Danburynorth's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth Mon, 02 Oct 2023 13:00:22 -0400 HamletHub.com Adam Broderick hosts night for caregivers https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/charities/2996-adam-broderick-hosts-night-for-caregivers2996-adam-broderick-hosts-night-for-caregivers https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/charities/2996-adam-broderick-hosts-night-for-caregivers2996-adam-broderick-hosts-night-for-caregivers

On Friday, November 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Adam Broderick Salon and Spa wishes to thank all compassionate caregivers and their families affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. 

Caregivers and their guests are invited to the recently redesigned Ridgefield salon for appetizers, dessert, wine, networking and beauty demonstrations.

Please RSVP by Friday, October 30, to Nicole Beaucar, 860-828-2828, or nebular@alz.org.

terri@hamlethub.com (Adam Broderick) Charities Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:01:02 -0400
Learn to play hockey in Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/places/2995-learn-to-play-hockey-in-ridgefield2995-learn-to-play-hockey-in-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/places/2995-learn-to-play-hockey-in-ridgefield2995-learn-to-play-hockey-in-ridgefield


Do you have a child who would like to play youth hockey? Not sure where to start?

Winter Garden Ice Arena has beginner programs to get any child skating, and teach them the basic hockey skills needed to join one of our recreational youth hockey teams by Christmas! From our Saturday morning Hockey Learn to Skate and Hockey Development to our Monday evening skills sessions, boys and girls ages 5-14 can become budding hockey players!  Winter Garden can supply all the hockey equipment your child will need to get them going.  Programs start on Saturday, October 31.

Interested?  Give us a call at 203-438-4423, ext. 4, or simply reply to this email.  

Come join the fun!

terri@hamlethub.com (Winter Garden Ice Arena) Places Thu, 22 Oct 2015 09:49:48 -0400
Pink Agenda's Nicole Seagriff to speak in Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/charities/2993-pink-agenda-s-nicole-seagriff-to-speak-in-ridgefield2993-pink-agenda-s-nicole-seagriff-to-speak-in-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/charities/2993-pink-agenda-s-nicole-seagriff-to-speak-in-ridgefield2993-pink-agenda-s-nicole-seagriff-to-speak-in-ridgefield

Breast Cancer: Learn the Facts
Wednesday, October 28, at 7 p.m.
The Ridgefield Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Road

Senior Girl Scout Madeline "Maddie" Kutler is bringing breast cancer awareness to Ridgefield and the community as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award. But is seems only fitting that Maddie is bringing Nicole Seagriff, member of the Board of Directors of The Pink Agenda, to Ridgefield during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Wednesday, October 28, at 7 p.m., Seagriff will share her unique personal story as a woman in her twenties; she will discuss what breast cancer is and how to detect and treat it. For everyone ages 14 to adult.

Gift bags will given to to the first 50 attendees!
Questions? Email: 150hatsforhappiness@gmail.com
terri@hamlethub.com (Terri Garlick) Charities Mon, 19 Oct 2015 10:57:52 -0400
Girls Lax Clinic supports RHS girls teams https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/events/2990-girls-lax-clinic-supports-rhs-girls-teams2990-girls-lax-clinic-supports-rhs-girls-teams https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/events/2990-girls-lax-clinic-supports-rhs-girls-teams2990-girls-lax-clinic-supports-rhs-girls-teams

Calling all 4th to 8th grade lacrosse players... the Ridgefield High School Girls Lacrosse team is hosting a lacrosse clinic on Wednesday, November 11, at the Danbury Sports Dome. The cost is $35 per player and goes to the RHS Girls Lacrosse Booster Club.

Girls in 4th to 6th grades are invited from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Girls in 7th and 8th grades are invited from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To register, please email Susie McMullan at scmcmullan@comcast.net or Judy Weinstock at jmweinstock2@gmail.com for registration forms and questions.

Space is limited so please register early.



The Danbury Sports Dome is located at 25 Shelter Rock Lane, Danbury, CT.

terri@hamlethub.com (Terri Garlick) Events Wed, 14 Oct 2015 08:34:29 -0400
Schedule of Events for Fall in Love with Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/events/2987-schedule-of-events-for-fall-in-love-with-ridgefield2987-schedule-of-events-for-fall-in-love-with-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/events/2987-schedule-of-events-for-fall-in-love-with-ridgefield2987-schedule-of-events-for-fall-in-love-with-ridgefield

Fall In Love with Ridgefield, Friday, October 16, to Sunday, October 18 in downtown Ridgefield

Speakeasy in the Keeler Tavern Museum Barn, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Farm to Table Dinner ​Lounsbury House, begins at 6:30 p.m.

Haunted Hay Rides in Ballard Park, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Sponsored by Ridgefield ​Parks and Recreation and the Ridgfield Lions Club.

Children’s Book Sale at the Ridgefield Library, 12 noon to 8 p.m.  Sponsored by ​Friends of the Library.

65th Anniversary Celebration and Sale at Craig’s Fine Jewelry, 12 noon to 8 p.m.

Window Painting on Main Street​. Sponsored by Ridgefield Parks and Recreation​.

Balloon Artist in downtown Ridgefield, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Downtown Ridgefield.

“Little Black Dress” featuring Annie Kelly & Billy Michael in front of Town Hall, 12 noon to 5 p.m. They will play an eclectic mix of new and old jazz standards, blues, oldies, and country music, along with taking requests from the audience. ​Sponsored by Downtown Ridgefield.

Chili Contest at ​Keller Williams, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Americans with Disabilities Act 25th  Anniversary Proclamation presentation in front of Town Hall, along with special ADA events at the Ridgefield Library. Click here for more information.

Children’s Pumpkin Painting ​near the Toy Chest, 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Scarecrow Contest ​in downtown Ridgefield. Sponsored by Keeler Tavern Museum. Voting all weekend.

Nature inspired Family Day at the Aldrich Museum led by exhibiting artist Virginia Poundstone. Recommended for ages 2 to 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; and ages 6-10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Use fruits and vegetables to design large scale work of art for the ​Education Center as well as smaller works to bring home. THIS EVENT IS FREE.

Children’s Book Sale at the Ridgefield Library, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Sponsored by ​Friends of the Library. Voting will occur all weekend.

Bracelet Making Workshop at ​Sphere, 421 Main Street behind Planet Pizza, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. With special guest, Susan Choplinski, on the piano.

Free Needle-Felting Workshop, 12 noon to 2 p.m. at  ​nancy O. Learn to make Fun Festive Fall décor by needle-felting with wool with Sheila Dick.

Scarf Bar​n at nancy O, all day with new scarf designs, free patterns and knitting consultations.

Tea and jam samplings at Elizabella’s Bake Shop, all day.

65th Anniversary Celebration at Craig’s Fine Jewelry, all day.

Pumpktober Festival at the ​Lounsbury House. Sponsored by the Lounsbury House and Ridgefield Rotary Sunrise. Festival includes food, drink, games, rides, pumpkin carving, the great pumpkin illumination and much more.

Fall specialty menu items at participating downtown Ridgefield restaurants.

Pumktober Festival ​at the Lounsbury House continues.

Children’s Book Sale at the Ridgefield Library, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by  Friends of the Library.

Halloween inspired performance​ by members of the Performing Ensemble, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, Main Street studios at 2 p.m.

Events and times are subject to change.  Please see Downtown Ridgefield’s Facebook page for updates.

terri@hamlethub.com (Downtown Ridgefield) Events Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:30:18 -0400
Ann’s Place & Praxair Cancer Center Announce a Special Joint Tribute to Oncologist Dr. Robert B. Cooper https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/neighbors/2978-ann-s-place-praxair-cancer-center-announce-a-special-joint-tribute-to-oncologist-dr-robert-b-cooper2978-ann-s-place-praxair-cancer-center-announce-a-special-joint-tribute-to-oncologist-dr-robert-b-cooper https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/neighbors/2978-ann-s-place-praxair-cancer-center-announce-a-special-joint-tribute-to-oncologist-dr-robert-b-cooper2978-ann-s-place-praxair-cancer-center-announce-a-special-joint-tribute-to-oncologist-dr-robert-b-cooper

Dr. Robert Cooper, Chairman Emeritus of Ann’s Place, has been a leading figure in Connecticut oncology and hematology research and clinical practice for four decades. A passionate patient advocate, Bob retired from active practice in the Western Connecticut Health Network’s Danbury Hospital in September.

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, Ann’s Place and Praxair Cancer Center of Danbury Hospital will jointly honor Dr. Cooper and his legacy of hope for cancer patients at the Matrix Conference & Banquet Center as the 2015 Special Tribute Honoree on the eve of the Annual Festival of Trees.

Dr. Cooper’s association with Ann’s Place dates back to 1987 when he became Chairman of the Ann Olsen Endowment and deepened in 1991 when he joined the original board of I Can, Inc. and led the resulting fully merged community-based cancer support organization. As a compassionate humanitarian, Dr. Cooper has been an extraordinary champion for cancer patients and survivors and has positively impacted the clinical programs at Ann’s Place.

A graduate of University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Bob Cooper was a Resident at Pennsylvania Hospital, served as a Major in the U.S. Army, Chief of the Department of Medicine at Walson Army Hospital, and was the Medical Officer at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, caring for Vietnamese refugees in 1975. In 1978, he completed his Fellowship at the University of Colorado and became an Attending Physician at Danbury Hospital.

Dr. Cooper’s clinical teaching appointments included University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Yale Medical School, and the University of Vermont Medical School. Dr. Cooper authored numerous scientific papers on colon cancer, lymphoma and breast cancer. Together with Dr. Vijay Patil, he established the first breast cancer Tumor Board in Connecticut.

Bob Cooper is the husband of Susan Cooper; father of Stephen and Jill; and grandfather of Allyson, Sam, Emily and Andrew. Tickets to the Tribute & Kick-Off Party, as well as Tribute opportunities, will be available on-line at www.annsplace.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Elaine Tedesco ) Neighbors Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:13:00 -0400
Business Supports the Arts Breakfast on Thursday to Honor Steve Zemo & Allison Stockel https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/neighbors/2986-business-supports-the-arts-breakfast-to-honor-steve-zemo-allison-stockel2986-business-supports-the-arts-breakfast-to-honor-steve-zemo-allison-stockel https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/neighbors/2986-business-supports-the-arts-breakfast-to-honor-steve-zemo-allison-stockel2986-business-supports-the-arts-breakfast-to-honor-steve-zemo-allison-stockel

Editor's note: Making Ridgefield PROUD! HamletHub congratulates Steve Zemo who will receive this year's Arts in the Community Award and Allison Stockel who Is the recipient of the Heart of the Arts Award at The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut's "Business Supports the Arts" awards breakfast on October 15.

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut's "Business Supports the Arts" awards breakfast, its premiere fundraising event, celebrates its 9th year of recognizing outstanding support of the arts by business leaders and extraordinary volunteers.

The awards breakfast takes place on Thursday, October 15th, 7:30am to 9:00am, at Matrix Corporate Center, 39 Old Ridgebury Road in Danbury. Highly anticipated each year, "Business Supports the Arts" serves to increase visibility for arts and culture in Western Connecticut while gathering together many prominent leaders in our regional arts and business communities.

This year's honorees, nominated by their peers, are the Savings Bank of Danbury (BSA Award), Steve Zemo (Arts in the Community Award) and Allison Stockel (Heart of the Arts Award). Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's advocacy organization for the arts, is slated as keynote speaker.

The fundraiser brings in substantial support of the Cultural Alliance's

mission: To market the region; to develop livable communities; and to provide opportunities and resources to the creative community it serves. As a Designated Regional Service Organization, the Cultural Alliance assists the Connecticut Office of the Arts to develop and sustain industry and cross sector relationships and provides support for specific Connecticut Office of the Arts programs and services.

Union Savings Bank recently contributed $2,500 to kick off this fundraising effort. “We are honored to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut as the title sponsor of the 'Business Supports the Arts' awards breakfast in the fall”, says Cindy Merkle, President & CEO for Union Savings Bank. “We truly believe the organization is a tremendous resource for the arts and culture in our surrounding communities.”

Tickets to "Business Supports the Arts" may be purchased by going to http://bit.ly/1KIG7Yt


The recipient of the top honor of the day, The BSA Award, the Savings Bank of Danbury has been focused on supporting the communities it serves from opening the Bank's doors more than 165 years ago. Since 2004, the Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation has donated more than $1,250,000 in grants to

347 agencies to support local non-profit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, community and economic development, education, health and human services, and housing. In 2014, more contributions were awarded than in any previous year with more than $310,000 donated. Savings Bank of Danbury employees have also given their time, logging over 11,000 volunteer hours in 2014.


The Arts in the Community awardee, Steve Zemo, believes in his community, the town of Ridgefield. A developer and property owner, he served for several years on the Board of Selectmen, and his philanthropic side shows no bounds. In 2005, Steve founded The Taylor-Zemo Foundation, a philanthropic organization providing financial assistance for housing, job training and education for foster youth in transition. With a fervent desire to support Ridgefield as a destination town, Steve's quick to point out such vibrant multicultural offerings as The Aldrich Museum, The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, the Theatre Barn, and The Ridgefield Playhouse, and has also supported such youth-focused efforts as Ridgefield Parks and Recreation and Productions for Young People.


Allison Stockel, Heart of the Arts honoree, became the Executive Director of The Ridgefield Playhouse with one stipulation, that she would donate her salary back to the organization. That was 10 years ago, and ever since she continues to develop and nurture what is arguably the top performing arts destination in western Connecticut. Though her hours at the Playhouse are long, she devotes a great deal of her (spare) time to charity, not only as advocate but also as a hands-on volunteer, whether delivering meals to seniors or running a marathon. Allison has helped to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars for local charities, and in response, the Board of Directors of The Ridgefield Playhouse established The Allison Stockel Fund to honor her unswerving commitment to bringing the "Best of Show(s)" to Ridgefield.


Randy Cohen, keynote speaker, stands out as one of the most noted experts in the field of arts funding, research, policy, and using the arts to address community development issues. Randy led the development of the National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual convening of leaders who focus on the advancement of American culture, launched in 2006 in partnership with Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute. In the late 1990’s, Randy collaborated with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to create "Coming Up Taller", the White House report on arts programs for youth-at-risk, and the U.S. Department of Justice to produce the YouthARTS Project, the first national study to statistically document the impact of arts programs on at-risk youth. Randy has been a policy specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts, founded the San Diego Theatre for Young Audiences, and sits on the Board of the League of Historic American Theaters.

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, with offices at 287 Main Street, Danbury, CT, is a leader in supporting a vibrant arts and culture community in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties.

The Cultural Alliance promotes and advocates for arts, history, and culture as a primary driver of the economy and as an enriching influence for communities and people. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, a 501c-3, is the largest and only regional service organization working to ensure better access to arts and culture for all residents and visitors in Greater Danbury. It is supported by public and private funding, corporate sponsors, and by its 185 members including more than 55 arts, history, and cultural organizations. phone: (203) 798 0760 www.artswesternct.org

kerry@ducey.org (Ted Killmer) Neighbors Tue, 13 Oct 2015 04:23:00 -0400
Local Resident John Patrick Talks Healthcare on Bloomberg Radio https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/neighbors/2985-local-resident-john-patrick-talks-healthcare-on-bloomberg-radio2985-local-resident-john-patrick-talks-healthcare-on-bloomberg-radio https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/neighbors/2985-local-resident-john-patrick-talks-healthcare-on-bloomberg-radio2985-local-resident-john-patrick-talks-healthcare-on-bloomberg-radio

Danbury resident, Internet pioneer, and former Vice President of Internet Technology at IBM, Dr. John R. Patrick was a guest on Bloomberg radio on Sunday, October 11 discussing a subject in which he is well-versed and extremely passionate - healthcare. Patrick is a healthcare expert and author of "Health Attitude Unraveling and Solving the Complexity of Healthcare".

Patrick is doing his part to bring healthcare to the 21st Century and here, he answers some poignant questions our current healthcare system, how it is behind the times, and where he sees the future of healthcare heading. 

Interview highlights:

  • Patrick is asked: "How are all of devices [including robots] going to make healthcare better?" 
  • “When I left IBM, I had been the Vice President of Internet Technology, and I was used to the world where you click and things happen” I found out in Healthcare there is no place to click, it is all clipboards," Patrick recalled.
  • When asked about physicians adapting to technology Patrick remarked, “I wish I could say there has been a big leap forward."


Listen to Patrick on Bloomberg here (please note that the interview starts at the 6:46 minute mark).

Learn more about Health Attitude here. 


kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 12 Oct 2015 17:31:59 -0400
Local Mentoring Business Supports Students, Families and Community Groups https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/neighbors/2984-local-mentoring-business-supports-students-families-and-community-groups2984-local-mentoring-business-supports-students-families-and-community-groups https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/neighbors/2984-local-mentoring-business-supports-students-families-and-community-groups2984-local-mentoring-business-supports-students-families-and-community-groups


Local high school students have something new to feel good about. In communities like Ridgefield, teens with special talents in academics, athletics and the arts have new opportunities to become mentors to younger children.

Role Model Mentors, a start- up company based in Ridgefield,  matches high achieving high schoolers with students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Mentors use their afternoons, evenings, and weekends to help younger students develop good homework habits, prepare for tests and plan ahead for school projects. Mentors also help elementary and middle school students learn new skills in their favorite sports, in music and in extracurricular topics such as  coding and leadership.

“The idea is to develop authentic relationships between young kids and the older kids they naturally look up to”, says Tim Boylan, founder of Role Model Mentors. “The tutoring and skills development are great. But it’s also about demonstrating what good character looks like.”

“Our mentor, Ty, spent a couple of hours a week with our 11-year old son, Sam, says Michelle Briody of Ridgefield. They worked on math homework and did some soccer drills. “It was great because Ty was on the varsity soccer team and Sam thought that was really cool.”  “Then, one day Ty brings a chess set,”  Briody adds. “ All of a sudden Sam is learning chess and loving it.”

High school mentors are paid for their time and they also benefit from the experiences of meaningful work and entrepreneurship.  And for every family that signs up for mentoring services, Role Model Mentors makes a $30 donation to a local non-profit organization.

To learn more about Role Model Mentors visit www.rolemodelmentors.com. If you choose to request a consultation about mentoring services, use promo code RMM111

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:01:38 -0400
Mercedes-Benz of Danbury sponsors Drink Pink on Wednesday, October 14 at Bernard's in Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/charities/2983-mercedes-benz-of-danbury-sponsors-drink-pink-on-wednesday-october-14-at-bernard-s-in-ridgefield2983-mercedes-benz-of-danbury-sponsors-drink-pink-on-wednesday-october-14-at-bernard-s-in-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/charities/2983-mercedes-benz-of-danbury-sponsors-drink-pink-on-wednesday-october-14-at-bernard-s-in-ridgefield2983-mercedes-benz-of-danbury-sponsors-drink-pink-on-wednesday-october-14-at-bernard-s-in-ridgefield

The 6th Annual Drink Pink event will take place from 6 to 8pm at Bernard's restaurant in Ridgefield on Wednesday, October 14.

Look for a shiny new Mercedes-Benz outside of Bernard's restaurant in Ridgefield on Wednesday evening, October 21. One lucky raffle winner will be treated to a night on the town in a chauffeured Mercedes. The prize includes 2 tickets to see Michael McDonald on Tuesday, October 20 beginning at 8:00 pm. courtesy of The Ridgefield Playhouse.

“We are thrilled that Mercedes-Benz of Danbury will be sponsoring our 6th Annual Drink Pink Think Pink event and appreciate all of the support this local business provides to nonprofits in our community,” said organizer, Kerry Anne Ducey.

“We are going to hire a driver for the night and supply a ride in a beautiful car for the raffle winner,” said Danielle Troiano, Marketing & Communications Manager at Mercedes-Benz of Danbury.

The special evening of friendship and camaraderie will include live music, cocktails and nibbles, courtesy of 109 Cheese, and a beautiful anthology of photographs taken by photographer  Kristen Jensen. “Kristen’s photos of breast cancer survivors tell a story of strength, courage and hope,” explained Ducey.

One hundred percent of the proceeds of the evening will be donated to Danbury Hospital Breast Cancer Program and Ann’s Place - two local nonprofit organizations that help cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers.

No advanced reservations are required. There is a $20 cover charge at the door, all of which will be donated to Ann’s Place and Danbury Hospital. “Every pink ticket is good for a pink drink,” said Ducey.

To learn more about Drink Pink, click here.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:11:54 -0400
Former Danbury resident Larry A. Richter 2nd , 46, has died https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/neighbors/2982-former-danbury-resident-larry-a-richter-2nd-46-has-died2982-former-danbury-resident-larry-a-richter-2nd-46-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/neighbors/2982-former-danbury-resident-larry-a-richter-2nd-46-has-died2982-former-danbury-resident-larry-a-richter-2nd-46-has-died

Larry A. Richter 2nd

Larry A. Richter 2nd

Larry A. Richter, 2nd, 46, of New Preston, CT, formerly of Danbury, died on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 in New Milford, CT.

Mr. Richter was born in Danbury, May 22, 1969, son of Diane Gail (Edwards) Gallo of Danbury and Larry A. Richter of New Preston, CT.

He attended Danbury schools and was employed in the automotive and handyman services. Larry was also a sketch artist.

In addition to his parents, Larry is survived by two sisters, Tina Forgue of Port St. Lucie, FL and Teresa LaBarbera and her husband, Salvatore of Danbury; a brother, Christopher Gallo and his wife, Christina of New Milford; nieces and nephews, Brooklynn Gallo, Tristin Wilson, James Forgue, Taylor LaBarbera and twins Sharon and Samantha LaBarbera and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury with Rev. Dr. David Reinhardt officiating.

Interment will be private and at the direction of the family.

The family will receive friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


, of New Preston, CT, formerly of Danbury, died on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 in New Milford, CT.

Mr. Richter was born in Danbury, May 22, 1969, son of Diane Gail (Edwards) Gallo of Danbury and Larry A. Richter of New Preston, CT.

He attended Danbury schools and was employed in the automotive and handyman services. Larry was also a sketch artist.

In addition to his parents, Larry is survived by two sisters, Tina Forgue of Port St. Lucie, FL and Teresa LaBarbera and her husband, Salvatore of Danbury; a brother, Christopher Gallo and his wife, Christina of New Milford; nieces and nephews, Brooklynn Gallo, Tristin Wilson, James Forgue, Taylor LaBarbera and twins Sharon and Samantha LaBarbera and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury with Rev. Dr. David Reinhardt officiating.

Interment will be private and at the direction of the family.

The family will receive friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 12 Oct 2015 06:58:23 -0400
Oprah tweets about #SuperSoul Malala - you can see her on screen at The Prospector on Friday https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/life/2981-oprah-tweets-about-supersoul-malala-you-can-see-her-on-screen-at-the-prospector-on-friday2981-oprah-tweets-about-supersoul-malala-you-can-see-her-on-screen-at-the-prospector-on-friday https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/life/2981-oprah-tweets-about-supersoul-malala-you-can-see-her-on-screen-at-the-prospector-on-friday2981-oprah-tweets-about-supersoul-malala-you-can-see-her-on-screen-at-the-prospector-on-friday

Oprah has been tweeting (@Oprah) about a #SuperSoul named Malala: @Malala is the bravest girl I've ever met. Love the relationship between father and daughter @Malala. Don't you supersoulers? #SuperSoulSunday

Come to The Prospector Theater for a special Educational Screening of  "An Intimate Portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai on Friday, October 16 beginning at 11:15 am.

Available for groups of 10+

• Perfect for parent groups, book groups, schools, clubs and students of all ages

• $12 per person

• To make your reservation please contact: lisa.potash@prospectortheater.org

The Prospector Theater is located at 25 Prospect Street in Ridgefield. 

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Mon, 12 Oct 2015 04:26:18 -0400
Westside Middle School engineering project gets help from City’s bravest https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/life/2980-westside-middle-school-engineering-project-gets-help-from-city-s-bravest2980-westside-middle-school-engineering-project-gets-help-from-city-s-bravest https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/life/2980-westside-middle-school-engineering-project-gets-help-from-city-s-bravest2980-westside-middle-school-engineering-project-gets-help-from-city-s-bravest


Science experiment requires egg drop from 97-foot ladder

One hundred students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at Westside Middle School Academy watched with anticipation as a firefighter teetered atop the 97-foot-high ladder of a firetruck. Then one by one, he dropped eggs encased in pods the students created in an engineering design project to see if they would survive the fall.

Eighteen of the 25 eggs survived the drop, up from 13 in last year’s trial.

WSMSA teacher Jon Neuhausel said part of the project resembles a scene from the Sandra Bullock film “Gravity,” wherein Bullock escapes from the International Space Station. The 100 seventh-grade students were required not only to protect their eggs, but to create escape pods.

“In the STEM program, we try to bring engineering to life,” Neuhausel said. “We work hard to get students excited about the engineering design process through hands-on, community-based projects.”

Seventh-grader Collin McGraw was very excited as he waited for the firetruck to arrive at his school in the early morning of Oct. 6. He said that the egg-dropping wasn’t just about excitement, it was about learning to problem solve and redesign.

“We had to engineer something that would safely bring an egg to the ground,” Collin said. He said conducting the initial experiment using a 35-foot drop helped them understand what they would need to do to improve their designs for an even greater drop.

“Not many people know how to take random materials and make them protect an egg from breaking,” said his teammate Chayne Howard.

It took two hours for the Danbury Fire Department to drop all of the eggs, which were hoisted up the ladder using a pulley system and a bucket.

The project engaged the students in brainstorming, planning, building and testing their design and redesigning and retesting. The redesign portion required students to make their egg pods weigh 10 percent less, to make it more of a challenge, Neuhausel said. And the students had to consider their constraints, whether they be time, supply and/or weight.

The supplies for the projects were provided and included: plastic bag, paper bag, string, cup, cotton balls, bubble wrap, pipe cleaners, sticks and paper clips.

kerry@ducey.org (Robin Provey) Life Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:48:45 -0400
Danbury Public School officials ask public, local legislators for help with state funding https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/politics/2979-danbury-public-school-officials-ask-public-local-legislators-for-help-with-state-funding2979-danbury-public-school-officials-ask-public-local-legislators-for-help-with-state-funding https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/politics/2979-danbury-public-school-officials-ask-public-local-legislators-for-help-with-state-funding2979-danbury-public-school-officials-ask-public-local-legislators-for-help-with-state-funding


District looks to state for solution to budget cuts                  

As the Danbury school district struggles to hold onto its hard-earned successes in building new schools, adding more classroom space and earning accolades for cutting-edge programs and students who successfully compete on a multitude of levels, it isn’t giving up its battle with the state to release the $30 million of annual funding that has recently been cut.

At a public hearing on Oct. 5, Superintendent Dr. Sal Pascarella urged residents to write letters to their state representatives, meet with local lawmakers and deliver personal stories of hardship at a legislative session. Those are the efforts that may get the attention that the Danbury schools need, Pascarella said.

Pascarella and Danbury Board of Education members joined with Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Danbury City Council, state legislators and community leaders to address the challenges of being underfunded by the state. The meeting was also led by the non-profit Connecticut School Finance Project, an agency funded by grants from non-profit foundations that helps schools find solutions to state funding flaws. About 35 members of the public attended the meeting.

The group of nearly a dozen local lawmakers included State Sen. Michael McLaughlin, former Congressman James Maloney and Reps. David Arconti, Robert Godfrey and Jan Giegler. One of the issues, raised by Godfrey at the meeting, is that it will be difficult to get legislators from the overfunded towns to agree to reduce the amount of money that their towns are receiving.

“It’s going to take a whole community to get this done,” Giegler said. “We have a voice, but it’s not big enough.”

A point stressed consistently during the meeting was that while many districts are experiencing drops in enrollment, Danbury is unusual in that its student population increases on average by 120 students per year. There are 285 more students this year than in the 2014-15 school year.

Based on the Education Cost Sharing formula suspended by the state in 2013, DPS remains underfunded by the state 50 percent, which translates to nearly $30 million per school year. Because the state no longer adheres to the ECS formula, funding to school districts is now given out in “block grants,” or lump sums, some of which have been deemed inequitable because of how the grants are calculated. Some districts that receive more funding have greater tax rolls or a higher mill rate creating a larger tax base. Other districts have fewer expenditures for students learning English or students with special needs, but receive more funding based on other statistics and not necessarily need.

DPS currently has the seventh lowest per student spending in Connecticut at $12,684 per student and, therefore, relies heavily on local funding. The City of Danbury contributes $9,061 per student in tax dollars, or 70 percent, a figure that is nearly twice that of a similar district. New funding proposed under the ECS formula to be reinstated in 2016 cuts the funding that Danbury is entitled to by 50 percent. One of the state’s wealthier towns, Greenwich, is overfunded by more than 60 percent. This inequity is being challenged by many of the underfunded districts, including Danbury.

According to CT Finance Project, the ECS formula treats Danbury as a wealthy community, despite the fact that student poverty has doubled in the district over the past 10 years.

Despite its financial challenges, the Danbury schools have shown and continue to show great progress in many areas, from state-recognized programs at the high school and a newly opened magnet middle school that has students earning top prizes at the state levels, to an elementary school named top in the state and another elementary school being awarded as a “success story.”

DPS has increased its course offerings and programs at all levels, including career pathways and an Early College Opportunity at the high school. Increased funding at the state level would ensure the district’s sustainability in these continuing efforts.

The meeting resulted in a plan of action that includes bringing together committees to meet with state decision makers before December to stress that the state’s finance system is not treating Danbury equitably. The public was also asked to submit opinion letters to local news outlets and also to reach out to colleagues and local organizations to contact lawmakers.

The results of the meeting will be incorporated into a plan to be presented to local lawmakers who will help identify a solution in the 2016 legislative session.

kerry@ducey.org (Robin Provey) Politics Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:33:13 -0400
Kids Class: Halloween Cupcake Decorating at Whole Foods Market in Danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/events/2977-kids-class-halloween-cupcake-decorating-at-whole-foods-market-in-danbury2977-kids-class-halloween-cupcake-decorating-at-whole-foods-market-in-danbury https://news.hamlethub.com/danburynorth/events/2977-kids-class-halloween-cupcake-decorating-at-whole-foods-market-in-danbury2977-kids-class-halloween-cupcake-decorating-at-whole-foods-market-in-danbury

Bring the kids to Whole Foods Market Danbury for a FREE fun and interactive cupcake class on Wednesday, October 21 from 4:00 PM to 5:00. Each child will get their own cupcake to decorate in a Halloween theme.

Go to halloweencupcakes.eventbrite.com to sign up. Space is limited.

Whole Foods is located at 5 Sugar Hollow Rd in Danbury.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:58:51 -0400