Danbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:01:27 -0500 HamletHub.com Danbury Public Schools Names New Director of Finance and Business Operations https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46941-danbury-public-schools-names-new-director-of-finance-and-business-operations46941-danbury-public-schools-names-new-director-of-finance-and-business-operations https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46941-danbury-public-schools-names-new-director-of-finance-and-business-operations46941-danbury-public-schools-names-new-director-of-finance-and-business-operations

Courtney LeBorious has been named the new Director of Finance and Operations for Danbury Public Schools.

LeBorious was most recently the executive director of finance business operations for the City University of New York (CUNY), Hunter College, where she oversaw the college’s budget, accounting, bursar, procurement and accounts payable departments. She previously held leadership positions in the area of public finance in New York with the Administration for Children’s Services, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“Courtney LeBorious is an out-of-the-box thinker who impressed us with her knowledge of public finance in education, her demonstrated management skills in other similar large organizations, and her commitment to helping us grow the finance side of our organization effectively and efficiently.  We are excited to have Courtney on our team to help to move our district to the next level," said Superintendent Dr. Sal Pascarella.

LeBorious earned a Bachelor of Arts from American University and a Master of Science with a concentration in urban policy analysis and management from the New School University, Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy.

kerry@ducey.org (Robin Provey) Neighbors Thu, 21 Nov 2019 08:03:58 -0500
Associate Minister of New Hope Baptist Church of Danbury, Rev. Mavis L. Bingham has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46940-associate-minister-of-new-hope-baptist-church-of-danbury-rev-mavis-l-bingham-has-died46940-associate-minister-of-new-hope-baptist-church-of-danbury-rev-mavis-l-bingham-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46940-associate-minister-of-new-hope-baptist-church-of-danbury-rev-mavis-l-bingham-has-died46940-associate-minister-of-new-hope-baptist-church-of-danbury-rev-mavis-l-bingham-has-died

Rev. Mavis L. Bingham, 80, of Danbury, Associate Minister of New Hope Baptist Church of Danbury, died on Monday, November 18, 2019, at her home. 

Home Going Services will take place on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the New Hope Baptist Church, Dr. Aaron Samuels Blvd., Danbury with Pastor Leroy G. Parker officiating.  Burial will follow in Wooster Cemetery, Danbury.  Family and friends will be received at the New Hope Baptist Church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 am. 

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Thu, 21 Nov 2019 03:57:48 -0500
Leadership Danbury 2020 Open for Enrollment https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46939-leadership-danbury-2020-open-for-enrollment46939-leadership-danbury-2020-open-for-enrollment https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46939-leadership-danbury-2020-open-for-enrollment46939-leadership-danbury-2020-open-for-enrollment

The Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for Leadership Danbury 2020. For 30 years this elite program has educated over 750 business people, providing in-depth knowledge about the issues and institutions of community significance. The 9-month program, designed to more fully develop the region’s local leadership potential, includes a one-day intensive session each month starting January 23rd through September 9th. Sessions are focused on Education, Healthcare, Business and the Economy, Transportation, our Natural Environment, Culture & the Arts, and the Justice System and are held at related businesses and institutions including Western CT State University, Danbury Hospital, and City Hall. Tours include the Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury Police and Fire Departments, Danbury Museum and Historical Society, Candlewood Lake, Henry Abbott Technical High School and many others.

Leadership Danbury graduates become part of a new community resource capable of directing and participating in important community works, have new insights into specific areas of interest, and have a more current understanding of our community and its future challenges and opportunities. In addition to gaining this wealth of information, participants also gain professional development to develop the leadership skills necessary to ensure their effectiveness for current and future roles.

Leadership Danbury requires a strong commitment and each participant is expected to have the full support from their employer. According to Cynthia Merkle, President & CEO of Union Savings Bank and Chairman of Leadership Danbury, “We find that sound business decisions are made by companies that understand the various economic, social, and political forces impacting their business and its workforce. Leadership Danbury offers excellent opportunities to learn about area business, community interests and developments in an insightful, productive and rewarding manner and better prepares community leaders for future challenges.”

To learn more about Leadership Danbury go to https://www.danburychamber.com/events/leadership-danbury/ or contact the Danbury Chamber at (203) 743-5565 or info@danburychamber.com.

joann@danburychamber.com (JoAnn Cueva) Neighbors Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:21:27 -0500
Vitti's New Year's Eve Party in Danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/46937-vitti-s-new-year-s-eve-party46937-vitti-s-new-year-s-eve-party https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/46937-vitti-s-new-year-s-eve-party46937-vitti-s-new-year-s-eve-party

Ring in the New Year at Vitti’s New Year’s Eve Party with dancing from 8 pm – 1 am. Enjoy appetizers, Hors D’oeuvres & Finger Foods (catered), Hats, Noise Makers, a FREE dance lesson, door prizes and a Champagne Toast! Music by DJ Peter Priolo. **Special Performance by Stephen & Aleksandra Hughes!!

** EARLY BIRD PRICE: Reservations made BY Dec. 1st $65.00 per person. AT THE DOOR $75.00 PER PERSON.  

Register online at: www.vittisdancestudio.com. For more info call: 203.748.2884.

dlinley@hotmail.com (deb linley) Places Wed, 20 Nov 2019 05:12:46 -0500
The Christmas Show at Anthony's Lake Club https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46938-the-christmas-show-at-anthony-s-lake-club46938-the-christmas-show-at-anthony-s-lake-club https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46938-the-christmas-show-at-anthony-s-lake-club46938-the-christmas-show-at-anthony-s-lake-club

Steppin' Out Entertainment of Trumbull presents "The Art Of Christmas", a holiday musical comedy with dinner. Enjoy a delicious four course meal served between the acts of this hilarious holiday musical guaranteed to put you in the Christmas Spirit.

Matinees and evening performances will be held at Tashua Knolls, The Norwalk Inn and Anthony's Lake Club in Danbury. After bringing their Christmas show to the Spinning Wheel Inn for over twenty years, writer/ director Karen Randazzo has continued the tradition each year since 1985.

This year's show takes place at an art gallery's Christmas gala, where everyone's a critic. Over a dozen musical numbers include a Pentatonix arrangement of I'll Be home for Christmas, some traditional Christmas carols and an arrangement of Silent Night with Peace On Earth which has been the finale of the show for 30 years. This year's show opens on Dec. 7th and closes Dec. 22nd.

For more information, dates, times and menus you can visit thechristmasshow.org or call 203-261-4868

The Art of Christmas Cast from left to right (standing) Tracey Marble,Peter Randazzo, Beth Bria, Lou Ursone (seated) Mark Holleran and Meaghan Elliot.

krandazzo@yahoo.com (Steppin' Out Entertainment) Events Wed, 20 Nov 2019 05:12:14 -0500
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Danbury's Palace Theater on Dec. 7 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46935-it-s-a-wonderful-life-a-live-radio-play46935-it-s-a-wonderful-life-a-live-radio-play https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46935-it-s-a-wonderful-life-a-live-radio-play46935-it-s-a-wonderful-life-a-live-radio-play

Just in time for the holidays, the classic holiday story It’s A Wonderful Life will come Danbury’s historic Palace Theatre on Saturday, December 7 as a live radio play. 

Adapted for the stage by Joe Landry, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is family friendly entertainment for all ages. Based on Frank Capra’s beloved film, this production has a very clever twist thrown in, the story is staged as a live radio broadcast set on Christmas Eve 1946 at WLAD studios in Danbury, CT.
Directed by Erik Tonner, the play follows the story of George Bailey, a good man who has become disillusioned and lost the will to live. The lovable guardian angel-in-training, Clarence eagerly accepts the challenge to earn his wings and show George what life would be like if he wasn’t born. Together they travel back through George’s life guiding him to a change of heart and understanding the true spirit of Christmas.
Five seasoned actors will bring George, Clarence, Mary and all the residents of Bedford Falls to life on that fateful Christmas Eve. Featuring Rick Hodder, Timothy Huber, Christine Hruska, Lisa Tancredi, and Frank Beaudry in over 40 different roles! Valerie Huegel will delight as a  Foley Artist as she executes live sound effects from howling wind to ice cracking, car doors, fist fights and thunder!
The 8PM performance will have a special guest appearance by longtime WLAD radio broadcaster Bart Busterna. For nearly 3 decades, Busterna’s Sports Reports have been a listening staple for sports fans in the greater Danbury area and beyond. 
It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will be presented on Saturday December 7 at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Tickets cost $30 & $25. Group rates are available. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thepalacedanbury.com, by phone at (203) 794-9944, and at the Box Office starting one hour before showtime. Free onsite parking is available for theatre patrons.
carol@thepalacedanbury.com (Palace Danbury) Events Mon, 18 Nov 2019 18:22:56 -0500
The Danbury Music Centre is Calling All Singers! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46934-the-danbury-music-centre-is-calling-all-singers46934-the-danbury-music-centre-is-calling-all-singers https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46934-the-danbury-music-centre-is-calling-all-singers46934-the-danbury-music-centre-is-calling-all-singers

The Danbury Music Centre invites you to participate in their 63rd annual performance of Handel’s, Messiah

The first rehearsal of the Danbury Concert Chorus will be on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main St. Danbury, CT

 The performance will be at the First Congregational Church on the corner of Deer Hill Avenue and West Street on Dec. 21st at 3:00 p.m.

Dr Jason Thoms, music director and conductor, will direct the Danbury Concert Chorus and members of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra.  

All area singers, high-school aged and up, are invited to participate provided they are able to attend at least three of the four Tuesday rehearsals, and the dress rehearsal on Dec. 20th. Participation is free to members of the Music Centre at the $50 and higher level. Otherwise, there is a $35 fee to participate.


Tuesdays- Nov. 19, Dec 3, 10, 17 (NO rehearsal on Nov 26th)

Friday- December 20, 7:00 –10, Dress rehearsal (mandatory)


Saturday,  December 21, 3 :00 pm (call time to be announced)

For more information contact the Danbury Music Centre at 203-748-1716 or email dmc@danburymusiccentre.org

kerry@ducey.org (Barbara Jaeger) Neighbors Mon, 18 Nov 2019 11:03:35 -0500
Danbury Firefighter Jeff Nolet Makes Lifesaving Rescue https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/46931-danbury-firefighter-jeff-nolet-makes-lifesaving-rescue46931-danbury-firefighter-jeff-nolet-makes-lifesaving-rescue https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/46931-danbury-firefighter-jeff-nolet-makes-lifesaving-rescue46931-danbury-firefighter-jeff-nolet-makes-lifesaving-rescue

Last night, while driving on the Saw Mill Parkway reporting for duty on his night shift at Danbury Fire Headquarters, Firefighter Jeff Nolet happened upon a single-vehicle motor vehicle accident.

Firefighter Nolet noticed a gathering of cars and people on the shoulder of the roadway and stopped to offer assistance. The bystanders informed him that there was a car over the embankment with someone still in the vehicle. Firefighter Nolet was easily identifiable as a City of Danbury Firefighter as he was already in his work uniform at the time. He conversed with the bystanders and ensured someone had called 911. He then proceeded down the embankment to the vehicle which was on its side in a small stream. The engine was still running and the wheels were still turning.

Without hesitation, Firefighter Nolet entered the calf-deep cold muddy water and made contact with the male driver confirming he was the lone occupant in the vehicle. He instructed the driver to shut of the ignition and was able to open the door of the vehicle to gain direct access to the driver. This allowed him to conduct a primary survey of the driver who was not trapped, but reported his shoulder hurt. Firefighter Nolet assisted the driver up and out of the vehicle onto the side of the car. Firefighter Nolet managed to lift the patient onto his shoulder and carried him away from the vehicle while negotiating the mud and water. A bystander provided additional assistance carrying the confused patient up the embankment to a safe area on the side of the road.

Firefighter Nolet conducted a secondary survey and ensured the patient was kept warm. Once emergency responders arrived, he briefed the local first responders on the situation and transferred care to them. Shortly after he departed the scene to make it on time to the start of his night shift. Firefighter Nolet is just another fine example of the dedication from our first responders.

Firefighter Nolet is a member of B Shift which is led by DC William Lounsbury who recently was mentioned for his efforts in assisting a passenger on his flight having a medical emergency.

kerry@ducey.org (Danbury Police) Public safety Mon, 18 Nov 2019 10:10:33 -0500
Immaculate High School Sending Three Teams To State Semifinals https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46929-immaculate-high-school-sending-three-teams-to-state-semifinals46929-immaculate-high-school-sending-three-teams-to-state-semifinals https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46929-immaculate-high-school-sending-three-teams-to-state-semifinals46929-immaculate-high-school-sending-three-teams-to-state-semifinals

Immaculate High School has sent five Fall teams to their respective State Tournaments this season, with boys soccer, girls soccer, field hockey, girls volleyball and girls swim all qualifying based on their regular season winning records. Immaculate also saw cross-country athletes competing in both the State Open and New England meet, and ATI  football (co-op team with Abbott Tech) is in the running for a State playoff spot with a winning record so far of 7-1.

Now, as a result of quarterfinal games this past Thursday and Friday, Immaculate has three teams headed to the CIAC Class S State semifinals this week! Field Hockey topped Morgan by a score of 7-0 before emerging victorious in the quarterfinals over No. 6 seed Northwest Catholic 5-2. The top four seeds in the State Tournament have all prevailed thus far and will meet up this week on their run to the championship. Immaculate, the defending Class S State champion, is the No. 3 seed (17-1-0) and will take on No. 2 seed, North Branford (17-0-1) on Tuesday, November 19 at 5:45 p.m. at Cheshire High School.

Boys Soccer (11-5-3) entered the State Tournament as the No.15 seed. They knocked off Griswold at home 3-1, followed by a 2-1 victory over Litchfield (No. 2 seed) on the road. The team then returned to Mustang Valley to take on Old Lyme on Friday, emerging with the big win in front of their cheering fans by a score of 2-0. They have punched their ticket to the semifinals of the State Tournament for the first time since 1997 and will face Holy Cross (No. 3 seed) on November 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Trumbull High School.

Girls Volleyball (17-6), in only its sixth year as a varsity team, has had an incredible run of their own this season. Immaculate, as the No. 10 seed, defeated East Hampton 3-1 to kick off the tournament, followed by an exciting match topping No. 7 seed Cromwell 3-2. They then went on the road for a quarterfinal matchup against the No. 2 seed Aerospace, sweeping them in three sets to put them in the Class S semifinal game for the program’s first time. They will face No. 3 seeded Lyman Memorial on November 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Southington High School.

“While Immaculate is known for its students’ academic achievements, we have had an extraordinary tradition of athletic excellence for 50+ years and this Fall season is no exception,” said Nelson Mingachos, IHS Athletic Director. “I am incredibly proud of our coaches and student-athletes who work tirelessly and represent our school so well.” Mingachos noted that many of the current varsity field hockey and volleyball players first picked up the sport as Immaculate freshmen. “It is remarkable how far so many of our athletes have come in such a short time. These kids can find their passion and excel at Immaculate,” he said.


jazzi@immaculatehs.org (Immaculate High School ) Neighbors Mon, 18 Nov 2019 10:02:06 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Danbury: iLL iNK Graphic Design and Printing Studio https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/46928-why-small-businesses-matter-in-danbury-ill-ink-graphic-design-and-printing-studio46928-why-small-businesses-matter-in-danbury-ill-ink-graphic-design-and-printing-studio https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/46928-why-small-businesses-matter-in-danbury-ill-ink-graphic-design-and-printing-studio46928-why-small-businesses-matter-in-danbury-ill-ink-graphic-design-and-printing-studio

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT iLL iNK!

Three questions with Josue Velez, owner of iLL iNK Graphic Design and Printing Studio.

Why did you start your business?

I saw an opportunity to change my life and invest my time into something I could call my own, something I could possibly pass down to my offspring. I knew my dedication and creativity would enhance not only my business but those I would eventually work with.

Finish this sentence in regard to your business. “I wish I could…” 

I wish I could take my business to a level where I could offer employment and opportunity to the masses. Not only enhancing surrounding communities economically but also encouraging future entrepreneurs.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them? 

Though we offer products and services for personal use, the majority of our business is "business to business". We use our creative minds to enhance and empower other businesses to stand out. Whether it is with a business card, yard sign, website, etc... The better our customers do, the better we do. The mutual success goes hand in hand. We work with businesses that specialize in masonry services to tree work including "Pulla Tree services" and "Danbury Grassroots". Too many businesses to name honestly but each one of my customers makes up a vital part of my business.

Visit iLL INK online here.

iLL INK is located in the heart of downtown Danbury at 258 Main Street.

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

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Mon, 18 Nov 2019 03:28:16 -0500
Gridiron Capital and Housatonic Habitat to Build Homes for Vets https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/46926-gridiron-capital-and-housatonic-habitat-to-build-homes-for-vets46926-gridiron-capital-and-housatonic-habitat-to-build-homes-for-vets https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/46926-gridiron-capital-and-housatonic-habitat-to-build-homes-for-vets46926-gridiron-capital-and-housatonic-habitat-to-build-homes-for-vets

Gridiron Capital is partnering with Housatonic Habitat for Humanity, the local housing nonprofit, to build homes for veterans and their families.

According to Executive Director Fran Normann, “We are pleased to announce a new collaboration with Gridiron Capital of New Canaan who will act as the major sponsor in developing a program to provide homeownership opportunities for veterans of all service branches in the greater Danbury area.”

According to Normann, the initiative began several months ago when Gridiron’s management approached Habitat to see how they could impact the shortage of veteran-owned homes in the region. “We were enthusiastic to focus on this important need with a local firm which sees an ongoing commitment to this issue. As we build and renovate homes, our partner families will be service members who have retired and are working to build a better life for their families.”

In addition to building homes, the program will also include an expansion of Housatonic Habitat’s repair program, Brush with Kindness, which provides low-cost home maintenance repairs. Statistics from the Bureau of Veterans Affairs show that in Connecticut a third of the estimated 200,000 Veterans served in the Vietnam Era, and more than 50% are 65 years or older. “We see an important need to help these veterans age in place,” Normann said.

“At Gridiron, we have seen firsthand, the importance of character traits and leadership qualities that veterans bring to both Gridiron and our portfolio companies, said Tom Burger, Managing Partner. “Across our portfolio, we employ over 500 veterans with professional titles ranging from CEO to traveling nurse. The unique culture and desire to win created by these individuals help drive significant growth across their respective companies. The opportunity to partner with Habitat for Humanity gives us, at Gridiron, a chance to thank those individuals and families who fought for our freedoms.”

“We are proud to be launching this as a major component of Gridiron’s broader veteran’s initiative,” added Kevin Jackson, Gridiron Managing Partner. “The close alignment of the Gridiron culture and values with those of our veterans makes this a logical next step in our growth as a firm. Gridiron is committed to recognizing the contributions of our veterans to our nation as we continue to create value in our portfolio,” said Ed Francis, Operating Partner/US Army Veteran.

bbedit07@gmail.com (Penngardner inc) Charities Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:11:44 -0500
Danbury Concert Chorus: Sure on this Shining Night https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46925-danbury-concert-chorus-sure-on-this-shining-night46925-danbury-concert-chorus-sure-on-this-shining-night https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46925-danbury-concert-chorus-sure-on-this-shining-night46925-danbury-concert-chorus-sure-on-this-shining-night

The Danbury Music Centre presents Danbury Concert Chorus: Sure on this Shining Night, Songs & Choral Classics from the early 20th Century on November 16th, 7:00 pm at St. James Church in Danbury.

The Danbury Concert Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Jason Thoms, will perform choral classics from the early 20th Century. 

Highlights include: 

  • Benjamin Britten’s cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb
  • William Dawson’s,There is a Balm in Gilead and Ain’a that Good News
  • Peter Wilkowsky’s, dynamite arrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • Samuel Barber’s tender, Sure on this Shining Night
  • Kirby Shaw’s arrangement of If I Loved You (from Carousel) 
  • A Century of Song – an unforgettable Irving Berlin medley

 Join us on November 16th, 7:00 pm at St. James Church, 25 West Street Danbury. CT

Admission is free, Donations gratefully accepted at the door

 This concert is partially funded by Nancy & Alton Eckert, Joan and Stephen Howard, A Donor Advised Fund of the U.S. Charitable Gift Trust.


kerry@ducey.org (Barbara Jaeger) Events Wed, 13 Nov 2019 06:51:28 -0500
Prospector Theater Founder Talks Satellite Theater in Wilton! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/46924-prospector-theater-founder-talks-satellite-theater-in-wilton46924-prospector-theater-founder-talks-satellite-theater-in-wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/46924-prospector-theater-founder-talks-satellite-theater-in-wilton46924-prospector-theater-founder-talks-satellite-theater-in-wilton

Well, Val Jensen and her Prospector friends certainly created social media buzz (and excitement) yesterday when they posted the photo you see here the comment "picture this". Yes! We CAN picture a second Prospector Theater - in Wilton! While the contract isn't yet signed, it's close to being signed!

"A satellite theater would bring more awareness and appreciation for our important mission," says Jensen, Prospector Theater founder and visionary.

Fingers crossed that Bow Tie Cinema Theater, located at 21 River Road, will be the second Prospector Theater location where Jensen and her team will fulfill their important mission of providing meaningful employment to adults with disabilities.

The nonprofit theater that is committed unleashing the inner sparkle of all prospects, held a sold-out grand opening celebration on November 20, 2014 at 25 Prospect Street in Ridgefield.  "The Prospector Theater has employed 288 people and paid out over $10,000,000 in payroll since opening 5 years ago, with integrated and meaningful employment," explains Jensen.

High FIVE years and news of a second theater - wow! Lots to celebrate!

Learn more about The Prospector Theater, purchase movie tickets, and find out what's on-screen at www.prospectortheater.org.

Stay tuned for more info on The Prospector WILTON! 

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 13 Nov 2019 04:38:39 -0500
Antal "Tony" Meynadasy, 88, of Danbury, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46923-antal-tony-meynadasy-88-of-danbury-has-died-157365491046923-antal-tony-meynadasy-88-of-danbury-has-died-1573654910 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46923-antal-tony-meynadasy-88-of-danbury-has-died-157365491046923-antal-tony-meynadasy-88-of-danbury-has-died-1573654910

Antal "Tony" Meynadasy

Antal "Tony" Meynadasy, 88, of Danbury, passed away on November 11, 2019. He was the loving husband of Anna (Tormassy) Meynadasy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Edward the Confessor Church; 21 Brush Hill Road, New Fairfield. Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, New Fairfield. Friends will be received on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home; 9 Granville Avenue, Danbury.

kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Wed, 13 Nov 2019 04:21:50 -0500
Ethan Allen CEO will unveil his memoir at WCSU https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46922-ethan-allen-ceo-will-unveil-his-memoir-at-wcsu46922-ethan-allen-ceo-will-unveil-his-memoir-at-wcsu https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46922-ethan-allen-ceo-will-unveil-his-memoir-at-wcsu46922-ethan-allen-ceo-will-unveil-his-memoir-at-wcsu

Farooq Kathwari, chairman, CEO and president of Ethan Allen Interiors, has written a memoir that chronicles his childhood in Kashmir, his arrival in America, and his path to the leadership one of the world’s iconic furniture companies.

Kathwari will discuss his book, “Trailblazer: From the Mountains of Kashmir to the Summit of Global Business and Beyond,” at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, in the ballroom of the Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus Center, 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested at https://alumni.wcsu.edu/kathwari or (203) 837-9820.

The event is designed as a “conversation,” moderated by Dr. Chris Kukk, director of the Kathwari Honors Program at WCSU, and Anusha Atique, a Kathwari Honors student. Kathwari will also sign copies of his book. A 5 p.m. reception will precede the conversation.

Kathwari grew up in Kashmir, a region known for being under the disputed control of both India and Pakistan – and for its mountains. As it happened, Kathwari’s love of mountain climbing helped him in his business career.

After graduating from New York University with an M.B.A., he was determined to find a job in finance on Wall Street. Knowing no one in the industry, he started at No. 1 Wall Street and began introducing himself to businesses on the first floor. On the 16th floor, he met the human resources director for Bear Stearns, who saw that in his application, Kathwari listed mountain climbing as a pastime. The HR director liked mountain climbing too, and hired him.

“The mountains got me the job,” Kathwari said.

At about the time he turned 26, Kathwari met Ethan Allen founder Nathan Ancell. Eventually, he took over Ancell’s job as CEO.

“I used to think, ‘Why did he do it when there were so many talented people with much more experience?’” Kathwari said. “Now when I look at the capabilities of people — that spirit of entrepreneurship, of adventure — that Nat Ancell saw in me, I better understand, because I am looking for people like that.”

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

kerry@ducey.org (WCSU) Events Tue, 12 Nov 2019 11:01:17 -0500