Newfairfield's HamletHub Wed, 17 Jul 2019 20:53:32 -0400 Danbury to Host Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event

Danbury to Host Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event

Free event highlights ebooks and audiobooks from the public library -- anywhere, anytime

What: Unique traveling exhibit traveling from coast to coast. Presents an interactive reading experience to learn about and try ebooks and audiobooks available through Danbury Public Library.

  • Community members can explore the digital services available at public libraries in Danbury.
  • Readers can learn how to browse and borrow from Danbury Public Library’s collection of ebooks and audiobooks.
  • Equipped with interactive workstations featuring video tutorials, touchscreen activities, devices to sample titles and more.
  • Library staff and eReading experts available to guide visitors.
  • Tours are free and open to the community; full Digital Bookmobile schedule at . 
  • Readers with a valid library card can borrow their favorite titles 24/7 by visiting  or downloading OverDrive's one-tap reading app,Libby.

When:                  Tuesday, July 23: 11AM–4PM

Where:                Danbury Public Library

                              170 Main St.

                              Danbury, CT 06810

About the Digital Bookmobile

The 53-foot long traveling exhibit provides devices, internet connectivity and expert guidance to the local library's digital collection of ebooks and audiobooks. This traveling exhibit first launched in 2008 in Central Park, New York, and has since traveled more than 233,000 miles and welcomed over 240,000 visitors at over 1,000 events. For images and more information, visit To browse libraries’ ebooks and more, visit

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Household Hazardous Waste FREE Drop-off July 20 in Brookfield

Household Hazardous Waste FREE Drop-off

For Residents of: Bethel - Brookfield - Danbury - New Fairfield - Newtown - Ridgefield

Brookfield High School - 45 Long Meadow Hill Road

Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:00am - 2:00pm

It’s easy, load your car with all your unwanted chemicals and paint and we will empty it for you, no need to get out of your car. For DIRECTIONS to the event go to: 

Event is facilitated by the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) email:

No smoking on site.
Label or mark any gas containers you wish to keep.
You must be a resident of one of the six participating towns. Remember to please remain in your vehicle at all times.

See attached flyer for what and what not to bring

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ACT of Connecticut’s FREE Summer Camp Performances on July 26

ACT of Connecticut’s FREE Summer Camp Performances on Friday, July 26th at 6 PM and 8 PM

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut invites theatre-lovers of all ages to attend its FREE performances of “Giants in the Sky” and “13” (the musical) on Friday, July 26th at 6PM and 8PM. These family-friendly performances mark the culmination of ACT of CT’s two-week summer camp program, during which aspiring local young actors are paired with highly skilled and engaged artists to explore the art of musical theatre.

Summer camps are split by age into two sessions, with students ages 7-12 performing “Giants in the Sky” directed by Ann Evans Watson, and students ages 13-18 performing “13” directed by ACT’s Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine.

“It is so exciting to watch our students and campers grow as actors, singers, and dancers,” says Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine. “The opportunity to work with Broadway professionals is a unique experience that will prove invaluable for these kids.”

General admission is free, no tickets are required.

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway musicals and plays, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. ACT of CT was honored with 11 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards in 2018-2019, its inaugural season. The theatre company produces four shows per season, including one show in the “Presenting Stephen Schwartz!” Series (honoring ACT Artistic Advisor, Stephen Schwartz). All shows feature both Broadway stars and local Fairfield and Westchester County talent. In addition to fully produced main stage productions, ACT of CT hosts a New Works Series, The Broadway Unplugged Series, youth education classes, masterclasses, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students. ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT.  Visit for further information.

]]> (Amanda Duff) Neighbors Wed, 17 Jul 2019 07:23:12 -0400
Friday Night Music & Tapas - music from Guy Tino

New at the White Silo - tapas-style dinners every Friday night through the end of August. Guy Tino is performing and excited to be part of the inaugural round of musicians playing and can't wait to see what the team will be serving up! This Friday evening, July 19th, at the White Silo Winery located at 32 Route 37 East in Sherman. 6:00 pm until 8:30 PM.

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Dog of the Week: Darla Available for Adoption

Darla is a six year old shepherd mix who is a very sweet girl when she knows you, but does need an experienced owner, or someone willing to work with her due to some behavioral issues. She is improving everyday and needs an owner(s) that will continue to help her along the way. She needs to go to a home without children, dogs or cats. 
The NFSAW Team
223 State Route 37 | PO Box 8232
New Fairfield, CT 06812
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Governor Lamont: Vetoes Represent a Voice for Workers and Consumers

Following his veto messages issued on Friday evening, Governor Ned Lamont released the following statement regarding the vetoes he penned on three bills:

“In issuing these three vetoes, I did so only after careful consideration and deliberation about not only the underlying cause of concern, but also in understanding the message that this action would send.

“In all three cases, my veto pen was used on behalf of the workers and consumers in this state who don’t have lobbyists to mount a campaign against the special interests that too often try to determine our legislative agenda and focus.

“In particular, on the issue of restaurant workers, this bill deprives these individuals of their day in court and the earned wage to which they may be entitled. It is an attempt by the legislature to go back in time to change the law which governed the wages these workers earned at the time they performed their work. This type of retroactive maneuver is unfair and constitutes a dangerous precedent for workers and employers across our state. Further, it’s important to note this bill was passed without debate or public hearings at the eleventh-hour on the last day of the legislative session.

“As a small business owner myself, I uniquely understand the impact these types of lawsuits could have on business operations and productivity. But this is not the way to solve for this concern. The idea that government can seize someone’s property or wages on a whim is wholly un-American and most likely unconstitutional. That’s not pro-business, that’s not smart business, that’s bad business.”

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The Beatles - "50 Years Later"

Join us as Barry Wiesenfeld takes us on a musical journey to explore the phenomenon that was The Beatles - their growth, originality, innovations and lyrics. 

July 17 at 1:30PM

New Fairfield Senior Center 33 CT-37, New Fairfield, CT 06812


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New Fairfield Lions CARNIVAL July 16-20

The New Fairfield Lions Club's next event is the NEW FAIRFIELD LIONS CLUB's CARNIVAL, which runs from Tuesday, July 16th through Saturday, July 20th from 6:30pm to 10:30pm at the Consolidated School Field off Gillotti Road in New Fairfield
across from St Edward the Confessor Church. This annual event has brought smiles to many children and families throughout our town and neighboring communities for years. Carnival Rides are provided by Stewart Entertainment. Single ride tickets and "Pay One Price" ride wristbands will be available for purchase. Cash and credit/debit cards will be accepted for all ride tickets and foods purchased in the Lions Food Tent. Live Bands are scheduled for your evening entertainment while you enjoy the carnival and the delicious food served by all the volunteers and members of the New Fairfield Lions Club. Roast Beef Sandwiches, Sausage & Pepper Wedges, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, French Fries, Nachos, Chili, Fried Dough and much more. The Lions Food Tent opens at 6:00pm, a half hour before the rides, so you could relax and enjoy dinner with your family and friends. All the members of the New Fairfield Lions Club "Thank You" for your continued support. All funds raised at the carnival and other Lions events throughout the year go towards the charitable endeavors of the New Fairfield Lions Club.

The New Fairfleld Lions Club is always looking for New Members, with New Ideas, who are willing to work together "To Serve Those In Need" within our community. If you are interested in being part of a great organization that gives back to the community, please attend one of their events and ask them to invite you to one of their Club's dinner meetings. There will be a membership information table set up outside the main food tent at this year's carnival for your convenience. Please pick up a Lions membership brochure or just take a few minutes to introduce yourself. The New Fairfield Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at Biscotti's Restaurant in New Fairfield, CT. For more information, visit their website: You can also follow their events on Facebook:

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Sharing Space: Julius Caesar Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Join SPACE on Ryder Farm for an outdoor performance of Julius Caesar from Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's touring company, presented on the Ryder Farm Bowling Green. A charismatic war hero on the brink of kingship, Caesar is celebrated by the people of Rome – but mistrusted by some of his closest friends who fear his popularity will throw the country into chaos. Plots are hatched and factions emerge, and in the end, 23 daggers and the fall of a few guilty players lead The People to violent justice. In our immersive, 80-minute production, audiences will help bring this anachronistic tale of betrayal to life with their own movement and voices, constructing a post-apocalyptic world of power and consequence. By William Shakespeare, Directed by Illana Stein Grounds open at 5pm. Come early for a tour of Ryder Farm and bring your picnic basket! In the event of rain, performances will be relocated to one of Ryder Farm’s historic buildings. Adult tickets are $5 and youth tickets are free. Recommended for ages 10 and older. -- Sharing SPACE invites the surrounding community to Ryder Farm for a weekend of performances from neighboring Putnam County arts organizations. Join us Saturday evening for music under the stars with Cultural Arts Coalition, and on Sunday for a family-friendly performance from the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. The weekend will include tours of the historic Ryder Farm homestead and growing fields, organic produce and flowers for sale, picnicking on the lawn and more! Sharing SPACE is supported in part through the Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program, with public funds provided through the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

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10th Annual Rizzo Companies Arthritis Foundation Golf Tournament

10th Annual Rizzo Companies Arthritis Foundation Golf Tournament

The 10th Annual Rizzo Companies Invitational Golf Tournanament to benefit the Arthritis Foundation will be hosted on August 5, 2019 at Ridgewood Country Club.

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Registration and Lunch
11:30 a.m. - Shotgun Start

For more information contact Vanessa Miyazato | | 203-731-3131 Extn. 1028
or Elizabeth Burton | | 860.952.3928

Monday, August 5, 2019

Ridgewood Country Club

119 Franklin Street Ext, Danbury, CT 06811

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

11:30 a.m.

Shotgun Start


Click here for more details

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Cat of the Week: Violet Available for Adoption

Violet is a sweet gray and white short hair who is one of our senior girls in the cat room. She came to the shelter after her owner passed away and is looking for a quiet home to enjoy the rest of her golden years. She is currently on medicine for hyperthyroidism and is rechecked periodically. She would prefer a home where she is the only animal.
The NFSAW Team
223 State Route 37 | PO Box 8232
New Fairfield, CT 06812
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Sharing SPACE ~ Concerts Around the Corner

The Cultural Arts Coalition and SPACE on Ryder Farm, present: Sharing SPACE ~ Concerts Around the Corner. Saturday, July 20th, Grounds open at 6:30PM, Performance at 7:30PM, at SPACE on Ryder Farm.
Join us on the Ryder Farm bowling green for an evening of contemporary and classical music, featuring Robert Zubrycki, violin, and his colleagues from the New York City Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony and Broadway Orchestras. Including, Keve Wilson, oboe; Rachel Handman, violin; Hidayat Honari, Guitar; Marc Schmied, Bass; Leslie Tompkins, viola and Laura Bontrager, cello.
Works by Mozart, Elgar and Crusell will begin the classical part of the program, then we welcome you to dance a few reels as we transition to Rachel and Keve’s set of diverse music from around the world. You won’t want to miss this eclectic and fun event!
Friends since the age of 10, Rachel Handman (violin) and Keve Wilson (oboe) grew up dreaming of performing on Broadway someday. Spending every Saturday studying at Manhattan School of Music as teenagers, they would skip music theory and practice Irish jigs and reels instead. Having realized that dream, they recently wrapped up a seven-month run performing in the orchestra for the 2018 Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Other Broadway shows they have played include Something Rotten!, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Dr. Zhivago. From Hyde Park, New York, Rachel and Keve have developed a concert showcasing their interest in music from around the world. Rachel spent a year playing violin in Bolivia while Keve toured Germany, and they enjoy coming together to create and share new tunes they can play without sheet music. They continue to transcend genres with unique and creative repertoire, and weave personal tales from their life-long friendship throughout their concerts. In NYC, Keve and Rachel played to packed houses at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Tickets for Sharing SPACE are available for a donation of $15 for adults, and $10 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased online until noon on the day of the event, or by cash or check at the door!
Concerts Around the Corner is made possible, in part, through the Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program, with public funds provided through the NY State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature

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Greater Danbury Irish Festival Line Up Announced

Shilelagh Law performs at Beerfest 2019 held at Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster, NY in May of 2019

The Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center has released the lineup fo their Greater Danbury Irish Festival being held Thursday through Sunday, Sept 20th to the 22nd.

The event is showcasing almost a dozen local bands and several Irish Dance troupes. One of the main acts is Shilelagh Law , a Tri-State Area favorite, who will perform on Sunday September 22nd at :230 pm

For ticket information visit the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center website.

Click the band names below to hear each band’s music.



 Friday September 20

6:30 GDIF All-stars

7:45 Mighty Ploughboys

 Saturday September 21

12:00 – Traveling Danburys
1:00 – Thorne Academy of Irish Dance
1:45 – Steve O’Tree and Friends
2:45 -Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance
3:30 – Highland Rovers
4:15 – Tipperary Knights
5:15 -Madz and the Ladz
6:15 -Morrighan’s Flight
7:30 – Highland Rovers
8:45 – Tipperary Knights

 Sunday September 22

12:00 – Doherty Petri School of Irish Dance
12:45 – Uncle Bill Whiskey and Friends
1:45 – Celtic Cross Pipe and Drum
3:45 – Cunningham Brothers
5:00 – GDIF All-stars

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Postcard from Bacardi Rum Factory, Puerto Rico

Planning a trip? No need to get your passport ready because here in Puerto Rico passports are not required for US citizens.

When spending time on this lush tropical island it’s important to immerse yourself in the local culture, taste unique foods, and explore the island’s natural beauty - and not forget about the local rum, Bacardí.

Steeped in history and tradition, Bacardí is the most famous rum in Puerto Rico. When the Bacardi family discovered fruit bats living in the rafters of their first distillery, they decided to feature the bat on the label of their award-winning spirit. For the family, it was a sign of good luck, but for the rest of us, it's the sign of a fabulous tasting rum.

Bacardí Rum: Where to Try it in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico takes the title “Cathedral of Rum” seriously which is why I decided to visit Casa Bacardí in Cataño. It is here you can participate in a mixology class, indulge in a rum tasting, or embark on a fascinating historical tour. The Casa Bacardí tours and classes all have a fun vibe, there’s space to hang out, and opportunities to try different rums. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon and when you arrive, you're greeted at the oceanfront pavilion with a welcome cocktail in a commemorative Bacardí cup.

Bacardi History

In 1862 the Bacardí family, led by Don Facundo Bacardí Masso, made their own unique blends in Cuba with a revolutionary rum-making process using charcoal filtration. The result? It changed the historically harsh unrefined grog into a smooth, light-bodied spirit. After the move from Cuba to Puerto Rico in 1936, Don Facundo’s talent for refining the quality of the family’s rum set the standard, catapulting Bacardí toward achieving over 550 awards and making Bacardí the number one rum in the world.

Bacardí Mixology Class

As a rum lover, I wanted to be sure I returned home with the skills needed to make the perfect Cuba libre, daiquiri, and mojito for my friends and family. Deciding to attend a Bacardi mixology class, it didn’t let me down. With my own bar set up and the direction of a highly skilled instructor, I used jiggers, shakers, and stirrers to “season” the ice, smack and muddle the mint, and mix three perfect cocktails using Bacardí white and gold rums. If you're interested in making these cocktails on your own, here are a few Rum Cocktail Recipes.

The mixology class, however, proved to be so much more. The fascinating historical tour and distillery visit provided me with an understanding of the long-standing relationship between Puerto Rico and rum and an appreciation for what it takes to make over 132,000 liters of this spirit a day. 

Is it 5:00 yet?  It is somewhere, which means it’s rum time.

Passionate, warm, and welcoming, I encourage you to visit the island and when you do, make Casa Bacardí your first stop. Let us raise our glasses to those at Bacardí who make the spirit of rum possible. 

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Governor Lamont Encourages Families Concerned About Separation Through ICE Raids to Utilize State Toolkit

Governor Ned Lamont is encouraging families in Connecticut who are concerned about separation due to raids by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) to utilize a toolkit offered by the state that provides a user-friendly, step-by-step guide for parents who seek to have a plan in place for the safe care of their children in the event that they are detained or deported.

Available in nine languages, the State of Connecticut’s Family Preparedness Plan includes a guide on steps people can take on their own – without the help of an attorney – to develop a child care plan, and includes important forms and documents that families can fill out and store in a safe place where they can be accessed if needed. The plan also includes information on where to find immigration legal assistance, and guidance on how to avoid immigration scams.

The toolkit can be downloaded online as a PDF document through the Office of the Governor’s website by visiting

There is no cost to complete any of the forms contained in the toolkit, and they may be completed without the involvement of attorneys or any court.

It has been electronically distributed to a number of partnering organizations throughout Connecticut, including town governments, school districts, libraries, legal service organizations, and the United Way 2-1-1. Other groups are encouraged to download it and share it with interested parties who may find it useful.

“For many families right now, the fear of separation and detainment is tangible and all too real,” Governor Lamont said. “Many children involved in these situations are United States citizens themselves. We want to ensure that parents know they have the ability to designate a standby guardian to prevent their children from being placed in state care in the event they become separated.”

“From ICE raids, to separating families at the border, locking children in cages, and weaponizing the census, the Trump administration has created a climate of fear in immigrant communities and communities of color in Connecticut and across the nation,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “Following yesterday’s order, we continue to be alarmed and disturbed by the president’s use of the power of information held by federal agencies as a tactic to insight fear across the nation.”

Attorney General William Tong has joined coalitions of attorneys general in challenging the President’s national emergency declaration to build a border wall; blocking the president from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census; defending the human rights of immigrant children in ICE detention; opposing a proposed rule that would deny housing assistance to families that include any undocumented immigrants; and has worked to protect and defend immigrants and immigrant families in Connecticut.

“From the moment he announced his candidacy, the president has pursued a policy of cruelty and has done everything he can to instill fear and chaos into our communities,” Attorney General Tong said. “He has separated families, invaded our cities to round up immigrants, and tried to use the census to frighten immigrants and people of color. His campaign of fear is intended to weaken our communities and defeat the rule of law. The Attorney General's Office will keep fighting against these cruel and inhumane policies, to keep families together, and to ensure that every person is counted.”

“We must work day in and out to counteract the fear and anxiety this administration has created,” Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said. “While the administration sows fear of deportation and immigration raids, we work to ensure that families know their rights. When the administration spreads doubt and misinformation designed to create a census undercount, we redouble our efforts to accurately count every person in Connecticut. The destructive policies of this administration risk doing great harm to the most vulnerable members of our community. I’m proud that Connecticut is standing up to protect our friends and neighbors.”

“We will not tolerate the shameful rounding up of families, the separation of children from parents and ruling by fear,” State Comptroller Kevin Lembo said. “The federal administration has fully lost its way, but Connecticut will remain a place of safety and hope for all families and children. I commend Governor Lamont for his leadership in protecting families and Attorney General Tong for his ongoing fights to uphold the law and hold our federal government accountable.”

“Everyday we awake to experience another attempt to harm individual rights by curbing liberty and reversing decades of progress that bettered this nation,” State Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden said. “We stand today, in Bridgeport, and in communities across America, with all those who embrace our shared democratic values – which have long welcomed immigrants from across the globe to our shores. We believe that our nation is greater, and stronger, when we work to promote and protect freedom for all people, regardless of background, faith, and color. That is the story of America, and the one that will far outlast those who seek to divide and oppress.”

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