Danbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Wed, 23 May 2018 18:19:13 -0400 HamletHub.com Ives Concert Park and the Newtown Savings Bank Bring Peter and the Starcatcher to Danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45256-ives-concert-park-and-the-newtown-savings-bank-bring-peter-and-the-starcatcher-to-danbury45256-ives-concert-park-and-the-newtown-savings-bank-bring-peter-and-the-starcatcher-to-danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45256-ives-concert-park-and-the-newtown-savings-bank-bring-peter-and-the-starcatcher-to-danbury45256-ives-concert-park-and-the-newtown-savings-bank-bring-peter-and-the-starcatcher-to-danbury

Popular 'Peter and the Starcatcher' returns to WCSU stage

Ives Concert Park and the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family Series will present the Western Connecticut State University Department of Theatre Arts production, "Peter and the Starcatcher," for a return engagement in the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 24, 25 and 26. Get tickets here. For more information, visit ivesconcertpark.com here.

"Peter and the Starcatcher" is based on the 2004 novel "Peter and the Starcatchersby Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice and serves as a prequel to J. M. Barrie's "Peter and Wendy ("Peter Pan"). The play provides a humorous backstory for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch nemesis Captain Hook. In the opening, audiences will be met by an orphaned child on the high seas named Boy. His sad and lonely world is turned upside down when he meets Molly - the daughter of famous Starcatcher Lord Astor. She is on a mission to save the world and protect a treasure trunk filled with magical starstuff from getting into the evil hands of Black Stache. As they travel aboard the Neverland ship, Molly and Boy learn about love and friendship and forge an unbreakable bond.

WCSU Professor of Theatre Arts Pam McDaniel, who directs the production, said, "Set your sails for excitement and magic that you'll never forget. 'Peter and the Starcatcher' is a story filled with heart, humor and harrowing adventures that follow the boy who never grew up, his fearsome pirate foe and a cast of colorful characters who join in on the journey."

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kerry@ducey.org (Sherri Hill) Events Wed, 23 May 2018 12:15:12 -0400
Danbury's Memorial Day Parade Colorful Details https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45254-danbury-s-memorial-day-parade-colorful-details45254-danbury-s-memorial-day-parade-colorful-details https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45254-danbury-s-memorial-day-parade-colorful-details45254-danbury-s-memorial-day-parade-colorful-details

The Danbury Council of Veterans Proudly Presents the Danbury Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28.

This year's parade theme is “Remembering Our Deceased Veterans, Honoring the Men and Women who served Our Country and displaying the American Flag”.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: 6:30 am - Father Samuel Scott, Saint Joseph Church, 370 Main Street, Danbury

PLACING OF WREATHS: 7:10 am

HONORARY GRAND MARSHAL

Mr. Robert Krokovich Sr. America Legion Post #60

Danbury Police Department “Honor Guard”

Honored Guests

Thomas Saadi…..Commissioner CT Dept. of Veterans Affairs.…Main Speaker

Kathy Shemeley…President – CT POW-MIA Forget-Me-Nots….Guest Speaker

Also present will be many Danbury City Officials including Mayor Mark Boughton, Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour and Fire Chief TJ Wiedl.

FLYOVER

The "Flying Yankees" of the 103rd Airlift Wing, a unit of the Connecticut Air National Guard, stationed at Bradley Air National Guard Base will provide a FLYOVER by a C-130H Hercules. The C-130H Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation, and cargo transport aircraft. Its mission is providing theater cargo and passenger airlift.

SKYDIVING EVENT

Honoring the sacrifices of the men and women who served in the Armed Forces of this nation, the Skydiving Demo Team led by Kay Hoiby of the Blue Sky Ranch, Gardiner,NY (skydivetheranch.com) together with Tandem Master John Kieran w/Stacey Ambrose and, Kevin Gomez will be parachuting into Rogers Park at the baseball field adjacent to the Junior High School and behind the Memorial Parade reviewing Stand at approximately 10:45am to 11:00am.

Parade Awards

1st PLACE FLOAT

2nd PLACE FLOAT

BEST COLOR GUARD (not associated with a band)

MOST IN LINE OF MARCH (Veterans Organization)

All units will receive a Banner, a Certificate and 2019 Application JUDGES: Mr. John Esposito City of Danbury Mr. Dan Jowdy City of Danbury Mr. Warren Levy City of Danbury

PARADE ANNOUNCER: Jon Schlemmer

To learn more about Danbury's Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony details, click here.

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Danbury) Events Wed, 23 May 2018 11:44:57 -0400
Important Message about FEMA for Danbury Residents https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45253-important-message-about-fema-for-danbury-residents45253-important-message-about-fema-for-danbury-residents https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45253-important-message-about-fema-for-danbury-residents45253-important-message-about-fema-for-danbury-residents

In response to the May 15th severe storms, the City of Danbury is requesting that anyone impacted by the storm fill out the forms linked below by May 29th. Please provide an estimate of the damage caused by the May 15th storms to your home and/or business. This process needs to be followed in order to request a Preliminary Damage Assessment from FEMA. If federal funding is approved, individual Danbury residents will be eligible to apply directly to FEMA for assistance.

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DESPP/DEMHS) is undertaking this pre-assessment survey in the most impacted counties:  New Haven, Litchfield and Fairfield. An assessment of Residential and Business damages are included in the surveys below. Please be advised that there is no guarantee for Federal Funding at this time.  This is a step the City of Danbury must take to apply for federal funding.

FORM FOR SINGLE FAMILY HOUSE

FORM FOR MULTI-FAMILY HOMES, APARTMENTS, CONDOMINIUMS

FORM FOR BUSINESSES

Frequently Asked Questions

I have storm damage, what should I do?

The first thing you should do is contact your insurance company. We encourage you to also fill out the assessment form, so that we can assess the damage to the city.

Why do I need to fill out the Residential Individual Assistance Assessment Form or the Business Survey?

This is the first step for the State to apply for Federal Assistance from FEMA for the May 15th Storms. Cities are collecting estimates of storm damage to submit to the State of Connecticut. The State then submits the information to the Federal government, who then determines if our region is eligible for FEMA funds.

How soon do I need to complete these forms?

Please complete and submit the Residential Individual Assistance form by May 29th, 2018 to the City of Danbury through our website at www.danbury-ct.gov/storm.

When will I know if FEMA Funds will be available?

After the State of Connecticut submits the information from the impacted municipalities to FEMA then a decision will be made.  This process could take several weeks.

I don’t have power or access to the internet, how can I complete this form?

The Danbury Public Library, located at 170 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810, have computers available for use during normal business hours.

The Library hours are: 
Monday 10am – 7pm — Tuesday 10am – 7pm
Wednesday 1pm – 7pm — Thursday 10am – 7pm
Friday 10am – 5pm — Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 5pm

If I have specific questions on the form, who can I contact?

CityLine 311 is available 24/7. Please dial 3-1-1 from any landline or call 203-744-4311 from your mobile device, or use our online service request online chat at the top right corner of this page.

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Danbury) Neighbors Wed, 23 May 2018 11:25:16 -0400
Bethel photog to unveil Faces of Courage at event benefiting Ann's Place, seeks models https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45251-bethel-photog-to-unveil-faces-of-courage-at-event-benefiting-ann-s-place-seeks-models45251-bethel-photog-to-unveil-faces-of-courage-at-event-benefiting-ann-s-place-seeks-models https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45251-bethel-photog-to-unveil-faces-of-courage-at-event-benefiting-ann-s-place-seeks-models45251-bethel-photog-to-unveil-faces-of-courage-at-event-benefiting-ann-s-place-seeks-models

Mark your calendar for a very special Drink Pink for a cause, celebrating a decade of "Faces of Courage" and benefiting Ann's Place - October 10, 2018.

The fundraising will take place at Bernard's in Ridgefield on October 10, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. All proceeds from the event will benefit Ann’s Place, a local nonprofit organization that provides comfort, support and resources to people living with cancer and to their loved ones.

For a decade, Kristen Jensen has displayed her powerful photographic collection, "Faces of Courage" an absolutely beautiful anthology of pictures that tell a story of strength, courage and hope. If you are battling breast cancer, or are a survivor, and are interested in a being one of the 2018 "Faces of Courage" please contact Kristen Jensen via email at  kristen@kristenjensen.com to arrange for a complimentary photo shoot.  

Hosted by Sarah Bouissou of Bernard’s, photographer, Kristen Jensen, and Kerry Anne Ducey, Drink Pink is a festively "Pink" gathering that is sure to warm your heart and empower your soul during National Breast Cancer Month. 

There will be a $20 admittance charge and each attendee will receive one pink ticket, good for a pink drink. Live music, raffle prizes, nibbles and pink beverages (courtesy of Bernard's and 109 Cheese & Wine) will make this a very memorable evening.

No need to RSVP, just save the date and show up on October 10 and raise a glass for Ann's Place!

We will share additional regarding this special commemorative Drink Pink for a cause soon!

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 23 May 2018 07:07:24 -0400
Bridal Vendors Networking Soirée in Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45250-bridal-vendors-networking-soiree45250-bridal-vendors-networking-soiree https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45250-bridal-vendors-networking-soiree45250-bridal-vendors-networking-soiree

 

Bridal Vendors: please join Fairfield County Wedding Concierge at their Networking Soirée here at Lounsbury House on May 31 from 7 to 9pm.

You will network, enjoy a cocktail and take a tour of this historic venue. Fabulous hors-d'oeuvres will be catered by the Roger Sherman Inn’s Executive Chef Francois Kwaku-Dongo, who has worked with chef celebrities such as Wolfgang Puck and catered high-profile events including the Academy Awards.  There will also be some photo booth fun by Super Partyland.

Special thanks to the evening’s generous sponsors: Catering: Roger Sherman Inn and Chef Francois Kwaku-Dongo. Photo Booth: Super Partyland.

Lounsbury House is delighted to host this event at our recently renovated venue.

Tickets are $20 in advance:
www.fairfieldcountyweddingconcierge.com/events, or $25 at the door

Questions? Interested in being an event sponsor? Please email or call 203-864-5084. We look forward to seeing you at the Soirée!

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kerry@ducey.org (Lounsbury House) Events Wed, 23 May 2018 06:49:59 -0400
M.F.A. recipients at WCSU to exhibit works at New York gallery https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/45249-m-f-a-recipients-at-wcsu-to-exhibit-works-at-new-york-gallery45249-m-f-a-recipients-at-wcsu-to-exhibit-works-at-new-york-gallery https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/45249-m-f-a-recipients-at-wcsu-to-exhibit-works-at-new-york-gallery45249-m-f-a-recipients-at-wcsu-to-exhibit-works-at-new-york-gallery

Six Western Connecticut State University graduate student recipients of the Master of Fine Arts degree in 2018 will present their works in the M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition running from June 19 through July 7 at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York.

An opening reception for the artists will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at the gallery, located on the fourth floor at 530 W. 25th St. in Manhattan. Admission will be free to the reception and the exhibition, and the public is invited. The gallery will be open for viewing from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The WCSU Department of Art organizes the M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition each year as a capstone experience demonstrating the personal artistic direction and mastery of candidates for the M.F.A. in Visual Arts, expressed in the works they present for viewing. The following M.F.A. students will show their works in this year’s exhibition:

  • Jesse Navarra, of Stormville, New York, earned his B.A. in Illustration at WCSU and received the School of Visual and Performing Arts Dean’s Award in 2016 for his initiatives to bridge disciplines in the Art and Theatre Arts departments. His M.F.A. thesis work explores nostalgia as expressed through cinema, creating vintage movie posters that evoke emotion through memories. Navarra observed that his works share the common theme of story-telling: “I take my childhood love of movies, sports and comics and use that as inspiration to create my work.” He has participated in juried exhibitions and art charity events in Connecticut and New York. The winter 2018 issue of Illustrators Journal published a feature describing the step-by-step progression of his creation of the work, “Plastic Ocean Project.”
  • Jennifer Oliveira-Florio, of North Haven, earned her B.A. in Painting from Central Connecticut State University, where she received the Capstone Show Award in 2016. Her three-dimensional, abstract and gestural works shown in the thesis exhibition incorporate acrylics, mixed media and encaustic, a painting technique that involves melting beeswax and resin to create a medium typically mixed with pigments and applied with heat. Oliveira-Florio has gained experience in her specialization at encaustic workshops in New England and as a regular contributor to the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, Massachusetts, since 2015. “As a painter, I have always been concerned with process, surface and materials,” she said. “The practice of encaustic has become an extension of my own vision, to the point where technique and esthetic have fused like the paintings themselves.” She has participated in several exhibitions in Connecticut and in the Community Central Mosaic project in New Britain, “48 Artists, 48 Feet, 48 Hours.”
  • Jonathan Schreyer, of Monroe, earned his B.A. in Illustration at WCSU. He has shown his works at several local galleries and has served as a WCSU Gallery assistant as well as a studio assistant for Ross MacDonald, internationally acclaimed illustrator, graphic designer and printmaker. Schreyer uses oil paint, clay, wood, plaster and wire to create works of portraiture as well as mixed-media works in three-dimensional form. He described his creative process as based on observation of reality but also incorporating the subconscious and unreal. “We are aware of an outer world, and at the same time we exist in an internal space,” he said. “My handling of material is intended to portray the clash of dualities and speaks to the tension between these worlds.” 
  • Barbara Sinisi, of Wethersfield, earned her B.A. in Illustration at WCSU and has focused on painting during her M.F.A. studies. Her works in various media including acrylics, pastels, spray paint and charcoal draw upon reminiscences of her extensive travels during her youth in North America and Europe, including summer visits to Poland and spelunking adventures. “As an escape from the nonsense of reality, I create portals to other dimensions from the nonsense in my head,” Sinisi said. Her works use the organic shapes found in plants “to convey a sense of mystery and magic,” inspiring exploration of themes drawn from fantasy and cartoon storytelling, she said. “Cartoons can be mature and childish all at once, full of contradiction, whimsy, joy and darkness.”
  • Alyssa Voytek, of New Milford, received her B.A. in Painting at WCSU as well as honors including the Alberetti Award for Excellence in Painting. Works completed during her M.F.A. program have included oils on canvas, gouache on board and large-scale charcoal drawings on paper. “I aim to push the boundaries of still-life painting,” Voytek observed. “I am inspired by the quiet, unstaged, usually unseen moments of beauty in our everyday lives. These moments of light, organic repetition or reflection often find their way into my finished work.” She has served as a teaching assistant at WCSU and has participated in exhibitions at several Connecticut venues including Art & Frame Gallery, the Silo Gallery and the Kent Art Association.
  • Erin Walrath, of Roxbury, is an assemblage and collage artist who has participated in more than 40 solo and group exhibitions during the past two decades. A graduate of the European Honors Program in Rome and a B.F.A. recipient from the Rhode Island School of Design, she spent several years in Italy, England and Brooklyn before returning to her native Danbury in 2004 to establish her present studio. She has shown widely across New York, Connecticut and New England, and is represented by John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York, where she also presented a solo exhibition this spring. “I see incidental beauty in the worn surface of objects, such as discarded books, that have been battered by time and will soon be rendered obsolete,” Walrath said. “I dismantle and distill them in the studio, ending up with pieces that feel to me like pixels, brush strokes or individual figures that may then be gathered together to invoke new meaning. In this way, my studio practice often feels like an homage to the comforting processes of nature.”

For more information, visit the Blue Mountain Gallery website at www.bluemountaingallery.org, or call the WCSU Department of Art at (203) 837-8403 or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

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kerry@ducey.org (Robert Taylor) Life Tue, 22 May 2018 11:42:11 -0400
IHS Athletes Sign Commitments to Compete in College https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45248-ihs-athletes-sign-commitments-to-compete-in-college45248-ihs-athletes-sign-commitments-to-compete-in-college https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45248-ihs-athletes-sign-commitments-to-compete-in-college45248-ihs-athletes-sign-commitments-to-compete-in-college

Student-athletes from Immaculate High School signed with colleges to run cross country/track & field or play college football, baseball, basketball, golf or lacrosse at a special signing ceremony recently.  

Abigail Allen of New Miford will golf, Emma Connolly of Danbury, Sean Connolly of Danbury, Patrick Cropsey of Ridgefield, Connor McNerney of Sandy Hook, Ayanna Simmons of Danbury, Dominique Valentine of Danbury and Matt Villanueva of Brookfield all committed to their college’s track & field/cross country teams while Ronan Doherty of Danbury will shoot hoops, Isaiah “Jake” Payton of Danbury will fight for the pigskin, Andrew Chiodi of Ridgefield and Jimmy Fahey of Danbury will run the baseball diamonds and Adriana Chamberlin of Bethel and Brianna McDonough of New Fairfield will shoot for the goal on their college lacrosse teams.  

Abigail Allen will golf on the girls team at the University of Scranton, where she will major in Secondary Education and History. A member of the IHS volleyball and girl golf teams, she was part of the effort that won the golf Patriot Division Championships in 2016. Also an artist, Abigail is president of the IHS Art Club and earned the Connecticut Association of Schools Excellence in Art Award and school recognition for Excellence in Art, Excellence in Scenery as well as Excellence in Campus Ministry.

Adriana Chamberlin signed to play lacrosse at St. Lawrence University while majoring in Biology. Adriana played midfield for the IHS girls soccer team and midfield/attack for the girls lacrosse team, and was a captain for both teams. Named to the All Patriot Division in lacrosse her junior year, Adriana was a member of the soccer team that won two State Championships and a SWC Championship. A member of the IHS National Honor Society consistently making High Honors as well as the Mock Trial and Key Clubs, Adriana also received the Silver Key Scholastic Art Award from the Connecticut Art Education Association and the Presidential Service Award for community service.

Emma Connolly will participate in track & field while she majors in Exercise Science at Sacred Heart University. She ran indoor and outdoor track all four years at IHS, as well as cross country her senior year. Emma received SWC All Conference Honorable Mention, All Conference First Team (twice) and All New England for the 4x800 honors for indoor track; All Conference first team (twice), All State First Team for outdoor track, and All Conference second team for Cross Country status. She is a member of the IHS National Honor Society, receiving Distinguished Honors, and a member of the She’s the First and Key Clubs.

Sean Connolly signed to run track & field at the University of Scranton, where he will major in Entrepreneurship.  Sean, a long distance runner, ran cross country, indoor track and outdoor track & field at Immaculate. He was a captain for the IHS cross country team and received SWC-Honorable Mention status and was part of the IHS team that came in second in the Class ‘SS’ State championships. For indoor track Sean received SWC Honorable Mention status and was Class ‘S’ 4x800 runner-up and part of the team that won the Class ‘S’ State Championship. He broke the outdoor track 4x800 school record, and was a State Open qualifier. Sean, a Distinguished Honors student, is a member of the IHS National Honor Society and Key Club.

Andrew Chiodi will play baseball for Western New England University in Springfield, MA as he majors in Business. As a varsity pitcher for IHS, Andrew was on the team that made it to the 2017 State Tournament and was named a “Player to Watch” by the Danbury News Times. He is on the IHS honor roll and a member of the athletic game cheer section the Mustang Stable.

Patrick Cropsey signed to run cross country and track for Loyola University Maryland, where he will major in Finance. A four-year cross country runner for Immaculate, he also ran indoor track his upperclassmen years after playing basketball, and ran outdoor track for three years. Patrick was Rookie of the Year, MVP, Most Improved and team captain in Cross Country. He was part of the 2017 team that won the Southwest Conference and Class S State Championships. A member of the National Honor Society, Patrick also participated in the IHS Mock Trial and Key Clubs.

Ronan Doherty will play basketball at SUNY Maritime, where he will major in Mechanical Engineering. He was a varsity basketball starter all four years at Immaculate, and helped his team win the Division II State Championships in 2016 & 2018. Ronan also was a rare 1,000 point scorer. He is a member of the IHS National Honor Society.

Jimmy Fahey signed to play baseball at Trinity College next Fall, where he will major in Engineering. While at Immaculate, Jimmy played baseball and football all four years and basketball for two years. He was the captain of his baseball team junior and senior year, and received 2016 Southwest Conference Honorable Mention and 2018 All Patriot Team status for the sport. Jimmy was also captain of the co-op Abbott Tech-Immaculate (ATI) football team and earned the National Football Foundation’s Scholar Athlete Award. He was part of the basketball team that won the 2016 Class S State Championship. Jimmy also is a member of the IHS National Honor Society and a Student Ambassador.

Brianna McDonough will play women’s lacrosse at Hendrix College while majoring in Pre-Med with a Psychology concentration. She played field hockey and lacrosse at Immaculate, serving as LAX captain. An honor roll student, Brianna was also a Student Ambassador and a member of the Culinary Club.

Connor McNerney will run Division I cross country and track at the College of the Holy Cross, where he will major in Political Science/Pre-Law. While at IHS, Connor received All SWC Runner (twice) and All State Runner - cross country (twice) honors, came in first place at the Stratton Brook Invitational and set school records for indoor track for the two mile and the 4x800 and for the 5K, steeplechase and 4x1 mile for outdoor track. Connor is also captain of the cross country and track teams, President of the National Honor Society, a Student Ambassador, Events Coordinator for the Student Council and a member of the Mock Trial and Model UN teams.

Jake Payton signed to play football at Western Connecticut University while he majors in Computer Science/Cyber Security. At Immaculate he played running back, wide receiver and safety positions for the ATI football team, and was a guard for the basketball team.  A senior captain of the football team, he earned All League status junior and senior year. He received All League Second Team honor his junior and senior year for basketball, and was part of both teams that won the Division II State Basketball Championships (‘16 & ‘18). A Student Ambassador and member of the Video & Photography Club, Jake also helps run the summer Mustang Basketball Camp.

Ayanna Simmons will attend Southern Connecticut State University, where she will be throwing shot-put and discuss for the Division II track and field team and studying Athletic Training. Ayanna was a founding member of the IHS girls swim team, and started with shot-put and discuss in her junior year. She is also involved with the school’s Key Club, Brain Trust, Spring Musicals and various charitable events in school and in her community.

Dominique Valentine will be a member of Fordham University’s track & field team. She will major in General Science with a pre-veternarian focus. At IHS, Dominique played varsity soccer and ran for the varsity track and field team. Her indoor track and field honors include: All Conference Honorable mention (2016), All Conference First Team (‘17 & ‘18), and All New England (4x800, 2018), and her outdoor track and field honors include All Conference First Team (2016, 2017) and All State First Team (2017). She was varsity co-captain senior year for both teams, and was a member of the girls soccer team (forward) that was the SWC champs in 2017 and State champs in 2014 and 2016, and also a member of the State runner-up winning teams for indoor track in 2017 and 2018 and outdoor track in 2017. Dominique was also a member of the National Honor Society and earned High Honors, the Rebecca Draper-Townsend Angel Award and the She’s the First Outstanding Achievement in Fundraising award.

Matt Villanueva will run cross country and track for St. Bonaventure University-NY and major in Secondary Education and English. He ran year round for Immaculate, and his cross country, indoor track and outdoor track accomplishments are impressive: individual honors for the  2017/2018 year include conference qualifier for indoor track, medals for cross country for the Stratton Brook and Nonnowag Invitationals, SWC All-Conference Honorable mention, and team captain. Matt was part of the IHS cross country teams that won the Stratton Brook and Nonnowag Invitational Championships and were Class SS runners-up, and of the 2017 indoor track team that were both SWC Conference Champions and Class S State Champions.  He was also in the cast of three IHS musicals and a member of the Mass Band, received the Presidential Award for Community Service and is an honor student in the National Honor Society.

“We are very happy for these students, and also very proud. As you can see they are so talented and have been so dedicated to their sport(s) that they have been chosen to continue playing for some great colleges,” said Tim Dunn, IHS Athletic Director. “Not only did they excel at athletics, these students were committed to serving the community and their school and had many other talents that they shared with Immaculate High School, all while achieving academic excellence,” he added.

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, service to others and personal goals. Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system. For more information, go to www.immaculatehs.org.

 

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jazzi@immaculatehs.org (Immaculate High School) Neighbors Tue, 22 May 2018 11:09:17 -0400
Danbury Resident TTakisha D. Brandon, 41, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45247-danbury-resident-ttakisha-d-brandon-41-has-died45247-danbury-resident-ttakisha-d-brandon-41-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45247-danbury-resident-ttakisha-d-brandon-41-has-died45247-danbury-resident-ttakisha-d-brandon-41-has-died

Takisha D. Brandon, 41, of Danbury, died on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT.  Funeral services will take place on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 11 am in the New Bethel Church of God in Christ, 26 Liberty St., Danbury with Elder Henry N. White Sr. officiating.  Interment will take place at the direction of the family. 

Friends will be received at the New Bethel Church on Thursday from 9:45 am to 10:45am.  Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Mon, 21 May 2018 11:53:15 -0400
WCSU to host Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, Welcomes Students from 13 Local High Schools https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45246-wcsu-to-host-who-wants-to-be-a-mathematician-welcomes-students-from-13-local-high-schools45246-wcsu-to-host-who-wants-to-be-a-mathematician-welcomes-students-from-13-local-high-schools https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45246-wcsu-to-host-who-wants-to-be-a-mathematician-welcomes-students-from-13-local-high-schools45246-wcsu-to-host-who-wants-to-be-a-mathematician-welcomes-students-from-13-local-high-schools

Western Connecticut State University will host students from 13 high schools in Connecticut and New York participating in the American Mathematical Society’s “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” Fair and Contest to be held at WCSU on Thursday, May 31, on the university’s Midtown campus in Danbury.

The WCSU Department of Mathematics is coordinating the local AMS-sponsored event, which marks the second “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” fair at WCSU. Each of the 13 high schools will be represented by one student who has qualified as a contestant in the competition testing mathematical knowledge and skills. The 13 contestants have been selected based on scores in a qualifying exam administered by high school mathematics teachers with questions on algebra, trigonometry, probability and math history.

The AMS will award the winning contestant a guaranteed cash prize of $1,000, with the chance to earn an additional $2,000 in the bonus round. The second-place contestant will receive a $500 prize.

Connecticut participants in the event will include Danbury High School and Immaculate High School, of Danbury; Bethel High School; Brookfield High School; Greenwich High School; Kennedy High School, of Waterbury; Naugatuck High School; New Fairfield High School; New Milford High School; Newtown High School; Nonnewaug High School, of Woodbury; and Shepaug Valley School, of Washington. Pawling High School, of Dutchess County, New York, also will participate.

More than 400 students, teachers and family members from the participating high schools are expected to attend the event to support their contestants. The program also will feature a Math Fair that will include campus tours, presentations about the Kathwari Honors Program and scholarship opportunities at WCSU, and talks and displays showcasing research by WCSU mathematics students and alumni.

“Who Wants to Be a Mathematician,” created in 2001, is a game in which high school students compete for cash and prizes by answering multiple-choice mathematics questions. Mike Breen, AMS public awareness officer and co-founder of the event as well as a onetime contestant on “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune,” said that the competition “values and encourages mathematical talent. While sports are usually celebrated, it is wonderful that students interested in mathematics can also be encouraged.”

WCSU Department of Mathematics Chair Dr. Stavros Christofi remarked that the event provides an entertaining and exciting showcase for math education.

“You really have to experience this contest to realize how fascinating it is!” Christofi said. “Mike Breen does an excellent job hosting it and the energy the student attendees from the high schools bring to the game is amazing. Imagine being at an excellent football game — only it’s a math competition!”

The AMS, a primary sponsor of the event, seeks to advance research and connect the diverse global mathematical community through publications, meetings, conferences, MathSciNet, professional services, and advocacy and awareness programs. Other event sponsors include Newtown Savings Bank, the Art of Problem Solving, Texas Instruments, Maplesoft, John Wiley and Sons, the WCSU Department of Mathematics and the WCSU Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society chapter. Christofi expressed special thanks to the WCSU Math Planning Committee and to participating speakers, students, teachers and staff at the 13 high schools represented at the event and at WCSU.

For more information, contact Christofi at christofis@wcsu.edu or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

     

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kerry@ducey.org (Robert Taylor) Neighbors Mon, 21 May 2018 09:50:01 -0400
NY Yankee Chris Chambliss to Speak at Celebrity Breakfast Honoring Danbury's Andrea Gartner https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45244-ny-yankee-chris-chambliss-to-speak-at-celebrity-breakfast-honoring-danbury-s-andrea-gartner45244-ny-yankee-chris-chambliss-to-speak-at-celebrity-breakfast-honoring-danbury-s-andrea-gartner https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45244-ny-yankee-chris-chambliss-to-speak-at-celebrity-breakfast-honoring-danbury-s-andrea-gartner45244-ny-yankee-chris-chambliss-to-speak-at-celebrity-breakfast-honoring-danbury-s-andrea-gartner

The Danbury Westerners, the longest tenured team in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, are excited to announce that they will be having their 24th Annual Celebrity Breakfast on June 8th at 7:30AM at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, CT. The Annual Celebrity Breakfast welcomes the 2018 Danbury Westerners to the greater Western Connecticut community. Furthermore, the Westerners are honored to announce that former New York Yankee great Chris Chambliss will be the speaker at this year’s annual Celebrity Breakfast.

At the Breakfast, the Westerners will be presenting the annual Michael Seri Award in honor of the late Michael Seri, for preserving community partnerships, dedication and sportsmanship on behalf of the Danbury Westerners to Andrea Gartner. The first recipient in 2009 was Mr. Seri. Other past honorees include Bart Busterna, Mary Ann Frede, Richard Reimold, Gene Eriquez, Charlie Coakley, Chris Arconti, Bill Pullan, Chris Miller, Terry Whalen, Joseph Consentino and Mike Malone.

Seating is limited so reservations are required. Tables of 10 for this event are $350, and can be secured online at www.danburywesterners.com or by mail to PO Box 3828, Danbury, CT 06813.  Sponsorship opportunities are available; for additional information please contact Paul Schaffer at 203-241-4655. 

About Chris Chambliss

Chris Chambliss is a former first baseman who enjoyed a 17-year career, playing for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves.  Chambliss was named the 1971 American League Rookie of the Year.  In 1974 Chambliss was traded to the New York Yankees, and in 1976 in the decisive fifth game of the American League Championship Series against Kansas City, he hit the game winning walk-off home run to propel the Yankees to the World Series.  Chambliss finished his career as a two-time World Series Champion, and accumulated 2,109 hits, 185 home runs and a .279 batting average.  He was an Al-Star in 1976, and a Gold Glove winner (1978).

After his playing days ended Chambliss remained active as a coach and a manager.  In 1990 he led the Double A London Tigers of the Eastern League to the Eastern League championship, and was named Minor League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News.  Chambliss was the New York Yankees hitting coach in 1988, and again from 1996-2000, when the franchise won four World Series titles.  Chambliss also was the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Paul Schaffer) Events Sun, 20 May 2018 14:59:35 -0400
Suzanne Sheridan and The One Night Stand Band at the Merryall Center in New Milford https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45238-sar45238-sar https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45238-sar45238-sar

 “She’s A Rebel – Fearlessly Going Where No Woman Has Gone Before!” Yes, on Saturday June 9 at 8 pm Suzanne Sheridan and ‘The One Night Stand Band’ will take the stage at the Merryall Center in New Milford to perform a concert that was originally performed in 1998 at the Unitarian Church in Westport and catapulted the Marriage Equality movement in the State of Connecticut. Turning the male rock songs of the 50’s and 60’s (and onward) into anthems for the women of today was an inspired idea 20 years ago and remains just as inspired and madly entertaining today. 

Sheridan is well known to area audiences for her performances at Voices Café, the Coffeehouse at the Wheelers’ series, her Dylan tribute concert one year ago at Merryall, and her much-touted tribute concerts to Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. This time she is pulling out the rock legends like “Pretty Woman,” “She’s A Rebel,” “Lay Down Sally,” “Maybelline,” “Devil with the Blue Dress,” “Chantilly Lace,” and many more. And she will be joined by her incomparable band with Bob Cooper on keyboards, Paul Horton on lead guitar, Jake Habegger on drums, and the one and only Joe Meo on sax and vocals. 

Performance date is Saturday, June 9 with a start time of 8 pm. Tickets are available on the Merryall website at https://www.merryallcenter.orgor by calling 860-354-7264. The Merryall Center is located at 8 Chapel Hill Road in New Milford, CT.

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rozannegates@optonline.net (Rozanne Gates) Events Sun, 20 May 2018 14:48:40 -0400
GoFundMe Fundraiser to Help Danbury EMT Family of New Fairfield https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/45242-gofundme-fundraiser-to-help-new-fairfield-s-flower-family45242-gofundme-fundraiser-to-help-new-fairfield-s-flower-family https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/45242-gofundme-fundraiser-to-help-new-fairfield-s-flower-family45242-gofundme-fundraiser-to-help-new-fairfield-s-flower-family

A GoFundMe Fundraiser has been created by Scott Warner to help out the Flower Family. 

Please click here to donate

Greg Flower and his family lost everything they own today when their house was consumed by fire . Everybody made it safely and unharmed out of the house but the entire house is a loss. Greg has been an EMT at Danbury Ambulance for the last 9 years helping other people selflessly and now it is our turn to help Greg and his family. No amount is too little and if financially you are unable to help please share this to help out !

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (Scott Warner) Charities Sun, 20 May 2018 11:31:40 -0400
Celebrate Food is Art on June 3 at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45241-celebrate-food-is-art-on-june-3-at-hunt-hill-farm-in-new-milford45241-celebrate-food-is-art-on-june-3-at-hunt-hill-farm-in-new-milford https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45241-celebrate-food-is-art-on-june-3-at-hunt-hill-farm-in-new-milford45241-celebrate-food-is-art-on-june-3-at-hunt-hill-farm-in-new-milford

"Food Is Art." On Sunday, June 3rd, guests will join the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut to applaud, celebrate, and support its past accomplishments, present endeavors, and future plans at an artisanal experience designed to satisfy just about every sense. Celebrating the art of food, simply and elegantly, "Food is Art: Nurturing the Creative Soul" will mark an inaugural year of Pairings, this year pairing a festive meal with music selected by the chef and served up in an appropriate setting. 

Executive Chef, Calin Sauvron of Bethel's Note Kitchen & Bar will oversee a dinner, accompanied by her complimentary playlist, on the beautiful and creative grounds of the historic New Milford home of Skitch Henderson, the popular Pops conductor and director of the Tonight Show's NBC Orchestra. Hunt Hill Farm, located on 44 Upland Road, will serve as the backdrop for a joining of cuisine, music, conversation, and creative context and will, for a moment, nurture the soul, energize the body, and provide food for thought.

Wine, beer, and cocktails will be served at a 4:00pm reception, with a five-course dinner to follow at 5:00pm. BYOB is accepted. Live music will be provided by The Beatniks New Orleans Duo, known for their unique musical styles, audience interaction and energy, traits they share with Skitch. Attire is smart casual. Tickets are $100 per person. Seating is limited and can be reserved by going to http://bit.ly/food_is_art by Sunday, May 28th. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut applauds Baldor Specialty Foods, Hunt Hill Farm, Litchfield Distillary, and Note Kitchen & Bar  for making this artisanal experience just right. Bon Appetit.  

ABOUT THE MENU

The menu is French Quarter and Blues-inspired:

Appetizers

Fried Artichokes with Spicy Remoulade, Chicken Meatballs, Crab & Rice Croquettes, Molasses Pulled Pork Sliders 

Salad

Muffuletta Salad (Salami, Olives, Roasted Peppers, Giardiniera, Red Onions, Provolone, Mixed Greens, Red Wine Vinaigrette)

 Soup

Vegetarian Gumbo (Zucchini, Peppers, Mushrooms, Okra, Jasmine Rice)

Entrée

Stewed Chicken & Grits (Slow Braised Chicken, Peppers, Onions, Okra, Zucchini. Cheddar Grits)

Dessert

Banana Foster Bread Pudding 

ABOUT HUNT HILL FARM

Hunt Hill Farm has been a center of learning for over 45 years, offering public programs for children, youths and adults to nurture a deeper understanding of art, music, cooking, organic farming and land use. Since its inception as a non-profit by Ruth and Skitch Henderson in 1968, Hunt Hill Farm has been a favorite gathering place for our community, chefs, musicians and artisans alike. Their vision is still at the heart of Hunt Hill Farm, and still relevant today. (hunthillfarm.org/)

 For more information, to volunteer or to donate, call (203) 798 0760 or visit www.artswesternct.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Ted Killmer) Events Sat, 19 May 2018 14:16:12 -0400
Wooster School Ultimate Frisbee Selected To Prestigious New England Tournament https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45240-wooster-school-ultimate-frisbee-selected-to-prestigious-new-england-tournament45240-wooster-school-ultimate-frisbee-selected-to-prestigious-new-england-tournament https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45240-wooster-school-ultimate-frisbee-selected-to-prestigious-new-england-tournament45240-wooster-school-ultimate-frisbee-selected-to-prestigious-new-england-tournament

 Wooster School Ultimate Frisbee Selected To Prestigious New England Tournament

The Wooster School Ultimate Frisbee team is having its finest year in school history, currently with a record of 19-2!  The team is currently ranked 3rd in the nation and 1st in the state of Connecticut.

At the recently completed state tournament, the team finished number one in their pool, beating Xavier 11-1, Newtown 11-1, and then Watkinson 9-4. The team advanced to the semifinals and secured a win over upcoming Sheehan High School, 11-6.  Wooster moved on to the finals against Hotchkiss but lost 6-9, therefore finishing 2nd in the state, the school's highest finish in a major tournament.

The team secured, for the first time ever, the #1 seed in the Housatonic Valley Athletic League (HVAL) Tournament. After advancing through the semifinals with a 15-4 win over Chase Collegiate School, the tournament finals have been postponed, due to this week’s storm damage and power outages. A new date for the championship date is TBD.

The team has, for only the second time in school history, qualified to play in the First Division of the New England Prep School Ultimate League (NEPSUL) Tournament. Wooster goes in as the 2nd seed in a tournament with only nine teams from all over New England, including Northfield Mount Hermon, Phillips Academy, Hotchkiss School, Deerfield Academy, Watkinson School, Marianapolis Prep, Choate Rosemary Hall, and Concord Academy. The tournament will be held on Saturday, May 19, starting at 9:00 am at Northfield Mount Hermon.

To learn more about the 2018 NEPSUL Championships, please visit: http://ctul.scorereport.net/2018/youth-open/event16064

Let’s go Generals!

About Wooster School

Wooster School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school, serving students from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, the School serves students from K through grade 12. A leader in classroom innovation and teaching, Wooster School is a place where thinking and learning are personal, meaningful, and visible; and where faculty work closely with students in small classes and cohorts to think and communicate critically and creatively. At Wooster, every student participates, every student contributes, and every student learns and develops the necessary skills to be a life-long learner and leader in college and beyond.

To learn more, visit http://www.woosterschool.org/ or contact Wooster School Admissions at (203) 830-3916.

About New England Prep School Ultimate League

The NEPSUL is made up of over fifty independent day, boarding, and parochial schools that support Ultimate Frisbee. To learn more, visit http://www.nepsul.org/.

Photo 1: Drew Schnaudigel '18 (Brewster, NY) and Ollie Felicione '20 (New Fairfield, CT); Photo 2: Jack Barsh '19 (Somers, NY); Photo 3: Cooper Byrnes '19 (Ridgefield, CT)

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kerry@ducey.org (Lori Kriegel) Neighbors Fri, 18 May 2018 12:54:19 -0400
Lifelong Danbury Resident Michelle (Moses) Benton, 70, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45239-lifelong-danbury-resident-michelle-moses-benton-70-has-died45239-lifelong-danbury-resident-michelle-moses-benton-70-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45239-lifelong-danbury-resident-michelle-moses-benton-70-has-died45239-lifelong-danbury-resident-michelle-moses-benton-70-has-died

Michelle M. Benton

Michelle (Moses) Benton, 70, of Danbury, wife of the late Richard G. Benton, died peacefully on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Danbury Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Benton was born in Danbury, December 20, 1947, a daughter of the late Michael C. and Adele (Basher) Moses. She attended St. Peter School and graduated from Danbury High School with the Class of 1965. She entered the Convent of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Wilton, CT where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She attended Western CT State University where she received her Master’s degree in Education and Doctoral degree in Pastoral Counseling from Lafayette College. A retired educator with the Danbury Public School system, Mrs. Benton taught at Morris St. School a position she held for twenty-five years. She was a member of the local, state and national educators associations.

A lifelong Danbury resident, Mrs. Benton was an active member of St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church. Mrs. Benton's kind and loving heart was only surpassed by her limitless generosity. She personified the phrase "doing God's work" on Earth. She established many of St. Anthony's outreach programs including the Thanksgiving Food Drive whereby sixty families of the Danbury area were provided for on Thanksgiving. Mrs. Benton also established the Christ Tree Christmas program whereby less fortunate children were given a gift of clothing and a toy bought by members of St. Anthony. She was a member of the Order of St. Sharbel and a recipient of the National Apostolate of Maronite Massabki Medal.

She was a member of the Danbury Emmaus Community, Cursillo Community and served as a Director of the  Maronite Youth program for the Diocese of St. Maron, Brooklyn, NY.

She will be sorely missed most especially by her family and friends.

Michelle is survived by a daughter, Michaela Petrini and her husband Nicholas Jowdy of Bethel; three sisters, Beverly Ackell and her husband Edward of Danbury, Mary Lou Abdella of Danbury and Phyllis Moses of Danbury; two grandchildren, Dylan and Amelia Petrini; 2 nephews, Francis and Michael Zaccagnini and their families, many cousins and many dear friends.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 10:30 am in St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church, 17 Granville Ave., Danbury. Interment will take place at Weston Priory Cemetery, Weston, VT.

The family will receive friends at St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Contributions in Mrs. Benton’s memory may be made to St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church.

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

Send Your Condolences to the Family

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kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Fri, 18 May 2018 10:41:25 -0400