Redding's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/redding Sat, 14 Dec 2019 16:06:40 -0500 HamletHub.com Redding Dancers Star in Sunday's Wilton Dance Studio Nutcracker https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46470-redding-dancers-star-in-sunday-s-wilton-dance-studio-nutcracker46470-redding-dancers-star-in-sunday-s-wilton-dance-studio-nutcracker https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46470-redding-dancers-star-in-sunday-s-wilton-dance-studio-nutcracker46470-redding-dancers-star-in-sunday-s-wilton-dance-studio-nutcracker

Joel Barlow freshman Natalie Gilbert (Spanish), John Read Middle School 8th grader Willow Bradford (Snow Flurry), returning guest performer Todd Trimble dancing the lead role of Herr Drosselmeyer,  John Read Middle School 8th grader Melissa Boudreau (Snow Flurry), Joe Barlow sophmore Abigail Francoletti (lead Spanish).

Holiday joy comes from so many things: A sparkling ornament, a favorite fancy dress, a special toy, a favorite song. Each year, Wilton Dance Studio’s production of the Nutcracker ballet showcases all the beautiful details that make this the most wonderful time of the year. This 22nd annual performance will be on Sunday, December 15th and features several dancers from Redding.

The full-scale production with professional local artisan-made sets and costumes includes more than 80 students and adults from seven area towns. The ballet will be performed on Sunday, December 15th at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Wilton High School’s Clune Center for the Performing Arts.

“Two things really set our ballet apart from other productions: The quality of the dancing of course, but also the attention to every detail that brings the story to life and elevates the experience for our audience,” said Studio Owner and Creative Director Brenda Froehlich.

Froehlich said, “Our dancers invest in many hours of rehearsal, nearly every weekend from the end of September until the show. They have a great time with their dance friends, but also learn what it takes to be a true ensemble and come together to create some holiday magic,” said Froehlich, who is a Wilton native.

The production owes much of its professional sparkle and shine to a number of local artisans who have contributed to the costumes and sets over many years. Each year, costume are refreshed to keep them sparkly and bright. In addition, audience members can watch for some special details as well: The artwork on Drosselmeyer’s toy bag in the party scene was created just for Wilton Dance Studio by Joni Johns Lerner, a 25-year veteran the New York professional costume industry. Examples of her work can be seen on the stages of the Broadway, the touring & Japan companies of The Lion King, the Broadway & National Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wicked.  Architect Dan Conlon designed and built the clock in Dr. & Mrs. Stahlbaumn’s living room also in the party scene. Howard Corsa created the Nutcracker & Rat Queen’s swords. The Finnecy Family, longtime Wilton residents, created the shimmering, fanciful ornaments for the Land of Sweets portion of the ballet. Brenda Froehlich, also a jewelry designer, handcrafted many of the tiaras, headpieces and necklaces using genuine Swarovski crystals.

The audience gets a chance to see some of these details with a new tradition begun last year: A meet-and-greet and photo opportunity immediately following the 1:00 pm show. All are invited to come say hello and see the beautiful costumes up close. Younger audience members especially love the chance to take a photo with their favorite dancers.

Wilton Dance Studio’s Nutcracker is designed to suit audiences of all ages while also challenging its dance students, who change roles and learn more complex choreography each year. The performance length is manageable for young children and does not require an intermission. The ballet follows the traditional story of Clara and her Nutcracker prince from E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Professional sets and elegant costumes complete the high-quality production.

The Wilton Dance Studio production of The Nutcracker will be on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. at Wilton High School’s Clune Performing Arts Center. Advance ticket sales have closed, but there are plenty of good seats still available. The box office open 30 minutes prior to each show to purchase tickets the day of the show.

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megheuer@yahoo.com (Megan Heuer) Neighbors Sat, 14 Dec 2019 09:50:25 -0500
Longtime Redding resident Robert S. Hausmann, 72, has died https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46471-ridgefield-resident-robert-s-hausmann-72-has-died46471-ridgefield-resident-robert-s-hausmann-72-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46471-ridgefield-resident-robert-s-hausmann-72-has-died46471-ridgefield-resident-robert-s-hausmann-72-has-died

Robert S. Hausmann, 72, of Ridgefield, longtime resident of Redding, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019. He was the loving husband of Karen (Sumner) Hausmann.
 
Mr. Hausmann was born in Paterson, NJ on November 13, 1947; a son of the late Joseph and Adelaide (Hubschmitt) Hausmann.
 
Mr. Hausmann was a retired sales representative; having worked for IBM, Harris Publishing and Churchill Classics. He enjoyed cars, especially Corvettes, and collecting model trains. Mr. Hausmann was a longtime member of Ridgefield Baptist Church. For many years he served as the greeter at the front door.  He made it a point to learn everyone's name and greeted them by name each Sunday.
 
Mr. Hausmann is survived by his wife of 49 years, Karen and their children; Colby Hausmann and his partner, Julie Peng; Brie Hong and her husband, Daniel and Cooper Hausmann and his wife, Megan. In addition, Mr. Hausmann is survived by 2 grandchildren; Isabelle and Jacob and a brother, Joseph Hausmann.
 
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hausmann was predeceased by an infant son, Ryan.  
 
Friends will be received on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at Kane Funeral Home; 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. A prayer service will take place on Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM at the funeral home. Interment will take place at a date and time to be announced at Laurel Grove Cemetery; Totowa, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ridgefield Baptist Church in Bob's memory.
 
 
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Sat, 14 Dec 2019 09:47:58 -0500
Meet the New Faces of Personal Touch Welcome, Now Knocking on Doors in Redding, Georgetown and Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46469-meet-the-new-faces-of-personal-touch-welcome-now-knocking-on-doors-in-redding-georgetown-and-ridgefield46469-meet-the-new-faces-of-personal-touch-welcome-now-knocking-on-doors-in-redding-georgetown-and-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46469-meet-the-new-faces-of-personal-touch-welcome-now-knocking-on-doors-in-redding-georgetown-and-ridgefield46469-meet-the-new-faces-of-personal-touch-welcome-now-knocking-on-doors-in-redding-georgetown-and-ridgefield

Christine Santori and her fiancé David Saunders are thrilled to bring good tidings and a basket chockful of community resources, and special offers from local businesses to Ridgefield, Redding, and Georgetown town newbies. You heard it right - there is a new welcome lady (and gent) in town! 

The longtime Ridgefield couple has purchased Personal Touch Welcome from Dee Strilowich who knocked on more than 10, 642 doors before deciding to retire and hand the reins over.  

Dee joined Christine and David today at the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce where the new Personal Touch Welcome owners officially cut the ribbon and announced the good news to the community. 

It was only two months ago that David and Dee met one another at a networking event. When David learned that Personal Touch Welcome was available for purchase, he showed immediate interest. “He said ‘I think this is something that Christine and I need to do’,” recalls Dee.

Knowing that Christine and David just moved into a new home, Dee said, “You guys need to have a welcome visit!” And, that visit set the welcome wheels in motion. “We put this together in two weeks,” says Dee.

Dee is thrilled that, after 25 years, she has handed the reins over to a couple, both of whom are 53 years old, the same age as Dee was when she began Personal Touch Welcome.  “I really liked having Joe as my partner,” says Dee. “It was Joe and Dee, now it will be Christine and David,” says Christine with a smile. “Christine has the enthusiasm and energy, just like I did at the beginning,” says Dee, who will soon turn 80 years old.

Bringing commerce and community closer together is the core of Personal Touch Welcome. “David and I love the welcoming business,” says Christine, who adds, “We will add some modern touches - an app is definitely on the horizon as a companion to the wonderful bag of branded merchandise, community resources, and special offers from our local businesses.”

Using David’s company Design Brand Promote, Personal Touch Welcome sponsors will have access to new products that can be part of the welcome baskets. Christine and David have already taken to social media as a marketing tool and have unveiled a new logo. “Like” their Personal Touch Welcome Facebook Page here.

"I'm ready for a new journey," says Dee. Thankfully, the journey won’t take her too far. Dee will remain in Ridgefield and will help Christine and David with the transition. And, after that?  “I’ll be looking for what touches my heart, to give back to our community in a different way,” says Dee.

Personal Touch Welcome, the brainchild of Dee Strilowich and her husband Joe, was born after the Welcome Wagon discontinued in-home visits in 1998. "My husband, Joe, and I decided the service was so important to have new families be introduced to our wonderful community and it’s small businesses that we decided to start our own greeting service, naming it Personal Touch Welcome," Dee explains.

“Joe is smiling down from heaven today,” Dee says with a tear in her eye. 

“I’m excited and honored to take up her torch at Personal touch Welcome.”

From all of us at HamletHub, thank you to Dee and her late husband, Joe for all you have done to make Ridgefield the special community, we are so happy Christine and David will continue this important business of welcoming new residents to our special community. 

To arrange for Personal Touch Welcome to visit your home with their basket filled with over $1800 worth of local goods and services, email christine@ptwhome.com or visit Personal Touch Welcome online here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:38:20 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Appoints Cheryl MacCluskey to Senior Loan Officer https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46466-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-greenwich-resident-cheryl-maccluskey-to-senior-loan-officer46466-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-greenwich-resident-cheryl-maccluskey-to-senior-loan-officer https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46466-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-greenwich-resident-cheryl-maccluskey-to-senior-loan-officer46466-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-greenwich-resident-cheryl-maccluskey-to-senior-loan-officer

Ridgefield, CT – December 11, 2019 – Fairfield County Bank recently appointed Cheryl MacCluskey to Senior Loan Officer. Before joining the Bank, Cheryl was a Loan Officer at First Republic Bank.

As a Senior Loan Officer, Cheryl will meet with Clients regularly to determine their loan product needs to ensure their goals are being met. Ms. MacCluskey is also responsible for maintaining a knowledge base of the Bank’s loan products and understanding of the qualifications required for each client.

“Cheryl is a great addition to our experienced team of lenders. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience and is excited to work with her clients to help them achieve their goals,” says Raymond LaFlamme, Chief Mortgage Sales Office at Fairfield County Bank.

In her spare time, Cheryl volunteers at the YMCA and Inspirica. She also belongs to the Greenwich Board of Realtors, National Notary Association and the Marist College Alumni. In 2016, Cheryl received the Volunteer of the Year award from the YMCA. Growing up, Cheryl competed in Dressage and actively participated in triathlons. She graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree and currently resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Wed, 11 Dec 2019 08:30:04 -0500
Governor Lamont Notifies President Trump: Connecticut Will Continue Welcoming Refugees https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/politics/46467-governor-lamont-notifies-president-trump-connecticut-will-continue-welcoming-refugees46467-governor-lamont-notifies-president-trump-connecticut-will-continue-welcoming-refugees https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/politics/46467-governor-lamont-notifies-president-trump-connecticut-will-continue-welcoming-refugees46467-governor-lamont-notifies-president-trump-connecticut-will-continue-welcoming-refugees

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has submitted a letter notifying the Trump administration of the State of Connecticut’s intent to continue accepting refugees who are fleeing persecution and seeking safety from violence, saying that the state values the long history of the United States in welcoming those pursuing asylum as this tradition strengthens the state and nation socially, culturally, and economically.

The letter is in response to an executive order President Trump signed in September requiring every state and municipality in the nation that is willing to receive refugees to provide his administration with written consent, and for the first time allowing local and state governments to refuse to accept people who are seeking to resettle.

“Nobody chooses to be a refugee. This new requirement for states and towns to notify the federal government on whether they are willing to continue accepting refugees is simply an attempt by the Trump administration to deny safety to vulnerable families across the world,” Governor Lamont said. “Resettlement of people fleeing violence and seeking a safe place to raise their children is a bedrock principle on which the United States was founded. Attacking immigrants and refugees does nothing to make our communities stronger, and in fact only achieves the exact opposite. Connecticut will continue welcoming those escaping persecution and upholding the long tradition of the United States as a place that treats every human being with dignity and respect.”

Governor Lamont is encouraging chief elected officials from towns and cities in Connecticut to join him in providing such consent to the Trump administration and reaffirming the state’s longstanding commitment to welcoming refugees as valued members of society.

**DownloadGovernor Lamont’s letter notifying the Trump administration of Connecticut’s intent to continue welcoming refugees

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor Ned Lamont) Politics Wed, 11 Dec 2019 07:24:17 -0500
Nativity Pageant at First Church of Christ, Congregational, Redding https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46462-nativity-pageant46462-nativity-pageant https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46462-nativity-pageant46462-nativity-pageant

Nativity Pageant outdoors on the church Grounds at First Church of Christ, Congregational, Redding - at 5:00 PM Saturday, December 14th, 2019

Don't miss our church's unique and popular celebration of the Christmas story! Join us as we sing carols and follow the journey of Mary and Joseph with their donkey, to the manger in Bethlehem.

Along the way, you'll observe shepherds tending their flocks by night, you'll hear a chorus of angels, you'll be dazzled by a "star in the east", and you'll see the wise men in route to worship the Newborn King. The journey culminates with a live tableau of the Nativity Scene in the studio.

Immediately afterward join us for some refreshments. During the hot chocolate & cookie reception following the Lotti Fields collector pottery and Olive Oil from Bethlehem will be available for holiday purchases.

Be sure to dress warmly, and bring your friends. Experience the story of Christmas brought to life by our Pageant!

For more information contact the church office at 203-938-2004.

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charlie.eichhorn@gmail.com (Charlie Eichhorn) Events Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:03:08 -0500
ACT of Connecticut Announces Season Gala, Sponsorships Available Now, Tickets On Sale March 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46468-act-of-connecticut-announces-season-gala-sponsorships-available-now-tickets-on-sale-march-146468-act-of-connecticut-announces-season-gala-sponsorships-available-now-tickets-on-sale-march-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46468-act-of-connecticut-announces-season-gala-sponsorships-available-now-tickets-on-sale-march-146468-act-of-connecticut-announces-season-gala-sponsorships-available-now-tickets-on-sale-march-1

ACT of Connecticut has announced that its Season Gala will take place on Friday, April 17, 2020. Tickets will go on sale on March 1, 2020. Sponsorship packages are available now. 

Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

The annual event will honor Diamond Properties and Rudy Marconi for their roles in making the dream of a professional theatre in Ridgefield a reality.

Guests in attendance will be the very first patrons to learn what productions will be a part of ACT’s third full season. This is a Gala like no other, packed with exciting entertainment and Broadway talent. You don’t want to miss out!

Sponsorship packages are available now. Individual tickets will go on sale on March 1.

For more information, visit our website.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 10 Dec 2019 10:43:41 -0500
Open House on Saturday at The Golf Performance Center https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46465-open-house-on-saturday-at-the-golf-performance-center46465-open-house-on-saturday-at-the-golf-performance-center https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46465-open-house-on-saturday-at-the-golf-performance-center46465-open-house-on-saturday-at-the-golf-performance-center

The Golf Performance Center OPEN HOUSE on Saturday

The Golf Performance Center, located at 824 Ethan Allen Highway, is opening its doors to junior golfers who aim to play high school or college golf this Saturday, December 14 from 10am to 2pm!

- Meet the team who will coach you on your journey on and off the course.

- Learn how GPC has helped 100+ athletes get to 80 colleges and universities.

- Discover Ethan Allen Preparatory’s innovative approach to preparing student-athletes for college and beyond.

- Learn about our boarding and day options for EAP and Summer Achieve student-athletes.

Learn more about The Golf Performance Center here.

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kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Places Tue, 10 Dec 2019 07:16:47 -0500
Songs of the Season Brings Joy to Bethel on December 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46464-songs-of-the-season-brings-joy-to-bethel-on-december-2246464-songs-of-the-season-brings-joy-to-bethel-on-december-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46464-songs-of-the-season-brings-joy-to-bethel-on-december-2246464-songs-of-the-season-brings-joy-to-bethel-on-december-22

You are invited to attend the 15th annual Songs of the Season at St. Thomas Church in Bethel on Sunday, December 22 beginning at 4pm. 

This is a gorgeous candle-light concert featuring student performers ages 10-23.

Free admission.

Stairs-free entrance in the rear of the building.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Mon, 09 Dec 2019 08:35:18 -0500
Redding Resident Estelle T. Bernardin, 92, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46463-redding-resident-estelle-t-bernardin-92-has-died46463-redding-resident-estelle-t-bernardin-92-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46463-redding-resident-estelle-t-bernardin-92-has-died46463-redding-resident-estelle-t-bernardin-92-has-died

Estelle T. Bernardin, 92, of Redding, CT passed away at her home, surrounded by her family, on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. She passed on at peace, as she was in life.
 
Estelle was born in Lawrence, MA March 31, 1927, a daughter of the late Emile and Lucille (Moison) Bernardin. She was a graduate of St. John's Hospital, School of Nursing in Lowell, MA, as well as Boston College (B.A.) and Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A.). She was both a teacher and practitioner of nursing for her entire career.
 
Estelle was a lifelong learner, a student of religion and reader of all books nonfiction, particularly biographies of this nation's founding fathers. Her paintings, drawings, needlepoint and knitting projects, weavings and photography may be found throughout the regional area, and in the homes of relatives and friends, near and far. She was an active member of Christ Church Parish of Redding.
 
Estelle was predeceased by brothers Charles and Paul (O.P.), and sister Yvonne. She is survived by her sister, Jacqueline, numerous nieces and nephews, and long-time friend and partner, Beverly Hunt.
 
A funeral service will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Christ Episcopal Church, 184 Cross Highway, Redding. Interment will follow in Redding Ridge Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Regional Hospice and Homecare, 30 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT 06810.
 
Estelle looked forward to meeting her maker.  She loved Him, and knew He loved her.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Mon, 09 Dec 2019 05:56:06 -0500
RA Division Head Talks - Middle School Matters https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46461-ra-division-head-talks-middle-school-matters46461-ra-division-head-talks-middle-school-matters https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46461-ra-division-head-talks-middle-school-matters46461-ra-division-head-talks-middle-school-matters

Middle School Matters

If your middle school experience was anything like mine, you are more likely to recall an awkward moment at a dance or an embarrassing comment in a classroom than you are to remember the depth of your learning. In fact, it is rare, when I share my job with someone in a social setting, that I am not inundated with that person’s worst memories of middle school.

For years, middle schools were intentionally designed to mimic the high school experiences and environments of their students’ futures. In these junior high schools (get it?) teachers expected students to perform like mini high school students as they navigated watered-down high school classroom experiences. This is not to say that we who survived these environments didn’t learn anything or that we didn’t experience some great moments--I am quite sure that you did, too--it’s that we likely were not learning in an environment that truly supported the developing human beings that we were at the time.

The failure of this junior high school structure is that it does not take into account the uniqueness of the middle school student, one who is navigating a seemingly overwhelming transition of cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development. Schools were asking and expecting students to, quite literally, be someone they were not, which left too many students feeling lost and disconnected from their schooling at a time when the single greatest need is to feel an authentic sense of connection. At Ridgefield Academy we are crafting a developmentally-appropriate learning experience for our students, one that challenges them to grow and develop as learners and people in a caring and nurturing environment; one that understands that middle school actually matters.

Meeting Students Where They Are

A truly great middle school meets students where they are at each developmental level. The range of cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development is never again as wide as it is during the middle school years. This reality has driven a pedagogical shift away from a  traditional, one-size-fits-all teaching model to a far more engaging, student-centered model, which allows each individual student to interact with the material at his or her own developmental level. In this model, the great middle school teacher of the twenty-first century is akin to a symphony conductor, encouraging and leading each student to perform at his or her best. In order for this to be possible, the teacher must be a master of his or her content. This allows the teacher to be dynamic and to shape and steer the learning around the questions and conclusions of the students. The teacher must also foster a strong and healthy relationship with each individual student, to know them as distinct learners and to support them in making the learning relevant in their own lives. With a deep understanding of the content and a strong relationship with the students, the teacher can craft a meaningful learning activity that supports the students in accessing the material and deepening their own, individual understanding.

Learning Through Connection

Another quality of a great middle school is that of student-teacher relationships in and out of the classroom. I often refer to the middle school years as a rollercoaster as students navigate the ups and downs of the significant cognitive, physical, and social-emotional change they are naturally experiencing. During this time of relative instability, students crave consistency in their relationships and in their environment, and unfortunately their peer group is equally unstable. To this end, the adults at home and at school must keep their feet firmly on the ground during these rollercoaster years. Genuinely trusting relationships with adults at school help students to feel grounded in that environment, which engenders in them a sense of security and safety as they work to define their authentic self. Moreover, educational neuroscience reminds us that brains learn better when they feel “safe”; when students learn in a safe and joyful environment, they are supported in taking greater cognitive risks--to think more deeply and make greater connections in their learning. No longer are middle schools the training grounds for new teachers or the pasture where former high school teachers go to finish their careers; instead, great middle school classrooms are led by dynamic adults who truly love and understand the age group.

Providing a Well-Rounded Experience

In addition to recognizing the unique developmental needs of middle schoolers and supporting those needs with dynamic, student-centered adults, a middle school program needs to be built with its student body in mind. As we do at Ridgefield Academy, the middle school years are a wonderful opportunity for students to explore new learning opportunities across the academic disciplines, through the performing and visual arts, in technology, and through athletics. With the competitive landscape of high school in mind, by providing middle level learners with a broad set of curricular and co-curricular experiences, the students have to opportunity to develop new passions and to determine how best to dedicate their time when the move on to high school. Moreover, without a high school building looming large on our campus, as a preschool-Grade 8 institution we are able to craft authentic leadership leadership roles for our middle school students. Our eighth graders understand and embrace their critical role as leaders on our campus; they lead community meetings, assume leadership roles in service learning initiatives, and set a positive example for our younger students. Through these 

opportunities our students not only learn the value of leadership to a community, but also how to be a leader in a community. They are empowered by this challenge and rise to it, taking these critical skills with them into their high school experiences and beyond.

At Ridgefield Academy, we strive to create the best learning environment for our middle school students. Because we truly know and understand middle school students, and we provide a strong program and positive environment that supports them in their own cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development we empower our students to challenge themselves as learners and leaders in a world that so desperately needs their leadership.

Explore RA’s Middle School program during Take a Look Tuesday or our Open House.

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (RA Division Head for Grades 4-8 Clinton Howarth) Neighbors Mon, 09 Dec 2019 05:02:00 -0500
Head of Wooster School Talks College: Planning, Parenting, Partnering on Dec. 11 at Ridgefield Library https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46451-head-of-wooster-school-talks-college-planning-parenting-partnering-on-dec-11-at-ridgefield-library46451-head-of-wooster-school-talks-college-planning-parenting-partnering-on-dec-11-at-ridgefield-library https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46451-head-of-wooster-school-talks-college-planning-parenting-partnering-on-dec-11-at-ridgefield-library46451-head-of-wooster-school-talks-college-planning-parenting-partnering-on-dec-11-at-ridgefield-library

From 5th Grade to College: Planning, Parenting, and Partnering Your Way to a Healthy and Successful Journey for Your Child

Join Matt Byrnes, Head of Wooster School, at the Ridgefield Library on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm, for wine, cheese, and a conversation about how to better understand what success in college means, how the process works, and how we can best manage the journey through adolescence and school to a successful outcome. 

In the search for that success and in the service of healthy human development, how can we all be more positively proactive and intentional in our parenting, in partnering with schools, and in managing a healthy college search process.  Parents of children at any point in the school journey, even those currently in college, are invited to attend.

Please register in advance and we hope to see you there!

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.

 
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kerry@ducey.org (Lori Kriegel) Events Mon, 09 Dec 2019 04:55:00 -0500
Explore what Ridgefield Academy can offer you child at Take a Look Tuesday https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46460-explore-what-ridgefield-academy-can-offer-you-child-at-take-a-look-tuesday46460-explore-what-ridgefield-academy-can-offer-you-child-at-take-a-look-tuesday https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46460-explore-what-ridgefield-academy-can-offer-you-child-at-take-a-look-tuesday46460-explore-what-ridgefield-academy-can-offer-you-child-at-take-a-look-tuesday

Learn what Ridgefield Academy can offer your child at our Take a Look Tuesday on December 10 from 9AM to 11AM

Research proves that a strong, early academic foundation is critical to ensure future success in high school, college and beyond. Ridgefield Academy helps students in Kindergarten-Grade 8 build that foundation through a forward-thinking, integrated educational program. Our entire community is dedicated to helping students build the necessary skills to become accomplished leaders, public speakers, and critical thinkers. RA students graduate as authentically self-assured individuals who have a strong sense of self, exceptional confidence, and are prepared for what comes next.

Learn what Ridgefield Academy can offer your child at our Take a Look Tuesday on December 10 from 9AM to 11AM. Explore the benefits of RA's independent preschool through Grade 8 with our Head of School, Tom Main. Tour our beautiful campus and experience our dynamic classrooms in action. See firsthand how our students become authentically self-assured because their unique talents are cultivated by talented faculty who inspire a joy of learning.

Come see why our parents say, “RA educates rather than teaches.”

RSVP here or contact Director of Enrollment David Suter at 203-894-1800 x112 or via dsuter@ridgefieldacademy.org. We would be delighted to meet you.
Curious about what other parents say about RA? We invite you to read other parents' stories about their RA experience.

Can’t make it on December 10? Visit RA on April 21 for the next Take a Look Tuesday!

The Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool community celebrates childhood, pursues excellence, and cultivates kindness. Our educational program is intellectually inspiring, and we foster joyful learning and mutual respect in all that we do. We empower each student to rise to their authentic self, preparing confident graduates who shape their future with ingenuity and integrity. Visit today!

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kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Grady) Places Fri, 06 Dec 2019 05:44:47 -0500
Redding Artisan Fair on Saturday at John Read Middle School https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46459-redding-artisan-fair-unique-gifts46459-redding-artisan-fair-unique-gifts https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46459-redding-artisan-fair-unique-gifts46459-redding-artisan-fair-unique-gifts

Our 5th Redding Artisan Fair will be held on Saturday, December 7, from 10am-4pm at John Read Middle School.

Over 50 local artisans, student artisans and local food vendors. Get a head start on your holiday shopping and pick up unique gifts you won't find in stores!

John Read Middle School is at 486 Redding Road (Rte 53) - between Mark Twain Library and Redding Roadhouse.

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kerry@ducey.org (judi) Events Thu, 05 Dec 2019 07:02:05 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Appoints Arianna Middleton to Vice President, Electronic Banking Manager https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46457-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-arianna-middleton-to-vice-president-electronic-banking-manager46457-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-arianna-middleton-to-vice-president-electronic-banking-manager https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/neighbors/46457-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-arianna-middleton-to-vice-president-electronic-banking-manager46457-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-arianna-middleton-to-vice-president-electronic-banking-manager

Ridgefield, CT – December 4, 2019 – Fairfield County Bank recently appointed Arianna Middleton to Vice President, Electronic Banking Manager. Arianna has held various positions at Fairfield County Banking, including Vice President, Deposit Operations Manager, Vice President, Branch Manager of the Wall Street Office in Norwalk, and Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of the Fairfield Office.

As the Electronic Banking Manager, Arianna will lead a strong team of digital and payment product specialists as they launch the Bank’s 2020 developments for payments, mobile, and online banking. Arianna will be responsible for various projects related to the Bank’s digital and electronic banking efforts. She will be coordinating with all levels across the organization and its core provider to implement enhancements and upgrades to ensure Clients will receive an enhanced digital banking experience.

“I am very excited for Arianna to step into this role at such a pivotal moment in the digital banking world. With her leadership, the Bank is rolling forward our 2020 Vision, enhancing our digital channels to deliver a best-in-class Client Experience,” said Stephen Wooters, Executive Vice President at Fairfield County Bank.

Arianna currently volunteers her time with Junior Achievement, United Way, and the Ridgefield Playhouse Arts and Education program. Mrs. Middleton previously belonged to the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and served as an Ambassador and as a Fairfield Rotarian. Arianna graduated from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Administration. She is also a graduate of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management program, the American Bankers Association (ABA) Foundational Compliance

School and is currently enrolled in the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania. Arianna currently resides in Easton with her husband and two children.

Founded in 1871, Fairfield County Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank with locations throughout Fairfield County. Fairfield County Bank delivers a full range of financial services through superior Client relationships and the knowledge that when you put your money in Fairfield County Bank, it stays in Fairfield County - strengthening our communities. Visit www.fairfieldcountybank.com to find out more about the Bank.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Wed, 04 Dec 2019 05:23:57 -0500