Newfairfield's HamletHub Thu, 09 Feb 2023 04:34:59 -0500 REACH Programs Strive to Decrease Health Disparities

On February 8, 2023, CDC announced new funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. Funding is for a five-year period, pending the continued availability of funding.

Recipients will plan and carry out local, culturally appropriate programs. Activities will be designed to improve health among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk of chronic diseases. Applicants must propose activities to:

• Improve nutrition by promoting nutrition standards and using fruit and vegetable incentive and produce prescription programs.

• Increase physical activity through community design.

• Work in one of these areas: continuity of care for breastfeeding; nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding in early care and education; family healthy weight programs; or commercial tobacco prevention and control.

Applicants may opt to include a strategy related to flu, COVID-19, and other routinely recommended adult vaccines.

CDC seeks to remove barriers to health linked to race or ethnicity, education, income, location, or other social factors. Since 1999, REACH has worked with more than 180 communities to create environments that make healthy choices easier. REACH recipients work specifically among African American, Black, Hispanic, Latino, Asian American, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, American Indian, and Alaska Native populations.

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Whose Line is it Anyway? Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood bring a night of improv to the Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, April 29

Armed with only their wits, Whose Line is it Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood are taking to the live stage and they’re…Scared Scriptless.

Comedy, danger, improv, and audience participation are just part of the fun of their new tour. After two sold-out performances in 2021, the duo return to The Ridgefield Playhouse by popular demand on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 8pm.

The evening of laughs is part of the Teed & Brown Broadway & Cabaret Series and Barts Tree Service Comedy Series. Prepare to laugh yourself senseless as these improv comedy masterminds must make up original scenes, songs and more from whatever you, the fans, suggest! You just might also get to join in on the fun on stage.

It’s a hilarious comedic high-wire act… just like a live version of ‘Whose Line!’ How the heck do they do it? We don’t know either! Millions of fans are enjoying Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood in the triumphant return of Whose Line Is It Anyway? on The CW. The highly-rated series is more popular than ever and is now in its 14th season. Don’t miss the best duo in improv LIVE in their wildly entertaining Scared Scriptless Tour when it stops in Ridgefield, and get ready for a night of non-stop laughter for all ages! Make it a great night out with dinner and a show by visiting GALLO (5 Grove Street,

Ridgefield) for dinner before the show and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine with your entrée when you present your tickets!

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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Live Concert at St Edward's Church on February 18th

The Perfect Gift for your Loved One & Family on the weekend after Valentine's Day!

Live Concert by America’s Tenor, Daniel Rodriguez; soprano, Angela Sbano; and bari-tenor, Frank Rendo.

Concert begins at 1:00pm.

Light refreshments at a Meet and Greet with the performers following the concert in the Church Hall until 3:30pm.

All attendees are welcome to stay afterwards for the St Edward Church regularly scheduled Saturday Vigil Catholic Mass at 4:00pm.

Parking is Free.

This event is Sponsored by the St Edward Knights of Columbus Council 12968.

To download a ticket order form for ordering by mail, click on the St Edward Church link:

To order and pay for your tickets online, visit EVENTBRITE: (processing fees apply when using Eventbrite)

A Limited number of tickets may be available at the door by CASH only. (depending on availability)

Member of The New York Tenors

Retired NYPD Officer ~ Known as the “The Voice that Healed a Nation" after 911.
As an “official singer” for the NYPD Ceremonial Unit, Rodriguez sang at many functions, and later at memorials in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. After 9/11, then New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani helped set up an audition  with Placido Domingo, with whom Rodriguez studied, as well as the staff at the Young Artist Program in Washington D.C. for a year and half. His operatic  debut took place in June of 2006, where Rodriguez sang the role of Canio in  “Pagliacci” with the Chelsea Opera Company in New York City. In 2007, Rodriguez was named for “Best Performance by a Leading Male” for the 2006-2007 season by Opera Online for his portrayal of Canio with Granite State Opera.

“Voice of an Angel”

Angela Sbano is a classically trained lyric soprano and founder of Elixer Opera, a group of professional Manhattan vocalists who provide beautiful music for all occasions - with weddings being their specialty. Their degreed, award-winning vocalists have appeared across the U.S. and Europe in hundreds of operatic productions, concerts, fundraisers and other private events.

“A vibrant voice, power and artistry”
- CMU Magazine

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award-winning one-woman play comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse on March 3

All Things Equal: The Life & Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, March 3 at 8:00 pm.

Written by Tony Award Winning playwright RUPERT HOLMES

In this award-winning one-woman play starring Michelle Azar, Supreme Court Justice “RBG” welcomes a friend of the family to her cozy chambers.

Over the course of ninety fascinating and often funny minutes, she conveys a sense of her life and its many trials: losing her mother the day before she graduated as valedictorian of her Brooklyn high school … being one of only nine young women studying law at Harvard while also raising a daughter and helping her husband battle cancer … fighting for women’s rights in the nineteen-seventies before condescending all-male courts … and taking courageous stands for human rights as a voice of reason amid a splintering and increasingly politicized Supreme Court. An evening with a great and compassionate icon of straight-thinking American justice emerges … an RBG who is not only “notorious” but victorious as she takes a stand for ordinary people facing the many challenges of a changing world.

Bring your scrunchies, your hankies, your humor and your heart to this entertaining and uplifting event!

Purchase tickets HERE.

Visit Eddie’s Pizza & Pasta (24 Prospect Street, Ridgefield) the night of the show and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine with your entrée when tickets are presented!

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Governor Lamont Announces 2023 Legislative Proposal: Provide Tax Relief for Low-Income Workers

Governor Ned Lamont yesterday held a news conference in Hartford to announce that the fiscal years 2024 and 2025 biennial state budget proposal that he will present to the General Assembly in February will include a plan to increase Connecticut’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from the current rate of 30.5% of the federal credit to 40%.

Increasing the rate will provide an additional $44.6 million in state tax credits to approximately 211,675 qualifying low-income households, above the amount they are currently receiving under the program. Typically, families with children receive more than 95% of all EITC dollars.

This is just one of several tax relief measures Governor Lamont will include in his upcoming budget proposal. Earlier this month, he announced that it will include a plan to restore the pass-through entity tax credit to its original level, enabling small business owners to save money by claiming a larger credit on their returns. The governor plans to announce additional tax relief measures – including those targeted toward middle-class workers – in the coming days.

“Increasing this tax credit is one of the most impactful things we can do to target direct relief to low-income workers who are providing for their families, especially those with children,” Governor Lamont said. “Numerous studies have shown that the EITC is one of the best anti-poverty tools we can use because it encourages work, boosts economic stability, and uplifts generations to come. Ultimately, this tax credit helps improve entire communities because these dollars are being invested right back into our local economy through groceries, transportation, clothing, rent, utilities, and other necessary expenses. The EITC encourages work and boosts economic stability, and I think it’s about time that we increase it.”

Governor Lamont applauded the advocacy of Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven), who championed the creation of Connecticut’s EITC in 2011 and whose support has ensured that it has remained a component of every state budget that has been enacted since its conception.

“Connecticut’s Earned Income Tax Credit helps approximately 211,000 Connecticut taxpayers and their families,” Senator Looney said. “The passage of this tax credit in 2011 was a testament to the importance of Democratic leadership after years of being stymied by Republican governors. We can say we want to help people out of poverty, but the EITC is one of the ways to actually accomplish that goal. The EITC is an important piece of a Democratic budget and I want to thank Governor Lamont for including it as a priority.”

The Connecticut EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low income working individuals and families that mirrors the federal EITC. The federal income eligibility requirements for 2022 are:

  • No dependents: $16,480 for individuals and $22,610 for married filing jointly
  • One dependent: $43,492 for individuals and $49,622 for married filing jointly
  • Two dependents: $49,399 for individuals and $55,529 for married filing jointly
  • Three dependents: $53,057 for individuals and $59,187 for married filing jointly

The amount of each household’s credit is need-tested and depends on the size of its federal credit, which the IRS calculates based on taxpayers’ income, marital status, and number of qualifying children. For example, under the current rate of 30.5%, a married family with two qualifying children receives a state tax credit of up to $1,880. Under Governor Lamont’s proposal to increase the rate to 40%, that same family will receive a state tax credit of up to $2,465, providing them with an additional $585.

Increasing the rate to 40% will make Connecticut among the top five states in the nation with the largest EITC rates. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia offer their residents an EITC, and the average rate among them is 22%. Governor Lamont’s proposal to increase Connecticut’s rate will make it higher than each of its neighboring states, including Massachusetts (30%), New York (30%), and Rhode Island (15%).

The Connecticut EITC was created in 2011 and has had varying rates over the last decade, including:

  • 2011: 30%
  • 2012: 30%
  • 2013: 25%
  • 2014: 27.5%
  • 2015: 27.5%
  • 2016: 27.5%
  • 2017: 23%
  • 2018: 23%
  • 2019: 23%
  • 2020: 23%
  • 2021: 30.5%
  • 2022: 30.5%

Additionally, Governor Lamont and the General Assembly provided supplementary economic assistance to EITC-eligible households in 2020, 2021, and 2022 with one-time COVID-relief funding.

Governor Lamont is scheduled to deliver his annual budget address to the General Assembly on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at noon. Documents containing the full details of his biennial state budget proposal will be released at that time.

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Key points to keep in mind when filing 2022 tax returns

To help taxpayers navigate the beginning of the tax filing season, the Internal Revenue Service today offered a checklist of reminders for people as they prepare to file their 2022 tax returns.

From gathering paperwork to filing a tax return, these easy steps will make tax preparation smoother in 2023:

1. Gather tax paperwork and records for accuracy to avoid missing a deduction or credit. Taxpayers should have all their important and necessary documents before preparing their return. This helps people file a complete and accurate tax return. Errors and omissions slow down tax processing, including refund times.

Some information taxpayers need before they begin includes:

  • Social Security numbers for everyone listed on the tax return,
  • Bank account and routing numbers,
  • Various tax forms such as W-2s, 1099s, 1098s and other income documents or records of digital asset transactions,
  • Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace statement,
  • Any IRS letters citing an amount received for a certain tax deduction or credit.

2. Remember to report all types of income on the tax return. This is important to avoid receiving a notice or a bill from the IRS. Don’t forget to include income from:

  • Goods created and sold on online platforms,
  • Investment income,
  • Part-time or seasonal work,
  • Self-employment or other business activities,
  • Services provided through mobile apps.

3. File electronically with direct deposit to avoid delays in receiving a refund. Avoid paper returns. Tax software helps individuals avoid mistakes by doing the math. It guides people through each section of their tax return using a question-and-answer format.

For those waiting on their 2021 tax return to be processed, here's a special tip to ensure their 2022 tax return is accepted by the IRS for processing. Make sure to enter $0 (zero dollars) for last year's adjusted gross income (AGI) on the 2022 tax return. Everyone else should enter their prior year's AGI from last year's return.

4. Free resources are available to help eligible taxpayers file online. Free help may also be available to qualified taxpayers. IRS Free File provides a free online alternative to filing a paper tax return. IRS Free File is available to any individual or family who earned $73,000 or less in 2022.

With IRS Free File, leading tax software providers make their online products available for free as part of a 21-year partnership with the IRS. This year, there are seven products in English and one in Spanish. Taxpayers must access these products through the IRS website.

People who make over $73,000 can use the IRS' Free File Fillable Forms. These are the electronic version of IRS paper forms. This product is best for people who are comfortable preparing their own taxes.

Qualified taxpayers can also find free one-on-one tax preparation help around the nation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs.

5. Choose a tax professional carefully. Most tax return preparers are professional, honest and provide excellent service to their clients. However, dishonest tax return preparers who file false income tax returns do exist. The IRS has a Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications and more on choosing a tax pro on

6. Avoid phone delays; use online resources before calling the IRS. To avoid waiting on hold, the IRS urges people to use to get answers to tax questionscheck a refund status or pay taxes. There’s no wait time or appointment needed — online tools and resources are available 24 hours a day. The IRS’ Interactive Tax Assistant tool and Let Us Help You resources are especially helpful.

Additionally, the IRS suggests taxpayers stay up to date on important tax information online by:

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‘SuperAger’ Secrets to Staying Sharp As You Age From CT Senior Experts

SuperAgers are people over the age of 80 who have the cognitive abilities of someone decades younger. So what’s their secret? According to recent research, the one trait that SuperAgers possess is to learn something new every day. But based on 25 years of caring for Connecticut seniors, Mario D’Aquila of Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) explains it’s really a combination of brain exercises and healthy eating.


“Use it or lose it is just as true for mental fitness as it is for physical fitness,” said D’Aquila, MBA, Chief Operating Officer of home care agency ALS with offices in Cheshire and Westport. “We often see significant improvement in our clients after engaging in new activities with caregivers who also help prepare meals.”

D’Aquila cites a CNBC article summarizing the 18-month study that compares our memories to a bank account. The deposits, which are pieces of new information, help build brain connections. Memories are kept in these connections. As we age, the connections can weaken or be lost altogether. However, the more deposits you have, the less impact there is on your memories from these withdrawals.

D’Aquila shares ways to cross train your brain:

  • Do something mentally stimulating, such as listening to a podcast, joining a book club or taking an online course.
  • Do something that requires learning through movement, such as a new sport, dance or yoga.
  • Be social. Grab coffee with a friend or go to a dinner party, as social interaction is a form of learning that has been associated with staving off dementia.

It’s crucial to approach learning the way you would fitness training, according to D’Aquila. “You wouldn’t go to the gym and only work out one body part. The same goes for the brain.” Learning a new language, for example, works out different parts of the brain than playing a sport or instrument does. Doing crosswords and other puzzles are good for your memory, but they are exercising the connections you already have. An activity needs to be challenging in order to have impact. SuperAgers pursue learning opportunities outside of their comfort zone.

In addition to providing transportation to activities and outings, personal caregivers can assist with meal planning, shopping and preparation for optimum health. The best diet should incorporate these 6 best brain foods: 

1.  Spices. These powerful antioxidants help overall health by helping the brain fight off free radicals. Two of the best are turmeric and saffron.

2.  Fermented foods. Fermented foods are made by combining milk, vegetables or other raw ingredients with microorganisms like yeast and bacteria. Some examples include plain yogurt with active cultures, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha. 

3.  Dark chocolate. This is an excellent source of iron - just be sure to eat it with as little added sugar as possible.

4.  Avocados. With a higher amount of magnesium, this fruit is great for brain health and for reducing depression.

5.  Nuts. Nuts have healthy fats and oils that our brains need to function well, along with essential vitamins and minerals — for example, selenium in Brazil nuts. Don't overdo - 1/4 cup a day is good.

6.  Leafy Greens. Greens such as kale spinach, Swiss chard, and dandelion greens are excellent sources of folate, which is important for brain health.

Beyond transportation and meal prep, caregivers in the home can provide medication reminders, monitor every-day activities, ensure home safety, and address loneliness and isolation by serving as a companion.

“While we can’t change our genetic makeup, we all have the ability to control our habits,” concluded D’Aquila. “Enlisting the aid of a caregiver gives seniors a partner to keep them on track in all aspects of daily life.”

About Assisted Living Service, Inc.

Since 1996, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) in Cheshire and Westport has provided quality care to residents across Connecticut. Its unique CarePlus program blends personal care by over 600 employees and caregivers with technological safety and monitoring devices from sister company Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. ALS was ranked on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies and recognized by Home Care Pulse® as a “Best of Home Care Leader In Excellence”, a designation given to the best home care providers in the nation. Learn more by visiting or calling 203.634.8668.

PHOTO: Assisted Living Services’ caregiver Precious Bobson ensures that client Elaine Kuhrt of Cheshire remains active both physically and mentally.  Since 1996, the family-owned, award-winning homecare agency in Cheshire and Westport, has provided quality care to residents across Connecticut.

Photo Courtesy of: Assisted Living Services, Inc.

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Obituary- Dorothy (Dotty) Missailidis September 12, 1927 ~ January 30, 2023

Dorothy “Dottie” Missailidis of New Fairfield passed away at the age of 95 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.  Even after being faced with such a dire prognosis, she remained more concerned for her family and friends than herself, which is how she lived her life.

Born on September 12, 1927, in Union City, New Jersey to Harry and Anna Makris, and growing up grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, she met the love of her life, George Missailidis, in grade school. They married in 1949, moved to New Fairfield in 1968, and spent 49 adoring years together until George’s death. 

Dottie received her degree in Draping Design at the age of 18 and was an accomplished seamstress.  One of her great pleasures was to create gifts for friends and relatives utilizing that skill. She became a Paraprofessional in the Danbury Public System and loved the challenge of working with learning-disabled young children.  She was also a member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church and participated in various activities there.  Among her many talents was a broad knowledge of plants and flowers.  Visitors to her home were always awestruck by her beautiful gardens.  Dottie also maintained an impeccably clean and immaculate home.  One where you actually could eat off the floor, though she would certainly frown on such an activity.  Still, her greatest love was her family and friends, and she cherished any and all time spent with them.  Her upbeat demeanor and great sense of humor brought joy to all those who knew her.

Dottie was predeceased by her husband George, and her sister Mary.  She is survived by her three sons; Jon of Pahrump, NV, Michael of New Fairfield, CT, and George (and wife Robin) of Encinitas, CA.  She is also survived by her grandchildren Jodi, Jill, and Julie (Jon), George and Jasen (George & Robin); great-grandchildren Andrea, Kevin, Justin, Rylie, Tristen, and Shannon (Jon); her great great grandchildren Christa and Mia (Jon); and her faithful canine companion Oliver.  She will be missed by all.

The Rite of Burial will take place on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 11 a.m. in the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury.  Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, New Fairfield. The family will receive friends at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church on Wednesday from 9:45 am to 10:45 am.  Contributions in Mrs. Missailidis' memory may be made to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

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Edgewell Personal Care Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Due to the Presence of Benzene

Edgewell Personal Care Company (NYSE: EPC) today expanded its voluntary nationwide recall of three batches of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 to the consumer level as outlined in the table below. One additional batch has been added to the original recall announced on July 29, 2022.

A review found that some samples of the product contained trace levels of benzene. While benzene is not an ingredient in any Banana Boat products, the review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can.

Importantly, no other batches of Hair & Scalp (either before or after these batch codes) and no other Banana Boat products are in the scope of this recall and may continue to be used by consumers safely and as intended.

UPC DESCRIPTION Lot Code Expiration Size
0-79656-04041-8 Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 20016AF December 2022 6 oz
0-79656-04041-8 Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 20084BF February 2023 6 oz
0-79656-04041-8 Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 21139AF April 2024 6 oz
0-79656-04041-8 Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 20301CF September 2023 6 oz

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and it potentially can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life threatening. To date, Edgewell has not received any adverse events related to this recall. Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world have daily exposures to it indoors and outdoors from multiple sources. Daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences according to an independent health assessment using established exposure modeling guidelines.

The voluntarily recalled sunscreen spray products are packaged in aerosol cans. The products were distributed nationwide in the United States through various retailers and online. Edgewell has notified its retailers to remove any remaining recalled product from shelves. Banana Boat will also offer reimbursement for consumers who have purchased a product marked with one of the lot codes in the table above. Lot codes are located on the bottom of the can. Consumers should stop using the affected product immediately and appropriately discard.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall may contact Edgewell Personal Care at 1-888-686-3988 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Consumers may also visit for more information and to learn how to receive reimbursement for eligible products. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have any questions, concerns or have experienced any problems related to using these aerosol sunscreen products.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Names 2 Students From Sherman To Dean's List For Fall 2022 Semester

A total of 2,069 undergraduate students achieved the criteria required for Worcester Polytechnic Instute's (WPI) fall 2022 Dean's List. The criteria for the WPI Dean's List differs from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean's List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.

"WPI's academic programs are rigorous and require a level of independence beyond what is required in traditional courses. WPI students work on open-ended problems for communities around the world. The problems are important and the impact is real" said dean of undergraduate studies Arthur C. Heinricher. "Some of this nation's best and brightest students come to WPI to study engineering and science and business and the humanities. Those named to the Dean's List have excelled in all of their work, and we are exceptionally proud of these outstanding students."

The following students were named to the Dean's List for fall 2022:

Elias Gonzalez of Sherman, Connecticut, majoring in Mechanical Engineering (BS), class of 2024

Jacob Matthews of Sherman, Connecticut, majoring in Computer Science (BS), class of 2023

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

WPI, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI's pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world. WPI offers more than 70 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs across 18 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internet of things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more.

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WCSU offers Sip & Paint, Artist Lectures and Art Exhibition to the community

DANBURY, Connecticut — Western Connecticut State University’s Department of Art will host several events open to the public in February 2023 including a Sip & Paint on Friday, Feb. 3, and Visiting Artist Lectures on Thursday, Feb. 9, and Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the university’s Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) on 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury.

Additionally, the department will hold a 100@100 Off-The-Wall Art Exhibition and Fundraiser, an evening of art, music, food and drinks, from 3 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Gallery at the VPAC. The event features a 100 works of original art by 100 artists, which will be available for certain ticket holders. Tickets are available for purchase at Proceeds benefit the WCSU Department of Art. The artwork will be on public view during the Gallery’s usual hours beginning on Thursday, Feb. 9.

The Sip & Paint from 7 – 9 p.m. on Feb. 3 will provide a creative and fun evening of music, wine and light refreshments while participants paint a canvas guided by professional artist Jessica Bartlet, who earned her M.F.A. degree from WCSU in 2009 and teaches watercolor and drawing out of her home studio as well as exhibiting at the First Street Gallery in New York City. Participants of all levels and backgrounds, including beginners and seasoned artists aged 21 and over, can attend this event held in a fun and relaxed studio environment. Basic acrylic painting materials are provided, but you may bring your own supplies. Tickets are available for $35 each at This event is sponsored by the WCSU Department of Art and WCSU Alumni Association.

Visiting Artist Lectures are free and feature Chie Fueki at 11 a.m. on Feb. 9 in Room 144 of the VPAC and Danny Schwartz at 11 a.m. on Feb. 21, also in Room 144. Register for either talk at Both lecturers will discuss their creative processes, art mediums, artistic philosophies and their successful careers as working and award-winning artists.

Chie Fueki, a Japanese American painter, earned her M.F.A. at Yale School of Art and her B.F.A. at Ringling College of Art and Design, and is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the Joan Mitchell Fellowship and other multiple art awards and prizes. Her work is represented by Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles, where she will have a solo exhibit in March, and by DC Moore Gallery in New York City, where she held a solo exhibit in 2022. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Orlando Museum of Art, Florida; San Jose Museum of Art, California; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Pizzuti Collection at Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio.

Danny Schwartz is a fantasy illustrator and character designer whose works have appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, games, television shows and galleries across the country for over a decade. Schwartz received his M.F.A. in Illustration from Hartford Art School and his B.F.A. from Syracuse University, with additional studies at Parson’s School of Design and the Art Students League. As a Visiting Associate Professor, he has taught courses in drawing and illustration, as well as professional practices, at Syracuse University, Hartford Art School and Montclair State University. His clients include Wizards of the Coast (Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons), Wyrmwood Gaming, Viacom/CBS (Late Night Cartoons), Orbit Books (The Witcher) and Thousand Ant/Unity Engine, among many others. Schwartz’s work has appeared in Gallery Nucleus's Los Angeles, California, and Portland, Oregon, locations. He is also a regular contributor to WOW x WOW and Every Day Original, both online galleries selling original artworks for collectors worldwide.

For more information, contact Lori Robeau at or WCSU Public Relations at

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Local Students Named to College of St. Rose Dean's List For Fall 2022 Semester

 Congratulations to the more than 200 Saint Rose students who earned a 3.5 average or higher in the Fall 2022 semester and were named to the Dean's List.

Full-time undergraduate students, who complete a minimum of 12 graded credit hours and who achieve a semester average of 3.5 without a D, F, or Incomplete grade, are eligible for the Dean's List.

Julia Berardo majoring in Music (BS) at The College of Saint Rose, Class of 2024 from New Fairfield, CT.

Grace Fritzsche majoring in Childhood Ed/Special Ed at The College of Saint Rose, Class of 2026 from New Fairfield, CT.

The College of Saint Rose ( is a dynamic, progressive college in the heart of New York's capital city where teaching is the first priority. The Saint Rose experience empowers students to improve themselves and the world around them.


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Career Fair at Danbury Fair Mall on March 1, 2023

Greater Danbury Career Fair on Wednesday, March 1st from 3 to 6 p.m. at Danbury Fair, Center Court, 7 Backus Avenue, Danbury.

The Career Fair is sponsored by Danbury and Northwest Chambers of Commerce and WCSU Career Success Center. The event is open to the public.

Employers interested in attending should email the WCSU Career Success Center at careersuccess@wcsu.educreate new email to obtain directions to register. 

WCSU Students & Alumni can register by logging into their Handshake account here.


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Putnam Hospital reopens Birthing Center

The Birthing Center at Putnam Hospital is open.

The newly renovated unit is now welcoming expectant mothers, featuring private labor-and-delivery rooms, private postpartum suites and an operating room dedicated to cesarean deliveries.

“As Putnam Hospital undergoes a series of exciting changes to expand primary and specialty care, the Birthing Center is key to our growth and in meeting the needs of families close to their homes,” Putnam Hospital President Dr. Mark Hirko said. “Reopening the Birthing Center is just one component of a comprehensive women’s health service plan we have underway.”

There is also a newly renovated nursery staffed by clinicians from New York Children’s Medical Provider Services, P.C., a specialist group associated with Connecticut Children’s, who will provide nationally recognized neonatal and pediatric care to children and families in the area.

“We are committed to making sure every child has access to physicians and specialists who are experts in kids,” said Anand Sekaran, MD, Nuvance Health System Chair of Pediatrics and Connecticut Children’s Division Head of Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Medical Director of Inpatient Services. “New York Children’s clinicians understand that children have different needs than adults. Kids require a very different kind of care with equipment that is designed just for them. Patient families will immediately recognize the improvements and feel the difference in their experience when they are here.”

Following the temporary suspension of delivery services in March 2022, Putnam Hospital leadership has been hard at work securing a team of specialists to provide individualized, family-centered care to ensure the growth and success of maternal health in the region.

“This is a great location for patients since it provides families the benefit of being at a small, family-centered facility associated with higher-level-care hospitals. If those advanced levels of care are needed, they are available,” said Nuvance Health Obstetrician and Gynecologist (OB-GYN) Dr. Elizabeth Lucal, who began seeing patients at Putnam Hospital in December. “The ease of knowing your appointments are in the same building you will deliver in can be very helpful and limit the stressors related to pregnancy.”

Along with Dr. Lucal, at least two OB-GYNs will join the team later this year and recruitment for midwives is ongoing.

In addition to the New York Children’s Medical Provider Services’ neonatal and pediatric care, the Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) has clinicians onsite for 24/7 coverage of women in labor. Also, Dr. Linus Chuang, a Nuvance Health gynecologic oncologist, began seeing patients earlier this month at Putnam Hospital, expanding access to advanced care options for women with gynecologic cancer.

Last fall, state grant monies and generous community donations totaling $1 million helped fund the reconstruction effort. They included a $500,000 state grant secured by New York State Sen. Peter Harckham, $250,000 from the Kearney Realty and Development Group and $250,000 from the Putnam Community Foundation.

“Putnam Hospital is the only hospital in Putnam County, and it is so important to our community,” developer Ken Kearney said at the time. “The renovation of the Birthing Center is a first step toward a new future for Putnam Hospital — and an impactful one. Throughout people’s lives, they will be asked, ‘Where were you born?’ and I want members of our community to be able to say they were born in Putnam County.”

The 12,000-square-foot Birthing Center features seven patient rooms, two on-call suites, operating room, scrub room, nurse station, waiting area, well baby nursery, conference room, staff lounge and medication room. All rooms are private and the unit is equipped with advanced newborn safety and security systems. 

“We are so grateful for the community’s support in helping to bring back a vital service in Putnam County,” Dr. Hirko said. “We are so proud to welcome families to our hospital again to continue receiving the excellent maternity care we are known for.”

To learn more about the Birthing Center at Putnam Hospital, visit

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Galentine's Paint & Sip Fundrasier

Galentine's Paint & Sip Fundrasier to benefit Relay For Life of Patterson

DIY your very own lazysusan with us for a great cause!
Invite your bestie and join Frandoodles at Iron & Wine in Patterson on Thursday, February 16th at 6:30pm!
We will guide you step by step in creating your very own lazysusan and announcing Relay For Life of Patterson's BLING YOUR BRA winner!
Tickets are $55 per person with a portion being donated to Relay For Life of Patterson. Tickets include all materials needed, guided instruction, and your first glass of wine!

These lazysusans are approximately 15" in diameter and are the perfect size to place on your dresser or desk to remind yourself of how amazing you are!
Choose your favorite design at check out! Stain and design/text colors will be chosen the night of the event. We are promoting self love at this Galentine's event, therefore designs are targeted towards this theme. However, if you have another design in mind, please email Frandoodles at

Aprons will be available, however, be sure to wear clothing you don't mind getting a little paint on.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
See you there!
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