Danbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Wed, 06 Jul 2022 14:43:46 -0400 HamletHub.com Jackson Taylor Plays Hero in Win over Valley https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/49842-jackson-taylor-plays-hero-in-win-over-valley49842-jackson-taylor-plays-hero-in-win-over-valley https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/49842-jackson-taylor-plays-hero-in-win-over-valley49842-jackson-taylor-plays-hero-in-win-over-valley

Westerners’ second baseman Jackson Taylor made a leaping grab to steal a go-ahead single in the top of the tenth, and he followed that up with a two-out walk-off single through the right side of the infield to give Danbury a 10-9 victory over Valley.

In this 3-hour and 55-minute marathon, 426 pitches were fired, twenty-three hits were tallied, and twenty walks were surrendered.

Danbury (12-12) moved into second place in the West Division with the win, and Valley (12-13) suffered their sixth loss in their last seven contests.

The walk-off single was Taylor’s only hit of the night, but he recorded two RBIs, scored a run, and played excellent defense to help his team secure the victory.

“I’m just glad we came out of here with a win,” Taylor said after the game. “Certain things didn’t go our way, but we stuck through it, and I didn’t think we were ever going to lose.”

Westerners’ shortstop Nick Romano recorded his third-consecutive multi-hit game by going 2-4 with two walks, 2 RBIs, and a run scored. The Georgia Tech product is 9-12 with a double and 3 RBIs in this three-game span.

Blue Sox third baseman Michael Casaleggio went 4-6 with 4 RBIs and a run scored, and second baseman Blaze Fadio went 3-6 with a double and a run scored. Blue Sox left fielder Antonio Guerrero also recorded a three-hit night, and he drove in one run, walked once, and scored four times.

In the bottom of the first, the Westerners jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a Hank Thomas long ball. Westerners’ shortstop Nick Romano drew a two-out walk, and Thomas clobbered his fourth home run of the season over the center-field wall.

Valley plated their first run on a second-inning RBI single from Michael Casaleggio, but Danbury reclaimed a two-run advantage in the third thanks to Korey Morton. Morton started off the frame by smoking a double down the left-field line, and eventually darted home on two wild pitches to make it a 3-1 ballgame.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Westerners stretched their lead to four on a defensive miscue from the Blue Sox defense. Westerners’ second baseman Jackson Taylor kicked the inning off with a walk and a stolen base, and left fielder Jett Lovett was granted a free pass to put runners on first and second with two away. Korey Morton was ahead in the count 1-0, and the Valley catcher tried to pick of Lovett on a snap throw to first. However, he sailed it way over the first baseman’s head, allowing Taylor to score and Lovett to advance to third. After Morton reached on a walk, Nick Romano scorched a base hit into the right-center gap to plate Lovett and give his ballclub a 5-1 lead.

Valley limited any further damage by escaping a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, and they bounced back by scoring two runs in the fifth. With runners on first and second and two away, Blue Sox second baseman Blaze Fadio scampered home when Damaurys Rodriguez hit a bouncing ball that went under the first baseman’s glove and into right field. This error cut the deficit to three, and Antonio Guerrero laced an RBI single into right-center field to make it a two-run game.

Nick Romano smacked a sixth-inning RBI single into center field to give Danbury a three-run lead, but Valley clawed back to take a 7-6 lead in the seventh. Blue Sox center fielder Jevon Mason started the party with a double off the center-field wall, and Antonio Guerrero singled into center to put runners on the corners with one away. Michael Casaleggio drove both these runners in with a single into center field, and two more RBI singles followed from the bottom of the lineup to put Valley up by one.

Danbury quickly responded by knotting the game up at 7 in the bottom of the seventh, but Valley claimed their first lead of the ballgame with a two-run eighth. Blue Sox pinch hitter Chase Hanson started the rally with a one-out walk, and Antonio Guerrero walked to place runners on first and second. After a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, Damaurys Rodriquez launched a sacrifice fly into center field to give Valley a one-run lead. Michael Casaleggio followed this situational hitting with a base hit into center field, and it plated Guerrero to give his ballclub a 9-7 advantage.

It looked like Valley was going to steal this game from their divisional rival, but the Westerners had another rally in their bones. In the bottom of the ninth, Westerners’ designated hitter Harrison Feinberg launched a leadoff home run over the left-field wall to pull his team within one. Sam Mongelli followed with a walk, and he advanced to third on two ground-ball outs. After a clutch performance on Sunday night, Westerners’ center fielder Jermaine White came through yet again by tattooing an extra-base hit over the center fielder’s head. Mongelli scored easily, it was a tied game, and there was bedlam in the Hat City.

Danbury’s comeback forced the game into extras. After robbing the Blue Sox of a run in the top of the tenth, Jackson Taylor sent them packing with a walk-off single into right field. The Westerners loaded the bases with two away, and the Indiana St product bounced a ball past the second baseman to send the Westerner faithful home happy.

Westerners’ relief pitcher Jack Bowery (2-0) tossed two shutout innings to earn the victory, and Blaze Fadio (0-1) suffered the loss after surrendering the walk-off single to Jackson Taylor.

Westerners’ starter Cody Carwile went 4.2 innings, conceded three runs (two earned) on six hits, walked two, and fanned eight. Carwile ran into some turbulence in the fifth, but the southpaw induced many swings and misses and fought through a bases-loaded nobody-out jam to keep his team in the ballgame.

Blue Sox starter Jared Kuryan surrendered five runs (four earned) on four hits in 3.2 innings pitched. He struck out five, but the walk would be his arch-nemesis because he granted six free passes to Westerners’ hitters.

Danbury will look to keep the momentum going when they face the Bristol Blues on Wednesday night. The Blues are 17-6 this season and sit 5.5 games ahead of the Westerners in the West Division. Zach Grace will get the nod for Danbury, and the first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 pm ET.

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bill@danburywesterners.com (Robby Johnson photo by Janiece Kerr) Neighbors Wed, 06 Jul 2022 10:30:10 -0400
Danbury resident Joseph Ledan named to dean's list at University of New Hampshire https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/49843-redding-residents-olivia-and-trevor-named-to-dean-s-list-at-university-of-new-hampshire49843-redding-residents-olivia-and-trevor-named-to-dean-s-list-at-university-of-new-hampshire https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/49843-redding-residents-olivia-and-trevor-named-to-dean-s-list-at-university-of-new-hampshire49843-redding-residents-olivia-and-trevor-named-to-dean-s-list-at-university-of-new-hampshire

Joseph Ledan of Danbury, CT has been named to the Dean's List at the University of New Hampshire for earning High Honors for the spring 2022 semester. Ledan is majoring in Marine, Estuarine & Frshwatr Bio.

Students named to the Dean's List at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance during a semester enrolled in a full-time course load (12 or more graded credits). Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Universithy of New Hampshire) Neighbors Wed, 06 Jul 2022 08:42:00 -0400
CityCenter Danbury July Events: Downtown ChowDown, Live Music, and Farm Fresh! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/49841-citycenter-danbury-july-events-downtown-chowdown-live-music-and-farm-fresh49841-citycenter-danbury-july-events-downtown-chowdown-live-music-and-farm-fresh https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/49841-citycenter-danbury-july-events-downtown-chowdown-live-music-and-farm-fresh49841-citycenter-danbury-july-events-downtown-chowdown-live-music-and-farm-fresh

July is HOT in Danbury!

Thursday, July 7 - Downtown ChowDown from 11:30 to 1:30 pm
 
Tired of bringing your lunch to work and staying indoors? Then bring your co-workers, families, friends, and join us on Thursday, July 7th from 11:30 – 1:30pm on our CityCenter Green for some great food and live music
 
Artisan and Fork in the Road will wow your palate with some delicious food. This is a Thursday you don’t want to miss!
 
Music is sponsored by the Savings Bank of Danbury.
 
Friday, July 8 - Concert-on-the-Green 
 
Cobalt Blue Band (Opener - 7PM)
 
Cobalt Blue is a rock band with deep roots in the blues. This is an amazing band with versatile musicians, soaring solos, and heartfelt vocals. The band excels when performing live! 
 
The Mighty Ploughboys (Main Act - 8PM)
 
The Mighty Ploughboys are one of those bands that make you want to be Irish!!! A five-piece rock powerhouse out of Connecticut that blends a classic rock style with hints of traditional Irish Music to create an eclectic style that defines its own genre. The Mighty Ploughboys will challenge the way you think of Irish or Celtic rock bands. 
 
Saturday, July 9 - Danbury Farmers' Market from 10am to 2pm

Featuring the best local produce, eggs, honey, jams, flowers, bread, granola and much more! Lots of new vendors are joining us this year including many craft vendors. Not only will we have great produce, and things to shop for, but we’ll have live entertainment for you to enjoy while you’re there. Free 2 hour parking is available at the Patriot Garage, right next to the market.

For more information, please visit our website at www.citycenterdanbury.com or contact CityCenter Danbury at (203) 792-1711.

 
Tired of bringing your lunch to work and staying indoors? Then bring your co-workers, families, friends, and join us on Thursday, July 7th from 11:30 – 1:30pm on our CityCenter Green for some great food and live music
 
Music is sponsored by the Savings Bank of Danbury.
 
Artisan and Fork in the Road will wow your palate with some delicious food. This is a Thursday you don’t want to miss!!!
 
More dates to follow.
 
For more information, please visit our website at www.citycenterdanbury.com
or contact CityCenter Danbury at (203) 792-1711.
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kerry@ducey.org (CityCenter Danbury) Events Tue, 05 Jul 2022 14:55:29 -0400
Danbury Takes Down Valley With Timely Hitting https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/49838-danbury-takes-down-valley-with-timely-hitting49838-danbury-takes-down-valley-with-timely-hitting https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/49838-danbury-takes-down-valley-with-timely-hitting49838-danbury-takes-down-valley-with-timely-hitting

 

After falling behind 2-0, Danbury erased the deficit in the seventh and hung a three-spot in the ninth to defeat Valley 5-2.

The Westerners (11-12) bested Valley for the first time this summer, and the Blue Sox (11-12) lost their fifth consecutive game since defeating North Adams on June 27.

“We definitely needed this one,” Westerners’ center fielder Jermaine White said after the game. “Hopefully it can charge us up and get us going on a run.”

Westerners’ third baseman Nick Romano recorded his first four-hit night of the summer, which raised his average to .303 on the year. Romano’s final line was 4-5 with four singles and an RBI.

Jermaine White went 2-4 with two singles and a clutch sacrifice bunt in the ninth, and second baseman Mike Becchetti had a 1-3 night at the plate with a walk and 2 RBIs in his last two at-bats.

Blue Sox left fielder Antonio Guerrero went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored, and second baseman Lucas DiLuca went 1-4 with a home run.

In the bottom of the first, Valley’s offense wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Lucas DiLuca led off the inning by launching a no-doubter over the high right-field wall, and it gave Valley the early 1-0 lead. This was DiLuca’s first bomb of the year and his second RBI in as many games.

Valley made it a 2-0 ballgame in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from right fielder Chase Hanson. Antonio Guerrero started the inning with a base hit to right field, and he scampered to third on a failed pickoff move from the pitcher. The ball skipped past the first baseman and rolled into the right-field corner, so Guerrero turned on the jets and slid into third safely. With the corner infielders in and nobody out, Hanson drove a ball deep enough into right field to plate Guerrero and give his ballclub a two-run lead.

The Blue Sox pitching staff cruised through the sixth, but a shocking defensive blemish in the seventh allowed Danbury to tie the game in the blink of an eye. Westerners’ left fielder Henry Strmecki legged out an infield single to kick things off, and shortstop Danniel Rivera roped a base hit down the left-field line to put runners on first and second. After Chris DiFiore induced a fly-ball out, Mike Becchetti sneaked a ground ball past the second baseman and into right field for a base hit. The ball somehow rolled past the charging right fielder, and two runs motored around to even things up at 2.

Valley tried to answer in the bottom half of the inning, but Jermaine White had other thoughts in mind. Two straight hitters were granted a free pass with one away, and first baseman Steve Luttazi smashed what looked to be a potential RBI single into center field. However, White fielded it cleanly and fired a laser to gun down the runner at home plate and keep the game knotted up at 2.

“I was able to get to the ball quick enough to have a chance at getting him out, and the catcher backed me up with the pick,” White added when talking about this throw. “It’s great to help the team out whenever I can.”

After a scoreless eighth inning, the Westerners broke the deadlock by erupting for three runs in the ninth. A leadoff single and a hit by pitch put runners on first and second with nobody down, and Jermaine White moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt on the third-base side of the mound. One batter later, Mike Becchetti knocked in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to right field, and Danniel Rivera tagged up from second and advanced to third on the throw to home plate. Westerner’s right fielder Billy Gerlott drove in Rivera with a double down the left-field line, and Nick Romano capped off his outstanding night by yanking an RBI single down the right-field line. This turn of events gave Danbury a three-run lead, and Vincent Bianchi fanned two of the three batters he retired to complete the come-from-behind victory.

Westerners’ relief pitcher Sam Majewski (1-0) earned the victory by throwing a scoreless eighth inning, and Vincent Bianchi (1) recorded his first save of the summer by retiring the Blue Sox in order.

Blue Sox relief pitcher Terry Murray (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season after surrendering three runs in the ninth inning. He went 2.0 innings, coughed up those three runs on five hits, walked none, and struck out two.

Westerners’ starter Aeden Finateri had another sterling performance for his ballclub. After surrendering a home run to the first batter he faced, Finateri regrouped and did not allow an extra-base hit for the rest of his outing. His final line was 7.0 innings, two runs, six hits, three walks, and two strikeouts.

“My curveball wasn’t working too well, so I was throwing my fastball in and my palm ball away, and that was bringing me success,” Finateri said after the game. “I knew the defense had my back with every ball that was put in play.”

Blue Sox starter Jack Kramer pitched five scoreless innings, conceded three hits, walked two, and struck out five. After Sunday’s outing, the right-hander from Sacred Heart has tossed eleven scoreless innings against the Westerners this season.

Danbury will rest on America’s birthday, but they will return to action on Tuesday night when they clash with Valley at Rogers Park. Cody Carwile will take the hill for the Westerners, and his first pitch will be thrown at 6:30 pm ET.

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bill@danburywesterners.com (Robby Johnson photo by Janiece Kerr) Neighbors Tue, 05 Jul 2022 10:32:23 -0400
Connecticut Flags Lowered To Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Mass Shooting in Highland Park, Illinois https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/49840-connecticut-flags-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-the-victims-of-the-mass-shooting-in-highland-park-illinois49840-connecticut-flags-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-the-victims-of-the-mass-shooting-in-highland-park-illinois https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/49840-connecticut-flags-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-the-victims-of-the-mass-shooting-in-highland-park-illinois49840-connecticut-flags-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-the-victims-of-the-mass-shooting-in-highland-park-illinois

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that – in accordance with a proclamation from President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. directing flags to be lowered throughout the country as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois – he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Saturday, July 9, 2022.

Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.

“Another day in America yields another episode of senseless violence and death at the hands of a deranged gunman,” Governor Lamont said. “I am heartened that the U.S. House and Senate acted in a bipartisan manner in recent days to take action on this epidemic of gun violence that has plagued the United States for far too long and has cost the lives of far too many. But we must not become complacent or grow numb to this epidemic. We must continue pushing our nation to enact meaningful reforms that the overwhelming majority of Americans support.”

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Tue, 05 Jul 2022 10:09:16 -0400
Local high school student launches Clothing Drive to support The Center in Danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/49839-ridgefield-high-school-student-launches-clothing-drive-to-help-victims-of-domestic-violence49839-ridgefield-high-school-student-launches-clothing-drive-to-help-victims-of-domestic-violence https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/49839-ridgefield-high-school-student-launches-clothing-drive-to-help-victims-of-domestic-violence49839-ridgefield-high-school-student-launches-clothing-drive-to-help-victims-of-domestic-violence

“Cleaning out your closets for back-to-school helps women and their children get a new start” 

Avery Baum, a rising junior at Ridgefield High School has created a clothing drive that she calls “RidgefieldCares” to collect new and gently used clothing this summer and has also created a fundraiser to help women and their children who suffer from domestic abuse. 

Women who need to quickly leave unsafe domestic situations many times are unable to take their possessions with them as they flee. Avery has created an initiative to help these women feel supported and even empowered as they transition to a safe environment to get a fresh start.

Avery reached out to The Center for Education and Empowerment (formerly known as the Women's Center of Greater Danbury, Inc) where she will be delivering all of the donated clothing in addition to collecting funds through a GoFundMe that she created for people who want to help but might not have clothing to donate:  https://gofund.me/d3ba460d

By reaching out to local businesses in Ridgefield, Avery has been able to get seven stores to date to act as drop off locations over the summer to receive donated clothing to support her drive including Nancy O Boutique, Miss Confident Boutique, Candlelight Shoppe Lingerie, Audrey Road, Whim, Underground Co, and Olley Court. Avery is hoping to get additional stores to participate in this clothing drive as the fall shopping season approaches.

As the donation drive builds, Avery will be posting updates on the Facebook page she created to help get the word out to the community.

Avery believes that this summer is an ideal time to start this initiative and get the Ridgefield and Wilton communities involved as parents clean out their closets of outgrown apparel as back-to-school approaches. 

Avery says, “This cause is important to me because I want every woman to be able to have the chance to succeed in life. Providing good-quality clothing can help women and their children who have been in vulnerable, unsafe situations feel empowered and ready to seize the day and make a new start for a better life. It would be great to see our community help to make the lives of these women just a little bit easier.”

The Center for Empowerment and Education, a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Danbury, Connecticut provides assistance to Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield county communities including Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, and Washington. Its mission is to serve the needs of individuals, families and the community with prevention, crisis intervention and support services with regard to domestic violence, sexual assault and other major life crises.  

As the school year approaches, Avery also wants to raise money by creating selling events at local stores where customers can purchase apparel donated by the participating businesses with all proceeds going to benefit The Center. As Avery says, “I have been living in Ridgefield my whole life and I have seen how supportive our community is, especially when helping others who are in challenging situations.”

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Tue, 05 Jul 2022 09:56:14 -0400
Breast Imaging For Transgender Patients https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/49832-breast-imaging-for-transgender-patients49832-breast-imaging-for-transgender-patients https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/49832-breast-imaging-for-transgender-patients49832-breast-imaging-for-transgender-patients

Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines for Transgender Females

Current screening recommendations in the transgender female population vary according to the age of the individual and other risk factors including the duration of hormone therapy. Generally, advocates recommend annual or biennial screening starting at age 50 years for individuals who have taken hormone therapy for a minimum of 5 years.

The American College of Radiology recommends that transgender women with risk factors who have been receiving hormone therapy for more than 5 years follow the breast cancer screening guidelines for natal females. In addition, transgender women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer should also begin screenings earlier and more frequently.

Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines for Transgender Men

Transgender men with preserved breast tissue (ie, reduction mammoplasty or no breast surgery) should undergo the same risk assessment as natal females, as the same risk factors apply – including BRCA mutations, chest irradiation, and family history of breast cancer. Thus, it is proposed that presurgical transgender men follow the established breast cancer screening guidelines for natal females.

Breast cancer risk is markedly diminished in transgender men who undergo bilateral subcutaneous mastectomy, as supported by studies showing an almost 90% risk reduction in natal females with risk factors. However, the residual risk remains higher than that of natal males. Current guidelines recommend an annual clinical and physical examination and/or discussion with your provider. 

At Connecticut Breast Imaging, we respect all patients, and aim to provide the most accurate, considerate and comprehensive care possible. In addition, we have experience working with transgender patients and the specific challenges of breast cancer screenings for this community. 

To learn more, read the full article by visiting Connecticut Breast Imaging’s website at here.

Contact us online, or call us at 203.426.3002, to schedule a breast cancer screening and discuss your specific needs and breast cancer risk.

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kerry@ducey.org (CT Breast Imaging) Neighbors Tue, 05 Jul 2022 06:29:16 -0400
LaBlast Fitness created by Louis Van Amstel of Dancing with the Stars at Vitti's Dance Studio https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/49815-lablast-fitness-165642296249815-lablast-fitness-1656422962 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/49815-lablast-fitness-165642296249815-lablast-fitness-1656422962

Come experience the excitement and fun of the newest dance-fitness class on Tuesday OR Thursday evenings! “LaBlast Fitness”, created by Louis Van Amstel of "Dancing with the Stars", is taught by certified instructor, Denise Nethercott, who will lead you in this partner-free, simple, low impact, safe, fun and energizing ballroom dance workout for everybody!

Burn the floor with Louis Van Amstel’s great dance moves and burn some calories in the process! All you need is comfortable sneakers and some light hand weights to enjoy this workout.

July, 3 week session on Tuesdays for $36 begins 7/5 (no class 7/12) or 3 week session on Thursdays for $36 begins 7/7 (no class 7/14) at Vitti’s Dance Studio, 10 Precision Road, Danbury, CT. Register online:   www.vittisdancestudio.com.   For more information call 203.748.2884 or email info@vittisdancestudio.com.

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dlinley@hotmail.com (deb linley) Neighbors Sun, 03 Jul 2022 05:50:21 -0400
Newport Quiets Danbury’s Bats in Shutout Victory https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/49836-newport-quiets-danbury-s-bats-in-shutout-victory49836-newport-quiets-danbury-s-bats-in-shutout-victory https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/49836-newport-quiets-danbury-s-bats-in-shutout-victory49836-newport-quiets-danbury-s-bats-in-shutout-victory

The Gulls scratched across three runs in the fifth, and their pitching staff ensured those would be the only runs they needed in a rain-shortened win over the Westerners.

Newport (13-8) now has a five-game winning streak, and Danbury’s (10-12) lineup failed to score a run for the first time this season.

Gulls’ third baseman Alec Makarewicz went 2-3 with an RBI single, a walk, and a run scored, and catcher Jacob Burley also went 2-3 with a walk and a run scored. First baseman Samuel Kulasingam went 1-4 and drove in the third run of the ballgame with a base hit to left field.

Westerners’ shortstop Nick Romano went 3-3 with a double and two singles, and both Jackson Taylor and Sam Mongelli had 1-3 nights at the plate.

Danbury flashed the leather to keep the game scoreless for the first four innings. With a runner on first and one down in the top of the third, Gulls’ center fielder Colton Ledbetter drove a deep fly ball into center field. However, Jermaine White showed off his vertical by leaping over the wall and robbing a two-run shot. The defensive showcase continued in the fourth when Westerners’ second baseman Jackson Taylor laid out and snagged a line drive ticketed for right field.

Despite Danbury backing up their starter with these impressive defensive plays, the Gulls broke through in the top of the fifth. A single and a walk put two runners on with one down, and Alec Makarewicz roped a single into left field. One run scored easily, and a second run scored from first after the ball took a big hop and bounced away from the left fielder. The mishap allowed Makarewicz to advance to third, and Samuel Kulasingam knocked him in with a single to left to give them a three-run lead.

Gulls’ starter Collin Lowe retired the side in the fifth, and Newport’s bullpen would only allow one runner on base for the next three innings. The top of the ninth was about to commence, but the umpires pulled the players off the field due to heavy rain. The torrential downpour forced the umpires to call the game, which granted Newport a 3-0 victory at Rogers Park.

Collin Lowe (1-1) earned the win after hurling five innings of shutout ball, and Chase Renner claimed his first save of the season by throwing two scoreless innings. Lowe surrendered four of the Westerners’ five hits, but he walked none and allowed minimal traffic on the basepaths.

Westerners’ starter Braden Quinn (0-2) suffered the loss on Saturday night. The southpaw coasted through the first four innings, but the Gulls tagged him for their only three runs in the fifth. Quinn’s final line was 5.0 innings, three runs (two earned), two walks, and four strikeouts.

Westerners’ relief pitcher Logan Tabeling was lights out in his fourth appearance of the season. The right-hander threw three scoreless innings, conceded one hit, walked two, and fanned two batters.

The Westerners will look to bounce back when they travel to McKenzie Stadium and battle the Valley Blue Sox. Valley has won both games against the Westerners this season, and they sit a game ahead of them for second place in the West Division Standings. Aeden Finateri will toe the rubber for Danbury, and the first pitch will be thrown at 5:05 pm ET.

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bill@danburywesterners.com (by Robby Johnson photo by Janiece Kerr) Neighbors Sun, 03 Jul 2022 05:48:17 -0400
Fairfield County Bank is collecting school supplies for local families in need https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/49773-fairfield-county-bank-is-collecting-school-supplies-for-local-families-in-need49773-fairfield-county-bank-is-collecting-school-supplies-for-local-families-in-need https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/49773-fairfield-county-bank-is-collecting-school-supplies-for-local-families-in-need49773-fairfield-county-bank-is-collecting-school-supplies-for-local-families-in-need

Fairfield County Bank is holding a Back to School Drive benefitting Friends of Karen now through July 15, 2022.

Friends of Karen is a local nonprofit organization that provides emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families in order to help keep them stable, functioning, and able to cope.

Needed School Supplies

• Sturdy Backpack Large Enough to Hold Laptop and Supplies

• Package of Ticonderoga Pre-Sharpened #2 Pencils

• 12 pack of Crayola Pre-Sharpened Colored Pencils

• Large Glue Sticks

• Two-Pocket Plastic Folders

• Set of Crayola Fine Tip Markers in Classic Colors

• Latex Free Pink Eraser

• Yellow Highlighters

• Pencil Sharpener with Cover

• Wide Rule Composition Book

There are donation bins in each of Fairfield County Bank's 17 locations:

Bridgeport | Danbury | Darien | Fairfield | Georgetown | Norwalk | Ridgefield Rowayton | Stamford | Weston | Westport | Wilton

Benefitting Local Families through Friends of Karen

Learn more about Friends of Karen https://www.friendsofkaren.org/

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Sun, 03 Jul 2022 03:11:00 -0400
It’s a Night of Hits with Five for Fighting and Special Guest, The Verve Pipe, at The Ridgefield Playhouse on July 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/49837-it-s-a-night-of-hits-with-five-for-fighting-and-special-guest-the-verve-pipe-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-july-2649837-it-s-a-night-of-hits-with-five-for-fighting-and-special-guest-the-verve-pipe-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-july-26 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/49837-it-s-a-night-of-hits-with-five-for-fighting-and-special-guest-the-verve-pipe-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-july-2649837-it-s-a-night-of-hits-with-five-for-fighting-and-special-guest-the-verve-pipe-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-july-26

John Ondrasik, the songwriter and performer known as the platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated, Five For Fighting has penned many major hits, including the chart-topping "100 Years," "The Riddle," "Chances," "World," and "Superman (It's Not Easy)," which have earned tens of millions of streams and place him as a top-10 Hot Adult Contemporary artist for the 2000s.

Five For Fighting returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 7:30pm, as part of the Pepsi Rock Series Driven by North American Motor Car and 068 Magazine Singer Songwriter Series, with special guest The Verve Pipe. With a reputation for spectacular live performances, the multi-platinum alternative rock band The Verve Pipe is recognized worldwide for radio hits “Photograph,” “Hero,” “Happiness Is,” “Never Let You Down,” and the #1 smash single “The Freshmen.”  

Make it a great night out with dinner and a show - and visit The Hideaway (30 Grove Street, Ridgefield) before the performance and enjoy a complimentary draft beer or glass of wine with your entrée when you show your ticket!  Five For Fighting is a featured artist of media sponsor WEBE 108fm. 

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home tickets ($69.50-$90) go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Sat, 02 Jul 2022 09:32:15 -0400
Salsa Classes in Danbury July 2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/49816-salsa-july-202249816-salsa-july-2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/49816-salsa-july-202249816-salsa-july-2022

Salsa Classes “on 1” Monday nights, July session begins on 7/11/22 (no class 7/25). Beginner/Advanced Beginner Class at 7 pm. 2 weeks $30, $20 drop-in per class.

Learn steps to get yourself moving to the Latin rhythms. Start with the basics and advance to the next level to show your mastery on the dance floor!

For more information: 203-748-2884 or Deb@vittisdancestudio.com. Vitti’s Dance Studio, 10 Precision Road, Danbury CT www.vittisdancestudio.com.

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dlinley@hotmail.com (deb linley) Events Sat, 02 Jul 2022 05:42:08 -0400
Hit Parade in Fifth Helps Danbury Cruise to Victory https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/49834-hit-parade-in-fifth-helps-danbury-cruise-to-victory49834-hit-parade-in-fifth-helps-danbury-cruise-to-victory https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/49834-hit-parade-in-fifth-helps-danbury-cruise-to-victory49834-hit-parade-in-fifth-helps-danbury-cruise-to-victory

Danbury’s lineup sent ten batters to the plate in the fifth and exploded for five runs to outlast Keene 7-3.

The Westerners (10-11) completed the season sweep of Keene with the win, and the Swamp Bats (8-13) have lost eight of their last nine since starting the season 7-5.

Westerners’ left fielder Harrison Feinberg jumpstarted the offense by belting his third home run of the season in the fourth, and he barreled two other baseballs that were only a few feet away from being home runs. Feinberg’s final line was 1-4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

Westerners’ designated hitter Hank Thomas had a 2-5 night at the plate with 3 RBIs and a run scored, and shortstop Danniel Rivera went 1-2 with a double and two runs scored. Sam Mongelli also went 2-3 with a two-run single in the five-run fifth inning, and his first hit was the only base hit the Westerners recorded off Swamp Bats’ starter Noah Dean.

The Westerners tallied seven hits and improved to 8-2 this summer when scoring five or more runs.

“I told my guys to jump on the fastball early,” hitting coach Bobby Rodriguez said after the game. “We knew they would attack us with fastballs early in the count, so we geared up for them and barreled up a lot of baseballs.”

Swamp Bats’ third baseman Jackson Ross went 1-3 with a walk and a three-run blast in the sixth, and second baseman Dan Covino had a 2-4 night with a double and a run scored.

Alumni Field hosted a pitcher’s duel through the first three innings of the ballgame, but the Westerners emphatically threw the first punch on the offensive side of the ball. With one away in the top of the fourth, Westerners’ left fielder Harrison Feinberg launched a tape-measure blast into the center-field parking lot to give his team a 1-0 lead. Feinberg’s moonshot traveled 401 feet and came off the bat at 102 mph.

“It felt awesome to get the offense going,” Feinberg said after the win. “I’m seeing the ball better, and the hard work is starting to pay off.”

Feinberg’s fourth-inning bomb lit a fire into the Westerners’ lineup because they exploded for five runs in the top of the fifth. Westerners’ shortstop Danniel Rivera and right fielder Billy Gerlott walked to start the frame, and center fielder Korey Morton wore a fastball off the helmet to load the bases. After seeing a first-pitch ball, Hank Thomas delivered by hitting a sharp ground ball past the first baseman and down the right-field line. Two runners darted home, and Danbury extended their lead to 3-0.

Harrison Feinberg continued the scoring extravaganza by flirting with his second home run in as many at-bats. The Southern California product sent a ball to the warning track in right-center field, but it was caught right up against the wall. Korey Morton tagged from third and scored, so Feinberg recorded his second RBI of the night on the sacrifice fly and gave his ballclub a four-run lead.

The last two runs in the fifth came on a two-run single from Sam Mongelli. The Sacred Heart product smoked a base hit into the right-center gap, and both Hank Thomas and Mike Becchetti came around to score to put Danbury up 6-0.

Despite this comfortable lead, Keene showed some life in the bottom of the sixth. With one down and runners on first and second, Jackson Ross smoked a three-run shot over the right-field wall to cut the deficit in half.

Keene had some momentum going into the later innings, but Westerners’ relief pitcher Ethan Bradford (1-1) shut the door after throwing three scoreless innings and surrendering only one hit. The Westerners also gifted Bradford an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI single from Hank Thomas. Danniel Rivera roped a leadoff double into left-center field, and Thomas knocked him in with a base hit over the leaping try of the second baseman to make it a 7-3 ballgame.

Bradford thwarted any Swamp Bat attempt at a comeback, and he claimed the victory by fanning the last batter of the game. Bradford walked three but struck out two, and he worked into and out of a jam in the eighth when the Swamp Bats sent the tying run to the plate.

Swamp Bats’ relief pitcher Riley Skeen (2-2) suffered the loss after conceding five runs (three earned) over 1.1 innings. Skeen struck out three and allowed only two hits, but he walked two and hit Morton to start the five-run fifth for the Westerners.

Westerners’ starter Billy Oldham dominated against the Swamp Bats’ lineup. After getting into and out of trouble in the first, the right-hander from Eastern Connecticut State went on cruise control and retired the final nine batters he faced. Oldham went 4.0 innings, conceded one hit, walked one, and fanned six.

Starting guys off with off-speed was working better than throwing first-pitch fastballs,” Oldham said after the win. “My fastball was missing arm-side, so throwing my off-speed for first-pitch strikes was key to going deep into the game.”

Swamp Bats’ starter Noah Dean turned some heads in his three innings of work. The southpaw was throwing heat from the get-go, and he only surrendered one hit, walked one, and struck out seven before being taken out of the game.

The Westerners will look to continue their winning ways when they travel back to Rogers Park and face off against the Newport Gulls. Braden Quinn will get the nod for the first time this summer, and his first pitch will be fired at 6:30 pm ET.

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bill@danburywesterners.com (Robby Johnson, photo by Janiece Kerr) Neighbors Sat, 02 Jul 2022 05:37:00 -0400
Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut partners with Hancock Hall and Connecticut Institute for Communities on art shows https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/49833-cultural-alliance-of-western-connecticut-partners-with-hancock-hall-and-connecticut-institute-for-communities-on-art-shows49833-cultural-alliance-of-western-connecticut-partners-with-hancock-hall-and-connecticut-institute-for-communities-on-art-shows https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/49833-cultural-alliance-of-western-connecticut-partners-with-hancock-hall-and-connecticut-institute-for-communities-on-art-shows49833-cultural-alliance-of-western-connecticut-partners-with-hancock-hall-and-connecticut-institute-for-communities-on-art-shows

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and two local organizations are working together to produce summer art exhibits for the community.

On July 7 at 5 p.m., Hancock Hall at 31 Staples St. in Danbury, will host an artist’s reception for Bethel artist Diana Gubbay, whose show is titled “The Energy Within Matter.” The exhibit will delve into the energy within vast spaces, and within all life. The reception is free and open to the public.

“Hancock Hall has been a great supporter of the Cultural Alliance but we haven’t been able to work together on an exhibit since before the pandemic,” said Cultural Alliance executive director Lisa Scails. “Hancock Hall is a family owned business that believes in community and the power of art, and their facility is a perfect place to display and enjoy Diana’s artwork.”

A second exhibit is planned for Aug. 8 at the Connecticut Institute for Communities (CIFC), as part of the ribbon-cutting and celebration of an 8,000-square-foot expansion at CIFC’s 120 Main St. headquarters in Danbury. The Cultural Alliance will soon issue a call to artists for that show.

“CIFC is a new partner for the Cultural Alliance, and we’re both looking forward to showcasing the region’s emerging and under-represented artists with this show,” Scails said. “Coming out of Covid, we are planning to work with even more businesses and artists to promote the culture and talent of Western Connecticut.”

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The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is the heart of the region’s creativity to help communities connect and thrive. We are a 501(C)3 and regional service organization serving 10-towns in the Greater Danbury area. Our aspiration is to improve access and growth of arts and culture to improve quality of life and the economy. The Connecticut Office of the Arts and CT Humanities provide major support.

About Hancock Hall

Hancock Hall is a privately owned and operated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in the heart of Danbury. It is a family-owned business that has for three generations remained dedicated to providing a uniquely caring and supportive environment for their patients and families.

About the Connecticut Institute for Communities

CIFC supports the healthcare needs of low-income children in greater Danbury, while also offering residency programs for graduate medical education. In addition, they manage the only low-income housing coop in Western Connecticut while supporting a comprehensive Head Start program for early learners.

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Jeninemichaud@gmail.com (Paul Steinmetz) Events Fri, 01 Jul 2022 12:55:58 -0400
Danbury Library hosts free summer lunch program https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/49831-danbury-library-hosts-free-summer-lunch-program49831-danbury-library-hosts-free-summer-lunch-program https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/49831-danbury-library-hosts-free-summer-lunch-program49831-danbury-library-hosts-free-summer-lunch-program

The Danbury Library is once again participating in the free summer lunch program in partnership with CT Summer Meals and Danbury Public School District.
 
Lunch is available Monday through Friday at 12pm in the Lower Level Meeting Room for anyone age 18 and under.
 
Each day we will have something fun for you to do while enjoying a healthy lunch!
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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Fri, 01 Jul 2022 12:16:42 -0400