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 Redding Country Club's Gabi Niculescu National Platform Tennis Tourney Finalist

<p>Number 7 might be considered lucky for some. For Gabriela Niculescu, the number represents dedication, determination, and discipline, leading to seven finishes in the final round of the women's American Platform Tennis Association (APTA) tournament, its version of March Madness. From a starting field of 64 teams, Gabi and her new partner, Ellie Halbaurer, once again rose to the finals and finished an impressive second in the Women's National Platform Tennis Championship on March 8 &amp; 9 in Boston. Although they initially fell behind 6-1 in the first set, the pair roared back in exhilarating fashion to make it interesting and tied the next set, 6-6, eventually succumbing to the champions 7-2 in the tiebreaker. Before this tournament, Gabi won three national doubles championships in 2016, 2018, and 2019. Additionally, she's made four consecutive appearances in the finals, including this most recent year.</p><p>Gabi, the Redding Country Club's Director of Racquets, is the country's #5 ranked platform tennis player. She began her career as a professional tennis player, achieving a rank of 376 for singles and 199 for doubles. She played college tennis for the University of Southern California, winning a PAC-10 doubles championship, and was honored as an All-American doubles competitor in 2008. Following her success on the tennis court, in 2013, this athlete made her debut in platform tennis and has achieved extraordinary success in a short period of time. </p><p>"Gabi has cemented her status as an elite competitor. We are incredibly proud of her and thankful to have her as part of the RCC family," remarked Tim Seifert, RCC General Manager.</p><p>Added Ron Berry, RCC Racquets Chair and Fan, "Gabi's impact on our racquets program has been fantastic! Her enthusiasm and energy on the tennis, paddle, and pickleball courts – or anywhere on the RCC campus– is infectious. Even if they never played, adults and kids alike are inspired to pick up a paddle and give the sport a whirl. Our members are fortunate to have such a terrific role model and teacher."</p><p>Gabi was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, and resides in Norwalk with her husband and two adorable sons. "I feel blessed to be the RCC Director of Racquets, where I develop my own year-round program, and I still have plenty of opportunities to be on the court and teach. Balance is never easy to achieve, but at Redding, I am able to manage work, family, and my desire to compete in platform tennis."</p><p>Primarily played in the winter, platform tennis (also known as paddle) is a double racket sport combining tennis and squash elements on a shrunken down court. The sport has exploded in popularity and has captured the hearts of enthusiasts worldwide. APTA presides over platform tennis and organizes four grand prix regional tourneys culminating in the final contest each March. </p>

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Minks to Sinks returns to Wilton May 4-6, donations accepted April 30-May 2

<p><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115);">Time to start cleaning out your closets, garages, crawl spaces and ever where else you store your "stuff!"&nbsp;Minks to Sinks is back in Wilton (</span>395 Danbury Road.</p><p><strong>Sale Dates</strong></p><p>Saturday, May 4 | 9am - 5pm</p><p>Sunday, May 5 | 12pm - 4pm</p><p>(Bargain Day - everything half off!)</p><p>Monday, May 6 | 9am - 11am</p><p>(Bargain Day - fill a bag for $10!)</p><p><strong>Consigning &amp; Donating</strong></p><p>Tuesday, April 30 | 10am - 2pm</p><p>Wednesday, May 1 | 10am - 2pm &amp; 4pm - 6:30pm</p><p>Thursday, May 2 | 10am - 2pm (Donations only)</p><p><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115);">Minks to Sinks raises funds to support the Family &amp; Children's Agency, Inc., a voluntary not-for-profit, non-sectarian family service agency based in Norwalk, CT.&nbsp;&nbsp;Since 1942 FCA has been offering help and hope to individuals and families dealing with life's transitions and crises.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115);">Learn more </span><a href="https://www.familyandchildrensagency.org/minks-to-sinks" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.familyandchildrensagency.org/minks-to-sinks/</a></p>

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Fairfield County Bank Joins CT Bankers Association at Meet the Bankers Event 5/8

<p><span style="color: rgb(13, 13, 13); background-color: transparent;">Fairfield County Bank is excited to join the Connecticut Bankers Association's Meet the Bankers event on Wednesday, May 8 at CT State Community College in Bridgeport. The event will be attended by Mayor Ned Lamont and other esteemed guests.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(13, 13, 13); background-color: transparent;">Join Fairfield County Bank President Dan Berta, along with Walter Romero, AVP, Branch Manager of our Bridgeport office, and Paul Lutsky, VP, Commercial Lender, as they connect with bankers from across the state.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(13, 13, 13); background-color: transparent;">This free, in-person networking opportunity offers a chance to engage with numerous bankers and community lenders. Discover available bank products and financing options tailored for small businesses like yours. Don't miss this opportunity to introduce yourself to lenders and establish connections that can help your business thrive.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">Learn more and register:&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://members.ctbank.com/events/Details/meet-the-bankers-bridgeport-1049709?sourceTypeId=Website" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">https://members.ctbank.com/events/Details/meet-the-bankers-bridgeport-1049709?sourceTypeId=Website</a></p><p><br></p>

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Hop on over to Mark Twain Library’s Frog Frolic Festival on Saturday, May 4!

<p><span style="color: rgb(45, 101, 22);">Hop on over to Mark Twain Library’s Frog Frolic Festival on Saturday, May 4 beginning at 10am for a special day for the whole community, where folks of all ages come together to enjoy live music, food trucks, play games, craft, and spend time with friends! For 2+ decades, The Frolic has welcomed spring while generating necessary funds for our one-of-a-kind library – don’t miss it!</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(45, 101, 22);">Learn more </span><a href="https://mtlfrogfrolic.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>

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Redding News & Calendar of Events: The Onion Field Marching Through Redding!

<p class="ql-align-center"><strong style="color: rgb(192, 0, 0);"><em>UPCOMING EVENTS</em></strong></p><p class="ql-align-center"><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Legal-Notice-Warning-of-Annual-Meeting-04-24-2024.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(112, 48, 160);"><strong><em>April 24, 2024 @ 3:00 p.m. Annual Town Budget Meeting-click for details</em></strong></a></p><p class="ql-align-center"><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/how-do-i/absentee-ballot-information/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong><em>Absentee Ballots for May 7, 2024 Budget Referendum Available 4/25/24</em></strong></a></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(112, 48, 160);"><em>Friday, April 26, 2024</em></strong></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/04-26-24-Special-Event-for-RES-Families.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong><em>12:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at The Onion Field-Special Event for RES Families</em></strong></a></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(112, 48, 160);"><em>Saturday, April 27, 2024</em></strong></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/4-27-24-MarchingThroughRedding.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong><em>10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at The Onion Field- “Marching Through Redding”, a living history reenactment commemorating the burning of Danbury, 1777</em></strong></a><strong style="color: rgb(50, 62, 79);"><em>.</em></strong></p><p class="ql-align-center"><a href="https://mtlfrogfrolic.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong><em>May 4, 2024 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Mark Twain Library Frog Frolic</em></strong></a></p><p class="ql-align-center"><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/HHW-Event-2024-Annual-Events.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(112, 48, 160);"><strong><em>2024 Schedule of Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events</em></strong></a></p><p class="ql-align-center"><strong><em>2024 Schedule of Redding Shred Days</em></strong></p><p class="ql-align-center"><strong style="color: rgb(192, 0, 0);"><em>CALENDAR OF MEETINGS</em></strong></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(50, 62, 79);"> Tuesday, April 16, 2024</strong></p><p><em style="color: rgb(50, 62, 79);"> </em><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/agenda/zoning-board-of-appeals-cancelled-6/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Zoning Board of Appeals scheduled for 4/16/24 - CANCELLED</em></a></p><p><em style="color: rgb(50, 62, 79);"> </em><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/CC-AGENDA-2-4-16-2024.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>7:00 p.m. at Town Hall Hearing Room-Conservation Commission</em></a></p><p><em style="color: rgb(50, 62, 79);"> </em><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/AGENDA-BOS-April-16-2024.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Conference Room-Board of Selectmen</em></a></p><p><em> </em><strong>Wedne</strong><strong style="color: rgb(50, 62, 79);">sday, April 17, 2024</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(50, 62, 79);"> </span><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/event/water-pollution-control-commission/2024-04-17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>7:30 p.m. via Zoom-Water Pollution Control Commission</em></a></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(50, 62, 79);">Thursday April 18, 2024</strong></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/agenda/historic-review-committee-cancelled-41/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>7:00 p.m. at Town Hall Hearing Room-Historic Review Committee-CANCELLED</em></a></p><p><em style="color: rgb(50, 62, 79);">7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Hearing Room-Democratic Town Committee</em></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(50, 62, 79);">Monday, April 22, 2024</strong></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/OPEB-Trust-Board-Meeting-April-22-2024-AGENDA.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>6:00 p.m. via Zoom-OPEB Trust Board</em></a></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/event/board-of-finance-8/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Hearing Room-Board of Finance</em></a></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(50, 62, 79);">Tuesday, April 23, 2024</strong></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/event/region-9-board-of-education-3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>7:00 p.m. at JBHS Learning Commons-Region 9 Board of Education</em></a></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/event/planning-commission/2024-04-23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Planning Commission Meeting scheduled for 4/23/24 -CANCELLED</em></a></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(50, 62, 79);">Wednesday, April 24, 2024</strong></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Legal-Notice-Warning-of-Annual-Meeting-04-24-2024-1.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>3:00 p.m. at Town Hall Hearing Room-Annual Town Budget Meeting</em></a></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/event/zoning-commission/2024-04-24/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Hearing Room-Zoning Commission</em></a></p><p class="ql-align-center"><strong style="color: rgb(192, 0, 0);"><em>NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS</em></strong></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);">Assessor</strong></p><p><a href="https://townofredding.wpenginepowered.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/2024-Legal-Notice-Elderly-Tax-Benefit.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 112, 192);"><em>Legal Notice re 2024 Elderly Homeowner Tax Benefits</em></a><a href="https://townofredding.wpenginepowered.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/2024-Legal-Notice-Elderly-Tax-Benefit.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(112, 48, 160);"><em>-</em></a><a href="https://townofredding.wpenginepowered.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/2024-Legal-Notice-Elderly-Tax-Benefit.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(192, 0, 0);"><em>Apply 02/01 to 05/15/24</em></a></p><p><a href="https://townofredding.wpenginepowered.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/TOWN-BENEFIT-APPLICATION2024.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Application for Tax Relief of Elderly Homeowners (Town)</em></a></p><p><a href="https://townofredding.wpenginepowered.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/2024-Elderly-Totally-Disabled-Homeowners-Application-state.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 112, 192);"><em>Application for Tax Credits – Elderly and Totally Disabled Homeowner (State)</em></a></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);">CT DEEP Fisheries Division</strong></p><p><a href="https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Fishing/General-Information/CT-Fishin-Tips" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>CT Fishin’ Tips</em></a></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);">Employment</strong></p><p><a href="https://townofredding.wpenginepowered.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Executive-Assistant-to-the-First-Selectwoman-Town-of-Redding-Job-Posting-Jan-10-2024-002.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 112, 192);"><em>Executive Assistant to First Selectwoman</em></a></p><p><a href="https://townofredding.wpenginepowered.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/ON-CALL-WEEKEND-Building-Custodian-Job-Posting-23.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 112, 192);"><em>On Call Weekend Facilities Custodian</em></a></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Town-of-Redding-Transfer-Recycle-Center-Attendant-Job-2.23.2024.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Transfer Recycle Center Attendant</em></a><em style="color: rgb(0, 112, 192);"> </em></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(0, 32, 96);">Federal Emergency Management Agency </strong></p><p><a href="https://townofredding.wpenginepowered.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/FEMA-Mapping-Notice-2.2.24.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>FEMA Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations for Fairfield County</em></a></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);">Health Department</strong></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Radon-Did-you-know._.jpg" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Information About Radon Testing</em></a></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/2023-How-to-Test-for-Radon-CT.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Free Radon Test Kits Available</em></a><em style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);"> – Contact Health Department at 203-938-2559 </em></p><p><em style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);">or email </em><a href="mailto:health@townofreddingct.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>health@townofreddingct.org</em></a></p><p><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/if-you-were-exposed.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 112, 192);"><em>CDC COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines</em></a></p><p><em style="color: rgb(0, 112, 192);">Free COVID-19 Test Kits Available Again to U.S. Households</em> </p><p><strong style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);">Heritage Senior Center</strong></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Heritage-Center-April-2024.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>April Programs</em></a></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(0, 32, 96);">Legal Notices</strong></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Legal-Notice-Warning-of-Annual-Meeting-04-24-2024-1.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Warning/Notice of Annual Town Budget Meeting</em></a></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Legal-Notice-Budget-Exp-April-9-2024-FINAL.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Legal Notice-Budget Expenditures FY 2024-2025</em></a></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);">Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority</strong></p><p><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/March-2024.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Spring Cleaning Reminders &amp; Tips</em></a></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);">New Pond Farm Education Center</strong></p><p> <a href="https://newpondfarm.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Programs and Activities</em></a></p><p> <strong style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);">Mark Twain Library</strong></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(56, 86, 35);"> </strong><a href="https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Weekly-MTL-Update--Spring-Open-House--Evening-PJ-Story-Time--American-Impressionism-and-More-.html?soid=1102126623332&amp;aid=ZbOwItNyaZg" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Programs and Events</em></a></p><p> <strong style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);">Park and Recreation</strong></p><p><em style="color: rgb(112, 48, 160);"> </em><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/parks-and-recreation/programs/camps/summer-camps/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Summer Camps 2024</em></a></p><p> <strong style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);">Registrar of Voters </strong></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);"> </strong><a href="https://townofreddingct.org/government/town-administration/registrar-voters/2022-upcoming-elections/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Upcoming Elections in Redding</em></a></p><p> <a href="https://townofreddingct.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/1.-Become-a-Poll-Worker.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>Become a Poll Worker</em></a><em style="color: rgb(112, 48, 160);"> </em></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);"> Stormwater Plan </strong></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(31, 56, 100);"> </strong><a href="https://townofredding.wpenginepowered.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/R5056-010-2024_02-07-DRAFT-2023-MS4-Annual-Stormwater-Report.pdf" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><em>View DRAFT MS4 Annual Repor</em></a><em>t</em></p>

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Earth Day Events at WCSU Open to the Public!

<p>DANBURY, Connecticut —Western Connecticut State University&nbsp;will celebrate Earth Day with a variety of public events on Monday, April 22. Events will be held at both the Ruth A. Haas Library, WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury, and the Robert S. Young Library located in the Westside Classroom Building on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The dinner and movie at 5 p.m. require a fee and reservation at&nbsp;<a href="https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/celebrate-earth-day-with-the-wcsu-libraries" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/celebrate-earth-day-with-the-wcsu-libraries</a>. The rest of the activities are free.</p><p>Planned events include:</p><p><strong>All day – Food Pantry Donations</strong></p><p>Support the WCSU food pantry by bringing shelf-table items to the libraries. For each item you bring, you’ll receive one ticket to enter a drawing to&nbsp;win four tickets to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.&nbsp;Location: Haas Library, Midtown campus, and Young Library, Westside campus.</p><p>&nbsp;<strong>All day – Seed Balls</strong></p><p>Create seed balls to toss in your garden. Using a bit of clay, some dirt, a pinch of compost starter, and a packet of wildflower seeds, create a couple of seed balls to help our local pollinators out this year.&nbsp;Location: Haas Library, Midtown campus, and Young Library, Westside campus.</p><p><strong>All day – Up-Cycled Origami</strong></p><p>Create some beautiful origami flowers and animals using paper we’ve recycled from discarded books.&nbsp;Location: Haas Library, Midtown campus, and Young Library, Westside campus.</p><p><strong>9 to 11 a.m. – Electronics Recycling</strong>.<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Organized by Property Management.</p><p>Drop off your used electronics for recycling. For each electronic item you drop off, you’ll receive one ticket to enter a drawing to&nbsp;win four tickets to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.&nbsp;For a list of allowed and disallowed items, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flibguides.wcsu.edu%2Fld.php%3Fcontent_id%3D76123681&amp;data=05%7C02%7Chills%40wcsu.edu%7C922de40d8a214f1b988f08dc596be442%7Ce1622dbc94ba48ad87bba7f28074ee3d%7C0%7C0%7C638483567175285578%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=xteSZT2O2Xdbni74g%2BxLMzxD3PY%2F1jvFzSf7%2BkbPv2o%3D&amp;reserved=0" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">https://libguides.wcsu.edu/ld.php?content_id=76123681</a>. Location: Haas Library, Midtown campus, and Young Library, Westside campus.</p><p><strong>9 to 11 a.m. – Plant Swap</strong>. Organized by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.rainydaypaperback.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">Rainy Day Paperback Exchange</a>.</p><p>Come pick up a plant and maybe a mystery read. Location: Haas Library, Midtown campus.&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>11 a.m. to noon – “Climate Science – How we will survive on a warming planet”&nbsp;</strong>presented by Professor of Biology Dr. Mitch Wagener.</p><p>Location: Haas Library, 1st floor, Midtown campus.</p><p><strong>Noon to 2 p.m. – Permaculture Garden Tours</strong>.<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Hosted by Roots &amp; Shoots.</p><p>Did you know we have a Permaculture Garden on the Midtown campus?&nbsp;The mission is to&nbsp;reconnect our community with the land, understand where our food&nbsp;comes from and how it gets to our plates, and learn about healthy and humane eating.&nbsp;Location: Meet at Haas Library and walk over to Science Building, Midtown campus.</p><p><strong>2 to 3 p.m. – “Jane Goodall Center”&nbsp;</strong>with Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Hannah Reynolds, who will speak about the work of the Jane Goodall Center, the Permaculture Garden, and challenges facing home gardeners. Location: Haas Library, Midtown campus.</p><p><strong>3 to 5 p.m. – Seedling Kit Giveaway</strong>. Hosted by Roots &amp; Shoots.</p><p>Location: Haas Library, Midtown campus.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>5 to 7 p.m. – Dinner</strong>&nbsp;<strong>–&nbsp;</strong>Sustainably sourced meal by Sodexo.</p><p>Join us in the newly renovated Berkshire Dining Hall for a special Earth Day dinner prepared by our campus food service, complete with “dirt cups” for dessert.&nbsp;Location: Berkshire Dining Hall, Midtown campus. Cost: $11.50 for faculty, staff and community; WCSU students are free. Price includes documentary viewing.&nbsp;Registration is required at&nbsp;<a href="https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/celebrate-earth-day-with-the-wcsu-libraries" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/celebrate-earth-day-with-the-wcsu-libraries</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>5 to 7 p.m. – Documentary</strong>&nbsp;<strong>–&nbsp;</strong>“Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science.”</p><p>Location: Berkshire Dining Hall, Midtown campus.&nbsp;Registration is required at&nbsp;<a href="https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/celebrate-earth-day-with-the-wcsu-libraries" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/celebrate-earth-day-with-the-wcsu-libraries</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<strong>5 to 7 p.m.: Climate Discussion – “Tesla won’t fix climate change”&nbsp;</strong>with Associate Professor of Social Sciences Dr. Manoj Misra. Location: Berkshire Dining Hall, Midtown campus.&nbsp;</p>

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Danbury's 11 Year Old Autistic Content Creator Caio Ninja Launches New Podcast

<p><span style="background-color: transparent;">Caio Ninja, an 11-year-old autistic content creator and popular YouTube personality, has announced the launch of his new project, the Caio Talks podcast, on This World Autism Acceptance Week (April 2 to April 8, 2024).</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">In the podcast, Caio Ninja talks to entrepreneurs, politicians, CEOs, teachers, parents, kids, activists, and everyday people who share his experience of going against the grain.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">Through belly laughs and in-depth conversations, Caio encourages his guests to share their insights, experiences, expertise, and lessons learned from taking the road less traveled and making an impact in their own way.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">"Caio Ninja News was fun, but Caio Talks helps me answer questions I have now as I grow older. By interviewing my guests, I get to meet new people, talk to old friends, get inspired by how they have overcome their challenges, and get to share that inspiration with others," said Caio Ninja, adding, "Being an Autistic person is not easy, and acceptance is a process; some people and places accept us, and others don't. By hosting my podcast, I want the world to know that I accept myself, that ALL people have challenges, and that ALL people can forge their own path."</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">The opening episode of Caio Talks, "The Art of Getting Back Up," will be available on April 7. It features AJ Galante, former owner of the Danbury Trashers hockey team, co-host of the Talkin Trash podcast, and owner of the Champs Boxing Club. In the episode, Caio and AJ discuss taking hits, getting knocked down, and having the strength and determination to get back up again.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">Future episodes of Caio Talks will feature Mark and Emily Kilpatrick of Affinity Esports, former Mayor Dean Esposito, Chelen Reyes, CEO of Union Savings Bank, and Danbury Mayor Roberto Alves, among others.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">Caio Talks, produced by Creative Evolution Studios, will be available on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. New episodes will be released weekly on Sundays at 7 PM Eastern.</span></p><p><br></p>

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