Redding's HamletHub Sat, 23 Jan 2021 12:14:35 -0500 Frida: Viva La Vida Returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on January 30, Two Socially Distanced and Limited Capacity Screenings!

Two socially distanced, limited capacity screenings!

All ticket buyers will be automatically entered to win a Frida Kahlo canvas art print

Celebrate the life of the iconic artist Frida Kahlo when Frida: Viva La Vida returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse by popular demand on Saturday, January 30 at 4:30pm and 7:30pm.

This fascinating journey,which is part of the RPAC Art Gallery Great Art on Film Series with support from Kahlo Collective – an eco-conscious lifestyle boutique, takes us into the heart of Kahlo’s Mexican homeland to explore the works, places and personal possessions of the artist. Asia Argento narrates the journey as we discover the two sides of Frida Kahlo's spirit: on one side the revolutionary, pioneering artist of contemporary feminism and on the other, the human being, victim of her tortured body and a tormented relationship. Kahlo endured polio as a child, but it was a bus crash, when she was 18 years old, that changed her life's trajectory forever.  Her painting grew out of her suffering.  Confined to bed for months, Kahlo learned to paint by studying her own reflection in a mirror suspended above her. The colors of her paintings reflect the “colors” of her pain and the colors of Mexico. 

Directed by Giovanni Troli and narrated by Asia Argento, the film looks at the two sides of Frida Kahlo’s life – one of suffering giving rise to independence and strength.  The other a sensitivity and artistry that expressed a love of life and change.  The film unflinchingly explores her passionate and destructive relationship with fellow artist and husband Diego Rivera. The film emphasizes Kahlo’s courage and rebellion against a misogynistic system that sees women only as objects of desire.

Click here for tickets or call The Ridgefield Playhouse box office at 203.438.5795

]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:07:28 -0500
Governor Lamont Appointed Co-Chair of National Governors Association’s Pandemic and Disaster Response Task Force

 Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has been appointed co-chair of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Pandemic and Disaster Response Task Force. It is one of three task forces that are being created by the organization to coordinate and lead bipartisan state and territorial efforts to response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to lead economic recovery and community renewal efforts.

The task forces, which replace committees, will foster a more nimble response to the ongoing public health, economic, and human services challenges related to COVID-19, as well as to focus NGA’s federal advocacy efforts on governors’ top priorities now and in the future.

“I want to thank NGA Chairman Andrew Cuomo for this important responsibility,” Governor Lamont said. “Our state was hit early and hit hard by this pandemic. Throughout this unprecedented crisis, I have worked with my neighboring governors to ensure our responses were coordinated. Our state has provided leadership and ingenuity, as we know our approach saved lives. Our public health professionals set up nation-leading testing and contact tracing infrastructure, which have assisted in our response to the coronavirus pandemic. We also worked with our federal partners as we responded to multiple severe weather events, and I am eager to exchange ideas and best practices with my fellow governors.”

The NGA’s three new task forces are:

  • Pandemic and Disaster Response: Co-chaired by Governor Ned Lamont (Connecticut) and Governor Bill Lee (Tennessee). Issues include Federal Emergency Management administration (FEMA), National Guard, cybersecurity, health care, and COVID-19 (e.g. testing, vaccines, supply chain and personal protective equipment).
  • Economic Recovery and Revitalization: Co-chaired by Governor Henry McMaster (South Carolina) and Governor Andy Beshear (Kentucky). Issues include infrastructure, state stabilization, energy, environment, land management and taxes.
  • Community Renewal: Co-chaired by Governor Albert Bryan (U.S. Virgin Islands) and Governor Mike Parson (Missouri). Issues include workforce, nutrition, education, criminal justice, agriculture and broadband.

The new task forces will work with NGA’s nine-member Executive Committee, which oversees the association’s operations on behalf of the entire membership.

Founded in 1908, the NGA serves as the voice of the leaders of 55 states, territories, and commonwealths. Through the NGA, the nation’s governors identify priority issues and deal with matters of public policy and governance at the state, national and global levels.


]]> (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Wed, 20 Jan 2021 06:44:11 -0500
Two Book Deal from Penguin Random House for 2018 Wooster Grad, Jackie Logsted Looks to the Big Screen Next

Danbury resident, Wooster School 2018 grad, Jackie Logsted has co-authored ten books, has written and directed a short film, and has an agent - oh, and she's only twenty years old!

A former HamletHub intern, Logsted is currently studying film, screenwriting, and American Studies at Dickinson College, all while training to write and direct movies. 

Here, we talk with Logsted about the most recent book she co-authored with her mom, Joint Custody, sold in a two-book deal to Penguin Random House. Logsted is currently working on the sequel.

Joint Custody is the story about a mischievous dog who takes matters into his own paws when his beloved owners split up in this offbeat romantic comedy.

Where did your inspiration for Joint Custody come from? 

I’m studying screenwriting in college and my mom is a successful author with 40 sold books under her belt. In July 2019, we were trying to come up with an idea that could combine our talents and be suitable for both a book and a movie. We landed on the fact that people LOVE dog movies – and who wouldn’t love a dog book? So, we decided to write the script, write the book, try to sell the book, and then use that sale to try to sell the script. So far we’ve accomplished 3 out of 4!

And, you co-authored this children's book with your mom. Tell me about that process. 

When I was six years old, my parents and I were stranded in Colorado over Winter Break. To keep me occupied, my mom asked me, “If you could write a book about anything, what would it be?” Over our next few days snowed in, we developed the plot of what would become a nine-book series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The series follows 8 sisters (octuplets) whose parents go missing on New Year's Eve, and they must trick the world into thinking they’re living with parents since they’re 7 years old. Oh, and they each discover they have magical powers. My dad and I would sit on the steps to the basement where my mom’s office is and feed her ideas while she typed out the stories.

This isn't your first book (and you're a college student!) How did you find the time?

We wrote Joint Custody in the summer of 2019, finishing the script and the book while I was on vacation. That fall we sold the book in a two-book deal to Penguin Random House. They sent a few rounds of revisions, the first of which may have come in while I was at school but we likely waited until one of my breaks to address the comments together. For the most part, our revision process has occurred since the COVID outbreak and being home from school since March has made it easy to address revisions together. Right now we’re on the second round of revisions for the sequel, which will be published in December.

Do you have a dog? 

Nope – we have a cat!

You scored big with a big name in publishing - Penguin Random House. How did that happen?

My mom and I share an agent – Pamela Harty of the Knight Agency – and she sent the book out to a handful of suitable publishing houses. Many were interested and we ended up running an auction on the book between four publishing houses. In the end, we had the luxury of a choice between a few wonderful options and decided to go with Penguin Random House.

More books to come? Co-authoring with your mom or on your own?

The sequel will be out in December. As for more projects… who knows! We always have something up our sleeve. For me, I’m writing and directing a short film that will be crowdfunding this February and released later this year. You can find more on that on Instagram or on Twitter @someonesomefilm

Purchase Joint Custody online HERE.


]]> (HH) Neighbors Tue, 19 Jan 2021 11:05:48 -0500
13th Annual Hearts of Hope Breakfast to become virtual Day of Self-Care on February 3rd

13th Annual Hearts of Hope Breakfast to become virtual Day of Self-Care on February 3rd

The Women’s Center’s annual Hearts of Hope Breakfast will become a virtual Day of Self-Care this year on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

Hearts of Hope is the Women’s Center’s premier event to unite the community in our vision to end the violence and raise much-needed funds to support our critical programs and services that are needed now more than ever. 

Guest speakers will be team members from the Women’s Center staff: Rayna Havelock, Manager of Counseling and Advocacy, and Child Counselor Carly Jacques, will discuss their life-saving work. This year’s “Service Above Self” honorees are Joe’s Salon + Spa in New Milford and Klickers Hair Studio in Newtown for all their loyal support.

In addition to the main program that kicks off at 8:00 a.m., ticketholders will have access to self-care videos released throughout the day, including a Pilates class, an office decluttering tutorial, winter hair care tips, art therapy via the Cupixel app, and other demonstrations, classes and performances.

To purchase tickets, sponsorships and digital ads, please visit

or contact Linda Cummins, Special Events Manager, at 203-731-5200 x232 or


]]> (WCofGD) Events Tue, 19 Jan 2021 06:10:26 -0500
Deadline to enter Danbury Magnet School lottery is tomorrow, limited openings for Redding students

Notice of Danbury Magnet School Lottery

There are a small number of openings for Redding students in kindergarten through grade 5 at the magnet school in Danbury, CT: the Western CT Academy of International Studies Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year.  The students must reside in Redding and participate in a lottery to enroll in the magnet school.

  Interested parents should review the attached PDF and visit the WCAIS website:

The deadline to enter the lottery is Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

]]> (Town of Redding) Life Mon, 18 Jan 2021 11:06:21 -0500
Looking Ahead to Valentine's Day: Check Out John Barricelli's Heart-shaped Raspberry Napoleons

With Valentine's Day on the horizon, we wanted to share a recipe with sweet love in every bite. Here, you'll find master baker John Barricelli's Heart-shaped Raspberry Napoleons recipe.

Barricelli is the author of The Sono Baking Company Cookbook and The Seasonal Baker and owns the award-winning Sono Bakery with locations in Darien, Southport, and South Norwalk. 

  • 1/2 pound frozen puff pastry, preferably all butter, thawed
  • Pastry Cream*
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place puff pastry on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and poke holes all over surface using the tines of a fork; top with a second piece of parchment paper. Place 2 baking sheets on top of parchment paper to weigh down; transfer to oven. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Remove puff pastry from oven and uncover; let cool completely. Using a 3 1/4-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut six hearts from puff pastry, reserving scraps.
  4. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain round tip with pastry cream. Place 1 heart-shaped piece of puff on each of two dessert plates. Pipe pastry cream over the surface of each heart, almost to the edge. Place raspberries around the perimeter of the pastry cream. Top each with a second puff pastry heart and repeat process. Top each with a third puff pastry heart.
  5. Crumble a little of the reserved puff pastry scraps and top Napoleons with crumbs. Dust tops with confectioners' sugar and pipe a little pastry cream in the center of each. Top with a raspberry and serve immediately.

*To make Pastry Cream:


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, 1/4 cup sugar, vanilla bean and seeds, and salt. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a simmer.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, cornstarch, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Whisking constantly, slowly pour about 1/2 cup of the hot-milk mixture into the egg-yolk mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, until it has been incorporated. Pour mixture back into the saucepan, and cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until it thickens and registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 2 minutes. Remove and discard vanilla bean.
  3. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter, and beat on medium speed until the butter melts and the mixture cools, about 5 minutes.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface of the pastry cream to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 2 days. Just before using, beat on low speed until smooth (you can also whisk by hand).

Barricelli is the author of The Sono Baking Company Cookbook and The Seasonal Baker and owns the award-winning Sono Bakery with locations in Darien, Southport, and Norwalk.

]]> (HH) Life Mon, 18 Jan 2021 07:36:04 -0500
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we would like to give our readers the opportunity to read his most famous speech:

"I Have a Dream" 

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."¹

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."2

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

source: american rhetoric

]]> (KAD) Neighbors Mon, 18 Jan 2021 04:46:08 -0500
Final-ever IMAX movies tomorrow (Jan. 18) at The Maritime Aquarium

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk closes the historic run of its IMAX Theater tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 18 by presenting four of its best-ever and most-popular giant-screen movies.

The Aquarium’s theater debuted in 1988 as the first IMAX theater in Connecticut. With a screen six stories tall, it’s still the largest IMAX theater in the state, and the only one showing movies with 70mm IMAX film projection, offering the brightest, clearest images at almost 10 times the resolution of standard-projection formats.

The theater is slated for demolition later this year to make way for a federal railroad bridge replacement project. While the Aquarium is working to open a new 4D Theater in the coming weeks at the opposite end of its complex, it has used the IMAX Theater’s final seven weeks to present 22 giant-screen fan-favorite movies from the past three decades. Special COVID protocols include reduced theater capacity and enhanced cleanings between shows.

“Selecting the movies for the IMAX Theater’s very final weekend was difficult because there are just so many spectacular titles,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “The four we’ve chosen are movies that our guests have loved the most, with content and messages that deeply fit with our mission of inspiring people to actively care for the oceans and our natural world. We hope a lot of people will come out and enjoy these wonderful movies in this spectacular format one last time.”

Here are trailers for the final movies:
•  "Backyard Wilderness":
•  "Born to Be Wild":
•  "Great White Shark":
]]> (Dave Sigworth) Places Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:55:39 -0500
BroadwayWorld Names HamletHub Editor, Maggie Carey, "Performer of the Decade'

Longtime HamletHub Editor Margaret (Maggie) Carey has been announced as the recipient of's Performer of the decade for the Rockland/Westchester Region.

The 2020 BroadwayWorld Awards - which were back bigger than ever, celebrate the best in local theatre of the past decade!

Carey has been involved in community theater in the Brewster/Carmel New York area since moving to Putnam County in 1996. Prior to that, she was involved in hundreds of productions in the lower Westchester County Community since 1980.

Carey had been nominated for Performer of the Decade for her performance as John Adams in "1776", a gender blind presentation of the Tony Award-winning musical presented in 2017 by the Bedford Community Theater at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY.

The production of 1776 earned "Best of" awards for Best Production of a Musical (Bedford Community Theater) and Vocalist of the Decade for Carey's castmate, Robert Beck, as well as for Director of a Musical of the Decade (Mitch Horn) along with Best Ensémble. 

The public submitted the nominees and voted for their favorites. You can check out the full results by clicking here!

Maggie Carey has been editor of Brewster and Somers HamletHubs since 2014 and Yorktown, Carmel and Somers HamletHubs since 2016. In 2018, Putnam County awarded Carey the “Excellence in Communication Award” for her dedication to the community. 

Community theatre productions, student productions, and college productions were all included! (Please check respective category rules.) Eligibility was for productions which opened between 2011 and September 30th, 2020. Voting ran through December 31.

The 2020 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards are presented by TodayTix.

Want to be notified when nominations open for 2021? Sign up here!

]]> (HamletHub ) Neighbors Sat, 16 Jan 2021 05:00:00 -0500
Town of Redding News & Calendar of Events January 15-23

News and Announcements

Board of Assessment Appeals
FAQs and Appeal Form for Grand List 2020

Health Department
Health  Advisory as of January 12, 2021

Heritage Center
January 12, 2021 News Blast

Calendar of Events

Monday, January 18, 2021
Martin Luther King Day – all Town Offices, and the Transfer Station/Recycling Center are CLOSED TODAY

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
7:00 p.m. via Zoom – Board of Selectmen Special Meeting
7:30 p.m. via Zoom – Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. via Zoom – Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. via Zoom – Region 9 Board of Education

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
7:30 p.m. via Zoom – Water Pollution Control Commission

Thursday, January 21, 2021
6:30 p.m. via Zoom – Redding Fire District No. 2 Commissioners Meeting

]]> (Town of Redding) Events Fri, 15 Jan 2021 13:25:43 -0500
Redding residents 65 and older ONLY may pre-register for COVID-19 vaccine

Covid-19 Vaccination Program Pre-Registration

Redding residents 65 and older ONLY may pre-register at this time. 

Pre-register on the Town of Redding website HERE.

  • Once pre-registered, residents 75 and up will be contacted by email from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to schedule an appointment through the CDC Vaccination Administration Management System (VAMS). 
  • We are asking Redding residents in the 65-74 group to pre-register so that we can expedite the process of contacting you for phase 1c or in the event that vaccine eligibility for phase 1b is expanded.
  • Redding will be operating a Covid-19 vaccination clinic at the Redding Community Center. You must have an appointment. There is no walk in service. 
  • The State has given us a date of January 18th, 2021 for the beginning of Phase 1b. 

This information may change as the State provides additional guidance. 

Pre-register on the Town of Redding webiste.


]]> (Town of Redding) Neighbors Fri, 15 Jan 2021 13:24:15 -0500
Redding resident Dr. Jack G. Shiller, 92 has died

Dr. Jack G. Shiller, a longtime Westport resident, died in his home in Redding, CT on January 13, 2021. He was 92.

Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1928, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1947 and from the Columbia Medical School in 1952. After training at Bellevue Hospital and The Babies Hospital in New York City, he was board certified in pediatrics and served in his profession for several decades. He established his own private practice in Westport before forming Willows Pediatric Group in 1973 with Dr. Albert Beasley. He was active on the staff of Norwalk Hospital, where he started the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and later served as Interim Chief of Pediatrics.  He continued academic ties to Babies Hospital as teaching staff and served as director of Public Health for the Westport Weston Health District. 

Jack is a recipient of the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal for his service in the United States Air Force as Captain of the 47th tactical hospital stationed at Sculthorpe, England. He continued his service to the people by being an advocate of equal representation, disease prevention, and education during and after helping to form the Westport-Weston Health District in 1967, becoming the first of what are now 20 such districts in the state. He was awarded the title of Champion of Immunization by the Governor of Connecticut. 

Jack was very proud of his published works. Specifically, "Childhood Illness and Childhood Injury: A Commonsense Approach", which allowed for new parents to recognize and treat common childhood ailments and injuries at home. This practical resource acted as a Google Search before Google existed and set the standard for the industry and is still relevant today.

He is survived by daughter Bethanne McCarthy and husband Steven of Savannah, GA, son Stephen Shiller and wife Emily of Ridgefield, CT, and son Andrew David Shiller and wife Raaya of Jerusalem, Israel, his brother Marvin Shiller and wife Annie of Manhattan, as well as his grandchildren Shane and Krystle, Jessica, Matthew, Samantha, and Naama.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 17th at The Mt. Hebron Cemetery in New York. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only immediate family will be in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in memoriam in the name of Dr. Jack Shiller to Shriners Hospitals for Children at in order to continue Jack’s legacy of helping children and keeping them healthy.

]]> (Jowdy Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Fri, 15 Jan 2021 09:43:46 -0500
The Ridgefield Playhouse invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Broadway stars Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett, LIVE and Stay at Home Tix Available!

The Ridgefield Playhouse returns with its first live show of 2021 – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Broadway stars Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett

Love is in the air at The Ridgefield Playhouse and even a pandemic won't stop us from celebrating Valentine's Day! Whether you want to get out and paint the town red (socially distanced of course) this Valentine’s Day with dinner and a show or spend a romantic evening at home, we have a fun way for everyone to celebrate this year while helping to support the arts! The Ridgefield Playhouse will host its first live show of 2021 with Broadway’s most talented power couple! 

Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Jersey Boys, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Cher Show) and Kelli Barrett (Broadway’s Doctor Zhivago, Wicked, Baby It’s You, FX’s Fosse/Verdon) will take the stage for two limited capacity performances on Sunday, February 14 at 4pm and 8pm.

Only 100 people will be in the audience of the 500-seat theater to hear songs from Broadway's Jersey Boys, Wicked and more, along with hits from your favorite popstars like Billy Joel, and Paul McCartney, when they perform "Funny How it Happens: A Valentine's Day Celebration." Livestream tickets are also available for those who would like to watch from home. The shows are part of the Teed & Brown Broadway & Cabaret Series with support from Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, BMW of Ridgefield, Silver Ribbon Jewelry of Westport, Campari & Cinzano Prosecco and Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe. The shows kick off with a free glass of champagne and chocolates for all in theater patrons.

“Stay at Home” ticket buyers can upgrade their virtual tickets to include champagne and chocolate, which will be available for pick up at The Playhouse on the day of the show. Raffle tickets will be available with a chance to win fabulous prizes including a gift certificate for a day of beauty at Adam Broderick Salon & Spa; a date night package with a BMW and personal driver that includes dinner for two at Sarah’s Wine Bar and tickets to a show of your choice at The Ridgefield Playhouse, courtesy of BMW of Ridgefield; beautiful earrings and a gift certificate from Silver Ribbon Jewelry of Westport. Dinner and a show packages available and include a prix fixe dinner at  TerraSole Ristorante (3 Big Shop Lane, Ridgefield).

Hitched in 2014, Kelli Barrett & Jarrod Spector take you on an intimate journey following the uncanny parallels and fortuitous make-it-or-break-it moments throughout their careers and friendship that eventually brought them together. Spector is best known for his Tony Nominated performance in ‘Beautiful: the Carole King Musical’ in the role of Barry Mann. He played Frankie Valli for a record 1,500 performances in Broadway’s ‘Jersey Boys’ and debuted on the Great White Way at age 9 as Gavroche in ‘Les Miserables.’ He was last seen as the iconic Sonny Bono in Broadway’s ‘The Cher Show.’

Barrett originated the role of Lara Guishar in Broadway’s ‘Doctor Zhivago’ and has also played leading roles in Broadway’s ‘Wicked’, ‘Baby It’s You!’ and ‘The Royal Family’. She was lauded for her portrayal of Liza Minnelli in the award-winning FX show ‘Fosse/Verdon,’ adding this credit to over 2 dozen others in television and film. “Funny How It Happens” features pop favorites (Close To You, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Be My Baby, etc.) and iconic songs from their Broadway musicals (You’ve Got a Friend, Cabaret, I Got You Babe, etc.) while offering an inside (and often hilarious) scoop on what life is really like as a married Broadway power couple. This show will be a safe and fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2021!

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($45 - $75) go online at or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is currently doing socially distanced, limited capacity seating. Concession/bar can be ordered via our mobile site so that you can pick it up on the way in, or get notified when it is ready for you to pick up once in the theater.  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. Twitter: @RPlayhouse Facebook: Instagram:


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Colonial Farmhouse for Sale in Redding: 53 Stagecoach Road

For Sale: 53 Old Stagecoach Rd, Redding

This exceptional colonial farmhouse is set back privately on 2.89 level acres with rear wooded privacy bordering the "Dan Beard Trail", a 14.5 acre Redding Land Trust tract that stretches to right behind John Read Middle School. After a comprehensive gut remodel in 1996, this home was completely renovated and expanded to include 3,741 sf, 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths including a 35 x 24 bonus room (ideal as a separate guest or in-law apartment) plus an additional 250 sf three-season sunroom, and total 6 bay attached garages for the car enthusiast.
The scenic property includes both front and rear driveways, Belgian block curbing, inviting front porch, expansive rear deck, stone walls, mature trees, flowering gardens, and sprawling level lawn. Spread out in this light and bright home offering hardwood floors and generous proportions. Cook for a crowd in the spacious eat-in kitchen with striking white cabinets and contrasting black counters, open to the large family room with vaulted ceilings and a cozy wood stove. The main level also features the formal living and dining rooms, office/study, and 3 season sunroom, drenched in natural light all year round.
The second floor is equally impressive with an elegant master bedroom suite featuring a private bath with jetted tub, double vanity, and separate shower, plus three additional bedrooms, all with hardwood floors and updated hall bath featuring a subway-tiled tub/shower. Best of both worlds, private retreat setting, yet convenient to schools, shopping, and only 64 miles to Midtown.  
Take a virtual tour here.
To learn more about this home, contact Laura Freed Ancona here.
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COVID-19 Vaccine at RVNAhealth, Community Testing on Saturday

COVID-19 Vaccines Available at RVNAhealth

RVNAhealth is an official COVID-19 vaccine provider in the State of CT, approved by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) and authorized within the CDC’s Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). RVNAhealth is administering COVID-19 Vaccines in accordance with the phased vaccination approach outlined by the CT DPH.

As of early January 2021, Connecticut is in Phase 1A of vaccine roll-out. Phase 1A  includes all healthcare personnel, long-term care facility residents and medical first responders.

This web page will be updated as additional Phases become eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine in Connecticut.  (Last updated: January 11, 2021)

Phase 1A Eligible Vaccine Recipients

Registration and appointments: Individuals who are part of the State of CT Phase 1A population must pre-register and make an appointment on the VAMS portal to receive the vaccine at RVNAhealth. Appointments may not be scheduled directly with RVNAhealth.  

Your RVNAhealth COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

RVNAhealth COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments consist of 4 primary steps:

  • Arrival: Please park in the RVNAhealth parking lot at 27 Governor Street in Ridgefield, CT and follow the signs to enter through the side lobby door. All visitors must wear a mask to enter and your temperature will be taken. Please note: Individuals with high temperatures will not be permitted to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Check In and Registration: Phase 1A individuals must pre-register in the VAMS system. RVNAhealth will confirm your VAMS registration, and you will answer a series of questions. If you are not registered in the VAMS system, you will not be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Please note: Individuals who have received another vaccine within the past 14 days will not be permitted to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Nurse’s Station and Vaccination: All vaccinations are administered by RVNAhealth nurses. Prior to receiving your COVID-19 vaccination, you will review the pre-vaccine checklist and learn what to expect following vaccination.  You will receive your vaccine in your arm. 
  • Monitoring:  Following vaccination, you will remain at RVNAhealth for 15 to 30 minutes while being monitored for any  reactions. This is mandatory. While waiting, you may make your appointment for your second COVID-19 vaccine dose. 


RVNAhealth follows strict infection control and hygiene practices and has extensive cleaning measures of all equipment and facilities. All treatment rooms have a newly-installed filtration system to ensure absolute safety. Rooms are cleaned before, after, and between appointments with medical-grade solutions. The RVNAhealth building and organization has been operating throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and have been successful in maintaining a safe and trustworthy environment.


Please bring your insurance information with you at the time of your appointment. If you are uninsured or do not have a participating insurance plan, COVID-19 vaccines will be offered free of charge.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is VAMS?

VAMS is the CDC’s secure, online tool where individuals can answer COVID-19 vaccine eligibility screening questions, make a vaccine appointment, get a reminder to return for a second dose and receive a vaccine certificate. To learn about creating your account and scheduling an appointment, visit the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about VAMS.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will I receive?

RVNAhealth currently administers the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Individuals cannot choose which vaccine they will receive. Please note that the Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals 16 years and older. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is available to individuals 18 years and older. 

Can I be placed on a wait list to receive the vaccine?

Not presently. Appointments are only available online for individuals who are eligible for and ready to accept the vaccine in the current phase.

How safe are COVID-19 vaccines?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for the Pfizer -BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. Both vaccines which have been shown to be safe and effective as determined by data from the manufacturers and findings from large clinical trials. For the most up-to-date guidance, visit the CDC vaccine safety page.

What can I expect after the COVID-19 vaccine?

You may experience some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Learn more in this CDC video.

RVNAhealth will continue to provide COVID-19 Vaccine Updates via website, social media, e-newsletters, and local media as new information become available.

For additional questions,  please call RVNAhealth at (203) 438-5555 or contact us ››


COVID-19 Testing Now Available at RVNAhealth 

Beginning  January 16, 2021, RVNAhealth offers COVID-19 testing by appointment to the public. Tests are administered by RVNAhealth nurses, and are available at RVNAhealth (Ridgefield location) or at your home.

Beginning  January 16, 2021, RVNAhealth offers COVID-19 testing by appointment to the public. Tests are administered by RVNAhealth nurses, and are available at RVNAhealth (Ridgefield location) or at your home.

Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A separate appointment must be made for each individual who receives a test. Individuals must remain in their vehicles until asked to enter the RVNAhealth building; masks are required. RVNAhealth offers tests to both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. Individuals with symptoms or a believed exposure are tested externally — in the RVNAhealth parking lot.  

RVNAhealth offers both PCR (oral swab) and Rapid (nasal) tests. Learn about both tests below, as well as RVNAhealth safety protocols and payment.


At RVNAhealth by Appointment

27 Governor Street, Ridgefield CT
Appointments may be made for the following times.  Appointments may be made up to two weeks in advance. 

  • Thursdays, 1:00pm – 6:00pm (beginning January 19, 2021)
  • Saturdays, 11:00am – 2:30pm (beginning January 16, 2021)

If you encounter problems scheduling online, please call our office at 203-438-5555.

Masks are required to enter the RVNAhealth building. Upon arrival, please park in the designated “Vaccine Parking “spots in the RVNAhealth lot and call the phone number on the sign to check in.  Remain in your vehicle and answer screening questions over the phone until instructed to enter the building.


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