Newtown's HamletHub Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:31:59 -0400 Reby Advisors Is Calling All Fairfield County Retirees & Future Retirees - Are You Ready?

The Transition from Career to Retirement: Are You Ready?

Fairfield County retirees and individuals planning to retire within the next 10 years now have a local educational resource they can turn to for guidance on how to retire successfully in any economy.

Reby Advisors has announced a new complementary retirement income planning seminar titled The Transition from Career to Retirement: Are You Ready? that will cover financial strategies designed to help families sustain their lifestyle through retirement without running out of money.

Space is limited. RSVP today by calling (203) 790-4949, emailing, or clicking  HERE.

“With the recent volatility in the stock market and the ceaseless cycle of negative news, many investors are understandably nervous about Wall Street and our political leaders,” event host Reby Advisors explains. “In this environment, it’s critical for retirees to be able to generate sustainable retirement income despite market volatility, geopolitical uncertainty and rising prices and taxes.”

From October through December, Reby Advisors will host seven educational seminars designed for people who’ve recently retired or who plan to retire within the next 10 years. The presentation will be held at 44 Old Ridgebury Road in Danbury, Connecticut. Attendees can choose to attend an evening event or a “Lunch and Learn” seminar.

For complete dates and times click HERE.

Seminars are complementary and food and beverages will be provided but reservations are required and seating is limited!  RSVP today by calling (203) 790-4949, emailing or emailing, or clicking  HERE.

Presenter Doug Kuring, a Financial Advisor at Reby Advisors will share strategies backed by 33 years of retirement planning experience:

  • The 8 factors that determine your retirement income
  • An investing strategy designed to capture all market opportunities, grow your portfolio through retirement and keep pace with rising prices and taxes
  • Determining how much income your savings can produce annually
  • How to address the three biggest risks to your retirement income
  • How to reduce your income taxes under the Tax & Jobs Act of 2017
  • Why the average investor underperforms a diversified 60/40 portfolio by 3.8% annually; and how to avoid their mistakes and get the returns you deserve!
  • And much, much more...

You'll also have an opportunity to get YOUR specific questions answered in the Q&A.

RSVP today by calling (203) 790-4949, emailing or emailing, or clicking  HERE.

As a "thank you" for attending Reby Advisor’s educational seminar, you'll receive a print copy of Wealth Redefined: Charting the Way to Personal and Financial Freedom, Bob Reby's second book which has reached the Amazon Best Seller Lists in the Retirement Planning and Budgeting & Money Management categories for eBooks.

Sign up for the FREE seminar and discover your own unique version of wealth HERE.

Learn more about Reby Advisors HERE.

]]> (HH) Neighbors Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:02:41 -0400
Newtown High School invites all Newtown Veterans to Ceremony on November 9

Newtown High School will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 9 and invites all veterans to attend. 

A complimentary lunch, prepared by Newtown High School Culinary, will be served to veterans at 11am  in the High School lobby. The programs will follow the lunch and take place in the Auditorium. 

The Guest Speaker is NHS 1988 Alum CSM Arthur Fredericks. 

The Newtown High School singers and wind ensemble will perform.

In addition to the lunch and ceremony, the American Legion Post 202 will present two Community Americanism Awards for lifelong service.

Please RSVP for the luncheon to Carrie Bennett by Friday, October 26: or call 203-426-7648. 



]]> (Town of Newtown) Events Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:46:00 -0400
WCSU to host conference on opioid crisis and addiction

The Western Connecticut State University Justice and Law Society will present the documentary "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict at the Heroin and Opioid Awareness Conference presented by the Heroin Education Action Team (HEAT), a partner program with the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The conference will be free and the public is invited.

The documentary was created by the FBI and DEA to educate students and parents about the dangers of addiction. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with a federal prosecutor, DEA agent, and two local parents who lost children to an opioid overdose.

The HEAT program aims to increase community understanding of the dangers associated with deadly drugs like oxycodone, heroin and fentanyl, which have become widely and easily available in Connecticut.

WCSU senior and member of the Justice and Law Society Joseph Tamberelli found HEAT through research last semester and decided to spread its message to WCSU. He believes there needs to be more awareness about the opioid epidemic, especially in Connecticut.

"Many of us, myself included, have all been affected by this terrible epidemic in a personal way," Tamberelli said. "The objective of this event is for as many people as possible to leave this event with knowledge about the epidemic, in hopes to prevent further deaths from occurring."

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

]]> (WCSU) Events Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:27:23 -0400
HAN Network Ceases Publication of Five Local Newspapers

Publisher and CEO of HAN Network Martin V. Hersam has announced that several of the company's newspapers will cease to operate: the Weston Forum, the Redding Pilot, the Easton Courier, Monroe Courier and the Stratford Star.

"Due to economic forces buffeting our industry we are rescaling our business again.  The recent volatility of the newsprint market made our options clear,” said Martin V. Hersam. "The best efforts of our incredible staff and years of strategic planning, retooling and restructuring we could not overcome the economic realities of tepid advertising and subscriber interest in this market. We just could not sustain a publishing business here any longer,” he continued.

The company will continue to publish weekly newspapers including Darien Times, New Canaan Advertiser, Wilton Bulletin, Ridgefield Press, Milford Mirror, Trumbull Times and Shelton Herald.

In addition to the closings of the Forum, Pilot and Courier, Hersam said the Monroe Courier and the Stratford Star are being closed as well.
"Unfortunately, we could not operate at a financial loss here any longer,” said Hersam.

Mail subscribers inquiring about refunds are asked to login to:

Subscribers may also email: or call: 203-293-9744


]]> (HH) Life Thu, 11 Oct 2018 10:23:49 -0400
ACT of Connecticut's EVITA Earns Critical Acclaim, Entertainment Writer Pens Review

 Evita like you've never seen before 

Arguably, this is the best Equity production of "Evita" in the last decade or two

    -Jim Ruocco

Entertainment writer and critic Jim Ruocco attended the Opening Night of ACT of Connecticut's production of EVITA. With enthusiasm and critical acclaim, he reviews this incredible Broadway production. Mr. Ruocco has given HamletHub permission to publish his review.

If you dream hard enough, it with happen.

For Daniel C. Levine, that dream began at the tender age of 10 when he sat in a darkened theater watching a community theater production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical "Evita."

Thrilled, excited, dazzled and charged by the electricity and theatricality of that moment, he vowed to one day be part of an "Evita" production that would challenge him, entice him, move him and push his creativity level to the max as both storyteller and interpreter.

Flash forward to October, 2018.

At ACT of CT, the stunning new Equity showcase that sprang to life earlier this year with "Mamma Mia!," Levine's dream of directing "Evita" finally became a reality when the two-act musical was added to the 2018-2019 full season line up as the opening show. His feet haven't touched the ground ever since.


His "Evita" makes for captivating, spectacular, beguiling musical theater.

That said, this is "Evita" like you've never seen before.

It is chock full of the romantic ambivalence, glory-chasing tirades, political debates, sexual ambiguity, bitter, ironic commentary and cult celebrity worship dictated by its originators. But the comparisons stop there.

This "Evita" dances to its own individual beat.
Reimagined, retooled, reworked and revitalized, Levine sets the ACT of CT stage ablaze with a fiery, vivid interpretation bathed in cynicism, rage, calculation, wistfulness and jaw-dropping spectacle.

He not only makes you forget everything you already know and love about the London, Broadway and National Touring editions of "Evita," but uses his creative juices so advantageously, you feel as if you are seeing and experiencing "Evita" for the very first time.

In this version, Eva Peron, Argentina's favorite leading lady and political wife means business. Turn your back on her and she'll snap you in half.

Arguably, this is the best Equity production of "Evita" in the last decade or two. From the very first moment the musical begins, in the very assured hands of Levine, a  fresh electricity and dazzle permeate his confident, multi-layered vision of the oft-told story. It is textured. It is nuanced. It is raw. It is real. It is honest. It is flavorful. It is complex.

As "Evita" unfolds, Levine pays close attention to the rise and fall of Eva Peron, Che's deliberate stalking of the sainted Eva, her bedroom theatrics, the rapidly accelerating momentum of the  fortune's made/fortune's fade agenda and the twisty machinations that thrust her to the top of her game before it all comes crashing down and the spotlight fades forever.

Staging "Evita," Levine brings a seamless energy to the musical, offset by artistic choices that are revolutionary, spirited and different from other incarnations. Che, grabbing a framed photo of Eva, during the opening funeral interval and singing with unbridled sarcasm, is a choice moment that heightens the musical's velocity. Elsewhere, Eva's removal of Peron's Mistress from the bedroom unfolds with more rage and nasty calculation. The expert revision and reworking of the epic, final montage which includes the reappearance of Person's Mistress and the entire Argentine populace during Eva's last moments, astonishes. Levine also adds much more passion and romance to the Eva/Juan Peron love story, which in turn, gives it added allure, heat and sexual tension. Under Levine's watchful eye, the actual Casa Rosada balcony is the exact same color as the real one in Buenos Aires. There's also a natural, refreshing intimacy to the piece, which at times thrusts the audience into the pending action as both voyeur and participant. Simply amazing. 

The "rock opera" show score for "Evita," as written by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics), contains 30 well-placed, positioned and timed musical  numbers that carry the story and its characters through both Act I and Act II with the buzz and intoxication of topicality and timeliness intended by its creators. Ambitious, vital, classic and passionate, the songs include "Requiem for Evita," "Oh What a Circus," "Buenos Aires," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," "A New Argentina," "High Flying Adored," "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" and "And the Money Keeps Rolling In." "You Must Love Me," written for the 1996 film adaptation of "Evita," is also included. It was added to subsequent revivals of the musical, beginning in 2006 with the West End London production in addition to the 2011 Broadway incarnation that starred Elena Roger, Ricky Martin and  Michael Cerveris. It works wonderfully here.

Then and now, the character-driven South-American inflicted music, coupled with the rags-to-riches story of a fiercely-driven, independent woman who becomes the wife of Argentine President Juan Peron and achieves sainted, cult, celebratory status with the adoring populace is epic, revolutionary,  and challenging.

Music direction for this "Evita" is provided by Evan Roider, a deft, capable, hands-on musician who spent the last year as assistant conductor for the North American tour of "Les Miserables."  Among his other credits are "The Pirates of Penzance" for Barrington Stage Company, "The Golden Apple" for Encores!, "Candide" for St, Luke's Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and "Company" for Playhouse on Park.

What's remarkable here is Roider's bright, invigorating perspective toward the "Evita" material and its evolution throughout the Eva Peron story. Yes, we know the music. Yes, we know the lyrics. Yes, we know the interludes, the epic passion and the pauses used for dramatic effect. We also know the fluent beats and rhythmic musicality as officiated by Webber. Regardless, this "Evita" often takes us by surprise, as though we are hearing "Oh What A Circus," "Buenos Aries," "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," "High Flying Adored," "I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You" and "A New Argentina" for the very first time.

Elsewhere, there is just the right amount of attitude, pulse, frankness and ambivalence in Roider's musical and orchestral depiction of Argentina's sanctified first lady. Nothing is taken for granted. Nothing is copycated. Nothing is overplayed or overdramatized. Here, you get blunt, biting, beautifully amplified words that resound with the sting and scope Rice intended. Roider also amps up the music when necessary or takes chances by playing things differently or adding 30 or 40 seconds of scoring here and there for added dramatic effect. No matter. The whole expressive world of the "Evita" score is perfectly evoked under his skill tutelage, and then some.

Choice, exacting, pitch-perfect music supervision by the versatile and talented Bryan Perri (Resident Music Supervisor for ACT of CT and musical director for Broadway's "Wicked") also heightens the reverent, vocal richness of the "Evita" experience.  

For "Evita," choreographer Charlie Sutton ("Young Charles Dickens," "Wringer," "Gregorian") has devised a thrilling, dynamic, wide range of movements, patterns, pairings and groupings that marvelously punctuate Eva's journey from poverty and backstreet whore to upward rise as visionary, celebrity and cult icon. In turn, every one of the dances and musical numbers requiring specific choreographic stylization unfolds with the intoxicating sweep and passion required to unleash the ambitions, politics, propaganda, sarcasm and disenchantment of the "Evita" blueprint.

But there is no copycating, as this "Evita" is decidedly different from the Broadway, London and National Tour editions of the musical. Here, Sutton dances to his own rhythms and creates a wide range of dynamics and moods that are fast, fluid, fiery, muscular and graceful. The texture and presentation is powerful and juicy. The stop and go speed and slowness is impeccably timed. There are also lots of twists, turns, jumping, stomping, dipping and holding, performed with wild, gleeful abandon by the entire "Evita" cast. Sutton also retains the musical's steamy, hallmark Argentine flavor, which is dutifully reflected in many of the show's big dance numbers. It's all quite visionary, kinetic and atmospherically smoldering.

To portray Eva Peron, Levine has cast the captivating, wonderfully compelling Julia Estrada to take center stage as Juan Peron's grand, glamorous, calculating, self-absorbed wife and lover. A brilliant actress and singer, she boldly steps into the iconic role made famous by Elaine Paige in London and Patti LuPone on Broadway and makes you forget everything you know and remember about their very, very different portrayals of Argentina's first lady.

It's a fearless, dynamic performance that is breathless, beguiling, determined, urgent and awe-inspiring. That said, this is Estrada's role from start to finish. It's a part the actress was destined to play and play it shes does. She soars. She flies. She enchants. She sky rockets. She also summons up every emotion imaginable to make us feel and believe what the character is thinking, experiencing and desiring.

What's equally impressive about Estrada's work (ovation worthy at every turn) is her actual grasp of the character and her desire to take the part far beyond the confines of the proven Broadway musical. Her Eva is much more calculating, self-absorbed, egotistical and predatory. It's a creative process that builds and builds over the course of the two-act musical and one that the actress cultivates with effortless style, depth and precision. Mess with this Eva and she'll snap you in two, eat you for breakfast, knock you down a flight of stairs, cut you completely out of her life or look you straight in the eye, smile and say "Fuck you."

Addressing the pungent and popular "Evita" vocals, which include "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," "Buenos Aires," "High Flying Adored," "Rainbow Tour," "You Must Love Me" and "A New Argentina," Estrada's quick, expertly timed transitions from powerhouse belt to liquid loveliness or  melodic sweetness (or back and forth again, depending on the musical score) is both commanding and seamless. She never once channels or copycats the show's female originators. Instead, she is a whirlwind of versatility who puts her own personal stamp on the vocals, thus, creating a thrilling musicality that passionately reflects Eva's calculated ambitions, her impassioned climb to the top, her love of Peron and his politics, her iconic star quality with the Argentine populace and finally, her fall and unexpected death decree.

Pivotal to the musical telling of "Evita," is the character of Che Guevara, the Argentine Marxist revolutionary, who serves as Greek chorus member, narrator, observer, commentator and storyteller, all rolled into one. It's a choice, distinctive role that requires a strong, personable actor and singer who must not only click immediately with the audience, but guide them along on that amazing journey that is "Evita."

Angel Lozada, as Che, accepts that challenge and steps into the spotlight full force to enlighten and entertain both the on-stage actors and audience with the glamorous, tawdry, opportunistic and political events of Eva's life (in reality, they never actually met) and what they actually mean, using the full operatic sweep and drama of the subject matter.

Completely at ease with the robust, often acerbic Webber-Rice material, the actor takes his role seriously and keeps his audience riveted and entertained using the fiery, three-ring circus brio the musical is famous for. Vocally, he is in fine voice projecting the manipulation, edge, sarcasm and disappointment associated with his stellar music numbers ("Oh What a Circus," "A New Argentina," High Flying Adored," "And the Money Keeps Rolling In," "Rainbow Tour"). It's a driven, five-star performance that brings an emotional roundness and strength to the production and hits the mark on all accounts.

As Juan Peron, the founder and leader of the Peronist political movement, Ryan K. Bailer offers a suave, forceful, passionate character turn, very different from that of Bob Gunton who originated the part in the original Broadway production and Michael Cerveris who played the same role in the 2012 Broadway revival. In this "Evita," we get a more handsome, grounded, politically powerful Peron that stands tall and proud. It's a well-acted dramatic turn, offset by strong, expressive vocals ("The Art of the Possible," "A New Argentina," "She is a Diamond," "Dice Are Rolling") that intuitively reveals  Peron's upper-class persona, his political agenda, his selflessness, his worship of Eva and lastly, his acceptance of her idol worship by the Argentine populace. 

Charismatic and appealing Julian Alvarez, as Magaldi, the smoldering, narcissistic tango/milonga singer whom Eva charms, seduces and beds as her transport ticket to the cosmopolitan capital city of  Buenos Aires, delivers a smooth, distinctive, wry characterization that is peppered with real emotion and humanity, punctuated by appropriate dash, sleaze, suave and egotism.

Vocally, he creates a strong, harmonious impression with the tango-tinged "On This Night of a Thousand Stars," coupled with rich, passionate phrasing and enunciation that reflects the original intent, sarcasm and meaning of the material as dictated by the show's creators. Alvarez also diligently doubles as actor, singer and dancer in the "Evita" ensemble, using the same dash and spirit exuded as Magaldi. If anyone is doing the musical "Nine," pick up the phone and ring Alvarez. He'd be perfect for the lead role of disillusioned filmmaker Guido Contini.

Marlena Lopez Hilderley is cast in the supporting role of Peron's Mistress, a young, attractive woman who is shown the door in quick, assumptive fashion by Eva whose capacity for cruelty and ruthlessness knows no boundaries. But before she disappears into the Argentine moonlight, she pauses and delivers "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," a haunting, brokenhearted rendition of this quietly understated lyrical solo. This lament is performed with such exemplary beauty and clarity by the actress/singer, it is just as magical as the one set forth by Siobhan McCarthy in the original West End/London production of "Evita" and that of Jane Ohringer, who assumed the role on Broadway, a year later.

Representing the "Evita" ensemble are Daniel Marhelko, Alex Caldwell, Mia Scarpa, Jordan Fife Hunt, Paul Aguirre, Monica Ramirez, Alison Mahoney, Morgan Harrison, Erick Sanchez-Canahuate, Kyle White and Daniel Schwait. Handpicked by Levine, Roider and Sutton, they are a talented, driven group of actors, singers and dancers who exhibit the kind of professional showmanship and versatility that gives this production its dazzle, verve, punch and atmospheric frenzy. As "Evita" unfolds, they assume a variety of different roles entering or exiting the stage as one set of characters, reappearing only seconds later as someone else, replete with different costumes (Brenda Phelps' costume design for the entire cast is absolutely stunning)  and a completely different mindset.
Vocally, they are outstanding. Their choral sound, often amped up by the sound team to suggest an even richer chorus, doubled in size, (via echo-type sound maneuvers and other tricks of the trade)  gives this "Evita" an incredible vocal kick that thrills and excites every step of the way. As dancers, everyone adapts to Sutton's atmospheric, complex choreographic beats, rhythms and pairings with proper agility, fire and intensity. Simply incredible

"Evita" is a magnificent achievement for ACT of CT. Daniel C. Levine's direction is creative, liberating and joyously syncopated. Every song style and melody that Evan Roider instructs his brilliant orchestral team to play has purpose beyond its initial meaning.  Charlie Sutton's lively, flavorsome choreography unfolds with great professional skill. The artistic choices and spirit of the entire cast carry the musical story forward in all its impassioned glory.
And finally, the power and gleam of this stunning revival lies in its ability to reawaken the oft-told story of Eva Peron and make it look and feel undeniably present (Jack Mehler's moody, smokey, atmospheric set and lighting design is gorgeously conceived) as though we are seeing it for the very first time. It's quite an accomplishment and one this Ridgefield-based Equity showcase delivers with a theatrical exuberance and wealth of ambition that literally takes your breath away.

For more entertainment reviews and previews, read Jim Ruocco's blog here.

*photo by Jeff Butchen 


Performances of EVITA continue through November 11, Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.  

Show dates continue to sell out and ACT of Connecticut is encouraging theater enthusiasts to invest in its annual subscription (season ticket) packages.

Purchase tickets HERE. For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, fall education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theater-related news and announcements visit

Please get your tickets now by clicking here.

]]> (HH) Neighbors Thu, 11 Oct 2018 08:41:16 -0400
Newtown Police Open House on October 13, See Current Facility and Proposed New Department

Newtown Police Department Open Houses on October 13 and October 27

The Newtown Police Department will be conducting open houses at both the current facility at 3 Main Street, and at the site of the proposed new Police facility, 191 South Main Street.

The open houses will be held at both locations, concurrently, on October 13 and October 27 from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.

This is open to the public and all Newtown residents are encouraged to visit at their convenience during those hours on either of the dates.

]]> (Town of Newtown) Events Thu, 11 Oct 2018 07:17:24 -0400
Newtown Letter: Vote Democratic

Vote Democratic

I have never been so disappointed in the leadership of our country.  The once great Republican Party has destroyed years of environmental, safety, health and economic progress, and supports a President and a Supreme Court Justice who have both lied and have both been accused of sexually assaulting multiple women.  The Republicans have accepted foreign interference in our elections, and have used threats and misinformation as political tools.  

Democrats have been forced into partisan battles over voting rights and fundamental human rights.  

The partisan bitterness of Washington has increasingly affected our state government as well.  I will not stand quietly by and let our beautiful state and our glorious country be torn apart.  I pledge to vote for Democratic candidates, who are not afraid to discuss the issues, who listen to all sides, and who will preserve the rights and safety of all of Connecticut’s residents.  Let’s keep Connecticut blue, safe and sane for ourselves, our children and our community.

Betsy Litt, 86 Great Hill Rd, Newtown

October 9, 2017


]]> (Elizabeth Litt) Politics Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:57:03 -0400
Immaculate High School Ice Hockey Team Goes D1 and Looks for New Coach


Immaculate High School has enjoyed impressive growth in enrollment over the last few years. With a strong academic reputation as well as a thriving athletics program, the influx of talented student-athletes has resulted in recent State championships in boys basketball and girls track, SWC Championships for girls soccer, girls field hockey and boys golf as well as numerous individual athlete awards and honors and a hockey program that has been on the rise toward becoming a DI threat.

The team, in its final season as a cooperative, features student-athletes from Immaculate and New Fairfield High Schools. Instructed by CIAC to break up the co-op this upcoming season or be declared ineligible for the State tournament would have meant leaving the New Fairfield skaters out in the cold. Faced with an unfortunate decision, the team voted to play their final season as the co-op, forgoing a chance at States.

“There wasn’t really a choice. It’s a tough call and really disappointing to have to miss States,” said Ryan Fanella, IHS senior co-captain. “But there was no way anyone could imagine not playing together. The team always comes first.”

"We are very appreciative of all of the support from our families - especially New Fairfield High School for their amazing contributions and partnership over these many years,” said Tim Dunn, Athletic Director of Immaculate. The co-op team plays home games at the Danbury Ice Arena.

With then-coach Larry Vieira on the bench, the team has achieved tremendous growth while overcoming the challenges that come with it. In just four seasons they went from a DIII to a DI classification, playing a challenging first-year DI schedule last season and skating to a 13-5-3 record, with outstanding efforts that fell just short against DI stalwarts such as Xavier, Notre Dame Fairfield and Fairfield Prep.

Unfortunately, Coach Vieira recently resigned, resulting in an urgent need to replace the leadership and skill he took with him. Immaculate High School has begun looking for his successor with input from student-athletes, parents, administrators and alumni from across the co-op.

“Coach Vieira did an admirable job growing the program to the successful one that we enjoy today,” explained Mary Maloney, President of Immaculate since 2014. “We see this as an opportunity to find someone who can have immediate impact not only on this upcoming season, but working together to continue building out a comprehensive and sustainable program for the future of Immaculate Mustang hockey,” she said.

“The program is healthier than it’s ever been,” explains the Parent-Alumni Booster President and search committee chair Brian DiNatale. “Since the end of last season, the administration has been working with the coaching staff, team, parents and others to ensure that the program has the backing it needs to grow and excel. Support for a full coaching staff includes specialized goalkeeping and off-ice training for full varsity and junior varsity squads. The program will continue to challenge and develop our incoming freshmen as well as our accomplished seniors,” Mr. DiNatale added.

The right coach would put them over the top, asserts IHS board member Bernie Reidy. “The search effort is in full swing, with several highly qualified candidates already expressing an interest. I can’t imagine a better situation for a coach to walk into.”

The upcoming season’s schedule, which features more in-state DI opponents, as well as tests against high-level out-of-state competition, will present challenges to any coach, and Immaculate is focused on hiring a coach capable of stepping in and making an immediate impact on the team, while also building for the future success of the program. “This season will not be a disappointing one, winning is still the goal and our challenging schedule will remain. An SCC/SWC championship is the goal for the end of the year,” said Sam Mitchell, the NFI senior co-captain said.

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


]]> (Immaculate High School) Neighbors Wed, 10 Oct 2018 09:47:08 -0400
Newtown Residents Warned of Possible Fake Registration Phone Calls

                                                    Secretary Merrill Warns of Possible Fake Voter Registration Phone Calls

Voter registration is never done over the phone. Voters warned not to give personal information over the phone.

After national reports of suspicious phone calls, purportedly to register voters over the phone and to arrange for an absentee ballot, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is warning voters to be alert for these calls. The calls claim to be from a reputable voter registration organization, TurboVote, but the organization has confirmed that the calls are not from their organization.

“It is critical that voters are aware of this potential scam and do not give out any personal information over the phone,” said Merrill. “We would like every eligible Connecticut resident to register to vote, but that will never take place over the phone. Please go to, or your local town hall, to register to vote.”

Voters are warned to not share their personal information over the phone. If you receive one of these calls, hang up and the report the call to Taffy Womack at the Secretary of the State’s office at (860) 509-6117 or email her at

The callers are offering to register residents over the phone, and in some cases, to send the voter an absentee ballot. In Connecticut, residents cannot register to vote by phone, and to get an absentee ballot a voter has to request an absentee ballot application from their Town Clerk and return it with an actual signature.

Reputable voter registration drives will NEVER happen over the phone.

Potential voters can register at and can check their registrations at

]]> (Newtown CT) Public safety Tue, 09 Oct 2018 07:47:24 -0400
State partners with Sandy Hook Promise to protect Connecticut students

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) is partnering with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) to help train students, educators, and school administrators how to identify, assess, intervene, and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs.  Through the federal STOP School Violence Act, Connecticut is receiving $500,000 to operate the programs, which will allow SHP and DEMHS to train over 116,000 students across the state.

“Today’s announcement is a crucial step in Connecticut’s efforts to prevent school violence,” said Governor Malloy.  “We have made real progress since the tragedy at Sandy Hook – from passing some of the toughest gun safety laws in the country, to allocating more than $50 million toward improving school security – and Connecticut students are safer for those efforts.  Sandy Hook Promise has been an invaluable ally in those endeavors, and this new partnership will train students to help prevent further tragedies.”

“I’m proud of this new initiative between the state and Sandy Hook Promise to help prevent violence in our schools,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman.  “The education and training of our students and educators is vital in stopping violence before in begins.  I applaud DEMHS and Sandy Hook Promise for their continued efforts to keep our children safe in their classrooms.”

“We are proud to continue our work in our home state by working with the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to help keep Connecticut’s students safe by training them how to spot and report at-risk behaviors before violence occurs, as well as how to create an inclusive and connected community,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.  “We know we can prevent violence through proven programs like our Know the Signs programs, and I am proud that we are able to train and protect more students across Connecticut.”

“This funding under the STOP School Violence Act will save lives and help stop school violence before it starts,” said Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy in a joint statement.  “When we give teachers and students the resources needed to identify warning signs and at-risk behavior, our schools are safer.  This funding is an essential step to enhance school safety, but we must continue to pursue common sense gun violence prevention measures to protect our children from the scourge of gun violence.  Thanks to Mark, Nicole, and everyone at Sandy Hook Promise for their advocacy on this issue.”

The Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs are three of four programs under SHP’s Know the Signs programs.  Start With Hello trains students to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another, while Say Something trains students how to recognize signs, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to say something to a trusted adult.  The SOS Signs of Suicide program teaches students, educators, and school administrators how to spot the warning signs of youth suicide and how to intervene before self-harm occurs.

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and have helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm.

“With so many reactive methods being discussed in regard to school safety, we are so pleased to have this opportunity to work closely with Sandy Hook Promise through the STOP School Violence Act to teach our students and educators proven prevention methods that will help keep our schools safe,” said Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro.


“Over the last several years under the strong leadership of Governor Malloy, Connecticut has become a national leader in reducing gun violence and improving security within our schools,” said Connecticut State Department of Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell.  “By securing this federal grant and partnering with Sandy Hook Promise to provide training to students, teachers, and administrators, Connecticut is taking one more important step toward keeping students safe without turning our schools into fortresses or arming teachers in our classrooms.”

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build-off of the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings, and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence.  It was passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill.  Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut.  It is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) before it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene, and get help for at-risk individuals.  SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others.  The organization’s words, actions, and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning tragedy into a moment of transformation.  For more infor

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Newtown & Sandy Hook Restaurant Week Kicks Off October 8

2018 Newtown & Sandy Hook Restaurant Week October 8th to October 14th!

This is your opportunity to experience our town culture and the trendy culinary scene.

Newtown's restaurants are unique, and as such, may offer special menu items, discounts, etc. for Restaurant Week 2018.  Be sure to contact the location you are visiting for their specials!!

Restaurant Week offers restaurants the opportunity to introduce the community and visitors to what they do best at a price and menu that encourages dining out. Our Newtown and Sandy Hook restaurants will be showing you their best... they want you to come back!

Come see & taste the unique offerings that are being cooked up! 

Learn more here.

For more information - or to include your restaurant, please contact

Christal Preszler, Deputy Director

Economic and Community Development


Kim Chiappetta, Coordinator

Economic and Community Development


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Alpha Program begins at St. Rose Church in Newtown

St Rose Church Alpha Program for people who are searching for answers about life and God

October 3 – December 19, 2018 -- People who are searching for answers about life and God are invited to attend the program Alpha that is being offered at St. Rose Church October 3 – December 19, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the Knights of Columbus Hall.  Every session includes a FREE meal, informational video and insightful conversation in a no pressure environment.  Alpha, which means beginning or first step, explores the fundamental truths of the Christian faith.  It touches the human heart and gradually leads people to an encounter with Jesus. It is evangelization founded in hospitality, sharing and open conversation. Each week examines a different question about the Christian faith through engaging videos and conversation.  Alpha is for anyone, but it is particularly designed to reach people who would not describe themselves as Christian or regular churchgoers.

“How many of us know friends, family, neighbors, co-workers who do not go to church or have any relationship with God?  Maybe they have given up their faith or maybe they’re not sure what they believe.  We know they actually may be searching for answers but do not know where to start.  This is where Alpha comes in,” said Bob Andrejczyk, St. Rose Parishioner and Alpha Chairman.

Mr. Andrejczyk and his team are encouraging people to take a risk and invite someone in their lives who is searching or struggling for answers to explore the Alpha program.  All are welcome and it is not required that attendees commit to every session.

Alpha is a welcoming, no pressure, relaxed environment where people are accepted for who they are and where they are at.  It’s an opportunity to explore faith at your own pace with the support of others. 

Alpha has run in 169 countries in both Catholic and Christian churches, universities, homes, workplaces and prisons; more than 29 million people have participated in an Alpha program to date.  It is endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Currently, this is the only Alpha program running in the Diocese of Bridgeport – it is open to all people in Newtown and beyond.  Alpha begins Wednesday, October 3rd and runs through Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  There is no cost to participate but registrations are required in order to plan for meals.  If you have questions or would like to register, email


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Have your Child’s Car Seat Inspected for Free

Is your car seat safely installed? Below are the centers closest to Newtown.

Using an age-appropriate child restraint system in your vehicle isn’t an option - it’s the law. And reports have proven time and time again that car seats that are properly installed save lives.

In addition to Car Seat Clinics which take place periodically throughout Connecticut, parents and guardians can visit a local Fitting Station to find out if their child’s car seat has been safely installed. There are approximately 78 Fitting Stations in Connecticut, according to United Way’s CT211(

Newtown residents can have their car seat inspected by a Child Passenger Safety Technician at a local Fitting Clinic at 3 Main Street, Newtown, CT. Individuals needing car seat information, such as which styles are best for their vehicle, appropriate sizes, securing the seat correctly, can contact their local police department.... They are open 24 hr/7 days.  For more information please call 203-270-4255, or visit their website at

The National Safety Council reports that in  2016, 723 child occupants under age 13 died in traffic crashes; 213 were unrestrained, and many others were inadequately restrained at the time of the crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants (younger than 1-year-old) and by 54% for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars.

Not sure of where your car seat should be placed in your vehicle? Not sure if your child (still) needs one?

The American Academy of Pediatrics states:

  • All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Seat until they are at least 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.

  • Any child was has outgrown their rear-facing weight or height limit for his convertible car seat should use a Forward-Facing Car Seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer.

  • All children whose weight or height is above the foward-facing limit for their car seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.

  • When children are old enough and large enough for the vehicle seat belt to fit them correctly, they should always use Lap and Shoulder Seat Belts for optimal protection.

  • All children younger than 13 years of age should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.

Worried your car seat may be recalled? Click here for the latest recall list provided by SafeKids Connecticut.

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200 Years of Frankenstein's Monster Lecture at C. H. Booth Library in Newtown

200 Years of Frankenstein's Monster, Dr. Mark Schenker, lecturer at C. H. Booth Library in Newtown

On New Year’s Day 1818, Frankenstein was published anonymously in London by 20-year-old Mary Shelley, wife of the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and daughter of the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. It would become one of the most influential novels of the 19th or any other century, even as it remains a work most people know through cinema or popular culture rather than from having read the book.

In association with the C. H. Booth Library’s sponsorship of the October 28th screening of The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)—as part of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission’s 2018 Someday Cinema Series—Mark Schenker of Yale College will discuss Shelley’s novel, James Whale’s two classic masterpieces of film horror, and all things Frankenstein.

Please register here.

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David Wax Museum live at Edmond Town Hall

The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission and Edmond Town Hall proudly welcome David Wax Museum to the ETH stage on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM.

David Wax Museum is a folk and roots rock band blending traditional Mexican Son Music with Americana in what they call "Mexo-Americana."

Opening for them will be an ensemble of young musicians from the Paul Green Rock Academy!


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