Redding's HamletHub Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:55:19 -0400 Long Ridge Road in Redding CLOSED to Through Traffice Beginning July 19

Redding Police Announce Commuter Advisory 

As part of the railroad crossing improvement project in West Redding, Long Ridge Rd will be closed to through traffic from 7/19/19 - 8/5/19.

Railroad service will also be suspended from 7/19/19 - 7/22/19 and then again from 7/26/19 - 8/5/19 as part of this project. The track work will go 24 hrs/day during the train service suspension period. Simpaug Tpke will remain open during this phase of construction.

Please be patient and plan your travel route accordingly. Detour signs will be posted.

]]> (Redding Police) Public safety Mon, 24 Jun 2019 08:54:18 -0400
Lamont at Tribus Beer Company to Sign Legislation Supporting Connecticut's Booming Craft Beer Industry

Governor Ned Lamont today joined legislators and small business owners for a bill signing ceremony at Tribus Beer Company, a locally-owned craft brewery in Milford, to commemorate the enactment of legislation modernizing several of Connecticut’s outdated blue laws in order to support further growth in Connecticut’s booming craft beer industry.

Most notably, the measure gives craft breweries the ability to sell more beer to customers for consumption off-premises, allowing these small businesses to expand their market share.

Under prior law, craft breweries in the state could only sell up to nine liters (about 1 case of 12-ounce cans) to an individual over 21 within one day. The legislation Governor Lamont signed increases the limit to nine gallons, or about 4 cases of 12-ounce cans.

The legislation, which has been largely applauded by those in the industry, also contains several other provisions designed to support the growth of Connecticut’s craft breweries, including:

·         Consolidating the four beer manufacturer permits – beer, brew pub, beer and brew pub, and farm brewery – into one permit, helping to streamline the administration of these permits and level the playing field within the industry;

·         Creating a Connecticut Craft Café permit, under which all manufacturing permit holders will have the ability to sell all other types of alcohol manufactured in the state. For example, wineries, cideries, and distilleries will be able to sell Connecticut craft beer, introducing Connecticut products to an even greater consumer population; and

·         Allowing craft breweries to hold multiple manufacturing permits so they can also make wine, cider, spirits, and mead all under one roof.

It also contains other improvements that support the liquor industry as a whole, including:

·         Combining a number of permit types that will eliminate dozens of permits and streamline the fee structure so that there is far less confusion for small businesses looking to enter the marketplace;

·         Increasing the number of gallons manufacturers of distilled spirits can sell annually from 25,000 to 50,000 gallons, and doubling the daily amount they can sell to individuals from 1.5 liters to 3 liters;

·         Providing manufacturers and distributors more flexibility with how they provide products to package store retailers, allowing for more competitively priced products;

·         Creating an out-of-state retailer shipper’s permit so that consumers can purchase wine from out-of-state for wine not available in Connecticut; and

·         Allowing manufacturers to designate – with the approval of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture – that their products are from a “Connecticut Farm Winery,” “Connecticut Farm Brewery,” or “Connecticut Farm Cidery,” or that they are “Connecticut Grown,” when meeting certain requirements.

“Consumers are continuing to show with their spending habits that they would much rather purchase locally manufactured beer and wine, and our outdated blue laws should not impede the ability of these small businesses to benefit from this growing demand,” Governor Lamont said. “This long overdue law that I’ve signed helps level the playing field and supports Connecticut brewers and farmers. There’s so many breweries and vineyards in Connecticut, and we should be doing everything we can to support them.”

report released by the Connecticut Department of Labor last month showed that employment in the state’s craft brewing industry, which includes microbreweries, brewpubs, regional craft breweries, and contract brewing companies, soared from less than 15 in 2010 to nearly 800 in December 2018.

Governor Lamont encourages residents who want to support these local small business to explore the Connecticut Wine Trail – – and the Connecticut Beer Trail –

The governor expressed his gratitude to the legislators who built a consensus among the General Assembly to adopt the bill, noting that it received broad, bipartisan support.

“This law drags the entire liquor industry in Connecticut into the 21st century,” State Representative Mike D’Agostino (D-Hamden) said. “It is pro-consumer, pro-business and pro-Connecticut.”

“I am very proud of the work that has gone into this piece of legislation,” State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) said. “Modernization of the Liquor Control Act was long overdue, and this new law will ensure that our craft brewers, distillers, wine producers, and associated entities will be able to continue growing and adding to our economy. By streamlining the number of permits from over 40 to 12,  and allowing establishments to sell each other’s Connecticut made products, this bill will help support these important economic drivers. It is important that state government remain aware of the needs of our industries and respond accordingly when needs aren’t being met. I am thankful to my colleagues on the General Law committee, the Department of Consumer Protection, and the many stakeholders impacted by this bill for their hard work and collaboration – and to Governor Lamont for his support of the bill.”

The legislation is Public Act 19-24An Act Streamlining the Liquor Control Act.

The provision of the bill allowing breweries to sell more beer for off-premises consumption went into effect immediately upon receiving the governor’s signature. Other provisions of the bill go into effect at later dates.

]]> (Governor Ned Lamont) Politics Mon, 24 Jun 2019 08:35:30 -0400
Food Trucks and A Movie at the Mark Twain Library

It’s Dinner and a Movie Night at the Mark Twain Library on Thursday, June 27th!  

Food trucks will be serving dinner in the Library’s parking lot starting at 5:00 p.m.  El Placerito Tacos Truck will provide authentic Mexican style tacos and Gigi’s Family Ice Cream Company will have frosty treats.  After dinner, relax and stay for a movie. At 7:30 p.m. La La Land will be shown inside the library.  This 2016 Oscar and Golden Globe award-winning romantic musical film stars Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as an aspiring actress, who meet and fall in love while pursuing their dreams in Los Angeles.

Even if you don't have time for both, all are welcome for dinner or the movie.  


Rain or Shine!


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Colbie Caillat Brings Her New Band Gone West to The Ridgefield Playhouse on July 5

Hayley Orrantia (Erica from ABC’s “The Goldbergs”) Opens the Show 

Grammy Award-winning and 2x Platinum recording artist, Colbie Caillat has a new band, Gone West featuring multi-platinum singer/songwriter Jason Reeves, 4-time Hawaii Music Award Winner Justin Kawika Young and ACM and CMT nominated artist Nelly Joy, and a new EP (Tides) of country music recorded in her new city, Nashville.

Gone West’s music brings a new freshness to modern country, straddling singer/songwriter vulnerability, Iowan humility, Lone Star tenacity and Hawaiian steel guitar. The playing is spare enough the instruments and voices shine, while the lyrics, which offer a heart-positive embrace of life, stand-out in the mix. Colbie Caillat brings Gone West to The Ridgefield Playhouse Friday, July 5 at 8pm part of Mountain Dew Country Bluegrass Series built by Rings End and Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer Songwriter Series.

Opening act for this show is country musician Hayley Orrantia, best known as Erica Goldberg on ABC’s hit TV show “The Goldbergs.” Visit Ancient Mariner (451 Main Street, Ridgefield) for dinner the night of the show and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer with the purchase of an entree with your ticket.

You can also stop by Nature’s Temptations (32 Prospect St • Ridgefield) and enjoy a free smoothie with any purchase in July when you show your ticket to this show!

For tickets ($75 | $150 VIP Meet & Greet Ticket Package) 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.

]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 20 Jun 2019 08:11:56 -0400
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band at Ives Concert Park on June 30!

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band headline the "Hearts on Fire" Benefit Concert on Sunday, June 30 at Ives Concert Park in Danbury, CT, presented by The Tapping Solution! Doors open at 3pm and music starts at 3:30pm. 

Join us for a family fun day in celebration of Jesse Lewis' Birthday who lost his life in the Sandy Hook Tragedy. The Benefit Concert will also feature The Spadtastics, a Grateful Dead cover band, and Doug Allen who will perform the Choose Love song. Be sure to check out the fun vendors and delicious food trucks. Kids activities will include a slime station, puppet making with Sova Theatre and the CT Guild of Puppetry, and a duck scavenger hunt with prizes! 

Net proceeds will benefit the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more safer and more peaceful world by giving all children access to social and emotional learning.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Wed, 19 Jun 2019 09:46:37 -0400
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Networking Event Tomorrow Officially Launches Yorktown HamletHub


The Yorktown HamletHub Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Networking Event will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 5:30-7PM at the Jefferson Valley Mall "Hub" 2nd Floor, 650 Lee Blvd, Yorktown Heights, NY. The official ribbon cutting is scheduled for 6PM and the evening holds more in store!

Yorktown HamletHub is a free digital publication focused on Yorktown. All are welcome to read, submit, and share positive news about Yorktown on their interactive website. Visitors can sign up for a daily e-newsletter, browse the community calendar, and follow them on their social media platforms. Yorktown HamletHub joins over 50 HamletHub sites in NY and CT.

Since Yorktown HamletHub's location is in cyberspace, the Jefferson Valley Mall has offered the use of their "Hub" co-working space for the event which will include light refreshments, raffle prizes, a free 15 minute productivity workshop, and ample networking opportunities. "Boost Your Productivity: Clear Your Way to a Profitable Path" workshop will be presented by Lisa Zawrotny of Positively Productive Systems. Lisa is a Certified Life Coach specializing in Productivity & Organizing.

Margaret and Peter Carey have been HamletHub editors since 2015, starting with Brewster and expanding into New Fairfield, Carmel, Somers, and now, Yorktown. "Our mission is to share positive news and information about the communities we cover," explains Margaret, "Yorktown is filled with interesting places, businesses, community organizations, educational opportunities, events, and so much more. We are thrilled to have Yorktown as our latest HamletHub and look forward to helping people read and share stories about the community." 

Special thanks to sponsors, Master IT Media LLC, Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, and Jefferson Valley Mall.

RSVP at to receive a special gift. If you can't wait until the ribbon cutting, sign up for the Yorktown HamletHub free e-newsletter at

Yorktown HamletHub online digital publication providing free information about the events, places and people in the five Yorktown hamlets of Mohegan Lake, Shrub Oak, Jefferson Valley, Crompond, and Yorktown Heights and the surrounding area. Yorktown HamletHub consists of a website, social media platforms, a daily e-newsletter and a free community calendar that is linked to the 50 other neighboring HamletHubs in NY and CT. Kerry Anne Ducey founded Ridgefield’s Talk of the Town in 2009, a small blog that showcased local happenings and stories in Ridgefield, CT.  In 2011, Kerry Anne decided to share the popular and successful "Talk Of The Town" online news model with other towns and founded HamletHub LLC, a network of hyperlocal news sites. From 2012 through 2019, HamletHub has earned prestigious Connecticut Press Club Awards for original journalism and storytelling on the Web. 

]]> (Master It Media) Neighbors Wed, 19 Jun 2019 06:49:00 -0400
Topstone Acoustic Series kicks off with Mexican Night Monday, June 24

Topstone Acoustic Series kicks off with Mexican Night on Monday, June 24 at 7:00pm

Rancho Alegre will be serving the following three choices. Served with rice and beans (Bistek Rancho, Pollo Alegre, Vegetarian Burrito). Strolling Mexican musicians during dinner!

It is a flat fee of $13 per person in advance (by Thursday 6/20 at noon) or $18.00 the day of the event. 

In addition to Monday's Mexican Night, there are four other shows including a family concert July 11, and a Yale a capella group.

Most shows are free of charge but if you register in advance we will give you can get a free bottle of water or soft drink. 

Bring a lawn chair this summer and enjoy after-hours music at Topstone Park.

Click here for complete information.

]]> (Redding Parks & Rec) Events Mon, 17 Jun 2019 10:31:12 -0400
Kick Off Summer at The Ridgefield Playhouse with Jon Batiste and Stay Human on June 21

Premium Show-only tickets JUST RELEASED!

Kick off summer with dinner, open bar and a great night of live music at The Ridgefield Playhouse Summer Gala, featuring “Late Show” band leader Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human on Friday, June 21 – the first day of summer!

The gala, which benefits The Playhouse (a non-profit, 501 (c) (3)), begins at 5:30pm and includes dishes prepared by local restaurants, beverages provided by local brewers, wineries and distilleries and a chance to bid on fabulous silent auction items outside under a tent on the baseball field next to The Playhouse. Jon Batiste and Stay Human will perform in the theater at 8pm.

Batiste is a globally celebrated musician, educator, bandleader and television personality whose musical skill, artistic vision and exuberant charisma make him a triple threat with unlimited potential. Recognized for his originality, jaw-dropping talent and dapper sense of style, he transitions from commanding the piano with virtuosic skill to soulfully crooning to wailing on the “harmonaboard” (a kind of harmonica and keyboard) to curating unique "social music" experiences all over the world. Born into a long lineage of Louisiana musicians, Batiste eventually went on to receive both his undergraduate and masters degrees in piano from the Juilliard School and formed his band, Stay Human. This show is part of the Moffly Media Evening of Art Wine & Jazz Series and Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity. Media sponsor for this show is WFUV.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is grateful for the support of Silver Sponsors: Berisford & Stockel Families, Ann & Steve Carlson, De Clercq Office Group, Adam R. Rose & Peter R. McQuillan and Lisa & Michael Shinall; Restaurant Sponsors: Atria Senior Living Culinary Chefs, Bareburger, The Cake Box, Odeen’s Barbecue, Some Things Fishy Catering, Southwest Café, Tablao, Tequila Escape, The Village Tavern and Whistle Stop Bakery; Beverage Sponsors: Asylum Distillery, Campari, Corona Premier, Founders Brewing Company, Got Attitude Vodka, Half Full Brewery, Nod Hill Brewery, Pacifico Clara, Pera Wines, Reverie Brewing Company, The Wine Trust, and Treasury Wine Estates; Additional Support by Abbey Tent & Party Rentals, Hollandia Nurseries, Pepsi, Reliance Merchant Services & Reli-Bid.

Band leader, Jon Batiste has performed with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, and Mavis Staples. The Louisiana native began as a percussionist in his family’s band The Batiste Brothers Band at the age of eight. He switched to piano at age eleven and in addition to taking classical lessons began transcribing songs from video games such as Streetfighter Alpha and Sonic Hedgehog. He studied with Trombone Shorty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and later attended Julliard. He made his debut at The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam at age 20, producing and performing his own show and went on to conduct music classes and clinics throughout the Netherlands, eventually returning to play Carnegie Hall in New York City.

For Batiste’s latest album Hollywood Africans he worked with the legendary T Bone Burnett. Batiste states, “The goal was just to collaborate on something that felt authentic to both of us. What we came up with was an intimate, stripped-down portrait of who I am, and the lineage of musicians and performers who are really vital to my work and to his. On this record, I want us to bop, dance, laugh and cry to the sound of the music while we remember our black heroes and wield the superpowers they left us with. Because of them, I don't have to wear a mask. I get to be who I am.”

For tickets ($75- $175) 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.

]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:11:50 -0400
Redding Pollinator Pathway Event on June 22

Pollinators in My Backyard on June 22 from 2 to 3pm 

Join noted local entomologist, Victor DeMasi, and learn about the surprising variety of pollinating insects, & flowers in our back yards, then hike a wild meadow and search for your own pollinators! Take home a free brochure on pollinating plants, insects. 

The event will take place at 100 Cross Highway – Old Farmhouse across from “Oldfields”. Look for PARKING signs.

No dogs, please!

RSVP: Susan Green - 203-938-9481

DRESS: Hiking clothes/shoes. Bring bug/tick spray.

Sponsored by the Redding Pollinator Pathway Partnership: Highstead, The Mark Twain Library, New Pond Farm Education Center, Norwalk River Watershed Association, Redding Conservation Commission, Redding Garden Club, Redding Land Trust, The Parade Path, with support from the Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership.

]]> (Redding Pollinator Pathway Partnership) Events Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:10:23 -0400
Get Your Strawberry ON in Connecticut!

Berry season is upon us and some nearby farms offer Pick Your Own strawberries and raspberries including Lyman Orchards, located at 32 Reeds Gap Rd in Middlefield, CT. The farm is open from 8am to 5pm daily and best picking is early in the day. Call the Lyman Orchards Pick Your Own Hotline for up-to-the-minute field & crop conditions & market prices 860-349-6015 or visit their Facebook page here.

Jones Family Farm, located at 606 Walnut Tree Hill Road in Shelton, also offers Pick Your Own strawberries! Before coming out to pick, please call the farm's Crop Report for the latest info at 203.929.8425. Learn more here.

Find a Strawberry Festival near you by clicking here.

Learn about other farms that offer "Pick Your Own" here.

After you pick some berries, hunker down in your kitchen get to work!  Master baker and HamletHub contributor, John Barricelli has a wonderful Mixed Berry Turnover recipe sure to make summer even sweeter!

Tuck berries into flaky pastry for sweets that are good enough to give -- but better to keep. The recipe is extra easy, and once the pies are baked, you can forget fussing with a fork to enjoy them. The dough comes together in seconds thanks to the food processor, and forming the turnovers is simple and fun.

Prep Time 1 1/2 hours

Total Time 2 hours plus cooling

Yield Makes 12


For the Dough

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 to 8 tablespoons ice water

For the Filling

  • 2 cups mixed berries (fresh or frozen), such as blackberries (halved if large), blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries (quartered)
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs, beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash


Prepare dough: In a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar; pulse to combine. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with just a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Sprinkle with 4 tablespoons ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed with fingers (if necessary, add up to 4 tablespoons more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time). Do not over-process.

Divide dough into two equal portions; form each into a square 3/4 inch thick. Wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.

Prepare filling:

In a medium bowl, toss together berries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice; set aside.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out each square of dough to an 8-by-12-inch rectangle; cut each into six 4-inch squares (you should have 12 squares total). Dividing evenly, spoon filling onto center of each square. Brush two adjoining edges of each square with some egg wash. Fold these edges over filling to form a triangle; press firmly to seal (dough should be tightly pressed around filling). Crimp edges.

Transfer turnovers to a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Brush tops with remaining egg wash; sprinkle with sugar. With scissors, snip centers to create a steam vent. Bake until golden brown and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through. Serve warm or at room temperature.

John Barricelli is the owner of The Sono Bakery & Cafe in South Norwalk and Westport and author of the award winning Sono Baking Company Cookbook and The Seasonal Baker and was the former host of Martha Stewart's Everyday Baking.

]]> (HH) Life Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:34:00 -0400
Redding's Rock ‘n Roots Revival and Fireworks on June 29, 2019

Rock ‘n Roots Revival and Fireworks at Lonetown Farm in Redding on Saturday, June 29 from 2:30 to 9:30 pm

Bands, Food Trucks, Refreshments and, Fireworks. This community celebration benefits Redding Historical Society.

Admission: $15 (18 and over), $5 (5-17), 4 and under free.

Learn more here.

Learn more about the history of Rock 'n Roots Revival here.

Lonetown Farm is located at 43 Lonetown Road (Route 107), Redding

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Ancona's Annex Wine Tasting Event with The Withers Winery

Please Join Ancona's Wines & Liquors at the Ancona’s Annex in Branchville this coming Thursday, June 20, as they welcome Andrew Tow, owner and mastermind The Withers Winery

"This operation has mastered the art of Burgundian and Rhone grape varieties in Sonoma and the Sierra Foothills," Ancona says.

$10 person. 6:45 start. Email to save your seat!

Not sure what the Annex is? Read our story, "What the heck is an Annex event and why would I want to go?"

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HamletHub Tasting Lounge When Sunset Wine Party Returns to The Lounsbury House, Tickets Available NOW

Ridgefield wine lovers REJOICE! The Sunset Wine Party 2019 presented by Ancona's Wines & Liquors is returning to The Lounsbury House in Ridgefield on Sunday, September 15. Sip, repeat, and support the community - Sunset Wine Party net proceeds will go toe Ridgefield Food Pantry.

Pre-sale tickets are available NOW and can be purchased here. What's the benefit for early purchase? You can SCORE an All-Access Pass with early VIP access at 5pm for only $50!! (a FAB Father's Day present, btw).

- Taste over 100 wines as you swirl your way through their different styles presented by Ancona's Wines & Liquors

- Sample decadent food pairings expertly crafted by Executive Chef Giuseppe Castellano from Gallo Ristorante

- Listen to great DJ sessions

- Learn a thing or two from our wine pros during the 20 min Wine Talks

- Taste fabulous wines at the exclusive Hamlethub Tasting Lounge

- Make your pink drink dreams come true over at the brand new Rosé Room x Townvibe on the second floor- yes, the whole mansion is ours for the evening!

- Enjoy the Wine Terrace while you swirl and sip, watch the sunset and have a great time with a friend

- Order the wines you loved at the Wine Sales table and get them delivered to one of Ancona's stores! It doesn't get easier than that: taste, love, buy!

Join us in celebrating the simple pleasures of life during a magical evening that will be anything but simple! Cheers!

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ALL Wine, water and food included in all tickets. Trust us, you will NOT leave thirsty OR hungry!

Cocktail Chic attire recommended - Dress up! This is a fab event at a fab location!

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS: Sample 100+ wines and taste delectable food pairings to the beats of fantastic DJ sessions. Access to all exclusive tasting lounges and wine terrace. Lounsbury House has limited parking- first come first serve.

ALL ACCESS PASS: Get early VIP Access at 5PM. Exclusive Check in line. Priority 5PM Parking. Reserved seats during Wine Talks. Plus, ALL Gen Admission Ticket benefits.

Learn more and purchase your ticket here:

]]> (Ridgefield Wine Week) Events Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:47:54 -0400
Redding Resident Dylan Macri Graduates from Ridgefield Academy

Last Wednesday, June 12, Ridgefield Academy graduated 26 members of the Class of 2019 during a beautiful outdoor ceremony in RA’s Graduation Garden. Eleven of the graduates were “lifers”, having attended RA since Kindergarten.

Tom Main, Head of School addressed the audience by saying, “The Class of 2019 will exist for me as a class, in perpetuity, of what an RA class can aspire to be. This group is intellectually accomplished, socially conscious, athletically talented, artistic, and clever. They have a lot of fun and truly enjoy each other.”

Tradition runs deep at Ridgefield Academy and it was evident during commencement. Each graduate processed to the stage with his or her “Kindergarten Buddy” and spoke to the audience about their RA journey, its meaning to them, and how it has prepared them to approach future academic and life experiences.

The ceremony concluded as the Class of 2019 recessed down the aisle and one by one rang the Patriot Bell for the last time, signifying the end of their days at RA and the beginning of new life adventures. In his closing remarks, Mr. Main had a message for the graduates and said, “The high school education you are about to begin is full of opportunity and will require your very best. I want to impart to you four pieces of advice: 1. Take risks over the next four years; 2. Be involved and pursue things that you are passionate about and that interest you; 3. Be in charge of your own life; and 4. Continue to concentrate on developing into a person of character, integrity and generosity. Value the successes, the memories, the friends, the fun, the challenges you have overcome, the obstacles you have conquered, the risks you have already taken and use them as the foundation for the next four years and beyond. Good luck and best wishes Class of 2019! I look forward to hearing about your new experiences.”

RA’s Class of 2019 will go on to attend private day schools (eight), local public high schools (three), and boarding schools (six). Congratulations to all RA graduates and best wishes for futures filled with success.

The graduates were not the only ones celebrated. Ridgefield Academy also honored two of its families, Eric and Nancy Heaton and David and Lucy Heaton, with the James P. Heus Distinguished Service Award for their extraordinary dedication and service to Ridgefield Academy. Eric Heaton is currently on the Board of Trustees and served as Chair from 2015-2018. His wife Nancy was the RAPA President from 2012-14, served in several RAPA Vice President roles, managed the school store and chaired several Fall Family Days. Together, Eric and Nancy chaired the Patriot Legacy Fund in its inception year of 2016. David Heaton is a current Board of Trustees member and has held the position of Board Treasurer for the last 4 years. His wife, Lucy has participated in school focus groups, has been a huge supporter of the arts, and a dedicated parent of RA. Both Heaton families have sons in this year’s graduating class.

Ridgefield Academy is a coeducational, private day school for students from Preschool through Grade 8. Founded in 1975, the school cultivates a love of learning and preparedness for advanced academics. For more information, please visit

]]> (Ashley Moran) Neighbors Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:11:27 -0400
Hearts on Fire Benefit Concert at at Ives Concert Park on June 30

On Sunday, June 30 please support the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement and enjoy timeless Rock'n'Roll with John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, and performances by Doug Allen, The Spadtastics and Denise Daniels.

The event is located at Ives Concert Park, Danbury CT. Doors will open at 3pm and music begins at 3:30.

This event also includes an array of food truck options, exciting activities for children such as puppet-making, a slime station, and a duck scavenger hunt, creating an atmosphere of family fun that will raise awareness for this very worthy cause.

No coolers, food or beverages of any kind are allowed to be brought into the park. Food, water, soft drinks, wine, beer and mixed cocktails will be available for sale. Must have valid ID for those 21 or over to drink alcohol.

All bags will be checked at the front gate. No refunds.

All shows rain or shine.

(With the exception of severe storms.)

According to their website, The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement was started in the wake of Jesse Lewis’ death in the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. Scarlett's goal was to become part of the solution when it comes to at-risk individuals by creating social and emotional learning (SEL) programs that can hopefully foster change and help an individual choose loving thoughts over angry ones.

For more info, visit:

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Wed, 12 Jun 2019 10:39:16 -0400