Newmilford's HamletHub Fri, 01 Jul 2022 15:29:13 -0400 Martha’s Vineyard Escapes Thanks To The Long Ball

Shark’s catcher Thomas Bramley cracked a game-winning solo home run in the top of the ninth to complete a 4-3 victory over the Westerners.

Martha’s Vineyard (12-8) has won eight of their last ten, and Danbury (9-11) dropped their second game in a row since taking down the Vermont Mountaineers.

Sharks’ center fielder Matt Woods went 2-5 with a game-tying solo shot in the seventh, and catcher Thomas Bramley went 2-4 with the clutch home run in the ninth.

Including Woods and Bramley, the Martha’s Vineyard lineup had five players record multi-hit games on Thursday night. Sharks’ second baseman Dorian Gonzalez went 2-5 with a run scored while Michael Snyder and Henry Wallen each had two hits and an RBI.

Westerners’ left fielder Harrison Feinberg went 1-2 with a walk and 2 RBIs, and designated hitter Korey Morton had a 2-4 night at the plate with two singles. Danniel Rivera also worked three walks from the bottom of the order and scored two runs for his ballclub.

Through the first few innings, it was a back-and-forth affair between the two ballclubs. Martha’s Vineyard struck first in the second with an RBI single from shortstop Henry Wallen. Sharks’ right fielder Harrison Brown lined a ball deep in the right-center gap, but it popped out of the right fielder’s glove, allowing him to hustle into second. After the umpires gathered to discuss the play, they confirmed that the ball was dropped, which allowed Harrison to reach second safely with two outs. Wallen seized this opportunity by yanking a single through the right side to plate Harrison and give the Sharks the early 1-0 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, Danbury answered by scoring a run on a wild pitch. With a runner on first and one away, Westerners’ third baseman Mike Becchetti hooked a double down the left-field line to put two runners in scoring position. One pitch later, Westerners’ catcher Nick Romano scampered home on a wild pitch to even things up at 1.

Martha’s Vineyard snatched the lead right back in the third with an RBI single from third baseman Michael Snyder, but Harrison Feinberg put the team on his back and gave them a 3-2 advantage. In the bottom of the third, Feinberg scorched an RBI single up the middle to plate Danniel Rivera, and he launched a sacrifice fly in the fifth to give his ballclub the lead.

Danbury kept their opponent off the scoreboard in the sixth, but in the late innings, the Sharks’ bats used the short dimensions in right field to their advantage. Matt Woods crushed a solo home run in the seventh to tie the game at 3, and Thomas Bramley tattooed a solo shot over the right-field wall in the ninth to make it a 4-3 ballgame. These were the last two hits for the Sharks’ lineup, but they would prove to be the difference in Thursday’s contest.

Although the Westerners did not end the night in the win column, they were about ten feet away from pulling off a miraculous come-from-behind victory. With a runner on first and one down, Danniel Rivera launched a ball deep fly ball into left-center field. The ball had insane airtime and continued carrying back toward the wall, but it eventually found the left-fielder’s leather as he crashed into the fence. Sharks’ relief pitcher Camron Hill retired the last batter via the strikeout and gifted his team a season sweep of Danbury.

Camron Hill (3-0) threw two scoreless innings and finished the night in the win column, and Westerners’ relief pitcher Vincent Bianchi (0-1) suffered the loss after surrendering the ninth-inning bomb. Hill fanned four and only walked one batter in his appearance.

Sharks’ starter Case Matter struck out the side in the first, but he struggled through the next couple of innings due to the Westerners’ discipline at the plate. Matter’s final line was two runs (one earned), three hits, two walks, and five strikeouts.

Westerners’ starter Kyle Roche (2-0) went 6.0 innings, conceded two runs (one earned) on eight hits, walked one, and struck out three. Roche commanded the strike zone and fielded his position well by turning a double play and snagging a sharp ground ball ticketed for center field.

The next stop for the Westerners will be Alumni Field when they battle the Keene Swamp Bats on Friday night. Earlier in the season, Danbury’s bats came alive and defeated Keene 8-5 at Rogers Park, so they will look to get back on track by sweeping the season series. Billy Oldham will make his first start as a Westerner, and the first pitch will be thrown at 6:30 pm ET.

]]> (Robby Johnson photo by Janiece Kerr) Neighbors Fri, 01 Jul 2022 07:51:53 -0400
Schedule of Connecticut Fireworks

Happy 4th of July! 

Connecticut's tourism office has compiled a useful schedule of fireworks shows that are happening over the next several days in every corner of our state!

Here are the fireworks taking place in and around New Milford:

Friday, July 1

New Milford

New Milford Fireworks Celebrarion - Town Green (9:30 p.m.). Rain Date: 7/9/2022

Saturday, July 2

Town of Fairfield Fireworks - Jennings Beach (8:45 p.m.). Rain Date: 7/3/2022

Fireworks Display - Greenwich Point Park and Binney Park (Dusk). Rain Date: None.

New Canaan
New Canaan Family fourth of July Celebration- Waveny Park (Events begins at 5 p.m., fireworks 9:15 p.m.). Rain Date: 7/3/2022

Monday, July 4

Rowayton Civic Association Fireworks - Bayley Beach (9:00 p.m.). Rain Date: None.

Weston's Family 4th Celebration - Weston Middle School Field (4:30 p.m. gates open, fireworks at 9:20 p.m.). Rain Date: 7/5/2022

Wilton's 4th of July Celebration - Wilton Highschool (9 p.m.). Rain Date: None.

Saturday, July 9


Town of Ridgefield Fireworks sponsored by Fairfield County Bank at Ridgefield High School (Dusk)

Gates open at 6pm. Parking passes required ($20 per car). 

Friday, July 15

Fourth of July Fireworks - Darien High School (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/16/2022

*Click HERE for the complete list.

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New Milford Fireworks Celebration on July 1

Hosted by the town of New Milford and the New Milford Chamber, the 2022 New Milford Fireworks Celebration will be held on Friday, July 1st with a rain date of Saturday, July 9th

The celebration is organized by the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce.

Join us on the Town Green at 6:30 pm for our Opening Ceremony.

Learn more here.

]]> (Town of New Milford) Events Wed, 29 Jun 2022 06:40:00 -0400
Upper Valley Pulls Away Late in Victory

Nighthawks’ first baseman Clay Stearns launched a game-winning two-run blast in the sixth, and his team collected four insurance runs in the ninth to prevail over the Westerners 7-2.

Upper Valley (10-7) has won five in a row and six of their last seven, and they earned the season sweep against the Westerners with the win. Danbury (9-10) falls to 6-4 at Rogers Park this season, and they suffered their eighth loss when scoring three or fewer runs.

Stearns went 2-4 with those 2 RBIs and a run scored, and he was one of four Nighthawk hitters to record a multi-hit game. Nighthawks’ third baseman Ryan Ignoffo continued his hot stretch by going 3-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBIs, and three runs scored.

Westerners’ second baseman Jackson Taylor extended his hitting streak to four games by going 2-4 with a run scored, and first baseman Colby Canales went 2-3 with a double and a run scored. Korey Morton also recorded his third-multi hit game of the summer, and catcher Joey Skarad went 2-4 with an RBI single in the fourth.

After failing to capitalize with runners in scoring position in the first three innings, both offenses scratched a run across in the fourth to make it a 1-1 ballgame. Ryan Ignoffo began the frame by belting a solo shot over the left-field wall. The long ball was his league-leading seventh of the season and got the Nighthawks on the board, but the Westerners responded with an RBI single from Joey Skarad. Colby Canales smoked a two-out double over the center fielder’s head, and Skarad yanked an RBI single through the left side to plate him and even the score.

The Westerners’ baserunning prowess allowed them to plate a second run in the fifth. Jackson Taylor legged out an infield single to lead off the inning, and Korey Morton moved him over to third by smashing a long single off the right-center field wall. With runners on the corners and nobody out, Morton broke for second with the hopes of swiping his first bag of the summer. The catcher spiked the throw down to second off the pitcher’s mound, which allowed Taylor to break for home and slide in safely to give Danbury a one-run lead.

The Nighthawks snatched the lead right back in the top of the seventh. Ryan Ignoffo ignited the offense with a leadoff walk, and first baseman Clay Hearns demolished a two-run blast over the left-field fence to give his ballclub a 3-2 lead.

The score would remain 3-2 as the game headed into the ninth, but the Nighthawks gave themselves some breathing room by putting up a four-spot in the frame. Nighthawk’s catcher Nicholas Fazzari started the party with a one-out single, and he eventually scored on a seeing-eye single from center fielder Tyler Sorrentino to extend the lead to two. With runners on first and second and two down, Ryan Ignoffo delivered the big blow by cracking a two-run double into the left-center gap, and pinch hitter Kyle Novak drove him in by spraying a base hit into left field. Novak’s single gave the Nighthawks a five-run cushion, and Tyler Legere secured the win in the bottom half of the inning by retiring the Westerners in order.

Nighthawks’ relief pitcher Nick Moran (1-1) earned the win after tossing three innings of shutout ball. He only allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out three in his outing.

Although Westerners’ relief pitcher Curtis Clark (2-1) only conceded one hit in his two innings of work, he suffered the loss because that one hit was the two-run shot off the bat of Clay Stearns. His final line was 2.0 innings, two runs, one hit, one walk, and three strikeouts.

Westerners’ starter Zach Grace battled to keep his team in the ballgame. In four innings of work, Grace’s only blemish was surrendering a solo shot to Ignoffo in the top of the fourth. His final line was one run, four hits, two walks, and three strikeouts.

Nighthawks’ starter Chris Lotito hurled three shutout innings, walked none, and fanned three. He squeaked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the second and finished strong by retiring the side in the third.

The Westerners will have a day off on Wednesday, but they return to action on Thursday night when they take on the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks at Rogers Park. Kyle Roche (2-0, 0.56 ERA) will take the mound for Danbury, and his first pitch will be thrown at 6:30 pm ET.

]]> (Robby Johnson, photo by Janiece Kerr) Neighbors Wed, 29 Jun 2022 04:53:57 -0400
Summer Reading Programs for Adults at New Milford Public Library

Summer Reading Program for Adults

Summer Reading isn't just for kids anymore! "Read Beyond the Beaten Path", is our Summer Reading theme- read things you don't normally read, read something about the outdoors, just read anything! 

Join us this summer from July 5th until August 12th, reading books, listening to books, and/or attending Library programs. Read and listen to books you check out in person or online. While supplies last, when you register you will get a nature journal/sketch book and colored pencils. Reading and/or attending programs will get you a prize ticket to be entered into a weekly drawing.

 You can participate completely online (prizes must be picked up in person), by clicking HERE and sending a weekly email with the books you are reading and/or the programs you are attending to:

]]> (NMPL) Life Mon, 27 Jun 2022 12:17:58 -0400
Congratulations New Milford's 10U Chaos State Softball Champions!

Congratulations to New Milford's 10U Chaos State Softball Champions! The girls are now headed to Regionals!
The team posted some fantastic photos on social media and said, "These ladies cleaned up this weekend, going 3-0 to secure the state championship. Now it’s on the Barrington, New Hampshire for the New England Regional Tournament! With a 30-1 record on the season and 5 consecutive tournament championships, these girls are fire!"
Follow along on Facebook here.
Way to go Chaos! 
]]> (HH) Neighbors Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:05:12 -0400
New Milford residents graduate from Citizen Police Academy!

New Milford Police Chief Cerruto is proud to congratulate members of The 2nd Citizen Police Academy!

The program provides an increased understanding and awareness of police operations. It is not intended to make citizens into police officers but rather to heighten awareness of both the public and police in an effort to build partnerships and open channels of communication with the community.
New Milford strong!
Visit New Milford Police on Facebook here for additional photos.
]]> (HH) Neighbors Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:58:09 -0400
New Milford Police Department conducts underage compliance checks, nabs three locations to selling vaping products to underage customers

On June 22, the New Milford Police Department, in collaboration with the Danbury Police Department, conducted an undercover compliance check of ten businesses in New Milford that sell vaping products.
Three locations illegally sold vaping products to underage persons and the employee that sold at each location was issued an infraction for a violation of C.G.S. 53-344, Sale of tobacco products to persons under twenty-one, with a fine of $300.
The three locations that illegally sold were; Aladdin Smoke Shop at 166 Danbury Road, Royal Tobacco at 243 Danbury Road and Valero at 315 Danbury Road.
Seven locations properly asked for identification and did not sell vaping products to underage persons. Those locations were; Cumberland Farm at 376 Danbury Road, Sunoco Gas Station at 291 Danbury Road, Citgo Gas Station at 4 East Street, Gulf Gas Station at 29 Danbury Road, Friendly Service Station at 61 Danbury Road, New Milford Vapor and Smoke Shop at 129 Danbury Road and Food Mart at 31 Bridge Street.
Chief Cerruto said, "I want to thank all of the businesses who were found to be in compliance and encourage all businesses to check ID’s to prevent the use of tobacco and vaping products by underage minors."
The New Milford Police Department will continue to monitor local businesses and minors who frequent these businesses.
Follow New Milford Police on Facebook here.
]]> (New Milford Police) Public safety Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:22:38 -0400
Boater Safety Notices For Candlewood Fireworks Show

On Saturday June 25th, 2022 (Rain Date June 26th, 2022) normal boating traffic in the area of Danbury Bay will be disrupted due to the Annual Danbury Volunteer Fireman’s Fireworks Display.
  • All boats entering Danbury Bay will be stopped for a safety inspection.
  • These inspections will only take a couple of minutes and will be a minor inconvenience to boaters.
  • Important Safety Information for Attendees:
  • All boats must have one wearable Personal Flotation Device (Life Jacket) for each person on board.
  • Children under the age of 13 must wear their life jacket at all times while the boat is underway.
  • All boats must have their required lights in working order.
  • Any boat found not having the required safety equipment will be turned away from the area and ordered back to shore to make the necessary repairs and will not be allowed to enter the area until these safety requirements are met.
  • The CLA Marine Patrol will be setting up a safety zone just north of City Island in Danbury Bay and a safety lane will also be created along the eastern shore of Danbury Bay.
  • Beginning at 4pm
  • all boats in the vicinity of City Island must maintain a “slow-no-wake” speed to allow for the fireworks company to safely set up the fireworks behind the Island.
  • no vessels will be allowed to moor or anchor south of the safety zone or in the safety lane approximately 5 hours prior to and during the event.
  • Beginning at 7pm
  • no boats will be allowed to travel south of the safety zone near City Island into the display area.
  • When passing within 200 feet of a stationary law enforcement or fire rescue vessel with its emergency lights on
  • Boat operators are required to slow their vessel to “slow-no-wake” speed until it is more than 200 feet away from the law enforcement or fire rescue vessel.
  • Boaters are reminded after the display to proceed out of the viewing area at “slow-no-wake” speed.
]]> (Candlewood Lake Authority) Public safety Fri, 24 Jun 2022 06:08:19 -0400
New Milford Public Library Summer Book Sale at New Milford High School

New Milford Public Library Summer Book Sale at New Milford High School

This will be the LAST book sale for at least two years so be sure to stock up NOW!

July 11, 9am-7pm (9-10 early bird $5 admittance)

July 12, 10am-6pm

July 13, 10am-2pm

Learn more HERE.

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BINGO! Summer Reading for all ages starts July 5th at New Milford Public Library

Summer Reading at New Milford Public Library!

BINGO boards appropriate for each age level make Summer Reading at NMPL enjoyable for all! Go to the library website, to view each board and learn more!

Current Services

The library is undergoing a major modernization so our lobby is open for browsing, but the rest of the building is closed to the public. Staff is working in the building and is available to assist you. Please see below for a list of current hours and services.

  • Lobby Browsing & Curbside Pickup:  M, T, F: 10 AM – 5 PM;  W, Th: 10 AM – 8 PM
  • Book drop returns:   Open all the time
  • Programs: Adults /Teen / Children
  • E-resources
  • Phone assistance during Lobby Browsing hours: 860-355-1191

Visit Friends of NMPL online here.

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JCC in Sherman presents Some of My Songs starring Mike Latini with special guest Susanna Marker this Saturday

The JCC in Sherman presents “Some of My Songs” starring Mike Latini with special guest Susanna Marker Saturday, June 25th at 7:00PM

Join us at the JCC in Sherman on Saturday, June 25th at 7pm for a special performance of “Some of My Songs” starring Mike Latini with special guest Susanna Marker.

Mike Latini developed his craft in New York City and Boston, performing in rock bands and singer song-writer venues throughout the northeast, His immediately accessible music, engaging performance style and unique lyrical perspectives enable him to ride the rails from the sublime to the ridiculous, and make all the stops along the way. After years on the local streets and national roads, has recently been playing his music in clubs and on concert stages in the New York, New Jersey, New England area, with occasional forays into the heartland.

His fourth and latest album, “2020 Visions”, written during, and largely about, the pandemic year is being released in connection with this show. His earlier collections are available on iTunes, Spotify, etc., and can be heard at Susanna Marker is a singer-songwriter based in Sherman, CT. She’s performed her original music throughout the region as both a solo act and with several bands. Her songs have been described as clever, inspired, and sensitive.

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Greater New Milford Chamber Seeking Nominations for Distinguished Member of the Year

We are seeking nominations for our Distinguished Member of the Year Awards – 2021 and would like to give you the opportunity to nominate someone. 

• Email your nominee(s) along with why you are nominating them (bullet list is fine) to by June 30th.

Award recipients will be announced at our July 20th Business Scene. Awards will be presented at our Annual Award Gala being held Friday, October 21, 2022.

Business and Organization Criteria

The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize an owner, partners, company, or organization that provides excellent leadership and builds customer relationships; one that makes you want to 'shop locally'. This will be a business or organization that makes an investment back into the community, has been in operation for over three years and is located within the area represented by the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce (GNMCC).

Specifically, a nominee must:

• Be a member in good standing with the GNMCC. Members in good standing can be found on the Chamber’s website, Member Directory Listings - New Milford Chamber of Commerce (

• Be an active business or organization located or operating in the New Milford area.

• Have been operational for at least 3 years.

• Have demonstrated one or more of the following characteristics:

o Exceptional growth through additional creation of jobs

o Business expansion / growth o Provides exemplary customer service

o Actively volunteers in the New Milford community

o Demonstrates economic support of the New Milford community Individual Criteria The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce (GNMCC) would like to recognize an individual that has shown exceptional leadership and contribution to activities that enrich the quality of life and enhancement of the New Milford community.

The contributions of the nominee to the community should be of an extraordinary nature. Areas of consideration include but are not limited to community service, business and industry, farming, community health, education, law enforcement, conservation and environment, and religious or political organizations.

All nominees must:

• Contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.

• Reside, or have their business, in greater New Milford.

• Have assisted in an improvement, program, or event of significant value to the New Milford community; the improvement must be the result of personal commitment and not substantially the result of their primary employment or public responsibilities.

• May have achieved the highest level of professional excellence, but not necessary.

• Not currently be on the Board of Directors of the GNMCC.

• Nominees do not need to be a member of the GNMCC.

]]> (NMCC) Neighbors Wed, 22 Jun 2022 12:24:04 -0400
Target to open at Danbury Fair Mall in former Sears location

Macerich (NYSE: MAC), one of the nation's leading owners, operators and developers of one-of-a-kind retail and mixed-use properties in top markets, has announced it will welcome a new Target store to Danbury Fair in upscale suburban Connecticut.

The 126,000 square-foot 2-level Target store will open in the former Sears site and will be the first in the City of Danbury.

Target recently opened a new, three-level store in the former JCPenney location at Macerich's high-performing Kings Plaza in Brooklyn. As noted in The Real Deal in November 2021, when Macerich announced it would welcome Target to Kings Plaza, "Target's opening adds to a slew of anchor store replacements at Macerich properties….Irish retailer Primark is taking over department store locations in Green Acres Mall on Long Island, Tysons Corner Center in Northern Virginia and Fashion District Philadelphia."

Macerich has made similar replacements in the west, too. In May, the retail giant announced a Scheel's All Sports will replace a former Nordstrom department store at Chandler Fashion Center in Arizona.

Regarding the latest news about Danbury Fair, Macerich President Ed Coppola said, "Target coming to Danbury Fair is the latest anchor-replacement success for Macerich's A-quality portfolio of regional town centers. The terrific merchandise mix and attractive demographics surrounding Danbury Fair make this property a great match for all that Target has to offer." 

Danbury Fair is one of New England's largest shopping destinations, anchored by JCPenney, Macy's, DICK's Sporting Goods and Primark, and with exciting retailers and restaurants including Apple, lululemon, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Urban Outfitters, LL Bean, The Cheesecake Factory, Golf Lounge 18, Shake Shack and over 180 other shops.

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Find out what Juneteenth means to Dominique McDow, RVNAhealth’s Education and EMR Specialist

Dominique McDow, RVNAhealth’s Education and EMR Specialist, shares a narrative about what Juneteenth means to her.

What does Juneteenth mean to you? Juneteenth to me means resilience.
How do you celebrate Juneteenth? 
In my family, Juneteenth is a time of reflection. We try to use the time to learn about our familial history and celebrate the achievements accomplished by the current generations who are continuing to pave the way for the generations to come. Most of the census records of my ancestors list them as mainly having either a primary occupation of sharecropper/farmer or maid. Now many of us hold bachelor's and master’s degrees and are entrepreneurs.
What can other people do to celebrate Juneteenth?  
Use the time to reflect and learn something new. No matter how much we want to forget, slavery is a part of this country's make up and we cannot collectively move forward if we do not recognize all that makes this country what it has become today.
What does freedom look like to you? 
For me, this is hard to say because I believe we are still working to accomplish true freedom. As women, we have to work smarter and harder to justify our intellect and skill; the same can be said for African Americans and other minority communities. Even though we have come far there are still battles of injustice being fought on multiple fronts.
Why do you want people to continue the conversation and education about Juneteenth? 
Because it is American history. African Americans are still making history by celebrating firsts. To me, to understand the importance of Juneteenth is to understand and accept African American culture and embrace it as a part of American history and culture.
Learn more about RVNAhealth here
]]> (RVNAhealth) Neighbors Mon, 20 Jun 2022 04:58:16 -0400