Newtown's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown Fri, 01 Jul 2022 15:54:54 -0400 HamletHub.com C.H. Booth Library's 46th Annual Friends Book Sale https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46764-c-h-booth-library-s-46th-annual-friends-book-sale46764-c-h-booth-library-s-46th-annual-friends-book-sale https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46764-c-h-booth-library-s-46th-annual-friends-book-sale46764-c-h-booth-library-s-46th-annual-friends-book-sale

46th Annual Friends Book Sale July 8 through July 12 at Reed Elementary School

Preview day is Friday, July 8 from 1 to 5pm. Admission is $40 and attendance is limited to 200 people.

 

Saturday: 10am to 5pm ($5 admission - 18 years and younger are FREE.

Sunday: 10am to 5pm - 1/2 price

Monday: 10am to 5pm - $5 Library bag

Tuesday: 10am to 1pm - FREE

You can click HERE to go to the Library book sale website for a $2 off coupon.

Click here for information about some special books and other items we'll be selling in the Auxiliary Gym this year.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Fri, 01 Jul 2022 11:16:49 -0400
ParkConneCT Program That Offers Increased Bus Services To State Parks and Beaches This Summer https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/46763-parkconnect-program-that-offers-increased-bus-services-to-state-parks-and-beaches-this-summer46763-parkconnect-program-that-offers-increased-bus-services-to-state-parks-and-beaches-this-summer https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/46763-parkconnect-program-that-offers-increased-bus-services-to-state-parks-and-beaches-this-summer46763-parkconnect-program-that-offers-increased-bus-services-to-state-parks-and-beaches-this-summer

Governor Ned Lamont today is reminding Connecticut residents about the state’s ParkConneCT program, which is offering increased bus services to Connecticut state parks and beaches. A continuation of a pilot program launched last year, the program offers fare-free shuttles and enhanced existing transit service to various state parks and beaches this summer through Labor Day (Monday, September 5, 2022).

The program, which is a collaboration of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), aims to connect people to Connecticut state parks for the summer season, support seasonal employment, and promote recreational activity to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

The governor, along with CTDOT and DEEP officials, today highlighted the program by riding the Sherwood Island Shuttle from the Green’s Farms Metro North Station in Westport to Sherwood Island State Park. While at the park, the governor addressed the media and met with visitors enjoying the beach and boardwalk.

“Being able to catch a shuttle from the commuter station right to this beautiful shoreline park is a convenient resource to enjoy the outdoors that otherwise,” Governor Lamont said. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Connecticut’s state parks are one of the best things about living here, and connecting our residents to them is important. That’s what the ParkConneCT program is all about.”

“ParkConneCT increases access to the positive physical and mental benefits one can get from being out in our beautiful state parks,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “It can also help people who have seasonal employment with DEEP get to their workplace. Thank you, Governor Lamont and our DOT partners for the vision and collaboration on this important program. We hope you consider utilizing this service this summer and have a safe, fun, rejuvenating time in your state parks.”

“I’m excited to kick off the Fourth of July weekend by taking public transportation to one of our beautiful state parks,” CTDOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti said. “Now is a great time to give public transit a try. It’s a convenient and reliable way to move across Connecticut. With fare free buses running statewide and through expanded free ParkConneCT services, like microtransit, trolleys, and shuttles, we’re expanding access to beaches and parks across Connecticut.”

All buses associated with the ParkConneCT pilot program will run fare free through Labor Day (September 5, 2022). Additionally, as part of the fiscal year 2023 budget, all buses statewide are operating without collecting fares until November 30, 2022 (with the exception of premium on-demand ridesharing programs). Wheels 2U and Valley Transit District’s on-demand ridesharing services will only be free on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays observed on July 4 and September 5, when using the service to or from parks in the ParkConneCT program.

The parks included in the ParkConneCT pilot program are:

  • Fort Trumbull State Park
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park
  • Indian Well State Park
  • Osbornedale State Park
  • Sherwood Island State Park
  • Silver Sands State Park
  • Sleeping Giant State Park

The state parks for this pilot program were selected based on criteria prioritizing seasonal employment levels, recreational summer activities, frequently traveled tourist destinations, and existing service connections. Routes were selected by performing an analysis using geospatial information systems and prioritizing areas where the most cost-effective improvements could be made to connect people to the parks.

Since the launch of the pilot program, CTDOT has continued to collect and assess ridership and passenger trip data to measure the success of the program. Those efforts will continue this year and will include a survey to collect additional information from riders.

For more information on ParkConneCT, visit portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Park-Connect.

ParkConneCT Service Schedule

Hammonasset Beach State Park (Madison)

  • Hourly service on the Clinton Trolley that now stops at Middle Beach (operates Thursday through Sunday and holidays)
  • 30-minute service on the Madison Shuttle that stops at Middle Beach (operates on weekends and holidays)
  • Service every two hours on the 9-Town Transit 645: Madison/Middletown that stops at Middle Beach (Diverts into the park on Saturdays)
  • CTtransit Route 201 from New Haven operates weekdays and Saturdays, connecting to the Madison Shuttle route serving Hammonasset
  • Direct Bus service available from the Madison, Clinton and Old Saybrook train stations

Silver Sands State Park (Milford)

  • Hourly service on the Silver Sands Shuttle (operates weekends and holidays)
  • Hourly service on the Milford Route 3 (operates Monday-Saturday)
  • 30-minute daily Coastal Link service to Milford Train Station
  • New Haven Line to Milford Train Station connects to Milford Route 3 and the Silver Sands Shuttle
  • CTtransit Routes 261 and 271 from New Haven meet the Silver Sands Shuttle route at the CT Post Mall on weekends

Fort Trumbull State Park (New London)

  • Hourly service on the SEAT Route 13: New London to Lawrence, Memorial Hospital and Ocean Beach (operates on Saturdays, no service on Sundays/holidays)
  • Shore Line East train to New London Union Station connects with SEAT Route 13
  • Bus service (or walkable) from New London Union Station
  • Thames River Heritage Park River Taxi Harbor Cruise (service begins June 11)
  • On-Demand Ridesharing: New London’s “Smart Ride” operates Monday through Saturday. Customers can schedule a ride by downloading the “SEAT Connect” app via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or via their web browser)

Sleeping Giant State Park (Hamden)

  • Hourly Monday to Sunday service on the New Haven Route 228: Whitney Ave (operates Monday to Sunday)
  • Hourly Monday to Sunday service on the New Haven Route 229: New Haven – Waterbury (operates Monday to Sunday)
  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is a walk across Whitney Avenue to Sleeping Giant State Park

Sherwood Island State Park (Westport)

  • Wheels 2U Westport and Norwalk Transit District are operating ride-sharing shuttles. Download the app, request a ride, and the shuttle will pick passengers up from anywhere in the Westport service area and take them to Sherwood Island State Park and back. To use the Weekend Wheels 2U service, for free on weekends and holidays, the pickup or drop off location must be Sherwood Island State Park.
  • Coastal Link: Take the bus to the stop at CT Route 1 and Sherwood Island Connector then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get a ride
  • Take the train to Saugatuck Station or Greens Farms Station then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get a ride

Osbornedale State Park (Derby) & Indian Well State Park (Shelton)

  • On weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Valley Transit District (VTD) will provide transportation, within its service area boundaries, from Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Shelton, to Indian Well and Osbornedale State Parks using its on-demand ride reservation service. Non-Valley residents can utilize VTD ParkConneCT service with same day pick-up and drop-off at the Derby/Shelton train station. The hours of operation are from 8am to 6pm. VTD buses are wheelchair accessible and air conditioned. Riders are to contact VTD’s reservation/dispatch department at (203) 735-6408 for same day service to Osbornedale and Indian Well parks. Valley Transit District service will be fare-free only on weekends and holidays, and when going to Osbornedale or Indian Well parks.
  • GBT Route 15: Connects downtown Bridgeport to Derby/Shelton train station (connects on weekends)
  • CTtransit Route 255: New Haven/Ansonia/Seymour connects downtown New Haven to Derby/Shelton train station (connects on weekends)
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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:39:10 -0400
Newtown Road Closure information - UPDATE https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/46762-newtown-road-closure-information-update46762-newtown-road-closure-information-update https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/46762-newtown-road-closure-information-update46762-newtown-road-closure-information-update

Toddy Hill Road and Meadowbrook Road bridge

Milling of Toddy Hill Road will begin the week of July 5th from the mulch yard to Turkey Roost Road. Paving will begin the following week, weather permitting.

Meadowbrook Road Bridge will be closed from July 5th until November 2022. Detour signs will be posted; traffic will be detoured to Cold Spring Road.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Newtown) Life Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:32:02 -0400
Martha’s Vineyard Escapes Thanks To The Long Ball https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/46761-martha-s-vineyard-escapes-thanks-to-the-long-ball46761-martha-s-vineyard-escapes-thanks-to-the-long-ball https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/46761-martha-s-vineyard-escapes-thanks-to-the-long-ball46761-martha-s-vineyard-escapes-thanks-to-the-long-ball

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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kerry@ducey.org (Robby Johnson photo by Janiece Kerr) Neighbors Fri, 01 Jul 2022 07:51:47 -0400
Memory Café at C.H. Booth Library on Monday, July 11 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46760-memory-cafe-at-c-h-booth-library-on-monday-july-1146760-memory-cafe-at-c-h-booth-library-on-monday-july-11 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46760-memory-cafe-at-c-h-booth-library-on-monday-july-1146760-memory-cafe-at-c-h-booth-library-on-monday-july-11

Monday, July 11 at 2:00 pm in the C.H. Booth Library's Gathering Room. A Memory Café is a welcoming place for people with changes in their memory and their care-partner(s) to come together.

Enjoy a special guest visit with Kristina, a gerontologist with a lifelong passion for enriching the lives of older adults. 

To register: visit www.chboothlibrary.org or call 203-426-4533.

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kerry@ducey.org (C.H. Booth Library) Events Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:48:14 -0400
Schedule of Connecticut Fireworks https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46758-schedule-of-connecticut-fireworks46758-schedule-of-connecticut-fireworks https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46758-schedule-of-connecticut-fireworks46758-schedule-of-connecticut-fireworks

Happy 4th of July! 

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

Here are the fireworks taking place near Newtown.

Friday, July 1

New Milford

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

Saturday, July 2

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

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

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

Monday, July 4

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

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

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

Saturday, July 9

Ridgefield

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

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

Friday, July 15

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

*Click HERE for the complete list (btw: the Dept. of Tourism failed to include Ridgefield in their list! We have contacted them!)

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Thu, 30 Jun 2022 06:49:34 -0400
Lamont Announces Return of Program Allowing Children To Receive Free Admission at Connecticut Museums During the Summer Months https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/places/46759-lamont-announces-return-of-program-allowing-children-to-receive-free-admission-at-connecticut-museums-during-the-summer-months46759-lamont-announces-return-of-program-allowing-children-to-receive-free-admission-at-connecticut-museums-during-the-summer-months https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/places/46759-lamont-announces-return-of-program-allowing-children-to-receive-free-admission-at-connecticut-museums-during-the-summer-months46759-lamont-announces-return-of-program-allowing-children-to-receive-free-admission-at-connecticut-museums-during-the-summer-months

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the popular state program Connecticut Summer at the Museum is returning for the 2022 summer season, enabling Connecticut children to receive free admission at more than 130 museums across the state during the summer months.

The governor established the program in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of providing children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. It is funded through a $15 million investment in federal COVID-19 recovery funding Connecticut received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Under the program, from July 1, 2022, to September 5, 2022, Connecticut children aged 18 and under – plus one accompanying Connecticut adult – can receive free admission to any of the participating museums, including historic house museums, historic sites, historical societies, art museums, children’s museums, science centers, special-interest museums, natural history museums, university museums, arboretums/botanical gardens and zoos.

The full list of participating museums is available at www.CTSummerMuseums.com.

Some of the notable attractions include:

  • Connecticut Science Center, Hartford
  • Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
  • Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington
  • Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center, Washington
  • Kidcity Children’s Museum, Middletown
  • Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk
  • Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
  • Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic
  • Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury

“We are thrilled to bring back this popular summer enrichment program for Connecticut kids and families at a time when affordability is top of mind for so many households,” Governor Lamont said. “The world-class museums and cultural institutions across Connecticut offer unmatched educational and recreational experiences that will keep kids engaged all season long and spark curiosity for years to come.”

“Governor Lamont and I are very proud to be able to offer this program to Connecticut children and families,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “Free museum admission is a great way to spark children’s curiosity and keep them engaged before next school year, continuing their learning at no cost to mom and dad.”

“We fought for federal ARPA funding to help increase educational and cultural opportunities for Connecticut children,” the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation said in a joint statement. “Free access to Connecticut’s world class museums and cultural institutions will provide our youth with countless educational, creative, and recreational experiences.”

The Connecticut Summer at the Museum program is being administered by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts and Connecticut Humanities in partnership with the Office of the Governor, Connecticut State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood, and Office of Tourism.

While any museum in Connecticut can choose to participate in the program by offering free admission, eligible properties had an opportunity to apply for grant funding. More than 120 grants were awarded, calculated based on the applicant’s average revenue from children’s admissions over the same period for multiple years, plus a base award tied to operating budget. The minimum grant award is $1,000.

“Museums and other arts and cultural institutions play an important role in our local communities and economies, plus they are rich canvases for socio-emotional development in young people,” Liz Shapiro, director of arts, preservation, and museums at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, said. “This is the only program of its kind in the United States. We applaud all participating museums and encourage everyone to take advantage.”

“Between zoos, aquariums, museums, and more, Connecticut’s children and families have access to enriching educational opportunities to ensure learning continues to happen every day, everywhere during the summer months,” Connecticut Education Commissioner Charlene M. Russell-Tucker said. “This is critical to our collective efforts to accelerate learning this summer and into the next school year.”

“Connecticut has an incredibly diverse array of museums reflecting our state’s different histories, cultures and communities – all of which contribute to our vibrant tourism scene,” Noelle P. Stevenson, director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism, said. “We are thrilled to help spread the word about this unique program for state residents and the magnificent institutions it supports. ‘Find Your Vibe’ this summer at Connecticut museums!”

Participating museums have discretion to administer the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program to the best of their ability and according to their needs. Certain restrictions may apply, and capacity may be limited (e.g., limit to one adult per household, block-out dates, exclusions for special events, etc.). Connecticut residents should check each museum’s website to learn of any restrictions before visiting.

Additionally, Governor Lamont is reminding residents that all public transit buses in Connecticut are operating fare-free through November 30, 2022, and are a convenient way of receiving transportation to many of these great destinations.

Anyone taking advantage of this program is encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the program hashtag, #CTSummerMuseums.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor) Places Wed, 29 Jun 2022 13:28:21 -0400
Newtown Police report two fatal motorcycle accidents https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/publicsafety/46754-newtown-police-repord-two-fatal-motorcycle-accidents46754-newtown-police-repord-two-fatal-motorcycle-accidents https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/publicsafety/46754-newtown-police-repord-two-fatal-motorcycle-accidents46754-newtown-police-repord-two-fatal-motorcycle-accidents

Over the past weekend, the Newtown Police Department responded to two separate fatal motorcycle crashes. Both crashes are under investigation by the Newtown Police Accident Reconstruction Team. Newtown Police want to remind everyone to drive safe.

On June 24, 2022 at approximately 10:52 pm, Newtown Police responded to a motorcycle off the roadway in the area of 87 Riverside Road. The operator was pronounced deceased at the scene and was the sole vehicle involved in the crash. The deceased was identified as 24 year old Ryan Smith of Enfield, CT. There was a cooperative witness who observed the crash. No charges are expected.

On June 25, 2022 at approximately 5:19 pm, Newtown Police officers responded to a car vs. motorcycle crash on Sugar Street near Dodgingtown Road. The motorcycle operator was transported to Danbury Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The deceased was identified as 25-year-old Harvey Lopez of New Haven, CT. The other operator remained on the scene and is cooperative. No charges are expected.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Newtown Police) Public safety Wed, 29 Jun 2022 12:26:03 -0400
Upper Valley Pulls Away Late in Victory https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/46756-upper-valley-pulls-away-late-in-victory46756-upper-valley-pulls-away-late-in-victory https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/46756-upper-valley-pulls-away-late-in-victory46756-upper-valley-pulls-away-late-in-victory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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kerry@ducey.org (Robby Johnson, photo by Janiece Kerr) Neighbors Wed, 29 Jun 2022 04:53:57 -0400
Back to the Garden 1969 The Woodstock Experience at Edmond Town Hall on Thursday https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46753-back-to-the-garden-1969-the-woodstock-experience-at-edmond-town-hall-on-thursday46753-back-to-the-garden-1969-the-woodstock-experience-at-edmond-town-hall-on-thursday https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46753-back-to-the-garden-1969-the-woodstock-experience-at-edmond-town-hall-on-thursday46753-back-to-the-garden-1969-the-woodstock-experience-at-edmond-town-hall-on-thursday

Back to the Garden 1969 The Woodstock Experience at Edmond Town Hall on Thursday, June 30 from 7 to 11pm.

Celebrate the music and spirit of the iconic Woodcock Music Festival. 

The cost is $25. Learn more and reserve your spot here.

Presented by Connie Widmann & Team

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Mon, 27 Jun 2022 13:25:32 -0400
Trivia Night at Aquila's Nest Vineyards https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46752-trivia-night-at-aquila-s-nest-vineyards46752-trivia-night-at-aquila-s-nest-vineyards https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46752-trivia-night-at-aquila-s-nest-vineyards46752-trivia-night-at-aquila-s-nest-vineyards

Trivia Night at Aquila's Nest Vineyards in Newtown on Wednesday, July 13 from 7 to 10:30 pm

It’s Trivia Time perched high on a hilltop with sweeping views of rolling vineyards, and a spectacular sunset, Aquila's Nest Vineyards is STUNNING.
 
Play as a team and prove you’re the smartest in Newtown. Consisting of 5 fun rounds - from general, current to specialty (wine!) a picture and high energy audio round. Bragging rights and foam fingers for the WINNERS!
 
Tickets are only $5, wine is not included in the ticket.
 
Learn more and reserve your spot here.
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kerry@ducey.org (Rock Paper Scissors Custom Events) Events Mon, 27 Jun 2022 13:07:11 -0400
First Selectman Rosenthal is seeking residents to volunteer to fill vacancies: Design Advisory Board, BOE, Justice of the Peace https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/46751-first-selectman-rosenthal-is-seeking-residents-to-volunteer-to-fill-vacancies-design-advisory-board-boe-justice-of-the-peace46751-first-selectman-rosenthal-is-seeking-residents-to-volunteer-to-fill-vacancies-design-advisory-board-boe-justice-of-the-peace https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/46751-first-selectman-rosenthal-is-seeking-residents-to-volunteer-to-fill-vacancies-design-advisory-board-boe-justice-of-the-peace46751-first-selectman-rosenthal-is-seeking-residents-to-volunteer-to-fill-vacancies-design-advisory-board-boe-justice-of-the-peace

First Selectman Rosenthal is seeking residents to volunteer to fill vacancies and openings on the following boards and commissions:

The Design Advisory Board has an alternate vacancy available to any registered voter. Resumes are due May June 27. Any interested party can send a letter of interest and a resume to susan.marcinek@newtown-ct.gov

The Board of Education has a vacancy available to a Democrat. Interested parties can send a letter of interest and resume to zukowskid_boe@newtown.k12.ct.us or can drop it off at the Board of Education’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, in the care of Executive Secretary Kathy June.

There is a Republican vacancy for Justice of the Peace. Interested parties can contact Debbie Halstead, Town Clerk, at debbie.halstead@newtown-ct.gov

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Newtown) Neighbors Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:14:18 -0400
Attorney Jennifer Collins announces campaign for probate judge in the 45th District (Ridgefield, Redding, Newtown, and Bethel) https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/politics/46750-attorney-jennifer-collins-announces-campaign-for-probate-judge-in-the-45th-district-ridgefield-redding-newtown-and-bethel46750-attorney-jennifer-collins-announces-campaign-for-probate-judge-in-the-45th-district-ridgefield-redding-newtown-and-bethel https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/politics/46750-attorney-jennifer-collins-announces-campaign-for-probate-judge-in-the-45th-district-ridgefield-redding-newtown-and-bethel46750-attorney-jennifer-collins-announces-campaign-for-probate-judge-in-the-45th-district-ridgefield-redding-newtown-and-bethel

Attorney Jennifer Collins, a Connecticut Magistrate and Senior Partner with the regional law firm Cramer & Anderson, is running for Judge of Probate for the Northern Fairfield County Probate District.

A resident of Ridgefield with her family, Attorney Collins was endorsed by Republican delegates in May to succeed Judge of Probate Daniel O’Grady. He passed away in March after a long and distinguished career of public service to the 45th District and the Town of Bethel.

The Northern Fairfield County Probate District (45th District) serves the towns of Bethel, Newtown, Redding, and Ridgefield.

“I am honored by the unanimous support of the delegates from the Northern Fairfield County Probate District,” Attorney Collins said. “I will continue to build on the legacies of Judge O’Grady, Judge Joseph Egan (former Judge of Probate for the 45th District and Ridgefield), Judge Richard Emerson (former Judge of Probate for Redding), Judge Moira Rodgers (former Judge of Probate for Newtown) and Judge Margot Hall (former Judge of Probate for Newtown). I have some very big shoes to fill, and I’m excited for this next phase in my legal career.”

Attorney Collins works closely with Cramer & Anderson’s Trusts & Estates and Elder Law attorneys, and is the leader of the firm’s Social Security Disability section. She has 23 years of litigation experience as part of a practice that also focuses on personal injury law and workers’ compensation.

Helping clients who most need compassionate and powerful advocacy is the cornerstone of Attorney Collins’ career, and she has vigorously represented the disabled, the injured, the elderly, children, and parents in crisis in Fairfield and Litchfield counties since 1998.

Attorney Collins was honored with a 2021 Distinguished Leaders Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune (CLT) in recognition of her work as an attorney, her law firm leadership, and giving back to the legal profession through pro bono and volunteer service, which includes her service to the Judicial Branch as a Connecticut Magistrate.

Attorney Collins has 11 years of experience as a magistrate, having been vetted and appointed by the Chief Court Administrator of the Connecticut Judicial Branch. She has issued more than 300 written decisions in small claims court and has overseen numerous trials in both Small Claims Court and regarding motor vehicle infractions.

“As a Connecticut Magistrate, I have earned a reputation for effectively managing large court dockets with respect and compassion. As an attorney, I have earned a reputation for advocacy, service and results for clients who are distressed or in crisis. The ability to effectively listen to people is critical in managing litigants as well as advocating for clients. I intend to utilize all of my judicial, litigation, and management experience to effectively serve the residents of Bethel, Newtown, Redding, and Ridgefield,” Attorney Collins said.

The Distinguished Leaders Award also praised Attorney Collins’ investment in enriching local communities with volunteerism and leadership on assistance initiatives, as well as making an impact on youth with passionate, nurturing engagement and mentorship—advocacy that includes leadership of Cramer & Anderson’s support for The Center for Empowerment and Education in Danbury, formerly The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, which seeks to end domestic violence, while offering prevention and crisis intervention programs, and support services.

Attorney Collins studied at Fairfield University and received a BA in English with a Minor in Art History and Political Science in 1994. She attended the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., and earned her Juris Doctorate in 1997.

Attorney Collins is a 24-year resident of the Northern Fairfield County Probate District and resides in Ridgefield with her husband, John, their two children, Jillian and Alex, and Alex’s Autism Service Dog, Chelsea.

 
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Douglas Clement) Politics Fri, 24 Jun 2022 05:25:26 -0400
Sandy Hook Promise Statement on U.S. Supreme Court decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/46749-sandy-hook-promise-statement-on-u-s-supreme-court-decision-in-new-york-state-rifle-pistol-association-v-bruen46749-sandy-hook-promise-statement-on-u-s-supreme-court-decision-in-new-york-state-rifle-pistol-association-v-bruen https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/46749-sandy-hook-promise-statement-on-u-s-supreme-court-decision-in-new-york-state-rifle-pistol-association-v-bruen46749-sandy-hook-promise-statement-on-u-s-supreme-court-decision-in-new-york-state-rifle-pistol-association-v-bruen

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned one of the nation’s oldest gun safety measures, with its New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen decision.

Mark Barden, co-founder and CEO of Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund, and father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy on December 14, 2012, issued the following statement in response:

“With the stroke of a pen, the high court has turned back the clock over a century, by eliminating proper cause requirements to carry a gun in public. Today, the justices are sending the wrong message to communities struggling to prevent gun violence. But we still can protect our children’s lives and also protect the Second Amendment.

“Undisputed research proves that prevention programs and sensible gun reform policies can — and do — work. Simple actions like background checks, magazine limits and extreme risk protection orders save lives. We encourage local, state and federal legislators to continue to pass such common-sense gun safety policies — which are allowed even under the Bruen decision. We will continue to work with all elected officials to advance bipartisan solutions.”

The Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund (SHPAF) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization committed to protecting all children from gun violence in schools, homes, and communities. The SHP Action Fund advances a holistic policy platform that promotes gun safety, youth mental health, and violence prevention education. The organization works at the state and federal level to pass nonpartisan legislation through inclusive partnerships, diverse grassroots education, and community mobilization. It is part of Sandy Hook Promise, founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

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kerry@ducey.org ( Loretta Kane) Neighbors Thu, 23 Jun 2022 11:29:13 -0400
C.H. Booth Library FREE Program: Juneteenth, Learn the History on June 28 via Zoom https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46748-juneteenth-learn-the-history46748-juneteenth-learn-the-history https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46748-juneteenth-learn-the-history46748-juneteenth-learn-the-history

C. H. Booth Library spotlights Juneteenth: National Independence Day with a free program on Tuesday, June 28 via Zoom.

Registration required: www.chboothlibrary.org

Join John Cilio to explore the history and origins of America’s most recent addition to our national holiday schedule. Juneteenth is a portmanteau word for June and nineteenth. It commemorates the June 19, 1865 Federal Government’s announcement in Texas that emancipated the last enslaved African-American people of the Confederate South.  It is a special holiday that celebrates tomorrow’s promise that American freedom provides to every citizen.

 

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ksasanoff@chboothlibrary.org (Kate Sasanoff) Events Wed, 22 Jun 2022 13:29:26 -0400