Danbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Fri, 05 Mar 2021 20:25:10 -0500 HamletHub.com Greater Danbury of Commerce Eggs & Issues Virtual Forum, Keynote Speaker Gov. Ned Lamont https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48382-greater-danbury-of-commerce-eggs-issues-virtual-forum-keynote-speaker-gov-ned-lamont48382-greater-danbury-of-commerce-eggs-issues-virtual-forum-keynote-speaker-gov-ned-lamont https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48382-greater-danbury-of-commerce-eggs-issues-virtual-forum-keynote-speaker-gov-ned-lamont48382-greater-danbury-of-commerce-eggs-issues-virtual-forum-keynote-speaker-gov-ned-lamont

Reserve your tickets now for the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce's annual event with Keynote speaker Governor Ned Lamont on Friday, March 26 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM 

Purchase tickets HERE.

We will be hosting our annual "Eggs & Issues" event virtually where we will welcome Governor Ned Lamont as our Keynote speaker!

Once tickets are purchased, each attendee will receive their own unique URL Zoom link to access the event. This link will be sent a few days prior to the event.

Thank you to AT&T for their support as the presenting sponsor.

Additionally, thank you to Nuvance Health and Linde for their continued sponsorship of this event.

kerry@ducey.org (Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce) Events Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:38:16 -0500
$450K gift supports Nuvance Health’s digital health strategy https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48381-450k-gift-supports-nuvance-health-s-digital-health-strategy48381-450k-gift-supports-nuvance-health-s-digital-health-strategy https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48381-450k-gift-supports-nuvance-health-s-digital-health-strategy48381-450k-gift-supports-nuvance-health-s-digital-health-strategy

For nearly two decades, Danbury couple has donated $1 million to support strategic initiatives

Today, consumers use their high-tech mobile devices for nearly everything — from ordering groceries to streaming entertainment to transferring their bank funds. And one Nuvance Health donation will help ensure people can use their smartphones to improve their health.

“The majority of traffic to retail websites now comes from smartphones, but the healthcare industry has lagged behind in this key trend,” said John Patrick of Danbury, Conn., who with his wife, Joanne, recently donated $450,000 to Nuvance Health to support the Connecticut and New York-based seven-hospital system’s digital health strategies.

There is tremendous potential for digital health, according to John Patrick, formerly Vice President of Internet Technology at IBM and author of six books. “mHealth (mobile health) will make getting an appointment for an X-ray or a physician visit as easy as buying a household item or booking an airline flight online.”

For example, a simple text can communicate, store, retrieve and remind patients of their health status or deliver messages promoting healthy behaviors and choices.

“Digital health is a core element of our 2025 strategic plan,” Nuvance Health President and CEO Dr. John M. Murphy said. “The Patricks’ generous gift will help us place the needed focus on this key area.”

In addition to financial support, John Patrick recently joined Nuvance Health’s Digital Patient Experience Executive Committee.

“His decades of experience in technology and his service on the Danbury Hospital and Western Connecticut Health Network boards of directors brings us a unique perspective to help build out a digital health strategy to serve our patients,” said Geoffry Hook, Nuvance Health’s Chief Information Officer.

Over the past 20 years, the Patricks have made numerous gifts totaling $1 million to key areas of Nuvance Health programs including oncology radiation therapy, breast cancer, neonatal care, mobile pediatric care and nursing education. Their first major donation was $100,000 in 2006 to enable the launch of a women’s cardiac care program. Joanne Patrick was formerly a coronary care nurse specialist and she recognized research had found men’s and women’s cardiovascular health and heart attack symptoms were different. The cardiac gift was followed in 2011 with a $100,000 donation to support the launch of the Rudy L. Ruggles Biomedical Research Institute and an additional gift in 2013 to enable a Cell Generation Laboratory at the institute. In 2016, the Patricks donated $250,000 to help launch the system’s telehealth program, which has become essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth, or connected care, is a key element of Nuvance Health’s digital health strategy. It enables patients to see their doctors remotely using a desktop, laptop or mobile device.

“Philanthropic support is critical in these difficult times,” Nuvance Health Chief Development Officer Grace Linhard said. “John and Joanne have a history of helping to add focus to leading-edge healthcare initiatives, which are so important to the health system’s long-term focus on technology directly benefiting our patients. We hope other philanthropists will join John and Joanne to build on the investment they have made in our future.”

Find out how you can support Nuvance Health’s efforts.


andrea.rynn@nuvancehealth.org (andrea rynn) Neighbors Fri, 05 Mar 2021 06:49:46 -0500
B.I.G. Danbury Launch Event on March 16 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48351-b-i-g-danbury-launch-event-on-march-16-161420547748351-b-i-g-danbury-launch-event-on-march-16-1614205477 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48351-b-i-g-danbury-launch-event-on-march-16-161420547748351-b-i-g-danbury-launch-event-on-march-16-1614205477

B.I.G. Danbury CT Launch on Tuesday, March 16 at 12:30 pm

Please note: you must register in advance to receive the Zoom Room and Password. Please email membership@believeinspiregrow.com with any questions.

Register HERE.

B.I.G. is a women's empowerment organization that offers women the inspiration, community, and tools they need to move their lives forward both personally & professionally.

B.I.G. exists to help women unlock their true potential and live the lives they are meant to live. We provide the inspiration, tools and community to help women every day become the best versions of themselves. We create safe environments and offer face-to-face support from a like-minded tribe of peers. We believe that every woman has special gifts and talents, and that the power of a community of women working together is an unstoppable force in making the world a better place.


kerry@ducey.org (B.I.G. Danbury) Events Fri, 05 Mar 2021 05:09:00 -0500
Danbury Residents named to the URI Fall 2020 Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48374-danbury-residents-named-to-the-uri-fall-2020-dean-s-list48374-danbury-residents-named-to-the-uri-fall-2020-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48374-danbury-residents-named-to-the-uri-fall-2020-dean-s-list48374-danbury-residents-named-to-the-uri-fall-2020-dean-s-list

The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce the Fall 2020 Dean's List. The students represent nearly all of Rhode Island's cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, and many other states and countries.

The following Danbury reaidents were named to Dean's List:

Adam Beckett 

Sarah Bradsell 

Frank Calabrese-Gavay 

Courtney Capozzi 

Christopher Leone 

Michael Moran 

Ben Pereira 

Isabella Zimmer 

Congratulations to all!

To be included on the Dean's List, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits for letter grades earning at least a 3.30 quality point average.

The University's total fall 2020 enrollment of 17,649 students comprises 15,393 full- and part-time undergraduate students, including 748 pharmacy six-year professional practice, and 2,256 full- and part-time graduate students. About 52% of the total student body is from Rhode Island and 48% are from out of state or foreign countries. The student body includes students from 48 U.S. states and territories, and 67 nations.


ern815@gmail.com (University of Rhode Island) Neighbors Thu, 04 Mar 2021 08:22:54 -0500
Danbury's Virtual Restaurant Month! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48380-danbury-s-virtual-restaurant-month48380-danbury-s-virtual-restaurant-month https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48380-danbury-s-virtual-restaurant-month48380-danbury-s-virtual-restaurant-month


In a continued effort to show our support and appreciation to local restauranteurs, the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the City of Danbury to host a Virtual Restaurant Month.

This effort is aimed to support and promote local restaurants through social media. We are encouraging the public to post pictures of their dining and takeout experiences on their Facebook and Instagram feeds with the hashtag #EatLocalDanbury.

“Our small business partners are the economic backbone of our community,” said PJ Prunty, President & CEO of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce. “As we continue to work through this pandemic, we need to remember how important it is to keep our local businesses open and thriving.”

All restaurants and our entire community are invited to join in! Let’s continue to support, shop, and EAT local!

Follow @CityofDanbury and @GreaterDanburyChamber!


kerry@ducey.org (City of Danbury) Life Thu, 04 Mar 2021 08:11:22 -0500
COVID-19 Vaccination Site Opens at Danbury Fair Mall https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48379-covid-19-vaccination-site-opens-at-danbury-fair-mall48379-covid-19-vaccination-site-opens-at-danbury-fair-mall https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48379-covid-19-vaccination-site-opens-at-danbury-fair-mall48379-covid-19-vaccination-site-opens-at-danbury-fair-mall

In partnership with the Community Health Center and the City of Danbury, a vaccination distribution site opened today at Danbury Fair for residents of Connecticut to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The entrance to the site is located near the former Sears auto center in the parking lot. Please follow the directional signage to enter the area.

Additional information:

  • Moderna vaccine is being administered, both first and second dose appointments.
  • As of March 1, those eligible in Connecticut are people 55 and over, teachers and school staff, health care workers and medical first responders.
  • To check whether you are eligible, visit THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE.
  • You must have an appointment to receive the vaccine.  Anyone without an appointment, or not eligible under the state’s current phase, will be turned away.
  • To make an appointment or for more information, call CT’s 211 COVID-19 hotline at 877-918-2224. 
  • Appointments will also be available through VAMS.
kerry@ducey.org (Danbury Fair Mall) Neighbors Thu, 04 Mar 2021 06:54:12 -0500
Danbury Residents Named to the University of Hartford President's Honors List https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48375-danbury-residents-named-to-the-university-of-hartford-president-s-honors-list48375-danbury-residents-named-to-the-university-of-hartford-president-s-honors-list https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48375-danbury-residents-named-to-the-university-of-hartford-president-s-honors-list48375-danbury-residents-named-to-the-university-of-hartford-president-s-honors-list

The University of Hartford congratulates the students who have been named to the President's Honors List for Fall 2020.

The President's Honors List is made up of an extremely select group of students who earned a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in the semester.

Congratulations to the following Danbury residents:

Sophia Mingachos 

Kayla Morais

Melissa Morocho

Avaiz Rana

Hinal Rana

Alison Salinas

Maggie Seinfeld

Emma Sullivan 

Shirley Suscal

Spread across seven dynamic schools and colleges, the University of Hartford has been guiding the purpose and passion of students for over six decades. On our 350-acre campus alongside Connecticut's capital city, approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students from 48 states and countries come together for a common purpose: to collaborate across different disciplines, diversify perspectives, and broaden worldviews. We're a four-year private university focused on advancing the public good through meaningful connections within our communities. 

ern815@gmail.com (University of Hartford) Neighbors Wed, 03 Mar 2021 13:31:14 -0500
Songwriting Like a Pro! Ridgefield Playhouse Chats with Samantha and A.J. About Upcoming Workshop! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48373-the-ridgefield-playhouse-161480992448373-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1614809924 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48373-the-ridgefield-playhouse-161480992448373-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1614809924

In addition to keeping the performing arts available to the community through film and socially distanced, limited capacity concerts, The Ridgefield Playhouse has also made their most popular classes available via Zoom!

Now, even if you don’t live locally, you can learn from award winning instructors in the comfort of your own home! Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to be mentored by two accomplished industry professionals – International Recording Artist and Celebrity Voice Coach Samantha Cole and 13-time Emmy Award Winning songwriter, producer, music supervisor, One-Stop Music Shop owner A.J. Gundell! Songwriting Like a Pro - via Zoom takes place on Wednesdays, March 10 - April 7 from 7 – 9pm.

We recently caught up with Samantha and A.J. to talk with them about songwriting and their upcoming workshop.

Do you have a set process when it comes to writing songs?
AJG - It's not a set process, because it can and does vary every time.  But one of the consistent things I'm always looking for is a hook that says to me, "That's a cool idea for a song."  It can be a lyric, melody, chord changes, groove, whatever... but I have to feel like I'm onto something special that's worth writing.  And ideally, the best hooks contain the main idea, the title, occur/repeat in the chorus—and tell an original story.  So that's also how I like to get students started on their own songs.
SC - I love to take an idea or melody and run with it! Next, I find musicians and producers to help me put together “the skeleton” of the song. It’s all about experience and feeling in songs. Putting it on paper telling a story then actually delivering it on a record. It’s my favorite process!

Talking of your approach, how do you generally tackle the writing process? Do you tend to throw yourself at the piano/guitar and let things emerge, or do you prefer to start with the pen and paper and craft a lyric first?
AJG - Yes :-).  Per above, it's not a consistent thing, it can be either one.  But if it starts with one, and I think it's cool, I'll want to hop over pretty quickly to the other--to tie up the lyric with a melody and chords that I think is memorable, or find a melody for a lyric, song title, or main idea and story that I like.
SC - Ideas or Influences first. Sometimes lyrics come first but without a melody and then I find the music that moves me and gels with my emotion and feeling of the song.

What part of songwriting do you find most fulfilling?
AJG - Well, the first thing I thought of to say was "finishing" :-). But when I thought about it some more, I also love the process when it flows... and don't even want that to stop.  I love collaborating, when I do, with co-writers, artists, producers.  And for sure, one of the most fulfilling parts of songwriting is finding out that something you wrote is successful:  people like to sing it, share it with friends; artists want to record it; clients want to cover or license it.
SC - The incredible feeling of hearing the end result. Starting from a simple idea and turning it into a finished song - that’s a part of your soul.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about songwriting?
AJG - I had a teacher in college, John Hersey--he was a renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. Professor Hersey liked to say "write a little every day, and always leave it hot."  By hot, he meant something that's happening for you, that you feel is unique and strong.  I've been able to use this in songwriting.  It seems strange to suggest "leaving" hot... like, why not keep going?  And it turns out, it's because 1) if you leave it hot, you're likely to come back to it because you think it’s good and 2) when you're away from it, you'll probably get some more cool ideas!  Our unconscious mind, where a lot of creative stuff comes from, works on its own.  And sometimes our conscious minds work against us, because we're consciously trying too hard--which is partly where writer's block comes from.
SC - The best advice that I have been given is to relax and write down the ideas. Let it flow - start with a topic, experience or feeling and run with it. Understand the meaning of it… what are you trying to say, what’s the story? Paint a picture.

Lastly, what excites you the most about working with students and helping them craft a song?
AJG - Without a doubt, it's seeing the students find their way to becoming successful themselves as songwriters, and knowing that even in some small way, I've been able to help them make a difference in their lives with their music.
SC - Agree! I get so much joy in watching them shed their doubts and insecurities and watch them grow into artists. It’s very rewarding to hear the final product!

What are you waiting for? Get ready for Spring and overcome pandemic fatigue with a fresh burst of online creativity!  If you are a songwriter, musician, or producer interested in learning the fundamentals of songwriting and applying them to achieving success in the music business licensing–this class is custom-made for you. 

Learn these things and more from seasoned professionals Samantha and A.J. and their combined years of music industry experience and success.  This professional five-week workshop takes place in five weekly sessions each two hours long.  Each session is devoted to learning both the craft of songwriting and the skills required to get your finished songs into the market for recording and licensing.

Very special guest speakers Jimmy Greco, Grammy-nominated producer (Carlos Santana, Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez), and others along with ex-Senior VP of A&R (RCA, Sony, Universal) Dave Novik will join Cole and Gundell at the last session–to provide insightful marketing and promotion advice secrets while also helping address the ins and outs of licensing and recording. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to be mentored while learning the art of songwriting and the secrets to music business success  from accomplished industry professionals.

To register go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call the box office at 203.438.5795. Scholarships are available through the generosity of the Beth and Bruce Becker Scholarship Fund.

This event is part of our Classes @ The Playhouse Series and Adam Broderick Salon & Spa Whole New You Series, with support from Reliance Merchant Services.

lisa.barrett@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Wed, 03 Mar 2021 12:12:04 -0500
CT Greenways Council Accepting Nominations for State Greenway Designations https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48376-ct-greenways-council-accepting-nominations-for-state-greenway-designations48376-ct-greenways-council-accepting-nominations-for-state-greenway-designations https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48376-ct-greenways-council-accepting-nominations-for-state-greenway-designations48376-ct-greenways-council-accepting-nominations-for-state-greenway-designations

CT Greenways Council Accepting Nominations for State Greenway Designations

Nominations Accepted Until April 30th

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Greenways Council today announced that they are now soliciting nominations for official state greenway designations.

Greenways are an integral part of any community, offering recreational opportunities, providing alternative transportation options, helping to preserve the environment, and supporting economic development.  Greenways can make a community a more attractive place to live by connecting living spaces with the environment, and they preserve history and cultivate town pride. 

“Greenways protect our critical resources and often provide opportunities to connect people with those resources,” said DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. “Our Connecticut Greenways Council encourages municipalities to embrace the designation process to facilitate sustainable development, enhancement, and preservation of these special places.”

An official designation by the Greenways Council recognizes a greenway as an open space that not only meets the definition of a greenway, but also enhances the community and is supported by local government initiatives.  Designated greenways, both for recreation and resource protection, will be listed in a subsequent revision of the State Plan of Conservation and Development and may receive increased consideration for a variety of grants. There are currently 77 designated greenways in Connecticut.

The Greenways Council will evaluate all nominated greenways for consistency with designation criteria.  Those selected for designation will be announced by the Greenways Council in conjunction with their National Trails Day event in June. 

The deadline for submission of nominations is April 30, 2021.

The nomination form is available as a word document or a PDF.  The preferred method for submission of completed nomination forms is by e-mail to Laurie.Giannotti@ct.gov, and digital photos and maps are preferred (digital photos of hard copy maps are acceptable).  Nominations may also be submitted on CD or other electronic storage device and can be mailed to Laurie Giannotti, CT DEEP, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127. 

For more information on Connecticut’s Greenways, go here.

*Image East Coast Greenway via Twitter @ECGreenway

kerry@ducey.org (CT Deep) Life Wed, 03 Mar 2021 09:27:34 -0500
Danbury Resident Jackie Logsted Named to Dean's List at Dickinson College https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48372-danbury-resident-jackie-logsted-named-to-dean-s-list-at-dickinson-college48372-danbury-resident-jackie-logsted-named-to-dean-s-list-at-dickinson-college https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48372-danbury-resident-jackie-logsted-named-to-dean-s-list-at-dickinson-college48372-danbury-resident-jackie-logsted-named-to-dean-s-list-at-dickinson-college

Jackie Logsted, a junior American studies major at Dickinson College, has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2020 semester. A graduate of Wooster School, she is the daughter of Greg Logsted and Lauren Baratz-Logsted of Danbury, Conn.

All students earning a position on the dean's list-a recognition of academic excellence-must have a grade-point average of 3.7 or above on a 4.0 GPA scale for the semester. Dickinson College, located in historic Carlisle, Pa., was chartered in 1783. The private, national liberal-arts college is home to approximately 2,200 students from across the country and around the world. 

kerry@ducey.org (Dickinson College) Neighbors Wed, 03 Mar 2021 08:06:32 -0500
Governor Lamont Announces Launch of DMV’s New Web Portal That Continues To Add More Online Services for Customers https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/48371-governor-lamont-announces-launch-of-dmv-s-new-web-portal-that-continues-to-add-more-online-services-for-customers48371-governor-lamont-announces-launch-of-dmv-s-new-web-portal-that-continues-to-add-more-online-services-for-customers https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/48371-governor-lamont-announces-launch-of-dmv-s-new-web-portal-that-continues-to-add-more-online-services-for-customers48371-governor-lamont-announces-launch-of-dmv-s-new-web-portal-that-continues-to-add-more-online-services-for-customers

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has launched a revitalized web portal for the agency that also increases the number of transactions customers are able to complete online. New online services added during this launch include the ability to request a duplicate driver’s license, a duplicate non-driver ID, and driving history. The DMV’s web portal can be accessed by visiting ct.gov/dmv.

These new online services are in addition to the announcement made last month that Connecticut residents now have the ability to renew their driver’s licenses and non-driver IDs online. Renewing credentials online can take as little as seven minutes.

The addition of more online services is part of the Lamont administration’s ongoing efforts to modernize state government by creating more convenience for residents and making services more easily accessible.

“The DMV’s efforts to make sure services are accessible, easy to find, and online are a critical part of our modernization efforts,” Governor Lamont said. “Our residents deserve a government that is dedicated to changing with new technology and makes transactions as easy as possible. I am pleased to see these updates happening at such a critical agency, and I look forward to providing more streamlined services to our residents soon.”

“We have a team of dedicated professionals in place propelling our modernization efforts forward,” DMV Commissioner Sibongile Magubane said. “Their attention to detail is paramount, and their determination to improve the user experience has led to the development of several new online services. We will continue to identify opportunities for improvement and have plans to launch additional services in March.”

“We are incrementally transforming the DMV,” DMV Deputy Commissioner Tony Guerrera said. “We are improving how customers interact with the agency. With the onset of the pandemic, customers have become accustomed to having access to services online. The government should not be the exception.”

“State government needs to catch up in using technology in order to best serve our residents,” Connecticut’s Chief Operating Officer and Department of Administrative Services Commissioner Josh Geballe said. “The DMV has worked hard throughout the pandemic – and before the pandemic – to make sure that our residents can interact with a significantly smaller burden on time and energy than in the past. I want to thank the leadership at the DMV for making these common-sense updates for our residents so quickly. Changes of this magnitude are not always easy but make a huge difference for our state.”

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic early last year, the DMV revitalized its service delivery model through the implementation of an appointment-based system, which has resulted in a significant reduction in customer wait times.

Customers can view all online services or schedule an in-person appointment with the DMV by visiting the agency’s newly refreshed web portal here.

daliborboldis@gmail.com (State Capitol) Politics Wed, 03 Mar 2021 03:52:21 -0500
RVNAhealth StayWELL Earns Employer of Choice Award https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48369-rvnahealth-staywell-earns-employer-of-choice-award48369-rvnahealth-staywell-earns-employer-of-choice-award https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48369-rvnahealth-staywell-earns-employer-of-choice-award48369-rvnahealth-staywell-earns-employer-of-choice-award

RVNAhealth is excited to share that our StayWELL team has been awarded a 2021 Best of Home Care® – Employer of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse.  This award recognizes RVNAhealth and our StayWELL business as one of the top performing non-medical home care agency employers in the nation, based upon unfiltered caregiver employee feedback.  Home Care Pulse is the home care industry’s leading firm in satisfaction research and quality assurance.

Committed to being the best in our field, RVNAhealth partnered with Home Care Pulse at the beginning of 2020 as part of an ongoing improvement initiative, to better understand the client and caregiver experience.  As an independent third-party provider, Home Care Pulse collects candid and direct phone-interview feedback monthly from StayWELL clients and caregivers in areas such as impact on daily life, communication, caregiver ability, and client/caregiver compatibility. 

“As one of only 19 home care assistant agencies in Connecticut to receive this award, and with many hundreds of non-medical home care agency employers in our state, we are honored to be recognized for our outstanding employment experience. I am extremely proud of our skilled and compassionate caregivers who provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I extend appreciation to our caregivers for their feedback and choice in working for RVNAhealth,” says Melissa Woodhouse, RRT, MOT, OTR/L, CDP, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL Services.

In addition to the Home Care Pulse Employer of Choice Award, RVNAhealth is also an eight-time winner of the Hearst Media Top Workplaces Award, as well as a 2020 Home Care Pulse Provider of Choice, tributes also earned through unfiltered employee and client feedback. Learn more about RVNAhealth’s StayWELL services here, or call 203-438-5555. To meet some of our exceptional caregivers, please visit our Meet the Caregivers webpage.  For inquiries into caregiver employment opportunities, please contact Human Resources.


kerry@ducey.org (RVNAhealth) Neighbors Tue, 02 Mar 2021 15:54:33 -0500
Governor Lamont and Mohegan Tribe Reach Agreement on Future of Gaming in Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/48370-governor-lamont-and-mohegan-tribe-reach-agreement-on-future-of-gaming-in-connecticut48370-governor-lamont-and-mohegan-tribe-reach-agreement-on-future-of-gaming-in-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/48370-governor-lamont-and-mohegan-tribe-reach-agreement-on-future-of-gaming-in-connecticut48370-governor-lamont-and-mohegan-tribe-reach-agreement-on-future-of-gaming-in-connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont and Mohegan Tribe Chairman James Gessner Jr. today announced an agreement that would allow the State of Connecticut to modernize gaming options available to state residents, including allowing for sports wagering and online gaming. The agreement would generate tens of millions of dollars in new revenue for the state, while keeping Connecticut competitive with gaming changes currently being offered or considered in neighboring states. The agreement also provides the inclusion of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation as a partner in the effort to modernize the state’s gaming landscape.

Key components of the agreement include:

  • A 20 percent tax rate on new online gaming, or “iGaming,” offerings
  • A 13.75 percent tax rate on sports wagering
  • Connecticut Lottery shall have the right to operate 15 retail sports betting locations, as well as operate an online sports betting skin
  • Connecticut Lottery shall have the right to sub-license some of those locations to the state-licensed pari-mutuel operator
  • Connecticut Lottery will undertake new retail sports betting venues in Hartford and Bridgeport
  • License agreement to be for ten years with a five-year extension option

“This agreement represents months of hard work and dedication to getting a deal that’s best for the residents of Connecticut and moves our state forward when it comes to the future of gaming,” Governor Lamont said. “We are incredibly fortunate to have such a devoted partner in these efforts like the Mohegan Tribe, as they have been open to negotiation, honest discussion, and a positive path forward that is beneficial for both their tribe and the State of Connecticut.”

“The Mohegan Tribe is proud to have reached this agreement with Governor Lamont and the State of Connecticut,” Chairman Gessner said. “This path will allow Connecticut to generate tax revenues from sports and online gaming that are competitive with other states, and help keep Connecticut with those states when it comes to growing our economy and benefiting the state budget. We’re thankful to Governor Lamont and his team, and we look forward to continued work with the General Assembly as this process continues.”

kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Tue, 02 Mar 2021 14:02:38 -0500
Danbury Resident Emma Nielsen Receives SUNY Oneonta Scholarship https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48366-danbury-resident-emma-nielsen-receives-suny-oneonta-scholarship48366-danbury-resident-emma-nielsen-receives-suny-oneonta-scholarship https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48366-danbury-resident-emma-nielsen-receives-suny-oneonta-scholarship48366-danbury-resident-emma-nielsen-receives-suny-oneonta-scholarship

Emma Nielsen of Danbury, CT, has been selected to receive the following scholarships at SUNY Oneonta: Andrea J. Casper '75 Scholarship.

More than 600 students have been awarded scholarships by SUNY Oneonta. The college's scholarship funds total over $60 million and are the result of contributions from donors, corporations and foundations. It is the largest endowment among SUNY comprehensive four-year colleges.

SUNY Oneonta is a public, four-year college in Central New York, enrolling about 6,000 students in a wide variety of bachelor's degree programs and several graduate certificate and degree programs. 

ern815@gmail.com (SUNY Oneonta) Neighbors Tue, 02 Mar 2021 12:24:46 -0500
The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut seeks submissions for ‘Color Blind’ online art exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48365-the-cultural-alliance-of-western-connecticut-seeks-submissions-for-color-blind-online-art-exhibit48365-the-cultural-alliance-of-western-connecticut-seeks-submissions-for-color-blind-online-art-exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48365-the-cultural-alliance-of-western-connecticut-seeks-submissions-for-color-blind-online-art-exhibit48365-the-cultural-alliance-of-western-connecticut-seeks-submissions-for-color-blind-online-art-exhibit

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is calling artists from Connecticut and New York for submissions for an online exhibit to open in May and showcase monochromatic works that demonstrate the struggle of a society that is decidedly not “color blind” when it comes to racial struggle.

Artists are asked to demonstrate through a colorless lens the symbols of liberation, resistance or empowerment that will offer a visually compelling account of the breadth of experiences and struggles that affect people of color. Artists have the power to control their use of color and imagery in ways that can create a better and constructive impact on our culture, making people understand the importance of life and its value.

“Sometimes a monochrome palette can say more than a full spectrum of color and create a striking contrast,” said Lisa Scails, Cultural Alliance executive director. “Artists with 2-dimensional works of all mediums are invited to share work that is composed of a majority of black, white and all shades in between.”

Artist and teacher Lisa D’Amico, who has worked as an independent curator for the past 15 years, will curate the show.

“As an artist, I believe every new work is a deep breath,” D’Amico said. “A new beginning to tell a story using creativity.”

She has managed exhibition programs that included juried, curated and invitational exhibitions, featuring the work of regional, national and international artists. She is also the co-founder of “The Bluefield Artists” and the creator of the annual small works exhibit, “Inside Small.”

The “Color Blind” exhibition will be unveiled online on May 14 and will remain on display through Aug. 27.

For further details and to submit a piece of art for consideration, please visit https://www.cawct.org. For more information, contact Lisa D’Amico email lisapainting@outlook.com.

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

Jeninemichaud@gmail.com (Paul Steinmetz) Neighbors Tue, 02 Mar 2021 05:58:15 -0500