Plymouth's HamletHub Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:52:34 -0400 Plymouth ranks 66 in school spending amongst CT Towns

The quality of Plymouth’s school system has a direct correlation to so much of what makes it a great town. Home values, crime, and family all receive a boost from a strong school system.

Every town has different thoughts on what portion of the town’s tax dollars should be spent on education. Much research has been done on the effectiveness of educational spending, and the effectiveness that additional spending has on a better quality education and school system.

Plymouth currently spends $684,655 on education according to Connecticut State Comptroller, which represents a cost per student of $450.

Plymouth has 1,522 students enrolled, which ranks 102 amongst the 202 school districts in Connecticut.

The amount that Plymouth spends on education is $684,655, which ranks Plymouth number 66 in educational spending of the 151 reporting towns in the state of CT.

]]> (Karen Moore) Life Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:55:59 -0500
Weston Best City in Connecticut for Employment according to New Report

Connecticut is home to some of the best cities in the world and we all know a vibrant employment market is essential to keep it that way. How does Plymouth rank?

Zippia recently ranked 46 cities in Connecticut based on the potential for employment. Plymouth ranked number 38. Zippia reported that Recent Job Growth was 0.80% and that Future Job Growth was 33.40%.

Plymouth has a labor force of 6,693 according to the Department of Labor, and the latest unemployment rate for Plymouth is 4.30% for the month of November 2016. This rate is not seasonally adjusted.

Overall the State of Connecticut has a labor force of 1,888,100, and an unemployment rate of 3.7%.

Weston was ranked as the best, with Wilton and Fairfield ranked second and third. The score was determined by an average of 4 factors:

Unemployment rate
Recent job growth
Future job growth
Median household income

To see the entire list of 46 Connecticut cities, please go to

]]> (Karen Moore) Politics Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:40:55 -0500
Plymouth Housing Market Data released by Zillow

The housing market for Plymouth increased by 1.21% from the previous month according to the latest Zillow survey.

Zillow released their monthly Home Value Index from November 2016 which shows the median price of a home in Plymouth at $175,700, which represents an increase of 1.21% from the previous month. The index for Plymouth is up 4.71% from last year.
Zillow also reported that the average value per square foot of a home in Plymouth is $ 121.

The average of the index for each town in Connecticut is $242,800, which is up .20% from the previous month, and up 1.85% from last year. The average of the median values per square foot in CT is $163.

Zillow believes US homes will continue to regain lost value since 2007 and could surpass pre-recession highs by mid-2017.

Zillow also reports that rents are more unaffordable than ever in many markets. On average in the US renters spend 29% of their income on rent.

More information on how Zillow computes their price index can be found here

]]> (Karen Moore) Neighbors Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:47:10 -0500
Better Business Bureau Reports Tax Scams as the Most Popular Connecticut Scam

Plymouth reported only 1 scam to the BBB in 2016.

Reports to BBB Scam Tracker in 2016 confirmed that tax scams are still the top scam, despite a huge drop in reports after a September police raid in Mumbai, India. The list was compiled based on more than 30,000 scam reports filed by consumers on

Plymouth had the most popular scam type listed as Utility. In Connecticut, the top scam was described as “Tax Collection” (28), “Debt Collections” (17), and “Employment” (16).

The top three scams on the 2016 list for the entire US – tax scams, debt collection scams, and sweepstakes/prizes/gifts scams – were the same as in 2015. New to the top ten are online purchase scams (#4) and phishing scams (#10). Online purchase scams were common in 2015 as well, but this scam type was not added as a BBB Scam Tracker category until 2016. Employment scams (#5) are also new to the top ten, but only because work-from-home scams, previously a separate category, were included. Another change was the drop of tech support scams from #4 last year to #7 this year.

BBB encourages consumers to learn how to recognize scams and to avoid them by following these ten simple steps:

If you have any questions, or would like to report a scam, please contact the Connecticut BBB here:
BBB Serving Connecticut
29 Berlin Road
Cromwell, CT 06416
Phone: (860) 740-4500
Fax: (860) 740-4515

]]> (Karen Moore) Politics Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:00:38 -0500
On the Children's Shelf: Welcome to Hogwarts

Happy 2017 friends! I enjoyed the break I took over the holidays but am excited to be back sharing my favorite books with you here. Of course our holiday included books, and I can't wait to tell you all about them.
Christmas morning arrived in our house with two copies of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and I watched my two oldest dive in. I hoped they would love Harry Potter as much as I do. I secretly worried that they might not, and while we don't all have to have the same favorite books, I wanted this series to be one that we share. So I waited and hoped as they picked up their books.
From the first moment they opened their books and started reading, they were pulled into the story. Over break, their books seemed to become an extension of them. The books came everywhere with us. They read in the car. They read while we waited for our meal at a restaurant. When we stopped to get coffee by their favorite store, they asked if I could stay in the car so they could keep reading. They read well past their bedtimes, and I smiled and knew they were young Potter fans.
When I think about my childhood, I have so many wonderful memories of my book friends. As a parent, I hope my children will remember their favorite books and characters as fondly as I do. I traveled to the seashore with the Bobsey twins. I solved mysteries with Nancy Drew. I lived on a farm in Nebraska with Antonia. I traveled by covered wagon and went to a one room school house with Laura Ingalls. 
While my children are still in book one, they are already looking forward to book two and talk about the journey they will go on with Harry. I hope someday when they are grown and remembering their childhood, it goes something like this....
We received our Hogwarts acceptance letters. We braved the magical doorway to arrive on platform 9 3/4. We rode the Hogwarts Express and got into Hagrid's boats to finally make it to Hogwarts. We waited for our turn with the sorting hat to determine our house. We were Hogwarts students. Harry, Ron, Hermione and many others are among those we call friends.
]]> (Jessica Collins) Life Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:09:00 -0500
January is National Skating Month!

Plymouth residents don’t have to travel far to hit the ice! Newington Ice Arena located in Newington offers a host of public skating opportunities.

According U.S. Figure Skating, the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States, National Skating Month is an opportunity for local rinks, member clubs and programs to celebrate skating, invite new families to try ice skating by offering free lessons, conduct skating demonstrations and promote skating with your local media outlets.

For budding skaters, U.S. Figure Skating has a host of great skating information about ways to get started, suggestions on what to wear, how to fit and lace skates properly and some easy tips for your first steps on the ice.

The Newington Ice Arena is located at 300 Alumni Road, Newington. You can find more information on, or by calling 860.665.7825.

Experts at Health Fitness Revolution say that ice skating has many health benefits including improving balance, flexibility, endurance and strength, as well as overall mental and physical health.

]]> (Karen Moore) Life Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:52:43 -0500
Five Connecticut Towns Named Safest in United States

NeighborhoodScout, a nationwide neighborhood search engine and provider of location based analytics for real-estate investors, mortgage professionals and homebuyers, has just released its Top 100 Safest Cities list for 2017, five of which are located in the Nutmeg State!

“Our research reveals the 100 safest cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents,” says NeighboorhoodScout. Crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

Connecticut towns making the list:

  • Ridgefield - #3

  • Greenwich - #17

  • Cheshire - #19

  • Westport- #69

  • Glastonbury #75

According to NeighborhoodScout, data used for this research are 1) the number of total crimes reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and 2) the population of each city.

View the complete list of 2017 safest cities in the U.S. here.

Read the FAQ on the safest cities in America are ranked.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:35:53 -0500
Plymouth, Tell the Winter Blues to Take a Hike!

It’s winter. Daylight is at an all-time low and one of the biggest mental repercussions of this is Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons. According to The Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of SAD start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. “Get outside,” they urge. “Even on cold or cloudy days, outdoor light can help — especially if you spend some time outside within two hours of getting up in the morning,” they explain.

Hiking is a fantastic outdoor winter activity. In Plymouth nearby trails and snowshoeing venues include Black Rock State Park, 2065 Thomaston Rd, Watertown, CT.

Visit for additional trails near you and bid farewell to the winter blues!

]]> (Karen Moore) Life Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:33:21 -0500
Opportunities for Plymouth to participate in MLK Day of Service

Martin Luther King Day is a day ON, not a day OFF, as proclaimed by United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative.
There is a service opportunity called MLK Day Care Kit Creation close to Plymouth.

MLK Day Care Kit Creation
Volunteers will create care kits containing clothing and personal hygiene products for domestic violence victims.
For information, please click here:

According to United We Serve, The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities.

United We Serve offers tools and resources for organizations and individuals to become engaged in service activities to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 16, 2017.

Visit the MLK Day of Service website for more information on how you can get involved and make the King Day of Service, "A Day On, Not a Day Off!"

Learn about the MLK Day of Service opportunity near Plymouth by clicking

]]> (Karen Moore) Life Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:00:20 -0500
Plymouth Residents being asked to give help with Red Cross Blood Drive

As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.

Plymouth residents are being asked to give blood to help those in need.

Millions of people are expected to take to the roads, rail and air to celebrate the season, which can cause fewer donors to be available and lead to a decline in blood and platelet donations. In addition, severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can temporarily prevent some from giving. Donors with all blood types are needed now to help patients. As a special thank you for taking the time to donate, those who come out to give through Jan. 8 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

“Many of us celebrate this time of year with loved ones, but patients may spend the holidays and ring in the new year from a hospital room,” said Alyson Barraza of the Red Cross Connecticut Blood Services Region. “Blood and platelet donors can bring joy to patients and their families by giving blood or platelets to help ensure patients receive the lifesaving treatments they need.”

Additional upcoming blood donation opportunities Near Plymouth:

1/10/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.
1/10/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.
12/29/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Newtown Municipal, 3 Primrose Street

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.
For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

]]> (Karen Moore) Life Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:34:12 -0500
FOCUS Festival for Autism set for June 6

CANTON – Come enjoy some good, old-fashioned fun at the Annual FOCUS Festival for Autism. Festival admission is free and the event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine on Saturday, June 6, from noon until 4 p.m. at Mills Pond Park, 14 East Hill Road in Canton.

Everyone is invited to the celebration! This year marks Focus Center for Autism’s 15th year of changing lives.  Come and enjoy great music provided by the radio station, 102.9, the Whale. Meet our special guests Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” and Tinkerbell.

This year’s festival includes fun for all ages: games, delicious food, pony rides, a petting zoo, giant inflatables, face painting, a dunk tank, a teacup raffle and a silent auction. Prizes include exciting gift baskets, gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses, and a Florida vacation package worth $3,000 (which includes: a $1,000 VISA gift card, two Southwest Airlines tickets, eight tickets to SeaWorld and four tickets to Disney World)!

The presenting sponsor for this year’s festival is GoodWorks Insurance of Glastonbury, New Milford and Columbia. GoodWorks Insurance donates at least 50 percent of its operating profit to nonprofits that support education, healthcare and public-safety programs.

Other sponsors also include: Kids Dental of Bristol, Health Consultant Group, Bearingstar Insurance, Dynamic Auto, Collinsville Savings Bank, First Choice Business Brokers Davidson Chevrolet, Advanced Veterinary Care, Shop Rite-Joseph Family Markets LLC, KLEBE Fuel, Cook and Kozlak Flooring, Health Markets and Torrington Savings Bank.

The festival is organized by FOCUS Center for Autism, a non-profit organization which provides supportive programming and services for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. For more information about the festival and FOCUS Center for Autism, please visit the FOCUS website at:


Amanda Pasler

Office: 860-693-8809

Cell: 860-202-5816

]]> (Jeannette Brodeur ) Charities Fri, 22 May 2015 04:23:40 -0400
Saying goodbye

Today is my last official day as editor of the Plymouth HamletHub. I have enjoyed seeing my town from a completely different perspective. It has been wonderful to get to know so many people and learn so many new things about the town I live in. I really loved getting to write about the little things that so often go unwritten about in our little town. I hope you have enjoyed what I have tried to accomplish.

Right now, I need to take a step back from things and take care of myself. I have some health issues that I need to address right now and I just couldn't give my all to this job. Maybe it's time for me to stop and take a deep breath and see what's next in my future.

Thank you, to all of you who have read my stories, liked my posts on Facebook and Twitter, said hello to me at meetings and events, encouraged me and welcomed me. I'll still be here and I still love this town.And I will still be contributing articles to the HamletHub group now and then too. 

So, I won't say goodbye to all of you, I'll just say, see you soon and thank you!

]]> (Jeannette Brodeur) Life Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:17:41 -0400
How ADHD is diagnosed in children

Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD. It is normal for all children to be inattentive, hyperactive, or impulsive sometimes, but for children with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe and occur more often.

To be diagnosed with the disorder, a child must have symptoms for six or more months and to a degree that is greater than other children of the same age.

Children who have symptoms of inattention may:

· Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another

· Have difficulty focusing on one thing

· Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless they are doing something enjoyable

· Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new

· Have trouble completing or turning in homework assignments, often losing things (e.g., pencils, toys, assignments) needed to complete tasks or activities

· Not seem to listen when spoken to

· Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly

· Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others

· Struggle to follow instructions

Children who have symptoms of inattention may:

· Fidget and squirm in their seats

· Talk nonstop

· Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight

· Have trouble sitting still during dinner, school, and story time

· Be constantly in motion

· Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities

Children who have symptoms of impulsivity may:

· Be very impatient

· Blurt out inappropriate comments, show their emotions without restraint, and act without regard for consequences

· Have difficulty waiting for things they want or waiting their turns in games

· Often interrupt conversations or others' activities.

To read about the Causes of ADD, go to:

To read about Treating ADD, go to:

And to read about Adults with ADD, go to:

]]> (National Institutes of Health) Life Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:58:20 -0400
Town of Plymouth looking for bids for electrical, plumbing, carpentry work

Are you a contractor looking for work? There are several invitations to BID for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and/or carpentry work for the Town of Plymouth. There is also an opportunity to BID for removal of an underground fuel storage tank at the Plymouth Maintenance Garage on 25 Hillside Ave., Terryville, CT. All BIDs due July 29th. Click here for complete information.


]]> (Town of Plymouth) Life Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:37:53 -0400
Call for artists at the Watertown Farmers' Market

Watertown Farmers' Market runs on Saturday from 9am-1pm at the Watertown Library Parking lot at 470 Main Street through October 11th.

Each week, along with all the delicious locally grown produce, the Market has a theme. For July 19th it is Kid's Day at the Market where children are encouraged to come in and setup their own tables selling their own produce, plants, baked goods, handcrafted items, artwork, etc. It is a great opportunity for the kids to make a little money and have some fun! Christine Rodrigue will be the visiting artist this week and she will be bringing along her granddaughter with her own artwork.

Children through age 15 are welcome! - just bring your table, umbrella (awning) and chair and enjoy the Farmers' Market.

On July 26th the focus of the Market will be on artists. All local artists from the surrounding area are encouraged to setup and be part of the Art Walk. Awnings/tents are suggested, and you provide your own setup.

There is no charge to participate as part of the theme. Preregister at or simply show up before 8:30am and check in with Doreen at the Information Tent.

The book Nook is open during Market hours, so please be sure to stop by and get some summer or vacation reading.

The Watertown Farmers Market is sponsored by Watertown Recreation. For additional information, please contact the office at 61 Echo Lake Road, Watertown, call 860-945-5246 or email:

]]> (Doreen Breen) Places Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:07:27 -0400