Newfairfield's HamletHub Sat, 31 Jul 2021 11:46:58 -0400 Intuitive Astrology August 2021

Mercury will conjure the sun in Leo until July 31; this aspect will flow into the first few weeks. It will be a positive journey and will bring many hidden surprises for all! Mercury brings mental stimulation for August, helping everyone redefine their inner selves. The focus will be on everyone finding their individuality and learning to be more self-expressive and confident in their skin. Everyone needs to know to love themselves more and embrace themselves more. This aspect embraces new thoughts and attitudes and a sense of being more bold and daring! A nice change, especially after how 2020 was.

Mars will start to settle in the sign of Virgo for the whole month while pushing stability and practicality. Actions will come easy. There will be a focus on correcting past mistakes to get to what we desire faster. Everyone should make steady, precise steps towards our objectives as we strive for perfection. The planet Mars does not believe in impossibilities, and it charges through any obstacle in its way. 

There will be a New Moon on August 8, and it will be squaring with Uranus. Uranus will be at the middle stages of a 7-year long transit in Taurus. This lunar cycle will be pretty powerful for helping everyone redefine themselves and help us love ourselves. The moon in Leo teaches everyone to lead themselves more.

Venus will be transiting through Libra on the 16th. This aspect will bring balance to our intimate relationships. Singles will have many opportunities to meet eligible mates this month.

There will be a Full Moon on August 22 in Aquarius. Everyone should use this period to create positive actions, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This particular full moon will help everyone revamp and rebrand themselves and lay the foundation for the rest of the year.

Leo (July 23 – August 23) —Happy birthday, Leo! A work project will expand in a different direction than you had expected. Travel through work is likely over the next quarter. Be open to growth and change. Career expansion may follow. Leo It is a time of perseverance but ultimately leads to great potential for reward. Indeed your long efforts will pay off—good things to happen on their own. You should be frank with your loved ones and share your feelings. There will be opportunities to make new friendships and love alliances. Your essential nature of aggression will help you in these matters. 

Virgo (August 24 – September 22) —Use your passion in the areas that suit you. Pay more attention to your children and your family. They need your playful energy focused on them. Be cautious of what you say in a public forum. Use discretion. If you think you shouldn't know it, don't gossip, as it may come back to haunt you. Let go of self-doubts, and do not limit yourself. 

Libra (September 23 – October 22) —You tend to be temperamental with authority figures. You pose a very independent nature and need to feel appreciated. However, you also are creative, aggressive, and impatient. It would be best if you had freedom, and clingy people make you uncomfortable. 

Focus on thoughts that create matter. If you believe you can make it happen! Plant the seeds of your vision for the future. Use creative visualization to create your dreams. Allow love to bloom slowly.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) —Flakey individuals turn you off. Keep looking for a lover with a strong character. Conclude one project before diving into a new one. New employment opportunities can spark your personal life. Although you have a job, it won't hurt to see what's out there. No favor goes unpunished. You may feel emotionally blinded by someone you've just done a favor for; let it go. Let go of the past, and do not be resentful of your past decisions. You will be successful in your quest for success. Your relationships in all areas will continue to grow, remain confident that everyone will do their part. Single people will have plenty of opportunities for getting into relationships. 

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 22) —This month, being more daring will ignite a romance with the possibility of a permanent partner. Your wittiness and intense energy will help potential romantic partners pursue you—many doors to open. Singles persons will find love relationships during the third week of the month. 

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20) — New contracts can open up your world. Take control of your ability to focus more. You need to accept unexpected invitations and get out and circulate. Don't try to force any issues involving personal affairs. Your work ethics are impeccable, giving you the ability to do complex or exacting work. You will gain the satisfaction of doing excellent work. In the coming months, promotion is possible. Start an exercise regime, and it will be a wonderful time to stay the course and create a more healthy lifestyle. Do not be afraid to seek what you want and focus on your goals. Communication is the key to keeping your relationship going.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 19) —Your rebellious side comes out more, making you ready to speak your mind. Bite your tongue and keep your thoughts to yourself. Say nothing at all. Try being more politically correct and diplomatic. You have the restraint to do so. These are significant full moons that are approaching that will affect all Aquarians. The full moon is on August 22 and is on the Leo-Aquarius. The focus will be on creativity and learning to work with others. Make presentations that highlight the role you have played. Your ideas are excellent, and there will be no problem in accomplishing your goals. Love relationships are highly charged. Singles may face some drama. They will find that they will have three choices in possible love partnerships. Spend time with all three while not committing any commitments to allow what the universe wants you to learn about yourself. Do not choose until you find the person that is on your level in all areas. There is a possibility that you could fall in love at first sight, so calm your jets. 

Pisces (February 20 – March 20)—Many people want your attention. Don't act out of emotions, and remain meticulous. Beware of disreputable individuals that promise everyone the world. You could be pulled into shady situations by those individuals that have their agenda. You are way more intelligent than that; use your intuition and common sense. Be cautious of new people as they may not be as they first appear. Your love life will be exciting. You will have two potential love partnerships to choose from so enjoy the excitement!

Aries (March 21-April 20) —Your romantic life is the focus this month. Romance is on the horizon. Be positive and let go of all your insecurities. Do not let yourself be vulnerable or question that you deserve a reasonable person in your life. Hasty action could attract evil people. Being more will help attract like-minded individuals. You tend to be a bit irritable and defensive while using the pretense of being reactionary as a defense mechanism. Recognize that you are using this defense to mask pain and the inability to trust the right people. By this personality defect, you push away potential suitors. Try giving others the benefit of the doubt while restraining caution, while following this new attitude and lease on life. Singles will have the potential of new love relationships this month. Use your sensuality and magnetic personality to attract the opposite sex. 

Taurus (April 21-May 21) —You are vibrant, talkative, and exciting. Use your dynamic magnetism to prepare for August. August will have a long astrological transit aspect that will effectively fulfill your goals and dreams for the future. Use meticulous ways to plow through, but work on your time management more! August will be an excellent time for socializing and making new contacts. Love relationships require more attention; learn to be more vocal and not so approach defensive. 

Gemini (May 22- June 21)—A new work connection may have someone to consider romantically. Your career is at the forefront this month. However, try to be more open-minded as far as the "universe's big picture." Be patient; in a few weeks, you'll be able to see the road ahead. Remember, there are no accidents! The next three weeks will require more demands on your time, be flexible and create a better work-life balance.  Romance will play an important role this month. In addition, social contacts will help balance your emotional life. 

Cancer (June 22 – July 22) —A close relationship appears to be at a crucial turning point. Negotiations and financial details will be particularly complex and demanding. But you will make successful work deals. Take the time to do your research and evaluate the facts rather than accept the word of others. Focus on your own emotional needs more by setting boundaries. On a financial note, be more frugal. It would be best if you were careful in spending money. Romance will be passionate and exciting.  

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

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Connecticut DPH Announce New CDC COVID-19 Guidance

According to new guidance released by CDC this week, all individuals over the age of 2 years—whether vaccinated or unvaccinated—in counties with substantial transmission of COVID-19 should wear masks in public indoor spaces. 

As of today, Hartford, New Haven and New London counties have moved into the category of “substantial transmission” per the CDC classification system.  The Connecticut Department of Public Health strongly recommends that individuals who live in, work in, or are visiting towns located in Hartford, New Haven or New London County follow this recommendation.

In addition, residents across our entire state who have underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk for complications of COVID, or residents who live with high risk or unvaccinated individuals should also consider wearing masks in indoor public spaces. This includes vaccinated family members who live with young children who are not yet eligible for vaccination. 

Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Order 12 remains in effect which requires all individuals who have not been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when indoors and unable to maintain adequate distance from others.

Emerging science indicates that with the Delta variant in circulation, in some cases vaccinated individuals may become infected with and subsequently transmit COVID infection to others. The risk of contracting and transmitting COVID infection is far greater for the unvaccinated, and vaccination remains the safest and most effective way to protect yourself and your community from COVID. The vaccines are readily available at hundreds of locations across Connecticut and everyone who is eligible should consider receiving the vaccine if they have not done so, already.

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'UNTOLD' to premiere at Danbury Arena, Danbury Trashers documentary open to fans

The Danbury Arena is proud to announce it will host a public premiere for ‘UNTOLD,” a Netflix documentary about the Danbury Trashers. The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31st in Danbury Arena. The viewing will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the arena video board.

Prior to the start of the viewing, fans will be able to speak with special guests, visit concessions and purchase merchandise.  After the viewing, fans can stick around for a Q&A with Trashers players and the producers of the documentary.

The night is open to Danbury hockey fans of all ages. Tickets will be complimentary and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

To claim your ticket, you must register individually at this link:

 For more information regarding the event, contact Josh Starr at

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CLA Presence at the Boat Launches

If you’ve used the State of CT or municipal launches on Candlewood this summer, you may have been greeted by Candlewood Lake Authority staff prior to launching. This year, two new CLA initiatives at the launches have been rolled out; one to help prevent invasive species and the other to help keep boaters safe.

Through a CT DEEP grant, the Candlewood Lake Authority has introduced the brand new Lake Steward Program! The Stewards greet boaters at the public boat ramps and offer to perform an invasive species inspection of their vessel and trailer. In the course of the quick inspection, one steward gathers anonymized data to help inform future invasive species prevention efforts, while the other inspects the boat and trailer for invasive species. The CLA hopes to grow this program in the coming years to provide even more coverage!

The CLA Marine Patrol has also been offering safety inspections at ramps to boaters wishing to launch this summer. By educating boaters that they need enough life vests, the required safety equipment and any required safe boating certifications prior to launching, it creates a safer boating environment for all who wish to enjoy a day on Candlewood Lake.

Before Heading Out on Candlewood Lake
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Attention Treasure & Bargain Hunters!

Sherman Historical Society Barn Sale

Sherman Library Book Sale plus Bags, Bangles & Baubles event 

        We’ve waited through a year plus pandemic to come back bigger and better than ever, so much so that we’ve expanded our sales to three full days!

        Sync your calendars: August 13, 14, 15, hrs: 9-4. Sherman Center, Sherman, CT.

        HISTORICAL SOCIETY BARN SALE: Come early for the awesome bargains, fantastic finds, and wonderful quality items including several estate donations, quality furniture, antiques, collectibles, art, fine china/crystal, garden, tools, toys & games, lamps, dishware, household & outdoor items.

        Please note: cash and personal checks only. No credit cards. There will be a self-packing station with supplies, but feel free to bring your reusable totes for your purchases.

        The Historical Society’s Old Store Gift Shop, which always has wonderful items in stock, will be open as well. The Historical Society is located at 10 Route 37 Center.

        Convenient parking nearby at the Sherman School (2 Route 37 East) or at Veterans’ Field (on Sawmill Road). Limited Handicapped parking in the Society lot.

        Proceeds from this volunteer-run non-profit’s fundraiser go toward maintenance of Society properties and its programming. For more:

        SHERMAN LIBRARY BOOK SALE plus Bags, Bangles & Baubles sale: Check out the Sherman Library Book Saleat 1 Sherman Center. There will be thousands of books, organized for easy browsing, plus rare books, audio books and DVDs.

        Plus, on Saturday and Sunday only, during sale hours: enjoy the Bags, Bangles & Baubles sale. This special event offers off-the-rack items of new and like-new handbags, scarves, jewelry and more—all sales to benefit the library. For more:

        Parking at the Library with overflow at the Sherman School or Veteran’s Field.

        Come, shop, and enjoy!

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CT's Beardsley Zoo Breaks Ground on Andean Bear Habitat

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is pleased to announce the official groundbreaking of a spacious new habitat for Andean bears (Tremarctos ornatus), welcoming back a species that last was part of the Zoo’s animal collection in 2011. The bears will join the Zoo when construction on the habitat is complete, slated for spring 2022. 

Andean bears are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) program, which focuses the collective expertise of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums on endangered species recovery. Native to the Andes and outlying mountain ranges, the bears’ conservation status is listed as vulnerable, with a decreasing population in the wild. 

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo board members, Zoo staff, representatives from Diversity Construction Group (DCG) and dignitaries will gather for a groundbreaking event for the Zoo’s newest habitat on Thursday, July 29 at 11 a.m.

“Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo continues to grow, allowing us to expand on our mission of animal conservation and education. We’re pleased to welcome Andean bears back to the Zoo as another chapter in the story of diversity and richness of life in South America,” said Gregg Dancho, zoo director. 

“Our heartfelt thanks to the state of Connecticut for helping to fund our newest habitat,” Dancho added. Thank you also to our dedicated staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers.”

The new Andean bear habitat will be substantially larger than the bear habitat from a decade ago. The bears required a larger enclosure, and the Zoo chose then to relocate them to a more appropriate facility. The new Andean bear habitat will feature a landscaped outdoor yard with multiple opportunities for climbing and engaging in social behaviors. The work is being done by Diversity Construction Group LLC.  

Naming opportunities for major donors are still available. Interested parties can contact Jessica Summers at or call 203-394-6573.

]]> (Lisa Clair) Life Fri, 30 Jul 2021 05:25:40 -0400
Local Students Named to University of Hartford Honors Lists

The University of Hartford is pleased to announce the students who have been named to the President's Honors List and/or the Dean's List for Spring 2021.

Kayla Boggs of New Fairfield: Dean's List

Zachary Buffington of New Fairfield: Dean's List

Lindon Dauti of New Fairfield: President's Honors List and the Dean's List

Gabriella Fontes of New Fairfield: President's Honors List and the Dean's List

Hannah Sternberg of New Fairfield: President's Honors List and the Dean's List

Spread across seven dynamic schools and colleges, the University of Hartford has been guiding the purpose and passion of students for over six decades. On our 350-acre campus alongside Connecticut's capital city, approximately 4,600 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students representing 49 states and 47 countries come together for a common purpose: to collaborate across different disciplines, diversify perspectives, and broaden worldviews. We're a four-year private university focused on advancing the public good through meaningful connections within our communities. Our unique approach to comprehensive education gives us the critical perspectives that lead to impactful change, regionally and beyond. With degree programs spanning the arts, humanities, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions, we focus on doing the work that matters. For more information, visit

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Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

On Wedneday, the President and a bipartisan group announced an agreement on the details of a once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure, which will be taken up in the Senate for consideration. In total, the deal includes $550 billion in new federal investment in America’s infrastructure. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will grow the economy, enhance our competitiveness, create good jobs, and make our economy more sustainable, resilient, and just.

The deal will create good-paying, union jobs. With the President’s Build Back Better Agenda, these investments will add, on average, around 2 million jobs per year over the course of the decade, while accelerating America’s path to full employment and increasing labor force participation.

President Biden believes that we must invest in our country and in our people by creating good-paying union jobs, tackling the climate crisis, and growing the economy sustainably and equitably for decades to come. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will deliver progress towards those objectives for working families across the country. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal:

  • Makes the largest federal investment in public transit ever
  • Makes the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak
  • Makes the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system
  • Makes the largest investment in clean drinking water and waste water infrastructure in American history, delivering clean water to millions of families
  • Ensures every American has access to reliable high-speed internet
  • Helps us tackle the climate crisis by making the largest investment in clean energy transmission and EV infrastructure in history; electrifying thousands of school and transit buses across the country; and creating a new Grid Deployment Authority to build a clean, 21st century electric grid

The President promised to work across the aisle to deliver results for working families. He believes demonstrating that democracies can deliver is a critical challenge for his presidency. Today’s agreement shows that we can come together to position American workers, farmers, and businesses to compete and win in the 21st century.

Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Fact Sheet

]]> (The White House) Politics Thu, 29 Jul 2021 22:42:24 -0400
'Godspell' at Richter is a foot tapping delight!

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, many performers and theater companies, local and
professional, watched their entire world disappear overnight. Many had to make heartbreaking
decisions – would they keep performing when all this was over? Would theater ever open back up?

And would anyone even want to come see anything they put up? Musicals at Richter was hit doubly hard, as in December the storms destroyed the free-standing and outdoor stage. Would Richter even be able to function as a useable theater this year?

It is only natural, then, that their comeback performance is Godspell, the joyful free-spirited
musical that retells the biblical parables.

Unlike the other biblical musicals written in the 70’s – notable Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Godspell is not a musical that requires a huge cast or even a complicated set. In fact, all it requires is 10 performers and a box full of props which allows the Richter production to use a chain link fence in place of the wings that were destroyed over the Winter.

Furthermore, Godspell is a musical that, over anything else, is an expression of joy.
Brad Blake’s production is no exception to this. Throughout the entire production, my ten-year-
old buddy who accompanied me to the production could not stop smiling as the ten performers sang and danced their way across the stage. Interwoven through the production were eight (That I counted) musical theater references, several video game references, and countless movie and television references that made me cackle loudly.

The performers were clearly happy to be back on stage. Billy Hicks was likeable as Jesus and Kyle
Riedinger gave Judas a soul that you can’t help but feel compassion for. Zach Theis, Sarah vonEgypt, Kevin Sayour, Renee Brown, Tori Vacca, Daisy Stott, Samantha LaMendola, and Victor Garry Rolden made up the hardworking ensemble. As an audience member, I could not help but feel the joy that radiated from every one of them. But two numbers above all stood out – Renee Brown’s Day by Day was heartfelt and left the viewer with a sense of satisfaction and Daisy Stott’s version of By My Side was so moving it left me with chills that I was not expecting to feel.

If you can get to Richter to see this energetic performance, do it. It will leave your foot tapping
and a smile on your face.

Visit for more information or to purchase tickets

]]> (Morgana Kate Watson for HamletHub) Events Thu, 29 Jul 2021 18:16:28 -0400
Customer Credit and Compensation for Power Outages

Following Tropical Storm Isaias, New Fairfield participated with the Towns of Bethel, Newtown and Ridgefield in the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) investigation into the Eversource response to Tropical Storm Isaias.  The Agency found that Eversource did not adequately implement the municipal liaison program, execute its Make Safe protocol, effectively communicate to customers or secure adequate resources in a timely manner to protect public safety and restore power.  PURA has ordered specific corrective actions on each topic that were required to be in place prior to June 30.  PURA has proposed the maximum penalty allowed by law, roughly $30 million, against Eversource, ordering $28 million of the penalty be refunded to Connecticut ratepayers in the form of credits.  These penalties are expected to be finalized on July 14. 

Eversource is also now required to identify and track customers that require electrical service for life maintaining equipment.  The company must contact these customers before, during and after storm events.  Specifically, Eversource must contact these customers more than 24 hours before the onset of a major storm, track the status of their electrical service, regularly update each municipality of life support customers without power in their town, and provide the customers with daily communications during the storm restoration process.

Further, as part of the “Take Back Our Grid Act,” Eversource is now required to provide customers $250 in compensation for medication and food that expired or spoiled due to a power outage lasting longer than 96 hours.  Eversource must also issue customers a credit of $25 for each full day of an outage lasting more than 96 hours.  

 For details, click here:  FAQs - Customer Credits and Spoilage Compensation 

PURA Final Decision Tropical Storm Isaias Investigation

]]> (Town of New Fairfield, Ct) Life Thu, 29 Jul 2021 07:18:16 -0400
Generac Recalls Portable Generators Due to Finger Amputation and Crushing Hazards

Generac Inc.,  has recalled approximately 400,000 portable generators due to risk of amputation and serious injury.

Recalled is the XT8000E Generator

Generac® and DR® 6500 Watt and 8000 Watt portable generators
Hazard: An unlocked handle can pinch consumers’ fingers against the generator frame when the generator is moved, posing finger amputation and crushing hazards. 
Remedy: Repair. 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled portable generators, unless the locking pin has been inserted to secure the handle in place before and after moving the generator, and contact Generac for a free repair kit. 

Consumer Contact: Generac toll-free at 844-242-3493 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at or and click on Important Safety Information for more information. 

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Incidents/Injuries: Generac has received eight reports of injuries, seven resulting in finger amputations and one in finger crushing. 

Sold at: Major home improvement and hardware stores nationwide and online, including Ace Hardware, Amazon, Blain’s Farm & Fleet, City Electric Supply, Costco, Do it Best, Fastenal, Home Depot, Lowe’s Stores, Napa Auto Parts, Northern Tool & Equipment, Orgill, Power Equipment Direct, Ravitsky Bros., True Value, and W.W. Grainger from June 2013 through June 2021 for between $790 and $1,480.

Manufacturer: Generac Power Systems, of Waukesha, Wis.

Manufactured in: United States and China

]]> (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Recall with Health Canada) Public safety Thu, 29 Jul 2021 04:50:28 -0400
Lamont 's Coronavirus in Connecticut Update

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 Wednesday, July 28, 2021:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

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

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Data on COVID-19 associated deaths is updated once per week every Thursday. The most recently reported total number of deaths is 8,286.

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


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Litchfield County


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

Providing information to Connecticut residents

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

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

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Lamont Announces Release of $3.8 Million To Improve Security Protections at the Facilities of 97 Nonprofits in Connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration is awarding $3.8 million in grants to cover the costs associated with implementing needing security infrastructure improvements at the facilities of 97 nonprofit organizations in Connecticut.

The grants are being awarded under the state’s newly launched Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which was announced by the governor in February. Administered by the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the program is intended to improve security at 501(c)(3) organizations that are at heightened risk of being the target of a terrorist attack, hate crime, or violent act. Eligible nonprofits are able to receive a maximum of $50,000 per site.

Today’s announcement of $3.8 million for 97 nonprofits are the first round of grants awarded under the program. Recipient organizations are in the process of being notified of their grants.

“We are fortunate to have so many nonprofit organizations in Connecticut that provide an incredible amount of services to the people of our state, and the Nonprofit Security Grant Program will help ensure that they have the resources need to make their staff and clients as safe as possible,” Governor Lamont said.

“This program is an important part of our strategy to help keep our many nonprofits safe from threats and criminal activity,” Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner James C. Rovella said.

Additional information on the program is available at

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ACT of Connecticut Casting Call for Upcoming Production of SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE

Audition submissions for AEA and non-AEA Actors for ACT of CT’s upcoming production of SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE - The Songs of Leiber and Stoller are now being accepted.

Auditions will be viewed by Daniel C. Levine (Artistic Director), Bryan Perri (Music Supervisor) and Wojcik/ Seay Casting:  Scott Wojcik, Gayle Seay, Holly Buczek and/or Courtney Hammond.

Submission Deadline:  8/3/21

SEND SUBMISSION via email to:

For complete information on auditions, click here.

Learn more about ACT of Connecticut here.

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Michael Carroll of Sherman Named to the University of Hartford's President's Honors List and the Dean's List

The University of Hartford is pleased to announce Michael Carroll of Sherman has been named to its President's Honors List and the Dean's List for Spring 2021.

Spread across seven dynamic schools and colleges, the University of Hartford has been guiding the purpose and passion of students for over six decades. On our 350-acre campus alongside Connecticut's capital city, approximately 4,600 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students representing 49 states and 47 countries come together for a common purpose: to collaborate across different disciplines, diversify perspectives, and broaden worldviews. We're a four-year private university focused on advancing the public good through meaningful connections within our communities. Our unique approach to comprehensive education gives us the critical perspectives that lead to impactful change, regionally and beyond. With degree programs spanning the arts, humanities, business, engineering and technology, education, and health profe

]]> (University of Hartford) Life Wed, 28 Jul 2021 12:08:37 -0400