Danbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Sat, 28 Nov 2020 11:33:27 -0500 HamletHub.com Ridgefield Playhouse Black Friday Sale Starts NOW! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48093-the-ridgefield-playhouse-160649152648093-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1606491526 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48093-the-ridgefield-playhouse-160649152648093-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1606491526

The Ridgefield Playhouse is kicking off Black Friday with a bang!  See all the movies that you want in December!  Purchase a $50 Family 4-pack Movie Pass and you and your family can see an unlimited number of our December 2020 films!  Movies include - Stand!

The Movie Musical on December 1, Holiday Inn on December 2, The Big Chill on December 4, Elf on December 9, Fiddler on the Roof on December 14, Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirates Cove on December 15, Scrooged on December 16, Buttons: A Christmas Tale on December 17, Meeting The Beatles in India on December 18, Babe: 25th Anniversary Screening on December 20, The Polar Express on December 23 and Clueless on December 27!

Give the gift of LIVE entertainment this season - while shopping locally!  Stuff their stockings with gift cards and tickets to shows in 2021!  For every $200 gift card purchased, you will receive an extra $20 gift card on us!  We have something for everyone on your list - including tickets for Raul Malo of The Mavericks on February 20, Linda Eder on March 13, Tower of Power on April 13, Felix Cavaliere's Rascals on April 16, Martin Barre of Jethro Tull on April 21, The Doo Wop Project on April 23, Jay Leno on May 9, Mandy Moore on June 20, Chaka Khan on June 25 and so much more!!

Visit our website at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call the box office at 203.438.5795. Black Friday box office hours are 10am - 4pm


lisa.barrett@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Fri, 27 Nov 2020 05:37:10 -0500
Lamont’s 2020 Thanksgiving message: people have come forward from all corners to help and volunteer https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48092-lamont-s-2020-thanksgiving-message-people-have-come-forward-from-all-corners-to-help-and-volunteer48092-lamont-s-2020-thanksgiving-message-people-have-come-forward-from-all-corners-to-help-and-volunteer https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48092-lamont-s-2020-thanksgiving-message-people-have-come-forward-from-all-corners-to-help-and-volunteer48092-lamont-s-2020-thanksgiving-message-people-have-come-forward-from-all-corners-to-help-and-volunteer

On the eve of Thanksgiving, Governor Ned Lamont delivered the following message to the residents of Connecticut:

This year, our family’s table will have fewer people gathered around it than we’re used to. It’s tempting to see that as another sign of the times, but I choose to see it as a reminder of the inspiring efforts made by the everyday people of Connecticut to make this meal possible for us all. Words cannot express how grateful I am to live in a state where its residents look after one another, respect one another, and offer help when someone is in need. For that I thank you.

At this time of year it’s traditional to take time to reflect on what’s most important in our lives and express gratitude. Like so many things during this past year, it’s hard to find comfort in this familiar custom when there are reminders of the strangeness of the times all around us.

There’s no way to put on a cheerful face and pretend that everything is whole when we’ve lost so much. The virus has cost the lives of over 250,000 Americans, the jobs and livelihoods of countless more, and robbed us all of our everyday reality.

And yet there’s hope and plenty to be grateful for.

The adversity of this moment has reminded us how inspiring and courageous our fellow citizens are who have made sacrifices on our behalf. Connecticut’s doctors, nurses, and other public health workers have worked tirelessly through unthinkably long hours while putting their own safety at risk. Medical professionals have come out of retirement to provide assistance to hospitals and nursing homes, where the help is sorely needed. Our state has seen an outpouring of support from nonprofit partners who’ve stepped up to the plate to provide aid and services to those suffering.

Connecticut’s teachers, some of the best in the country, have risen to the challenge of educating our children – a challenge in the best of times, as many of us found out first hand – while adapting to a remote environment.

All that is to say nothing of the ordinary Connecticut folks who have volunteered their time. People have come forward from all corners to man testing sites, deliver food to those in quarantine, and facilitate voting to ensure our democracy continues to thrive. Many have cared for their neighbors who are most at risk by delivering supplies to spare them from danger.

We have a lot to be thankful for.

At this moment, we also have hope in the form of a number of promising vaccines on the horizon. With this hope, despite the fatigue we all feel at having been deprived of even the most basic human interaction, it’s more important than ever that we honor the efforts and sacrifice of our fellow Connecticut residents by staying vigilant. It’s not easy, but the more we express our collective thanks by keeping each other safe when there are treatments so close at hand, the sooner we can get back to the life that we so dearly miss.

In the meantime, despite the impact COVID has had on volunteerism, there are still countless ways to step up and give back throughout this holiday season and beyond. Connecticut charities need your help more than ever – so consider donating time safely or supporting them however you can. We’re still one big family and in this together.

From my family to yours, I wish each of you a warm and happy Thanksgiving.


kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:32:41 -0500
Danbury Resident Joan M. Klvana, 88, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48091-joan-m-klvana-88-has-died48091-joan-m-klvana-88-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48091-joan-m-klvana-88-has-died48091-joan-m-klvana-88-has-died

Joan M. Klvana, 88, wife of the late Lester Thomas Klvana, passed away on November 16, 2020.
Mrs. Klvana was born in Queens, NY on April 20,1932; a daughter of the late Alfred and Cecilia (Mullins) Darde. Joan met Lester in her early 20’s when he worked at the local grocery store. Soon after meeting, they were married, and Lester was drafted into the Korean War. Whilst raising her children, she was a nursery school teacher in Mahopac at Noah’s Arc Nursery School. Following on from this, she was a medical assistant at Westchester County Hospital. 
A long-time resident of Mahopac, NY, Mrs. Klvana recently resided in Wilmington, NC and Danbury, CT. Joan was passionate about God and was a Roman Catholic Eucharistic Minister. She loved singing, playing the guitar and was an incredible theatrical person. Later in life, she even took part as an extra in many of the well-known films and TV shows shot in Wilmington (The Notebook, One Tree Hill, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, to name a few). Joan was a friend of Bill W.
Mrs. Klvana is survived by her sons, Tim Klvana and his wife, Elizabeth and Michael Klvana and his wife, Joy and her daughter, Cynthia Klvana Morphy and her husband, David. In addition, Mrs. Klvana is survived by her beloved grandchildren, David and Andrew (spouse Emily) Klvana, Zak (spouse Jenny) and Zoe Klvana, and Emily, Matthew and Michael Morphy. During the last year of her life, Joan became a great grandmother to Dylan Penn Klvana, who she loved and was incredibly grateful for. 
A Celebration of Joan’s life will be announced at a future date. Memorial contributions can be made in Joan’s name to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), www.dav.org
Kane Funeral Home, Ridgefield is in care of funeral arrangements.


kerry@ducey.org (Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Wed, 25 Nov 2020 07:25:36 -0500
Fun facts from OrthoConnecticut as you carve your turkey https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48090-fun-facts-from-orthoconnecticut-as-you-carve-your-turkey48090-fun-facts-from-orthoconnecticut-as-you-carve-your-turkey https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48090-fun-facts-from-orthoconnecticut-as-you-carve-your-turkey48090-fun-facts-from-orthoconnecticut-as-you-carve-your-turkey


The skin on the palm side of our hand is very unique.

It grows no hair.  

It does not have the ability to tan.

It is tough and durable, but also sensitive enough to discriminate between a quarter and a nickel in your pocket.

The skin is anchored to the bone through an intermediate layer of fascia, which prevents the skin from sliding around like a rubber glove.

Fingerprints provide friction to allow us to grasp and hold onto objects.

These fun facts are just the tip of the iceberg. The OrthoConnecticut team of fellowship-trained, board-certified hand and wrist surgeons know the ins and outs of palms, fingers, wrists….you name it.

So whether you need schooling on little known facts about your hand or skilled surgical proficiency, come to the experts. The Hand Center at OrthoConnecticut is ready to care for you.

kerry@ducey.org (OrthoConnecticut) Life Wed, 25 Nov 2020 07:16:54 -0500
Connecticut Sector rules updated to prohibit all organized road races effective November 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/48089-connecticut-sector-rules-updated-to-prohibit-all-organized-road-races-effective-november-2348089-connecticut-sector-rules-updated-to-prohibit-all-organized-road-races-effective-november-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/48089-connecticut-sector-rules-updated-to-prohibit-all-organized-road-races-effective-november-2348089-connecticut-sector-rules-updated-to-prohibit-all-organized-road-races-effective-november-23

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development updated its sector rules to prohibit all organized road races, effective November 23, 2020.

This includes any turkey trots or holiday road races scheduled for the week of Thanksgiving. Residents are encouraged to stay among members of their households and avoid crowds.

For a list of virtual turkey trots that are being held in Connecticut this Thanksgiving season, check out the list on the state’s tourism website.


kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:49:23 -0500
City of Danbury Reports 63 New COVID Cases Today https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48088-city-of-danbury-reports-63-new-covid-cases-today48088-city-of-danbury-reports-63-new-covid-cases-today https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48088-city-of-danbury-reports-63-new-covid-cases-today48088-city-of-danbury-reports-63-new-covid-cases-today


Today, the City of Danbury reported 63 new cases of COVID-19.

Please take preventative measures. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. Wash your hands frequently.

We are currently deemed to be in the RED zone by the State of CT. Learn more.

kerry@ducey.org (City of Danbury) Neighbors Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:46:59 -0500
WCSU to present ‘New Works — New Voices’ virtual production series https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48087-wcsu-to-present-new-works-new-voices-virtual-production-series48087-wcsu-to-present-new-works-new-voices-virtual-production-series https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48087-wcsu-to-present-new-works-new-voices-virtual-production-series48087-wcsu-to-present-new-works-new-voices-virtual-production-series

WCSU to present ‘New Works — New Voices’ virtual production series

The Department of Theatre Arts at Western Connecticut State University will present “New Works – New Voices,” a virtual production series dedicated to amplifying the voices of marginalized and underrepresented playwrights and composers. The virtual series promises to provide meaningful performance, design and technical opportunities for WCSU students, and also to lift up the voices of writers and composers from diverse communities and populations.

The WCSU Department of Theatre Arts is dedicated to the safety of its students, and is leading the way in online production innovation. Each show has been rehearsed, performed and edited entirely online, and will be broadcast via livestream. Each production will have two showings, or “performances,” as part of a 10-day virtual production festival, spanning from Friday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Dec. 6. “New Works – New Voices” is comprised of five new and unique pieces by some of the freshest voices in theatre. In addition to providing the pieces, the writers of each show worked directly with the cast and crew of each show, providing meaningful networking opportunities and insightful instruction to the students involved.

“In a time with so much uncertainty and anxiety, it’s so reassuring to know that the faculty at WCSU care about making our semester valuable with performance opportunities,” said sophomore B.F.A. Musical Theatre major Bella Bosco. “I’m so thankful to have the chance to perform this semester, and to work with a new guest director. I know that this semester has brought new growth and learning, and has been so beneficial to my development as an artist. While our technical capabilities have been stretched in this virtual environment, I’m more aware and appreciative for how the department is ensuring that more marginalized voices are heard in this season.” Bosco is currently sharing her experience as a student in the WCSU Department of Theatre Arts through her blogs on BroadwayWorld.com titled “Life in the Key of B.”

Opening and closing the virtual production festival is “The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical,” written by Amanda D’Archangelis, Sami Horneff and Lisa Mongillo. This production is directed by Tim Howard, with music directed by Dr. Justin P. Cowan. “The Radium Girls” is a female-driven, horror-laced dark comedy inspired by the stories and spirits of the incredible young women who worked the factory line at the U.S. Radium Corporation in the 1920s. It’s a thrilling, chilling tale of three best friends, Olive, Helen and Frances, who discover the evil lurking under the glittering surface of the radium craze and ultimately give the patriarchy a taste of its own poison. With queer themes and a roaring contemporary ’20s score, this piece is guaranteed to thrill and delight. “The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical” will stream at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6.

The next production featured as part of New Works – New Voices is “Dognap on Dekalb,” written by Benjamin Colón and directed by Sal Trapani. “Dognap” is a contemporary play set in the Bronx. The story follows Esther, a single mother grieving the loss of her son. Esther’s plan to spend the holidays alone with her dead son’s dog is ruined when the dog is stolen by Ariel, a down-on-his luck pizza delivery guy. Esther must track Ariel down before he gifts the dog to his estranged daughter. “Dognap on Dekalb” will stream at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The Department of Theatre Arts welcomes Kimille Howard, one of New York City’s top emerging directors, as guest director of “In the Open,” written by Mona Mansour. At an elite high school for high achievers, an incident happens, an escalation of violence, something that never ever happens there. We see some of the lead up to it, as well as some of the fallout, and we see different entry points and accountings of the same incident, making us wonder if one truth matters more, or if the truth underneath it all — that such a thing could happen here — is possibly more disturbing than the incident itself. “In The Open” will stream at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, and at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.

“Be More Funny, and Other Shorts Plays,” written by Eric Lane and directed by Pam McDaniel, is a collection of award-winning short plays that spans from comedic to dramatic, and covers a wide range of stories and emotions. This production is sure to provoke laughter, tears, reflection and contemplation. “Be More Funny, and Other Short Plays” will stream at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3.

The final production of New Works – New Voices is a devised piece titled “Organizing in the Time of Covid-19 and Other Lessons Members of Generation Z Have Learned, Are Learning, Will Learn Before Everything is Said and Done ... Or, Also Too, Maybe Not?” This production is a collaboration between the cast and creative team, comprised of director Chris Bolan (Netflix’s “A Secret Love”), writer Keelay Gipson, and composer J. Oconer Navarro.

This play with music provided students a unique opportunity to create a brand new topical piece designed specifically for a virtual medium. Inspired by the theatrical processes made famous by the Joint Stock Theatre Company, this new work will bear the fruits of rigorous research, improvisation and discussion. Audiences can expect an experience entirely new and visceral. “Organizing in the Time of Covid-19 and Other Lessons” will stream at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

New Works – New Voices will stream from Friday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Dec. 6. Tickets for each performance are $5. There also is a Season Flex Pass available. For $20, pass-holders will have access to one performance of all five shows, for the cost of four. Tickets and season flex passes are available at wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com.

For more information, contact Eric Gomez, Visual and Performing Arts Center events coordinator, at gomeze@wcsu.edu, or the Office of University Relations at pr@wcsu.edu.

Cast of “The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping Musical”

Nate Bloom, of West Haven

Michelle D’Amico, of Dallas, Texas

Bella D’Ottavio, of Haddam

Logan Farley, of Belvidere, New Jersey

Katie Geniuch, of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Tony Harkin, of New Milford

Olivia Hendrickson, of Callicoon, New York

Serena Kelly, of Auburn, Massachusetts

Chloe Kramer, of Poughkeepsie, New York

Kelsey Lepesko, of Stratford

Ariana Locascio, of Southington

Dean Martin, of Manchester

Alyssa McDonald, of Nyack, New York

Grace McGovern, of North Haven

Ryan Rappaport, of Orange

Alexis Reda, of Trumbull

Teah Renzi, of Newtown

Michael Ricciardone, of Southington

Julia Rocchio, of Naugatuck

Sam Rogers, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Francesca Saccomagno, of Staten Island, New York

Michelle Shapiro, of Wantagh, New York

Carter Smith, of Ledyard

Oksana Veres, of Newington

Cast of “Dognap on Dekalb”

Berny Balbuena, of Newburgh, New York

Sara Bhatt, of Monroe

Zachary Brown, of Griswold

Chrystal Campbell, of Weston

Crystal Hilton, of Brooklyn, New York

Darius Mullens, of South Plainfeld, New Jersey

Samya Woodard, of Bronx, New York


kerry@ducey.org (WCSU) Events Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:55:44 -0500
City of Danbury Reports 33 New Cases of COVID Today, 26 New Cases on Saturday and 73 on Sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48085-city-of-danbury-reports-33-new-cases-of-covid-today-26-new-cases-on-saturday-and-73-on-sunday48085-city-of-danbury-reports-33-new-cases-of-covid-today-26-new-cases-on-saturday-and-73-on-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48085-city-of-danbury-reports-33-new-cases-of-covid-today-26-new-cases-on-saturday-and-73-on-sunday48085-city-of-danbury-reports-33-new-cases-of-covid-today-26-new-cases-on-saturday-and-73-on-sunday

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton reported that over the weekend, the City of Danbury reported 26 cases on Saturday and 73 on Sunday.

Today, the City of Danbury reported 33 new cases of COVID-19.

Please take preventative measures. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. Wash your hands frequently.

We are currently deemed to be in the RED zone by the State of CT. Learn more.


Data updates on testing in Connecticut from Gov. Ned Lamont

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary


Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable)



COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)



Daily Test Positivity



Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19



COVID-19 Associated Deaths



County-by-county breakdown of current COVID-19 hospitalizations:


Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Fairfield County


Hartford County


Litchfield County


Middlesex County


New Haven County


New London County


Tolland County


Windham County




For a series of interactive graphs and maps that provide additional data, including metrics related to age, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as data broken down by every town and city in Connecticut, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “Data Tracker.”

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also subscribe to text message alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Anyone who is out-of-state or requires a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms are strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

Governor Lamont's November 23, 2020 4PM Coronaviru...

kerry@ducey.org (City of Danbury) Life Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:46:34 -0500
Creativity Connects Danbury: Meet Tom Devine, Restaurant Owner, Local Creative, Community Supporter https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48074-creativity-connects-danbury-meet-tom-devine-restaurant-owner-local-creative-community-supporter48074-creativity-connects-danbury-meet-tom-devine-restaurant-owner-local-creative-community-supporter https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48074-creativity-connects-danbury-meet-tom-devine-restaurant-owner-local-creative-community-supporter48074-creativity-connects-danbury-meet-tom-devine-restaurant-owner-local-creative-community-supporter

Creativity Connects Danbury

What fuels a vibrant, connected and creative community? What makes people feel good about living in Danbury?

When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good.

Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Danbury. 

Creativity connects us.

Meet Tom Devine, Danbury resident, owner of Two Steps Downtown Grille and Caio Catering.

Is there a person or organization using creativity to provoke change in Danbury?

David Boyajian has contributed greatly to the community through his artistic work and teaching.  He devoted countless volunteer hours to help with the Main Street Sculpture Garden.

In addition, our regular customers are using creativity to provoke change!  They've come out to support us dining in our restaurant or by placing delivery or pick-up orders.  Even though obviously our numbers are way down, it's their support that keeps us going.

Any place in town where you go for inspiration and creativity?  

The kitchen here at Two Steps Downtown Grille.  We are a family run restaurant and we love to cook and constantly experiment with food.  In the past, our outlet had been our cooking classes and catering business.  Since Covid hit, we now strive to come up with unique and creative ideas to spark our customer's interest! We've owned and operated restaurants in Downtown Danbury since 1988.  We love City and have been thrilled to be a part of the restaurant scene here for 32 years.

Is there an organization in town that makes you feel good?

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut whose role is to connect artists to the community and help improve the quality of life and the economy. The nonprofit serves 10-towns in the Greater Danbury area. They are hosting Shop Artist Sunday on November 29, a virtual online marketplace.

Creativity Connects Danbury made possible by LIFEWTR.

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of HamletHub or LIFEWTR.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Mon, 23 Nov 2020 08:50:57 -0500
Falls Prevention, Tips and Tools, presented by RVNAhealth on December 3 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48084-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-348084-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-3 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48084-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-348084-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-3

Melissa Woodhouse, OTR/L, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL Non-Medical Services, and Gigi Weiss, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services at RVNAhealth invite you to attend a virtual  Falls Prevention Event December 3.

In the U.S., more than 1 of 4 people aged 65 and older will experience a fall each year. Join RVNAhealth virtually as we discuss the statistics and science behind falls, as well as strategies to help you prevent and reduce your risk. The session will include personal tips for exercise and home safety, and cover some professional resources such as therapy and personal medical alert devices.

This presentation will be given by Melissa Woodhouse, OTR/L, Director of StayWELL Non-Medical Services, and Gigi Weiss, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services.

Pleases register here

kerry@ducey.org (RVNAhealth) Events Mon, 23 Nov 2020 07:53:24 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Danbury (Reimagined): Weenie Lynn's https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/48053-why-small-businesses-matter-in-danbury-reimagined-weenie-lynn-s48053-why-small-businesses-matter-in-danbury-reimagined-weenie-lynn-s https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/48053-why-small-businesses-matter-in-danbury-reimagined-weenie-lynn-s48053-why-small-businesses-matter-in-danbury-reimagined-weenie-lynn-s

Why Small Businesses Matter Reimagined

Small businesses matter - now more than ever. They are answering the call with innovation and determination like never before.

We hope you join us in supporting them by sharing their story far and wide and shopping local! We are thankful to Fairfield County Bank for their continued support and making this series possible.

Step inside Weenie Lynn's!

Three questions with Lynn and Michael Negron, founders of Weenie Lynn's.


What do you want the community to know?

As a part-time small business owner based in Danbury, Weenie Lynn's and family have done our best in supporting local businesses in our area, and we encourage our fellow Danburians to shop and buy local for themselves and as gifts for friends and family. In doing so, you help struggling businesses cover costs, help them to feed their families/make ends meet, keep employees on a payroll, enhances the local economy, and give the business a sense of relevance and value while nurturing your community during this time of restrictions. For many small businesses, it's not about profit during this tumultuous time but rather about not going under. Anything anyone can do to support a local business not only benefits that business but also the overall well-being of our community especially now with the holidays upon us.

Are there ways for the community to help you and other local businesses to prosper?

Weenie Lynn's operated on a limited schedule from June through October this year. We were thrilled to have our regulars and fans follow us from event to event and to meet new customers and make new friends. The support has been wonderful and deeply appreciated, and, yes, we will be back in 2021 with our newly-wrapped food trailer and additional Specials for carnivores and vegetarians. We encourage everyone to shop locally and to follow all proper health and safety protocols so we all can move forward to a closer sense of normalcy next year!

Please share the ways your business is adapting to keep your customers and employees safe in addition to the standard guidelines.

Being a full-service food trailer, Weenie Lynn's registered with the State of CT as a food service business acknowledging we are aware of the safety protocols we must adhere to. We have posted large signs requiring face masks to be worn at our food trailer and that 6' social distancing be adhered to when at our food trailer. We are a family-owned business, and as such, only family members of the same household are working in the trailer, myself, my husband, and one daughter when the event requires extra help. Service window employees wear face masks and wash hands regularly and apply sanitizer as do I when cooking (changing gloves several times per hour). Our exterior and interior serving counters are disinfected regularly to assure our customers of cleanliness and of our awareness of safety protocols.

We have also added a touchless hand-sanitizer station near our service window for all customers to use, and, for additional public safety there we have eliminated our well-dressed bar-height tables to linger. We no longer allow our customers to self-administer condiments to any food item (individual packets, etc. are put on the serving plate within the food truck).

Additionally, we offer a contactless payment option for our customers. Customer safety and food safety have always been paramount at Weenie Lynn's, and we look forward to being back out for our 11th year hopefully beginning in April 2021.

Make sure to check out Weenie Lynn's website here, and also make sure to visit their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Mon, 23 Nov 2020 05:16:36 -0500
Paul H. Mitchell Ph.D., age 66 of Danbury, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48082-paul-h-mitchell-ph-d-age-66-of-danbury-has-died48082-paul-h-mitchell-ph-d-age-66-of-danbury-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48082-paul-h-mitchell-ph-d-age-66-of-danbury-has-died48082-paul-h-mitchell-ph-d-age-66-of-danbury-has-died

Paul H. Mitchell Ph.D.

Paul H. Mitchell Ph.D., age 66 of Danbury, husband of Marlene (Pruman) Mitchell, father of Elizabeth Reagan (Husband-Mike), grandfather of Simon and Evangeline, son of the late Harry and Eleanor (Morey) Mitchell and brother of the late Wayne and the late Robert Mitchell, died on Friday, November 20, 2020, at Danbury Hospital. 

Due to the concerns facing us all at this time regarding social gatherings, services will be held privately.

kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Sat, 21 Nov 2020 03:59:17 -0500
Connecticut updated sector rules released regarding team sports, gyms, and fitness centers https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48081-connecticut-updated-sector-rules-released-regarding-team-sports-gyms-and-fitness-centers48081-connecticut-updated-sector-rules-released-regarding-team-sports-gyms-and-fitness-centers https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48081-connecticut-updated-sector-rules-released-regarding-team-sports-gyms-and-fitness-centers48081-connecticut-updated-sector-rules-released-regarding-team-sports-gyms-and-fitness-centers

Governor Lamont signs 81st executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 81st since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus. Executive Order No. 9M enacts the following provisions:

  • DECD authority to enact rules for all sports activities: Expands authority of the commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development to establish mandatory safety rules to all sports.
  • Renewals of certain permits extended: To promote compliance with pandemic-related restrictions on sales of liquor, extends the renewal period for certain liquor permits and refunds certain renewal fees already paid.
  • Extending authorization for online continuing education for plumbers and electricians: Extends to February 9, 2021 the time during which plumbers and electricians may satisfy continuing education requirements through online learning.
  • Extended deadlines for continuing education for plumbers and electricians: Extends to February 9, 2021 the deadline for electricians and plumbers to complete their continuing education requirements while allowing them to renew licenses according to original deadlines.

Updated sector rules released regarding team sports, gyms, and fitness centers

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development today published updated sector rules regarding team sports, as well as gyms and fitness centers. These rules take effect Monday, November 23.

Some of the new rules include:

  • All team sporting activities, except collegiate and professional, are prohibited until January 19, 2021.
  • All team scrimmages, competitions, camps, clinics, and tournaments including all interscholastic, “pick-up” games, and other informal athletic activities prohibited.
  • “Team” is defined as a group of more than four people jointly engaged in an organized or recreational athletic activity on a court, field, etc.
  • Masks are now required in all gyms and fitness centers with no exceptions.
  • Fitness classes have been reduced to 25 percent capacity.

For the full rules released today, click here.

kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:58:52 -0500
Immaculate High School Graduate Lauren Garvey Earns Dean's Award for Academic Excellence at Colgate University https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48080-bethel-resident-lauren-garvey-earns-dean-s-award-for-academic-excellence-at-colgate-university48080-bethel-resident-lauren-garvey-earns-dean-s-award-for-academic-excellence-at-colgate-university https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48080-bethel-resident-lauren-garvey-earns-dean-s-award-for-academic-excellence-at-colgate-university48080-bethel-resident-lauren-garvey-earns-dean-s-award-for-academic-excellence-at-colgate-university

Immaculate High School Graduate and Bethel Resident Lauren Garvey Earns Dean's Award for Academic Excellence at Colgate University

Bethel resident Lauren Garvey, a member of the Colgate University Class of 2022, has earned the spring 2020 Dean's Award for Academic Excellence. Garvey is a History major and a graduate of Immaculate High School.

Students who receive a term grade point average of 3.3 or higher while completing at least three courses earn the spring 2020 Dean's Award for Academic Excellence.

Colgate is a leading American university for students who want classes with rigor, faculty with passion, and confidence in knowing they will learn how to thrive in work and life. Colgate offers 56 majors and supports 25 Division I athletic teams on a campus of about 3,000 students in central New York.

kerry@ducey.org (Colgate University) Neighbors Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:46:01 -0500
Danbury Music Centre Announces 2020 Virtual Nutcracker Celebration Party on Dec. 12 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48079-danbury-music-centre-announces-2020-virtual-nutcracker-celebration-party-on-dec-1248079-danbury-music-centre-announces-2020-virtual-nutcracker-celebration-party-on-dec-12 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48079-danbury-music-centre-announces-2020-virtual-nutcracker-celebration-party-on-dec-1248079-danbury-music-centre-announces-2020-virtual-nutcracker-celebration-party-on-dec-12

The Danbury Music Centre is thrilled to announce that on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5:30pm, the show will go on!

A virtual Nutcracker Celebration Party has been planned as a way to gather together as a community, celebrate the season, and help support future DMC Nutcracker productions. Artistic Directors Arthur Fredric and Lisa Denton will host the livestream event, which will feature a viewing of the 2019 DMC Nutcracker Ballet preceded by interviews and appearances by special Nutcracker stars and contributors from over the Danbury Music Centre’s many years.
Guests include such Nutcracker royalty as the Mayor of Danbury, Mark Boughton; conductors Ariel Rudiakov, Jim Humphreville, and Richard Price; designers/choreographers Dody Flynn, Arnold Daley, and Peter Petrino; and sit down interviews at intermission with the 2019 Sugar Plum and Cavalier, Clara and Prince, and more.
Donations to view the production begin at $10.00, with a special VIP pre-show party live via Zoom at 5:00PM for contributors of $100 or more. Please visit danburymusiccentre.org or the DMC facebook page for more information and to join the celebration. The Danbury Music Centre will continue to bring the magic of the Nutcracker to the community this year in a truly unique way and allow viewers to enjoy a Danbury tradition that has become a holiday treasure. 
For more information about this virtual event, please contact the Danbury Music Centre at (203) 748-1716 or dmc@danburymusiccentre.org
kerry@ducey.org ( Laura Flachbart) Events Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:53:34 -0500