However, SPACE remains dedicated to supporting artists and activists of all stripes, especially during these unprecedented times. Keep an eye on our website for updates around our ongoing anti-racism work and potential virtual programming. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at dylan@spaceonryderfarm.org.

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (SPACE on Ryder Farm) Places Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:01:15 -0400
Bears Increase Food Intake in Fall, DEEP Be Bear Aware! https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/publicsafety/46134-bears-increase-food-intake-in-fall-deep-be-bear-aware46134-bears-increase-food-intake-in-fall-deep-be-bear-aware https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/publicsafety/46134-bears-increase-food-intake-in-fall-deep-be-bear-aware46134-bears-increase-food-intake-in-fall-deep-be-bear-aware

DEEP Encourages Continued Bear Awareness Heading into Fall - Bears Increase Food Intake in Fall

Heading into the fall season, in which black bears increase their food intake to add fat reserves needed to help them survive winter hibernation, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding residents of several best practices they can incorporate to help reduce the likelihood of an encounter with a bear. 

Interactions between black bears and people continue to increase this year, resulting in unprecedented numbers of complaints and requests for assistance. Some of these interactions have been serious, including bears entering homes and gravely injuring both leashed and unleashed dogs. Already in 2020 (through Sept. 10), DEEP has received more reports of bears entering homes (42) than in any previous year.

As fall begins, black bears increase their food intake to add fat reserves needed to help them survive the winter, when they typically fast and reduce their metabolism. Human-provided foods can be easy to find and access, making them more desirable. Black bears that consume human-associated food (e.g. birdseed, trash, pet food) on a regular basis become habituated (comfortable around people) and food-conditioned (associate humans with food). As the bear population continues to grow and expand its range, and bears become increasingly food conditioned, conflicts with humans will continue to increase, and food-conditioned bears pose a greater risk to public safety and often cause more property damage to houses, cars, pets, and livestock.

“Black bears should never be fed – either intentionally or unintentionally,” said Jenny Dickson, DEEP Wildlife Division Director. “Bears that are attracted to homes by easily-accessible foods lose their fear of humans. It is important to remember to keep your grill clean and garbage secured and indoors until collection day to avoid giving bears a tempting snack. Bears that are rewarded by easy meals spend more time in neighborhoods and near people, increasing risks to public safety, the likelihood of property damage, and the possibility that the bears may be hit and killed by vehicles.”

DEEP has several best practices for residents to incorporate to help reduce the likelihood of an encounter with a bear, available online on DEEP’s “Living with Black Bears” website, https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP-Living-with-Black-Bears. DEEP has also created a new video incorporating many of these best practices, available here.

Here are some of those best practices:

If you encounter a bear while in your yard or hiking, make your presence known by yelling or making other loud noises. Never attempt to get closer to a bear. If a bear does not retreat, slowly leave the area. If in your yard, go into your house, garage, or other structure. If the bear persistently approaches, go on the offensive—shout, wave your arms, and throw sticks or rocks. If your dog is hiking with you, it is imperative that you keep the dog on a SHORT leash and DO NOT let it roam free – this is for the safety of your dog, yourself, and the bear.

Everyone can be a good neighbor and take steps to reduce encounters and potential conflicts with bears. The most important step is to remove food attractants, such as bird seed and unsecured garbage:

  1. NEVER feed bears.
  2. Do not feed birds in the spring (starting in late March), summer, and early fall. Clean up spilled seed from the ground when feeding over winter.
  3. Store garbage in secure, airtight containers inside a garage or storage area. Adding ammonia to cans and bags will reduce odors that attract bears. Periodically clean garbage cans with ammonia to reduce residual odor. Garbage for pickup should be put outside the morning of collection and not the night before.
  4. Do not store leftover bird seed, suet cakes, or recyclables in a porch or screened sunroom as bears can smell these items and will rip screens to get at them.
  5. Keep barbecue grills clean. Store grills inside a garage or shed.
  6. Supervise dogs at all times when outside. Keep dogs on a short leash when walking and hiking. A roaming dog might be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs. (Dogs are required to be on a leash when visiting State Parks, State Forests, and Wildlife Management Areas. Check dog and leash regulations for town properties, land trusts, and other public properties before heading to those areas.)
  7. Do not leave pet food outdoors or feed pets outside.
  8. Use electric fencing to protect beehives, agricultural crops, berry bushes, chickens, and other livestock.
  9. Avoid placing meat scraps or sweet foods, such as fruit and fruit peels, in compost piles.

In the rare instance when a bear appears to be aggressive toward people, residents should immediately contact DEEP’s 24-hour dispatch line at 860-424-3333.

Bear sightings reported by the public provide valuable information to assist the DEEP in monitoring changes in the black bear population. Anyone who observes a black bear in Connecticut is encouraged to report the sighting on DEEP’s website at https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP-Living-with-Black-Bears or call the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011. Information on the presence or absence of ear tags, including tag color and numbers, is particularly valuable. A common misconception is that a tagged bear is a problem bear, and a bear with two ear tags was caught on two different occasions because it was causing problems. Actually, every bear receives two ear tags (one in each ear) the first time it is handled by DEEP biologists. Most tagged bears have not been caught as problem bears, but rather as part of a project researching the state’s population.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (CT DEEP) Public safety Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:57:11 -0400
Former Brookfield Resident, Lenni Podhouser has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46132-former-brookfield-resident-lenni-podhouser-has-died46132-former-brookfield-resident-lenni-podhouser-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46132-former-brookfield-resident-lenni-podhouser-has-died46132-former-brookfield-resident-lenni-podhouser-has-died

Lenore “Lenni” Podhouser (née Rodgers), 83, of Beachwood, Ohio, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020.

Born in the Bronx on July 4, 1937 to parents Meyer and Yetta Rodgers, Lenni graduated early from William Howard Taft High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Hunter College. She was a devoted early elementary school teacher and reading specialist for 35 years, first in New York City and later in Danbury, Connecticut. She later earned a master’s degree from Western Connecticut University while teaching full time and raising a family.

Lenni and her late husband, Nelson Podhouser, met and fell in love in high school, and were married for 50 years, until Nelson passed away in 2006. They began their family together in Queens, before moving to Danbury and then Brookfield, Connecticut. Lenni lived on Candlewood Lake in Brookfield for 40 years, before moving to Beachwood, Ohio, in 2013 to be near family. Always one to make friends wherever she went, Lenni quickly developed a close circle of friends in Beachwood with whom she enjoyed gathering nearly every day.

Affectionately known as “Nana,” Lenni was happiest when surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and extended family. She loved to play games (especially mah-jongg and canasta) and see all the latest movies. An avid reader, Lenni played a mean game of Scrabble and enjoyed solving crossword puzzles. She found great joy in reading with schoolchildren as a volunteer in the years following her retirement.

Lenni was the cherished mother of Ellen Pollack (Seth Uhrman) and Bruce Podhouser; loving grandmother of Trevor Pollack (Josh Rovenger), Kyle Pollack, Grant Pollack, Van Podhouser, and Margo Uhrman; sister of Jimmy (Selma) Rodgers; and sister-in-law of Thelma (Bob) Brussel.

Private graveside services will take place on Thursday, September 17, at 11:30 a.m., in Brookfield, Connecticut. While only immediate family will be present in person, all are welcome to live-stream the services online; the video link will be available at jowdykanefuneralhome.com.

Friends who wish to may contribute in Lenni’s memory to the National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland (ncjwcleveland.org/donate), American Lung Association (lung.org/donate), or Friends of The Brookfield Library (brookfieldlibrary.org/friends-of-the-library).

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lenni (Rodgers) Podhouser, please visit our floral store.

 
 
 

 
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kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:24:20 -0400
How to vote by absentee ballot in Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/politics/46131-how-to-vote-by-absentee-ballot-in-connecticut46131-how-to-vote-by-absentee-ballot-in-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/politics/46131-how-to-vote-by-absentee-ballot-in-connecticut46131-how-to-vote-by-absentee-ballot-in-connecticut

If you want to vote by absentee ballot in Connecticut, this is what you need to do:

  1. Obtain an absentee ballot application: The Secretary of the State has mailed absentee ballot applications to every active, registered voter in the state. If you haven't received one yet, it should arrive in the mail within the next several days. You can also download the application online here. It is important to note that this is not a ballot – it is just an application that you need to fill out to request a ballot.
  2. Fill out the application: When you fill out the application, state law requires you to check a box indicating the reason why you need to vote using an absentee ballot. This year, all voters have the option of selecting "COVID-19" as a reason, in addition to the six existing reasons.
  3. Send the application to your Town Clerk: Once filled out, you must send the application to the Town Clerk where you are registered to vote. You can drop it in one of the secure ballot boxes that have been installed outside of every Town Hall, send it in the mail, or hand deliver it at your Town Clerk's office.
  4. Once the application is processed, an absentee ballot will be mailed to the voter starting on October 2: Absentee ballots will be mailed to voters who requested one beginning October 2, 2020. By law, absentee ballots cannot be mailed prior to October 2.
  5. Complete your absentee ballot: When filling out your absentee ballot, make sure to follow all of the instructions as required, otherwise your vote may not be processed. Remember to sign the inner envelope, seal only your ballot inside of the inner envelope (one ballot per envelope), and seal the inner envelope inside of the outer envelope.
  6. Send your completed absentee ballot to your Town Clerk: Similar to how you returned your application, you must send your completed ballot to the Town Clerk where you are registered to vote. You can drop it in one of the secure ballot boxes that have been installed outside of every Town Hall, send it in the mail, or hand deliver it at your Town Clerk's office.
  7. All ballots must be received by the close of polls at 8:00 P.M. on November 3: To ensure that the Town Clerk receives your absentee ballot in time and it doesn't get held up due to delays in mail delivery, it is strongly recommended that you return your ballot by using the secure drop boxes that have been installed outside of your local Town Hall.

Additional Resources

For Connecticut's voter information center, visit myvote.ct.gov.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ned Lamont) Politics Tue, 15 Sep 2020 08:34:13 -0400
Working Families Party Endorses Kerri Colombo For State Representative for the 107th - Brookfield, Bethel, Danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/politics/46130-working-families-party-endorses-kerri-colombo-for-state-representative-for-the-107th-brookfield-bethel-danbury46130-working-families-party-endorses-kerri-colombo-for-state-representative-for-the-107th-brookfield-bethel-danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/politics/46130-working-families-party-endorses-kerri-colombo-for-state-representative-for-the-107th-brookfield-bethel-danbury46130-working-families-party-endorses-kerri-colombo-for-state-representative-for-the-107th-brookfield-bethel-danbury

Kerri Colombo, the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 107th House District, has also received the endorsement of the Working Families Party. 
 
Kerri Colombo lived “Working Family” values long before running for office. A fierce advocate for equality and gun safety, Kerri works to solve problems in her community. She has worked tirelessly against food insecurity, and has helped shape a program that has saved over a million pounds of fresh food to feed hundreds of families in our area weekly.
 
 “In addition to being the Democratic nominee, I am honored to receive the Working Families Party endorsement”, said Kerri Colombo. “Now more than ever, families need people who will be their voice for healthcare, fair wages, tax equity, educational opportunity for all, and a chance at a better future for their children. We need more than a body sitting in a chair in Hartford. We need a staunch advocate. That’s why I’m running for State Representative: to deliver and stand up for our towns.”  
 
The Connecticut Working Families has long been a champion for hard working families across the state and is credited with spearheading efforts for Paid Family Medical Leave and Paid Sick Time and an increase to the minimum wage. A Working Families Party endorsement means you can count on that candidate to put the needs of our families first to create an economy that works for all of us.   
 
Learn more about Kerri’s campaign and you can help her secure a victory on November 3rd by visiting www.kerriforct.com
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kerry@ducey.org (Leslie Ruggiero) Politics Mon, 14 Sep 2020 12:37:26 -0400
Former Brookfield Resident Lenni Rodgers Podhouser, 83, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46129-former-brookfield-resident-lenni-rodgers-podhouser-83-has-died46129-former-brookfield-resident-lenni-rodgers-podhouser-83-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46129-former-brookfield-resident-lenni-rodgers-podhouser-83-has-died46129-former-brookfield-resident-lenni-rodgers-podhouser-83-has-died

Lenni Rodgers Podhouser, 83, of Beachwood, Ohio, formerly of Brookfield, CT a retired Danbury educator, and wife of the late Nelson Podhouser, died on Monday, September 14, 2020.

Due to the pandemic crisis, all services will be private.

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kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:43:56 -0400
Brookfield VFW Post Sponsors Golf Outing - September 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/charities/46128-brookfield-vfw-post-sponsors-golf-outing-september-3046128-brookfield-vfw-post-sponsors-golf-outing-september-30 https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/charities/46128-brookfield-vfw-post-sponsors-golf-outing-september-3046128-brookfield-vfw-post-sponsors-golf-outing-september-30

Brookfield VFW Post Jointly Sponsors Golf Outing on September 30 

The Jason D. Lewis Brookfield Memorial VFW Post 10201 in association with Sokol Lodge 30 will jointly sponsor a Golf Outing open to the public on September 30, 2020.

The event will be held at the Stanley Lasker Richter Municipal Golf Course located at 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the volunteer community outreach programs of the two organizations.

The golf outing will be followed by lunch and dinner for participants and an awards ceremony. An entry fee for participating in the event is $175.00. All interested parties should contact by e-mail either Tim Walsh at tim_walsh5 @yahoo.com or Mel David at milanday2@gmail.com

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:25:08 -0400
Fall Sports in Full Swing: OrthoConnecticut Doc Talks Preventing and Treating Injuries in Young Athletes https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46127-fall-sports-in-full-swing-orthoconnecticut-doc-talks-preventing-and-treating-injuries-in-young-athletes46127-fall-sports-in-full-swing-orthoconnecticut-doc-talks-preventing-and-treating-injuries-in-young-athletes https://news.hamlethub.com/brookfield/neighbors/46127-fall-sports-in-full-swing-orthoconnecticut-doc-talks-preventing-and-treating-injuries-in-young-athletes46127-fall-sports-in-full-swing-orthoconnecticut-doc-talks-preventing-and-treating-injuries-in-young-athletes

It’s “Back to School” season, and in Hearst Connecticut Media’s recent feature, writer Andrea Valluzzo put a spotlight on fall sports and an orthopedic practice that is at the heart of diagnosing and treating injuries - OrthoConnecticut.

 “Whether or not students return to school this fall, odds are many of them will be participating in some type of athletic activity. When kids are involved in sports — no matter what the scenario — athletic-related injuries are always a possibility,” says Valluzzo. 

 OrthoConnecticut’s very own sports medicine specialist, Dr. Emund Ganal, mentions he can relate to the situation both personally and professionally, “Unfortunately, most kids, mine included, play sports all year round. Overspecialization, I think, is a problem when kids do one specific sport 12 months a year. They develop certain habits that stress only certain parts of the body and when those get overworked too much, they start developing chronic problems like tendon degeneration and a lot of overuse injuries,” he says. 

 Dr. Ganal, a resident of Ridgefield, sees many cases of overuse injuries in the office and also warns that now is the time to take things slow, " After months of being fairly sedentary, athletes need to be smart about their training. While the forced rest over the past few months can be a good thing, we also want to be sure athletes properly get back into shape to avoid injuries." It's important to listen to your body, your coaches and your doctor. 

OrthoConnecticut is a multispecialty practice staffed by leaders in orthopedic care with offices in Danbury, Litchfield, New Milford, Ridgefield, Sharon and Southbury. The practice’s urgent care service, OrthoCare Express, is open 7 days a week for emergencies and is available in the Danbury office.  

 

 
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Mon, 14 Sep 2020 08:24:24 -0400