Danbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:56:27 -0400 HamletHub.com Pirate Treasure Hunt at Danbury Library https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46761-danbury-library-pirate-treasure-hunt46761-danbury-library-pirate-treasure-hunt https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46761-danbury-library-pirate-treasure-hunt46761-danbury-library-pirate-treasure-hunt

Pirate Treasure Hunt at Danbury Library on September 19th from 3:30 - 4:45pm

Arrr, me hearties! All hands on deck! Join us as we celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Come make yerself a pirate hat, take a crash course in piratical talk, and hunt for hidden booty!

The adventure is open to all pirates ages 5 and up.

Free! Registration is recommended. Click here to register!
For more information about this program, please call 203.797.4505 extension 7722.
clefurgy@danburylibrary.org (Danbury Library) Events Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:00:27 -0400
Fall Fest Ballroom & Latin Social in Danbury on October 12 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46772-fall-fest-ballroom-latin-social46772-fall-fest-ballroom-latin-social https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46772-fall-fest-ballroom-latin-social46772-fall-fest-ballroom-latin-social

As the weather cools down, come warm up at the Fall Fest Ballroom & Latin Social at Vitti’s Dance Studio on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Put on your dancing shoes and dance from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. Music by PVS Sound! Admission of $17 includes snacks, dessert, coffee, tea and a FREE DANCE LESSON! Couples and singles are welcome.

For information and/or reservations call 203.748.2884 or contact vittis@vittisdancestudio.com. Vitti’s Dance Studio, 10 Precision Road, Danbury CT 06810.

dlinley@hotmail.com (deb linley) Events Tue, 17 Sep 2019 07:48:13 -0400
Creative Play Saturdays at Danbury Library https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46763-danbury-library-creative-play46763-danbury-library-creative-play https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46763-danbury-library-creative-play46763-danbury-library-creative-play

Creative Play Saturdays at Danbury Library

Saturdays, September 21 - November 23 from 1:00-2:00pm

Join us on Saturday afternoons for some creative play time with your little ones!

Each week explore a new theme with family-friendly activities using library materials like legos, blocks, toys, crafts, and games.

Free! For families with children ages 4+.

Registration recommended. Click here to register!

clefurgy@danburylibrary.org (Danbury Library) Events Tue, 17 Sep 2019 06:59:35 -0400
Storytime Art Adventures at Danbury Library https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46760-danbury-library-storytime-artadventure46760-danbury-library-storytime-artadventure https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46760-danbury-library-storytime-artadventure46760-danbury-library-storytime-artadventure

Storytime Art Adventures at Danbury Library

Wednesdays, September 18 - November 20 from 1:30-2:15pm
Ages 3-5, Danbury Library Story Corner

Capture the imagination of your preschooler by exploring a world of art!

Each week, children ages 3-5 and their caregivers will discover a new adventure and create their own piece of the story to take home.

Free! Registration recommended. Click here to register!

For more information about this program, call 203.797.4505 extension 7738.

clefurgy@danburylibrary.org (Danbury Library) Events Tue, 17 Sep 2019 06:00:57 -0400
Organizing and Decluttering Your Life at Danbury Library this Thursday https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46765-danbury-library-organize-and-declutter46765-danbury-library-organize-and-declutter https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46765-danbury-library-organize-and-declutter46765-danbury-library-organize-and-declutter

Organizing and Decluttering Your Life at Danbury Library

Jan Baltrush, professional organizer and creator of FindYourStuffCT.com, will give an informative, inspiring talk on how to sort, purge and contain your stuff, and how to work on overwhelming projects in smaller manageable chunks.

She has years of experience with organizing and decluttering people’s offices and homes.

Join us for this fun, motivating event!

Click here to register!

clefurgy@danburylibrary.org (Danbury Library) Events Mon, 16 Sep 2019 09:16:56 -0400
STEAM Storytime at Danbury Library on Thursdays Beginning Sept. 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46766-steam-storytime-danbury-library46766-steam-storytime-danbury-library https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46766-steam-storytime-danbury-library46766-steam-storytime-danbury-library

STEAM Storytime at Danbury Library

Thursdays, September 26 - October 24 from 4:30 - 5:15PM

Can you outsmart the Big, Bad, Wolf, a troll, and a family of angry bears?

Each week discover a classic tale and engineer a your own solutions to the story!

Free! For ages 6-10.

Registration required. Click here to register!

clefurgy@danburylibrary.org (Danbury Library) Events Mon, 16 Sep 2019 09:16:24 -0400
Krista Segreti of Danbury Participates in Study Abroad Program at The University of Scranton https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46770-krista-segreti-of-danbury-participates-in-study-abroad-program-at-the-university-of-scranton46770-krista-segreti-of-danbury-participates-in-study-abroad-program-at-the-university-of-scranton https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46770-krista-segreti-of-danbury-participates-in-study-abroad-program-at-the-university-of-scranton46770-krista-segreti-of-danbury-participates-in-study-abroad-program-at-the-university-of-scranton

Krista Segreti of Danbury was among the 75 University of Scranton students who studied abroad during the Summer 2019 semester.

Segreti, a neuroscience major at Scranton, participated in the University's travel courses, Intensive Italian Abroad and Dante's Inferno and the Florence of His Times in Florence, Italy.

kerry@ducey.org (The University of Scranton) Neighbors Mon, 16 Sep 2019 09:15:32 -0400
SafeWalk Supports The Women's Center on October 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/46771-safewalk-supports-the-women-s-center-on-october-646771-safewalk-supports-the-women-s-center-on-october-6 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/charities/46771-safewalk-supports-the-women-s-center-on-october-646771-safewalk-supports-the-women-s-center-on-october-6

Safe at Home, School and Everywhere in Between

The Women's Center will hold its annual 4K Safewalk on Sunday, October 6th at the Danbury Fair mall. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. To create/join a team or register as an individual and set your fundraising goal, click here!

Can't attend but would still like to donate? Click here!

SafeWalk is the Women's Centers premier event to unite the community in its mission to end domestic violence and raise much-needed funds to support our programs. As always, the money raised from this event stays in our community and is used to support the Women's Center programs and services.

Contact the Women’s Center if you would like to volunteer at the 2019 SafeWalk.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Sun, 15 Sep 2019 10:43:34 -0400
Fall Storytimes at Danbury Library https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46759-fall-storytimes-201946759-fall-storytimes-2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46759-fall-storytimes-201946759-fall-storytimes-2019

Storytimes at Danbury Library
Fall Session: September 19 - November 23

Tiny Tots

Tuesdays, 10:15 – 10:45am
Ages 3-24 months, Story Corner

Bond with your tiny tot through songs, nursery rhymes, and simple stories.

Children must be between 3 to 24 months old by the start date of the session.

Activities followed by a 10-minute playtime.

Free! No registration – just stop by and enjoy!

Terrific Toddlers

Thursdays, 10:15 – 11:00am
Ages 2-3, Story Corner

Ready for storytime? Enhance your child’s listening, motor and social skills with simple stories, activities, movement, music, movies and crafts.

Children must be the age indicated by the start date of the session.

Free! No registration – just stop by and enjoy!

clefurgy@danburylibrary.org (Danbury Library) Events Fri, 13 Sep 2019 10:19:45 -0400
Diabetes Education Classes Offered in Danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46768-diabetes-education-classes-offered-in-danbury-156833114546768-diabetes-education-classes-offered-in-danbury-1568331145 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/neighbors/46768-diabetes-education-classes-offered-in-danbury-156833114546768-diabetes-education-classes-offered-in-danbury-1568331145

A series of three morning and evening Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes will be offered in Danbury during the month of October.

The classes are held at 41 Germantown Road, Suite B03, Danbury, CT 06810.

Morning Classes
Thursday, October 10, October 17, and October 24 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Evening Classes
Wednesday, October 9, October 16, and October 23 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Refresher Class
Monday, October 7 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
This class is for people who have completed the series of three classes.

Classes are presented by Certified Diabetes Educators. Most classes are covered by health insurance.

For more information and to register, please call Joan at 203-739-4980.

amy.forni@wchn.org (Amy Forni) Neighbors Fri, 13 Sep 2019 05:32:18 -0400
Crafts & Drafts in Danbury Benefits Habitat’s Brush with Kindness on Sept. 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46769-crafts-drafts-in-danbury-benefits-habitat-s-brush-with-kindness-on-sept-2146769-crafts-drafts-in-danbury-benefits-habitat-s-brush-with-kindness-on-sept-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46769-crafts-drafts-in-danbury-benefits-habitat-s-brush-with-kindness-on-sept-2146769-crafts-drafts-in-danbury-benefits-habitat-s-brush-with-kindness-on-sept-21

Housatonic Habitat for Humanity is putting ART in a pARTy that improves homes.  Come to Crafts and Drafts on Saturday, September 21, 6-9pm, for the benefit of Habitat’s Brush with Kindness, a low-cost home improvement program for seniors.  Proceeds will keep the fix-it inventory supplied with paint, tools, hardware and numerous toolbox contents.   

Awaken your creative side as observe local artisans demonstrate their expertise and learn about their crafts:

  • Kristin Crump of Foxtrot Home will show her talent in furniture painting
  • Mike Kaltschnee of Hackerspace will show how a 3D printer produces objects
  • Moki Kokoris will demonstrate the tradition of Ukranian egg painting
  • Ken Rist will show how he uses tabletop power tools to make wood and pewter home accessories
  • Megan Wunderlich of DesignDot will conduct a He Shed/She Shed interactive design contest
….And more
Come for a casual fall dinner catered by local restaurants, craft demos, craft beers from Nod Hill Brewery, drafts on tap, wine, two free drinks, all for $35 in the pub atmosphere of the Danbury Elks on Rt 7.
Learn more and purchase your ticket HERE
Learn more about Housatonic Habitat for Humanity HERE.
kerry@ducey.org (Joanne Patrick) Events Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:30:50 -0400
WCSU English department to host novelist, educator for public talk on Sept. 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46767-wcsu-english-department-to-host-novelist-educator-for-public-talk-on-sept-2646767-wcsu-english-department-to-host-novelist-educator-for-public-talk-on-sept-26 https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/events/46767-wcsu-english-department-to-host-novelist-educator-for-public-talk-on-sept-2646767-wcsu-english-department-to-host-novelist-educator-for-public-talk-on-sept-26

 The Western Connecticut State University Department of English will host a free, public talk by noted author and educator Sheila Kohler on Thursday, Sept. 26. Kohler will discuss “Becoming Jane Eyre: The Interplay of Fact and Fiction in Historical Narrative” at 12:30 p.m. in Room 102 of Warner Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

Kohler has authored 10 novels, three volumes of short fiction, a memoir and many essays. She has taught at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence University, Bennington College and Princeton University, and has won the O. Henry Prize twice. Her most recent novel is “Dreaming for Freud,” based on Freud’s “Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria.” Her work has been included in Best American Short Stories and published in 13 countries. Her novel “Cracks”was made into a film with directors Jordan and Ridley Scott, with Eva Green playing Miss G.

WCSU English Department Chair Dr. Shouhua Qi invited Kohler to speak on campus.

“If Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte’s soul speaking in her monumental classic novel, ‘Becoming Jane Eyre’ is also soul speaking to soul; it is Sheila Kohler becoming Charlotte Bronte becoming Jane Eyre,” Qi said. “It would be fascinating to listen to the author who put both a tremendous amount of research and her power of imagination to work in creating this marvelous masterpiece.”

The talk will be free and the public is invited. It is sponsored by the Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences and the Department of English. For more information, send an email to qis@wcsu.edu

kerry@ducey.org (WCSU) Events Thu, 12 Sep 2019 12:44:18 -0400
Wooster School’s 94th Convocation https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/46762-wooster-school-s-94th-convocation46762-wooster-school-s-94th-convocation https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/places/46762-wooster-school-s-94th-convocation46762-wooster-school-s-94th-convocation

On Friday, September 6, 2019, the official start to Wooster School’s 94th year began. The entire school gathered in the Forever Young Gymnasium for this special event.

Head of School, Matt Byrnes, welcomed the community and introduced Rev. Stephen Tickner who led everyone in the school prayer.

Continuing in a time-honored tradition, Senior Prefects, Monisha Mohan and Ollie Felicione, led everyone in the reciting of the School Honor Code. Tradition continued as we celebrated Crayons to Commencement. Students who began their Wooster School careers in the Lower School, and are now seniors, were recognized. The twelve seniors were each presented with a box of crayons, symbolic of their early days on the campus of Wooster School.

The students recognized were: Marguerite Bevier, Max Chelso, Erron Cushnie, Riley Damiano, Benjamin Everett, Oliver Felicione, Temidayo Garritano, Alexandra Lecher, Max Morales-Thomason, Alicia Nicoletti, Sartaj Singh, and Michaela Zahner.

Mr. Byrnes then shared some remarks with the community, based around the theme of superheroes, "In thinking about superheroes one thing that has stood out to me is that they come in so many different shapes and sizes -- different personalities and backgrounds. I also like that they all have discovered what they are good at -- what their strengths are -- and that they've built big parts of their lives around those strengths. We want you to discover your strengths here at Wooster School -- your own personal superpowers -- then build your life around them."

The event concluded with a student and faculty musical performance.

Watch the video clips from Convocation 2019

Reciting of the Honor Code: https://youtu.be/g3NZmvpnC_U

Crayons to Commencement Recognition: https://youtu.be/6LJWM2WXK9Y

Remarks by Head of School Matt Byrnes: https://youtu.be/grX1kH_G9II

Musical Performance: https://youtu.be/srGzWJq6FRA

About Wooster School

Wooster School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school, serving students from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, the School serves students from grade 3 through grade 12. A leader in classroom innovation and teaching, Wooster School is a place where thinking and learning are personal, meaningful, and visible; and where faculty work closely with students in small classes and cohorts to think and communicate critically and creatively. At Wooster, every student participates, every student contributes, and every student learns and develops the necessary skills to be a life-long learner and leader in college and beyond.

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

kerry@ducey.org (Lori Kriegel) Places Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:59:40 -0400
Young Readers Book Club (Grades 1-3) at Danbury Library https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/46758-young-readers-bookclub46758-young-readers-bookclub https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/life/46758-young-readers-bookclub46758-young-readers-bookclub

September 17th, October 22nd, and November 19th from 4-5pm

Children in grades 1-3 are invited to participate in a book club happening during the months of September, October and November.

Paperback books will be provided for the children to read in advance of each session.

The children will be asked to share their ideas about the stories. A game/activity/craft will follow the book discussion.

Free! Registration required. Click here to register!

For more information about the program, call 203.797.4505 extension 7722.


clefurgy@danburylibrary.org (Danbury Library) Life Thu, 12 Sep 2019 10:06:34 -0400
Letter: Danbury enrollment spike leads to funding, transparency concerns https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/46756-danbury-enrollment-spike-leads-to-funding-transparency-concerns46756-danbury-enrollment-spike-leads-to-funding-transparency-concerns https://news.hamlethub.com/danbury/politics/46756-danbury-enrollment-spike-leads-to-funding-transparency-concerns46756-danbury-enrollment-spike-leads-to-funding-transparency-concerns

Danbury Democratic candidate for mayor Chris Setaro revealed this week that the school district is facing a more than five percent spike in enrollment and school officials are calling for an emergency appropriation to cover funding shortfalls.

School Superintendent Sal Pascarella said during a school board meeting Wednesday night that the school district "can't get through the year" without a special appropriation of $1.3 million.

Setaro called on Mayor Mark Boughton to explain why he cut school funding earlier this year while enrollment was rising, leading to a last-minute desperate plea for additional aid from the Superintendent.

“Two weeks after school starts there’s a $1.3 million funding crisis in Danbury schools, which are consistently underfunded,” Setaro said. “Mark Boughton refuses to fund our schools and would rather spend $4 million on granite sidewalks. There’s either a lack of planning or a lack of transparency or both.”

On September 6th, Danbury Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sal Pascarella wrote to the Connecticut Commissioner of Education, stating:

“...I am taking the extreme step of writing this letter to request consideration of an emergency supplemental appropriation from the State...even though it is outside of the normal appropriation process...I am requesting immediate consideration of some kind of financial relief to assist us in providing appropriate services to all of Danbury’s children in this 2019-20 school year.”

In a letter addressed to Board of Education members, Pascarella states:

“In the last thirty (30) days, we have witnessed an unprecedented and alarming increase in new student registrations that will further strain our ability to provide an appropriate education to our students under our approved budget...we are estimating a net increase of 350 students K-12...we have an obligation to find classroom seats, assign faculty and provide bus transportation.”

Pascarella also stated that Mark Boughton promised an additional $600,000 for special education costs, even though did not raise the issue during a City Council meeting last week or disclosed how the money would be appropriated. 

“Because of an election year budget, our Superintendent of schools has been left begging for help so our kids can get the education they deserve. I don’t see how it’s possible that this was something no one anticipated. The City approved thousands of condominium units over 18 years of the Boughton administration. How could the planning be this misguided?” Setaro said.

dperrefort@gmail.com (Dirk Perrefort) Politics Thu, 12 Sep 2019 09:14:32 -0400