Danbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Fri, 24 May 2019 16:57:28 -0400 HamletHub.com Immaculate High School Names Nelson Mingachos as Athletic Director https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46452-immaculate-high-school-names-nelson-mingachos-as-athletic-director46452-immaculate-high-school-names-nelson-mingachos-as-athletic-director https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46452-immaculate-high-school-names-nelson-mingachos-as-athletic-director46452-immaculate-high-school-names-nelson-mingachos-as-athletic-director


Nelson Mingachos, an IHS alumnus from the Class of 1989, current boys basketball and girls soccer coach, and acting Athletic Director (AD) since December 2018, has been appointed to the position of Athletic Director effective July 1.

A head coach at Immaculate since 2003, Mingachos was named SWC Coach of the Year six times, including last year when he received the SWC Coach of the Year for Girls Soccer honor after leading the team to win the SWC Championship. He was also named Coach of the Year by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, the CT Sports Writer Alliance and by the Danbury News-Times (four times). Last year Mingachos coached the IHS boys basketball team to the ultimate victory by winning the CIAC Division II State Championship, and ended up only one game away from the State Division I title this year.

Mingachos has coached the IHS girls soccer teams to four SWC Championships and ten CIAC State Championships, and the boys basketball team to three CIAC State Championships and a SWC Championship since he began head coaching the teams in 2003.

His experience and insight as an Immaculate athlete, alumnus and coach will prove invaluable as he guides the Mustang Athletics Department. “Watching and helping the student-athletes grow, develop and succeed over their four years here is incredible, and I look forward to working with all the talented student-athletes and coaches,” said Mingachos.

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, personal commitments and service to others.  Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system.


jazzi@immaculatehs.org (Immaculate High School ) Neighbors Fri, 24 May 2019 09:29:48 -0400
Terrific Toddlers Summer Storytime in Danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46444-terrific-toddlers-summer-storytime46444-terrific-toddlers-summer-storytime https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46444-terrific-toddlers-summer-storytime46444-terrific-toddlers-summer-storytime

Terrific Toddlers (ages 2 and 3) Summer Storytime at Danbury Library on Thursdays, June 27 - August 8 from 10:15 - 11:00am

*No class Thursday, July 4

Ready for storytime? Enhance your child's listening, motor and social skills with simple stories, activities, movement, music, movies and crafts. 

Summer Dates:

June: 27

July: 11, 18, 25

August: 1, 8

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be the age indicated by the start date of the programs.

Free! No registration.

For more information about the programs call 203.797.4505, ext. 7722.

pmgallagher@danburylibrary.org (Paige Marie Gallagher) Events Fri, 24 May 2019 09:17:35 -0400
Get your amusement park thrill ON at Danbury City Fair through June 9 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/46451-get-your-amusement-park-thrill-on-at-danbury-city-fair-through-june-946451-get-your-amusement-park-thrill-on-at-danbury-city-fair-through-june-9 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/46451-get-your-amusement-park-thrill-on-at-danbury-city-fair-through-june-946451-get-your-amusement-park-thrill-on-at-danbury-city-fair-through-june-9

The Powers Great American Midways Carnival has arrived at Danbury Fair! Enjoy rides, games, and cotton candy through June 9.

Day Date Hours Promotional Price:
Monday's - Friday's - 5-11PM 
Saturday - 12N-11PM
Sunday's - 12N-10PM
Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day - 12N-11PM

**Pay One Price (Unlimited Rides) $30 All Hours**

* $25 POP Wristband with Mall Receipt or Coupon* - Coupons available throughout mall

Regular Ticket Prices - 4 Tickets - $5.00 22 Tickets - $20.00 - Rides accept 3-6 tickets

** Hours, prices, and rides subject change, weather permitting. **

All mechanical rides owned and operated by Powers Great American Midways

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Fri, 24 May 2019 06:42:14 -0400
Danbury Resident Graduates from Paul Smith's College https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46450-danbury-resident-graduates-from-paul-smith-s-college46450-danbury-resident-graduates-from-paul-smith-s-college https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46450-danbury-resident-graduates-from-paul-smith-s-college46450-danbury-resident-graduates-from-paul-smith-s-college

Paul Smith's College recently held their graduation ceremony for the 2019 school year.

Congratulations to Patrick Nicholson of Danbury, Connecticut, who was among the students graduating from Paul Smith's College earlier this month. Nicholson earned a bachelor's degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences.

Paul Smith's College is the only four-year institution of higher education in the Adirondacks. Their programs - in fields including hospitality, culinary arts, forestry, natural resources, entrepreneurship and the sciences - draw on industries and resources available in their own backyard while preparing students for successful careers anywhere. For more information, visit paulsmiths.edu.

kerry@ducey.org (Paul Smith's College) Neighbors Fri, 24 May 2019 05:49:54 -0400
40th Annual Greek Festival in Danbury Kicks Off on June 7 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46448-40th-annual-greek-festival-in-danbury-kicks-off-on-june-746448-40th-annual-greek-festival-in-danbury-kicks-off-on-june-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46448-40th-annual-greek-festival-in-danbury-kicks-off-on-june-746448-40th-annual-greek-festival-in-danbury-kicks-off-on-june-7

40th Annual Greek Festival in Danbury on Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

The Greek Experience Festival, featuring traditional Greek food, dancing, raffles and games will take place June 8, 9, and 10 at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.

The festival is held on the church grounds, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road. That is just a mile north of exit 5 from I-84. There is plenty of parking available at nearby Danbury High School. From there take the regular shuttle bus back and forth. Parking, bus rides and admission to the festival are all free.

The Greek Experience is three days chockful of dancing, authentic Greek cuisine, live entertainment, shopping and more!

Friday (5pm to 11pm)
Saturday (12 noon to 11pm)
Sunday (12 noon to 9pm)

Learn more on Facebook HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Fri, 24 May 2019 05:15:18 -0400
Danbury Fire Department Fundraiser Benefits Ridgefielder, Brooke Blake https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/46449-danbury-fire-department-fundraiser-benefits-ridgefielder-brooke-blake46449-danbury-fire-department-fundraiser-benefits-ridgefielder-brooke-blake https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/46449-danbury-fire-department-fundraiser-benefits-ridgefielder-brooke-blake46449-danbury-fire-department-fundraiser-benefits-ridgefielder-brooke-blake


Danbury Fire Department Local 801 5th annual Fundraiser benefits Ridgefield resident, Brooke Blake

The 5th annual Danbury Professional Firefighters Local 801 Fundraiser on June 9 from 3 to 9 pm at Molly Darcy's will benefit Brooke Blake. The cost to attend is $20 and one free drink is included.

Come join us for a fun afternoon enjoying a few beverages and Live Music all while supporting a great cause. Brooke is an 11-year-old Ridgefield resident who has been Battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma since the age of 7.

This journey has not only been difficult emotionally but it is certainly costly. Insurance coverage does not extend out of the country and Brooke's treatments are done in Mexico. The Blakes never have allowed cost to decide the type of treatment Brooke will receive. With a lot of hard work, family, friends, and the support of the community, Brooke and her family have been lifted with love and strength and reminded that when there is faith, there is hope.

Molly Darcy's is located at 39 Mill Plain Road in Danbury.

Learn more here.


kerry@ducey.org (Danbury Fire Dept Local 801) Charities Fri, 24 May 2019 04:28:22 -0400
Danbury Offers FREE CERT Training https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/46447-danbury-offers-free-cert-training46447-danbury-offers-free-cert-training https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/46447-danbury-offers-free-cert-training46447-danbury-offers-free-cert-training

The Danbury Department of Health and Human Services, Danbury Police Department, Danbury Fire Department, and Danbury Emergency Medical Services will be hosting a FEMA Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Volunteers will be trained to prepare for disasters by learning to organize basic disaster response and how to safely respond to hazards.

The first set of classes will take place in Danbury on June 3, 5, 10, 12 from 6:00-9:00 PM and June 8 from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

The second set of classes will take place in Danbury on September 14 from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM and September 16, 18, 23, and 25 from 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM.

One set of classes must be attended in full, to become a member of the Danbury CERT and help respond to community disasters. For more information on the training and to register go to www.danbury-ct.gov/health or call 203-797-4625.

kerry@ducey.org (City of Danbury) Life Thu, 23 May 2019 13:59:05 -0400
Learn About Arctic Ice Age Animals at Danbury Library on June 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46434-arctic-ice-age-animals46434-arctic-ice-age-animals https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46434-arctic-ice-age-animals46434-arctic-ice-age-animals

Musk Ox, Mammoths and Ground Sloths (oh, my!) at Danbury Library on Wednesday, June 26, 5:00 - 6:30pm

Imagine a vast treeless plain filled with vanished beasts!

Ice Age Beringia - the land mass encompassing eastern Siberia, Alaska, and Canada's Yukon - was home to a unique mix of animals. Some of them went extinct as the Ice Age came to an end, others roam the Arctic to this day, and one unlikely creature evolved and migrated as far east and south as Asia!

Join us to learn about these iconic animals, touch some authentic hands-on Ice Age objects from the Arctic, and be astounded by facts most people don't know!

Presentation by Arctic expert, Moki Kokoris, 14th woman to reach the North Pole!

  • Children (Ages 8+), Teens, Adults
  • Location: Lower Level Meeting Room

Free! Registration required. For more information about the program, email Aurelio Muraca at: amuraca@danburylibrary.org

pmgallagher@danburylibrary.org (Paige Marie Gallagher) Events Thu, 23 May 2019 12:05:00 -0400
Danbury Student Named to Muhlenberg College Honor Roll https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46446-danbury-student-named-to-muhlenberg-college-honor-roll46446-danbury-student-named-to-muhlenberg-college-honor-roll https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46446-danbury-student-named-to-muhlenberg-college-honor-roll46446-danbury-student-named-to-muhlenberg-college-honor-roll

Muhlenberg College announces Spring 2019 Academic Honor Roll

Congratulations to Danbury resident Corey Mullins who achieved the Academic Honor Roll at Muhlenberg College this year. Corey is one of 67 student to be named to the Spring Honor Roll. Eligibility is based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or higher and requires each student considered to be a sophomore or higher in class standing.

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg College is a highly selective, private, four-year residential, liberal arts college located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, approximately 90 miles west of New York City. With an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2,200 students, Muhlenberg College is dedicated to shaping creative, compassionate, collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences as well as selected pre-professional programs, including accounting, business, education and public health. The College is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A member of the Centennial Conference, Muhlenberg competes in 22 varsity sports.

kerry@ducey.org (Muhlenberg College) Neighbors Thu, 23 May 2019 09:28:09 -0400
Aviation Cadet Experience Workshops https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46438-aviation-cadet-experience-workshops46438-aviation-cadet-experience-workshops https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46438-aviation-cadet-experience-workshops46438-aviation-cadet-experience-workshops

Aviation Cadet Experience Workshops at Danbury Library Tuesday & Wednesday, June 18 & 19 from 4:30 - 6:30pm

A hands-on aerospace experience!

Teens (Grades 8 to 12), Story Corner

As the only program of its kind available to high school students, the 2 Day Aviation Cadet Experience Workshop* brings the adrenaline-fueled world of aviation into the safety and comfort of the classroom. 

Students are placed in a simulated flight school environment where they learn about the physics & physiology of high-performance flight before testing their piloting skills on Milestone C’s realistic flight simulators.

FREE for Teens (Grades 8 - 12)

*Must attend BOTH workshops  

Free! Registration required. For more information about the program, email Aurelio Muraca at amuraca@danburylibrary.org


pmgallagher@danburylibrary.org (Danbury Library) Events Thu, 23 May 2019 07:36:15 -0400
Danbury Resident Louis G. Persico, 72, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46445-danbury-resident-louis-g-persico-72-has-died46445-danbury-resident-louis-g-persico-72-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46445-danbury-resident-louis-g-persico-72-has-died46445-danbury-resident-louis-g-persico-72-has-died

Louis G. Persico

Louis G. Persico, 72, of Danbury, died on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Danbury.

Mr. Persico was born in Hudson, NY, August 7, 1946, the son of Louis J. and Josephine (Corani) Persico. A lifelong area resident, Mr. Persico attended local schools and graduated from Danbury High School with the Class of 1966.

He was a retired mason and general contractor owning and operating the former Louis Persico & Son Mason & General Contractors of Danbury.

Mr. Persico attended St. Peter Church of Danbury.

He is survived by a daughter, Dina P. Quinn and her husband Ciaran of Danbury; a son, Louis J. Persico and his wife Laurie Anne of Westminster, Colorado; three sisters, Gemma Membreno and her husband Hector of San Francisco, California, Joanne Hadad and her husband John of New Fairfield and Elizabeth Hunt and her husband Barry of New Milford; four grandchildren, Michaela and Declan Quinn and Louis and George Persico and several nieces and nephews.

Known to be regarded as one of the hardest working mason contractors, he always enjoyed the time shared with his family, friends and most especially his grandchildren whom he idolized. He will be sorely missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 1:15 p.m. in St. Peter Church, 121 Main St., Danbury.

Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury.

The family will receive friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9 Granville Ave., Danbury on Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Thu, 23 May 2019 05:19:49 -0400
Discovering Nature: Family Nature Hike at Tarrywile Park https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46436-discovering-nature-family-nature-hike-at-tarrywile-park46436-discovering-nature-family-nature-hike-at-tarrywile-park https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46436-discovering-nature-family-nature-hike-at-tarrywile-park46436-discovering-nature-family-nature-hike-at-tarrywile-park

Discovering Nature: Family Nature Hike at Tarrywile Park on Saturday, June 15, 1:00-1:45pm

This event is suitable for families with children ages 4+

Discover nature in your own backyard! Explore the forest, learn about native plants, and see if you can spot any woodland creatures! 

Meet at Tarrywile Red Barn Environmental Center. Enjoy a 45-minute, easy hike and then explore Tarrywile on your own! Led by Pratt Nature Center.

Free! Registration required online at danburylibrary.org or call 203.797.4505, option 5. For more information about the program, call 203.797.4505 extension 7722 .


pmgallagher@danburylibrary.org (Paige Marie Gallagher) Events Wed, 22 May 2019 12:30:24 -0400
Families Can Learn How to Cope with Dementia at Danbury Library on June 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46435-coping-with-dementia46435-coping-with-dementia https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46435-coping-with-dementia46435-coping-with-dementia

Coping with Dementia: Strategies for Families on Thursday, June 13, 5:30–6:30pm

Adults, Farioly Program Room

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia? You are not alone. More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's or other dementias.  

Learn appropriate coping strategies for the different stages of dementia and the problems that arise with each stage from Dianne Davis, Outreach and Education Coordinator at the Yale Alzheimer's Disease Research Unit and former geriatric case manager as the Yale Adler Center.

Free! Registration is recommended. For more information about this program, please call 203.797.4505 extension 7747.


pmgallagher@danburylibrary.org (Paige Marie Gallagher) Events Wed, 22 May 2019 12:01:16 -0400
Danbury Police Join Connecticut State Police for Occupant Safety Check Point https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/46433-danbury-police-join-connecticut-state-police-for-occupant-safety-check-point46433-danbury-police-join-connecticut-state-police-for-occupant-safety-check-point https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/46433-danbury-police-join-connecticut-state-police-for-occupant-safety-check-point46433-danbury-police-join-connecticut-state-police-for-occupant-safety-check-point

On Monday, May 20, 2019, the New York State Police, Connecticut State Police Department, and Danbury Police Department conducted an occupant safety checkpoint on State Route 6/Danbury Road in the town of Southeast near the New York and Connecticut State line.  The Connecticut State Police and Danbury Police Department in Connecticut coordinated in their respective jurisdiction with New York State Law Enforcement members.
The operation was conducted in furtherance of our mission to ensure highway safety for all users of the roadway.  A total of thirteen tickets were issued during this targeted enforcement period, two of which were for seatbelt/passenger restraint-related violations. 
Highlights of New York State's occupant restraint law:

  • In the front seat, the driver and each passenger must wear a seat belt, one person per belt. The driver and front-seat passengers aged 16 or older can be fined up to $50 each for failure to buckle up.
  • Every occupant, regardless of age or seating position, must use a safety restrain when riding with driver who has a junior license or learner permit.
  • Each passenger under age 16 must wear a seat belt or use an appropriate child safety restraint system. The restraint system must comply with the child height and weight recommendations determined by the manufacturer. Depending on the size of the child, the restraint system may be a safety seat or a booster seat used in combination with a lap and shoulder belt.
  • The driver must make sure that each passenger under age 16 obeys the law. The driver can be fined $25 to $100 and receive up to three driver license penalty points for each violation.
kerry@ducey.org (NYS) Public safety Wed, 22 May 2019 11:37:53 -0400
The Aldrich's Sculpture Garden Is Backdrop for A Place at the Table Event on June 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46437-the-aldrich-s-sculpture-garden-is-backdrop-for-a-place-at-the-table-event-on-june-1446437-the-aldrich-s-sculpture-garden-is-backdrop-for-a-place-at-the-table-event-on-june-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46437-the-aldrich-s-sculpture-garden-is-backdrop-for-a-place-at-the-table-event-on-june-1446437-the-aldrich-s-sculpture-garden-is-backdrop-for-a-place-at-the-table-event-on-june-14

A Place at the Table: Community, Cuisine, and Culture at The Aldrich on Friday, June 14 from 7 to 9 pm

$125; Tickets available at shop.aldrichart.org

Celebrate the abundance of the season with an unforgettable dining experience in The Aldrich’s Sculpture Garden. Enjoy a locally sourced three-course dinner prepared by Hayfields Market. This bi-annual farm-to-table dinner invites the community to come together and share a meal, engage in conversation, and celebrate local flavors at The Aldrich.

Aldrich Members, mix and mingle at an exclusive tasting before dinner. Tickets to A Place at the Table are required. To learn more about the event or to RSVP, contact Kris Honeycutt at khoneycutt@aldrichart.org, or call 203.438.4519, extension 125. Not a member? Join today to participate in this exclusive tasting.

Purchase tickets and learn more here.

Members-Only Tasting: 6:30 to 7 pm

Presented by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Hayfields Market

kerry@ducey.org (The Aldrich) Neighbors Wed, 22 May 2019 11:16:58 -0400