Redding's HamletHub Sun, 21 Apr 2019 14:21:11 -0400 Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Presents First Annual Kids Film Fest Saturday, April 27


The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, (RIFF), now in its fourth year, will launch its first ever Kids Film Fest on Saturday, April 27, 2019. An impressive lineup of award-winning films tailored for children, tweens, teens, and families, showcasing imaginative animation, live action, and documentary films from around the world. All films are adult-friendly!

Liyana directed by Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp, will be the evening Spotlight Family Feature. This internationally acclaimed South African film is a genre-defying documentary that tells the story of five orphans in the Kingdom of eSwanti (formerly known as Swaziland). The children turn past trauma into an original fable about a girl named Liyana who embarks on a perilous quest to save her young twin brothers. The film weaves her animated journey together with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance and hope. 

Executive produced by Emmy-winner Thandie Newton, and produced by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge, Liyana features innovative animated artwork by Shofela Coker and an original score by Philip Miller. Liyanahas played at festivals around the world, including the British Film Institute's London Film Festival and MoMA's Doc Fortnight, and to date, has won 28 jury and audience awards. London’s The Sunday Times describes the film as “Part documentary, part animation, and pure magic.” Liyana screens Sat, Apr. 27 at 7:00pm at Ridgefield Theater Barn. (Appropriate for ages 10 through adult)

Also featured in the festival is RIFF Redux, two live-action short films created by Ridgefield students in grades four to six, that screened at RIFF in the fall—The Misadventures of Goldilocks and the Three Boys and Let’s Not Forget About Little Red Riding Hood. Former Nickelodeon producers and area residents Dave Goldberg and David Herman oversaw every stage of the film projects from inception to completion. The shorts feature numerous Ridgefield locations, including the Ridgefield Library, Planet Pizza, Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shop, and even a local graveyard. There are also several cameos by familiar faces to people in town. Herman will participate in a post-screening audience Q&A. RIFF Redux will run as part of RIFF RePLAY Sat., Apr. 27 at 1:00 pm at Ridgefield Theater Barn and will include other family favorite shorts from the RIFF archives. (Appropriate for ages 7-12).

Megan Smith-Harris, RIFF Festival Director said: “Exposing children to imaginative, age-appropriate films from around the world is integral to engaging them in the arts, helps to build empathy, and expands their world view.”

In addition to film compilations, the festival will present two East Coast premieres. First, Band Geeks, directed by Canada’s Morgan Elliot, a fun and uplifting documentary about a high school youth marching band preparing for their appearance at the Rose Parade in Pasadena. Next, a narrative short To Remember Me By, by up and coming Mumbai filmmaker, Rahoul Daswani. The film tells the story of family, memory, and buried secrets discovered inside an 8mm camera. Both films screen on Saturday, April 27, at the Ridgefield Theater Barn. To Remember Me By at 3:30pm followed by Band Geeks at 3:45pm.  (Appropriate for ages 8 through adult)

To see the complete line-up of films showing at Kids Film Fest and to purchase tickets visit


Watch the Trailer for LIYANA here (ages 10 - adult)


Watch Trailer for BAND GEEKS  here (age 8 +)



NYICFF Kid Flicks Tour 2018

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Ancona's Today: RVNA Give Back, Dr. Crystal, City Steam Brewery = Happy Saturday

Get Easter Ready and Put Spring in Your Step at Ancona's TODAY!

Ancona's in downtown Ridgefield: RVNA Give Back Day Part II

To celebrate our one year anniversary we're throwing a little "party" on 4/20 in our Ridgefield center location. There will be all sorts of delicious libations to taste throughout the day. 

"10% of Saturday's Sales Will Be Donated To the RVNA"

To celebrate, we'll have a quartet of tastings.

These tastings will be happening 3-6pm.

Gerry Valenti, co-founder of Taconic Distillery, will be pouring a selection of their award-winning 
bourbon and rye whiskeys

From Golden Vines, Mark Ancona (no relation) will be pouring a French and Italian lineup featuring.

Geoff Smith, Beer Ambassador from City Steam Brewery will be pouring some killer ales.

The Man, Myth, Legend... Peter Slywka pouring nothing but "pink" #rosetoday

Ancona's in Wilton 

Come join our good friend Dr. Crystal, at our Wilton location, today- 3-6pm, for a line up of some our favorite Spring selections!

Commanderie de Peyrassol Cotes de Provence Rose

Acustic Montsant Blanco

Pedro Parra Pencopolitano

Jax Vineyards Y3 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

Ancona's in Branchville 

Codey will be pouring all sorts of fun stuff from our newly re-stocked tasting machines PLUS a bonus bottle or two.... stop by he'll be in the shop from 12-8pm!


720 Branchville Rd. Ridgefield, CT 06877   (203)544-8958
Mon-Sat 8:30am - 8:00pm Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm

5 River Rd. Wilton, CT 06897   (203)210-7399
Mon-Sat 9:00am - 8:00pm Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm

17B Governor St. Ridgefield, CT 06877  (203) 544-9017
Mon-Sat 9:00am - 8:00pm Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm


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Flash Flood Watch for Northern Fairfield County, Connecticut

Flash flood watch remains in effect from 2 AM Saturday through Saturday afternoon.

The flash flood watch continues for portions of Southern Connecticut, Northeast New Jersey, and Southeast New York

A slow moving frontal system will approach the region tonight into Saturday. Heavy rain will become likely late tonight through Saturday morning. Total rainfall amounts will be around 1 inch with locally higher amounts possible. Excessive runoff will be possible, which would lead to flooding of urban and poor drainage areas. In addition, smaller rivers and streams could overflow their banks.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

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Redding Artist Erin Nazzaro Featured in Wilton's All About Color Exhibit

When the group of eight artists came together to discuss the upcoming exhibition at Wilton Library, they decided that their collective works were “All About Color” and so was born the name of the exhibit opening on Friday, May 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The eight local artists exhibiting their colorful works are Sally Aldrich, Ridgefield; Rich Alexander, Mt. Kisco; Sharon Cavagnolo, Chappaqua; Hans Fischer, Ridgefield; Jennifer Moné Hill, Danbury; Nancy Moore, Ridgefield; Erin Nazzaro, Redding; and Kris Davenport Toohey, Westport. Whether the artists have embraced their passion from their early days, through their college lives, or more recently become immersed in the discipline, their works highlight a range of styles, subject matter and media choices that are bold and impressive.

Ed MacEwen, Wilton Library’s art chair noted, “I was fortunate to see this group of artists in an exhibition in Ridgefield last year and I was taken by their collective works. I thought they would be well-received by the Wilton community and their paintings would show very well in the gallery throughout the library.”

The artists come to their craft from a range of backgrounds:

Sally Aldrich studied Fine Arts at Connecticut College and taught art in Pleasantville, NY becoming the Art Department Chair for K-12, inspiring the students through Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, and Advanced Placement Studio Art. Since retiring almost 25 years ago, she intensified her study of pottery and sculpture. She continues to teach at her studio in Ridgefield. Sally served as president of the Katonah Museum Artists Association, writes its newsletter and works on the Hammond Museum’s exhibition committee. Her work is exhibited in galleries in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Rich Alexander is a trained draftsman and owned and operated a sign company, hand lettering signs and trucks with letter enamels. He became a NYC fire fighter and during his 21-year career, he designed, built and painted dozens of firehouse tables and murals. In 2009, while designing the 9/11 Firefighter Memorial in Mt. Kisco, NY, he met illustrator Alan Reingold who encouraged Rich to attend Reingold’s portrait classes in Mt. Kisco and at Parsons School of Design in NYC. That led to Rich meeting fine artist Geoff Barbey who instructed Rich in oil painting. Barbey introduced Rich to landscape painter John Osborne who taught traditional painting at the Ridgewood Art Institute where Rich has been painting ever since.

Sharon Cavagnolo received her BFA in Painting and Illustration from Parsons School of Design in NYC and studied with Larry Rivers, Elaine de Kooning and Jane Wilson. Sharon did postgraduate work at Pratt Institute, New York University and Isabel O’Neil Studio. She has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Connecticut, Westchester and New York City.

Hans Fischer was born in Holland, raised in Harrington, NY, and currently lives in Ridgefield, CT where he maintains his studio. By his own admission, his budding career as a “fine artist” was sidetracked by the U.S. Army and the decade of The Sixties. His artistic talents took him into careers in industrial design, interior architecture, graphic design, art direction and corporate communications and management. He established his own graphic design firm in the late ’80s. Over the past fifteen years, he has been able to concentrate on his love of art. His work is in galleries and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

Jennifer Moné Hill lives and works in Danbury, CT. Born and raised in White Plains, NY, she studied Visual Arts at SUNY Purchase, and then began working as a commercial photographer for over twenty years. Jennifer’s curiosity has led her simultaneously to pursue many creative outlets of which painting is now her greatest passion. Jennifer comes to painting with great enthusiasm, curiosity, love of color, nature, and positive energy. Her work has been in recent exhibitions at the Mattatuck Museum, Rene Soto Gallery, Carriage Barn Arts Center, and Ridgefield Guild of Artist.

Nancy Moore’s artwork has garnered many awards, along with the interest of a broad collector base from Vermont to California. In 2018, Moore was lucky enough to exhibit her work in four museums: the Katonah Museum (Katonah), the New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain), the Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury), and the Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton MA). This year, the artist marked her debut in New York City, at the Susan Eley Fine Art gallery. In 2014, Moore was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists. She is an artist guild member of the Silvermine Arts Center (New Canaan), Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Katonah Museum Artists Association, Surface Design Association, and Artists Collective of Westport.

Erin Nazzaro was born and raised in Connecticut and started her artistic pursuit with pencil. Working in this medium, she learned to develop and refine her images. Drawing is the foundation of her work today. She moved from pencil to paint in the 1980s and color changed everything for her. Her next big influence was traveling to the American Southwest where she embraced “the people, their beautiful families and the land they lived and worked on.” The artist noted that she appreciates all the swirling bright colors so integrated into the landscape, fabrics, dress and folk art. Her work is driven by this energy.

Kris Davenport Toohey is a landscape painter who works primarily in oils. She discovered her love of painting and art history as a student, graduating with a BA in Art from Williams College and an MBA from Columbia University. She now lives and works in Westport, CT where she is a part of The Art Studio – a shared artists’ workspace. Kris is an Exhibiting Member of The Rowayton Arts Center, winning 1st Place in Oils at the 2018 Marine & Coastal Show, as well as an active member of the Artists Collective of Westport and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

The opening reception is free and the public is invited with the exhibition running through Friday, May 31. The majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Wilton Library. Wilton Library hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. The library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. The media sponsor for the exhibition is The Wilton Bulletin. For information and directions, visit or call 203-762-6334.

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St. Vincent's Receives Generous Donation from Forte Family

St. Vincent’s Medical Center recently received a generous donation from the Forte family. Their 19-year-old daughter, Gianna, recently spent several weeks in the ICU at St. Vincent's. Her mother, Jodi, noted the need for some new items in the ICU Family Visiting Room that would make families more comfortable. The family donated funds that were used to purchase a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, recliners and a large screen TV.

The Center will perform a Blessing of the refreshed ICU Family Visiting Room on the 8th Floor, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, on Thursday, April 18th @ 1:30 p.m.


Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1903, St. Vincent's Medical Center is a mission-driven organization committed to exceptional health care for all with special attention to persons living in poverty and those who are most vulnerable.  St. Vincent’s, with more than 3,200 associates, includes a licensed 473-bed community teaching hospital, a 76-bed inpatient psychiatric facility in Westport, a large multispecialty provider group, and St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services. In 2012, and again in 2018, St. Vincent's achieved Magnet® Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the highest national honor for nursing excellence. In 2013, St. Vincent's Medical Center was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, and has been recognized by both The Joint Commission and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) as a model of a highly reliable organization dedicated to patient safety. St. Vincent’s has been accredited by The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer since 1947, and has also earned its designation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer.  St. Vincent's Medical Center is part of Ascension, one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S. For more information on programs and services, visit

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Reddingites Will Hop to Community Center on April 27 for the 24th Annual Frog Frolic

Spring Begins with the Frog Frolic in Redding!

Reddingites are preparing to “hop” over to the Community Center Saturday, April 27, from 10AM – 4PM for the 24th Annual Frog Frolic, which has become the biggest and most exciting Springtime event for the town. The Frolic is a benefit fundraiser for the Mark Twain Library, Redding's cultural hub, founded by none other than Samuel Clemens himself.

With over 200 volunteers, the Frog Frolic offers something for everyone including a Bubble Garden for toddlers, Touch-a-Truck, bouncy houses, home-grown entertainment, games, crafts, food and a silent auction. The organizer, Stephanie Oulton says “The Frolic is a chance for people to come together and welcome Spring. It's one of those days that everyone counts on. You see friends and neighbors. Maybe you volunteer. You support an institution!”

Stephanie says the Frolic is only made possible by the hard work of many volunteers, both behind the scenes and the day of. Volunteer coordinator Ronna Brier has been busy assigning jobs to willing helpers who will set-up, work at and clean up on Saturday.

As in past years, the crafts will be endless fun for children and families. Meredith Schuchard and Becky Rappoccio head up the Arts and Crafts area. “This year there will be 10 different stations of arts and crafts!” says Ms. Schuchard. The Frog Frolic will debut a make your own bouncy ball craft, plus children will be able to enjoy old favorites like Sand Art and Bead crafts. Ms. Rappoccio notes, “Kids can also decorate a flower pot for Mom.”

All ages will enjoy Game Alley with over a dozen different games including Frolic Freeway, Treasure Hunt, Wheel of Fortune, Lily Pop Frog and The Rabbits Hole. “Hickory Dickory Dock will challenge players to race the mouse up the clock,” says Jeanine Herman and Carolyn Baker, Games coordinators. Tracy Kulikowski will oversee this year’s Kiss-A-Frog booth, where she promises “everyone is a winner.”

“Aunt Polly’s Bubble Garden is a great respite when a little one needs a break,” notes Amy Taylor, Bubble Garden coordinator. Not only can your young child experience being encased in a giant bubble or surrounded by tiny bubbles, but they can color and play with toys meant especially for toddlers. Bigger Frolic-ers will bounce the day away on giant inflatables. Nearby, a large selection of gently used children’s books will be on sale at below-bargain prices at the Book Sale Tent, hosted by Kathryn Zimmerman and Kristy Veith.

This year marks the 11th Annual Cake Walk, where bakers of all stripes compete to have their decorated cakes awarded first prize. This year’s theme is “Going Green” and cakes are accepted for both an adult and a junior division. So craft your perfect (or less than perfect) cake and join the fun! Kat Kaplan will coordinate cake drop-off beginning at 9:30 am Saturday morning at the Redding Community Center. All cakes are awarded as prizes during the infamous Cake Walk game!

The entertainment schedule is packed with amazing community performers! The day kicks off with the Redding-Easton Falcons Cheer Squad followed by the music of Scott Smith. The RES 3rd and 4th grade chorus will delight us with a specially selected group of songs and then RES Orff Out will take the stage. Afternoon entertainment begins with a martial arts demonstration led by Sensei June Fagan and her students of Kempo Karate and Self Defense. Enjoy the talent of Joel Barlow High School students a capella groups X Minute Break and Nothing But Treble. The day will end with a set by Leif Smith, the Frolic emcee and Mad Hatter.

The silent auction offers items for bidding beginning at 10:00 am and closing at 4:00 pm. “We have an extremely wide and extraordinary variety of offerings,” says Dick Hawks, Silent Auction Coordinator. This year, donations range from a kayak and a Yeti cooler to a bicycle and a band! You’ll find theater and museum tickets, fitness classes, home decor, backyard enhancements, high fashion accessories, and even a trip to Napa! Hawks suggests, “Bid often and bid high!”

Food is available all day at the Grille Tent. This year’s menu features Black Cat Grille hot dogs, bagels from Uncle Leo's and chili from the Redding Roadhouse. “We also have the popular “Hoppy Meal” for kids that includes a burger or hotdog, a snack, a drink and a prize,” reports food coordinators Angela Caes and Jen Lyons. Plus, Redding Neighbors and Newcomers will return to treat children young and old with beautifully decorated and yummy tasting cupcakes.

Along with the annual Book Fair, Art Show, and Pudd’nhead Prize Festival, the Frog Frolic is a critical revenue source for the library’s operating budget. Library Treasurer Betsy Higgins has spent several months reaching out to area businesses and families on behalf of the event. “Sponsorship is a meaningful way to show your neighbors you care about the cultural, intellectual, educational and social heart of Redding,” notes Higgins.  

“This is an exceptional community event spurred on by Mark Twain’s celebrated frog,” says Beth Dominianni, Library Director (Note: The inspiration for the Frog Frolic came from Twain’s short story, “The Celebrated Frog of Calaveras County”).

For more information on the 24th annual Frog Frolic, visit, visit the Mark Twain Library Facebook page, or call 203-938-2545. 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.  

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Ridgefield Academy Continues Commitment to Environmental Stewardship, Goes Solar

With large, flat rooftops free of shade, Ridgefield Academy (RA) saw an untapped opportunity to install solar panels on its buildings as part of a conscious effort to make environmentally appropriate choices in the best interest of its community. The solar installation is the third of many measures being taken by the school in support of its mission to act as a good steward of the environment, lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce its carbon footprint, improve student and teacher health, and reduce energy costs.

The Academy, which serves children in preschool through grade 8, began its effort to convert to clean energy three years ago when the majority of the fuel oil used for heating purposes was replaced with propane. A propane furnace operates at a 90 percent efficiency rating (versus a 60 percent efficiency rating for an older oil furnace) and has far less impact on the environment as it produces significantly fewer emissions than oil and has low carbon content.

Ridgefield Academy continued its fuel-efficiency efforts a year later by upgrading from fluorescent lighting to LED lighting made possible by using energy credits and other incentives. LED lighting is mercury-free and one hundred percent recyclable making it the most environmentally safe lighting option. LEDs also use less energy than any lighting technology available and incur much lower maintenance costs – all without impacting a student’s learning environment.

As the third step in becoming more energy efficient, Ridgefield Academy recently installed 443 solar panels on the major buildings of its Ridgefield campus, which, in time, will generate approximately 80 percent of the electricity used. Solar energy is a cost effective way for schools to shine, and schools across the nation, like RA, are taking advantage of this environmentally friendly, cost savings opportunity. RA is also seeking to leverage the solar program as a learning opportunity for students. Larry Curry, RA’s Director of Facilities mentioned, “We want to combine this with education. Monitors will be permanently set up in both the Summit and Annex lobbies displaying statistics of the benefits of using this source of energy so that our students can see.” As one example, RA’s solar panels will generate enough electricity to power 20 homes for a year! More interesting statistics can be found here.

Commenting on Ridgefield Academy’s recent efforts to increase its environmental awareness and decrease its carbon footprint, CFO Briggs Tobin said, “We have a responsibility to maintain and preserve what makes Ridgefield Academy special. Ridgefield Academy has a magnificent history and sits on land that has been well cared for and loved for generations. We are stewards of an important legacy, and our efforts today both honor that legacy and build strongly upon it.”

Looking ahead, Ridgefield Academy is committed to identifying other ways to become as environmentally efficient as possible, including eliminating single-use plastics, improving current recycling procedures and possibly creating a composting program. In doing so, RA will set an example for its students and surrounding communities to show that, apart from the important work of educating and shaping the citizens and leaders of tomorrow, schools can make significant contributions to our entire community by becoming better stewards of our earth.

Established in 1975, Ridgefield Academy is a Preschool – Grade 8 private day school located in Ridgefield, Conn. serving students from Fairfield and Westchester counties. Ridgefield Academy is located at 223 West Mountain Road in Ridgefield, Conn. 203.894.1800.

Photo shows Director of Facilities, Larry Curry and our CFO, Briggs Tobin who are shown signing the deal for the recently installed solar panels at RA

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New Network Chair of Cancer Service Line Joins Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) announced the appointment of Margo Shoup, MD, FACS as the new network chair of the cancer service line. Dr. Shoup will provide strategic and clinical leadership for all aspects of WCHN’s cancer services, including medical oncology and subspecialty practices.

In her role as network chair, Dr. Shoup will oversee the integration of cancer services, especially as WCHN forms a new, unified innovative health system with Health Quest, to be called Nuvance Health. Cancer services include diagnostic imaging, genetic counseling, medical oncology, radiation therapy, surgical oncology, research and clinical trials, and support services.

Dr. Shoup will also develop multidisciplinary disease management teams. Specialists and services dedicated to specific types of cancer will wrap around patients. Patients will have the most advanced and expert diagnoses, treatments, and care plans delivered expeditiously and conveniently in the same health network.

“In my former role, I fell in love with the community setting. So now I am looking forward to helping the communities in Connecticut and New York that WCHN serves,” said Dr. Shoup. “Together, with the excellent teams already in place at WCHN, we will continue to build on the existing cancer programs so that people have access to top-notch community-based care without traveling far. It’s up to us to make this happen, and we can.”

Dr. Shoup will also manage the first-of-its-kind cancer care collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) that successfully launched at Norwalk Hospital in 2017. The aim of the unique collaboration is to accelerate access to the newest cancer treatments for residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut. To learn more about MSK physicians at Norwalk Hospital visit

“I was eager to join WCHN because of the quality physicians and care teams here, who all have great ideas and are so vested in caring for their patients. Through my role, I intend to facilitate implementing these ideas for the better health of our patients,” said Dr. Shoup.

About Dr. Margo Shoup
Dr. Shoup is a nationally recognized surgical oncologist with expertise in gastrointestinal cancers. She joins WCHN from Chicago, IL where she was the medical leader of cancer services for Northwestern Medicine Cancer Centers, West Region, and the director of surgical oncology for Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. Under Dr. Shoup’s leadership, quality measures moved from the second or third quartile to the top decile, and patient satisfaction scores improved from the 35th percentile to the 99th across the cancer program. Dr. Shoup was also a professor of surgery at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Shoup currently serves as president of the Central Surgical Association, and treasurer of the Western Surgical Association. She is also a member of the Society for Surgical Oncology, the Society of University Surgeons, and the Southern Surgical Association. From 2012 to 2018, she was a director of the American Board of Surgery, as the representative for the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Shoup received her medical degree from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency and research fellowship at Loyola University in Maywood, IL where she was also the chief administrative resident for the department of surgery. She then completed her surgical oncology fellowship at MSK in New York, NY.

Catch up on the latest news at WCHN. Visit today!


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Congratulations to the National Corporate Merit Scholarship Winners Near Redding

Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) released the names of the first group of winners in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 160 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Congratulations to these students close to Redding! Included is the name of the winner, their school, scholarship name, probable career field, home town, and a description of the scholarship.

Ashley J. Xu
Industrial Engineering
Aon Corporation is an international, strategically-diverse company headquartered in Chicago, meeting the insurance and financial services needs of individuals and corporate clients with a broad range of innovative and specialized insurance products marketed through a wide variety of distribution channels. Its brokerage and consulting services are directed toward helping companies, institutions and associations manage risk in a complex and challenging commercial world.
Angela Xulei Ji
S&P Global provides these scholarships for children of its employees.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited

U.S. college or university of their choice.

Funding for these National Merit Scholarships is provided by corporate organizations that represent nearly all sectors of American industry. Sponsors from the business community have underwritten awards offered in all 64 competitions, expending or committing more than $804 million to support the intellectual development of the nation’s scholastically talented youth.

2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition

Over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. In September 2018, some 16,000 Semifinalists were designated on a state-

representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist was asked to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT® scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements.

By the conclusion of the 2019 competition, about 7,600 Finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling over $31 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of National Merit Scholarships offered each year are underwritten by some 400 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to honor the nation’s scholastically talented youth and encourage academic excellence at all levels of education.

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Mutt Strut Challenge Along The Norwalk River Valley Trail on May 18

2nd Annual Mutt Strut Challenge is planned for Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9 AM - 12 Noon

Come out with your canine companions for some fresh air and fun, while raising money to extend and improve the Norwalk River Valley Trail!

  • Complete the Challenge-a 1-mile hike-and be entered to win a grand prize 
  • Or, pass on the challenge and enjoy a leisurely walk along the trail with your best friend 
  • Form a personal or company team and compete to raise funds for the NRVT. The team raising the most money wins a prize! 
  • Preserve your memories at the dog selfie station 
  • Enjoy food truck refreshments
  • Make new friends-both hound and human 
  • Have fun!

Norwalk River Valley Trail Mutt Strut at 2 Locations:

Wilton: Wilton Loop (Rte. 7 & Wolfpit Rd) 

Norwalk: Lockwood Mathews-Maritime Aquarium

Learn more and register HERE.

See snapshots and maps of our trails by clicking on the town name below:

Norwalk             Wilwalk               Wilton              Ridgefield               Redding                 Danbury

Norwalk River Valley Trail Mutt Strut 2018

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Connecticut State Police Accepting Applications at Locations Near Redding for State Police Troopers until May 31

Today is the DAY! The Connecticut State Police is accepting applications for the position of State Police Trooper Trainee. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2019.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police is currently accepting applications to establish a pool of qualified applicants to fill future vacant State Police Trooper Trainee positions across the State.    

The Connecticut State Police offers numerous Career Opportunities across our beautiful State, with opportunities for promotional advancement and geographic transfers.   Adding to the attractive locations and upward mobility are excellent Compensation and Benefits including a full Health Benefitspackage, along with additional Supplemental Benefits and a 25 year Hazardous Duty retirement.  

The CT Troop  locations nearest to Redding are:

Troop Street City Phone
TROOP A – Southbury 90 Lakeside Road Southbury (800) 375-9918
TROOP G – Bridgeport 149 Prospect Street Bridgeport (800) 575-6330

There is a six stage process for hiring:

  1. Application Period:How to Apply for the SPTT Job Opening
  2. Physical Fitness Assessment: Candidates must take and pass a Physical Fitness Assessment that measures muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility.  Valid CHIP cards will be accepted prior to the CT State Police Physical Ability Test, tentatively scheduled for August.  To register, please follow the instructions on the CHIP Test Schedule.     

   Instructional Video Links:

  1. Polygraph Examination: Inquiries concerning employment history; driving history; medical history; financial history; gambling history; illegal possession, use and sale of drugs/narcotics; criminal activity; military history; illegal sexual activity; use of alcohol; general personal data; prior conduct in police/security/corrections fields; subversive, revolutionary or gang activity; basic honesty and integrity.
  2. Background Investigation:  Comprehensive review of employment, education, training, criminal, motor vehicle and credit history.
  3. Psychological Evaluation: Combination of written tests and interviews to assess suitability for employment in law enforcement.
  4. Medical Evaluation: Comprehensive physical examination, including drug screening.

Operational needs of the agency will weigh heavily on the initial assignment of hired Troopers.  However, we work with our staff to identify locations that are geographically compatible to their desired location.  The agency seeks trustworthy, motivated, driven individuals who are able to work well on their own as well as in a team environment.   We strive to provide superior Public Safety Services for Connecticut and achieve them through our Mission.

DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology.

In striving to accomplish this mission, State Police embody core values with great PRIDE:

  • Professionalism through an elite and diverse team of trained men and women.
  • Respect for ourselves and others through our words and actions.
  • Integrity through adherence to standards and values that merit public trust.
  • Dedication to our colleagues, our values, and to the service of others.
  • Equality through fair and unprejudiced application of the law.

To learn more about what it takes to become a Connecticut State Police Troopers, please view the video below and visit    

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Town Wide Road Sweeping Begins TODAY in Redding

The Redding highway department will begin its town-wide road sweeping today, Monday, April 15, 2019. This will take approximately 2 weeks to complete and is weather dependent.

Visit the Town of Redding online here for additional information.

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Town of Redding April 15-18

Redding Meetings and News

Monday, April 15, 2019
7:30 p.m., Town Hall Hearing Room – Board  of Selectmen

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
7:30 p.m., Old Town House – Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m., Town Hall Hearing Room – Zoning Board of Appeals-CANCELLED

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
7:30 p.m., Town Hall Hearing Room – Water Pollution Control Commission

Thursday, April 18, 2019
7:00 p.m., Old Town House – Historic Review Commission
7:30 p.m., Town Hall Hearing Room – Democratic Town Committee

Friday, April 19, 2019
Good Friday – All Town Offices Closed including Highway and Transfer/Recycling Center

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Jensen Baseball Field On Route 7 Soon To Be Unveiled

Ridgefield Little League Announces Jensen Field

Ridgefield Little League is proud to announce the naming rights sponsor for the new lighted baseball field soon to be unveiled on Route 7: The Greg and Valerie Jensen family.

The Jensen's, who opened the non-profit Prospector Theater in 2014 with a mission of providing meaningful employment to adults with disabilities, recognized the unique opportunity the new field presented.

As Ridgefield’s first fully ADA compliant baseball field, the game the Jensen’s have always loved will now be more accessible for players and spectators of all mobility levels. They immediately became one of the first families to throw their support behind the project in 2017.

“Our family loves Little League and we love including people with disabilities in meaningful activities in the community to improve the quality of the community as a whole”  Valerie Jensen, Founder & Executive Director of the Prospector Theater told RLL.

“When teams of mixed ability play as they will be able to on Jensen Field we gain understanding, sportsmanship and empathy for one another,” she continued.

Jensen Field will feature state-of-the-art LED lights and will be the pride of the Ridgefield Little League, at no expense to the town.   

“Thanks to the Jensen’s and the support of hundreds of other Ridgefield families, 100% of the costs to build the field and all future operating and maintenance expenses will be covered through our fundraising campaign and annual operating budget,” said Steve Scalzo, Ridgefield Little League President.

“We couldn't have done this without the support of the Jensens and the generosity of so many other Ridgefield families and we can’t thank them enough” he continued.   

Construction of Jensen Field is in the final stages, with the lights and scoreboard already in place. The field will soon be sodded to be ready for Spring baseball.

For the Jensen’s the opportunity to combine the family's love of baseball and mission to support people with disabilities was just too perfect to pass up.

“(Imagine when) the game is over and teams line up and say “good game”, “good game” and players high five a teammate in a wheelchair…in a wheelchair…in baseball? “ exclaimed Jensen. “Yes 'Yogi’ we found the fork in the road and we took it!”

The new field’s impact is something the family hopes will be felt well beyond the baseball diamond itself.

“Our town will be stronger, our Little League age children and parents will learn important life lessons on and off the new field,” she said. “Now we can ALL play ball! “

Ridgefield Little League is still offering a number of ways for families to get involved in supporting the new field, including purchasing an engraved brick to be displayed at the field and other sponsorship opportunities. For more information please contact Michael Bucciero, VP of Baseball Operations, at

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Happy Hour with Griffin Anthony! Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Performs on Tuesday in Stamford

Griffin Anthony Live Performance at Northern Lights Lounge inside of The Stamford Marriott on Tuesday, April 16 from 4-7pm.

Join us for live music, complimentary tastings, happy hour specials and more on April 16.

- FREE Event
- Live Acoustic Music by Griffin Anthony
- Complimentary Tastings from Atlantic Street House
- New Happy Hour Menu & Specials Available

4pm - 7pm @ Northern Lights Bar & Lounge, Stamford Marriott.

The Stamford Marriott is located at 243 Tresser Blvd, Stamford.


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