Newfairfield's HamletHub Sat, 09 Dec 2023 00:27:03 -0500 Prospector Theater becomes a KultureCity® Certified Sensory Inclusive Venue

KultureCity® has partnered with the Prospector Theater to make this location and all its programs and events Sensory Inclusive. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests with sensory issue, no matter their age or ability.

The certification process ensures that the staff at the Prospector Theater are trained annually by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation.

KultureCity® Sensory Bags, equipped with noise-canceling headphones (provided by Puro Sound Labs), fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and KCVIP lanyards will be available to all guest at the Box Office who may feel overwhelmed by this new environment. Weighted lap pads are also available.

Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which can be a major part of the environment at a location like the Prospector Theater.

With its new certification, the Prospector Theater continues to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible.

Prior to their visit, families and individuals can download the free KultureCity® App where one can view what sensory features are available and where they can access them including, Quiet Areas, where to get a KultureCity® Sensory Bag, where the Headphone Zones are etc. Also, on the App is the Social Story which will provide a customized visual preview of what to expect while enjoying a visit to the Prospector Theater.

“Our communities shape our lives and to know that the Prospector Theater is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in community experiences is amazing. We’re honored to partner with the Prospector Theater to provide a truly inclusive experience for all guests!” - Uma Srivastava, Executive Director, KultureCity®

The Prospector actively educates students, teachers, businesses, and organizations on the benefits of an accessible and inclusive workforce. Kathleen Eubanks, the theater’s Director of Continuing Education, says “The Prospector is incredibly excited to partner with KultureCity and are proud to be the first Sensory Inclusive certified non-profit movie theater. The Prospector continuously strives to be a place for everyone to feel welcomed, included, and supported.”

]]> (Prospector Theater) Life Wed, 06 Dec 2023 10:50:11 -0500
DEEP Announces Free Swimming Lesson Program in Partnership with Connecticut Institute For Communities of Danbury

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Deputy Commissioner Mason Trumble joined local and state elected officials and the Connecticut Institute For Communities (CIFC) leaders at the Danbury Community Center (DCC) today to announce $128,000 to fund free swimming lessons to qualifying children. The partnership with the CIFC will enable children ages 17 and under to receive free swim lessons at the DCC pool.

The program, funded through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds authorized by the Lamont Administration and State Legislature, is expected to serve 300 children each year. Children who live in a qualified census tract and/or receive SNAP benefits - or are recommended to the program - are eligible to register for the free swimming lessons from CIFC at Danbury’s only public-access pool. These lessons are one of numerous DEEP initiatives aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor recreation activities in State Parks and Forests.

“DEEP is excited to partner with the CIFC to provide children more opportunities to learn how to swim,” said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Mason Trumble. “Swimming is the basis of many great outdoor experiences for children and families here in Connecticut. Sadly, swimming ability plays a role in drowning deaths that occur in swimming pools, lakes, rivers and on our shoreline. While it seems like the summer swimming season is a long way off, this is a great time for children to learn to swim. The partnership with CIFC complements DEEP’s partnerships with Connecticut YMCAs and the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain to ensure children from additional communities can learn how to swim, be safe around the water, and most importantly, help prevent future tragedies.”

DEEP’s partnerships with Connecticut YMCAs and the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain has resulted in more than 2,000 children learning how to swim since lessons began in November, 2022.

“This is a public health crisis, and as the only publicly available pool in downtown Danbury, we see the DCC’s role as helping many Danbury youth learn to swim. Additionally, opportunities for recreation are so important to the well-being of our youth, individuals, and families when we note that obesity, mental health challenges, and lack of access to recreational activities and facilities all disproportionately impact minority and low-income communities, as well as individuals of color,” said Katie Curran, CEO of the Connecticut Institute For Communities, Inc.


“Free swimming lessons will save lives — preventing some of the hundreds of drownings that occur to children every year,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal. Using federal funds to teach kids how to enjoy water safely will prevent senseless tragedies. Thanks to organizations like CIFC — and their swim lessons — kids will have brighter, better futures.”

“Learning to swim is not just a rite of passage – it’s a lifesaving skill. But not every family can afford swim lessons, and that’s why I’ve worked for over a decade to make sure the cost of lessons doesn’t stand in the way of kids learning to swim. I’m proud to see the American Rescue Plan support this vital program that will not only save hundreds of kids from potential drowning but also introduce them to a lifelong activity to enjoy with friends and family,” said Senator Chris Murphy.

“Each year the lives of too many children are claimed from drowning,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “Initiatives like these, in partnership with community organizations like CIFC, will not only save lives, but also provide children with a fun, recreational activity that will create a valuable, lifelong skill.”

“With accidental drownings of Connecticut children on the rise, it is critically important for kids to be introduced to water safety early on. I was surprised when I met with a group of young people this week and they said that among the many changes they would like to see in their community, learning to swim topped the list. With ARPA funds, qualifying children will now be able to access free swimming lessons at Danbury Community Center through a streamlined process to ensure more residents can participate. This program has the potential to save lives while opening opportunities for families that once seemed out of reach," said Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05).


“When my daughter was little, she took swimming lessons in this same pool. I have fond memories of taking her to these lessons and I’m excited this opportunity will be available to the community. Knowing how to swim is not only a great recreational activity, but it was also help save lives,” said State Senator Julie Kushner (D-Danbury, New Fairfield, Ridgefield) 


"’It takes a village to raise a child’ includes knowledge, skills, and lessons for children to thrive. Learning to swim is one thing we must do for both safety and fun. Thank you CIFC and DEEP for making it happen,” said State Representative Bob Godfrey (D-Danbury).


Additionally, DEEP has already begun hiring lifeguards for next year at the State’s shoreline and inland swimming areas, including at Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield.

Connecticut is fortunate to have access to local pools, Long Island Sound, and many local lakes and ponds. However, access to swimming lessons is limited. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more children ages 1-4 die from drowning in the United States than any other cause of death, and two children die every day from drowning. For children ages 5-14, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury or death.

Drowning death rates for Black people are 1.5 times higher than the rates for White people. Disparities are highest among Black children ages 5-9 (rates 2.6 times higher) and ages 10-14 (rates 3.6 times higher). In underserved communities, 79% of children who live in households with incomes less than $50,000 have no/low swimming ability. 

This Free Swim Lessons program is part of DEEP’s broad, ongoing focus on DEI, and part of the specific DEI in Parks Initiative for 2023, which focuses on improving equitable access to the outdoors. Additional DEI-related projects DEEP has pursued as part of this initiative include:

  • Piloted a partnership with the Student Conservation Association to provide internships in Connecticut State Parks, recognizing that in a study of Black employees in the National Park Service, 14 out of 15 interviewees mentioned an internship as their first introduction to State and National parks in general.
  • Hired a DEI consultant to facilitate listening sessions on advancing racial diversity, equity and inclusion in the outdoors.
  • Made DEI a priority in DEEP’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), the 5-year strategic plan for the state’s outdoor recreation resources and programs, by issuing surveys and collecting data to identify additional opportunities where DEEP can further invest in DEI-related improvements.
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Ring in 2024 at The Ridgefield Playhouse with the Gin Blossoms, after party included with ticket!

Ring in 2024, Sunday, December 31 with the Gin Blossoms!

The evening will begin with opening act, Gabe Dixon (Tedeschi Trucks Band), then our headliner, Gin Blossoms, followed by a New Year’s party in our lobby featuring specialty “Tuck Gin Blossom” cocktails, a dance party and countdown to midnight. Our lobby will be transformed with decorations from Sweet Bean Events, DJ Mo spinning the latest tunes, photo booth, complimentary food, and Prosecco toast at Midnight.

Purchase tickets ($150 to $250) online


Elegant Ridgefield Holiday Series
Pepsi Rock Series Driven by North American Motor Car

The Gin Blossoms broke out in the early 90s with their album, New Miserable Experience. That album is now certified 4x Platinum and includes their biggest hits to date, “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You.” The band is known for their bright, guitar-driven hooks layered with their lyrics that evoke nostalgia while bringing a fresh take. Their classic yet modern approach to indie music in the late 90s and early 2000s is arguably what led them to being radio mainstays for more than two decades.

After their performance to 60,000 people at Sound on Sound Festival in Bridgeport, the Gin Blossoms are bringing their music to our intimate, 500 seat theater for a special performance that will ring in the new year.

We hope you can join us for this memorable evening at the Playhouse!


    • VIP early entry into the venue
    • Exclusive pre-show Q&A with members of Gin Blossoms
    • Pre-show performance with members of Gin Blossoms
    • Group photo with Gin Blossoms
    • Exclusive VIP Gift
    • Specially designed tote bag
    • Official pre-show laminate
    • Merchandise shopping before doors open to the general public

    Restaurant Sponsors:

Brassiere St. Germain, Dimitri’s, HayFields Catering, Jaipore Xpress, JJ Stacks, Southwest Cafe, Stew Leonard’s, Sweet Pierre’s of Wilton

Beverage Sponsors:
Freixenet Mionetto, Travelin’ Toms Coffee Truck, Tuck Gin

Additional Support by:
DJ Mo, Inflate CT-NY Party Rentals, Sweet Bean Events


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Governor Lamont Directs Flags To Half-Staff Thursday for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

 Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is directing U.S. and State of Connecticut flags lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, December 7, 2023, in recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The observance honors the more than 2,400 lives lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags – including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise – should also be lowered during this same duration of time.

In addition, Governor Lamont announced that the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven – informally known by many residents as the Q Bridge – will be illuminated in red, white, and blue lights on the evenings of Wednesday, December 6, and Thursday, December 7, to honor the anniversary. Beacons will project light upward from the bridge towers from sunset through the early morning hours. The bridge, which carries I-95 over the Quinnipiac River and is maintained by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, is named in honor of those who served during the attack.

“The attack on Pearl Harbor is one of the darkest days in our nation’s history, and we will never forget the thousands of servicemembers and civilians who lost their lives on that day in 1941,” Governor Lamont said. “There’s a debt that we all owe to our World War II veterans for selflessly defending the United States and saving hundreds of millions from oppression. I urge all Connecticut residents to reflect on the sacrifices made by the Greatest Generation during World War II – especially those who were killed in the line of duty – and everything they have provided to our country and the world.”

“Today, we honor the brave women and men who, in the face of adversity, sacrificed everything for our freedom during World War II,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “May we solemnly reflect on the profound sacrifice of more than 2,400 lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Let their legacy serve as a timeless reminder of resilience and the enduring strength of our nation.”

There are 18 servicemembers from Connecticut who were killed in the attack. Their names are listed on a stone memorial located at the base of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge near the intersection of East Street and Forbes Avenue. They include:

  • Eric Allen of Darien (Navy, lieutenant junior grade, USS Enterprise)
  • Henry Ludwig Carlson of Norwich (Navy, storekeeper 3c, USS Arizona)
  • Edward W. Gosselin of Hamden (Naval Reserve, ensign, USS Arizona)
  • Vincent M. Horan of Stamford (Army Air Force, corporal, Wheeler Field)
  • Henry John Lanquette of Wallingford (Navy, coxswain, USS Arizona)
  • John Kallervo Luntta of Collinsville (Navy, seaman 1c, USS Nevada)
  • W.T. O’Neill Jr. of Glenbrook (Naval Reserve, ensign, USS Arizona)
  • Stanislaus Joseph Orzech of Meriden (Navy, seaman 2c, USS Arizona)
  • Richard Patterson Jr. of Berlin (Navy, shipfitter 3c, USS Arizona)
  • Stephen Pepe of Bridgeport (U.S. Navy Water Tender 1st Class, USS Oklahoma)
  • George Povesko of Bridgeport (Navy, seaman 1c, USS Arizona)
  • Mike George Quarto of Norwich (Navy, seaman 1c, USS Arizona)
  • Thomas James Reeves of Thomaston (Navy, chief radioman, USS California)
  • William Eugene Seeley of New London (Navy, seaman 1c, USS Arizona)
  • George Smith of New Haven (Army Air Force, private, Hickam Field)
  • Gordon H. Sterling Jr. of Hartford (Army Air Force, 2nd lieutenant, Wheeler Field)
  • Felix S. Wegrzyn of Bridgeport (Army Air Force, private, Hickam Field)
  • Ulmont Irving Whitehead Jr. of Hartford (Navy, ensign, USS Arizona)
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The College of Saint Rose Announces It Will Close

The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY has announced they are closing in May of 2024.

103-year-old institution to cease academic instruction after the current academic year

Albany, NY – The College of Saint Rose Board of Trustees voted yesterday to cease academic instruction after the end of the 2023-2024 academic year. The College will continue to serve its undergraduate and graduate students, and offer a full Spring 2024 course schedule. (The College will hold its 101st and final commencement in May of 2024).

“It is with a heavy heart that  Board decided to close the college at the end of this academic year,” Board Chair Jeffrey D. Stone said.  The Board determined that the College does not have the financial resources to operate for the full 2024-2025 academic year and therefore cannot remain a standalone institution.”

Like many small, private higher-education institutions in the Northeast, the College has struggled to manage operating expenses in the face of declining enrollment caused by both a shrinking pool of high school graduates and the prolonged negative impact of COVID-19, said Stone.

“We are devastated that despite all our efforts we were unable to avoid closure,” Stone said. “Our goal now is to ease the transition for our students, faculty, and staff.”

The College will assist students to graduate in May or continue their studies elsewhere and will outline a clear pathway for them to earn their degrees. That transition will be guided by a formal institutional teach-out plan, as required by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the New York State Education Department. The plan will enable the closure to proceed in an orderly manner to minimize its impact on the students and College community, officials said.

Officials added that the College’s Human Resource department will be available as a resource to assist faculty, administrators and staff with their career transition.

More information is on the College website including a set of FAQs about the decision and the process going forward.

College President Marcia White told students, staff and faculty at an emotional community gathering today that the 103-year-old independent college, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, would not reopen in the Fall of 2024. “We are heartbroken to have to share this devastating news with the students and our community,” she said. “The Trustees and I are profoundly grateful to the College’s faculty and staff who have remained committed to Saint Rose and have dedicated their lives to fulfilling its mission.”

White said the Board has been laser-focused on sustaining the institution. In recent years, she said, the Board eliminated high-cost academic programs, instituted administrator, staff and faculty layoffs, reduced pension contributions, cut administrator salaries, re-financed the College’s debt, requested donors to unrestrict endowed funds, sold non-essential buildings, raised scholarship funds, and implemented a variety of new recruitment initiatives and strategies. The Board also engaged national consultants and, with the President, worked with a number of institutions to identify a strategic long-term partnership.

Those efforts were unable to offset the ongoing deficit, White told the community. The projected operating cash deficit for this year is $11.3 million she said.

“For more than a century, Saint Rose has transformed the lives of countless students, and our students continue to be our highest priority,” said White. “We understand the profound impact this announcement will have on them and their families, as well as our faculty, staff and community members in the City of Albany, the greater Capital Region, and beyond.”

“The College is an institution of higher learning that offers students access to a quality education and a pathway to a successful future,” White said, noting that one third of Saint Rose’s undergraduates are first generation and nearly 40 percent come from low-income, Pell-eligible households. More than 40 percent of the College’s students are students of color and two thirds are women.

White said that about 80% of the College’s students hail from New York State, and many graduates remain in-state where they continue to contribute to their respective communities.

“This closure does not diminish the incredible impact that the College’s 50,000 alumni have had on the world, and in particular, this area of New York state. They are changing lives in education, health care, the law, social work, and in public service – as well as innovating as business leaders,” White said.

Sister Joan Mary Hartigan, Province Director of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet,  Albany Province, said, “The Sisters of Saint Joseph founded the College in 1920 with the motto, “In Thy light, we shall see light.” The light of Saint Rose will continue to shine brightly in the lives of its graduates, especially in the many thousands of Saint Rose-educated teachers shaping future leaders in schools across the nation. Though we are saddened by this news, we recognize that the needs of society change and that human institutions must adapt. We are profoundly grateful to the leadership and trustees of St. Rose for their extraordinary dedication to the College, to the faculty and staff for their loyal service and encouragement, and to our many friends and supporters who have so generously supported this very special institution.”

White concluded, “We know the College’s indelible impact, mission and legacy will live on through the contributions of each member of the Saint Rose community, past and present.”

About The College of Saint Rose: Founded in 1920, The College of Saint Rose is a private independent college in the state capital of Albany, New York. The College is home to nearly 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students across 77 bachelor’s, master’s, certificate, dual and accelerated programs, including those who are enrolled in graduate leadership and administration courses offered to New York State educators in partnership with the Center for Integrated Training and Education (CITE). Students experience a Theory in Action approach to learning in their undergraduate and graduate studies, and the College lives its founding mission of serving the dear neighbor and meeting the needs of the times. The College will hold its 101st and final commencement in May 2024 when the graduates will join nearly 50,000 Saint Rose alumni nationwide.

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NFSAW Holiday Boutique is December 2nd


The New Fairfield/Sherman Animal Welfare Society will hold its annual Holiday Boutique on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 2 Colonial Road, at the corner of State Route 37 in New Fairfield.

Admission is free.

On Dec. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m., for a $5 charge, there will be a Sneak Peek Preview for an early chance to purchase the many handcrafted items at the Boutique.

On sale will be a wide selection of volunteer donated ornaments and jewelry, gifts for pets, live wreaths, NFSAW 2024 pet calendars, handmade quilts and pet beds, gift baskets, tabletop Christmas trees, and other holiday decorations. A raffle will also be held and on Dec. 2 the Boutique will include a bake sale.

All proceeds from the boutique go to the neglected, abused and abandoned dogs and cats who are sheltered and found loving homes by NFSAW, a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1977.

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Connecticut Press Club Announces 2023 Communications Contest

November 30, 2023 (Greenwich, Conn.) – Calling all writers! The Connecticut Press Club ( announced today the official opening of its annual state-wide contest. All communicators are invited to submit their 2023 published work – be it an essay, book, blog, public relations or social media campaign, photograph and beyond.  

Would you like to add “award-winning” to your resume? 

If you wrote a news article or personal essay, published a book, started a blog, created a social media campaign, or snapped a photograph you're particularly proud of, enter your work in the Connecticut Press Club’s popular Communications Contest, which rewards excellence in a wide range of categories. 

Entries in 63 categories will be judged by professionals with corresponding expertise. Categories include:

  • online and print news articles and columns

  • personal essay

  • social media campaigns

  • nonfiction, fiction, poetry, young adult and children's books

  • specialty articles in the arts, food, business, education, travel and more...

  • page design, editing, photography and graphics

  • radio and TV

  • podcasts and blogs

  • advertising and PR

In addition to the professional competition, the Connecticut Press Club is holding a High School Communications Contest. Entries must be produced by a current high school student or a recently graduated student who produced the work in their senior year after February 1, 2023. Entries must have been professionally published/produced or published/produced by a school or professional publication in a recognized medium for the category. i.e., a school, local, or national newspaper, website, etc. 

To enter, follow the directions on the contest site

Email with questions. 

Here is a complete list of categories. 

A few requirements to keep in mind: 

  • Eligibility: Communicators who live and work in Connecticut are eligible to enter. Work published from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023, is eligible. 

  • Contest Fees: The fee is $25 for the first entry and $15 for Connecticut Press Club members; non-members pay $30 for the first entry and $20 for each additional entry. High school entry fees are $10 per entry. 

  • You can apply to join the CT Press Club HERE.

  • Deadlines: The Early Bird deadline is January 17, 2024 at noon EST. A one-time $25 fee will be assessed to all entrants after this date. The final deadline is February 7, 2024 at noon EST. The final deadline for entrants submitting books is January 31, 2024 at noon EST.

  • We will celebrate the winners with a cocktail party and awards ceremony in the spring.

  • Anyone who receives a first-place award in the Connecticut Contest will be eligible to enter the National Federation of Press Women National Communications Contest, provided annual NFPW membership dues have been paid. (Membership dues can be paid when you register for the contest.)

The Connecticut Press Club is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), and includes both male and female members. The club welcomes all types of communicators: writers, editors, bloggers, authors, educators, public relations professionals, media photographers, students and more. Plans for the coming year include lectures by sought-after speakers, professional development workshops, networking and social outings. For more information, e-mail

Image shows Adair Heitmann, right, receiving awards from Connecticut Press Club Contest Director Thomas Renner. 


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Intuitive Astrology December 2023

New Cold Moon -There will be a New Moon on December 12. 2023.

This New Moon is also known as the New Cold Moon. This is because of the official start of winter and how the temperatures get colder. The December New Moon is also called the New Long Nights Moon because December is the shortest day of the year. Another nickname for the New Moon is the Oak Moon. The name of the December New Moon changes depending on which lunar cycle it starts. For example, in 2023, the December 12 New Moon began the December Full Moon cycle. In other years, the New Moon in December may create the following year's January Full Moon Lunar Cycle. It is worth noting that this New Moon is the last one before the Winter Solstice. Cold Full Moon. Use this time to set your intentions! Especially for what you want to accomplish in the New Year!

There will be a Full Moon on December 27, 2023. This Full Moon will be in Cancer.
Cold Full Moon-There will be a Full Moon on December 27, 2023. This Full Moon will be in Cancer
Many names know the December full moon, which holds different meanings for various cultures. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is commonly referred to as the Full Long Nights Moon because it coincides with the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. While some cultures associate this full moon with warmth, others link it to the cold light it casts upon the long winter nights and call it the Cold Moon. The Full Long Nights Moon is a time for introspection and rest. You can take advantage of this period to focus on tying up loose ends and finishing the little things you've left hanging throughout the year. It is a time of endings and new beginnings. Allow yourself to rest and heal from everything that has hurt you over the year, and focus instead on new goals for the upcoming year. Different cultures have different associations with the December full moon. Some prefer staying in a cozy home beside a fireplace, surrounded by family and friends. In contrast, others consider it the perfect time to open up their homes and provide warmth to those they love and those most vulnerable to the cold of winter.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 22) —Happy Birthday Sagittarius! Pay attention to your life outside of work and watch for a potential love interest who may try to catch your attention. Your creative ideas and wishes may bring you newfound success and prosperity, so don't be afraid to take risks and think outside the box. If you encounter a dispute, remember to defend what is rightfully yours and gather your resources accordingly. Avoid complaining this week, as it may cause you to lose sight of the bigger picture. Remember that anything you touch has the potential to be improved, and your loved ones are proud of your accomplishments.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20) —Avoid letting your fears and worry affect your self-esteem or make you nervous. Over the next few days, you must stand up for yourself. Remember that you are good at what you do, and others recognize your abilities. New relationships take off. An opportunity to travel presents itself. Tie up loose ends where possible.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 19) —Being blunt positively changes essential unions. Allow for quiet times to restore your focus and optimism. A loss of heart at work suggests the need to revitalize projects colleagues are encouraging. Think "team player." Clients are kind, and investors tend to be forthcoming with funds. Focus more on your own goals and dreams. Avoid doing anything hasty. Avoid being impulsive. Otherwise, this could cause you to overlook details, causing mistakes you don't want to make.

Pisces (February 20 – March 20)—Others around your work or business may resort to unreasonable methods or business strategies. Try not to lower yourself to their level. You may feel at a disadvantage in the short term. Over time, your reputation for integrity will make up the difference. Focus on the people that matter to you. Family matters take center stage. Provide your children with the extra attention they need.

Aries (March 21-April 20) —Your passion inspires people you don't know. You are not that far off from reaching your goals. Clearing out excessive clutter will help you focus more. One way to ensure your success is to create your own path. Finances are a focal point.

Taurus (April 21-May 21) —Don't let your passionate nature hinder essential decisions. You may command an audience over the next few days; don't expect everyone to jump to your every request.

Gemini (May 22- June 21) —Increased financial growth depends on your state of mind. Think positively with a "can do" attitude. Try taking on new responsibilities at work. Your passion and bigheartedness will shine through. Two fellow employees may help to mediate office politics.

Cancer (June 22 – July 22) —You can only decide if circumstances favor you. A significant life change will help renew energy. This could involve a relationship or a career move. You find the answers you have been seeking from those you trust.

Leo (July 23 – August 23) —Be cautious about gossip and not let it influence your actions. This week seems to be filled with laughter and light-hearted moments. Your emotions regarding a relationship will impact its direction, so paying attention to them is essential. Your decision on a particular matter will satisfy those who matter to you. Additionally, there might be a friendly competition that takes on a more competitive edge, so be prepared for that.

Virgo (August 24 – September 22) —This month, you feel optimistic and ready to take on new challenges. You have the skills necessary to achieve your goals and are confident in your ability to hit the ground running. While planning is essential, sometimes you must roll up your sleeves and get to work. Every experience teaches you something new about yourself, so note what you learn. Remember that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, and always give credit where credit is due. Take some time to contemplate and organize your thoughts to stay focused.

Libra (September 23 –October 22) —if things don't go as planned, try to hide your disappointment. You're known for being patient, and that's good because sometimes you have to wait for events to fall into place. If you want to do something wild, do it in private. Laughter is good medicine today. You might get lucky over the next few days, even if you don't feel exceptionally competent. Join others who share your dreams and work together to make them happen.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) —When communicating information, it's important to consider who your audience is and what they need to know. To make the message clear and easy to understand, keep sentences short and straightforward and only include necessary information.


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?For more information, contact Francine at ,  , call 914.469.6693, or visit

For entertainment purposes only.The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of HamletHub.

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Community Holiday Sing-Along Dec 9th 4:30pm in New Fairfield

Join us for the New Fairfield Economic Development Commission's third annual community gathering, a festive celebration to spread holiday cheer and goodwill!
Sing songs celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and the most wonderful time of the year with your neighbors while shopping local vendor booths and snacking on some winter favorites! And of course, Santa Claus will be making an appearance!
CALLING ALL LOCAL VENDORS! Set up a FREE table at this amazing annual community event. Great opportunity to sell gifts for the holiday season.
Vendors of all kinds are welcome to join us, from crafts and artisans to restaurants to organizations who just want to serve up some hot cocoa.
If you own a business, run a local organization or a local musician who wishes to lead a song, we'd love to have you! Shoot us a message!
Call or Text Myke at 203-947-0332
Our email is

Saturday, December 9th at 4:30pm    Memorial Field
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NFSAW Flower Power Sale


New Fairfield/Sherman Animal Welfare is holding an online Flower Power Sale for the holiday season.

Many types of beautiful amaryllis bulbs are available, including gift kits, as well as paperwhites as gifts.

NFSAW receives 40 percent of the purchase price. Items will be shipped directly to the buyer. The website is:


All holiday website orders are due by Dec. 15. But to ensure delivery by Christmas, orders must be placed by Dec. 1.

NFSAW has rescued thousands of abused, neglected and abandoned dogs and cats since its founding in 1977.

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Up to 60% off Relaxing CyberMonday Gifts on Amazon

This holiday season, give the gift of serenity with our carefully curated selection of spa and relaxation treasures. Whether you're shopping for a loved one or treating yourself, these best-selling indulgences are the perfect way to elevate the art of self-care. As Cyber Monday dawns, unlock exclusive discounts of up to 60% off regular prices, transforming these luxurious items into the ideal presents for anyone seeking tranquility and relaxation.

Please note: HamletHub News is an Amazon Affiliate – go to the end of the article for more details.  Our suggestions are based on best-seller items with the favorable reviews. 

1.     Nodpod Gentle Pressure Sleep Mask: Tranquil Serenity for Restful Sleep Experience the soothing embrace of the Nodpod Gentle Pressure Sleep Mask. With a patented design for even pressure distribution, adjustable straps, and light-blocking fit, it's your tranquil oasis for relaxation. Use it for sleep, travel, meditation, or yoga – the perfect gift for restful rejuvenation. Indulge in serenity here.

2.     THE COMFY Original Wearable Blanket: Cozy Comfort for Every Occasion Unleash the joy of coziness with THE COMFY Original, the oversized wearable blanket that's perfect for any occasion. Ideal for gifting, it combines extreme comfort with a plush sherpa exterior and luxurious microfiber interior. Wear it anywhere for the ultimate warmth and relaxation. Wrap yourself in comfort here.

3.     TOLOCO Massage Gun Deep Tissue: Relieve muscle fatigue with the TOLOCO deep tissue massage gun, offering 3200 rpm and seven adjustable speeds. Its silent motor ensures a quiet operation, and the smart LED touch screen allows easy control. With 10 massage heads for versatile use, this percussion massager promotes blood circulation and alleviates soreness. Enjoy up to 6 hours of use on a single charge. Buy the TOLOCO massage gun here on Amazon for a thoughtful and practical gift for loved ones.

4.     BodyRestore Shower Steamers: Indulge in a spa-like experience with BodyRestore Shower Steamers, a 15-pack of aromatherapy shower tablets. Infused with natural essential oils, these shower steamers offer Eucalyptus, Mint, Menthol, and Nasal Congestion Relief for a relaxing night's rest. Dissolve the tablets in your bathtub to wash away stress and fatigue, releasing potent aromatherapy scents. Unlike standard shower bombs, these tablets last longer, providing a deluxe home spa experience. With 15 individually wrapped pieces, this set offers more value for a delightful and rejuvenating self-care routine or a perfect gift. Surprise your loved ones with this unique and thoughtful gift here on Amazon.

5.     Nekteck Shiatsu Foot Massager: Indulge in ultimate foot relaxation with the Nekteck Shiatsu Foot Massager. This multi-functional device offers preset massage modes, adjustable air compression, and soothing heat to target foot reflex zones and improve overall foot wellness. The built-in air compression technology enhances blood circulation and reduces muscle stiffness. The deep-kneading nodes imitate professional massage techniques, alleviating foot soreness and muscle tensions after a long day. The foot sleeves are detachable and breathable for easy cleaning. Treat yourself to foot bliss, available here on Amazon.

6.     Comfytemp Weighted Heating Pad: Experience ultimate relaxation with the Comfytemp Weighted Heating Pad for Neck and Shoulders. Filled with micro-glass beads, it simulates the sensation of being held, effectively soothing muscle tension and pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Choose from 9 heat settings and utilize the 11 auto-off timers for a customized heat therapy experience. The stay-on function ensures continuous pain relief, and the countdown display helps manage therapy time. With its larger size, curved high-collar, and even heat distribution, this heating pad offers comprehensive coverage. The soft flannel fabric is machine-washable for convenience. Indulge in comforting pain relief, available here on Amazon.

7.     Boriwat Back Massager with Heat: Indulge in ultimate relaxation with the Boriwat Back Massager. Larger in size, it perfectly conforms to neck and back curves, offering a comfortable massage experience. Featuring two heating zones with two levels, the electric massager releases soreness and fatigue simultaneously on the neck and back. The 3 adjustable intensities—low, medium, and high—cater to various age groups and fatigue levels. With 4 deep kneading shiatsu massage nodes, this massager effectively soothes muscle fatigue and stiffness. An ideal gift for loved ones, it brings the luxury of a deep tissue massage to your home. Explore this stress-relieving experience, available here on Amazon.

8.     Bamboo Bathtub Tray Table - Collapsible & Adjustable: This bamboo tray elevates every bath into a spa-like retreat. Transform your bathroom into a relaxing haven by laying out scented candles, oils, or a favorite book. The adjustable design fits various tub sizes securely, with non-slip silicone grips ensuring stability. Crafted from Moso bamboo wood and coated with waterproof lacquer, this tray blends functionality with aesthetic appeal. Thoughtful compartments for wine glasses, phones, tablets, and luxurious items add convenience and elegance to your bathing experience. Embrace sustainable luxury with responsibly-sourced bamboo, available here on Amazon.

This Cyber Monday, discover the joy of giving the gift of relaxation. From the cozy warmth of a weighted heating pad to the invigorating scents of eucalyptus shower steamers, these spa-inspired treasures are designed to bring moments of tranquility to your loved ones or even yourself. With discounts of up to 60%, now is the time to embrace the spirit of giving and elevate self-care to new heights. Don't miss the chance to unwrap these luxurious experiences at unbeatable prices – a holiday gift that keeps on giving. Shop now and infuse the season with the joy of serenity.

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]]> (BHH) Life Sun, 26 Nov 2023 08:55:43 -0500
Unique Holiday Gift Ideas for Fun, Creativity, and Relaxation

Introducing a collection of extraordinary gifts that promise to elevate playtime, relaxation, and creativity. From mesmerizing shape-shifting cubes to crafting adventures with Pierre the Penguin, brain-boosting STEM games, illuminated nighttime fun, skill-enhancing toss-and-catch games, and ultimate cozy storytime, this holiday season is all about the joy of giving. Dive into a world of endless possibilities and discover the perfect present for every age and interest! 

The following list contains Amazon* best selling affiliate links. Some have CyberMonday specials going on right now! So if you thinking of purchasing - now might be a good time.

  1. SHASHIBO Shape Shifting Box: Transformative Fidget Fun Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing world of SHASHIBO, an award-winning fidget cube with 36 rare earth magnets, offering over 70 shape-shifting possibilities. Designed for mind-challenging fun, this cube is a sensory delight that builds skills and fosters coordination. Crafted by Fun in Motion Toys, it's a captivating journey into creativity. Purchase here.

  2. The Woobles Beginners Crochet Kit - Pierre The Penguin: Craft Your Joy Embark on a crochet adventure with The Woobles Beginners Crochet Kit featuring Pierre the Penguin. Tailored for beginners, Pierre comes with a pre-started crochet piece and user-friendly video tutorials. Enjoy unlimited support and unleash your creativity with Easy Peasy Yarn. Craft your masterpiece here.

  3. ThinkFun Gravity Maze: A Brain Game and STEM Toy: Building Minds, One Move at a Time Join the global ranks of families trusting ThinkFun's Gravity Maze Marble Run. This STEM toy develops critical skills, spatial reasoning, and planning in players aged 8 and up. With 60 challenges ranging from beginner to expert, it's a thrilling journey of strategic fun. Elevate your gaming experience here.

  4. TOSY Flying Disc: Light Up the Night Illuminate your outdoor adventures with the TOSY Flying Disc, boasting 36 super bright LEDs. This game-changer is 100x brighter than other light-up discs, featuring smart modes and motion sensors. Rechargeable and ready for action, it's the perfect gift for outdoor enthusiasts. Light up your games here.

  5. Pindaloo Skill Game Toy: Endless Fun and Skill Development Discover Pindaloo, the latest skill toy set designed to stimulate brain, eye, and hand activities. This challenging yet fun juggling and ball toss-and-catch game is based on a simple loop principle. Once you master the basics, unlock a world of endless throwing and catching tricks for interactive and educational play. Master the loop here.

  6. 50 Pcs Fidget Toys Pack: Sensory Extravaganza for All Ages Delve into the world of fidgety delights with our 50 Pcs Fidget Toys Pack – the ultimate collection for stress relief and endless fun. From pop sensations to squishy wonders, this set is perfect for kids, teens, and adults seeking moments of relaxation. Explore the sensory journey here.

  7. Highlights for Children 'TWAS The Night Before Christmas Book and Reindeer Plush Set: A Cozy Christmas Adventure: This 2-piece Snuggle Stories ensemble is perfect for all ages, making it an ideal Christmas gift that will keep the holiday spirit alive for years to come. Snuggle up with the super-soft reindeer plush, a delightful reading companion that adds an extra touch of magic to storytime. The plushie features a pouch in front, ensuring the storybook can be easily carried for car rides or visits to grandma’s house, making it a charming addition to any bedroom or reading nook.- Get Yours Here.

  8. Amazon Fire 7 Kids Tablet: A Tech Wonderland for Young Explorers: Explore endless possibilities with the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Tablet, the best-selling 7" kids tablet on Amazon in 2022. Designed for ages 3-7, it offers an ad-free, secure environment with robust parental controls. With a 30% faster quad-core processor and 16 or 32 GB internal storage, kids can enjoy up to 10 hours of their favorite games, apps, and videos. The tablet's durability is ensured by the included Kid-Proof Case with a built-in stand. A comprehensive bundle features a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ and a worry-free 2-year guarantee. Elevate learning and playtime with the Fire 7 Kids Tablet - Get Yours Here and let the adventures unfold!

Give the gift of joy, creativity, and relaxation this holiday season. Each item in this guide promises a unique and memorable experience, bringing smiles to faces young and old. Happy gifting!


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]]> (BHH) Life Sat, 25 Nov 2023 09:56:12 -0500
A Guide to Elevating Small Businesses This Small Business Saturday

Today, November 25, 2024, marks the celebration of Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting and showcasing the incredible small businesses that make our community unique. As we dive into the holiday season, let's take a moment to appreciate the charm and character that local businesses bring to our neighborhoods.

What is Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday, nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is a day dedicated to promoting and supporting small businesses in our community. This initiative, first introduced in 2010 by American Express, encourages shoppers to shift their focus from big-box retailers to the local shops that add vibrancy and personality to our towns and cities.

How to Support Small Businesses Today:

  1. Shop Local: The most direct way to support small businesses is by shopping locally. Take a stroll through our community or our online local vendors and explore the unique products and services offered by your neighborhood shops. From handmade crafts to one-of-a-kind gifts, you're sure to find something special for everyone on your holiday list.

  2. Dine at Local Restaurants: Consider dining at a locally-owned restaurant today. Many eateries offer delicious dishes made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. By choosing local restaurants, you not only enjoy a unique dining experience but also contribute to the success of small business owners.

  3. Spread the Word: Help boost the visibility of your favorite local businesses by sharing your experiences on social media. Use the hashtag #ShopSmall and let your friends and family know about the fantastic finds and excellent services available in our community.

  4. Purchase Gift Cards: If you're not sure what to buy, consider purchasing gift cards from local businesses. This allows your loved ones to choose their own unique items while supporting the community.

  5. Attend Local Events: Check out any special events or promotions hosted by small businesses in the area. Many businesses may offer discounts, live entertainment, or other festivities to make your Small Business Saturday experience even more enjoyable.

You can also support a small business without spending money. Show your love for local businesses by engaging with them on social media. Leave positive reviews on platforms like Yelp, Google, or Facebook. Like, comment, and share their posts to help increase their online visibility. Additionally, consider suggesting local businesses in relevant Facebook groups, helping others discover the hidden gems in our community.

This Small Business Saturday, let's come together as a community to celebrate the local businesses that make our town special. By choosing to shop and dine locally, we not only find unique treasures but also contribute to the growth and success of the entrepreneurs who shape the character of our community. Need help finding a local business? Reach out to our Chamber of Commerce!

Remember, every purchase made at a local business and every positive interaction on social media is a vote for the continued vibrancy of our community. So, get out there, explore the treasures of our town, and make this Small Business Saturday a day to remember!

Leave your favorite small business in the comments below!


]]> (Maggie Carey, Master It Media) Life Sat, 25 Nov 2023 09:01:59 -0500

As we gather around the table with family and friends, our hearts swell with gratitude for the moments that make life truly special. This Thanksgiving, let's embrace the warmth of togetherness, the joy of shared laughter, and the comfort of cherished traditions

In the spirit of the season, did you know that Benjamin Franklin once proposed the turkey as the national bird of the United States? While the bald eagle ultimately won that debate, let's take a moment to appreciate our feathered friends and the quirky historical twists that add flavor to our Thanksgiving celebrations.

From our HamletHub family to yours, we extend our heartfelt wishes for a Thanksgiving overflowing with warmth, love, and moments that create lasting memories. Thank you for being a part of our community, and may your holiday be filled with the essence of gratitude and the joy of the season.



]]> (Maggie Carey, Master It Media/Hamlethub) Life Thu, 23 Nov 2023 07:34:41 -0500
WCSU’s ‘Holiday Pops’ is a festive event open to the public

Western Connecticut State University’s Department of Music will host two days of holiday music on Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m., in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall within the university’s Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC), 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Tickets can be purchased at

Holiday Pops, a festive event to help get everyone in the holiday spirit, features performances by the WCSU Percussion Ensemble, University Choir, Chamber Ensembles, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and more. After the show, holiday-themed treats and art designed and created by students in the university’s Department of Art will be available for sale (cash and check only). Proceeds from the Holiday Pops concerts benefit the Ana Grace Marquez Greene and Dave Smith Scholarships for WCSU music majors. Tickets are $15 plus fees online and $25 at the door.

For more information about the Holiday Pops concerts, contact Laura Piechota at or WCSU Communications & Marketing at

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