Redding's HamletHub Mon, 20 Jan 2020 21:36:43 -0500 Redding Community Newspaper Foundation Seeks to Relaunch Redding Pilot, Plans Jan. 26 Meeting

The Redding Community Newspaper Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that has recently been formed to relaunch The Redding Pilot newspaper.  The Foundation will hold a open-to-all organization meeting on Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Mark Twain Library for all townspeople who are interested in helping bring back The Redding Pilot.  Click here to read more about the Foundation.

The Foundation is committed to fostering local community public service journalism, and producing and publishing a non-profit, community-based newspaper for and by the townspeople of Redding.

The open-to-all organization meeting is an invitation to anyone who would like to help produce and publish The Redding Pilot.  The paper will be produced by volunteers and there are many ways to participate and help.

If you can’t attend the organization meeting on Sunday, January 26th, email your interest to

The Redding Community Newspaper Foundation
A non-profit organization fostering local community public service journalism for the townspeople of Redding, Connecticut.
Publishers of The Redding Pilot community newspaper

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Town of Redding News and Events January 20-26

Redding News & Calendar of Events January 20-26, 2020

News and Announcements

The deadline to file an appeal your assessment as fixed by the Assessor with the Board of Assessment Appeals is Thursday, February 20, 2020.  Click here for Appeal Form for October 1, 2019 Grand List.

Organizational Meeting to Bring Back The Redding Pilot

Coming Up – Redding League of Women Voters Third Annual Speak Up

Town of Redding Comprehensive Annual Financial and State Compliance Reports for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2019

Final Drafts of the Town Plan of Conservation of Development and the Open Space Plan Released

Freedom of Information Seminar at Town Hall on January 28, 2019

Legal Notice to Taxpayers of Redding and Georgetown re taxes due in January 2020

Coming up at The Mark Twain Library
January 20-24, 2020

The Heritage Center
January News Blast 

Calendar of Events

Monday, January 20, 2020
Martin Luther King Day – Town Offices and Transfer Station are Closed

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Hearing Room – Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. at Old Town House – Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. at Joel Barlow High School – ER9 Joint Boards of Education
7:30 pm. at Town Hall Hearing Room – Zoning Board of Appeals-CANCELLED

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
10:00 a.m. at Central Office Conference Room – Redding BOE Curriculum Committee Special Meeting
10:00 a.m. at Central Office Conference Room – Region  9 BOE Curriculum Committee Special Meeting
7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Hearing Room – Zoning Commission

Sunday, January 26, 2020
2:00-4:00 p.m. at Mark Twain Library – Organizational Meeting to Bring Back the Redding Pilot

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Take a trip back in time with The Sixties Show at The Ridgefield Playhouse on February 1st!

 Take a trip back to another time and place where an AM radio blasts the latest hits from a convertible, on a warm summer starlit Saturday night on any street USA. You can revisit, or encounter for the first time, these heady days, from the stripped down pulsating 2 guitars, bass, drum and vocal harmony-laden British invasion pop explosions, right up to the pivotal transition of late 60’s orchestrated blasts of harmonious rapture when The Sixties Show returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, February 1st at 8:30pm, part of Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity, with support from Nutmeg Livery.

With Musical Direction by Ridgefield, CT resident Craig O’Keefe, the band is widely celebrated and known for spot on, note for note re-creations of the hits, B-sides and deep album cuts from the greatest songs of the 1960’s.

Visit Eddie’s Pizza & Pasta (24 Prospect Street, Ridgefield) the night of the show and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine with your entree when tickets are presented! Media partner for this event is i95 The Home of Rock ‘n Roll.

The Sixties Show will transport you back to the most influential decade of our time by meticulously recreating and celebrating the sights and sounds of the 1960s. Featuring former members of The Who’s touring band, Bob Dylan’s band, and the“Saturday Night Live” band, The Sixties Show is the Greatest 1960’s Musical Re-Creation Show in the World.

All of the music is performed live, with no samples, backing tracks or prerecorded music of any kind. The band uses a state of the art sound system but only plays authentic 1960’s period vintage and reissue vintage gear and instrumentation just like the original artist’s and original recordings. With genuine 1960’s mod costumes, the show is powerfully dramatized by a combination of narration and 60’s archival audio and newsreel footage that reminds the audience how uniquely inspirational, entertaining, and historically significant the music of the 1960’s was and continues to be.

The Sixties Show was created by Ridgefield resident, Craig O’Keefe, who honed his musical prowess on the LA scene - writing, touring and recording with several bands, most notably Hal Lovejoy Circus {BMG Ent} who scored a Top 10 Hit on the Billboard Alternative Album Charts. He was also a founding member of 1990s Hollywood, CA kingpins, Annapurna {Warner Bros Records} who shared stages with everyone from Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots to Oasis, Sublime and Weezer.

The members of The Sixties Show were hand-picked to perform and record with with Sir Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, The Bee Gees, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and other legends and individually have performed at the most renowned venues in the world such a Madison Square Garden, The Hollywood Bowl, Wembley Stadium, The Grand Rex in Paris, The Budokan in Tokyo, and others.

For tickets ($37) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. Twitter: @RPlayhouse Facebook:

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Mahfouz makes history as Enforcers hand Tricks 5-2 loss

Ahmed Mahfouz needed just 5:06 of gameplay to notch career points 798, 799 and 800 in his illustrious FPHL career. The Enforcers captain potted two goals and an assist in the early moments of the game to cinch both his milestone point total and a 5-2 Enforcers victory.
Brandon Tucker was on the receiving end of Mahfouz's historic pass for his 800th point. The goal would be the first of three for Tucker on the evening, as Elmira's top line torched Danbury's defense. Tucker, Mahfouz and Hudson Michaelis would combine for 12 points.
The Hat Tricks found a bit of life early in the second period, as they found themselves on a 5-on-3. Shayne Morrissey would pot his first goal with the team seconds into the man advantage, but they could not beat Troy Passingham on the succeeding 5-on-4 powerplay- or for the rest of the game, for that matter.
Passingham stopped 40 of 42 shots to earn his ninth win of the season for Elmira.
"We just have to be mentally prepared," head coach Billy McCreary said of his team's slow start. "We got a little too comfortable tonight, we have to get back to the grind and doing the little things right."
Coming up for the Hat Tricks...
The Hat Tricks and Enforcers square off for a rematch TONIGHT at Danbury Arena. 
Tickets are on sale now at For more information, call the main office at 203-794-1704. Live game streaming available on Youtube.
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Danbury Hat Tricks Winning Streak Hits Eight! Don't Miss Weekend Showdown!

The Danbury Hat Tricks have won eight straight home games!

A big slate of home games coming up this weekend! Come see the Hat Tricks take on the Elmira Enforcers this Friday, January 17 on New Haven Night and Saturday, January 18 on Danbury Chamber of Commerce Night! Plus, Danbury Arena's adult hockey players get a complimentary ticket and pre-game beverage before Saturday's game! 
Purchase tickets HERE.
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Hold on to your hats! Wind Advisory tomorrow for Redding!

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory in effect for the entire region from 9 AM through 7 PM Thursday, January 16.

Sustained northwest winds 20-30 mph with gusts 45-50 mph are expected, with the strongest winds likely occurring in the afternoon. This could result in downed tree limbs and unsecured objects being blown around.

Gusty winds will continue Thursday night, dropping below advisory levels in the evening.

Learn more

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Life In A Bottle: Ancona's Kicks Off 2020 with Orange Wine!

Mitch Ancona, the owner of Ancona's Wines & Liquors unveils 2020's first Life In A Bottle Episode. What's in the bottle? Puiatti "Archetipi" Ribolla Gialla 2016, an orange wine! In this episode, Codey Foster, Juan Vega, and Kyle Martinez sip and talk.

Here's what Kyle has to say about this colorful beauty (that is currently on sale for $26.99)

Orange wine is what happens when you make a white wine in the same fashion you'd normally make a red wine.

When grapes are pressed for white wine, the juice is allowed to run off of the 'must', or crushed grapes, and fermentation can begin.

Red wines, however, are made red by keeping the skins in contact with the juice (called maceration).

Most folks who produce orange wine do so by crushing white grapes and allowing the skins to macerate in the juice for a while. This allows for a white wine with a bit more structure; usually providing a fair amount of tannin and bitterness.

With this wine, however, there's a bit of a twist. Instead of skin contact with the pressed grapes, the juice is completely vinified in stainless steel tanks with no oxidation allowed. Later, the wine is infused with individually hand-picked, fresh, and completely intact grapes, drawing color, texture, intense flavor, and tannin from the skins.

The resulting wine (made literally orange by grape skins) is super approachable, clean, and absolutely delicious. The infusion of intact grapes creates a much mellower, fresher infusion of very easy-going tannin, and although I normally avoid the "B" word when discussing wine, just enough pleasant bitterness to create incredible depth.

This'll pair stunningly with nearly any seafood, especially in dishes like paella or cioppino, but its also great with the typically tricky pairings: asparagus, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, etc. (and as evidenced by the video, great with hummus and crudite!)

My notes read: "Whoa. Fresh pressed golden apples and tangerine peels, fresh cut white flowers, and salty, stony mineral; and that's just on the nose. The palate shows more tart, fresh fruit and aromatic flowers, but more savory notes begin to appear. Fresh tender herbs, bitter greens, and saline mineral that follows through the long finish. Bone dry, squeaky clean, and the perfect apertif. Top-shelf, high class orange wine."

Purchase the wine here.


2016 Puiatti Ribolla Gialla Archetipi

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Imagine Your Summer At Harvey Camp! Open House on Feb. 22, Registration OPEN

The Harvey Summer Camp celebrates its 25th year with a 2020 session that offers an extraordinary interactive summer experience for children entering grades 1 through 9. With more than 50 courses to choose from, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy!

Attend Harvey Summer Camp OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more and register HERE.

Northern Westchester’s premier summer program, the Harvey Camp offers children entering grade 2 and up the unique opportunity to create their own schedules, allowing them the freedom to explore their own interests in art, theater, sports, science, and so much more. Children entering first grade get a taste of a “big camp” experience as directors and counselors guide them through their days of fun, learning activities.

With 125 sprawling acres of woods, open fields, and state-of-the-art facilities, the Harvey campus offers an ideal location for a summer day camp. The magnificent Walker Center for the Arts, the impressive Fenstermacher Athletic Center, the iconic Evarts Memorial Ice Rink, the John G. Davis Tennis Courts and an outdoor pool are just some of the wonderful facilities campers will enjoy!

The 2020 session will also feature several “specialty camps.” One will give girls entering grades 5-12 a chance to learn how to play lacrosse under the exceptional tutelage of local lacrosse legend Sammy Jo Tracy. For children entering grades 8-10 who are interested in STEM, Harvey offers a Robotics Camp, housed in the school’s robotics lab and taught by highly successful RoboCavs coach Chris Kelly. For kids curious to explore the fun and thrill of high-wire balancing and aerial movement, the professional performers of Westchester Circus Arts return for another spectacular summer under the Big Top in Circus Camp.

The six-week session of Harvey Summer Camp runs from June 29 through August 7. Weekly options are available. Tuition includes daily lunch in Harvey’s cafeteria, a complimentary camp 

T-shirt and a sports bag. Depending on a camper’s home location, transportation options are available for an additional fee.

Be part of our 25th-anniversary celebration and allow your child a chance to enjoy a summer of his or her own making. Tell your child what we tell our campers: “It’s your summer. Imagine it.”

To find out more about the tuition and the programs, visit

Attend Harvey Summer Camp OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more and register HERE.



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Redding Community Conversatons to Create Social Change Spotlights Bias on January 22

In an effort to continue our conversation about race and the belief that social change happens at the community level, Redding's League of Women Voters together with Mark Twain Library, will offer a series of discussions about race in America.

In the first session on Wednesday, January 22 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, focusing on “Bias,” Dr. Daniel W. Barrett will address the nature of implicit or non-conscious biases, especially those concerning race/ethnicity, and how they can affect our behavior outside of conscious awareness.

Additional Series Sessions:

Oppression – February 5th

Privilege – February 22nd

Change – March 11

This series was developed and co-hosted with the Redding League of Women Voters.

Learn more and register here.

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Wendy Neil of Redding Is Appointed Principal of Immaculate High School

Immaculate High School is pleased to announce that Bishop Frank Caggiano has appointed Wendy Neil of Redding as Principal. Ms. Neil has served as Interim Principal since July 2019 and before that she was a teacher and program leader at Immaculate High School.

Ms. Neil began teaching AP US Government, International Relations and Social Studies at Immaculate in 2013. She also continues to lead the school’s Model UN and Mock Trial teams, is the IHS Social Studies Department Chair, is a member of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Innovative Teacher Committee, and has served as a lead member on an Immaculate High School self-observation committee that helped Immaculate receive New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation in 2019.  A talented and committed educator and administrator, Mrs. Neil is dedicated to providing students an excellent Catholic faith based and college preparatory educational experience.

“I am very honored to be named Immaculate High School’s Principal; I am happy to serve our school and faith, and I look forward to continue working with Immaculate’s excellent faculty and staff, wonderful parents and especially our amazing students,” said Ms. Neil. “Immaculate High School is a unique place that emphasizes faith-based values and compassion as well as a modern college-preparatory education, and I am excited to be part of the team that nurtures our students and prepares them for the future,” she added. 

Ms. Neil began her teaching career in 1994 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in History, Magna Cum Laude, from Springfield College. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She brings a perspective as a parent, teacher and administrator to Immaculate High School -- Ms. Neil is the parent of two alumni, J. Bailey Bellone ‘17 and Colby Bellone ‘19, and current sophomores Allie Bellone and Chloe Bellone. 

“As a well-respected visionary leader, Ms. Neil has established networks of collaboration that support our school’s compelling mission, academic excellence and operational vitality. Her effective school leadership and commitment to our students, teachers and parents is immeasurable. The school community is very blessed to have Ms. Neil serve as our new school Principal,” said Mary R. Maloney, President of Immaculate High School. 

Immaculate High School encourages students to find success in academics, athletics, fine arts and clubs and is ranked in the top ten of all Catholic high schools in the State of Connecticut by NICHE. One of the more affordable private high schools, Immaculate High School is also among the highest ranked Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport and continues to attain the highest SAT scores in the Diocese. Immaculate High School students, a representation of area public, private and Catholic schools, seek academic challenges, discover leadership and engage in progressive learning opportunities and have high success rates: 100% of the Class of 2019 were accepted to choice colleges and universities and were awarded college scholarships and grants totaling $27 million. 

In addition to a college-preparatory academic program that offers over 33 Advanced Placement classes and a STEAM curriculum featuring advanced technology, a CISCO certification program, renovated science labs and engineering classes and a Certified Nursing Associate program, Immaculate High School has an award-winning Fine Arts program, a student career internship program, athletic teams that have won SWC and State Championships, 44 clubs and a Campus Ministry and community service program that instills faith, compassion and reverence for others. Immaculate High School, founded in 1962, is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. 

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RVNAhealth Hospice Patient Revisits His Boyhood Past

World War II paratrooper. Educator. Grandfather. Loyal friend. These are just some of the words that come up in conversations with Edward Siergiej’s friends and family.

Since August 2019, Ed Siergiej has also been a hospice patient with RVNAhealth. He has been homebound due to a hip fracture and other health issues this year that brought him back from Florida to live in Danbury with his son, Ed Jr., and daughter-in-law, Joanne. But he recently embarked on a special journey: A tour of some of the places and sights that framed his past in his hometown of Danbury.

“His desire was to revisit his early boyhood home, school and church in Danbury,” explains RVNAhealth Hospice Social Worker Cindy Merritt, LCSW. “This was about memories for both Mr. Siergiej and his family.”

Tour of Memories

The journey began on an early December afternoon when Mr. Siergiej, his son, and RVNAhealth Hospice Case Manager Kim Babson, RN, were transported by Danbury Ambulance Service to some landmark sites. 

One stop was the house in downtown Danbury that Mr. Siergiej’s father built in 1925 – and where Mr. Siergiej lived until he married Mary Alma Taylor in 1954, his wife of 53 years. They also visited Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, where he, his parents and sister had been parishioners since 1925.

The “old” Danbury High School – now part of Western Connecticut State University’s White Hall – was another significant stop.

“My father was president of his class at the Danbury State Teachers College in 1948,” says Ed Jr. “He later went on to graduate from WestConn’s education program, and then taught and became a school administrator on Long Island.”

The Uncle Sam statue, a 38-foot monument previously located at the Danbury State Fairgrounds, and since transported to the Danbury Railway Museum, was another destination.

“My father earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star when he served as a paratrooper and glidertroooper in the 194th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 17th Airborne Division during World War II,” says Ed, Jr. “He is a proud military veteran, and the Danbury Fair was part of his childhood, so this statue is an important part of his past.”

Make a Wish

Other places visited included Jimmie’s – a deli where Mr. Siergiej enjoyed coffee with friends for more than 20 years – and JK’s (famous for hot dogs). 

“My father was very grateful to everyone who made this trip possible, especially his nurse, Kimmie, and Rosa Ramirez, his nursing assistant.” says Ed, Jr. “It was a highlight of the last weeks of his life.”

Made possible by the Ridgefield Thrift Shop Hospice Fund at RVNAhealth, the outing was a gift to the Siergiej family.

“Since 1937, when the Thrift Shop was created to support the work of the District Nursing Association, now RVNAhealth, we have been grateful for this partnership,” says MJ Heller, RVNAhealth director of philanthropy. “This special hospice fund, established by our Thrift Shop friends, makes wishes and memories possible for hospice patients and their families at their most vulnerable time.”

Visit RVNAhealth online here to view more photos of Ed's walk down memory lane.

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Books & Brew: A Beer Tasting Event at the Redding Beer Co.

Books & Brew: A Beer Tasting Event at the Redding Beer Co. this Thursday, January 16 from 7:30 to 9pm

Join Mark Twain Library at the Redding Beer Co. in Georgetown to hear the ins and out of craft beer brewing.

Jim and David Baulsir, owners and brewers will be our hosts. We will learn about the brewing process, the differences between types of beer, and have the opportunity to to taste some as well. Registration in required for this event and space is limited.

This event will be held at the Redding Beer Co., 7 Main Street, Georgetown.

Learn more and register HERE.

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Redding's MTL STEM/STEAM Open House on January 20

Mark Twain Library STEM/STEAM Open House on Monday, January 20 from 1 to 2pm

Enjoy refreshments while learning about the library’s upcoming STEM/STEAM initiatives, including STEM/STEAM Of the Month, Code and Snacks, and Minecraft! No previous experience is required to participate in these programs. STEM and STEAM are educational approaches that focus on hands-on activities and programs that integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Our upcoming Code and Snacks program is open to boys and girls and will be run as two separate workshop series for grades 2-4 and grades 5-8.

Learn more and register HERE.

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Redding Open Space Plan Released

Final Drafts of Town of Redding Plan of Conservation and Development and the Open Space Plan Released

The final drafts of the Town Plan of Conservation Development and the Open Space Plan have been released to the Board of Selectmen for final comment. 

 Click here to view the Town Plan of Conservation and Development. 

 Click here to view the Open Space Plan.

*Image courtesy Town of Redding Facebook Page.

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Danbury Hat Tricks Winning Streak Hits Eight! Don't Miss Weekend Showdown!

The Danbury Hat Tricks have won eight straight home games!
A big slate of home games coming up this weekend! Come see the Hat Tricks take on the Elmira Enforcers this Friday, January 17 on New Haven Night and Saturday, January 18 on Danbury Chamber of Commerce Night! Plus, Danbury Arena's adult hockey players get a complimentary ticket and pre-game beverage before Saturday's game! 
Purchase tickets HERE.
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