Newmilford's HamletHub Thu, 15 Nov 2018 20:01:07 -0500 Festival of Trees Under the Dome November 16-18

Welcome the holidays with Festival of Trees Under the Dome for a fresh take on fun - all to benefit Ann's Place Friday, November 16 at 10:00 through Sunday, November 18 at 4:00 PM.
Purchase tickets here.

Festival highlights sure to get you and your family into the spirit of the season

80 + decorated trees 

Explore this forest of beautiful trees decorated and donated to Festival by the community. You can even place your raffle tickets in the trees you want to win. It is also not too late to register to donate a tree! Learn more here.

Shopping and Grand Raffle Prizes

From beautiful quilts to gourmet oils, there is something for everyone on your list. You can also try winning any of hundreds of raffle prizes. The stakes are high in this raffle because for every $20 sheet of raffle tickets sold, someone with cancer will get a full week of services at Ann’s Place. Learn more here.

Children's Winter Village

All children’s activities now come with the price of general admission. Kids will have tons of fun with great craft tables, face painting, Legos, bouncy houses, and posing with their favorite characters. Learn more here.

Magic Shows with Tom Pesce

Now on the main stage, people of all ages can enjoy this great magic which will lift spirits and amaze your senses.


Taps and Trees Beer Fest


Talk to some innovative brewers from across Connecticut and New York and enjoy great tunes from Future Tense. This is the event to bring all of your friends #BestNightOut. Tickets just $65/$75 at door. Read more here.


Tennies and Ties Gala


Don your cocktail attire and tennis shoes and come "roam the Dome," for an evening of fun, lively beats from the RSO Jazz Ensemble, and good company. Nosh on delectable cuisine by Chef Michael Bick of Some Things Fishy. Special Tribute will be given to Boehringer Ingelheim and BI Cares Foundation. Read more here.

Elfin For Ann’s Place

You personally have the power to help families whose lives are upended by cancer. Become a Festival of Trees Elf! Here is how: You create a Crowdrise page (for yourself or a team) and reach out through email and social media to raise awareness and funds for programs at Ann’s Place. Everyone gets an Elf Hat. For every $100 you raise, you also receive 25 raffle tickets! Learn more here.

Questions? Call 203-790-6568 or email

Purchase tickets here.

Danbury Sports Dome is located at 25 Shelter Rock Lane in Danbury.

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Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Bus Trip

Join Warren Parks and Recreation and the Morris Recreation department in another exciting trip. This time we will explore and enjoy a Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Experience this magical event in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Excitement builds as the community counts down to the lighting of the Portsmouth Christmas Tree and the festive fun continues with a dazzling illuminated holiday parade. In the spirit of a truly vintage Christmas, Strawbery Banke Museum welcomes visitors to travel through 300+ years of daily life; along with with the opportunity to walk through a historic portrayal of winter among the glowing historic homes and costumed role players. 

Carolers, chestnuts and holiday crafts bring all of the sounds, scents and moments for family "stopfulness" to this event that is a cherished New Hampshire tradition.

COST: $220.00 pp / do - includes deluxe motor coach transportation, overnight accommodations, dinner Saturday night, breakfast Sunday morning, admission to the Strawbery Banke Museum along with shopping opportunities at Stonewall Kitchen Store and Kittery Trading Post, snacks, raffles, driver gratuity and more!  Convenient departure locations on Route 202.

Additional information please refer to Day Trippers "Out & About Series" under the Park and Recreation Department at  At the website download your registration form to submit to our office along with your payment made payable to: Warren Parks and Recreation

Questions, please call the Warren Parks and Recreation Department at 860-868-7881 ext. 113

]]> (Warren Parks & Recreation) Neighbors Sun, 11 Nov 2018 13:07:40 -0500
Praxair Named One of the World's Best Employers by Forbes

Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the World’s Best Employers for 2018. The company ranked first in the Specialized Chemicals category and placed in the Top 100 overall.

“Our global work force is our most valuable asset as they serve our customers and the communities in which we operate,” said David Strauss, vice president and chief human resources officer for Praxair. "This recognition is particularly meaningful as it is based upon feedback gathered from our employees.”

To create the list, Forbes retained Statista to analyze more than 430,000 recommendations from 2,000 companies worldwide. The recommendations were collected via a global poll as well as regional surveys. As part of the process, employees were asked to rate their own employer as well as to recommend other employers.

Praxair is committed to being an employer of choice and continues to be recognized for its efforts. The company was recently named to Forbes' America’s Best Employers for Women and America's Best Employers lists. Additionally, Praxair was named to the DiversityInc 2018 list of Noteworthy Companies for Diversity for the third consecutive year.

About Praxair

Praxair, Inc. is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. With market capitalization of approximately $40 billion and 2017 sales of $11 billion, the company employs over 26,000 people globally and has been named to the Dow Jones® World Sustainability Index for 16 consecutive years. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Our products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospacechemicalsfood and beverageelectronicsenergyhealthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others. For more information about the company, please visit our website at

]]> (Praxair) Places Fri, 09 Nov 2018 08:50:57 -0500
24th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Stew Leonard’s in Danbury

Join Santa at the Danbury store’s 24th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration on November 28 from 4 to 6:30 pm at Stew Leonards in Danbury, 99 Federal Road.

Children will enjoy complimentary face painting, cookies, and hot cocoa to help keep everyone warm. No sign up is necessary! This event is FREE! 

The festivities begin at 4:00 pm with performances by the Brookfield High School Band, Huckleberry Elementary chorus, Danbury Volunteer firefighters will be here with their trucks from Beckerle Hose & Phoenix Hose and also the Danbury Nutcracker will be here. 

Santa’s elves will be on hand for face painting. 

The countdown to the tree lighting begins at 5:00 pm, followed by continued caroling led by Stew Leonard’s WOW the Cow, Daisy the Duck and Dasher the Reindeer.

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24th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Stew Leonard’s in Danbury

Join Santa at the Danbury store’s 24th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration on November 28 from 4 to 6:30 pm at Stew Leonards in Danbury, 99 Federal Road.

Children will enjoy complimentary face painting, cookies, and hot cocoa to help keep everyone warm. No sign up is necessary! This event is FREE! 

The festivities begin at 4:00 pm with performances by the Brookfield High School Band, Huckleberry Elementary chorus, Danbury Volunteer firefighters will be here with their trucks from Beckerle Hose & Phoenix Hose and also the Danbury Nutcracker will be here. 

Santa’s elves will be on hand for face painting. 

The countdown to the tree lighting begins at 5:00 pm, followed by continued caroling led by Stew Leonard’s WOW the Cow, Daisy the Duck and Dasher the Reindeer.

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2018 Indy 500 winner, Will Power is Special Guest at A Night At The Races November 26 at Ridgefield Playhouse

2018 Indy 500 winner, Will Power will be the special guest of sports commentators Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett as they host A Night at The Races, presented by Danbury Porsche, at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Monday, November 26 at 7:30pm! These three sports TV veterans will bring their renowned sense of humor and insight to a wrap-up of the year’s motorsports season  — Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR and more! This multi-media, motorsports-must treats you to behind the scenes footage and stories that these gents tell like nobody else. This show is part of the Hearst Media Entertaining Conversation Series and is partially underwritten by Black Bridge Motors. While the trio is no longer covering Formula One together on TV, this show is the only place you can see them all together again! Visit GALLO (5 Grove St • Ridgefield) for dinner before the show and get a free glass of house wine with your entrée when you present your tickets! Media sponsor is I95.       

Will Power has long been one of the fastest – if not the fastest – drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series. He has produced 34 career victories, including the 2018 Indianapolis 500. His 51 Verizon P1 Pole Awards ranks fourth on the all-time list. No driver has been more successful over the last eight years of Verizon IndyCar Series competition than Power. His 26 victories and 39 pole awards are the most in the series since 2009. He has won at least one race for 10 straight seasons dating back to 2007 with seven of those being multi-win years. Power began his racing career in his native Australia competing in Formula Ford including a Queensland state championship in 2000 and a runner-up national finish in 2001. He won the Formula Holden championship and placed second in the Australian F3 series in 2002 as well as competing in the prestigious Bathurst 1000 event in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The 2003 season brought a move to Europe where Power competed for three seasons in a variety of series.

For tickets ($60-$150), call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman Congratulate Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz on Gubernatorial Victory

Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman Congratulate Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz on Gubernatorial Victory

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman released the following statements congratulating Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz on their victory in the election for Governor and Lt. Governor of the State of Connecticut.

Malloy said,  “Elections offer a snapshot of the collective character as a state or nation. It’s our opportunity to affirm who we are and what we value. And today, Connecticut spoke loud and clear that we stand for fairness, inclusivity, and decency. That the politics of President Trump have no home here. That we resoundingly reject his politics of division, falsehoods, and empty promises. I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Governor-elect Ned Lamont and Lieutenant Governor-elect Susan Bysiewicz. Unquestionably, Connecticut has forward momentum, and of all the candidates on the ballot for these offices, they are, by far, the best suited to keep the state moving in the right direction. Under their leadership, Connecticut’s future remains bright.

“Running for office is not easy and it takes a physical and mental toll on a person and their family. I commend all the candidates this year – up and down the ticket – who ran because they wanted to make a difference. I also want to thank every voter who cast a ballot in this election. We are stronger when more people make their voices heard.”

Lt. Governor Wyman said, “Congratulations to Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz for winning Connecticut’s gubernatorial election. Voters made their voices heard today in record numbers, which is a great day for democracy. Ned and Susan ran a competitive campaign, and I wish them both the best of luck leading our state forward. We face difficult challenges ahead, but I know that together we can overcome them and that Connecticut’s best days are ahead of us.”

*Image courtesy Ned Lamont campaign website. 

]]> (Gov. Malloy) Politics Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:49:03 -0500
Art Department faculty to offer Portfolio Day at WCSU Dec. 1


The Western Connecticut State University  Department of Art will offer an opportunity for students interested in pursuing an education in art and design to have their works reviewed by members of the WCSU art faculty during a “Portfolio Day” event on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 145 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Participation is encouraged for high school and college transfer students interested in pursuing art studies at WCSU, as well as their parents, teachers and guidance counselors. Admission is free and advance registration is required; reservations may be submitted online at

Participants are invited to bring in selections from their works or a digital portfolio, and will meet individually with professional artists who teach at WCSU. Faculty members will critique portfolios to provide feedback and guidance on works presented and also will be prepared to discuss professional career opportunities in art and design, as well as concentrations for study in the Art Department’s Bachelor of Arts program.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 07 Nov 2018 07:12:25 -0500
Tribute to Veterans: Former Connecticut Resident's Documentary, American Medevac

Veterans Day is this Sunday, November 11 - a day to honor those who served our country in war. Former Connecticut resident and former weekend news anchor for CBS Evening News and ABC’s Good Morning America, Morton Dean, was in the line of fire during the Vietnam war. In the gripping documentary American Medevac, Dean, writer and director of the film, honors and unites a Vietnam Dustoff crew with the men they saved. 

More than 40 years ago, CBS News cameraman Greg Cooke and Emmy award-winning news correspondent Morton Dean flew a combat medevac mission in Vietnam that saved the lives of three wounded infantrymen. 

Dean and Cooke would never be able to shake the paralyzing thoughts of the soldiers wounded during that mission, and the heroic acts of the men of the 236th Army Medical Detachment.

“It became the most haunting memory from a lifetime in journalism. We could not forget the men we met that day,” explains Dean. “Our story lasted just seven minutes on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. But for Greg and me, decades later, the memories refused to fade,” he adds. Footage of the 1971 news segment shows the plane taking enemy fire and one injured soldier reaching for Dean’s hand.

What happened to the bloodied soldiers who flew in that medevac? Did the trauma of combat leave an indelible impression? What about the pilot and co-pilot who rescued them?

Dean and Cooke knew time wouldn’t heal all the wounds of Vietnam and the rescue mission. They still had work to do.

“We set out to find them [the soldiers and pilots] and to tell the stories of their lives.  To our surprise, the Medevac pilot and co-pilot had never met any of the wounded they rescued,” says Dean.

Enter American Medevac: a documentary which reconnects medevac crew members with the soldiers they rescued during the Vietnam War.

This reunion is part of the fabric of America and promises healing, hope, and friendship. Thank you to Dean and Cooke for making it happen.

Learn more and watch American Medevac here.

Dean, a former resident of Ridgefield, Connecticut, is the writer and director of the documentary, American Medevac.


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Tue, 06 Nov 2018 07:47:04 -0500
New Milford Voters Can Register on Election Day

New Milford voters can register on Election Day at Town Hall, Lower Level, 10 Main St. 

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill reminded eligible but unregistered voters that they can register and vote on Election Day, at the Election Day Registration location in their town.

A full list of The Election Day Registration locations can be found at

Click here to find out if you are registered to vote.

“It is not too late to register to vote if you haven’t yet registered,” said Merrill. “Connecticut has Election Day Registration, so you are able to register and vote on Election Day at the EDR location in your town. My office and the dedicated local election officials throughout the state won’t rest until every eligible voter registers and every registered voter votes.”

Please note that Election Day Registration voters must be registered to vote by 8:00pm in order to vote (not in line to register by 8:00pm), so voters should go to the Election Day Registration location in their towns as early as possible. Any voter who has not registered by 8:00pm will not be able to vote.

More information on Election Day Registration can be found at

In order to register on Election Day, a potential voter must provide their birth certificate, driver's license, passport, or Social Security card, or in the case of college and university students a current photo identification issued by their higher education institution. If the potential voter’s identification does not also include proof of their residential address, he or she must also submit another form of identification showing their residential address in the municipality. The additional identification may include, but is not limited to, a motor vehicle learner's permit, a utility bill due no later than 30 days after the election, for a college or university student a current college or university registration or fee statement, a lease, a library card with residential address, a paycheck, a property tax bill, naturalization documents, or other satisfactory proof of residence.
Eligibility requirements can be found here.

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New Milford Sample Ballot Available Online

Every Vote Counts, New Milford.

Election Day 2018 is tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6th.   Polls in Connecticut are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m, but please check with your local polling place to confirm.

New Milford residents can view a Sample Ballot HERE.

Not sure where to vote? Find your poll on CT Secretary of State website HERE.
Are you a voter with a disability? View your rights HERE.

Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Click HERE to find out.

If you’re NOT registered to vote, Connecticut offers Election Day Registration. To register in person, you will need to supply proof of identity and residence. Contact your local registrars of voters for information about location, hours of operation, and acceptable forms of identification.


]]> (Tara Daily) Events Mon, 05 Nov 2018 06:42:52 -0500
WCSU professor’s research shows hope for veterans to heal through community dance program

 In what might seem like an unlikely partnership, Western Connecticut State University Professor of Psychology Dr. Robin Gustafson and Louisville, Kentucky, dance instructor Deborah Denenfeld have partnered to conduct research on how community dance programs can aid veterans with PTSD and Brain Injury. Gustafson and Denenfeld met through their joint interest in contra dancing several summers ago.

Gustafson used her expertise in research methods, as well as her background in the ecological and embodied cognitive science, to conduct research on the effects of a community dance program called Dancing Well: The Soldier Project. Prior research had shown that community dance can have a significant impact on brain areas involved in stress and PTSD.

During Gustafson and Denenfeld’s research, three (now former) WCSU students, Carlos Jiminez, Marlon Tristao (also a veteran) and Tyla Johnson, worked with Gustafson on designing the assessment, writing, data coding, data entry and data analysis. The team completed its final draft of the paper during the summer of 2018 and it is currently under review for publication. Co-author Dr. Cynthia Corbitt from the University of Louisville also helped Denenfeld with on-site work.

Before and after each 10-week community dance program, 17 veterans and accompanying family members were measured on connectedness, experience avoidance, hope and optimism. The Dancing Well program consisted of weekly 90-minute community dances with live music and calling by Denenfeld, a nationally recognized dance caller. Gustafson found significant improvements in all three wellness measures, which was a surprising outcome given the small sample size. More surprisingly, the improvements were significant for all participants, regardless of PTSD status, showing that even the family members were healing. Gustafson and her co-authors believe that these results show that this program, and programs like it, can help treat some of the most important non-medical symptoms of PTSD in veterans and some of the often-overlooked problems experienced by their families.

The nonprofit, Dancing Well, started when staff psychiatrist Edwin O. Walker invited Denenfeld, a seasoned dancer, dance instructor and dance caller, to the VA Healthcare Center at Fort Knox, Kentucky. They worked together to develop and implement a dance series specifically attuned to the needs of soldiers with PTSD and/or BI.

Walker had seen firsthand the devastating effects of PTSD and BI, both on his patients and on the families, friends and loved ones who welcomed them home. He saw how the combination of pain, impaired memory and anxiety around others could cripple veterans in the rest of their lives and take a heavy toll on couples and families.

“I would be really short-sighted to think that mere words will convey how much this has helped the different soldiers that I have seen later in my office,” Walker said.

Not only did the soldiers and families love the dancing, they reported measurable outcomes. At the end of the series, every soldier who participated reported reduced anxiety, better physical health and an improved outlook on the future. Ninety percent also said that their memory and mood had improved. Half also reported a decrease in physical pain. They also reported feeling less isolated and that their relationships with family, friends and others had improved. These benefits were consistent in surveys given immediately following the series and three months later.

“I formed the organization because I had experienced the healing power of community dance myself,” now-Executive Director Denenfeld said. “Many people have told me about how going to a dance lifts their mood, helps them feel connected with others, and provides a social community they come to value.”

Based on steady attendance and a tremendous response from participants, Dancing Well now holds several dance series of 10 sessions each per year in Louisville.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD afflicts one in five Iraqi war veterans, 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan, as many as 10 percent of Gulf War veterans, and nearly one-third of Vietnam veterans. Since 2000, there has been a steep rise in the number of veterans on disability for PTSD. Today, one in three veterans treated by the VA suffers from PTSD.

For more information, send an email to


]]> (WCSU) Neighbors Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:55:18 -0400
New Milford, It’s Turn Back the Hands of Time Weekend!

This is a friendly reminder if your plans this Sunday require you to be on time: Daylight Saving Time comes to a close on Sunday, November 4 at 2 a.m.

That's when most of the United States "fall back," turning clocks to 1:00 a.m.
The federal government doesn't mandate all country's states and commonwealths observe DST, so there are several places that don't participate in DST:

  • Hawaii
  • Arizona
  • Puerto Rico
  • Guam
  • Virgin Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Northern Marianas Islands

The lost time of DST means an extra 60 minutes of light in the evening, at the price of the loss of morning light for early risers.
Benjamin Franklin, aka, the 'early to be, early to rise' guy, came up with the idea of daylight saving, back in 1784.

Local fire departments recommend that residents take a moment to change smoke detector batteries this weekend. The twice-a-year time change is a convenient tie-in with the recommendation that batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms be replaced every six months.
National Geographic documents some interesting facts about Daylight Saving Time in the article titled Why do we have daylight saving time? 100 years of history.

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Macy's Parade Balloon Inflation Bus Trip

Join the Warren Parks and Recreation Department to see the Macy's Parade Balloons being inflated.

The 92nd annual‘s Thanksgiving Day Parade is scheduled to take place LIVE on Thursday, November 22, 2018 with giant-sized balloons taking over the skies of Manhattan.

Recently Macy’s released the lineup of the 2018 parade, including new character balloons. I am sure you all might be eager to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and watch those giant sized helium balloons. If you can’t wait till the Parade day, then you can have the first glimpse of these helium-filled balloons during the Balloon Inflation event which takes place near the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday night before Thanksgiving.

This year the Macy’s Balloon Inflation will take place on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 starting at 3:00 pm with visitors welcome to join a procession that starts at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue, circling the museum between 77th & 81st Streets and Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

Deluxe motor coach transportation, snacks, prizes, driver gratuity COST $55.00. Convenient departure locations on Route 202. For additional information and to register, please call the Warren Parks and Recreation Department at 860-868-7881 ext. 113

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Warren Veterans Memorial Committee Fundraising Dinner on Saturday

The Warren Veterans Memorial Committee will hold a roast beef dinner on Saturday, November 3rd at the Warren Congregational Church 4 Sackett Hill Rd. in Warren from 4:30 to 7:00 PM.

The dinner will consist of tossed salad, roast beef, oven roasted potatoes, string beans, and a variety of delectable desserts at $15 for adults and $5 for Kids under 10. 

Enjoy dinner while being entertained by Pete Miserendino an acoustic guitar entertainer who will be playing for your enjoyment and will take requests from the diners.                          

All of the funds raised in this event will benefit the Warren Veterans Memorial that is in the final stage of construction as we await the two memorial stones with the names of Warren Veterans engraved in them. 

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