Newfairfield's HamletHub Wed, 27 Oct 2021 03:25:47 -0400 The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury is now The Center for Empowerment and Education

The new name reflects The Center’s commitment to saving lives and building stronger communities

The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury has announced that the organization has been renamed to The Center for Empowerment and Education. The new name is accompanied by a new brand identity that better reflects The Center’s commitment to saving and rebuilding lives and building stronger communities. Communities served by The Center are Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, and Washington.

Eric J. Eggan, Chair of The Center’s Board of Directors, stated, “The Center is at an important stage of growth and expansion, with a new facility for women and children in transition to open soon, that will provide support to even more people in crisis. The rebrand reflects the inclusivity of our mission and services that improve lives, strengthen families, and prevent violence through education. At this important juncture, we are excited to launch our new identity which represents the energy and compassion of our staff and our steadfast commitment to the individuals and families we serve.”

In describing the importance of the rebrand, Pat Zachman, President & CEO of The Center, added, “The new name is vital to underscore that we serve everyone in need of support, including women, men, and children. After 46 years of growth that addressed the changing needs of the individuals we serve, this new identity direction expresses our commitment to a wide geographic area and greatly diversified programs and services." 

The words “empowerment” and “education” are the two key pillars that guide everything The Center does to end violence in the 13-community service area. Beyond offering emergency and transitional shelter for individuals in crisis, The Center also provides crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, education and referral services.   

About The Center for Empowerment and Education 

Since its founding in 1975, The Center for Empowerment and Education has been a safe haven as the sole provider of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield County areas. Each year, the Center serves over 30,000 individuals from area communities with confidential services that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and are provided at no-cost.

The Center’s key services include an emergency residential facility and support services, counseling and advocacy, crisis intervention, community education, primary prevention, and training. All funds provided to the Center support their critically needed domestic violence, sexual assault and resource services for adults and children in a 13-town service area, including: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, and Washington. The Center is a member of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) and The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

Learn more at The Center website,

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Governor Lamont Provides Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts

As the State of Connecticut continues taking actions in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26, 2021:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary


Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable)



COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)



Daily Test Positivity



Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19



Data on COVID-19 associated deaths is updated once per week every Thursday. The most recently reported total number of deaths is 8,721.

County-by-county breakdown of current COVID-19 hospitalizations:


Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Fairfield County


Hartford County


Litchfield County


Middlesex County


New Haven County


New London County


Tolland County


Windham County




For a series of interactive graphs and maps that provide additional data, including metrics related to age, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as data broken down by every town and city in Connecticut, visit and click the link that is labeled, “Data Tracker.”

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit Residents can also subscribe to text message alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Anyone who is out-of-state or requires a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms are strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

]]> (Office of the Governor. ) Public safety Tue, 26 Oct 2021 11:51:25 -0400
Got Diabetes Burnout? Try This….

Managing diabetes can be a lot of work, and despite your best efforts, sometimes you may have a hard time meeting your goals. It is easy to become frustrated and slip into unhealthy habits. This could be a sign that you have diabetes burnout.

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Celebrate Bats in Connecticut, It's Bat Week!

Bat Week Runs Oct. 24-31; Bats Are Crucial for Healthy Ecosystems and Provide Tremendous Economic Benefits to Agriculture and Forestry by Controlling Insects

October heralds seasonal changes across Connecticut – the days continue to grow shorter, leaves change color, temperatures drop, and Halloween candy packs the shelves at stores. One of Halloween’s most iconic symbols is going through a big seasonal change as well. Across Connecticut, bats are on the move; three species of tree bats are moving south for the winter, while the six cave bat species are moving shorter distances where they will spend the winter hibernating. 

Unfortunately, populations of hibernating bats in Connecticut and across North America have suffered astonishing losses since 2006. The disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) has killed millions of bats across 33 states and seven Canadian provinces. WNS is caused by a cold-loving fungus that thrives in caves and mines, and which grows on the muzzle and wings of bats, fatally disrupting their hibernation. 

The resulting death toll highlights one of the most serious conservation challenges we face. It is especially frightening given the environmental and economic value of bats: 

  • Bats are the single greatest predator of night-flying insects. A single colony of big brown bats can eat roughly 1.3 million insects every year—nearly 9,000 insects per bat. 
  • The value of this insect control to agriculture in the U.S. averages $22.9 billion each year. 
  • This does not include the broader ecosystem benefits of keeping insect populations in check, which has ripple effects in many areas, such as the forest products industry. 
  • This also lends to public health benefits through the reduced need for toxic chemical pesticides whose residues remain on the produce we buy and consume. 
  • In the Southwest, bats play a key role in pollination. 

The importance of bats in our environment and the rapid decline in their populations has prompted state and federal governments to take protective actions. In Connecticut, the six species most affected by WNS include the big brown, little brown, northern long-eared, tri-colored, eastern small-footed, and Indiana bats. All of these species, except the big brown bat, are now listed as endangered under the Connecticut Endangered Species Act. Due to WNS, the decline of the northern long-eared bat has been so severe it was listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as federally threatened. The Indiana bat, federally listed since 1967, was on the brink of recovery prior to WNS. The species is once again in serious decline. 

In response, biologists and researchers are working to address several key areas, including disease management, conservation and recovery; surveillance and diagnostics; data management; and outreach and communications. Many of these efforts have been supported by the State Wildlife Grants program, a critical source of funding for addressing urgent wildlife disease issues. Since 2007, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Wildlife Division has been an active participant in the WNS response. Each year, DEEP biologists monitor bats to document mortality, survivorship, and reproductive success. For more information on white-nose syndrome and related conservation efforts, visit

Coinciding with Halloween, Bat Week ( is celebrated each year from October 24-31 to help raise awareness about the importance of bats. “Halloween is a great time to dispel myths about bats,” said Jenny Dickson, Director of the DEEP Wildlife Division. “Rather than harbingers of doom, bats are crucial for healthy ecosystems and provide tremendous economic benefits to agriculture and forestry by controlling insects.”Some fun facts about bats: 

  • Bats are not flying mice; they are actually more closely related to primates. 
  • Bats are the only mammal capable of true flight. 
  • Bats do not try to get caught in people’s hair; they are adept fliers. Bats that fly near people are after insects like mosquitos or moths. 
  • Bats are not blind; they have good eyesight but rely on echolocation to navigate at night. 
  • Bats are not filthy or covered in parasites; healthy wings are essential for flight, so bats take care in grooming themselves. 
  • There are over 1,400 species of bats in the world and only three are known as vampire bats. These three species are only found in Latin America and act as parasites of birds and cattle. 

“Learning more about bats and the important role they play in healthy ecosystems would be a great Halloween ‘treat’ for this troubled and misunderstood group of animals,” added Dickson. “Knowing why bats matter is an important part of efforts to halt the devastation caused by white-nose syndrome.” 

What you can do to help bats throughout the year: 

  • Report bats seen outside during the winter to or call the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011. Be sure to include the date, location, and any digital photos of the bat. 
  • Reduce pesticide use—let bats and birds take care of the insects. 
  • Protect roosting and hibernation sites. 
  • Spread the word about Bat Week! 

Want to learn more about bats? Check out DEEP’s Connecticut Fish and Wildlife Facebook page ( for interesting facts, photos, and videos about bats during Bat Week. 

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Broadway’s Linda Eder returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse stage on November 19

Showcasing one of the greatest voices of our time, Linda Eder is best known for originating the role of Lucy in her Theater World Award-winning performance in the Broadway production of Jekyll and Hyde.  

Now the songstress returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse by popular demand on Friday, November 19 at 8pm, part of the Teed & Brown Broadway & Cabaret Series. 

 A best-selling recording artist with fourteen solo albums to her credit, Eder brings a diverse repertoire spanning Broadway, Standards, Pop, Country, and Jazz. When Eder performs live in-concert, audiences are awed by the ease of her transitions between genres, effortlessly displaying the full range of her incredible vocal gift of performing any chosen material. Enjoy a great night out with dinner and a show – visit TerraSole (3 Big Shop Lane, Ridgefield) for dinner before the show and get a free glass of house wine with your entrée when you present your tickets

Born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in Brainerd, Minnesota, Eder began her career right out of high school singing all around her home state, and she eventually landed a gig at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. But it was her appearance on the 1987 season of “Star Search,” during which she won for an unprecedented 12 straight weeks, which attracted the attention of audiences and record companies alike.

Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album, soon established a vital niche as America’s most popular, and acclaimed new interpreter of Pop, Standard and Theatrical genres. She released two more solo albums before starring in the Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde beginning on April 28, 1997. As the tragic character “Lucy” in this new musical, Eder blew the roof off New York City’s Plymouth Theatre eight times a week as she belted out her signature songs “Someone Like You” and “A New Life.” Her Broadway debut, for which she was rewarded with a Drama Desk nomination, sent her already rapidly rising star blazing across the sky securing her a spot as one of America’s most beloved singers and dynamic “live” performers.

In 2018, Linda recorded her 17th solo album, a Broadway/Standards CD entitled If You See Me, with music for the title track written by her son, Jake Wildhorn, and lyrics written by Linda herself. She has also put out her first “behind the scenes” DVD entitled “The Other Side” compiled from personal moments at work and at home over a three year period and culminating with the making of If You See Me.

She has appeared on television numerous times. “TrailMIX,” her primetime Animal Planet special about singers with a passion for horses, was a natural extension of her love for animals and featured Linda interviewing fellow recording artists and performers Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, Rob Thomas, and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. She has been featured on numerous PBS television concert specials including “Clay Aiken’s Tried & True,” “Hallelujah Broadway,” “Linda Eder: The PBS Concert,” “Best of Broadway: Broadway The Leading Ladies,” “Best of Broadway: The Love Songs,” “Jim Brickman Plays The Disney Songbook,” and more. Her 2001 Holiday Concert, “Christmas Stays the Same,” was broadcast on Bravo TV and continues to be a popular selling DVD.

The concert stage remains the mainstay of Eder’s career. She has performed for sold-out crowds in venues across the country and throughout Europe. She has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, The Palace Theatre, Radio City Music Hall, Wolftrap, New York City’s Town Hall, Davies Hall, among many others. Always touring in great company, her collaborators have included the late Oscar-winning composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch, Emmy and Grammy winner Michael Feinstein, and conductor of the Boston Pops Keith Lockhart. Eder is happiest on stage singing for her audiences and spreading the joy she exudes.

Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, “What do we mean when we use the word perfection? The question arises every time I watch the pop singer Linda Eder….”

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($57.50) 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.


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Ronald McDonald House Dashing for Dylan Month Long Challenge Crosses the Finish Line

Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley (RMHGHV) concluded their Dashing for Dylan month long endurance challenge and participants logged 5,533 miles which raised over $78,000 to support the families staying at the House.

The event which ran for the entire month of September was hosted by the House in conjunction with the Hoffman Family of Wilton, CT. and celebrated Dylan’s 10 th Birthday and the thousands of families who have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House for the past decade.

A grand finale celebration, Family Fun Day, was held at Crawford Park in Rye Brook at the end
of September. Families and supporters enjoyed a fun-filled day with kid-centered activities and
events donated by Rye Nature Center, Yonkers Fire Department, East Pointe Dance, DJ Johnny
G, Spavia Thornwood, Rye Children’s Book Fair, Magical Moments, Marla Beth Designs, face
painting by Fidelis, JT Caricatures, balloon twisting and more. Families enjoyed free BBQ food,
games, music and raffle chances. Our Dashing for Dylan challenge winners were Mary Benko
with 308 Miles logged and Brian & Kara Jacobi with a total of $4,100 raised. The miles winner
received a $100 Athleta gift card and our fundraising winners received a woman’s and men’s Fit
Bit and Amazon gift card. All runner ups in the challenge received a Dashing for Dylan Gear

“We are so grateful for the Hoffman family for choosing Ronald McDonald House of the Greater
Hudson Valley to honor Dylan's memory and keep his spirit shining,” said Christina Riley,
Executive Director, RMHGHV. “The success of this year’s Dashing for Dylan Challenge and
Family Fun Day will allow us to provide over 400 nights of comfort to families while they care
for their sick child.”

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The Aldrich Hosts Virtual Halloween Storytelling: A Contemp-BOO-rary Tale!

Virtual Halloween Storytelling: A Contemp-BOO-rary Tale on Thursday, October 28 from 7 to 8pm.

Happy Halloween from The Aldrich Contemp-BOO-rary Art Museum! Dress up in your favorite costume, grab a flashlight, and join Aldrich Educator and poet laureate Barb Jennes for this virtual, family-friendly evening of storytelling inspired by Adrienne Elise Tarver: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth. Perfect for getting your ghosts and ghouls into the holiday spirit!

Learn more and register HERE.


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Support Connection, Inc. announces a free national educational webinar presented in partnership with White Plains Hospital: Genetic Counseling and Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 8 - 9pm (NY time.) Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To learn more or to register, call Support Connection at 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290 by 5 pm (NY time) on Mon., Nov. 8.

This educational webinar will provide information about genetic counseling and genetic testing as pertains to breast and ovarian cancer.

The presentation will include the following topics: Who should undergo genetic testing; The genetic testing process; New updates to genetic testing; What to do with test results; Myths and facts; Case examples; Discussing genetics with relatives/family members.

Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer period.

SPEAKER: Nicole Boxer, MS. Certified Genetic Counselor at White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care, White Plains, NY. Ms. Boxer earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and went on to pursue a Master’s degree from the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. 

Ms. Boxer has been practicing at White Plains Hospital for nine years, specializing in genetic counseling for hereditary cancer syndromes. Throughout her time at White Plains Hospital, she has worked with thousands of patients and their families to help them better understand genetic risk for cancer in their families. Ms. Boxer is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

SUPPORT CONNECTION, INC. is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services and programs to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Founded in 1996, Support Connection is based in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., but through our toll-free hotline and website we serve people throughout the country. Services include: One-on-one peer counseling and support groups, offering women the opportunity to connect with other cancer survivors; Ongoing wellness classes; Holistic health workshops; Educational programs; Information and referral services; A toll-free cancer information and support hotline (800-532-4290.) To learn more, visit" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="" style="color:rgb(17, 85, 204)"> or call 914- 962-6402. Support Connection Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support: We’ve been there. We care.

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Former Southbury Resident who Illegally Scuttled Abandoned Vessels in Long Island Sound is Sentenced

Bridgeport Marina Owner Who Illegally Scuttled Abandoned Vessels in Long Island Sound is Sentenced

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN MAGNESS, 72, of Bristol, Maine, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $45,000 fine for scuttling several sailboats and motorboats between the Black Rock Harbor and the Pennfield Reef Lighthouse in Long Island Sound.  Judge Underhill also ordered Magness to perform 50 hours of community service while on supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Magness, formerly of Southbury, Connecticut, was the owner of Bluefish Cove Marina in Bridgeport.  While preparing to sell the property in 2018, Magness and Peter Albrecht, who worked at the marina, engaged Carlos Santos to sink several abandoned vessels in the Long Island Sound without a permit.  Magness agreed to forgive Santos’ unpaid dockage fees in exchange for his help sinking the vessels.  Investigators identified as least five vessels as having been scuttled at Magness’ request between October 2018 and April 2019.

On November 2, 2020, Magness pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of navigable waters by sinking a vessel.  Albrecht, of Norwalk, and Santos, of Westbrook, each previously pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced to a one-year term of probation.  Albrecht was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and Santos was ordered to pay a $500 fine.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren C. Clark.

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Danbury Can't Overcome 3 Goal Third Period, Lose 4-0

The Danbury Hat Tricks wrapped up a weekend series with a Saturday night tilt against the Johnstown Tomahawks. The Hat Tricks kept the game close until late, but surrendered three goals in the third period, and fell 4-0.
Johnstown and Danbury were scoreless through one period but Danbury gave up a goal only 1:38 into the second period. After the second period, the Hat Tricks trailed 1-0. Danbury struggled offensively all night and got outshot 39-22 through the second period.
“We need to work on our consistency,” said Hat Tricks head coach Billy McCreary. “We were chasing a goal into the third period, and we didn’t have the urgency we needed.”
The third period saw the Tomahawks score three times in the first nine minutes. Zachary Murray, David Matousek, and TJ Koufis lit the lamp for Johnstown and that would prove to be enough as the Tomahawks cruised to a 4-0 victory.
Adam Johnson started in his second-straight game for the first time in his NAHL career and did not disappoint. The Chicago native put out an outstanding performance, making an astounding 52 saves.
 “He just plays strong,” mentioned Hat Tricks goaltending coach Matt Voity when speaking about Johnson. “He is firing on all cylinders right now.”
The Hat Tricks took two points on the weekend against Johnstown and now await the arrival of Maryland for a series next weekend. Both Friday and Saturday’s games will be at 3 p.m.
Make sure to come out and support the Hat Tricks at home on Friday and Saturday! You can stay after the completion of the NAHL game and support the FPHL Hat Tricks as they open the season with a two-game set against Port Huron.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online. If you can’t make it to the game, make sure to follow the Hat Tricks on social media and HockeyTV.
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View A 3-D Model of HVSF's New Home

Artistic Director Davis McCallum and Managing Director Kate Liberman invite the community to see site plans to scale, discuss Hudson Valley Shakespeare's future, and answer your questions about the project 

All are welcome to see site plans to scale and discuss HVSF’s future with staff available to answer your questions.

We will be happy to accommodate all guests who wish to attend, however to be mindful of safety. We are monitoring registration. Please fill out the form on the website here for the date you wish to attend.

Dates available include:

Masks will be required indoors.

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Lamont Submits Formal Request for Presidential Major Disaster Declaration as Result of Damage From Remnants of Hurricane Ida

Following several weeks of data collection as required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Governor Ned Lamont on Friday announced that he has submitted a request for a presidential major disaster declaration resulting from the damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida in early September.

To qualify for the declaration, FEMA requires state and local governments to complete a detailed assessment under a process that typically takes several weeks to complete, including a calculation of FEMA-eligible damages, in order to determine whether the required federal thresholds have been met.

“The extraordinarily heavy rain from this storm resulted in extensive flooding across Connecticut, overwhelming federal, state, and local roads, and flooding hundreds of homes and businesses,” Governor Lamont said. “The late-night arrival of the storm created additional challenges. First responders performed numerous rescues, with cars stranded or submerged in communities across the state as well as on interstate highways. Tragically, a state trooper was killed while patrolling a rain swollen river area. If approved, this federal declaration will allow many municipalities and homeowners to become eligible for much-needed assistance to recover from the damages caused by this storm.”

Based on the results of the FEMA State Preliminary Damage Assessment, Governor Lamont has requested the FEMA Individual Assistance Program for Fairfield County and New London County, as well as the state’s two tribal nations – the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribal Nation. If approved, homeowners in those counties and tribal nations may be eligible for federal reimbursements related to the costs of uninsured damage to their housing and personal property.

In addition, the governor has requested the FEMA Public Assistance Program for Fairfield County and Middlesex County, based on those counties meeting the program’s damage thresholds. If approved, public assistance will make the state and every municipality in those counties eligible to receive federal reimbursement of 75% of the costs for uninsured damage to infrastructure, as well as costs associated with their response and emergency protective measures.

In his letter to FEMA, Governor Lamont noted that Public Assistance damage assessments in Litchfield County, New Haven County, and New London County remain in progress, and he anticipates amending his request as soon as those assessments have been finalized if it has been determined that one or more of those counties also meet the thresholds necessary to quality.

Finally, Governor Lamont is also requesting implementation of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program statewide. If approved, this program will help state agencies, local governments, and the tribal nations take actions that can reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural disasters.

]]> (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Mon, 25 Oct 2021 03:51:38 -0400
Rare No'Easter Heading into the Tri-State Region.

Local Officials and the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services are preparing to respond to 2 potentially hazardous weather events heading into the New York/New England Region this week.

“An early season tempest could bring a wind-driven, chilly rain to portions of the Northeast from Monday through Wednesday," AccuWeather meteorologist Randy Adkins has said, adding that flooding could be a significant concern across southern New England.

While severe thunderstorms will be confined in the Ohio and Tennessee River valleys, rain and showers will spread farther north ahead of the storm Monday and Monday night. By Tuesday, the storm will strengthen as it moves off the southern New England coast, bombarding residents with heavy rain and increasingly windy conditions.

According to The nor'easter, which, simply put, is any large storm that brings northeasterly winds along the Atlantic coast of North America, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) definition, is expected to move up the New England coastline Monday night through Wednesday. Flooding downpours will set up from southern Maine to eastern New York in cities such as Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, which are expected to pick up 4 inches to the AccuWeather Local Stormmax™ of 8 inches as the storm intensifies off the coast.

A second storm that is bringing heavy rain in several western states at this time, will move eastward near mid week and reach the east coast at the end of the week. This storm is expected to bring heavy rans and winds to the area Friday afternoon or evening.

The Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services posted on their Facebook page Sunday evening that Putnam County is expected to receive rainfall in excess of 3 inches, between Monday night and Thursday morning. Wind gusts for our area are expected in the 20-30 mph range. 

Storm Total Rainfall: 2 to 4 inches, with locally higher amounts possible.
Rainfall Rates: ½-1”/hour at times.
Rain Impacts: Localized flash flooding of urban and poor drainage areas. Fast-responding rivers and small streams may experience flooding.
A Flash Flood Watch in is effect for the region from 8pm Monday through 5pm Tuesday



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Migrant Children Flown into Westchester County, Bussed to Ct.?

The New York Post reported last Monday that migrant children are being flown to Westchester County Airport in NY and are then being bused to Danbury, Bridgeport and Newburgh, NY.

A NY Post analysis of online flight-tracking data suggests that around 2,000 of the underage migrants have arrived at the airport outside White Plains on 21 flights since Aug. 8. Records show some of the planes landed between midnight and 6:30 a.m., when a voluntary curfew is in effect at the airport, with two arriving from Houston at 2:13 a.m. and 4:29 a.m. on Aug. 20.

The Danbury News Times reported on Friday that Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, Danbury Mayor Joe Cavo and Ct. Governor Lamont's Office have no knowledge of the claims made in the NY Post report.

Danbury Mayor Joe Cavo told the News-Times “We’re trying to find out, but I have nothing that says that’s happening at this moment,” he said. “We’re just trying to do our due diligence.”

The New York Post reported Monday that an unnamed “source familiar with the operation” at the Westchester airport said the children typically arrive with backpacks and are bused to Bridgeport and Danbury, as well as various locations in New York.


A Westchester County Spokesperson, Catherine Cioffi, told the paper that the flights are normal and that Westchester County can not "amend or stop it, or agree to it".

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed in her press briefing on Tuesday that children have passed through the Westchester County Airport on their way to be “unified” with a parent or vetted sponsor. This is happening across the country and is part of the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s process to facilitate travel for children in its custody, she said.

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Mahopac Knights of Columbus Annual Car Show Today

The Mahopac Knights of Columbus - Father Mooney Council # 5743 are holding their annual Car Show today at 288 Route 6 in Mahopac. (Next to Park Ford)

Hundreds of cars, raffles and prizes. the event is free to attend but they do ask you to bring canned food or toy donation to be donated to local charities. There will be lots of food and live music as well.

The event runs until 3 pm.

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