Newtown's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown Tue, 07 Jul 2020 01:48:41 -0400 HamletHub.com Congratulations to the Newtown and Sandy Hook Residents who Graduated from Wooster School https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45722-ridgefield-residents-graduate-from-wooster-school-159405761145722-ridgefield-residents-graduate-from-wooster-school-1594057611 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45722-ridgefield-residents-graduate-from-wooster-school-159405761145722-ridgefield-residents-graduate-from-wooster-school-1594057611

Wooster School held its Commencement Exercises on Monday, July 6, 2020 to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2020. These seniors join more than 3,000 alumni who have graduated since Wooster's founding in 1926.

Congratulations to the Newtown and Sandy Hook residents who graduated from Wooster, Class of 2020: Newtown/Sandy Hook Resident Graduates Include: Ellie Ferrigno, Monisha Mohan, Michaela Yang, Ali Bratter.

President of the Wooster School Board of Trustees, Leon Weaver offered kind words to Wooster's soon-to-be graduates. “I bring warm greetings and congratulations, and recognition of all your hard work and success. The Class of 2020 is unique in that you are the first class to graduate from Wooster School that were born entirely in the 21st century.”

Class orator Sartaj Singh ‘20 delivered some heartfelt remarks. “I do love this school and I know that each and every person here is going to go on to do something great with their lives, and that is in large part because of the values that Wooster has instilled in us.”

Before the seniors received their diplomas, Head of School Matt Byrnes spoke to the graduating class. “Our goal here at Wooster School has been to do as much as possible to prepare you to make meaning in your lives. To make meaning is to have a set of skills and ways of thinking and communicating which allow you to use what you already think you know to better understand that which you don’t,” Byrnes remarked. He added, “This is what I wish for you. Be a learner always. Learn about the world and learn about yourself. Practice listening to others so that you can be more honest with yourself. But be strong and believe in yourself -- even in times of doubt. Do this and when the storms come -- and they will -- you’ll be ready to act, but also to find that place of refuge which you’ll need to survive and thrive.”

Congratulations to the Great Class of 2020 for all of their accomplishments!

Wooster School Class of 2020

Marguerite Bevier

Luke Borrero

Meghan Bourgeault

Alexandra Bratter

Sean Breen

John Burke

Jack Caiola

Emily Cavenagh

Max Chelso

Colin Costigan

Erron Cushnie

Riley Damiano

Sophie De Leo

Emma Delattre

Benjamin Everett

Oliver Felicione

Isabella Ferrigno

Andrew Fortson

Isabella Friedman

Temidayo Garritano

Andrew Greeley

Andrew Griffin

James Hoban

Braden Langis

Alexandra Lecher

Shiyuan (Zack) Liu

Yike (Echo) Ma

Fiona McBride

Monisha Mohan

Max Morales-Thomason

Alicia Nicoletti

Morgan Nolan

Georgiana O'Connell

Mehmet Ozcakar

Suhui (Summer) Qian

Xuanrun (Chris) Qu

James Rapp

Morgan Reilly

Sartaj Singh

Charles Stuhr

Nicole Van Pelt

Melanie Vazquez

Jonathan Voves

MengYu (Michaela) Yang

Michaela Zahner

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 4 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 http://www.woosterschool.org/ or contact Wooster School Admissions at (203) 830-3916.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Lori Kriegel) Neighbors Mon, 06 Jul 2020 09:46:51 -0400
Blood Drive at Newtown Congregational Church on July 7th https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45721-blood-drive-at-newtown-congregational-church-on-july-6th45721-blood-drive-at-newtown-congregational-church-on-july-6th https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45721-blood-drive-at-newtown-congregational-church-on-july-6th45721-blood-drive-at-newtown-congregational-church-on-july-6th

Another American Red Cross blood drive will be held tomorrow, July 7th, at the Newtown Congregational Church. The drive is from 8:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Church Hall. 

For an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 

The Newtown Congregational Church is located at 14 West Street, Newtown, CT 06470 

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HannahL@HamletHub.com (Hannah Latorre) Events Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:41:56 -0400
Playgrounds at Treadwell and Dickinson Parks OPEN on Friday! https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/45720-playgrounds-at-treadwell-and-dickinson-parks-open-on-friday45720-playgrounds-at-treadwell-and-dickinson-parks-open-on-friday https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/45720-playgrounds-at-treadwell-and-dickinson-parks-open-on-friday45720-playgrounds-at-treadwell-and-dickinson-parks-open-on-friday

Newtown Parks & Rec Announces Playground Openings!

We are happy to let you know that Newtown Parks and Recreation is opening our playgrounds at Treadwell and Dickinson Parks on Friday, July 3rd. 

Please know that they will not be disinfected and you need to social distance.  We recommend wearing masks.  Make sure you bring hand sanitizer and clean your hands and your children's hands after playground usage.

We also ask if you could please refrain from using the playground Monday through Friday beginning July 6, 11:00am - 12:00pm so that the Day Camp can have time on the playgrounds without public use. 

Non-resident stickers are required if you do not live in Newtown.

For additional information, call 203-270-4340 (M-F 8:00am-4:30pm).

Newtown Parks & Rec announced this news on their Facebook Page today. Please visit the page for additional informaiton.

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kerry@ducey.org (Newtown Parks & Rec) Life Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:32:59 -0400
Believe again when Ghost returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on July 19 for a 30th anniversary screening https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45719-believe-again-when-ghost-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-july-19-for-a-30th-anniversary-screening45719-believe-again-when-ghost-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-july-19-for-a-30th-anniversary-screening https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45719-believe-again-when-ghost-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-july-19-for-a-30th-anniversary-screening45719-believe-again-when-ghost-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-july-19-for-a-30th-anniversary-screening

Believe again when Ghost returns to the big screen at The Ridgefield Playhouse for a 30th Anniversary Screening on July 19

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since Ghost first hit movie theater screens.  If you missed seeing this film on the big screen, now is your opportunity! 

A special 30th Anniversary screening of Ghost will take place at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, July 19 at 4pm as part of the Cohen and Wolf, P.C. Movie Series.  The event includes bonus content with exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies.  One of the most memorable romantic films ever and winner of two Academy Awards, Sam (Patrick Swayze), living as a ghost, discovers his death wasn’t just a random robbery gone bad. To help him reconnect with the love of his life, Molly (Demi Moore), and solve his own murder, he enlists the talents of a skeptical psychic (Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg), who doesn’t even believe her own abilities. Ghost is a supernatural mystery-thriller that will cross over into your heart and never leave. 

Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies will bring more classic films to the big screen in the coming months as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series.  Richard Dreyfuss stars as cable worker Roy Neary, who along with several other stunned bystanders experience a close encounter of the first kind – witnessing UFOs soaring across the sky. After this life-changing event, the inexplicable vision of a strange, mountain-like formation haunts him. He becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents, much to the dismay of his wife and family.  Close Encounters of the Third Kind returns on Monday, September 14 at 7pm.  Mark your calendar for Monday, December 14 at 7pm for a screening of Norman Jewison’s boisterous cinematic adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof.  This joyous, beautiful Oscar-winning musical adaptation of the Broadway legend embraces a love of tradition and family - while acknowledging the bittersweet truth of the world as seen through the eyes of Jewish milkman Tevye. 

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($12.50) go online to www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Playhouse is currently doing socially distanced seating, so all patrons will be seated by an usher on a first come first served basis and concession/bar can be ordered via our mobile site so that you can pick it up on the way in, or get notified when it is ready for you to pick up once in the theater.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

https://ridgefieldplayhouse.org Twitter: @RPlayhouse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgefieldplayhouse/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ridgefieldplayhouse/

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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Neighbors Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:38:56 -0400
Red Cross Blood Drive at Newtown Congregational Church on July 7 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/charities/45718-red-cross-blood-drive-at-newtown-congregational-church-on-july-745718-red-cross-blood-drive-at-newtown-congregational-church-on-july-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/charities/45718-red-cross-blood-drive-at-newtown-congregational-church-on-july-745718-red-cross-blood-drive-at-newtown-congregational-church-on-july-7

Newtown Congregation Church will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, July 7 from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm in the Church Hall. 

For an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

Newtown Congregation Church is located at 14 West Street in Newtown.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:30:43 -0400
Newtown Resident is Ridgefield Teacher of the Year! https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45717-ridgefield-high-school-teacher-lori-peck-is-teacher-of-the-year45717-ridgefield-high-school-teacher-lori-peck-is-teacher-of-the-year https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45717-ridgefield-high-school-teacher-lori-peck-is-teacher-of-the-year45717-ridgefield-high-school-teacher-lori-peck-is-teacher-of-the-year

Ridgefield’s Teacher of the Year 

In the past few months we have all grown accustomed to the occasional car processions for birthdays and graduations but June 20th marked neither of these milestones for Lori Peck, a Family and Consumer Science teacher at Ridgefield High School. 

So, when twenty cars filled her Newtown driveway that Saturday morning Peck was filled with curiosity and awe. In an interview with HamletHub Peck recalls, “I heard big honks, really loud honking and aggressive honking which is very unusual for my sleepy little driveway. I looked at her [Jen DeJulio who helped orchestrate the surprise] and then she kind of got a broad smile and I was like oh there is something going on here.”

In the decked out, noisy cars were Peck’s friends, family, fellow RHS faculty and teachers, and of course the RHS mascot who were all there to award Peck with the Ridgefield Teacher of the Year Award. 

Peck has been a teacher for 27 years working across the country in Southern Florida, Cincinnati, Trumbull, and now at Ridgefield High School for the past fourteen years. When asked to recall fond memories of those last fourteen years Peck notes, “After twenty-seven years of teaching, I have a lot of great memories of teaching … but the best part of teaching is the kids … they are fun, and they’re energetic, they’re funny, they have curiosity, and they want to learn.” She continues, "Every day is different and every day I walk in not knowing exactly what will happen, what will I be hit with today that will be that highlight of the day? What will knock that day out of the park? But every day there is something.” Peck’s hopes for these students are numerous and best summed up in her motto “Work hard, have fun, be kind” which she believes “if you do those three things your life will be better.” 

The Teacher of the Year Award is chosen through a nomination process. Each of Ridgefield’s schools has a committee of teachers from that particular school who choose the winner for their school’s specific award who is then also entered into the town-wide selection. Reflecting upon this, Peck stated, “The other teachers at my school are so phenomenal that it truly makes me feel honored by them. I don’t have a better way to describe it except for that I really never expected in my career to be chosen as teacher of the year.”

 Overall, Peck emphasized her appreciation to the Ridgefield community stating, “I just really want people to know that I am very grateful to be a Ridgefield High School teacher. It is a really great place to work and it has been a really great experience for me.” 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Sara Hecht) Neighbors Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:53:36 -0400
ACT's Story Time with Mamma Mia! Star, Juliet Lambert Pratt https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45716-act-s-story-time-with-mamma-mia-star-juliet-lambert-pratt45716-act-s-story-time-with-mamma-mia-star-juliet-lambert-pratt https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45716-act-s-story-time-with-mamma-mia-star-juliet-lambert-pratt45716-act-s-story-time-with-mamma-mia-star-juliet-lambert-pratt

It's a new episode of STORY TIME!

This week, Juliet Lambert Pratt reads Little Elliot, Bg Fun. Juliet starred in ACT's 2018 production of "Mamma Mia!" We love partnering with our friends at Books on the Common for a new weekly episode.
 
Little Elliot, the polka-dotted elephant, and his friend Mouse go to the amusement park to see the sights and ride the rides―water chutes, roller coasters, carousels, and more. But Elliot isn't having much fun―the rides are too wet, too fast, too dizzy, and just plain too scary―until Mouse figures out a way to help him overcome his fears. Together, Mouse and Little Elliot can do anything! Recommended for grades K-3.
 
To watch Story Time, simply click on the image in this post or here

 

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kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Events Wed, 01 Jul 2020 09:03:55 -0400
Newtown Police Report Vehicle Stolen from Residential Driveway https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/publicsafety/45715-newtown-police-report-vehicle-stolen-from-residential-driveway45715-newtown-police-report-vehicle-stolen-from-residential-driveway https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/publicsafety/45715-newtown-police-report-vehicle-stolen-from-residential-driveway45715-newtown-police-report-vehicle-stolen-from-residential-driveway

**Stolen Vehicle Alert**

Newtown Police report that during the overnight hours, some unknown individual(s), stole a 2017 Mazda CX5, color black, from the driveway of a residence on Cantebury Rd. CT Marker Plate #AK58405.

"Several other calls were received by police in different areas of town reporting that several other cars had been opened up and rummaged through," Newtown Police say. 

Police ask residents to remove car keys, valuables, and to lock their cars.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Public safety Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:52:48 -0400
Consumer Reports Online Free at the C.H. Booth Library Website https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/places/45711-consumer-reports-online-free-at-the-c-h-booth-library-website45711-consumer-reports-online-free-at-the-c-h-booth-library-website https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/places/45711-consumer-reports-online-free-at-the-c-h-booth-library-website45711-consumer-reports-online-free-at-the-c-h-booth-library-website

Even though the building is closed you can still use all of our online resources! All you need is a CH Booth Library card and the world is your oyster!

Is your toaster oven on the blink? Is your washing machine making ominous noises? You can access Consumer Reports Online through the library home page. Consumer Reports product reviews and ratings are at your fingertips and it is all free with your library card!

Visit the library online at www.chboothlibrary.org to start your research.

Any questions please contact us at help@chboothlibray.org. We are here to help!

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dlord@chboothlibrary.org (dlordchboothlibrary) Places Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:09:06 -0400
Creativity Connects Newtown: Meet Michelle Brown and Find Out What She Loves About her Community https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45714-creativity-connects-newtown-meet-michelle-l-brown-and-find-out-what-she-loves-about-newtown45714-creativity-connects-newtown-meet-michelle-l-brown-and-find-out-what-she-loves-about-newtown https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45714-creativity-connects-newtown-meet-michelle-l-brown-and-find-out-what-she-loves-about-newtown45714-creativity-connects-newtown-meet-michelle-l-brown-and-find-out-what-she-loves-about-newtown

Creativity Connects Newtown

What fuels a vibrant, connected and creative community? What makes people feel good about living in Newtown?

When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good. Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Newtown. 

Meet Michelle L. Brown, Ph.D., Dean of the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences at Western Connecticut State University

How does creativity connect you to Newtown?

Since moving to Newtown nearly two years ago, I have been struck by how important the arts and creativity are to the entire town. I think that artistry is part of Newtown's community identity. The arts are required in Newtown schools while being cut in other parts of the country. Beautiful Ben's Bells "be kind" murals, meant to promote peace, adorn the exteriors of many Newtown public school buildings. Newtown is lucky to be home to many talented artists who display their work in their yards and donate it to beautify public spaces. The town's weekly newspaper, Newtown Bee, employs creative whimsy in some of its most popular columns. For me, to move through Newtown is to continually encounter creativity. It inspires my own creativity.

Any place in town where you go for inspiration and creativity?

I love to read and write, so I go to the C.H. Booth Library for inspiration and creativity. The building is beautiful and is full of historical artifacts. It is also located in the heart of historic downtown Newtown. When I am at the Library, I feel like I am part of something bigger than myself. And, of course, the books, movies, and programs. It's my candy store! The Library is such an important resource and space for the community. I am lucky enough to serve on the Library's Board of Trustees, and that experience has taught me how deeply ingrained the Library is in Newtown's collective sense of identity, history, and consistency.

Finish this sentence: When I think of creativity in town I think of …

Love. Newtown has a strong sense of community, and that mutual support is both promoted and expressed through art. Lately, during the COVID-19 pandemic, when I drive around town, I see big red cutout paper hearts stuck on trees and stop signs. I don't see any pattern in their geographic placement, and I like that. They loom in my peripheral vision at random intervals, surprising me every time. The hearts remind me that even though we are all sheltering in isolation from the rest of our community, we are all connected through love. Those hearts make me feel supported and loved, and they remind me to send a loving thought out into the air.

Creativity Connects Newtown made possible by LIFEWTR.

If you are interested in being featured in our series, please email localmatters@hamlethub.com

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of HamletHub or LIFEWTR. 

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:59:32 -0400
Lamont Expands State's Youth Employment Program https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/politics/45712-lamont-expands-state-s-youth-employment-program45712-lamont-expands-state-s-youth-employment-program https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/politics/45712-lamont-expands-state-s-youth-employment-program45712-lamont-expands-state-s-youth-employment-program

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he is authorizing the state to release $2 million from the Coronavirus Relief Funds to expand the Connecticut Youth Employment Program, an ongoing initiative that provides year-round employment opportunities with community-based agencies throughout the state. The expanded program will help community health agencies respond to the pandemic by providing critical support and education to marginalized populations that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.

“Not only will this help more youths gain employment during this difficult time, but it will also enhance the critical efforts of community health agencies in their response to the pandemic,” Governor Lamont said. “Connecticut has persistent health equity gaps that impact communities of color – this virus and its impact on health and the economy is no different. Increasing our investment in youth employment programs not only helps our young people, but will also make a difference for community health,”

The investment comes from Connecticut’s portion of the federal CARES Act funding. It will be added to the $4.5 million the state previously allocated for the program, which is administered by the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL), as well as $637,600 from the Youth Employment and Training Collaboration, a collaborative of the Department of Children and Families and CTDOL, giving the program a total of $7.1 million this year.

The Connecticut Youth Employment Program runs year-round and is implemented by the state’s five workforce development boards to increase youth leadership, improve job readiness, and improve economic stability. In 2019, it was funded at just over $5.6 million and served more than 1,700 young people.

“This program offers meaningful job opportunities to young people, helping them build networks, gain experience, and improve their resumes,” Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby said. “It is our hope that this program will also introduce young people to the important work being done on the ground by our community health partners, and open new career opportunities for them. I applaud Governor Lamont for expanding funding at a time during a vital time.”

Some opportunities anticipated to be incorporated in the expanded program include:

  • Virtual outreach through social media to promote safer health practices
  • Delivery of educational materials to community and other organizations
  • Outreach and assistance to homebound families
  • Fostering youth-to-youth connections and acting as social distancing ambassadors

Anyone interested in participating in the program should contact their nearest regional workforce development board for more information.

Joseph Carbone, president and CEO of The WorkPlace, said, “We look forward to helping local youth explore career opportunities in the high growth, health care industry. I would like to thank Governor Lamont and the Connecticut Department of Labor for facilitating this opportunity to employ youth in positions that respond to the COVID epidemic.”

William Villano, president and CEO of Workforce Alliance, the workforce development board for South Central Connecticut, said, “Providing work experience at an early age sets people up for success throughout their lives. Any work experience at an early age is an advantage, and health care is one of the better options overall.”

Catherine N. Awwad , executive director of the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, said, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to promote employment opportunities for our youth and young adults in raising public awareness of the COVID-19 crisis. These employment opportunities will serve as the foundation for career awareness and opportunities in the fields of health care and public health. We look forward to collaborating with our regional health care partners to provide a meaningful work experience while raising awareness about COVID-19 testing and risk mitigation.”

Mark W. Hill, interim CEO and president of the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, said, “The Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board is very excited and fully supports the Governor’s COVID-19 Response Youth Employment Initiative. The program will provide meaningful employment opportunities for the youth in our region and state. For many participants, this initiative will be their first employment experience and become a foundation from which to develop future careers in the workforce. We are grateful to the governor and his administration for this investment in our community and our youth.”

Mark Masselli, founder, president, and CEO of Community Health Center, Inc., said, “This employment initiative focused on jobs and support for community-based organizations provides young people the opportunity to learn valuable skills while helping low income communities during the pandemic. It’s a creative approach by the governor to micro target Connecticut’s resources.”

Dr. Bruce E. Gould, director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Program, said, “Expanding the Connecticut Youth Employment Program at this critical juncture in Connecticut’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic will allow young people from at-risk neighborhoods and communities to be trained to provide essential services in collaboration with federally qualified health centers, Area Health Education Centers, and other community agencies to address whatever challenges remain ahead of us.  We look forward to being part of this important effort.”

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Tue, 30 Jun 2020 08:00:14 -0400
Connecticut Audubon Society Centers Are Open! https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/places/45713-connecticut-audubon-society-centers-are-open45713-connecticut-audubon-society-centers-are-open https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/places/45713-connecticut-audubon-society-centers-are-open45713-connecticut-audubon-society-centers-are-open

Bird walks and nature hikes are back.at the Connecticut Audubon Society's centers throughout the state. They are once again  offering guided excursions into the woods, meadows and onto the beaches and mudflats of Connecticut and beyond. 
 
All of these were curtailed in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic but as the state reopens, they are finding ways to offer you the best of Connecticut's natural world, led by the people who know it best.
 
For safety, group sizes are limited and please practice social distancing. Masks are mandatory.
 
Click these buttons to find out the where and the when.
 
Outdoor programs are back as well but this week's webinar happens to be a beauty too.
 
Flycatchers of Connecticut — phoebes, kingbirds, pewees, and the always challenging Empidonax complex. Click this link for more information.
 
The Purple Martin colony at the Milford Point Coastal Center is thriving. 100 eggs have hatched already.
 
Each week a team led by Coastal Center Regional Board member Frank Mantlik checks and maintains the nests.
 
If you click Purple Martins you'll learn how the birds are doing, with great photos by Mr. Mantlik, and a live-stream from inside one of the nest gourds.
 
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commandercarey@gmail.com (Connecticut Audubon Society) Places Tue, 30 Jun 2020 06:29:06 -0400
Online Ancestry Resources at the C.H. Booth Library https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/45709-online-ancestry-resources-at-the-c-h-booth-library45709-online-ancestry-resources-at-the-c-h-booth-library https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/45709-online-ancestry-resources-at-the-c-h-booth-library45709-online-ancestry-resources-at-the-c-h-booth-library

Now, in partnership with ProQuest & Ancestry Online, you can temporarily access Ancestry from home!

Please complete the access request form, and then we will email you the password along with a link to the protected access page. If you do not receive the email, please check your spam or junk folder. Once you have the password, visit the Protected Ancestry Home Access Page and log in.

Links to some genealogy websites can be found below:

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dlord@chboothlibrary.org (dlordchboothlibrary) Life Mon, 29 Jun 2020 12:55:50 -0400
Ann's Place Reduces Hours Due to Revenue Changes Resulting from Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/charities/45710-ann-s-place-reduces-hours-due-to-revenue-changes-resulting-from-pandemic45710-ann-s-place-reduces-hours-due-to-revenue-changes-resulting-from-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/charities/45710-ann-s-place-reduces-hours-due-to-revenue-changes-resulting-from-pandemic45710-ann-s-place-reduces-hours-due-to-revenue-changes-resulting-from-pandemic

Ann's Place has announced that they will be closed this Friday, July 3rd and next Monday, July 6th in observance of Independence Day. In addition, they have changed their office hours and report that this is the result of funding and revenue changes due to the pandemic. 

 
"Our reduced hours are a direct result of funding and revenue changes due to the pandemic. Ann's Place staff and volunteers acted swiftly and with great innovation to move programs and fundraising events online and to secure stimulus funding. While these efforts allowed us to sustain our financial position in the short term, we recognized that we needed to make changes to enable Ann’s Place to remain strong now and well into the future," Ann's Place explains.
 
Opening the physical building

It is still not safe for any group to meet at Ann’s Place. "We will continue to offer our wellness programs, support groups and individual counseling services virtually through to the end of 2020. In July, we will be testing some new procedures to allow up to 50% of our staff into the building. If this goes well, and CT continues its downward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases, we may begin one-on-one meetings in the office later this summer in low-risk cases," Ann's Place says.

As long as you social distance, you may visit the gardens and Labyrinth at Ann’s Place at any time.
 
If you have any questions about these changes, please do not hesitate to reach out to clientservices@annsplace.org or call us at 203-790-6568.
 
Learn more about Ann's Place and find out how you can support this important nonprofit HERE.
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ACT of Connecticut Proves that Nothing Can Cancel Broadway or Community, Hundreds Attend Star-studded Virtual Gala https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45708-act-of-connecticut-proves-that-nothing-can-cancel-broadway-or-community-hundreds-attend-star-studded-virtual-gala45708-act-of-connecticut-proves-that-nothing-can-cancel-broadway-or-community-hundreds-attend-star-studded-virtual-gala https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45708-act-of-connecticut-proves-that-nothing-can-cancel-broadway-or-community-hundreds-attend-star-studded-virtual-gala45708-act-of-connecticut-proves-that-nothing-can-cancel-broadway-or-community-hundreds-attend-star-studded-virtual-gala

Did you miss ACT’s Annual Gala: "Extended Intermission Edition” last night? Well if you did, here is what you missed (and how you can still “get in on the ACT!”)

Last night, more than three hundred Broadway lovers descended upon ACT of Connecticut and were treated to a star-studded experience - all while adhering to social distancing protocols and never stepping foot outside of their cars. A red carpet, paparazzi, and music reminiscent of the Academy Awards, set the stage for what would be an unforgettable and historical event in Ridgefield. 

The masterminds behind this innovative virtual Gala were ACT of Connecticut founders, Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine and Bryan Perri who, decked out in gala-wear (complete with jeweled masks) applauded as each guest pulled up to the red carpet (yes, pulled up). ACT choreographed this “moment” beautifully and made every guest feel as though they were starring in a big Broadway show! 

The trio who are credited with making Ridgefield a Broadway destination spent a couple of minutes “schmoozing” and posed for photos while ACT staff placed “Gallo to Go” meals and fabulous gift bags in the trunk of each guest’s car.

COVID can’t cancel Broadway or community.

The living rooms of the hundreds of locals became gala-central. Just pop your authentic Italian dinner in the oven at 400 degrees, reach into your gift bag and grab a few bottles of bubbly, and get ready for 65 minutes of pure entertainment. The performances of Broadway notables including Lauren Patten, Elizabeth Stanley, Kate Baldwin, and ACT’s own Bryan Perri, plus a few hysterical cameos (by people and animals) added an element of SNL to ACT’s first-ever virtual Gala. All this, along with some beautifully poignant moments, reminded us all of the incredible work this theater has done for our community.

After the finale credits rolled, a sweet finale awaited by way of decadent cookies from Ross’ Bread and a special treat from Vine & Co.

The ACT virtual Gala fun continues by way of an incredible auction which is “live’ until Tuesday. Bid for weekend getaways, sporting opportunities, Broadway faves, and more HERE.

And, this JUST IN - while it is too late to experience being a “celebrity” as you pull into the ACT of Connecticut parking lot, it is NOT TOO LATE to view the entertainment portion of the evening! Due to popular demand, ACT is offering people (who may have missed it) the opportunity to purchase the link to the gala performance! 

For $45, you will be sent a link and password to watch the amazing, star-studded, hysterical 65 minute show that was created for this gala and that aired last night. 

Please visit actgal a2020.givesmart.com

Thank you to ACT of Connecticut being innovative, entertaining, and awesome - oh, and for donating 10% of ticket sales from this virtual Gala to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Broadway and community matter now more than ever.

Much gratitude to following sponsors of the ACT Annual (and virtual) Gala: "Extended Intermission Edition!"

  • Anita and Nick Donofrio

  • John & Lori Berisford, Jon & Allison Stockel, Steve & Patti Ross

  • Gallo Ristorante

  • Rebecca & Scott Baglio

  • Bareburger - Ridgefield

  • Ann & Steve Carlson

  • Karen & Todd Kipnes

  • Kristin & Darren Beylouni

  • Nissan of Yorktown Heights

  • Vine & Co.

  • Ross Bread & Coffee Shoppe

 ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT.  Visit actofct.org for further information.

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