Newtown's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:53:10 -0400 HamletHub.com Team 26 Send Off from Newtown Tomorrow! https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45076-team-26-send-off-from-newtown-tomorrow45076-team-26-send-off-from-newtown-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45076-team-26-send-off-from-newtown-tomorrow45076-team-26-send-off-from-newtown-tomorrow

The community is invited to join the Newtown Interfaith Council and local leaders to wish Team 26 well on their journey. 

Team 26 will depart from Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown on a ride of peace, hope and love to Pittsburgh, PA. The ride is in honor of those lost at the Sandy Hook School. Supporters will gather between 8 and 9am to wish the Team well.

This year the cyclists are focusing on how faith communities are a significant resource for conversation and transformation - especially as sources of hope and peace.

Team 26 will ride first to Baltimore, stopping along the way in Peekskill, NY, Morristown and Trenton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA and Newark, DE. Then for the first time, they will head west through Gettysburg and Chambersburg Pennsylvania and by the Flight 93 National Memorial before ending near the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Sandy Hook Ride on Washington) Neighbors Thu, 25 Apr 2019 08:32:10 -0400
CT Legislation Passes Creating an Elder and Disabled Abuse Registry https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/politics/45077-ct-legislation-passes-creating-an-elder-and-disabled-abuse-registry45077-ct-legislation-passes-creating-an-elder-and-disabled-abuse-registry https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/politics/45077-ct-legislation-passes-creating-an-elder-and-disabled-abuse-registry45077-ct-legislation-passes-creating-an-elder-and-disabled-abuse-registry

Hartford, CT - On Wednesday, April 24 in the Connecticut General Assembly, the Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan SB 832, An Act Concerning Registries of Persons Found Responsible for Assaults or Other Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation or Abandonment of Elderly Persons or Persons with Disabilities. The bill would require the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors to provide information on their website concerning the seven publicly available registries, including the National Sex Offender Public Website maintained by the United States Department of Justice, the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry, and the professional licensure verification database maintained by the Department of Public Health.

The bill also expands the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Long-Term Care Background Check Program to include individuals who have been convicted of certain crimes against seniors. The bill additionally requires that the Commission convene a working group to develop strategies to raise public awareness of the availability of such databases to persons hiring providers to care for elderly persons, children or persons with disabilities. Lastly, the bill adds certain crimes that would make an individual ineligible to work in a long term care facility, including nursing homes.

“This bill recognizes the rise of crime against our elders and those with disabilities and takes an important step forward for our State,” said State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28), an introducer and co-sponsor of the legislation this year and in years past. “Elder abuse and criminal action against those with disabilities are unacceptable, and the public should be aware who those perpetrators are in order to protect their family and friends from future act of crime against our most vulnerable populations. I appreciate the leadership of my colleagues in the Aging Committee and the Senate in passing this important legislation to protect integral members in our community and I look forward to passage in the House and Governor Lamont’s signature.”

State Senator Tony Hwang represents the Legislature’s 28th Senate District including the towns of Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton, Newtown & Sandy Hook. He also serves on the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Aging.

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kerry@ducey.org (Grady Jacobsen) Politics Thu, 25 Apr 2019 06:35:10 -0400
Newtown Residents Assume Prefect Positions at Wooster School https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45075-redding-residents-assume-prefect-positions-at-wooster-school45075-redding-residents-assume-prefect-positions-at-wooster-school https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45075-redding-residents-assume-prefect-positions-at-wooster-school45075-redding-residents-assume-prefect-positions-at-wooster-school

Wooster School Senior Leadership Positions Announced

Senior leadership positions were announced during a special assembly. The gathering has been a Wooster tradition since its founding years. Summoned by the Chapel bells, students in grades 6 through 12 filled the Forever Young Gymnasium with excitement and anticipation as the junior class gathered in front of the crowd for the announcement of their senior year job assignments.

As a part of Wooster’s Self-help philosophy, students are given complete responsibility for the physical environment of the school. Each day at Wooster, students participate in a “Jobs” period. Every senior is assigned a job area, where they are in charge of managing the younger students as they all work together to clean the campus and maintain order in their building or area.

Dr. Tyrone Black, Director of Middle and Upper Schools, welcomed everyone to the ceremony. “This is a grand day; a day to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our seniors, while at the same time applaud our juniors for being chosen for the great tasks that lie ahead.”

Bill Rexford, Assistant Director of Student Life, spoke briefly, explaining the tradition of this ceremony. “The values and traditions we celebrate together today are deeply rooted in our past. The ethos of Self Help was alive with the Generals who have come before you, is a part of all of us today, and will be a part of all of those who are yet to come."

After Mr. Rexford concluded his speech, Head of School Matt Byrnes shared his remarks before announcing the class of 2020’s leadership positions. “Whether you are a Senior Prefect, Prefect, Proctor or Captain, you are all in the same place. You have an opportunity. You have an opportunity to learn, to work hard, and to have fun doing it. You have an opportunity to be a role model -- for your senior classmates and those underclassmen who you are being asked to lead. You have an opportunity --- as a class – to build on the legacy that has been established and strengthened by those that have come before you. If you seize the opportunity and work together you will all be rewarded in many different ways. The school and our underclassmen will be rewarded as well."

Though each rising senior is given an important leadership position within the community and Wooster’s Self-help system, the prefects take on the most responsibilities as leaders on campus. The Prefects for 2019-2020 will be:

Senior Prefect – Student Life: Monisha Mohan '20 from Newtown, CT
Senior Prefect – Self-Help: Ollie Felicione '20 from Danbury, CT
Sustainability Prefect: Colin Costigan '20 from Ridgefield, CT
James Marshall Chapel Prefect: Melanie Vazquez '20 from Danbury, CT
Dining Room Prefect: Michaela Zahner '20 from Danbury, CT
Social Impact Prefect: Riley Damiano '20 from Patterson, NY
Equity & Inclusion Prefect: Summer Qian '20 from Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Student Activities Prefect: Meghan Bourgeault '20 from Redding, CT
Student Ambassador Prefect: Ali Bratter '20 from Sandy Hook, CT
Communications Prefect: Max Morales-Thomason '20 from Redding, CT
East Campus Prefect: Charlie Stuhr '20 from Ridgefield, CT
Central Campus Prefect: Sartaj Singh '20 from Patterson, NY
West Campus Prefect: Ben Everett '20 from Danbury, CT

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

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kerry@ducey.org (Lori Kriegel) Neighbors Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:28:00 -0400
Newtown's Annual Budget Referendum Results https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/politics/45073-newtown-s-annual-budget-referendum-results45073-newtown-s-annual-budget-referendum-results https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/politics/45073-newtown-s-annual-budget-referendum-results45073-newtown-s-annual-budget-referendum-results

Newtown's Annual Budget Referendum Results for April 23

QUESTION 1

Shall the sum of $42,179,503 be appropriated for the Board of Selectmen for the fiscal year?

YES - 1,763

NO - 1,107

QUESTION 2

If the proposed sum of $42,179,503 for the Board of Selectmen is not approved, should the revised budget be higher?

YES - 569

NO - 2,185

QUESTION 3

Shall the sum of $78,104,410 be appropriated for the Board of Education for the fiscal year?

YES - 1,527

NO - 1,351

QUESTION 4

If the proposed sum of $78,104,410 for the Board of Education is not approved, should the revised budget be higher?

YES - 858

NO - 1,943

QUESTION 5

Shall the $1,000,000 appropriation and bond authorization for the planning, design, engineering, reconstruction and construction of Town roads, be approved?

YES - 2,455

NO - 402

QUESTION 6

Shall the $290,000 appropriation and bond authorization for the planning, design and construction of Fairfield Hills Pickleball Courts, be approved?

YES - 699

NO - 2,136

QUESTION 7

Shall the $783,200 appropriation and bond authorization for the replacement of a boiler, and retrofit of lighting, at Hawley School, be approved?

YES - 1,927

NO - 931

QUESTION 8

Shall the $2,702,000 appropriation and bond authorization for the replacement of boilers, and retrofit of lighting, at Newtown High School, be approved?

YES - 1,945

NO - 905

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Newtown) Politics Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:18:11 -0400
E.B. White’s Stuart Little comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse April 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45074-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-27-155612360845074-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-27-1556123608 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45074-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-27-155612360845074-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-27-1556123608

From the loving heart of E. B. White comes this merry musical about a noble mouse who jumps headlong into adventures big enough to match any imagination! Stuart Little, performed live by Virginia Rep on Tour, comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, April 27 at 1pm.

By turns funny, tender and exciting, Stuart Little mixes child-size puppets with live actors and catchy songs to work theatrical magic. This performance is part of Ridgefield Academy Family Series with support from Hamlet Hub, sponsored by Dr. Blaine Langberg, Orthodontist, and partially underwritten by Books on the Common, Noah’s Ark & South and Salem Animal Hospital. The Leir Foundation Arts for Everyone recipient for this show is Out and About Club. Additional sponsorship provided by Union Savings Bank. Visit Dimitri’s Diner (16 Prospect St • Ridgefield) before or after the show and enjoy 10% off your meal when you show your ticket! Media partners for this event are 98Q and Macaroni Kid.

The play brings to life the E.B. White fantasy classic in which Stuart, a mouse, is born into the Little family. Although he is quite different from other members of the family, Stuart is loved by all - except perhaps Snowbell, the family cat. Stuart’s adventures include getting caught in a window shade, sailing a boat, making friends, and embarking on the journey of a lifetime.

E.B. White was born in 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York. After college, he worked as a reporter, and in 1927 he became a writer for The New Yorker magazine; later he wrote a column for Harper’s magazine. Even though E.B. White was already a successful writer, he wanted to try something new. He decided to write stories for the children in his family. In 1945, he started publishing these stories as books. In addition to Stuart Little, he wrote Trumpet of the Swan and Charlotte’s Web. Today these three books are considered classics of American Children’s Literature. Parents are encouraged to have kids read the book then compare it to the stage play for lively discussion. Books are available at Books on the Common on Main Street in Ridgefield. Additionally, The Ridgefield Library will host a Stuart Little-themed storytime on Saturday, April 20 at 10:30am.

Virginia Repertory Theatre, Virginia’s largest nonprofit, professional touring theatre for young audiences, produces exciting, award-winning, national caliber plays and musicals that support teaching to the whole child while supporting the core curriculum.

For tickets ($15) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.orgThe Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:28:00 -0400
CT Sen. Tony Hwang to Moderate Distracted Driving Discussions in Newtown https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/publicsafety/45072-ct-sen-tony-hwang-to-moderate-distracted-driving-discussions45072-ct-sen-tony-hwang-to-moderate-distracted-driving-discussions https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/publicsafety/45072-ct-sen-tony-hwang-to-moderate-distracted-driving-discussions45072-ct-sen-tony-hwang-to-moderate-distracted-driving-discussions

Fairfield/Newtown, CT - State Senator Tony Hwang will moderate two expert panel discussions on Distracted Driving in Newtown and Fairfield/Southport/Westport. The forums come at the end of April, which has been dubbed Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Panel will include representatives from local Law Enforcement, AAA Northeast, Dr. Neil Chaudhary of Preusser Research Inc. that performs comprehensive traffic safety studies, CT Dept. of Transportation, and Mourning Parents ACT (!MPACT).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,400 people across the United States were killed in 2016 due to some form of distracted driving.

WHO:          Moderator: State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28)

  •          Dr. Neil Chaudhary, Preusser Research, Inc.
  •          Local Law Enforcement
  •          Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast
  •          CT Department of Transportation
  •          Mourning Parents ACT (!MPACT)

WHAT:         Forums concerning the Consequences of Distracted Driving

WHEN          Newtown and surrounding towns

April 25th, 2019 @ 6:30pm-8:00pm

Fairfield/Southport/Westport

April 30th, 2019 @ 6:30-8:00pm

WHERE:   

Newtown:

Edmond Old Town Hall

45 Main Street

Newtown, CT

Fairfield:

Pequot Library

720 Pequot Ave,

Southport, CT

To register for the events, please follow the Eventbrite links below or visit the events page atwww.SenatorHwang.com. Please also see the Fairfield Citizen article reporting on Fairfield’s increasing effort to enforce distracted driving laws here, and Senator Hwang’s press release.

Links:

Newtown Distracted Driving Forum April 25, 2019 EventBrite: https://bit.ly/2Vef1mD

Fairfield Distracted Driving Forum April 30, 2019 EventBrite:  https://bit.ly/2GrtfHq

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Grady Jacobsen) Public safety Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:09:52 -0400
Happy Earth Day! https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/45071-happy-earth-day45071-happy-earth-day https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/life/45071-happy-earth-day45071-happy-earth-day

April 22 marks the celebration of Earth Day! It is a day where people around the world take a closer look at protecting our environment and appreciating the world we live in. 

Find out more about Earth Day through the Earth Day Network. Here is an excerpt from their site:

Earth Day Network works year-round on projects, programs, and campaigns that support environmental conservation, environmental protection, climate activism and advocacy, and advancing the green economy. Our education work focuses on efforts to green schools — from energy efficiency upgrades to improving school food — and supporting educators with resources to teach and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders. Our conservation and greening efforts include planting trees to reforest environmentally critical areas of the globe and increase the urban tree canopy, and protecting clean air and water. Our advocacy efforts focus on engaging local leaders and global citizens of all ages and from all walks of life with campaigns: to end plastic pollution, to protect our species, to act on climate and advance clean energy, and more.

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In honor of this milestone, Earth Day Network is launching an ambitious set of goals to shape the future of 21st century environmentalism. Learn more here

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:52:29 -0400
New Network Chair of Cancer Service Line Joins Western Connecticut Health Network https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45070-new-network-chair-of-cancer-service-line-joins-western-connecticut-health-network45070-new-network-chair-of-cancer-service-line-joins-western-connecticut-health-network https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/neighbors/45070-new-network-chair-of-cancer-service-line-joins-western-connecticut-health-network45070-new-network-chair-of-cancer-service-line-joins-western-connecticut-health-network

Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) announced the appointment of Margo Shoup, MD, FACS as the new network chair of the cancer service line. Dr. Shoup will provide strategic and clinical leadership for all aspects of WCHN’s cancer services, including medical oncology and subspecialty practices.

In her role as network chair, Dr. Shoup will oversee the integration of cancer services, especially as WCHN forms a new, unified innovative health system with Health Quest, to be called Nuvance Health. Cancer services include diagnostic imaging, genetic counseling, medical oncology, radiation therapy, surgical oncology, research and clinical trials, and support services.

Dr. Shoup will also develop multidisciplinary disease management teams. Specialists and services dedicated to specific types of cancer will wrap around patients. Patients will have the most advanced and expert diagnoses, treatments, and care plans delivered expeditiously and conveniently in the same health network.

“In my former role, I fell in love with the community setting. So now I am looking forward to helping the communities in Connecticut and New York that WCHN serves,” said Dr. Shoup. “Together, with the excellent teams already in place at WCHN, we will continue to build on the existing cancer programs so that people have access to top-notch community-based care without traveling far. It’s up to us to make this happen, and we can.”

Dr. Shoup will also manage the first-of-its-kind cancer care collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) that successfully launched at Norwalk Hospital in 2017. The aim of the unique collaboration is to accelerate access to the newest cancer treatments for residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut. To learn more about MSK physicians at Norwalk Hospital visit MSKatNorwalk.org.

“I was eager to join WCHN because of the quality physicians and care teams here, who all have great ideas and are so vested in caring for their patients. Through my role, I intend to facilitate implementing these ideas for the better health of our patients,” said Dr. Shoup.

About Dr. Margo Shoup
Dr. Shoup is a nationally recognized surgical oncologist with expertise in gastrointestinal cancers. She joins WCHN from Chicago, IL where she was the medical leader of cancer services for Northwestern Medicine Cancer Centers, West Region, and the director of surgical oncology for Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. Under Dr. Shoup’s leadership, quality measures moved from the second or third quartile to the top decile, and patient satisfaction scores improved from the 35th percentile to the 99th across the cancer program. Dr. Shoup was also a professor of surgery at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Shoup currently serves as president of the Central Surgical Association, and treasurer of the Western Surgical Association. She is also a member of the Society for Surgical Oncology, the Society of University Surgeons, and the Southern Surgical Association. From 2012 to 2018, she was a director of the American Board of Surgery, as the representative for the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Shoup received her medical degree from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency and research fellowship at Loyola University in Maywood, IL where she was also the chief administrative resident for the department of surgery. She then completed her surgical oncology fellowship at MSK in New York, NY.

Catch up on the latest news at WCHN. Visit wchn.org/news today!

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:54:15 -0400
Newtown Travel Delays Week of April 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/places/45069-newtown-travel-delays-week-of-april-2245069-newtown-travel-delays-week-of-april-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/places/45069-newtown-travel-delays-week-of-april-2245069-newtown-travel-delays-week-of-april-22

Toddy Hill Road Bridge/Road Construction - Expect Delays Week of April 22

Please expect delays the week of April 22nd due to road construction on Toddy Hill Road in the area of Curtis Packaging and Rte. 34

Pavement will be removed temporarily leaving a gravel surface.

Contact Ron Bolmer, Town Engineer, at 203-270-4300, with any questions.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Newtown) Places Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:42:49 -0400
Newtown Chamber Hosts Newtown Chamber Announces 6th Annual Martini Madness Tasting & Competition https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45068-newtown-chamber-hosts-newtown-chamber-announces-6th-annual-martini-madness-tasting-competition45068-newtown-chamber-hosts-newtown-chamber-announces-6th-annual-martini-madness-tasting-competition https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45068-newtown-chamber-hosts-newtown-chamber-announces-6th-annual-martini-madness-tasting-competition45068-newtown-chamber-hosts-newtown-chamber-announces-6th-annual-martini-madness-tasting-competition

Newtown Chamber Announces 6th Annual Martini Madness Tasting & Competition on May 2 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Newtown Country Club

Martini Madness is a cocktail tasting & competition where local restaurants send their mixologists to shake up and serve samples of their best cocktail. Attendees will taste small samples of each trademark cocktail and vote on their favorites. At the end of the night, the mixologist with the most votes wins a special prize and bragging rights for the best cocktail in the area! Come join us for a fun night out, bring some friends and meet some new ones!

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kerry@ducey.org (Newtown Chamber of Commerce) Events Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:04:54 -0400
Newtown Police Pursuit After Suspect Attempts To Steal ATM Machine https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/publicsafety/45067-newtown-police-pursuit-after-suspect-attempts-to-steal-atm-machine45067-newtown-police-pursuit-after-suspect-attempts-to-steal-atm-machine https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/publicsafety/45067-newtown-police-pursuit-after-suspect-attempts-to-steal-atm-machine45067-newtown-police-pursuit-after-suspect-attempts-to-steal-atm-machine

**Crime Alert**

Early this morning at about 3:25am Newtown Police were dispatched to 151 South Main Street, Citgo Gas Station, on a report of an alarm activation. Sgt. Hynes who was on patrol in the area arrived within a minute and observed an individual jumping out of a window, at the gas station and into a waiting vehicle.

The suspect vehicle drove onto several side roads and eventually made its way back onto I-84 eastbound. Multiple Newtown officers joined in the pursuit, including troopers from the Connecticut State Police, spike stripes were used, but the suspect was able to avoid capture when it exited I-84 in the Waterbury area.

The suspect vehicle was a Honda CRV, that was stolen earlier in the night, from a residence in New Britian. The stolen car was later found in Waterbury, abandoned. Newtown Police processed the vehicle for evidence and the investigation remains ongoing and open.

"Based on surveillance footage from the gas station, it appears two individuals attempted to steal the ATM machine located within the gas station, but were scared off when they saw the police cruiser approaching the station," police say.

Lt. Aaron Bahamonde said, "It was great, responsive, police work by our officers and we are confident that the suspects will be caught based on further investigative steps."

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kerry@ducey.org (Newtown Police) Public safety Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:52:39 -0400
CT DEEP Talks How To Survive In Cold Water https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/publicsafety/45065-ct-deep-talks-how-to-survive-in-cold-water45065-ct-deep-talks-how-to-survive-in-cold-water https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/publicsafety/45065-ct-deep-talks-how-to-survive-in-cold-water45065-ct-deep-talks-how-to-survive-in-cold-water

DEEP Alerts Boaters and Anglers to Dangers of Cold Water Immersion 

As more residents take to the water for the fishing season, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding boaters of the perils of cold water immersion and the importance of heeding safe boating tips.
 
This past Saturday, April 13, marked the opening day of the 2019 fishing season, when many anglers took to the waters for the first time this year. For most, boating and fishing are safe and enjoyable recreational activities, however, DEEP reminds residents that safe boating practices can help avoid tragic accidents. Between 2008 and 2017, there were 571 reportable boating accidents in the state, and 63 fatalities.  Of fatalities involving a canoe or kayak, 90 percent of those boaters were not wearing a life jacket.
The risk is higher this time of year, when even as air temperatures rise, water temperatures remain cold.
 
Best Practices for Safe Boating:
  • Wear Your Life Jacket! – Modern life jackets are more comfortable than ever before, and DEEP urges anyone on the water to wear one. It will make you more visible to other boaters and will keep you afloat, significantly improving your chances for survival. 
  • Follow the law – All persons in manually propelled vessels (canoes, kayaks, rowboats and stand up paddleboards) must wear a properly fitting life jacket between Oct. 1 and May 31.
  • Do not paddle alone – Paddle with a partner and know how to get back into your boat should you fall out. When paddling with a partner, it is easier to get back into a boat or reach shore safely.
  • Dress for the water temperature, not air temperature – Water temperatures vary greatly around the state, but all are still what is considered cold water.  At these temperatures, the risk of cold water shock and involuntary gasp reflex are elevated.  This involuntary gasp reflex is a leading cause of drowning.
  • Share your Float Plan. Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. Make sure you let the person know when you are home safely and identify who to call if you don’t.
  • Maintain a proper lookout.  Damaged docks, pilings and trees may be floating down rivers and into Long Island Sound. Boaters should be especially vigilant when they get out on the water to look for and avoid floating debris.
  • On powered vessels, check the condition of all safety and electrical systems, water and fuel hoses, bilge pumps and drain plugs.  Make sure all hose clamps are in good condition.  Accidents involving the sinking of a boat or fires onboard are generally a springtime occurrence.
To learn more about safe and clean boating in Connecticut, visit the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/boating.
 
To see the effects of cold water immersion and the benefits of wearing a life jacket, access the Cold Water Boot Camp USA video here
 
DEEP Boating Division Director Peter Francis said, “When the springtime sun finally comes out and people get back on the water, it is easy to forget about the dangers of boating on cold water this time of year.  We want to remind everyone how important it is to take the proper safety precautions – especially wearing life jackets. Unfortunately, it only takes seconds for a good day on the water to turn into a family tragedy.”
 
Captain Keith Williams, of DEEP’s Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police said, “Boaters and fishermen should not be put off by the dangers of cold water.  However, people on our rivers, lakes and Long Island Sound must realize that cold water creates an extremely hostile environment. It is very important to take proper safety precautions to minimize the chances of going into the water – and to be prepared for immersion if you do.”



 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (CT DEEP) Public safety Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:49:22 -0400
Newtown Residents Can Disposed Of Hazardous Waste May 18 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45037-bethel-residents-can-disposed-of-hazardous-waste-may-1845037-bethel-residents-can-disposed-of-hazardous-waste-may-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45037-bethel-residents-can-disposed-of-hazardous-waste-may-1845037-bethel-residents-can-disposed-of-hazardous-waste-may-18

 

Household Hazardous Waste - Newtown Public Works Garage - Saturday, May 18

The Housatonic Recovery Resources Authority is holding Household Hazardous Waste on Saturday, May 18  from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Newtown Public Works Garage. This event is for the residents of  Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown, and Redding.

What to bring:

• Paints
• Stains and Varnishes
• Paint Thinners & Strippers
• Wood Preservatives
• Resins, Rosins & Adhesives
• Polishes for Furniture, Floor & Metal
• Cleaners for Rug & Upholstery
• Cleaners for Oven, Toilet Bowl & Drain
• Swimming Pool Chemicals
• Fluorescent Bulbs 
• Pesticides, Herbicides, Insecticides (including Lawn Care Products)
• Flea Powder
• Moth Balls
• Spot Removers
• Dry Cleaning Solvents
• Lighter Fluids
• Septic Tank Degreasers
• Engine Degreasers
• Waste Fuels (Kerosene, Gasoline)
• Carburetor Cleaners, Brake Fluids
• Transmission Fluids, Car Waxes
• Full or Partially Full Aerosol Cans
• Rubber Cement, Airplane Glue
• Photo Chemicals, Chemistry Sets
• Hobby Supplies
• Rechargeable (Ni-Cd) Batteries
• Camera Batteries
• Thermostats, Thermometers 

What not to bring:

• Electronics, Computers, VCR’s (Recycle at town Drop off Center)
• Empty Aerosol Cans (put in garbage)
• Household Batteries (put in garbage)
• PCB Capacitors
• Smoke Detectors
• Auto Batteries & Tires
• Motor Oil & Antifreeze (Recycle at Town Drop Off Center)
• Ammunition, Fireworks, Explosives (Call the Police Department)
• Radioactive Materials
• Unknown Gases
• Controlled Substances
• Pathological Material
• Pharmaceutical or Medical Wastes

For more information, please visit the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority website.
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kerry@ducey.org (HRRA) Events Wed, 17 Apr 2019 06:24:00 -0400
Connecticut State Police Accepting Applications at Locations Near Newtown for State Police Troopers until May 31 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/publicsafety/45063-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-newtown-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-155537041145063-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-newtown-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-1555370411 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/publicsafety/45063-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-newtown-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-155537041145063-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-newtown-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-1555370411

Today is the DAY! The Connecticut State Police is accepting applications for the position of State Police Trooper Trainee. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2019.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police is currently accepting applications to establish a pool of qualified applicants to fill future vacant State Police Trooper Trainee positions across the State.    

The Connecticut State Police offers numerous Career Opportunities across our beautiful State, with opportunities for promotional advancement and geographic transfers.   Adding to the attractive locations and upward mobility are excellent Compensation and Benefits including a full Health Benefitspackage, along with additional Supplemental Benefits and a 25 year Hazardous Duty retirement.  

The CT Troop  locations nearest to Newtown are:

Troop Street City Phone
TROOP A – Southbury 90 Lakeside Road Southbury (800) 375-9918
TROOP G – Bridgeport 149 Prospect Street Bridgeport (800) 575-6330
TROOP I – Bethany 631 Amity Road Bethany (800) 956-8818

There is a six stage process for hiring:

  1. Application Period:How to Apply for the SPTT Job Opening
  2. Physical Fitness Assessment: Candidates must take and pass a Physical Fitness Assessment that measures muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility.  Valid CHIP cards will be accepted prior to the CT State Police Physical Ability Test, tentatively scheduled for August.  To register, please follow the instructions on the CHIP Test Schedule.     

   Instructional Video Links:

  1. Polygraph Examination: Inquiries concerning employment history; driving history; medical history; financial history; gambling history; illegal possession, use and sale of drugs/narcotics; criminal activity; military history; illegal sexual activity; use of alcohol; general personal data; prior conduct in police/security/corrections fields; subversive, revolutionary or gang activity; basic honesty and integrity.
  2. Background Investigation:  Comprehensive review of employment, education, training, criminal, motor vehicle and credit history.
  3. Psychological Evaluation: Combination of written tests and interviews to assess suitability for employment in law enforcement.
  4. Medical Evaluation: Comprehensive physical examination, including drug screening.

Operational needs of the agency will weigh heavily on the initial assignment of hired Troopers.  However, we work with our staff to identify locations that are geographically compatible to their desired location.  The agency seeks trustworthy, motivated, driven individuals who are able to work well on their own as well as in a team environment.   We strive to provide superior Public Safety Services for Connecticut and achieve them through our Mission.

DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology.

In striving to accomplish this mission, State Police embody core values with great PRIDE:

  • Professionalism through an elite and diverse team of trained men and women.
  • Respect for ourselves and others through our words and actions.
  • Integrity through adherence to standards and values that merit public trust.
  • Dedication to our colleagues, our values, and to the service of others.
  • Equality through fair and unprejudiced application of the law.

To learn more about what it takes to become a Connecticut State Police Troopers, please view the video below and visit www.beaconnecticuttrooper.com.    

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT State Trooper) Public safety Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:04:38 -0400
E.B. White’s Stuart Little comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse April 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45066-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-2745066-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/newtown/events/45066-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-2745066-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-27

From the loving heart of E. B. White comes this merry musical about a noble mouse who jumps headlong into adventures big enough to match any imagination! Stuart Little, performed live by Virginia Rep on Tour, comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, April 27 at 1pm.

By turns funny, tender and exciting, Stuart Little mixes child-size puppets with live actors and catchy songs to work theatrical magic. This performance is part of Ridgefield Academy Family Series with support from Hamlet Hub, sponsored by Dr. Blaine Langberg, Orthodontist, and partially underwritten by Books on the Common, Noah’s Ark & South and Salem Animal Hospital. The Leir Foundation Arts for Everyone recipient for this show is Out and About Club. Additional sponsorship provided by Union Savings Bank. Visit Dimitri’s Diner (16 Prospect St • Ridgefield) before or after the show and enjoy 10% off your meal when you show your ticket! Media partners for this event are 98Q and Macaroni Kid.

The play brings to life the E.B. White fantasy classic in which Stuart, a mouse, is born into the Little family. Although he is quite different from other members of the family, Stuart is loved by all - except perhaps Snowbell, the family cat. Stuart’s adventures include getting caught in a window shade, sailing a boat, making friends, and embarking on the journey of a lifetime.

E.B. White was born in 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York. After college, he worked as a reporter, and in 1927 he became a writer for The New Yorker magazine; later he wrote a column for Harper’s magazine. Even though E.B. White was already a successful writer, he wanted to try something new. He decided to write stories for the children in his family. In 1945, he started publishing these stories as books. In addition to Stuart Little, he wrote Trumpet of the Swan and Charlotte’s Web. Today these three books are considered classics of American Children’s Literature. Parents are encouraged to have kids read the book then compare it to the stage play for lively discussion. Books are available at Books on the Common on Main Street in Ridgefield. Additionally, The Ridgefield Library will host a Stuart Little-themed storytime on Saturday, April 20 at 10:30am.

Virginia Repertory Theatre, Virginia’s largest nonprofit, professional touring theatre for young audiences, produces exciting, award-winning, national caliber plays and musicals that support teaching to the whole child while supporting the core curriculum.

For tickets ($15) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.orgThe Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Mon, 15 Apr 2019 13:28:53 -0400