Danbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Fri, 18 Jun 2021 04:18:41 -0400 HamletHub.com Run from the Sun and Support Ann's Place on August 19! Register NOW! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48658-run-from-the-sun-and-support-ann-s-place-on-august-19-register-now48658-run-from-the-sun-and-support-ann-s-place-on-august-19-register-now https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48658-run-from-the-sun-and-support-ann-s-place-on-august-19-register-now48658-run-from-the-sun-and-support-ann-s-place-on-august-19-register-now

Ann's Place will hold their popular Run from the Sun 5K presented by Waterworks on Thursday, August 19, 2021 beginning at 5:30 pm at The Amber Room (1 Stacey Road in Danbury). 
Learn more and register here.
We are back in person for this year's annual Amber Room Run from the Sun 5k! We are excited that it will be presented by our leading team, Waterworks!
This year, we will have a virtual race option in addition to our in-person runners and walkers. Don't miss getting your company name or logo on the race shirt. Sponsorships are still available.
Start planning your fundraising team! The top three teams are awarded a trophy at the race awards ceremony.
Learn more and register here.
kerry@ducey.org (Ann's Place ) Events Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:23:06 -0400
Danbury Wins Shootout in Newport 10-9 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48653-danbury-wins-shootout-in-newport-10-9-in-early-season-game-of-the-year48653-danbury-wins-shootout-in-newport-10-9-in-early-season-game-of-the-year https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48653-danbury-wins-shootout-in-newport-10-9-in-early-season-game-of-the-year48653-danbury-wins-shootout-in-newport-10-9-in-early-season-game-of-the-year

The Danbury Westerners won an absolute shootout with the Newport Gulls 10-9 at Cardines Field on June 16.
Danbury [4-5] catcher Jack Payton hit an RBI single to score designated hitter Zach Selinger to give the Westerners a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Danbury loaded the bases later on the inning before a Matt Zaffino swinging strikeout ended the opening frame.
The Gulls [6-2] fought back in the bottom of the first when Newport DH Justin Guerrera hit a two-run home run to center field to make the score 2-1 Newport. The Gulls added another run in the second off of an RBI single from Newport left fielder Conor Kiely.
Danbury tied the game at three apiece in the top of the fourth inning with a John Anderson RBI single and a Nicholas Lorusso sacrifice fly that scored Zach Selinger.
In the top of the fifth inning, Danbury added four runs to regain the lead from Newport. Banks Griffith hit an RBI single, John Anderson scored two Westerners on a double off the right-center field fencing at Cardines Field and Nick Lorusso scored another run with a double of his own.
Spenser Smith got a run back for the Gulls in the top of the sixth inning on a solo shot to right field. Newport also loaded the bases before Conor Kiely lined a hard hit ball to left field that was caught Matt Zaffino on a diving catch in left field to strand the tying runners on base.
Newport rallied in the eighth by loading the bases against Westerner reliever Coleman Picard. Jordan Rogers and Sam Cochrane each hit two-RBI singles to bring Newport ahead to an 8-7 lead.
Matt Zaffino started Danbury’s ninth inning with a walk, and Dillon Lifrieri reached on an error from Newport shortstop Spenser Smith. After a Newport pitching change and a Banks Griffith sac bunt, Zach Selinger brought in Matt Zaffino on a sac fly to tie the game.
Danbury’s next batter John Anderson continued his hot Westerner start by hitting his second home run in two games over the left-field wall. He was met by his teammates at home plate, securing a 10-8 Danbury score and the Danbury Westerner’s Player of the Game nomination for the night.
Bryce Hulett slapped a solo shot of his own to right field, cutting the deficit to one before Noah Jensen recovered and ended the game on a groundout for the 10-9 final score.
Coleman Picard picked up the win in an inning of relief for Danbury while Noah Jensen got the save, halting Newport’s four-game winning streak. The loss was credited to Newport reliever Bo Brutti who gave up two unearned runs in a third of an inning of work to begin the ninth inning.
The Westerners return to Rogers Park tonight to take on the Bristol Blues at 6:30 PM. The game will be livestreamed on the NECBL Network.
bill@danburywesterners.com (by Kyle DeSantis - Ithaca College '24 - Westerners Journalist Intern Photo - Kristina Deyo - UConn '23 - Westerners Photography Intern) Neighbors Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:43:50 -0400
Nolan Ames of Danbury Awarded International Fellowship & Scholarship https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48655-nolan-ames-of-danbury-awarded-international-fellowship-scholarship48655-nolan-ames-of-danbury-awarded-international-fellowship-scholarship https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48655-nolan-ames-of-danbury-awarded-international-fellowship-scholarship48655-nolan-ames-of-danbury-awarded-international-fellowship-scholarship

Nolan Ames of Danbury was awarded the Fulbright Canada Mitacs Globalink Fellowship. Nolan will assist with research at University of Alberta Edmonton on a project titled "Spatial Modeling of Animal Movements" in summer 2021.

Rochester Institute of Technology is proud to announce the following international fellowships and scholarships. These are financial awards granted to students to support study, research, or work abroad. Eligible students are selected through an often competitive application process.

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 18,600 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.

For news, photos and videos, go to www.rit.edu/news

zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (HH) Neighbors Thu, 17 Jun 2021 08:38:38 -0400
Elizabeth Hanrahan of Danbury Named to the University of Alabama Dean’s List https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48654-elizabeth-hanrahan-of-danbury-named-to-the-university-of-alabama-dean-s-list48654-elizabeth-hanrahan-of-danbury-named-to-the-university-of-alabama-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48654-elizabeth-hanrahan-of-danbury-named-to-the-university-of-alabama-dean-s-list48654-elizabeth-hanrahan-of-danbury-named-to-the-university-of-alabama-dean-s-list

Elizabeth Hanrahan was named to The University of Alabama Dean's List for Spring Semester 2021.

The UA Dean's and President's lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or to undergraduate students who take less than a full course load. 

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state's flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state's largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.

For more information visit news.ua.edu.

zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (HH) Neighbors Thu, 17 Jun 2021 08:15:00 -0400
Road Construction Begins Tomorrow in Danbury, Lasts 2 to 3 Weeks https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48651-road-construction-begins-tomorrow-in-danbury-lasts-2-to-3-weeks48651-road-construction-begins-tomorrow-in-danbury-lasts-2-to-3-weeks https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48651-road-construction-begins-tomorrow-in-danbury-lasts-2-to-3-weeks48651-road-construction-begins-tomorrow-in-danbury-lasts-2-to-3-weeks

City of Danbury Road Construction Advisory

Beginning June 17th, Danbury Public Works Department will be conducting road construction on Golden Heights Rd, East Gate Rd, Wynwood Rd, and Eastwood Rd. This construction will not result in road closings, however, there is the possibility of travel restrictions during this work period.

During this period there will be NO on-street parking. Construction should last approximately 2 to 3 weeks. Any questions regarding this notice should be directed to the Danbury Department of Public Works at 203-797-4605.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this construction.


kerry@ducey.org (City of Danbury) Life Wed, 16 Jun 2021 09:39:45 -0400
The Great Newtown Shopping Spree Raffle Online Through June 24! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48649-the-great-newtown-shopping-spree-raffle48649-the-great-newtown-shopping-spree-raffle https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48649-the-great-newtown-shopping-spree-raffle48649-the-great-newtown-shopping-spree-raffle

“The Great Newtown Shopping Spree Raffle” is a $5,000 raffle to support local businesses. The raffle is being hosted online using the Eventgroove Fundraising platform. Tickets are available ONLINE ONLY here through June 24, 2021 until 5:30 p.m.

The drawing will be live-streamed on FACEBOOK LIVE at 6 p.m. on June 24, 2021 from the Chamber’s Facebook page here. The Eventgroove platform will pick the three (3) lucky winners.

Raffle Prizes

First Place Prize - $3,000

A $3,000 shopping spree. Starting with a $200 increment choose YOUR favorite Newtown businesses and receive a pre-paid gift card to each.

Second Place Prize - $1,500

A $1,500 shopping spree. Starting with a $200 increment choose YOUR favorite Newtown businesses and receive a pre-paid gift card to each.

Third Place Prize - $500

A $500 shopping trip. Starting with a $100 increment choose YOUR favorite Newtown businesses and receive a pre-paid gift card to each.

Raffle Tickets

Tickets are $20 each and the winners will be able to spend their winnings at Newtown businesses or nonprofits of THEIR choice to pay a bill, receive a gift card, make a donation, or open a line of credit. Winners can, for example, use the funds for a gym membership, an eye exam and new pair of glasses, grocery or retail purchases, joining the Community Center or paying for camp with the Parks & Rec Department, music lessons, home renovations, clothes, personal services, business equipment, even dental work or other medical needs — but checks distributed from the winners’ balances will only be authorized for Newtown-based providers, businesses, or Chamber member companies located outside of Newtown.

“We want to support Newtown businesses of all types and also offer a substantial potential reward for participants in a fun way,” said Judith Miller, Chamber president. “Building interest in shopping, eating out, and doing business locally is what the Chamber does, and the raffle will encourage everyone in the region to visit Newtown.”

The raffle would not be possible without the support of these sponsors:

  •        Litchfield Distillery - Batchers
  •        Manzi Insurance of Newtown
  •        Newtown Economic and Community Development Commission
  •        Dental Associates of Connecticut
  •        Newtown Savings Bank
  •        BD Provisions
  •        i95 The Home of Rock N Roll
  •        The WOLF 97.7, 97.3, 105.5
  •        Caraluzzi’s
  •        eFriend Marketing
  •        Winners must spend the winnings in Newtown businesses and nonprofits which must have a tax ID, a verifiable Newtown address or be a current member of the Chamber of Commerce of Newtown, Inc.
Jeninemichaud@gmail.com (Paul Steinmetz) Neighbors Wed, 16 Jun 2021 07:28:27 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Danbury: Chad's Tree Service https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/48601-why-small-businesses-matter-chad-s-tree-service48601-why-small-businesses-matter-chad-s-tree-service https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/48601-why-small-businesses-matter-chad-s-tree-service48601-why-small-businesses-matter-chad-s-tree-service

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 Chad's Tree Service!

Four questions with the founder of Chad's Tree Service.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business part-time in 2016 when I was working part-time for the Town of Brookfield. In 2019, I began running my business full-time on my own.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Primarily, I do tree removal and clearing but I also offer other outdoor services such as excavation.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

Whenever I have the opportunity to use local companies for my business, I do. I want to support my community as my community supports me. I get all my shirts and signs made at Images Unlimited. I use Designs & Signs for truck lettering and tinting. I always get lunch/breakfast locally for myself and anyone working with me, usually at Johanas, Midway Market, JoJos, or Primos. I also go to the farmers' market and buy local groceries from Northville Market or Kimberly Farm.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

I don’t think I have reimagined my small business entirely, but it has definitely grown and adapted in ways that I didn’t first anticipate and I am so thankful to my community and customers across New Milford and surrounding towns.

Visit Chad's Tree Service online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram pages as well!

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

daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Wed, 16 Jun 2021 07:28:00 -0400
Danbury Westerners Wiff Out On ON Martha's Vineyard Revenge in 8-3 Loss https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48648-westerners-whiff-out-on-martha-s-vineyard-revenge-in-8-3-loss48648-westerners-whiff-out-on-martha-s-vineyard-revenge-in-8-3-loss https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48648-westerners-whiff-out-on-martha-s-vineyard-revenge-in-8-3-loss48648-westerners-whiff-out-on-martha-s-vineyard-revenge-in-8-3-loss

The Danbury Westerners moved to a 1-2 record at Rogers Park after an 8-3 loss to the visiting Martha’s Vineyard Sharks on June 15.
The Sharks [6-1] gained an early 3-0 lead after a three-run home run from their first baseman Ryan Hernandez off Danbury starter Tate Kuehner. They added two more runs in the inning after center fielder Connor Beichler brought in Jake Berger and Brad Grenkoski with a single.
Danbury [3-5] added one run in the bottom half of the inning after third baseman Nicholas Lorusso slapped a single to center field, scoring left fielder Henry Strmecki. Still, the Sharks got a run back in the top of the second after a sacrifice fly from Ryan Hernandez gave him four RBIs on the night.
Danbury’s second baseman John Anderson floated his first hit as a Westerner over the right-center field fencing of Rogers Park to make the score 6-2 Sharks in the bottom of the third.
Both teams continued to add to their run totals in the fourth inning. Ryan Hernandez singled another run home for Martha’s Vineyard while Danbury designated hitter Justin Kapuscinski smoked a home run to left field for his second round-tripper of the season.
In the top of the eighth inning, Sharks left fielder Collin Shapiro added another Martha’s Vineyard insurance run off of an RBI single that scored Connor Beichler to make the score 8-3 Sharks. That score would remain for the rest of the game.
It wasn’t Danbury’s night at the plate. Three Martha’s Vineyard pitchers struck out Westerners hitters 21 times, led by Noah Johnson, who had twelve strikeouts through four innings.
“We didn’t jump on fastball counts,” Westerners hitting coach Bobby Rodriguez said after the game, “We took a lot of strikes and put ourselves into a hole. We weren’t able to recover from that.”
While the Westerners also had a few errors on the night, many highlights came from the Danbury fielders. Sebastian Murillo flashed the leather at shortstop for the Danbury Westerners with a pair of great backhanded plays to keep Sharks players off of the basepaths. Outfielders Jake Roper and Cameron Masterman also threw Shark runners out at third and second base, respectively, throughout the night.
The losing pitcher for Danbury was Tate Kuehner, who gave up four hits and five runs. He also walked five Sharks over one and two-thirds innings. Four Westerners pitchers later held the Sharks to two runs and three hits for the rest of the game while combining to strike out eight. Justin Solimine, Ethan Clough and Renn Lints pitched two innings each before Ryan Smith pitched a one-hit top of the ninth.
The Danbury Westerners will travel to Cardines Field in Newport tonight to take on the 6-1 Newport Gulls, who have won four straight games. The game will take place at 6:35 PM and will be livestreamed on the NECBL Network.
bill@danburywesterners.com (by Kyle DeSantis - Ithaca College '24 - Westerners Journalist Intern Photo - Kristina Deyo - UConn '23 - Westerners Photography Intern) Neighbors Wed, 16 Jun 2021 07:25:16 -0400
Danbury Resident Joseph W. Britton Named to Dean's List at Western New England University https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48650-danbury-resident-joseph-w-britton-named-to-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university48650-danbury-resident-joseph-w-britton-named-to-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48650-danbury-resident-joseph-w-britton-named-to-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university48650-danbury-resident-joseph-w-britton-named-to-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university

Western New England University (WNE) is pleased to announce that Joseph Britton (JD program) of Danbury has been named to the Dean's List for the Spring Semester 2021. Students are named to the Dean's List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher.

A model for the "New Traditional University," Western New England University is among just 13% of private (5,000 students or less) institutions ranked among US News and World Report "National Universities" and a "Top 100 Engineering Program." WNE enrolls 3,690 students, including 2,552 full-time undergraduate, in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees at its Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy & Health Sciences, and School of Law.

Britton is one of over 750 students to achieve this mark of academic excellence.

A WNE education provides career-span agility through a curriculum grounded in professional/experiential studies, enhanced by the liberal arts, and enriched by mentored research that equips graduates to adapt and succeed in the workplace of the future.

kerry@ducey.org (WNE) Neighbors Wed, 16 Jun 2021 07:20:14 -0400
Online License Renewals Are Now Outpacing In-Person Transactions at DMV Offices https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48652-online-license-renewals-are-now-outpacing-in-person-transactions-at-dmv-offices48652-online-license-renewals-are-now-outpacing-in-person-transactions-at-dmv-offices https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48652-online-license-renewals-are-now-outpacing-in-person-transactions-at-dmv-offices48652-online-license-renewals-are-now-outpacing-in-person-transactions-at-dmv-offices

Governor Ned Lamont has announced that since the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) implemented the ability for residents to renew their licenses over the internet earlier this year, the agency processed 85,370 online renewals between the months of January and May. In comparison, the agency processed 60,377 renewals in-person at DMV branch offices during this same period, demonstrating that the choice to renew licenses online is quickly becoming the preferred method for Connecticut residents.

Other DMV services that can now be completed over the internet, like the ability to change addresses, have also seen significant uptake online, with 22,052 of those transactions having been completed online between March, when that service launched, and May. In comparison, there were 7,549 change of address requests processed in-person at DMV offices during this same period.

In total, Connecticut residents and businesses have completed 131,846 transactions over the internet with the DMV so far this year across the services recently moved online. These expanded online services include:

License and non-driver ID renewal;

License and non-driver ID duplicate requests;

Change of address;

Drive history requests;

Vessel registration renewal;

A commercial vehicle operators (CVO) portal that serves as a one-stop-shop for CVOs; and

A commercial driver’s license (CDL) medical certificate portal that gives CDL drivers the ability to upload their medical certificates drivel to the DMV’s Driver Services Division from their mobile devices.

Governor Lamont said that it has been a priority of his administration to move services online so that Connecticut residents can skip in-person visits and the need to submit paper forms through the U.S. Mail.

“I know that it takes some getting used to doing these transactions online, but I want to remind Connecticut residents that even though in-person options remain available, these recently launched, expanded online services are now available, making completing transactions with the DMV a much simpler process,” Governor Lamont said. “The number of transactions that are being completed online so far clearly demonstrate that our residents want their interactions with state government to be simple, convenient, and available online, just like they would expect in the private sector. I want to thank the incredible staff at the DMV and the Digital Services Division of the Department of Administrative Services for their commitment and dedication to this effort and look forward to working with them more to further our digital government efforts.”

“We have been working incredibly hard at the DMV since day one to make sure that we make our interactions with Connecticut residents as convenient as possible,” DMV Commissioner Sibongile Magubane said. “I’m very proud of what we have accomplished throughout the pandemic and pleased that we’re delivering the experience that our residents expect. We will continue to be laser-focused on the ease of customer experience. We know that our work isn’t done, but we’re excited about the future of the DMV here in Connecticut.”

“Our efforts to improve customer relations are ongoing,” DMV Deputy Commissioner Tony Guerrera said. “Customers can expect to see our list of online transactions grow throughout 2021.”

“The rapid uptake in online services at the DMV confirms what we already suspected – Connecticut residents want convenient, easy to use online services from state government,” Josh Geballe, commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services and the state’s chief operating officer, said. “With online license renewals going from zero to a service channel used by nearly 90,000 residents in a few months with little promotion shows the strong pent up demand for modern online experiences.”

“The modernization of DMV services is welcome news to the business community,” Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) Assistant Counsel Wyatt Bosworth said. “The DMV’s recent success with offering robust online services will allow business owners to spend more time working to rebuild the economy, and less time waiting in line at their local DMV office.”

“With over 86,000 registered vessels in Connecticut, the DMV’s move to enable online registration renewals will allow boaters to easily navigate the registration process and quickly get on the water,” Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “DEEP looks forward to continue to work with DAS, DMV, and others to find innovative ways to better serve our constituents efficiently and with sound stewardship.”

“In addition to all of the residents taking advantage of the new services online at the DMV, more than 268,000 over-size and over-weight permits were submitted through the new CVO web portal,” Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Mark Rolfe said. “The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s online tools are being used in large numbers and we are saving our customers and businesses hours of time. An investment in innovation and technology is an investment in progress and people.”

commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Life Wed, 16 Jun 2021 04:46:26 -0400
John A. Crowell Jr., 56, of Danbury died unexpectedly on Sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48647-john-a-crowell-jr-56-of-danbury-died-unexpectedly-on-sunday48647-john-a-crowell-jr-56-of-danbury-died-unexpectedly-on-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48647-john-a-crowell-jr-56-of-danbury-died-unexpectedly-on-sunday48647-john-a-crowell-jr-56-of-danbury-died-unexpectedly-on-sunday

John A. Crowell Jr., 56, of Danbury, cherished son of John A. and Marie (Picchione) Crowell, died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Lisle, NY where he was attending a motocross motorcycle competition.

He attended Danbury schools and was a handyman. An avid sportsman and traveler, he enjoyed boating, fishing, and hunting. John traveled around the world with his life-long friends. John was the type of person if you needed a friend, he was always there. He will be sorely missed.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiancé Christine Paulson, sisters, Donna Jones and her husband Dale and Sandra Raffaele and her husband Glenn, a niece and nephew, Michael and Paige Raffaele, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. John also leaves behind his dog and faithful friend Pipi Moon Drop.

The family will receive friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury on Thursday, June 17, 2021, from 4 PM to 7 PM. Interment services will take place on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 11:30 AM in Section 4 of St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury. Contributions in John’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, http://www.stjude.org

kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Tue, 15 Jun 2021 11:45:28 -0400
Congratulations to Danbury High School Class of 2021: Commencement Highlights and Senior Year Reflections https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48646-congratulations-to-danbury-high-school-class-of-2021-commencement-highlights-and-senior-year-reflections48646-congratulations-to-danbury-high-school-class-of-2021-commencement-highlights-and-senior-year-reflections https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48646-congratulations-to-danbury-high-school-class-of-2021-commencement-highlights-and-senior-year-reflections48646-congratulations-to-danbury-high-school-class-of-2021-commencement-highlights-and-senior-year-reflections

At Danbury High School’s 2021 commencement held June 10, everyone from student speakers to the principal and Board of Education members recognized the Class of 2021 as the class that set a new standard for resilience and commitment. The Class of 2021 has grit.

“In my lifetime. In your lifetime. There’s never been a year like this one,” said Danbury Mayor Joseph Cavo, who told the graduating class that they made history with success earned between distance learning, not seeing their friends and struggling in an ever-changing world.

“Through it all, you remained resilient . . . and now you are stronger for it,” Cavo said. “No one else will understand what you have endured to get to this point. You have come a long way. It is a time for celebration and a time to have fun.”

For class valedictorian Caleb Schlissel, the school year started with Covid and ended with senioritis.

“I was so ready to be done with high school,” said Schlissel, who quickly realized that his mindset was wrong. “Right now we’re just taking a breath. It cannot be denied we persevered a lot, but we’re not done with stress or failure. There are so many more challenges we get to face.”

Student speaker Melody Dayrit said she sometimes felt that the last two years of school had been taken away from her. She began wishing that she had spent her early high school years making new friends, participating more in sports and joining more clubs.

“If only I believed time was more precious,” she said. Despite not having the GPA she wanted or wearing honors tassels on graduation day, Dayrit said “we aren’t perfect. We are human. We did the best we could, and we’re standing here today. Congratulations to those who did enough.” She left her fellow graduates with a suggestion to “live as if you never know when another pandemic will steal your time away.” \

Senior class president Nicholas Attina wrapped up commencement by telling fellow members of the Class of 2021 to “Take Ownership of your Life.”

Despite missing football and basketball games and other teenage rites of passage, he said the time missed was only fleeting and that now was the time make the most of what was ahead.

“Nothing in life will ever be handed to you,” Attina said. “Now is the time to create the life you want. You have to be disciplined in everything you do. Some people are born lucky, but no one is born unable to succeed.”

kerry@ducey.org (DPS Graduation Issue Danbury Digest) Neighbors Tue, 15 Jun 2021 10:43:15 -0400
RVNAhealth Administers COVID Vaccines at Danbury's Assembly Church of God, Receives Visit from Community Food Rescue! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48645-rvnahealth-administers-covid-vaccines-at-danbury-s-assembly-church-of-god-receives-visit-from-community-food-rescue48645-rvnahealth-administers-covid-vaccines-at-danbury-s-assembly-church-of-god-receives-visit-from-community-food-rescue https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48645-rvnahealth-administers-covid-vaccines-at-danbury-s-assembly-church-of-god-receives-visit-from-community-food-rescue48645-rvnahealth-administers-covid-vaccines-at-danbury-s-assembly-church-of-god-receives-visit-from-community-food-rescue

It was a busy weekend for RVNAhealth as we took our show on the road bringing COVID-19 vaccines — and food — to local events in Danbury and Ridgefield.
 In Danbury, we administered vaccines at the Assembly Church of God and had a special visit from the Community Food Rescue CT, who arrived with a refrigerated truck bearing the gift of sustenance to all attendees at the clinic. It was very appreciated! 
In Ridgefield, we joined the We All Shine On festival, offering COVID-19 vaccines to kids right there on Main Street and serving up delectable energy bites and chia seed pudding, handmade by RVNAhealth registered dietitian and nutrition educator, Monica Marcello, MS, RD, who was on hand with recipes and education. 
View additional photos and learn more about RVNAhealth online here.
kerry@ducey.org (RVNAhealth) Neighbors Tue, 15 Jun 2021 05:34:02 -0400
Danbury residents named to James Madison University Spring Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48644-danbury-residents-named-to-james-madison-university-spring-2021-dean-s-list48644-danbury-residents-named-to-james-madison-university-spring-2021-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48644-danbury-residents-named-to-james-madison-university-spring-2021-dean-s-list48644-danbury-residents-named-to-james-madison-university-spring-2021-dean-s-list

James Madison University is pleased to announce that the following students made the dean's list for the spring 2021 semester.

Congratulations to Danielle Langdon who is majoring in health sciences and Matthew Mortinger who is majoring in international affairs!

Established in 1908, James Madison University is a community of 22,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff, nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. JMU offers 124 degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, keeps classes small with a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio and has the highest six-year graduation rate among its peer institutions at 84%.

ern815@gmail.com (James Madison University) Neighbors Tue, 15 Jun 2021 05:28:23 -0400
Danbury Farmers' Marking on Fridays Beginning June 25 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/48642-danbury-farmers-marking-on-fridays-beginning-june-2548642-danbury-farmers-marking-on-fridays-beginning-june-25 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/48642-danbury-farmers-marking-on-fridays-beginning-june-2548642-danbury-farmers-marking-on-fridays-beginning-june-25

Danbury Farmers' Marking on Fridays at Danbury Railway Museum June 25 through October 29

Every Friday, from June 25th through October 29th, the Danbury Farmers’ Market community is thrilled for everyone to share in the excitement and benefits of fresh local fruits, vegetables and specialty food items and more.  

A $13,250 grant from the Fairfield County's Community Foundation’s (FCCF) COVID-19 Resiliency Fund will enable the CityCenter Danbury Farmers’ Market to make fresh produce accessible to people who might otherwise not have access to healthy food options.


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Mon, 14 Jun 2021 10:51:06 -0400