Newtown's HamletHub Fri, 05 Mar 2021 20:54:18 -0500 Newtown Parks and Recreation 2021 Spring and Summer Brochure

2021 Spring and Summer Brochure

Check out Newtown Parks and Recreation exciting programs we are offering this Spring and Summer 2021

The Benefits are Endless!!!

Spring Programs 

Summer Programs and Camps

Summer Day Camp

Click individual links for Spring, Summer or Day Camp or the entire Spring and Summer Brochure

Click here to register today


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Red Cross Blood Drives in Newtown

The need for blood is constant, even during COVID and snowstorms!  Schedule now to donate in March at Newtown Congregational Church.

All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Results available within one to two weeks via your donor account on both and the Blood Donor App. If you’ve had a COVID vaccination, please bring the type of vaccine used.

Schedule via or 800-733-2767. COVID-19 protocols apply; facemasks are required and provided if needed.


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$450K gift supports Nuvance Health’s digital health strategy

For nearly two decades, Danbury couple has donated $1 million to support strategic initiatives

Today, consumers use their high-tech mobile devices for nearly everything — from ordering groceries to streaming entertainment to transferring their bank funds. And one Nuvance Health donation will help ensure people can use their smartphones to improve their health.

“The majority of traffic to retail websites now comes from smartphones, but the healthcare industry has lagged behind in this key trend,” said John Patrick of Danbury, Conn., who with his wife, Joanne, recently donated $450,000 to Nuvance Health to support the Connecticut and New York-based seven-hospital system’s digital health strategies.

There is tremendous potential for digital health, according to John Patrick, formerly Vice President of Internet Technology at IBM and author of six books. “mHealth (mobile health) will make getting an appointment for an X-ray or a physician visit as easy as buying a household item or booking an airline flight online.”

For example, a simple text can communicate, store, retrieve and remind patients of their health status or deliver messages promoting healthy behaviors and choices.

“Digital health is a core element of our 2025 strategic plan,” Nuvance Health President and CEO Dr. John M. Murphy said. “The Patricks’ generous gift will help us place the needed focus on this key area.”

In addition to financial support, John Patrick recently joined Nuvance Health’s Digital Patient Experience Executive Committee.

“His decades of experience in technology and his service on the Danbury Hospital and Western Connecticut Health Network boards of directors brings us a unique perspective to help build out a digital health strategy to serve our patients,” said Geoffry Hook, Nuvance Health’s Chief Information Officer.

Over the past 20 years, the Patricks have made numerous gifts totaling $1 million to key areas of Nuvance Health programs including oncology radiation therapy, breast cancer, neonatal care, mobile pediatric care and nursing education. Their first major donation was $100,000 in 2006 to enable the launch of a women’s cardiac care program. Joanne Patrick was formerly a coronary care nurse specialist and she recognized research had found men’s and women’s cardiovascular health and heart attack symptoms were different. The cardiac gift was followed in 2011 with a $100,000 donation to support the launch of the Rudy L. Ruggles Biomedical Research Institute and an additional gift in 2013 to enable a Cell Generation Laboratory at the institute. In 2016, the Patricks donated $250,000 to help launch the system’s telehealth program, which has become essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth, or connected care, is a key element of Nuvance Health’s digital health strategy. It enables patients to see their doctors remotely using a desktop, laptop or mobile device.

“Philanthropic support is critical in these difficult times,” Nuvance Health Chief Development Officer Grace Linhard said. “John and Joanne have a history of helping to add focus to leading-edge healthcare initiatives, which are so important to the health system’s long-term focus on technology directly benefiting our patients. We hope other philanthropists will join John and Joanne to build on the investment they have made in our future.”

Find out how you can support Nuvance Health’s efforts.


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Plans To Ease Some COVID-19 Restrictions in Connecticut, Large Event Venues to Open in April

Lamont Announces Plans To Ease Some COVID-19 Restrictions in Connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that in the coming days he plans to revise some requirements that were implemented in Connecticut in the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly when it comes to those relating to capacity levels and travel restrictions.

The governor stressed that while some of these restrictions are being eased, all of the protocols that relate to face coverings, social distancing, and cleaning measures are being maintained, and people and businesses are urged to continue adhering to those health and safety procedures.

“While it is encouraging to see the number of cases in our state gradually going down and people getting vaccinated at rates that are among the highest in the nation, we need to continue taking this virus seriously to mitigate its spread as much as possible,” Governor Lamont said. “Please continue to wear face coverings in public and when around other people outside of your households, maintain social distancing, and keep washing your hands and cleaning surfaces. Connecticut has made tremendous strides to combat this pandemic, and we don’t want to lose the progress that we’ve made.”

Protocols that will remain in effect until further notice include:

  • Face coverings and masks continue to be required
  • Bars that only serve beverages continue to remain closed
  • 11PM closing time remains in place for events at venues, restaurants, and entertainment
  • Indoor theaters continue to have a 50% capacity
  • Large event venues (e.g. stadiums) to open in April

The protocols that will be revised in the coming days include:

Beginning Friday, March 19, 2021

  • All capacity limits will be eliminated for the following businesses, while face coverings, social distancing, and other cleaning and disinfecting protocols will continue to be required:
  • Restaurants (8-person table capacity and 11PM required closing time for dining rooms continues)
  • Retail
  • Libraries
  • Personal services
  • Indoor recreation (excludes theaters, which will continue to have a 50% capacity)
  • Gyms/fitness centers
  • Museums, aquariums, and zoos
  • Offices
  • Houses of worship
  • Gathering sizes will be revised to the following amounts:
  • Social and recreational gatherings at private residence – 25 indoors/100 outdoors
  • Social and recreational gatherings at commercial venues – 100 indoors/200 outdoors
  • All sports will be allowed to practice and compete, and all sports tournaments will be allowed, subject to Department of Public Health guidance
  • Connecticut’s travel advisory will be modified from a requirement to recommended guidance

Beginning Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Capacity limits on early childhood classes will increase from 16 to 20

Beginning Friday, April 2, 2021

  • Outdoor amusement parks can open
  • Outdoor event venues can increase to a 50% capacity, capped at 10,000 people
  • Indoor stadiums can open at 10% capacity
  • Summer camps and summer festivals are advised to begin the planning stages to open for the upcoming season
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COVID-19 Vaccination Site Opens at Danbury Fair Mall

In partnership with the Community Health Center and the City of Danbury, a vaccination distribution site opened today at Danbury Fair for residents of Connecticut to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The entrance to the site is located near the former Sears auto center in the parking lot. Please follow the directional signage to enter the area.

Additional information:

  • Moderna vaccine is being administered, both first and second dose appointments.
  • As of March 1, those eligible in Connecticut are people 55 and over, teachers and school staff, health care workers and medical first responders.
  • To check whether you are eligible, visit THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE.
  • You must have an appointment to receive the vaccine.  Anyone without an appointment, or not eligible under the state’s current phase, will be turned away.
  • To make an appointment or for more information, call CT’s 211 COVID-19 hotline at 877-918-2224. 
  • Appointments will also be available through VAMS.
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Sen. Hwang Responds to Gaming Expansion Push in CT

Hartford, CT - Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) provides the following reaction to the Governor’s announcement today on the progress on an agreement to expand gaming in Connecticut.

“This morning while I was participating in the legislative public hearing on this subject with the Public Safety and Security Committee I was also watching the media provide piecemeal hints about a forthcoming online and sports gambling agreement. The cart-before-the-horse nature of the announcement from the Governor and the Mohegan Tribe leaves me with a number of unanswered questions.

Most importantly, let's address the societal addiction to gambling. This is the absolute worst time to expand gaming. There is a considerable pandemic-battered population of people who are home, isolated, bored and spending the majority of their day staring at their computer or mobile phone. They are incredibly vulnerable to the addictive nature of gambling, especially when they can access platforms around the clock from the comfort of their own home.

There hasn’t been a study of gaming in Connecticut and its impacts since 2009, and now we are opening the floodgates for people to embark on a very difficult habit to manage.

If this is about revenue for the state and tribes, I would strongly urge all parties to refrain from preying on those most at-risk and vulnerable to addiction as a mechanism to increase revenue flow.  I am deeply concerned about the societal impact of unleashing online gambling and sports wagering when people are facing incredible mental, emotional and social isolation challenges.

Legally, I am concerned about the violation of the “due process’ provision of our Federal Constitution.  The unique Connecticut Tribal compacts agreement that gives the tribes a monopoly over gambling in Connecticut in exchange for guaranteed slot machine revenue. The monopolistic parameters of the compact have effectively shut the city of Bridgeport and other potential vendors out of the marketplace to hosting a casino or having any involvement in Connecticut gambling for over 25 years. 

Further, it seems inadvisable to give the Connecticut Lottery more authority and responsibility over state sanctioned gambling, given its recent scandal-ridden headlines as a state quasi-public agency with evidence of employment abuses and costly management practices.

As a prior ranking senator on the Public Safety and security Committee I am acutely aware of the many sides to the conversation surrounding the introduction of online gambling and sports wagering to our state. There are serious risks to consider, and neither the 2021 bill proposals nor today’s announcement from Governor Lamont provide any substantial considerations of these risks.

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RVNAhealth StayWELL Earns Employer of Choice Award

RVNAhealth is excited to share that our StayWELL team has been awarded a 2021 Best of Home Care® – Employer of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse.  This award recognizes RVNAhealth and our StayWELL business as one of the top performing non-medical home care agency employers in the nation, based upon unfiltered caregiver employee feedback.  Home Care Pulse is the home care industry’s leading firm in satisfaction research and quality assurance.

Committed to being the best in our field, RVNAhealth partnered with Home Care Pulse at the beginning of 2020 as part of an ongoing improvement initiative, to better understand the client and caregiver experience.  As an independent third-party provider, Home Care Pulse collects candid and direct phone-interview feedback monthly from StayWELL clients and caregivers in areas such as impact on daily life, communication, caregiver ability, and client/caregiver compatibility. 

“As one of only 19 home care assistant agencies in Connecticut to receive this award, and with many hundreds of non-medical home care agency employers in our state, we are honored to be recognized for our outstanding employment experience. I am extremely proud of our skilled and compassionate caregivers who provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I extend appreciation to our caregivers for their feedback and choice in working for RVNAhealth,” says Melissa Woodhouse, RRT, MOT, OTR/L, CDP, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL Services.

In addition to the Home Care Pulse Employer of Choice Award, RVNAhealth is also an eight-time winner of the Hearst Media Top Workplaces Award, as well as a 2020 Home Care Pulse Provider of Choice, tributes also earned through unfiltered employee and client feedback. Learn more about RVNAhealth’s StayWELL services here, or call 203-438-5555. To meet some of our exceptional caregivers, please visit our Meet the Caregivers webpage.  For inquiries into caregiver employment opportunities, please contact Human Resources.


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Dog Training Classes in Newtown Start March 11

Dog Training Classes begin on March 11th, Register today

The Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA)  title is part of the AKC’s Community Canine program and is designed to evaluate a dog’s real world skills in a natural, community setting.  Dogs MUST have an AKC number and proof of the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) award/title on record with AKC.  Details can be found at  Testing for the CGCA is included in the fee.  While therapy groups do not require CGCA certification, we believe mastering the advanced skills covered by CGC and CGCA curricula will aid in obtaining therapy certification offered by various therapy dog groups.  NOTE: most health-care facilities and schools for visiting dogs and handlers require Therapy dog certification.  Most therapy dog groups will not certify dogs less than one year of age.
300012 A                 Thursdays, March 11 to April 15
7:30-8:15 pm          AGE: 14-99              FEE: $160
This course prepares students for the CGC tests/titles and testing by various therapy dog groups. Therapy certification is required by most health-care facilities and schools for visiting dogs and handlers. Open to all dogs that have completed Household Obedience Level 1. CGC stresses good manners in the presence of people and other dogs. Testing for the CGC is included in the fee. NOTE: Therapy dog groups will not certify dogs less than one year of age.
300014 A              Thursdays, March 11 to April 15
7:30-8:15 pm       AGE: 14-99         FEE: $160.00
Rally and advanced obedience offers dogs and their handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The class focuses on Rally signs, Rally exercises, and the attention skills that dogs need for performance events. This class includes off-leash heeling, drop on recall, hand signals, and obstacle training. Successful completion of Household Obedience Level 2 is required.
300013 A              Thursdays, March 11 to April 15
5:45-6:30 pm       AGE: 14-99         FEE: $140.00
This class is designed for dogs 4 months of age and older with no formal training. All elements of basic canine training will be covered including: sit, down, stand, stay, recall, and heel. Common household problems, jumping, chewing, and good manners will be addressed.
300015 A              Thursdays, March 11 to April 15
6:30-7:15 pm       AGE: 14-99         FEE: $200.00
This class is for the graduate of the S.T.A.R. Puppy or level 1 class. Consistency and reliability will be significantly improved through distraction training and attention training. Emphasis is on off-leash work, hand signals, and progression toward advanced obedience, Canine Good Citizen, or therapy dog certification.
300017 A              Thursdays, March 11 to April 15
7:30-8:15 pm       AGE: 14-99         FEE: $160.00
S.T.A.R. stands for “Socialization,” “Training,” “Activity,” and a “Responsible” owner - all things a puppy needs to have a good life. Life skills will be taught to new pups, including basic commands. Proper socialization, interactions, and responsible dog ownership will also be addressed. This class is open to all pups up to one year of age.
300016 A              Thursdays, March 11 to April 15
6:30-7:15 pm       AGE: 14-99         FEE: $200.00

All classes held at Pleasant Paws Pet Center, 94 S. Main Street.
INSTRUCTOR: Canine Training Behavior Services, LLC

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Connecticut Business Day in March 16, Join Fellow Business Owners via Zoom

Join hundreds of your fellow business leaders via Zoom Wednesday, March 16 for Connecticut Business Day 2021. The event begins at 8:30 am.
Register in advance HERE.
Your voice matters—this is your opportunity to share your concerns and challenges with state legislators and help improve the state’s business climate and competitiveness.
The day begins with a welcome session and remarks from Gov. Ned Lamont, including opportunities for you to ask the governor questions.
You’ll then hear from a bipartisan group of legislators who signed and support CBIA’s Rebuilding Connecticut policy pledge.
The 11-point policy recommendations are designed to help employers—particularly struggling small businesses—manage the high costs of navigating COVID-19 restrictions, create and retain jobs, and lead the state’s economic recovery and growth for the benefit of all residents.
Joe Eyer , VP of public affairs for AT&T, and Kelly Memphis , senior manager of government relations and stakeholder engagement practice for the Public Affairs Council, will provide insight, resources, and tools for effectively engaging with legislators and the importance of grassroots advocacy.
And CBIA’s Eric Gjede will update you on the latest from the 2021 General Assembly session, including the status of key legislative proposals.
The next few years are pivotal for Connecticut’s economic future. Your attendance March 16 sends a message that businesses are a part of the solution.
Registration is free, but we strongly encourage you to register in advance by clicking HERE.

Reach out to your lawmakers before Business Day through Phone2Action!


8:30 am | Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Lynn Ward, President & CEO, Waterbury Regional Chamber; President, Connecticut Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
  • Chris DiPentima, President & CEO, CBIA

8:40 am | Gov. Ned Lamont

9:10 am | Legislative Panel

  • Moderator: Eric Gjede, VP, Government Affairs, CBIA
  • Rep. Holly Cheeseman (R-Niantic)
  • Sen. Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury)
  • Sen. Kevin Witkos (R- Canton)
  • Rep. Kerry Wood (D- Rocky Hill)

9:55 am | Grassroots Best Practices

  • Moderator: Pam Staneski, Executive Director, Milford Chamber of Commerce
  • Joseph Eyer, VP, Public Affairs, AT&T
  • Kelly Memphis, Senior Manager of Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement Practice, PAC

10:40 am | Legislative Update

  • Eric Gjede, VP, Government Affairs, CBIA

11:00 am | Legislative Visits

CBIA members: Want to meet one-on-one with your state lawmakers? We can help.

Chambers of commerce: Let CBIA's Stevie Ann Lis ( know if you want to meet with your legislative delegation.

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The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut seeks submissions for ‘Color Blind’ online art exhibit

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is calling artists from Connecticut and New York for submissions for an online exhibit to open in May and showcase monochromatic works that demonstrate the struggle of a society that is decidedly not “color blind” when it comes to racial struggle.

Artists are asked to demonstrate through a colorless lens the symbols of liberation, resistance or empowerment that will offer a visually compelling account of the breadth of experiences and struggles that affect people of color. Artists have the power to control their use of color and imagery in ways that can create a better and constructive impact on our culture, making people understand the importance of life and its value.

“Sometimes a monochrome palette can say more than a full spectrum of color and create a striking contrast,” said Lisa Scails, Cultural Alliance executive director. “Artists with 2-dimensional works of all mediums are invited to share work that is composed of a majority of black, white and all shades in between.”

Artist and teacher Lisa D’Amico, who has worked as an independent curator for the past 15 years, will curate the show.

“As an artist, I believe every new work is a deep breath,” D’Amico said. “A new beginning to tell a story using creativity.”

She has managed exhibition programs that included juried, curated and invitational exhibitions, featuring the work of regional, national and international artists. She is also the co-founder of “The Bluefield Artists” and the creator of the annual small works exhibit, “Inside Small.”

The “Color Blind” exhibition will be unveiled online on May 14 and will remain on display through Aug. 27.

For further details and to submit a piece of art for consideration, please visit For more information, contact Lisa D’Amico email

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is the heart of the region’s creativity to help communities connect and thrive. We are a 501(C)3 and regional service organization serving 10-towns in the Greater Danbury area. Our aspiration is to improve access and growth of arts and culture to improve quality of life and the economy. The Connecticut Office of the Arts provides major support.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Tue, 02 Mar 2021 05:58:15 -0500
Greater Danbury Chamber Announces Virtual Job Fair on March 16th

 We are very excited to announce that we’re partnering with the Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce to offer a Virtual Job Fair on March 16th from 10:00am-1:00pm, sponsored by the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board. We know many of our members are hiring and we’re thrilled to be able to offer this very professional format. 
Premier Virtual has an amazing, interactive platform where you’ll be able to create your company booth, collect resumes, chat with candidates live during the fair, and hopefully hire! 
If you’re interested in participating in this Virtual Job Fair as an employer, it’s easy to register, click here. The booth fee is $50 and you can purchase using this link or request an invoice. If you are a jobseeker interested in participating in the job fair, click here to register (no fee for job seekers)
This YouTube video will walk you through setting up your company’s virtual booth. Premier Virtual will hold a Zoom training session next week to walk you through it and answer any questions you may have.
Any questions, feel free to reach out to 
]]> (Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce ) Neighbors Tue, 02 Mar 2021 05:15:50 -0500
Newtown Chamber Presents Covid, Confidence, and Congress!

Covid, Confidence, and Congress! Thursday, March 25 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

John S. Traynor is the Chief Investment Officer and an Executive Vice President at People’s United Advisors. As Chief Investment Officer, John directs the firm’s overall investment process and committees. He also serves as the chief spokesperson for the firm’s investment outlook via regular strategy meetings and events throughout New England and New York.

John was just recently named to the New Haven Biz Power 50 Class of 2020 and was noted by the outlet for his much sought-after outlook on global, national, and local economies.

John appears frequently on CNBC, Fox Business, Yahoo! Finance, and Bloomberg Radio. He has also been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, U.S. News & World Report, and many other outlets.

Active in the community, John serves on the Board of The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport and is a member of the Professional Advisors Council for Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. An avid rower, John is also the Chairman of Olympic Athletes Rowing at Saugatuck, an organization that focuses on developing elite-level athletes in that sport.

John has been with People’s United Advisors since 2011. Previously, he served as the Director of Investment Strategy and Alternative Investments at Hawthorn, a $22 billion family office in the PNC Financial Services Group. He holds a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in finance from Villanova University.

Register by email to
Once registered, an email with a secure Zoom link will be sent.
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Newtown Parks & Rec Child and Babysitting Safety Program

Child & Babysitting Safety Program

This is an entry-level course intended to teach age-appropriate skills necessary to care for children of all ages

This course is for youth 11 to 17 years of age with the most common age being 12-14. This is an entry level course intended to teach age appropriate skills necessary to care for children of all ages using team babysitting, mother's helper and individual babysitting concepts. The course focuses on safety with an emphasis on prevention.

Other topics include hand washing, diapering, bottle feeding, personal safety and interview skills. Basic first aid and obstructed airway management for a conscious choking child/adult and infant will be covered. First aid including adult and child CPR (requires passing written and skills testing to receive 2 year certification) Booklet, handouts and Babysitter Safety Certificate of completion included. **Bring a snack, student must complete all hours**

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Egg Dash at Your Newtown Home!

Egg Dash at Your Home!!

The spring bunny is back and ready to deliver! Sign up to have the bunny deliver filled eggs to local front yards.

To register, please click here. 

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Governor Lamont Sets April 13 Special Election for State Representative Seat in Monroe and Newtown

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has scheduled Tuesday, April 13, 2021, as the date to hold a special election to fill a vacancy for state representative in the 112th Assembly District of the Connecticut House of Representatives.

The seat, which consists of the entirety of Monroe and portions of Newtown, became vacant on February 17 following the resignation of J.P. Sredzinski.

Under state law, the governor is required to issue a writ of the special election within 10 days of a vacancy in the General Assembly and a special election must be held exactly 46 days after the writ has been issued. Governor Lamont issued the writs today.

**Download: Governor Lamont’s writ of special election for the 112th Assembly District in the Town of Monroe

**Download: Governor Lamont’s writ of special election for the 112th Assembly District in the Town of Newtown

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