Redding's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/redding Tue, 07 Feb 2023 00:04:53 -0500 HamletHub.com Redding Elementary School PTA gears up for International Fest, seeks volunteers https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/48819-redding-elementary-school-pta-gears-up-for-international-fest-seeks-volunteers48819-redding-elementary-school-pta-gears-up-for-international-fest-seeks-volunteers https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/48819-redding-elementary-school-pta-gears-up-for-international-fest-seeks-volunteers48819-redding-elementary-school-pta-gears-up-for-international-fest-seeks-volunteers

RES PTA International Fest on Saturday, March 25 from 1 to 4pm at Redding Community Center

Redding Elementary School PTA is looking for volunteers to host tables at our upcoming International Fest.

Did you move to Redding from a foreign country? Did you grow up outside of the US? Are you passionate about your heritage? We want to take our RES Community around the world and represent as many countries as we can!

If you’re more interested in logistics and the action behind the scenes - we’d love to have you on our planning committee!
 
Let us know if you’re interested or need more information. 
 
You can email Redding Elementary School PTA respta4kids@gmail.com or visit them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RESPTA
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kerry@ducey.org (Redding Elementary School PTA) Events Mon, 06 Feb 2023 13:28:32 -0500
UT Student, Scotland Davis, of Redding, Earned Dean's List Honors https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/48817-ut-student-scotland-davis-of-redding-earned-dean-s-list-honors48817-ut-student-scotland-davis-of-redding-earned-dean-s-list-honors https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/48817-ut-student-scotland-davis-of-redding-earned-dean-s-list-honors48817-ut-student-scotland-davis-of-redding-earned-dean-s-list-honors

Scotland Davis, of Redding, earned dean's list honors at The University of Tampa for the Fall 2022 semester. Davis is majoring in Advertising and Public Relations BA. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.75 or higher to be eligible for the dean's list.

The University of Tampa is a private, comprehensive university located on 110 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University has about 200 programs of study and serves about 11,000 students from 50 states and most of the world's countries.

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kerry@ducey.org (The University of Tampa) Neighbors Mon, 06 Feb 2023 11:01:59 -0500
Ancona's Flash Sale Monday: Italian Cabernet Franc, the perfect companion for winter nights fireside https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/48814-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-italian-cabernet-franc-the-perfect-companion-for-winter-nights-fireside48814-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-italian-cabernet-franc-the-perfect-companion-for-winter-nights-fireside https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/48814-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-italian-cabernet-franc-the-perfect-companion-for-winter-nights-fireside48814-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-italian-cabernet-franc-the-perfect-companion-for-winter-nights-fireside

Ancona's Flash Sale Monday: Tenuta Mosole Cabernet Franc

Let's start the fireplace, wrap yourself up in some warm blankets and open a cozy bottle of red! Today we have an Italian Cabernet Franc that is the perfect companion for these chilly nights.

Regular Price: $17.99

Flash Sale Price: $11.99 regardless of quantity

You have 24 hours to shop it, once the 24 hours pass, the offer is gone!


Codey's tasting note: " 'Smokin' Cab Franc from the Veneto. Who would have guessed? Around the shop, we jokingly refer to the Mosole Cab Franc as 'Chinon Italiano', because this wine tastes like to could come from the great Cab France producing village of France. Crispy black fruit punctuated by fresh herbs, a bit of green bell pepper and minerality. A stellar pairing for roasted vegetables, roasted meats, and charcuterie. An excellent grab for the $. This producer also makes a lovely Pinot Grigio!"

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kerry@ducey.org (Matt Wallman, Wine Specialist) Places Mon, 06 Feb 2023 08:29:25 -0500
ACT of Connecticut's highly anticipated SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT GALA is set for Saturday, April 1, 2023! https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/48815-act-of-connecticut-s-highly-anticipated-season-announcement-gala-is-set-for-saturday-april-1-202348815-act-of-connecticut-s-highly-anticipated-season-announcement-gala-is-set-for-saturday-april-1-2023 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/48815-act-of-connecticut-s-highly-anticipated-season-announcement-gala-is-set-for-saturday-april-1-202348815-act-of-connecticut-s-highly-anticipated-season-announcement-gala-is-set-for-saturday-april-1-2023

ACT of Connecticut's SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT GALA is set for Saturday, April 1, 2023!

This year, we are thrilled to honor and recognize Heather Hillman and Rudy L. Ruggles Jr. with ACT of CT's Visionary Award.

Heather is a Founding Board Member of ACT of CT and has created, developed, and continues to lead the theater's robust and expanding education and outreach programs. Rudy, a Ridgefield resident for some 50 years, has quietly encouraged and supported activities and organizations like ACT of CT that have found a home here.

Gala guests will enjoy a fun-filled cocktail reception with culinary delights provided by local restaurants, a fabulous silent & live auction and an
incredible live show featuring performances from past (and upcoming!!) ACT of CT productions, followed by the BIG reveal: the announcement of the 2023/2024 season's line-up of shows! You never know what Broadway stars may grace ACT's stage! Gala guests will also be given the first opportunity to purchase season subscriptions for the 2023/2024 productions - ensuring access to the best seats in the house!

This event sells out every year. Guarantee your spot today by purchasing a sponsorship package that includes premium tickets to the event. Sponsorship levels start at $1,500.00. Gala tickets will go on sale February 15, 2023.

The Gala is ACT of CT's main fundraiser of the year. All proceeds will support the theatre's mission of producing exceptional theatre in order to continue to elevate the level of entertainment in Fairfield County.

We hope to see you there!

Sponsor - Buy an Ad - Make a Donation

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kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Neighbors Mon, 06 Feb 2023 04:41:51 -0500
Jessica Collins travels to Boston Public Garden and spotlights Mr. and Mrs. Mallard in this edition of On The Children's Shelf https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/48816-jessica-collins-travels-to-boston-public-garden-and-spotlights-mr-and-mrs-mallard-in-this-edition-of-on-the-children-s-shelf48816-jessica-collins-travels-to-boston-public-garden-and-spotlights-mr-and-mrs-mallard-in-this-edition-of-on-the-children-s-shelf https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/48816-jessica-collins-travels-to-boston-public-garden-and-spotlights-mr-and-mrs-mallard-in-this-edition-of-on-the-children-s-shelf48816-jessica-collins-travels-to-boston-public-garden-and-spotlights-mr-and-mrs-mallard-in-this-edition-of-on-the-children-s-shelf

In Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings,” young readers meet Mr. and Mrs. Mallard who are looking for a place to nest in Boston. They stop by the Public Garden and love the area but worry it is too busy for baby ducklings. They continue on and find a more secluded area. Once the ducklings hatch and are big enough for an adventure through Boston, they make their way back to the Public Garden and decide to make it their home.

I love when books take place in actual identifiable locations. Growing up reading books that took me to actual places made me want to see the world. Through books, I visited London, France, Boston. I traveled through time and visited stories of times past and what the future might be like. While time travel books are more challenging to visit in real life, visiting the different locations I discovered through books is possible.

I love that you can visit the place and imagine the book happening all around you, so I’m sure you can imagine where I needed to stop on a recent trip to Boston…the Boston Public Garden to see the ducklings.

The Boston Public Garden is extra special because not only does the book take place in the park but they brought the ducklings to the park with the amazing duckling's statue. To see the statue ducklings walking in a row through the park with the city in the background, it’s like a page of the book came to life. Taking young readers (or really readers of any age) to see the location of their favorite book helps them appreciate and experience the book in a whole new way.

*Jessica Collins is an award-winning writer whose column On The Children's Shelf (OTCS) has earned her national acclaim as well as several Connecticut Press Club awards. Follow her writing journey (and see her collection of OTCS) HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (Jessica Collins) Life Mon, 06 Feb 2023 04:33:00 -0500
Redding Gymnasts Nicolle Slobod and Anneliese Miller Perform at The Bay State Invitational https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/48813-kratos-gymnasts-of-bethel-perform-at-the-bay-state-invitational48813-kratos-gymnasts-of-bethel-perform-at-the-bay-state-invitational https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/48813-kratos-gymnasts-of-bethel-perform-at-the-bay-state-invitational48813-kratos-gymnasts-of-bethel-perform-at-the-bay-state-invitational

Gymnasts of Kratos Gymnastics located in Bethel, CT performed at the Bay State Invitational on Sunday, January 29, 2023.  

The competition welcomed gymnasts from all over the Northeast region of the country.  Girls from Kratos ranged in age from 7-14 years of age, competing in levels Xcel Bronze, Silver, and Gold.  Despite being the youngest competitors and the smallest team size, gymnasts representing Kratos’ Xcel Silver Team earned second place as a team & filled the entire podium on uneven bars.

Individual Results:

Xcel Bronze: 

-Mylah Burch-Mead, 11yr, Bethel, CT: 4th on Vault, 6th on Bars, 2nd on Floor, & 5th AA

-Riley DeShay, 9yr, Newtown, CT: 6th on Vault, 3rd on Bars, 3rd on Beam, & 7th AA

-Clara Dettmann, 9yr, Danbury, CT: 6th on Beam, 5th on Floor, & 10th AA

-Ellie Domingos, 9yr, Brookfield, CT: 2nd on Beam & 5th AA

-Anika Ericson, 10yr, Bethel, CT: 6th on Vault, 1st on Bars, 7th on Beam, 5th on Floor, & 3rd AA

-Avery Hessler, 7yr, Bethel, CT: 5th on Floor, & 10th AA

-Rielyn Marko, 7yr, New Milford, CT: 11th AA

-Anneliese Miller, 11yr, Redding, CT: 5th on Vault, 4th on Floor, 9th AA

-Amanda Pessin, 9yr, Bethel, CT: 7th on Floor, & 14 AA

-Jiya Rajesh, 11yr, Bethel, CT: 13th AA

-Ava Sweeney, 7yr, Brookfield, CT: 1st on Bars, 5th on Beam, 6th AA

-Sophia Thompson, 7yr, Westport, CT: 7th on Vault, 2nd on Beam, 1st on Floor, 4th AA

Xcel Silver:

-Gracie Clifford, 9yr, New Milford, CT: 1st on Bars & 6th on floor

-Ziva Mathivanan, 10yr, Bethel, CT: 3rd on Vault, 5th on Bars, 1st on Beam, 1st on Floor, 1st AA

-Norah Michaels, 9yr, Newtown, CT: 7th on Vault & 4th on Bars

-Nicolle Sloboda, 9yr, Redding, CT: 4th on Vault, 3rd on Bars, 4th on Beam, 3rd on Floor, & 3rd AA

-Mia’Mour Tucker, 9yr, Stratford, CT: 1st on Vault, 2nd on Bars, 6th on Beam, 2nd on Floor, 2nd AA

Xcel Gold:

-Lilli Nelson, 14yr, New Fairfield, CT: 5th on Vault, 6th on Bars, 7th on Floor

-Caitlin Riina, 14yr, New Fairfield, CT: 3rd on Bars & 6th on Floor

-Alexia Suter, 14yr, Ridgefield, CT: 3rd on Vault, 6th on Bars, 7th on Beam, 3rd on Floor, 5th AA

The majority of the team will travel to Florida to compete in the Magical Classic on February 9 & 10th!

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kerry@ducey.org (Ashley Anton) Neighbors Sat, 04 Feb 2023 05:47:32 -0500
Country Cape for RENT in Redding https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/48811-country-cape-for-rent-in-redding48811-country-cape-for-rent-in-redding https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/48811-country-cape-for-rent-in-redding48811-country-cape-for-rent-in-redding

Home for RENT: 11 Putnam Park Road, Redding

Move right into this sophisticated, completely updated, country cape on 2.05 picturesque & level acres in top Redding location, approximately 60 miles to Midtown, and just moments to Putnam Memorial State Park.
 
This iconic park preserves the site that Major General Israel Putnam chose as the winter encampment for his men in the winter of 1778/1779 during the American Revolutionary War. In addition to its historic features, the park's 183 acres include facilities for hiking, picnicking, pond fishing, and winter sports. This lovely home has been recently renovated by designer/owner.
 
Nothing to do but unpack in this light, bright, and sunny cape offering 1,898 sf, 3 bedrooms/2 full baths including the newly remodeled primary suite bath. The sprawling main level offers an inviting living room with custom arched built-in shelves and striking black stone fireplace with gas log set, open to the elegant dining room for entertaining.
 
This convenient floor plan also features the main level primary bedroom suite with gorgeous designer bath featuring marble-topped double vanity plus a custom tiled floor and shower. The second floor features 2 more charming bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors, one with custom built-in sleeping alcoves, and both with shared hall bath offering marble vanity and tub/shower combo. Additional features: generous lower level for storage; main level laundry; full house generator; central air; and attached 2 car garage.
 
Grounds maintenance, mowing, and plowing are included.
 
Pets considered. Ready for immediate occupancy.
 
Offered at $5,750/month.
 
Take a virtual tour of the property here
 
To learn more about this property, contact Laura Freed Ancona here.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Laura Freed Ancona) Places Fri, 03 Feb 2023 06:03:08 -0500
Town of Redding News & Calendar of Events February 4-11, 2023 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/48810-town-of-redding-news-calendar-of-events-february-4-11-202348810-town-of-redding-news-calendar-of-events-february-4-11-2023 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/48810-town-of-redding-news-calendar-of-events-february-4-11-202348810-town-of-redding-news-calendar-of-events-february-4-11-2023

NOTICES/ANNOUNCEMENTS 

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC On December 25, 2022 a sprinkler head burst in the Health Department and flooded the entire Town Hall. Damage control and clean-up has been ongoing, but Town Hall will remain closed until repairs are complete and it is safe for staff and residents to be in the building. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. In the meantime, Town Hall staff is working remotely and can be reached by email or by phone. Messages are being forwarded and will be checked throughout the day. 

See Directory of Town Offices HERE (scroll to the bottom)

There will be no meetings held at Town Hall until further notice. 

Board and Commission meetings will be rescheduled as Zoom or at an alternative location. Meeting locations will be posted on the town website as they are scheduled. 

Legal Notices

Board of Assessment Appeals Notice of Meeting February 21, 2023

Registrar of Voters

Notice of Town-Wide Canvass

Assessor 

FAQS-Appealing Real Estate Assessments 

Appeal Form for Real Estate and Personal on October 1, 2022 

Grand List & Supplemental Motor Vehicle on October 1, 2021 Grand List

Tax Collector 

Reminders for the second half of property taxes on the Grand List of October 1, 2021 were mailed by the tax office in December. The last day to pay the January 2023 installment, without penalty, is February 1, 2023. Residents are encouraged to view and pay their taxes online at www.townofreddingct.org or to pay by mail. The postmark will be the payment date. 

Residents wishing to pay in person may do so by appointment ONLY. Please call or email the Tax Collector to make an appointment. 

Town Clerk 

The Town Clerk is working remotely and is available at Town Hall by appointment ONLY. Please call or email the Town Clerk to schedule an appointment. Land records can be viewed online at searchIQS.com

Eversource Webinars-Programs to Help 

For more information click here

Heritage Center

February Updates and Events

Mark Twain Library

Upcoming Events and Programs

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Monday, February 6, 2023 7:00 p.m. at Redding Community Center

-Park and Recreation Commission

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 8:30 a.m. via Zoom

-Economic Development Committee 7:00 p.m. at John Read Middle School

-Redding Board of Education 7:30 p.m. at Old Town House-Conservation Commission

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 9:00 a.m. at the Heritage Center

-Commission on Aging 7:30 p.m. via Zoom-Zoning Commission

Thursday, February 9, 2023 5:00 p.m. via Zoom

-ARPA Funds Working Group 6:00 p.m. via Zoom

– Gilbert and Bennett Wire Mill Advisory Committee 7:00 p.m. at John Read Middle School

-Redding Board of Education Budget Workshop 7:00 p.m. at West Redding Firehouse

-West Redding Fire Commissioners Meeting

**Image courtesy The Heritage Center

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Redding) Events Fri, 03 Feb 2023 05:22:08 -0500
Eastern student Sabrina Greco of Redding makes fall 2022 Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/48809-eastern-student-sabrina-greco-of-redding-makes-fall-2022-dean-s-list48809-eastern-student-sabrina-greco-of-redding-makes-fall-2022-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/48809-eastern-student-sabrina-greco-of-redding-makes-fall-2022-dean-s-list48809-eastern-student-sabrina-greco-of-redding-makes-fall-2022-dean-s-list

Eastern Connecticut State University recently released its Dean's List for the fall 2022 semester, in which nearly 1,300 students were recognized for maintaining high GPAs.

Among them is full-time student Sabrina Greco of Redding, who majors in Psychology.

To qualify for Dean's List, full-time students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in letter-graded courses with an average GPA of 3.5 or higher in the semester. Part-time students are eligible if they've accumulated 15 or more credits of letter-graded course work with an average GPA of 3.5 or higher.

For more information, visit www.easternct.edu.

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kerry@ducey.org (Eastern Connecticut State University) Neighbors Thu, 02 Feb 2023 09:19:12 -0500
RVNAhealth offers osteoporosis prevention and treatment programs: “Balance & Beyond” and “Strength & Beyond” https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/48790-rvnahealth-offers-osteoporosis-prevention-and-treatment-programs-balance-beyond-and-strength-beyond48790-rvnahealth-offers-osteoporosis-prevention-and-treatment-programs-balance-beyond-and-strength-beyond https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/48790-rvnahealth-offers-osteoporosis-prevention-and-treatment-programs-balance-beyond-and-strength-beyond48790-rvnahealth-offers-osteoporosis-prevention-and-treatment-programs-balance-beyond-and-strength-beyond

Let’s Talk About Bone Mineral Density

Osteoporosis is a common condition characterized by decreased bone mineral density which can lead to an increased likelihood of fractures, resulting in hospitalizations and decreased quality of life. According to a 2010 CDC study, more than 10 million adults over the age of 50 had osteoporosis, with women having a higher likelihood (~30% of the population, vs. men at ~16%). Given that osteoporosis increases with age, the lifetime risk of resulting fracture is 50% for women and 20% for men.

Researchers recently took a closer look at the effectiveness of the current clinical practice guidelines and created a new and improved model for treatment. The new research shows that weight-bearing exercises (such as walking, yoga, and tai chi), in combination with resistance training of varying loads, were most effective at increasing bone mineral density in susceptible fracture locations such as the hips and base of the spine. However, these guidelines are not universal and fitness plans and treatments should be customized to each individual by a trained professional.

RVNAhealth is pleased to offer several ongoing and specialty programs aligned to osteoporosis prevention and treatment. Current ongoing offerings include two fitness classes – “Balance & Beyond” and “Strength & Beyond” -- both open to the public with small class sizes designed to provide customized guidance to each individual’s needs.

“Balance & Beyond”, held every Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00-1:00pm at RVNAhealth in Ridgefield, focuses on building muscle, restoring balance, and improving your walk or jog, all while giving your brain a great workout! “Strength & Beyond” is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-2:00pm, also at RVNAhealth. This class is a level up from the Balance & Beyond class and will have you moving through a series of upper and lower body strengthening, functional mobility, balance and cognitive stations.

If you have questions regarding any of the above programs or would like to schedule an appointment with our therapists to create a program specialized to fit your needs, please contact us at 203.438.7862 or rehabcenter@RVNAhealth.org. We hope to see you soon!

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kerry@ducey.org (Tricia Nelson) Events Thu, 02 Feb 2023 06:59:17 -0500
Chasing Childhood: A Documentary & Community Discussion at Mark Twain Library https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/48808-chasing-childhood-a-documentary-community-discussion-at-mark-twain-library48808-chasing-childhood-a-documentary-community-discussion-at-mark-twain-library https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/48808-chasing-childhood-a-documentary-community-discussion-at-mark-twain-library48808-chasing-childhood-a-documentary-community-discussion-at-mark-twain-library

Chasing Childhood: A Documentary & Community Discussion (In Person) on Sunday, February 5 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This compelling documentary focuses on the unintended consequences of over-parenting and how kids can benefit from a new “Let Grow” initiative.
 
Parents can explore how to — responsibly — let go a bit, so their kids can gain new maturity and confidence.
 
This movie, for both parents and kids, centers around the lives of three families, each from a different environment: Wilton, CT, New York City and Long Island.
 
Parents are encouraged to watch the film either at home or during a special screening & discussion at the Mark Twain Library.
 
Co-Sponsored by Redding Elementary PTA & Mark Twain Library. Watch the film, join the community discussion and learn ways to safely encourage independence in kids!
Two Ways to Participate:
 
Watch the Film at Home
Friday, February 3 to Sunday, February 5
 
Click here for information on accessing a pre-paid link for a screening of Chasing Childhood and watch the 90-minute documentary in the comfort of your home.
 
Watch the Public Screening & Join a Community Discussion
 
Sunday, February 5 from 2 — 4 pm
Mark Twain Library — Mark Twain Community Room
Register to attend HERE.
 
Attend this special public screening of the film and then participate in a community discussion on Chasing Childhood. Click below to register for this in-person event.
 
*For those who would like to attend the February 5th community discussion only, please call Elaine Sanders at 203.938.2545 ext. 211 for information.
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kerry@ducey.org (Mark Twain Library ) Events Thu, 02 Feb 2023 06:51:32 -0500
As Frigid Temps Arrive in Redding, Punxsutawney Phil Makes Weather Prediction! https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/48807-as-frigid-temps-arrive-in-ridgefield-punxsutawney-phil-makes-weather-prediction48807-as-frigid-temps-arrive-in-ridgefield-punxsutawney-phil-makes-weather-prediction https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/48807-as-frigid-temps-arrive-in-ridgefield-punxsutawney-phil-makes-weather-prediction48807-as-frigid-temps-arrive-in-ridgefield-punxsutawney-phil-makes-weather-prediction

Here Ye, Here Ye, Here ye!

As temperatures in our area are expected to drop to single digits, Pennsylvania’s world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted six more weeks of winter this morning at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania after seeing his shadow.

The story of the holiday tradition declares that if the groundhog emerges early on the morning of February 2 and sees his shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter weather. Should he not see his shadow, we will have an early spring.

The annual event began in 1886, when a spirited group of groundhog hunters dubbed themselves "The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club” and proclaimed Punxsutawney Phil to be the one and only weather-prognosticating groundhog.

Should we put our trust in Phil? Well, the critter's accuracy rate is about 40% over the past decade, according to NOAA.

For more information, go to visitPA.com and www.groundhog.org

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Thu, 02 Feb 2023 06:44:04 -0500
CT Wine Trail Announces 2023 Winter Wine Trail Passport https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/48806-ct-wine-trail-announces-2023-winter-wine-trail-passport48806-ct-wine-trail-announces-2023-winter-wine-trail-passport https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/48806-ct-wine-trail-announces-2023-winter-wine-trail-passport48806-ct-wine-trail-announces-2023-winter-wine-trail-passport

Connecticut - Wine and exploration go together any time of year. With that in mind, twelve farm wineries across Connecticut have once again organized the highly anticipated Winter Wine Trail for visitors and residents alike looking for a way to warm up to the season.
 
From January 8 through April 2, participants can pick up a free passport from any of the 12 participating wineries, and start on a quest to visit each vineyard. Those who are able to check off all 12 participating wineries before the April 2 deadline become eligible to win prizes valued at more than $6,000. Passports must be submitted to one of the participating vineyards by the deadline date. Keep in mind that photocopied booklets or pages will be disqualified. Winners will be chosen by a random drawing held on April 19 and will be notified by email or phone.
 
There are more than forty-five prizes offered for people who can successfully visit every winery. The Grand Prize is a two-night stay at West 57th Street by Hilton Club in NYC, valued at over $1,000. The first and second prizes are Spa experiences valued at over $475 each, and the third prize, valued at $300 is a one-night stay at the Mystic Marriott. Additional prizes range from restaurant gift cards, including a chef-prepared farm-to-table dinner for eight and a 24 -piece box of chocolates from Milk House Chocolates, to shopping certificates and a bottle of wine, valued up to $30 from each participating vineyard.
 
“The Winter Wine Trail offers a fun and exciting way for residents and visitors to try award-winning wines made right here in Connecticut while overlooking scenic vineyards,” said Margaret Ruggerio, of The Connecticut Wine Trail and co-owner of Paradise Hills Vineyard and Winery. “It’s the perfect way to beat the winter blues while sipping and swirling your way through winter into spring! Best of all, the Winter Wine Trail gives friends and family a way to expand their palate and learn about the history of winemaking in the state.”
 
The twelve participating vineyards include the following wineries that will take you on a quest on and off the beaten path making it an excellent day or weekend adventure.
 
Aquila’s Nest Vineyards, 56 Pole Bridge Road, Sandy Hook. This is an experience-focused, climate-neutral certified vineyard, and event venue beautifully situated on 40 estate acres. Inspired by mythological tales of powerful women and a love of astronomy, this vineyard offers nine heavenly wines seasonally. They offer a fine selection of reds, rose, whites, and zesty Sangria by the pitcher.
 
Bishop’s Orchards, 1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford. Located in a barn dating to 1928, visitors will experience a superb assortment of award-winning fruit wines and hard ciders made from produce grown here. Bishop’s Orchard also offers a unique wine selection that includes a mix of semi-dry and semi-sweet varieties that are similar to white and blush wines.
 
Gouveia Vineyards, 1339 Whirlwind Hill Road, Wallingford. Joe Gouveia, originally from Portugal, had a dream to bring the winemaking traditions of his home country to Connecticut…and he has! Built of stone and old timbers, this rustic wine-tasting room has a spectacular hilltop location where the views seem to go on forever. A highlight here is to experience a taste of Portugal while sipping on reds and white wines made from 17 varietals that are picked by hand.
 
Hawk Ridge Winery, 26 Plungis Road, Watertown. Located on 58 bucolic acres of farmland this winery grows eight varietals of grapevines that are used in eleven of their twenty-plus wines that include an evocative selection of dry or sweet, red, white, or rose wines. In addition to wine, they offer a large menu of food and appetizers that pair perfectly with their wine, completing this relaxing experience.
 
Hopkins Vineyard, 25 Hopkins Road, New Preston. This vineyard offers vistas of the blue waters of Lake Waramaug, from its hilltop site. A family farm since 1787, the first Hopkins vines were planted in 1979, and the nineteenth-century barn was converted to a state-of-the-art winery. Wine tastings are offered and favorites can be ordered by the glass or by the bottle, along with cheeses and pates, at The Hayloft, a wine bar with a stunning lake view. This vineyard has won many awards and accolades over the years and is a Nationally designated Bi-Centennial Farm.
 
Jonathan Edwards Winery, 74 Chester Main Road, North Stonington. The highlight of this vineyard is to sample their portfolio of wines, which includes four Estate varietals from their favorite growers in California without having to make the trip out west. Estate Connecticut wine is also handcrafted here. This unique experience allows guests to sample the East and West coasts’ distinctive climates. To accompany the wine in their cozy tasting room cheese and charcuterie that is locally sourced are also available.
 
Paradise Hills Vineyards, 15 Windswept Hill Road, Wallingford. Unwind in a sunny Tuscan-styled tasting room with its hand-crafted copper bar, decorative chandelier, mahogany tables, and wood-burning fireplace. This cozy tasting room provides the perfect setting to enjoy wine while overlooking the vineyard. Paradise wines have been awarded 85+ points from several renowned wine competitions making sipping a true pleasure while dining on a charcuterie platter.
 
Priam Vineyards, 11 Shailor Hill Road, Colchester. This vineyard has won numerous International wine competition medals for its wines that are produced in the style of Northern France and Germany. It has been voted the best vineyard in Connecticut for five years. Fifteen handcrafted wines are produced throughout the year in this magical setting with its breathtaking views of the Connecticut countryside. As environmentalists, they practice sustainable agriculture and are vegan-certified.
 
Sharpe Hill Vineyard, 108 Wade Road, Pomfret. This vineyard has won over 450 medals in International tastings and offers reds, whites, and rose in a setting of great natural beauty. It is such a treat to sip on a refreshing chardonnay or a robust cabernet while gazing out over 100-plus acres with vistas that stretch to Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
 
Stonington Vineyards, 523 Taugwonk Road, Stonington. This is one of the first farm wineries established in Connecticut and a founding member of the Connecticut Wine Trail. They are best known for their barrel-fermented Chardonnay and their proprietary blends, Seaport White and Triad Rose. Their European-style table wines have won many awards.
 
Sunset Meadow Vineyards, 599 Old Middle Street, Goshen. This family-owned and operated nationally and internationally award-winning vineyard is located on over 40 acres of sloping fields overlooking the picturesque sunsets and scenery of the Western Connecticut Highlands. In addition to winning many national and international medals for their wines, Sunset Meadow has been named one of the best 101 Wineries in America by the Daily Meal. In addition to tasting by the glass or bottle, they offer specialty chocolate and wine pairing as well as a variety of cheeses from local artisans.
 
Taylor Brooke Winery, 818 Route 171, Woodstock. This family-owned vineyard has 17 acres of wine production and has recently opened a brewery on 27 acres that is adjacent to the winery offering guests a double experience. Sparkling, dry whites, semi-sweet whites, red, still rose, and dessert wines abound here. For a change of pace, try the Spirit of Woodstock brandy that is aged like bourbon.

About the Connecticut Wine Trail
The Connecticut Wine Trail is one of the most exciting and fastest-growing wine regions in the United States. Made up of 22 participating wineries and vineyards throughout the state of Connecticut, the CT Wine Trail offers a tremendous variety of wine styles and stunning scenery—enjoyable in every season.
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kerry@ducey.org (Janet Serra ) Places Wed, 01 Feb 2023 10:07:03 -0500
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kerry@ducey.org (Mitch Ancona) Places Wed, 01 Feb 2023 07:30:12 -0500
United Way of Western Connecticut and City of Danbury Provide Funding to 18 Social Service Agencies https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/charities/48804-united-way-of-western-connecticut-and-city-of-danbury-provide-funding-to-18-social-service-agencies48804-united-way-of-western-connecticut-and-city-of-danbury-provide-funding-to-18-social-service-agencies https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/charities/48804-united-way-of-western-connecticut-and-city-of-danbury-provide-funding-to-18-social-service-agencies48804-united-way-of-western-connecticut-and-city-of-danbury-provide-funding-to-18-social-service-agencies

Danbury, CT (February 1, 2022) ̶ United Way of Western Connecticut and Mayor Dean Esposito of the City of Danbury announced a grant cycle in July of 2022 for social service agencies to receive funding through the Danbury Social Service Grant program. This year, $204,000 will be distributed among 18 local nonprofits. Agencies whose work is focused on the following categories were eligible and invited to apply: 1) Education and child care; 2) Health and mental health; and 3) Financial stability and housing.  

 Since 2009, UWWC has administered the funding review process on behalf of the City of Danbury. Danbury residents are recruited and trained as volunteers to serve on a grant review committee. In this capacity, the committee reviews grant applications, listens to agency presentations, and makes funding recommendations to the City. Volunteer reviewers must be Danbury residents and attest to having no conflicts of interest with the agencies being reviewed.  
 
“I want to thank United Way of Western Connecticut for partnering with the City of Danbury once again to provide funding to the social service agencies in our city,” said Mayor Dean Esposito. “This partnership allows key programs to continue helping our residents and supports these organizations as they continue to administer services within our community.”  

 “The Danbury Social Service Grant Program is an opportunity to collaborate with the City of Danbury in administering key funds to support our community’s nonprofits.” said Isabel Almeida, President of United Way of Western Connecticut. “The funds provided by the City each year are critical to improving health, enhancing education and child care, and increasing the financial stability of families throughout Danbury. The agencies receiving this funding are providing necessary support in each of those areas.” 

 The following agencies were selected and will receive funding:  
  • Danbury Grassroots Academy 

  • Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County 

  • REACH Western CT 

  • The Salvation Army 

  • Ability Beyond Disability 

  • American National Red Cross 

  • Amos House 

  • Association of Religious Communities 

  • Catholic Charities of Fairfield County 

  • Community Action Agency of Western CT 

  • Danbury Area Refugee Assistance (DARA) 

  • Family & Children’s Aid 

  • Renewal House 

  • Ann's Place 

  • Hillside Food Outreach 

  • Interfaith AIDS Ministry 

  • RVNA Health 

  • WeCAHR 

Funds are distributed through a one-year allocation process, with the grant covering the fiscal year of July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. More information about next year’s grant cycle and other grant opportunities can be found at uwwesternct.org
 
For media, contact: Karissa Muniz, United Way of Western Connecticut, at 203-297-6307  or John Kleinhans, The City of Danbury, at 203-797-4511.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (United Way of Western CT) Charities Wed, 01 Feb 2023 06:46:53 -0500