Newmilford's HamletHub Sat, 29 Jan 2022 04:53:51 -0500 New Milford Weather: Winter Storm Warning Tonight and Tomorrow, 10-16 Inches of Snow Likely

A strong winter storm will bring a period of moderate to heavy snowfall and strong winds to much of the area, starting tonight and continuing through Saturday. Near blizzard conditions are possible for a period on Saturday for the eastern portions of the area.

10 - 16” of snow likely and strong winds across LI and SE CT tonight into Saturday evening. Dangerous travel and blizzard conditions are possible.

 5 - 10” of snow and strong winds likely across NYC, NE NJ, SW CT tonight into Saturday afternoon. Difficult travel and blowing snow possible.

 Minor to locally moderate coastal impacts are possible for the vulnerable twin forks, north shore of LI and north shore of barrier island
shoreline communities for the Saturday AM/PM and Sunday AM high

 Confidence is increasing on forecast snowfall, but there is still uncertainty on the western extent and/or duration of moderate and
heavy snow banding late tonight into Saturday. 

What has Changed:
  • Forecast snowfall amounts have increased for most of the region.
  • Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for the entire area except Orange County, NY where a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect.
  • Storm Warning issued for the ocean waters for Saturday.
Please see the PowerPoint briefing in this post for details on the potential hazards and impacts from this event.
Stay alert, by monitoring NWS New York, NY forecasts, NOAA weather radio, television and radio news, cable and satellite weather programming, and commercial services, as well as the following NWS resources...
]]> (NWS) Life Fri, 28 Jan 2022 05:08:18 -0500
Litchfield's Bantam Bread Company Named Best in Connecticut by Food & Wine Magazine

Bakers Rising in Connecticut

Two Connecticut bakeries, Norwalk-based Wave Hill Breads and Bantam Bread Company in Litchfield, are being recognized by Food & Wine Magazine for having award-winning bread! 

"Sourcing is perhaps more transparent than it has ever been. Most bakers on this list will readily reveal the makeup of their breads, and some of them are already able to keep things 100% within their state, or at least the region." 

The article is titled "The Best Bread in Every State" and you can read it here.

*Image courtesy Bantam Bread Company


]]> (HH) Places Fri, 28 Jan 2022 04:55:53 -0500
Visualizing Early-stage Cancer: Meet CT Breast Imaging Physician Dr. Jaime Szarmach


Meet Dr. Jaime Szarmach, a fellowship-trained breast imager at Connecticut Breast Imaging in Danbury, Connecticut passionate about compassionate, patient-centered care for breast health.

Dr. Szarmach understands the anxiety patients face when deciding which healthcare facility they should go to for their breast imaging.  This is why she believes finding a facility with state-of-the-art services as well as a focus on the doctor-patient relationship is vital for the best possible care.

She advises patients to take a close look to make sure a facility has the proper equipment in place, or if they’re a center that has 3D mammography or tomosynthesis. She further advises patients to ask themselves, ‘who is reading the study, are they fellowship-trained?’ 

This is the amazing value of Connecticut Breast Imaging, as not only does the facility have the necessary equipment to visualize early-stage cancers, it is also staffed with professionals like Dr. Szarmach who are qualified experts in breast health.

In addition to medical school at New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Szarmach chose to enter a specialized fellowship in breast imaging, which includes breast MRI, breast ultrasound, mammography, breast biopsy, and armpit biopsy. Before coming to Connecticut Breast Imaging, she served as an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology for Breast Imaging at Yale School of Medicine.

Dr. Szarmach advises that when patients choose their breast imaging center, first check to make sure that if further medical procedures are needed, such as a breast biopsy, the center is able to facilitate it.

With COVID-19 still in effect today, many patients are choosing to avoid going into medical offices for fear of contracting the virus. This is another unfortunate side effect of the pandemic. Dr. Szarmach assures those who are concerned that it is safe to come in for your exams. Schedule your breast imaging exams now and make your health top priority.


]]> (Connecticut Breast Imaging) Neighbors Fri, 28 Jan 2022 02:02:19 -0500
The Ridgefield Playhouse And Aquarion Water Company Make The Entire Diversity Film Series Free Events For The Community

The Ridgefield Playhouse’s Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series continues in February with three films celebrating Black History Month that amplify and honor African-American culture and traditions.

All films in the Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series are presented as free events for the community. Following each film, a pre-recorded interview led by reporter Cheryl Washington will also be screened. These enlightening interviews can be viewed later on The Ridgefield Playhouse YouTube Channel.

On February 2ndSummer Of Soul presents a powerful and transporting document of an epic event in the summer of 1969: the Harlem Cultural Festival featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Mahalia Jackson, BB King and more. In his debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson reintroduces these lost performances as part of a documentary that combines music, history and story-telling to celebrate Black history, culture and fashion.

Then on February 16thQueen & Slim offers a thrilling modern drama about love, justice and righteous anger, focused on a young couple on the run from the law after a first date gone wrong. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner Smith, directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe and James Frey.

The Black History Month programming concludes on February 23rd with a 50th anniversary screening of Lady Sings The Blues, the classic Billie Holiday biopic starring Diana Ross in a tour-de-force performance that landed Ms. Ross an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

For more information or to reserve your free tickets, go online at or visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse

]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 04:48:26 -0500
New Show at Gallery 25 in New Milford

New Show at Gallery 25

“Anticipation” by Adele Moros, COVID The New Normal (Oil)

February 4 – March 26, 2022

Opening Reception on February 5 from 2 – 4 pm.

February featured Artist Judith Secco “Between Fantasy and Reality” Poppies (Photograph)

February 4 – 27, 2022

Visit Gallery 25 online here.

Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio
11 Railroad Street
New Milford, CT 06776

Gallery Holiday Hours*

Friday 10am-4pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

]]> (HH) Events Wed, 26 Jan 2022 11:24:54 -0500
2022 Billboard Contest Recycle Your Food Scraps!

Calling all students in grades K-12!

The Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority's annual recycling billboard contest is underway.
The 2022 Theme is Recycle your Food Scraps! Compost!
Artwork Deadline is February 25, 2022
Students' prizes range from $25 to $250! The lucky teacher, school or organization that has the grand prize winner wins $500 for their classroom or school to support recycling education.
Complete contest rules and information can be found on the HRRA website here

If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email the HRRA. 203.775.4539 or

]]> (HRRA) Neighbors Tue, 25 Jan 2022 10:59:34 -0500
Skate with the Hat Tricks Post-game on January 30!

Have you been to a Danbury Hat Tricks game? Danbury Arena is a true family destination and on January 30, the team welcomes kids to join them on the ice!

FPHL Hat Tricks after the home game on Sunday, January 30th!

The Hat Tricks are inviting all fans to skate with the FPHL Hat Tricks after their game against Carolina on Sunday, January 30th. 

The puck drops at 7pm and the game is expected to end by 9:30 pm.

Nick Garofalo, Arena General Manager said, "Come share the experience with the team! Fans can feel the excitement of skating on the same ice with the Hat Tricks!"

Delicious food and drinks are available in the newly renovated and newly reopened Rabbit Hole Bar and Grill and, the brand new (and massive) redemption arcade is a destination for kids!

View the roster and team stats here.

Skates will be available to rent for $5 per pair.

Purchase tickets HERE.

]]> (HH) Events Tue, 25 Jan 2022 05:32:32 -0500
Kratos Gymnasts Show They Are Strong, New Milford Resident Takes 1st on Floor!

Gymnast’s of Kratos Showed They Are Strong 

Between January 20th-22nd gymnasts from Kratos Gymnast took part in the Maggie Nichols, We Are Strong Invitational, in Providence, Rhode Island.

Gymnasts of all levels received the opportunity to meet World Champion and decorated collegiate gymnast, Maggie Nichols! The gymnasts of Kratos were commended by her, receiving “shining stars” for their positive attitudes and great sportsmanship! Every member of Kratos Gymnastics took home a medal with nearly all members placing in the top three on both beam and floor!

Xcel Gold

-Addison Delaney of Brookfield, CT: 6th on vault, 3rd on bars, 4th on beam, 1st on floor, and 2nd all-around

-Lilli Nelson of New Fairfield, CT: 4th on vault, 4th on floor, and 8th all-around

-Caitlin Riina of New Fairfield, CT: 3rd on beam, 1st on floor, and 6th all-around 

Xcel Silver

-Rhayane Delima of Danbury, CT: 5th on bars, 2nd on beam, 1st on floor, and 5th all-around

-Cora Diamond if Ridgefield, CT: 2nd on vault, 2nd on bars, 1st on beam, 1st on floor, and 1st all-around 

-Norah Michaels of Newtown, CT: 4th on bars, 2nd on floor and 4th all-around

The small team of 3 placed 6th as a team! 

At only 7 years old, competing her third competition as a Level 3 gymnast, Bradey Hodge of Bethel, CT stole the show earning an amazing four gold medals (vault, beam, floor, and all-around) out of a possible 5 and one bronze (bars) 

Xcel Bronze

-Taylor Bikowski of Wilton, CT: 5th on bars, 5th on floor, and 6th all-around

-Mylah Burch-Mead of Bethel, CT: 3rd on vault, 5th on floor, 9th all-around 

-Gracie Clifford of New Milford, CT: 5th on beam, 1st on floor, 5th all-around 

-Riley DeShay of Newtown, CT: 4th on floor and 8th all-around 

-Clara Dettmann of Danbury, CT: 1st on vault, 2nd on beam, 2nd on floor, 4th all-around

-Ellie Domingos of Brookfield, CT: 8th all-around 

-Anika Ericson of Bethel, CT: 2nd on bars, 9th all-around 

-Ziva Mathivanan of Brookfield, CT: 2nd on vault, 1st 

-Sofia Nascimento of Danbury, CT: 9th place all-around

-Annie Pucha of Danbury, CT: 10th place all-around

As a team Xcel Bronze placed 4th!

Level 2 gymnast Sophia Thompson of Westport, CT placed 2nd on floor and 6th all-around!

Level 7 gymnast Lydia Hodge of Bethel, CT finished off the weekend in spectacular fashion earning 3rd place on vault, 5th place on bars, 1st place on beam, 3rd place on floor, and 3rd place all-around.

]]> (Ashley Anton) Neighbors Mon, 24 Jan 2022 11:49:45 -0500
RVNAhealth Talks Shingles Vaccine

The pandemic has stolen many things from many people. Starting with lives and loved ones, and moving on to ceremonies, traditions, and rites of passage. Plus, infinite things in between.

For many, the pandemic has also put them behind health-wise, because who’s thinking about annual screenings and prevention when you’re not even comfortable leaving the house.

If you turned 50 in recent years, or in recent decades, and haven't gotten your Shingles vaccine yet, it's time to get moving. Shingles is painful, unappealing, and easily avoided.

“For many 50- and 60-year-olds, the specter of shingles is a vague and distant threat,” says John Apinis, RN, BSN, RVNAhealth’s Senior Director, Home Health. “Shingles sounds like something that will happen to someone else. But with statistics showing that 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 gets shingles, that ‘someone else’ may well be you. And shingles is something you don’t want to get.”

Shingles is a viral infection that causes an ‘angry, blistering” rash that can occur anywhere on your body. Very painful. Not pretty. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, sensitivity to light, and just to put you over the edge, itchiness.

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox, you are at risk for shingles. If you haven’t had chickenpox but are exposed to someone with chickenpox or shingles, regardless of your age, you will develop chickenpox first. 

Shingles can be intensely painful and can cause serious complications that last for a long time, including postherpetic neuralgia (or PHN, pain that continues long after the shingles blisters have cleared), vision loss, neurological problems, and skin infections.

The good news — finally! — is that Shingles is easily avoided by getting the two-dose vaccine, Shingrix, proven to be over 90% effective in preventing Shingles and the PHN that often accompanies it.

If you’re not already Shingles-vaccinated, it’s time to act. RVNAhealth offers the Shingrix vaccine at our Ridgefield location.
To make an appointment, or learn more, contact us at 203-438-5555 x1119 or


]]> (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Life Thu, 20 Jan 2022 05:56:17 -0500
Housatonic Habitat seeks homeowner for New Milford townhouse

Housatonic Habitat for Humanity is looking for this next homeowner.

The two-bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse is located at 90 Aspetuck village in New Milford CT.
Apply today HERE.
About Housatonic Habitat
Homeownership is more than the homes we build. Homeownership also provides financial benefits that impact and contribute to the quality of life in greater Danbury. Throughout the region, affordable housing attracts families and individuals who will locate, work in, invest in, and contribute to the economic and civic life of our communities. Our goal: Give people a chance to live in simple, decent homes they can afford – and sustain. We provide affordable homes built by volunteers with materials gifted by local businesses. Homes are sold below market rate with an affordable mortgage for working families who qualify.
]]> (HH) Neighbors Thu, 20 Jan 2022 05:32:56 -0500
DPW Conducts Road Work in New Milford

New Milford Mayor Pete Bass provided a Roads Update today on his Facebook Page.
The Department of Public Works will be working on the following roads:
  • Two trucks are out treating any overnight icy spots.
  • Road Crew scraping ice on Little Bear Hill Rd.
  • Tree Crew working on Gaylord Rd.
  • Crew trimming back ROW's on Squash Hollow Rd.
  • Crew screening material for re-use at Century Brass.
  • Crew servicing and prepping plow trucks.
Mayor Bass will be providing updates on social media. Follow along here.
]]> (HH) Places Wed, 19 Jan 2022 08:16:48 -0500
Wheels Program of Greater New Milford is Looking for Drivers!

The Wheels Program of Greater New Milford is a 501©(3) charitable organization. We are seeking volunteers to drive seniors and citizens with disabilities to their non-emergency medical appointments.

We supply the insured and fueled vehicle; you just donate your time! You can volunteer weekly or monthly for as little or as much as you like, based on your schedule.

We ask for a clean driving record, and we will perform a background check. You can volunteer to drive a Chevy Malibu and/or our wheelchair-accessible bus, which is small enough to not require a CDL.

Please call the office for more information 860-354-6012 or email Thea Gruber / Program Coordinator at You can also click here.

]]> (Wheels Program of Greater New Milford) Neighbors Wed, 19 Jan 2022 08:11:42 -0500
Comedy Night - Stand Up for Harrybrooke Park on January 29

Comedy Night - Stand Up for Harrybrooke Park on Saturday, January 29 from 6 to 9pm.

Get your tickets to what is guaranteed to be a fun night out! Stand Up for Harrybrooke Park will feature two comedians and a dinner provided by local caterer, Pete's Smokehouse. Additionally, there will be a cash bar and awesome raffle prizes.

The event will take place at the New Milford VFW, 11 Avery Rd, New Milford, CT 06776

Ticket types vary from general admission to VIP. All sales are final, NO refunds. 

Learn more and purchase your ticket HERE.


]]> (HH) Charities Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:04:00 -0500
Gymnasts of Kratos Leave The Crowd Star Struck!

Gymnasts of Kratos Gymnastics located in Bethel competed at the 25th Annual Star Struck Invitational in Atlantic City, NJ from January 14-16.  Every competitor in attendance from Kratos Gymnastics brought home a medal at this prestigious competition hosting more than 3,500 gymnasts. 

Below are the results:

Level 2:

-Sophia Thompson, of Westport, CT earned 7th on beam & 9th AA

Members of Kratos’ Xcel Bronze team brought home second place as a team in addition to earning their own personal awards!

-Taylor Bikowski of Wilton, CT: 6th on vault, 3rd on bars, 3rd on beam & 5th AA

-Mylah Burch-Mead of Bethel, CT: 3rd on vault, and 12th AA

-Gracie Clifford or New Milford, CT: 5th on vault, 3rd on beam, 4th on floor, and 5th AA

-Riley DeShay of Newtown, CT: 4th on bars and 9th AA

-Ellie Domingos of Brookfield, CT: 12th AA

-Anika Ericson of Bethel, CT: 1st on bars, and 10th AA

-Ziva Mathivanan of Bethel, CT: 1st on vault, 2nd on bars, 1st on beam, 3rd on floor, and 1st AA

-Sofia Nascimento of Danbury, CT: 4th on beam and 11th AA

-Nicolle Sloboda of Redding, CT: 2nd on vault, 2nd on bars, 1st on beam, 6th on floor, and 1st AA

Level 3: 

-Bradey Hodge of Bethel, CT: 4th on vault, 7th on bars, 2nd on beam, 5th on floor, and 5th AA

Xcel Silver

-Rhayane Delima of Danbury, CT: 7th on floor

-Cora Diamond of Ridgefield, CT: 3rd on vault, 1st on bars, 1st on beam, 3rd on floor & 1st AA

-Nora Michaels of Newtown, CT: 8th on beam and 7th on floor

Xcel Gold

-Addison Delaney of Brookfield, CT: 2nd on beam, 1st on floor, and 4th AA

-Lilli Nelson of New Fairfield, CT: 3rd on beam, 3rd on floor, and 6th AA

-Caitlin Riina of New Fairfield, CT: 6th on beam & 1st on floor

Closing off the weekend of the competition was level 7 gymnast Lydia Hodge of Bethel, CT. Lydia once again left the judges and crowd in awe of her overall performance, topping her prior weeks’ floor score of a 9.8 with a whopping 9.9, while still keeping her “eyes on the prize” of achieving a perfect 10.0 in future competition.  Lydia was awarded 1st on vault, 8th on bars, 6th on beam (with a fall), 1st on floor, and 2nd place All-Around! 

Kratos gymnasts take on Providence Rhode Island next weekend at the Maggie Nichols, “We Are Strong Invitational”! You can follow their progress on social media by following Kratos Gymnastics on instagram @kratos_gymnastics_usa or on Facebook @kratosgymnasticsusa

]]> (Ashley Anton) Neighbors Tue, 18 Jan 2022 04:03:23 -0500
Hat Tricks Erupt For Ten Goals To Beat Binghamton Bears

The Danbury Hat Tricks (16-8-2, 46 pts) erupted for 10 goals in a Saturday-night 10-7 win over the Binghamton Black Bears (13-12-0, 38 pts).
It was an offensive showdown in Danbury as the Hat Tricks and Black Bears finished off a home-and-home series.
The Hat Tricks had three multi-goal scorers in the win. Dustin Jesseau led the way with a four-goal outburst. Nicola Levesque added a hat trick of his own to combine for seven of the Hat Tricks’ 10 goals.
Steve Mele also added a two-goal game for Danbury. Jesseau started the scoring at 9:15 of the first, from Nicola Levesque and Tobias Odjick.
“We were really physical tonight, which helped us generate some good chances,” said head coach Dave MacIsaac. “That was nice, but need to clean it up in our own zone.”
After back-and-forth stretch, Binghamton took its first lead at 3:50 of the second. The turning point started after that as the Hat Tricks scored five-straight goals starting at 7:29 of the second.
Levesque scored a crucial goal while short-handed with 41 seconds left in the second period to elevate the Hat Tricks lead to 6-4. They never surrendered their two-goal advantage the rest of the game.
Tobias Odjick assisted on three goals Saturday night moving his point total to eight in his three games since returning from injury.
Odjick also showed his physicality with a fight late in the third period.
Danbury is back in action on Wednesday at Watertown, before hosting the Wolves on Friday night.
Visit the Hat Tricks online here.
]]> (Danbury Hat Tricks) Neighbors Sun, 16 Jan 2022 16:19:15 -0500