Newmilford's HamletHub Tue, 19 Mar 2019 05:52:24 -0400 New Milford GOAT Days Celebration on May 18

New Milford GOAT Days Celebration on May 18 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Young's Field.

This is a celebration of what makes New Milford the greatest of all towns hosted by Goatboy Soaps.

Youngs Field is located at Youngfield Road, New Milford.

Learn more about this event here.

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Danbury Arena Purchased by Diamond Properties with Big Plans and Professional Hockey in the Making

Danbury Arena will  sparkle with Diamonds

Diamond Properties, a private real-estate development company owned by brothers Bill and Jim Diamond have purchased the Danbury Arena from Floyd Hall Enterprises.

Diamond Properties, headquartered in Mount Kisco, NY, has a long history of acquiring commercial properties with potential for substantial improvement through hands-on property management, market repositioning, and capital upgrades. In addition to its core real estate portfolio, Diamond Properties also operates a number of entertainment properties including Grand Prix New York Racing, Spins Hudson, and the Spins Bowl chain of entertainment centers.

“We are excited about the acquisition of the Danbury Ice Arena and we plan to undertake a significant renovation and upgrade to the facility, similar to what we have done to many of the entertainment properties we have purchased in the past,” said Bill Diamond. President of Diamond properties. “We have a terrific team in place and we have some exciting plans that includes bringing back professional hockey that should prove to be very popular to the surrounding Danbury community.”

In addition to acquiring the property, Diamond Properties has partnered with Danbury-based sports executive Herm Sorcher to revitalize the arena’s offering including bringing back professional hockey to the city of Danbury. “I have been very fortunate to have been part of some incredible moments in this building. I can’t say it enough how much I love this arena and walking through those doors. I am beyond honored to have Diamond Properties as partners as we focus our efforts towards bringing a world-class entertainment facility and Minor League hockey team to this deserving community.” Sorcher, who started his professional career in 1989 with the National Hockey League’s Hartford Whalers, was part of the ownership group that led the 2012-13 Danbury Whalers to the Federal Hockey League Championship.
Plans are in the works to expand the entertainment offering as soon as this summer, and professional hockey will be ready for the upcoming season. A name and branding for the team are to be released shortly.

From Eagle Ice Sports, the previous owners of the building - The Hall Family and the Management of the Danbury Arena would like to thank the Danbury skating, hockey and business community for their support over the last 18 years. We have enjoyed being part of Danbury, Fairfield County and the Housatonic Valley as we provided safe, affordable, and family oriented activities and programs for so many people over the years. We took great pride in working with the City of Danbury to help make the Danbury Arena a reality that brought skating and ice hockey to a whole new community of people.

We wish Diamond Properties and their Management Team well in their new endeavor. We are confident that their experience and vision will take the Danbury Arena to new places and that they will continue the tradition of the Danbury Ice Arena as the cornerstone of the city center of Danbury.

About Diamond Properties:
Since Diamond Properties was founded in 1993, we have acquired in excess of 70 properties, including office, medical, industrial, retail, entertainment, self storage, residential, lodging, and land, in 7 states, and currently own over 60 of those properties, totaling in excess of 12 million square feet. We continue to pursue a capital improvement and leasing program that, when combined with quality-driven customer service, has enabled us to deliver consistently high tenant satisfaction and lease renewal rates.

]]> (Diamond Properties) Places Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:55:55 -0400
WCSU Celebrates Women’s History Month with Two Talks by Kirsten Kelly this Week!

Western Connecticut State University will celebrate Women’s History Month with a pair of presentations by Emmy Award-winning director Kirsten Kelly on Wednesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 21. These events will be free and the public is invited.

Kelly will screen the award-winning documentary, “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” as part of Odyssey Impact’s national impact campaign, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in Room 122 of White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Kelly, who is a senior producer at Transform Films, which released “The Rape of Recy Taylor.” 

On Thursday, March 21, Kelly will screen clips and discuss her current documentary project about women’s work during WWII at 11 a.m., also in Room 122 of White Hall on the Midtown campus.

“This is an amazing opportunity to meet an important female director,” said Marcy May, co-chair of the WCSU Department of History and Non-Western Cultures. “And even better, Kelly’s focus on women workers of World War II, those ‘Rosie the Riveters,’ offers us a great way to explore women’s contributions to our society.”

Kelly’s work has focused not only on the contributions of women in society but also the difficulties they face.

“The Rape of Recy Taylor” retells the trauma Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, faced when she was gang-raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. According to the film’s website, sexual violence like this happened commonly in the Jim Crow South and few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor: She bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its rape investigator Rosa Parks to Alabama, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.

According to the website, the film also exposes the legacy of physical abuse inflicted upon black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was just one inspiration for her own ongoing fight for justice for countless women like Taylor, and Parks’ well-known 1955 bus boycott was the result of decades of activism, not the beginning.

More and more women now speak up after being assaulted. “The Rape of Recy Taylor” shines a light on the black women who spoke up when the danger to do so was as its greatest; it was their noble efforts to reclaim control of their bodies that paved the way for today’s generation of activists. The 2017 Women’s March and the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement are directly linked to their courage.

For more information about “The Rape of Recy Taylor” and to view the trailer, visit

Kelly received the 2015 Emmy Award for News and Documentary film as director, writer, cinematographer and producer with Anne DeMare for “The Homestretch,” which documents the lives of three homeless Chicago teenagers as they struggle to complete their high school degrees and transition to what lies beyond. Terrance Ross of The Atlantic praised the film for its “authentic, no-frills portrayal of what it means to be young and homeless in America.”

Kelly has twice been nominated as a director for the Helen Hayes Award, and has directed theater productions in Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and off-Broadway in New York City. She is also an arts educator and is the director and co-creator of CPS Shakespeare, a highly acclaimed program that works with Chicago public high school students at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which was awarded the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by Michelle Obama at the White House. Kelly is a graduate of Juilliard’s Master Directing program where she received the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship and is a member of Rising Phoenix Repertory in New York.

These Women’s History Month events are sponsored by the WCSU Office of Diversity and Equity, the Office of the Dean of the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences, the departments of English, Communication, History and Non-Western Cultures, Social Sciences and the American Studies program.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

]]> (WCSU) Neighbors Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:01:00 -0400
Singing the Blues in New Milford

Zip a Dee Doo Dah, Zip a Dee Dah.  My oh, my what a wonderful day…Mister Bluebird’s on my shoulder. It’s the truth, it’s actual,  everything is satisfactual. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, wonderful feeling, wonderful day (Song of the South, 1946).

With patches of snow still covering the thawing ground, the Eastern Bluebird appears, waking all living creatures and breaking the cold spell of winter with his melodious songs. The bluebirds are not the only ones singing. This docile little animal has the natural ability to make people happy. In the words of renowned poet Henry David Thoreau, “The bluebird is like a speck of clear blue sky seen near the end of a storm, reminding us of an ethereal region and a haven which we had forgotten.”

A radiant color blue with a warm reddish breast, the male bluebird is as beautiful as he is charming. According to Tom Meyer, a trained bluebird rehabilitator referred to as “Mr. Bluebird” in his hometown of Bedford, NY the male arrives in the northeast in late February, ahead of his mate, and searches for a home worthy to present to her. Once he finds it, he beckons her with joyful chirps to come and approve one of the nest boxes he has selected to raise their family. “He will sit on top of the house fluttering and may show her 3 or 4 spots, just like a real estate agent,” chuckles Meyer. The female, who has lighter blue wings and tail, a brownish throat and breast and grey crown, gets busy creating a nest and promptly lays 4-5 eggs. She diligently incubates her eggs for two weeks. Once hatched, mom and dad share the responsibility of feeding the brood insects. “They kind of alternate, you’ll see the female go in and then the male and as the babies grow, the insects get bigger and bigger,” explains Meyer. It’s the glory and awe of nature at work-  a beautiful story of cohabitation, parenting and shared responsibility.

Believe it or not, if not for the effort and intervention of Eastern Bluebird loving humans, today, spring would arrive without the beauty and promise of the bluebird. There were several decades spanning the years from 1900-1970 when it was not easy for the kind spirited bluebird to find a natural nesting cavity.  Melodee Benoit, administrative assistant to the grounds department and bluebird monitor at the private GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, is dedicated to the preservation of the Eastern Bluebird. She explains that urbanization caused the Eastern Bluebird to compete with other cavity nesters for a place to raise their young. The submissive bluebird lost out to more aggressive birds such as The House Sparrow and the European Starling.  

”Back in the 70’s, a huge part of increasing the bluebird population was making people aware of the bluebird and their plight and how they weren’t thriving. ‘Backyard blue birders’ started putting up bluebird boxes,” explains Benoit. “I’ve put up more than 2,000 bluebird boxes,” Meyer humbly adds.  On his list: Bedford friend and neighbor, actress Glen Close. “About 20 years ago, Glen called me to put up some boxes. I remember taking her daughter, Annie on my shoulders so she could see the bluebirds, she said, “Oh, they look like pencil erasers,” chuckles Mayer. In addition, after Christopher Reeve’s horseback riding accident which left him paralyzed from the neck down, Meyer received a call from Reeve’s wife. “Dana asked me to put up a box on their back lawn,” says Meyer.

Benoit credits Meyer for making it possible for GlenArbor Golf Club to launch a successful bluebird program. Working in tandem with Benoit, Meyer put up 22 boxes at GlenArbor. “We have an environmental program at the club and the bluebird program is part of that,” explains Benoit.  Once a week, Benoit and Meyer travel the course in a golf-cart checking on each bluebird box. The club recently won an award from the North American Bluebird society for environmental stewardship. “They claim that there are more bluebirds coming out of nest boxes that people put up than natural cavities,” says Meyer.

As a bluebird rehabilitator, Meyer is often called upon when a bluebird is in danger. Benoit recalls a time when bluebird babies were left alone in a nest. “Usually once a year we have to orphan a bluebird.  I can remember calling Tom for help. I put the baby birds in my hands and blew warm air on them. Tom got a heating pad and we put them into a box.” Benoit cared for them until she could add them to a nest box with other bluebirds about the same age. A fascinating trait of the Eastern Bluebird is their willingness to care for another bluebird’s young. “Those parents will then take over as adoptive parents,” explains Benoit.

While having a backyard nest-box is a fantastic way to assure the population of bluebirds continues to increase, Benoit says, ”It’s a commitment, if someone wants to have a bluebird box, they’ve got to monitor it, that’s part of the success. You need to know what’s going on inside the box. You need to check on the babies,” explains Benoit. The Eastern Bluebird can nest up to three times a season. “When they’re done nesting, you need to clean it out right away because they need to get back in there and do their thing again.”

The preservation and recovery of the Eastern Bluebird continues in backyards, parks and golf courses throughout the northeast. “It’s hard not to love this little bird,” says Benoit. “If I could use one word to describe the bluebird, I’d say magical,” adds Meyer. What’s more, the bluebird is the state bird of New York. That’s one more thing to sing about.

*This story appeared in Ridgefield Magazine

]]> (Kerry Ducey) Life Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
UPS Honors Randy Anderson of New Milford for 25 Years of Safe Driving with induction into the Circle of Honor

UPS has announced that 23 elite drivers from Connecticut are among 1,436 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.

Among the awardees is New Milford resident Randy Anderson.

Connecticut boasts 147 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 4,251 years of accident-free driving. Walter Beasley of Woodbridge is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 46 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,229 total full-time UPS drivers in Connecticut.

“My thanks goes out to my entire team for their dedication and focus. They have saved so many lives,” said Ivy Brown, president, UPS Northeast District. “Their attention to detail has kept them safe and has helped improve public safety.”

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 56 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 50 years of safe driving. One hundred twenty six others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS’s 125,000 small package drivers worldwide are among the safest on the roads, logging close to 4 billion miles a year and delivering 5.2 billion packages annually.

Collectively, these drivers have achieved more than 298,957 years of safe driving throughout their careers. That’s enough time behind the wheel to drive non-stop from Miami to San Diego – 68 million times. And they’ve done it while helping to deliver 3 percent of the world’s GDP – 20 million packages a day.

Founded in 1907, UPS has a rich history of safety and training. The company issued its first driver handbook in 1917 and began recognizing safe drivers in 1923.  In 1928, UPS recognized its first five-year safe driver, Ray McCue, with UPS founder Jim Casey presenting him a gold and platinum watch. UPS formally established its safe driving honor program in 1928.

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New Milford Republican Town Committee Hosts St. Patty's Day Celebration

New Milford Republican Town Committee will host a St. Patty's Day Celebration on Saturday, March 16 from 2 to 5:30 pm at The Abbey Restaurant and Bar, 132 Danbury Road in New Milford.

$20 per person gets you lots of Irish cheer including Irish flare appetizer buffet! Cash bar.

RSVP by March 11 to or call 203-451-9776.

]]> (New Milford RTC) Events Fri, 15 Mar 2019 10:27:00 -0400
Connecticut State Police 200th K9 Training Troop

The Connecticut State Police K9 Unit is proud to announce the graduation of its 200th K9 Training Troop. The Troop consisted of seven K9 Teams from throughout the United States and specialized in Electronic Storage Device Detection. The graduation will take place this Friday, March 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., at the State Police Academy located at 285 Preston Avenue, Meriden, Connecticut.

The Connecticut State Police K9 Unit trained the world’s first electronic storage device detection K9 in 2012 utilizing a proprietary training methodology and curriculum. Since that time, demand for the specialized electronic storage detection or ESD K9’s has grown exponentially. The specialized ESD K9’s assist with counter terror, child pornography, organized crime, and other related investigations by sniffing out evidence stored on concealed electronic media storage devices such as thumb drives, SD cards, hard drives, cellular telephones, etc.

The K9’s were all selected by the Connecticut State Police K9 Training Unit Cadre and underwent 5 weeks of preliminary training with CSP K9 Instructors before being paired with their respective handlers for an additional 5 week training and certification course of instruction.

The graduating ESD K9 Teams of the Connecticut State Police 200th K9 Training Troop pictured from left to right are as follows:

  • Officer Dennis Hinkson and K9 Pauline Connecticut Department of Corrections
  • Trooper Tommy Bellue and K9 Maggie Louisiana State Police
  • Detective David Aresco and K9 Dora Connecticut State Police
  • Officer Anel Heredia and K9 Hugh
  • New York City Police Counter Terrorism
  • Investigator John Hyla and K9 Hannah Putnam County Sheriff’s Department NY
  • Investigator Cory Stoff and K9 Ike
]]> (Connecticut State Police) Public safety Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:16:58 -0400
Two Connecticut Cities in Top 3 Safest Cities in US According to SafeWise. New Milford Ranked Number 53 Among Connecticut Towns

Connecticut has a lot to boast about when it comes to safety - we are the second safest state in the country with 14 our cities among the top 100. What’s more, two of those cities, Ridgefield and Madison are in the top 3! Read all about it in the SafeWise Report here.

The report utilizes the FBI’s 2017 Uniform Crime Report (UCR). New Milford reported 26 violent crimes which ranks it number 53 of all the cities in Connecticut that report statistics according to the UCR. New Milford also reported 273 property crimes, including 6 burglaries, 247 larcenies, 20 motor vehicle thefts, and 2 incidents of arson.

Five Connecticut Cities reported no incidents of violent crime, Ridgefield, Madison, Granby Easton, and Groton Long Point.

In addition to Ridgefield and Madison, the SafeWise list included New Canaan (#14), Cheshire (#16), Avon (#18), and Darien (#25) in the top 25.  Additional Connecticut communities earned a place among the top 100: Simsbury (#30), Brookfield (#35), Westport (#36), Wilton (#48), Guilford (#53), Rocky Hill (#64), and Wolcott (#91).

View the 2019 Top 20 Safest Cities in Connecticut here. View the 2019 Safest Cities in America here.

FBI had encouraging news about crime in the US overall:

  • In 2017, an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes occurred nationwide, a decrease of 0.2 percent from the 2016 estimate.
  • There were an estimated 382.9 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017, a rate that fell 0.9 percent when compared with the 2016 estimated violent crime rate and dropped 16.5 percent from the 2008 estimate. (See Tables 1 and 1A.)

SafeWise gives high marks to Connecticut’s overall safety. “There were only two murders reported among all 20 cities that made the list. Overall, the Constitution State is well below national averages for both violent and property crime. Proving the point, 95% of the cities on our list saw fewer than one violent crime per 1,000 people, according to FBI data,” SafeWise said.

Learn how SafeWise identified the safest cities by visiting their methodology page.

]]> (Tara Daly) Public safety Fri, 15 Mar 2019 06:58:09 -0400
Quinnipiac Student Follows Historic Journey of The Legendary Leatherman for Charity

AQuinnipiac grad student who hails from England and now lives in New Haven, Lee-Stuart Evans, is presently embarking on a historical journey by retracing the tracks of The Leatherman.

Known as a vagabond who donned a leather suit, The Leatherman walked a 365-mile loop between the Connecticut and Hudson rivers in just 34 days, sleeping in cave shelters. According to historical accounts, The Leatherman died after suffering from lip cancer.

Evans is running a 365 mile loop through Connecticut and New York in under 7 days. According to a GoFundMe Page established by Shona Cooper in support of the journey, Evans is staying on the trail throughout the run and living homeless for a week. “The loop follows the route taken by the Old Leatherman of Connecticut and will follow his footsteps as closely as possible and aims to finish after 7 days at the site of his grave in Ossining, NY on the 130th Anniversary of his death - 20th March 1889,” she says.

Given The Leatherman's lifestyle and struggle with cancer, Evans is not running in vain but for local charitable causes.  

You can follow Evans on his trek via a live tracker here.

Click here for Evan’s research on The Leatherman.

View the GoFundMe Page and make a donation here.

]]> (Tara Daly) Charities Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:00:35 -0400
The Best High Schools for Math Near New Milford in Celebration of Pi Day

We celebrate Pi day to bring awareness to the importance of a STEM Education. The National Science Board report shows the need to bring attention to STEM:

 - Average mathematics scores for fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders declined slightly for the first time in 2015.

 - The average NAEP mathematics score in 2015 declined for fourth, eighth and twelfth grades.

 - NAEP science assessment results show that average scores increased slightly in 2015 for fourth and eighth graders but stayed similar for twelfth graders.

The Connecticut State Department of Education measures Math Performance of all the schools in CT.  The average performance for the high schools in the state 83.6%. The scores of the high schools closest to New Milford are:

School Score GraduationRate PostSecondary
Shepaug Valley School 90.94% 100.00% 100.00
Brookfield High School 84.48% 100.00% 100.00
New Fairfield High School 83.87% 100.00% 100.00
New Milford High School 77.97% 88.13% 100.00

The top five high schools for Connecticut are Staples High School, Darien High School, New Canaan High School, Weston High School, and Avon High School.

Some other interesting facts about STEM education in the United States:

  • Approximately one-quarter of students stopped with algebra 2 as their highest mathematics course, another quarter stopped with trigonometry or other advanced mathematics, 22% advanced to pre-calculus, and 19% finished with calculus or higher.
  • In addition to taking biology, 76% of ninth graders who began high school in 2009 took chemistry and 42% took physics by the time they completed high school in 2013.
  • Calculus AB is the most common mathematics AP exam. The number of students who took an AP exam in calculus AB increased from 197,000 in 2006 to more than 308,000 in 2016.
  • Biology is the most common science AP exam. The number of students who took an AP exam in biology increased from nearly 132,000 in 2006 to 238,000 in 2016.
  • Computer science A is the fastest-growing AP exam, with the number of students taking the exam growing nearly four-fold from just under 15,000 in 2006 to nearly 58,000 in 2016.
  • Passing rates for the mathematics and science AP exams in 2016 ranged from lows of 40% for physics 1 and 46% for environmental science to highs of 77% for physics C: mechanics and 81% for Calculus BC.
]]> (Scott Schmidt) Life Thu, 14 Mar 2019 12:33:46 -0400
Today is Pi Day! How many people in New Milford are working in the Math field?

March 14 was officially designated as Pi day In 2009, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed “H.Res.224 - Supporting the designation of Pi Day, and for other purposes.

“Whereas Pi can be approximated as 3.14, and thus March 14, 2009, is an appropriate day for ’National Pi Day’: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) supports the designation of a ’Pi Day’ and its celebration around the world;

(2) recognizes the continuing importance of National Science Foundation’s math and science education programs; and

(3) encourages schools and educators to observe the day with appropriate activities that teach students about Pi and engage them about the study of mathematics.”

According to, Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. The date—which also happens to be Einstein's birthday—inspires a variety of events every year

Pi day is important because it helps us to bring awareness to the important role of math and science to Connecticut, the US, and the world!

In New Milford, there are 4208 people employed who are 16 years of age and older according to the American Community Survey.  Of that total, 149 are employed in “Computer, engineering, and science occupations”, or 3.54% of the employed population. Of those occupied in this industry, 118 are males and 31 are Females.

The average Connecticut town had 6% of their workforce occupied by the Computer, Engineering and Science industry. The average town had 73% of them as male, and 27% as female.

Gales Ferry, Connecticut has the highest percentage of their workforce in Computer, Engineering and Science, Coventry, CT has the highest percentage of Female workers of any town over 1,000 workers in CT.  Coventry’s percent of male workers in Computer, Engineering and Science is 24.4%, and females have 75.6%.

Here are some fun ways to celebrate Pi day:

Celebrate Pi Day with NASA  

EDUTOPIA, 5-Minute Film Festival: Celebrate Pi Day!  

Exploratorium, Pi Day March 14, 2019  

NIST Taking Measure Blog, A Slice of Math Functions for Pi Day  

Smithsonian Magazine, A history of notable moments in the irrational number’s past  

]]> (Tara Daly) Neighbors Thu, 14 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
Penny Plu$ Auction in New Milford on April 6

Penny Plu$ Auction at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Milford on April 6

Join us for our Annual Penny Plu$ Auction.  It will be on April 6th at the Trinity Lutheran Church on Kent Road.  Doors open at 11;00am and bidding ends at 1:00pm.

Over 250 items up for bid along with raffles, door prizes, food and more!

The Church is located at 107 Kent Road in New Milford. 

Sponsored by the GFWC Woman's Club of Greater New Milford.

Learn more about this event here.

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New Milford Day at the State Capitol Planned for April 17

State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) will host New Milford Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 17 from 11am to 2pm in the North Lobby. 

New Milford businesses have an opportunity to shine and share all they have to offer the state and the great town of New Milford. 

Tables and chairs are provided. Set up time is 10:30 am. 

To reserve a spot and receive additional information, contact Catherin Thomas by April 3: 860-240-8720 or email


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Politics Wed, 13 Mar 2019 08:37:32 -0400
2019 Triennial Review of the Connecticut Water Quality Standards by DEEP, Kickoff Meeting Tonight

DEEP Kicks-Off a Comprehensive Review of Connecticut’s Water Quality Standards

CTDEEP is seeking comments identifying any aspects of the CT Water Quality Standards which should be considered for revision. Please submit your comments in writing to on or before April 5, 2019.

The public meeting is in Hartford, on March 13, 2019, between 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM, at CTDEEP Office, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT (Gina McCarthy Auditorium).

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is conducting its triennial review of Connecticut’s Water Quality Standards to determine if revisions are necessary. Connecticut Water Quality Standards effect every town, including New Milford.  A very informative description can be found here.

DEEP is requesting the public’s input regarding the current standards, and recommendations on what to focus on, as part of the 2019 review. The agency will use public feedback to help identify future changes to the standards.

"The Connecticut Water Quality Standards form the foundation of Connecticut's water management programs," said DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. "It is critical that we update the standards to remain consistent with state and federal law in order to reflect the best available science."

The topics under consideration for change within the WQS are identified below. Additional topics may be identified during this Triennial Review process and included in subsequent proposed changes to the WQS. The regulatory process to revise the WQS also includes a formal public review and comment process.

Topics under Consideration for Revision within the WQS Regulations

Updates to Numeric Water Quality Criteria

Since the WQS were last revised, EPA has updated recommendations for water quality criteria. The Department is currently reviewing the water quality recommendations from EPA and will either propose adoption of the federally recommended criteria or provide a reason for not doing so in accordance with section 304(a) of the federal Clean Water Act. These include updates to federal water quality criteria recommendations for toxics, bacteria and ammonia. Information about the current federal recommendations for water quality criteria can be found on the EPA web site at:

Revise the Low Flow Statistic Applicable to Fresh Waters

The 7Q10 flow is currently identified as the low flow condition in freshwater rivers and streams. The Department intends to recommend changing the low flow statistic for fresh waters from the 7Q10 flow to the Q99 flow. The Q99 flow represents the daily low flow rate that is expected to occur approximately 1% of the time. For daily stream flows, the Q99 flow is roughly equivalent to the 7Q10. The benefit of using the Q99 flow is that information on Q99 flows for waterbodies in Connecticut is easily accessible through the USGS StreamStats web site for all locations, not just those served by gaging stations. The USGS StreamStats web site for Connecticut is available at:

Extended Disinfection Period

The current Water Quality Standards contain requirements for disinfection of treated sewage discharge to surface waters at section 22a-426-4(a)(9)(E) of the regulations. This section requires continuous disinfection for all sewage treatment plants located south of Interstate Highway I-95. Disinfection is currently required for all sewage treatment plants north of Interstate Highway I-95 from May 1 to October 1, unless an alternative schedule, including continuous disinfection, is approved to protect those using the waterbody. Based on public comments which identified contact recreational activities within Connecticut that occur outside the current disinfection period, the Department intends to propose an extension of the disinfection period for all sewage treatment plants located north of Highway I-95 to include the period from April 1 through November 1, unless an alternative schedule, including continuous disinfection, is approved to protect those using the waterbody.

Define Highest Attainable Use

Recent revisions to federal regulations pertaining to Water Quality Standards (40 CFR 131.3(m) and 131.10(g)) have included a new term, Highest Attainable Use. The Highest Attainable Use is evaluated during a study of how a waterbody is used and pertains to identifying the highest use level for a waterbody should environmental conditions permanently preclude certain uses of that resource. The Department is reviewing the recently revised federal regulations and anticipates proposing language to ensure consistency with these federal requirements.

Downstream Protection

Water quality in a particular section of a waterbody may be affected by activities in the upstream watershed which contribute pollutants to the waterbody that are then transported downstream, affecting water quality in that downstream portion of the waterbody. The Clean Water Act requires consideration of these impacts on downstream waters when addressing water quality concerns. The Department believes that this concept is currently included within the WQS but is reviewing federal recommendations and may propose changes to the regulations for clarification, as needed.

Water Quality Classification Maps

The Department is evaluating the need to make changes in order to reconcile the water quality classification designation with shellfishing classification for specific water quality segments, as needed. Additionally, the Department expects to update ground water classification designations for consistency with Aquifer Protection Areas.

For more information visit: Water Quality Standards and Classifications and 2019 Water Quality Standards Triennial Review

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Sip & Sketch evening at WCSU pairs art with wine and refreshments on March 22

 An entertaining and creative evening that pairs the experience of drawing from a live model with wine and refreshments will be offered in the “Sip and Sketch” series event to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 22, at Western Connecticut State University.

Guests of all artistic skill levels are invited to create original drawings as they enjoy wine and assorted snacks during the “Sip and Sketch” evening in the Drawing Studio, Room 241 of the WCSU Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The admission fee includes refreshments as well as basic art supplies including charcoal and paper. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own drawing supplies if they wish.

The ticket fee is $25 for general admission, or $20 for WCSU alumni who may obtain the discount code by email correspondence to or

Admission to the event is open to adults 21 years of age and older. Tickets may be purchased online at The “Sip and Sketch” series is sponsored by the Department of Art and the WCSU Alumni Association.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403 or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

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