Newtown's HamletHub Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:16:22 -0500 Newtown Resident Signs National Letter of Intent With Auburn University

Ferrigno Signs National Letter of Intent With Auburn University

Wooster School senior Ellie Ferrigno, of Newtown, CT,  has signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Auburn University and compete on the women’s equestrian team. She officially signed in front of friends, coaches, teachers, and family including her parents Abbi and Rockman Ferrigno, on the Wooster campus.

Ferrigno is an accomplished rider attaining accolades at the highest levels for her age. She recently won the 2019 USEF Talent Search Final, was the Grand Champion at the 2019 East Coast Junior Hunter Finals, and also winner of the 2019 Region 4 ASPCA Maclay Regional Championship.

Growing up around horses and living on a farm, Ellie has been riding horses her entire life. She is coached by Val Renihan and her mother Abbi Ferrigno. “I definitely wouldn't be where I am today without Val and my mother,” remarked Ellie Ferrigno. “I have always wanted to ride in college and since middle school it has been my dream to go to Auburn. Val and my parents have been my biggest supporters and have always believed in me,” she added.

Wooster School is flexible and accommodating when a student has a passion for an activity beyond what is offered on the Wooster campus each day. Wooster has been supportive of Ellie’s commitments to Equestrian, including allowing her to travel to competition even if it meant missing some time at school.

Congratulations Ellie!

Auburn University is a member of the NCAA Division 1 Southeastern Conference (SEC).

About Wooster School

Wooster School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school, serving students from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, the School serves students from grade 3 through grade 12. A leader in classroom innovation and teaching, Wooster School is a place where thinking and learning are personal, meaningful, and visible; and where faculty work closely with students in small classes and cohorts to think and communicate critically and creatively. At Wooster, every student participates, every student contributes, and every student learns and develops the necessary skills to be a life-long learner and leader in college and beyond.

To learn more, visit or contact Wooster School Admissions at (203) 830-3916.

]]> (Wooster School) Neighbors Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:25:42 -0500
Newtown's 2019 Thanksgiving Basketball Turkey Toss

Newtown's 2019 Thanksgiving Basketball Turkey Toss sponsored by Newtown Parks & Rec will take place this Friday, November 15 at Newtown Middle School (Gym A).

Proceeds from this event benefit Newtown Chamber Scholarship Funds.

Games for ages 2-4 and 5-6 will be held from 1 to 6:45 pm 

Games for ages 7-9 and 10-13 will be held from 7 to 8 pm

Learn more and register HERE.


]]> (Newtown Parks & Rec) Events Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:31:10 -0500
Prospector Theater Founder Talks Satellite Theater in Wilton!

Well, Val Jensen and her Prospector friends certainly created social media buzz (and excitement) yesterday when they posted the photo you see here the comment "picture this". Yes! We CAN picture a second Prospector Theater - in Wilton! While the contract isn't yet signed, it's close to being signed!

"A satellite theater would bring more awareness and appreciation for our important mission," says Jensen, Prospector Theater founder and visionary.

Fingers crossed that Bow Tie Cinema Theater, located at 21 River Road, will be the second Prospector Theater location where Jensen and her team will fulfill their important mission of providing meaningful employment to adults with disabilities.

The nonprofit theater that is committed unleashing the inner sparkle of all prospects, held a sold-out grand opening celebration on November 20, 2014 at 25 Prospect Street in Ridgefield.  "The Prospector Theater has employed 288 people and paid out over $10,000,000 in payroll since opening 5 years ago, with integrated and meaningful employment," explains Jensen.

High FIVE years and news of a second theater - wow! Lots to celebrate!

Learn more about The Prospector Theater, purchase movie tickets, and find out what's on-screen at

Stay tuned for more info on The Prospector WILTON! 

]]> (HH) Places Wed, 13 Nov 2019 04:38:39 -0500
Lamont Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Allow Sandy Hook Families to Proceed With Lawsuit

Governor Lamont Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Allow Sandy Hook Families to Proceed With Lawsuit


Governor Ned Lamont today released the following statement regarding the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the attacks:

“Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Sandy Hook families will have their day in court—a day to make their voices heard and a day to ensure that no other family has to endure the grief they have faced. We have seen countless lives lost and senseless devastation in our communities as a result of this weapon’s use. Today may not bring full closure for those impacted, but it is a step toward progress in their fight for justice. However, we still need a moment of action in Washington to bring an end to the mass shootings that have become an everyday tragedy for our nation.”

]]> (Gov. Lamont) Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 08:23:20 -0500
Redding and Newtown Police Departments are looking for your help to fight hunger this holiday season

The Redding and Newtown Police Departments are looking for your help to fight hunger this holiday season.

Please join them on Saturday, December 1st between the hours of 10am and 2pm at the Newtown Big Y World Class Market and help fill our police cruisers with non-perishable food items!

Newtown Big Y is located at 6 Queen Street in Newtown.

]]> (Redding PD) Charities Tue, 12 Nov 2019 03:49:57 -0500
Words from RVNAhealth Hospice Nurse: Hospice is for Living

Hospice is for Living 

The following essay was written by Keri Linardi, RN, BSN, PHN, CHPCA, Chief Clinical Officer of RVNAhealth. Keri is, has been, and always will be a hospice nurse -- in addition to the other roles she assumes. Hospice care is part of Keri’s being, part of her heart and the key to how she approaches her life.


This month, November, is Hospice and Palliative Care Month. In her words below, Keri shares her perspective on how hospice has impacted her and her children’s lives, and what we can do this month to plan for our own futures.

Children raised in the home of a hospice nurse, like me, live in a world where death and dying, and ending suffering are talked about freely. During my years of night shifts, my young children would ask over breakfast, when I returned home, how many people had died last night, and we would talk about the beautiful deaths I was privileged to bear witness to.

Some of the stories were funny, like the husband who called me when his wife had passed in the middle of the night, only for me to discover, when I touched her and she sat up, that she was still very much with us. To the ones that touched too close to home, like the children near to my own children’s ages, so that when I went to the car after leaving their homes, I sobbed uncontrollably for what seemed like forever, for a life lost too soon and for families who would have holes in their hearts that would never be repaired, just healed with memories over time.

We are a country that has plans for everything from birth, to vacations, yet we don’t plan for our own mortality. Dying sneaks up on families and throws them into decision making in moments of crisis -- a time when decisions should not be made!

Being a child of a hospice nurse is a double-edged sword: we never hang up the phone without saying ‘I love you;’ I have never sweated the small stuff with them, you want magenta hair?, it’s your head, go for it! The flip side is we talk about mortality – particularly my own -- over family dinners. This bothers my children a little, now ages 22, 19 and 13, but I need them to understand in simple terms what my wishes are if anything were to happen to me, and I need them to know that they will not be making decisions but simply honoring my wishes, decisions I have already made. They also fully understand that dying is a natural part of living, the circle of life.

In times of crisis, these ‘already-had conversations’ can be the greatest gift you give your loved ones, the gift of them knowing exactly what you would want to do. The gift of them knowing that they are not making the decisions for you when you aren’t able, they are honoring you one last time by following your wishes.

As a hospice nurse, who has seen families grappling with decisions at critical times, this is a gift I would like everyone to give their loved ones.

But we aren’t there yet.

In this country we have disparities in care that interfere with individuals’ abilities to access hospice care when it is needed most. A study from Duke University in 2018 outlines that African Americans, 13.4% of the population, make up only 8% of hospice patients in America and are more likely to suffer from untreated pain; Hispanic patients, who represent 18.3% of the US population, make up 7% of hospice patients nationally. There are cultural barriers that interfere with their access to hospice care.

We need to work together to change this and to provide culturally competent care at the right time – and we need to dispel the many myths around hospice care.

The hospice Medicare benefit is a six-month – approximately 180 day -- benefit of care that provides support from a whole team of professionals who wrap themselves around the patient and family to help them through one of the most challenging times of their lives. In my 26 years of nursing, I have never had a family tell me they came on to hospice too soon. I have had many families tell me, “If I had only known what hospice was, I would have called sooner.”

Despite the 180-day benefit, the national average length of stay for hospice care in the country right now is 21.5 days; for the state of Connecticut it is 14 days. This means that as a state, we aren’t doing a very good job at acknowledging life-limiting conditions head on — in a direct, kind, caring manner. We are introducing hospice care too late in the process and we are denying patients and their families care, comfort and treasured time when they need it the most.

Often when hospice is offered as an option, it is presented in negative terms – “There isn’t anything more to do;” Do not resuscitate,” -- when in fact there is a lot of living and a lot of joy that occurs in hospice.

When life-limiting conditions occur, we in hospice care talk about allowing natural deaths, managing symptoms, and living every day to its fullest. Imagine if you knew you only had six months left to live -- would you do anything differently?

Hospice care has filled my cup these past 20 plus years in nursing. I am appreciative and 

grateful to the patients whose hands I have held; to those whose windows I have gazed out of, together enjoying their favorite hydrangeas; the families whose strength and grace I have marveled at as they cared for their loved ones through to the end. The kindness they have shown me as guests in their home.

I am amazed daily at the wonderful team of hospice people at RVNAhealth that come to work and give of themselves every day for our community and patients and families. And to you, our RVNAhealth hospice families. I am in awe of you and thank you for allowing us to be guests in your home and into your lives during this very private time. I honor you during this special month.

In closing, I would encourage anyone who has not yet started their Advanced Care Planning conversations to use this November as your springboard to make the move! Start the conversation about Advanced Care Planning, visit our hospice and palliative care team at RVNAhealth. Let us help you start the conversation during non-crisis times. We have educational handouts to guide you, as well as team members to speak with. Nobody has ever regretted the decision to plan in advance. On the contrary. It’s a gift to yourselves and your loved ones.

To learn more, contact 203-438-5555 or visit



]]> (Keri Linardi,) Neighbors Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:41:14 -0500
Newtown's Holiday Festival 2019

In one month... Main Street in Newtown will transform into a Frozen Winter Wonderland for all ages to enjoy! The Holiday Festival is planned for Saturday, December 8 and Festival of Trees Friday, December 7 and December 8. All proceeds from the Holiday Festival benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services.

Purchase your tickets HERE.

Questions? Contact us at 203-270-4335 or email

Your ticket gives you access to all Holiday Festival Events and Activities.
  • Festival of Trees
  • Holiday House Tours
  • Holiday Tea
  • Historic Trolley Tours (first come, first served)
  • Edible Creations Competition
  • Photos with Elsa & Anna
  • The Nutcracker Suite Ballet
  • Kid's Tea & Sing-Along with Elsa and Anna
  • Ice Cream with Olaf
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Kid's Crafts
  • Letters for Santa
Adults: $15.00 
Children: $8.00 (2-14 years old)
Children under 2: Free
Seniors: $13.00 (60+ years old)
Family 4-Pack: $30.00 (2 adults, 2 children)
Prices go up on the day of the Festival!
]]> (Newtown Youth & Family Services) Events Fri, 08 Nov 2019 08:18:13 -0500
Whip Salon Stylist Takes The Professional Blowout Challenge! Could She Make It 5 Days?

Did you know with the right tricks and maintenance a Whip Signature Blowout can last 5️⃣ days (or more!)?

We challenged Stylist Marina from Whip Salon Westport to see how far she stretches a professional blowout.  Marina says, "As a stylist and someone who specializes in blowdry techniques, I know there is a major difference between a pro blowout and doing it yourself at home. From products to techniques, you'll discover the difference in the longevity. That's why a 4 pack membership could be all you need to practically never wash your own hair again!"

Check out Marina's five-day hair journey below for tips & tricks to keep your blowout looking just as good on day five as it did on day one!     Interested in testing it out for yourself? Click here to book online now, or call 678–WHIPPED to book your appointment.

Be sure to check out our blowout memberships and never wash your own hair again! We offer three different tiers at 2x, 4x, and 8x a month.

Learn more by clicking here.

Day 1

Let's get this party started! In order to ensure that Marina's blowout stands the test of time, she made sure to carefully choose the best products to prep her locks.    Before her blowout, she used Brazilian Blowout Serum, making her hair soft and shiny. She chose Davines OI Shampoo & Conditioner—her fav duo—to lock in moisture. After her blowout she added a few curls for volume and is now ready to take on the week!

Day 2

Day two...amazing hold! Just as good as yesterday. So far so good!" says Marina. In the evening, Marina recommends grabbing your favorite soft scrunchie and putting your hair in loose a bun before bed to preserve your volume.

Day 3

Wooooah, we're halfway there! We've made it to the halfway point and Marina's hair is still looking flawless. Today she used Whip Salon's 'The Struggle Is Real' dry shampoo & 'Sorry Not Sorry' dry texture spray and added a little curl for some bounce.

Day 4

Even after a night out on the town, Marina's blowout is holding up beautifully on day four.  Although she admits she woke up with some "serious bedhead", it was nothing a little Davines OI Oil (for added shine) and a few curls couldn't fix!

Day 5

...and she crosses the finish line! Marina finishes off the week with some adorable Dutch braids.    Braids or a quick pony is great for the final stretch, especially if your roots are prone to being oily.    Marina even admits that she could probably stretch the blowout for another day, saying she "might just rock this hair for #SundayFunday!"

Learn more and #GetWhipped here.



]]> (Whip Salon) Places Thu, 07 Nov 2019 07:50:16 -0500
Newtown Resident Performs Lead Role in Danbury Music Centre's Annual Nutcracker Ballet

Nutcracker tickets on sale Monday, November 11!

The Danbury Music Centre’s 52nd production of Nutcracker Ballet will take place on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 14 at 2:30 AND 7:00 pm; and Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 pm. All performances are in the auditorium of Danbury High School.  

The box office at the Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main Street in Danbury opens on Monday, November 11 at 10:00 am. Tickets are  $27, $32, and $35. and may be purchased by check, cash, or credit card. You can purchase tickets online here or call the Danbury Music Centre (203) 748-1716.  

The Danbury Music Centre's production began in 1967 and continues to be one of Danbury’s favorite annual traditions, anticipated by thousands of people.  Partially funded by the City of Danbury, the Danbury Cultural Commission, William Fricke and Anna Walter, Ortho Connecticut, BMW of Hudson Valley, Peg Heetmann, and Stephen and Joan Howard, a donor-advised fund of the U.S, Charitable Gift Trust. 

The  Danbury Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Ariel Rudiakov, will perform the music of Tchaikovsky. There are approximately 200 dancers in the cast and 20 snowflake singers. The performance is on a professionally lit stage, with professionally built scenery and mostly all hand-made costumes.  

Artistic directors are husband and wife team, Arthur Fredric and Lisa Denton from Brookfield.  The technical directors are Arnold Daley and Matt Ficinus from Danbury and the lighting designer is Peter Petrino from Brewster.

Danbury’s Nutcracker showcases talented dancers from throughout the greater Danbury area. The lead role of the Sugar Plum Fairy will be danced by Taegen Rose Smith from Newtown. Clara will be danced by Shae McGraw from Danbury. The role of Mother Ginger is performed by Mayor Mark Boughton.

Photos show Arthur Fredric (photo #2) and Ari Rudiakov (photo #3)

]]> (Danbury Music Centre) Neighbors Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:58:27 -0500
See Play On! at Immaculate High School

Immaculate High School presents Rick Abbott’s comedy Play On! -- perfect for all audiences -- on November 21, 22 & 23 at 7pm. Play On! is the “hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script.” The play is set on the stage of a community theatre where the actors try their hardest to pull off a “dramatic” murder mystery. The public is invited to attend this presentation from Immaculate’s award-winning Fine Arts Department -- tickets are now on sale at Program ads and sponsorships are also available on the website. “Play On!” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

Immaculate High School encourages students to find success in academics, athletics, fine arts and clubs and is ranked in the top third of all high schools in the State of Connecticut by NICHE. One of the more affordable private high schools, Immaculate High School is also among the highest ranked Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport and continues to attain the highest SAT scores in the Diocese. Immaculate High School students, a representation of area public, private and Catholic schools, seek academic challenges, discover leadership and engage in progressive learning opportunities and have high success rates: 100% of the Class of 2019 were accepted to choice colleges and universities and were awarded college scholarships and grants totaling $27 million. 

In addition to a college-preparatory academic program that offers over 33 Advanced Placement classes and a STEAM curriculum featuring advanced technology, a CISCO certification program, renovated science labs and engineering classes and a Certified Nursing Associate program, Immaculate High School has an award-winning Fine Arts program, a student career internship program, athletic teams that have won SWC and State Championships, 44 clubs and a Campus Ministry and community service program that instills faith, compassion and reverence for others. Immaculate High School, founded in 1962, is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York.

]]> (Immaculate High School) Neighbors Wed, 06 Nov 2019 10:07:28 -0500
Sandy Hook Resident Jeremy R. Shvetz, 40, has Died

Jeremy R. Shvetz

Jeremy R. Shvetz, 40, of Sandy Hook, passed away on Monday, November 4, 2019. He was the husband of Nadja Raver and father of Ben and Eli.

A Memorial Service officiated by Cantor Penny Kessler will take place on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the United Jewish Center; 141 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury. Friends will be received at the United Jewish Center on Friday morning from 9:30 AM until the time of the service. Interment will be private. Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, Danbury is in care of funeral arrangements.

]]> (Jowdy Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Wed, 06 Nov 2019 10:06:18 -0500
Forum on Vaping in Newtown on Tomorrow!

Community, Parent and Student Informational Forum on Vaping in Newtown tomorrow, Thursday, November 7 from 7-8:30 pm at Newtown Middle School Auditorium. 

Come join us for an informational forum on vaping for students, parents & community members. “VAPING ME CRAZY!” - presented by Michael DeLeon.

Newtown Middle School Auditorium, 11 Queen St. Newtown.


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2019 Ann's Place Festival of Trees November 22, 23, and 24

17th Annual Festival of Trees Benefiting Ann's Place November 22, 23, and 24 at Danbury Sports Dome

Festival of Trees is a full, exciting weekend in the Dome, with holiday trees, raffle prizes, artisan vendors, hand-fashioned quilts, and Holiday Marketplace, concluding with the Grand Raffle Drawing Sunday evening. Spirits soar, especially on Saturday and Sunday, when children and families take the field for fun activities, shopping, and non-stop entertainment.

Purchase your ticket here.

Through your support, you make the Festival not only a wonderful community event but help Ann’s Place to provide the services to the cancer patients, their families and caregivers within our community as they struggle with cancer.

The Festival of Trees is Ann’s Place most popular and sustaining event. The Festival raises the essential funds needed to provide compassionate care, help and hope to thousands in our community who are living with cancer. At Ann’s Place, patients and their families from Connecticut and parts of the Hudson Valley receive professional counseling, engage in support groups, wellness activities and educational resources, all at no charge.

Learn more and purchase your ticket here.

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Connecticut Press Club Communications Contest is Underway

The Connecticut Press Club is accepting entries into its annual communications contest for both active and retired editors, authors, bloggers, designers, artists, photographers and publicists.

Entries in 64 categories will be judged by professionals with corresponding expertise. 

Categories include:

  • online and print news articles and columns

  • social media campaigns

  • nonfiction, fiction, poetry, YA and children's books

  • specialty articles in the arts, food, business, education, travel and more...

  • page design, editing, photography and graphics

  • radio and TV

  • podcasts and blogs

  • advertising and PR

All entries must have been published or broadcast between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019. The deadline for entries is January 28, 2020.  

2019 Fees and Deadlines

For CT Press Club members their first entry in the state contest is $25. Additional entries are $15 each. For non-members their first entry in the state contest is $30. Additional entries are $20 each.

First place winners have the option to progress to judging in the NFPW’s national contest. There is a fee to proceed and to enter they must be members of NFPW. Entrants will have the opportunity to join should they win a first place in the state contest.  The NFPW’s highest point earners by state and individual receive cash awards. All winners state and national, from honorable mention to first place, receive certificates.

To learn more about the 2019 Connecticut Press Club Communications Contest, click here.

For more information about the CT Press Club, email Michele Turk -

The Connecticut Press Club is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), which administers the state affiliate contests. You do not have to join the NFPW to enter our statewide contest, and if you'd like to join the CT Press Club, you can pay the fee online or send a check made out to Connecticut Press Club to: P.O. Box 45, Cos Cob, CT 06807.

]]> (HH) Life Wed, 06 Nov 2019 05:47:00 -0500
Town of Newtown Invites Stakeholders to Second Community Conversation Regarding Fairfield Hills

Dan Rosenthal, First Selectman of the Town of Newtown, CT invites residents and community stakeholders to take part in the second session in a series of community conversations regarding Fairfield Hills, on November 18, 2019.

This presentation will cover financials regarding the property since its purchase by the Town in 2004 – What expenses and revenues have been realized as a result of owning Fairfield Hills? - Past, ongoing and future expenses and revenues; - Operational budget, bonding, grants, etc. Questions individuals would like answered regarding Fairfield Hills will be received at and will be addressed in the appropriate upcoming session. Please include your name and Newtown home or business address in the email.

Written questions can either be brought or mailed to: First Selectman’s Office, 3 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT 06470. All questions received will be addressed by the end of the process.

Information Session Details:

  • Topic: Fairfield Hills –
  • Financials Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
  • Location: Newtown High School Auditorium, 12 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook, CT 06482
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

The community conversation will be followed by the normally scheduled Board of Selectmen meeting, also being held in the auditorium. The current plan is to hold additional sessions that will cover future options for the property.

]]> (Town of Newtown) Politics Mon, 04 Nov 2019 15:59:01 -0500