Redding's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/redding Thu, 22 Aug 2019 18:18:42 -0400 HamletHub.com Lyrics Coffeehouse 2019-2020 Schedule https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46286-lyrics-coffeehouse-2019-2020-schedule46286-lyrics-coffeehouse-2019-2020-schedule https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46286-lyrics-coffeehouse-2019-2020-schedule46286-lyrics-coffeehouse-2019-2020-schedule

The Lyrics Coffeehouse music series features artists performing original music in a warm coffeehouse environment. 

Performances are generally held on the first Friday night of each month from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Redding Community Center from November through April.

Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door for each showHalf price for seniors and children.

Come to the Community Center with a bottle of wine and enjoy some "lyrics" worth listening to. The coffee is always free and you will receive one coupon for a soft drink or dessert item. Additional snacks and soft drinks are available for purchase. Wi-Fi is available so bring your laptop.

2019-2020 Schedule

Friday, November 1                            The Whispering Tree

Saturday, December 7                        David Morgan

Friday, January 3                                  Pat Wictor

Friday, February 7                                Milton  

Friday, March 6                                    Loretta Hagen

Friday, April 3                                       TBA

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Lyrics Coffee House) Events Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:34:32 -0400
Redding's Last Concert on the Green of the summer https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46285-redding-s-last-concert-on-the-green-of-the-summer46285-redding-s-last-concert-on-the-green-of-the-summer https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46285-redding-s-last-concert-on-the-green-of-the-summer46285-redding-s-last-concert-on-the-green-of-the-summer

Don't miss summer's last Concert on the Green featuring the music of Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon, performed by Anne Carpenter and Peter Calo with John Lissauer on Sunday, August 25 from 6 to 8pm.

These community concerts are 100% funded by generous company and private donations.

In the event of weather, call 938-5036 x3 after 4:00pm for concert status.

Redding Town Green is located at 37 Lonetown Road in Redding.

Learn more here.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (HH) Events Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:32:06 -0400
Road Work on Sunset Hill Road in Redding on Friday, Expect Delays, Detours https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/46284-road-work-on-sunset-hill-road-in-redding-on-friday-expect-delays-detours46284-road-work-on-sunset-hill-road-in-redding-on-friday-expect-delays-detours https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/46284-road-work-on-sunset-hill-road-in-redding-on-friday-expect-delays-detours46284-road-work-on-sunset-hill-road-in-redding-on-friday-expect-delays-detours

Road Work on Sunset Hill Road August 23, 2019

The Highway Department will be doing road work on Sunset Hill Road on Friday, August 23rd. Residents should expect delays, temporary closures and detours.

Please seek alternate routes if possible. Thank you for your patience.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Town of Redding) Life Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:25:36 -0400
CT BBB: Scams College Students Should Avoid https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/publicsafety/46283-ct-bbb-scams-college-students-should-avoid46283-ct-bbb-scams-college-students-should-avoid https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/publicsafety/46283-ct-bbb-scams-college-students-should-avoid46283-ct-bbb-scams-college-students-should-avoid

 

CROMWELL, Conn —During the transition from high school to college many students and parents are faced with tuition payments, financial aid and scholarship applications, and often have to purchase a new laptop or tablet . These are all things that could lead to being scammed if not careful.
 
According to the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust, consumers ages 18 to 24 are three times more likely than seniors to fall victim to a scam. According to 2018’s BBB’s ScamTracker Risk Report, 41.6% of students reported a loss when exposed to a scam as compared to 28.3% of non-students.
 
With college students being the primary target for scams, Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut (BBB) has some useful tips and warnings for college students and their families.  
  • Fake Credit Card Offers - Students are often bombarded with credit card offers that promise gift cards and "free money" to qualifying applicants who are approved. On top of the fact that this could potentially stir up a credit problems, some of the deals could be a completely fake gimmick to gain access to student’s personal information. Do your research on those credit card flyers, emails, promotions and mailers before applying.
  • Roommate and Rental Scams - In an effort to save money many students opt for off-campus housing and begin searching online for the most convenient and cheapest option. Always be weary of online postings that boast extremely cheap rent and high quality amenities. Google image search the property photos to make sure the same apartment isn't posted on hundreds of other sites. Also, beware of "fake roommates" who are out of the country, but can provide rent up front with a money order.
  • Employment Scams - In 2018, employment scams were the #1 culprit for scams attacking 18-25 year old consumers. Job offerings can be sent directly to school emails, promising flexible hours and a beyond expected pay. There is no need to send a social security number via email without knowing exactly who you are sending it to or without even having a formal job interview. For more types of employment scams, visit BBB Tip: Employment Scams
  • Scholarship and Grant Scams - Phone calls from companies guaranteeing they can help reduce loan payments or set you up with a hefty grant are worth researching. Even searching the company online could bring up scam alerts from other victims. Contact the school’s financial aid office for advice on the company’s legitimacy or how they can help otherwise. Scholarship scams can affect college students even after graduation; read our tips on scholarship scams.  
Be proactive to prevent fraud in the future! 
  • Safe Credit Reports - After the age of 18, it’s a good idea to start becoming more aware of your credit score and start adapting some healthy money habits. It’s also a helpful signifier of any unusual activity and possible ID fraud. While there are multiple traps online trying to snag your social security number with a fake credit score, safely check your credit score at annualcreditreport.com.
  • Awareness of Current Scams - As tech savvy as current college students can be, a surprising number of scams reported to BBB’s ScamTracker are from students who learned their lesson too late. Use BBB’s ScamTracker to learn of the latest scam trends and read local reports of specific incidents.
You can read more about credit card scams here
 
It is important to be aware of scammers looking to take advantage of others. 
 
Contact your local BBB if you are unsure of something that could possibly be a scam.

 

 

 

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (CT BBB ) Public safety Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:48:01 -0400
Redding Three Year Road Plan Goes To Vote on August 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/politics/46282-redding-three-year-road-plan-goes-to-vote-on-august-2646282-redding-three-year-road-plan-goes-to-vote-on-august-26 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/politics/46282-redding-three-year-road-plan-goes-to-vote-on-august-2646282-redding-three-year-road-plan-goes-to-vote-on-august-26

At a Special Town Meeting held Tuesday, August 13, 2019 it was voted to set Monday, August 26, 2019 as the date for a referendum on a three-year road plan. The Board of Selectmen previously voted to remove the item from the call of the meeting and send to a machine vote.

The Legal Voters in the Town of Redding, CT, and those entitled to vote therein, are hereby warned and notified to vote on a referendum at Redding Elementary School, 33 Lonetown Road, Redding, CT on Monday, August 26, 2019 from 6:00am-8:00pm on the following question:

“Shall the Town of Redding approve the expenditure of not more than $2,950,000 for a three year road reconstruction plan to be funded by short term borrowing pending long term financing, as recommended by the Board of Finance?

BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Julia Pemberton, First Selectman
Margaret O’Donnell, Selectman
Michael Thompson, Selectman

Absentee ballots for this referendum are available at the Town Clerk’s Office. 

 Click here for more information on voting by absentee ballot at a referendum.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Town of Redding) Politics Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:15:00 -0400
Marc's Place Plans September Opening on Corner of Branchville and Ethan Allen Hwy https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46281-marc-s-place-plans-september-opening-in-ridgefield46281-marc-s-place-plans-september-opening-in-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46281-marc-s-place-plans-september-opening-in-ridgefield46281-marc-s-place-plans-september-opening-in-ridgefield

The owner of Luc’s Cafe, Herve Aussavis is set to open a second Ridgefield restaurant in the building that housed The Little Pub (59 Ethan Allen Highway) for a decade. This one, named after his 17-year-old son, Marc.

For several months, renovations have been underway to bring “Marc’s Place” to the corner of Branchville and Ethan Allen Hwy, a bistro and gastro style pub that Aussavis describes as “where English meets French”. 

Contractor Chris Curnan was responsible for interior renovations. The porch area has been enclosed yet retains an abundance of natural light due to the large windows. Upon walking in, the brand new bar, imported from France, is a focal point. 

The fireplace and rustic interior features Little Pub goers came to know and love, give Marc’s Place an inviting, casual vibe. 

Marc’s Place will open their doors sometime in September. 

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (HH) Places Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:44:22 -0400
Come to Newtown's Persnickety Bride to Meet The Man Who Dresses Brides Around the World https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46280-come-to-newtown-s-persnickety-bride-to-meet-the-man-who-dresses-brides-around-the-world46280-come-to-newtown-s-persnickety-bride-to-meet-the-man-who-dresses-brides-around-the-world https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46280-come-to-newtown-s-persnickety-bride-to-meet-the-man-who-dresses-brides-around-the-world46280-come-to-newtown-s-persnickety-bride-to-meet-the-man-who-dresses-brides-around-the-world

You could say Justin Alexander has married thousands of women. In fact, thousands of women around the world, have been married is his gowns and Justin will be at Persnickety Bride (224 South Main St. Newtown, Ct) on Saturday, September 28 to meet brides and show his latest collection. Brides can also take a photo in-store donning a Justin Alexander robe and post it to Instagram to enter to win a swagbag for herself and up to 5 bridesmaids!

Justin Alexander Warshaw runs the global bridal wear business, JUSTIN ALEXANDER, a Millennial-owned, Millennial-centric company run by a Millennial, This gives Warshaw, CEO and Creative Director, a unique, global view.

Warshaw believes the bridal wear needs to be more inclusive. Which is why JUSTIN ALEXANDER offers gowns from sizes 2 thru 32, with no up charges, a rarity in the industry. His brand campaigns have featured the model of body positivism, Iskra Lawrence.

“One of our core brand pillars is inclusivity,” states Warshaw, “to design dresses that look great on real women. We want our brides to feel confident and comfortable in a dress that makes them shine, on one of the biggest days of their lives.”

For more details and to make an appointment for the Justin Alexander trunk show September 27-29, 2019 contact The Persnickety Bride 203-426-2598.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Events Mon, 19 Aug 2019 08:10:05 -0400
Annual Artisan Fair at First Church of Christ, Congregational Redding https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46259-annual-artisan-fair-at-first-church-of-christ-congregational-redding46259-annual-artisan-fair-at-first-church-of-christ-congregational-redding https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46259-annual-artisan-fair-at-first-church-of-christ-congregational-redding46259-annual-artisan-fair-at-first-church-of-christ-congregational-redding

Annual Artisan Fair at First Church of Christ, Congregational on Saturday, September 28, 2019

Tag Sale Donation Dates: The FCCC Studio will be open two Sundays per month from 11:30 – 1:00 for donation drop-off. (Dates posted in church bulletin and weekly email.)

The final dropoff date for donations will be Saturday, September 21. Note: No furniture, lamps, or larger sized donations accepted until the week before the Fair, due to lack of storage space.

Tag Sale Golden Questions

  • Are my donations clean and in good condition?
  • Would I buy them? Have I priced them?

For questions, please contact Karen Mayhew (kmay563@optonline.net) or Courtney Cowles (cowlesfam@yahoo.com), or call the church office at 203-938-2004.

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED FOR THE TAG SALE

 Video or music cassettes, vinyl records, books

 Clothing (except Halloween costumes)

 Curtain rods, draperies

 Baby car seats, potty seats, full size baby cribs (note: portable “pack and play” beds are accepted)

 Downhill skis, home exercise equipment (stationary bikes, treadmill, etc.)

 Computers, printers, old phones, VCRs, typewriters

 Mugs or other items with corporate logos, or personally monogrammed glasses /dishware

 Silver-plated serving pieces (unfortunately they just don't sell)

 Kitchen knife sets  Inflatable or plastic “kiddie pools”

 Mattresses or sofa beds

 Gas-powered lawn mowers and equipment only accepted if in good shape and can be started

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (First Church of Christ, Congregational Redding) Events Sun, 18 Aug 2019 08:31:00 -0400
Fall Fun for Ones Program Begins September 18 at Landmark Preschool https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46251-fall-fun-for-ones-program-begins-september-18-at-landmark-preschool-156458364646251-fall-fun-for-ones-program-begins-september-18-at-landmark-preschool-1564583646 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/places/46251-fall-fun-for-ones-program-begins-september-18-at-landmark-preschool-156458364646251-fall-fun-for-ones-program-begins-september-18-at-landmark-preschool-1564583646

Fall Fun for Ones at Landmark Preschool

Registration is now open for Landmark Preschool’s dynamic and creative Fun for Ones program. 

In this first introduction to school, our youngest “students” learn together with a parent or caregiver about themselves and the world around them through exploration, play, music, and the arts. Held in one of our open, light-filled Ridgefield Academy preschool classrooms, this program offers parents and children a time for creative and stimulating play. Our friendly group setting encourages socialization. Each class centers on a different theme including colors, numbers, letters, animals and holidays to delight and engage children’s natural sense of wonder and innate curiosity. 

Come play with us! The fall session begins on September 18. Contact Julie Alzapeidi at 203.894.1800 x102 to receive a registration form.

For more information on the program and schedules at other Landmark Preschool campuses in Westchester and Fairfield Counties, please visit https://www.landmarkpreschool.org/fun-for-ones

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kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Grady) Places Sun, 18 Aug 2019 04:23:00 -0400
CT Towns Hop On the Chowdafest Bandwagon https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46255-ct-towns-hop-on-the-chowdafest-bandwagon46255-ct-towns-hop-on-the-chowdafest-bandwagon https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46255-ct-towns-hop-on-the-chowdafest-bandwagon46255-ct-towns-hop-on-the-chowdafest-bandwagon

Westport, Conn – Not just any restaurant can enter the New England Chowdafest, only those who are invited.   “About six years ago, chowder lovers started telling us that Chowdafest was the best such competition in New England” said executive director, Jim Keenan. “We knew what they meant but it made us wonder how we could be the best if the rest of New England wasn’t in the competition.  Soon after that we started searching for great chowder, soup and bisque from restaurants from all over New England.” 

Restaurants frequently ask to compete in Chowdafest and Keenan is happy to consider them after he’s samples what they want to enter.  “Just having a good chowder doesn’t mean it’s good enough to be invited.  As a rule, we don’t invite anyone if we don’t think they can win one of our four categories.  One of our competing restaurants who literally travels all over the country participating in chowder events probably says it best, “when you win the New England Chowdafest, you’ve earned it”. ‘”Every year the bar is raised and the level of completion gets better and better”.

About 50% of those invited this year are new to Chowdafest and joined by those chefs & restaurants who have already distinguished themselves in prior years.  “I call it the hunt for next October,” said Keenan as he explained the annual event is usually held on the first Sunday in October.  The hunt includes those who have won local events or received great press but he puts an emphasis on word of mouth Keenan says.  “When we hear people tell us about great restaurants, we listen. Foodies know what they are talking about.  It’s why Chowdafest is a true people’s choice event and why they determine our winners.  We don’t have celebrities or trained pallets determining who is best.  It’s people who love chowder and soup, just like you and me."

Keenan’s search covers all six New England states but 80% of the competition he says comes from Connecticut.  “Connecticut is spoiled” said Keenan amusingly.  “So many great chefs call it home." The incredible concentration of culinary talent in Connecticut lead this annual event being held at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. People travel from all over the country to Connecticut to determine the best chowder, soup & bisque in New England.  Chowdafest has made Connecticut the chowder capital of New England.  To reinforce this distinction, the state includes a Chowdafest Cafe  in their Connecticut building at the Big E, the fifth largest state fair in the U.S. Over 1.6 million people visit the building and can purchase a cup of great chowder, soup & bisque, just a small example of what they can try at Chowdafest in October. 

This year, restaurants from New Canaan CT (Gates), Danbury (21 Lake Restaurant), Redding (Redding Roadhouse), Georgetown (Milestone), New Hartford (BLT), Old Saybrook (Saybrook Soup & Sandwich Co. and Penny Lane Pub), Ansonia (Crave 102) and Westrook (Braise & Brew) are among towns represented in the New England wide competition for the first time. “You never know where you’ll find a great chowder or soup,” said Keenan. “I think everyone will be more than impressed with this year’s lineup."

Chowdafest, presented by Stop & Shop, will be held on Sunday, October 6 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.  CT The event benefits Food Rescue US in the ongoing fight against food insecurity.  Over 2 million meals have been funded through Chowdafest in the past 4 years.  For additional information about Chowdafest, please visit www.chowdafest.org or email event director, Jim Keenan at chowdafest@gmail.com.  

Chowdafest is presented by Stop & Shop and sponsored by Cabot Creamery Co-operative, Chabaso Bakery, Chica de Gallo, City Carting, CT Bites, Copp's Island Oysters, Dave’s Planet Pizza, Eight O’Clock Coffee, Even Hotels,  Foods of the Vine, Hood Cream, Local Food Rocks, Lowe's, Lucy’s, Michele's Pies, Mi Nina Tortilla, MINI of Fairfield County, Natalie’s Juices, New England Dairy Council, People’s United Bank, Polar Beverages, PKF O’Connor Davies, Silly Cow Farms, Tetley Tea, Toast, Wades Dairy, WEBE 108 and Westminster Crackers. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Jim Keenan) Events Sun, 18 Aug 2019 03:06:00 -0400
Absentee Ballots for Redding's August 26, 2019 Referendum Available Now https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/politics/46278-absentee-ballots-for-redding-s-august-26-2019-referendum-available-now46278-absentee-ballots-for-redding-s-august-26-2019-referendum-available-now https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/politics/46278-absentee-ballots-for-redding-s-august-26-2019-referendum-available-now46278-absentee-ballots-for-redding-s-august-26-2019-referendum-available-now

Absentee Ballots for Referendum 

On August 26, 2019, a referendum will be held to vote on the expenditure of up to $2,950,000 for a three-year road reconstruction plan to be funded through short term borrowing pending long term financing as recommended by the Board of Finance.  Voting will be held at Redding Elementary School, 33 Lonetown Road, Redding, CT from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Absentee ballots for the referendum will be available at the Town Clerk’s Office starting Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Absentee ballots for referendum cannot be mailed – voter must appear in person at the Town Clerk’s Office or complete an application and appoint a designee to pick up the ballot. See information below for the application process.

The question will appear on the ballot as follows:

“Shall the Town of Redding approve the expenditure of not more than $2,950,000 for a three year road reconstruction plan to be funded by short term borrowing pending long term financing, as recommended by the Board of Finance?”

Apply for an Absentee Ballot for the Referendum

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 hours of the referendum; physical disability; illness; or religious tenets.

An application must be delivered to the Town Clerk’s Office at which time the ballot will be given to the applicant.  If the applicant is unable to come in person, he or she can designate a member of their family to pick up their ballot and return it to the town clerk.  An application must still first be completed and delivered to the Town Clerk with the designation of a family member to hand carry the ballot.  Since this referendum is being held with less than 3 weeks notice, absentee ballots cannot be mailed by the town clerk.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are designating someone to pick up your ballot, you can complete the application and file with the Town Clerk at any time.  The ballot will then be issued to your designee.

An Application for Absentee Ballot for Referendum Authorized to be Held with Less Than 3 Weeks Notice – Form ED-3R, can be picked up at the Town Clerk’s Office or downloaded by clicking here.  The completed and signed form must be presented to the Town Clerk’s Office at which time an absentee ballot will be issued to either the applicant or the applicant’s designee.

Completed absentee ballots may be either hand-delivered or mailed to the Town Clerk’s Office, but must be received no later than 5:30 p.m. on the day of the referendum.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (HH) Politics Fri, 16 Aug 2019 10:08:36 -0400
Town of Redding News and Events August 16-24 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/46277-town-of-redding-news-and-events-august-16-2446277-town-of-redding-news-and-events-august-16-24 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/46277-town-of-redding-news-and-events-august-16-2446277-town-of-redding-news-and-events-august-16-24

Redding News & Calendar August 16-24, 2019

Social Services has received donations of school supplies for the upcoming school year. For more information or to set up an appointment to pick up supplies, please contact Angelica Fontanez, Director of Social Services at 203-938-3580.

Stay informed!  To receive notices of meetings, agendas and minutes, news and announcements and/or alerts, sign up at the Town of Redding website www.townofreddingct.org/subscribe Paper copies of the Redding Community Gazette can be picked up at Town Hall, The Mark Twain Library and at various business establishments in Redding and Bethel.

Referendum on road plan expenditure to be held Monday, August 26, 2019 at Redding Elementary School

Absentee Ballots for August 26, 2019 referendum available now

Calendar of Events

Sunday, August 18, 2019
6:00 pm, Redding Town Green – Concert on the Green – “The Goza Latin Band”

Monday, August 19, 2019
7:30 pm at JBHS Main Office Conference Room – Region 9 BOE Building Committee
7:30 pm at Town Hall Hearing Room – Board of Selectmen

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
6:30 pm at JBHS Career Center – Region 9 BOE Facilities & Fields Committee
7:30 pm at Old Town House –  Conservation Commission
7:30 pm at JBHS Learning Center – Region 9 Board of Education
7:30 pm at Town Hall Hearing Room – Zoning Board of Appeals-CANCELLED

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
1:00 pm, Heritage Center – Cooking India Style and Henna Body Painting
7:30 pm at Town Hall Hearing Room – Water Pollution Control Commission

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Dinner and a Movie at Mark Twain Library – “The Hundred-Foot Journey” – food trucks at 5:00 pm; movie at 7:30 pm

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Town of Redding) Life Fri, 16 Aug 2019 10:06:17 -0400
Annual Artisan Fair in Redding on September 28 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46273-annual-artisan-fair46273-annual-artisan-fair https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/events/46273-annual-artisan-fair46273-annual-artisan-fair

 
We would like to welcome you to our Annual Artisan Fair on Saturday, September 28, 2019, featuring Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibitors, held at the First Church of Christ Congregational in historic Redding Center, Connecticut. Fair hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free, making this an affordable family fun day. There will be something to do for everyone!
 
Our world class TAG sale will be open at 9:00 AM to those "tag sale junkies" that wish to have first shot at the treasures that wait within. There will be a small fee of $5 to take advantage of this opportunity. People love this huge tag sale in our Fellowship Hall. (click here for donation guidelines) . In addition we have an incredible Jewelery Boutique, featuring many unique jewelery pieces along with an eclectic colection of scarves, hats, etc., and "The Studio" with vintage and antique treasures for your home, which will also open early.

Since 1982, First Church has put its best foot forward to provide our community with an event to welcome in the fall season. We hope to do the same this year. Enjoy a piece of fresh-baked apple pie or a cup of Congregational soup poured out straight from the kettle. Purchase pumpkins, mums, and cornstalks while listening to area bands play familiar tunes. Stroll with your cotton candy or popcorn as you admire the works of more than 40 artisans (see slide show below to see some of their works) and take home your favorite pieces. Or sit and relax while you eat a delicious grilled burger, hot dog, sausage & pepper, fries, or veggie burger served up to order along with a cold drink by our men's group.

We have a whole gated area for children's activities featuring games, face painting, pumpkin painting, and sand art. There will be an afternoon magician show and a morning strolling balloon artist to entertain children of all ages. 

Music will be provided throughout the day by Long Story Short, who perform a mix of soulful originals and acoustic covers by a wide range of artists including Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Marvin Gaye and Shawn Colvin. Singer/songwriter/guitarists Nancy Burger and Scott Weber deliver tight harmonies and musicianship as they reinterpret popular tunes and share stories through their original songs. Scott and Nancy will be joined by guest guitarist John Taylor.

For directions to the church click here.  NOTE - For PARKING  for the Fair please go to Redding Elementary School at 33 Lonetown Road, Redding, CT 06896. A convenient shuttle bus (2 minute ride) will take you to the Church grounds where the Fair is, as parking is very limited there. 

A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

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charlie.eichhorn@gmail.com (Charlie Eichhorn) Events Fri, 16 Aug 2019 10:02:43 -0400
Many Connecticut Cities Ranked Highest for Number of Nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/charities/46274-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-156582246046274-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-1565822460 https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/charities/46274-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-156582246046274-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-1565822460

Redding and other nearby cities data can be seen on the chart below.

The Bridgeport Region ranks 20th for the US regions with the highest concentrations of nonprofit organizations according to Governing Magazine.  The Bridgeport metro area has a total of 1,391 nonprofits, which translates to 14.7 per 10,000 population.

The number of nonprofits in towns near Redding are:

City # of Charities Value of Assets
Bethel, CT 107 $787,620,173
Botsford, CT 6 $355,982
Danbury, CT 368 $1,553,033,485
Easton, CT 46 $12,314,814
Georgetown, CT 16 $5,607,875
Hawleyville, CT 11 $772,471
Monroe, CT 175 $44,242,102
Newtown, CT 157 $197,072,160
Redding, CT 53 $27,009,469
Redding Ctr, CT 7 $26,277,526
Redding Ridge, CT 2 $123,877
Ridgefield, CT 202 $462,275,790
Sandy Hook, CT 56 $39,610,586
West Redding, CT 6 $11,993,703
Weston, CT 93 $61,920,069
Wilton, CT 170 $4,853,979,403

The magazine studied all of the regions in the United States to try to determine why some regions have more charities than others, and they found some interesting results. "What we found was that the concentration of locally focused nonprofits doesn’t just vary from one part of the country to another -- it varies a lot. The top 10 metro areas on our list have more than twice the number of nonprofits per capita as all those in the bottom quarter."

Other regions in the top 20 according to Governor Magazine include:

Metro Area Nonprofits
Nonprofits Per 10k Pop
Barnstable Town, MA 517 24.2
Pittsfield, MA 286 22.6
Santa Fe, NM 285 19
Missoula, MT 219 18.4
Ithaca, NY 187 18.2
Springfield, IL 358 17.2
Trenton, NJ 634 17.1
Bismarck, ND 222 16.7
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 366 16.6
Madison, WI 1,094 16.6
Napa, CA 231 16.6
Boulder, CO 538 16.5
Duluth, MN-WI 447 16
Fairbanks, AK 157 15.9
Great Falls, MT 130 15.9
Glens Falls, NY 198 15.8
Jefferson City, MO 234 15.4
Portland-South Portland, ME 813 15.2
Anchorage, AK 595 14.9
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,391 14.7

 

Other Connecticut regions on the list include:

  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford with 1,576 nonprofits
  • New Haven-Milford with 1,082 nonprofits
  • Norwich-New London with 318 nonprofits

The governing analysis is based on data published by The National Center for Charitable Statistics.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Charities Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:30:00 -0400
RVNA Health Source: What You Need To Know About Flip Flops https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/46269-rvna-health-source-when-you-think-of-the-scourges-of-summer-mosquitoes-ticks-and-dizzying-heat-are-probably-among-the-first-annoyances-that-come-to-mind-but-another-health-hazard-that-affects-countless-individuals-during-the-warmer-months-are-drumroll-ple46269-rvna-health-source-when-you-think-of-the-scourges-of-summer-mosquitoes-ticks-and-dizzying-heat-are-probably-among-the-first-annoyances-that-come-to-mind-but-another-health-hazard-that-affects-countless-individuals-during-the-warmer-months-are-drumroll-ple https://news.hamlethub.com/redding/life/46269-rvna-health-source-when-you-think-of-the-scourges-of-summer-mosquitoes-ticks-and-dizzying-heat-are-probably-among-the-first-annoyances-that-come-to-mind-but-another-health-hazard-that-affects-countless-individuals-during-the-warmer-months-are-drumroll-ple46269-rvna-health-source-when-you-think-of-the-scourges-of-summer-mosquitoes-ticks-and-dizzying-heat-are-probably-among-the-first-annoyances-that-come-to-mind-but-another-health-hazard-that-affects-countless-individuals-during-the-warmer-months-are-drumroll-ple

When you think of the scourges of summer, mosquitoes, ticks and dizzying heat are probably among the first annoyances that come to mind. 

But another health hazard that affects countless individuals during the warmer months are … drumroll, please… flip flops, according to Gigi Weiss, MSPT, RVNA’s Director of Rehabilitation Services. 

Flip flops are breezy and cool, so what makes them so dangerous? 

Explains Weiss: “Their appealing characteristics – lightweight, minimally structured, easy to slip in and out of – often lead to debilitating conditions, including back pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis.” 

Your aching back 

For starters, says Weiss, many flip flops have thin soles and minimal arch support. “This can wreak havoc on your kinetic chain - the muscles, connective tissues, joints, bones and nerves that work together – and cause back or knee pain.” 

Heel and lower-leg pain 

Another threat unique to flip flops is that tiny thong that separates your big toe from the rest of its partners. While this design allows your feet plenty of room to breathe, it also means that the tendons in your toes need to work constantly to grip the bottom of your footwear. 

This, says Weiss, often leads to plantar fasciitis – a painful condition resulting from inflammation of the fibrous tissue along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes. 

Traveling a bit farther up the leg, another area where you might experience discomfort is in the Achilles tendon. This largest tendon in your body connects your calf to your heel bone, notes Weiss. “Flip flops that lack support and structure cause the Achilles tendon to strain in unnatural ways, particularly if you have low arches or flat feet.” 

What to do? 

Patients who visit RVNA Rehab with the conditions described above are generally prescribed a routine that includes biomechanical stretches to address the underlying symptoms, says Weiss. But, she adds, prevention is the best medicine. “If you must wear flip flops, purchase a pair with good orthotic support. And try to avoid wearing flip flops exclusively.”

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kerry@ducey.org (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA, President & CEO) Life Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:36:37 -0400