Newtown's HamletHub Sat, 29 Jan 2022 05:13:26 -0500 LOVE Rocks at The Ridgefield Playhouse Valentine’s Day Fundraising Event with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love on February 14

Rolling Stone has called Darlene Love “One of the Greatest Singers of All Time” and the Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer shows no signs of slowing down!  After wowing crowds with her sold out holiday shows featuring the legendary #1 holiday classic “Christmas Baby Please Come Home,” Darlene Love returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse to rock your Valentine’s Day on Monday, February 14.  

The night kicks off at 6:30pm with a free glass of bubbly for every ticket holder, chocolates and the chance to purchase raffle tickets to win jewelry, a spa package courtesy of Adam Broderick Salon & Spa and a Date Night which includes a chauffeur driven BMW for the evening, dinner for two at Bernard’s and tickets to the show of your choice at The Ridgefield Playhouse, courtesy of BMW of Ridgefield.  Additional support provided by Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe and Freixenet Mionetto. Following the pre-show festivities Darlene Love takes the stage for a night of hits including “He’s A Rebel,” “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” and many more!  Part of the Pepsi Rock Series Driven by North American Motor Car, this show will be an unforgettable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!  Media sponsor for the evening is CT’s Best Music Variety - WEBE 108fm. 

Since the early sixties, Darlene has appeared on numerous television programs and on Broadway, running the gamut from her weekly appearances on Shindig to a recent guest spot on the PBS special entitled Women Who Rock.  Her holiday classic “Christmas Baby Please Come Home,” was performed annually with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Symphony Orchestra on The Late Show With David Letterman for some 29 years before David retired.

Through the years, Darlene Love has captivated audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and superb performances. Her film “Twenty Feet From Stardom” was not only awarded with an Oscar, it was also soon followed by a Grammy Award for the soundtrack. Rolling Stone Magazine has proclaimed Darlene Love to be “one of the greatest singers of all time” and that certainly rings true, but perhaps Paul Shaffer says it even more concisely: “Darlene Love is Rock N’ Roll!” – which was made official when she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Bette Midler, a great fan of her work, in 2011. During the celebration the two ladies performed “He’s A Rebel” together.  Darlene also sang “He’s A Fine, Fine Boy” backed by another distinguished fan, Bruce Springsteen.           

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($75 - $85) go online at or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse

]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Fri, 28 Jan 2022 12:41:43 -0500
Artists on the Rise 2022 – Brookfield Craft Center Student Art Show

Brookfield Craft Center Student Art Show Call for Artists

The Brookfield Craft Center is pleased to announce its Call for Artists for the 7th Annual Juried Student Exhibition: Artists on the Rise. This juried show is open to all High School student aged artists in the Greater Danbury area who design and create their own work in any of the following categories: Clay/Ceramic, Digital, Drawing-Mixed Media, Drawing-Single Media, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media(3D), Painting-Mixed Media, Painting-Single Media, Printmaking, Photography, Wood, Video.

The Exhibition will run from March 5th – March 27th.

The exhibition will be held both in-person and virtually. Our goal is to have as much artwork for in-person viewing as possible, but if you are unable to get your artwork to us, we will present it as part of the virtual exhibition. Judging for awards will be finalized based on works received in person.


Clay/Ceramic, Digital, Drawing-Mixed Media, Drawing-Single Media, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media(3D), Painting-Mixed Media, Painting-Single Media, Printmaking, Photography, Wood, Video.

Entry Instructions:

All student submissions must be entered through our online entry form below. Each entrant must create a username and password in order to complete their submission (if you have any challenges with this please call the event coordinator, Jillian Doherty (203) 775-4526). Each applicant may submit up to two pieces of work to be included in the jury process. Note: dependent on the number of entries, only one piece of work may be selected for the exhibition. Each applicant must submit an artist statement and each submission needs a description of work. Also, please indicate your school and grade along with your submission.

2D Artwork may be no larger than 24 x 16 inches.
3D Artwork may be no bigger than 3 feet in height.

Image submissions File Format: Standard JPEG or PDF
File Size: no larger than 2 MB

Key Dates:

  • Entries are due by: Feb. 11, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: Feb. 18, 2022
  • Items that will be displayed in the Gallery are due: Feb. 26, 2022

Learn more and enter HERE.

]]> (Brookfield Craft Center) Neighbors Fri, 28 Jan 2022 12:03:43 -0500
Newtown Closures Due to Snowstorm

Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30 Closures in Newtown

Due to the forecast for inclement weather, all schools will be closed this weekend. 

There will be no NYBA (Newtown Youth Basketball Association) basketball activities.

All US Sports Squirts programs at NYA (Newtown Youth Academy) are also canceled for Saturday only.

Be Safe.


]]> (Town of Newtown) Life Fri, 28 Jan 2022 10:11:58 -0500
Lamont Announces Launch of Website for the Newly Formed Connecticut Hate Crimes Advisory Council

Governor Ned Lamont today announced the launch of a website for the recently formed Connecticut Hate Crimes Advisory Council. Located at, the website provides state residents with information regarding the group, which was created as a result of legislation that Governor Lamont signed into law last year.

“This recently formed council consists of a diverse group of members who have volunteered their time to provide the state with their insights so that we can establish policies that combat hate crimes and ensure that appropriate actions are taken as we continue to face these unfortunate and unlawful events,” Governor Lamont said. “Nobody should live in fear of being the victim of a crime because of who they are, and I will be relying on their recommendations for ways that we can improve our policies and laws on hate crimes.”

The council is responsible for encouraging and coordinating programs that increase community awareness and reporting of hate crimes and to combat such crimes. It also can make recommendations for legislation, including on the reporting, investigation, and prosecution of hate crimes, restitution for victims of hate crimes, community service designed to remedy damage caused by hate crimes, and additional alternative sentencing programs for first-time offenders and juvenile offenders involved in hate crimes.

The council consists of 33 members, 9 of whom are ex-officio and the remainder appointed by the governor. It is housed within the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

Its next meeting, which will be held remotely, is scheduled for Friday, February 18, 2022, at 2:15 p.m. More information on its meetings, including links to watch remote meetings live online, can be found on the council’s website.

To report a hate crime, contact local police or 1-800-CALL-FBI, or submit a tip online at Tips may be submitted anonymously.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Fri, 28 Jan 2022 07:36:56 -0500
Visualizing Early-stage Cancer: Meet CT Breast Imaging Physician Dr. Jaime Szarmach


Meet Dr. Jaime Szarmach, a fellowship-trained breast imager at Connecticut Breast Imaging in Danbury, Connecticut passionate about compassionate, patient-centered care for breast health.

Dr. Szarmach understands the anxiety patients face when deciding which healthcare facility they should go to for their breast imaging.  This is why she believes finding a facility with state-of-the-art services as well as a focus on the doctor-patient relationship is vital for the best possible care.

She advises patients to take a close look to make sure a facility has the proper equipment in place, or if they’re a center that has 3D mammography or tomosynthesis. She further advises patients to ask themselves, ‘who is reading the study, are they fellowship-trained?’ 

This is the amazing value of Connecticut Breast Imaging, as not only does the facility have the necessary equipment to visualize early-stage cancers, it is also staffed with professionals like Dr. Szarmach who are qualified experts in breast health.

In addition to medical school at New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Szarmach chose to enter a specialized fellowship in breast imaging, which includes breast MRI, breast ultrasound, mammography, breast biopsy, and armpit biopsy. Before coming to Connecticut Breast Imaging, she served as an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology for Breast Imaging at Yale School of Medicine.

Dr. Szarmach advises that when patients choose their breast imaging center, first check to make sure that if further medical procedures are needed, such as a breast biopsy, the center is able to facilitate it.

With COVID-19 still in effect today, many patients are choosing to avoid going into medical offices for fear of contracting the virus. This is another unfortunate side effect of the pandemic. Dr. Szarmach assures those who are concerned that it is safe to come in for your exams. Schedule your breast imaging exams now and make your health top priority.


]]> (Connecticut Breast Imaging) Neighbors Fri, 28 Jan 2022 02:02:19 -0500
SPHERE members head to Hat Tricks hockey game, night out includes signature shirts, food, and autographs!

Last week, five SPHERE members, together with their families attended a Hat Tricks game at Danbury Arena! SPHERE Board members Caitlin Granucci and Wendy Lionetti also attended the game. 

Fairfield County Bank helped to coordinate the evening and Herm Sorcher, Hat Tricks president, made sure SPHERE members were treated in style!

The fun-filled evening included great food, signature Hat Tricks shirts, and even autographs from the hockey players.

SPHERE’s mission is to enrich and enhance the lives of adults with disabilities through education, recreation and the arts while fostering and nurturing relationships between our members and our communities.

Learn more about SPHERE here.

To purchase tickets to attend a Hat Tricks game, and to view the schedule and learn more about Danbury's professional hockey team, click here.


]]> (HH) Neighbors Thu, 27 Jan 2022 13:00:41 -0500
The Ridgefield Playhouse And Aquarion Water Company Make The Entire Diversity Film Series Free Events For The Community

The Ridgefield Playhouse’s Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series continues in February with three films celebrating Black History Month that amplify and honor African-American culture and traditions.

All films in the Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series are presented as free events for the community. Following each film, a pre-recorded interview led by reporter Cheryl Washington will also be screened. These enlightening interviews can be viewed later on The Ridgefield Playhouse YouTube Channel.

On February 2ndSummer Of Soul presents a powerful and transporting document of an epic event in the summer of 1969: the Harlem Cultural Festival featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Mahalia Jackson, BB King and more. In his debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson reintroduces these lost performances as part of a documentary that combines music, history and story-telling to celebrate Black history, culture and fashion.

Then on February 16thQueen & Slim offers a thrilling modern drama about love, justice and righteous anger, focused on a young couple on the run from the law after a first date gone wrong. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner Smith, directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe and James Frey.

The Black History Month programming concludes on February 23rd with a 50th anniversary screening of Lady Sings The Blues, the classic Billie Holiday biopic starring Diana Ross in a tour-de-force performance that landed Ms. Ross an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

For more information or to reserve your free tickets, go online at or visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse

]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 04:48:23 -0500
Newtown's Snow Much Fun Event is postponed to Friday, February 11

Snow Much Fun Event is postponed to Friday, February 11

Our Snow Much Fun event, originally scheduled for Friday, January 28, has been postponed to Friday, February 11 due to a forecast for inclement weather.

We hope that you will join us in February!


Learn more HERE.

]]> (Newtown Parks & Rec) Events Wed, 26 Jan 2022 11:33:40 -0500
Skate with the Hat Tricks Post-game on January 30!

Have you been to a Danbury Hat Tricks game? Danbury Arena is a true family destination and on January 30, the team welcomes kids to join them on the ice!

FPHL Hat Tricks after the home game on Sunday, January 30th!

The Hat Tricks are inviting all fans to skate with the FPHL Hat Tricks after their game against Carolina on Sunday, January 30th. 

The puck drops at 7pm and the game is expected to end by 9:30 pm.

Nick Garofalo, Arena General Manager said, "Come share the experience with the team! Fans can feel the excitement of skating on the same ice with the Hat Tricks!"

Delicious food and drinks are available in the newly renovated and newly reopened Rabbit Hole Bar and Grill and, the brand new (and massive) redemption arcade is a destination for kids!

View the roster and team stats here.

Skates will be available to rent for $5 per pair.

Purchase tickets HERE.

]]> (HH) Events Tue, 25 Jan 2022 05:32:25 -0500
Newtown Police Officer John McDermott Achieves Rank of Patrol Sergeant

Newtown Police announced on social media that 13-year veteran John McDermott had a formal swearing-in ceremony yesterday where he took the oath of office for his new role as a Patrol Sergeant.
Sgt. McDermott was officially promoted to the rank by unanimous vote of the Police Commission on 1/18/2022.  The vacancy was created by Sgt. Hynes who after nearly 27 years on the job has decided to retire effective February 1st.  Sgt. McDermott will conduct two weeks of on the job training in his new role before running a shift solo.  During his career thus far he has been heavily involved in community services such as the Cadet Program, Special Olympics, and crime prevention.  He has served as a Field Training Officer and has developed his skills as a first line supervisor coordinating the Cadet program and teaching new officers.  
“Sgt. McDermott’s dedication to the community and to the development of others has always been apparent, and we look forward to having him part of the supervisory staff," said Sgt. Jeff Silver
For additional photos and information, visit Newtown Police on Facebook here
]]> (Sgt. Jeff Silver) Public safety Tue, 25 Jan 2022 04:39:43 -0500
Downsizing? Selling? Consider a Donation to ReStore and Make the World a Better Place

It’s a fabulous time to think about listing your home for sale, and many of our clients have started cleaning out their homes to prepare. Most people need to get rid of some furniture before listing to make space for staging. Particularly if you’ll be downsizing, you may not need all of your furniture once you move to a new home, and we wanted to be sure you knew about the ReStore benefiting Habitat for Humanity.

With several locations in Connecticut, ReStore is a home and hardware retail thrift store open to the public selling new and gently used furniture, appliances, and building materials. The ReStore provides an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep good, reusable articles out of the waste stream while providing funding for Habitat’s community improvement work. Sales from the ReStore benefit Habitat for Humanity’s housing programs and their mission to provide decent, affordable homes!

Here is a list of items they accept and sell at the store:

  • Appliances (for example refrigerators, stoves/ovens, washers/dryers, small household appliances)
  • Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets
  • Furniture (for example sofas, dining sets, dressers, mirrors, bedroom sets)
  • Lighting & Plumbing Fixtures
  • Building Materials (for example windows and doors, lumber and trim, tiles, flooring)
  • Home Décor Items

ReStore picks up donations throughout Fairfield County.

To schedule a pickup, email with your name, address, phone number and items to be donated. Or you can call (203) 383-4358 and leave a message. Keep in mind there is generally a two-week lead time from when you make the request.

You can also follow the Danbury Store on Instagram @danburyrestore.

]]> (Karla Murtaugh) Life Mon, 24 Jan 2022 05:44:00 -0500
C.H. Booth Library Upcoming FREE Zoom Programs

Spymistresses - The Story of Allied Women Spies of WWII:  January 25 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. John Cilio tells stories about the Spies belonging to a special group of people with flexible identities, elastic morals, and situational ethics. They covertly serve their governments, some, multiple governments. Uncover more about a few of the special women that served the Allies. This Program is Thanks to Generous Funding from The Friends of C.H. Booth Library.

Valentine’s Bake-Along with Tina Zaccardi:  Wednesday, February 2 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. For Valentine's Day program we will make Chocolate Raspberry Individual Ice Box Cakes for 2. Tina will show us how to make and bake the chocolate cookies, the raspberry whipped cream, and how to assemble the dessert.  She will talk about other flavors that can be used as well. This recipe makes 2 servings, one for you and one for that special someone. Recipe instructions & ingredients will be provided when you register for this program. This Program is Thanks to Generous Funding from The Friends of C.H. Booth Library. 

More Than a Conversation about Race:  Monday, February 7 at 6:00 pm via Zoom. 'Community Conversations' a Joint Newtown Public School District & C. H. Booth Library event. This panel discussion is an opportunity for community leaders to respond to questions and take inquiries from attendees.  Join us to talk about your aspirations for Newtown and discuss challenges that concern you. Panel members (partial list): Wesley Johnson II, Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee; Dan Rosenthal, First Selectman of Newtown; John Voket, editor of the Newtown Bee and Dana Flynn, C. H. Booth Library Board of Trustees member. NOTE: We will send reminders as we approach the event, but the Zoom url will be emailed to registrants on February 7th.

Stagecoaches, Railroads & Aviation: Tuesday, February 8 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. John Cilio will tell us stories about American people always on the move. Early mass transit was the stagecoach that lost passengers to the railroads which in turn succumbed to commercial airlines. What's next?  This program is thanks to generous funding from The Friends of C. H. Booth Library.

]]> (C. H. Booth Library, Newtown, CT) Places Sun, 23 Jan 2022 09:33:23 -0500
Get a BLOWOUT Membership at Whip Salon in Newtown

Never wash your own hair again!

Need some pampering to combat the winter doldrums? Why not treat yourself to a blowout membership at Whip Salon.
Choose from 2x, 4x or 8x blowouts per month. Memberships come with discounted pricing, free hot tools, complimentary beverages and other membership perks like special giveaways. (Psssst fellas...makes a terrific Valentine's Day gift too).
Memberships start at just $75 per month for 2 blowouts. Check out the 2022 LOOK BOOK for the latest styles and hair inspo! To learn more or purchase visit or call 855.WHIP.SLN for details.
Book your next appointment with Whip Salon Newtown online.
]]> (Whip Salon) Places Sun, 23 Jan 2022 09:20:53 -0500
CT's Beardsley Zoo Announces Anteater Naming Contest Result

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is pleased to announce the results of its “Name the Baby Giant Anteater” contest, giving voters a choice of three names: Chili, Andarilho, and Corajosa.

Animal care staff chose the prospective names, all South American names or terms to honor and describe the new female giant anteater. Female giant anteater Pana and male E.O. are the proud parents of their third offspring, born June 15, 2021. 

The winning name is Chili, referring to a small, spicy pepper often used in South American and Mexican cuisine.  The contest engaged hundreds of voters online. 

Of the three names voted on, Chili won 50% of the vote, Corajosa won 34% and Andarilho won 16%. 

Mochilla, the pair’s first offspring, is now in residence at Alexandria Zoo in Louisiana. The second-born, Tupi, is now at the Nashville Zoo in Tennessee. 

Female anteaters give birth to one offspring and the baby rides on mom’s back for the first several months of life, occasionally venturing off not too far from mom to explore its surroundings. Pana and Chili will be outside only rarely for guests to view until spring, when the temperatures regularly rise above 50 degrees.

The Giant anteater's parents came to the Zoo from Palm Beach Zoo in Palm Beach, Florida. Both Pana and E.O. are twelve years old. They arrived in late May 2015 and are a highlight of the Pampas Plains habitat, which opened in August 2015. Featuring animals from the Pampas region of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, the exhibit represents the Zoo’s South American Adventure.  

About Giant Anteaters

Giant anteaters can live up to 26 years old in human care and are usually solitary animals. They can weigh up to 100 pounds and are five to seven feet long. Their home range is from southern Belize to northern Argentina, and they live in grasslands, humid forests, and woodland areas. Anteaters have one of the lowest body temperatures in the animal kingdom at 91 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit and can eat up to 30,000 ants per meal in the wild. The Latin name for anteater is Vermillingua, meaning "worm tongue," which can be as long as two feet. 

Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at we recommend that guests continue to wear masks while visiting the Zoo, but when guests are outside and are able to maintain social distance, masks may be removed. In any indoor area, or when social distancing cannot be maintained, masks must be worn. Everyone over the age of two, except for those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them, should have a mask available

]]> (Lisa Clair) Neighbors Sun, 23 Jan 2022 09:08:20 -0500
Nickel Mines Opens at ACT of CT: You Will Be Moved to Dig Deep

Thank you to ACT of CT for using your stage to tell one of the most important stories of all time. 

“You will be moved to dig deep,” ACT of CT Artistic Director Dan Levine said. 

Levine was not exaggerating - theater can move you in a way unlike any other medium can, and ACT’s production of Nickel Mines will do just that.

On October 2, 2006, in a one-room school in the Amish community of Nickel Mines Pennsylvania, the unthinkable happened. Ten young girls were held hostage by a gunman, a member of their community. Five of those girls perished, the other five were seriously wounded. 

The new musical, Nickel Mines, is about what happens next. This living memorial honors the five young lives lost and lifts up the families left behind. 

The effects of this senseless act are so personal, each individual, from the family members of the victims to the wife of the shooter is thrust into an unfathomable situation and emotions are running wild. How do they cope? Anger? Revenge? Hate? Forgiveness? Love?

Dance movements and vocal performances are masterfully executed by the uber-talented cast of Lauren Celentano, Anna Cooper, Shea Coughlin, Morgan Hollingsworth, Kelsey Jenison, Milan Magana, Mark Bradley Miller, Alex Nee, Eric Michael Parker, Justine Veronica Rafael, Josephine Rose Roberts, Hannah Joy Snyder, Jayme Wappel, Claire Sorlie, and Emma Lou DeLaney.

They touch the audience in a profoundly powerful way.

We witness the incredibly personal struggle of a grieving father, a loving boyfriend, and a lonely sister as they struggle to go try to find normalcy. 

Before the performance even began, the audience had a glimpse into its impact and meaning. Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine took the stage and was moved to tears as he spoke about Nickel Mines, a show that was in final days of rehearsal when COVID shut it down in 2020. 

Levine thanked Anita Donofrio who was instrumental in bringing Nickel Mines back. “She believes in this show as much as we do,” said Levine.

Those who were fortunate to see Nickel Mines this weekend were among the first to experience this incredibly powerful World premiere musical production, directed and choreographed by Andrew Palermo.

Once again, the entire ACT of Connecticut team, including Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, Bryan Perri, Music Supervisor, Executive Director Katie Diamond, and Erin Craig, Producing Director deliver brilliance by way of Nickel Mines.

“Good theater can enter our hearts and change us,” said Levine. 

Nickel Mines does that.

Remaining Performances:

Sunday, January 23rd at 2pm* & 7pm

Thursday, January 27th at 7pm

Friday, January 28th at 8pm

Saturday, January 29th at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday, January 30th at 2pm

Sunday, January 23 at 2pm - Niro Feliciano (LCSW, Integrative Counseling and Wellness Group) and Alexis Koukos (Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement)

Purchase tickets here.

*Photos by Jeff Butchen Photography 

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