Newfairfield's HamletHub Tue, 07 Jul 2020 02:11:59 -0400 Brandon Autorino of NF named to Dean's List at College of the Liberal Arts ot Penn State

Brandon Autorino of New Fairfield has been named to the Dean's List at PennState College for the Liberal Arts for the 2020 Spring Semester.

The Dean’s List honors those who receive a semester grade-point average of 3.50 or higher as a full-time student. This laudable achievement has placed you among the top students at Penn State. This academic accomplishment reflects both your ability and your effort, and it will be noted in your official record at Penn State.

The College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State is one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines. We offer outstanding programs in fields ranging from anthropology (ranked number one nationally) to women's studies, with an impressive variety of other humanities, life, and social science fields to choose from. On campus, we offer forty-seven undergraduate majors and graduate work in twenty-one fields. Online, we offer fifteen bachelor's, master's, and associate degrees. Our strategic plan emphasizes national leadership in research and graduate education and our mission of providing the Liberal Arts Edge to our undergraduates: a fine traditional liberal arts education combined with digital fluency, global awareness, and assistance in making the transition from the classroom to a career.

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Wilton Playshop Cancels 'Evita!'

The safety of the patrons and performers remains the Wiltons Playshop's top priority.  As they continue to follow CDC and state guidelines regarding COVID-19, the Playshop has made the difficult yet necessary decision to postpone EVITA.  
They hope to be able to present the show in Spring 2021.
The Wilton Playshop appreciates the support of all their current ticket holders.  They will contact you to reserve your seats when performance dates are confirmed.
While the theater remains dark during these challenging times, please consider a donation to help keep the ghost light on.
Click here to help support the Wilton Playshop.

The Playshop has offered continuous entertainment to our community for 82 seasons.  We will continue the tradition with exciting virtual theater offerings that are in the works!  Please keep your eyes open for news on  staged readings and cabaret performances. 
We strive to keep the theater arts alive, even in quarantine.
The Wilton Playshop, 15 Lovers Lane, Wilton, CT 06897
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SPACE Announces it’s 2020 CSArt Featured Artists!

With the landscape of the art world rapidly changing due to the COVID-19 crisis, SPACE on Ryder Farm has made it a priority to shift its resources and find new ways to engage with and support our artist community. One of the new ways we are doing this is through our CSArt Featured Artist program which commissions alumni of SPACE’s artist residency programs to create a piece of home-grown art that will be distributed to the organization’s 130 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) member households. 

In response to COVID-19 and the financial losses to artists associated with it, each commissioned CSArt Featured Artists receives a $1000 commission and has their work reproduced for SPACE’s local CSA community. With the intention of providing substantial financial relief, SPACE is honored to provide CSArt Featured Artists with an 85% increase in funding from last year! When reviewing Featured Artists, the selection committee prioritized applicants who demonstrated both artistic merit and a strong need for financial assistance. 

“While SPACE has traditionally provided time and space to artists and innovators, the organization saw an opportunity this year to more directly support its community through commissions. Unsurprisingly, all applicants demonstrated a significant need for financial support due to COVID-19 related loss of income and benefits. And although SPACE is based in New York, we were encouraged to see applications come in from all across the country, from Mississippi to Iowa to Texas. We were blown away by the thoughtful, powerful work that the SPACE community proposed, and the decisions were very difficult.”

SPACE on Ryder Farm is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2020 CSArt Featured Artist commissions.

We hope you’ll join us in congratulating this talented group!

Lindsey Bailey

Rachel Bonds

Amyra Leon

David McDevitt

Natalia Nakazawa

Korde Arrington Tuttle

Andy Van Dinh

Click on the artists name to learn more about them and their work.


SPACE on Ryder Farm is a nonprofit residency program and organic farm located on the grounds of a 225-year-old family homestead in Brewster, Putnam County, New York, just an hour north of New York City. SPACE’s mission is to create an environment singular in its ability to invigorate artists and innovators and their work, and to contribute to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of one of the oldest organic family farms on the East Coast.


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Red, White & Blueberry Trifle Recipe

Juicy berries & delicate angel food cake mingled in this summer dessert perfect for your Fourth of July Festivities!

· 1 prepared angel food cake (13 oz)
· 1 qt. fresh strawberries
· 3 cups (750 mL) fresh blueberries
· 1 container (16 oz) frozen sliced strawberries in syrup, thawed
· 4 containers (6 oz/175 g each) blended strawberry yogurt
· 1 pkg (3.3 oz) white chocolate instant pudding and pie filling
· 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh lemon juice
· 2 cups (500 mL) thawed frozen whipped topping, divided

1. Cut cake into 1-in. (2.5-cm) cubes; set aside. Hull fresh strawberries and cut into quarters. Set aside 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the fresh strawberries and 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the blueberries for garnish. In Classic Batter Bowl, combine remaining fresh and frozen strawberries; mix well.
2. In Stainless (4-qt./4-L) Mixing Bowl, whisk yogurt, pudding mix and lemon juice until smooth; immediately fold in 1 cup (250 mL) of the whipped topping.
3. To assemble trifle, place one-third of the cake cubes into Trifle Bowl. Top with one-third of the strawberry mixture and one-third of the blueberries, pressing down lightly. Top with one-third of the yogurt mixture, spreading evenly. Repeat layers two times, spreading last layer evenly.
4. To garnish, fill Easy Accent® Decorator fitted with open star tip with remaining whipped topping. Pipe whipped topping over top of trifle; garnish with reserved berries. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
· 16 servings
Nutrients per serving:
Calories 210, Total Fat 2.5 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Carbohydrate 44 g, Protein 3 g, Sodium 280 mg, Fiber 2 g

Cook's Tips:
Cheesecake pudding and pie filling or vanilla pudding and pie filling can be substituted for the white chocolate pudding, if desired. If using vanilla pudding, add 6-8 drops of red food coloring for a pinker color, if desired.

Check out more recipes here.

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Happy 4th of July

4th of July, 2020

The birth of our country is traditionally a grand celebration filled with family, friends, BBQs, and community fireworks. It feels quite different this year as we begin to pick our heads up and see the light after a pandemic that rocked our world. 

Whether you are enjoying Independence Day in the comfort of your homes and backyards, or taking necessary steps to celebrate away from home,  Happy July 4th!

- Your friends at HamletHub



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Census Bureau Resumes In-Person Interviews for Ongoing Surveys

The U.S. Census Bureau has resumed conducting in-person interviews associated with its ongoing household surveys in 21 states, including those associated with the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey. Some states will be fully open, while others will have only certain areas where operations will occur. The Census Bureau will first still attempt to collect information over the phone or online when possible and only expects to have to conduct in-person interviews to an expected less than 1,000 households. The Census Bureau will update an online map each week showing where in-person interviews are taking place.

In March 2020, the Census Bureau temporarily switched from visiting survey participant’s households to calling them amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the National Processing Center (NPC) halted mailing out forms but will resume all mailout operations for surveys. Specifically, they will resume operations in time for August Current Population Survey interviewing, and September interviewing for all other surveys.

In addition to the census every 10 years, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 ongoing surveys to collect timely information about the nation’s people, places and economy. Responses to ongoing surveys help produce accurate, reliable statistics on employment, infrastructure, education, economic opportunities and other important characteristics of the community. This information helps policymakers, local officials, companies and organizations to understand and assess the resources and needs of communities across the country.

“Your response to Census Bureau surveys is as important now as it ever has been. Our communities need accurate and timely information to make informed decisions,” said Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham. “During this unprecedented time, the health and safety of our employees and the public continue to be the Census Bureau’s top priority. We are closely following public health guidance to ensure that we can safely accomplish our important mission.”           

The following surveys will resume in-person interviews and mailing of paper forms:

  • American Community Survey — Helps local officials, community leaders and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities. It is the premier source for detailed population and housing information about our nation.
  • Current Population Survey — Sponsored jointly by the Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States.
  • Consumer Expenditures Survey — This survey collects the data needed for the calculation of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the nation’s most important measure of inflation.
  • National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey — Data is used to provide national statistics on ambulatory care that can be used to improve professional education curricula for health care workers, formulate health policy, inform medical practice management, and evaluate quality of care.
  • National Crime Victimization Survey — Data from this survey is used to provide information on many topics related to crime and victimization, including crime in schools, trends in violent crime, costs of crime, and the response of law enforcement to reports of victimization.
  • National Health Interview Survey — The collection and analysis of data on such topics as medical conditions, health insurance, doctor’s office visits, physical activity, and other health behaviors. Government agencies, universities, private health planners, and researchers use the data to identify and work on significant health problems.
  • National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey — Provides a more accurate yearly national description of hospital-based ambulatory medical care services.
  • Survey of Construction — Provides current national and regional statistics on starts, completions and characteristics of new, privately owned single-family and multifamily housing units and on sales of new single-family houses.
  • Survey of Market Absorption — Collects data for new residential construction. The SOMA reports provide information on amenities, rent/sales price levels, number of units, type of building, and the number of units taken off the market (absorbed).

What Households Can Expect

Even though in-person interviews are resuming, the Census Bureau will first still attempt to collect information over the phone or online when possible. If a response is not obtained by phone, an in-person interview is required. For those that can be completed over the phone, households selected to participate in a Census Bureau survey can expect to receive an introduction letter in the mail inviting the household to call a Census Bureau field representative to schedule a phone interview. The Census Bureau may attempt to call the household and encourage the household to answer the survey over the phone. If no response is received by phone, a Census Bureau field representative will come to the house for an in-person interview. All letters from the Census Bureau inviting households to participate in a survey will contain instructions on how to participate, as well as information on how to verify the letter.

The field representatives will follow public health guidelines when they visit, including any local requirements about wearing face masks. All field representatives must complete virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing protocols and other health and safety guidance before beginning their work in neighborhoods.

The field representatives can be identified by their valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. To confirm a representative’s identity, the public may contact their Regional Office.

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Intuitive Astrology July 2020


Now is a good time to concentrate on what is important to focus on. Also this focus should be on how to find new ways to open up life for everyone. Continue to focus on social distancing and perform random acts of kindness. Mercury will continue to create stress and tension until July 12th. In the meantime use patience and limit heated arguments. Hopefully this can change the negative energy around the world. Follow this mindset as the new focus from now on. The end of July everyone can start planning an exciting strategy to achieve good health mentally and physically. This shift will help to promote peace and love with family, partners and the world! For singles this emphasis will help to bond with a potential mate. It may mean a new lover. It can also mean that you’ll join forces with a business partner who will be of considerable advantage to you. Jupiter's influences will be making everyone more adventurous emotionally, sexually and financially. Since this year has been really unstable, be cautious and do not rush into anything. The next few months the world will stabilize and hopefully heal.

Cancer (June 22 – July 22) —Happy birthday Cancer! Celebrate your birthday with the most romantic possible evening  you can formulate. Venus will be benefiting you the entire month, sending you some luck. The Lunar Eclipse of the 5th brings about radical beneficial changes in the area of new learning. Singles are obsessed with making new love connections this month. Love can be found in the most unexpected places. 

Leo (July 23 – August 23) —This year Venus(the planet of love) has decided that romance is definitely on the horizon  for you. As the month progresses try not to be so extreme with your emotions and in relation to money. We will be slowly getting back to normal and finances will increase. However, continue to save for a rainy day. 

Virgo (August 24 – September 22) —Due to the Corona you have neglected yourself in many ways. Concentrate on getting healthy and start to socialize, (while still social distancing). Spend the focus on finding a new normal in the world that has been in chaos. July 20th is a day to pay attention to. That day will bring a lot of fun and happiness to you. 

Libra (September 23 – October 22) —Be prepared for a continued difficult month. Choose your battles and try not to force any issues that could be viewed as controversial, especially as everyone gets back into a regular work regime. After July 12th the restrictions will ease up. You will feel the world opening up again. Go slow though until July 20th when there will be a New Moon. This New Moon will bring on better situations and opportunities for you.  Venus will also run in and create a better foundation for new relationships both career oriented and could bring in new love interests.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) —You will be feeling restless and in need of a change of scene. If you have the urge to travel, try not to leave home before the 12th. Mercury will still be in retrograde which affects delays communications finances and weather events.Expect that there may be delays and irritations. Until then, just plan your trips that would include social distancing. Do take that short break from the rut we have all been in.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 22) —You may find yourself in a gambling mood. However keep your reins tight until after July 12th when the Mercury retrograde passes. Love and social relationships also will change for the better. This month you will be impacted by the Lunar Eclipse and the position of Jupiter. Relationships will undergo a major overhaul. However, the changes will be for the better. 

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20) —Put any negative thoughts right out of your mind. This will be a good time to focus on personal relationships. There will be profound changes to your life this month. The Lunar Eclipse on the 5th and the movement of Jupiter will affect you deeply in a positive upward motion. You  will undergo major transformations. Try cleansing your body and soul. You have a tendency to be chaotic and may overspend. Be patient and you will get through the hiccup. Singles will have several opportunities to get into a relationship. Strong relationships become stronger and may end up in marriage.

Aquarius (January 21–February 19)—You have a dynamic personality that attracts many. Venus will have a strong influence this month in the laws of attraction. Basically if you can envision it it is possible. Strive for the stars, of course while social distancing. The past few months you have had  a lot of time self reflecting and restructuring your life. You have a great opportunity to re-imagine yourself until the end of July! You will attract three new love choices. Take the time to figure it out. There will be a Lunar Eclipse on the 5th that will  influence Jupiter and will bring about major changes in your career. The issues that will happen you will have no difficulty in solving them. After July 22nd. You can look forward to having more committed relationships.

Pisces (February 20– March 20)—Mercury will be retrograde until July 12th. Beware of Mars will also be hitting you, it tends to cause tension! This may cause anxiety and insecurities amongst you and your partner. Ride this out and you will feel more grounded then. Keep in mind that 2020 has been a rather emotional and crazy year. Start a new hobby and focus on getting fit. Everyone will be starting to get out more. Remember to social distance and keep your immune system strong by diet and exercise. Also use this time to focus on being more creative and taking care of personal matters.

Aries (March 21-April 20)-There’s no doubt about it, you’ll want to be where the action is. Use this time to make changes in your life for the better. Do not ignore the “pink elephant in the room.” This month will highlight your love life with your partner. If you feel like your mate is a  roommate, then you need to address the situation. Planning your life going forward will be the focus. Cleaning sometimes means in relationships. If you close those doors you will then allow other doors of new possibilities to happen. Also learn to set boundaries more. Tell people that you would love to, but cannot since you have a hard time to say no.  You need  to take the lead, others will follow, so put your plans in action on the 12th or the 20th when the planets are adding extra frisson to your personality!

Taurus (April 21-May 21) —You will have abundant energy to spend with friends and children. You are a usually calm and level headed person, however do not let anyone get under your skin. After July 26th everything and everybody will start to calm down and find a new normal. Focus on health, exercise and mental stimulation. Go hiking, fishing, take a cooking class or start a creative project. New learning is also a focal point to help you reinvent yourself and your career. An old flame is likely to reappear from the woodwork, this could shake things up and make you question your current marriage or relationship. “Run, but do not rush to conclusions or decisions, and most importantly do not act out of emotions. You will  figure everything out by the end of the year.

Gemini (May 22- June 21) —Try not to make any financial investments or decisions until the end of the month. Mercury will be still in retrograde until July 12th. This is a negative aspect that makes things very unclear and unpredictable. While  you need to self love, social interests and obligations also will have to be catered to. Someone from your past will pop up and could cause some problems, focus on a  solution. Sensuality will be high and romance will be fabulous. Be generous while spending on your partner’s requirements.Single's will have no problem getting into love relationships. But most of them or for fun, and commitment will be lacking. There will be more passion in these relationships.

Francine Tesler, Psychic Medium Medical Intuitive. Psychic Medium for People that usually don't go to psychics. So what do you Really Want to Know?

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]]> (Francine Tesler, Psychic Medium Medical Intuitive) Life Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:36:43 -0400
Visiting NY State Parks This July 4th weekend? Here's What You Need To Know.

Summer is here and New York State Parks are open for fun and healthy outdoor recreation. If you’re planning to visit please know your experience will be different this year as we take steps to protect visitor and staff safety during this public health emergency. To encourage physical social distancing, capacity limits are in effect. We expect many parks to reach capacity early and close to incoming visitors. Please have a plan ready to visit a different park or consider postponing your visit for another day.
For park capacity updates and closure information visit

 Play Smart * Play Safe * Play Local  State Parks and the Department of Environmental Conservation have launched the PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL campaign to encourage all New Yorkers to recreate safely, responsibly, and locally this summer and to always treat fellow outdoor adventurers with respect. Take the pledge, and promise to use common sense to protect yourself and others when enjoying the outdoors.

Learn more: PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL pledge


Below are some specifics for State Park visitors:

Face Coverings: For the safety of all visitors, please wear a face covering when you cannot maintain social distance.

Pools: Pools are open, with density reduction measures in effect. Visitors will be asked to sign in with contact information to enable potential contact tracing measures. Visitors can check the individual park’s swimming hours of operation before they visit. Visit for a listing of State Parks with swimming pools.

Beaches: State Park beaches are open at 50% capacity or less and with heightened precautions. You must practice social distancing at a state beach. More details are available through our press release. Visit for a listing of State Parks with swimming beaches.

Restrooms: Public restrooms may be limited. Visitors should plan accordingly and call the park office for more information.

Travel Advisory: Please note New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut have implemented a tri-state travel advisory that requires any individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Visit Covid-19 Travel Advisory for more information, including the daily updated list of affected states

NY State Parks Explorer App:  Download the free New York State Parks Explorer App, a user-friendly resource for park information, updates and alerts. Available for both iOS and Android devices. Google Play Store, AndroidApple App Store, iPhone

Recreate Smart New York

]]> (New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation) Places Fri, 03 Jul 2020 14:15:37 -0400
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 Friday, July 3, 2020:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, 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.

NEW REPORTING SCHEDULE: Effective immediately, the State of Connecticut will continue to publish these COVID-19 metric reports five days a week, every Monday through Friday. The report that is issued every Monday will include combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This schedule will remain in effect until further notice.

Overall Summary

Statewide Total
(includes confirmed and probable cases)

Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases



COVID-19-Associated Deaths



Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19



COVID-19 PCR Tests Reported



County-by-county breakdown:


COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Deaths

COVID-19 Hospitalizations





Fairfield County






Hartford County






Litchfield County






Middlesex County






New Haven County






New London County






Tolland County






Windham County






Pending address validation












For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality, visit and click the link that is labeled, “COVID-19 Data Tracker.”

Governor Lamont encourages residents to sign up for the state’s CTAlert notification system

Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can also call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Relay services can be accessed by calling 7-1-1. Anyone who is out-of-state or using Relay can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 toll free by dialing 1-800-203-1234. The hotline 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.

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University of Delaware names local residents to Dean's List

The following local residents have been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester.

Nicholas Catania of Sherman 

Mary Ann Coughlin of New Fairfield

Sarah Edgerton of New Fairfield 

Kate Greco of New Fairfield 

Jillian LaMonica of New Fairfield 

Hannah Rigoglioso of New Fairfield

Daniel Scanlon of New Fairfield 

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

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Gymnastics City, Cortlandt Manor Welcomes You Back to Come Flip with Them!

Gymnastics City is thrilled to announce they will be reopening their doors on Monday, July 6th!  In preparation for their reopening, the facility has been thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and sanitized.  Cleaning and disinfecting will be performed by the staff between all classes as well.

Vinny, Anita, Elena, along with the full staff, want all returning students and parents to be assured that they are strictly following all CDC & NY State guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.  There is a new entry and activity protocol in place.  To that end, an informative protocol video has been uploaded on the website and can be viewed by selecting this link. The video is well produced, and I found it reassuring to know every consideration has been given towards your health and safety.  

All staff and Coaches are required to be tested for Covid 19.  Temperatures will be taken of anyone entering the Gym, and face masks (or coverings) are mandatory.

Located at 2121 Crompond Road in Cortland Manor, Gymnastics City is celebrating their 40 year anniversary this year, and is grateful to their staff and clients for their support and patronage over the years.

If you are not familiar with Gymnastics City, I suggest you visit their website at  You will find a list of options on the left, which are interactive that will take you to a variety of programs such as a Baby Program for babies as young as 6 months and a Mommy and Me program, which according to FB Mom pages is a lot of fun!  Call the gym for details if you are interested in these rebooted programs.

Previously enrolled students are welcome back to the gym to make up all missed classes.  They have the option to come multiple days for summer classes and attend the facility's fabulous Summer Camp.  Speaking of Summer Camp!  This is one of very few camps open that you will be able to enroll your child in this summer season!  Week 1 kicks off on Monday, July 6th, with the final, #8 the week of August 24th.  Unlike previous years, there is no vacation break, and the program will provide your child with a full summer of fun, physical activity and some much needed socialization.

Be sure to watch the protocol video and visit the website for complete details regarding their programs, or give them a call 914-734-1616 with any questions.

Gymnastics City

2121 Crompond Road, Cortland Manor, NY  10567

Call (914) 734-1616







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State Police Celebrate Graduation of 212th K-9 Training Troop

The Connecticut State Police has Graduated 3 K-9 teams as part of it's 212th K-9 Training Program. The class had been training for the past six weeks to detect odors of ignitable liquids at fire scenes. The Labrador retrievers are handled by experienced fire investigators.

The following teams graduated on July 2, 2020:

Connecticut State Police

Detective David Collins K-9 Elmer Fire & Explosion Investigative Unit,

Detective Jeffrey Bellevance K-9 David Fire & Explosion Investigative Unit

Rhode Island Office of the State Fire Marshal

Hannah Burnes

K9 Dream

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Boost Your Immune System in 14 Days

Calling all people who want guidance toward a healthier lifestyle. Health Coaches Stacy Hendrie, Daryl Moss and Lucy Diana facilitate a monthly 14 day Power Immune Boost. The premise is to add in healthy, immune supporting foods, to walk or exercise in some way, to reduce stress which helps to take at least ONE step in the direction of better health. One step leads to two, and so on. This is NOT a cleanse or deprivation program, but rather a very flexible program given the challenges we face today.

People with any preexisting conditions especially being overweight, diabetic or have heart disease are at greater risk for complications if they contract Covid19. With the world opening up and case numbers increasing, now is the time to take action.

Consider joining us on July 13. We have made this program FUN, EASY, TASTY and EFFECTIVE.

Please contact if you have questions.

Register at

What’s included:

  • An Eguide of simple tasty recipes with many substitution options to make cooking easy.
  • A private Facebook group of participants to share information and ask questions
  • Video demonstrations of time saving tips in the kitchen
  • Encouragement to exercise and get outside
  • A variety of breathing exercises and stress reduction techniques
  • Strategies to reduce sugar cravings

Comments from a participant from June’s program in just 12 days:

I am on day 12 of a 14 day program. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and put on medication a few months ago. Drugs have not been effective in getting my pressure below the CDC recommended 140/80, but I am happy to say that 12 days in my blood pressure is 111/70. I went all in. I am getting 8 hours of sleep for the first time in forever, meditation, breathing and cutting out processed foods, coffee and alcohol. The meal suggestions are great and full a flavor and although quarantine has given me the time to prepare I am also learning shortcuts and using my freezer to make it easier and less time consuming so I can keep it up after we get back to normal. Can't thank or recommend Synergy3 enough.”  Tom W., June 2020

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Don't Drink and Boat! CT DEEP Announces Operation Dry Water 2020

Connecticut DEEP is Participating in National Boating Under the

Influence Enforcement and Education Campaign over July 4th Weekend


As boaters begin to prepare for the July 4th holiday weekend, law enforcement officers across Connecticut will be on heightened alert looking for those violating boating under the influence laws.  Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation Police (EnCon), in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, local law enforcement, and the U.S. Coast Guard, will be participating in the national Operation Dry Water heightened awareness and enforcement weekend from July 3 – 5, 2020.

DEEP is working to increase boater awareness of the dangers and risks associated with boating under the influence and will be on the lookout for impaired boaters on Connecticut’s lakes, ponds, and rivers, as well as Long Island Sound. Boaters will notice an overall increase in officer patrols both on the water and at recreational boating checkpoints. The priority during this holiday weekend is to provide boaters with a safe and enjoyable experience by removing dangerous and impaired boaters from the waterways.

“Every year, we see boating accidents and tragedies that could have been avoided, had alcohol or drug use not been a factor. Our job is to ensure that recreational boaters, paddlers and anyone on our waters has a safe place to enjoy time with their family and friends,” says EnCon Captain Keith Williams.  “Alcohol use can impair a boater’s judgement, balance, vision and reaction time.”

Operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal on all bodies of water and can lead to serious injuries and consequences. In Connecticut, it is illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 – the same as it is to operate a vehicle.  DEEP reminds boaters to boat sober and always wear a life jacket when on the water.

Operation Dry Water is a year-round boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign with the mission of reducing the number of alcohol and drug related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water.

Visit Operation Dry Water for more information about boating under the influence.



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Why Small Businesses Matter in Danbury (Reimagined): Ethan Allen Hotel and 21 Lake Restaurant | Ba

Why Small Businesses Matter Reimagined:

Small businesses matter - now more than ever. They are answering the call with innovation and determination like never before.

We hope you join us in supporting them by sharing their story far and wide and shopping local! We are thankful to Fairfield County Bank for their continued support and making this series possible.

Step inside Ethan Allen Hotel and 21 Lake Restaurant & Bar.

Three questions with Scott DoVale, Director of Food and Beverage at Ethan Allen Hotel and 21 Lake Restaurant & Bar. 


What do you want the community to know? Are there ways for the community to help you and other local businesses to prosper?

That 21 Lake is open and ready to serve them again. We have incorporated a substantial amount of safeguards in terms of keeping the public safe (social distancing, multiple sanitizer stations, signage, etc.). Safety and quality are our top priorities, we are in this together. If the community can continue to support us by either ordering take-out or dining in along with spreading the word that 21 Lake is a quality dining option it would put a lot of people back to work. In addition, stay safe, be smart if you are choosing to dine in with us, make sure you have a mask, and if you aren’t feeling well, come us see when you are feeling better.

Are you offering any new products, or ways for customers to purchase your products or services that are popular during this crisis?

We have instituted a 4 for $44 Take-Out Tuesday program that provides a full meal (salad, entrée, side, and dessert) for a family of 4 for only $44. Cheaper than a night out and we can even throw in a nice bottle of wine for $10, 5 for $55. We also have a fun and fresh Al Fresco menu that doesn’t strip the guest of a night out by offering a lesser quality menu we are a scratch kitchen so everything from our starters to desserts is made in house. All can be ordered right through the 21 Lake website (, we also have a digital menu for the folks choosing to dine in, they just scan a QSR Code and a link pops up on the smartphone that takes them directly to our menu, eliminate the waste of paper and building another layer of safety with a contactless ordering experience.

Are there certain individuals or organizations that supported you and your business through this trying time?

In general, all of the vendors have been super supportive, from Sysco to our Liquor vendors and our service companies have all been over the top with their ideas, help, hospitality, and understanding.

Ethan Allen Hotel and 21 Lake Restaurant & Bar is located at 21 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury. Visit the Ethan Allen Hotel and 21 Lake Restaurant & Bar online here.

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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