Redding's HamletHub Fri, 20 May 2022 00:12:09 -0400 Redding Special Town Meeting on May 26: ARPA Funds, Police Overtime, Clean Water Act, and More

Town of Redding Legal Notice

The Legal Voters in the Town of Redding, Connecticut, and those entitled to vote therein are hereby warned and notified to meet at the Special Town Meeting to be held at the Redding Community Center on Thursday, May 26th at 7:30 p.m. for the following purposes:

1. To consider and vote upon the funding of American Rescue Plan projects as recommended by the American Rescue Plan Funds Working Group and as approved by the Board of Selectmen, specifically: The Redding Elementary School Paved Recreation Area ($40,000); and The John Read Middle School Project COOL Outdoor Learning Pavilion ($35,000).

2. To consider and vote upon a fund transfer of $460,000 from the unassigned fund balance, as recommended by the Board of Finance and approved by the Board of Selectmen, for police overtime due to COVID and other extended leave, and legal expenses incurred for the Meadow Ridge Trial during the fiscal year 2021-22.

3. To consider and vote upon the adoption of an Illicit Discharge Ordinance for Stormwater, a federal requirement under the Clean Water Act.

Click here to view proposed ordinance.

To do any and all things legal and necessary to accomplish the above-named purpose and to take any other action that may legally and properly come before the meeting.

DATED at Redding, Connecticut this 17th day of May 2022.


Julia Pemberton

Margaret L. O’Donnell

Michael Thompson

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Tag Sale at the Heritage Center in Redding on Saturday

Tag Sale at the Heritage Center this Saturday, May 21st from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Heritage Center Parking Lot

Volunteers will be at the ready afterward to donate any unsold items of your choice to Ridgefield Thrift, ReStore and Goodwill.

Please contact Margherita / 938-9725, if you would like to participate. All are welcome to sell, the table fee is $15 for those age 50+.

The Heritage Center is Redding’s senior center, part of Redding’s Community Center and located behind the Redding Elementary School.  The Heritage Center’s mission is to provide community seniors with a place to come together in a friendly environment where they may participate in cultural, social, artistic and wellness activities

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CT's Beardsley Zoo Teen Corps Removes River Shore Trash, Plants Marsh Grass

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s teen Conservation Discovery Corps (CDC) students, in combination with the teen Zoo Career Explorers, as well as volunteers and staff, have cleaned up more than one-half ton of trash from the shores of the Pequonnock River.  

Over the past several weeks, the group of volunteers met several times to walk the shores of the river and remove trash and debris from the waterway. 

The first Saturday cleanup, with 13 guests from outside the Zoo, including a seven-person group from Shelton High School, resulted in 600 pounds of trash removed from the river and Beardsley Park grounds. Additionally, large metal pieces and wood pallets added another 200 pounds.  A second cleanup resulted in nearly 500 more pounds of trash. Students worked with gloves, waders, and trash pickers to remove waste as part of the Zoo’s “Party for the Planet,” in honor of Earth Day.

On Saturday, April 30, the cleanup crew became a planting crew, setting 2,000 plugs of marsh grass into the Great Salt Marsh in Stratford (an endangered coastal habitat within Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge) with volunteers from CT Coastal Audubonunder the direction of The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The three-hour planting was followed by an interpretive talk on salt marsh ecology. Follow up plantings by zoo staff and volunteers have yielded more than 1,800 additional salt marsh grass plugs planted. The CDC, whose motto could easily be “we never hesitate to get our hands dirty,” has now begun planting milkweed seeds to feed Monarch butterflies that make their homes at the Zoo in the summer.

The Zoo’s Curator of Education Jim Knox said, “When it comes to embodying Earth Day's spirit of stewardship and care for our planet, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's volunteers and staff lead the way. Whether they are cleaning up a riverbank, restoring endangered salt marsh habitat, or teaching Zoo guests how they can protect endangered species, the Zoo team is always out in front." 

The CDC is an award-winning science-based youth education program that introduces young adults to the fields of conservation biology and environmental education and prepares them for science-based careers. The Explorers program investigates Zoo and non-profit careers through workshops and staff shadow days, covering eight different departments at the Zoo. 

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Bobbie the black bear's cubs are headed to a wildlife rehabilitation center!

Bobbi's cubs are headed to a wildlife rehabilitation center! 

CT DEEP reports, "Since Thursday, DEEP Wildlife Division Staff have been communicating with wildlife agencies in other states to obtain authorization to engage potential bear rehabilitation specialists for the bear cubs.
Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) staff left a short time ago from the DEEP Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area with the cubs and are on their way to the Kilham Bear Center – a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility."
State Representative David Michel (Stamford) documented the event on social media. Below is an excerpt:
It was quite clear the lead biologist, after catching those little fur balls, realized they were too small to have been on their own. Also the statements of DEEP are strange when talking about human or public interaction, there were seemingly none until DEEP was called to help catch the cubs once they were spotted. If DEEP had meant for the public to stay away from the cubs they should have communicated with all the houses around the forest, however it was mentioned by the neighbors that no one went after the cubs unless associated with deep, municipal police, or rehabilitators who found the cubs. I went in as an Observer to try and get quicker updates on the situation in the forest.
Thank you to my legislative colleagues Nicole Klarides-Ditria, State Representative Anne Hughes, and State Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan, #StateRepresentativeMitchBolinsky for applying pressure on DEEP to capture the cubs, as well as board members of the CWRA (Laura, Regina, Deb..), Annie Hornish of the Human Society of the United States Connecticut director, and Lori Brown, for helping locate the cubs and being amazing advocates, And thank you to the neighbors who rallied around together in support, the municipal Police, and First Selectman Dan Rosenthal.
For updates on the cubs, follow Save Bobbi's Cubs on Facebook here.
*Image courtesy State Representative David Michel. Follow him on Facebook here.
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Redding's Concerts on the Green, View Musical Lineup, Sponsors, and Support the Series!

Redding's Concerts on the Green series is around the corner!

This summer's concert series was underwritten by Redding's own SpreadMusicNow, a nonprofit organization that supports music education and creative youth development for Connecticut's young people. Learn more at

 They have a benefit concert happening in Bridgeport on May 21! Learn more here.

Organizations, Businesses and Individuals who have stepped forward so far at the "Sponsorship level" include:

  • Cross Private Client Insurance
  • Mark Twain Library
  • Caraluzzi's,
  • Redding Fire and EMS Co. No. 1
  • Tamura and Miyashiro Family
  • High Ground Productions Sound Studio


Haven't donated yet?


The time to donate is now! Click here for information on how to donate or to view a list of this year's performers

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Fairfield County Bank Seminar: How to Detect Fraud & Avoid a Scam

Keeping You Secure: How to Detect Fraud & Avoid a Scam

Consumers lost $8.5 billion to fraud last year, up 70% over 2020 - Federal Trade Commission

Identity theft can be crippling and with fraud on the rise, Fairfield County Bank wants to make sure you are armed with the information you need to protect yourself.

Join Fairfield County Bank for a 1-hour session where two of their Executives will discuss

  • Recent scams

  • Ways fraudsters try to steal your identity

  • The ramifications of a hacked account

  • What to do if you become a victim

  • Steps you can take (and the Bank is taking) to keep you secure. 

The sessions will take place on Tuesday, May 24 at 3:00 pm and Wednesday, May 25 at 11:00 am.

05.24.2022 Registration    

05.25.2022 Registration

Please note: you will not be on camera, but you will be able to ask questions in the Q&A box. Questions will be answered in the last 15 minutes of the session.

Fairfield County Bank Executives presenting will be Marcie Coffin (EVP Audit, Compliance & Risk Management) and Frank Kunst (EVP, Technology).


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Redding Resident Ella Gaspar an Award Winner at Hamilton College Class & Charter Day

Ella Gaspar, of Redding, was named the recipient of The Dean Alfange Essay Prize at Hamilton College's annual Class & Charter Day, held on May 10. Established in 1950, the event combines the traditional Class Day celebrating the end of classes with a commemoration of the granting of College's charter on May 26, 1812.

The Dean Alfange Essay Prizes are awarded to the students who write the best and second-best essays on a feature or an issue of American constitutional government.

Gaspar, a senior majoring in public policy, is a graduate of Joel Barlow High School.

Learn more at

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Meet the Local Effectv Team: Jeff Reinhardt

Editor's note: here on HamletHub, we are excited to introduce you to the team at Effectv! Over the next few months, we will spotlight local Effectv employees and learn about what they love about their community, their job, and working with local small businesses. 

Meet the Local Effectv Team!

Jeff Reinhardt, Account Executive at Effectv

Where do you call home? ​

I have been living and raising my family in Fairfield County for the past 35 years.

How many years have you worked at Effectv?

The last three years of my 30+ year career in the media and marketing industry have been spent working in the Danbury office of Effectv. Live local – work local! ​

Best part of your job? ​

I love learning about each unique business I work with: their strengths, challenges, and goals.  There is great satisfaction when one of my clients shares their success in leveraging my experiences combined with the impact of Effectv. ​

What do you love about your community? ​

I believe that community is the people within it. A great community is comprised of local businesses that thrive from the people who shop and support locals.

What do you like most about serving local businesses in the area? ​

Businesses in Connecticut have characteristics that are unique to our region. The businesses in our communities truly care about their customers, employees, and the residents they serve. I have met some really wonderful people in my career and hope HamletHub introduces me to some more! 

What is a fun fact about you?

In addition to being a media professional, I’m also a magician. Over the past two years, I’ve evolved to Zoom Performances for executives at businesses around the world.

You can reach Jeff Reinhardt, Account Executive via email

Learn more about Effectv HERE.

For questions about Effectv services, contact Rusty Beers 


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The Puppy Bus is Coming to AAA Danbury on May 20!

Mark Your Calendars for May 20! The Puppy Bus is Coming to AAA Danbury!

As they say, ‘A Pet in Need is a Pet Indeed!’ And if you’re a party animal seeking a ‘fur’-ever pet, here’s your chance to attend a Puppy Party at AAA Northeast’s Danbury Office on May 20 from 2 to 6pm.

Companion Pet Rescue (CPR), a Southbury-based, non-profit dog rescue and placement agency, will arrive at the 93 Lake Avenue branch with a bus full of adoptable puppies seeking homes. Interested persons can meet the dogs on-site, speak with representatives about the application process and apply for pet adoption on the spot.

Through May 20, AAA branch employees also are collecting dog food, toys, blankets, and financial donations to help the organization.

Donations may be dropped off at the branch during regular hours Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm.

 AAA Danbury is located at 93 Lake Avenue, Danbury

For more information on Companion Pet Rescue, visit

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Women’s Golf Day at Golf Performance Center on June 7

Golf Performance Center hosts Women’s Golf Day on June 7 from 10 am to 3 pm 

Women’s Golf Day is a one-day event celebrating girls and women playing golf and learning the skills that last a lifetime. 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Golf Specific Calisthenic Workout with GPC Performance Coaches Ali Brochu and Dr. Kate Campbell 

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Freshen Up | Light Bites & Refreshments 

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Discuss the 5 Elements of Success & Work Through Basic Fundamental Philosophy with Stephanie Molloy, PGA 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch prepared by Chef Leslie DiNapoli

 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Play GPC National | Par 3, 9 Hole Golf Course

The cost is $200

To register, click HERE.

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Wooster School presents Legally Blonde, Jr, May 20 & 21

We are excited to have live performances with patrons in attendance for the upcoming production of Legally Blonde, Jr. 

Performances are Friday, May 20 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm in the Black Box Theatre. Additionally, we will have a Wooster student, faculty, and staff only preview performance on Thursday, May 19 at 5:00 pm.

Wooster School students will have Danbury thinking pink when they present their production of Legally Blonde, Jr. on May 20 and 21. The fun and upbeat musical follows the adventures of a sorority girl named Elle Woods – a Gemini with a double Capricorn moon – who tries to win her ex-boyfriend back by earning a Harvard law degree.

Delta Nu sorority president Elle Woods seems to have it all: good looks, a relationship with the "campus catch," and great taste in clothes. However her life is turned upside-down when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her in an attempt to start getting "serious" about his future and attend Harvard Law. Determined to win him back, Elle uses a lot of hard work and some charm to get into Harvard Law so she can prove to Warner that she's serious enough for him. Once at school, she is challenged by her peers, professors and her ex, but with the help of some new friends, Elle realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

With a book by Heather Hach, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, Legally Blonde, Jr. is based on the book by Amanda Brown and the hit Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy. Legally Blonde The Musical opened at Broadway's Palace Theatre in April 2007, starring Laura Bell Bundy as the iconic Elle Woods.

Please review the policies for attending theater performances at Wooster School prior to purchasing your tickets. Student, faculty, and staff only preview tickets are $5 each. All other tickets are $15 each. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Seating is extremely limited, so we ask that you please honor your reservation. Show length is approximately 1 hour.

Ticket purchases can be made at:

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UPDATE: Bear Cubs Located in Newtown!

UPDATE: Last night, CT DEEP reported on social media that with the assistance of Newtown officials and the police, the cubs were located in a wooded area of Newtown. 

"The cubs appear to be in good health, but DEEP has concerns for their safety due to the risk of continued public interaction. As a result, DEEP will be attempting capture and rehabilitation. Since Thursday, DEEP has been actively involved, deploying DEEP Environmental Conservation Police units and Wildlife Division staff to conduct monitoring in the area over the weekend, and identifying options for rehabilitation if needed.

DEEP Wildlife Division staff will be on-scene in the morning to check the condition of the bears and, if possible to do so safely, remove them from the wild in order to bring them to a rehabilitator. DEEP wildlife biologists will be making every effort to make this process as smooth as possible for the cubs."
In order to make the capture successful, DEEP asks the public to stay away from the cubs to allow them to remain in the area.

 Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation Police (EnCon) are investigating the killing of a female bear in Newtown that occurred on Thursday, May 12.

The bear, known on social media as Bobbi the Bear #217 (her tag number) has garnered much support from neighbors. A new Facebook page has been created Save Bobbi's Cubs (the photo you see here is courtesy of that page).

DEEP Wildlife biologists and Environmental Conservation Officers are monitoring the situation to assess the health of the surviving bear cubs, in coordination with Newtown officials.

CT DEEP is thankful to the community for the many messages regarding the bear cubs. They say, "Staff from DEEP’s Wildlife division as well DEEP’s Environmental Conservation Police Officers have been actively patrolling the local area since yesterday evening to monitor for any signs of the cubs."

DEEP says, "Remember: feeding or interacting with the cubs could inhibit their ability to forage for natural food and could put the cubs in great danger. To best assist the cubs, monitoring should be left to DEEP and local officials."

Visit the CT DEEP on Facebook here for updates.

Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) responded to a wooded area in Newtown along with Newtown Officials and Newtown PD after the cubs were located this evening. The cubs appear to be in good health, but DEEP has concerns for their safety due to the risk of continued public interaction. As a result, DEEP will be attempting capture and rehabilitation. Since Thursday, DEEP has been actively involved, deploying DEEP Environmental Conservation Police units and Wildlife Division staff to conduct monitoring in the area over the weekend; and identifying options for rehabilitation if needed.
DEEP Wildlife Division staff will be on-scene in the morning to check the condition of the bears and, if possible to do so safely, remove them from the wild in order to bring them to a rehabilitator. DEEP wildlife biologists will be making every effort to make this process as smooth as possible for the cubs. To help make capture successful, the public should stay away from the cubs to allow them to remain in the area.
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RENT on stage at ACT of CT May 26 - June 19, Get Your Tickets Today!

Don't miss ACT of CT's last show of the 2021-2022 season, RENT!

In this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical written by Jonathan Larson, a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggle to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side. These young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts and learn that there is “no day but today!”

RENT runs from Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, June 19

Get your tickets HERE.

Performance Schedule: 

Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Additional Performances: 

Sunday, June 12 at 7pm

Thursday, June 16 at 2pm

Special Opening Night Performance

Saturday, May 28 at 8pm - Special Opening Night performance tickets include an exclusive pre-show cocktail reception in the lobby of the theater. There is nothing like the energy and excitement of an ACT of CT Opening Night performance!!! You’ll be amongst the show’s creative team members, reviewers, and other ACT patrons who love being “the first”!

Tickets are selling quickly! Get yours HERE.

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DEEP investigating killing of female bear in Newtown

Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation Police (EnCon) are investigating the killing of a female bear in Newtown that occurred yesterday, Thursday, May 12.

DEEP Wildlife biologists and Environmental Conservation Officers are monitoring the situation to assess the health of the surviving bear cubs, in coordination with Newtown officials.

Presently, the bear cubs remain in the area as it is their home range, and their familiarity with the area will increase their chance of success.

We urge people to avoid feeding the bear cubs and give them space to continue learning to forage for natural food sources, free from human interference. Human interaction or feeding the cubs can greatly reduce their chance of survival and will also diminish their natural fear of people, creating potential future danger for the bears and public safety. To best assist the cubs, monitoring should be left to DEEP and local officials.  

Anyone who observes a black bear in Connecticut is encouraged to report the sighting on DEEP's website here pr email
Black Bears Do's and Don'ts

Black bears are becoming increasingly common in Connecticut as the population continues to grow and expand. Reports of bear sightings, even in heavily populated residential areas, have been on the rise. The Wildlife Division has also seen an increase in the number of reported problems with black bears. The primary contributing factor to bear nuisance problems is the presence of easily-accessible food sources near homes and businesses. Fed bears can become habituated and lose their fear of humans. Bears should NEVER be fed, either intentionally or accidentally. Connecticut residents should take the following simple steps to avoid conflicts and problems with black bears:


Bears are attracted to garbage, pet food, compost piles, fruit trees, and birdfeeders.

  • DO remove birdfeeders and bird food from late March through November.
  • DO eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed. Add ammonia to trash to make it unpalatable.
  • DO clean and store grills in a garage or shed after use. (Propane cylinders should be stored outside.)
  • DON'T feed bears. Bears that become accustomed to finding food near your home may become "problem" bears.
  • DON'T approach or try to get closer to a bear to get a photo or video.
  • DON'T leave pet food outside overnight.
  • DON'T add meat or sweets to a compost pile.
  • DON'T store leftover bird seed or recyclables in a porch or screened sunroom as bears can smell these items and will rip screens to get at them
 Learn more about Black Bears in Connecticut on the DEEP website here.
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Ancona's heads to Redding's Frog Frolic serving up cold beer and hard seltzer!

The Mark Twain Library Frog Frolic outdoor family festival is making its triumphant return tomorrow, Saturday, May 14 outside of Redding Community Center.
The community event will feature live music, a silent auction, games, crafts, a bouncy house and great food and beverages.
Mitch Ancona, owner of Ancona's Wines & Liquors says, "We'll be slinging some beers and hard seltzers alongside the good people at Nod Hill Brewery during the Frog Frolic Family Festival from 1-4 PM tomorrow!" 
The Frog Frolic Family Festival is celebrating its 25th year anniversary and serves as a fundraiser to benefit the Mark Twain Library.
"It's the perfect event for the whole family and we'll be there to make it even more fun, so come on out and stop by our beer tent! See you there," says Mitch.
The Frog Frolic takes place from 10am to 4pm. Learn more HERE.
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