Newfairfield's HamletHub Wed, 18 Sep 2019 05:35:36 -0400 Planning Study To Explore Feasibility of Commuter Train from Southeast, NY to Danbury, CT

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has secured $1 million from the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) to study the feasibility of restoring passenger train service along a 13.5 mile stretch of a rail line from the Southeast, NY train station to Danbury, CT.

Reconnecting the old Beacon Line could relieve traffic congestion on the I-84/684 corridor, reduce air pollution and shorten the ride to New York City for many residents, said Odell, who sat as co-chair of NYMTC for 2016 and 2017.

 “As leaders, we recognize that we have the responsibility to do our part for climate-smart initiatives, and partnerships give us the opportunity to implement change," she said. "Mobility for everyone, from millennials to seniors, is a priority for strong economic growth.”

Putnam County and Metro-North Railroad requested the $1 million in matched funding earlier this year from NYMTC, through the Unified Planning Work Program. The Resolution in connection with this project was adopted this month by the Executive Council, NYMTC.  Putnam County will assist Metro-North with the conduct of the study, which will look at economic, environmental and operational impacts of running trains along the Southeast-Danbury corridor.   

The line, which runs from Beacon, NY to Danbury is mostly inactive. Metro-North uses the line’s 41 miles of track in New York State to move equipment and for maintenance operations. The Housatonic Railroad owns the Connecticut portion of the line. 

The study is expected to take up to two years.


]]> (Office of the County Executive) Politics Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:41:51 -0400
Community Day Celebrates New Fairfield

Area residents came out to Memorial Field on Saturday September 7th to celebrate New Fairfield. On hand were area businesses along with the New Fairfield Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other civic organizations. The NF Board of Education was on hand with plans and drawings for their expansion and renovations that taxpayers will vote on this October. There was plenty of food along with a beer garden and entertainment n the gazebo from local bands and DJ’s. The Friends of the New Fairfield Library was recruiting new members and donations to help the library.

 Nick’s Nature show had variety or reptiles and birds to keep the youngsters engaged and several children’s rides were available for the youngsters as well. Numerous artisans were on hand to ply their wares from hand crafted household items to painters along with he civid organizations.

 The fair was sponsored by the New Fairfield Recreation Department.

]]> (Peter Carey) Places Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:46:00 -0400
Commemorating Signing of the Constitution

Commemorating Signing of the Constitution That Requires a Census Count of Everyone in the United States

 From the very beginning, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson disagreed.

In the popular Broadway musical Hamilton, the titular character Hamilton sings about his ongoing feuds with the then-secretary of state, Jefferson: “We have fought on like 75 different fronts.”

 “It is fitting for the Census Bureau to celebrate Constitution Day with the people of Philadelphia as we look toward the 2020 Census next spring.”

— Steven Dillingham, Director, U.S. Census Bureau

And they did — on everything from creating a national bank to, yes, about how to conduct the first census.

The U.S. Constitution mandated a population count of every person who lived in the new nation. But Hamilton and Jefferson disagreed about how to use the census count to grant state political representation in Congress.

President George Washington broke the stalemate and used the presidential veto for the very first time. He eventually approved a variation of Jefferson’s apportionment method.

Tuesday, people will gather on Independence Mall in Philadelphia to observe the day the Constitution was signed in this city on Sept. 17, 1787.

In Philadelphia and in cities across the country, residents will celebrate Constitution Day with cake-cuttings in museums, educational programs, and historical skits featuring “Hamilton,” “Jefferson,” and “James Madison,” who advocated adding more questions to the census in the future.

Constitution Day also is a reminder of how the census reflects the nation’s past and shapes the future.

“It is fitting for the Census Bureau to celebrate Constitution Day with the people of Philadelphia as we look toward the 2020 Census next spring,” said U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham. “The census is not only a head count of our nation, but it is a history of the people of this country since our founding.”

]]> (AMERICA COUNTS STAFF/US Census Bureau) Todays events Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:21:11 -0400
An Evening Of Music at Ann’s Place’s Coffee Café in Danbury

Join Us For An Evening Of Music at Ann’s Place’s Coffee Café

Featuring: Sarah Browne, Kristie Flagg, Dan Lyon & George Mallas

Saturday, September 28, 2019 – 7 - 10pm

Ann’s Place – 80 Saw Mill Road – Danbury, CT

Tickets: $25.00 available at:

$35.00 at the door

Small Bites Compliments of Walsh Catering A selection of wines and beer will be available – all attendees must be age 21 and over

Limited Space Available – For More Information Call: 845-494-6284

]]> (Ann's Place) Charities Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:06:06 -0400
WCSU English department to host novelist, educator for public talk on Sept. 26

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

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

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

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

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

]]> (WCSU) Life Tue, 17 Sep 2019 04:46:18 -0400
Pray for Climate - An Interfaith Prayer Service for the Planet

Join us for a short interfaith prayer service before the Climate Crisis Rally on Sept 20. We will gather by the Carousel in Bushnell Park in Hartford for 30 minutes of prayer and reflection. After the prayer service, we will walk to the State Capitol for the rally at 12:00 pm.

See the Event Facebook Page for more details.

]]> (Interreligious Eco-Justice Network ) Life Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:00:03 -0400
Call for Artists!

The Great Swamp Celebration juried Art and Photography Show October 19 & 20, 2019 *Cash Prizes Will Be Awarded* 

Artists are invited to submit up to four 2-dimensional works for the competition. Cash Awards: $250 (first), $150 (second) and $100 (third) Winners and Honorable Mentions will be invited to participate in a follow-up show at the LAND Gallery inPawling, NY.

Submitted images should reflect the beauty and diversity of the Great Swamp and the surrounding watershed area. 

Prospectus and details can be found at: or contact us with questions or to send you a prospectus. Deadline to Submit is October 1, 2019

Friends of the Great Swamp - P.O. Box 373, Pawling, NY 12564  E-Mail - - (845) 350-2669

]]> (Friends Of the Great Swamp (FRoGS)) Events Mon, 16 Sep 2019 05:59:46 -0400
Freshly Inked: Her Daughter’s Mother by Daniela Petrova

There’s nothing better than a good thriller—the excitement, the mystery, and of course the unexpected twists. But more often than I’d like, the promises on the inside flap fall flat, causing me to close the book with a disappointed sigh rather than an excited gasp.

I think I’ve figured out why some thrillers fly high, while many others crash and burn. The secret lies in character development. When the emphasis is on the plot rather than the people, the book feels superficial, like a sapling that would blow over in a stiff breeze, but when the characters are real, complicated people, the story grows roots, anchoring itself firmly in the reader’s heart and mind.

A terrific thriller that keeps you guessing right up to the final page, Her Daughter’s Mother also offers so much more. Lana Stone and her partner, Tyler, have been trying to conceive for several years. When Lana finally becomes pregnant through an egg donor, she is ecstatic despite the fact that Tyler walked out on the relationship a few days earlier. The more she thinks about Katya, her egg donor, the more obsessed she becomes. When the two women happen to run into each other on the subway, they develop a fast friendship. Katya doesn’t know who Lana is, but she feels an unexplained connection to her. After Katya suddenly goes missing, the story takes off and doesn’t slow down until the stunning conclusion.

The shifting perspectives from Lana to Katya to Tyler allow the reader to see the story from all sides of the mystery. Just when you think you’ve figured out what’s going on, the perspective shifts and everything you thought you knew goes out the window. You never know who’s telling the truth, which characters you can trust and which ones you can’t. Hearing the story from three viewpoints also allows Petrova to explore the emotional repercussions of fertility treatment from different angles of this complicated issue. What is it like to carry a baby that’s not genetically related to you? How do you shoulder the guilt of being related to your baby when your partner isn’t? How does it feel to know you’ve helped create a baby whom you don’t even know?

Daniela Petrova is a supremely impressive person. When she immigrated from Bulgaria at age 22, she didn’t speak any English and a little more than 20 years later, she has written a page-turning novel in her second language. In complete awe of her talent and tenacity, I can’t wait to read whatever she writes next. 

]]> (Heather Frimmer) Life Mon, 16 Sep 2019 05:21:00 -0400
The Big Boards Are Here!

After more than three years of planning, the new Big Boards at Grand Central Terminal (GCT) have finally come “on board.”

Replacement of the Big Boards and Gate Boards are part of a Customer Service Initiative, which includes:

  • A New Public Address System (audio)
  • A Visual Information System (content you can see)
  • A New Cable Plant Infrastructure (the conduits and wires that provide power and enable information to travel over distance).

At the end of the project, all these different elements will be run from one central system, consolidating those systems in GCT with the outlying stations to drive visual information and announcements consistently across all information modalities.

The new boards didn’t come a day too soon: the old boards were obsolete and the supplier was no longer making replacement parts. Plus, it couldn’t function in real-time.

The new system provides greater redundancy, flexibility, and just a better overall customer experience.

With the older system, when there was a last-minute track change, customers might have to enact what some now nostalgically describe as a ‘cross-terminal dash’ — not terribly practical for most.

Customers can now see in advance where their train is leaving from, and get up-to-the minute updates, such as track assignments, track changes, and canceled train information.

That’s thanks to a new feature, a real-time train data system (RTTDS) which uses digital train data to provide a calculated prediction of train arrival times.

Before we could settle on the final look of the display of Big Board information, we had to work with the New York State Division for Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

For one, the new boards had to look like they were historic in context — but from which part of history? Though there is nostalgia for the old “flip” motion, we haven’t been using those since 1998 when we last upgraded the boards from their 1960s–era electro–mechanical, flap style version. And when GCT was built in 1913, there weren’t any boards at all!

 Still, in trying to preserve historic context our experts selected a full cap Garamond font to display on the big boards in an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant height and size, and the red, green, and blue colors reflecting the New Haven, Hudson and Harlem lines respectively.

New Gate Boards which will flank the entrances to our tracks at GCT are also in the process of being replaced. Metro-North will complete the Gate Board installations in GCT before the summer of 2020, and completing the outlying station installation and communication and signal work by early 2021.

]]> (Metro North Rail Road) Todays events Sun, 15 Sep 2019 17:00:00 -0400
Meredith Cowan graduates from Fairleigh Dickinson University

Meredith Cowan, of Sherman, CT, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus, located in Madison, NJ, has graduated with a BA in Film & Animation as of May 2019.

FDU's Florham Campus is located on the former Vanderbilt-Twombly estate in suburban Morris County. Its focus is on providing outstanding on-campus and residential living opportunities, hands-on-learning experiences, strong graduate and professional school preparation, and customized educational options, all framed by a global perspective.

Devoted to the preparation of world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson University is New Jersey's largest private university and features more than 100 liberal arts and professional degree programs, two international campuses, dozens of partnerships with internationally renowned institutions and special programs and status within the United Nations. For more information, go to

]]> (Fairleigh Dickinson University) Life Sat, 14 Sep 2019 14:17:52 -0400
“The Truth About CBD” What is it, is it safe, does it work?

Cannabidiol…What is it, is it safe, does it work?

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, it is one of the 104
chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in
the cannabis or hemp plant, a plant with a rich history
as a medicine going back thousands of years.
As a safe, non-addictive non-intoxicating
substance, CBD is gaining momentum in the health and
wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming
it may help treat a variety of ailments like chronic
pain, anxiety, autoimmune diseases, neurological
conditions, gut disorders, cardiovascular dysfunction
and more.
Join Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DACM, Medical Director of SOPHIA Natural Health
Center as he leads an informative discussion with all the facts you need to know
about CBD and its useage for health.

Wednesday, September 18 th , 2019
When: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: SOPHIA Natural Health Center, 31 Old Route 7, Brookfield, CT
Cost: $10 per person (all proceeds will be donated to local charities.)
RSVP: To our office at 203-740-9300

About SOPHIA Natural Health Center: SOPHIA Natural Health Center is the largest
natural health and wellness clinic in Connecticut, combining the traditional healing arts
of Chinese and Naturopathic Medicine with modern science – getting our patients results
when nothing else has worked.
Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DACM, L.Ac., Medical Director, has serviced thousands of
patients since opening his practice in 2004. He also hosts “The Natural Medicine
Connection”, Fairfield County’s only health talk radio show, on WLAD Danbury
(800WLAD on the AM dial), every Saturday, from 10 to 11 a.m.
SOPHIA is located at: 31 Old Route 7, Brookfield, CT 06804 (203) 740-9300

]]> (Sophia Natural Health Center) Events Sat, 14 Sep 2019 04:27:40 -0400
Open House At Top Rated Immaculate High School

Enrollment for the Class of 2024 is now open at Immaculate High School.  Newly ranked in the top third of all high schools in the State of Connecticut by NICHE, Immaculate High School is also among the highest ranked Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport and continues to attain the highest SAT scores in the Diocese. 

One of the more affordable private high schools, Immaculate High School encourages students to find success in academics, athletics, fine arts and clubs. The Class of 2019 had 100% who applied to colleges and universities and were awarded college scholarships and grants totaling $27 million. The top ten percent of students achieved a SAT score average of 1424 and nearly three-quarters of the class earned an average GPA of 3.5 or higher. Graduates have been accepted to colleges and universities such as Baylor University, Boston College, Columbia University, Drexel University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Notre Dame University, Penn State, Pepperdine University, Quinnipiac University, The Citadel, University of California, University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University and more. 

IHS students, a representation of area public, private and Catholic schools, seek academic challenges, discover leadership and engage in progressive learning opportunities. Students have been honored by the Danbury Exchange Club, the Danbury Rotary Club, the Danbury-New Fairfield Women’s Club, the Diocese of Bridgeport and more for their service and academic achievements. Student-athletes received numerous individual athletic SWC, CIAC and All American sportsmanship recognitions and the girls field hockey team, girls cross country team, boys cross country team and boys golf team won SWC and/or State Championships in 2018-19. Students were honored with academic, music and art awards, including commendations from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Connecticut High School Fine Arts Awards, Halo Theater Awards and more. Other students were part of the Brave Engineers Team and Mock Trial teams that won major competitions.  Students also perform community service, learn Catholic traditions and grow their faith.

Go to to start your application and register for upcoming admissions, shadow visits, placement testing and an Open House scheduled for Sunday, September 29 at 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate High School.

]]> (Immaculate High School) Neighbors Sat, 14 Sep 2019 04:10:12 -0400
FTC warns companies that serious health claims for CBD products need proof

Three companies that tout their cannabis-derived products as miracle treatments for serious illnesses have gotten letters from the FTC warning that they’re at risk for legal action unless they have sound scientific evidence to back up their claims. The companies sell oils, capsules, edible gummies, and creams that contain cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant.

One company claims that CBD works like “magic” to relieve even the most agonizing pain. The company claims CBD has been clinically proven to treat diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. The second company’s website says CBD products are proven to treat twenty health conditions, including autism, anorexia, cancer, and AIDS. The third company’s site promotes CBD edible gummies as highly effective at treating the root cause of most major degenerative diseases. It also claims its CBD cream relieves pain and that its CBD oil may effectively treat depression, PTSD, epilepsy, and other diseases.

This week, the FTC sent letters that urge the companies to review all claims — including consumer testimonials — made for their products, to ensure they’re backed by competent and reliable scientific evidence. The letters tell the companies to notify the FTC within 15 days of the specific actions they have taken to address the agency’s concerns.

Talk with your doctor before you try a healthcare product you find online. Find out about the product’s risks, side effects, and possible interactions with any medications you’re taking

]]> (Bridget Small, Consumer Education Specialist) Public safety Sat, 14 Sep 2019 04:02:55 -0400
Groovin' in New Fairfield presents Suzie Vinnick and Steve Kirkman


New Fairfield, CT: Groovin’ in New Fairfield proudly presents SUZIE VINNICK with special guest STEVE KIRKMAN on Saturday, September 21 2019 at 7:30pm, at the New Fairfield Senior Center, 33 Route 37, New Fairfield, CT. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 6:45 pm.

Advance Tickets can be purchased at the NF Sr. Center (203-312-5665) or by mail. Payments made by mail should be payable to Groovin’ in New Fairfield, and sent to GINF c/o New Fairfield Sr. Center 33 Rt.37 New Fairfield, CT 06812 Please allow sufficient time when mailing. All Sales Are Final.

For additional information contact us at: or

Enjoy a moderately priced dinner catered by Bruno’s Restaurant before the show. Choices include: Eggplant Rollatini, Chicken Francese, Pizza, Coffee, Tea, Hot Mulled Cider, Water, and Homemade Desserts

SUZIE VINNICK A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style. Her career has seen triumph after triumph. Among her most recent successes: being nominated for a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year with her co-producer, Mark Lalama. Suzie achieved finalist status in the Solo/Duo Category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN; received the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist of the Year. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards (she has been nominated for 22 so far!), won the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Yearand is a 3X Juno Nominee. Suzie has just released her latest album, a full-band roots and blues extravaganza entitled Shake The Love Around.
About Groovin’ in New Fairfield: Groovin’ in New Fairfield seeks to develop and promote ongoing, regularly scheduled live music programs in New Fairfield and surrounding areas. It is a non-profit organization supported by sponsors, local businesses, grants from charitable organizations and patron donations and is staffed by volunteers. It operates under the New Fairfield Parks and Recreation Commission.

]]> (Groovin' in New Fairfield ) Events Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:59:02 -0400
Third quarter estimated tax payment due Sept. 16

Online tools at help people stay current

Questions about tax payments and penalties come up all year long. Taxpayers can find most answers to these questions on They can head over to the Let Us Help You page, which features links that take users to information and resources on a wide range of topics related to penalties and payments.


Payment options

  • This page lays out the different way taxpayers can pay what they owe, from having the payment taken directly from their bank account to using a credit card.

Payment plan

  • Taxpayers who cannot pay what they owe in full have options, which are explained on this page.

View your balance and payment history

  • Individual taxpayers can use this tool to check their account and see things like their payoff amount.

Liens and levies
These links explain what a lien and a levy are, and how taxpayers comply with them.

Resolve a dispute
The Office of Appeals is an independent organization within the IRS that helps taxpayers resolve their tax disputes. This page has links to information that will help taxpayers who received a notice saying their case qualifies to be reviewed by Appeals.

Prevent future tax bill
Taxpayers who owed more than expected when they filed this year have a couple options to help them avoid that when they file next year. These pages have more info about the options.

These links take the user to information where they can find out more about topics related to penalties and penalty relief.

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