Newfairfield's HamletHub Fri, 20 May 2022 00:32:02 -0400 Bobbie the black bear's cubs are headed to a wildlife rehabilitation center!

Bobbi's cubs are headed to a wildlife rehabilitation center! 

CT DEEP reports, "Since Thursday, DEEP Wildlife Division Staff have been communicating with wildlife agencies in other states to obtain authorization to engage potential bear rehabilitation specialists for the bear cubs.
Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) staff left a short time ago from the DEEP Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area with the cubs and are on their way to the Kilham Bear Center – a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility."
State Representative David Michel (Stamford) documented the event on social media. Below is an excerpt:
It was quite clear the lead biologist, after catching those little fur balls, realized they were too small to have been on their own. Also the statements of DEEP are strange when talking about human or public interaction, there were seemingly none until DEEP was called to help catch the cubs once they were spotted. If DEEP had meant for the public to stay away from the cubs they should have communicated with all the houses around the forest, however it was mentioned by the neighbors that no one went after the cubs unless associated with deep, municipal police, or rehabilitators who found the cubs. I went in as an Observer to try and get quicker updates on the situation in the forest.
Thank you to my legislative colleagues Nicole Klarides-Ditria, State Representative Anne Hughes, and State Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan, #StateRepresentativeMitchBolinsky for applying pressure on DEEP to capture the cubs, as well as board members of the CWRA (Laura, Regina, Deb..), Annie Hornish of the Human Society of the United States Connecticut director, and Lori Brown, for helping locate the cubs and being amazing advocates, And thank you to the neighbors who rallied around together in support, the municipal Police, and First Selectman Dan Rosenthal.
For updates on the cubs, follow Save Bobbi's Cubs on Facebook here.
*Image courtesy State Representative David Michel. Follow him on Facebook here.
]]> (HH) Life Thu, 19 May 2022 04:56:26 -0400
Maribeth Seeger Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Maribeth Seeger of Sherman, Connecticut, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Seeger was initiated at Purdue University.

Seeger is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 325 campuses in the United States, its territories and the Philippines. Its mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

More About Phi Kappa Phi

Since its founding, more than 1.5 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization's notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards more than $1 million to outstanding students and members through graduate and dissertation fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, funding for post-baccalaureate development, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit


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RENT on stage at ACT of CT May 26 - June 19, Get Your Tickets Today!

Don't miss ACT of CT's last show of the 2021-2022 season, RENT!

In this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical written by Jonathan Larson, a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggle to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side. These young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts and learn that there is “no day but today!”

RENT runs from Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, June 19

Get your tickets HERE.

Performance Schedule: 

Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Additional Performances: 

Sunday, June 12 at 7pm

Thursday, June 16 at 2pm

Special Opening Night Performance

Saturday, May 28 at 8pm - Special Opening Night performance tickets include an exclusive pre-show cocktail reception in the lobby of the theater. There is nothing like the energy and excitement of an ACT of CT Opening Night performance!!! You’ll be amongst the show’s creative team members, reviewers, and other ACT patrons who love being “the first”!

Tickets are selling quickly! Get yours HERE.

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Connecticut Department Of Public Health Continuing To Support Families Through Nationwide Formula Shortage

Officials from the Connecticut Department of Public Health have been utilizing numerous options to assist families of its Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants and Children Program during the nationwide infant formula shortage.

The formula shortage has made it difficult for WIC families to find formula, despite the additional products available to them. There is limited stock in stores due to decreased supply across the country, including in Connecticut. WIC has been feeling the impact of the formula shortage, which has become more significant since the recall in February.

“Families have to go to multiple stores to find enough formula or switch to another type of formula,” said DPH Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD. “Some of the specialty formulas for medical conditions are scarce as well, and formula redemptions in Connecticut are down because the supply is very limited.”

Commissioner Juthani added that Connecticut is currently part of a multi-state contract with Abbott.  However, because of the recall and through a waiver process with the United States Department of Agriculture, Abbott has been allowing the Connecticut WIC program to offer 80 comparable formulas when the company’s products are not available without being in breach of contract. Additionally, DPH is not enforcing minimum stocking requirements for authorized retailers at this time as usually is suggested by USDA.

“Our team has been working closely with local agency staff to help families find retailers that have in stock products in their area, or even switch the participant's benefits package when needed,” Commissioner Juthani said. “The staff also have been working directly with manufacturers to order emergency formula.”


Additionally, the DPH WIC Program promotes breastfeeding as the normal and optimal method to feed infants for at least the first year of life with a special emphasis on the health benefits derived from exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months.

For pregnant persons who were not considering breastfeeding, DPH strongly encourages expectant families to think about breastfeeding due to the unprecedented nationwide formula shortage. Exclusive breastfeeding, notwithstanding a formula shortage, is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the normal and optimal feeding method for infants through the first six months of life.

For individuals currently combining breastfeeding and infant formula feeding, DPH recommends breastfeeding more often to increase milk supply and reduce the need for infant formula. Additional information to families has been communicated through the local WIC agency staff, the WIC One Call text system, through DPH's social media channels and on the Connecticut WIC website:

The USDA and the Food and Drug Administration are taking measures to address the formula supply shortages, including working with major manufacturers to increase supply and helping to ensure that Abbott's Sturgis facility can safely resume production soon.

]]> (CT DOH) Life Wed, 18 May 2022 15:55:25 -0400
Fairfield County Bank Seminar: how to Detect Fraud & Avoid a Scam

Keeping You Secure: ow to Detect Fraud & Avoid a Scam

Consumers lost $8.5 billion to fraud last year, up 70% over 2020 - Federal Trade Commission

Identity theft can be crippling and with fraud on the rise, Fairfield County Bank wants to make sure you are armed with the information you need to protect yourself.

Join Fairfield County Bank for a 1-hour session where two of their Executives will discuss

  • Recent scams

  • Ways fraudsters try to steal your identity

  • The ramifications of a hacked account

  • What to do if you become a victim

  • Steps you can take (and the Bank is taking) to keep you secure. 

The sessions will take place on Tuesday, May 24 at 3:00 pm and Wednesday, May 25 at 11:00 am.

05.24.2022 Registration    

05.25.2022 Registration

Please note: you will not be on camera, but you will be able to ask questions in the Q&A box. Questions will be answered in the last 15 minutes of the session.

Fairfield County Bank Executives presenting will be Marcie Coffin (EVP Audit, Compliance & Risk Management) and Frank Kunst (EVP, Technology).


]]> (Fairfield County Bank) Life Wed, 18 May 2022 13:57:17 -0400
Lamont Signs Legislation Cracking Down on the Sale of Stolen of Catalytic Converters

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has signed into law Public Act 22-43, which enacts several new requirements to how motor vehicle recyclers, scrap metal processors, junk dealers, junkyard owners and operators, and motor vehicle repair shops receive and sell catalytic converters.

The measure was approved as part of an effort to crack down on the sale of stolen catalytic converters, and is specifically focused on deterring criminals at the point-of-sale. Catalytic converters contain precious metals and have been the targets of a rash of thefts in recent years.

“Cracking down on the theft and vandalism of motor vehicles requires a multifaceted approach, and one of those tactics includes making it more difficult for criminals to profit from the sale of stolen parts,” Governor Lamont said. “This law also enacts new requirements that will help law enforcement more easily track down who is selling stolen parts and put a stop to their criminal activity. I thank the bipartisan members of the legislature for approving this bill and sending it to my desk so that I could sign it into law today. The easy ability to sell stolen parts is a major reason why motor vehicle theft and vandalism occurs, and this law will help serve as a deterrent.”

Under the legislation that was signed today, it will now be illegal for motor vehicle recyclers to receive a vehicle’s catalytic converter unless it is physically attached to a motor vehicle. In addition, recyclers must affix or write a stock number on the part, and create a written record of the transaction, including the name, address, telephone number, license number, and automobile VIN number of the customer.

For scrap metal processors, junk dealers, and junk yard owners and operators, they cannot accept a catalytic converter that is not physically attached to a motor vehicle, unless they:

  1. Record the place and date of the transaction, a description of the catalytic converter, and the amount paid;
  2. Record a description of the seller and the seller’s name, address, and driver’s license number;
  3. Affix or write a stock number on the catalytic converter;
  4. Record the license plate number of the motor vehicle that was used to transport the catalytic converter;
  5. Obtain from the seller a statement that they own the catalytic converter; and
  6. Take a photograph or video of the seller and their driver’s license.

In addition, sellers may only sell one catalytic converter per day to a scrap metal dealer. Scrap metal processors and junk dealers can only pay a seller by check, which is mailed to their home address.

Scrap metal processors and junk dealers will now also be required to electronically submit all of their information on catalytic converter sales to the Connecticut State Police once per week.

The law takes effect July 1, 2022.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Wed, 18 May 2022 13:28:38 -0400
Country Stars Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss Together at Last on Thursday at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Don’t Miss Out! Country Stars Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss are “Together At Last” on May 19th

It’s almost here! A very special debut performance by Grammy-award-winning Country Stars, Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss, is coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 8:00pm.

Known best for their endearing country songs such as “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Where’ve You Been?,” “Outbound Plane,” “Someday Soon,” “Letting Go,” “Drive South,” and “Hey Cinderella” the two folk legends have finally joined forces to share their celebrated music and personal chemistry on theater stages across the country in their “Together At Last” tour.

Other than guesting on one another’s recordings, there have only been a handful of times these two superstars have been able to perform together on stage. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to be a part of this very special performance! This show is part of the Mountain Dew Country & Bluegrass Series, 068 Magazine Singer Songwriter Series, and is sponsored by Texas Roadhouse. 

Swing by The Ancient Mariner on 451 Main Street in Ridgefield, CT for dinner the night of the show and receive a complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer with the purchase of an entrée with your ticket.

Kathy Mattea has enjoyed much success and acclaim during her 35-year career in Country including two Grammy wins, four CMA Awards, four #1 country singles, and five gold albums (plus a platinum Greatest Hits collection). In addition to her country hits, Kathy is increasingly involved with public broadcasting, consulting, and contributing on screen in Ken Burns’ 2019 documentary for PBS Country Music, and recently replaced founder Larry Groce as the host of the long-running NPR show Mountain Stage.

During the creative explosion that was country music in the 1990s, Suzy Bogguss sold four million records with her sparkling radio hits. Not shy to the camera, she frequently appears on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion and hosts a weekly livestream, Wine Down Wednesday, that is currently closing in on one hundred episodes.

Appropriately titled “Together At Last,” the tour features both artists on stage for the entire performance, swapping songs and stories, singing harmony, and playing guitar on each other’s biggest hits. Never content to rest on their past achievements, the pair brings new material to these shows, along with two careers worth of humorous and heart-warming stories. Be sure to get your tickets now before they sell out for this once in a lifetime experience!

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home tickets ($59) go online at or visit or call the box office at (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge Road, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.


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Rosie Revere Engineer & Friends LIVE on stage at the Ridgefield Playhouse this Friday!

Calling all moms! Bring your little ones to The Ridgefield Playhouse this Friday, May 20 from 10am to 12pm to see Rosie Revere Engineer & Friends LIVE on stage!

This is a fun new musical based on the best-selling children's books Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty, which spotlights the #STEM curriculum!

Tickets are only $10 and are available at the door!

Visit The Ridgefield Playhouse online here.

]]> (HH) Life Wed, 18 May 2022 12:54:59 -0400
Danbury resident Lynn Jabara, 67, has died

Lynn (Farrell) Jabara, 67, of Danbury, wife of Peter F. Jabara, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

Family and friends will be received on Monday, May 23, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home; 9 Granville Avenue, Danbury.

A Celebration of Lynn's Life will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 2:00 PM at His Vineyard Christian Fellowship; 2 Vail Road, Bethel. Interment will take place privately in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.

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New mission-aligned partnerships elevate the complete guest experience at The Maritime Aquarium

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is elevating its complete guest experience by integrating the Tessitura ticketing and membership platform and SSA Group’s food services, while also bringing these key operations into alignment with the Aquarium’s mission of environmental conservation.

With the two new partnerships, the Aquarium improves the interactions that occur before, after and in between the memorable animal encounters. Guests will find it easier to buy tickets, manage memberships and make donations, while also choosing from a new menu of sustainably sourced, made-to-order foods served through easy mobile ordering.

“These new partnerships with Tessitura and SSA Group reflect our commitment to our guests. We want to ensure our guests have a world-class experience not just when they arrive at the Aquarium and enjoy our amazing exhibits, but when they first see us online, visit our website, buy their tickets, order a meal, or make a donation,” said Jason Patlis, President and CEO of The Maritime Aquarium.

“These partnerships also help us deliver on our mission to inspire people to appreciate and protect Long Island Sound and the ocean,” Patlis said. “Through Tessitura and the new customer interface, we become more accessible and can more easily accommodate special needs. Through SSA Group and our new café offerings and catering, we are not only providing sustainable, locally sourced food options, but we are also improving all aspects of the café, including purchasing, preparation, service, disposal, and recycling to ensure a more sustainable operation. And, on top of that, the food is absolutely delicious!”  

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Life Wed, 18 May 2022 12:53:39 -0400
FREE Music Series in Brewster this Summer 2022!

The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition (TOSCAC) in Brewster, NY is excited to announce the lineup for the 2022 FREE Outdoor Summer Music Series at Veterans Park Gazebo.

The 7-week music series is Saturday evenings June 11 through July 23rd at 6-8 pm.


June 11 -Light Warriors (Global Rock, Funk, Reggae)

June 18 - Fat City Rockers (Rockabilly, Surf, Oldies) 

June 25 - Plåsm (Explorative Progressive, Funk, Improvisation)

July 2 - Real Stormin Norman (Latin, New Orleans Jazz, Boogie Woogie, Blues) 

July 9 - 1/3 of Sophie (Sweet, Funky, Spacey Arrangements)

July 16 - La Pompe Attack (Gypsy, Jazz, Hot Swing Sound)

July 23 - Way Behind the Sun (Traditional & Original Country Music)

Plan to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic dinners, cold beverages, etc. Plans for the 2022 summer music series include joint promotions with local food vendor Country Kitchen for pre-ordered family picnics to go. Any local vendors interested in participating as a pre-ordered picnic basket vendor, should reach out to the series committee at

Supplementing an Arts Alive Recovery NY Grant, many community-minded businesses donated to the Coalition’s efforts. Sponsoring this event are; Ace Endico, Artis Senior Living in Somers, Carmucci Wealth Management, Casa Fina Warehouse, Examiner Media, Fogbank Weather, HamletHub Brewster, Hear It There, Tamara Lanza State Farm  Insurance, Professional Water Systems, Suburban Carting, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, and the Town of Southeast Rotary and Town of Patterson Rotary.

An appeal for sponsorship is ongoing offering a variety of benefits to both business and individual patrons. If you have not been contacted and would like further information, please reach out to concert organizers at

Located at the corner of Railroad and Morningthorpe Avenues in Brewster, the park is easily accessed via multiple transportation options including a scenic drive along the East Branch Reservoir along Route 22 North. The location is also a 10-minute drive from exit 10 along Route 684. Concert attendees may also find convenience traveling via MTA Metro-North’s Hudson Line to the Brewster Station, as the gazebo is a 5-minute walk away. Hartransit runs a shuttle bus service for those traveling between Danbury, CT and the Brewster Train Station.

TOSCAC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to developing an accessible and affordable performing arts venue and cultural center for the Village of Brewster, the Town of Southeast, and surrounding communities in Putnam, Westchester, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties. 

For more information about the organization visit the website.

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Water Test Day at NF Stop-n-Shop

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FREE Diversity Film Screening of Award-Winning Movie, KEEP THE CHANGE, at The Ridgefield Playhouse on May 17th

In recognition of Jewish Filmmakers and Autism Awareness, The Ridgefield Playhouse will be offering a FREE screening of the landmark motion picture KEEP THE CHANGE, on May 17, 2022 at 7:30pm, part of the Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series and Cohen and Wolf, P.C. Movie Series.

The New York City romance revolves around the story of David (Brandon Polansky) who meets Sarah (Samantha Elisofon) at an autism support group at a Jewish center. Writer and director Rachel Israel created the film based on a longtime friend who has autism, Brandon Polansky, and decided that the absolute best person to play Brandon was himself! This film is unique in that Israel brings together a cast of non-professional actors who are all on various levels of the autism spectrum. 

KEEP THE CHANGE was Winner of Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Director prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival, a NYT Critics Pick in 2018, has a 100% certified rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The bonus content for KEEP THE CHANGE will consist of an interview led by entertainment reporter Cheryl Washington and can be seen following the screening in the theater or on The Ridgefield Playhouse YouTube channel.

To reserve your FREE tickets, go online at or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.


]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Life Mon, 16 May 2022 13:19:20 -0400
Wooster School presents Legally Blonde, Jr, May 20 & 21

We are excited to have live performances with patrons in attendance for the upcoming production of Legally Blonde, Jr. 

Performances are Friday, May 20 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm in the Black Box Theatre. Additionally, we will have a Wooster student, faculty, and staff only preview performance on Thursday, May 19 at 5:00 pm.

Wooster School students will have Danbury thinking pink when they present their production of Legally Blonde, Jr. on May 20 and 21. The fun and upbeat musical follows the adventures of a sorority girl named Elle Woods – a Gemini with a double Capricorn moon – who tries to win her ex-boyfriend back by earning a Harvard law degree.

Delta Nu sorority president Elle Woods seems to have it all: good looks, a relationship with the "campus catch," and great taste in clothes. However her life is turned upside-down when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her in an attempt to start getting "serious" about his future and attend Harvard Law. Determined to win him back, Elle uses a lot of hard work and some charm to get into Harvard Law so she can prove to Warner that she's serious enough for him. Once at school, she is challenged by her peers, professors and her ex, but with the help of some new friends, Elle realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

With a book by Heather Hach, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, Legally Blonde, Jr. is based on the book by Amanda Brown and the hit Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy. Legally Blonde The Musical opened at Broadway's Palace Theatre in April 2007, starring Laura Bell Bundy as the iconic Elle Woods.

Please review the policies for attending theater performances at Wooster School prior to purchasing your tickets. Student, faculty, and staff only preview tickets are $5 each. All other tickets are $15 each. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Seating is extremely limited, so we ask that you please honor your reservation. Show length is approximately 1 hour.

Ticket purchases can be made at:

]]> (Lori Kriegel) Life Mon, 16 May 2022 13:18:29 -0400
Severe Weather Warning in the NY Region thru 8 Pm Tonight

A strong thunderstorm will impact portions of north central Fairfield, northern Westchester, southeastern Orange, Putnam and
Rockland Counties through 530 PM EDT...

At 440 PM EDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Fahnestock State Park, or near Cold Spring, moving northeast at 45

HAZARD...Winds in excess of 30 mph and half inch hail.

SOURCE...Radar indicated.

IMPACT...Gusty winds could knock down tree limbs and blow around
         unsecured objects. Minor damage to outdoor objects is

Locations impacted include...
Newburgh, Ossining, Peekskill, Haverstraw, Mahopac, Monroe, Lake
Carmel, West Point, Sherman, Brewster, Cold Spring, New Windsor, New
Fairfield, Carmel and Harriman.


If outdoors, consider seeking shelter inside a building.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 800 PM EDT for
southern Connecticut...and southeastern New York.
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