Newmilford's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford Wed, 19 Feb 2020 04:37:43 -0500 HamletHub.com Spring Arrives this Weekend at Connecticut Flower & Garden Show! https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/life/3839-spring-arrives-this-weekend-at-connecticut-flower-garden-show3839-spring-arrives-this-weekend-at-connecticut-flower-garden-show https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/life/3839-spring-arrives-this-weekend-at-connecticut-flower-garden-show3839-spring-arrives-this-weekend-at-connecticut-flower-garden-show

39th Annual CT Flower & Garden Show – Feb 20-23, 2020

 The 39th annual “Connecticut Flower & Garden Show” is coming Thursday, February 20 through Sunday, February 23, 2020 to the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford.

One of New England’s largest and most prestigious flower shows, its hours are: Thursday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– Show covers almost three acres, themed Connecticut Springs into Earth Day, offering ideas for house, apartment and condo dwellers.

– Over an acre of gardens in full bloom by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, including naturalistic, low maintenance, native, Containers, epic tomatoes, vegetables, organic, herb, and pollinator gardens.

– Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s Advanced Standard Flower Show: over 12,000 square feet of “Spring Into Connecticut” design, horticulture, botanical arts and photography competition with more than 500 entries from members across the state.

– More than 300 booths of displays, activities, shopping: artisans, handcrafted gifts, fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, metalwork sculptures, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture, lawn and garden tools, equipment. Bring 1/2 cup of soil to UConn Co-op booth for free soil testing.

– Over 80 hours of free seminars. Experts include: Craig LeHoullier, author and Garden Writers Association Gold Award winner; Charlie Nardozzi, gardening coach, author and radio/TV host; Sandra Visnapuu of S.E.V. Design Group; Tom Christopher, horticultural journalist and Public Radio host; Jen Plasky of Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses in Greenwich; Rob Townsend of Aqua Scapes of CT – 2018 & 2019 Best of Show at CT Flower & Garden Show; Lorraine Ballato Advanced Master Gardener and horticulturist; Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, author, horticulturist, owner of Natureworks Horticultural Services in Northford.

Admission: $18 Adults; Thursday/Friday only: $16 Seniors Age 62 and Over; $5 Children 5-12; Free Under Age 5. Admission payment by Cash Only.

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kerry@ducey.org (CT Flower Show) Life Tue, 18 Feb 2020 14:06:39 -0500
WCSU forum to mark centennial of women’s suffrage in America https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3837-wcsu-forum-to-mark-centennial-of-women-s-suffrage-in-america3837-wcsu-forum-to-mark-centennial-of-women-s-suffrage-in-america https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3837-wcsu-forum-to-mark-centennial-of-women-s-suffrage-in-america3837-wcsu-forum-to-mark-centennial-of-women-s-suffrage-in-america

‘Unfinished Business’ on March 3 features panels on women’s progress and challenges    

\Western Connecticut State University will mark the beginning of Women’s History Month and the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote with presentation of “Unfinished Business: A Celebration of Women Trailblazers” from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3.

The program, subtitled “Voices on Women’s Suffrage, Political Power and Gender,” will feature panel discussions of past achievements, present opportunities and future challenges for women in a diverse range of professional, political, social and personal endeavors. WCSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Missy Alexander will offer opening remarks, with Professor of Education Emerita Dr. Darla Shaw serving as M.C. Admission will be free and the public is invited to attend the event in the President’s Reception Room, Classroom Building Room 218 on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

Women who will participate in the event include prominent figures in historical research, literature, political and social activism, government, civic engagement, the arts, fashion and other fields. Participants in the “Past,” “Present” and “Future” panels are:

  •          Present: Carol Reimers, president of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut; Michele Zommer, political activist and owner of SpunBuzz Marketing for Small Business in Southbury; Lisa Scails, executive director of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and member of the Private Sector Network Council for Americans for the Arts; poet Emily Carney, adjunct professor and 2018 recipient of an M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing at WCSU; and saxophonist Malin Carta, a WCSU student majoring in jazz music performance.
  •          Future: WCSU Director of Library Services Veronica Kenausis, activist in the Connecticut chapter of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots organization supporting gun control and public safety measures; Kay Munoz, outreach assistant for U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut; state Sen. Julie Kushner, Democrat representing Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman and Bethel residents of the 24th District; and Kelley Griffin Bachenheimer, fashion designer of women’s apparel.

Event organizer Melissa Ralston-Jones, WCSU instructor and Art Gallery curator, emphasized the importance of recognizing women’s past and present achievements even as the movement looks toward the future.

“This event is a celebration highlighting women throughout history to the present day who have and continue to make contributions to the women's movement,” Ralston-Jones said. “It is important to remind future generations of the struggle for equality and the work that lies ahead of us.”

Information tables at the event will provide materials from the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, Moms Demand Action and the League of Women Voters of Connecticut. The evening will conclude with a reception sponsored by the WCSU Office of Diversity and Equity.

For more information, contact Ralston-Jones at ralstonjonesm@wcsu.edu or.the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

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kerry@ducey.org (WCSU) Neighbors Tue, 18 Feb 2020 05:53:38 -0500
Less Than One Month Until U.S. Households Receive 2020 Census Invitations https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/life/3838-less-than-one-month-until-u-s-households-receive-2020-census-invitations3838-less-than-one-month-until-u-s-households-receive-2020-census-invitations https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/life/3838-less-than-one-month-until-u-s-households-receive-2020-census-invitations3838-less-than-one-month-until-u-s-households-receive-2020-census-invitations

Invitations to Respond to the 2020 Census Questionnaire to Be Mailed to Households Throughout the Country

Between March 12 and March 20, invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will start arriving in households across the country. “The Census Bureau is ready for the nation to respond next month,” said Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham. “Millions of Americans are applying for 2020 Census jobs, more than 270,000 local and national organizations are engaged, and in less than 30 days the majority of U.S. households will receive an invitation to respond to help ensure that every person in the U.S. is counted.”

“The 2020 Census is on mission, on schedule, and on budget to promote an accurate count,” Dillingham continued. “Response is important because statistics from the census are used in distributing hundreds of billions in funding for school lunches, hospitals, roads and much more. The invitations will remind respondents to include everyone living in the household, whether they are related or not. This includes young children. Your response will impact communities for the next decade.”

“The Census Bureau has successfully tested its data collection systems, has built backup systems to support resilient operations, and is ready to receive responses from all around the country,” added Dillingham.

This invitation will include instructions on how to respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone. By April 1, most households will have received an invitation delivered either by mail or by a census taker. In areas of the country that are less likely to respond online, a paper questionnaire will be included in the initial mailing to households. Reminder mailings will be sent to households that do not respond, and in the fourth mailing every household that has not yet responded will receive a paper questionnaire. Continue Reading...

Mark Your Calendar: Important 2020 Census Dates

  • March 12-20: Initial invitations to respond online and by phone will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with the invitation to respond online or over the phone.
  • March 16-24: Reminder letters will be delivered.
  • March 26-April 3: Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded.
  • April 8-16: Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to remaining households that have not responded.
  • April 20-27: Final reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not yet responded before census takers follow up in person.
  • May 13-July 31: If a household does not respond to any of the invitations, a census taker will follow up in person.
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commandercarey@gmail.com (U.S. Census Bureau) Life Mon, 17 Feb 2020 12:12:00 -0500
Prospector Theater Set to Open Second Location in Wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/places/3836-prospector-theater-set-to-open-second-location-in-wilton3836-prospector-theater-set-to-open-second-location-in-wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/places/3836-prospector-theater-set-to-open-second-location-in-wilton3836-prospector-theater-set-to-open-second-location-in-wilton

Hello Wilton, it’s a wonderful world! The Prospector Theater & Kimco Realty are proud to announce that the Prospector Theater will be bringing a new first-run movie theater to downtown Wilton, in the space currently occupied by Bow Tie Cinemas. Prospects, and popcorn, and sparkle – oh my!

The Prospector Wilton will be a four screen, non-profit premium movie theater with the mission of employing adults with disabilities in an integrated and competitive work environment. The renovated theater, located in Kimco’s Wilton River Park shopping center at 21 River Road, will bring the sparkle, design, adaptive technology, and accessibility of the Ridgefield location to downtown Wilton. Renovations will begin in September 2020, with an opening near the end of 2021.

A boutique version of the mothership Prospector Theater in Ridgefield, the new theater will offer a wide spectrum of jobs for Prospects (the name of all Theater employees) designed to educate, engage, and entertain audiences of all ages, while employing a wide spectrum of individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in the workforce.

"Another theater brings more awareness of, and appreciation for, our important mission," says Valerie Jensen, Prospector Theater Founder, Visionary, & Executive Director. “Since opening, thousands of people have reached out to us, asking us to build another Theater. We’re so excited to share our sparkle with the town of Wilton and the joys of meaningful employment with a new generation of Prospects!”

There is a national unemployment epidemic for adults with disabilities, with estimates as high as 80% unemployment rate. The Prospector Theater works hard to change that. Over its five years of operation, the Prospector has employed over 250 Prospects, logging more than 600,000 hours of meaningful employment as they break down outdated stereotypes about disabilities, build empathy, and prove that “working is working.”

“With our strong focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and diversity and inclusion in particular, Kimco applauds the Prospector Theater’s inspiring and impactful mission,” said Joshua Weinkranz, President of Kimco Realty’s Northern Region. “We’re not only committed to the success of the center, but the entire Wilton community. Prospector Theater is a welcome addition to the neighborhood that will entertain, employ, and hopefully serve as a local favorite for years to come.”

Kimco Realty’s Wilton River Park shopping center offers a combination of first-class retail and office space in the heart of Wilton Center, a prominent area of Fairfield County with easy access from Routes 7 and 33. Prospector Theater will join current retail, restaurant, and service tenants including Stop & Shop, Starbucks, Tim LaBant’s Parlor restaurant, Craft 14 Kitchen + Bar and Sola Salon Studios. The existing Bow Tie Cinemas will be open and operating until end of August.

Can’t wait for the Prospector Wilton? Visit the beautiful Prospector Theater in Ridgefield, CT or teleport yourself there through our website and social media accounts.  

About The Prospector Theater

The Prospector is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing meaningful employment to people with disabilities through the operation of a first-run movie theater in Ridgefield, CT. Employees of the Theater are known as Prospects, and we are encouraged to sparkle, shine, and transform our passions into professions. Approximately 75% of our workforce self-identifies with a disability, and we are committed to competitive and integrated employment.

For more information, please visit www.prospectortheater.org or follow the Prospector on Facebook www.facebook.com/prospectortheater.

About Kimco Realty

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Jericho, N.Y. that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of December 31, 2019, the company owned interests in 409 U.S. shopping centers and mixed-use assets comprising 72.4 million square feet of gross leasable space primarily concentrated in the top major metropolitan markets. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 60 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

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kerry@ducey.org (Prospector Theater/Kimco Realty) Places Mon, 17 Feb 2020 05:33:02 -0500
New Milford Residents Shine in Kratos Gymnasts I Love NY Cup Invitational https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/places/3835-nationally-ranked-kratos-gymnasts-shine-on-the-floor-at-2020-i-love-ny-cup-invitational3835-nationally-ranked-kratos-gymnasts-shine-on-the-floor-at-2020-i-love-ny-cup-invitational https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/places/3835-nationally-ranked-kratos-gymnasts-shine-on-the-floor-at-2020-i-love-ny-cup-invitational3835-nationally-ranked-kratos-gymnasts-shine-on-the-floor-at-2020-i-love-ny-cup-invitational

Competitive gymnasts of Kratos Gymnastics located in Bethel, CT participated in the I Love NY Cup Invitational, on February 8th & 9th, 2020.  The competition held at the Floyd L. Maines Veteran Memorial Arena in Binghamton, NY hosted over 500 gymnasts JO Levels 2-10 & Xcel Bronze-Platinum from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, & Pennsylvania.

Gymnasts from Kratos ranging from as young as 5 years of age to 14 years of age displayed spectacular gymnastics performances in their competitive levels! Most notably, the Xcel Silver team from Kratos (Olivia Czupkowski 12yr, Olivia Feliz 13yr, Lucia Holmberg 10yr, Zoe King 11yr, Alexandria Nelson 14yr, Lilli Nelson 11yr, Bianca Sousa 10yr, Alexia Suter 11yr) each added to their teams’ successful 3rd place finish and their elegant performances on the floor exercise not only helped them fill the podium, it ranked them as a team 2nd in the Nation for floor at the Xcel Silver level!!

The following is a list of individual accomplishments. 

Level 2

  • Madison Schlesinger (5yr) New Milford, CT: Vault 9th, Bars 6th, Beam 7th, Floor 9th, All-Around 9th

Level 3

  • Logan King (7yr) Bethel, CT: Vault 5th, Bars 6th, Floor 7th, All-Around 7th
  • Genesis Valerio (8yr) Danbury, CT: Genesis displayed her best performance yet! Qualifying her to CT State Championships!

Level 4: 

  • Lydia Hodge (7yr) Danbury, CT: Bars 3rd, Beam 9th, Floor 6th, All-Around 7th

Xcel Bronze: 

  • Hailey Bento (8yr) Sandy Hook, CT: Vault 12th, Bars: 11th, Beam 12th, Floor 10th, All-Around 12th
  • Veronica Benvenuto (13yr) Brewster, NY: Vault: 9th, Bars: 9th, Beam 10th, Floor 9th, All-Around 9th
  • Zoe Daoust (8yr) Bethel, CT: Vault: 11th, Bars 9th, Beam 11th, Floor 11th, All-Around 11th
  • Julianna Indiviglio (7yr) Newtown, CT: Vault 8th, Bars 5th, Beam 8th, Floor 12th, All-Around 8th
  • Ziva Mathivinan (7yr) Bethel, CT: Vault 2nd, Bars 4th, Beam 10th, Floor 4th, All-Around 6th
  • Ryleighann Montes (9yr) Brookfield, CT: Vault 10th, Bars 11th, Beam 9th, Floor 12th, All-Around 11th
  • Stella Moody (7yr) Danbury, CT: Vault 3rd, Bars 10th, Beam 9th, Floor 7th, All-Around 9th
  • Anabela Silva (9yr) New Fairfield, CT: Vault 12th, Bars 12th, Beam 10th, Floor 11th, All-Around 12th
  • Brooklynn Swartz (7yr) New Milford, CT: Vault 6th, Bars 1st, Beam 6th, Floor 1st, All-Around 1st
  • Madison Thibodeau (9yr) Danbury, CT: Vault 2nd, Bars 8th, Beam 5th, Floor 1st, All-Around 4th

Xcel Silver:

  • Olivia Czupkkowski (12) Danbury, CT: Bars 7th, Beam 6th, Floor 1st
  • Olivia Feliz (13) Brookfield, CT: Bars 8th, Beam 10th, Floor 2nd, All-Around 7th
  • Lucia Holmberg (10) Brookfield, CT: Vault 10th, Beam 9th, Floor 8th
  • Zoe King (10) Bethel, CT: Vault 9th, Beam 4th, Floor 3rd, All-Around 5th
  • Alexandria Nelson (14) New Fairfield, CT: Vault 8th, Bars 9th, Beam 8th, Floor 9th, All-Around 9th
  • Lilli Nelson (11) New Fairfield, CT: Bars 6th, Beam 6th, Floor 7th, All-Around 8th
  • Caitlin Riina (11) New Fairfield, CT: Floor 4th
  • Bianca Sousa (10) Danbury, CT: Vault 4th, Bars 9th, Beam 2nd, Floor 4th, All-Around 3rd
  • Alexia Suter (11) Ridgefield, CT: Vault 4th, Bars 5th, Beam 9th, Floor 5th, All-Around 3rd 

Xcel Gold

- Corah House (14) Danbury, CT: Vault 4th, Bars 4th, Floor 3rd, All-Around 4th

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Ashley Anton) Places Sat, 15 Feb 2020 08:54:00 -0500
Tricks take down Thunder 4-2 in physical battle https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3834-tricks-take-down-thunder-4-2-in-physical-battle3834-tricks-take-down-thunder-4-2-in-physical-battle https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3834-tricks-take-down-thunder-4-2-in-physical-battle3834-tricks-take-down-thunder-4-2-in-physical-battle

Kelley stops 35, Ruiz with the GWG

There was no love lost on Valentine's Day at Danbury Arena, as the Hat Tricks took down the Delaware Thunder by a 4-2 score. Carter Shinkaruk opened the scoring with a breakaway goal, collecting a Shayne Morrissey breakout pass and streaking past a defender. His shot snuck through the five-hole of Aaron Taylor, giving Danbury a 1-0 lead that would hold through the end of the first period.

 
Shayne Morrissey found the back of the net with a shot from the blueline on the powerplay, giving the Hat Tricks a 2-0 lead. Brennan Young would get the Thunder on the board before period's end, capitalizing on a breakaway beating Dillon Kelley blocker-side.
 
In the third period, after generating several offensive chances, Taylor Cutting finally broke through the Hat Tricks' defense, evening up the score with a slick goal from the slot. The tie score would last just 10 seconds, though, as off the ensuing face-off, Jonny Ruiz barreled into the attacking zone, roofing a wrist shot over Thunder netminder Aaron Taylor.
 
Nicola Levesque would tack on an empty-net goal in the final seconds of regulation to seal the 4-2 victory. Dillon Kelley would finish with 35 saves.
 
"They're a team that relies on their physicality, and you saw that tonight," said Hat Tricks head coach Billy McCreary. "We focus on ourselves, playing the game the right way with passion and energy. We were fortunate to come out with the three points tonight."
 
The Hat Tricks and Thunder will complete their weekend set Saturday night at Danbury Arena for Military Appreciation Night. Tickets are available by clicking here.
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kerry@ducey.org (Danbury Hat Tricks) Neighbors Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:53:26 -0500
Safari Silhouette Painting at New Milford Public Library on Feb. 25 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/events/3833-safari-silhouette-painting-at-new-milford-public-library-on-feb-253833-safari-silhouette-painting-at-new-milford-public-library-on-feb-25 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/events/3833-safari-silhouette-painting-at-new-milford-public-library-on-feb-253833-safari-silhouette-painting-at-new-milford-public-library-on-feb-25

Safari Silhouette Painting at New Milford Public Library for grades 5-12 on Tuesday, February 25 from 4:00-5:30

Create beautiful safari art with Jaci! She'll take you step-by-step through the painting process.

Please RSVP by Feb 21 by calling 860-355-1191 or emailing aberkun@biblio.org

This program will be held at the New Milford Public Library.

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kerry@ducey.org (New Milford Public Library) Events Wed, 12 Feb 2020 10:49:23 -0500
Much Ado About Nothing this Weekend in Sherman https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/events/3832-much-ado-about-nothing-on-satuurday-at-jcc-in-sherman3832-much-ado-about-nothing-on-satuurday-at-jcc-in-sherman https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/events/3832-much-ado-about-nothing-on-satuurday-at-jcc-in-sherman3832-much-ado-about-nothing-on-satuurday-at-jcc-in-sherman

Shakespeare "Much Ado About Nothing" on Saturday and Sunday at JCC in Sherman

"Leonato, a kindly, respectable nobleman, lives in the idyllic Italian town of Messina. ... When the soldiers arrive at Leonato's home, Claudio quickly falls in love with Hero. Meanwhile, Benedick and Beatrice resume the war of witty insults that they have carried on with each other in the past.""

Saturday, February 15th
Times: 2PM & 8PM
Sunday, February 16
2PM

Tickets are $20 Members | $25 Non-Members

Purchase tickets HERE.

Snow Date: Saturday, February 22

JCC is located at 9 Route 39 South, Sherman, CT 06784

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kerry@ducey.org (JCC) Events Wed, 12 Feb 2020 10:43:52 -0500
New Milford Police Take Me Home Program to Help those with Autism and Alzheimers https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/publicsafety/3831-new-milford-police-take-me-home-program-to-help-those-with-autism-and-alzheimers3831-new-milford-police-take-me-home-program-to-help-those-with-autism-and-alzheimers https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/publicsafety/3831-new-milford-police-take-me-home-program-to-help-those-with-autism-and-alzheimers3831-new-milford-police-take-me-home-program-to-help-those-with-autism-and-alzheimers

Take Me Home is a confidential database maintained locally, for people who may need special assistance from the police. This kind of assistance may be required if the person is unable to speak or properly identify themselves, or if they become disoriented or act in a manner that could be misinterpreted.

The system includes a picture, demographic information and caregiver contacts. If a police officer encounters a person, a query can be made and the officers will have important information at hand to appropriately assist the person.

Chief Cerruto said, “It is my hope that this program helps bridge the gap between police and those with special needs. Our community, is all of us and we are all in this together. I want to help provide peace of mind to families, reunite loved ones as quickly as possible and open channels of communication between the police and the public.”

Registration forms are available at the New Milford PD or can be requested via email at, cgautrau@newmilfordpolice.org

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kerry@ducey.org (New Milford PD) Public safety Wed, 12 Feb 2020 10:38:20 -0500
RVNAhealth Welcomes New Directors to Growing Team https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3830-rvnahealth-welcomes-new-directors-to-growing-team3830-rvnahealth-welcomes-new-directors-to-growing-team https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3830-rvnahealth-welcomes-new-directors-to-growing-team3830-rvnahealth-welcomes-new-directors-to-growing-team

You don’t have to look very hard (or long) to count the recent milestones we’ve celebrated here at RVNAhealth. The opening of our Center for Exceptional Care (in 2016) – followed that same year by the launch of our onsite Rehabilitation & Wellness Center. The addition of hospice services in 2018, all of which have led to new roles and an expanding team at our agency.

Most recently, we’re pleased to announce two additions to our leadership team: Julissa Garcia-Perez, Director of Quality Assurance/Process Improvement (QAPI) and Compliance, and Sally Santana, MHA, Hospice Director.

While they have responsibility for different parts of our agency – Julissa oversees quality assurance of home health, while Sally oversees hospice – they are both responsible for QAPI and compliance, which are two critical functions for our agency.

RVNAhealth Chief Clinical Officer Keri Linardi, RN, explains that these roles are a part of an agency-wide mission “to keep raising the bar for ourselves.”

Learn more about Julissa and Sally:

Julissa Garcia-Perez, JD

Sally Santana, MHA

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kerry@ducey.org (RVNAhealth) Neighbors Tue, 11 Feb 2020 10:53:48 -0500
The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce Winter Gala on Feb. 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/events/3819-the-greater-new-milford-chamber-of-commerce-winter-gala-on-feb-223819-the-greater-new-milford-chamber-of-commerce-winter-gala-on-feb-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/events/3819-the-greater-new-milford-chamber-of-commerce-winter-gala-on-feb-223819-the-greater-new-milford-chamber-of-commerce-winter-gala-on-feb-22

The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce is preparing for our 22nd Annual Winter Gala to be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at The Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. Tickets are $100 per person and include open bar, cocktail hour, dinner, dessert, and an artisan hot chocolate station. This year’s festivities will include a Silent Auction, Wine Pull and Balloon Pop fundraisers, and DJ Entertainment.

In addition to inviting you to attend this black-tie optional dinner dance, we are also seeking sponsors and silent auction donations to help make the fundraising aspect of the 2020 Gala as successful as possible.

With proceeds from events such as this fundraiser and Village Fair Days, the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce is able to keep membership dues affordable, offer a variety of free educational seminars and networking events, award scholarships to our local students, make donations to various organizations in our community, and host community events like the fireworks celebration and tree lighting ceremony.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Chamber office at nmcc@newmilford-chamber.com or 860-354-6080, and on the Chamber website at newmilford-chamber.com/product/gala/. Please contact the Chamber office if you are interested in attending the Gala, being a sponsor, or donating to our silent auction.


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kerry@ducey.org (Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce) Events Tue, 11 Feb 2020 08:03:00 -0500
New Milford Hospital’s Dr. Thomas Koobatian named top 60 rural hospital CEOs to know https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3827-new-milford-hospital-s-dr-thomas-koobatian-named-top-60-rural-hospital-ceos-to-know3827-new-milford-hospital-s-dr-thomas-koobatian-named-top-60-rural-hospital-ceos-to-know https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3827-new-milford-hospital-s-dr-thomas-koobatian-named-top-60-rural-hospital-ceos-to-know3827-new-milford-hospital-s-dr-thomas-koobatian-named-top-60-rural-hospital-ceos-to-know

Dr. Tom Koobatian, Executive Director and Chief of Staff, New Milford Hospital

Dr. Thomas Koobatian has been named a top 60 rural hospital CEO to know in 2020 by Becker’s Hospital Review (Becker’s). Becker’s selected leaders across the United States who are making a positive impact on their organizations, and who are managing hospitals consistently recognized by top governing institutions, such as the American Hospital Association, National Rural Health Association, and The Leapfrog Group.

Dr. Koobatian is the executive director and chief of staff at Nuvance Health’s New Milford Hospital. Dr. Koobatian has served as New Milford Hospital’s chief of staff since 2012, adding the role of executive director to his responsibilities in 2014. As a board certified emergency medicine physician, Dr. Koobatian previously served as the hospital’s director of emergency medicine for 18 years.

Becker’s selection criteria also included a review of who serves on local chamber of commerce boards and state hospital associations, and who has presided over expansion and strategic change within their organizations.

In addition to his administrative and clinical duties, Dr. Koobatian holds leadership roles on the Connecticut Hospital Association’s Government Relations Committee, the New Milford Emergency Management Committee; and, the New Milford Community Care Team, which helps people in the community who frequently use the emergency department for chronic medical, mental health, and psychosocial issues and connects them to appropriate, community-based support, including housing.

Dr. Koobatian was integral to the successful merging together of Danbury, New Milford, and Norwalk hospitals in 2014 to expand Western Connecticut Health Network; and, most recently, the merger that created Nuvance Health, a new seven-hospital health system spanning Connecticut and New York.

“We are so proud of Dr. Koobatian and his recognition by Becker’s, it is more than well-deserved. Dr. Koobatian’s continuous dedication to enhancing patient care at New Milford Hospital, and supporting the health and wellness needs of the community is immeasurable,” said Sharon Adams, president of Nuvance Health’s Danbury and New Milford Hospitals. “Dr. Koobatian leads by example and inspires New Milford Hospital staff through his action, empathy, and determination to continually improve.”

“This incredible honor that has been bestowed on Dr. Koobatian exemplifies all that he does for New Milford Hospital and the community,” said Spencer Houldin, chair of the Danbury and New Milford Hospitals Board of Directors. “Dr. Koobatian has become an institution at New Milford Hospital and a constant in a sea of change. He is also well-known by nearly everyone in the community because of his involvement and positive presence.”

Under Dr. Koobatian’s leadership, New Milford Hospital recently received a “Best of the Best” award from The Corporation for New Milford Economic Development for contributing to economic development and talent attraction in New Milford. The award aligns to the mission of the Corporation to promote the economic well-being and improve the quality of life for all residents.

Dr. Koobatian has also championed initiatives that set New Milford Hospital apart from other Connecticut hospitals, such as the Plow to Plate program, which provides meals that are freshly prepared with locally sourced, organic ingredients to patients and visitors.

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amy.forni@wchn.org (Amy Forni) Neighbors Mon, 10 Feb 2020 13:42:32 -0500
Connecticut-Based Lynx City Electric Scooters Goes National https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3825-lynx-electric-scooters3825-lynx-electric-scooters https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/neighbors/3825-lynx-electric-scooters3825-lynx-electric-scooters

Connecticut-based Lynx City electric scooters is going national. This month the Bethel company is launching 200 Lynx City scooters onto the streets and byways of Orlando, the third-largest metropolitan location in Florida and the number one travel destination in the country.

“Micro mobility transportation is gaining in popularity. It’s fast, cheap and fun and we are thrilled to be making our southern debut in Orlando, which is not only the US’s top tourist draw, but has a burgeoning population,” says Alan Moisio, Lynx’s CEO.

Lynx City is located at 102 Wooster Street, Bethel, Ct. For more info, info@Lynx.city or call 833-Hey-Lynx.

 

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bbedit07@gmail.com (Penngardner Public Relations) Neighbors Wed, 05 Feb 2020 09:46:42 -0500
Candlewood Lake Authority Marine Patrol Offers Safe Boating/Personal Watercraft Course https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/life/3826-candlewood-lake-authority-marine-patrol-offers-safe-boating-personal-watercraft-course3826-candlewood-lake-authority-marine-patrol-offers-safe-boating-personal-watercraft-course https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/life/3826-candlewood-lake-authority-marine-patrol-offers-safe-boating-personal-watercraft-course3826-candlewood-lake-authority-marine-patrol-offers-safe-boating-personal-watercraft-course

The Candlewood Lake Authority Marine Patrol is pleased to announce that they will be offering a combination Safe Boating/Personal Watercraft course.

To legally operate a boat with an engine or motor, all residents of CT and anyone using CT waters for more than 60 days must have a Safe Boating Certificate. In addition, to legally operate a personal watercraft, regardless of state residency, you must possess a Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation to operate on Connecticut waters.

A course in Safe Boating and Personal Watercraft Handling is not only enjoyable and informative, but is required in order to obtain certification. If you or someone you know needs to get their Connecticut Safe Boating/PWC Certificate, this is a great opportunity to attend a locally offered class, taught by instructors from the Candlewood Lake Authority Marine Patrol. Successful completion of this course will qualify a person for the combination Safe Boating / Personal Watercraft Certificate.

When and Where?
When: This is a 2-Day Course that runs on Friday March 6th from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday March 7th from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

Where:
Sail Harbour Club Clubhouse
25 Sail Harbour Dr.
New Fairfield, CT 06812

Registration is required and class size is limited!

Register here

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kerry@ducey.org (Candlewood Lake Authority Marine Patrol) Life Wed, 05 Feb 2020 09:18:55 -0500
Parent University at New Milford High School: Save the Date https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/events/3824-parent-university-at-new-milford-high-school-save-the-date3824-parent-university-at-new-milford-high-school-save-the-date https://news.hamlethub.com/newmilford/events/3824-parent-university-at-new-milford-high-school-save-the-date3824-parent-university-at-new-milford-high-school-save-the-date

Save the date for Parent University at New Milford High School on April 30 from 5 to 7:30 pm.

Through the combined efforts of New Milford Public Schools and the Town of New Milford, community members are invited to attend this special event featuring a keynote speaker, breakout sessions and debriefing.

Visit the Town of New Milford online here to learn more about Parent University.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Milford) Events Mon, 03 Feb 2020 13:24:07 -0500