Newfairfield's HamletHub Fri, 07 Oct 2022 08:50:38 -0400 Connecticut Teacher of the Year 2023 - Carolyn Kielma of Bristol Eastern High School.

Connecticut Teacher of the Year 2023 - Carolyn KielmaBristol Eastern High School, Bristol Public Schools

Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Education Commissioner Charlene M. Russell-Tucker have announced that Carolyn Kielma, a science teacher at Bristol Eastern High School in Bristol, has been selected as Connecticut’s 2023 Teacher of the Year, the state’s highest recognition honoring extraordinary teachers.

Governor Lamont and Commissioner Russell-Tucker this morning delivered the news to Kielma during a surprise visit to the high school, which was followed by a schoolwide assembly celebrating the recognition with the honoree’s fellow educators, family, and students from both schools.

Governor Lamont said, “Connecticut has the best public school teachers of any state in the nation, and there are so many exemplary teachers in our state we need to recognize for their service to our schools and our students. It is an honor for us to highlight the incredible work of Bristol Eastern High School’s Ms. Carolyn Kielma. She embodies so many of the effective qualities that transform students’ lives. I am thrilled today to visit her classroom, deliver this news directly to her in-person, and let her know how much we appreciate the dedication she has brought to her career as a teacher.”

Commissioner Russell-Tucker said, “Educators are a critical part of ensuring that our students are prepared for the real-world challenges that they will face in their postsecondary career and in life. I am honored to recognize Carolyn Kielma as our 2023 Connecticut Teacher of the Year, and I am confident she will serve as an effective teacher ambassador for the thousands of talented Connecticut educators in this upcoming year.”

Since 2002, Carolyn Kielma has brought a love of science to public high school students in Connecticut through teaching. For the last 15 years she has taught biology, biotechnology and forensics, environmental science, biotechnical engineering, anatomy and physiology, and the Advancement Via Individual Determination program (AVID) elective class at Bristol Eastern High School. Since earning her bachelor of science degree in biology from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, and her master of science degree in secondary education from the University of New Haven, Kielma has found that her greatest rewards in teaching come from the successes of her students—not just in the field of science but in life.

Kielma believes educators are masters of adaptation and evolution. She hopes to strengthen and improve her profession by focusing on ensuring the representation of all voices within her lessons while evolving and creating measurements of intelligence that reflect all of Connecticut’s scholars. Kielma feels educator collaboration is essential to build and develop strategies to promote a culture of equity and inclusion and provide opportunities for all students across the state.

Kate Dias, president of the Connecticut Education Association, said, “Carolyn Kielma is a shining example of how teachers across the state connect with their students and why those connections matter. She has described these relationships as her greatest career reward – a feeling that every educator can relate to. We are proud to congratulate Carolyn as well as all our exemplary educators around the state making a difference every day.”

Jan Hochadel, president of AFT Connecticut, said, “Educators want students to be successful, both in and outside the classroom, and nobody strives for that or demonstrates that better than Carolyn. She exemplifies excellence in our profession and our members couldn’t be prouder of her well-deserved recognition.”

Dr. David Bosso, president of the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council, said, “The Connecticut Teacher of the Year family is honored and thrilled to welcome Carolyn Kielma as another remarkable representative of the teachers of Connecticut and of our profession as a whole. It is abundantly evident how much of a positive impact she has on her school community and the difference she makes in the lives of her students. Like so many amazing teachers in our state, her passion, dedication, expertise, and professionalism shine through every day.”

Dr. Catherine Carbone, superintendent of Bristol Public Schools, said, “We could not be more proud of Ms. Kielma. She is a talented, dedicated, and exemplary educator and well-deserving of the state’s highest teaching honor. I am truly excited for the impact that she will have beyond Bristol Public Schools and on educators throughout the State of Connecticut.”

Michael Higgins, principal of Bristol Eastern High School, said, “Ms. Kielma’s enthusiasm for her students and the content that she teaches is contagious. She is student-centered and brings an energy to her classrooms that is beyond compare.”

The designation of Connecticut Teacher of the Year is decided annually by the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council, a group composed of former recipients of the honor and representatives from educational organizations, businesses, and the community. The council reviewed nearly 100 district-level Teachers of the Year through a rigorous selection process that included candidate applications, interviews, and school site visits, as well as focus groups with faculty, parents, administration, and students.

Kielma will now become Connecticut’s representative for 2023 National Teacher of the Year. She succeeds Connecticut’s 2022 Teacher of the Year, Kim King, an art teacher at both the Southeast Elementary School and the Annie E. Vinton School in Mansfield.

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Governor Lamont Announces $70 Million in Appreciation Bonus Payments for Connecticut Child Care Workers

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration is releasing $70 million in state funding that will be used to provide bonus payments to the staff of child care providers in Connecticut who provide safe and nurturing care to the state’s youngest infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Individual bonuses will amount to $1,000 for full-time workers and $400 for part-time workers.

The governor explained that this initiative, known as Wage Supports for Early Childhood Educators, was created to show gratitude for the service of child care workers, particularly during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was included as part of the state budget bill that he signed into law earlier this year.

“Child care staff work consistently to provide critically needed care to ensure that children are safe and their parents and guardians have the support necessary to go to work,” Governor Lamont said. “They are an essential part of our economy and help make Connecticut the most family-friendly state in the country. We need to support this important industry that is vital to families, the workplace, and society.”

The initiative is being administered by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood with technical support from the United Way of Connecticut. Child care program operators will be required to apply for the funds and then disburse the payments to their child care staff. These operators will also receive funding of 10% on top of their staff payments to support supplemental staff benefits and administrative processing costs. Eligible child care staff include those who work in licensed centers, group child care homes, and family child care homes, as well as license-exempt programs that receive school readiness or child day care contract funds.

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood today is contacting eligible child care program operators and providing them with information that contains instructions on how they can apply for the funds.

“We understand and appreciate how hard early childhood educators are working for our children and deserve to be applauded and rewarded for their dedication,” Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Commissioner Beth Bye said. “Their work is both critical in nature and highly valued by families in Connecticut, and these wage supports will help child care program directors recruit and retain staff.”

The state budget that Governor Lamont signed into law for the 2023 fiscal year contains an historic level of funding in child care and early childhood education, including $180 million in investments to ensure families have access to safe and reliable child care.

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Governor Lamont Appoints Leander Dolphin to Judicial Selection Commission; Members Select Her To Serve as Chairperson

Governor Lamont Appoints Leander Dolphin to Judicial Selection Commission; Members Select Her To Serve as Chairperson

Governor Ned Lamont on Tuesday announced that he has appointed Leander A. Dolphin of Hartford to serve as a member of the Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission.

The commission is the state body responsible for seeking and recommending to the governor qualified candidates for nomination as judges for the Superior Court, Appellate Court, and Supreme Court. It also evaluates incumbent judges who seek reappointment and forwards to the governor the names of those judges recommended for reappointment. When selecting nominees to serve as judges, state laws require the governor to select only those individuals whose names are on the list of qualified candidates approved by the Judicial Selection Commission.

The group’s 12 members are comprised of six attorneys and six non-attorneys who each serve three-year terms. They are uncompensated volunteers and are appointed by the governor and the Democratic and Republican leaders of the General Assembly.

Dolphin will fill the seat previously held by Charles E. Tiernan, III, who until recently served as the commission’s chairperson.

At its most recent meeting on September 29, the commission’s members voted on the selection of a new chairperson as required by state law and chose Dolphin to serve in that leadership role.

“The Judicial Selection Commission serves an incredibly influential role in state government because it is responsible for seeking and interviewing candidates who want to become judges, and governors must select judicial nominees solely based on the list of candidates the commission has approved,” Governor Lamont said. “Leander’s background in private practice, including her years of counsel to educational institutions and organizations that foster the development of children, make her more than qualified to serve on this commission. I appreciate her willingness to take on this important responsibility on behalf of the state.”

“I am honored to serve on Connecticut’s Judicial Selection Commission,” Dolphin said. “That my fellow members have entrusted me to lead this mission-critical committee is one of the greatest professional commendations of my career. I pledge to oversee the committee’s important work of evaluating and recommending judicial candidates based on merit while also consciously considering diversity in our organizational decisions and recommendations.”

Dolphin serves as managing partner of the law firm of Shipman & Goodwin LLP, where she began her legal career in 2004. She has led the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, served for three years on the management committee, and held the position of co-managing partner, before being elevated to managing partner in 2022. She is a member of Shipman’s School Law Practice Group, where she advises universities, colleges, public school districts, independent schools, and other public and private-sector clients on the full range of education and employment matters. This includes guidance on issues such as sexual harassment (Title IX), workplace health and safety standards in the COVID-19 era, and a range of equity and discrimination considerations.

Dolphin is the former vice president of human resources and general counsel for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 1999 with high honors and received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 2004.

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Pets in the Park in Danbury This Sunday

Pets in the Park Danbury! Sunday, October 9th from 11:00a.m to 4:00p.m at the Danbury Town Park. (across from the Danbury PAL Building).

Pet owners and animal lovers are invited to for a day of shopping, demonstrations, rescues, adoptions, and more! BRING YOUR PET to the event! (Please note that all pets must be on a leash or in a carrier).

DRESS YOUR PET for our super fun Parade of Pets Costume Contest at 2:30p.m with amazing prizes from Choice Pet, Hartz Pets and Stew Leonard's BUBBA’S BARKREE” and other local business!

Animal Blessing Ceremony at 3PM with Pastor Kriss from the First Congregational Church Of Danbury.

FREE Face Painting, sponsored by Elmer's Diner in Danbury! Plus, Jason's Ice Cream Truck! Streetside Hot Dogs! Admission is just $2.00 for 12 years and older. FREE parking! A portion of the admission fee will go directly to local area animal shelter! Contact for more information, or call 203-894-6455.


Directions to Danbury Town Park

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TRELAWNY: A Love Letter to The Theater!, A Zoom Matinee

The Schoolhouse Theater presents Trelawny of the 'Wells' in a Zoom Matinee Saturday @ 3pm

The Schoolhouse Theater presents Trelawny of the 'Wells' in a Zoom Matinee Saturday @ 3pm

TRELAWNY: A Love Letter to The Theater!

Rose Trelawny is the brightest star at The Sandler’s Wells Theatre.


She is prepared to give it all up for the love of Arthur, her noble

stage door suitor, descended from knights and judges and

commanders of the realm.

Saturday, October 8th at 3:00 pm (EST)


her colleague at “The Wells”, Tom Wrench, (loosely based on a young Sir Henry Irving), is writing a new kind of play for Rose to star

in. And her friend, Imogen Parrot, hopes to take a theatre in which to produce it.

Rose will be forced to choose between her two great loves…

Long before “Noises Off” and long after “Twelfth Night”, Arthur Wing Pinero bestrid the Victorian Theatre-the internet of his day-like a Colossus. Those of us who are keeping score remember LincolnCenter, Mary Beth Hurt, Meryl Streep, John Lithgow and Mandy Patinkin in their fetching irresistible revival…

Come revive your spirits with this comedic Calliope played to

perfection by our riotous Pandemic Players-

Curtain going up at 3pm!

Meeting ID: 867 9293 7601
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Eat Well, Live Long: Gallo Family Restaurant Brings Classic Italian to Danbury!

Gallo Family Restaurant will open this month at 116 Newtown Road in Danbury. 

Named after owner and front-of-house manager, Raffaele Gallo of Ridgefield’s “Gallo Ristorante”. Gallo and his partner, Executive Chef Giuseppe Castellano have been working together to create classic Italian dining experiences for over twenty years. Chef Castellano’s award-winning food has become a staple for Ridgefield locals and the duo is looking forward to carving a home in Danbury as well!

Gallo explains, “Our menu is full of Italian-American classics that are sure to please parties of any size. All of our dishes are available in individual or family portions. We also offer a Kids’ menu for our picky eaters and smaller appetites.”

Follow Gallo Family Restaurant on Instagram @gallofamilydanbury for a “taste” of what’s in store for the Hat City!

Gallo Family is HIRING for inquiries, click here or email


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Tri-State Weather Conference is in Danbury on October 15!

On Saturday, Oct. 15, Western Connecticut State University will host the Eighth Tri-State Weather Conference in the Science Building on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White Street in Danbury. Registration is $35 and the event is open to the public.

Register online at

The conference will begin at 8:15 a.m. with a continental breakfast in the Science Building Atrium, and will run to 5 p.m. with presentations from several National Weather Service offices, various weather predictors and modelers, a freelance storm chaser and more.

“The background of the attendees is as diverse as a year’s worth of New England weather extremes,” said Gary Lessor, assistant to the director of Meteorological Studies and Weather Center at WCSU.

The purpose of the conference is to improve education, professional development and communication among private and public sector meteorologists, researchers, educators, students, emergency management officials and weather enthusiasts.

“We are honored to have legendary tri-state broadcaster Craig Allen as Master of Ceremonies,” Lessor said. “Our two keynote speakers, while unintentionally scheduled for their topics, will closely relate to last week’s Hurricane Ian. Lourdes Avilés from Plymouth State University will present ‘The 1938 Hurricane’ and Andrew Kruczkiewicz from Columbia University will discuss ‘Remote Sensing into Early Warning Systems for Extreme Events to Inform Preparedness Actions and Risk Assessment within the Humanitarian Sector.’

“After the COVID19 pandemic we felt it important to give back to the community,” Lessor said, “so this year we are joining forces with Hope for Youth Foundation Inc. as our first charitable fundraiser in conference history. The foundation has donated nearly six million dollars over the past 38 years to help children. The excitement from those already registered for the conference has been unparalleled. Without doubt, this conference is a must for anyone interested in meteorology.”

More details about the conference can be found at

Presented by the WCSU Meteorology Program, the conference is co-sponsored by the WCSU Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS); the New York City/Long Island Chapter of the AMS; NOAA/National Weather Service/Upton, New York; NOAA/National Weather Service/Albany, New York; NOAA/National Weather Service/Albany Boston/Norton, Massachusetts; and Weather Routing Inc.

For more information, contact Gary Lessor at or WCSU Public Relations at

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Book Launch Event & Signing in Sherman

The Sherman Historical Society invites you to attend a book launch event for Reflections, its newly published book, on Saturday, October 8th, at the Sherman Playhouse. After a presentation by the Society and our book’s authors at 2pm, a book signing will follow until 4pm. Refreshments will be served.

This book was a collaborative effort that grew out of several members sitting around talking of their childhood memories at a time when a number of influential artists and writers had taken up residence in Sherman. It became clear that these ordinary recollections of “just” friends and neighbors were anything but. The Society—through curator Gloria Thorne and Ginny Zellner—formally coordinated this gathering of ten to write their stories of these people. To put it in context, these authors needed to write their own—and what an additional treasure trove of discovery that was!

Join the Historical Society to learn more about Reflections of Sherman’s past—and enduring—creative side of history. Just as Sentinel Houses & Barns gave the rich history of the homes and properties of Sherman, Reflections offers intimate portraits of some talents who lived here.
The book will sell for $25. At the event, payment will only be by check or cash. The book will also be available at The Old Store, where credit cards are accepted. All proceeds support the Society’s programming and properties, as we are a volunteer-based non-profit organization.

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New MNRR Schedules Start Sunday, October 16

New Metro North schedules will be in effect beginning Sunday, October 16, 2022.

Plan your trip on their TrainTime app, at, or by calling 511 (877-690-5114 CT.)

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Guys and Dolls at ACT of CT, Meet the Local Stars: Mike Boland

From Connecticut to NYC and Back Again!

There are so many incredibly talented actors working on Broadway, on National Tours, and at some of the most prestigious regional theaters across the country. And many of these accomplished performers hail right from our area! Connecticut has always been a hotbed of talent, and so it is no wonder that, when thumbing through a Broadway Playbill, many cast members give a shout-out to their Connecticut hometowns!

Ridgefield’s ACT of CT is entering its 5th season this fall and has achieved incredible success since opening its doors in 2018 (including a Grammy Nomination for its cast album of Stephen Schwartz’s SNAPSHOTS!).

Actors with multiple Broadway credits jump at the opportunity to be cast in an ACT of CT production. The theater's productions are always nothing less than Broadway caliber, and it is no wonder that any ACT of CT cast list reads like a regular “who’s who” on Broadway. And, not surprisingly, a handful of these wildly talented performers are Connecticut born and bred!  

ACT of CT’s upcoming production of GUYS AND DOLLS runs from Oct 27 through Nov 20 and stars some unbelievable Broadway talent - like Donna Vivino from Broadway’s WICKED, and Phil Sloves from Broadway’s SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.

The show is directed by Daniel C. Levine (from Broadway’s LES MISERABLES, MAMMA MIA, CHICAGO, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and ROCKY HORROR SHOW), choreographed by Sara Brians (from Broadway’s MATILDA and BILLY ELLIOTT), and music supervised by Bryan Perri (from Broadway’s WICKED, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and ALMOST FAMOUS). Featured in the production are 24 of the most talented actors (literally at the top of their game), some of whom are Connecticut natives and residents who are returning “home” to be a part of this remarkable production. 

Meet Matt Faucher, Michael Boland, Michael McGuirk, Val Moranto, and Richard Westfahl: all professional and successful actors (some with Broadway credits) who will be on stage in Ridgefield at ACT of CT performing in their upcoming musical, GUYS AND DOLLS!

In the coming weeks, right here on HamletHub, we will each of these incredible actors!

Meet Mike Boland

Q: What is your connection to Connecticut?

A: I was born and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut. I went to school here. I played Little League here and went to college at UConn. I’ve performed at nearly every regional theatre in Connecticut. And though I moved to New York City in the mid 2000s, I was homesick for my hometown and I moved back a few years later. This is where I want to be.

Q: You have such an impressive resume (including performing on the Broadway national tour of Twelve Angry Men).  How does performing at a regional theater (like ACT of CT) compare to working at larger venues?

A: I’ve never really considered the size of a venue when I thought about whether I wanted to work there. The best thing about small theatres is that you are closer to the audience. I’ve worked on Broadway and done two Broadway tours. And I loved that. But those theatres are usually so big that you don’t get the kind of connection to the audience that you do at the more intimate houses. ACT of CT is a beautiful space. You can feel the heartbeat of the crowd. And they can feel ours onstage. And that’s what live theatre is all about. That connection. I’m thrilled to be here.

Q: Why are regional theaters (like ACT of CT) so very important?

A: Regional theatres like ACT of CT are important because the world needs art, music and dancing. Live theatre is a group experience. Total strangers sit side by side in a dark room and ask us to tell them a story: to elevate their heart rates, to thrill them, to make them fall in love. You shouldn’t have to travel to a big city to participate in theatre. We all need it. Regional theatres exist all over the country. And it makes the magic accessible to everyone. No matter where you live. 

Visit ACT of CT 

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Connecticut Receives Federal Grant To Support the Timely Processing of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory, a division within the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice that will be used to support the timely processing of sexual assault evidence kits.

The laboratory plans to use the grant for additional personnel, supplies, and equipment needed to support it in its ongoing efforts to maintain long-term holistic, victim-centered and trauma-informed approaches to sexual assault investigations. These efforts will aid the laboratory in more efficient processing of forensic evidence samples, giving investigators and survivors of sexual assault timelier results.

The grant will also be used to support statewide training on sexually motivated crimes for the Connecticut Police Academy, as well as training for hospital personnel on sexual assault evidence tracking.

“Through the collaborative efforts of advocates and the state crime lab, over the last several years Connecticut has reformed the procedures used to process sexual assault kits to ensure that they are completed in a timely manner with a focus on delivering justice for survivors and providing law enforcement with what they need to keep perpetrators off the streets,” Governor Lamont said. “This additional federal funding will support our state’s ongoing mission to combat sexual assault, solve and prevent crime, and support survivors.”

Over the last several years, Connecticut has enacted a series of reforms that have significantly improved the timely processing of sexual assault evidence kits.

In 2019, the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national nonprofit organization working in states across the country to end the nationwide backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits, certified Connecticut has having implemented “full reform” in regards to enacting policies and procedures that improve the timely processing of these kits. This includes the adoption of all six pillars of reforms that the organization recommends.

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I-Hop Opens in Danbury

If you like pancakes, you're in luck. IHop has officially opened in Danbury at 32 Newtown Road. Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito was on hand this past Sunday for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the restaurant. The location is the site of the former Pizzeria Mazzo Mozzarella and Wine Bar, which closed in April 2021 due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors.

According to the corporate website, the new Danbury iHop is one of just 10 in Connecticut, joining franchises in Bloomfield, Hamden, Manchester, Newington, Orange, Southington, Stamford, Wallingford and Waterbury.

IHop will be open from 7:00 am. until 10:00 pm. seven days a week.

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WCSU invites high school students interested in theatre to free ‘Super Sunday’ event on October 30

Western Connecticut State University’s Department of Theatre Arts invites all high school juniors and seniors who are interested in any aspect of theatre, including theatre tech, design, costumes, management and performance, to a free “Super Sunday” event from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 30.

Participants will tour WCSU facilities including its state-of-the-art Visual and Performing Art Center, take workshops with esteemed faculty in specific areas of interest, meet current WCSU students, and see a matinee of the WCSU Mainstage Musical “Bat Boy: The Musical.” Lunch is provided. For more information about workshops and to register by Monday, Oct. 24, click here

Workshop topics include “See How the Magic Happens,” “From Sketch to Stage: How Costumes Are Realized,” “Nail That Audition” and more, including a Q&A with cast and technicians.

For more information, contact Eric Gomez at or the Office of Public Relations at

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Celebration of the Great Swamp

Friends, supporters, members, and all residents in the surrounding communities are invited to join FrOGS for a weekend celebrating the awesome beauty, incalculable value, and prominent benefits of the Great Swamp. Each year this premier event is full of fun, educational, and inspirational activities for the whole family. The “26th Annual Celebration of the Great Swamp” will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, 2022, at Christ Church on Quaker Hill (17 Church Road, Pawling, NY). The Celebration will be open from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm on Saturday and Noon until 4:00 pm on Sunday. Admission is free to all.

The event will feature educational exhibits and talks as well as many hands-on activities for children, who will receive a Game Pack booklet and a “Passport to Fun” to document their travels through the event. Activities will include a live hawks and owls exhibit by Sharon Audubon Center (Saturday) and Master Falconer Jim Eyring’s popular “Birds of Prey” demonstration (Sunday). Learn about “Native Plants for Pollinators” and “What’s So Great About the Great Swamp?” from expert speakers. Exhibits include a hands-on watershed demonstration table, live swamp animals, a macro-invertebrate display (insects, worms, crayfish), a clay animal sculpting table, and a matching animal-to-habitat game. The drawing for a Kayak Raffle will occur Sunday afternoon.

A highlight of the Celebration is a juried Art Show and sale, as well as a vendor section with local arts and crafts for sale, including pottery, silk and woven scarves, glass items, and jewelry. Last year, the Art Show featured more than 60 artists with over 100 works of painting, drawing, collage, and photography. It has been considered to be the finest autumn show of painting, plein air work, collage, textile art and photography in the Lower Hudson Valley. Colorful and inventive interpretations of the plants and animals of the Great Swamp created by students from local schools will greatly enliven the show.

This annual event celebrates the Great Swamp, a 6,000 acre wetland stretching 20 miles through a valley at the eastern edge of the Hudson Highlands, from Dover in Dutchess County to Brewster in Putnam County. Although one of the largest freshwater wetlands in the state and called one of New York’s “last great places”, it remains mostly unknown to people who live beyond the watershed’s borders. FrOGS hosts the Celebration to bring attention to the value of the Great Swamp and to encourage its conservation as a source of clean water, a site for recreation, and a home for diverse and rare wildlife.

Proceeds from the Celebration go to both the artists and to FrOGS, which uses the money to further educational efforts, purchase land, and promote and protect the Great Swamp. For more information on the Great Swamp and FrOGS, the schedule of events for the 26th Annual Celebration of the Great Swamp, or other upcoming events such as hikes and paddles, visit

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Five things to do to protect yourself online

Your online accounts, computer, and phone hold a lot of your personal, financial, and health information. Information that’s valuable to you — and to scammers who try to steal it. Here are five things to do to keep hackers out of your accounts and your personal business.

1. Lock down your online accounts

Your password is the key to all the personal information in your account. Make it long. Avoid common words. And don’t re-use it.

If it’s available on your accounts, turn on multi-factor authentication for an extra layer of security.

2. Secure your home Wi-Fi network

Your wireless network is the hub that connects your devices. To protect it from hackers

  • encrypt it
  • change your default passwords
  • and keep it up to date

Here’s detailed advice about how to secure your home Wi-Fi network.

3. Protect your computer and phone

Once your home Wi-Fi network is secure, focus on protecting your devices.

If you use a computer to go online, make sure your security software, operating system, and Internet browser are up to date. Turn on automatic updates to keep up with the latest protections.

Keep your phone up to date, too.

4. Recognize attempts to steal your personal information

Scammers try to trick you into giving them your personal information. They’ll pretend they’re with an organization you know well — like Apple or Amazon — and make up a reason they need some info from you. They’ve also impersonated FedEx, the Postal Service, the Social Security Administration, and the FTC.

If you get a phishing email or text message, report it.

5. Back things up

Back up important information you have on your computer and phone. That way, if something does happen, you can recover your information. Here’s how to back up your computer and your phone.

Concerned about protecting your privacy online? Check out the FTC's guide to protecting your privacy online.

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