Newmilford's HamletHub Fri, 24 May 2019 16:57:41 -0400 Connecticut Facebook Fugitive Chooses Fame Over Freedom

The Torrington Police Department recently received an unusual offer from a wanted fugitive.

According to Torrington Police, after negotiating with the police department, wanted fugitive Jose Simms, 29, offered to turn himself in if the Facebook post with his mugshot received 15,000 likes. The post was made early on Wednesday morning and within 24 hours, the post garnered the support of over 22,000 likes. However, Jose Simms has yet to turn himself in.

Lieutenant Johnson remains hopeful, writing, “We will update the post again when he does turn himself in. Thank you to everyone who liked the post and messaged us with info. It's all appreciated”.

This is an ongoing story. We will continue with updates as new information develops.

*Image courtesy Torrington Police Facebook


]]> (Will Bryant) Public safety Thu, 23 May 2019 07:57:05 -0400
DressBarn Closing Stores - Plans to Wind Down Operations of approximately 650 Stores

On May 20, Dressbarn announced plans to commence a wind down of its retail operations, including the eventual closure of its approximately 650 stores.

All Dressbarn stores are open and conducting business as usual, as is Dressbarn’s ecommerce site. Customers can continue to shop at Dressbarn in-store and online and use Dressbarn-branded credit cards for purchases. There are no current changes to Dressbarn’s return, refund, or gift card policies.

Steven Taylor, Chief Financial Officer of Dressbarn, said, “For more than 50 years, Dressbarn has served women’s fashion needs, and we thank all of our dedicated associates for their commitment to Dressbarn and our valued customers. This decision was difficult, but necessary, as the Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment. During the wind down process, we will continue to provide our customers with the same great experience both in-store and online, offering them even better deals and value. We will work to assist our associates through the transition and maintain existing relationships with our vendors, suppliers, and other key stakeholders through this process.”

Plans for closing individual Dressbarn locations, including information about store closing sales, will be shared during the wind down process. Dressbarn has retained A&G Realty Partners to assist on real estate-related matters.

Dressbarn associates will be notified when decisions are made about specific store closures and provided with transition support. Dressbarn intends to continue paying its vendors and suppliers in full in the ordinary course for products and services provided to Dressbarn during its wind down process.

Troy Taylor, President of financial advisory and investment banking firm Algon Group, has been appointed as independent director to the Board of Directors of The Dress Barn, Inc.

Above released by DressBarn/Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

Store locations in our area:

  • Putnam Plaza Shopping Center 1874 Route 6 Carmel, NY 10512
  • Danbury DressBarn Plaza 132 Federal Road, Danbury, CT 06811
  • Cortlandt Town Center 3119 E Main St, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
  • Southbury Plaza Shopping Center 100 Main St N, Southbury, CT 06488
  • Thornwood 996 Broadway, Thornwood, NY 10594
  • Norwalk 574 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851
]]> (Margaret Carey/DressBarn/Ascena Retail Group, Inc.) Places Wed, 22 May 2019 11:38:13 -0400
Family & Children's Aid Free Baseball Clinics With MLB Alumni in New Milford, Danbury and Waterbury

Family & Children's Aid is hosting a free baseball clinic with MLB Alumni 

  • Up to 10 former Major League Baseball players will teach baseball and life skills
  • Suggested ages are from 6-16
  • Participants will receive an authentic Rawlings MLB Alumni baseball
  • Stay for autographs with MLB alumni

Participants should bring a bottle of water and a baseball glove (if they have one). All children will be put in groups by age. This clinic is appropriate for boys and girls!

NEW MILFORD CLINIC on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 9AM to Noon

New Milford High School Baseball Field
338 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776

DANBURY CLINIC on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 9AM to Noon

Danbury Westerners Baseball Field at Rogers Park
21 Memorial Drive
Danbury, CT 06810

WATERBURY CLINIC on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 9AM to Noon

Municipal Stadium
1200 Watertown Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06708

Contact Allison Carballo at 203-205-2633 or via email at with any questions.

Advance registration is recommended and appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome! 

Learn more and register HERE.

]]> (Katy Horowitz) Events Wed, 22 May 2019 09:43:12 -0400
CT BBB: Beware of Memorial Day Sale Ads


CROMWELL, CT — Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the summer retail "holiday" season when consumers see ads flooded across newspapers and television for amazing deals for new & used cars, appliances, furniture, electronics and more! But how do you know that the deal is for real?
It is important to be able to discern between legitimate ads and those that may be confusing or misleading. During Memorial Day many retailers claim to have limited time offers that are only available once per year, but how much ad jargon is really true?
Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut (BBB) developed a few tips to help consumers sift through holiday sale flyers to see which retailers are truthful in their adverting.
Read the fine print. Is the retailer offering you a discounted price on the latest model or are they trying to sell off the older version? This could be especially helpful for consumers looking to purchase tablets or other popular electronics.
Percentage off of what? A retailer may be advertising 50% off but are they applying the discount to the regular price of the item or a marked up price that matches what the regular price normally is once the discount is applied?
Lowest price! Is the price advertised available to everyone or only those with good credit?This could be especially helpful for consumers looking to purchase new or used cars. Even though you saw a low price advertised, you may not qualify for that offer.
Limited time offer. Is this truly the only time of year this retailer will run this sale or will you be able to get the same price in the future?
Guarantee vs. Warranty. Do you know the difference? Guarantees and warranties cover different things for a different amount of time. Does a "lifetime warranty" mean your lifetime or the lifetime of the product? Does "satisfaction guaranteed" mean you can return it used for a full refund? Make sure the retailer offers you full details on any deal they are offering you.
You can take the AdTruthSM Quiz here to learn how you can tell when you're being duped by an advertisement.
BBB AdTruthSM is an educational program that teaches consumers about potential advertising abuses and empowers them to report advertisements that could cause financial or personal harm due to problematic tactics or faulty products. 
In 2018, BBB AdTruthSM launched a new online reporting tool that allows consumers to report questionable or confusing advertisements. Data provided through the BBB AdTruthSM Reporting Tool will provide insights for future research into questionable advertising techniques.







]]> (Luke Frey) Public safety Tue, 21 May 2019 07:12:12 -0400
Danbury Westerners Celebrity Breakfast on Friday, June 7

Danbury Westerners Charity Breakfast on Friday, June 7 from 7:30 to 9am at the Amber Room Colonnade features speaker Mickey (Mick the Quick) Rivers

Annual charity breakfast will welcome the 2019 Danbury Westerners featuring New York Yankee great Mickey Rivers. The cost to attend is $40.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

]]> (Danbury Westerners) Charities Mon, 20 May 2019 10:01:42 -0400
Harrybrooke Park Hosts 3rd Annual Who Are You Carrying? Event

Who Are You Carrying?

On Sunday, May 26th, 2019 Harrybrooke Park will host the 3rd Annual “Who Are you Carrying?” Event with Help Our Military Heroes (HOMH) "Heroes Workout."

Each team will complete 2,500 reps of a grueling workout in the name of fallen veterans including 500 push-ups, 500 sit-ups, 500 mountain climbers, 500 flutter kicks and 500 air squats. The good news in this workout is that you can build teams to do this workout WITH or challenge yourself to do it on your own. Last year, three individuals were able to do it alone and took a jog after. It was most impressive and they are looking for a challenger. 

As the event is on the day before Memorial Day, we take a moment to honor these fallen heroes with some heartwarming "pomp and circumstance" including our nation's greatest heroes. Along the way, we raise some dollars for two local non-profit charities that help the community. I would like to take the opportunity to ask you to join our efforts as we welcome year 3 of “Who Are You Carrying?”

HOMH is dedicated to delivering adaptive minivans to our wounded and injured military heroes who have served since the inception of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Harrybrooke is the home of this event.

This year only expects to grow in attendance of spectators and participants. We hold the event in the name of Petty Officer First Class Jason D. Lewis of Brookfield, CT. A 30-year-old Navy SEAL, Jason was killed twelve years ago this year, by an improvised explosive device (IED) during a combat mission in Baghdad. For this day, Jason’s Gold Star Mother, Jean Mariano, will be in attendance. While we hold the event in Jason’s name, each participant chooses a fallen hero who they are participating in memory of, and whose name is written across their shoulders, truly carrying the memory of that hero who inspires the participant to push harder. The emotions run as high as the energy and this is not an event you forget taking part in.

Event t-shirts for the first 100 registered participants.

Want to help raise even more money? We have two options:

  1. A special award will be given at the event to the participant who chooses to sell the event rubber bracelets and raise the most money doing so! Sell them for whatever you'd like. We hand you 25 bracelets for an additional $25 and you return with what you can raise as you praise this unique event! This challenge is limited to the first 12 teams who ask.
  2. Sponsorship! We have event sponsors, t-shirt space ... it's all there for you to choose and can be paid for right here on the website. Space is VERY LIMITED so get yours in today!

At the conclusion of the workout, we will gather at the pavilion for a few awards, refreshments and warm thanks for a job well done.

Harrybrooke Park is located at 64 Lanesville Road

]]> (Town of New Milford) Neighbors Mon, 20 May 2019 09:56:27 -0400
Town of New Milford Community Brainstorming Charette to “Re-Imagine” the East Street School

 “Re-Imagine” the East Street School Community Charette in New Milford on May 23

The Town of New Milford recently announced they will be holding a Community Brainstorming Charette to “Re-Imagine” the East Street School on Thursday, May 23rd from 6 – 9 PM at the New Milford Senior Center, located at 40 Main Street in New Milford.  

The Charette will be facilitated by Pirie Associates for the purpose of obtaining input from New Milford’s citizenry regarding the potential reuse of the East Street School building and site. 

Earlier this year, the Town of New Milford was awarded a $20,000 planning grant from the State Historic Preservation Office. With the help of the State Trust for Historic Preservation office, the Town prepared and issued an RFP and recently awarded the project to Pirie Associates to assist with preparation of the East Street School Adaptive Reuse Master Plan. The scope of the study will include extensive community outreach and input.

The project goal is to assess possible future uses for the school building and property that respect and retain the historical elements and features of the building, while arriving at possible uses that are financially feasible, fiscally advantageous to the community, and consistent with the needs and desires of the residents.

Pirie Associates is a multi-disciplinary firm (Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design) with specialized expertise in adaptive reuse (particularly historic building assessment), community engagement and master planning.  For this project they will be teaming up with CERC (Connecticut Economic Resource Center).  CERC’s role will be to complete a Financial Feasibility Study and to recommend funding sources and strategies. 

Any questions or comments regarding the East Street School Adaptive Reuse project can be directed to Kathy Castagnetta, Community Investment Officer at, 860-488-0055.

]]> (Town of New Milford) Neighbors Mon, 20 May 2019 08:22:00 -0400
New Milford Resident Morganne Cartee Signs to Play College Soccer

Immaculate High School’s strong athletic program has nurtured many accomplished student-athletes, and several of them will play in college. At the third signing ceremony of the year, student-athletes represented ten sports at colleges and universities, including D1 and D2 schools.   

Mikey Basile of Bethel will play basketball at Washington and Lee University, where he will major in Business.  A starting player on the Immaculate boys basketball team that won last year’s CIAC Division II State Championship, Basile is a 2016 and 2018 Boys Basketball State Champion. While at Immaculate, he was named to the All-State and SWC First teams for basketball his junior and senior years, to the All-Patriot Team for soccer and was captain of the basketball, soccer and tennis teams.

Emma Baughman of Brookfield will play midfield on the Ave Maria University’s D2 women’s lacrosse team. An Immaculate lacrosse player for four years, she ran cross country for three years and indoor track one season.  Baughman will major in Psychology while on a pre-med track and plans to be an ER physician.

Christina Carboni of Danbury will run D1 cross country and track for the University of Maine, where she will major in Business.  Carboni ran cross country and track while at Immaculate and was a member of its championship teams.

Morganne Cartee of New Milford will play D2 soccer as a mid-fielder at Concordia College and is enrolled in the nursing program. Cartee played both midfield and outside defense for the Immaculate girls soccer team and ran indoor/outdoor track as a sprinter. Cartee was a member of the soccer team that won a Class 'M' State Championship in 2016 and the SWC Conference Championship in 2017, and the team finished as the Class 'S' runners-up in 2018 with Cartee as their team captain.  Named to the All-SWC Indoor Track First Team and the All-State Indoor Track Second Team for both her sophomore and junior years, as well as All-SWC her sophomore year, Cartee also received an All-State Second Team recognition for outdoor track and competed at the New Balance Nationals Meet.

Matt Christe of Brookfield will play for the Norwich University football team where he will major in Political Science. Christe was running back for the Abbott Tech-Immaculate co-op football team (ATI) and was named an All-Conference player twice.

Hailey Dubbioso of North Salem, NY will play soccer, forward and outside midfield positions, for Salve Regina University where she will major in Early Childhood and Special Education. Dubbioso was a forward on the Immaculate girls soccer team, which won the 2016 Class M State Championship and the 2017 SWC Championship and finished as the Class 'S' runners-up in 2018.

Madison Halas of Danbury will play D2 field hockey at Bentley University, where she will play midfield and major in Business.  Halas played the midfield position for both the Immaculate field hockey and lacrosse teams. She was named All-State First Team and All-Conference player three years in a row, CIAC Class S State Championship Player of the Game and to the NFHCA All-Northeast Region Second Team for field hockey.  Halas was a lead player for the Immaculate field hockey team that won the 2018 Class S State Championship. She served as captain for the Immaculate field hockey team since 2016 and as captain of the girls lacrosse team in 2019.

Natalie Kennedy of Ridgefield will play D1 women’s ice hockey at Sacred Heart University where she will be a nursing student in the honors program. Natalie has played as a center on the Brewster Lady Bulldogs ice hockey team, where she has been a captain for the last three years, but will most likely play wing at Sacred Heart. The Bulldogs won the New York State Amateur Hockey Association U16 Championship last season and attended the USA Hockey Nationals. At Immaculate, Natalie played defense on the girls lacrosse team and is one of the senior captains.

Taylor Mascetta of Danbury will run for the Fordham University D1 track team, where she will be a mid-distance and cross country runner. She will study Communications and Journalism at Fordham. At Immaculate, Mascetta ran cross country and track and field. She ran the 5K and specialized in the 4x800m, 1600m, 3200m and 800m for track and earned All-SWC and All-State honors multiple times. For this school year’s indoor track season, Mascetta was a SWC, State, State Open and New England Champion in the 4x800m and also medaled at New Balance Nationals twice in the Emerging Elite DMR. Mascetta was named MVP during her senior year for the cross country and indoor track seasons and was named a SWC Scholar Athlete. She was part of the 2018 girls cross country team that won both the SWC and the State Class SS Championship titles.

Maura Murphy of Ridgefield will run both cross country and track (mid-distance) for Springfield College. As captain, Murphy ran cross country and track. She was a strong member of the Immaculate teams that won the SWC and State Championship titles and earned third place in the New England Nationals meet this Fall.

Sophia Pilla of Ridgefield will attend the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, where she will be a part of their D1 equestrian team. She will study to become a large animal veterinarian.  Pilla had top finishes in the equitation, hunters and jumpers divisions at premier shows across the country. In 2018 she won the Overall Washington Equitation in Lake Placid (N.Y.) and the Maclay in Wellington (Fla.), which qualified Pilla to compete in the George Morris Equitation Championship. Among other honors, she also won multiple titles in the Junior Jumpers in 2018, qualifying for the US Jumper Championship in Washington finishing second in the speed round, and won the $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.

Anna Richards of Ridgefield will major in Nursing at Sacred Heart University, where she will also be a member of its D1 varsity cheerleading squad.  A captain of the Immaculate cheer team her senior year, Richards was named to the SWC All-Patriot cheerleading team. She also played lacrosse at Immaculate her junior and senior years.

Allen Riego De Dios of Danbury will run cross country at Western Connecticut University, where he will major in Nursing. While at Immaculate he ran cross country and the 4x800 relay for indoor and outdoor track, and received All-State 2nd Team honors for indoor track and was named Rookie of the Year for cross country. Riego De Dios was a valued member of the 2018 Immaculate boys cross country team that won the State Class SS Championship, the first time the team won that title in school history.

Danielle Sekelsky of Bethel will be a varsity D1 cheerleader at Pennsylvania State University, where she will major in Business Finance. While at Immaculate, Sekelsky was a varsity cheerleader who earned Top All-American honors from the National Cheerleaders Association and was a 2019 World Champion with the World Cup Shooting Stars.

Lin Marie Vitarbo of Newtown will play on the girls soccer team at Mount Saint Mary’s College, where she will major in Biology, pre-veterinary track. At Immaculate Vitarbo was a member of the girls soccer team and was a sprinter for the track teams

Jack Woods of Danbury will play D1 golf at Bryant University, where he will major in finance. While at Immaculate, Woods was named to All-Conference and All-State teams for golf during all four years of school.  He played varsity basketball at Immaculate and was named to the All-SWC First Team. Woods was a leader of the Immaculate Golf Team that won the SWC Championship in 2018 and was a player on the 2018 basketball team that won the State Championship.

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, personal commitments and service to others.  Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system.


]]> (Immaculate High School ) Neighbors Fri, 17 May 2019 12:01:04 -0400
New Milford Area High Schools Honored with College Success Award

GreatSchools has just announced the winners of the second-annual 2019 College Success Awards. (See the list below for High Schools in Connecticut honored near New Milford).

According to GreatSchools, this award recognizes 1,722 high schools across 25 states that have a successful track record of going beyond simply graduating students to helping them enroll in college and succeed once they get there. Winners represent about 20% of eligible public high schools. Eligibility is determined by data availability and ranges on a state-by-state basis from 13% to 88%.

Avon High School took top honors, and three other CT High Schools received a ten for ten Great Schools Summary Ranking - Weston High School, Connecticut IB Academy, and Marine Science Magnet High School Of Southeastern Connecticut.

The high schools in Connecticut that have won the GreatSchools 2019 College Success Award include:

Rating School Total enrolled % Low-income % College enrollment - State average: 72% Persistence % - State average: 86%
8/10 Brookfield High School 880 7% 85% 92%

For a full list of schools please go to

The College Success Award-winning high schools stand out based on school-level college readiness and postsecondary data collected and shared by their states. “This data tells us whether students enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist to their second year,” GreatSchools states.

Learn more about GreatSchools College Success Awards here.

]]> (Tara Daly) Places Fri, 17 May 2019 12:00:51 -0400
CT BBB: Tips on Buying Wedding & Prom Dresses


CROMWELL, CT — Shopping for the perfect dress is a crucial part of a wedding or prom. But like many purchases with a big price tag – and high stakes – there’s a lot that can go wrong. Buying a wedding dress or prom dress can come with unexpected expenses, delayed orders, surprise policies and unwanted stress in advance of a big event.
 Follow this advice to ensure that dress shopping goes smoothly: 
  • Start shopping early: Experts recommend buying a wedding dress between six and nine months ahead of the big day. You don't need as much time for prom or another special occasion, but experts recommend starting a couple months ahead. 
  • Be clear about your budget: Be upfront about your budget, so your sales person shows you dresses in your price range. You don't want to fall in love with a dress only to find that it is way over your budget.
  • Factor in alterations: Dress alterations can be costly, so double-check policies in advance. Some dress shops offer alterations for a flat fee or cap expenses at a certain amount.
  • Don't pay 100% upfront when buying a wedding dress: Most salons ask for a deposit of about 50% of the dress price for expensive gowns. You should not be pressured into paying the entire cost of a wedding dress upfront.
  • Check the cancellation policy: Always check a store's cancellation policy for your specific order. Each contract is different, and custom orders may have a strict cancellation policy. 
  • Be clear about your schedule: Brides have complained to BBB that their dresses arrived too late for alterations. Be sure to be very clear about schedules and leave extra time to resolve any issues.
  • Want to rent? Do your homework: Renting a dress is an increasingly popular options for proms and other special events. Be sure to start early because popular styles and sizes will sell out. Also, check before committing to a specific company.  
Some online sellers offer gowns that look like designer dresses for a fraction of the price. Buyers expect these dresses to be low-cost replicas, but BBB often hears that the dresses that arrive are ill-fitting and constructed from poor quality materials. 
If you’ve decided to buy a wedding dress or prom dress online, keep the following tips in mind:
  • Beware of counterfeit gowns: Authorized retailers are the only stores allowed to sell a designer's gowns. Anyone else claiming to carry them is likely selling counterfeits. In fact, many dress designers do not sell their gowns online at all.
  • Shopping for a deal? Be realistic: As much as a budget-conscious bride or party-goer may want to find a $5,000 dress for $350, it's probably not going to happen. Many designers don't allow their dresses to be discounted below a certain margin.
  • Double check delivery promises: It's vital that your dress arrives in time, so be sure the seller clearly states its typical delivery times.
  • Understand the return policy: Review the guarantee, return, and refund policies before purchasing. Know if there is a way to return your dress (and how much it will cost) if you are not happy with it. Make sure there's a way to contact the company where you find the prom dress or wedding dress in case of problems.
  • Be wary of overseas sellers: Buying wedding dresses or prom dresses from an international seller may seem like a good deal. However, U.S. and Canadian laws and consumer protections will be difficult, if not impossible, to enforce.
  • Read BBB tips for shopping online: Although a wedding or prom dress may be an extra special purchase, much of the general advice for shopping online applies here, too.


]]> (Luke Frey ) Public safety Thu, 16 May 2019 11:08:21 -0400
Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company Open House and Amber Alert on Sunday!

Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 will host an Open House and Amber Alert registration this Sunday, May 19 from 10am to 2pm.

In addition to FREE Amber Alert registration, child ID cards, kids can tour the fire trucks and enjoy free hotdogs and soda! 

The fire department is located at 34 Hawleyville Road.

Learn more here.


]]> (HH) Uncategorised Thu, 16 May 2019 07:09:43 -0400
New Milford Police Raise National Law Enforcement Memorial Flag In Honor Of Fallen Officer

In honor of National Police Week, some of New Milford Police officers along with Chief Cerruto, Mayor Bass and Personnel Director Bollaro raised the departments National Law Enforcement Memorial Flag in front of the police department.

"We do this in remembrance of all police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice with special recognition for New Milford Officer Kenneth Couch who died while on duty in June 1964," New Milford Police explain.

Visit New Milford Police Facebook to learn more.

*Image courtesy New Milford PD

]]> (HH) Public safety Wed, 15 May 2019 12:50:01 -0400
New Milford VNA and Hospice FREE Bereavement Camp this Summer

New Milford VNA and Hospice Host Camp Stepping Stones

Do you know of a child or a teen who has experienced the death of a loved one? Tell them about Camp Stepping Stones, our local and FREE bereavement camp that will take place on July 22-26.

Call our agency and talk with Sarah Mott for details, 860-354-2216.

Applications are available. 

Learn more here.

]]> (New Milford VNA & Hospice) Neighbors Wed, 15 May 2019 08:03:00 -0400
Puck Drops in Danbury with Diamonds and Colton Orr

On the heels of Diamond Properties announcing their acquisition of Danbury Ice Arena, the company has reported that former 13-year professional hockey player and New York Ranger, Colton Orr, has joined the ownership group of the arena’s recently launched North American Hockey League 3 team, the Danbury Colonials. Orr will serve as the organization’s managing partner of the Junior Hockey operation, according to a press release published by the team.

"Colton Orr, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada, played 477 games in the National Hockey League and registered 24 points (12 goals & 12 assists) and over 1100 Penalty Minutes (PIMs). Orr’s former teammates include Jaromir Jagr, Henrik Lundqvist, Chris Drury, Brendan Shanahan, Phil Kessel, Joe Thornton, and Brian Leetch," Danbury Colonials states.

Orr commented, “Really looking forward to being part of the Danbury Colonials and the North American Hockey League platform in Danbury. I was fortunate in my Junior Hockey career to have an ex-NHL player (Mike Ridley) to mentor my team in Winnipeg with the St. Bonifice Saints and it was an unbelievable experience for the guys in the room. Being part of building this program from the start is a very exciting opportunity. I can’t wait to get on the ice with the boys.”

According to the Danbury Colonials, as per the partnership, the Danbury Ice Arena will become home to the Colton Orr Hockey Academy which focuses on developing full contact hockey players, taught with the proper methods. All of the camps, clinics, and symposiums are designed to specifically teach body contact and positioning, while also enhancing player skills.

The first session for the Colton Orr Hockey Academy at the Danbury Ice Arena has been set for August 9th, 10th, & 11th.  The clinics are open to skaters of all ages.  Anyone interested in attending can register now at

In addition, the Danbury Ice Arena and the Colton Orr Hockey Academy will develop a series of special camps and clinics for players of all ages.  For the latest arena news, visit

"On the ownership group’s Junior Hockey platform and model, Danbury Ice Arena plans to expand and launch a North American Hockey League (Tier II) and North American Prospect Hockey League (NAPHL ages 14-16) in the coming seasons," Danbury Colonials says.

Tryout information for the Danbury Colonials, email General Manager, Rob Sutherland, at or visit

For additional information on Colton Orr and the Danbury Ice Arena partnership, contact Herm Sorcher at 973-713-7547 or email

]]> (HH) Places Tue, 14 May 2019 12:26:15 -0400
CT BBB: Fakes Are Not Fashionable


CROMWELL, CT — An in-depth investigative study by Better Business Bureau (BBB) finds that fraudulent consumer goods are ubiquitous, difficult to tell apart from the legitimate products they are counterfeiting, and stem from a large network of organized criminals and credit card processing mechanisms that are willing to support them. 
Research shows that eight in 10 Americans shop online, and the dominance of online retail means nearly anything can be bought online, sometimes at discounts that seem too good to be true. However, nearly anything available online can be counterfeited, and research also shows that one in four people have bought something online that turned out to be counterfeit. 
The investigative study – “Fakes Are Not Fashionable: A BBB Study of the Epidemic of Counterfeit Goods Sold Online” – looks at the prevalence of counterfeit consumer goods and the criminal systems that circulate them. It digs into the scope of the problem, who is behind it, the multi-pronged fight to stop it and the steps consumers can take to avoid it.
The risk of encountering counterfeit goods can affect any online shopper. These goods range from brand-name sunglasses and handbags to golf clubs and consumer electronics, as well as many other kinds of products. BBB’s report finds that any shippable item with a reputation for quality and sizable markup is a candidate for counterfeiting. While counterfeit goods often are reputed to be deeply discounted, in reality, counterfeit sellers regularly use selling prices that are close to the price of the real product, so the prices offered are no longer a signal that the product is counterfeit.
"In Connecticut we see a wide variety of complaints about counterfeit products, it doesn't just affect women trying to purchase high-end purses and sunglasses. There are many submissions from men who tried to purchase sports jerseys and sneakers at a discount but received counterfeit or poor quality items," said Luke Frey, Associate Director of Communication, BBB Serving Connecticut. "There were also a few submissions about consumers purchasing counterfeit vaporizers (e-cigarettes) that are popular and celebrity endorsed."
The cost of counterfeiting affects not only consumers who lose money by receiving products not as advertised, but also the broader U.S. economy. BBB’s report finds that counterfeiting and intellectual property piracy cost the U.S. economy $200-$250 billion and 750,000 jobs annually.
In the last three years, BBB has received more than 2,000 complaints and more than 500 Scam Tracker reports from people who have shopped for goods online and received counterfeits instead of what they ordered. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) processed 2,249 complaints about counterfeit goods (including pirated goods) in 2018, while the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) processed 552 complaints representing a total financial loss of more than $752,000. That being said, many victims do not file complaints, making it difficult to get a firm grasp on how often people pay for goods that are counterfeit or not as advertised.
According to BBB’s report, 88% of counterfeit goods come from China and Hong Kong, with their smuggling and their online sale via fraudulent websites widely thought to be coordinated by international organized crime groups. Customs agents seized $1.2 billion in counterfeit shipments in fiscal 2017, the most current year for which data is available; however, shipping and smuggling methods vary widely, creating major headaches for customs officials. Inasmuch as counterfeit goods are almost always paid for with a credit card, the fraudulent websites that process these sales make extensive use of the credit card and banking system, with a small number of Chinese banks and an extensive network of intermediary payment processors responsible for the vast majority of processing for these purchases.
Active efforts are being made to fight the flood of counterfeit goods. BBB attempts to identify and report on bogus businesses, especially if they claim to be located in the U.S. and Canada. Trademark holders also do a great deal of work and spend a considerable amount of money trying to fight counterfeits. This is a major priority for customs officials and law enforcement as well; U.S. Customs and Border Protection has increased its seizures of counterfeit goods by 125% over the last five years, and the White House recently issued an executive order directing government agencies that work with brands to examine counterfeiting and make it an enforcement priority.
The BBB report recommends consumers check the reputation of the seller before making payment at and contact the manufacturer for a listing of authorized sellers.
What to do if you believe you have unwittingly purchased counterfeit goods:
  • Ask for a refund. Victims who don’t receive anything when buying online with their credit card, or who receive goods that are counterfeit or not as described, should call the customer service number on the back of their card and request a refund. The report goes into great detail about the process of obtaining a refund and the remedies available to victims.
Report counterfeit goods. Contact one or more of the following:  
  • National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) asks victims of counterfeit goods to file a complaint with the IPR Center here
  • Better Business Bureau: Victims can file complaints at about online sellers that claim to be in the U.S. or Canada. BBB tries to resolve complaints and may help in getting a refund. There is no cost for this service. BBB also looks for and reports patterns of complaints. Consumers can report scams to BBB Scam Tracker.
  • Online markets: Victims can complain directly to eBay, Amazon, Facebook and Instagram or other online marketplaces. In addition, Amazon has an “A-Z guarantee” for goods sold by third parties on their site; victims who have purchased counterfeit items from a third-party seller can seek a refund here.
  • Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IC3): The FBI takes complaints about counterfeit goods. Complain here.
  • Federal Trade Commission: You can complain to the FTC by calling 877/FTC-Help or file a complaint online
About BBB
BBB is a nonprofit, business-supported organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. BBB services to consumers are free of charge. BBB provides objective advice, free BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.3 million companies, 11,000 charity reviews, dispute resolution services, alerts and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. Please visit for more information.







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