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Hat Tricks Pound Watertown 5-1, Take Two of Three

<p>The Hat Tricks netted five first-period goals, two on the power play, en route to a 5-1 thumping of Watertown Sunday to take the weekend series two games to one.&nbsp;</p><p>In the final two games of the weekend, the Hat Tricks notched seven power-play goals and outscored the Wolves 12-3.</p><p>On Sunday, Hat Tricks netminder Liam Murray made 31 saves on 32 shots while Danbury chased Watertown’s starter for the second straight night.</p><p>At 10:33 of the first period, the Hat Tricks continued their recent success on the power play. Forward John Scully tapped a rebound past Watertown’s netminder Spencer Kozlowski for the game’s first goal. Just over a minute later, with the Hat Tricks still on the power play, defenseman Josh Labelle ripped a shot from the right point inside the near post to give Danbury a two-goal lead. The Hat Tricks were far from done. Three minutes later, forward Nick DiNicola got behind the defense and beat Kozlowski over the blocker to extend the advantage to three. With less than two minutes left in the first period, forward Daniel McKitrick, who had three assists Saturday, received a cross-slot feed from Jonny Ruiz and snapped home Danbury’s fourth goal of the night. Just over a minute later, Danbury finished up their first-period domination with another DiNicola goal where he nudged the puck off Kozlowski’s skate and over the goal line.</p><p>The scoring cooled off until Watertown got its first goal of the night with less than two minutes left in the second. At 18:04, defenseman Noah Doyle cut the Hat Tricks’ lead to four. Murray stopped 14 of 15 shots and Watertown’s replacement goalie, Eloi Bouchard saved all 12 of the shots he faced.</p><p><br></p><p>The third period yielded no goals by either side and secured the Hat Tricks’ second consecutive road victory.</p><p>The Hat Tricks begin a nine-game homestand Friday night against Elmira. The puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.</p><p>The Hat Tricks are more than midway through their regular season Cup defense and we still want you to be a part of it! Season and single-game tickets are still available for purchase. Partial season packages can save fans up to 30% and include benefits such as FREE parking and season passes to the Danbury NAHL/NA3HL Hat Tricks games. Call Herm Sorcher at (973) 713-7547 to secure yours today or press&nbsp;<a href="https://www.danburyhattricks.com/tickets" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>&nbsp;to learn more. To buy single-game tickets press&nbsp;<a href="https://www.tixr.com/groups/danburyarena/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p><p>To stay up to date on all things Danbury Hat Tricks hockey, go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.danburyhattricks.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>www.danburyhattricks.com</strong></a>&nbsp;and follow the team on&nbsp;<a href="https://linktr.ee/danbury.hattricks" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>social media</strong></a>.</p>

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TheatreWorks New Milford Seeking Submissions For Play Competition

<p><strong>ATTENTION PLAYWRIGHTS!</strong></p><p>TheatreWorks New Milford is now accepting submissions for “Tales from the Brookside,” </p><p> a Ten-Minute One Act Competition.</p><p>Submissions MUST be sent using the online form at the link below and received <strong>by&nbsp;MARCH 30, 2024</strong>. &nbsp;Playwrights in our local area are strongly encouraged. NO ENTRY FEE. The competition will take place from Aug 20-24, 2024 at TheatreWorks (5 Brookside Ave, New Milford, CT 06776)</p><p>Audiences will vote each night and final decision will be made by a panel of qualified judges. &nbsp;Cash Prizes for the winners will be awarded on Saturday night August 24th.</p><p><strong>Please be sure to read the form in its entirety before submitting.</strong></p><p><a href="https://theatreworks.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=35889eefe0d1095259d73c231&amp;id=99aa0b3716&amp;e=9b0ae2f66e" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>SUBMISSION FORM</strong></a></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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Governor Lamont: Education Funding Works Best When It’s Directed to Classrooms

<p>&nbsp;Governor Ned Lamont today expressed his support for sending state funding intended for education services directly to classrooms, saying that students will benefit best when this money is used to support the hiring of teachers and the purchasing of necessary classroom equipment.</p><p>The governor’s fiscal year 2025 budget proposal that he presented to the legislature earlier this month recommends:</p><p>Increasing education cost sharing (ECS) funds to K-12 school districts by&nbsp;<strong>$128.8 million</strong>&nbsp;over the current fiscal year; and</p><p>Increasing state funding for early childhood education by&nbsp;<strong>$43.4 million</strong>&nbsp;over the current fiscal year.</p><p>The increase in ECS funding will help Connecticut reach full funding of the formula by fiscal year 2026, a full two years sooner than the original ten-year goal. Additionally, the increase in funding for early childhood education will increase the number of families eligible for Care 4 Kids and go directly to child care providers, enabling them to support the expansion of services in classrooms, such as through the hiring of more teachers and purchasing of necessary classroom equipment.</p><p>Combined, these will be some of the largest investments ever made for Connecticut’s K-12 schools and early childhood education providers.</p><p>“Money intended for education works best when it goes to the classroom,”&nbsp;<strong>Governor Lamont said</strong>. “I am proposing that we use critical state resources to ensure that our state’s children have access to the classroom support they need to succeed.&nbsp;We can accomplish this by increasing ECS funding for our K-12 schools, working with schools to fully expend the $400 million in remaining ARP ESSER funds, and supporting an expansion of early childhood education services. The ability of our K-12 education system to succeed depends in great part on the success of our early childhood education system, and we have a desperate need to expand these services, including through the hiring of more teachers. There are thousands of families in our state who are unable to enroll their children in early childhood education because of a lack of resources. We have an opportunity this year to increase access to education for our youngest residents, and we should do it.”</p><p>“The governor’s proposed budget increases funding for classrooms, providing resources where it can make a real difference in improving student outcomes,”&nbsp;<strong>Jeffrey Beckham, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and Governor Lamont’s chief budget advisor, said</strong>. “The current budget disguises municipal aid as education funding, essentially sending aid budgeted for magnet and vo-ag students back to their home district as a tuition subsidy rather than adding resources for classroom learning. Our proposal increases ECS funding, fully funds charter schools and vo-ag schools at the statutory amount, and increases the per pupil grant for both magnet schools and open choice schools. It supports the continuation of free school breakfast statewide, subsidizes the student’s share of reduced-price meals, and permanently funds the nationally recognized LEAP program, addressing chronic absence. If the General Assembly is truly serious about ensuring that all Connecticut students will be successful, they will support the governor’s proposal.”</p><p>The following chart represents the increase in ECS funding Governor Lamont is proposing to send to K-12 school districts for fiscal year 2025, as well as the balance of federal ARP ESSER funding available to K-12 schools for the year:</p><p><br></p>

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Zachary Deldin Graduates from Elms College

<p>Zachary Deldin of New Fairfield graduated from Elms College with a Post Bachelor's Certificate in&nbsp;PreMed Studies&nbsp;following the conclusion of the fall 2023 semester.</p><p>Deldin was among 75 students who received their degrees in December.</p><p>Elms College is a coed Catholic college offering a liberal arts curriculum that prepares students holistically for a purposeful life in a diverse and interconnected world. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Elms College has a tradition of educating reflective, principled and creative learners, who are rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to civic and social obligations, and capable of adjusting to change without compromising principle.</p>

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Lamont Orders State Office Buildings Closed to the Public Due to Winter Storm

<p>Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is ordering all State of Connecticut executive branch office buildings closed to the public on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, due to the significant winter storm that is anticipated to impact the state throughout the day.</p><p>For the duration of this storm-related closure, the governor is directing that:</p><p>All level 1 executive branch state employees should report to work as scheduled or directed;</p><p>All level 2 executive branch state employees whose job duties can be completed remotely should telework, or they may request use of accrued leave; and</p><p>All level 2 executive branch state employees whose job duties cannot be completed remotely should not report to work in-person.</p><p>The terminology used for state employee classifications was established through an executive order&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail19.com/t/j-l-shtjuz-thjikyltn-u/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>issued</strong></a>&nbsp;in 2018. Level 1 state employees include those who were previously designated as “essential” based on their respective job duties. Level 2 state employees include those who were previously designated as “nonessential.”</p><p>The governor’s storm-related directive applies to executive branch offices. Decisions regarding the operations of offices within the judicial and legislative branches are made by the leaders of those respective branches of state government.</p><p><br></p><p>“The timing of winter storm is of particular concern, especially considering that snowfall rates are expected to be heavy during the morning rush hour commute and continue through the afternoon,”&nbsp;<strong>Governor Lamont said</strong>. “Out of an abundance of caution, I am directing all executive branch state office buildings closed to the public on Tuesday. Level 2 state employees who work in those buildings should stay home, and those who can complete their jobs remotely should work from home for the day. I strongly encourage everyone in Connecticut to stay off the roads on Tuesday unless absolutely necessary, particularly during the height of the storm so that plow crews can clear the roads and keep everyone safe. Please check on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or need assistance, to make sure they are safe.”</p><p>The Connecticut Department of Transportation has more than 600 trucks and more than 900 drivers prepared to respond to the storm and clear the roads.</p><p>For emergency management news and resources, visit the state’s CT<em>Prepares</em>&nbsp;website at&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail19.com/t/j-l-shtjuz-thjikyltn-o/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>ct.gov/ctprepares</strong></a>. That website also contains a useful list of contact information for each of the state’s utility companies, should a customer experience an outage.</p>

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Intuitive Astrology February 2024

<p>Full Snow Moon: There will be a full moon on Saturday, February 24.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>February 24, 2024, will see the Full Snow Moon, also known as the Bone Moon, Hunger Moon, and Little Famine Moon. It is named so because of the association of February with extreme cold and death. However, not all cultures associate it with such negative connotations. The Hopi tribe calls it the Moon of Purification and Renewal. While in China, it is celebrated during the Lantern Festival. At this event, people release lanterns and eat rice balls. The round shape of the rice balls symbolizes family togetherness and brings good luck to the whole family—many East Asian cultures light lanterns and bonfires to celebrate the Full Snow Moon.</p><p><br></p><p>Aquarius (January 21 – February 19) —Happy birthday Aquarius! You have a creative nature. However, being too reactive can be challenging. It's essential to take the time to listen to your head instead of getting carried away by your emotions and passionate temperament. You can achieve your goals without working too hard if you work smart.</p><p><br></p><p>Pisces (February 20 – March 20)—It's true that having a shared passion with your partner can strengthen your relationship. It's important not to let trivial matters get in the way and cause potential damage. However, you can work through these issues with some quick problem-solving skills. You will be fortunate enough to join a new network that will give you access to some tremendous professional insights. You can also share your knowledge and help others while learning from their experiences.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Aries (March 21-April 20) —Stay positive and maximize your energy to handle increasing work responsibilities. Trust the process of being prepared for a promotion and give it reasonable time to develop. Prioritize personal goals to find balance and achieve long-term success.</p><p><br></p><p>Taurus (April 21-May 21) —&nbsp;Take time to savor the enjoyable moments in life, and watch for love messages that may come in unexpected ways - perhaps even through your email! Finally, it might be a good idea to adjust your point of view toward your personal goals. Sometimes, we need to take a step back and reassess our priorities.</p><p><br></p><p>Gemini (May 22- June 21) — Celebrate the people around you. Friends and family are the best sources of entertainment. The sentiment is no substitute for hard facts in making decisions. Your favorite way of doing things may be impractical at this point. Minor oversights may result in terrible consequences. Keep your chin up and look on the bright side.</p><p><br></p><p>Cancer (June 22 – July 22) —Hey! I wanted to share an inspiring quote: "Take the plunge and go for the dream. No matter what it is." Congrats in advance on the possible promotion your boss hinted at! Be patient and trust the process. Good things take time. Keep up the great work!</p><p><br></p><p>Leo (July 23 – August 23) —You&nbsp;have a secret admirer. It's ok to be flattered and a bit nervous. Take time to process your feelings and make the right decision. You will also realize that you need to focus on personal goals. Try new hobbies and prioritize physical and mental health. Finding balance in all areas of life is critical to long-term success and happiness.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Virgo (August 24 – September 22) —Taking a step back from puzzling situations is always good, as they often fix themselves. You will meet new acquaintances who will bring much fun and recreation into your life. You will find that your partner will be so supportive emotionally. You will need to reciprocate by planning additional romantic interludes. This will help find new ways to keep the flame burning, such as having candlelight dinners or trying something new together. Overall, try to keep an open mind. Good things will fall into your lap as a result.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Libra (September 23 – October 22) —Things can get overwhelming at work, but don't worry - everything is under control. You might be in line for a promotion soon! Just take a deep breath, relax, and trust the process. And don't forget to give your event some reasonable time to develop - the outcome will be worth it!&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) —It sounds like you may have a chance to pursue a new career or business opportunity. Don't hesitate to seize the moment- or take steps to create your opportunities. Remember that success in your career and personal life often depends on knowledge and effective communication. Take time to savor the enjoyable moments in life, and watch for love messages that may come in unexpected ways - perhaps even through your email!</p><p><br></p><p>Sagittarius (November 22 – December 22) —Consider planning a get-together with loved ones to recharge. Prioritizing personal goals and well-being is essential to avoid burnout and maintain happiness. Trying new hobbies and spending quality time with loved ones can be fulfilling. Finding balance in all areas of life is critical. Trusting instincts and staying true to oneself will lead to making the right choices.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Capricorn (December 22 – January 20) —It's essential to be clear and direct in your communication and follow through with your promises, especially in a professional setting where everyone is watching. If you exude confidence and demonstrate leadership qualities, others will be more likely to trust and follow your lead. This can also translate into career advancements. Keep an open mind and be adaptable, as a last-minute change of plans may lead to unexpected financial opportunities.</p><p><br></p><p>Francine Tesler, Psychic Medium Medical Intuitive. Psychic Medium for People that usually don't go to psychics. So what do you Really Want to Know?For more information, contact Francine at&nbsp;<a href="https://mailto:FrancineTesler@francinetesler.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">FrancineTesler@FrancineTesler.com</a>,&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://mailto:FranFuture@aol.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">FranFuture@aol.com</a>, call<a href="https://www.hamlethub.com/brewster-new-york/stories/914.469.6693" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> 914.469.6693</a>, or visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.francinetesler.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.FrancineTesler.com</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p><em>For entertainment purposes</em><a href="https://www.hamlethub.com/brewster-new-york/stories/only.The" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em> only.The</em></a><em> views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of HamletHub.</em></p>

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Unique Valentine Gift Ideas for Every Special Someone on Your List

<p>Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to express your love and appreciation for those closest to you with thoughtful and unique gifts. Whether you’re shopping for your significant other, a college student, a beloved grandparent, or even your best friend, we’ve curated a list of distinct gifts to make this Valentine’s Day truly memorable.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For Him: KUCHEY LED Hand-Free Flashlight Gloves - $9.99</p><p>The KUCHEY LED hand-free flashlight gloves are a practical and</p><p>cool gift for the man in your life. These gloves make tasks easier with</p><p>built-in flashlights, perfect for DIY projects or outdoor adventures. With an</p><p>easy-to-use design and adjustable size, they’re a handy addition to any</p><p>toolkit. <a href="https://amzn.to/488FJP3" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Check it out here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For College Student: Valentine's Day Care Package (45ct) -</p><p>$23.95</p><p>Send your favorite college student some love with a Valentine's</p><p>Day care package filled with chocolates, candy, activities, toys, and more!</p><p>Perfect for brightening up their day and reminding them that you're thinking of</p><p>them, even from afar. <a href="https://amzn.to/3OjWMX8" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Get it here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Perfect for the Hostess: SMIRLY Charcuterie Boards Gift Set -</p><p>$39.99</p><p>Elevate their hosting game with the SMIRLY charcuterie board</p><p>gift set. Ideal for modern couples, new homeowners, or anyone who loves to</p><p>entertain, this set includes a beautiful bamboo cheese board and accompanying</p><p>accessories. Packaged in a decorative box, it’s ready for instant gifting. <a href="https://amzn.to/3ucFgx7" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Find it here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For Grandparents: NIUONSIX Weighted Heating Pad - $39.98</p><p>Show your grandparents some love with the NIUONSIX weighted</p><p>heating pad, designed to provide relief for sore necks and shoulders. With a</p><p>unique design using pure stone seed as weighting material, it offers deeper</p><p>relaxation and helps reduce daily aches and pains. <a href="https://amzn.to/3Sd0sv3" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Shop now</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For Your Lover or a Special Couple: Luna Bean Hand Casting Kit -</p><p>$39.99</p><p>Capture a moment in time with the Luna Bean hand casting kit, a</p><p>perfect gift for couples. Create a timeless keepsake to cherish for years to</p><p>come with this unique DIY kit. Whether for an anniversary or Valentine's Day,</p><p>it's a special way to celebrate your love. <a href="https://amzn.to/47Slrcc" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Purchase</a></p><p><a href="https://amzn.to/47Slrcc" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For Your Galentine: Personalized Lavender Spa Gift Basket for</p><p>Women - $29.99</p><p>Indulge your galentine with a personalized lavender spa gift</p><p>basket, featuring a range of luxurious treats like a wine tumbler, scented</p><p>candle, bath salts, and more. Designed to bring relaxation and happiness, it’s</p><p>the perfect way to show your appreciation for your closest friend. <a href="https://amzn.to/42fVJNC" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Order now</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For Someone You Love: 3D Crystal Photo, Engraved Heart Glass</p><p>Picture - $39.99</p><p>Preserve cherished memories with a 3D crystal photo cube,</p><p>capturing moments that will last a lifetime. With optical illusions that make</p><p>your image appear to be moving, it’s a unique and mesmerizing gift for your</p><p>special someone. <a href="https://amzn.to/481cXQk" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Get yours here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Prices are subject to change, so don’t wait to secure these</p><p>thoughtful gifts for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>****************</p><p>We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates</p><p>Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to</p><p>earn fees by linking to</p><p><a href="https://www.hamlethub.com/brewster-new-york/stories/Amazon.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Amazon.com</a> and affiliated sites at NO additional cost to you! We share</p><p>products that we have used and love as well as those that have been recommended</p><p>by others.</p><p><br></p>

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