Danbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Sun, 21 Jul 2019 17:08:57 -0400 HamletHub.com Action Packed Week for Danbury Police Department's Junior Citizen Police Academy Camp! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/46606-action-packed-week-for-danbury-police-department-s-junior-citizen-police-academy-camp46606-action-packed-week-for-danbury-police-department-s-junior-citizen-police-academy-camp https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/46606-action-packed-week-for-danbury-police-department-s-junior-citizen-police-academy-camp46606-action-packed-week-for-danbury-police-department-s-junior-citizen-police-academy-camp

What a great first week packed with excitement for Danbury Police Department's Junior Citizen Police Academy Campers!

Campers got to learn the basics of becoming a police officer, went to the Danbury Museum & Historical Society to learn about DPD history and conducted a simulation/investigation of a Crime Scene.

In addition, the Academy participants visited the Danbury Fire Department - CT training center for a demo on how firefighters and ambulance personnel respond to incidents with some of the equipment they use. And if that wasn't enough... how about a trip to the Hartford Yard Goats to catch a baseball game and a visit to the Groton Naval Sub Base, Groton CT to check out our United States Navy in CT! 

Can't wait to see what's in store for next week.

Thanks to Chick-fil-A Brookfield, Connecticut, Hartford Yardgoats, DFD, Danbury Museum, and the US Navy for helping make this an incredible experience for our Danbury Junior CPA campers.

kerry@ducey.org (Danbury Police Department ) Public safety Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:23:36 -0400
Savings Bank of Danbury Holds Food Drive for the Renewal House https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/46604-savings-bank-of-danbury-holds-food-drive-for-the-renewal-house46604-savings-bank-of-danbury-holds-food-drive-for-the-renewal-house https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/46604-savings-bank-of-danbury-holds-food-drive-for-the-renewal-house46604-savings-bank-of-danbury-holds-food-drive-for-the-renewal-house

During the month of June, employees at all branches of the Savings Bank of Danbury participated in a food drive to benefit local non-profit agencies. The Renewal House in Danbury received basic food staples including canned fruits, applesauce and other items.

(L to R)  Janice Wiggins, Executive Director Renewal House; Linda Wagner AVP/Community Development Manager – Savings Bank of Danbury and Joanna Gemmell, Renewal House Volunteer.

ccimini@prfirst.com (Colleen Cimini) Life Fri, 19 Jul 2019 07:32:18 -0400
Danbury Police make drug trafficking arrest https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/46602-danbury-police-make-drug-trafficking-arrest46602-danbury-police-make-drug-trafficking-arrest https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/46602-danbury-police-make-drug-trafficking-arrest46602-danbury-police-make-drug-trafficking-arrest

On 07/18/2019, Amarpreet Sidhu and Patrick Rodrigues were arrested by members of the Special Investigations Division in regard to drug trafficking within the City of Danbury, CT. The arrest was the result of a several-month investigation, which began after investigators received citizen complaints about Amarpreet Sidhu selling illegal drugs from the area of 7 Padanaram Rd., and throughout the city. As investigators corroborated the complaints through different investigative techniques, the superior court issued search and seizure warrants for the search of Patrick Rodrigues’ residence at 7 Padanaram Rd., unit #84.

Yesterday, July 18, at approximately 2:00 pm, investigators, with the assistance of the Danbury Regional SWAT team, members of the Patrol Division and members of the Brookfield Police Department executed the above-mentioned search and seizure warrant for the residence at 7 Padanaram Rd., unit #84. Sidhu and Rodrigues were found in the residence with a third male, who was identified as David Snyder. As a result of the search several ounces of powder cocaine, crack cocaine and fentenyl were seized. Additionally, several packets of suboxone, a substantial quantity of LSD, several hundred dollars and a loaded 9mm pistol were found.

Based on our investigation and findings, Amarpreet Sidhu and Patrick Rodrigues were charged with the listed offenses and held for a cash bond pending release or arraignment. In regard to Sidhu, the Brookfield Police Department has an outstanding arrest warrant for his arrest related to drug sales. As he is on parole for a previous conviction he will also be remanded to the custody of the CT Department of Corrections. David Snyder was found to be in possession of a small quantity of crack cocaine and was charged accordingly. He was later released from custody for a written promise to appear in court at a later date and time.

Amarpreet Sidhu s (34-y-o) 
7 Mansfield St.
Bethel, CT

Possession of Controlled Substance 21a-279(a)(1) 5 counts 
Possession of Controlled Substance W.I.T.S. 21a-278(b) 1 count 
Possession of Controlled Substance W.I.T.S. 21a-278(a) 4 counts 
Possession of Controlled Substance W.I.T.S. within1500' school/daycare 21a-278a (b) 5 counts 
Possession of Controlled Substance within 1500' school/daycare 21a-279(b) 5 counts
Possession Drug Paraphernalia 21a-267(a) 2 counts 
Possession Drug Paraphernalia within 1500’ school 21a-267(c)
Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition 53a-217 2 counts
BOND: $250,000

Patrick Rodrigues (34-y-o)
7 Padanaram Rd., unit #84
Danbury, CT

Possession of Controlled Substance 21a-279(a)(1) 5 counts 
Possession of Controlled Substance W.I.T.S. 21a-278(b) 1 count 
Possession of Controlled Substance W.I.T.S. 21a-278(a) 4 counts 
Possession of Controlled Substance W.I.T.S. within1500' school/daycare 21a-278a (b) 5 counts 
Possession of Controlled Substance within 1500' school/daycare 21a-279(b) 5 counts
Possession Drug Paraphernalia 21a-267(a) 2 counts 
Possession Drug Paraphernalia within 1500’ school 21a-267(c)
Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition 53a-217 2 counts
BOND: $250,000

David Snyder (37-y-o)
793 Federal Rd., Apt. 17
Brookfield. CT

Possession of a Controlled Substance 21(a) (1)



kerry@ducey.org (Det. LT Mark Williams) Public safety Fri, 19 Jul 2019 07:18:38 -0400
Danbury Music Center and RSO Join Forces for an Evening of Chamber Music at The Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46603-join-the-rso-for-an-evening-of-chamber-music-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse46603-join-the-rso-for-an-evening-of-chamber-music-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46603-join-the-rso-for-an-evening-of-chamber-music-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse46603-join-the-rso-for-an-evening-of-chamber-music-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse

The Danbury Music Centre's Charles Ives Concert Series, in collaboration with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, is excited to present a chamber concert entitled Transfiguration. The concert is part of the Ives Series, directed by Paul Frucht and Jon Cziner, and will feature talented musicians and composers, as well as RSO Music Director Yuga Cohler. 

Unsuk Chin transforms the idea of an etude, Carlos Simon translates a quote from Oprah, 2019 composer-in-residence Robert Paterson uses real-world sounds through electronics, Gabriella Smith reconstructs Bach, David T. Little renews the energy of Ives, Takashi Yoshimatsu invokes birds, and Ives Series artistic director Paul Frucht deals with memory and self-reference. Each work on the concert program features works that transform sound or music in unique, fascinating and beautiful ways.

“We are thrilled to present such a special concert of incredible chamber music” says Laurie Kenagy, RSO Executive Director. “The musicians are remarkable and the program, under the leadership of Paul and Jon, and direction of Yuga, is creative and engaging. Please plan to join us on the 10th for a terrific evening!”

Tickets are $20 for adults when purchased online at http://danburymusiccentre.org/charles-ives-concert-series/

and will be available for $25 at the door. Senior and student tickets are $10 online or at the door.

kerry@ducey.org (Laurie Kenagy, RSO) Events Fri, 19 Jul 2019 07:08:01 -0400
Danbury Hospital’s Most Vulnerable Patients Are Getting Healing Hugs https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46601-danbury-hospital-s-most-vulnerable-patients-are-getting-healing-hugs46601-danbury-hospital-s-most-vulnerable-patients-are-getting-healing-hugs https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46601-danbury-hospital-s-most-vulnerable-patients-are-getting-healing-hugs46601-danbury-hospital-s-most-vulnerable-patients-are-getting-healing-hugs

Hugs matter. And for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), hugs can change their lives. With the goal of delivering the highest quality care to every NICU baby, Danbury Hospital launched Healing Hugs, a new service where trained volunteer cuddlers provide comfort to babies in the Spratt Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

These are the words on the wall in the Dr. Seuss-themed hallway outside Danbury Hospital’s NICU. The colorful and uplifting hallway leads into a bright and welcoming NICU where the smallest and sickest babies are provided lifesaving care. Danbury Hospital is one of only a few in Connecticut that has a Level IIIB NICU. Neonatologists, neonatal nurses, and respiratory therapists are available 24 hours a day to care for very small or very sick babies.

A NICU baby has a different newborn experience than a baby that goes home after they are born. Premature, low birth weight babies need to be in an isolette (a clear plastic enclosed crib that maintains warmth) until they are healthy enough to be in an open crib. NICU babies have checkups and tests often throughout the day and night because they are closely monitored by doctors, physician assistants, nurses, and respiratory therapists. Parents spend as much time as they can in the NICU with their babies. But many parents need to be home if they have other children, or they need to go back to work.

Here’s a story about twins who spent 74 days and 99 days in the Danbury Hospital NICU.

Evidence-Based Benefits of Cuddling

Healing Hugs volunteer cuddlers are part of the NICU care team. They are trained how to effectively and safely console and hold babies.

First, NICU nurses confirm that a baby is healthy enough for a volunteer to visit. Then, the volunteer spends time with the baby and provides him or her comfort. For babies in isolettes, the volunteer will talk to them in a soothing voice. The volunteer can also give these babies a gentle, still touch, called a “hand hug”. For babies that can be held, the volunteer will cuddle or hug them.

“We see it all the time,” said Jeffrey Bartlett, DO, medical director of neonatology, Connecticut Children’s and Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN). “Babies that require respiratory support are tenuous. But when they are given human contact, their heart rate drops and their oxygen needs are reduced. We witness this happening not only during cuddling, but for hours later, even after being put down.”

Cuddling is known to provide important health benefits to babies. Cuddling is a form of kangaroo care. Kangaroo care is when a parent holds their baby skin-to-skin on their chest. Kangaroo care keeps babies warm, regulates their heart rate, and helps them feel relaxed so they tend to eat and sleep better.

Study results published in the Journal of Pediatrics concluded that the benefits of kangaroo care were still significant 20 years later. From 1993 to 1996, researchers studied kangaroo care versus traditional care of preterm, low birth weight babies. In a 20-year follow up study, researchers found that babies who had kangaroo care had better cognitive, neurological, and social outcomes later in life, such as fewer behavioral issues and reduced school absenteeism, than those who didn’t have kangaroo care.

Cuddling is also a vital component to the Eat, Sleep, Console method to treat neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). NAS is caused when a baby withdraws from the opiates he or she was exposed to in the womb before birth. Eat, Sleep, Console is a new approach to help babies withdraw from opiates without the use of medication.

Healing Hugs at Danbury Hospital

Healing Hugs was spearheaded by Eve Garcia, the administrative coordinator for the OB/GYN and pediatrics departments at Danbury Hospital. She’s passionate about this service and wanted to ensure that it was executed properly.

“All volunteers are required to take a training class administered by one of our highly skilled neonatal nurses. During the training, volunteers learn the benefits of cuddling, how to console a baby, and a baby’s tolerance to various things, such as voice volume. They also learn the warning signs that a baby is in distress and when to call for a nurse,” said Eve.

Eve works closely with Danbury Hospital Volunteer Services to select Healing Hugs volunteers. To become a volunteer, applicants must first pass a background check and meet certain qualifications, such as professionalism and a warm disposition, and attend a volunteer orientation. They must also commit to at least two hours per week because a volunteer’s consistency and reliability is important for staff and patients. Potential Healing Hugs volunteers are then interviewed by the NICU staff. Those selected by the staff attend a Healing Hugs training class.

Paying it Forward

Danbury Hospital has ten Healing Hugs volunteers. One of these volunteers is Judith Pennington from Brookfield, Connecticut.

Judith started parenthood in the Danbury Hospital NICU, where she spent 10 days with her oldest son after he was born. Her newborn son’s unexpected illness was a traumatizing experience that thankfully had a positive outcome. Today, the 29-year old is thriving, as are Judith’s 27-year old son and 24-year old daughter, who also went to the NICU after they were born.

“Thank goodness for the Danbury Hospital NICU staff who give the tiniest and sickest babies a chance to do amazing things,” said Judith. “I still feel a strong need to give back to Danbury Hospital. If my children weren’t saved, my entire life would have been very different. The labor and delivery and NICU staff helped me to become a parent, and being a mother has given me tremendous joy,” said Judith about why she is a volunteer cuddler.

When Judith stayed with her firstborn son in the NICU, the nurses taught her about the benefits of comforting, human touch, especially for newborns. It’s a lesson she’s applied to all of her children, and she attests is one of the reasons why her adult children are doing so well today.

“Over time, babies’ needs haven’t changed. Every baby still needs to be held close to another human being. I know from my own experience that positive touches have inestimable, lifelong value,” said Judith.

Judith feels privileged to be part of Healing Hugs because helping the most vulnerable babies has been a mission for her since her time with her children in the NICU.

“I believe that everyone is born with the potential to make a huge impact on the world. When I cuddle babies in the NICU, I look at their little faces and I see hope. I may be holding the next Einstein for all I know!”

For Eve’s last birthday, she asked family and friends to donate to Healing Hugs in lieu of gifts. She raised enough funds to purchase a MamaRoo swing and positioning devices to comfort babies in the NICU. Thank you Eve and those who contributed to the fundraiser!


amy.forni@wchn.org (Amy Forni) Neighbors Thu, 18 Jul 2019 11:19:05 -0400
Danbury Concert Association unveils exciting, oft-daring 2019-2020 season https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46600-danbury-concert-association-unveils-exciting-oft-daring-2019-2020-season46600-danbury-concert-association-unveils-exciting-oft-daring-2019-2020-season https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46600-danbury-concert-association-unveils-exciting-oft-daring-2019-2020-season46600-danbury-concert-association-unveils-exciting-oft-daring-2019-2020-season

The brilliant volunteers who, annually, piece together an always exciting and oft-daring Danbury Concert Association series, truly know what "in concert" means, and they generously serve up a musical feast each year that pleases those on both sides of the footlights. This year is no exception as the Danbury Concert Association unveils its 2019-2020 season, highlighting a new collaboration, two DCA debuts, and a gala return appearance, and all "in concert" with a mission to provide audiences with virtuoso performances, in a pitch-perfect setting, and accessible to all.
DCA season tickets, with each of the four performances followed by a meet-the-artist reception, are $65 per person and can be obtained now by calling (203) 748-2177. The Danbury Concert Association's 2019-2020 season includes: 
Sunday, September 15th at 3 p.m.  Andrew Armstrong, piano / Tessa Lark, violin / Raman Ramakrishnan, cello 

Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, Andrew Armstrong returns to the DCA stage, with budding superstar, violinist Tessa Lark, and cellist extraordinaire, Raman Ramakrishnan to launch an exciting new collaboration.

Sunday, October 20th at 3 p.m. Cecile Licad, piano       

Known throughout the music world for daring musical instinct, superb training, and repertoire spanning Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century works, Cecile Licad’s boundless talent has inspired the compliment “a pianist’s pianist." With this appearance, Cecile is making her DCA debut.

Sunday, March 29th, 2020, at 3 p.m. Camerata RCO

In another DCA debut, these players, members of Amsterdam’s famed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, know their way around the Classical and Romantic repertoire for strings and winds. Come hear why The Washington Post proclaimed their music-making “as snug as the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.”

Sunday, May 17th, 2020, at 3 p.m. Borealis Wind Quintet 

These returning, Grammy-nominated musicians generate a special, charismatic energy - not unlike the dazzling natural light show whose name they share - and are hailed as one of America’s preeminent chamber ensembles.

Single performance tickets are $25 per adult and may be reserved within two weeks of performance by calling the WCSU box office at (203) 837-8732 or by going to wcsupac.eventbrite.com  Availability may be limited. Through a grant from the Danbury Cultural Commission, those 18 and under may attend for free, although advance reservations through Eventbrite are required. For more information about the Danbury Concert Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, go to danburyconcert.org  There, you can also get directions and contribute to the support of the Danbury Concert Association. You may also call (203) 748-2177. (Artists and dates subject to change.) 


kerry@ducey.org (Ted Killmer) Events Thu, 18 Jul 2019 07:53:09 -0400
Danbury National Guard Soldier Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46598-danbury-national-guard-soldier-receives-new-rank-new-responsibilities46598-danbury-national-guard-soldier-receives-new-rank-new-responsibilities https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46598-danbury-national-guard-soldier-receives-new-rank-new-responsibilities46598-danbury-national-guard-soldier-receives-new-rank-new-responsibilities

Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Omar Laureano from Danbury, Conn. and assigned to the Company B, 101st Signal Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant First Class.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov or www.1800goguard.com

The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state's executive agency responsible to the Governor for managing New York's Military Forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard.

kerry@ducey.org (New York Army National Guard) Neighbors Thu, 18 Jul 2019 05:47:50 -0400
Excessive Heat and Humidity Friday through Sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/46597-excessive-heat-and-humidity-friday-through-sunday46597-excessive-heat-and-humidity-friday-through-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/46597-excessive-heat-and-humidity-friday-through-sunday46597-excessive-heat-and-humidity-friday-through-sunday

National Weather Services Issues Excessive Heat Watch for Tri-State Area with Heat Index Values from 105 to 107 Friday and 105 to 113 Saturday


An Excessive Heat Watch means that the combination of heat and humidity could create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions are at increased risk. Homes without air conditioning can be much hotter than outdoors.  Use air conditioning to stay cool at home or go to a place that has air conditioning. Check on vulnerable friends, family members and neighbors. 

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heatstroke is an emergency! In cases of heat stroke call 9 1 1.

For additional weather details, click here.


 Extreme heat can cause illness and death among the at-risk population who cannot stay cool.


 The excessive heat may quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke, especially during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.


 The highest Heat Index values will occur during the daytime, especially on Saturday. However, given how hot and oppressive this air mass will be, there will not be much relief at night.

The State of Connecticut offers tips for staying safe during periods of extreme heat. They also list state Cooling Centers. Click here.

kerry@ducey.org (An Excessive Heat Watch means that the combination of heat and humidity could create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to ea) Public safety Thu, 18 Jul 2019 05:42:48 -0400
Danbury to Host Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46599-danbury-to-host-digital-bookmobile-national-tour-event46599-danbury-to-host-digital-bookmobile-national-tour-event https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46599-danbury-to-host-digital-bookmobile-national-tour-event46599-danbury-to-host-digital-bookmobile-national-tour-event

Danbury to Host Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event on Tuesday, July 23 from 11AM–4PM at Danbury Library

Free event highlights ebooks and audiobooks from the public library -- anywhere, anytime

Unique traveling exhibit traveling from coast to coast. Presents an interactive reading experience to learn about and try ebooks and audiobooks available through Danbury Public Library.

  • Community members can explore the digital services available at public libraries in Danbury.
  • Readers can learn how to browse and borrow from Danbury Public Library’s collection of ebooks and audiobooks.
  • Equipped with interactive workstations featuring video tutorials, touchscreen activities, devices to sample titles and more.
  • Library staff and eReading experts available to guide visitors.
  • Tours are free and open to the community; full Digital Bookmobile schedule at digitalbookmobile.com . 
  • Readers with a valid library card can borrow their favorite titles 24/7 by visiting https://danburylibrary.overdrive.com  or downloading OverDrive's one-tap reading app,Libby.

About the Digital Bookmobile

The 53-foot long traveling exhibit provides devices, internet connectivity and expert guidance to the local library's digital collection of ebooks and audiobooks. This traveling exhibit first launched in 2008 in Central Park, New York, and has since traveled more than 233,000 miles and welcomed over 240,000 visitors at over 1,000 events. For images and more information, visit https://digitalbookmobile.com/. To browse libraries’ ebooks and more, visit www.overdrive.com.

keytocomputing@gmail.com (Digital Bookmobile) Events Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:48:29 -0400
Danbury Residents Kara Wakeford and Marin Wiltse Named to Dean's List at Loyola University Maryland https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46596-danbury-residents-kara-wakeford-and-marin-wiltse-named-to-dean-s-list-at-loyola-university-maryland46596-danbury-residents-kara-wakeford-and-marin-wiltse-named-to-dean-s-list-at-loyola-university-maryland https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46596-danbury-residents-kara-wakeford-and-marin-wiltse-named-to-dean-s-list-at-loyola-university-maryland46596-danbury-residents-kara-wakeford-and-marin-wiltse-named-to-dean-s-list-at-loyola-university-maryland

Loyola University Maryland has announced the members of its spring 2019 Dean's List. Congratulations to Danbury residents Kara Wakeford and Marin Wiltse for earning this coveted honor.

In order to qualify for the Dean's List at Loyola, a student must achieve a minimum QPA of at least 3.500 for the term, provided that, in the term they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits.

Established in 1852, Loyola University Maryland is a Catholic, Jesuit comprehensive university comprising Loyola College, home to the University's arts and sciences programs; the Sellinger School of Business and Management; and the School of Education. Loyola enrolls 4,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students from across the country.

kerry@ducey.org (Loyola University Maryland) Neighbors Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:08:30 -0400
New Milford High School Students Win Women's Center Upstander Leadership Award https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46595-new-milford-high-school-students-win-women-s-center-upstander-leadership-award46595-new-milford-high-school-students-win-women-s-center-upstander-leadership-award https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46595-new-milford-high-school-students-win-women-s-center-upstander-leadership-award46595-new-milford-high-school-students-win-women-s-center-upstander-leadership-award

Upstander Leadership Awards Given by Women’s Center of Greater Danbury

 The Women’s Center is pleased to announce an annual college scholarship award opportunity that is generously funded by members of its Board of Directors. This new program is the 2019 Upstander Leadership Award, and the inaugural winners were Colleen O’Connor and Satil Moni.

Both Colleen and Satil were announced as the winners and presented with a $500 check at their school’s Annual Awards’ ceremony in May. This Leadership Award is deemed to help the students with post high school education expenses.

This year’s Award was introduced as a pilot program to high school seniors at New Milford High School. All seniors were invited to write a 500-word essay or submit a video of up to three minutes in duration, explaining how their behavior showed a commitment to the Women’s Center’s values and mission of ending sexual harassment, sexual violence, and/or bullying, and also promoting healthy relationships within their student population. As noted by one of our winners, Colleen, “being an adult in the ‘Me Too’ era is very important because my peers and I are the people who need to start making a difference for our future. Through my knowledge, I believe it is important for me to educate those my age who are the most impressionable.”

Through this Award, the Women’s Center seeks to reinforce positive behavior that fosters equality and empowerment for all.

The Center expects the Upstander Leadership Award to be more broadly introduced at other high schools within our service area in 2020, so look for future announcements to see if your high school will be part of this exciting program and spread the word!

kerry@ducey.org (Women's Center) Neighbors Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:50:30 -0400
RVNA Announces Well Child Clinics in August https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46594-rvna-announces-well-child-clinics-in-august46594-rvna-announces-well-child-clinics-in-august https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46594-rvna-announces-well-child-clinics-in-august46594-rvna-announces-well-child-clinics-in-august

RVNA Announces Well Child Clinics

Every August, RVNA offers physicals and immunization-only visits for young people from birth to age 18. Well Child Clinics are open to all but are especially intended for families who do not have health insurance, or whose insurance does not cover annual physicals and immunizations.

RVNA Well Child physicals are performed by local pediatricians or APRNs (advanced practice registered nurses) accompanied by members of the RVNA staff.

Well Child Clinic Dates

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 6-8pm with Patrick Killeen, PA of Ridgefield Pediatrics/Boston Children’s Health Physicians

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6-8pm with Jay D’Orso, MD of Western Connecticut Medical Group

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6-8pm with Anil Britto, MD of Ridgefield Pediatrics/Boston Children’s Health Physicians

Clinics are held at RVNA: 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield, CT, 06877

To Schedule an Appointment, contact  203.438.5555 ext. 1119 or email KWise@ridgefieldvna.org

Well Child Physicals at RVNA – What’s Included

Each physical includes:

  •  vision and hearing tests
  •  height and weight measurements
  •  anemia screening
  •  urinalysis
  •  blood pressure
  •  doctor examination
  •  any vaccines or immunizations that are required

Well Child Clinic Fees

  • $50 for Well Child physical plus all required immunizations
  • $21 for immunization-only visits (prescription required)
  • Financial Assistance is available, lowering these costs. Please mention when you schedule your appointment.

Other RVNA Pediatric Services include:

Call us at 203-438-5555 x1119 for more information.

kerry@ducey.org (RVNA) Neighbors Wed, 17 Jul 2019 06:07:00 -0400
Services Planned for Danbury Resident Jim Karlson, 69 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46593-former-ridgefield-resident-jim-karlson-69-has-died46593-former-ridgefield-resident-jim-karlson-69-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46593-former-ridgefield-resident-jim-karlson-69-has-died46593-former-ridgefield-resident-jim-karlson-69-has-died

Jimmy “Jim” Karlson

Jimmy “Jim” Karlson, 69, of Danbury, formerly of Ridgefield, husband of Kathleen (Battaglia) Karlson, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Danbury Hospital. 

Jim was born in Chicago, Illinois December 11, 1949, the son of the late Knute and Gertrude Karlson. He attended Chicago schools and was a graduate of Northeastern University. He was a U.S. army veteran and a research chemist. Of the many patents that Jim held, Sear’s Weatherbeater Paint was one of the most well-known to the American public. An area resident for the past 39 years, coming from Chicago, he was a member of the U.S. Chemical Association. He enjoyed fresh water fishing and authored the book, “God is Not A Religion.” It was his deep faith and relationship with God and his scientific background that lead him to write this book. His desire was for everyone to read the scriptures regularly and follow them throughout their daily activity in life.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by two sons, Scott Karlson and his wife, Tara of Redding, CT and Andrew Karlson of Danbury, CT; two daughters, Teresa Karlson of Ridgefield, and Lynda Zamolsky and her husband, Peter, of Summerville, SC; a brother John Karlson and his wife, Joanne, of Milton, DE; a sister, Jean Miller; six grandchildren, Gregory, Alexis, Adam, William, Brien, and Kelly. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a son, Adam.

A gathering of relatives and friends will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2019 between the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT concluded with a Celebration of Life Service at 12:30 p.m.

Memorial donations in Jim’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

kerry@ducey.org (Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Wed, 17 Jul 2019 03:53:07 -0400
Family & Children's Aid Hosting FREE Baseball Clinic with MLB Alumni in Ridgefield on August 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46592-development-family-children-s-aid46592-development-family-children-s-aid https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46592-development-family-children-s-aid46592-development-family-children-s-aid

Family & Children's Aid is hosting a FREE BASEBALL CLINIC with MLB Alumni on Saturday, August 17th from 9 a.m. to noon! The clinic will take place at Jensen Field, 2 Sanford Station Rd in Ridgefield, CT.

Up to ten former Major League Baseball Players will be teaching baseball and life skills and the first 200 participants will be given a free commemorative t-shirt along with an authentic Rawlings MLB Alumni baseball! Be sure to stay for autographs with MLB Alumni. The suggested ages for the clinic range from 6-16.

***NOTE: A parent or guardian must remain on site at all times during the clinic***

Register now online at: www.fcaweb.org


terri.eberlekatz@fcaweb.org (Terri) Events Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:17:09 -0400
Letter: Chris Setaro Continues Record Setting Fundraising in Race for Danbury Mayor https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/46591-chris-setaro-continues-record-setting-fundraising-in-race-for-danbury-mayor46591-chris-setaro-continues-record-setting-fundraising-in-race-for-danbury-mayor https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/46591-chris-setaro-continues-record-setting-fundraising-in-race-for-danbury-mayor46591-chris-setaro-continues-record-setting-fundraising-in-race-for-danbury-mayor

Chris Setaro, the Democrat running for Mayor of Danbury recently announced that he has raised $129,273 since the start of his campaign with more than 700 donations and $100,445cash on hand. No other mayoral candidate has raised that much money in the past two decades.

“I’m thankful and humbled by the outpouring of support for our campaign. Every day we’re talking about kitchen table issues that people care about, and we have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of every Danbury resident,” said Setaro. “The amount of grassroots support we have received is overwhelming. Danbury knows it’s time to move forward with a real plan that addresses long-neglected issues and puts us on a path to build a city as remarkable as its people.”

 For the past four months, Chris Setaro has been walking door to door in neighborhoods throughout the city talking with residents about the need to improve our roads, properly fund and improve our education system and create a real plan for economic development that provides good-paying jobs while building a thriving downtown.

Dirk Perrefort - Danbury

dperrefort@gmail.com (Housatonic Media Services) Politics Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:14:57 -0400