Newtown's HamletHub Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:18:31 -0400 Taste Worldly Wines and Local Spirits and Support Newtown Bridle Lands Association on Friday

Celebrate the first day of summer by tasting wines from around the world and local spirits while supporting Newtown Bridle Lands Association

On Friday, June 21 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Edmond Town Hall you are invited to taste 70 fine wines from around the world as well as bourbons from Litchfield Distillery. Enjoy delicious hors d’ oeuvres by Bonnie Manning Catering, great music by local group, Frandango, and an amazing silent auction of vacation homes, Broadway tickets, artwork, local restaurants, private wine tasting, architecture services, gift baskets, horsey items and much much more!

This is a fundraiser for Newtown Bridle Lands Association, a 501(c)3 which works to preserve trails and open space for passive use including horseback riding.

Thanks to Fairgrounds Wine & Spirits of Newtown for their help with this event.

Purchase tickets ($50) here.

]]> (submitted) Charities Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:12:36 -0400
Immaculate High School Announces New Ice Hockey Coach and Return to an Independent Team

Beginning in the 2019-20 season, Immaculate High School will return to an independent ice hockey team with a new coach and an excited commitment to build an independent team and take on the challenges of the highly competitive world of Division 1 high school ice hockey.  

Winning Head Coach Brian Lugo will lead coaches and team members to put on their skates and new Mustang uniforms and take to the ice at the Danbury Ice Arena for practices and games beginning next winter. The team played as a co-op for several years with New Fairfield High School and went from a DIII to a DI classification when they earned a 13-5-3 record two years ago. Now, with many returning skaters and an experienced coach, the independent Mustang team is poised for another successful season.

Lugo has coached from mite level hockey through the junior level.  When he was the coach for J.W. Mitchell High School in Port Richey, FL, the team won the State Championships two out of three years, and the team also went on to win Nationals and now has many players currently playing D1 and D3 college hockey with one player drafted into the NHL.  Also, in 2013 his U16 travel team won Nationals, and he coached the first Midget team in Florida to ever win Nationals. Back up in the Northeast, Lugo coached for the Yale Youth team in 2018 and his U12 team won States while his U14 team won States and then went on to win New England Regionals.

“The co-op team was a great experience and allowed student-athletes to play on a high school team, and we are grateful for all that New Fairfield High School athletics and players contributed to the team and its high level of play,” said Coach Lugo. “The goal now is to build the chemistry in one school and one place the players can call home and find the perfect balance between academics and athletics.  Being an independent team allows the players the opportunity to better compete for State titles,” he said.

Lugo’s goal for the first year is to teach the new systems and style of hockey the team will be playing.  “Immaculate High School has a great reputation for academics; my goal is to bring and build up a program the school can be proud of.  “‘Will always beats skill, unless skill works with will.’ I want to build a program that supports the school as well as have huge community involvement, including among alumni.  We want the community to see what the players are doing, and come out and support a program the city, as well as parents and alumni, can be proud of and see the legacy continue,” Coach Lugo explained.

Lugo pointed out that the team already has some great assets in place, including a “fantastic” locker room, an equipment repair and sharpening center and a nutrition area, and an arena that will be refurbished under new management. “We will train harder than ever before, and we take players that want to succeed and put them in a system that gives them the opportunity to succeed, and make everyone proud,” he said.

Lugo began coaching ice hockey 18 years ago when his son, who now plays for Post University, began playing the sport. He is now happy to take his talents, experience and excitement to the return of the independent Immaculate High School Ice Hockey Team, where the student-athletes, parents, alumni and school staff have already welcomed him.

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School also allows students to focus on their spiritual development, personal moral commitments and service to others.  Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system.


]]> (Immaculate High School) Neighbors Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:02:48 -0400
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band at Ives Concert Park on June 30!

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band headline the "Hearts on Fire" Benefit Concert on Sunday, June 30 at Ives Concert Park in Danbury, CT, presented by The Tapping Solution! Doors open at 3pm and music starts at 3:30pm. 

Join us for a family fun day in celebration of Jesse Lewis' Birthday who lost his life in the Sandy Hook Tragedy. The Benefit Concert will also feature The Spadtastics, a Grateful Dead cover band, and Doug Allen who will perform the Choose Love song. Be sure to check out the fun vendors and delicious food trucks. Kids activities will include a slime station, puppet making with Sova Theatre and the CT Guild of Puppetry, and a duck scavenger hunt with prizes! 

Net proceeds will benefit the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more safer and more peaceful world by giving all children access to social and emotional learning.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Wed, 19 Jun 2019 09:46:36 -0400
Newtown Day 2019 on Saturday, July 29

Newtown Day 2019 on Saturday, July 29 from 11 am to 8pm at Fairfield Hills Campus

Don't miss the community event chockful of food, fun, and festivities for "kids" of all ages to enjoy!

Event highlights include 24+ food trucks, brew garden serving IPA's, cider, red and white wine, music, activities, and vendors. Brew garden serves from 12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $3.00 12 & over.

An event parking map will be posted on the website Shuttle buses are being provided from Newtown Middle School for your convenience.

Co-Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Newtown Members and Newtown Parks and Recreation.

Learn more HERE.

]]> (HH) Events Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:42:34 -0400
Newtown's Social Services Office is Relocating on June 21

Newtown's Social Services Office is Relocating on June 21 to 28 Trades Lane

Newtown’s office of Social Services is relocating.  As of June 21, 2019 the office will join Newtown’s Center for Support and Wellness in the Fairfield Hill Campus at 28 Trades Lane.  The telephone number for Social Services remains the same (203) 270-4330.

The Food Pantry will continue to be open on Mondays and Thursdays between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. in its current location in Town Hall South, 3 Main Street.  Following Social Services' move on June 21st all donations for the Food Pantry can be made at 28 Trades Lane.

]]> (Town of Newtown) Life Tue, 18 Jun 2019 09:44:51 -0400
Mary Perry of Sandy Hook announces launch of Paws to Comfort

Paws to ComfortAn antidote to our demanding digital lives

Inspiring Comfort Founders Jen Marr, formerly of Ridgefield, Jill Bornstein of Ridgefield, CT, Mary Perry of Sandy Hook, CT and designer Skye Quinn of TIME, are pleased to announce the launch of Paws to Comfort which is now available for pre-order through a Kickstarter Campaign. This is a book inspired by the connections dog make. Click here learn more and to pre-order the book.

Despite constant connectivity, we are losing the simple art of supporting each other through everyday problems, struggles and crisis. More than sympathy, comfort is connecting with a person who is suffering in a way that shows them you care. Most of us find making that connection awkward – so we avoid it. But there are experts among us who instinctively know what to do; our furry friends.

This is where Paws to Comfort comes in. A beautiful, practical book with real-life stores, graphics, worksheets, and guidance for anyone who has ever experienced the awkwardness of comforting someone having a difficult time. A skill everyone needs in their home, community or workplace. 

      "Think of a world equipped with comforters caring for each other face to face instead of screen to screen. It’s within our reach.” says Paws To Comfort author Jen Marr. 

Jen Marr, Founder of social good company, Inspiring Comfort LLC, is passionate about the skill of comfort. Her years of working with comfort dogs in crisis response settings opened her eyes to the depth of the need of comfort. She felt compelled to write Paws To Comfort after realizing yes, comforting can be awkward, but it’s a critical skill to our society’s connectedness and is a skill that can be taught in a simple way. Dogs can be some of our best teachers on the subject.

Skye Quinn, is the Senior Design Coordinator at TIME, where she has been involved in producing its iconic weekly covers since 2005. She was attracted to working with Jen on Paws to Comfort seeing the need to communicate the role dogs play in teaching us all how to comfort others and realizing that everyone around her could benefit from learning this skill. 

Learn more:

]]> (Mary Perry) Neighbors Tue, 18 Jun 2019 06:30:19 -0400
Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 SilverSource Awards

SilverSource – a leader in advocating for the needs of older adults and their families– announced today that it is accepting nominations for the 2019 SilverSource Awards. The awards celebrate the exceptional advancements and meaningful contributions made in improving the lives of adults over age 60 throughout Fairfield County by volunteers, individuals, businesses and organizations. There is no cost to enter. Nominations may be made by visiting and are due by August 15, 2019. Awards will be presented in the fall.

“This annual award celebrates those who are improving the lives of older adults in Fairfield County,” said Kathleen Bordelon, Executive Director for SilverSource, Inc. “We encourage any person, business or organization that is working to advance the dignity, independence and quality of life of older adults to submit a nomination.”

Award Details

The SilverSource Community Service Volunteer Award is given to an outstanding volunteer age 50 or over who is sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of older adults.

The SilverSource Contribution to Community Award is given to an outstanding individual, as well as an outstanding organization or business that provides significant improvements to the region as a place to live and retire.

Nominations are open to volunteers, individuals, organizations, businesses and groups or collaborative initiatives that contribute to the lives of older adults. All nominations will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of community, business and thought leaders. All achievements, accomplishments or service on which nominations are based must reflect the SilverSource vision and mission. The Awards recognize high impact programs and initiatives in Fairfield County. There is no cost to enter.

Visit for more information, or to make a nomination. Submit a nomination online or email completed nomination forms to or fax it to 203-324-3787, attention: Kathleen Bordelon. The deadline to submit a nomination is August 15, 2019.  

]]> (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:27:12 -0400
Kick Off Summer at The Ridgefield Playhouse with Jon Batiste and Stay Human on June 21

Premium Show-only tickets JUST RELEASED!

Kick off summer with dinner, open bar and a great night of live music at The Ridgefield Playhouse Summer Gala, featuring “Late Show” band leader Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human on Friday, June 21 – the first day of summer!

The gala, which benefits The Playhouse (a non-profit, 501 (c) (3)), begins at 5:30pm and includes dishes prepared by local restaurants, beverages provided by local brewers, wineries and distilleries and a chance to bid on fabulous silent auction items outside under a tent on the baseball field next to The Playhouse. Jon Batiste and Stay Human will perform in the theater at 8pm.

Batiste is a globally celebrated musician, educator, bandleader and television personality whose musical skill, artistic vision and exuberant charisma make him a triple threat with unlimited potential. Recognized for his originality, jaw-dropping talent and dapper sense of style, he transitions from commanding the piano with virtuosic skill to soulfully crooning to wailing on the “harmonaboard” (a kind of harmonica and keyboard) to curating unique "social music" experiences all over the world. Born into a long lineage of Louisiana musicians, Batiste eventually went on to receive both his undergraduate and masters degrees in piano from the Juilliard School and formed his band, Stay Human. This show is part of the Moffly Media Evening of Art Wine & Jazz Series and Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity. Media sponsor for this show is WFUV.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is grateful for the support of Silver Sponsors: Berisford & Stockel Families, Ann & Steve Carlson, De Clercq Office Group, Adam R. Rose & Peter R. McQuillan and Lisa & Michael Shinall; Restaurant Sponsors: Atria Senior Living Culinary Chefs, Bareburger, The Cake Box, Odeen’s Barbecue, Some Things Fishy Catering, Southwest Café, Tablao, Tequila Escape, The Village Tavern and Whistle Stop Bakery; Beverage Sponsors: Asylum Distillery, Campari, Corona Premier, Founders Brewing Company, Got Attitude Vodka, Half Full Brewery, Nod Hill Brewery, Pacifico Clara, Pera Wines, Reverie Brewing Company, The Wine Trust, and Treasury Wine Estates; Additional Support by Abbey Tent & Party Rentals, Hollandia Nurseries, Pepsi, Reliance Merchant Services & Reli-Bid.

Band leader, Jon Batiste has performed with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, and Mavis Staples. The Louisiana native began as a percussionist in his family’s band The Batiste Brothers Band at the age of eight. He switched to piano at age eleven and in addition to taking classical lessons began transcribing songs from video games such as Streetfighter Alpha and Sonic Hedgehog. He studied with Trombone Shorty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and later attended Julliard. He made his debut at The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam at age 20, producing and performing his own show and went on to conduct music classes and clinics throughout the Netherlands, eventually returning to play Carnegie Hall in New York City.

For Batiste’s latest album Hollywood Africans he worked with the legendary T Bone Burnett. Batiste states, “The goal was just to collaborate on something that felt authentic to both of us. What we came up with was an intimate, stripped-down portrait of who I am, and the lineage of musicians and performers who are really vital to my work and to his. On this record, I want us to bop, dance, laugh and cry to the sound of the music while we remember our black heroes and wield the superpowers they left us with. Because of them, I don't have to wear a mask. I get to be who I am.”

For tickets ($75- $175) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:11:50 -0400
CityCenter Danbury calls all filmmakers to enter a shorts contest

And the winner is …

Well, the winner won’t be known until November, and any filmmaker who wants to be considered for the first CityCenter Shorts film competition has about four months to put together a masterpiece set in CityCenter Danbury.

There are a few rules. The films must:

  •          Be a silent film, comedy, drama, sci-fi or thriller
  •          Include a recognizable shot of downtown Danbury of at least 10 seconds
  •          Include this line: It’s happening downtown!
  •          Refer at least once to a character named Charlie Ives
  •          Run between 4 and 7 minutes

The deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 31. The judging panel will include Patricia Clark, producer and president of The Nutmeg Institute; Renato Ghio, co-owner of RMedia in Danbury; Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton; Emanuela Palmares, editor of the Tribuna newspaper; and Darla Shaw, a retired professor of Education at Western Connecticut State University.

CityCenter Danbury and the Danbury Library are sponsors of the first-ever film contest.

“We want to bring attention to the merchants, history and potential of downtown Danbury,” said CityCenter chairwoman Alicia Ghio. “There’s plenty of creativity downtown and we are encouraging artists of all types to have fun and show off their talents.”

Aurelio Muraca of the Danbury Library Technology Center first suggested the idea of a film competition to Ghio, who talked over the project with her contacts in the film production industry.

A red carpet screening will take place on Nov. 14 at the Palace Theater on Main Street where the top three winners will be shown and three honorable mentions will be announced.

Filmmakers who are Connecticut residents with a library card can use the free video editing studio at the Danbury Library.

View the entire set of contest rules at

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:42:56 -0400
Paul Epperly of Maplewood at Newtown Wins Esteemed Accomplishment Award

Maplewood Senior Living, a leading provider of luxury senior residences, had six residents awarded the CALA Resident Accomplishment Award for 2019. The Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) bestows the award annually to outstanding senior residents embodying kindness, selflessness, and inclusiveness. Maplewood Senior Living residents were honored during a luncheon ceremony.

The esteemed recipients of the award include Jacquie Cookingham of Maplewood at Stony Hill, Paul Epperly of Maplewood at Newtown, Katheryn Guston of Danbury, Lois Morasco of Maplewood at Strawberry Hill, Edith Morrison of Maplewood at Orange, and Bette Upson of Maplewood at Darien. These residents displayed outstanding contributions to other residents and the community.

“We are constantly amazed at the contributions our residents make to each other and to the community,” said Gregory D. Smith, president and CEO of Maplewood Senior Living. “We are extremely proud this year’s recipients and their endeavors of compassion and helpfulness that add value to the community. They are truly inspirational. ”

The Connecticut Assisted Living Association’s mission is to promote the growth of Assisted Living in the state including the development, marketing and operation of communities. CALA recognizes both residents and senior living communities for demonstrating the highest degree of compassion, respect, integrity, innovation, professionalism, and accountability.

About Maplewood Senior Living

Based in Westport, Connecticut, Maplewood Senior Living is known for its upscale senior living residences, offering a broad range of premier services, amenities and care to its residents.  Maplewood Senior Living owns and operates 14 senior living communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Ohio. Future locations include Princeton, NJ and the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The Manhattan project falls within the company’s newest brand Inspīr. This international brand was launched to offer a luxurious option for seniors looking to join a residential community in major metropolitan areas. For more information visit   

]]> (Maplewood Senior Living) Neighbors Fri, 14 Jun 2019 07:34:50 -0400
Fundraiser to End Child Abuse & Alienation on June 30 in Newtown


Fundraiser to End Child Abuse & Alienation Sponsored by PAS Intervention, A 501c3 helping survivors of abuse on June 30, 2019 from 2pm-7pm at Murphy’s Irish Pub (71 South Main Street) in Newtown.

For more than 2 decades PAS Intervention has been helping parents and their children afflicted by abuse.  We provide support, intervention, and a plethora of resource information for free.  We also offer low cost consulting and expert testimony.  We can only provide these free and low-cost services and assistance with the help of donations.  Please consider attending our Fundraiser or donating through one of the links below. Without your support, we are limited in how many parents and children we can assist.


  • Adults - $25
  • Children over 13 - $15
  • Children Under 13 - $10

 Advance Ticket Sales at here

If you cannot make it, donations can be made here.

]]> (PAS Intervention) Charities Fri, 14 Jun 2019 04:37:00 -0400
Newtown Historical Society OPEN HOUSE is the Place to BEE on June 23

"Oh, the buzzin' of the bees in the cigarette trees," go the lyrics to Burl Ives' version of the paean to a hobo utopia, Big Rock Candy Mountain. The Newtown Historical Society can't promise utopia for anyone, hobo or otherwise, but there will be plenty of buzz by and about bees at the Society's next Open House, Sunday, June 23, at the Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, from 12.00-4.00 PM.

Newtown resident Leslie Huston and fellow beekeeper Dean Haines will use the platform of their Bee-Commerce business to show both historical and modern beekeeping equipment and will show an observation hive with live bees enclosed in a glass-sided mini-hive. Huston's goal is to offer helpful guidance to the hobbyist and backyard beekeeper, and will offer products from her business as well. This will be the last scheduled Open House of the spring season.

The Matthew Curtiss House, home of the Historical Society, is one of the oldest buildings on Main Street. It was constructed about 1750, and purchased by Matthew Curtiss in 1781; Curtiss continued to live there until his death in 1824. He is sometimes called Junior, in deference to his father, the first of the family to live in Newtown, though the elder apparently lived in the Berkshire section of town.

But the Curtiss House is not just an old building. Maintained by the Historical Society as a house museum, the Society’s collections on display are intended to represent the House throughout its life, not just the period of Curtiss ownership. Thus, the artifacts range from a tall case clock made in Newtown in the 1780s by Ebenezer Smith, to a nineteenth century weathervane that swung round the barn of Scrabble inventor James Brunot in the twentieth century, to twentieth century graphics and needlework. All the items in the House reflect either a direct Newtown connection or are examples of things that might well have been used in the town, whether for work, play, or to celebrate an occasion. These treasures will all be on view in their context within the Curtiss House, and they aren’t limited to sight: come hear the newly remastered recording of the 19th century Organette! Costumed docents will be available to lead tours, or you are free to walk through the house on your own.

The Newtown Historical Society is an entirely volunteer organization with no paid staff, and volunteer staffing limits the Society to one open house per month during the spring and fall. Please see the website for further information,, visit, or call 203-426-5937.

]]> (Newtown Historical Society) Places Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:59:58 -0400
Pride Themed Third Saturday's at The Aldrich Features Drag Queen Story Hour

Celebrate Pride Month this Saturday at The Aldrich

You are invited to a pride-themed Third Saturdays at The Aldrich on Saturday, June 15 from 10 am to 5 pm featuring Drag Queen Story Hour with Loosey Laduca and exhibit by Harmony Hammond, LGBTQ artist and activist. Attendees will hear two wonderful stories, then create a work of art in our Studio celebrating what we are proud of about ourselves.

Family Workshop: Loud, Proud, Family Read Aloud. Readings at 10 am and 1 pm followed by art-making.

  • 10 am to 12 noon; children ages 2 to 5
  • 1 to 3 pm; children ages 6 to 10

All visitors are encouraged to explore Harmony Hammond’s current exhibition, an LGBTQ artist and activist who has paved the way for equality and representation for the LGBTQ community in the art world and beyond.

Take a guided tour of Harmony Hammond’s exhibition at 12 noon with Aldrich Educator Noah Steinman.

Free admission for all visitors

The Aldrich is located at 258 Main Street in Ridgefield. Visit the Museum online here.

*Please note: this event coincides with Ridgefield's Pride in the Park event. Learn more here.

Visit The Aldrich for FREE the third Saturday of each month! See the latest in contemporary art and participate in a family-friendly art-making workshop in The Studio.

]]> (The Aldrich) Neighbors Tue, 11 Jun 2019 06:22:16 -0400
Bethel's Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk on June 23

Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk on June 23 beginning at 9am at Bethel High School

The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Series was created to honor the heroic life and death of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.

Honor all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and support our first responders and military who make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty! For more information on the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation please visit

How far is a Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk?
This is a 5K (3.1 miles). You are welcome to walk or run this event.

Where can I pick up my packet?
We will announce packet pick up soon! (packet pick up includes bibs and event t-shirts)

Can I register the day of the run?
Yes. Registration will open one hour before the race starts. The price for registration will increase by $10 on the day of the event.

When does online registration close?
Online registration will close on Saturday, June 22nd at 9AM.

Is this a timed event?
Chip Timing is not offered at this event.

Is there transportation to and from the event?
No, we do not provide transportation to and from the event.

Is there parking available?

Do I have to wear my bib number?
Yes, please display your bib on the front of your outermost garment. Those who run without a bib will be asked to leave the course and will not be allowed to finish.

I am a fast runner. Can I get a front line position?
Runners predicting a pace faster than 6 minute/mile will be seeded in the front corral (arrive early).

Will water be available?
Yes, a water station will be available along the route and there will be water available at the square.

What can you bring to the event? Can I run with a stroller, backpack, wheelchair, roller blades, dogs, bicycle, etc?
Strollers and wheelchairs are permitted. Firefighter turnout gear and military backpacks are also permitted. Please leave all personal items and valuables in your vehicle. All items should be stored securely at the owner's risk. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation will not be responsible for the loss of any items.

If I have a backpack, what do I do with it?
Please leave all personal items and valuables in your vehicle. All items should be stored securely at the owner's risk. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation will not be responsible for the loss of any items.

Does my registration fee count towards my fundraising goal?
Your registration fee does not count toward the fundraising goal on

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
Yes, they can. They must present a copy of your registration receipt. And don't forget to thank them!

Can I still donate to a team and/or individual after the start of the race?
Yes. Donations will be accepted for 6 weeks after the event.

How can my company/organization sponsor this event?
Please send all sponsorship correspondence to with your contact information and someone will be in touch with you within 24 hours.

I would like to donate goods or services to this event. How do I do that?
You can contact us at We make every effort to keep costs down to allow us to give the most to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in Stephen Siller's name. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.

As a participant, can I fundraise/encourage others to donate?
Yes! Once you are registered, you will be given directions to start your own fundraising page and you will be able to accept donations online. Do you want to donate cash/money? We can help you with that. Contact us at and we can walk you through the process or you can send donations directly to 2361 Hylan Boulevard., Staten Island, NY 10306 - please give us your information so we can add it to your fundraising page. It's easy!

Does my registration fee count towards my fundraising goal?
Registration fees help offset some of the expenses associated with making the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk one of the country’s greatest annual events, however, your fundraising efforts enable us to continue to make a difference in the lives of so many in need.

To show our appreciation for your time, passion, and effort, we recognize each fundraising milestone that is reached with prizes branded with the Tunnel to Towers logo.

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Kristen Cirone is Immaculate High School's Co-Salutatorian

Immaculate High School graduated 124 seniors at its Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 1 at the Western Connecticut State University O’Neill Center in Danbury, CT.

Sarah Bohling of Brookfield is the Class of 2019’s Valedictorian and Kristen Cirone of Newtown and Wenqi Angela Lai of Brewster are the Co-Salutatorians and were all recognized at the ceremony. Of the 124 members of the Class of 2019, 100% of those students who applied to colleges and universities were accepted and were awarded college scholarships and grants totaling $26 million. The top ten percent of students achieved a SAT score average of 1424, and nearly three-quarters of the class earned an average GPA of 3.5 or higher. At the graduation ceremony, President Mary Maloney told the graduates to “Empower yourself to empower others and never forget that your success is not determined by how much you own but by how much you live and love.”

Valedictorian Sarah Bohling will attend the University of Notre Dame as a Stamps Scholar and as a member of the Glynn Family Honors Society and major in Biochemistry. Sarah was an outstanding student at Immaculate, earning Distinguished Honors for her grades while successfully taking nine AP courses in her last two years of high school; additionally, she scored a perfect 800 on the SAT math section and a perfect composite score of 36 for the ACTs. At Immaculate, Sarah was a member of the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society and the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. She received numerous awards and honors, including the Isabelle T. Farrington Award, the Campus Ministry Outstanding Participation Award, the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the President’s Education Award, the Harvard Prize Book Award and was World Language Student of the Month. Sarah was an active member of the school’s Campus Ministry, Key Club, She’s the First Chapter and Model UN team, and was a cheerleader.

Co-Salutatorian Kristen Cirone will attend the University of Notre Dame and major in Accounting and Finance. At Immaculate, Kristen earned Distinguished Honors all four years of high school and was a member of the National Honor Society and the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. Kristen received the Diocese of Bridgeport’s St. Sebastian Award, the Fairfield University Book Award, and was captain of the IHS varsity field hockey, girls basketball and girls lacrosse teams (she helped lead the field hockey and lacrosse teams to the All Patriot Division and was a key member of the 2019 field hockey team that won the Class S State Championship). Kristen was also a Student Ambassador, International Student Mentor, Class Secretary and a member of several extra-curricular clubs including Key Club, Campus Ministry, Peer Leadership Club, Special Friends Club, Film Club and Math Club.

Co-Salutatorian Wenqi Angela Lai will attend Washington University in St. Louis and major in Architecture.  Wenqi received Distinguished Honors at Immaculate and was a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and the Science Honor Society. She earned a perfect score (800) on the Math Level II SAT Subject Test, an advanced version of the regular SAT math portion. Wenqi received the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence and the Cornell Book Award. At Immaculate Wenqi was a member of the Art Club, the International Club, the Math League and Model UN. A clarinet performer who played in several youth orchestras, Wenqi also loves to visit museums and document her experiences -- she visited over 60 museums in more than 20 cities across the world and secured her impressions by writing travel notes that included illustrations and still-life sketches.

Completing the top ten graduating senior list are Ryan Fanella of New Milford (University of Notre Dame for Finance), Angela Saidman of Bethel (Columbia University for Economics), Qianer Kris Lu of Ridgefield (UC San Diego for Accounting/Math/Statistics), Sophia Pilla of Ridgefield (University of Georgia for Veterinary Medicine), Meizhi Susan Zhao of Brookfield (University of Washington, Undeclared), Rodolph Antonios of Danbury (College of the Holy Cross for Biology) and Victoria McFarlin of Danbury (Springfield College for Physical Therapy).

Rodolph Antonios was also named Immaculate High School's Student of the Year for the 2018-19 school year. Rodolph earned this honor for consistently demonstrating school spirit and dedication to IHS, strength of character and faith in action through kindness to others, and a passion for learning and going beyond what is expected, including encouraging others to do their best.

This graduating class contributed over 6,050 hours to a school-wide total of 24,762 hours of community service and several students were honored by the Danbury Exchange Club, the Danbury Rotary Club and the Diocese of Bridgeport for their service and academic achievements. Student-athletes received numerous individual athletic SWC and CIAC leadership and sportsmanship recognitions and the girls field hockey team, girls cross country team and boys cross country team won SWC and/or State Championships. Students were honored with academic, music and art awards, including Commendations from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, Connecticut High School Fine Arts Awards, Halo Theater Awards and more. Other seniors were part of the Brave Engineers Team and Mock Trial teams that won major competitions.  

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School also allows students to focus on academic excellence spiritual development, service to others and personal goals.  Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system.

In photo, from left to right:  IHS Top Ten: Meizhi Susan Zhao, Victoria McFarlin, Wenqi Angela Lai, Kristen Cirone, Rodolph Antonios, Ryan Fanella, Sophia Pilla, Sarah Bohling, Angela Saidman and Qianer Kris Lu 

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