Newmilford's HamletHub Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:56:00 -0400 Haunted Trail at Harrybrooke Park: Four Scary Nights!

Haunted Trail at Harrybrooke Park

The Haunted Trail at Harrybrooke park - 4 nights only! October 18th, 19th, 25, and 26th. 6:00pm-10:00pm. This event benefits 8 New Milford non-profit organizations! 

Prepare for the scare! If you've been to the first five years, you know what can happen but you can never even imagine what's on deck this year! Walk the park after dark and experience all that can go bump in the night, see what might be hiding in the trees and feel the terror!

For the first time this year we ARE offering group rates. If you have a group on 10 or more, the price drops to $15/person. Score! If you have a group of 20 or more, please call the park office 860.799.6520 to schedule a "best time" for a bus arrival. The group rate is ONLY available online and will not be accepted at the gate.

We’d like to thank this year’s sponsors in Deak Electric, Myke Foo Media, & Candlewood Valley Country Club. Sponsorship makes this event happen, so please, support our sponsors in return.

All proceeds of this event will support Harrybrooke Park as well as the New Milford Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of the Lakes Youth Group, New Milford United Methodist Church, The Children's Center, Boy Scout Troop 66 and the NMHS Grad Party Committee. ALL of which are true New Milford area non-profits and ALL have one goal ... to scare you beyond your wildest nightmares!

Learn more and purchase tickets here

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Estate Planning Seminar October 23 at New Milford Adult Ed

New Milford Adult Education is proud to offer “Estate Planning: Don’t Make These Mistakes!” Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at New Milford High School, 388 Danbury Road, New Milford.

In this course, Attorney Linda Arnold will guide you through Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Healthcare Representatives.  You may think that drafting an estate plan is straightforward, but in reality, if you do it wrong, you’re jeopardizing everything you’ve worked for.  Just because you have a Will or Trust doesn’t mean you’ve covered your bases. 

In addition to going over the basics of Estate Planning, we’ll share real-life stories, showing you the dangers of common estate planning mistakes such as using incorrect phrases in your documents or omitting important ones.  Failing to fund or revoke a living trust, using ambiguous provisions, titling assets improperly and not updating beneficiary designations are just some of the blunders you must avoid!                                                       

For more information contact New Milford Adult Education at 860-350-6647 x 1170 or To register, go to


]]> (Adult Ed Staff) Events Thu, 10 Oct 2019 12:44:48 -0400
Acts 4 Ministry Seeking Donations Of Winter Coats & Accessories For All Children And Adults

Through Saturday, December 21, 2019, Acts 4 Ministry Inc., a non-denominational, non-profit charitable organization in Waterbury, will accept donations of new or gently-worn coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sweatshirts, and new socks, thermals, and undergarments for children and adults toward their 2019 “Share the Warmth” drive.

“Winter’s cold makes life more challenging for everyone, especially for those who do not have basic things that many people take for granted. Acts 4 Ministry’s annual Share the Warmth campaign helps our community meet the physical needs of our most vulnerable members and lets them know they are not forgotten,” commented Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. Board of Directors Chairman, John Bishop of Woodbury.

“Our goal”, added Sarah Elizabeth Carabetta, Acts 4 Ministry Executive Director, “is to ensure that people in need of assistance throughout our Greater Waterbury community have warm clothing during the entire cold season. Men’s and children’s coats are especially needed and we are very appreciative of receiving clean and gently-used winter items for women as well.”

Through Saturday, December 21st all donations can be brought to Acts 4 Ministry at 1713 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury, Mondays through Wednesday between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Thursdays 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to drop off donations and receive a receipt for tax deductions.

Donations will continue to be accepted by Acts 4 Ministry Inc. through January 2020. Carabetta explained, “We recognize that our seasons have recently shifted and colder weather often appears more in January and February so we want to ensure that we can help keep children, men and women warm throughout the entire cold-weather season of 2019 into 2020.”

Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. is dedicated to building relationships with people while providing them with the basics of daily living needs. “Our continual mission,” explained Carabetta, “is to provide individuals or families who have experienced a life devastating event with opportunities to feel loved as they rebuild their lives with basic needs by coming to our facility to personally select clothing, dishes, glassware, furnishings, and other basic needs at no charge.”

The organization partners with churches, social service agencies, and public schools to help identify and serve people with these needs in the context of the broader community regardless of their faith, race, creed, or national origin, or their willingness to participate in religious activities.

Acts 4 Ministry’s retail store environment provides people with immediate ‘basic living needs’ the ability to select clothing, furniture, and household items at no cost. “Individuals and families are often referred to us by other charitable organizations,” explained Carabetta. “In our retail store environment, they are provided with an atmosphere which preserves their dignity and allows them to personally select what they need vs. being handed clothing or furnishings they do not desire. This is a respectful environment where everyone is treated with caring support.”

Photographed assisting with the 2018 drive at the Acts 4 Ministry thrift store at 1713 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury were NVCC student Egzon Dauti (left) and his friend Waleed Shaikh.

To provide monetary donations to Acts 4 Ministry’s “Share the Warmth” drive, contributions can be made payable to Acts 4 Ministry and sent to PO Box 4524, Waterbury CT 06704 or by visiting the Acts 4 website and tap on the ‘click to give’ button. For large donations of items or organizations and groups who would like to volunteer, contact Alice’n Renaud, Acts 4 Ministry Operations Coordinator at 203-574-2287 or email to

Acts 4 Ministry’s offices and their boutique store are located at 1713 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury. Tax-deductible donations may be brought year-round to the location Mondays through Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. when volunteers, guest services and community partners are also welcomed. The store and donation center is open to the general public on Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Cash or money order donations can also be U.S. Mailed to P.O. Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704. For more information, call 203-574-2287 or visit

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Charities Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:42:41 -0400
Lynx Scooters Take New Milford

Lynx electric scooters are on a roll in New Milford, the first town in Connecticut to hop onto this hip micro-mobile form of transportation that’s growing in popularity in communities across the country. This year riders took 38.5 million trips in 50 municipalities across the US. “Micro mobility transportation is gaining in popularity because it’s easy, affordable, energy-efficient and attractive to professional: suit and tie, no sweat,” says Alan Moisio, Lynx’s CEO.

Here’s how it works: You rent the scooters using a smartphone app, and then pick it up and drop it off at one of fifty conveniently located docking stations in town. Sleek and smooth handling, Lynx electric scooters whizzing down the by-ways at 15 mph are not those playground skimmers of yore. Throw on a backpack, tap your phone and rent one for just a buck. After that, it’s 23 cents per minute, $25 per day or $50 per week.

Says David Harvey, COO, of the Bethel-based company, “I am encouraged and thrilled at our reception here in New Milford. In the first four days, we racked up over 300 rides. We’re experiencing a micro-mobility revolution and New Milford is just the beginning. We strongly believe in a more sustainable lifestyle for communities like this one and plan on launching our next fleet in Florida late 2019 and expanding throughout Connecticut this coming spring”.

Also encouraged and thrilled is New Milford’s Mayor Pete Bass, who welcomes this trendy new form of transportation to his town, “With Lynx available, we are able to provide alternative last mile transportation options to our residents and tourists. This is a 100% green mode of transportation and offers new ways to explore the local businesses community and our beautiful downtown. And they’re locally operated…a real plus.”

 The first of Lynx’s 300 customers was town resident Dan Stra who reports on his journey,” I loved the experience. It was perfect for downtown travel. The setup was as easy as setting up any other app-based service. Just create an account with payment method, load, then tap the reader to QR-code in the scooter and you’re good to go. Above all, it was fun, fun, fun. While the downtown area is easy to cover on foot, the experience on a Lynx scooter will draw me to “scouting” around town more often.”

 Along with residents and tourists, the business community is also welcoming Lynx with open arms. Says Tony Vengrove, Founder and CEO of Makery Coworking, a company that rents shared workspace to freelancers and startup groups: “We’re excited to have access to Lynx scooters at Makery Coworking. Beyond the sheer entertainment value of riding the scooters, I think many of our members, including myself, will use them to expand our lunch options or run errands that fall between walking and driving.”

 Lynx City is located at 102 Wooster Street, Bethel, Ct. For more info, or call 475-529-6029

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Business Women's Forum To Award Scholarships To Post University Students October 29

The 2019 Business Women’s Forum (BWF), will present a total of $6,000 in scholarships to Ms. Elena Becker of Illertissen, Germany and Ms. Kelsey Tuan of Poughkeepsie, New York, both of whom are students in the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University in Waterbury. The awards will be presented at the 37th Annual BWF women’s leadership conference, on Tuesday, October 29th, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. 

The conference will also feature keynote speaker Stacy London, fashion expert, author and TV personality, and motivational speaker Connie Podesta, Hall of Fame speaker, award-winning author, Comedienne, and human behavior expert, as well as empowering workshops and a high energy closing networking reception. Erica Peryga, Dean of Students at Post University and a BWF Scholarship Committee Chairperson and Board Member, stated, “The scholarship recipients this year are impressive and dedicated students and enthusiastic leaders of the Post University student body. I’m sure both will achieve great success in the future.”

Elena Becker is a senior at Post, double majoring in Sports Management and Accounting. Originally from Germany, Becker moved to the United States three years ago to attend college. Through her work experience, including an accounting internship at Praxair, Inc. in Danbury and another at the Hartford Yardgoats in Hartford, she has set a goal of becoming a CPA immediately after college. In addition to her high career goals, she follows her passion for sports as a competitive fencer and hopes to translate her second major of sports management into opportunities in the world of sports. “I am more than grateful to have been selected as one of the scholarship recipients by the Business Women’s Forum,” Becker said. “This is going to be a tremendous asset for me moving forward.”

Kelsey Tuan is a double major in Human Resources and Equine Studies. She has worked diligently to maintain a 3.9 GPA, has been in the Honors Program since her freshman year, and maintained Dean’s List status. She was selected out of high school to play on the Woman’s Golf Team at Post and has received the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association 2018-2019 Academic Achievement Award. As a woman entering the business world and in particular human resources, she strives to have confidence in herself, make a positive difference for others, and empower others to achieve their goals.

The thriving BWF, a non-profit under the auspices of the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is led by female executives dedicated to the professional and personal growth of working women. BWF’s mission is to raise scholarship funds for female Post University students pursuing a degree in business, and over the past 36 years, in excess of $200,000 in scholarships has been granted.

This year’s highly-informative conference will include two keynote speakers, six professional development workshops, day-long networking opportunities, breakfast, lunch and a high energy closing reception with hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and fabulous raffle and door prizes.

The 2019 Business Women’s Forum (BWF) is being presented by the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Onyx II Fine Jewelers and Wells Fargo.

Conference passes are currently available, including a full-day conference pass, preferred conference pass which includes a professional headshot, a premium VIP conference pass which includes reserved seating VIP parking, a special gift and more.

To learn more, and to register, visit, or call the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation at 203-757-0701.


]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Neighbors Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:03:44 -0400
WCSU hosts second event in Regional Lake Communities Symposium series

The Western Connecticut State University Integrative Biological Diversity graduate program, WCSU NOAA BWet Finding Our Way Office of Science Education Outreach and Praxair will host the second of three Regional Lake Communities Symposia, “What Can We Do to Help Manage the Water Quality of Connecticut’s Lakes?” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, in Room 125 of the Science Building on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

The symposium will include presentations by Chris Bellucci, Supervising Environmental Analyst, Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse, CT DEEP, on “CT DEEP’s Lake Monitoring and Assessment Program” and Tracy Lizotte, Environmental Analyst 3, Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse, CT DEEP, on “Cyanobacteria in CT’s Lakes: What Can We Do to Help Manage the Water Quality of Our Lakes?”

WCSU Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Ed Wong also will discuss his research findings in “Lake Cyanobacteria: A Research Perspective.”

In October, 2013, Candlewood Lake, Lake Lillinonah and Lake Zoar saw an unexpected sight: large blooms of cyanobacteria (aka “blue-green algae”) late in the season. This caught Wong’s attention because he specializes in using DNA techniques to study organisms of environmental importance. His previous work had been to use DNA technology to monitor local waterways for the presence of the invasive bivalve, the zebra mussel. With the news of cyanobacterial blooms now appearing more frequently in these same waterways, Wong worked with the Candlewood Lake Authority to set up a summer monitoring and water testing program for cyanobacteria and their toxins.

Cyanotoxins can cause symptoms ranging from skin irritation to brain and liver damage, and even death. Some research even suggests a correlation between long-term low-level cyanotoxin exposure and neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and Alzheimer’s disease. Not all cyanobacteria carry the genes for producing toxin, and even those that do might only synthesize toxin under certain conditions. These conditions include, but are not limited to, climate and nutrient availability.

Supported by funding from municipal health departments, Wong’s lab has been operating the cyanobacteria monitoring program since 2015. The program involves sampling water at public town beaches and testing the water for concentrations of microcystin, one of the most common cyanotoxins. Cyanobacterial cells are identified by microscopy, and DNA is isolated from cells to determine if they contain cyanotoxin genes. Over the last three years, bloom events and toxin levels have steadily increased in local waterways. 

Wong and his lab — which includes research associate Dr. Ghada Hafez and a long line of research students — hope these data will provide a better understanding of the conditions that foster cyanobacterial blooms and toxin production.

WCSU Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Theodora Pinou will introduce the panelists, the topic and facilitate the conversation.

The symposium is free and the public is invited. Lake community panelists and other attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions to the speakers.

Future Regional Lake Communities Symposia will include:

  •          “The Value of the Lake, Monetizing the Social Benefits of Lakes” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25. Economist  Matthew Bingham of Veritas Economic Consulting and Chris Sanders from the Connecticut Federation of Lakes and president of the West Side Pond Association will discuss community strategies for non-market valuation of water resources.

For more information, send an email to

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CT Dept. of Consumer Protection Warn Eversource Consumers of New Scam

Attorney General Tong, Department of Consumer Protection Warn Against Latest Scam Targeting Eversource Customers

Attorney General William Tong and Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull warned Eversource consumers of a new scam.

According to Eversource, scammers have called consumers demanding to install a new meter and threatening to shut off power if they are not immediately paid $300. Threatening service disconnection is a common scam, and fraudsters have previously impersonated other utilities to try to get access to credit card information.

"This is a scam. Your utility will not ask for instant payment and cannot threaten shutoff without prior warning. If you receive this call, hang up the phone and do not pay a cent," said Attorney General William Tong.

"If anyone contacts you via phone, email, or at your door about a bill you don't believe you owe, don't fall for it," said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull. "Scammers will tell you payment is required immediately, and will prey on your desire to make sure you're organized and your bills are paid. Always disengage, and contact your utility company with the contact information you know to be correct."

If you receive a suspicious call regarding your Eversource account, hang up the phone. You can verify the status of your account by contacting Eversource directly at 800-286-2000. You can also contact the Office of the Attorney General's Consumer Assistance Unit at 860-808-5420. To report a scam using the Attorney General's online complaint system, click here.

]]> (Dept of Consumer Protection) Public safety Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:28:15 -0400
2019 Chowdafest Champions Announced

Westport, Conn – The 12th Annual Chowdafest, presented by Stop & Shop, was another record breaker.  Both Pike Place Chowder from Seattle, Washington and Our House Bistro from Winnooski, VT won for a fifth straight year in the New England clam chowder and creative chowder categories respectively, each tying the record for consecutive wins. Gates of New Canaan won the soup/bisque category as a rookie in the event while Cast Iron Chef Chop House and Oyster Bar, also a first time entrant, won the vegetarian category with a soup aptly named after the restaurant.

Event attendance figures aren’t available yet though the crowd looks to equal the event’s all-time high of 12,000, as people attended from all over Connecticut, New England and all over the country to determine this year’s winners! The top three in each category are listed below:

New England Clam Chowder:

- 1st:  Pike Place Chowder from Seattle Washington

- 2nd:  Our House Bistro from Winooski VT

- 3rd:  Hub & Spoke from Bridgeport CT


Creative Chowder:

- 1st:  Our House Bistro from Winooski VT – Drunkin Pumpkin Chowder

- 2nd: Ribbon Cafe from Saratoga NY – Southwest Shrimp & Corn Chowder

- 3rd:  Tarry Lodge from Westport CT – Montauk Chowder



- 1st:  Gates from New Canaan CT – Crab & Roasted Corn Soup

- 2nd:   Vazzy’s from Stratford CT – Savory Sausage Soup

- 3rdL  Geronimo of Fairfield and New Haven CT – Shrimp Posole


- 1st Cast Iron Chef Chop House & Oyster Bar In New Haven CT – Cast Iron Soup

- 2nd: Saybrook Sandwich & Soup Company in Old Saybrook CT – Roasted Butternut Squash and Seared Pumpkin Bisque

- 3rd: Mystic Market in Westport & Mystic CT – Ginger Carrot Soup

Special thanks to those volunteers who have helped at all 12 events along with the student athletes from Sacred Heart University who pitched in for this annual tradition. Thanks to the National Honor Society students and Service League of Boys from Staples High School plus the park personnel who make Sherwood Island State Park the unofficial home to the New England Chowdafest.  

The big winner when all is said and done will be the charity, Food Rescue US and the fight against hunger. Over 2 million meals have been funded through Chowdafest in the past 4 years alone and the event hopes to add another half million meals to that number. For additional information about Chowdafest, please visit or email event director, Jim Keenan at  

Chowdafest is sponsored by Cabot Creamery Co-operative, Chabaso Bakery, Chica de Gallo, City Carting, CT Bites, Copp's Island Oysters, Eight O’Clock Coffee, Even Hotels,  Foods of the Vine, Hood Cream, Local Food Rocks, Lowe's, Lucy’s, Michele's Pies, Mi Nina Tortilla, MINI of Fairfield County, Natalie’s Juices, New England Dairy Council, People’s United Bank, Polar Beverages, PKF O’Connor Davies, Silly Cows Farm, Tetley Tea, Toast Point of Sale, Wades Dairy, Vazzy’s, WEBE 108 and Westminster Crackers. 

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The Aldrich and Western Connecticut State University Partner to Present Weather Report Symposium

The Aldrich Announces Weather Report: A Symposium on Art and Weather on Saturday, October 19 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Ives Concert Hall

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to partner with Western Connecticut State University to present Weather Report: A Symposium on Art and Weather on Saturday, October 19 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Ives Concert Hall at Western Connecticut State University. This event is free, but pre-registration is required at

The symposium is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Weather Report, which will be on view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum October 6, 2019, to March 29, 2020. Weather Report presents a group of diverse international artists who reference weather in provocative ways through sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, and video. Works of art will manifest phenomena such as clouds, wind, rain, snow, temperature extremes, storms, and visibility, while individual works will approach subjects that include climate change, the emotional effects of weather, the relationship between the atmosphere and the earth’s oceans, weather as a metaphor for turmoil and change, and weather’s impact on history and politics.

The Museum, in partnership with the Western Connecticut State University Meteorology Club, Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences Meteorology program, School of Visual and Performing Arts Department of Art, and the New York City/Long Island Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, has organized a one-day cross-disciplinary symposium investigating the intersection of art and weather. This event will have a morning and afternoon session. Lunch will be available for purchase from WCSU’s Student Center Cafeteria. 
  Weather Report: A Symposium on Art and Weather on Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11 am to 5 pm

Free/All are welcome

A diverse range of speakers will present on topics relating to art and weather. Noted WCBS 880 chief radio meteorologist Craig Allen will present on his experience reporting on weather and emcee the event. Forest Management Researcher Amanda Bunce, who is part of UConn’s Stormwise program, studies tree-related storm damage to power lines will be collecting data from a tree sited in The Aldrich’s Sculpture Garden and presenting that data in the Weather Report exhibition with the help of UConn’s Digital Experience Lab. Todd Forrest is the Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at the New York Botanical Garden and an advocate for historic trees and forests in urban landscapes and public gardens. Richard Klein organized Weather Report and is The Aldrich’s Exhibitions Director and will discuss the experience of organizing this interdisciplinary exhibition and program. Artist Kim Keever, formerly a thermal engineer primarily working on NASA projects, has become well-known for his large-scale photographic works. Colin McMullan’s artwork touches on environmentalism, New England history and land use, community organizing, and political activism. Pat Pickett has been engaged in a long-running experimental drawing project expressing the interaction between the force of the wind and plants. All three artists are exhibiting in Weather Report.

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Police Release Identities of 14 People Injured or Killed Due to Crash of Bradley Airport B-17 Bomber Plane

The identities of the 14 people injured or killed due to a crash of a B-17 bomber plane, as well as a lengthy list of first responders, is being released today as authorities continue to respond to and investigate this tragic aviation accident.

The plane crashed as it attempted to return to Bradley International Airport minutes after its 9:45 a.m. takeoff on October 2, 2019. Seven people aboard the plane were killed while six on the plane and one on the ground were injured.


Ernest McCauley (Pilot) 75 Long Beach, CA  Presumed Deceased
Michael Foster (Co-Pilot) 71 Jacksonville, FL  Presumed Deceased
Mitchell Melton (Flight Engineer) 34 Dalehart, TX  Injured


Andy Barrett 36 South Hadley, MA - Injured

Linda Schmidt 62 Suffield, CT - Injured

Tom Schmidt 62 Suffield, CT - Injured

Joseph Huber 48 Tariffville, CT - Injured

James Traficante 54 Simsbury, CT - Injured 

David Broderick 56 West Springfield, MA - Deceased

Gary Mazzone 66 Broad Brook, CT - Presumed Deceased

James Robe1is 48 Ludlow, MA - Presumed Deceased

Robert Riddell 59 East Granby, CT - Presumed Deceased

Robe1i Rubner 64 Tolland, CT - Presumed Deceased

Airport personnel:

Andrew Sullivan 28 Enfield, CT - Injured

"When unexpected casualty events occur in our state, we have a mutual aid agreement that begins immediately. Yesterday, a tragic event shocked and saddened all of us. Yet there was a true team effort to respond to the scene and to try to save as many lives as possible. This is a small state in which our first responders act as one for the best interest of their fellow citizens. They have my thanks, as well as the gratitude from Connecticut citizens," said James C. Rovella, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

"This was a remarkable effort by all in demonstrating exceptional cooperation considering the logistics involved. As the investigation into the crash continues, we keep the families of those injured and killed in our thoughts and prayers," Commissioner Rovella added.

Officials from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection expressed their thanks to the following agencies:

First Responders were vital in this incident
Connecticut State Police, State Fire Training Academy, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland
Security, Connecticut Airport Authority, DEEP, Airport Operations, Windsor Locks Police Department, East Granby
Resident Trooper's Office
Federal Agencies
NTSB, FAA, TSA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, ATF

Hospitals which treated the injured:
. Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital

Fire departments which provided mutual aid support
Windsor Locks, Windsor, East Granby, Suffield, Blue Hills, Bloomfield, CT Air National Guard, Hazardville, Shaker
Pines, Thompsonville, North Thompsonville, Enfield, UCONN, Avon, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, Simsbury,
Rocky Hill, Willington, Berlin, Newington, Wethersfield , Cromwell and Hmtford

EMS providers who responded
Windsor Locks Lions Ambulance, Collins Aerospace, East Windsor, Windsor, Ambulance Service of
Manchester, American Medical Response, Granby, Windsor, and Life Star Helicopters.

In addition, Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner, the American Red Cross from Connecticut and
Massachusetts responded, as did Lockheed-Martin, the Bradley Air Traffic Control, State' s Attorney Inspectors, the
Sheraton Haitford at Bradley Airport

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ServSafe® Food Safety Certification Training begins October 21

New Milford Adult Education is offering ServSafe® Food Safety Certification beginning Monday, October 21st! It runs for two weeks, finishing on October 28th.  

Becoming a Certified Food Protection Manager makes you more valuable to your current or future employer, or a better manager within your own operation.   Food and customer safety are top priorities. Many municipalities require that every food service operation employ both a Qualified Food Operator (QFO) and an alternate. Their responsibilities not only include food safety, but staff training as well.  

Learn to prevent an outbreak of food-borne illness in your operation while earning your mandatory state QFO certification. This class was developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Successful completion of the course and final exam, administered during the last class, will provide you with a Food Protection Manager Certification and wallet ID card. Certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) - Conference for Food Protection (CFP). CT Food Safety Code requires at least one certified food operator per establishment.      

For more information contact New Milford Adult Education at 860-350-6647 x 1170 or . Register at

]]> (Adult Ed Staff) Neighbors Thu, 03 Oct 2019 11:00:36 -0400
Observe Autumn Night Skies with New Milford Adult Ed

New Milford Adult Ed welcomes back “Autumn Night Skies” to its fall course lineup! This class will be taught six (6) consecutive Wednesdays beginning October 16th from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm at The McCarthy Observatory (located behind New Milford High School), 388 Danbury Road, New Milford. (Subsequent classes will be October 23, 30, November 6, 13, and ends November 20.)

With McCarthy Observatory staff as your instructors, learn about the winter and spring night skies. Gain hands-on experience operating a variety of fine astronomy equipment, including a 16” telescope. Get to know constellations, how to navigate in the heavens, become familiar with and view many of the very famous bright stars. Discover planets, star clusters, a star nursery, and many other beautiful objects. You will also encounter the best Apps for navigating the heavens (they are spectacular aids to your celestial journey). Participants will have fun in a casual, small-group setting. This class is open to children under the age of 18 accompanied by a parent and is HELD at The McCarthy Observatory (located behind New Milford High School) ~ 388 Danbury Road, New Milford, Connecticut.

For more information contact New Milford Adult Education at 860-350-6647 x 1170 or . To register, go to

]]> (Adult Ed Staff) Neighbors Thu, 03 Oct 2019 10:59:25 -0400
Plane Crash at Bradley Airport Results in Fatalities

Connecticut State Police are responding to a plane crash at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT

A vintage B-17 plane carrying 13 people on board crashed at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks at approximately 9:50 a.m. today, prompting response from Connecticut State Police and other first responders.

The 13 people on the plane, as well as a civilian on the ground, were reported injured, some fatally. Three people on the plane were crew members, ten were passengers.

The vintage World War II airplane was in the air approximately five minutes when it experienced problems and crashed into a de-icing facility at Bradley, bursting into flames. State Troopers responded to the scene, as did Bradley Firefighters.

The passengers were transported to Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and Bridgeport Hospital.

The crash closed the airport for a number of hours; it has since re-opened.

Those planning to travel are urged to check with their airlines before departing for the airport. The accident is being investigated by a number of agencies including the Connecticut State Police, Connecticut Airport Authority, National Transportation Safety Board, the FBI, the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security.


]]> (CT State Police) Public safety Wed, 02 Oct 2019 11:56:47 -0400
SafeWalk Supports The Women's Center on Sunday

Safe at Home, School and Everywhere in Between

The Women's Center will hold its annual 4K Safewalk on Sunday, October 6th at the Danbury Fair mall. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. To create/join a team or register as an individual and set your fundraising goal, click here!

Can't attend but would still like to donate? Click here!

SafeWalk is the Women's Centers premier event to unite the community in its mission to end domestic violence and raise much-needed funds to support our programs. As always, the money raised from this event stays in our community and is used to support the Women's Center programs and services.

Contact the Women’s Center if you would like to volunteer at the 2019 SafeWalk.

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Naugatuck Valley Community College Alumnus Returns to Share his Story and Thank his Professors

Naugatuck Valley Community College Alumnus, Marquis Harris, graduated with an A.A. in liberal arts and science in May 2019. A 2016 graduate of Wilby High School, Marquis chose NVCC because it was affordable and he did not know what he wanted to do, at the time.

When he arrived at NVCC, it was a big transition. “It was very demanding with lots of academic responsibility, but I progressed through it at a pretty good rate. There are really good teachers there who help you find your way. I had no idea what I wanted to do after college. All I knew was that I was a very good writer, who excelled at interpreting literature. Professor Julia Petitfere inspired me with a destination for my future. Through the confidence she instilled in me, I knew I was going to be a teacher.”

In the spring of 2018, heading towards graduation and his goal, he was abruptly stopped by a sudden, inexplicable heart attack. He was hospitalized for a month, followed by a period of intense recuperation.  His graduation was postponed, although, he was determined that it would happen. He spent an additional year at NVCC rebuilding his health and mental stamina. He finally did graduate in May 2019.

This fall he began his junior year at the University of Saint Joseph, in West Hartford, CT. Marquis lives on campus and enjoys a vibrant campus life while pursuing a Bachelor’s in English and Education.

He plans to continue his education towards Master’s degree in English, after which he intends to teach high school English, hopefully at Wilby High School. As a high school English teacher, he would ask his students to name their favorite music artist, and remind them that they connect to that artist because of the artist’s words. Now take the words of your favorite artist and rewrite them in your own words. If you can do that, you can apply that skill to anything.

Marquis returned to NVCC this fall to share his story and to thank NVCC Professors, Steve Parlato, Nikki McGary, Patti Pallis, Kim O’Donnell and Julia Petitfrere for helping him gain his confidence back during a very challenging semester.

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