Redding's HamletHub Thu, 16 Aug 2018 01:03:53 -0400 Heat Advisory in the Redding Today and Tomorrow

It's HOT! NOAA has issued a Heat Advisory for New York City and the suburbs today, Wednesday, August 15 and tomorrow, Thursday, August 16. What does this mean? Excessive heat on both days with indices 90 to 95 degrees. 


  • The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
  • Extreme heat can cause illness and death among the at-risk population who can not stay cool.
  • Seniors, infants, and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions are at an increased risk from the heat.

Click here for additional information.

]]> (HH) Life Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:28:27 -0400
Calling All Area Dancers to Join the Cast of Nuts About Nutcracker!

Calling ALL area dancers! All dancers from any local area dance school are invited to join the cast of the 17th annual “Nuts About the Nutcracker” winter performance -- a spirited modern adaptation of this classic ballet, choreographed and directed by Jean Cobelli, Director of the Enchanted Garden School of Dance in Ridgefield. Participants will learn the choreography in the summer, rehearse in the fall, and perform mid-December. Performance proceeds will benefit a local charitable organization. 
The Summer Choreography rehearsals are Monday-Friday, August 20-24. 
Gr. K-1: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Gr 2: 12:15-1:30 PM
Gr. 3-4: 1:30-2:45 PM
Gr. 5-6: 2:45-4:00 PM
Gr. 7-8: 4:00-5:15 PM
Gr. 9-12: 5:15-6:30 PM
Fall rehearsals run on Sundays at the Enchanted Garden Studio Two location (529 Ethan Allen Highway, Ridgefield). 
Cost: $325 for summer and fall.
Pre-Register Online Here
For more information email or call 203-894-1987.
]]> (Enchanted Garden) Neighbors Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:40:20 -0400
Weston Kiwanis Dog Jamboree Parade on September 8

The Weston Kiwanis Dog Jamboree Parade will take place on September 8 (rain date is September 9) from 10 am to 4 pm at Weston Middle School.

Dogs and their humans will enjoy contests, demonstrations, food, fun, and seminars to benefit Weston Hurlbut Elementary School playground and local charities by Kiwanis Club of Weston, CT.

The event competition includes: Does your furry family member look like you? The Red Carpet best dressed," "I'm over 50 pounds, but the best lap dog you'll ever see," and much more!

For more information, click here or email



]]> (Weston Kiwanis ) Events Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:30:00 -0400
CT BBB: Back to School Tips

Cromwell, CT - It may seem like school just let out, but it’s already time to start thinking about the new school year! With back-to-school specials running all summer long, parents and students can start their shopping early and spread it out to avoid a hefty back-to-school shopping bill all at once.
Better Business Bureau offers up the following tips on how to shop smart when starting your back-to-school or back-to-college shopping:
Make a list      
You can either wait for the school supplies list to come out, or start shopping without it. Even if you don’t have the exact list, you should have an idea of what to purchase regarding school clothes, and basic supplies. Jot everything down on a list and stick to it! Impulse buying can jack up your overall total in a hurry.
Shop your home
You may already have some of the items from last year hidden in your home. Why purchase the same thing twice?
Research big ticket items
Before purchasing that expensive laptop, tablet or dorm refrigerator, be sure to do your homework. Research the brands, warranty, customer reviews and the prices at various stores to be sure you’re getting the best deal. Also check the reputation of the retailer at
Look for the sales
Compare prices between different retail stores, save your coupons, sign up for email alerts and redeem any cash-back or rebate offers. This will help you get the best deals, saving you a nice chunk of dough.
Ask for student discounts
Many stores and software companies offer discounts to students that have either an .edu email address or a student ID. Even if you don’t see a discount advertised at the store, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Shop in bulk
Some teachers ask parents to buy bulk items for the entire classroom to use throughout the year. Talk with other parents about what they’re getting, and see if you can all split the cost.
Know the return policies and save your receipts
Kids can be fickle. They can love a new shirt yesterday but hate it today. Ask about return policies before making your purchase. Be sure to save your receipts just in case you have to return the item later.
Shop safely online:
  • When shopping from an online website the first step is to make sure the URL starts with “https” and includes a lock symbol. The “s” in “https” stands for secure, that way you know your information is being protected.
  • Do your research. An unknown website may offer a similar product at a lower price. The lowest price isn’t always the best route. Check for user reviews and badges for consumer protection agencies.
  • Be sure to use your credit card instead of your debit card, as credit cards not only provide additional protection, but it’s also easier to dispute a fraudulent charge.
  • Be extremely wary of any website or store that asks for your child’s personal information in order to access special deals.
  • If you use Facebook you know banner ads are all over the place and many ads are even catered to what you like. Some of them, however, are just click bait ads to drive you to a different website where you could potentially be asked to input personal information. Take note of the ad and go to the store's website directly. 










]]> (Luke Frey) Public safety Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:57:34 -0400
Shop LOCAL and Tax FREE August 19 to August 25

Shop LOCAL and Tax-FREE!

In the State of Connecticut, shoppers will have a tax free holiday on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 from Sunday, August 19th until Saturday, August 25.

According to the Connecticut DRS, most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $100 are exempt from Connecticut Sales and Use Tax. For items costing $100 or more, sales tax is calculated on the full purchase price. 

Click here for a list of tax-exempt items and for additional information from the DRS.

]]> (HH) Life Mon, 13 Aug 2018 04:17:12 -0400
Tomorrow in FREE Fishing License Day in Connecticut!

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has designated Saturday, August 11, “Free Fishing License Day.”

The 7th Annual Saltwater Fishing Day event will be held August 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Fort Trumbull State Park on the Fishing Pier in New London, sponsored by DEEP’s No Child Left Inside® and the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) programs.  There will be fishing and crabbing opportunities for the entire family. 
State agencies and other organizations will provide educational activities throughout the day.  State Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police will have a saltwater fish exhibit and be on hand to answer questions.  CT Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) will feature a touch tank with live marine species.
To fish for free, anyone – resident or non-resident – can obtain a free one-day fishing license -- good for both the inland and marine districts --through the DEEP online sportsmen licensing system ( or at any venue that sells fishing licenses.
“The designated “Free Fishing License Day” is one of DEEP’s initiatives designed to connect people with outdoor activities and Connecticut’s natural resources. “Free Fishing License Day” reflects how fishing is much more than catching fish.  For many, the quality time spent connecting with friends and family outdoors is priceless,” said Susan Whalen, DEEP Deputy Commissioner.  “Many of those who took advantage of the previous ‘Free Fishing License Days’ have either fished as a youngster or have held a fishing license in past years.  We know that once people come out and fish our many lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and Long Island Sound they will be amazed at how much they have been missing.”
Connecticut has just about every type of fishing within 25 miles of just about every resident including trout, bass, pike, panfish, and saltwater species including striped bass, fluke, porgy or bluefish. Combining the annual Saltwater Fishing Day with Free Fishing License Day provides families the opportunity to plan an outing focused around fishing together as each family member 16 years of age or older can obtain a free one-day fishing license.
“We know many people would like to try saltwater fishing but may not know of an opportunity to do so.  Combining Free Fishing License Day and Saltwater Fishing Day provides a great opportunity for the new or experienced angler to fish for marine species,” added Deputy Commissioner Whalen.
Those who are 15 or younger do not need a fishing license but can register using the same on-line system to obtain a “Youth Fishing Passport.” The “Youth Fishing Passport” provides access to two fishing related activities and a list of sponsors who are offering discounts or free items to passport holders. Saltwater Fishing Day is a good way to check off several species on the “Fishing Challenge Scorecard,” a year-long fishing checklist where young anglers can keep track of all of the different types of fish they catch. Visit for details.
Check out DEEP’s listings of Lakes & Ponds, Rivers & Streams, and Coastal Access points in the 2018 Connecticut Angler’s Guide, now available online in Spanish, or call (860) 424-FISH (3474). Anglers can also find fishing regulations in the 2018 Connecticut Angler’s Guide.
English and Spanish versions of the Guide can be found online at and print versions (English) are available at more than 350 locations statewide, including many town halls, bait & tackle shops and other vendors selling outdoor equipment, DEEP facilities, and commercial marinas and campgrounds, or by contacting DEEP’s Fisheries Division (860-424-FISH).
Additional fishing and fisheries related information can be found on the DEEP web site at:, and on our social media channels; Facebook at Twitter, or @CTFishinginfo.
]]> (CT DEEP) Life Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:31:45 -0400
Saturday Evening Chamber Music at the Ridgefield Playhouse!

Join us for a marvelous, intriguing and inspiring evening of music! The Danbury Music Centre's Charles Ives Concert Series, in collaboration with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, is excited to present a chamber concert entitled A New Sincerity: From Darkness To Light. The concert is part of the Ives Series, directed by Paul Frucht and Jon Cziner, and will feature extraordinarily talented emerging musicians and composers, as well as RSO Music Director Yuga Cohler.  

Musical selections include pieces by Ravel, Ives, Charles Peck, Osvaldo Golijov, Ives Series artistic director Paul Frucht, associate artistic director Jon Cziner and 2018 Composer-in-Residence Nina Young.

The concert will be held tomorrow evening - Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 7:30 PM at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door.

]]> (Laurie Kenagy, RSO) Events Fri, 10 Aug 2018 06:56:06 -0400
Acoustic Series at Topstone Park in August

Acoustic Series at Topstone Park continues with Open Road on Thursday, August 9th beginning at 7:00 pm and Society of Orpheus and Bacchus on Wednesday, August 22 beginning at 7:00 pm. 

  • Open Road - FREE performance
  • Society of Orpheus and Bacchus - $10 in advance or $12 day of 1/2 price for students and seniors   

Bring a lawn chair, a flashlight and a bottle of wine!  If it rains we might move indoors to RCC.

Call the cancellation line at 6:00 pm to see what decision we made. (203) 938-5036 X 3

]]> (Redding Parks & Rec) Events Tue, 07 Aug 2018 08:33:32 -0400
Topstone Lifeguards Host Special Events for Kids

Topstone Park Lifeguards Host Special Events 

Head to Topstone Park in Redding this week! The Lifeguard are hosting some fun events!

August 10th - Face Painting

Beginning at 3pm, kids can have their face painted to be a superhero, animal, and more!

August 12th - Sundae Sunday

How about a sundae on Sunday? At 3pm, the lifeguards will sweeten things up! Enjoy delicious free ice cream with sprinkles, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream!

Listening at Trivia Night


Topstone Park staff are running a few special events this week at Topstone Park. 


On August 10th, there is face painting starting at 3pm. Have your face painted to be a superhero, animal, and more! On August 12th, it is Sundae Sunday. Enjoy some delicious free ice cream at 3pm with sprinkles, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream! 

]]> (Redding Parks & Rec ) Life Tue, 07 Aug 2018 08:23:36 -0400
Town of Redding Information on 2018 State Election

Town of Redding Info for November 6, 2018, State Election

There will be a State Election held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road, Redding, CT. Absentee Ballots will be available starting Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in the Town Clerk’s Office.  

Apply for an Absentee Ballot for an Election

Registered Voters can vote by absentee ballot if they are unable to appear at the required polling place during the hours of voting of the election for any of the following reasons:  active service in the armed forces; absence from the town during all hours of voting; illness; physical disability; religious tenets; or duties as a primary official at a polling place other than their own during all hours of voting.

An application must first be completed, and then the ballot can be issued to the applicant in person or mailed to the address indicated to on the application.  A ballot cannot be issued in person to anyone other than the applicant.

Applications for Absentee Ballots may be picked up at the Town Clerk’s Office Monday-Wednesday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.., may be mailed upon request, or can be downloaded by clicking here. Complete application, date, sign and return in person at Town Hall, 100 Hill Road, Redding or by mail to Town Clerk, P.O. Box 1028, Redding, CT  06875.  An application can be completed and delivered to the Town Clerk at any time, and ballots will be mailed as soon as they are available. College students – file your application with the Town Clerk’s Office before you leave for school – your ballot will then be mailed to you in the first week of October.

Military or Overseas Voters may register to vote and/or apply for an absentee ballot by completing a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

Upon receipt of the completed application, we will mail your absentee ballot.  Please contact the Town Clerk if you have any questions.  Phone: 203-938-2377 – Fax: 203-938-5000  – email:

To check your voter registration status or to register to vote online, click here

]]> (Town of Redding) Politics Mon, 06 Aug 2018 12:20:19 -0400
Winter Garden Summer Hockey & Skating Camps August 20-24

Winter Garden's popular skating and hockey camps for boys and girls ages 4-8 will be back in August!

Hockey and Skating Camps will take place August 20-24.

Online registration for Ice Mice Camp, Future Lions & Jaguar Camp and Try Hockey for Free is now open. Register HERE. Camps are filling quickly, so don't miss out!

Just click the camp you are interested in to be taken directly to our registration.

These camps have sold out every year, so register early!

Questions?  Please give us a call at 203-438-4423, ext 4 or send us an email.

]]> (Winter Garden Ice Arena) Places Mon, 06 Aug 2018 11:16:34 -0400
Redding's Mark Twain Library Gears Up for 58th Annual Book Fair


58th Annual Mark Twain Library Book Fair

Labor Day Weekend, August 31st to September 3rd

Over 65,000 books for sale organized in 75 categories!
FREE ADMISSION: except $20 Early Buying charge from 9 – 10 am on Friday, 8/31.
Free parking and refreshments available for purchase.

  • Friday: 9-6 prices as marked
  • Saturday: 10-4 prices as marked
  • Sunday: 10-4 half price day
  • Monday: 9-4 $10 for a box full of books

The Mark Twain Library Book Fair is the oldest – and one of the largest – in New England. The Library was founded by Samuel Clemens – Mark Twain, himself -- in 1908. Twain moved to Redding in 1907 and had more books than would fit in his new home. He donated over one thousand titles to help get the Library started; and upon his death, his daughter Clara donated more for sale to build on his fledgling legacy in Redding. Today, more than 100 years later, the Book Fair is still one of the Library’s principal fundraisers.

Free admission, except $20 Early Buying Charge from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday 8/31. Refreshments available and plenty of free parking.

For more information on the Mark Twain Library’s 57th Annual Book Fair, please visit or call the Library at 203 938-2545.

The Redding Community Center; 37 Lonetown Road (Route 107), Redding (behind Redding Elementary School).

]]> (Romy Weinberg) Events Mon, 06 Aug 2018 10:47:00 -0400
Kerry Kennedy talks family, hope, and politics in exclusive interview with Alex Fischetti

Being born into one of the most influential political dynasties in American history, Ms. Kerry Kennedy has been beautifully carrying out the examples set by her father Robert Kennedy, her mother Ethel Kennedy, her grandparents Joseph and Rose Kennedy and her uncles, President John F. Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy.

I had the great honor of interviewing Kerry about her new book Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples Of Hope (now out in bookstores everywhere). Here, Kerry shares her views on the state of human rights and the importance of leaving an indelible mark on the world.

1. CONGRATULATIONS on your new book! There are some incredible contributors here! How does it feel to know that 50 years after his passing RFK is still one of our modern day leaders biggest influences?

It’s inspiring to know that my father’s legacy continues to inform not just activists and political leaders, but that everyone around the world can find something empowering in his work for social justice and his moral imagination, and optimism about change. 

2. When you look at today's politicians, who would you say comes the closest to following your father’s principles?

I think the world leader who most closely shares my dad’s commitment to peace and justice, and who demonstrates extraordinary courage while maintaining a cheerful demeanor is easy—Pope  Francis.

You don’t see many people doing what my father did in public life - telling Americans not just what they want to hear, but what they need to know. Speaking truth to power is a challenging act, but I see my nephew, Congressman Joe Kennedy III doing important work on health care, immigration and so many other issues. Joe shares that moral courage and creativity my father believed would make our government an example to the world. 

3. One thing I’ve always loved about you and your family is how your faith in the Lord has always been an ultimate resource in igniting the Kennedy spirit. Do you feel our reliance on The Lord in our country has changed from when your uncle and father were in office and how important is it to have The Lord’s guidance in politics?

Faith is a personal journey, and each individual is going to have their own experience in finding strength or empathy. What we have seen in the decades since my father’s campaign is a weaponization of faith by political extremists in the United States, where faith is too often used as an armament weapon to divide people instead of as a source of hope that unites all of us as children of God. 

4. You’ve done incredible humanitarian work as President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. As you look at the state of our country today, what more do you think can be done for the benefit of human rights?

There is always something we can do - whether that means an organization like Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights going to the Texas border last month to call for an end to the Trump-Miller family separation policy, or an individual working in their community soup kitchen or helping an elderly neighbor. It’s through engagement and action that we develop the habits of compassion and respect for human dignity. Even the smallest ripples of hope make a difference.

5. Of all the work you’ve done as a human rights activist for the past 37 years, what would you say are some of your greatest accomplishments and what do you hope to achieve in the future that you haven’t already?

Let me start by saying that I am one part of a team of partners who work together to create change—and I have never accomplished anything in this field on my own.  That’s one thing I love about human rights work—it’s all about comradery and pooling resources for the greater good.  If you measure impact in terms of lives changed, then I’d have to answer with one of the many cases our team of lawyers has won, which overturned bad laws and created a more just system—like overturning the law in Uganda which made homosexuality punishable by life in prison without parole.  But what touches me most deeply is when I learn that one of our partners was released from prison or was able to escape the threat of death because of our advocacy.  It's that concrete, personal connection which I find most gratifying. 

6. What advice would you give to any young people wanting to enter public service?

Now is the time. We are at an important crossroads in our nation’s history, and all around the country, we’ve seen young people getting involved, running for office, or even lending their time and support to nonprofits o activist groups. It has never been nor more important to our future to get involved.

For more information on the great work Kerry does to make the world a better place check out the RFK Center website at here.  You can purchase her book, Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples Of Hope at your local bookstore.

]]> (Alex Fischetti) Neighbors Mon, 06 Aug 2018 09:29:42 -0400
Redding's Bluebird Estate Warehouse HUGE Sale on Saturday and Sunday

BLOWOUT WAREHOUSE SALE on Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th 10am - 3pm at Bluebird Estate Warehouse, 18 Old Mill Road in Redding.

Save 30% or more Off on most items in the Warehouse. 

This is a 2-day sale ONLY! Bluebird Estate Sales needs to make room for new merchandise! 

Bluebird Estate Sales, LLC is dedicated to customizing the estate sale to your individual needs with personalized service just for you.  Please call or e-mail us today to set up a convenient time to discuss your estate sales needs.
Questions? Email or call 203.273.6706
]]> (Tara) Places Fri, 03 Aug 2018 06:00:44 -0400
Dinner and a Movie at Mark Twain Library in Redding

Dinner and a Movie at the Library on Thursday, August 23 beginning at 6:00 pm!

Join Mark Twain Library for a screening of this American comedy-drama, starring Jon Favreau as a chef who launches a food truck business and reignites his passion for cooking and the family.

Food truck at 6:00 pm and movie at 7:30 pm. 

Angies Cocinita food truck will be in the parking lot at 6:00 pm serving Cuban sandwiches, tacos, and more! 

Rain or shine!

Register online or call 203-938-2445 for info. 

]]> (Tara) Events Thu, 02 Aug 2018 08:56:01 -0400