Danbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Thu, 09 Jul 2020 06:41:06 -0400 HamletHub.com Former Danbury Resident Vincent Michael Coughlin, 85, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47704-vincent-michael-coughlin-85-has-died47704-vincent-michael-coughlin-85-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47704-vincent-michael-coughlin-85-has-died47704-vincent-michael-coughlin-85-has-died

Vincent Michael Coughlin, 85, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2020. He was the loving husband of Barbara Ann (Collins) Coughlin.

Mr. Coughlin was born on March 5, 1935 in Pittsburgh, PA; the youngest son of the late John and Frances (Lynch) Coughlin. Mr. Coughlin graduated from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, served honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956 and graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

An area resident for the last 10 years, Mr. Coughlin was a retired Municipal Planner for multiple cities throughout the United States.

Mr. Coughlin is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara and their five children: Michael Coughlin and his wife, Jean; Stephen Coughlin and his wife, Kathleen; Mary Paladino and her husband Mark, John Coughlin, and Katie Scalzulli and her husband, William. In addition, Mr. Coughlin is survived by 10 grandchildren: Patricia, Michael, Elizabeth, Matthew, Mary Kate, Caroline, Christine, Kathleen, Nancy and Nicole.

Mr. Coughlin was predeceased by his brothers John and Robert, and sisters Betty, Pat, Eleanor and Mary Lou.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 10:30 AM at St. Gregory the Great Church; 85 Great Plain Road, Danbury. Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery; Pittsburgh, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Danbury Hospital, 24 Hospital Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810, www.danburyhospital.org

kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:08:16 -0400
Danbury Residents Named to the University of Alabama Dean and President's Lists https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47703-danbury-residents-named-to-the-university-of-alabama-dean-and-president-s-lists47703-danbury-residents-named-to-the-university-of-alabama-dean-and-president-s-lists https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47703-danbury-residents-named-to-the-university-of-alabama-dean-and-president-s-lists47703-danbury-residents-named-to-the-university-of-alabama-dean-and-president-s-lists

The University of Alabama would like to congratulate Emily Mauldin who was named to the Dean’s List and Jesse Scalesi who was named to the President’s List. To be named to the Dean's List one must have an academic record of 3.5 or above and to be named to the President's List on must have an academic record of 4.0 (all A's).

The University of Alabama, the state's oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect, and inclusivity.

Visit the university’s website for more information. 


zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (University of Alabama) Neighbors Wed, 08 Jul 2020 13:16:56 -0400
Danbury Kidpreneur Donates Profits from Woodworking Business to Aid First Responders and Hospital Workers https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47702-danbury-kidpreneur-donate-profits-from-woodworking-business-to-aid-first-responders-and-hospital-workers47702-danbury-kidpreneur-donate-profits-from-woodworking-business-to-aid-first-responders-and-hospital-workers https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47702-danbury-kidpreneur-donate-profits-from-woodworking-business-to-aid-first-responders-and-hospital-workers47702-danbury-kidpreneur-donate-profits-from-woodworking-business-to-aid-first-responders-and-hospital-workers

Danbury Fire Department reported on their Facebook page that today, the on-duty crew received a food delivery from JK's - Original Texas Hot Weiners. The best part? It was donated by a 12-year-old resident named Franky, a talented kidpreneur, artist and builder who donates profits from his business to first responders.

"This talented young man builds items from wood and sells them. He then in turn donates the profits to purchase food and other needed items for first responders and hospital workers," the Department explains.

"Thank you for your support, Franky!" they said.

Shown here are firefighters with Franky.

For additional photos, visit (and like) Danbury Fire Department on Facebook HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Wed, 08 Jul 2020 10:27:51 -0400
Strawberry Fields Forever: Your Guide to Berry Picking in CT, Summer 2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47699-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-202047699-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47699-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-202047699-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-2020

Are you looking for a fun summer activity that is also safe for your family during the pandemic? Try berry picking! It is a great outdoor activity where families can remain socially distanced from one another while also getting to pick their very own sweet treats. Connecticut has many farms open and ready to welcome your family for a fun day of berry picking. See below for descriptions of some farms in the area including their hours of operation, products, COVID-19 protocols, and additional information. 

Recently, the van der Beek family enjoyed a fun-filled day of berry picking at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT (see below). Mirelle van der Beek shared that her children ate most of the berries before the days end! She also shared that the farm was extremely well-equipped to safely serve the numerous families that visited that day. The farm enforced social distancing and mask-wearing while waiting in line but allowed masks to be taken in the fields while families were completely separated from one another in the fields. The van der Beek children picked three full baskets of strawberries and shared that “it was fantastic!” 

Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm located in Sharon, CT and is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. For the Summer 2020 season, you can expect …

  • Strawberries from mid-June to early July

  • Cherries, weather permitting, from late June to mid-July

  • Raspberries from early July to mid-August

  • Plums for the entire month of July

  • Blueberries from early July to early September 

  • Peaches from mid-July to mid-August

Please visit Ellsworth’s website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, schedule updates, recipes, directions, and a brief history of the property. 

Evergreen Berry Farm located in Watertown, CT expects its Summer 2020 Harvest to begin July 7th (today!). Masks will be required at the Weigh Station and social distancing is required in the fields. The season is starting off with blueberries from July to August. Black raspberries will be available from early to mid-July and red raspberries in early July and early September. The farm will be open from 8 AM to 8 PM every day starting July 7th to early August, however, please check their website as hours are subject to change. Visit Evergreen Berry Farm’s website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, directions, recipes, the history of the farm, and much more!

Jones Family Farm in Shelton, CT is home to berry fields, a winery, and The Harvest Kitchen studio. The farm offers strawberries and blueberries during the summer months, pumpkins in the fall, and Christmas trees come winter. In concern with COVID-19, the farm requires masks while waiting in lines, social distancing, and also requires online reservations. Visit the Jone’s Family Farm website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, recipes, directions, schedule updates, and the history of the farm.

Litchfield Hill Blueberry Farm located in Plymouth, CT opens tomorrow, July 8th, at 8:00 AM for the 2020 Season. Masks will be mandatory under the Pavilion. Their weekly hours are as follows: Tuesday - Friday: 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm, and they are closed on Mondays. The farm is open rain or shine with the exception of thunderstorms. Please visit the Litchfield Farm website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, COVID-19 protocols, directions, recipes, and more!

Silverman’s Farm located in Easton, CT is open for the blueberry and raspberry season. Peaches are expected to be ready mid-July. This farm also is home to some furry friends whom you can visit at their animal farm (following their updated guidelines in concern with COVID-19). The farm is open 7 days a week. The market is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Animal Farm is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (restrictions apply please visit our Animal Farm page for more information). Raspberry picking is available from 9 AM - 4 PM. Blueberry picking is open from 9 AM-5 PM. As always, please call ahead of time for updates and visit the website for additional information, recipes, rules, and much more.

zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (Sara Hecht) Neighbors Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:47:18 -0400
City of Danbury nAnnounces Free Widespread COVID-19 Testing in Danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/47698-city-of-danbury-nannounces-free-widespread-covid-19-testing-in-danbury47698-city-of-danbury-nannounces-free-widespread-covid-19-testing-in-danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/47698-city-of-danbury-nannounces-free-widespread-covid-19-testing-in-danbury47698-city-of-danbury-nannounces-free-widespread-covid-19-testing-in-danbury

The City of Danbury Department of Health and Human Services is working with community agencies and healthcare providers in the community to expand access to COVID-19 testing in Danbury. There are a number of places residents can get tested in Danbury.

“Although the State of Connecticut has recently reported the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in the country, it is important that our residents continue to practice social distancing, use facial coverings, participate in contact tracing, adhere to self-quarantine recommendations, and get tested if there has been an exposure,” said Kara Prunty, Acting Director of Health.

“Our residents have worked very hard during the past few months to control the spread of COVID-19 and I encourage everyone to protect themselves and their families by scheduling a test at one of the testing sites throughout Danbury,” she continues.

Click Where to get tested for Covid-19.


kerry@ducey.org (City of Danbury) Life Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:20:43 -0400
86th Connecticut Open Presented by Reby Advisors at Historic Danbury Golf Course https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/47697-86th-connecticut-open-presented-by-reby-advisors-at-historic-danbury-golf-course47697-86th-connecticut-open-presented-by-reby-advisors-at-historic-danbury-golf-course https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/47697-86th-connecticut-open-presented-by-reby-advisors-at-historic-danbury-golf-course47697-86th-connecticut-open-presented-by-reby-advisors-at-historic-danbury-golf-course

Both Ridgewood Country Club and golfers competing in the 86th Connecticut Open presented by Reby Advisors have reason to celebrate: The historic country club commemorates its 100-year anniversary by hosting the prestigious annual tournament from August 3 to 5 – and the players will now contend for an elevated $60,000 purse.

Robert Reby, Founder and CEO of Reby Advisors, said: "Ridgewood is a beautiful, challenging course, rich with tradition. The tricky greens, wonderful condition, and elevation changes make it ideal for the Connecticut Open. As an avid golfer and sports fan, I’m excited to attend. As a firm, we are grateful for the opportunity to present it.”

This will be the fourth Connecticut Open Championship hosted at Ridgewood Country Club. This year’s tournament will be 54-hole stroke play championship. The Connecticut State Golf Association (CSGA) will set up the course at approximately 6,800 yards and a par of 71.

For additional information, visit the CSGA website: www.csgalinks.org


gruais@rebyadvisors.com (Gregg Ruais) Events Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:40:36 -0400
Christine O’Leary & Friends Headline Virtually LIVE! Comedy Show July 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/47701-christine-o-leary-friends-headline-virtually-live-comedy-show-july-2247701-christine-o-leary-friends-headline-virtually-live-comedy-show-july-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/47701-christine-o-leary-friends-headline-virtually-live-comedy-show-july-2247701-christine-o-leary-friends-headline-virtually-live-comedy-show-july-22

Christine O’Leary has always been funny. But, it wasn’t until she won a stand-up contest in Maine that she quit her day job to pursue a career in comedy. O’Leary is now an award-winning stand-up comedian, professional host, corporate consultant, and coach to budding adult and teen comics and improv enthusiasts enrolled in her classes at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Her advanced stand up students will take center stage — via Zoom — at Christine O’Leary & Friends: Virtually LIVE! on Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30. O’Leary will host from the Ridgefield Playhouse, while her team delivers stellar sets from home, to allow for a large capacity online audience.

Tickets are on sale now ($20 each) and can be purchased via the phone (203) 438-5795 or online: here

Ticket purchasers will be e-mailed a Zoom show link and given instructions the day of the show. At check out, attendees also have the opportunity to donate to The Leir Foundation Arts for Everyone program, which helps make performing arts shows at the Ridgefield Playhouse and elsewhere available to economically disadvantaged area residents.

O’Leary has taught over 50 sold-out comedy classes (182 graduates) at her post at the Playhouse, with many repeat students, who take an 8-week program to develop a tight, economized, 5-minute set -- the first increment of time given to new stand ups at comedy clubs. The students bring weekly material to “Rip and Read” in class to determine winning content, then video conference one-on-one with O’Leary to finalize their material and hone their set. After two months, they’re ready for an audience. This semester, Christine made what she calls a “pandemic pivot,” and continued classes for nearly 3 months past the original schedule. Knowing the Zoom sessions provided connection for her “tribe”during an uncertain time, Christine was determined to check in with students — not only about comedy — but also about their well-being, as they collectively quarantined. Following the new stand up model, she ’s adapted and created Virtually LIVE! to deliver her team’s signature entertainment to a more inclusive virtual audience; fans can universally enjoy comedy from their couches. A true win-win.

“Comedy is a way to tell the truth, solve a problem and sell the material with a feeling. I love and live to share with people the greatest ‘high’ and joy I know -- standing up and getting paid in laughs! Anyone can do this; there’s enough for everyone. For me, stand up is liberation and freedom. You can ‘up your game’ in life whether you’re a parent or a podiatrist,” said O’Leary, Founder, Team Green Light Comedy.

“You’ll never see anything like it...they’ll be born as comics before your eyes,” O’Leary added.

O’Leary’s stand up class has been a staple at The Ridgefield Playhouse since 2013. The July 22 lineup includes comedians: Eileen Fickes, Dimitri Giatrakis, Laura Isler, Laurie Newkirk, Judy Eckert, Frankie Fuhrman, Stefanie Rosenberg, Jerry Kuyper, Michael Mast, Micky Pasquarella, Bill Green, Laura Von Stein, Barbara Miller, Lee Scharfstein, and Aline Weiller. They include sales people, writers, designers, electrical engineers, creative marketers, insurance brokers, social workers, actors, teachers, activists, and non-profit mavens, among others. The exciting evening will feature surprise visits by celebrities and a door prize to complement the timely Zoom format.

Christine O’Leary has worked with headlining comedians to include Gilbert Gottfried, Joy Behar, Chevy Chase, Sinbad, Tracey Morgan, Robert Klein, Margaret Cho, and Janeane Garofalo. She takes her Team Green Light Comedy comrades to area shows and also hosts and performs at companies, colleges, and charitable, club and pride events nearby and nationally. Christine recently appeared on the Bravo Network pilot, Camp Getaway in April. She can be contacted via christine@christineoleary.com and on all social media platforms.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) whose mission is to present a variety of performing arts to the community and the surrounding area that they can enjoy and experience at a varied price point. The Playhouse presents national and local acts and is the cultural hub for the town of Ridgefield.

For details regarding Christine O’Leary & Friends: Virtually LIVE! tickets and comedy classes, visit www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Tickets are on sale now ($20 each) and can be purchased via the phone (203) 438-5795 or online: here

kerry@ducey.org (Aline Weiller) Events Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:32:26 -0400
Lamont Puts Pause on Phase 3 Reopening https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/47696-lamont-puts-pause-on-phase-3-reopening47696-lamont-puts-pause-on-phase-3-reopening https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/47696-lamont-puts-pause-on-phase-3-reopening47696-lamont-puts-pause-on-phase-3-reopening

During his news conference yesterday, Governor Ned Lamont said that while the numbers in Connecticut are trending in the right direction with COVID cases and hospitalizations down significantly, he will not move forward with Phase 3 which would have opened bars and increased the number of people allowed to be both inside and outside of restaurants and other gathering places.

Lamont said, "Let's not get too big for our britches". He referred to Arizona, Florida, and Texas states that are now seeing surges of COVID cases after opening bars. 

Watch Lamonts press conference by clicking the arrow in this post. 

Read the most recent Press Release from Lamont here.

Learn about rules for Phase 1 and Phase 2 reopening here.


Governor Lamont's July 6, 2020 4PM Coronavirus Upd...

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Politics Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:01:01 -0400
Michael P. Paolello of Danbury Named to the Spring Semester 2020 Dean's List at Western New England University https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47695-michael-p-paolello-of-danbury-named-to-the-spring-semester-2020-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university47695-michael-p-paolello-of-danbury-named-to-the-spring-semester-2020-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47695-michael-p-paolello-of-danbury-named-to-the-spring-semester-2020-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university47695-michael-p-paolello-of-danbury-named-to-the-spring-semester-2020-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university

Western New England University is pleased to announce that Michael Paolello, of Danbury, has been named to the Spring Semester 2020 Dean's List. Paolello is one of over 950 students to achieve this mark of academic excellence. Students are named to the Dean's List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher.

Paolello is graduating with a BSE in Civil Engineering.

Having just celebrated its Centennial, Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England serves 3,825 students, including 2,580 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the School of Law.

kerry@ducey.org (Western New England University) Neighbors Tue, 07 Jul 2020 08:36:58 -0400
Drive-By Community Food Drive to Benefit the Danbury Food Collaborative August 7 & 8 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/47694-drive-by-community-food-drive-to-benefit-the-danbury-food-collaborative-august-7-847694-drive-by-community-food-drive-to-benefit-the-danbury-food-collaborative-august-7-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/47694-drive-by-community-food-drive-to-benefit-the-danbury-food-collaborative-august-7-847694-drive-by-community-food-drive-to-benefit-the-danbury-food-collaborative-august-7-8

United Way of Western Connecticut Day of Action 2020 Drive-By Community Food Drive to Benefit the Danbury Food Collaborative

Fri., August 7, 2 - 6 pm &  Sat., August 8, 9 am - 12 noon
Danbury Fair Mall, 7 Backus Avenue, Danbury, CT

Food Pantries in Greater Danbury desperately need our help. 2-1-1 received 5 times as many calls for food assistance in Fairfeld County between March and June of 2020 than it did during the same time last year. Feeding America predicts that food insecurity could increase in Connecticut by 44%, from 11% of the state’s population to 16%, as a result of unemployment and economic dislocation due to the pandemic.

CONTACT-FREE DONATION PROCESS. Donations will be collected via a drive through in the mall parking lot located off the main entrance, facing Backus Avenue (closest to L.L. Bean). Look for the tent. Volunteers will remove your donations from your vehicle trunk. No need to get out of your vehicle.

TO MAKE A MONETARY DONATION, visit the Danbury Food Collaborative website at www.uwwesternct.org/danburyfoodcollaborative


  •  All rices & grains: long grain, white, brown, wild, quinoa, couscous, barley
  •  Peanut butter, including natural
  •  Jelly
  •  Canned tuna
  •  Pastas including whole grain
  •  Pasta sauce
  •  Macaroni & cheese*
  •  Beef stew*
  •  Chili *
  •  All beans/legumes,dried or canned: lentils, black beans, kidney, lima, black-eyed, navy, garbanzo, pinto
  •  All canned vegetables and potatoes*
  •  Canned fruit, in light syrup or packedin natural juice
  •  Soups including ramen noodles*
  •  Cereal – boxed or bagged, whole grains*
  •  Oatmeal
  •  Laundry Detergent, cleaning supplies
  •  Hand soap & sanitizer
  •  Diapers, baby & adult size
  •  Feminine hygiene products

*To encourage healthier eating, please consider providing low-sodium or low-sugar options.

 **When possible, please refrain from donating items in glass jars.

 ***Please also note we cannot accept expired items, per health code.

Download Flier (PDF)

If you are interested volunteering for the Community Food Drive, or have questions, please contact Stacy Schulman at 203-826-8479.

DID YOU KNOW?  Donations to food pantries from the grocery store industry were down 70% during the pandemic, because grocery store shelves were being cleared out by consumers. Meanwhile, demand on food pantries was greater than ever, because of the dramatic rise in unemployment. Help us restock the pantries in Greater Danbury! Let’s reduce food insecurity in our community!

United Way of Western CT fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Western Connecticut, with a focus on hard-working, struggling households that we call ALICE®  (Asset Limited, Income, Constrained, Employed).

At the heart of United Way’s strength are our dedicated volunteers--the hand raisers who step up to provide help and hope to those in our community who are struggling.

Through our past Day of Action events, we have mobilize volunteers in a variety of large-scale projects to benefit ALICE in greater Danbury, Southern Litchfield County and Stamford.Corporate volunteer groups will engage in a STEM Street Fair with custom activities for local elementary and middle school children, a mobile children’s library book distribution, and improvement projects at local nonprofits.

For more information, contact: Stacy Schulman at 203.826.8479 or stacy.schulman@uwwesternct.org

kerry@ducey.org (UWWCT) Charities Tue, 07 Jul 2020 07:41:44 -0400
Danbury Resident Cameron M. Coe Named to the President's List at Western New England University https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47693-danbury-resident-cameron-m-coe-named-to-the-president-s-list-at-western-new-england-university-159406961847693-danbury-resident-cameron-m-coe-named-to-the-president-s-list-at-western-new-england-university-1594069618 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47693-danbury-resident-cameron-m-coe-named-to-the-president-s-list-at-western-new-england-university-159406961847693-danbury-resident-cameron-m-coe-named-to-the-president-s-list-at-western-new-england-university-1594069618

Western New England University is pleased to announce that Cameron Coe of Danbury, CT, has been named to the President's List for the Spring Semester 2020. Coe is one of over 700 students to achieve this mark of academic excellence. Students are named to the President's List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.80 or higher.

Coe is graduating with a BSBA in Sport Management.

Having just celebrated its Centennial, Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England serves 3,825 students, including 2,580 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the School of Law.

kerry@ducey.org ( Western New England University) Neighbors Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:06:56 -0400
Fairfield County Bank Donates $5,000 to Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center for Educational Program https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47691-fairfield-county-bank-donates-5-000-to-keeler-tavern-museum-history-center-for-educational-program47691-fairfield-county-bank-donates-5-000-to-keeler-tavern-museum-history-center-for-educational-program https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47691-fairfield-county-bank-donates-5-000-to-keeler-tavern-museum-history-center-for-educational-program47691-fairfield-county-bank-donates-5-000-to-keeler-tavern-museum-history-center-for-educational-program

Fairfield County Bank donated $5,000 to Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC) as an education grant supporting students in Fairfield County.

The grant will help fund a virtual experience for children to participate in educational opportunities when on-site visits are not possible due to COIVD-19 restrictions. The students will learn and make personal connections about the past, discover and relive historical events, and be introduced to the history and civics of the United States. The goal of this program is to reach more students since the experiences will be all virtual. The last grant Fairfield County Bank provided KTM&HC subsidized transportation and admission for over 300 students from Bridgeport and Danbury.

“We are very proud to provide students a different way of learning about the 300 years of history within the Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center,” said Chuck Woerner, Senior Vice President at Fairfield County Bank. “The Keeler Tavern offers a unique opportunity for students to experience history as the site of the Keeler Tavern played a significant role in the founding a growing of America.”

“We are grateful to Fairfield County Bank to continue to underwrite our school programs – this time for a digital experience,” said Hildegard Grob, Executive Director at KTM&HC. “This grant will allow us to convert our in-person, on-site programs to a digital platform, thereby engaging more school children throughout Fairfield County with a virtual experience for learning about our site’s history.”

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center is dedicated to assisting visitors, students, and scholars in understanding significant lives and events during the site’s 300-year history. By preserving and protecting the museum’s physical and intellectual assets, the Keeler Tavern shares them with the widest possible audience, whether on their campus or through program outreach.

Founded in 1871, Fairfield County Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank with locations throughout Fairfield County. Fairfield County Bank delivers a full range of financial services through superior Client relationships and the knowledge that when you put your money in Fairfield County Bank, it stays in Fairfield County - strengthening our communities. Visit www.fairfieldcountybank.com to find out more about the Bank.


kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 06 Jul 2020 11:00:52 -0400
Danbury Author Webinar: Could Internet Voting Strengthen Our Democracy in Turbulent Times? https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47692-ridgefield-library-webinar-could-internet-voting-strengthen-our-democracy-in-turbulent-times47692-ridgefield-library-webinar-could-internet-voting-strengthen-our-democracy-in-turbulent-times https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/47692-ridgefield-library-webinar-could-internet-voting-strengthen-our-democracy-in-turbulent-times47692-ridgefield-library-webinar-could-internet-voting-strengthen-our-democracy-in-turbulent-times

Could Internet Voting Strengthen Our Democracy in Turbulent Times? Find out on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:00 pm. 

Register HERE.

Bob Reby, CFP®, Founder and CEO of Reby Advisors, and Dr. John R. Patrick, author of Election Attitude: How Internet Voting Leads to a Stronger Democracy will discuss:

  • Voting with paper or via the Internet: Which is more secure, accurate, private, and verifiable
  • How the US can safeguard ballots from hackers and foreign adversaries using blockchain technology
  • Cautionary Case Studies: What went wrong and how mistakes could have been avoided
  • Success Stories: Internet voting in foreign countries and pilot programs in US states.

Please register below. You will receive the Zoom invitation in the confirmation email. If you do not receive the link please check your spam folder or contact lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:31:20 -0400
Governor Lamont Provides Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/47690-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-159381349047690-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-1593813490 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/47690-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-159381349047690-governor-lamont-provides-update-on-connecticut-s-coronavirus-response-efforts-1593813490

As the State of Connecticut continues taking actions in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

NEW REPORTING SCHEDULE: Effective immediately, the State of Connecticut will continue to publish these COVID-19 metric reports five days a week, every Monday through Friday. The report that is issued every Monday will include combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This schedule will remain in effect until further notice.

Overall Summary

Statewide Total
(includes confirmed and probable cases)

Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases



COVID-19-Associated Deaths



Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19



COVID-19 PCR Tests Reported



County-by-county breakdown:


COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Deaths

COVID-19 Hospitalizations





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For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “COVID-19 Data Tracker.”

Governor Lamont encourages residents to sign up for the state’s CTAlert notification system

Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can also call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Relay services can be accessed by calling 7-1-1. Anyone who is out-of-state or using Relay can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 toll free by dialing 1-800-203-1234. The hotline is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms are strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Life Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:56:00 -0400
Downtown Danbury Restaurant to Start Major Renovation Thanks to Facade Grant Program https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/47688-downtown-danbury-restaurant-to-start-major-renovation-thanks-to-facade-grant-program47688-downtown-danbury-restaurant-to-start-major-renovation-thanks-to-facade-grant-program https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/47688-downtown-danbury-restaurant-to-start-major-renovation-thanks-to-facade-grant-program47688-downtown-danbury-restaurant-to-start-major-renovation-thanks-to-facade-grant-program

Empire of the Incas (241 Main Street) has qualified for a $10,000 grant to revitalize their building.

By utilizing the sidewalk, renovations will include new multi-panel sliding glass doors to expose the inside of the restaurant to Main Street passerbys. “This concept creates an inviting feel and brings excitement and innovation to our downtown,” states Roger Palanzo, Director of Business Advocacy for the City of Danbury. “We hope this will inspire other downtown property owners and tenants to consider similar improvement projects.”

In March of 2019, Mayor Boughton and the City of Danbury launched a Façade Improvement Grant Program in the Downtown Revitalization Zone (DRZ) in order to incentivize and bolster the private development already occurring in the city center. The application process involves careful review by CityCenter Danbury’s Architectural Advisory Committee and the City’s Planning and Zoning Department. The committee prioritizes projects that contribute to the revitalization of our downtown district and restoration of our historic resources.

The maximum amount of any grant is $10,000.00 (with a maximum of $50,000.00 per property) or 50% of the total façade improvement costs, whichever is less. The reimbursement grants are on a first-come basis. The façade grant budget was previously funded through the Capital Improvement Program. Any business in the city center is encouraged to apply.

The application and Program Guidelines for the Façade Grant Program is available on the City of Danbury website: https://www.danbury-ct.gov/facadegrantprogram2019.

*Image courtesy Empire of the Incas Facebook Page

kerry@ducey.org (Taylor O'Brien) Places Fri, 03 Jul 2020 09:59:46 -0400