Redding's HamletHub Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:59:46 -0400 Redding Land Trust Trail Dedication and Hike on Sunday

Redding Land Trust Trail Dedication and Hike will take place on Sunday, April 22 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Stephenson Preserve in Bethel

To attend the trail opening at Stephenson Preserve, please park at the Putnam Memorial State Park Parking Lot on Rt. 107 at the intersection of Rt. 107 and Rt. 58.

Redding Land Trust will drive hikers to the Stephenson Preserve from there.

Rides will be provided to the Preserve from 1:30-1:50 pm and will return to Putnam Park as needed.

The Stephenson Preserve is located at 68 Putnam Park Rd., Bethel

*Image courtesy Redding Land Trust 


]]> (Town of Redding) Events Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:35:13 -0400
Town of Redding Residential Paper Shredding Day on Saturday

Town of Redding Residential Paper Shredding Day on Saturday, April 21 at Redding Recycling Center (84 Hopewell Woods Road, GPS 92 Beck Rd) from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.

WINTERS BROS Mobile shredder will cross shred documents while you watch!

Samples: Old papers, Receipts, Bank statements, Tax returns, Checks, Paper medical records etc.… (No x-rays), Staples and Paper Clips OK Binder Clips and File hangers are NOT OK.

Free to all residents of Redding! Proof of residency required i.e. license.

Please note: there is a limit of 5 file boxes. 

]]> (Town of Redding) Events Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:26:50 -0400
Celebrate Earth Day in and around Redding

Redding residents take heed! Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22! There are a host of events and celebrations taking place in and around Redding that include outdoor concerts, local artisan exhibits, farmers’ markets, and community cleanup efforts - all dedicated toward bringing awareness to our environment and preserving our planet.

List of Earth Day Events in and around Redding:

EARTH DAY on Redding’s Town Green on Saturday,  April 21 from  9 am to 3 pm

Rain or shine! 

- Pick up gloves, vest and bags starting from 9am-12pm & receive your road assignment

- Drop off road trash by 2:45 pm

- Photo Op at 3 pm Bulb Exchange: 9 am-noon (bring one used bulb, get a new LED Bulb)

Keep Redding Green & Clean! Help pick up roadside litter around your town!


More Earth Day Events

Saturday, April 21 Bethel Community Earth Day   Lawn of the Bethel Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.   FREE, Family Friendly    
Saturday, April 21, Ridgefield Lions Club Shredding Day   94 Danbury Road - parking lot (behind Starbucks) 9- 1:00 pm    Cost is $10.00 per paper-box sized     
Saturday and Sunday, April 21 -22 Ridgefield Rid Litter Days   All Ridgefield streets, neighborhoods, common areas. All day        

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, empowering Earth dwellers to take action: coordinate community cleanup efforts, plant a tree and take heed of environmental sustainability. “Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day,” The Earth Day Network explains.

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. In honor of this milestone, Earth Day Network is launching an ambitious set of goals to shape the future of 21st-century environmentalism. Learn more here.

For a list of all the events in Connecticut for Earth Day 2018, click here

]]> (cron_mp_user) Events Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:46:59 -0400
RVNA Health Source: Welcome to the RVNA Community Health & Wellness Fair

On April 21, RVNA will hold its 44th Annual Community Health & Wellness Fair from 10:00am to 3:00pm at East Ridge Middle School, 10 East Ridge Road in downtown Ridgefield.

More than 80 exhibitors will be on hand to provide free screenings from skin cancer and carotid artery assessments to vision, hearing and cholesterol testing. You can learn hands-only CPR from the Ridgefield Fire Department and enjoy a chair massage. Exhibitors will have information on health-related topics such as Alzheimer’s and Lyme Disease, caregiver and cancer support, and community resources including Meals on Wheels, Ridgefield Emergency Preparedness and Rides for Ridgefield. The popular “Ask the Expert” booths will allow an opportunity for one-on-one conversations with doctors in various specialties, as well as other healthcare professionals. Representatives from traditional, alternative and integrative medicine will be present. There will be booths on acupuncture, stress relief and the use of therapy dogs. Durable medical equipment can be brought in for donation to The NEAT Center at Oak Hill. 

The Community Health & Wellness Fair provides an essential public service. Each year the Fair potentially saves a life when a serious condition requiring immediate medical attention is detected during one of the free screenings offered. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about your health, and health and wellness resources in the community. RVNA encourages attendees to bring a non-perishable food item (low sodium, low sugar, low fat, whole grain, etc.) for our food pantry serving needy patients. Entry to the Health Fair, all screenings and information are free of charge, and East Ridge Middle School has ample parking. For more details, visit or call 203.438.5555.

Founded in 1914, RVNA is an accredited non-profit Medicare-certified home healthcare agency that also supports public health and safety, and promotes the highest quality of life. RVNA provides compassionate care to all individuals, whether young or old, through a continuum of care that encompasses health care at home and in the community. RVNA also provides home health aides and companionship through a non-medical subsidiary called HomeCare by RVNA and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy in its Rehab by RVNA facility at 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield.

Visit RVNA at

]]> (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Events Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:32:02 -0400
Flags in Connecticut Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that – in accordance with a presidential proclamation directing flags to be lowered to half-staff throughout the country in honor of former First Lady Barbara Bush – U.S. and state flags in Connecticut will fly at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on the day of interment, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018.=

Governor Malloy said, “Barbara Bush had a respect and love for our country that perhaps was only surpassed by her love for her family. Nobody can deny the honesty, dignity, and class with which she carried herself. On behalf of the State of Connecticut, we send our very best to the Bush family and extend our deepest sympathies.”

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said, “My thoughts are with the Bush family as they mourn the loss of Barbara Bush. She was a true First Lady whose priorities reflected her commitment to education, women, and all Americans. She served with compassion and respect, leaving behind partisanship for what was right. We are deeply grateful for her service to the nation and the legacy she leaves around literacy and learning.”

]]> (Governor Malloy) Life Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:42:05 -0400
Waterfront Lifeguarding Classes in Redding this Summer!

Waterfront Lifeguarding Class offered at Topstone Park in Redding  July 9-20 (Monday through Friday) from 3-7pm 

Be a lifeguard! Certification classes are being offered in Redding this summer!

Participants must be:

  • At least 15 years old by July 9th and able to confidently swim 550 yards without stopping
  • Able to swim underwater and retrieve objects without goggles
  • Able to tread water without hands for 2 minutes
  • Able to attend ALL classes

Fee: $300 Residents of Redding, $350 Non-residents Instructor: Greg Fracassini LGI, EMT-B

Register: Online here Visit or call the Redding Parks and Rec Office (203) 938-2551 

Topstone Park is located at 72 Topstone Road Redding

]]> (Redding Parks & Rec) Neighbors Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:31:41 -0400
Celebration of Life for George G. Siburn, 75, at First Congregational Church in Ridgefield on June 16

George G. Siburn, 75, loving husband, father and grandfather entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 4, 2018.  A celebration of his life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, June 16th at First Congregational Church, 103 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.
George grew up in New York City and Bedford, New York, graduating from Fordham University in 1963 and received a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.  Following his marriage to Linda Becker from Katonah, New York, George attended pilot training in Selma. Alabama.  He was later stationed at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washington where he flew for the Military Airlift Command moving troops and supplies into Southeast Asia until 1968.  George continued his flying career with Pan American World Airways and then joined management in sales promotion and product development posts in New York.  In 1974 George received an MBA from Adelphi University in New York and joined American Airlines as director of sales promotion and then director of tour marketing.  In 1977 George continued his career in travel with Thompson Travel Marketing as its Vice President for Operations and was a member of the board of directors of the Marketing Executives Club of New York.  In 1980 he joined the MKB Group, a Point of Sale/Merchandising Group and then in 1983 George and Linda started Siburnetics Marketing Systems here in Ridgefield, CT.
George enjoyed spending time with friends and family windsurfing, bicycling and sailing.  In 1980 George was Scoutmaster for Troop 26 sponsored by St. Stephen’s Church.  He shared his love of Jesus Christ by teaching Sunday School, facilitating Bible Studies and being a part of the team presenting the Ridgefield Alpha Course in Ridgefield.
George is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda, his two sons, Christian and Adam, their wives Susan of Redding and Meredith of Ridgefield and six grandchildren, Anna, Theresa, James, Lillie, Addison and Avery.
]]> (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:28:58 -0400
Ridgefield Academy to Host Annual Touch-A-Truck on May 12

Curiosity will give way to hands-on experience on Saturday, May 12, from 9-11am when Ridgefield Academy welcomes children of all ages to its sixth annual Touch-A-Truck event.

A variety of construction and emergency vehicles will be on location at RA and children are encouraged to touch, climb, and learn! Touch-A-Truck will feature approximately eight different types of vehicles and all will be open for exploration. This event is a popular one and children not only learn how these vehicles are used every day but also enjoy getting behind the wheel, turning on sirens and blowing horns. Don’t forget to enjoy a hayride while on campus! Please RSVP at here to let us know you will be joining us!

Interested families are welcome to learn more about Ridgefield Academy during their visit.  Members of our faculty and staff will be available to answer questions and give tours RA’s impressive facilities. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about Ridgefield Academy, please contact David Suter, Director of Enrollment at 203.894.2800 x112 or

Ridgefield Academy is a Preschool-Grade 8 independent day school located near Ridgefield, CT, serving students from Fairfield and Westchester counties. Established in 1975, the school’s challenging academic curriculum is enriched with programs in public speaking and community service, STEM labs, athletics, performing arts, and interdisciplinary digital arts projects. Ridgefield Academy is located at 223 West Mountain Road in Ridgefield, CT. 203.894.1800/

]]> (Ashley Moran) Events Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:24:40 -0400
Lady Lions U16/U19 Travel Hockey Tryouts on Sunday at Winter Garden

Lady Lions U16/U19 Travel Hockey Tryouts at Winter Garden

Winter Garden Ice Arena has announced tryouts for Lady Lions for Girls 14-18 on Sunday, April 22 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

Register online HERE or call 203-438-4423, ext. 4.

]]> (Winter Garden Ice Arena) Neighbors Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:57:59 -0400
Learn about the plans to expand the Norwalk River Valley Trail through Ridgefield and Redding on April 24 at Ridgefield Library

The Ridgefield Ramble Kick-Off on Tuesday, April 24 at 4 PM
Please register
Learn about the plans to expand the Norwalk River Valley Trail through Ridgefield and Redding.  The NRVT will extend for 33 miles--from Norwalk Harbor to Danbury.  Most of it will be accessible, and appropriate for walkers, runners, bikers and wheel chairs.  

Executive director, Charlie Taney, will explain the project, and Trail builder Josh Ryan, of Timber & Stone in Montpelier, VT, will be present to share the design of the "Ridgefield Ramble" and "Redding Mile" sections of the trail.  Please join us to celebrate the kick-off of the first Ridgefield portion of the NRVT!  Light refreshments will be served.

Note: Before the program from 12:30 -2:00 PM you can walk the trail (about 3 miles) with Josh Ryan of Timber and Stone.  Meeting place is the parking lot near the corner of Simpaug Turnpike and Route 7. (No registration needed for the walk.)
]]> (Ridgefield Library) Life Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:35:49 -0400
Mark Twain Library's Topstone Frog walk jump-starts Frog Frolic season!

What are two sure signs of Spring in Redding? The singing of frogs in our woodlands, and the Mark Twain Library’s Frog Frolic fair. This year, Frolic season started early with a new event: The Topstone Frog Walk, held on Saturday, April 14th. Saturday’s warm and beautiful weather made the walk extra special for sixty nature-loving kids and their families, who came out to enjoy the day and learn about the favorite local amphibian and what makes Redding a unique natural setting.

The walk was led by three respected local naturalists. John McLeran, a professional nature educator and ecologist, played sound recordings to match photos of all the frogs living here. "I'm delighted to help people learn more about the species in Redding," McLeran said. Susan Robinson of the Connecticut Botanical Society helped kids learn about pond ecology and the aquatic vegetation which is so important for amphibians.  Lifelong Redding resident and nature educator Bill Hill of Warrup's Farm joined Robinson to lead a show-and-tell session at lake edge, identifying fish egg areas, finding freshwater snails and discussing the importance of keeping our natural resources clean.  "It's great fun to read the book of nature!" he remarked.

The Topstone walk is the Mark Twain Library's opening event to the wonderful Frog Frolic Children's fair happening on April 28th.  The library thanks its co-sponsor, Redding's Park and Recreation Department as well as its collaborators: the Conservation Commission, the Land Trust, and the Connecticut Botanical Society for their support of the Topstone walk.


]]> (Mark Gilbert) Life Sun, 15 Apr 2018 13:59:41 -0400
Author Cullen Murphy to Speak at Mark Twain Library

On Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm, Cullen Murphy, former editor at large of Vanity Fair and former managing editor of The Atlantic, will appear at the Mark Twain Library for a talk, sale and signing of his new book, Cartoon County.   

In the 1950s and ’60s, the heyday of syndicated newspaper comic strips, Fairfield County was a haven for many of the artists who created these strips. The towns of Westport, Stamford, Greenwich, and New Canaan were home to cartoonists and illustrators such as Mort Walker (creator of Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois), Bud Sagendorf (who drew Popeye), Stan Drake (who drew The Heart of Juliet Jones and Blondie), Dik Browne (creator of Hägar the Horrible), and Charles Saxon (whose work appeared on the cover of The New Yorker more than 90 times over the course of his career). John Cullen Murphy, the artist behind Big Ben Bolt and, later, the extremely popular Prince Valiant, stood right at the center of this colorful mélange.

With Cartoon County, Cullen Murphy—son of John Cullen Murphy; author of previous books such as Are We Rome?; and his father’s collaborator on Prince Valiant for close to three decades—offers up a loving history and tribute to his father, the artists who were his friends and peers, and the enduring work they created together.

Please register online, at the Library or call 203-938-2545 for information.

The Mark Twain Library is owned by the Mark Twain Library Association.  It was founded in 1908 by Samuel Clemens – Mark Twain himself – one of Redding’s most celebrated residents.  Visit, for more information.

]]> (Romy Weinberg) Events Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:47:30 -0400
Hoppy Days are Here Again: Redding Library's Frog Frolic Fair on April 28

As our weather warms up, we're all hearing the peepers chirping as we drive through our beautiful countryside. They're telling us it's time to get ready for the Mark Twain Library's amazing Children's Country Fair – The Frog Frolic! The Frog Frolic is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th from 10AM to 4PM at the Redding Community Center (37 Lonetown Road).  Admission and Parking are free. Tickets are available for purchase to play games, make crafts and ride the giant inflatables. All proceeds from the Frolic go to support the Mark Twain Library.

Jen Wastrom, the Library's President says that the Frolic's heart and soul came from Mark Twain’s beloved short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County - “The Frolic is a children’s fair just as Sam Clemens would have intended: with family fun, flair and a dash of distinction.”  Parents, neighbors and friends will catch up, laugh, eat and relax while their kids “have so much fun!” according to two 13 year olds, Natalie Gilbert and Peyton Lecher, who have both enjoyed the fair since kindergarten and especially like bouncing in bounce houses and doing face painting

So it's time to bring your young ones for a day of fun while enjoying food, family, friends and games and help create future memories for them.  Boasting a mix of creative arts and craft activities, old-fashioned games, a Kiss-A-Frog booth, a well-priced children's book sale, and a Tom Sawyer-esque fence painting activity, kids of all ages will love these activities and more.

Throughout the day, caregivers with toddlers will enjoy Aunt Polly's Bubble Garden while stellar musical talent from within the Redding community will take center stage.  The Fairytale Food Court is a great place to relax and enjoy an appetizing lunch with family and friends while traditional fair snacks such as popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones will abound.

After an enlightening adventure through Touch-A-Truck Land spend time out-bidding a neighbor at the extraordinary Silent Auction or pose for a photo with one of the many Storybook Characters greeting guests throughout the day.

Lucky winners who hop around the lily pads at the Cake Walk Game will have their choice of over two dozen theme-inspired cakes to choose from as prizes. Bakers are awarded ribbons in either the junior or adult division. Judging is based solely on creative décor.

“The frolic brings the entire community together, all ages.  Everyone has so much fun.” said Stephanie Oulton, Frog Frolic Chairperson. “We're also grateful to New Pond Farm for bringing live amphibians here to round out our day with real frolicking frogs.”

Mark Twain Library Director Beth Dominianni states “The Frog Frolic is a wonderful, happy celebration of youth and Spring. Families in and around Redding look forward to this all year long and their support is a huge benefit to our Library.”

For more information, visit or call the Library at (203) 938-2545.

]]> (Mark Twain Library) Events Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:32:12 -0400
RVNA supports National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16

We all make decisions every day, some more important than others. We decide where to live, what car to buy, what to have for dinner. We research idyllic vacation spots and read countless consumer reviews before making a purchase. Yet many of us postpone some of the most important decisions of all – our wishes for healthcare should we become unable to express them. National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate, and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning. The place to start your plan is not at the hospital. It’s at your kitchen table.

National Healthcare Decisions Day isn’t about making end-of-life decisions. It’s about making decisions for the type and extent of care you want to receive, potentially at any point in your life. And, it’s about making your wishes known in advance, in case you’re ever unable to communicate them yourself.

Why is advance care planning – also known as “advance directives” – so important? Things can happen at any time, so it’s important to be prepared. Putting your wishes in writing puts you in control of your own care before you need that care. And, perhaps most important of all, it relieves your family of potentially having to make decisions for you when they might not know exactly what you want.

Your advance care plan is not a “one and done.” You can change it at any time as your needs and wishes change.

RVNA encourages everyone to use National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16th as the encouragement to start the process now. A free guide to advance care planning and helpful forms are available free of charge at RVNA, 27 Governor Street in Ridgefield or at For more information or with questions, please call 203-438-5555. 

]]> (Nancy Rowe) Life Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:37:00 -0400
Immaculate High School CyberPatriots Win State Title For Third Time With Help of Redding Students

The Immaculate High School CyberPatriots team placed first in the Connecticut Regional National Youth Cyber Defense Competition sponsored by the National Cyber Education Program. This is the third year in a row that the team won the State competition.

The IHS team came in first place in the State Round - Platinum Division before going on to win the State competition in February.  The winning first-place team are seniors Jack Brooks of Ridgefield, Ben Fletcher of Redding, Kevin McCoy of Danbury, John Palladino of Danbury and juniors Colby Bellone of Redding and William Wang of New Milford.

Additionally, a second IHS team took third place. Team members earning that honor are Taylor Li ‘18 of Bethel, Ryan Henn ‘19 of Danbury, Andrew Riotto ‘20 of Pawling and Dan Wroblewski ‘19 of Ridgefield. This team previously secured first place in the State Round - Silver Division of the competition before going on to the State competition.

“These young men worked very hard for these competitions and showed great dedication and maturity,” said Dave Cirella, IHS Director of IT and the CyberPatriot's advisor. “They are possibly the future of cyber security in our country, an area that is critically important but not often a field students consider, and we are grateful that Immaculate High School gives them the opportunity to discover this career by encouraging CyberPatriots,” he added. Mr. Cirella noted that Immaculate High School has a commitment to providing students with a high-quality education in modern technology.

For example, team member John Palladino took advantage of a unique program offered by the school which allowed him to obtain CompTIA A+ certification in two areas by studying technology at Immaculate High School, which alone makes him highly hireable in the tech field. John successfully passed two tests for his understanding of computer hardware, computer software and troubleshooting computer problems. This certification validates understanding of the most common hardware and software technologies in business and certifies the skills necessary to support complex IT infrastructures. CompTIA A+ is a powerful credential that helps IT professionals worldwide ignite their IT career, and is globally recognized and accredited.

CyberPatriots is part of the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company, and the teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with “finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.”  

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, service to others and personal goals. Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system. For more information, go to


]]> (Immaculate High School) Neighbors Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:37:21 -0400