Danbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:57:32 -0400 HamletHub.com Danbury resident Vanessa Dohoney enrolls at Delaware Valley University https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45047-danbury-resident-vanessa-dohoney-enrolls-at-delaware-valley-university45047-danbury-resident-vanessa-dohoney-enrolls-at-delaware-valley-university https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45047-danbury-resident-vanessa-dohoney-enrolls-at-delaware-valley-university45047-danbury-resident-vanessa-dohoney-enrolls-at-delaware-valley-university

Delaware Valley University is pleased to announce that Vanessa Dohoney, of Danbury has enrolled as a new student for fall 2018.

The University will welcome a diverse and talented group of new students to campus this fall.

Delaware Valley University is an independent, comprehensive university with more than 1,000 acres in Bucks and Montgomery counties. Founded in 1896, DelVal emphasizes experiential and interdisciplinary learning and provides small class sizes where students learn on a first-name basis. Through the innovative Experience360 Program, all DelVal students gain real-world experience in their fields. Located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, DelVal combines the comfort of small-town living with the excitement of big-city access. DelVal offers more than 25 undergraduate majors in the sciences, humanities, and business, more than five master's programs, a Doctor of Education and a variety of adult education courses.

Learn more at delval.edu.

kerry@ducey.org (Delaware Valley University) Neighbors Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:50:51 -0400
WCSU hosts Women's History Month discussion on March 28 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45046-wcsu-hosts-women-s-history-month-discussion-on-march-2845046-wcsu-hosts-women-s-history-month-discussion-on-march-28 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45046-wcsu-hosts-women-s-history-month-discussion-on-march-2845046-wcsu-hosts-women-s-history-month-discussion-on-march-28

Western Connecticut State University will host Jennifer Finney Boylan, the Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University, for a Women's History Month talk, "Gender and Resistance," at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The talk will be free and the public is invited.

WCSU Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Leslie Lindenauer, who organized the Women's History Month event, said, "Boylan's program reflects the university's attention to and celebration of diversity. As one of the foremost advocates for LGBTQ civil rights, Jennifer Finney Boylan brings to WestConn decades of experience in the public sphere, as well as significant contributions to the academy. Her dedication to fostering public conversations about gender and diversity - as a columnist for the New York Times, among other outlets - is sure to inspire and energize the university community."

Created in 2014, the Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence position honors one of Barnard's most esteemed alumnae. As part of the position, Boylan teaches two writing courses each year while also engaging with Barnard students and faculty in ways that support the growth of young writers.

In addition to her role at Columbia, Boylan is the author of 15 books and writes the column "Men and Women" for the New York Times. Her 2003 memoir, "She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders," was the first best-selling work by a transgender American. A novelist, memoirist and short story writer, she also is a nationally known advocate for civil rights. She has appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," "Live with Larry King," "The Today Show," the "Barbara Walters Special," NPR's "Marketplace" and "Talk of the Nation." She also has been the subject of documentaries on CBS News' "48 Hours" and The History Channel. Boylan served on the board of directors of GLAAD, the media advocacy group for LGBT people worldwide, from 2011 to 2018, and as co-chair of GLAAD's board of directors from 2013 to 2017.

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

kerry@ducey.org (Sherri Hill) Events Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:54:32 -0400
Sip & Sketch at WCSU pairs art with wine on March 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45045-sip-sketch-at-wcsu-pairs-art-with-wine-on-march-2345045-sip-sketch-at-wcsu-pairs-art-with-wine-on-march-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45045-sip-sketch-at-wcsu-pairs-art-with-wine-on-march-2345045-sip-sketch-at-wcsu-pairs-art-with-wine-on-march-23

  Guests of all artistic levels invited to participate in March 23 event       

An entertaining and creative evening that pairs the experience of drawing from a live model with wine and refreshments will be offered in the “Sip and Sketch” series event to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at Western Connecticut State University.

Guests of all artistic skill levels are invited to create original drawings as they enjoy wine and assorted snacks during the “Sip and Sketch” evening in the Drawing Studio, Room 241 of the WCSU Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The ticket fee of $25 per person includes admission and refreshments as well as basic art supplies including charcoal and paper. Attendees are welcome to bring their own drawing supplies if they wish.

Admission to the event is open to adults 21 years of age and older. Tickets may be purchased at the VPAC ticket office or online at www.wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com. The “Sip and Sketch” series is sponsored by the Department of Art and the WCSU Alumni Association.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403 or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.


kerry@ducey.org (Robert Taylor) Events Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:22:43 -0400
Danbury Library to host special naturalization ceremony during Nat'l Library Week in April https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45041-danbury-library-to-host-special-naturalization-ceremony-during-nat-l-library-week-in-april45041-danbury-library-to-host-special-naturalization-ceremony-during-nat-l-library-week-in-april https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45041-danbury-library-to-host-special-naturalization-ceremony-during-nat-l-library-week-in-april45041-danbury-library-to-host-special-naturalization-ceremony-during-nat-l-library-week-in-april

The Danbury Library will proudly host a special naturalization ceremony on Wednesday, April 11th at 12 noon.  Over the last year, the Danbury Library has been a participant in the Peer Library Citizenship Coalition, an initiative started through the support of the federal Citizenship Education and Integration grant from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to the Hartford Library.  The purpose of the grant was to develop resources for immigrants and new citizens in the library and reinforce the importance of libraries in Connecticut communities.  

Danbury’s ceremony is one of six naturalization ceremonies to be hosted at public libraries in Connecticut during National Library Week, April 8-14. Twenty candidates from Danbury and the surrounding area will take the Oath of Allegiance and become U.S. citizens.

The Danbury Library currently offers a number of resources for immigrants, including English classes, language learning databases, internet access, and citizenship classes.

Mayor Mark Boughton will give the ceremony’s keynote address, and the Danbury Police Honor Guard will present the nation’s colors.  Rodrigo Fuenzalida, Danbury Library Communications Specialist, will provide the ceremony’s welcoming remarks. 

Following the ceremony, attendees and their families and friends will enjoy light refreshments and have the opportunity to take a commemorative photo.  Voter registration and U.S. Passport applications will also be accepted. 

USCIS invites new citizens and their families and friends to share their experiences from the ceremonies through Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #newUScitizen and #DanburyWelcomesYou

The Danbury Library is located at 170 Main Street, Danbury, CT.  For more information call the Library at 203.797.4505, opt 8.  

kerry@ducey.org (Maryellen C. DeJong) Events Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:04:56 -0400
Troopers Seize Firearms during Motor Vehicle Stop on I-84 in Danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/45044-troopers-seize-firearms-during-motor-vehicle-stop-on-i-84-in-danbury45044-troopers-seize-firearms-during-motor-vehicle-stop-on-i-84-in-danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/publicsafety/45044-troopers-seize-firearms-during-motor-vehicle-stop-on-i-84-in-danbury45044-troopers-seize-firearms-during-motor-vehicle-stop-on-i-84-in-danbury

Danbury, CT (March 19, 2018): On March 18, 2018 at approximately 12:07 p.m., troopers from Troop A-Southbury were conducting speed enforcement on I-84 westbound in the area of exit 2 in Danbury when they observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Troopers clocked the vehicle’s speed at 81 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Troopers stopped the vehicle, a Ford Explorer, I-84 westbound near exit 2. While speaking with the operator, the trooper detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A passenger stated that he had smoked marijuana and that he had "blunts in the car.”

Through the course of the investigation troopers, Danbury police officers and state police K9 Favor, searched the vehicle. They seized blunts, a small bag of marijuana and three firearms from inside the vehicle. One of the firearms was found to have had the serial number scratched off.

Two of the passengers were taken into custody and transported to Troop A. The vehicle operator was issued an infraction for the speeding violation and released.

Robert Ruiz (dob 7/26/80) of 176 Berkshire Ave., Springfield, MA was charged with Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Illegal Possession of Weapons in a Motor Vehicle and Alteration of Firearm Identification.  Ruiz was released after posting $5,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear at Danbury Superior Court on April 3, 2018.

Hector Martinez (dob 1/3/94) of 127 Newland St., Springfield, MA was charged with Illegal Possession of Weapons in a Motor Vehicle and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon. Martinez was released after posting $2,500.00 bond and scheduled to appear at Danbury Superior Court on April 3, 2018.




kerry@ducey.org (Kelly Grant) Public safety Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:56:55 -0400
Danbury Offers First Community Resource Fair https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45043-danbury-community-resource-fair45043-danbury-community-resource-fair https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45043-danbury-community-resource-fair45043-danbury-community-resource-fair

 Danbury Public Schools, the Danbury Family Learning Center, Inc. and the Danbury Dome are sponsoring the first annual Danbury Community Resource Fair on Sat. March 24 form 10-2 at the Danbury Dome,  25 Shelter Rock Lane, Danbury, CT.

Agencies, schools and sports programs that offer summer camps and learning programs will be there to detail their programs and provide registration.

Activities for families will be available such as bouncers, the Princesses, Amber Alert, Danbury Police, Martial Arts, Danbury Public Schools Kindergarten Registration and a Scavenger Hunt will be featured. The event is FREE. "Stop summer learning loss by taking advantage of these programs. Danbury Public Schools wants children to continue to excel over the summer and this fair is a great way for families to learn about and take advantage of the opportunities Danbury offers," said Dr. Anne Mead, Co-Chair of the event. 

For more information call the Danbury Learning Center at 203-797-4734.

annemead2003@yahoo.com (Anne Mead) Events Sun, 18 Mar 2018 04:37:46 -0400
South African Gospel Concert in Danbury on March 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45040-south-african-gospel-concert45040-south-african-gospel-concert https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45040-south-african-gospel-concert45040-south-african-gospel-concert

South African Gospel Concert at New Hope Baptist Church (10 Dr. Aaron Samuels Blvd) in Danbury on March 23 beginning at 6:00 pm.

The concert is Free.

Questions? Email info@newhopedanbury.org

info@newhopedanbury.org (Faye Walton) Events Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:37:56 -0400
Danbury Mayor Released from Hospital, Treated for Dehydration https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45039-danbury-mayor-released-from-hospital-treated-for-dehydration45039-danbury-mayor-released-from-hospital-treated-for-dehydration https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45039-danbury-mayor-released-from-hospital-treated-for-dehydration45039-danbury-mayor-released-from-hospital-treated-for-dehydration

Last night, Thursday, March 15, Mayor Mark Boughton fell ill at an event in Avon. He was taken to UConn Health Center in Farmington.  "According to his doctors, he was treated for dehydration," Team Boughton said.  

We just heard from Team Boughton that Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton was released from UConn Health this afternoon.

Team Boughton said, "Before he left,  Mr. Boughton asked me to extend his thanks to the people of UConn Health for their care. He said, and I quote, 'We are lucky to have a place like this'. 



kerry@ducey.org (Sarah) Neighbors Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:35:58 -0400
WCSU sends contingent to True Colors Conference at UConn https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/45038-wcsu-sends-contingent-to-true-colors-conference-at-uconn45038-wcsu-sends-contingent-to-true-colors-conference-at-uconn https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/45038-wcsu-sends-contingent-to-true-colors-conference-at-uconn45038-wcsu-sends-contingent-to-true-colors-conference-at-uconn

Members of the Western Connecticut State University Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), as well as students not affiliated with the GSA, will travel to the University of Connecticut-Storrs on Friday, March 16, to attend the 25th Annual True Colors Conference. Joined by participants from the northeast and nationally, the comprehensive conference will focus on LGBTQ+ youth issues in more than 220 workshops.

True Colors is a nonprofit organization in Hartford that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met. The organization trains more than 6,000 people annually, organizes the largest LGBTQ+ youth conference in the country with more than 3,000 attendees and manages the state’s only LGBTQ+ mentoring program. True Colors has been spotlighted by both national and local media for their expertise in LGBTQ+ youth issues.

WCSU student Erika Sabovik, of Shelton, is a sophomore Communication Studies major and president of WCSU’s GSA. She organized the trip to True Colors. “I think this is a really important event for us, especially at the college level, because it is more prevalent to go in high school and many of us forget about the event once we reach college,” Sabovik said. “I wanted to make this trip to True Colors happen because I had such an enjoyable experience in high school along with others, but some haven’t been. There are certain workshops that are geared for college students and I think it’s cool to take that opportunity that we didn’t
have before.”

True Colors is celebrating 25 years at this conference and Sabovik is sure they will be “pulling out all of the punches” by bringing awesome dancers, speakers, musicians and more. True Colors Executive Director Robin McHaelen began the conference with the intention of it being a one-time event.

“The conference started as a field work project when I was getting my Master’s in Social Work back in 1993,” McHaelen said. “It was supposed to be a one-time thing, but the youth and I who organized it were so transformed by the experience that we decided to keep it going.”

This year’s conference is important for more than one reason, she said. “First, it is our 25th anniversary – and that is a milestone. For a long time, things really seemed to be going in the right direction for our youth. Then suddenly, there is a cultural shift at the national level and people are finding their rights being pulled out from under them. The current administration has rescinded or rolled back most of the protections put in place during the previous administration. In addition, there is a general lack of civility in political discourse at the national, state and even local level. Our young people are often the ones most hurt by it.”

It is important to have a resource for LGBTQ+ youth to turn to in helping them face adversity and feel encouraged to be who they are. Sabovik applauded the fact people can be who they are at True Colors. “It is such a fun experience all within itself. You see all like-minded people, expressing who they are, how they want to be and you just feel like you fit in there; it’s the best feeling ever.”

McHaelen confirmed the event will be a safe space for all. “The conference is one place where every participant is valued, welcomed and affirmed,” she said. “You might not be able to be yourself at home, at school or in your community of faith, but you can be yourself, proudly, at True Colors. We work hard to make sure of that.”

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

amberb@hamlethub.com (WCSU) Places Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:13:00 -0400
Danbury Residents Get FREE Smaok Alarm Installations Tomorrow! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/45037-danbury-residents-get-free-smaok-alarm-installations-tomorrow45037-danbury-residents-get-free-smaok-alarm-installations-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/45037-danbury-residents-get-free-smaok-alarm-installations-tomorrow45037-danbury-residents-get-free-smaok-alarm-installations-tomorrow

The City of Danbury has partnered with Red Cross to offer free smoke alarm installations to Danbury residents!

Home Fires Are The Biggest Disaster Threat Faced in the U.S.

The American Red Cross in Connecticut and the City of Danbury are joining together to offer free smoke alarms and installations to resident on March 17 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The smoke alarm installations are part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries, this event is in partnership with the City of Danbury and the Danbury Fire Department. Residents in Danbury can schedule a visit by visiting www.soundthealarm.org/Connecticut or by calling 877- 287-3327 and choosing option 1 on the menu to request a smoke alarm installation. Teams making visits to homes will share fire safety and preparedness information and install smoke alarms in homes as requested. Volunteers will help families understand the importance of fire safety and help them develop personalized family escape plans to use in the event a fire breaks out in their home. “Our mission at the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering caused by disasters,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “Home fires are the biggest disaster threat faced in the U.S. On average, in our region, we respond to about two home fires each day. Our goal is to reach as many homes as we can with this program to help ensure people know what to do and are prepared in the event they experience a home fire. We want people to be safe.” “The Danbury Fire Department is pleased to be partnering with the Red Cross on the smoke alarm installation
program. Home fires are a major concern for us and we will continue to use every means possible to stop these tragic events,” said Fire Chief T.J. Wiedl. “We have been working with the community to help with smoke alarm installations for years and this is a chance to reach as many of our residents as possible. Smoke Alarms save lives, please schedule a visit to help us keep you safe.” In addition to providing free smoke alarm installations and education, the Red Cross is also looking for volunteers to help install smoke alarms for this event and in their community throughout the year. Home Fire Campaign Volunteers are trained by the Red Cross, can volunteer during the day or on weekends and can help make a difference in their community.

For more information on volunteering visit: http://www.redcross.org/local/connecticut/volunteer.

Since October of 2014, the Red Cross has worked with fire departments and community groups across the country as part of a multi-year campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent; home fires remain the biggest disaster threat to individuals and families in the United States. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. This campaign is in direct response to that dire threat, with the Red Cross committing to install 2.5 million free smoke alarms in neighborhoods at high risk for fires, and to educate those residents about fire prevention and preparedness. As of February 2018, the Red Cross and partners have saved nearly 350 lives and have installed more than 1 million free smoke alarms as part of this campaign.


People can visit redcross.org/homefires to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved ones from a fire. They can become a Red Cross volunteer. They can also help by
donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit http://www.redcross.org/ct or visit us on Twitter at @CTRedCross.

kerry@ducey.org (City of Danbury) Life Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:46:47 -0400
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with food and entertainment at Danbury Irish Center! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/45036-celebrate-st-patrick-s-day-with-food-and-entertainment-at-danbury-irish-center45036-celebrate-st-patrick-s-day-with-food-and-entertainment-at-danbury-irish-center https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/45036-celebrate-st-patrick-s-day-with-food-and-entertainment-at-danbury-irish-center45036-celebrate-st-patrick-s-day-with-food-and-entertainment-at-danbury-irish-center

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center!

Corned Beef and Shepard's Pie dinners with cabbage, Irish soda bread and dessert; sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, and more!

Entertainment includes Irish dancers in the afternoon and traditional Irish music with Chicks'n'Sync from 4:30 - 7:30, and Steve O'Tree & Friends from 8 - 11.

Nobody parties like the Irish!  (And don't forget the parade on March 25th - starting at St. Peters in Danbury at 3 pm!)

6 Lake Avenue
Danbury, CT


kerry@ducey.org (judi perkins) Places Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:43:26 -0400
Community Meeting at Workspace Collective in Danbury on March 20 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45030-community-meeting-workspace-collective45030-community-meeting-workspace-collective https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45030-community-meeting-workspace-collective45030-community-meeting-workspace-collective

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • 6:00 PM  7:00 PM
  • Workspace Collective (map)

We have lots coming up, and the center of everything we do is based on community. When I started Workspace Collective, there was a core that focused on Sustainable Fashion ensuring we could provide clothing and lifestyle pieces that make a difference. Everything else, we wanted to allow to grow based on the community and the wonderful minds who get involved. 

Here is a call for the minds of the community to join Workspace Collective and our designers as we discuss how we would like the upcoming events to unroll. If you are interested in volunteering your time to help us grow, please join us on Tuesday 3/20 from 6PM - 7PM. We'll be talking about the following: 

Fashion Revolution + Danbury Fashion Week

meagan@workspacecollective.co (Workspace Collective) Events Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:42:49 -0400
Fairfield Processing’s Jordan Young named Entrepreneur of the Year https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45035-fairfield-processing-s-jordan-young-named-entrepreneur-of-the-year45035-fairfield-processing-s-jordan-young-named-entrepreneur-of-the-year https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45035-fairfield-processing-s-jordan-young-named-entrepreneur-of-the-year45035-fairfield-processing-s-jordan-young-named-entrepreneur-of-the-year

 Jordan Young, president of Danbury-based Fairfield Processing Corp., will be recognized as the 2018 Macricostas Entrepreneur of the Year by Western Connecticut State University at a ceremony and luncheon on Thursday, March 29, at the Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Road in Danbury.

Young, who has served as president of Fairfield Processing since August 2009, has carried on a family tradition of entrepreneurial vision, product innovation and market development as the third generation of his family to lead the company since its founding in 1940. He continues to build on the legacies inherited from his grandfather, founder Samuel Young, and his father, Roy Young, who served as company president from 1980 to 2008 and currently serves as chairman and chief executive officer. He received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Mandarin Chinese from Lehigh University College of Business and Economics and a Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from San Diego State University.

The reception in his honor will begin with networking at 11:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon and award presentation beginning at noon. The public is invited to attend; the luncheon fee is $60 per person, and reservations are required by Friday, March 23, either online at www.wcsu.edu/eoy or by phone at (203) 837-8486.

Under his leadership since 2009, Fairfield Processing has maintained a focus on its core businesses in craft fiber fills, bead fillers, battings, pillow forms and foams while pursuing development of new products and market opportunities. The Danbury company remains an international industry leader in the manufacture of fiberfill and batting products including its trademarked brand Poly-Fil, a polyester fiberfill that has gained a reputation over half a century for resilience, warmth and durability well suited to use in craft, quilting, doll-making, hobby and sewing projects.

At the same time, Young has guided the continued development of diversified product lines and markets that have broadened the company’s manufacturing base. An example of this diversification is the company’s line under the Nature-Fil trademarked brand name, which includes fiberfills, battings and pillows made from sustainable resources including bamboo, wool, corn and cotton. Introduction of new product lines has given fresh impetus to Fairfield Processing’s sales growth in markets including home decorating; industrial insulation, protection and filtration; audio and acoustic products; pet accessories; and furnishings, pillows and cushions for schools, hospitals and hotels.

Sustainability in product manufacture and distribution also has been emphasized in the strategic location of manufacturing sites throughout the United States, consistent with corporate objectives to provide U.S.-made goods while reducing its carbon footprint by cutting shipping distances, times and costs. Customer loyalty and civic responsibility also are important elements of Fairfield Processing’s corporate mission, reflected in the company website’s showcase for creations by craft makers and designers and in its “We Make for Good” program publicizing stories from crafters, quilters and others across the country who make handmade items and donate them to individuals and families in need.

Fairfield Processing received second place in the HartfordBusiness.com 2014 Connecticut Family Business Awards for firms with more than 170 full-time employees. In response to the HartfordBusiness.com inquiry about the family values that define his business, Young replied, “Our unconditional product guarantee is our commitment to our customers’ supreme satisfaction, and that guarantee is backed by 75 years and three generations of dedication, perseverance, integrity and love that goes into every product. From philanthropy to civic responsibility, our family’s business has embraced the true sense of community.”

The annual Entrepreneur of the Year recognition is made possible through the generosity of Constantine “Deno” Macricostas, the founder of Photronics Inc., in Brookfield, whose endowment also supports entrepreneurial-focused educational projects for students at WCSU.

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


kerry@ducey.org (Robert Taylor) Neighbors Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:46:04 -0400
Danbury Resident Hannah Turk Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45034-danbury-resident-hannah-turk-inducted-into-the-honor-society-of-phi-kappa-phi45034-danbury-resident-hannah-turk-inducted-into-the-honor-society-of-phi-kappa-phi https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45034-danbury-resident-hannah-turk-inducted-into-the-honor-society-of-phi-kappa-phi45034-danbury-resident-hannah-turk-inducted-into-the-honor-society-of-phi-kappa-phi

Hannah Turk of Danbury was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Turk was initiated at Fordham University.

Turk is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Its mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

More About Phi Kappa Phi

Since its founding, 1.5 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization's notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Each biennium, Phi Kappa Phi awards $1.4 million to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi ) Neighbors Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:19:07 -0400
WCSU doctoral graduate heads Connecticut School of Distinction https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45033-wcsu-doctoral-graduate-heads-connecticut-school-of-distinction45033-wcsu-doctoral-graduate-heads-connecticut-school-of-distinction https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45033-wcsu-doctoral-graduate-heads-connecticut-school-of-distinction45033-wcsu-doctoral-graduate-heads-connecticut-school-of-distinction


 A New Haven charter school guided since its founding by principal and Western Connecticut State University doctoral recipient Dr. Laura Main has earned the coveted designation as a “School of Distinction” in the latest Connecticut State Department of Education survey of public schools released in February.

Booker T. Washington Academy (BTWA) was cited among the state’s “highest performing elementary schools” and “greatest improvers” in the State Department of Education’s Next Generation Accountability System evaluation of performance by all public schools in Connecticut during the 2016-17 academic year. The New Haven charter school, chosen as one of 124 Schools of Distinction in the new survey, currently enrolls students from kindergarten through grade 4 and will complete its development into a comprehensive K-5 institution in fall 2018.

Main, who joined the founding administrative team at BTWA in fall 2014 after completing her Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership at WCSU, said that three factors have been critical in promoting superior academic performance among Academy students at all grade levels, whom she refers to as “our scholars.” These factors include “a curriculum built with consistency, coherence and rigor; a relentless focus on continuous improvement and taking action based on data; and a low teacher/student ratio,” currently at one faculty member to every 11 students, she said.

“From the very beginning, our curriculum was built carefully to make sure all scholars received the same instruction, no matter what classroom they were assigned,” she remarked. “Additionally, the curriculum is carefully crafted so that there is coherence both within each grade and between the grades. In this way, the concepts introduced are built upon each other in a manner that is both developmentally appropriate and provides each scholar with access to high-level content.”

Dr. Marcy Delcourt, coordinator of the WCSU education doctoral program, described Main as “an extremely creative educator who has the vision, ideas and enthusiasm to initiate school-wide reforms. She truly exemplifies a graduate of WCSU’s Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership program by using her skills and talents to design an environment that improves the quality of education for all students.”

The Academy’s dynamic and multi-faceted instructional plan over an eight-hour school day focuses on providing rigorous education in core content areas including reading, writing and mathematics, as well as regular enrichment in science, music, dance, art, world languages and physical education. By providing each class with a team of one lead teacher and one academic assistant, Main observed, BTWA is able to structure the school day as a series of workshops that feature both group lessons and individualized one-on-one or small-group instruction. Teachers for each grade level meet weekly to review instructional data and use these findings to design and adapt action plans for immediate implementation in the classroom, she noted.

The New Haven charter school’s mathematics curriculum has been recognized as one of the top-performing elementary school math programs statewide, and its reading program has been cited among the top 20 percent statewide by the Department of Education. Main observed that problem-solving provides the basis for learning math skills at BTWA, while language arts education includes a strong emphasis on writing narrative, informative and persuasive texts. “Beginning in kindergarten, our scholars solve real-life problems using pictures, numbers and words to explain their thinking,” she said.

With comprehensive school sessions that feature five hours’ instruction in core content as well as additional time to teach two special subject areas each day, BTWA lesson plans regularly break down disciplinary boundaries to approach related topics in new ways, Main said. “For example, the scholars may be learning about the rainforest through a read-aloud exercise, and then may create a group mural of the rainforest in art class,” she said. “Similarly, scholars may learn about three-dimensional shapes in math, and then in the science lab they may learn to create those shapes using clay and toothpicks. As our scholars learn about fractions in math, they also learn about musical notation in music class.” A lesson about the fragility of the environment, she added, may inspire an assignment to “write a persuasive piece about the importance of taking care of the earth.”

The BTWA administration, faculty and staff seek to reinforce the educational mission of the school by creating what Main described as “a warm, welcoming environment for all,” from greeting arriving students with high fives and escorting them into school every morning to providing homework support and enrichment activities in an active after-school program serving one-third of all school families. “Staff members help to make sure that each and every scholar is ready to start the day with a positive attitude,” she said. “If a scholar needs social or emotional support, a member of our team will offer that assistance in the moment. 

“Our parents are extremely supportive of our school and consider it an extension of their family, as it should be,” Main added. “They often comment about how far our staff will go to make sure each and every scholar is successful. If there is a need or concern, we work diligently to make sure it is addressed as soon as possible.”

“Laura has made a tremendous change in the lives of the students who attend BTWA and has impacted the families of these children by building trust in the educational system and giving them hope for the future,” Delcourt observed.

Main credited her academic training in the Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership program in the WCSU Department of Education and Educational Psychology as sound preparation for tackling the challenges she has faced at BTWA after previous administrative experience in the Naugatuck school system. “It has been the most difficult work I have ever done, but also the most rewarding,” she said. “I believe that I learned to persevere with the intensity I have needed to accomplish this work because I had gone through the doctoral program at WCSU, in particular the dissertation process.”

Her doctoral work at WCSU enabled her “to be a careful decision-maker, always using research to ground my decisions,” she said. “The process I went through gave me the skills I needed to build a comprehensive program that has a solid research backing. It also allowed me to grow my abilities in presentation, which has been an extremely important skill set in this work.”

Main benefited from her studies and doctoral work with faculty mentors at WCSU who have strongly influenced her development as an academic administrator. She cited Delcourt for being “incredibly supportive” while “pushing me to think deeply and critically.” She noted that Professor Emeritus of Education Dr. Karen Burke “taught me so much about learning styles, which I use in my work with teachers and teams,” while former faculty member Dr. Jane Gangi provided insights into developing teaching plans for accelerated math learners. “It was through their mentorship and support that I was able to clarify my educational philosophies and hone my skills as an instructional leader,” Main said.

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