Danbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Wed, 22 Sep 2021 21:11:42 -0400 HamletHub.com Danbury residents Leiya Istambouli and Sigal Shenkar named to SHU dean's list https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48997-danbury-residents-leiya-istambouli-and-sigal-shenkar-named-to-shu-dean-s-list48997-danbury-residents-leiya-istambouli-and-sigal-shenkar-named-to-shu-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48997-danbury-residents-leiya-istambouli-and-sigal-shenkar-named-to-shu-dean-s-list48997-danbury-residents-leiya-istambouli-and-sigal-shenkar-named-to-shu-dean-s-list

Danbury residents Leiya Istambouli and Sigal Shenkar named to SHU's Spring 2021 Dean's List

Seton Hall University is pleased to announce that Danbury residents Sigal Shenkar and Leiya Istambouli qualified for the Spring 2021 Dean's list! Congratulations on your outstanding academic achievements. 

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

kerry@ducey.org (Seton Hall University) Neighbors Wed, 22 Sep 2021 14:13:12 -0400
Housatonic Habitat for Humanity Welcomes Family to New Home in New Preston https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48996-housatonic-habitat-for-humanity-welcomes-family-to-new-home-in-new-preston48996-housatonic-habitat-for-humanity-welcomes-family-to-new-home-in-new-preston https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48996-housatonic-habitat-for-humanity-welcomes-family-to-new-home-in-new-preston48996-housatonic-habitat-for-humanity-welcomes-family-to-new-home-in-new-preston

Housatonic Habitat for Humanity, along with community leaders, supporters, homeowner family and friends, and many volunteers celebrated the completion of a new Habitat home in New Preston on Sunday, September 19.

Shannon Kozak grew up in the Washington area, and is happy to raise her children in a community that has given her so much. “We’re thrilled to be a part of the Habitat family. My three kids and I are loving our beautiful new home.”

Pictured on left Shannon with Peyton (back), Beau and Lexi.
Like all Habitat homeowners, Shannon is contributing 250 hours of “sweat equity” working on the construction of her home as well as participating in other Habitat volunteer opportunities. She also attended financial literacy courses designed to help ensure her success as a new homeowner.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better match for our latest Habitat home,” says Housatonic Habitat Executive Director Diana Arfine. “They are such a special family, and are thrilled to have a place they can call home. Shannon is pleased to be back to her roots, surrounded by supportive family and friends.”

The building of the home was made possible due to generous sponsors, donated materials, dedicated volunteer labor, and the commitment of the homeowner. It was funded in part with the help of many community partners, including a generous financial contribution from Gridiron Capital.

Housatonic Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to making a meaningful difference in the lives of qualified working families by promoting financial stability and self-sufficiency through ownership of affordable homes. This year marks Housatonic Habitat for Humanity’s 30th anniversary of bringing people from all walks of life together to build and repair homes, communities and hope.
Housatonichabitat.org | 51 Austin St., Danbury, CT | 203-744-1340

kerry@ducey.org (Housatonic Habitat for Humanity) Neighbors Wed, 22 Sep 2021 13:00:32 -0400
Happy First Day of Fall, Danbury! Time to Pick Your Own Pumpkins and Apples! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48995-happy-first-day-of-fall-ridgefield-time-to-pick-your-own-pumpkins-and-apples48995-happy-first-day-of-fall-ridgefield-time-to-pick-your-own-pumpkins-and-apples https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48995-happy-first-day-of-fall-ridgefield-time-to-pick-your-own-pumpkins-and-apples48995-happy-first-day-of-fall-ridgefield-time-to-pick-your-own-pumpkins-and-apples

Known as the Autumnal Equinox, fall arrives today, Wednesday, September 22 at 3:20pm! For New England dwellers, fall is colorful, crisp, and beckons apple picking, hiking, and leaf-peeping!

Technically speaking, it is the moment when the Sun crosses the Equator, and here in the Northern Hemisphere, we will begin to see more darkness than daylight.  Learn more about the Autumnal Equinox via the Farmers' Almanac here.

Fall means "pick your own" in New England

After a long, warm summer, the night air is slowly beginning to turn crisp and the leaves are starting to show signs of yellow and orange (and soon red), autumn has arrived in New England. And in Connecticut, with over 60 varieties of apples grown on beautiful, sprawling farms, and pumpkins ready to harvest, autumn means apple and pumpkin picking. Let's face it, there really is nothing better than a juicy, freshly picked apple and the perfect Halloween pumpkin.

Feel like day-tripping for pumpkins and apples? We made a list of some of the popular farms a short(ish) drive from Danbury that offer pick your own apples, and in some cases, pumpkins too!

Jones Family Farms is located at 606 Walnut Tree Road, Shelton, CT. 

Pumpkin picking only. Open Sept 18 and 19, 12 to 5:30 pm, for “Preview Weekend”, then we open daily starting on Sept 25.

Notes front the farm: “We have a GREAT CROP OF PUMPKINS this year, and we look forward to sharing it with you!”

For additional information, visit Jones Family Farm online or call (203) 929-8425.

Silverman’s Farm, located at 451 Sport Hill Farm in Easton, CT. Open 7 days a week.

Apple picking only. Click here for schedule.

Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard located at 278 Leavenworth Road in Shelton, CT

Apple picking only. Saturday & Sunday, September 11th & 12th we picking Honeycrisp (they’re usually all picked within 3 hours!), Gala and McIntosh

Warrup's Farm is located at 51 John Read Road, West Redding, CT.

Pumpkin picking. Open weekends in October from 10am to 5pm.

Warrup’s Farm is a small farm using organic methods, operated by the Hill family During October weekends & Columbus Day Monday, pick pumpkins off the vine.

Greig Farm is located at 227 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook, NY.

Pick your own apples and pumpkins.

Enjoy 400 acres of rustic charm, make friends with the goats, and shop the farmers market seven days a week. Greig Farm 9 am to 7 pm for picking apples and pumpkins.

Visit Greig Farm online here

Blue Jay Orchards is located at 125 Plum Tree Road in Bethel.

Apple picking only. Pumpkin “patch”

While the farm has a large pumpkin patch, they don't offer "pick your own". The farm does offer pick your own apples.

Visit them online here for call (203) 748-0119

Ellsworth Farm is located at 461 Cornwall Bridge Road (Route 4) in Sharon, CT.

Apple and pumpkin picking, plus peaches and Asian pears.

Download our 2021 Pick Your Own brochure

Pick-Your-Own at Ellsworth Farm is open early September to late October on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at both the Home Farm and Sunnymount locations from 10:00-5:00, weather permitting.

Rogers Orchards is located at 336 Long Bottom Road in Southington, CT

Pick your own apples only.

Read more about Pick-Your-Own farms in Connecticut here!


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Wed, 22 Sep 2021 05:03:35 -0400
Comedian & YouTube Sensation Vic Dibitetto at The Rigdefield Playhouse this Friday Night! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48993-the-ridgefield-playhouse-163225966148993-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1632259661 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48993-the-ridgefield-playhouse-163225966148993-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1632259661

Known for his hilarious viral rants – the “Italian Hurricane” Vic Dibitetto returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse after 5 past sold out shows! Get your tickets now to see Vic Dibitetto with two shows this Friday, September 24 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, part of the Barts Tree Service Comedy Series.

Vic has created many viral video characters - including Tony Gaga, That Guy, Frankie Pentangelli, Fool by the Pool and Ticked Off Vic. His Yankee and Giant locker room satires are now legendary. And his Bread and Milk video is like a Christmas Carole that comes back on TV, radio and news outlets every time it snows almost anywhere in the world. Vic has been called a cross between Rodney Dangerfield and Ralph Kramden.

He thrills his audiences with his fast-paced, frenetic, no-holds-barred style of comedy. Dibitetto is a 35-year comedy veteran who became a breakout sensation on YouTube in 2013 with his viral video “Bread and Milk,” which garnered over 19 million views, and by playing a character in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 based off his own videos. His newfound celebrity status and brilliantly funny video rants (“Ticked Off Vic”) have propelled his career to new levels and brought laughter to millions of followers nationwide. Make it a great night out with dinner and a show – visit Bareburger Ridgefield (38 Danbury Road, Ridgefield) for dinner enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer with your entrée when you show your ticket! Media sponsor for this show is 99.1 WPLR.

Vic Dibitetto often refers to himself as “The Donkey of Comedy,” or “The Working Class Zero.” He’s proud to be “a regular blue-collar guy.” For most of his career, he was driving a school bus or a garbage truck as a day job. At the start of the pandemic, his “A Message to the Government” about inadequate stimulus checks, was viewed 33 million times on Facebook, and 4 million times on YouTube. “I’m just saying how I feel and what’s going on right now in this country with the working people.” His comedy follows similar powerful themes, as he churns energy, honesty, and humanity into nonstop laughter.

For tickets and info visit www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org


lisa.barrett@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:24:23 -0400
Fall in Love with Downtown Danbury: Scarecrow Decorating Now Through Halloween! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48974-fall-in-love-with-downtown-danbury-scarecrow-decorating-now-through-halloween48974-fall-in-love-with-downtown-danbury-scarecrow-decorating-now-through-halloween https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48974-fall-in-love-with-downtown-danbury-scarecrow-decorating-now-through-halloween48974-fall-in-love-with-downtown-danbury-scarecrow-decorating-now-through-halloween

CityCenter Danbury is inviting all downtown businesses, organizations and groups to participate in Danbury's ‘Fall in Love with Downtown’ event!

  • We will provide the scarecrow frame – you stuff and decorate the scarecrow for display on a downtown lamp post.
  • Your organization’s scarecrow will also be featured in CityCenter’s social media and weekly e-newsletter!

CityCenter Danbury wants to help YOU!

CityCenter Danbury strives to enhance and promote our downtown businesses. We have accomplished many projects (with more to come) to improve the overall appearance of our tax district – the home of your business.  Previous efforts include overhead string lighting in alleyways, planter baskets on lamp posts, sculpture pieces, murals, banners, garden improvements and holiday decorations.  Please join us as we beautify our downtown neighborhood!!!

Learn more => www.citycenterdanbury.com/scarecrow

kerry@ducey.org (City Center Danbury ) Life Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:10:00 -0400
OrthoConnecticut Has the Answers: What Is Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery? https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48989-orthoconnecticut-has-the-answers-what-is-robotic-assisted-spine-surgery48989-orthoconnecticut-has-the-answers-what-is-robotic-assisted-spine-surgery https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48989-orthoconnecticut-has-the-answers-what-is-robotic-assisted-spine-surgery48989-orthoconnecticut-has-the-answers-what-is-robotic-assisted-spine-surgery

Robotic-Assisted Spine Surgery conjures up a question mark in most people’s minds. Many people wonder “Is a robot operating on my spine?” The short answer is a firm NO!

Ordinarily, when a person thinks of a robot they picture a little human-like machine that might look like a person and move like a person but it is really an advanced piece of equipment intelligently programmed to perform human tasks. In this case, robotic-assisted spine surgery is performed by a highly trained physician who uses the aid of robotic technology to enhance precision during surgery. A robot supports the surgeon, not the other way around. 

The OrthoConnecticut Spine Team is highly trained in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery. This advanced technology means greater accuracy during surgical procedures and improved outcomes for our patients. Minimally invasive techniques aid the surgeon’s ability to provide pinpoint precision. Other advantages of minimally invasive surgery include a lower risk of infection, faster recovery time, less scarring, and possibly less time in the hospital.

So when your surgeon mentions robotic-assisted surgery don’t automatically assume that even medicine has been taken over by machines. In truth, robots are your surgeon’s friends helping them be as skilled as possible to help you get back to doing what you love.

Visit OrthoConnecticut, the region’s premier, multi-specialty orthopedic practice, online here.

kerry@ducey.org (Jen Coakley) Neighbors Tue, 21 Sep 2021 08:09:52 -0400
Act's production of Smokey Joe's Cafe begins on September 30! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48972-act-s-production-of-smokey-joe-s-cafe-begins-on-september-3048972-act-s-production-of-smokey-joe-s-cafe-begins-on-september-30 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48972-act-s-production-of-smokey-joe-s-cafe-begins-on-september-3048972-act-s-production-of-smokey-joe-s-cafe-begins-on-september-30

ACT of Connecticut's production of Smokey Joe's Cafe performance dates September 30 to October 24!

One of Broadway’s longest-running hits, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE- THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER - is a celebration of legendary songwriting team Leiber and Stoller, who virtually invented Rock ’n’ Roll.

This high-energy and fast-paced show features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded including “Jailhouse Rock", "Stand By Me", “Yakety Yak”, “Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” “Spanish Harlem” and many more. SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE is not only a fun-filled night of 1950’s Rock n’ Roll, it's electrifying musical theatre that will leave you flying high!

This production’s Director/Choreographer is Smokey Joe’s Cafe’s original West End production cast member, Stephanie Pope Lofgren.
Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

Performance Dates: September 30–October 24, 2021

Purchase tickets HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Events Tue, 21 Sep 2021 06:46:00 -0400
Hat Tricks are BACK at Danbury Arena, Season Opener on October 29! https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48962-hat-tricks-are-back-at-danbury-arena-season-opener-on-october-2948962-hat-tricks-are-back-at-danbury-arena-season-opener-on-october-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48962-hat-tricks-are-back-at-danbury-arena-season-opener-on-october-2948962-hat-tricks-are-back-at-danbury-arena-season-opener-on-october-29

The Hat Tricks drop the puck on the new season on Friday, October 29th at home in Danbury Arena against the Port Huron Prowlers. This is the first game since March of 2020 and expectations are that the energy level will be at an all-time high!

There’s never a dull moment at Danbury Arena, even when the players aren’t on the ice. The delicious food and drink available at the newly renovated and newly reopened Rabbit Hole Bar and Grill and, a brand new (and massive) redemption arcade beckon fans to come early and stay late!

Win, lose or draw, the Hat Tricks are always available after every home game for special autograph and photo sessions. You can’t get closer to professional athletes than this!

Let’s DO THIS! Professional hockey is BACK! 

Adult tickets are just $15, with children under 12 and military veterans priced at $11. Purchase your tickets to the season opener HERE.

To view the Hat Tricks 2021-22 season schedule, click here.


kerry@ducey.org (Katie) Events Tue, 21 Sep 2021 04:11:00 -0400
Danbury Comedians Steven Mueller and Barbara Miller Perform in Outdoor Event at Cannondale Village on Sept. 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48992-ridgefield-comedians-including-dr-blaine-langberg-perform-in-outdoor-event-at-cannondale-grange-on-sept-2748992-ridgefield-comedians-including-dr-blaine-langberg-perform-in-outdoor-event-at-cannondale-grange-on-sept-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48992-ridgefield-comedians-including-dr-blaine-langberg-perform-in-outdoor-event-at-cannondale-grange-on-sept-2748992-ridgefield-comedians-including-dr-blaine-langberg-perform-in-outdoor-event-at-cannondale-grange-on-sept-27

A number of local comedians are appearing on Monday, September 27th outdoors at the 19th Century Cannondale Village in Wilton at an event called “Comedians on Water” along the bank of the Norwalk River. 

Ticketed persons may arrive at 7:00 pm and enjoy the food and then the comedy at 7:30 pm.   The cost is only $20 and food and drinks are included in the price. The event is co-sponsored by Wilton’s CategoryTen LLC and The Village Market.

  The seating is limited so lawn chairs or surface blankets are advisable. Tickets should be purchased in advance at www.categoryten.com or here.

The comedians who are performing are:

Vickie Sanches - Ridgefield Playhouse, Greenwich Lounge; Tony Sanches - Ridgefield Playhouse, Greenwich Lounge; Mat Orefice – Semi-Finalist, 2019 Funniest Comic in CT Contest; Steven Mueller - The Stress Factory, Ridgefield Playhouse; Dimitri Giatrakis - Ridgefield Playhouse, Comedy Levity Live; Blaine Langberg - Ridgefield Playhouse, Broadway Comedy Club NYC, Stand Up NY, The Stress Factory; Rob Luchenta - Connecticut Comedy Festival, Fairfield Comedy Club; Bill Greene - Ridgefield Playhouse, Cannon Grange, Caroline’s on Broadway; Barbara Miller - Ridgefield Playhouse, Greenwich Lounge, Fairfield Pavillion, Tauck Rhine River Cruise; Laurie Newkirk - Ridgefield Playhouse, Caroline’s on Broadway; Shahan Islam - Ridgefield Playhouse, Cannon Grange, Spa Belgium, Alexanderplatz, Berlin.  

kerry@ducey.org (Shahan Islam) Neighbors Mon, 20 Sep 2021 12:24:50 -0400
WCSU library receives grant from Jane T. Muhlethaler Foundation Inc. https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/48991-wcsu-library-receives-grant-from-jane-t-muhlethaler-foundation-inc48991-wcsu-library-receives-grant-from-jane-t-muhlethaler-foundation-inc https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/48991-wcsu-library-receives-grant-from-jane-t-muhlethaler-foundation-inc48991-wcsu-library-receives-grant-from-jane-t-muhlethaler-foundation-inc

Ben Muckenthaler, a BFA Musical Theatre major, tests out an assistive reading device in the Young Library. The device was acquired through a Muhlethaler Foundation grant.

The Western Connecticut State University library was awarded a $6,000 grant by the Jane T. Muhlethaler Foundation Inc., a private independent foundation in Fairfield County, with which to purchase textbooks for core business classes, as well as magnification devices to enable visually impaired students to better access material.

The main goal of the project is to alleviate the financial burden associated with the high cost of textbooks, making required materials accessible to all. The average business textbook is now $180, and professors often require more than one textbook per class. One-third of WCSU’s student body is enrolled in the recently accredited Ancell School of Business.

Approximately 37% percent of WCSU students are from historically underrepresented minority populations, 30% are low-income, and 32% are the first generation in their families to go to college. Approximately 350 students have documented disabilities.

WCSU’s mission is to change lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Its two libraries, the Haas Library on the Midtown campus and Robert S. Young Library on the Westside campus, are key to fulfilling the university’s mission as dynamic learning centers that foster the discovery, creation and reinterpretation of knowledge.

The Muhlethaler Foundation grant plus $2,300 matching WCSU library funds have been used to purchase reading enhancement devices, and textbooks for Marketing, Management, Finance, Accounting, MIS, and Justice and Law Administration. The material is available for in-library use at the Young Library on the Westside campus.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at pr@wcsu.edu.


kerry@ducey.org (Sherri Hill) Places Mon, 20 Sep 2021 12:14:54 -0400
Danbury Travel Alert: Current Road Construction https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/48990-danbury-travel-alert-current-road-construction48990-danbury-travel-alert-current-road-construction https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/48990-danbury-travel-alert-current-road-construction48990-danbury-travel-alert-current-road-construction

Beginning September 20th, Danbury Public Works Department will be conducting road construction on Joes Hill Rd, Old Mill Plain Rd, Wintergreen Hill Rd, Tiffany Dr, and Ralto Court. 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 3 to 4 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) Places Mon, 20 Sep 2021 05:18:00 -0400
Second Gold Key award like the Hall of Fame for Danbury High School wrestling coach https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48987-second-gold-key-award-like-the-hall-of-fame-for-danbury-high-school-wrestling-coach48987-second-gold-key-award-like-the-hall-of-fame-for-danbury-high-school-wrestling-coach https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/48987-second-gold-key-award-like-the-hall-of-fame-for-danbury-high-school-wrestling-coach48987-second-gold-key-award-like-the-hall-of-fame-for-danbury-high-school-wrestling-coach

Danbury High School wrestling coach Ricky Shook has racked up almost as many awards as wins, both as a coach and a wrestler. Last week, Shook was awarded this year’s Gold Key by the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance (CSWA). The prestigious award is given to five coaches every year. This is Shook’s second Gold Key. To get one key is an accomplishment, but to receive two is something extraordinary.

“It feels like having a gold key to the state. It’s like the Hall of Fame,” said Shook.

Shook’s wrestling career started long before his 32 years as a wrestling coach at DHS. Back in the 1980s Shook’s record of 58-5 on the wrestling team before graduating from DHS in 1983 led to his being a two-time FCIAC champion and an LL state champion. It also earned him his rightful place in the school’s Hall of Fame. After high school, Shook wrestled at Central Connecticut State University where he earned a degree in Management. There he was named team MVP in addition to finishing third at the Division 1 Eastern Regional as a junior and finishing third at Divison 1 New England Regional his senior year.

Among his many coaching awards – a number that tops 40 – include State Class LL Head Coach 14 times, most recently in 2020; FCIAC Hall of Fame inductee in 2018; Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee 2016; New England Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee 2018; National Wrestling Coaches Association CT Head Coach of the Year four times, most recently in 2020; and induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Connecticut Chapter 2013.

Since his high school days, Shook has worked to make the Hatters one of the top wrestling teams in the county, state and region. As a result of their impeccable and hard-to-beat record, the DHS team has consistently won FCIAC titles (31 out of 32) and placed in the New England Regionals. He was also named Coach of the Year by the FCIAC in 2004, 2005 and 2018. He was named All-Area Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2004-2006. For the 2007-08 season, he was the National Wrestling Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

Over the past three decades, Shook has successfully managed to train his wrestlers to be the best despite coaching between 40 and 50 wrestlers at a time. Many of them have participated in youth wrestling before they come to the high school. Creating new wrestlers, he said, is the fun part.


“Making them good when they’re not good is the best part of coaching,” he said.

Shook’s focus is technique and he sticks to the same winning formula for the most part, but he said that sometimes even winning grows old.

“I like a challenge and if we’re always winning, the kids get bored,” Shook said. This is when Shook arranges his team to play some of the most challenging teams he can find in the region. Shook’s team now has a chokehold on teams that used to be considered tough, because facing them is the only path to winning.

“It’s lots of wins, lots of work,” he said of his coaching award.

This past year, Shook and the team have not been able to compete because of the pandemic, but he is looking forward to a normal schedule beginning in late November with five placers from last season.

Shook is expected to receive his Gold Key award at a dinner scheduled for October.

kerry@ducey.org (Robin Provey) Neighbors Mon, 20 Sep 2021 04:29:37 -0400
RHS JAZZ STUDENTS GET A FIRSTHAND LESSON WITH TROMBONE SHORTY AT THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE TONIGHT https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48988-the-ridgefield-playhouse-163208556048988-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1632085560 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/48988-the-ridgefield-playhouse-163208556048988-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1632085560

RHS JAZZ STUDENTS GET A FIRSTHAND LESSON WITH TROMBONE SHORTY AT THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE TONIGHT Tonight’s show with Trombone Shorty at The Ridgefield Playhouse is not only going to be an amazing night of Jazz, funk and blues but it’s also going to be a great way for the Ridgefield High School Jazz band to get up close and personal with one of the most popular and influential jazz musicians of our time. Trombone Shorty describes his music as “Supafunkrock,” a blend of rock, pop, jazz, funk, and hip hop and says it’s important for young people to learn different kinds of music. Tonight, more than 15 RHS Jazz students will be on hand to hear this music firsthand as part of The Leir Foundation Arts for Everyone outreach program at The Ridgefield Playhouse. The show, which starts at 7:30pm tonight (Sunday, September 19) will be a celebration of New Orleans culture as well as funk, blues and everything in between. The musician Troy Andrews, known as “Trombone Shorty,” started playing the trombone on the streets of New Orleans at age 4 and led his first band at age 8. At age 31, Trombone Shorty plays his music for audiences around the world and was the closing act in the New Orleans’ Jazz Fest last spring. There are still tickets for tonights show, which is part of the Moffly Media Art Wine and Jazz series AND the Pepsi Rock Series powered by North American Motor Cars. Join us in the lobby at 6:30pm for a complimentary wine tasting by Freixenet Ice and an art exhibit by RPAC Gallery artist Lily Fertik.

lisa.barrett@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Sun, 19 Sep 2021 13:04:42 -0400
Danbury Water Department Maintenance https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48986-danbury-water-department-maintenance48986-danbury-water-department-maintenance https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/48986-danbury-water-department-maintenance48986-danbury-water-department-maintenance

On Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at approximately 9 PM the West Lake Water Treatment Plant will be shut down in order to replace a valve as part of our Valve Replacement Program.  The West Lake Plant will remain shut down until approximately 9 AM on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.  Customer water supply will not be impacted as the Margerie Water Treatment Plant will provide water to all customers throughout the time that the West Lake Plant is shut down.

There is a chance that some customers may experience discolored water during the West Lake Plant shut down period due to changes in normal flow direction in some parts of the water system.  If you experience discolored water run your cold water tap until it clears.   Should you experience discoloration, postpone washing clothes and limit your use of hot water until the cold water clears.

As soon as the West Lake Plant shut down has ended, water department crews will be initiating a hydrant flushing program as necessary to alleviate any discolored water that may or may not arise from this shut down. We will issue further notifications as needed. We thank you for your patience and understanding in these matters.

Updates, if required, will be posted on the City of Danbury website, www.danbury-ct.gov.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Fri, 17 Sep 2021 12:00:31 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Danbury: Sonja Rose Designs https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/48979-why-small-businesses-matter-sonja-rose-designs48979-why-small-businesses-matter-sonja-rose-designs https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/48979-why-small-businesses-matter-sonja-rose-designs48979-why-small-businesses-matter-sonja-rose-designs

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 Sonja Rose Designs!

Four questions with Ellen Webb, owner of Sonja Rose Designs.

Why did you start your business?

I began my training in jewelry design over 12 years ago while living in NYC and working at the time in the field of environmental health science and policy. Being highly creative, I was looking for artistic pursuits to explore on the side.

I found that both art and science are similar in that they are both attempts to understand and describe the world around us. Both are driven by curiosity, discovery, and the aspiration for knowledge of the world or oneself.

Now I make jewelry that is inspired by the colors, moods, and textures found in the environment. And my goal is to create pieces that inspire and bring joy to the human experience.

My work is an extension of who I am. As a scientist driven by curiosity, and as an artist looking to connect to the human experience and bring joy—my designs are influenced greatly by nature, creativity, healing, and uplifting others.

What is your best-selling product/service?

One of my best-selling products is my monocle/magnifying glass necklaces made with gemstones and beautiful stones. They are fashionable boho-chic necklaces with brass, gold-toned, or sterling silver monocles that can be used to magnify small print or see small details. It is a spin on the trend from the late 19th century when men and women in the upper classes sported a monocle as an elaborate fashion statement.

My other popular items include pieces from my design collections using rare vintage beads such as Dragons Breath Opal and beautiful gemstones such as Ethiopian Opal, Rainbow Moonstone, Blue Fire, and Multi-Fire Labradorite.

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

I sometimes get my stone and beading supplies from Sugarbeads and I rely heavily on the Redding and Georgetown Post Offices for my frequent shipments. I love many of the local shops including Oliver’s Deli & Pizza, Wire Mill BBQ, Milestone, Tusk and Cup, and Ancona’s Wine & Liquors. I am excited that the Guilded Lynx Jewelry Studio is opening back up with some classes! I plan to take some metalsmithing classes there and do some bench time in their studio.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

As our daily lives have changed with this pandemic, so does consumer behavior. As such, small businesses are stepping up to create new product and service offerings to meet the needs of consumers in our current climate. To meet the changing climate, we have had to make some adjustments, for example, instead of trade shows for stone and gemstone supplies, we have had to rely on smaller companies and businesses to get supplies (which is not a bad thing!).

We also have added additional items to our inventory--since it looks like masks are going to be around for the foreseeable future--we are now making beaded mask lanyards and will be selling those both online and at local pop-ups and craft fairs this holiday season. We also had to pivot our selling strategy and sell more items online and rely more on social media for marketing.

The challenges small businesses face to get recognized and appreciated emphasizes the importance of news outlets like the HamletHub and HelloRedding, and why they are essential for preserving the vitality and livelihood of small local businesses and their communities!

Ellen would like to nominate the following businesses to be featured next:

- Crystals and Cones

- Olivers Deli & Pizza

- Fleur De Lis Antiques and Design

- WIreMill BBQ

- Tusk and Cup

Visit Sonja Rose Designs 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 Fri, 17 Sep 2021 11:23:30 -0400