Newfairfield's HamletHub Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:04:16 -0500 Get Your Jingle On! Jingle Bell Run Westchester is December 7th!

2019 adult Honoree Judy Marano and 2018 Adult Honoree Margaret Carey join Santa in raising money for arthritis research

The Arthritis Foundation’s Annual 5K Returns to Purchase College

Purchase, NY—December 7, 2019—The 2019 Jingle Bell Run for arthritis is bringing holiday cheer back to Purchase College. The annual 5K Run (timed) and Kids’ Fun Run raise awareness and funds to cure America’s #1 cause of disability.

More than 54 million Americans, including over 300,000 children, live with arthritis. 3.8 million alone live in New York State.

Register as an individual or a team at The 2019 honorees include Dr. Shalene Badhan, Kerry Wong, Judy Marano and Hanna Curtis. This year’s JBR is sponsored locally by Mountainside Medical, NY-Presbyterian Hudson Valley, Halston Media, The Joe Namath Foundation, Master IT Media, and The Bristal Assisted Living. National sponsors include: AbbVie, Sonofi Genzyme, Regeneron, CVS Specialty, and Cheribundi. Join the movement to conquer arthritis!

Register for the Westchester Jingle Bell Run today at

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Today is the 44th Annual Great American Smoke Out

Today, Thursday, November 21 is the 44th Annual Great American Smoke Out, a public awareness event to encourage people to quit smoking.  Since 1976 “GASO” is celebrated on the third Thursday of November.

Here are some tips provided by the American Cancer Society 


How to Quit Smoking

By Stacy Simon

Senior Editor, News

American Cancer Society


Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Since the release of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health in 1964, more than 20 million people have died due to tobacco.

Cigarette smoking increases the risk of cancers of the mouth and throat, lung, esophagus, pancreas, cervix, kidney, bladder, stomach, colon, rectum, and liver, as well as acute myeloid leukemia. Some studies also link smoking to breast cancer and advanced-stage prostate cancer.

Smoking also greatly increases the risk of debilitating, long-term lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It raises the risk for heart attack, stroke, blood vessel diseases, and eye diseases. Half of all Americans who keep smoking will eventually die from a smoking-related illness.

That’s why it’s so important to quit. No matter how old you are or how long you’ve smoked, quitting can help you live longer and be healthier. But quitting is hard because tobacco products contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive, naturally occurring chemical in tobacco. Even so, millions of Americans have quit with help, and you can, too.

There are many different methods you can use to quit. Here is what the research tells us about how well they work:


Research shows that using a medication to help you quit smoking can increase your chances of being successful.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved 7 types of smoking cessation medications to safely and effectively help people quit smoking. Choosing which one to use is often a matter of personal choice and should be discussed with your pharmacist or health care provider.

Three types of medications are available over-the-counter at most pharmacies and can help ease the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal when used as directed:

  • Nicotine gum
  • Nicotine patches
  • Nicotine lozenges

Four types of medications are available by prescription:

  • Nicotine inhalers
  • Nicotine nasal sprays
  • Zyban (bupropion) – an antidepressant
  • Chantix (varenicline) – a drug that blocks the effects of nicotine in the brain


Combining counseling with medication makes it even more likely that you can quit smoking and stay away from tobacco for good. Counseling comes in many forms:

  • In-person counseling is available from a doctor, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Telephone quit-lines: All 50 states and the District of Columbia offer some type of free telephone-based program that links callers with trained counselors. People who use telephone counseling have twice the success rate in quitting smoking as those who don’t get this type of help. Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to get help finding a phone counseling program in your area.
  • Support groups have helped many people who smoke quit. Check with your employer, health insurance company, or local hospital to find a support group that fits your needs. Or call us at 1-800-227-2345.
  • People who want to quit can also increase their chances of success by enlisting the help and support of family, friends, and co-workers. Tell your loved ones about your plans to quit. Try to spend time with non-smokers and ex-smokers who support your efforts. You can also suggest that those in your support system read our dos and don’ts for helping a smoker quit.


Help to quit smoking is as close as your smartphone. But it’s important to choose a program that’s based on recommendations that research has proven to work.

The National Cancer Institute has a quit-smoking app that allows users to set quit dates, track financial goals, schedule reminders, and more. It also offers test messaging that provides round-the-clock encouragement and advice to people trying to quit. You can sign up by texting “QUIT” to iQUIT (47848) and entering the date of your Quit Day – the day you will stop smoking.

Cold Turkey

Going cold turkey means that you stop smoking all at once. Even though ex-smokers often say they quit cold turkey, usually they had thought about stopping before they actually did it. You have a better chance of success if you make a plan and prepare for nicotine withdrawal. Gradually smoking fewer cigarettes each day can help reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and make it easier for some people to quit.

Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are not approved by the FDA as aids to help quit smoking. This is because research findings about vaping have been mixed.

The long-term effects of e-cigarette use are not yet known. However, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are currently investigating an outbreak of lung illness and death among adults who used some types of e-cigarettes. Symptoms have included shortness of breath, coughing, or chest pain. Some patients reported nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or other stomach problems, as well as fever or fatigue. The CDC recommends the following:

  • If you use e-cigarette or vaping products, do not buy them “off the street” and do not change anything or add anything to the products you buy.
  • If you are concerned about these health risks, consider not using any e-cigarette or vaping products.
  • If you are an adult who used e-cigarette or vaping products containing nicotine to quit cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes. See a healthcare provider right away if you experience any of the symptoms listed above.

Bottom Line

One of the most important things researchers have learned about quitting is that the person who smokes needs to keep trying. It may take several serious attempts before a person who smokes can quit forever. Rather than looking at a slip back to smoking as a failure, consider it an opportunity to learn from experience and be better prepared to quit the next time.

]]> (American Cancer Society) Public safety Thu, 21 Nov 2019 02:05:25 -0500
Recipe of the Week: Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash

Here is another riff on the native American tradition of the Three Sisters – corn, beans, and squash. This recipe uses acorn squash here, and it serves as a vessel for the sweet and pungent bean, corn and tomato filling.


4 large or 6 smaller acorn squash
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus additional for basting
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, diced
1 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes with juice, pulsed to a coarse purée in a food processor
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons mild honey, maple syrup or pomegranate molasses
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, sherry vinegar or apple cider vinegar
Salt to taste
½ teaspoon cayenne
3 cups cooked pintos, black beans or red beans, or 2 cans, drained and rinsed
1 cup corn kernels
⅔ cup breadcrumbs
2 ounces / 1/2 cup Gruyère, grated


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place squash on a baking sheet and bake 20 minutes, until soft enough to easily cut in half. Wait until cool enough to handle (about 15 minutes), then cut in half (stem to tip) and scoop out seeds and membranes.
  • Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet and add onion. Cook, stirring often, until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add red pepper and a generous pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and tomato paste and cook, stirring often, until tomatoes have cooked down slightly, about 5 minutes. Add honey, maple syrup or pomegranate molasses, vinegar, salt and cayenne, and bring to a simmer. Simmer 8 to 10 minutes, until thick and fragrant. Taste and adjust seasonings. Stir in beans and corn and simmer another 5 minutes.
  • Oil 1 or 2 baking dishes or a sheet pan that will accommodate all the squash. Season cavities and cut sides of the squash with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil or melted butter. Fill with bean mixture. Mix together bread crumbs, Gruyère and remaining olive oil and sprinkle over the filling. Brush exposed edges of squash with oil. Place in the baking dish or on baking sheet and cover tightly with foil. Bake large squash for 45 minutes, check smaller squash after 30 minutes. The flesh should be easy to penetrate with the tip of a knife. Uncover and return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until breadcrumbs and cheese are lightly browned. Serve hot or warm.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market

Open Every Sunday
(Closed on select holidays)

15 Mount Ebo Road, South
Brewster, New York 10509

Brewster's Year-Round Farmers Market
Under the Tent or in the Lobby in Inclement Weather

Support your local farmers market!

]]> (HVRFM) Life Wed, 20 Nov 2019 05:09:41 -0500
Immaculate High School Sending Three Teams To State Semifinals

Immaculate High School has sent five Fall teams to their respective State Tournaments this season, with boys soccer, girls soccer, field hockey, girls volleyball and girls swim all qualifying based on their regular season winning records. Immaculate also saw cross-country athletes competing in both the State Open and New England meet, and ATI  football (co-op team with Abbott Tech) is in the running for a State playoff spot with a winning record so far of 7-1.

Now, as a result of quarterfinal games this past Thursday and Friday, Immaculate has three teams headed to the CIAC Class S State semifinals this week! Field Hockey topped Morgan by a score of 7-0 before emerging victorious in the quarterfinals over No. 6 seed Northwest Catholic 5-2. The top four seeds in the State Tournament have all prevailed thus far and will meet up this week on their run to the championship. Immaculate, the defending Class S State champion, is the No. 3 seed (17-1-0) and will take on No. 2 seed, North Branford (17-0-1) on Tuesday, November 19 at 5:45 p.m. at Cheshire High School.

Boys Soccer (11-5-3) entered the State Tournament as the No.15 seed. They knocked off Griswold at home 3-1, followed by a 2-1 victory over Litchfield (No. 2 seed) on the road. The team then returned to Mustang Valley to take on Old Lyme on Friday, emerging with the big win in front of their cheering fans by a score of 2-0. They have punched their ticket to the semifinals of the State Tournament for the first time since 1997 and will face Holy Cross (No. 3 seed) on November 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Trumbull High School.

Girls Volleyball (17-6), in only its sixth year as a varsity team, has had an incredible run of their own this season. Immaculate, as the No. 10 seed, defeated East Hampton 3-1 to kick off the tournament, followed by an exciting match topping No. 7 seed Cromwell 3-2. They then went on the road for a quarterfinal matchup against the No. 2 seed Aerospace, sweeping them in three sets to put them in the Class S semifinal game for the program’s first time. They will face No. 3 seeded Lyman Memorial on November 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Southington High School.

“While Immaculate is known for its students’ academic achievements, we have had an extraordinary tradition of athletic excellence for 50+ years and this Fall season is no exception,” said Nelson Mingachos, IHS Athletic Director. “I am incredibly proud of our coaches and student-athletes who work tirelessly and represent our school so well.” Mingachos noted that many of the current varsity field hockey and volleyball players first picked up the sport as Immaculate freshmen. “It is remarkable how far so many of our athletes have come in such a short time. These kids can find their passion and excel at Immaculate,” he said.


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Rep. Frey and Governor Lamont Work Together to Help the Curran Family Raise Awareness about Their Son’s Rare Disease

Governor Proclaims World Duchenne Awareness Day in the State of Connecticut; Second state in the country to recognize this important day.

In this season of thanks, Connecticut residents Christopher and Jessica Curran today expressed gratitude to both State Representative John Frey (R-111) and Governor Lamont for working together in a bipartisan fashion to raise awareness about their son’s rare disease – Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The Ridgefield family said they are thankful for Representative Frey’s willingness to champion their cause, and for Governor’s Lamont’s immediate interest to lend his support and promote awareness of the disease.

Despite a slight scheduling delay for the ceremonial presentation, the Curran’s said meeting with Governor Lamont and Representative Frey today to memorialize the signing of the proclamation was moving and an honor. 


“We want to thank Governor Lamont for taking the time to meet with us, listening to our family’s story and using his authority to promote awareness of this rare disease by proclaiming World Duchenne Awareness Day in Connecticut,” Jessica Curran said.Conner was thrilled to meet the governor and to be given a tour of our state capitol by Representative Frey! What an incredible experience he had in seeing how government can work in such a positive way.”

Governor Lamont designated September 7th as World Duchenne Awareness Day and marked Connecticut as the second state in the country to recognize this important day for the many that suffer with Duchenne. 

“I’m honored to lend my support to the Currans, and all other families battling this terrible disease, and I’m proud to join with Governor Lamont to promote and increase awareness statewide,” Rep. Frey said.

During a meeting in Governor Lamont’s Capitol office, the Currans shared that hearing the diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy was heartbreaking for them and devastating for Conner, noting that afflicted children are slowly robbed of the use of their muscles. Loss of muscle control typically leads to the necessity of a wheelchair by the age of twelve, followed by the loss of the use of arm movement to eat or even hug their parents, they said. Eventually, in a child’s late twenties, heart and lung muscles start to fail leading to early death.  

In response to the devastating diagnosis, Jessica and Christopher Curran poured their hearts into raising awareness about the disease so that the community can better understand how people suffering with DMD struggle due to delays in diagnosis to lack of available treatments. Regrettably, the Curran’s said there are few approved medicines on the market available to treat Duchenne and because of that they have worked to raise more than $800,000 for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy to advance much-needed research.

Jessica and Christopher have tremendous hope for Conner and all Duchenne patients and they believe researchers are on the cusp of developing new therapies to treat Duchenne. They remain hopeful that a cure will be found soon. 

“We truly want to express our gratitude to everyone in Ridgefield, and the entire Connecticut community, who has shown our family such compassion and caring over the last few years,” Christopher Curran said. “We have been overwhelmed by the kindness, and we appreciate the support of Representative Frey, Governor Lamont and the rest of the community who have embraced our family and helped raise much-needed awareness of this rare disease.”

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer: It’s Not Just For Smokers

While tobacco use is the most important risk factor for lung cancer, about one in five lung cancers occurs in people who never smoked.   

The American Cancer Society is reminding the public — and clinicians — that signs and symptoms of lung cancer should not be ignored based on a lack of a history of smoking. 

  “When patients present with symptoms of lung cancer that have persisted for a few weeks without an obvious alternative explanation, they need to be evaluated for lung cancer regardless of whether they have smoked or not,” said Richard C. Wender, M.D., American Cancer Society chief cancer control officer. “Associating lung cancer with smoking has produced stigma for far too many people. Tens of thousands of people who have never smoked develop lung cancer every year. No one, neither someone who smokes or someone who never has smoked, should have to feel shame at a cancer diagnosis or worse, experience a delay in diagnosis.”

  Early diagnosis and care, including testing to make sure patients get the best available treatment, can improves outcomes in lung cancer. If diagnosis and treatment are delayed because of stigma, bias, or due to the assumption that lung cancer is rare in those who don’t smoke, patients could suffer as a result. 

  “We have made dramatic progress in the treatment of lung cancer. This progress is related to our ability to perform comprehensive biomarker diagnostic testing for many patients and to tailor treatments more precisely. We cannot allow stigma and diagnostic delay prevent people from getting the care they need.”


Symptoms of Lung Cancer 

  Most lung cancers do not cause any symptoms until they have spread, but some people with early lung cancer do have symptoms. If you go to your doctor when you first notice symptoms, your cancer might be diagnosed at an earlier stage, when treatment is more likely to be effective. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are:

  • A cough that does not go away or gets worse
  • Coughing up blood or rust-colored sputum (spit or phlegm)
  • Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing
  • Hoarseness
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia that do not go away or keep coming back
  • New onset of wheezing

“While the vast majority of people with these symptoms do not have cancer, anyone experiencing persistent symptoms should make sure the possibility of cancer is considered and investigated,” said Dr. Wender. 


Lung Cancer Research

The American Cancer Society is committed to scientific breakthroughs to reduce lung cancer incidence,  investing over $134 million in lung cancer research since the mid 1990s with over $29 million funding research specific to lung cancer in people who do not smoke, according to Patti Lestrange Mack, Communications Director for the Society.  


Lung Cancer Screening

To learn more about the Society’s lung cancer screening guidelines, visit:


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Finding Focus and Living in the Present

For many, a quiet horseback ride on a wooded trail is inherently relaxing. It clears the mind, brings enjoyment of the outdoors, and provides a peaceful diversion. Now imagine your head filled with thoughts, thoughts that overlap and mount upon each other, until your mind is absolutely racing and you feel completely overwhelmed. The idea that you can slow yourself down and block out distractions enough to guide a horse seems impossible.

Emma Grace arrived at Green Chimneys at 12 years old, with challenges that made her unable to maintain safe behavior at home. She often felt frustrated and anxious, and then confused about why she was feeling this way. She also contended with numerous coinciding and distressing thoughts that would stay with her throughout the day, causing her to feel out of control.

Erin Rider, her social worker, recalls that many of their early sessions were spent simply helping Emma Grace to open up. Enter guinea pigs! The animals at Green Chimneys – and there are more than 200 of them – are often a great motivator for students who are reluctant to talk about their feelings and challenges. Emma Grace had always wanted a guinea pig and the pair in the farm science room at the Farm & Wildlife Center became the perfect way for Emma Grace to relax enough to start sharing about how she felt. In time, Erin was able to understand how Emma Grace was processing information and that what she needed help in was quieting her thoughts.

Erin felt incorporating Mindfulness into Emma Grace’s therapy would help her learn to find the calm and focus she needed. Mindfulness-based interventions have progressed through healthcare and into schools. Multiple studies of school-based initiatives have shown notable improvements in student attention span, emotional regulation, compassion, and adaptability. Erin introduced Mindful Riding into Emma Grace’s sessions partly because horses are acutely aware of their environment and immediately responsive, making them particularly good partners in this form of therapy designed to increase an individual’s awareness of the present moment.


For Emma Grace, mindful riding became an important grounding activity, allowing a sense of control over her thoughts. On horseback, Emma Grace and Erin would talk through what was occurring with the animal, notice its movements, and acknowledge what she was seeing along the trail as she rode. By focusing on just these elements, Emma Grace could practice living in the present, connecting her thoughts with her feelings and her behaviors in that particular moment. And she developed a great love of horses as well!


“A key ingredient in Emma Grace’s success was Emma Grace, herself, and her family,” explains Erin. “The family worked hard together and was always ready to do whatever would help the most, and Emma Grace was ‘all in’ when it came to ways to work on and solve her challenges. If I came to her with a new idea, she was always willing to do what she needed to do to help herself and her family.”


Also while at Green Chimneys, Emma Grace pursued her passion for singing and theatrical performance, starring in campus productions as Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; the genie in Aladdin; and the title role in Charlie Brown. She also became skilled in American Sign Language and hopes to become an interpreter.

Green Chimneys’ philosophy is based on the belief that if children are given a chance to explore and discover their inherent strengths in a safe and structured nature-based environment, their self-esteem, compassion, coping and social skills will improve. Through numerous activities at the farm and in school, and great support, Emma Grace has paved a new path for herself — a win for all involved!

Photos Courtesy

Green Chimneys is a multi-faceted nonprofit organization primarily serving students who have been unsuccessful in a traditional educational setting and who require a highly structured and supportive program.

Brewster Campus
400 Doansburg Road
Brewster, NY 10509

Free Weekend Hours

Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 3pm
  • Individuals and small groups are free to roam the barn and paddocks
  • Groups of 6 or more are required to arrange a scheduled tour
    (for insurance and liability purposes)
  • Visit the Green Chimneys Visit The Farm Webpage for more details regarding group visits
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Aversano’s Black Friday Special

Get the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list at Aversano's Black Friday Special!
On Black Friday, November 29th, Aversano's will take 20% off all gift card purchases. No limit - any denomination!
Visit Aversano's at 1620 NY-22, Brewster, NY on November 29, 2019 from 10am - 8pm.
Mention this HamletHub article about the Black Friday Special to receive the discount.
Aversano's Restaurant
1620 Route 22 (Towne Centre)
Brewster, NY 10509 
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3rd Annual Bill Magrino Turkey Bowl

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Bill Magrino Turkey Bowl. All proceeds will go to the Bill Magrino Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Friday, November 29, 2019 at 10 AM – 2 PM
New Fairfield High School, 54 Gillotti Rd

$5 for spectators includes ticket for door prize raffle
Concessions will be available at the snack shack
50/50 raffle
7 v 7 Football Tournament
$10 per player, 10 - 14 players per team
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Chinese Dietary Therapy: 
Eat Right For The Winter Season

Join Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DACM, Medical Director of SOPHIA Natural Health Center and Christopher Maslowski, L.Ac., Associate Acupuncturist, as they explain Chinese Dietary Therapy, taking into account the energetic properties of foods that can transform your health. 

Based on Eastern philosophy, honoring the flavors, temperatures and qualities of foods seasonally, balances your body’s function! 

Find out how to nourish and rebuild your body during the winter months with seasonally appropriate foods. There will be food tastings and recipes provided!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

When:  6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where:  SOPHIA Natural Health Center, 31 Old Route 7, Brookfield, CT
Cost:  $10.00 per person (all proceeds donated to local charities.)
RSVP:  To our office at 203-740-9300


About SOPHIA Natural Health Center:SOPHIA Natural Health Center is the largest natural health and wellness clinic in Connecticut, combining the traditional healing arts of Chinese and Naturopathic Medicine with modern science – getting our patients results when nothing else has worked.
Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DAOM, L.Ac., Medical Director,has serviced thousands of patients since opening his practice in 2004.
Christopher Maslowski, L.Ac.,is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City, and a Board Certified Herbalist.

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Mix, Mingle, and Jingle Jewelry Party Benefits the Arthritis Foundation in Brewster

Mix, Mingle, and Jingle Jewelry Party Benefits the Arthritis Foundation in Brewster

Enjoy a sparkling event to support the Arthritis Foundation at the Mix, Mingle, and Jingle Party on Tuesday, November 19 from 6-7:30 PM at Anne Koplik Designs at 173 Main Street in Brewster.

Anne Koplik Design is opening up their showroom for a special night of shopping where their stunning jewelry will be offered at 75% off. Have a fun night out, shop for the holidays, and participate in raffles with prizes donated by local businesses. Business professionals and entrepreneur are welcome to join the fun to network and learn about Master Networks Chapters in our area.

This fundraiser is to support team Joint Efforts in the Arthritis Foundation's Westchester Jingle Bell Run to be held on December 7 at Purchase College. The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity, bringing people from all walks of life together to champion arthritis research and resources.

Anne Koplik Design is a made in America artist’s studio that creates the heirlooms of tomorrow and provides jewelry to ABC’s hit series Dancing With the Stars. They have jewelry such as the extraordinary designed Wrap Bracelets, which provide an easy-on fashion accessory for those with arthritis.

Light refreshments will be served including a free Wine Tasting from Lorraine’s Via One Hope. For more information and to RSVP call (800) 542-3134  or visit

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Danbury Hat Tricks to Salute Teachers Dec 7th.

Say thanks to our teachers December 7th!
Education is a hard job. We get that. That's why we're giving our
local teachers a well-deserved Saturday night out!
All teachers who register for our Teacher Appreciation Night will get a
complimentary ticket to our December 7th game vs the Delaware Thunder,
plus a pre-game drink and order of wings at Buffalo Wild Wings!
Pre-game party starts at 5pm at BWW Danbury, puck drop at 7pm
Hat Tricks vs Thunder, Dec. 7th @ 7pm - Danbury Arena
]]> (Danbury Hat Tricks) Events Sat, 16 Nov 2019 20:00:40 -0500
10 Things to do in NYC for the Holidays

There’s no better way to get into the spirit of the season than by visiting the city that never sleeps. Here’s a roundup of my favorite 10 things to do in NYC for the holidays.


Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular is a New York City institution dating back to 1932. Along with the world-famous Rockettes, this winter wonderland show of song and dance will get even Scrooge in the mood for the holidays. A nativity scene complete with live animals, and of course, Santa himself, grace the stage for this world-famous show. Tickets can be found here.


Performed by the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Centre, the Nutcracker Ballet is not to be missed. As the clock chimes midnight, a brave young girl turns the tide in a battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice, and a blizzard of ballerinas reveals a wonderful world of confection.


There are two fabulous shows featuring A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Carol at Merchant’s House Museum transports viewers back 150 years with 19th-century-holiday decorations, flickering candles, and richly appointed period furnishings. A Christmas Carol, Broadway, a limited engagement for 8 weeks only, welcomes theatergoers of all ages into an immersive experience that’s brimming with Christmas spirit. 


There are four popular holiday markets that grace the city. The Winter Village at Bryant Park is a winter wonderland with holiday shops, a food hall and the sparkling Bryant Park Christmas tree. It’s also home to New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink. Be sure to also visit the Union Square Holiday MarketColumbus Circle Holiday Market, and the indoor Grand Central Holiday Fair, all festive places to get in the holiday spirit and pick up gifts for those on your shopping list.


The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays and a must-visit site. The 2019 tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, December 4 at Rockefeller Plaza. Each year, thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event and millions watch the live broadcast. The tree will remain lit and on display on the plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues through Friday, January 17, 2020.


There’s nothing better than holiday window displays at Bloomingdales, Barneys, and Bergdorf Goodman. Their glittery, enchanting department store windows will get any shopper in a festive mood. Check out this special deal to attend the Radio City Holiday show, a visit to Rockefeller center, and a holiday window display tour.


Winter is a beautiful and peaceful time of year to explore Central Park. When covered in snow, it’s a great place to enjoy sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. You can also go ice skating throughout the season at Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink.


Decked out with festive lights and décor, Tavern on the Green is a perfect place to enjoy a festive meal and enjoy a little downtime, but be sure to make a reservation.


The Empire State Building is newly renovated and open 365 days a year including Christmas Day! Lit up in a festive green and red glow for the holiday season, new 2nd-floor exhibits take guests on a journey from the building’s construction to its place in culture today. Get your tickets here.


An enchanting indoor winter wonderland of model trains, the New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show will certainly mesmerize visitors. This year the trains travel through a miniature landscape showcasing Central Park. Crafts, carolers, and seasonal treats help visitors make lasting holiday memories.


Discover the holiday season at the Bronx Zoo with magical colorful lights, animal lanterns, and sculptures that guide your way throughout the park.

How do you get in the spirit of the holiday? Share with me your favorite things to do in NYC during the holiday season and I’ll add it to the list of 10 things to do in NYC for the holidays. Happy Holidays everyone!

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 Bowling to beat cancer event on Saturday, Dec.7. Register at 2:30pm, bowling from 3-5pm. Spins Bowl, 23 Old Rt. 6, Carmel. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $35/one person; $100/three people; $160/five people; $300/ten people. To purchase tickets contact or call/text Tara at 1-914 552-1973. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
]]> (Peter Carey) Charities Sat, 16 Nov 2019 06:31:54 -0500
Transformco to Close 96 K-Mart and Sears Stores Nationwide Beginning December 2nd.

Transformco, The parent company of K-Mart and Sears has announced plans to close96 stores nationwide beginning December 2nd. There are 2 K-Mart and and a Sears closing in NY.  The Kmarts in Bohemia, NY and Sidney, NY and a Sears in Buffalo, will be closed.

Transformco announced last week,

"Since purchasing substantially all the assets of Sears Holdings Corporation in February 2019, Transformco has faced a difficult retail environment and other challenges. We have been working hard to position Transformco for success by focusing on our competitive strengths and pruning operations that have struggled due to increased competition and other factors. To support these initiatives, our owners (along with a third-party investor) have recently provided the company approximately $250 million in new capital.

As part of this process, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to streamline our operations and close 96 Sears and Kmart stores. Going out of business sales at these stores are expected to begin on December 2.

Following these closures, Transformco will operate 182 stores. We will continue to evaluate our Sears and Kmart footprint, consistent with our overall retail and service strategy.

We will endeavor to create and deliver value through a strategic combination of our better performing retail stores and our service businesses, brands and other assets, and expect to realize a significant return on our extensive portfolio of owned and leased real estate. These assets include Innovel, which provides logistics solutions to businesses and consumers, Sears Home Services as well as Shop Your Way® and financial services, and our Kenmore® and DieHard brands. These businesses will also benefit from the recent acquisition by an affiliate of Transformco of Sears Hometown – a network of more than 400 independently-owned and operated, dealer-managed smaller-format stores that are known for offering customers a range of home products, including appliances, lawn & garden, tools and sporting goods.

Members can use the store locator function on our website to find the location of their nearest Kmart and Sears stores. We also encourage members to shop at and"

A majority of the K-Mart stores and Sears stores be closed are in California, Pennsylvania and Florida. The Sear in Danbury Fair in Connecticut is NOT slated for closing.

The full list of closings can be found here.

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