Newtown's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown Sat, 18 Sep 2021 12:44:02 -0400 HamletHub.com FCBuzz Weekend: Art Festival, Live Music, Local Artists Shine, and More! https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46296-fcbuzz-weekend-art-festival-live-music-local-artists-shine-and-more46296-fcbuzz-weekend-art-festival-live-music-local-artists-shine-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46296-fcbuzz-weekend-art-festival-live-music-local-artists-shine-and-more46296-fcbuzz-weekend-art-festival-live-music-local-artists-shine-and-more

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each Friday, look a listing of weekend events and activities!

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members. 

This weekend it’s the Newtown Arts Festival, at Fairfield Hills, launched Friday night by Alternate Routes, with Gold Roots as their opening act. Gates open 5:30pm with the concert beginning at 6:30pm. There will be 8 food trucks, a Beer and Wine Garden and more. Then on Sat and Sunday, 11am-5pm, the Festival continues with over 50 area artisans displaying and selling their works, food trucks, a Beer and Wine Garden, terrific creative activities for kids, and all day music and dance.

If you want to take it indoors, Music Theatre of Connecticut presents Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical on Friday through Sunday. This exhilarating and inspiring musical biography is a not-so-typical "juke-box musical" featuring Rosemary Clooney’s journey. With her signature songs woven in and out, learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and television, and her struggles with addiction and depression. 8-10pm 

High energy alert at Wall Street Theater on Saturday 8-11pm! Jacksonville, Florida-based alternative metal outfit COLD caught fire in the early 2000s with the albums 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage and Year of the Spider - both of which were certified Gold. Technically complex, bleak, and brutal metal merges with elements of Metallica and a side of shoegaze and soaring, alternative rock.

Then, get ready to raise the roof with multi-instrumentalist and Grammy Award nominee Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews when he returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse stage on Sunday at 7:30pm. See this critically acclaimed artist in a night of high-energy, hard-edged funk, hip-hop beats, rap, rock dynamics and improvisation in the great tradition of jazz.

This is a fantastic weekend for gallery openings across our region.

Saturday, 2-5pm, there’s the opening reception for New Canaan’s Carriage Barn Arts Center’s 2021 Annual Member Show, celebrating the range, interests, and talents of more than 150 artist members working across all subjects, styles, and media. Live music and refreshments, all ages welcome. Five exhibiting artists will be selected to show work in a group show at the Jean Jacobs Gallery in downtown New Canaan in June 2022. 

Be sure to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the opening reception for the Biennial Group Exhibit at Bridgeport’s City Lights Gallery. Curated by Yolanda Petrocelli, this biennial exhibit celebrates artists from all of the Americas (including indigenous and mestizos) as their works create conversations about identity, heritage, race, gender, economic status and more. Through November 2nd  

Saturday 4-6pm The Ridgefield Guild of Artists opens its 44th Annual Juried Exhibition, with works selected by George Billis of George Billis Gallery, Westport and Los Angeles. The opening reception is outdoors and open to all. On view through October 17. 

Do not miss the opening night at The Norwalk Art Space for Robert Cottingham and Duvian Montoya: A Glossary of Painting on Saturday, 6-9pm. It’s an exhibition that gives audiences a peek into the famed, and sometimes secretive, space of the artist workshop, and invites comparisons between the artists through four key painting vernaculars: shadow and contrast; color; pattern and crop; and focus. Opening includes performances by the Latin Jazz Ensemble and East Coast Contemporary Ballet.

Then on Sunday from 3pm, at The Barn at The Westport Country Playhouse, the 13 members of The Artists Collective of Westport that are showing work in the Collective’s latest Pop-Up Show will be talking about their work.

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (David Green) Events Fri, 17 Sep 2021 13:30:02 -0400
Newtown Arts Festival Weekend is HERE! https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46295-newtown-arts-festival-weekend-is-here46295-newtown-arts-festival-weekend-is-here https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46295-newtown-arts-festival-weekend-is-here46295-newtown-arts-festival-weekend-is-here

The Newtown Arts Festival begins TODAY, Friday, September 17 with Alternate Routes, an American rock group, in concert. Formed in 2002, “The Alternate Routes is the band that helped is to remember “ ‘….we are how we treat each other, and nothing more.’” Tickets Are $25 for lawn seating and $35 for VIP Chair seating. Concert table that seats 6 (10 tables available) is $250. For tickets, click here

The two-day Arts Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19 from 11 am to 5 pm at Fairfield Hills, corner of Trades Lane and DG Beers Blvd, Newtown, CT.

The Wine and Beer Garden will be open during the concert. New this year, you will be able to take your wine or beer and sit at the concert. And, as always, food trucks will be there.

The Arts Festival will run Saturday and Sunday from 11-5pm on both days. The food trucks will be returning and The Wine and Beer Garden will be open.

More than 40 artisans, from woodturning to jewelry to jams and jellies, will be in the center of the Arts Festival.

There will be bands throughout both days and plenty of shade tents to sit and enjoy the music or your lunch.

Coming back is the Freeway, four tents plus the terrific Totes Tent that are activities and craft activities to see and do and for which there is no charge. The Dance Tent will have performances both days with a Master Class with Rockette Maddie Rodrigue on Sunday. The Make and Take Tent will have the legendary Cardboard University both days as well as different crafts, including Making Butterfly Puppets with the Festival’s feature performer, Sova Dance and Puppet Theater, on Sunday. SCAN (Society for Creative Arts in Newtown) will be demonstrating Plein-air painting on Saturday at The Art Oasis. On Sunday, The Art Oasis will have a Fiber Arts Demonstration and crafts and Sir Real Coloring will have its own tent for a cool break for the day.

Returning to the Arts Festival this year will be The Art of Science Tent. Both Saturday and Sunday, Everwonder Children’s Museum will be leading the activities from 11am-2pm with the Discovery Museum of Bridgeport taking over from 2-5 pm each day.

Arts Festival tickets can be purchased at the door visitors are encouraged to buy them early here.

Whether bought that day or remotely, the prices are $5 adults; $3 children ages 5 - 12; under age 5 is free. Cash, Credit or Debit Cards Accepted at the door. Credit and Debit cards accepted remotely. This site can also accept ticket sales for the Friday night concert.

Visit Newtown Arts Festival online here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Laura) Events Fri, 17 Sep 2021 13:13:52 -0400
Redding's Great Turkey Escape 5K Registration is OPEN https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46294-redding-s-great-turkey-escape-5k-registration-is-open-163190690646294-redding-s-great-turkey-escape-5k-registration-is-open-1631906906 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46294-redding-s-great-turkey-escape-5k-registration-is-open-163190690646294-redding-s-great-turkey-escape-5k-registration-is-open-1631906906

It's happening! Redding's Great Turkey Escape 5K and 3/4 mile Kids Run will take place on Thanksgiving morning, November 25 beginning at Redding Community Center at 8am!

We will spoil our runners with a long sleeve tech shirt, an embroidered winter beanie (hat) and a finisher's medal along with 3 deep 5 year age group awards. The race begins and ends at the Redding Community Center on Lonetown Rd (RT 107) and all proceeds will stay in Redding and be distributed to The RES PTA, The Redding Historical Center and The Joel Barlow Robotics Club.

Learn more and register HERE.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Thu, 16 Sep 2021 11:36:25 -0400
Redding's Great Turkey Escape 5K Registration is OPEN https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46293-redding-s-great-turkey-escape-5k-registration-is-open46293-redding-s-great-turkey-escape-5k-registration-is-open https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46293-redding-s-great-turkey-escape-5k-registration-is-open46293-redding-s-great-turkey-escape-5k-registration-is-open

It's happening! Redding's Great Turkey Escape 5K and 3/4 mile Kids Run will take place on Thanksgiving morning, November 25 beginning at Redding Community Center at 8am!

We will spoil our runners with a long sleeve tech shirt, an embroidered winter beanie (hat) and a finisher's medal along with 3 deep 5 year age group awards. The race begins and ends at the Redding Community Center on Lonetown Rd (RT 107) and all proceeds will stay in Redding and be distributed to The RES PTA, The Redding Historical Center and The Joel Barlow Robotics Club.

Learn more and register HERE.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Thu, 16 Sep 2021 11:36:25 -0400
Spooktacular Family Fun in Newtown on October 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46281-spooktacular-family-fun-in-newtown-on-october-2746281-spooktacular-family-fun-in-newtown-on-october-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46281-spooktacular-family-fun-in-newtown-on-october-2746281-spooktacular-family-fun-in-newtown-on-october-27

Newtown Parks & Rec is sponsoring a Spooktacular Family Fun event on October 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Halloween is almost here ... join Newtown Parks & Recreation for this spooky day that includes hayrides, a DJ, prizes, and more!

Click Here to Register

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Thu, 16 Sep 2021 07:52:00 -0400
Local leaders gather to discuss how art supports the economy https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46292-local-leaders-gather-to-discuss-how-art-supports-the-economy46292-local-leaders-gather-to-discuss-how-art-supports-the-economy https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46292-local-leaders-gather-to-discuss-how-art-supports-the-economy46292-local-leaders-gather-to-discuss-how-art-supports-the-economy

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut will host its annual fundraiser online this year with a virtual conversation of local leaders in government, education and business.

“Refresh. Revive. Revitalize: How the Arts Spark Economic Activity,” will be streamed from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8. Registration is available on the homepage at CAWCT.org HERE.

Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi, a longtime advocate of the arts as an engine of the economy, will lead the round-table discussion.

“Our elected officials have been so important in the conversation about the importance of art and how it can benefit a community in tangible ways,” said Lisa Scails, executive director of the Cultural Alliance. “The presentation will show real examples of projects in our local towns that have worked to bring in visitors, attract patrons to businesses, and to make our communities more livable.”

Marconi will be joined by Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker, New Milford Mayor Pete Bass, Newtown First Selectman Dan Rosenthal, Sherman First Selectman Don Lowe, Western Connecticut State University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Missy Alexander, and Neviana Zhgaba of Aquila’s Nest Vineyards in Newtown. They will discuss successful art projects and plans for the future to bring art into our cities and towns to help communities recover from economic shocks and better equip them to withstand future crises.

“We see examples across the region of art projects that have injected life into a section of town,” Marconi said. “If we can agree to build on our successes and promote art as a way of attracting more business to this part of the state, we will be much stronger in coming years.”

The event will include an auction and opportunities to donate to the Cultural Alliance, a 501(c)3 service organization serving 10 towns in the Greater Danbury area to improve access and growth of arts and culture to improve quality of life and the economy.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Scails at lscails@cawct.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Thu, 16 Sep 2021 06:02:24 -0400
Newtown First Selectman Rosenthal seeks residents to fill openings on local boards/commissions https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/politics/46290-newtown-first-selectman-rosenthal-seeks-residents-to-fill-openings-on-local-boards-commissions-163165270646290-newtown-first-selectman-rosenthal-seeks-residents-to-fill-openings-on-local-boards-commissions-1631652706 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/politics/46290-newtown-first-selectman-rosenthal-seeks-residents-to-fill-openings-on-local-boards-commissions-163165270646290-newtown-first-selectman-rosenthal-seeks-residents-to-fill-openings-on-local-boards-commissions-1631652706

First Selectman Rosenthal is seeking a resident who is a Republican or unaffiliated voter to volunteer to fill a vacancy on the Sustainable Energy Commission.

Resumes due by September 30

Any interested party can send a letter of interest and a resume to susan.marcinek@newtown-ct.gov

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Newtown) Politics Wed, 15 Sep 2021 03:51:37 -0400
Newtown Golfer Awarded Scholarship at Golf Performance Center https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/46289-the-golf-performance-center-announces-2021-foster-and-ouimet-scholarship-recipients-for-newtown-golfer46289-the-golf-performance-center-announces-2021-foster-and-ouimet-scholarship-recipients-for-newtown-golfer https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/46289-the-golf-performance-center-announces-2021-foster-and-ouimet-scholarship-recipients-for-newtown-golfer46289-the-golf-performance-center-announces-2021-foster-and-ouimet-scholarship-recipients-for-newtown-golfer

The Golf Performance Center (The GPC) – a junior golf academy and industry thought leader in player development innovations, premium technology and facilities – has awarded scholarships to Tyler Vitolo and Asher Katz, winners of the Foster and Ouimet Cups, respectively.

The Foster and Ouimet Cup Series is a yearlong competition for The GPC athletes to accumulate points for a chance to earn scholarship awards, which subsidize the cost of training in the following Academy year. Points are earned through academic achievement, community service, high performance in The GPC eligible events, completed practice assignments and overall leadership and commitment to the founding principles of The GPC.

“The Foster and Ouimet Cup Series are our flagship competitions, designed to highlight our holistic approach of creating well-rounded individuals who perform at a high level on the course, in the classroom and in the community,” says The GPC founder Roger Knick. “Tyler and Asher are outstanding kids that have proven they have what it takes to not only handle, but excel in their responsibilities as a student-athlete.”

In his 2020-21 campaign competing in the boys 16-18 division, Vitolo won the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s (HJGT) Mohegan Sun Junior Open while finishing tied for 2nd at the HJGT CT Summer Kickoff at Fairchild Wheeler. The Foster Cup champion is awarded a 90% scholarship for the 2021-22 Academy year and a brand-new set of irons.

“I am grateful for all the coaches and staff between The GPC and ACHIEVE but couldn't thank Roger enough for making it all possible and giving me the opportunity to become the best golfer and person I can be,” says Vitolo, a student in The GPC ACHIEVE Program’s class of 2023.

Ridgefield’s Asher Katz concluded another outstanding golf season by winning the Ouimet Cup Series for the second year in a row. Competing in more than 40 events, his 2020-21 season included five wins with 23 runner-up or top five finishes. The 11-year-old was also the youngest competitor selected to the

 

prestigious US Challenge Cup Ryder Cup team and the youngest to qualify for the Connecticut Junior Amateur. The Ouimet Cup champion is awarded a 40% scholarship for the 2021-22 Academy year.

“Now that I am a student with The GPC ACHIEVE program, the flexibility to travel and focus on my game while not missing any school has been a key to my improvement,” says Katz, who is part of the ACHIEVE class of 2028. “I look forward to finishing out a great season and thank GPC and the coaches for the continued support in my golf journey.”

For more than 20 years, The GPC has successfully guided nearly 100 competitors as they prepare for golf at the highest levels. Alumni include multiple NCAA All-Americans, current and former student-athletes at 80 different colleges and universities and professionals who have won on the Korn Ferry Tour, Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and European Tour.

To learn more about The Golf Performance Center, visit www.thegolfperformancecenter.com.

About The Golf Performance Center

The Golf Performance Center integrates state-of-the-art training facilities and expert coaching to help athletes reach their goals. Beginning with the unique “5 Elements of Success” evaluation, The GPC delivers customized golf coaching designed to provide aspiring athletes with improvement strategies built for long-term success. The GPC’s goal is to provide valued instruction, guidance and the necessary facilities to develop junior athletes, both physically and mentally, to successfully navigate challenges on the journey to competitive golf. The ACHIEVE program at The Golf Performance Center is committed to an individualized, passion-driven learning environment in which student-athletes in grades 6-12 are challenged to maximize their learning through exhibiting proficiency in academic skills, high moral character, and a deep understanding of the academic content and topics in which they engage. For more than 20 years, The GPC has successfully guided nearly 100 competitors as they prepare for golf at the highest levels. Alumni include multiple NCAA All-Americans, current and former student-athletes at 80 different colleges and universities and professionals who have won on the Korn Ferry Tour, Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and European Tour.

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kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Neighbors Tue, 14 Sep 2021 12:37:49 -0400
Newtown Parks and Recreation host HOWL-O-WEEN Dog Party! https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46287-newtown-parks-and-recreation-host-howl-o-ween-dog-party46287-newtown-parks-and-recreation-host-howl-o-ween-dog-party https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46287-newtown-parks-and-recreation-host-howl-o-ween-dog-party46287-newtown-parks-and-recreation-host-howl-o-ween-dog-party

Have a furry friend? Join Newtown Parks and Recreation at our HOWL-O-WEEN Dog Party on Saturday, October 30 from 11am to 1pm.

Register here

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Tue, 14 Sep 2021 09:02:26 -0400
Act's production of Smokey Joe's Cafe begins on September 30! https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46288-act-s-production-of-smokey-joe-s-cafe-begins-on-september-3046288-act-s-production-of-smokey-joe-s-cafe-begins-on-september-30 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46288-act-s-production-of-smokey-joe-s-cafe-begins-on-september-3046288-act-s-production-of-smokey-joe-s-cafe-begins-on-september-30

ACT of Connecticut's production of Smokey Joe's Cafe performance dates September 30 to October 24!

One of Broadway’s longest-running hits, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE- THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER - is a celebration of legendary songwriting team Leiber and Stoller, who virtually invented Rock ’n’ Roll.

This high-energy and fast-paced show features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded including “Jailhouse Rock", "Stand By Me", “Yakety Yak”, “Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” “Spanish Harlem” and many more. SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE is not only a fun-filled night of 1950’s Rock n’ Roll, it's electrifying musical theatre that will leave you flying high!

This production’s Director/Choreographer is Smokey Joe’s Cafe’s original West End production cast member, Stephanie Pope Lofgren.
Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

Performance Dates: September 30–October 24, 2021

Purchase tickets HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Events Tue, 14 Sep 2021 08:46:49 -0400
Hat Tricks are BACK at Danbury Arena, Season Opener on October 29! https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46284-hat-tricks-are-back-at-danbury-arena-season-opener-on-october-2946284-hat-tricks-are-back-at-danbury-arena-season-opener-on-october-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46284-hat-tricks-are-back-at-danbury-arena-season-opener-on-october-2946284-hat-tricks-are-back-at-danbury-arena-season-opener-on-october-29

The Hat Tricks drop the puck on the new season on Friday, October 29th at home in Danbury Arena against the Port Huron Prowlers. This is the first game since March of 2020 and expectations are that the energy level will be at an all-time high!

There’s never a dull moment at Danbury Arena, even when the players aren’t on the ice. The delicious food and drink available at the newly renovated and newly reopened Rabbit Hole Bar and Grill and, a brand new (and massive) redemption arcade beckon fans to come early and stay late!

Win, lose or draw, the Hat Tricks are always available after every home game for special autograph and photo sessions. You can’t get closer to professional athletes than this!

Let’s DO THIS! Professional hockey is BACK! 

Adult tickets are just $15, with children under 12 and military veterans priced at $11. Purchase your tickets to the season opener HERE.

To view the Hat Tricks 2021-22 season schedule, click here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Katie) Events Tue, 14 Sep 2021 04:11:24 -0400
9th Annual Newtown Arts Festival September 17-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46279-9th-newtown-arts-festival-september-17-1946279-9th-newtown-arts-festival-september-17-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46279-9th-newtown-arts-festival-september-17-1946279-9th-newtown-arts-festival-september-17-19

The Newtown Arts Festival will begin Friday, September 17 with Alternate Routes, an American rock group, in concert. Formed in 2002, “The Alternate Routes is the band that helped is to remember “ ‘….we are how we treat each other, and nothing more.’” Tickets Are $25 for lawn seating and $35 for VIP Chair seating. Concert table that seats 6 (10 tables available) is $250. For tickets, click here

The two-day Arts Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19 from 11 am to 5 pm at Fairfield Hills, corner of Trades Lane and DG Beers Blvd, Newtown, CT.

The Wine and Beer Garden will be open during the concert. New this year, you will be able to take your wine or beer and sit at the concert. And, as always, food trucks will be there.

The Arts Festival will run Saturday and Sunday from 11-5pm on both days. The food trucks will be returning and The Wine and Beer Garden will be open.

More than 40 artisans, from woodturning to jewelry to jams and jellies, will be in the center of the Arts Festival.

There will be bands throughout both days and plenty of shade tents to sit and enjoy the music or your lunch.

Coming back is the Freeway, four tents plus the terrific Totes Tent that are activities and craft activities to see and do and for which there is no charge. The Dance Tent will have performances both days with a Master Class with Rockette Maddie Rodrigue on Sunday. The Make and Take Tent will have the legendary Cardboard University both days as well as different crafts, including Making Butterfly Puppets with the Festival’s feature performer, Sova Dance and Puppet Theater, on Sunday. SCAN (Society for Creative Arts in Newtown) will be demonstrating Plein-air painting on Saturday at The Art Oasis. On Sunday, The Art Oasis will have a Fiber Arts Demonstration and crafts and Sir Real Coloring will have its own tent for a cool break for the day.

Returning to the Arts Festival this year will be The Art of Science Tent. Both Saturday and Sunday, Everwonder Children’s Museum will be leading the activities from 11am-2pm with the Discovery Museum of Bridgeport taking over from 2-5 pm each day.

Arts Festival tickets can be purchased at the door visitors are encouraged to buy them early here.

Whether bought that day or remotely, the prices are $5 adults; $3 children ages 5 - 12; under age 5 is free. Cash, Credit or Debit Cards Accepted at the door. Credit and Debit cards accepted remotely. This site can also accept ticket sales for the Friday night concert.

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lel+hh@se-ltd.com (Laura) Events Mon, 13 Sep 2021 15:25:06 -0400
Masks in Connecticut Schools - An Ongoing Discussion https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/politics/46286-masks-in-connecticut-schools46286-masks-in-connecticut-schools https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/politics/46286-masks-in-connecticut-schools46286-masks-in-connecticut-schools

It’s that time of year again: Connecticut schools are back in session! Most public school systems including Ridgefield, Danbury, Newtown and Brookfield returned to in-person learning the week of August 30th. While any other year of returning to school in Connecticut would be swift and rules would be met with little resistance, that is not the case during a pandemic that has polarized students, school faculty, and parents on an unprecedented scale. The most divisive topic that has dominated discussions about school has been the regulation surrounding masks. 

On August 5th, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced an executive order requiring the wearing of masks regardless of vaccination status in certain indoor public places, including in public and private schools. While students are required to wear masks inside, educators have the option to remove them. According to this order, masks are not required outdoors on school grounds, like during outdoor sports practices and games. However, local jurisdictions have the right to escalate masking regulation as they see fit. This order is in effect until at least September 30th. Governor Lamont has said that he will release new guidance “very soon.” 

This ruling is being put into effect at a time when four out of eight Connecticut counties are classified as being high in COVID-19 transmission, according to the latest data released by the CDC. This is being caused by both the accelerating spread of the Delta variant and the fact that around 36% of Connecticut residents are still unvaccinated. It turns out that the vaccination rate of eligible people under 18 is lowest among all age groups. The school mask rules in Connecticut are fluid and very likely to change if the COVID-19 status in the state changes for the better, which of course depends on necessary precautions, including vaccination and mask wearing, being taken by the majority of citizens. 

While Governor Ned Lamont and most school systems in Connecticut state that vaccines and mask mandates in certain spaces are the best precautions that people have to mitigate the risk of contracting, spreading, and being severely affected by the Coronavirus, many people and groups in Connecticut like Unmask Our Kids and Parent’s Choice strongly oppose this philosophy. 

On August 25th in Cheshire, Connecticut, a group of parents shouted at Governor Lamont and other legislators to “unmask [their] kids” at a school district roundtable discussion. After many minutes of continuous harassment, the meeting was forced to end. According to numerous reports including this one by FOX61, the parents who were mainly unmasked and with their children shouted obscenities and harassed Governor Lamont and other lawmakers on their way out. Contrary to popular belief in the Northeast, people like these protesters believe that simple medical decisions like masks for students should be made by their parents even if these decisions are in the interest of public safety.

The mask debate in schools will likely continue until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we can’t control the prevalence of this tension-filled dispute, we can end the widespreadness of this virus. The CDC and other medical bodies recommend that if you're unvaccinated, get vaccinated; if you haven't been wearing a mask where you are supposed to, start doing so; and if you feel sick, please stay home. We can all individually do our part to contribute to this effort.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Max Porter) Politics Mon, 13 Sep 2021 15:20:18 -0400
My Back is Out! Should I See a Spine Surgeon? https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/46283-my-back-is-out-should-i-see-a-spine-surgeon46283-my-back-is-out-should-i-see-a-spine-surgeon https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/46283-my-back-is-out-should-i-see-a-spine-surgeon46283-my-back-is-out-should-i-see-a-spine-surgeon

So many people suffer with all types of back pain, and it often gets in the way of doing simple daily activities or causes problems performing at work. OrthoConnecticut's Spine Team is highly regarded as one of the finest in the region, and our physicians, Justin Paul, MD, PhD and Abiola Atanda, MD, care for patients of all ages with debilitating or simple spine issues. Contrary to what you may believe, the majority of spine patients are treated without surgery, and when surgery is required, the practice uses minimally invasive procedures whenever possible.

Older adults commonly have age-related back, neck, and spinal pain or stiffness from cartilage, joints, and discs wearing down from everyday usage or losing water and shrinking as we age. Over time, we can also experience narrowing of the space around our spine, or spinal stenosis, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves causing symptoms ranging from pain, numbness, tingling to progressive loss of function. Spinal arthritis, also a degenerative condition, can occur when the joints above and below the vertebrae begin to degenerate. In addition to age-related wearing down of the disc and other tissues, this can result in an abnormal curvature of the spine, commonly referred to as Degenerative Scoliosis. This condition can cause a debilitating functional problem. Some adults experience decreased bone mass – osteopenia or osteoporosis, which leaves us more vulnerable to vertebral fractures even with a low-impact injury or fall.

If you experience neck and back pain, don’t ignore it! If it’s age-related or due to injury, there are many treatments that can help and it doesn’t necessarily mean you need surgery. Our Spine Team is here to help you get back to living the life you love! Visit our WEBSITE for more information about spine issues, treatments or to book an appointment.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Jen Coakley) Neighbors Mon, 13 Sep 2021 04:55:00 -0400
Danbury Ski Club Fall Picnic in Newtown on September 25, Welcomes Prospective Members https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46285-dsc-fall-picnic46285-dsc-fall-picnic https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/46285-dsc-fall-picnic46285-dsc-fall-picnic

Fall Family Picnic 2021 Flyer

As the summer days shorten and the fall begins, fans of winter sports begin to think about snow and the coming snow sports season. The Danbury Ski Club will host its annual Fall Family Picnic on Saturday, September 25th from 12 Noon to 5PM at Dickinson Park Pavilion, 50 Elm Drive, Newtown CT.  

The event is open to both members and prospective members who want to learn more about ski & boarding, snow sports, the Danbury Ski Club, and trips that we offer to members.  

The Danbury Ski Club (DSC) was founded in 1955 and has been a member of the Connecticut Ski Council (CSC) since 1956. DSC members participate in downhill, cross-country, and telemark skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and many other outdoor activities such as hiking, bicycling, SCUBA diving, kayaking, whitewater rafting and more. We also organize picnics, parties, social events, trips and many other activities. We truly are a club for all seasons! More information is available on our website: http://danburyski.com
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kerry@ducey.org (Danbury Ski Club) Events Mon, 13 Sep 2021 04:11:10 -0400