Redding's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/redding Sat, 16 Feb 2019 00:24:50 -0500 HamletHub.com Redding Home for Sale: 2 Charlie Hill Road https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/45946-redding-home-for-sale-2-charlie-hill-road45946-redding-home-for-sale-2-charlie-hill-road https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/45946-redding-home-for-sale-2-charlie-hill-road45946-redding-home-for-sale-2-charlie-hill-road

For Sale: 2 Charlie Hill Road, Redding

Impeccable shingle style custom home in most desirable West Redding location. Breathtaking property on picturesque, private, and level 5 acres with circular drive, mature landscaping, heated in-ground pool, fenced in vegetable/cutting gardens, and scenic meadow with walking path. Highest attention to detail inside and out this nearly 4,500 sf elegant home with designer appointments including wide board pine floors; 3 Rumford fireplaces; custom mill-work and moldings, wainscot, coffered ceilings, built-ins; and multiple French doors to the outdoor stone patios, pool, and gardens. The main floor features an open floor plan with wide front to back foyer and sweeping stairway open to the living room offering limestone fireplace for cozy nights and French doors to the rear stone terrace for outdoor enjoyment; formal dining room; private library; and most inviting family room with stunning river rock fireplace.

The expansive and newly updated chef's kitchen featuring a bright breakfast area, island with bar seating, professional appliances, and a charming brick fireplace. The 2nd floor features an impressive landing with French door balcony overlook; sophisticated MBR suite with spa-like Limestone bath and custom dressing room; 3 additional spacious bedrooms with built-in window seats; plus the vaulted bonus room, ideal for fitness, media, or playroom.

Enjoy built-in audio system, whole house generator, and sought after location, convenient to trains, restaurants, shopping, commuter routes, and approximately 1 hour to NYC.  

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, 15 Feb 2019 09:25:10 -0500
Mark Twain Library Announces Upcoming Programs for Adults https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/45945-mark-twain-library-announces-upcoming-programs-for-adults45945-mark-twain-library-announces-upcoming-programs-for-adults https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/45945-mark-twain-library-announces-upcoming-programs-for-adults45945-mark-twain-library-announces-upcoming-programs-for-adults

Upcoming programs for adults at The Mark Twain Library

Register online at http://marktwainlibrary.org/ or call (203) 938-2545 for information.

World Affairs Forum: Great Decisions

Mondays

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join an international relations discussion group led by members of the Library’s popular Great Decisions group. This 8-session course focuses on the most pressing issues of our time. Read the material and engage in lively discussions. 

Dates and Topics
Feb. 25 — The Rise of Populism in Europe
March 11 — Decoding U.S.-China Trade
March 25 — Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
April 8 — The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
April 22 — State of the State Department and Diplomacy

Weekly Drop-In Knitting Circle

Tuesdays

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Bring your own knitting, crochet or needlepoint project or learn basic techniques like casting on, and the knit and purl stitches. If you’re new to knitting and want to give it a try, we will have a selection of yarn and needles to test out. Registration is not required for this program.

January 2019 Library Book Clubs

Library sponsored book groups are open to all with an interest. All groups are led by volunteer coordinators and meet at the Library. Copies of the books are available at the library for borrowing.

Friday, February 22

11:00 am

Classics Book Club: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Tuesday, February 26

7:30 pm

Food Lit Book Club: Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Wednesday, March 13

7:30 pm

History Book Club:

The Transformative Power of Writing Your Life: An Introduction to Memoir

Wednesday, February 20

7:30 pm

In this introductory class on memoir, Lee Bodkin will offer insights on the transformative power of writing as well as some basic craft concepts to get you writing. Come prepared to engage in the process as we dive into a New York Times Modern Love piece and examine elements of craft including detail and image, scene and dialogue, a sense of place and time, and character development. 

Whether you have a story that is itching to be told or are simply curious about this genre, come with your pencil sharpened and mind open.

Hermes Art Series:  How the Mind’s Eye Works with David Dunlop

Sunday, February 24

3:00 pm

Acclaimed artist and teacher David Dunlop will show how our greatest innovations have derived from visualizing; how Galileo, Newton, Edison, Einstein and others relied upon IMAGE-MAKING to discover fresh insights into how the world works. And, he will demonstrate how you too can use forms of visualization to expand your understanding of complex problems and solve them.

The Nuts and Bolts of starting the Conversation with Aging Loved Ones

Wednesday, February 27

7:30 pm

Join our panel of experts and discover how to begin difficult conversations with aging loved ones.  Together we will explore the world of senior care and learn how to start the conversation.  Specialists in Homecare, Elder Law and Aging Life Care will address homecare options, must-have legal documents, tips for navigating the conversation and when and why you may want to bring in an aging Life Care Specialist (formally known as Geriatric Care Manager). 

Self-Care for Parents with Meredith Hettler

Tuesday, March 5

7:30 pm

Meredith Hettler, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, will lead an interactive discussion on parental stress and how to integrate self-care into your everyday life.  Perfect for anyone with children from newborn to adolescence.  

The Farewell Tour:  Poetry Open Mic with Jack Powers

Sunday, March 3

3:00 pm

Bring your poems and join us for open mic poetry featuring Jack Powers, retiring special education, math and English teacher at Joel Barlow and award-winning poet.  Back by popular demand, this will be the fourth poetry event he has hosted at the Mark Twain Library.  Jack will read poems from his debut volume Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar.  Audience members are encouraged to bring their own poems to share.

Mammal Viewing in Redding with Robert Rockwell

Thursday, March 7

7:30 pm

Curious about the all the creatures wandering through your backyard?  Robert Rockwell will join us to share his thoughts on Mammal Viewing in Redding.  He will focus on the rich and diverse community of fur-bearing critters with whom we share our town and elaborate on identification tricks, natural history and safe viewing practices.  Robert will end his talk with thoughts on how we can more safely share the land with these animals and will be happy to entertain questions.

College Application Timeline Workshop (Teens and Adults)

Saturday, March 9

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

During this interactive session, college counselor and tutor Priyanka Shingala of Let’s Talk College, LLC will present a timeline of Grades 9-12 along with advice on how students can enhance their college candidacy at each step of the way. While knowing the components that create a strong college candidate is important, students and their parents also need to understand how to prioritize certain actions at different stages of a student’s high school career. Priyanka will discuss the various moving parts in the college process and how to organize them properly so that parents and students have a straightforward path to follow. 

 

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Mark Twain Library) Events Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:38:39 -0500
Celebrate Presidents' Day Weekend with FREE Family Activities at The Aldrich https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/45944-presidents-day-weekend-at-the-aldrich45944-presidents-day-weekend-at-the-aldrich https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/45944-presidents-day-weekend-at-the-aldrich45944-presidents-day-weekend-at-the-aldrich

Presidents' Day Weekend at The Aldrich

 Third Saturdays Family Workshop: Sumi-e Self-Portraits

Celebrate Presidents' Day Weekend with FREE admission to The Aldrich on Saturday, February 16.  Third Saturdays is the Museum’s monthly free day where admission is free to all visitors and Museum educators offer family-friendly art-making workshop the on-site Studio from 10 am to 3 pm.

10 am to 12 noon; children ages 2 to 5
1 to 3 pm; children ages 6 to 10

About Sum-e Self Portraits

Explore the Japanese style of Sumi-e (black ink paintings) to create portraits of you and your family on watercolor paper. Explore how different brush strokes can evoke texture, shape, and emotion as you use lines and shapes to create unique and custom portraits.

More information can be found here.

Monday, February 18 - Afternoon Studios: Aquarium at the Museum

Afternoon Studios family-friendly art-making workshop in The Studio from 2 to 4 pm.

Explore the ocean in this exciting afternoon workshop! Create your own paper sea creatures to add to our three-dimensional Aldrich Aquarium installation! Will there be sea turtles? A school of fish? Anemones? You decide! Help us create a beautiful Aldrich Aquarium.

The Aldrich will be open regular hours (12 noon to 5 pm).

More information here.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 14 Feb 2019 06:00:21 -0500
Redding Residents Can Preserve Their Favorite Trail by Nominating it as an Official Connecticut Greenway https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/45943-redding-residents-can-preserve-their-favorite-trail-by-nominating-it-as-an-official-connecticut-greenway-155015170445943-redding-residents-can-preserve-their-favorite-trail-by-nominating-it-as-an-official-connecticut-greenway-1550151704 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/45943-redding-residents-can-preserve-their-favorite-trail-by-nominating-it-as-an-official-connecticut-greenway-155015170445943-redding-residents-can-preserve-their-favorite-trail-by-nominating-it-as-an-official-connecticut-greenway-1550151704

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Greenways Council today announced they are now soliciting nominations for official state greenway designations. Residents of Redding can nominate their favorite greenway by downloading this form and emailing it to laurie.giannotti@ct.gov.

A “Greenway” is a corridor of open space which meets the criteria defined here.

“Greenways are an integral part of any community, offering recreational opportunities, providing alternative transportation options, helping to preserve the environment, and supporting economic development. Greenways make a community a more attractive place to live by connecting living spaces with the environment, and they preserve history while cultivating town pride,” said DEEP Commissioner-designee Katie Dykes. “The Connecticut Greenways Council encourages municipalities to embrace the designation process to facilitate sustainable development, enhancement, and preservation of these special places.”

As an example, here are the CT Greenways within 20 miles of Redding:

Greenway
4 Mile Brook, Oxford
8 Mile Brook, Oxford
Housatonic Riverbelt Greenway
Larkin State Park Trail
Mianus River Greenway (Greenwich/Stamford)
Mill River Greenway, Stamford
Newtown Greenway System
Norwalk Heritage Greenway
Norwalk River Valley Linear Trail
Pomperaug River Greenway, Southbury
Shelton Greenways System
Still River Greenway
The Ives Trail, Danbury

For a map of all the greenways in CT, please click here. For more details about the above greenways, click here.

An official designation by the Greenways Council recognizes a greenway as an open space that not only meets the definition of a greenway, but also enhances the community and is supported by local government initiatives.  Designated greenways, both for recreation and resource protection, will be listed in a subsequent revision of the State Plan of Conservation and Development and may receive increased consideration for a variety of grants.  There are currently approximately 75 designated greenways in Connecticut.

The Greenways Council will evaluate all nominated greenways for consistency with designation criteria.  Those selected for designation will be announced by the Greenways Council in conjunction with their National Trails Day event in June.

The nomination form is available as a word document or a PDF.  The preferred method for submission of completed nomination forms is by e-mail to Laurie.Giannotti@ct.gov, and digital photos and maps are preferred (digital photos of hard copy maps are acceptable).  Nominations may also be submitted on CD or other electronic storage device and can be mailed to Laurie Giannotti, CT DEEP, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127. The deadline for submission of nominations is April 26, 2019.

For more information please visit www.ct.gov/deep/greenways

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Thu, 14 Feb 2019 02:21:06 -0500
Redding Drivers In Love With Lower Gas Prices this Valentine’s Day https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/45942-redding-drivers-in-love-with-lower-gas-prices-this-valentine-s-day-155014684845942-redding-drivers-in-love-with-lower-gas-prices-this-valentine-s-day-1550146848 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/45942-redding-drivers-in-love-with-lower-gas-prices-this-valentine-s-day-155014684845942-redding-drivers-in-love-with-lower-gas-prices-this-valentine-s-day-1550146848

It’s Valentine’s Day and, according to AAA Connecticut, Redding drivers continue their love affair with declining gas prices in The Nutmeg State. “Today, a gallon of self-serve, regular in Connecticut averages $2.45, down 3 cents compared to this time last week and 30 cents lower compared to this time last year,” says AAA Connecticut.

Nationally, things are not synonymous with the lower local prices at the pump. There are several reasons sparking an increase in national prices, said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “Frigid temps enveloping much of the nation have prompted a decline in consumer demand,” she said. “Couple that drop with ongoing refinery maintenance and cheaper crude oil prices, and drivers are seeing slightly higher prices at the pump.” The good news, however, is Connecticut prices haven’t yet reversed its downward trend, she added.

AAA’s weekly survey of prices in Connecticut’s six regions are:

Greater Bridgeport - $2.56

Lower Fairfield County - $2.53

New Haven/Meriden - $2.46

Greater Hartford - $2.38  

New London/Norwich - $2.49

Windham/Middlesex - $2.43

Statewide Average:  $2.45

Today, Arkansas and Missouri both register the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $1.96 and $1.97, respectively.  California and Hawaii continue to trade places each week with the highest prices at $3.27 and $3.25, respectively. Connecticut moved down to the 10th spot on the list of states with the highest prices in the nation.

Average gas prices may be obtained daily through www.gasprices.aaa.com.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (AAA Connecticut) Life Thu, 14 Feb 2019 02:13:24 -0500
CT BBB: Beware Romance Scams https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/publicsafety/45941-ct-bbb-beware-romance-scams45941-ct-bbb-beware-romance-scams https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/publicsafety/45941-ct-bbb-beware-romance-scams45941-ct-bbb-beware-romance-scams

 

   
   
CROMWELL, CT — With Valentine’s Day comes increased activity on dating websites where singles look for love. Unfortunately, these sites are rife with fraudsters who use affection to manipulate their victims. A new Better Business Bureau (BBB) report finds that online romance scams often escalate as scammers turn their victims into unwitting accomplices known as “money mules.”
 
As detailed in the February 2018 BBB study, romance scammers typically contact their victims through dating websites, apps or social media, often using fake profiles and even stolen credit card information. Using these false identities, scammers may spend months grooming their victims, building what is believed to be a loving relationship, before asking for money to handle an emergency or travel expenses. 
 
The financial damage inflicted by these scams, which is often accompanied by far greater emotional harm, is often just the tip of the iceberg. According to the new BBB report, 20 to 30 percent of romance scam victims were used as “money mules” in 2018 alone, with these victims numbering in the thousands.
 
Money mules act as financial middlemen in a variety of scams. Victims unknowingly launder money from other victims by receiving stolen money or goods and sending them on to fraudsters who are often out of the country. This occurs when the romance scam victim has no money or has already given all of their money to the scammer. The victim may be a willing accomplice or may have a variety of other motives such as love, fear, or financial compensation. By providing this type of aid to the fraudster the victim implicates themselves to a variety of other frauds, making it harder for law enforcement to identify the real perpetrator.
 
As law enforcement cracks down on romance scams and other frauds, money mules have also been prosecuted, sometimes facing jail time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and restitution payments. In most cases, however, there is no desire to take criminal action against unwitting participants who had no financial gain and who stop transferring money for crooks as soon as they realize the role they have been playing.
 
According to the new BBB report, cybersecurity experts have traced the bulk of online romance scams to Nigerians who operate these frauds in several countries around the world, including the U.S. The same groups involved in romance scams frequently operate other frauds on a worldwide scale. Five people have reported a romance scam in Connecticut last year according to BBB Scam Tracker. One expert reports that at any given time, there may be more than 25,000 scammers online with victims.
 
What to do if you are the victim of a romance scam:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Luke Frey) Public safety Wed, 13 Feb 2019 05:22:10 -0500
Redding's 24th Annual Frog Frolic – Saturday, April 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/45940-redding-s-24th-annual-frog-frolic-saturday-april-2745940-redding-s-24th-annual-frog-frolic-saturday-april-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/45940-redding-s-24th-annual-frog-frolic-saturday-april-2745940-redding-s-24th-annual-frog-frolic-saturday-april-27

Children's Country Fair

For the past two decades on a Saturday in early spring, all of Redding has rallied on behalf of their Mark Twain Library for a uniquely colorful event: The Frog Frolic — A Children's Country Fair. This year, the 24th Annual Frog Frolic will be held on Saturday, April 27th, rain or shine.

Named as a nod to our illustrious founder, Mark Twain, and his short story, The Celebrated Frog of Calaveras County, the Frog Frolic has become Redding's highly anticipated kick-off to spring. Last year, 1,100 people of all ages attended — coming from right down the road and from miles away —to delight in the games, crafts, entertainment and food.

  • WHO: A committee of volunteers led by Chairperson Stephanie Oulton
  • WHAT: A Children's Country Fair complete with Crafts for Kids to Make, Touch-a-Truck, Children's Book Sale, Giant Inflatables, Entertainment, Food, Games, Silent Auction, Cake Walk, and Toddler Bubble Garden
  • WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm - Rain or Shine
  • WHERE: The Redding Community Center; 37 Lonetown Road (Route 107), Redding (behind Redding Elementary School)
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Parking, Admission and Entertainment are FREE. Tickets cost 50 cents apiece to play games, make crafts, and bounce. Refreshments are available for a nominal cost.

For more information on the Mark Twain Library's 24th Annual Frog Frolic, please visit https://marktwainlibrary.org/ or call the Library at (203) 938-2545.

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kerry@ducey.org (Mark Twain Library) Events Wed, 13 Feb 2019 03:47:43 -0500
Redding Resident Alex Ancona Stars in Wooster School's “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/45939-redding-resident-alex-ancona-stars-in-wooster-school-s-the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee45939-redding-resident-alex-ancona-stars-in-wooster-school-s-the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/45939-redding-resident-alex-ancona-stars-in-wooster-school-s-the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee45939-redding-resident-alex-ancona-stars-in-wooster-school-s-the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee

Wooster School Theater Presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Follow the adventures of six young, highly competitive word lovers, along with four pre-selected audience members who will agree to try their hands at the bee. No two shows will be the same, but you are guaranteed laughs no matter who is spelling.

Wooster School theater department proudly presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, with additional material by Jay Reiss.

Performances in the Black Box Theatre are: Friday, February 22 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, Friday, March 1 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 2 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

Note: due to anticipated heavy demand for tickets, we have also added a show on Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 pm.

All tickets are $15 each. Ticket purchases can be made at: http://woosterschool.org/spellingbee.

Seating is extremely limited, so we ask that you please honor your reservation.

About Wooster School

Wooster School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school, serving students from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, the School serves students from grade 3 through grade 12. A leader in classroom innovation and teaching, Wooster School is a place where thinking and learning are personal, meaningful, and visible; and where faculty work closely with students in small classes and cohorts to think and communicate critically and creatively. At Wooster, every student participates, every student contributes, and every student learns and develops the necessary skills to be a life-long learner and leader in college and beyond.

To learn more, visit http://www.woosterschool.org/ or contact Wooster School Admissions at (203) 830-3916.

Photo: Front Row (Left to Right) Alli Byrne '22 (Brewster, NY), Charlie Snow '19 (Ridgefield, CT), Meghan Bourgeault '20 (Ridgefield, CT); Back Row (Left to Right) Ross Spellman '19 (Norwalk, CT), Dayo Garritano '20 (Wilton, CT), Alex Ancona '22, (Redding, CT)

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kerry@ducey.org (Wooster School) Neighbors Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:56:44 -0500
Winter Storm Warnings for Connecticut, Westchester https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/15-todays-events/45938-winter-storm-warnings-for-connecticut-westchester45938-winter-storm-warnings-for-connecticut-westchester https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/15-todays-events/45938-winter-storm-warnings-for-connecticut-westchester45938-winter-storm-warnings-for-connecticut-westchester

Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories in Effect!

National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting 3 to 6 inches of snow and sleet with snowfall rates of up to 1” in the morning. Reduced visibilities and snow/ice covered roadways will create difficult travel for morning and evening commute.

Below is the NWS summary of the expected weather today, Tuesday, February 12.

 Potential high travel impact for both the morning and evening commutes

 Snow begins this morning for the NYC metro and then works northeast across the remainder of the area

 Precipitation transitions to a wintry mix during the late morning into afternoon hours from south to north. There is some uncertainty with how quickly this transition occurs. Small timing differences will have significant impacts on snowfall and ice totals.

 Snow and sleet totals of 2-5 inches along the coast and 4-6 inches inland, before the changeover.

 Ice Accumulations of up to ¼ inch across Interior and 1/10th inch along the coast.

 Rainfall amounts of ½ to 1 inch, mainly coast, including NYC/NJ metro

Learn more here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (NWS) Todays events Tue, 12 Feb 2019 04:06:42 -0500
Barn Dance Fundraiser for Summer Concert Series in Redding on March 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/charities/45937-barn-dance-fundraiser-for-summer-concert-series-in-redding-on-march-245937-barn-dance-fundraiser-for-summer-concert-series-in-redding-on-march-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/charities/45937-barn-dance-fundraiser-for-summer-concert-series-in-redding-on-march-245937-barn-dance-fundraiser-for-summer-concert-series-in-redding-on-march-2

Barn Dance Fundraiser for Summer Concert Series on March 2 at Redding Community Center beginning 7:30pm

$20 in advance $25 at the door

Program #33004-2 

Visit Redding Parks & Rec online here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Redding Parks & Rec) Charities Mon, 11 Feb 2019 10:56:21 -0500
Ridgefield Academy Announces Summer Programs for 2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/45936-ridgefield-academy-announces-summer-programs-for-201945936-ridgefield-academy-announces-summer-programs-for-2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/45936-ridgefield-academy-announces-summer-programs-for-201945936-ridgefield-academy-announces-summer-programs-for-2019

At Ridgefield Academy, we believe summer is a time for children to explore, discover, and engage in activities that bring them joy. Whether it is creating through art, learning to code or honing skills in a particular sport, RA offers an enriching summer experience for every child’s imagination. Programs are tailored to children aged 2 to 14 and take place on RA’s spectacular 42-acre campus. RA’s summer programs are open to the public, begin on June 17 and run for six weeks.

Camp Landmark’s 2s camp is comprised of half day programs that are sure to bring smiles to all little faces. Themed camp weeks such as Storytime, A Camping We Will Go, Stars and Stripes celebrating Independence Day, and Under the Sea will be offered. Each day will consist of free play, circle time, outside play, and a themed activity under the supervision of experienced preschool teachers.

Camp Landmark also offers children ages 3 and 4 full day camp options covering a wide range of entertaining programs, including sports, cooking, camping, science and art. All programs are offered on a weekly basis.

Patriot Camp is offered to children entering Kindergarten through grade 5. A series of themed weeks include Terrific Trip Week, Science Week and Survivor Camp. Also offered are two weeks of split day programs that include Sparklicious Art Studio or Cupcake Wars in the morning, followed by traditional day camp activities such as swimming, sports, cooking, science, technology, and games during the second half of the day. Returning once again this year during Week 5 is the nationally recognized Camp Invention - a STEM summer program turning curious students into innovative thinkers.

For middle school students entering grades 5-8, our Explorer Programs offer a broad variety of half and full day programs. If you enjoy sports, you can register for the New York Red Bulls Soccer Program, New York NFL Alumni Hero Youth Football Camp, GameBreaker Lacrosse Camp or Revolution Field Hockey Camp. There are numerous programs in science, technology, and mathematics such as STEAM Workshop, Video Game Creation, Junior Economists, Robotics, Coding, and engineering. Campers can also sign up for a Babysitting Training/First Aid Certification. There is no shortage of workshops in the arts and cooking as Broadway Musical Theater, Cupcake Wars and photography are just a few of the many offerings available. 

Come spend your summer at RA for fun beyond your imagination! For more information, please contact Donna Kauth at 203.294.1800 x106, by email at dkauth@ridgefieldacademy.org or visit our website at https://www.ridgefieldacademy.org/programs/summer-programs.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ashley Mmoran) Places Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:20:43 -0500
Great Connecticut Resources at Your Fingertips, Celebrate 211 Day in Redding https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/charities/45933-great-connecticut-resources-at-your-fingertips-celebrate-211-day-in-redding-154982524545933-great-connecticut-resources-at-your-fingertips-celebrate-211-day-in-redding-1549825245 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/charities/45933-great-connecticut-resources-at-your-fingertips-celebrate-211-day-in-redding-154982524545933-great-connecticut-resources-at-your-fingertips-celebrate-211-day-in-redding-1549825245

United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1 stands ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

On Monday, 2/11, celebrate National 2-1-1 Day by reminding your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to dial 2-1-1 or visit 211ct.org for the information, education and connection to services they need. Are you in a housing crisis? Are you or someone you care about in need of mental health services? Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer in your community? In Connecticut, 2-1-1 Contact Specialists are ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.   

2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral service that connects more than 94 percent of our nation to essential health and human services either online or over the phone. 2-1-1 Connecticut is one of more than 200 2-1-1's located throughout the country.

Every day, highly-trained 2-1-1 Contact Specialists help callers access basic needs assistance, community resources and financial stability programs and resources such as free tax preparation assistance, job training and budget coaching. Contact Specialists also help callers in distress find relief when they are faced with food insecurity, homelessness, a mental health crisis or addiction. In 2018, 2-1-1 received more than 320,000 requests for service and more than 2 million web visits were made to 211ct.org.

Have you created “My 2-1-1 Account”?

My 2-1-1 Account enables community providers, case workers and individuals to create custom resource lists and care plans that can be saved, shared, implemented and updated as needed.

Visit 211ct.org and click "sign up" in the upper right hand corner so that you can:

  • Create unlimited custom resource lists
  • Save resources to access at a later time
  • Create subject-specific resource lists
  • Email or text resource lists

In addition to providing information and referrals to programs and services, the 2-1-1 Connecticut contact center is certified in crisis intervention and accredited by the American Association of Suicidiology. Last year, Contact Specialists handled more than 114,000 crisis calls from individuals faced with situational, behavioral and emotional crises.

2-1-1 is proud to be the first place Connecticut residents turn to access help and find resources in their communities. 2-1-1 Connecticut is operated by United Way of Connecticut and receives support from the State of Connecticut and Connecticut United Ways.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (United Way of CT) Charities Sun, 10 Feb 2019 08:56:05 -0500
RVNA Health Source: Travel in the Time of Cholera https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/45929-rvna-health-source-travel-in-the-time-of-cholera45929-rvna-health-source-travel-in-the-time-of-cholera https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/45929-rvna-health-source-travel-in-the-time-of-cholera45929-rvna-health-source-travel-in-the-time-of-cholera

RVNA now offers recently-approved Cholera vaccine, Vaxchora 

The word ‘Cholera” almost sounds old-fashioned or fictional. But for those at risk, or who contract it, it’s decidedly not. 

Cholera is a disease that can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting. At worst, and if not treated quickly, Cholera can lead to dehydration and even death. While very rare among US citizens, it is a risk to those traveling to parts of Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean. Cholera appears most commonly in people with longer stays and limited access to safe food and water – often travelers visiting friends and relatives, and those performing humanitarian work in outbreak settings. 

In addition to recommending strict adherence to safe food and water precautions, the FDA recently approved a single-dose cholera vaccine for use in the US. This vaccine is now available at RVNA for travelers ages 18-64 who schedule an RVNA Travel Consultation or bring a physician prescription. 

RVNA has already vaccinated patients traveling to Ghana and India. “Cholera is rare, but can be severe and fast-acting,” says Community Health Nurse, April Rodriguez. “Vaxchora is critical for travelers to areas of high cholera transmission.” And while Rodriguez admits that Vaxchora doesn’t taste “the best,” it’s a small price to pay for cholera-free travel.

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kerry@ducey.org (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO ) Life Sat, 09 Feb 2019 08:53:37 -0500
Ancona's Life in a Bottle Raises a Glass to Aurelien Chatagnier's Saint-Joseph https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/45934-ancona-s-life-in-a-bottle-raises-a-glass-to-aurelien-chatagnier-s-saint-joseph45934-ancona-s-life-in-a-bottle-raises-a-glass-to-aurelien-chatagnier-s-saint-joseph https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/45934-ancona-s-life-in-a-bottle-raises-a-glass-to-aurelien-chatagnier-s-saint-joseph45934-ancona-s-life-in-a-bottle-raises-a-glass-to-aurelien-chatagnier-s-saint-joseph

Mitch Ancona, owner of Ancona's Wines & Liquors has unveiled his YouTube series "Life in a Bottle". 

In this video, Mitch and team explore Aurelien Chatagnier's Saint-Joseph (2016) that hails from France and arrives (exclusively) in Connecticut by California-based Paris Wine Company.

You can catch Life in a Bottle weekly (Mitch hopes) and look for a special wine offer tucked inside each flavorful episode! Upcoming episodes will include interviews with winemakers (..." and perhaps a field trip or two," says Mitch).

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Sat, 09 Feb 2019 06:41:27 -0500
Behind-the-Scenes Look at ACT of Connecticut's WORKING, Opening February 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/45935-behind-the-scenes-look-at-working-opening-february-14-in-ridgefield45935-behind-the-scenes-look-at-working-opening-february-14-in-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/45935-behind-the-scenes-look-at-working-opening-february-14-in-ridgefield45935-behind-the-scenes-look-at-working-opening-february-14-in-ridgefield

ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre) is excited to unveil its brand new version of Stephen Schwartz’s WORKING.  Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine’s reimagined, multimedia adaptation of the musical has performances from February 14 through March 10, 2019.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at ACT's WORKING by watching this interview with legendary Broadway composer and lyricist, Stephen Schwartz (WICKED, PIPPIN, GODSPELL), and Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine. The interview provides great insight into the upcoming adaptation of WORKING, which opens next weekend at ACT.

Get your tickets for the new WORKING before we sell out! Tickets at actofct.org.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Sat, 09 Feb 2019 06:30:31 -0500