Danbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:55:37 -0500 HamletHub.com Danbury’s rich Immigrant history on screen Thursday https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45738-danbury-s-rich-immigrant-history-on-screen-thursday45738-danbury-s-rich-immigrant-history-on-screen-thursday https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45738-danbury-s-rich-immigrant-history-on-screen-thursday45738-danbury-s-rich-immigrant-history-on-screen-thursday

“On Their Shoulders” An immersive dining experience into Danbury’s rich immigrant history


On Thursday, November 15, 2018 immerse yourself in Danbury’s rich Immigrant history in special evening co-hosted by Danbury Museum & Historical Society and The New American Dream Foundation. Featuring a short film premiere, historic tour, 3-course dinner and panel discussion held at Danbury Museum & Historical Society, 43 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810.

The 25-minute short film, “On Their Shoulders” features Mrs. Brigid Guertin - Danbury Museum and Historic Society Director, Mr. Peter Hearty of the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, Mr. Anthony Rizzo founder of the Rizzo Corporation, and the late, beloved Attorney Americo Ventura. Learn about Danbury’s rich immigrant roots through historical commentary by Guertin, as images provided by Danbury Museum and Historic Society are woven in between heartfelt storytelling by these three gentle giants in our community, as they share their humble beginnings and their road to success in achieving their own versions of the American Dream.

The film was commissioned by The New American Dream Foundation (TNADF), produced and directed by Alicia and Renato Ghio of RmediA, who will join guests for a panel discussion during the dinner, and talk about their experience of working on this project for the past 4 years. They will be joined by other members of the cast, the panel will be moderated by Emanuela Palmares, Tribuna Newspaper Editor and TNADF Vice-President.

This event is in benefit of and co-hosted by: Danbury Museum & Historical Society and The New American Dream Foundation. Tickets are $45.00 per person and include a 3-course Fall inspired dinner by Two Steps Downtown Grille, unlimited soft drinks, and 1 glass of wine per guest. Limited to 50 guests, for tickets visit: www.danburymuseum.org/exhibits-events or call 203-743-5200.

Event Program:

6:00 PM - “On Their Shoulders” - Premier of the short film “On Their Shoulders - Danbury’s Rich Immigrant History” Commissioned by the New American Dream Foundation, directed and produced by RmediA, in collaboration with the Danbury Museum & Historical Society.

 6:30 PM- “In Their Shoes” - Tour of The John & Mary Rider House was built circa 1785 during Danbury's post-Revolutionary War period, and the Dodd House, built by John Dodd circa 1790 featuring an exhibit dedicated to the hatting industry in Danbury.

7:00 PM - Followed by 3-course Fall inspired dinner by Two Steps Down Grille (including unlimited soft drinks, and 1 glass of wine per guest), desserts kindly donated by Mothership Bakery, and panel discussion with film makers and cast moderated by Emanuela Palmares.

kerry@ducey.org (Emanuela Palmares) Neighbors Tue, 13 Nov 2018 04:33:40 -0500
Ski Film Premiere Comes to Danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45737-esmerelda45737-esmerelda https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45737-esmerelda45737-esmerelda

It's almost ski season which means it's time for The Palace Danbury’s 9th annual ski movie premiere!

Ski movies usually consist of top male skiers descending death-defying mountains while shouting words like “Stoked!” and “Epic!”

That's about to change. On Saturday, November 17, The Palace Danbury will present Matchstick Productions newest film, ALL IN, about hard-charging women who disrupt the male ski film dynasty. All In isn’t just a “women can shred too” kind of movie. Nor has the filmmaker excluded men from the lens. It’s just that in this film, the women steal the show!

Ski Haus is sponsoring the film and will be giving away thousands of dollars worth of amazing swag— skis, boots, helmets, goggles, lift tickets, and more. Plus come meet with representatives from New England mountains. Buy your tickets early. This event sells out!

Ski Film Premiere. Matchstick Productions ALL IN. Saturday Night, November 17, 8PM. The Palace Danbury, 165 Main St. All Tickets $20Tickets: Phone (203) 794-9944 Website: www.thepalacedanbury.com

ALL IN - Official Trailer 4K

carol@thepalacedanbury.com (esmerelda) Events Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:22:18 -0500
Danbury Hospital Receives a Transformational Gift for Nursing Education https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45736-danbury-hospital-receives-a-transformational-gift-for-nursing-education45736-danbury-hospital-receives-a-transformational-gift-for-nursing-education https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45736-danbury-hospital-receives-a-transformational-gift-for-nursing-education45736-danbury-hospital-receives-a-transformational-gift-for-nursing-education

Transformational gift from the Almira family advances nursing education and patient care

Danbury Hospital has received a transformational gift from the Almira family of Ridgefield, Connecticut, in gratitude for exceptional nursing care received by wife and mother Linda Almira during her five-year battle with cancer.

The gift in memory of Mrs. Almira, a former Danbury Hospital volunteer, establishes The Linda Almira Fund for Nursing Education to provide scholarships for Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital nurses who are pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing. The gift also establishes The Linda Almira Endowed Fund for Nursing Education, a permanent endowment.

During her illness, Mrs. Almira received inpatient care and outpatient treatment at Danbury Hospital, its Praxair Cancer Center, and New Milford Hospital’s Diebold Family Cancer Center.

“Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital nurses were the backbone of Linda’s care in the five long years she battled cancer,” said her husband Pablito Almira. “They were always friendly, caring, and kind. Our family came to know them very well.”

Mr. Almira said that he and his children Anne Lise and Paul wanted to “pay it forward” with a gift to benefit the nursing profession as a whole, as well as Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital nurses and patients. He said the Almira family hopes scholarship recipients will use their advanced education to continue providing exceptional nursing care.

The Linda Almira Fund for Nursing Education scholarships are awarded annually in May during National Nurses Week. Ten Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital nurses have already received scholarships, including Osarugue Otasowie, RN. Ms. Otasowie cared for Mrs. Almira at the Praxair Cancer Center. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing at Western Connecticut State University.

“I was so touched by the Almira family’s gift,” said Ms. Otasowie. “Nursing is ranked the number one most-trusted profession, and I am very proud of that. The more knowledgeable and skilled we are, the more we can do for our patients.”

Studies show that increased nursing education opportunities can improve morale and help healthcare organizations remain optimally staffed to provide the best care for patients.

“The Linda Almira Fund for Nursing Education scholarships will be a powerful incentive to attract and retain our best nurses,” said Sharon Adams, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN). “We are so grateful to the Almira family for their generous gift.”

In addition to volunteering at Danbury Hospital, Mrs. Almira volunteered at Ridgefield Meals on Wheels, the Ridgefield Library, the Women’s Center of Danbury, and Habitat for Humanity.

To learn more about supporting Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, visit the Danbury Hospital & New Milford Hospital Foundation website.

Catch up on the latest news at WCHN. Visit wchn.org/news today!

Amy Forni
Manager, Public Relations

Andrea Rynn
Director, Public & Government Relations

About Western Connecticut Health Network
Western Connecticut Health Network is the region’s premier, patient-centered healthcare organization serving residents of western Connecticut and adjacent New York. WCHN is anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, and Norwalk Hospital. We have an integrated network of more than 1,300 employed and community physicians and specialists, 70 Western Connecticut Medical Group medical and sub-specialty practices across 16 communities, and Western Connecticut Home Care. Our nationally renowned Rudy L. Ruggles Biomedical Research Institute is leading innovative research, especially for cancer and Lyme disease. Many of our advancements have been made possible by generous donors from our community and through the Danbury Hospital & New Milford Hospital Foundation and the Norwalk Hospital Foundation. As an academic institution, we are proud to shape the future of care through our partnership with the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. WCHN employs nearly 6,300 employees including about 1,900 clinical staff. For more information, visit wchn.org. Share your comments with us at Facebook.com/DanburyHospital, Facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital, and Facebook.com/NorwalkHospital.


amy.forni@wchn.org (Amy Forni) Neighbors Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:45:34 -0500
Rondi Knudsen, 61, of Danbury, has died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45735-rondi-knudsen-61-of-danbury-has-died-154204997345735-rondi-knudsen-61-of-danbury-has-died-1542049973 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45735-rondi-knudsen-61-of-danbury-has-died-154204997345735-rondi-knudsen-61-of-danbury-has-died-1542049973

Rondi Knudsen

Rondi Knudsen, 61, of Danbury, sister of R. Joseph Knudsen (wife Beryl) and Craig Knudsen (wife Alexia), died on Friday, November 2, 2018 at her residence. The Rite of Burial will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church, 93 Dodgingtown Rd., Bethel, CT with Fr. John Eisman officiating. Interment will follow in St. Platon Cemetery, Danbury. 

The family will receive friends at Saints Peter & Paul Church on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Panachida prayer service will be offered at 8:30 p.m. Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements. 

kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:12:53 -0500
Tickets for the Danbury Music Centre’s 51st Annual Nutcracker Ballet are on sale now! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45734-tickets-for-the-danbury-music-centre-s-51st-annual-nutcracker-ballet-are-on-sale-now45734-tickets-for-the-danbury-music-centre-s-51st-annual-nutcracker-ballet-are-on-sale-now https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45734-tickets-for-the-danbury-music-centre-s-51st-annual-nutcracker-ballet-are-on-sale-now45734-tickets-for-the-danbury-music-centre-s-51st-annual-nutcracker-ballet-are-on-sale-now

Enjoy the splendor of the holiday season by sharing in the magic of the Danbury Music Centre's "Nutcracker Ballet".  Over 200 performers representing Danbury and many of the surrounding towns, with live music performed by the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, bring this holiday tradition to life.

Performance dates are Friday, December 7th at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 8th at 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm; and Sunday, December 9th at 3:30. All performances of the Nutcracker will be at the Danbury High School Auditorium, located at 43 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury CT, 06811.

Tickets can be purchased in person at 256 Main Street, Danbury CT, 06810 or online at www.danburymusiccentre.org.

This ballet has grown organically over its 51 years of local performances. Children who began as audience members have grown to become performers and early performers are now choreographers and production management.

“It’s a touching story, as well as a wonderful ballet,” said Barbara Jaeger, Executive Director of the Danbury Music Centre. “Our dancers are ages 5 and above, including adults!”

Jaeger said everyone involved with the production loves what they do, and it shines through. “Artistic Director Arthur Fredric smoothly directs all practices and roles to present an amazing production year after year.” Barbara Maisonpierre directs the Snowflake Chorus, and yes, there’s “snow and all” in the scene that closes the first act.

The Danbury Symphony Orchestra, directed by Ariel Rudiakov, plays Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score, which has become one of his most famous compositions. 

“It’s been my honor to be part of this performance since 1999, as a dance mom, box office manager, lobby manager, and now executive producer,” Jaeger said, of the “Nutcracker Ballet” in Danbury. “This production has my heart, and the hearts of all who have taken part in it over the past 51 years!”

Danbury High School, 43 Clapboard Ridge Road, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2:30 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 9, 3 p.m. $35, $30, $27, $10. 203-748-1716, danburymusiccentre.org

Tickets sell out quickly so get yours while they last!

kerry@ducey.org (Barbara Jaeger) Events Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:10:37 -0500
Rondi Knudsen, 61, of Danbury has died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45733-rondi-knudsen-61-of-danbury-has-died45733-rondi-knudsen-61-of-danbury-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45733-rondi-knudsen-61-of-danbury-has-died45733-rondi-knudsen-61-of-danbury-has-died

Rondi Knudsen
Rondi Knudsen, 61, of Danbury, sister of R. Joseph Knudsen (wife Beryl) and Craig Knudsen (wife Alexia), died on Friday, November 2, 2018 at her residence.The Rite of Burial will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church, 93 Dodgingtown Rd., Bethel, CT with Fr. John Eisman officiating. Interment will follow in St. Platon Cemetery, Danbury. 
The family will receive friends at Saints Peter & Paul Church on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Panachida prayer service will be offered at 8:30 p.m. Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.


kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Sat, 10 Nov 2018 07:57:39 -0500
Competition Night at Candlewood Camera Club in Danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45732-competition-night-at-candlewood-camera-club-danbury-ct45732-competition-night-at-candlewood-camera-club-danbury-ct https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45732-competition-night-at-candlewood-camera-club-danbury-ct45732-competition-night-at-candlewood-camera-club-danbury-ct

Please join us for a fun evening at the Candlewood Camera Club competition night!

It a Competition Night for the CANDLEWOOD CAMERA CLUB on Tuesday evening November 13, the Subject is "PHOTOJOURNALISM".  Come join us for a wonderful display of our Club Members Photos.  From the very beginner levels to the Master Photographers.  Promises to be an enjoyable night of learning and growing in your own photography skills.

Photos are submitted at two Levels and then judged by visiting skilled judges from different local regions who will critique, score and comment on these photos. This helps our members understand how to take better pictures. Whether it's better lighting suggestions, color enhancement levels, photo centering and many other helpful suggestions for the improvement of their photos. 

Meeting Place: Banquet Hall at Hatter's Park, 7 East Hayestown Road, Danbury, CT

If you would like to visit or join our club please contact me, Diane Toth at dtothcandclub@comcast.net  for additional information!

Check out our Website for additional information CandlewoodCamera.org

dtothcandclub@comcast.net (Diane Toth) Events Sat, 10 Nov 2018 07:53:59 -0500
Danbury's @287 Gallery hosts Megan Marden https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45730-287-gallery-hosts-megan-marden45730-287-gallery-hosts-megan-marden https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45730-287-gallery-hosts-megan-marden45730-287-gallery-hosts-megan-marden

Danbury artist Megan Marden opens the door into a personal creative world with a series of paintings based on her loft workshop at an exhibit that will open on Nov. 16 at the @287 Gallery, hosted by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut.

The exhibit is titled “All Experience is an Arch,” and will feature a dramatic oil painting that shows the arched stained-glass window inside her workshop above Main Street.

“In my paintings, I try to communicate a specificity of place that is non-visual — the musty, attic-like smell, the sounds of an old building and a framing shop next-door,” Marden said. “The sense of being in the center of a small city, but also feeling isolated and disconnected from it.”

The @287 Gallery, at 287 Main St. in Danbury, will host an opening for the artist on Friday, Nov. 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., also featuring music and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are requested by visiting http://bit.ly/MegMarden or calling (203) 798-0760.

Marden earned a bachelor’s and Master of Fine Arts, both in Painting, from Western Connecticut State University. In addition to working as an artist, she teaches art history at Naugatuck Valley Community College and sits on the exhibition committee for the Washington (CT) Art Association.

“For the past four years I have made all of my work in my studio in Danbury,” Marden said. “The small space is filled with personal detritus, paintings, supplies and miscellaneous items purchased at the dollar store across the street. There are permanent and inherited fixtures, a large desk, a steam radiator, a stained glass window and a red mini piano – all remnants of the history of the space before I was there. The space itself has become something of a self-portrait. I have a connection to all of the items inside, and I’m usually there alone. The room is carpeted in clues about my personality and behaviors, but it also has its own character, one beyond my manipulation that imposes itself on my work.”

Marden has staged solo shows previously at Canterbury School in New Milford and at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted. Group shows with her art in 2018 and 2017 have been held at The Painting Center, Blue Mountain Gallery, and the Stuart Shills Juried Exhibition in the Prince Street Gallery, all in New York.


Jeninemichaud@gmail.com (Paul Steinmetz) Neighbors Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:06:11 -0500
Praxair Named One of the World's Best Employers by Forbes https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/45729-praxair-named-one-of-the-world-s-best-employers-by-forbes45729-praxair-named-one-of-the-world-s-best-employers-by-forbes https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/45729-praxair-named-one-of-the-world-s-best-employers-by-forbes45729-praxair-named-one-of-the-world-s-best-employers-by-forbes

Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the World’s Best Employers for 2018. The company ranked first in the Specialized Chemicals category and placed in the Top 100 overall.

“Our global work force is our most valuable asset as they serve our customers and the communities in which we operate,” said David Strauss, vice president and chief human resources officer for Praxair. "This recognition is particularly meaningful as it is based upon feedback gathered from our employees.”

To create the list, Forbes retained Statista to analyze more than 430,000 recommendations from 2,000 companies worldwide. The recommendations were collected via a global poll as well as regional surveys. As part of the process, employees were asked to rate their own employer as well as to recommend other employers.

Praxair is committed to being an employer of choice and continues to be recognized for its efforts. The company was recently named to Forbes' America’s Best Employers for Women and America's Best Employers lists. Additionally, Praxair was named to the DiversityInc 2018 list of Noteworthy Companies for Diversity for the third consecutive year.

About Praxair

Praxair, Inc. is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. With market capitalization of approximately $40 billion and 2017 sales of $11 billion, the company employs over 26,000 people globally and has been named to the Dow Jones® World Sustainability Index for 16 consecutive years. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Our products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospacechemicalsfood and beverageelectronicsenergyhealthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others. For more information about the company, please visit our website at www.praxair.com.

kerry@ducey.org (Praxair) Places Fri, 09 Nov 2018 08:50:57 -0500
Danbury resident and Wooster School student Julia Bauer named Commended student in 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45728-danbury-resident-and-wooster-school-student-julia-bauer-named-commended-student-in-2019-national-merit-scholarship-program45728-danbury-resident-and-wooster-school-student-julia-bauer-named-commended-student-in-2019-national-merit-scholarship-program https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45728-danbury-resident-and-wooster-school-student-julia-bauer-named-commended-student-in-2019-national-merit-scholarship-program45728-danbury-resident-and-wooster-school-student-julia-bauer-named-commended-student-in-2019-national-merit-scholarship-program

Head of School, Matthew Byrnes, recently announced that Julia Bauer has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented to this scholastically talented senior.

"We are so proud of Julia for being a National Merit Commended Scholar," remarked Adam Kendis, Co-Director of College Guidance. "Julia is one of the hardest working students at Wooster and she constantly strives towards our shared ideals of gentle, generous, truthful, kind, and brave. Congratulations on this deserved recognition, Julia!"

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage then as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

About National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

About Wooster School

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

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

kerry@ducey.org (Lori Kriegel) Neighbors Fri, 09 Nov 2018 05:51:39 -0500
Dance to the Holidays with Dancing with the Stars Mirrorball Champions at The Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45731-dance-to-the-holidays-with-dancing-with-the-stars-mirrorball-champions-tony-dovolani-karina-smirnoff-adds-cast-members-from-american-idol-so-you-think-you-can-dance-ballroom-twist45731-dance-to-the-holidays-with-dancing-with-the-stars-mirrorball-champions-tony-dovolani-karina-smirnoff-adds-cast-members-from-american-idol-so-you-think-you-can-dance-ballroom-twist https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45731-dance-to-the-holidays-with-dancing-with-the-stars-mirrorball-champions-tony-dovolani-karina-smirnoff-adds-cast-members-from-american-idol-so-you-think-you-can-dance-ballroom-twist45731-dance-to-the-holidays-with-dancing-with-the-stars-mirrorball-champions-tony-dovolani-karina-smirnoff-adds-cast-members-from-american-idol-so-you-think-you-can-dance-ballroom-twist

Just added to the line-up for the Dance to the Holidays show at The Ridgefield Playhouse –from American Idol, Rayvon Owen & Vonzell Solomon; from So You Think You Can Dance, Randi Strong, Jonathan Platero & Kiki Nyemchek; from Dancing with the Stars, Anya Fuchs, Oksana Platero & Tony Pututau; from Ballroom with a Twist: Amy Bennett & Carl James Bair; along with World Champion Dancer Yuliya Phillips! Dance to the Holidays with Tony Dovolani & Karina Smirnoff, presented by La Quinta Inn & Suites, will jingle its way into town on Sunday, November 18 at 4pm and 7:30pm. This is the only tour stop for this show on the East Coast. Part of the Ridgefield Magazine Broadway & Cabaret Series, Ridgefield Academy Family Series with support from Hamlet Hub, sponsored by Arthur Murray Dance Center of Danbury, and partially underwritten by Bruce Bennett Nissan, this show for the whole family stars Dancing with the Stars Mirrorball champions Tony Dovolani and Karina Smirnoff and is directed and choreographed by Jaymz Tuaileva. The Leir Foundation Arts for Everyone recipient for this show is the Hispanic Center. Additional sponsorship provided by Union Savings Bank. Make it a great night out with dinner and a show! Visit Bailey’s Backyard (23 Bailey Avenue • Ridgefield) for an early dinner and receive 10% off when you show your ticket! Media partner for this great night of holiday fun is WEBE 108.

The hit holiday spectacular for the whole family, Dance to the Holidays is in its third dazzling year. Get into the holiday spirit and see stars from live talent-based reality TV shows up close and personal in an unforgettable show for the holiday season! American Idols sing Christmas classics, while your favorite celebrity dance pros will salsa, merengue, Paso Doble, cha cha, tango and freestyle across the festive stage set! Dance to the Holidays will be a new tradition for your family – a star-studded evening you won’t forget!

For tickets ($75-$150), call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

Dance to the Holidays

kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Fri, 09 Nov 2018 05:00:00 -0500
Danbury Library brings NASA consultant to Danbury to wow stargazers https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45727-danbury-library-brings-nasa-consultant-to-danbury-to-wow-stargazers45727-danbury-library-brings-nasa-consultant-to-danbury-to-wow-stargazers https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45727-danbury-library-brings-nasa-consultant-to-danbury-to-wow-stargazers45727-danbury-library-brings-nasa-consultant-to-danbury-to-wow-stargazers

The Danbury Library will present “Roadmap to the Stars”, an immersive, multimedia, family-friendly presentation by Kevin Manning, one of America's best and well-known astronomers. Sky gazers of all ages are invited to join this former NASA consultant on Thursday, November 29th at 5pm as he takes the audience on a journey to learn about the beauty and harmony of the stars and planets.

Following the presentation, weather permitting, audience members will go outside to view the rings of Saturn, craters on the Moon, and other celestial sights through a powerful, handcrafted telescope created by Mr. Manning.

Mr. Manning is a gifted astronomer having won national and international awards in his field; was both a Wright Fellow and an Einstein Fellow, and did some work with Brookhaven National Laboratory.  

The program is free of charge and open to all ages.  Registration is required online at danburylibrary.org, click on “View Calendar” or call 203-797-4505, option 3. 

The Danbury Library is located at 170 Main Street in Danbury, CT. For more information, contact Aurelio Muraca at amuraca@danburylibrary.org

kerry@ducey.org (Maryellen DeJong) Events Fri, 09 Nov 2018 03:45:36 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Danbury: Bash! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/45726-why-small-businesses-matter-in-danbury-bash45726-why-small-businesses-matter-in-danbury-bash https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/45726-why-small-businesses-matter-in-danbury-bash45726-why-small-businesses-matter-in-danbury-bash

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Bash!

Three questions with Malakah Williams, owner of Bash!

Why did you start your business?

Bash! Boutique Events and Organic Cakery is a family owned business. And in efforts to live our lives organically and authentically, we created something very special. As a homeschool family, we wanted to design a business that represented our lifestyle. Doing something we loved while educating our children on how to build a small business has been Magical. We are small businesses with big goals, big dreams, and even bigger hearts. Bash! donates a percentage of his yearly profits to local nonprofits such as Children and Family Aid,  The Dorothy Day Shelter and Ann’s Place. We do this through our fundraising effort and contributions.

Best selling product or service?

Specializes in organic, vegan, and gluten-free custom cakes and cupcakes for all occasions. We also host and plan your intimate events,we are a small business with big style. Be it in your home or a venue, Bash! can supply decor and supplies for dessert bars, flower walls, linens, and other special touches creating what others can’t imagine - making your events as unique as you are.

Do you employ any locals?

We do our staffing from our community students from Danbury High. One of our greatest success stories is Justin Torres. He’s one of our paid interns who has since started his own custom cake business (Justin Bakes) and attends Johnson and Wales University studying to be a pastry chef.

A special message from Bash! owner, Malakah:

Since opening Bash! 5 years ago it has inspired my children and others to step out on faith and start businesses of their own. My 14-year-old daughter Ziya Shabazz-Williams turned her hobby of making hair flowers into a business about 4years ago. Ziya Blooms is her Floral accessories company that specializes in hair flowers, floral purses, and bridal bouquets. Last year she launched her clothing line and was the youngest designer to be featured in Danbury Fashion Week hosted by Workspace Collective. Her sister Kiana 15 is the COO of her company and her brother E’Jaaz 19 who is a mixed media artist attending The University of Hartford ... creates our logos, builds the websites and photographs the work. For as proud as I am of my children accomplishment and our businesses I ’m even prouder of how socially responsible we are raising them to be. Bash! will be donating the tree for auction Ann’s Place Festival of trees again this year. my girls and I are working on a fundraiser called  Little Dresses for Africa, a nonprofit Organization that takes pillowcases and turns them into dresses for little girls around the world.

Learn more about this socially responsible Danbury business HERE.

Bash! tags Workspace Collective and Rita's Floral Touch. 

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:00:13 -0500
24th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Stew Leonard’s in Danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45725-24th-annual-christmas-tree-lighting-at-stew-leonard-s-in-danbury45725-24th-annual-christmas-tree-lighting-at-stew-leonard-s-in-danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/45725-24th-annual-christmas-tree-lighting-at-stew-leonard-s-in-danbury45725-24th-annual-christmas-tree-lighting-at-stew-leonard-s-in-danbury

Join Santa at the Danbury store’s 24th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration on November 28 from 4 to 6:30 pm at Stew Leonards in Danbury, 99 Federal Road.

Children will enjoy complimentary face painting, cookies, and hot cocoa to help keep everyone warm. No sign up is necessary! This event is FREE! 

The festivities begin at 4:00 pm with performances by the Brookfield High School Band, Huckleberry Elementary chorus, Danbury Volunteer firefighters will be here with their trucks from Beckerle Hose & Phoenix Hose and also the Danbury Nutcracker will be here. 

Santa’s elves will be on hand for face painting. 

The countdown to the tree lighting begins at 5:00 pm, followed by continued caroling led by Stew Leonard’s WOW the Cow, Daisy the Duck and Dasher the Reindeer.

kerry@ducey.org (submitted) Events Thu, 08 Nov 2018 08:17:31 -0500
Danbury High School technology education teacher receives statewide honor https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45724-danbury-high-school-technology-education-teacher-receives-statewide-honor45724-danbury-high-school-technology-education-teacher-receives-statewide-honor https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/45724-danbury-high-school-technology-education-teacher-receives-statewide-honor45724-danbury-high-school-technology-education-teacher-receives-statewide-honor

Sterling Miller, a longtime Danbury High School technology education teacher, has been named “Teacher of the Year 2018-19” by the Connecticut Technology Engineering Education Association (CTEEA/ITEEA).

“It is a remarkable honor for Connecticut to see one of our teachers walk across the stage at the ITEEA conference (March 2019) to receive a plaque in front of thousands of fellow education professionals from around the world,” wrote Gregory Kane, of CTEEA, in an award letter.

CTEEA is the professional organization for Connecticut technology education professionals and ITEEA is the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. Each year CTEEA selects one middle school teacher and one high school teacher and a school program to honor.

“We are so fortunate to have teachers like Mr. Miller in our schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Sal Pascarella. “Mr. Miller wears many hats at DHS: he produces videos of school events and meetings, and offers students invaluable hands-on experience working in the field. He is very well-liked by colleagues and students alike with his approachable demeanor and outstanding professional attitude. He fosters the kind of growth that will help prepare students for both college and career after high school.”

Colleague Erik Savoyski said that Miller has many titles from Video Production Club Adviser to Hatters TV Producer, Graphic Arts Guru and Faculty Barbeque Team Member.

“In every instance, Sterling Miller is of service to both our department and our school. I am proud to call him a classroom colleague and esteemed friend,” Savoyski said.

kerry@ducey.org (Robin Provey) Neighbors Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:39:54 -0500