Redding's HamletHub Mon, 25 Oct 2021 22:23:19 -0400 Mark Twain Library Hosts A Community Pop-Up Market-The Collective

A Community Pop-Up Market-The Collective @MTL on Thursday, October 28 from 10am to 4pm.

Begin your holiday shopping early or pamper yourself at the Mark Twain Library! The Collective @ MTL: A Community Pop-up Market is an opportunity to meet and shop small independent vendors from our community in the friendly outdoor setting of the library lawn. Items for sale will include handcrafted jewelry, premium skincare products, one-of-a-kind home decor items, personalized gifts, gourmet treats, unique clothing, accessories and more.

The sale will be held under the tent on the Library’s lawn, social distancing will be observed.

A peek at a few of our community vendors. More to come…

Heidi Armster: Modern wool felt bags and accessories
Jason Curtis: Hand blown glass items
Erin Deluca: Handcrafted silver and gold jewelry.
Pamela Friedman: Stella & Dot Family of Brands
Jennifer Lei-Cohn: Air plants wired wrapped crystals & macrame plant hangers
Stephanie Logan: Dog Collars
Becky O’Dowd: Little Birdie decorated sugar cookies
Emmy Starr: handcrafted sterling silver and gemstone jewelry
Marion Unangst: Handmade beaded jewelry
Susan Winters: Vintage and repurposed jewelry

Visit Mark Twain Library online here.

]]> (MTL Redding) Events Mon, 25 Oct 2021 10:25:28 -0400
Ancona's Flash Sale Monday: 2018 Hirsch Vineyards The Space Within Pinot Noir

Ancona's Flash Sale Monday: 2018 HIRSH VINEYARDS The Space Within Pinot Noir

This is a unique single barrel collaboration bottled just for Ancona's by California's royal family of Pinot Noir.

The cuvée represents a comprehensive and complex expression of the Hirsch Vineyard—blended across an orchestrated sampling of blocks of the greater vineyard. 

We named it “The Space Within”--just as much space on inside as there is on the outside—alludes to the human experience—how each of us has a unique perspective in the way we experience the world. Artwork by Mitch Ancona

Just 25 cases were produced--that's 300 bottles—a single barrel. 

AND THIS MY FRIENDS, IS TODAY'S FLASH SALE.  One-of-a-kind, super special, a bottle of wine.  The regular price is $69.99 and it's worth every penny in gold, but today you can take it home for the steep discount price of $54.99- which is simply crazy given the pedigree of this wine.  As always, you have 24 hours to shop it.  Once the 24 hours pass, the offer is GONE! 

Regular Price: $69.99

Flash Sale Price: $54.99 regardless of quantity

Buy it NOW.

My tasting notes: What can I say.. this is a juicy, delicious, totally crushable Pinot Noir.  From the moment I opened the bottle and smelled the cork, I knew there was an exciting prospect there. And I wasn't wrong.  Black cherries and creamy raspberries jumped out of the glass to engulf me in a special experience from the start.  Some dark minerality.  Light bodied- I served it slightly chilled.  Pleasant, pretty, soulful. Uncork on its own and pair with a fire and a great conversation.  Or pair with grilled meats, roasted beans and halloumi cheese. A dream.  


]]> (Paula Alonso) Life Mon, 25 Oct 2021 09:54:12 -0400
Hat Tricks Opening Weekend Promos, Costume Contest, Pre-game Ceremony

When the Hat Tricks open their season this weekend (October 29th and 30th) against the Port Huron Prowlers, Hat Tricks fans will have a lot to be excited about.

The Danbury Hat Tricks Opening Weekend will be highlighted by a 2019-20 East Division banner and Halloween costume contest.
On Friday, October 29th, the 2019-20 East Division Champion Hat Tricks will be honored with a pregame ceremony and banner unveiling.
The Hat Tricks inaugural season was one to remember. Danbury won the Federal Prospects Hockey League East Division title, going on a run that included an 11-game win streak and countless memories in Danbury Arena.
On Saturday, October 30th, the Danbury Hat Tricks will be hosting a Halloween costume contest for fans of all ages.
There will be two competitions, one for kids and one for adults. All kids 15 and under can pre-register for the kids' contest and receive a complimentary ticket here.
After the first period, fans will be invited out onto the ice. The contestant with the best costume as voted on by the fans will win a new Xbox.
All fans 21 and over are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the game as well. At the end of the second period, the contestant with the best costume as voted on by the fans will receive a $100 gift card to our brand-new Axe Tricks lounge, which will be opening on October 29th.
Register for the adult Halloween costume contest here
For more information about Hat Tricks tickets or the Opening Weekend promotions contact Josh Starr at
Purchase your Hat Tricks tickets HERE.
]]> (Hat Tricks) Events Mon, 25 Oct 2021 07:51:00 -0400
Letter: Elect Karen Giffords for Redding Board of Finance

We are writing in support of Karen Gifford for the Redding Board of Finance. Karen is the complete package—a lifelong Democrat who has the breadth of financial experience from which the entire town can benefit. Among her many accomplishments, during her more than 40-year career in municipal and corporate finance, Karen provided her clients with strategies for obtaining and improving credit ratings to produce lower borrowing costs and securing credit without which clients would not have been able to borrow funds.

With this experience, Karen can provide valuable insights into all the tasks of the BOF, such as long-range planning, debt financing, investment policy, requirements of and negotiation with credit rating agencies, and audit review. Her contributions will go far beyond just the more public-facing budget development.

Karen is committed to this community. Since moving to Redding full-time (having been a part time resident beginning in 1983), she was elected to the Board of Assessment Appeals and has served on the boards for the Mark Twain Library and the League of Women Voters. She has served on a number of other charitable and educational boards—including one high school and one collegiate board.

Karen will serve Redding and all of its residents. She will listen to everyone and fight for what is right for the town and its schools.

Pamela Elkow and Daniel Barrett

Redding, CT

]]> (Pam Elkow, Dan Barrett) Politics Sat, 23 Oct 2021 14:41:46 -0400
Important Election Day Information for Redding Voters

A Municipal Election will be held in the Town of Redding on November 2, 2021.

Voting will be held in person at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road, Redding from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.  A valid ID must be presented at the polls. Absentee ballots are available.

 Click here to view the ballot.

Absentee balloting is available for those individuals who cannot vote in person for one of the following reasons:  active service in the armed forces; absence from town during all voting hours; physical disability; illness; religious tenets, or COVID-19.*

*Pursuant to House Bill 1202 of the June Special Session 2021, COVID-19 may be used as a valid reason for requesting a ballot for any Primary, Election or Referendum held before November 3, 2021.

An application must first be completed, and then the ballot will be issued to the applicant in person or mailed to the address indicated on the application.  A ballot cannot be issued in-person to anyone other than the applicant.

 A voter can apply in person for an absentee ballot at the Town Clerk’s Office and vote at that time.  An Application for Absentee Ballot may also be mailed to an applicant upon request, or can be downloaded – click here for application in English; click here for application in Spanish. Completed applications can be deposited in the ballot box located on the porch of Town Hall or can be mailed to the Town Clerk at P.O. Box 1028, Redding Center, CT 06875-1028.

Upon receipt of the completed application, your absentee ballot will be mailed to you.

If you are not already registered to vote, you can complete a registration form at the Town Clerk’s Office, click here to download the form, or register online at

Ballots must be received by the Town Clerk no later than 8:00 p.m. on November 2.

Completed absentee ballots may be mailed to the Town Clerk’s Office, or deposited in the ballot drop box located on the porch of Town Hall, or hand-delivered to the Town Clerk during business hours.  The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and from 8:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday; all town offices are closed on Friday.

For questions or to make an appointment to pick up an absentee ballot:

Call the Town Clerk at 203-938-2377 or email

]]> (Town of Redding) Politics Sat, 23 Oct 2021 14:40:16 -0400
Special Hometown Show with Emmy, Grammy Oscar and Tony Award Winner Alan Menken at The Ridgefield Playhouse Nov. 6

With his unique ability to capture the imagination of audiences, legendary composer, Alan Menken, has won more Oscar Awards than any other living person. He has created some of the most beloved songs and musical scores for more than 35 years and now, fans have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winner when he performs at The Ridgefield Playhouse with a special “hometown” show on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 8pm.


Purchase tickets online at

The event is part of Teed & Brown Broadway & Cabaret Series and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Danbury and Freixenet Mionetto. Ticket holders are invited to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting in the lobby before the show.

Menken leads the audience through a journey of more than 35 years of hit songs, movies and musicals – Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast, Enchanted, Tangled and many more! This special performance features Menken singing some of his best-loved tunes while accompanying himself on the piano. Coupled with a rare multimedia experience, Menken shares the stories and secrets of his journey from “Sesame Street,” to premiering three simultaneous shows on Broadway. Enjoy a great night out with dinner and a show – visit Bailey’s Backyard (23 Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield) for dinner before the show and receive 10% off your bill when tickets are presented. Media sponsor for the event is

With eight Academy Awards, Alan Menken has received more Oscars than any living person, and is the recipient of numerous other awards including 7 Golden Globes, 11 Grammys, Drama Desk Awards, and a Tony Award. In 2020 he was the recipient of the Max Steiner Film Music Lifetime Achievement Award, and is the most recent artist to earn EGOT status (EGOT, an acronym for the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards, is the designation given to people who have won all four awards).

Menken’s ambition, from his earliest memories, was to become a composer. In his early years he worked as a ballet and modern dance accompanist, a musical director for club acts, a jingle writer, arranger, a songwriter for “Sesame Street” and a vocal coach. He performed his material at clubs like The Ballroom, Reno Sweeny and Tramps. He showcased material from early musicals like Midnight, Harry The Rat and Apartment House. He contributed material to revues like New York’s Back In Town, Big Apple Country and The Present Tense. Then he met Howard Ashman. Until working with Ashman, Alan Menken was almost exclusively a composer/lyricist. But in 1978 after meeting to discuss a musical version of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Menken and Ashman became a songwriting team and with only a few exceptions.

Then came Little Shop of Horrors, the musical that put Ashman and Menken on the map as in-demand, up-and-coming musical theater writers. Based on the Roger Corman B-movie classic, it opened at the WPA Theater in the spring of ’82 to great reviews, lines around the block and countless offers from producers. It moved to the Orpheum Theater on 2nd Ave and St. Marks Place, where it ran for over 5 years and set the box-office record for highest grossing Off-Broadway show of all time. Productions followed in Los Angeles and London, along with national tours and all the rest.

Most exciting was a movie deal, which opened doors to Hollywood. When Disney came calling with The Little Mermaid, the opportunity to create an animated musical that could sit on the shelf alongside Snow White and Cinderella, could not be ignored. With The Little Mermaid, Menken began his career as a composer of film underscore. Although he had never attempted a film score before, Menken learned on the job and was rewarded with an Oscar for Best Score, as well as one for Best Song (“Under the Sea”).

More importantly, the movie proved groundbreaking. Animated Musicals were back. People loved them and live-action films wouldn’t be far behind. Menken came full-circle when The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway in 2008 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Aladdin, Hunchback Of Notre Dame, and Newsies soon followed, as well as new film-to-stage adaptations of Sister Act and Leap Of Faith.

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($125, Meet & Greet upgrade $100 additional) go online at or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram: @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse

]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Fri, 22 Oct 2021 15:53:31 -0400
Redding News & Calendar of Events October 22-31

News and Announcements

New Employment Opportunities

Personal Property Tax Forms Due November 1, 2021

Recording of Redding League of Women Voters 2021 Municipal Candidates Debates Held 10/12/2021

OCTOBER 28, 2021 “Trick or Treat Event” at Town Hall
OCTOBER 29-31, 2021 – “Make Redding Glow on Halloween”
OCTOBER 30, 2021 – “Ghost Stories of Revolutionary War Soldiers”
OCTOBER 30, 2021 – “Trunk or Treat”

Health Department
Redding Mask Order Lifted
Update from the Health Department as of 10/22/2021

Heritage Center
Mid-October Blast

Highway Department
Upcoming Road Work

Registrar of Voters
Important Voter Registration Deadlines for November 2, 2021 Municipal Election

Town Clerk
Ballot for November 2, 2021 Election
Apply for an Absentee Ballot for November 2, 2021 Election

Calendar of Events

Friday, October 22, 2021
9:00 a.m. via Zoom – ER9 Joint Boards of Education Policy Committee
4:00-6:00 p.m. at Mark Twain Library – “Redding Round-Up – A Community Open House”

Sunday, October 24,2021
1:00-4:00 p.m. at Redding Community Center – Vaccination Van

Monday, October 25,2021
5:30 p.m. via Zoom – Region 9 BOE Pension Committee-CANCELLED
7:30 p.m. via Zoom – Board of Finance

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
7:30 p.m. via Zoom –  Planning Commission
7:30 p.m. via Zoom – ER9 Joint Boards of Education

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
7:00 p.m. via Zoom – ER9 DEI Task Force
7:30 p.m. via Zoom – Zoning Commission

Thursday, October 28, 2021
3:00-5:00 p.m. at Town Hall – Trick or Treat Event

Friday, October 29, 2021
9:00 a.m. via Zoom – ER9 Joint Boards of Education Policy Committee

Saturday, October 30, 2021
3:00-5:00 p.m. at Redding Community Center- “Trunk or Treat”
6:30 p.m. at Putnam Memorial State Park – “Ghost Stories of Revolutionary War Soldiers”

Sunday, October 31, 2021
1:00-4:00 p.m. at Redding Community Center – Vaccination Van

]]> (Town of Redding) Events Fri, 22 Oct 2021 09:47:47 -0400
Redding Health Department Update: COVID Booster Shots and Vaccines

COVID Booster Shots

The FDA and CDC have expanded the authorization and recommendations related to booster doses. For individuals who received a Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

• 65 years and older
• Age 18 who live in long-term care settings
• Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
• Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings

For individuals who received a J & J vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older who were vaccinated two or more months ago. This means that all individuals who received a J & J vaccine should receive a booster.

Mixing & Matching

Both the FDA and CDC support individuals to receive a booster dose that is a different vaccine type than they originally received for their primary series if they choose.

COVID Vaccinations

Redding has Vax Van clinics scheduled for every Sunday through November 21st at the Redding Community Center from 1-4pm. We will also be running a clinic Monday October 25 from 11-2 at the Community Center. All 3 brands of vaccine will be available for first and second doses, and boosters. No appointment is needed.

Other Vaccination Providers

Just about every pharmacy (see list below) in the area as well as Costco, Walmart, and Big Y carry the COVID-19 vaccines. Many have received their vaccination at these locations. If you qualify for the booster shot, you can schedule your appointment with them. To set up an appointment use this vaccine finder: When you go for a shot you will need to bring your vaccination card or documentation demonstrating your vaccination record.

COVID-19 Vaccination Providers
English Apothecary – 140 Greenwood Ave Bethel CT – Moderna – 203-792-3363
CVS Pharmacy – 7 Durant Ave. Bethel CT – Moderna
CVS Pharmacy – 720Branchville Road, Ridgefield CT – Pfizer
Rite Aid – 289 Greenwood Ave. Bethel CT – Johnson & Johnson
Walgreens Pharmacy – 46A Danbury Rd. Ridgefield CT – Moderna & Pfizer
Bissell Health Mark Pharmacy – 23 Governor St. Ridgefield CT – Moderna – 203-438-6600
CVS Pharmacy – 146 South St – Danbury CT – Pfizer
Walgreens Pharmacy – 75 Main St. Danbury CT – Moderna, Pfizer
CVS – 299-305 White St. Danbury – Moderna, Pfizer
Big Y Pharmacy 81 Stony Hill Rd Bethel CT – Moderna, J & J
CVS 7 Stony Hill Rd Bethel CT – Moderna
Walgreens Pharmacy 101 Federal Rd. Danbury CT – Pfizer
Costco 200 Federal Rd. Brookfield, CT – Moderna, J & J

Dr. Lawrence Leibowitz
Director of Health

Doug Hartline, RS
Health Officer

]]> (Redding Health Dept.) Life Fri, 22 Oct 2021 09:43:06 -0400
Lt. Governor Susan Byseweicz Joins Redding Democrats

Redding Democrats held their annual Century Club fundraiser via Zoom Sunday, October 17th, and although not held in-person this year, the event was energizing and informative for all who attended. 

Lt. Governor Susan Byseweicz joined at the outset, remarking on how happy she was that there were “lots of smart, confident women” leading Redding Democrats. Last year, Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton worked closely with our state leaders, and the Lt. Governor praised Julia for being an important contributor to the state’s successful response to the pandemic, saying that she stood out as one of our “excellent leaders.”

"Municipal leadership is important now more than ever,” said Susan Byseweicz. With Federal ARPA Funds coming to towns such as Redding, the Lt. Gov. characterized the funding as transformational for the state, and that following this election our local boards of selectmen and finance will play important roles in helping to decide how those funds are spent.  

She also acknowledged another important municipal race this year, and the importance of Democrats elected to school boards. 

“Boards of Education are lightening rods right now,” she said. They are essentially being tasked “with making life and death decisions.” 

Lt. Gov. Byseweicz underscored the school boards’ importance during the pandemic, saying these boards are tasked with making decisions concerning the safety or our children and all citizens; and that they and the rest of our town leadership are "finding the best ways to keep residents safe…I look forward to seeing the whole (Democratic) team get elected.”

State Senator Will Haskell and State Representative Anne Hughes also gave generously of their time, joining the gathering in support of the Redding Democratic slate of candidates for the November 2nd election.

]]> (The Redding Democrats) Politics Fri, 22 Oct 2021 09:40:56 -0400
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts headline at Playhouse fall gala, handful of tickets left!

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts headline at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, November 3! 

Tickets ON SALE! purchase HERE.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Gala in Yanity Gym: Dinner, open bar & silent auction
8:00pm Performance: Live Auction & Show
$195: Orchestra Tickets includes Gala
$175: Mezzanine & Balcony show only

After the year we’ve all had its time to raise some money for the arts and blow off a little steam with The Ridgefield Playhouse Fall Gala featuring the original female rock visionary-  Joan Jett. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover,” to name a few. 

Her independent record label, Blackheart, was founded in 1980 after she was rejected by no less than 23 labels. Blackheart is one of the longest-running indie labels and continues to give voice to new bands. As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus, as well as the Germs’ LA punk masterpiece, GI. Jett’s music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. Jett and the Blackhearts continue touring the globe with headline shows alongside fellow rock icons like The Who, Green Day and the Foo Fighters. Additionally, Jett has acted and appeared in movies, television and theater.

Jett was also able to see her story told in The Runaways, the feature film based on her first band, starring Kristen Stewart as Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. Jett was close to the project, serving as executive producer. Bad Reputation, a documentary about Jett’s life, premiered to critical acclaim at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film continues to receive praise and accolades and is available on all streaming platforms. Not bad for a woman whose first music teacher told her that girls couldn’t play rock and roll!

Upgrade to a Gala ticket and join us before the performance for an open bar, choice wine and spirit tastings and dinner by the bite from various area restaurants and caterers. The evening also includes one-of-a-kind auction items.

Purchase tickets here.


DIAMOND SPONSORS:  Glori & Adam Norwitt, John Pasquale, and Berisford, Cox, Rabinowitz, Ross & Stockel Families

GOLD SPONSORS:  Cally & Rommin Adl, Deb & Dan De Clercq, EventVIP, David & Julie Peck, Becky & Matt Sawtelle, and Rachel & Joe Sondheimer

SILVER SPONSORS:  Shari Goodstein and Ann & Steve Carlson

]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 21 Oct 2021 09:46:00 -0400
Now Is The Time To Get A Mammogram!

At the onset of COVID-19, screening mammography was put on hold to help decrease the spread of the virus. One unfortunate consequence of this has been a substantial decrease in the detection of early-stage cancers.

Well, there is no better time than the present for patients to resume their annual screening. At Connecticut Breast Imaging, breast imaging specialists are prepared to care for patients in the safest and most compassionate manner, using state-of-the-art technology and top diagnostics.

  • Patients will be prescreened over the phone for symptoms of COVID-19 and asked a few questions related to travel.
  • At the time of the appointment, patients will be escorted by a technologist to a private room and given a clean gown for the exam.
  • All offices use robust cleaning protocols and all equipment and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected after every patient examination. 
  • Waiting rooms are not crowded, and patients and staff are required to practice social distancing.
  • All staff, patients, and physicians are expected to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth.
  • Frequent handwashing is practiced and sanitizer is available in every room

Rest assured, top radiologists are available at the practice to welcome patients and care for them in a timely manner, with thorough testing and open dialogue as they go through a screening and diagnostic journey.

Connecticut Breast Imaging is a patient-centered and compassionate radiology practice exclusively dedicated to the prevention, screening, and diagnosis of breast cancer and other abnormalities.

Contact the office at 203-426-3002 or visit the website at here for more information and to get your exam scheduled.

]]> (Connecticut Breast Imaging ) Life Thu, 21 Oct 2021 08:56:10 -0400
Looking for a job? Danbury area employers at Job Fair on October 27

We are pleased to announce DanburyWORKS is hosting a “Job Fair” available to Danbury and surrounding town residents on Wednesday, October 27th from 4pm – 7pm at Danbury Police Department, Community Room, 475 Main Street, Danbury, CT.

Parking is available behind the station This is an opportunity for those who are unemployed or looking to make a career change, to learn about various local employment opportunities.

Jobs are available at local employers! Join us and meet representatives from the Community Action Agency of Western CT, Danbury Police Department, Danbury Public Schools, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, Nuvance Health, Salvation Army, Starbucks, United Way of Western CT, and WERACE.

This event is an open house format, the public is invited to attend anytime that fits their schedule during the event from 7pm – 3pm.

We encourage those who plan to attend to bring a resume with them, if available.

DanburyWORKS is a community collaborative focused on improving the economic health of low-income families in the greater Danbury area.

To learn more about the job fair, contact Judy Coco, Career Navigator, DanburyWORKS at or via phone (203) 744-4700 x114.

]]> (DanburyWORKS) Neighbors Tue, 19 Oct 2021 15:27:38 -0400
Redding Lifts Mask Mandate as COVID Cases Decline

Redding Mask Order Lifted

The daily rate of COVID-19 cases has declined regionally and in Redding they have dropped below 10 per 100,000 for three weeks in a row. As a result, the mask mandate in Redding will be lifted effective Friday October 15, 2021. Our current daily case rate is 7.8 per 100,000.

State mandates continue to require masks in schools and for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public spaces. Face coverings are optional for fully vaccinated individuals.

Even though the mask mandate has been lifted we strongly recommend all Redding residents, and especially for those at higher risk of severe COVID-19, to continue mask wearing when indoors in public areas, and when distancing cannot be maintained.

We ask for your cooperation when visiting Redding establishments and locations where some have chosen to maintain the full mask policy for the safety of their staff and customers.

Booster Shots (Moderna)

At this writing (10/15/21) vaccine experts have advised the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recommend authorization of an extra half dose of Moderna. This is one step in the approval process. Like Pfizer, the panel voted to give the booster shot at least six months after the second dose to those 65 years and older and to adults under 65 who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 or severe complications because of their jobs or living conditions or underlying medical conditions.

A federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel is expected to meet Oct. 20 to weigh endorsing the additional Moderna dose before it becomes available to the public. The CDC does not have to accept the panel’s recommendation, but it usually does.

Booster Shots (J & J)

The advisory panel is meeting again (10/15/21) to consider Johnson & Johnson’s application for a follow up dose and review data on mixing vaccines and boosters.

Booster Shots (Pfizer)

People aged 18 and up who are considered immunocompromised, those age 65 and older, residents aged 18 years and older living in long-term settings, and people aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot at least 6 months after completing the 2-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shot series.

People aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions along with people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure may receive the booster shot at least 6 months after receiving the 2-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shot series.

Underlying medical conditions includes cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, stroke, obesity, liver disease, and substance abuse disorder.

Those who are considered at high risk for COVID-19 exposure include:

• First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
• Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
• Food and agricultural workers
• Grocery store workers
• Public transit workers

Where to Get COVID-19 Booster Shots

Just about every pharmacy (see list below) in the area as well as Costco, Walmart, and Big Y carry the COVID-19 vaccines. Many have received their vaccination at these locations. If you qualify for the booster shot, you can schedule your appointment with them. To set up an appointment use this vaccine finder: When you go for a shot you will need to bring your vaccination card or documentation demonstrating your vaccination record. Vaccinators need to verify that individuals receiving their booster are doing so at least 6 months after receiving the Pfizer primary series.

Vax Van

Redding has Vax Van clinics scheduled for every Sunday through November 21st at the Redding Community Center from 1-4pm. All 3 brands of vaccine will be available for first and second doses. Booster shots are available for Pfizer recipients who qualify. No appointment is needed.

COVID-19 Vaccination Providers

English Apothecary – 140 Greenwood Ave Bethel CT – Moderna – 203-792-3363
CVS Pharmacy – 7 Durant Ave. Bethel CT – Moderna
CVS Pharmacy – 720Branchville Road, Ridgefield CT – Pfizer
Rite Aid – 289 Greenwood Ave. Bethel CT – Johnson & Johnson
Walgreens Pharmacy – 46A Danbury Rd. Ridgefield CT – Moderna & Pfizer
Bissell Health Mark Pharmacy – 23 Governor St. Ridgefield CT – Moderna – 203-438-6600
CVS Pharmacy – 146 South St – Danbury CT – Pfizer
Walgreens Pharmacy – 75 Main St. Danbury CT – Moderna, Pfizer
CVS – 299-305 White St. Danbury – Moderna, Pfizer
Big Y Pharmacy 81 Stony Hill Rd Bethel CT – Moderna, J & J
CVS 7 Stony Hill Rd Bethel CT – Moderna
Walgreens Pharmacy 101 Federal Rd. Danbury CT – Pfizer
Costco 200 Federal Rd. Brookfield, CT – Moderna, J & J

]]> (Doug Hartline, RS Health Officer and Dr. Lawrence Leibowitz Director of Health) Life Mon, 18 Oct 2021 10:21:41 -0400
Ancona's Flash Sale Monday: Chateau Beaubois Blanc, certified biodynamic and organic (and delicious) for $11.99

Happy Flash Sale Monday!

Presenting Chateau Beaubois Blanc, a lovely white to pair with warm fall days, citrus-herb goat cheese and seafood fanfare to perfection. Certified biodynamic and organic.

You have 24 hours to shop it, once the 24 hours pass, the offer is gone!

Regular Price: $14.99

Flash Sale Price: $11.99 regardless of quantity

Buy it NOW.

My tasting notes: 40% Roussanne, 40% Grenache, 10% Viognier, 10% Rolle.  Crisp, fresh white.  Aromas of meyer lemon and white flowers hit the nose and transfer to the palate.  Soft minerality is present.  A true pleasure in every sense!  Refreshing and acidulous mouthfeel.  Drink on its own on a warm fall evening, or pair with tomato-capers-basil brusquettas, grilled branzino, or a light no sauce pasta like spaghetti a la fruti di mare.  Simply lovely. 

Regular Price: $14.99

Flash Sale Price: $11.99 regardless of quantity

Buy it NOW.

]]> (Paula Alonso) Life Mon, 18 Oct 2021 09:01:52 -0400
Redding Police Host Halloween Decoration Contest on Instagram!

The Redding Police Department has noticed some spooky decorations around town!

We have decided to host a Halloween Decoration Contest on our new Instagram page. To Enter follow our Instagram page and send us a direct message via Instagram including a picture of your Halloween Decorations by 3 P.M. on 10/25/2021.

We will post all photos submitted on our Instagram page and allow voting for your favorite through the comment section from 10/25/21-10/30/21.

We will announce the winner at 3 PM on 10/31/21. The winner will receive a $25.00 gift card to Pignone's Redding Ridge Market!

We look forward to seeing your Decorations! 

*sorry this contest is open to Redding, CT residents only*

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