Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Thu, 16 Jul 2020 10:27:03 -0400 HamletHub.com Ridgefield Resident Mallory Shofi Named To Emerson College Softball Academic All-Conference Team https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/67075-ridgefield-resident-mallory-shofi-named-to-emerson-college-softball-academic-all-conference-team67075-ridgefield-resident-mallory-shofi-named-to-emerson-college-softball-academic-all-conference-team https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/67075-ridgefield-resident-mallory-shofi-named-to-emerson-college-softball-academic-all-conference-team67075-ridgefield-resident-mallory-shofi-named-to-emerson-college-softball-academic-all-conference-team

Ridgefield Resident Mallory Shofi Named To Emerson College Softball Academic All-Conference Team

Shofi is among the seven Emerson College Softball team honorees. Shofi is pursuing a degree in Media Arts Production and is a member of the Emerson College Class of 2021.

The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) 2020 Softball Academic All-Conference student-athlete team includes 51 honorees this year, with seven of those being Emerson students.

Honorees must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 (4.0 scale) or 4.35 (5.0 scale) after the 2019 fall semester, achieved second year academic status at their institution, and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.

For more information, visit emerson.edu.

kerry@ducey.org (Emerson College) Neighbors Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:44:11 -0400
James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors Encore Screening of National Theatre Production August 8 at Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/67077-watch-james-corden-in-one-man-two-guvnors-with-an-encore-screening-in-hd-of-national-theatre-production-august-8-at-ridgefield-playhouse67077-watch-james-corden-in-one-man-two-guvnors-with-an-encore-screening-in-hd-of-national-theatre-production-august-8-at-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/67077-watch-james-corden-in-one-man-two-guvnors-with-an-encore-screening-in-hd-of-national-theatre-production-august-8-at-ridgefield-playhouse67077-watch-james-corden-in-one-man-two-guvnors-with-an-encore-screening-in-hd-of-national-theatre-production-august-8-at-ridgefield-playhouse

The host of “The Late Late Show” on CBS is the star of One Man, Two Guvnors - one of the funniest productions in National Theater history! The Ridgefield Playhouse is bringing the feel-good production back to the big screen on Saturday, August 8 at 8pm as part of the Northern Trust Broadway and Cabaret Series with support from Teed & Brown.

  In 2012, Corden won a Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play Tony for his role as Francis Henshall.  Fired from his skiffle band, Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.  Simple.

The summer encore series continues with Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel MagnoliasBrothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The SinnerIndependence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons on Saturday, August 15 at 8pm.  In London’s West End, the show played to totally sold-out audiences with tickets in incredibly high demand.  Don’t miss this unforgettable night of theater.

The Playhouse is currently doing socially distanced seating, so all patrons will be seated by an usher on a first come first served basis and 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.

Learn more and purchase tickets here


kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:03:14 -0400
Organic and On Sale at Nature's Temptations: Strawberries, Raspberries, Kale, and More! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/67076-organic-and-on-sale-at-nature-s-temptations-strawberries-raspberries-kale-and-more67076-organic-and-on-sale-at-nature-s-temptations-strawberries-raspberries-kale-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/67076-organic-and-on-sale-at-nature-s-temptations-strawberries-raspberries-kale-and-more67076-organic-and-on-sale-at-nature-s-temptations-strawberries-raspberries-kale-and-more

This weeks organic produce specials at Nature's Temptations now through Sunday, July 19

Cantaloupe $3.50 each
Cauliflower $3.49 each
Green Kale $1.99 each
Raspberries 6 oz $3.99 each
Red Cherries $6.99 lb
Strawberries 1 lb $3.99 each

Nature's Temptations is located at 32 Prospect Street. Visit them online here.

We say NO to GMOs at Nature's Temptations!

kerry@ducey.org (Nature's Temptations) Places Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:08:38 -0400
Ridgefield Residents Earn Honors at Pomfret School https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/67074-ridgefield-residents-earn-head-of-school-honors-at-pomfret-school67074-ridgefield-residents-earn-head-of-school-honors-at-pomfret-school https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/67074-ridgefield-residents-earn-head-of-school-honors-at-pomfret-school67074-ridgefield-residents-earn-head-of-school-honors-at-pomfret-school

Spring 2020 Head of School Scholar Honors

Ridgefield residents Tyler Brown and Marcus von Recklinghausen have been named to Head of School Honor's List at Pomfret School. Students earning Head of school Honors must earn a grade point average of 4.00 and received no grade lower than an A- for the Spring 2020 Term.

Andrew Edwardson of Ridgefield was named to the Spring 2020 Honors List at Pomfret School

Edwardson, Class of 2021, was named to the Spring 2020 Honors List at Pomfret School. To achieve this level of distinction, Andrew earned a grade point average of at least 3.330 and received no grade lower than a B.

Founded in 1894, Pomfret School is an independent college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 through 12. We also offer a postgraduate year. Set on 500 acres in the celebrated Last Green Valley of Northeastern Connecticut, our mission is to cultivate a healthy interdependence of mind, body, and spirit in our students. We offer 8 academic disciplines, more than 100 elective courses, 25 athletic options, and numerous opportunities to participate in community outreach and service programs.

kerry@ducey.org (Pomfret School) Neighbors Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:16:30 -0400
Flourish! In Ridgefield on July 18 and August 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/67072-flourish67072-flourish https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/67072-flourish67072-flourish


Standing at the Crossroads

We stand at the crossroads. A choice point. An opportunity to deepen compassion, strengthen resilience, and nurture innovation for the flourishing of our community. The question is will we allow the breaking open of recent events—the pandemic, the unveiling of systemic injustice, and the ensuing disruption—to open or close us to the possibilities of our present context? The challenge of standing at the crossroads, as our forebears knew, is that it asks us to engage with our whole selves—individually and as a community. This calls for vulnerability and a willingness to be uncomfortable. The gift, of course, is the opportunity to live fully into becoming the compassionate, resilient, visionary community we know ourselves to be. This is an invitation to Flourish!

Standing at the Crossroads

The Leader as Poet & Prophet      “I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again.” —Margaret Wheatley

This is an invitation to nurture the Poet & Prophet within each one of us, as we collectively make sense of our present context and commit to flourish, understanding that the flourishing of the one is dependent upon the flourishing of the whole. We have stood at the crossroads before, and with courage and conviction fought for our independence. Today, we fight for our inter-dependence.

The Poet’s Voice: Virtual Slam Via Zoom, 7/18, 9-noon The work of the poet emerges out of the call to capture the full experience of the community, thereby opening the way toward a new level of wholeness. Through a series of guided exercises, we will give voice to our individual and collective experience, weaving together our individual (at times, disparate) voices in a way that honors the creative tension as we explore new collective possibilities.

The Prophet’s Voice: Parking Lot Collective, 8/1, 9a-noon 602 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield (Rain Date: 8/8) Where the poet calls us to reflection, the prophetic voice calls us to informed action. How are we being called— individually and collectively—to shape and lay a foundation for the next generation. How will we claim full responsibility and agency? What will be our relationship with one another, our community and our neighboring communities? How will we reside in this time, honoring our inter-dependence upon one another. Honoring the care of people and planet? Come, nurture the Poet & Prophet within! Where the poet invites us into reflection, the prophet invites us into action. Taken together, they honor an intentional rhythm of action and reflection for the flourishing of our community!

The Details This event is made possible by an Innovation Grant from the Southern New England Conference, UCC. To register, please email: connect@PoetsProphets.org In registering, you commit to fully participate from 9a-noon on 7/18 and 8/1 (rain date: 8/8).

For more information visit the Poets & Prophets' website https://poetsprophets.org/


Deborah Rundlett has served in business, the academy, and the church. Her work focuses on the spiritual formation of prosocial leaders and leading change towards the flourishing of our communities. She is passionate about nurturing the poet and prophet within for care of people and planet.

Anita Howard, a contributor to Poets & Prophets, is a university professor, master executive coach, and researcher. Her work at Case Western Reserve University centers on coaching intentional change, emotional and social intelligence, and leadership for the common good/social justice.

jlwilsn@gmail.com (Ridgebury Church Meetinghouse Poets & Prophets ) Events Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:03:18 -0400
Ridgefield Chamber Announces Reopening By Appointment Only https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/67071-ridgefield-chamber-announces-reopening-by-appointment-only67071-ridgefield-chamber-announces-reopening-by-appointment-only https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/67071-ridgefield-chamber-announces-reopening-by-appointment-only67071-ridgefield-chamber-announces-reopening-by-appointment-only

The Ridgefield Chamber new Executive Director Sarah Grossman announced today that the Chamber will reopen by appointment ONLY. 

"We are taking all precautions in our wonderful (still new) office on Main Street and will require anyone scheduled for an appointment to wear a mask," Grossman said.

The Chamber office is now located at 383 Main Street, Suite 2B. Please note that no walk-ins are permitted at this time. Please call 203.438.5992 or email info@ridgefieldchamber.org to schedule an appointment. 

Grossman noted that scheduled appointments will be met with socially distanced seating. Visitors should wear a mask.



kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce) Places Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:35:43 -0400
Ridgefield High School Announces Q4 Honor Roll https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/67070-ridgefield-high-school-announces-q4-honor-roll-159482976867070-ridgefield-high-school-announces-q4-honor-roll-1594829768 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/67070-ridgefield-high-school-announces-q4-honor-roll-159482976867070-ridgefield-high-school-announces-q4-honor-roll-1594829768

Ridgefield High School 2019-2020 Q4 Honor Roll

High Honors

Grade 9
Justin Adakonis, Matthew Addotta, Ava Anderson, Cassidy Arent, Alyson Barczak, Jonathan Barkan, Maxfield Barlow, Lillian Barone, Samantha Barone, Kelly Barrett, Sebastian Beaver, Harrison Beckenstein, Cormac Bellotti, Tyler Berman, Juan Pablo Bichara Guzman, Stephanie Bissing, Thomas Bittencourt, Drew Blackman, Emma Bordeaux, Charlotte Bowler, Emily Bradburn, Charles Bragg, Kathryn Brand, Evelyn Briody, Juan Pablo Briones Lopez, Christopher Brown, Hayden Brown, Ian Brown, Sophie Browning, Elizabeth Buonocore, Jaimee Burke, Noah Burra, Noel Burra, Nathaniel Carter, Bella Caterina, Maya Chauhan, Matthew Ciminiello, Ava Cohen, Elton Coku, Emma Costello, Olivia Craig, Brendan Craigen, Ryan Crawford, Molly Crist, Isabella Crowley, Luke Cummins, Gabriel Da Costa Campos, Ryder Dadasovich, Emma Dawson, Katelyn DeRaffele, Caroline DelGiudice, Anna Dinkel, Alexander Doman, Sophia Dotterer, Hadley Drever, Carson Driscoll, James Dunphy, Annabel Earle-Hecht, Liam Edson, Brooke Elliott, Sophia Farenga, Jack Federici, Emma Ferreira, Emma Findlay, Jackson Fiore, Cora Fitzgerald, Deirdre Flanagan, Nubia Fonseca Zamudio, Andrew Forster, Amanda Gallagher, Elizabeth Garson, Joshua Gaynor, Nathan Gaynor, Gabrielle Genna, Peter Genova, Lia Giusio, Eli Goodwin, Zachary Gousse, Isaac Graber, Timothy Grove, Aditi Gupta, Ivan Gupta, Myles Gythfeldt, Sarah Hackenburg, Ainsley Haines, Chase Haitsch, William Hanna, George Henry, Paul Hickey, Robert Hinkle, Jared Hogan, Motria Holian, Grace Hooker, Ciara Hourihan, Isabel Howell, Audrey Huff, Henry Idone, Joseph Isaac, Stephanie Iwinski, Michael Jamieson, Arthur Kardos, Georgia Keller, Justin Keller, Caroline Kelly, Charlotte Kemp, Benjamin Kiefaber, Andie Kiernan, Michelle Kim, Skylar Kleinman, Sara Klosowski, Evan Koerner, Hayden Kokas, Andrey Kosygin, Diana Kovacs, Dylan Kratz, Elizabeth Kuhn, Kai Kuwata, Isabella Lacey, Michael Latauska, Alexander Lenz, Kailyn Leon, James Leonard, Sophia Lescinskas, Emma Levine, Mia Libonati, Joshua Lin, Patrick Llewellyn, Zoe Lockard, Alice Lombardo, Valeriya Lunyakova, Rebecca Lynch, Grace Lynne, John Macko, Natalie Magee, Jaden Mahoney, Kirthana Marepalli, Elizabeth Margewicz, Ethan Margulies, Charles Marino, Mattia Mariotti, Gabriel Martin, Auden Masotta, Liliana Matte, Malina Maxham, Charlotte Mayson, Abigail McCormick, Regan McGrath, Keelan McQuilkin, Kai Meier, Kruz Meier, Jack Michalowski, Sydney Michel, Shane Miller, Emma Minardi, Jean Moncayo, Jack Montanaro, Zachary Mountain, Madison Mueller, John Myers, Matthew Neligan, Abigail Nelson, Cybele Niemeyer, Devon Noonan, Charlotte Norcross, Ryan O'Connor, Cecilia O'Malley, Jamie O'Sullivan, Lianie Ochoa, Arianna Odette, Henry Osher, Ignas Panavas, Steven Parrett, Jackson Penn, Maya Pereyra, Tor Petersen, Katherine Petrillo, Gianna Petroccio, Kavya Podila, Harrison Pratt, Sameer Premji, Avnish Primavera, Keshavan Primavera, Ashleigh Prisco, Alexander Prokopczyk, Blake Queiroz, Savannah Reyes, Ava Rodgers, Madelyn Rose, Noah Rose, Leah Rosen, Zachary Rosenblatt, Milo Rosenzweig, Francesca Rossi, Melody Royaee, Pablo Rubio Lucia, Alexander Sabella, Jacob Sakdinan, Lucas Salazar Anaya, Ruby Saloom, William Scheffel, Nora Schoenherr, Evyn Schreiber, Zoe Sciullo, Aiden Scully, Briony Sekelsky, Liam Shea, Julia Signorelli, Samantha Silvestri, Ryan Slaminko, Kayleen Smith, Zachary Smuckler, Kyle Sonders, Susanna Stoddart, Julia Stopper, Ines Taleb, Kimberly Talisse, Kathleen Tebbe, Caroline Thaxton, Callie Thompson, Declan Tobin, Danielle Tomasetti, Grace Tomasetti, Paige Toran, Ruby Touchard, Emma Trinh, Eva Trotter, Madeline Trotter, Isabella Tuccio, Natalie Utomo, Matthew Uy, Corrie Vakil, Jacob Voellmicke, Joseph Wagnblas, Heather Wallace, Ethan Walls, Charlotte Ward, Declan Ward, Maxime Weng, Alexandra Whalen, Ryan Williams, Nicole Winkeleer, Sophia Wohl, Carol Wu, Kayla Yi, Tiffany Yin, James Young, Claire Zhang, Julia Zvon

Grade 10
Megan Adakonis, Alena Alexander, Bradford Alexander, Kavya Anand, Alexia Anglade, Melissa Ascher, Jackson Badeer, Joshua Barnett, Evan Bellusci, Evan Bender, Alexander Blaha, Nathan Blaha, Riley Blake, Griffin Blood, Aidan Bogursky, Miranda Bonitatebus, Alyssa Boxer, Julia Bragg, Abigail Breitenbach, Jada Briscoe, Hadley Brooker, Lauren Brooks, Emily Brown, Carl Browning, Daniel Bucciero, Matthew Bucciero, Nathan Burra, Kevin Busby, Maxwell Butler, Emiliano Caballero Maldonado, Alexandra Cacciapaglia, Elizabeth Cacciapaglia, Arianna Calle, Benjamin Carr-Lonoff, Lindsay Carroll, Julia Carrozza, Lola Casano, Andrew Castelluccio, Hersha Chauhan, Tiffany Chen, Molly Christel, Carli Ciavarelli, Mia Ciavarelli, Julia Clavi, Miranda Clements, Meredith Clifford, Emma Coakley, Christopher Colletto, Evan Collins, Ryan Colsey, Morgan Cone, Justine Corsilia, Finn Cronin, Alyza Crook, Sofia Daigle, Morgan Dalton, Lily Daubenspeck, Anya DeLucia, Hailey DeWalt, Carter Deane, Sophie Desmarais, William Despirito, Olivia Dillon, Ryan Donovan, Jack Dovaras, Katherine Dowd, Alexandra Eagle, Marlene Edwards, Alexander Emery, Bianca Ennis, Amelia Fennessey, Luca Filgueira, Adelaine Fincham, Emily Fox, Brooke Fuller, Sean Gabello, Samantha Gagnon, Grace Galasso, Curran Garganigo, Sofia Garrett, Nina Gatje, Grady Gernert, Emma Gibson, Cailin Goetz, Ayla Goldstein, Madeleine Gonley, Aditya Gorakhiya, Violeta Gracia Pardos, Sara Hansen, William Harford, Melissa Harris, Annie Haughney, Ollie Heimbauer, Tessa Hilford, Coleman Hoffner, Elizabeth Holloway, James Hooker, Caroline Imbrogno, Angus Inall, Tyler Ingram, Benjamin Jolly, Emma Joyce, Chloe Jureller, Moera Kamimura, Sydney Katz, Karilyn Keaveny, Lauren Kim, Benjamin Klotz, Matthew Knachel, Alexandra Koelzer, Allison Kramer, Aerin Krys, Ariel Langberg, Evie Langston, Christopher Lauretani, Jessica Lavorgna, Abigail Lepanto, Henry Levitt, Terry Li, Camryn Liem, Robert Liesegang, David Llanos, Matthew Long, Alexander Lossenko, Henry Luft, Jared Lugones, Molly Lyons, Ellen Maerean, William Magee, Alexander Mandelker, Brooke Manganiello, Alison Manolakakis, Jaquelyn Mantione, Matthew Marczak, Jacob Margolin, Nicholas Masi, Sean Maue, Kyle McCormick, Ethan McGerald, John McGoey, Jack McGuire, Carter Mendez, Luke Mignano, Quinton Miller, Presley Milton, Ella Miner, Ritvika Misra, Jordan Anna Mooney, Angel Mora, Stella Morelli, Molly Moriarty, Siovhan Moroney, Eliza Morris, Caroline Mueller, Zachary Muldoon, Kendra Mulhern, Ian Murdock, Eloise Murphy, Morgan Murphy, Alyssa Napoli, Priya Natarajan, Alexander Ni, Eva Niemeyer, Sean O'Hara, Colin O'Keefe, Allison Ouellette, Summer Pascua, Jillian Pastore, Eric Pereira, Kaylie Perhamus, Emma Phair, Caroline Pickett, Claire Poremba, Sabrina Porter, Melissa Pratt, Sarah Pratt, Allison Price, Ava Quane, Jackson Ragland, Anna Rapaglia, Sarah Rapaglia, Kyle Rapp, Katherine Rector, Isabel Redrup, Philip Reiner, Olivia Resnick, William Richards, Riley Riebling, James Riina, Sophia Riina, Scott Robert, Amanda Roberts, Ava Rodgers, Evia Rodriguez, Natalia Roseff, Aaron Rubinfeld, Rachel Rudnicki, Leo Santisi, Alexa Sasse, Naomi Schluetter, Sophia Scholl, Alexandra Schuster, Abby Segalman, Natalie Sganga, Cara Sheafe, Sara Shepherd, Solhwi Shim, Addison Siburn, Nicholas Snyder, Michael Stamatis, Ava Steneken, Aidan Stern, Angelina Stofka, Madeline Thomas, Finn Tidbury, Lauren Toia, Alexis Urbanz, Caroline Vilinskis, Katherine Ward, Nicholas Warner, Madeline Weir, Daniel Weiss, Mary Whelan, Haydn Wilfinger, Claire Wilkinson, Sophie Williams, Kevin Yang, Emma Young, Harley Zins, Andrei Zubek, Adin Zusel, Ellis Zusel, Josiah deGrasse

Grade 11
Malik Adebimpe, Nicholas Agliardo, Saira Ahuja, Emma Alessi, Beatrice Altopp, Jake Amara, Kaitlyn Arbucci, William Baker, Cynthia Ball, Luke Barrientos, Alyson Bell, Guillermo Bichara Guzman, Stephanie Bishop, Jack Bohrer, Liam Bohrer, Alexander Bornstein, Luke Boylan, Ainsley Brady, Santiago Briones Lopez, Kian Broderick, Steven Brodsky, Jack Brown, Mitchell Brown, Connor Bruce, Noah Butler, Alison Caiola, Liam Carcich, Spencer Carlson, Evelyn Carr, Ellie Carter, Jackson Carter, Kelly Chittenden, Kenneth Choi, Margaux Class, Olivia Clausen, Caroline Clifford, Aaron Cohen, Christopher Colucci, Audrey Conte, Christopher Cordano, Jacob Corsilia, Alexandra Costigan, Shea Coughlin, Sean Courtney, Connor Craigen, Ryan Crist, Ava Critchell, Maxwell Crowley, Cameron Cummins, Maeve Cunningham, Brett D'Alexander, Luke D'Antonio, Eliza Dai, Alexander Dankowski, Lukas Dapkus, Makena Davi, Kyra Davis, Ava De Palo, Charles DeMatteo, Alyssa DeStefano, Olivia DeStefano, Allegra Devoe, Brendan DiMiceli, Vanessa Diana, Miguel Dias Pinto, Alexandra Dillulio, Leah Dodd, Andrew Dong, Kate Dougherty, Megan Dunphy, Selin Durmus, Gavin Egerton, Matthew Eiben, Steven Eiben, Natalie Esikumo, Chad Eskenazi, Hunter Eskenazi, Alexander Failla, Lily Faillaci, Olivia Federici, Andrew Filippelli, Aidan Flaherty, Matthew Flavin, Kathryn Fleming, Michela Flood, Kathleen Flynn, Tara Ford, Emily Fox, Nya Fozouni, Graham Furey, Sarah Gagliardi, Shane Gagliardi, Bridget Galloway, Katherine Garson, Rebecca Gartner, Sofia Gasparo, Owen Gaydos, Rylie Giles, Abigail Gioffre, Sydney Giordano, Ludwin Godoy, Madison Gotti, Katherine Gray, Gianna Greco, Jonathan Green, Julia Grey, Claire Griffin, Grady Griffin, Isabel Griffith, Gabriel Guter, Hannah Hackett, Emory Haines, Brett Hall, Ethan Hall, Ellory Hankla, Julia Herlihy, Kiralyse Hermann, Logan Higginson, Luke Hisiger, Tristan Ho, Ainsley Hoemann, Bridgette Hogan, Logan Holder, Susanna Howard, Zhiyan Huang, Jack Hudson, Liam Huff, Connor Hunt, Edward Hunter, Ilka Huseinovic, Phoebe Inall, Wyatt Jacobson, Erik Janzon, Jonathan Jelkovac, Matthew Johnston, Ella Kagan, Michaela Kane, Lakshmi Kanumuri, Evan Kaye, Lucas Kaye, Maxwell Kaye, Brian Keaveny, Kloe Keidel, Liam Keppler, Grayson Kilmartin, Charles King, Alyson Kirsch, Julia Knick, Harrison Konopka, Michael Kovacs, Nina Kropas, Lucinda Kubrin, Logan Lachemann, Christopher Lanzarone, Caroline Lasberg, Corinne LeCroy, Katrina Lebl, Justin Leonard, Julia Levine, Matthew Levy, Timothy Llewellyn, Isabelle Lubguban, Danlin Luo, Isabella Lussi, Joseph Mahoney, Kelaan Mantoura, Matthew Martinez, Grace Matthews, Grace Matz, Natalia Maxham, Rory McGrath, Samantha McLemore, John McLoughlin, Declan McNamara, Norah McNeece, Kara Meenan, Antonia Mercurio, Grace Michalowski, Ethan Mills, Ariana Mirfakhraie, Sarah Moussavi, Tyler Munson, Maiki Muursepp, Shreyas Nandan, Jamie Narciso, Miranda Neligan, Collin Norcross, Emmett O'Malley, Spencer Ogden, Cate Ousey, Julia Palmiotto, Jamie Pan, Sophie Parks, Diego Pepe, Christian Perkins, Leif Perkins, Riley Peters, Anne Pfohl, Tyler Pougnet, Ella Prial, Sophia Puchall, Jeffrey Pupazzoni, Olivia Raissis, Sydney Reardon, Jane Redmond, Natasha Riek, Antonella Risi, Alix Rosenbaum, Mills Rosenblatt, Gianna Rus, Maggie Rush, Alexander Scavone, Caroline Schechter, Casey Schmer, Astrid Schoenly, Carter Schroppe, Alexa Serby, Hannah Seward, Mason Sibley, Matthew Silliman, Avery Simoneau, Devansi Sinha, Anna Skare, Tarah Sleight, Serena Stein, William Stewart, Megan Sullivan, Miriam Sullivan, Abigail Sutcliffe, Vishnu Thirupathi, Harriette Thomas, Elena Tittel, Rachel Tomasetti, Sarah Tonra, Jackson Trotter, Xander Van Den Nieuwenhuizen, Anna Vasconcelos, Isabel Voellmicke, Dmitri Volkov, Daniella Vucci, Kristen Wagnblas, Olivia Wanicka, Alexandra Westrick, Frederick Whipple, Kelsi Wilkenloh, Brendan Williams, Tess Williams, Madeleine Wilson, Matthew Wong, Andrew Yu, Alexis Zacharakos, Stephanie Zacharakos, Emily Zagorec, Kate Zangre, Matthew Zhang, Hannah Zipkin, Benjamin Zou, Michael Zvon, Lisa van Gompel

Grade 12
Julissa Acevedo, Andrew Albano, Luela Alexander, Laura Anandappa, Charlotte Anglade, Robert Arent, Emma Armstrong, Caitlin Aronson, Kellan Barrett, Lucy Basile, Todd Benson, Lindsay Bertolino, Adam Biernat, Dylan Black, Dominic Bonfiglio, Maxwell Bornstein, Ritwik Bose, Philip Bouchev, Alice Bradburn, Ellie Brady, Keenan Briggs, John Briody, Hanna Brody, Matthew Brooks, Matthew Brooks, Warren Brooks, Addison Brown, Hailey Brown, Lillian Brown, David Bryce, Grace Bucci, Jillian Buczek, Pablo Carmona, Emily Carr-Lonoff, Isabella Carrozza, Juliette Castagna, Emily Christel, Christopher Clark, Charles Coffin, Jillian Collins, Alana Condron, Marie Condron, Ava Cowles, Annie Cozens, Stephanie D'Orso, Mackenzie Dalton, Edward Daubenspeck, Ramiro Davila Salgado, Jianni De La Cruz, Jacob Dell, Dylan Desmarais, Nicholas Dillon, Allison Donnelly, Carolyn Donovan, Jarred Drickler-Bourgart, Rory Dulecki, Emily Eichner, James Englert, William Everdell, Liam Ferguson, Jillian Feurman, Claire Filaski, Michaela Fitzgerald, Liam Flaherty, Antonio Fonseca Zamudio, Audrey Forster, Daniel Furneri, Alyssa Gagnon, Ella Gay, Molly Gels, Isabella Giordano, Grace Goldberg, Hana Goldstein, Riley Gousse, Sabrina Grizzaffi, Joshua Grossman, Amy Grove, Tyler Hadar, Alexander Hanna, Jessica Hay, Lexi Held, Zoe Higginson, Colin Hogan, Luke Holian, William Hooker, James Hourihan, Luke Hruska, Christopher Hulbert, Alexandra Imbrogno, Catherine Irving, Sarah Isaac, Ella Isley, Shane Jaeger, Elizabeth Jasminski, Laura Jeniski, Jack Johanson, Grant Jones, Simon Jupp, Isabella Jureller, Melanie Kardos, Gunnar Karlson, Cassidy Kepcher, Emma Kiernan, Jeannette Kim, Alexandra Kinkead, Makena Klinkowize, Megan Klosowski, Emma Klotz, Christopher Knachel, Julia Kocsis, Katherine Landler, Emma Langis, Katherine Langis, Conor Lavelle, James Leckie, Celine Lee, Matthew Lefebvre, Juliana Lepanto, Joyce Li, Julia Lin, Kyra Linekin, Madison Londona, Ophelia Lynch, Emma Lyons, Charles MacArthur, Jenna Macari, Maxwell Maceluch, Caroline Malley, Alexandra Man, Nicholas Mantione, John Mathes, Arnav Mathur, Hallan Maxwel, Cameron McClellan, Luke McGarrity, Julia McGeary, Kiley McNamara, Kevin McNicholas, Questin McQuilkin, Makana Meier, Lily Meyler, Kaitlyn Mitchell, Margaret Moran, Aurora Mu, Charles Mueller, Madelyn Muldoon, Lane Murdock, Ajay Natarajan, Ryan O'Sullivan, Eliza Oakes, Eliza Overlock, Jacquelyn Palmiotto, Jennifer Paul, Margaret Pell, Jonah Pereyra, Catherine Petersen, Tess Pisanelli, Reva Podila, Timothy Porter, Ryan Pratt, Walker Pratt, Isabelle Pugh, Holden Quane, Benjamin Ragland, Manushi Raj, Emma Ratnavel, Sophie Reale, Leo Rector, Chloe Rees, George Rioseco, Alec Rodriguez, Diego Rodriguez, Lauren Rose, Clodagh Ryan, Ben Sakdinan, Arshdeep Sandhu, Zachary Sawtelle, Sarah Scheck, Emily Sganga, William Sibley, Chiara Signorelli, Sophie Simonsen, Caitlin Slaminko, Tyra Small, Sophia Smith, Niels Sogaard, Brian Song, Christian Spallone, Alessia Standish, William Stave, Miles Stoddart, Samuel Sulzinsky, Ryan Taylor, Alyssa Teutemacher, Delaney Towers, Isabelle Trozzi, Lauren Tsai, Mathilde Verbitsky, Leena Vieltojarvi, Grat Walker, Jenna Walls, Michael Wang, Ryan Warner, Mya Watson, Devin Watts, Luke Welsh, Aubrey White, Abigail Winkler, Stephanie Yee, Valerie Zhang


Grade 9
Benjamin Anderson, Marcello Bates, Michael Bianco, Jared Brown, Jacob Cascioli, Christian Catizone, Nathan Cohen, Kevin Cunningham, Miles Deane, Kyra Dempster, Leila Devoe, Ariana DiLaura, Connor Dougherty, Henry Ertl, Teagan Flynn, Phoebe Fogerty-Bell, Jeremy Haber, Jack Hay, Christopher Hill, Anders Hoemann, Daniel Jensen, Annabel Johanson, Madison Klein, Charles Krsulich, Katherine Lasberg, Jake Lichten, Walker Liebowitz, Avery Marcus, Rhys Markham, Kenneth Muller, Matthew Olkoski, Kristina Petzold, Sophia Pomposello, Fernanda Ramos, Henry Regnery, Christopher Reinhardt, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Jake Salmore, Noah Seck, Alexandra Sica, Jalen Simpson, Marek Sobocinski, Nicholas Svendsen, Phillippa Thomas, Grace Toperzer, Guhan Vel, Kaya Weiskopf, Gavin White, Cheyla Williams, Lucas Williams, Max Wolfenden, Zoey Zappala

Grade 10
Joseph Addotta, James Ahern, Samuel Bazarian, Marguerite Bellotti, Marley Bender, Adeline Blandford, Ella Brassinga, Ella Brown, Brendan Busby, Carina Carfi, Christian Chang, Jacqueline Chelednik, Benjamin Cherico, Stephen Colletto, Christopher D'Orso, Isabella DeSantis, Jonathon Dowding, Alexis Dunn, Owen Foley, Taryn Furey, Logan Gels, Liam Gerosa, Isabella Gimigliano, Christopher Hamilton, Miranda Harmer, Timothy Isidro, Conor Kain, Ingrid Karlson, Jon-Paul Karpf, Reed Koh, Noah LaValley, Charles Loeber, Carson Lust, Gianna Maisano, Matthew McDonough, Caroline McGrath, Benjamin Mickool, Michael Narciso, James Nightingale, Avery O'Brien, Alexandra O'Malley, Kai O'Malley, Nicolas Pelaez, Ryan Prisco, Sydney Rosen, Carolina Saad, Anne Sarath, Marina Scavone, Matthew Shepard, Kyle Showstead, Lindsay Sierakowski, Justin Silliman, Kaden Thompson, Nicholas Verbitsky, Henri Vieltojarvi, Benjamin Ward, Luke Winkler

Grade 11
Audrey Albis, Grayson Artzt, Sophie Atkins, Christian Calabro, Skyler Campbell, Harrison Cluney, Tristen Connelly, Kirsten Contreras, Gianni Coraci, Emma Courtney, Gillian Davis, Chaz DellaCorte, Timothy Dent, Finn Dinkel, Cameron Farrow, Sean Fuchs, Deana Garst, Shelagh Garst, Sophia Giordano, Tyler Greene, Amos Grey, Connor Hall, Jason Hartnett, Aaron Haynos, Matthew Hogan, Eli Keeler, Aidan Kratz, Jaime Kunzmann, Sophia LaManna, Luke Lescinskas, Kara Macdonald, Samuel Marcus, Amit Markos, Holly Mauro, Harry Mayson, Lashawnna Mullins, Charles Namiot, Luke Nelson, Hadley Nussbaum, Jake O'Brien, Christian Perez, Isabella Reinhardt, Sydney Roth, Jacob Schneider, Ryan Shirvell, Iryna Simpson, Jillian Skor, Logan Starr, Ryan Tullo, Liliana Valente, Ashton Weiskopf, Jack Williams, Matthew Yodice, Kaitlin van der Noll

Grade 12
Callie Amill, Alexander Bissing, David Brodsky, Frank Bua, Matthew Carpenter, Jeevanjot Chana, Kate Collins, Trevor DeMarco, Philip DeRaffele, Madelyn Dec, Michael DiMeglio, Dennis Dowding, Zella Ertl, Michael Ferrandino, William Fleming, Dylan Flood, Gina Formisano, Kate Gallagher, Joseph Gonet, Dean Habeeb, Graciela Kennally-Presslaff, Thomas Kisciras, Ana Kowalczyk, Jackson Kuwata, Colin LaCoille, Daniel Laudati, Ella Liu, Katherine Lynch, Taylor MacDonald, Ethan MacKenzie, Nina Masi, Kiera McCrohan, Samuel McDonough, Caroline McGeary, Falyn McGoey, Finn Meachem, Henry Meyler, Daniel Moroney, Siobhan Morris, Olivia Nazworth, Stephen Nazworth, Linney O'Malley, Brooke Pougnet, Deziree Rendon, Raquel Robinson, Hailey Robson, James Rush, Gabriel Saad, Chelsea Schwartz, Olivia Seal, Ryan Sierakowski, Stefan Sigurdsson, Joshua Smith, Matthew Sorgie, Hanna Sotolongo, Colin Tarpey, Lauren Thompson, Charlie Tidbury, Timothy Vanni, Kate Wagner, Eleanor Walton, Brennan Ward, Lily Warren, Olivia Wieland, Dylan Zappala

kerry@ducey.org (RHS) Neighbors Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:16:08 -0400
Black Bears Entering Homes in Connecticut on the Rise https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/publicsafety/67069-black-bears-entering-homes-in-connecticut67069-black-bears-entering-homes-in-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/publicsafety/67069-black-bears-entering-homes-in-connecticut67069-black-bears-entering-homes-in-connecticut

DEEP Reports Unprecedented Number of Bears Entering Homes in 2020, Reminds Residents of Simple Things They Can Do to Minimize Habituation of Bears

Interactions between black bears and people are continuing their year-to-year rise, resulting in unprecedented numbers of complaints and requests for assistance, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today.

Some of these interactions have been serious, including bears entering homes and gravely injuring both leashed and unleashed dogs. Already in 2020 (through July 8) DEEP has received more reports of bears entering homes (25) than in any previous year and we are on track to triple the average number of home entries of 2018 and 2019. The number of home entries reported this year in June alone (17) equaled those reported during all of 2019.

DEEP is reminding residents of several best practices they can incorporate to help reduce the likelihood of an encounter with a bear.  These practices, along with additional information, are available on DEEP’s “Living with Black Bears” website: https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Wildlife/Nuisance-Wildlife/Living-with-Black-Bears

Black bears that access and consume human-associated food (e.g. birdseed, trash, pet food) on a regular basis become habituated (comfortable around people) and food-conditioned (associate humans with food). As the bear population continues to grow and expand its range, and bears become increasingly food conditioned, conflicts with humans will continue to increase, and food-conditioned bears pose a greater risk to public safety and often cause more property damage to houses, cars, pets, and livestock.

“Black bears should never be fed – either intentionally or unintentionally,” said Jenny Dickson, DEEP Wildlife Division Director. “Bears that are attracted to homes by easily-accessible foods lose their fear of humans. Such bears spend more time in neighborhoods and near people, increasing risks to public safety, the likelihood of property damage, and the possibility that the bears may be hit and killed by vehicles.”

If you encounter a bear while in your yard or hiking, make your presence known by yelling or making other loud noises. Never attempt to get closer to a bear. If a bear does not retreat, slowly leave the area.  If in your yard, go into your house, garage or other structure. If the bear persistently approaches, go on the offensive, shout, wave your arms, and throw sticks or rocks. If your dog is hiking with you, it is imperative that you keep the dog on a SHORT leash and DO NOT let it roam free – this is for the safety of your dog, yourself, and the bear.

Everyone can be a good neighbor and take steps to reduce encounters and potential conflicts with bears. The most important step is to remove food attractants, such as bird seed and unsecured garbage:

  1. NEVER feed bears.
  2. Do not feed birds in the spring (starting in late March), summer, and early fall. Clean up spilled seed from the ground.
  3. Store garbage in secure, airtight containers inside a garage or storage area. Adding ammonia to cans and bags will reduce odors that attract bears. Periodically clean garbage cans with ammonia to reduce residual odor. Garbage for pickup should be put outside the morning of collection and not the night before.
  4. Do not store leftover bird seed or recyclables in a porch or screened sunroom as bears can smell these items and will rip screens to get at them.
  5. Supervise dogs at all times when outside. Keep dogs on a short leash when walking and hiking. A roaming dog might be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs. (Dogs are required to be on a leash when visiting State Parks, State Forests, and Wildlife Management Areas. Check dog and leash regulations for town properties, land trusts, and other public properties before heading to those areas.)
  6. Do not leave pet food outdoors or feed pets outside.
  7. Use electric fencing to protect beehives, agricultural crops, berry bushes, chickens, and other livestock.
  8. Keep barbecue grills clean. Store grills inside a garage or shed.
  9. Avoid placing meat scraps or sweet foods, such as fruit and fruit peels, in compost piles.

In the rare instance when a bear appears to be aggressive toward people, residents should immediately contact DEEP’s 24-hour dispatch line at 860-424-3333.

Bear sightings reported by the public provide valuable information to assist the DEEP in monitoring changes in the black bear population. Anyone who observes a black bear in Connecticut is encouraged to report the sighting on DEEP’s website at https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Wildlife/Nuisance-Wildlife/Living-with-Black-Bears or call the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011. Information on the presence or absence of ear tags, including tag color and numbers, is particularly valuable. A common misconception is that a tagged bear is a problem bear, and a bear with two ear tags was caught on two different occasions because it was causing problems. Actually, every bear receives two ear tags (one in each ear) the first time it is handled by DEEP. Most tagged bears have not been caught as problem bears, but rather as part of a project researching the state’s population.

Another tool available to municipalities to help avoid conflicts between humans and bears is to adopt ordinances prohibiting the feeding of black bears. The towns of Hartland, Colebrook, and Barkhamsted have already adopted such ordinances. DEEP supports adoption of such ordinances and will be initiating outreach to municipal leaders to share information about the development, execution, and effects of these ordinances.

The below graph provides a comparison of this year’s home entry by bears compared to last for the same period.  Also, a localized and filterable mapping tool of reported bear sightings is available through DEEP’s website at https://ctdeep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=924a7664caac4b9ba54512233b7d5495.

kerry@ducey.org (CT DEEP) Public safety Wed, 15 Jul 2020 04:59:39 -0400
Regional travel advisory expands to include 22 states with high COVID-19 infection rates https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/67068-regional-travel-advisory-expands-to-include-22-states-with-high-covid-19-infection-rates67068-regional-travel-advisory-expands-to-include-22-states-with-high-covid-19-infection-rates https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/67068-regional-travel-advisory-expands-to-include-22-states-with-high-covid-19-infection-rates67068-regional-travel-advisory-expands-to-include-22-states-with-high-covid-19-infection-rates

Regional travel advisory expands to include 22 states with high COVID-19 infection rates

The regional travel advisory between Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York that went into effect last month and directs incoming travelers from states with a significant community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for a 14-day period was updated today and now includes a total of 22 states. Four states have been added (Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Wisconsin), and Delaware has been removed.

The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

The list of 22 states meeting this criteria as of today includes:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin

This list will continue to be updated on a regular basis as the situation develops across the country. Anyone seeking the most up-to-date information on the regional travel advisory is encouraged to visit the state’s coronavirus website at ct.gov/coronavirus.

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary

Statewide Total
(includes confirmed and probable cases)

Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases



COVID-19-Associated Deaths



Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19



COVID-19 PCR Tests Reported



*The number of tests reported today does not include data from several of the largest testing laboratories due to a network connectivity issue that prevented them from providing the state with their daily test results. These data sets will be included in a subsequent report.

County-by-county breakdown:


COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Deaths

COVID-19 Hospitalizations





Fairfield County






Hartford County






Litchfield County






Middlesex County






New Haven County






New London County






Tolland County






Windham County






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For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “COVID-19 Data Tracker.”

Governor Lamont signs 61st executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 61st since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus. Executive Order No. 7HHH enacts the following provisions:

  • Authorization for continued temporary suspension of the requirements for licensure, certification, or registration of out-of-state providers: Allows the commissioner of the Department of Public Health to temporarily suspend the requirements for licensure, certification, or registration for certain out-of-state healthcare providers in order to supplement the state's ability to respond to the pandemic.
kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Tue, 14 Jul 2020 15:45:00 -0400
Thinking small will help Ridgefield local shops in a big way https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/67067-thinking-small-will-help-ridgefield-local-shops-in-a-big-way67067-thinking-small-will-help-ridgefield-local-shops-in-a-big-way https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/67067-thinking-small-will-help-ridgefield-local-shops-in-a-big-way67067-thinking-small-will-help-ridgefield-local-shops-in-a-big-way

Innovating to Serve the Community: Pandemic Impacts Ridgefield Small Businesses

COVID has been a game-changer for many local businesses in Ridgefield.

Innovation and creativity were key as many small businesses found ways to survive in a contact-less world. They quickly shifted their business models and catered to the needs of the community by offering curbside pick up, delivery, and in many cases, revamping their website to allow for easy online ordering. 

Ridgefield businesses and nonprofits took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). As reported by the Hartford Courant, “In Connecticut, nearly 8,600 businesses received loans from the federal government through a $660 billion stimulus package that helped small businesses stay afloat during the pandemic.” 

But, even with all of this, maintaining and growing revenue continue to present significant challenges for local businesses. 

Since the onset of the pandemic, three downtown Ridgefield businesses (in close proximity to one another) closed their doors: Kafo (moving to an online model), Lucy’s (moving to a smaller location in September), and Tundi. Avenue K, located at 446 Main Street, closed in mid-February. 

Good news! J. McLaughlin, an upscale clothing and accessory store with 140 locations, opened their doors at 393 Main Street on March 6. The shop was only open for a couple of weeks before being closed due to COVID but they continued to sell merchandise online (they are now open for walk-in customers!)

Let’s help our small businesses by shopping local! Most have opened their doors to foot traffic and continue to offer online shopping opportunities for shoppers not yet comfortable entering stores. 

And, to all of the small businesses in Ridgefield. Together with Fairfield County Bank, we have launched “Why Small Businesses Matter [Reimagined]” to help businesses rebound from the pandemic. One question posed is “What do you want the community to know? Are there ways for the community to help you and other local businesses to prosper?” 

We want to help! If you would like to be part of the series, please email localmatters@HamletHub.com. Please include your business name in the subject line!

State of Connecticut support for Small Businesses 

  • DECD's COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit: The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has created a COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit dedicated to assisting businesses navigate resources and develop new resources. A dedicated phone line is available at 860-500-2333 to provide assistance to Connecticut's small businesses for this purpose.

  • Grants available to Connecticut manufacturers producing needed COVID-19 supplies: Connecticut manufacturers can now apply for grants of up to $75,000 to assist in the production of critical equipment and supplies needed to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. The grants, offered through the state’s Manufacturing Innovation Fund Voucher Program, can be used for working capital, new equipment, and other purposes that help companies build capacity or repurpose their operations. Applications for the funding will be reviewed and approved by the Department of Economic and Community Development, in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, based on the state’s current needs for medical equipment and supplies related to the pandemic. Funding for this short-term program is limited to $1.3 million and requires a one-to-one match from participating businesses. Learn more about the program and the application process by visiting https://ctmvp.ccat.us.

  • The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards. For more information and to apply, click here.

  • Small business owner's guide to the CARES Act: On March 27, 2020, the United States Congress approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide the country with relief from the impact of COVID-19. For a guide about how the act will impact small businesses, click here.

  • Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program: To provide emergency cash flow relief to Connecticut small businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Lamont created the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program. Administered by DECD, the program is for businesses and nonprofits that have fewer than 100 employees. Qualifying organizations can apply for zero-interest loans of up to $75,000 or three months of operating expenses (whichever is lesser). This $50 million short-term emergency loan program will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. As of March 27, 2020, the initial round of funding for this program is closed for applications to ensure that those that have been received so far can be processed efficiently and money distributed as quickly as possible. For those that have already submitted an application, additional documentation can be sent within seven days of submittal.

  • SBA assistance: On March 16, the U.S. Small Business Administration approved Governor Lamont's request to begin offering disaster-relief loans to Connecticut small businesses and nonprofits. Companies in the state can now apply for loans of up to $2 million through a special page on the SBA website. SBA also has more valuable information for businesses.

  • Tax filing extensions: The Department of Revenue Services has extended deadlines for filing and payments associated with certain state business tax returns. Details are on DRS’s website.

  • Unemployment assistance: Workers directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic no longer must be actively searching for work to qualify for unemployment assistance. And employers who are furloughing workers can use the Department of Labor’s shared work program, which allows businesses to reduce working hours and have those wages supplemented with unemployment insurance. DOL has more information about these and other changes.

  • Business Interruption Insurance: A business interruption insurance policy should list or describe the types of events it covers. Events that are not described in the policy are typically not covered. It is important to review the policy exclusions, coverage limits, and applicable deductibles with your agent, broker or insurer. The Connecticut Insurance Department has an FAQ that provides more information.

  • Reimbursement of medical leave costs for small and medium-sized businesses: The Connecticut Department of Insurance reminds small and medium-sized employers of recent guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on COVID-19 - related medical leave.

Learn more HERE.

Learn about CT DECD Coronavirus Business Recovery HERE.


kerry@ducey.org (Sara) Life Tue, 14 Jul 2020 14:16:16 -0400
FREE Outdoor Concerts Begin in Ridgefield This Weekend! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/67066-free-outdoor-concerts-begin-in-ridgefield-this-weekend67066-free-outdoor-concerts-begin-in-ridgefield-this-weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/67066-free-outdoor-concerts-begin-in-ridgefield-this-weekend67066-free-outdoor-concerts-begin-in-ridgefield-this-weekend

Outdoors concerts start this weekend on the grounds of Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC) and Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra (RSO) are excited to present a summer series of diverse weekend performances, outdoors on the grounds of the KTM&HC campus.

The concerts are FREE to attend and will be held primarily on Sunday afternoons on the patio of the Museum’s Visitor Center on Main Street in Ridgefield. Performers include musicians from the RSO, along with other fantastic local artists and bands.

The full line up of scheduled Sunday performances include:

July 19 – 4:30 PM - Shere Khan featuring Mike McNamara (music teacher at RHS); Greg DiMiceli, drums; Lucas Gould, bass; Andrew Beals, sax; Jamie Finegan, keyboards - Music type: rock/funk

July 26 – 3:00 PM – Paula Gallo & The 5 O’Clocks – Music type: original music, as well as band’s own arrangements of popular songs   

August 2 – 3:00-PM – Eric Christensen – Music type: folk/rock guitar

August 9 – 3:00 PM – The Cara Quartet – RSO musician & friends. Music type: classical flute & strings quartet

August 16 – 2:00 PM – Angry O’Haras - Music type: bluegrass/acoustic/ alternative 

August 23 – 3:00 PM – Peter Wikul Quartet – Music type: jazz quartet

August 29 (Saturday) – 4:00 PM – Gold Coast Brass – RSO musicians & friends. Music type: classical and popular brass quintet

NOTE: KTM&HC is COVID certified according to CT state guidelines for safely re-opening Museums & Aquariums (6/17/20):  only outdoor space is open (no Museum tours currently); social distancing; mandatory face coverings or masks; follow one-way signage; and no public restrooms. Performances are permitted outdoors ONLY.  Performers are exempt from wearing a mask when they are performing and are at least 12 feet away from the nearest person.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket, or stop by while strolling on Main Street, and enjoy live music and the summer in Ridgefield!

kerry@ducey.org (RSO) Events Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:36:22 -0400
Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield campers want you to SAVE THE DATE for a Community BBQ! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/67065-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-campers-want-you-to-save-the-date-for-a-community-bbq67065-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-campers-want-you-to-save-the-date-for-a-community-bbq https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/67065-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-campers-want-you-to-save-the-date-for-a-community-bbq67065-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-campers-want-you-to-save-the-date-for-a-community-bbq

Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield summer campers want you to SAVE THE DATE for a Community BBQ to support the Club on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 2 to 7pm. 

The event will take place at the BGCR, 41 Governor Street in Ridgefield.

Details to follow - for now, mark your calendars! 

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:09:19 -0400
Creativity Connects Ridgefield: Meet Theresa Santoro, CEO of RVNAhealth https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/67064-creativity-connects-ridgefield-find-out-how-from-theresa-santoro-ceo-of-rvnahealth67064-creativity-connects-ridgefield-find-out-how-from-theresa-santoro-ceo-of-rvnahealth https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/67064-creativity-connects-ridgefield-find-out-how-from-theresa-santoro-ceo-of-rvnahealth67064-creativity-connects-ridgefield-find-out-how-from-theresa-santoro-ceo-of-rvnahealth

Creativity Connects Ridgefield

What fuels a vibrant, connected, and creative community? What makes people feel good about living in Ridgefield?

When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good. Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Ridgefield. 

Creativity Connects us. Meet Theresa Santoro, CEO and President of RVNAhealth.

Is there a person or organization using creativity to provoke change in Ridgefield?

I would have to say our First Selectman, Rudy Marconi deserves that distinction. You will find him out and about, day and night, working with and supporting individuals and groups. I honestly do not know where he gets his energy.  I have served on several committees with Rudy and attended countless meetings with him.  I have always enjoyed watching him in action. He ensures that everyone feels heard, sees the best in people, inspires collaboration, gets results and does it authentically. He has earned his stripes on provoking change.

Any place in town where you go for inspiration and creativity?

Mine is the classic story of discovering and falling in love with Ridgefield the moment we drove past the fountain heading north on Main Street to meet a real estate agent. It was 1993 with two young kids and a newborn in the backseat. We knew that day which Fairfield County town we would soon call home. Inspiration and creativity are all around us from our unique neighborhoods, endless opportunities to enjoy the Arts, a beautiful main street and the town culture and diversity. But what I am truly inspired by (and grateful for) is my legacy this town has helped me develop: those three kids in the backseat and the wonderful adults they have become.  They grew up in this glorious town, attended our fine schools, felt safe at the Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield and participated in every imaginable after school activity, scouting, swim teams, music lessons, Rec Center birthday parties, bible camps, sports, National Charity League (NCL). The list goes on and on. Their childhood was filled with love, support, safety, and fun. That does not happen by accident. Today, anytime I drive by that fountain, I cannot help but feel grateful, enthusiastic for young families and wishful to do it all over again. That is inspiration.

Is there an organization in town that makes you feel good?

Most definitely! That organization is RVNAhealth! As an RVNAhealth employee for the last 20 years, I have been inspired and in awe repeatedly witnessing the impact our nurses, therapists, and aides have on improving the lives of everyone they touch. Leading with compassion, they have an innate ability to understand the human condition and meet an individual regardless of where they are along their journey mentally, physically, emotionally or at the end of their lives. It is moving beyond belief and makes me so proud to be a part of this meaningful organization. 

While not an organization, another spot that makes me feel good is my favorite shop, Turkey Ridge. I do not think I have ever walked out of there empty-handed. I use the “one gift for you, one gift for me” method of shopping at TR!

Creativity Connects Ridgefield is made possible by LIFEWTR.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 14 Jul 2020 10:19:52 -0400
Ridgefield Residents Named to Dean's List at SUNY New Paltz https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/67063-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-suny-new-paltz67063-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-suny-new-paltz https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/67063-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-suny-new-paltz67063-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-suny-new-paltz

SUNY New Paltz announces its Dean's List for the spring 2020 semester, a recognition for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade-point average in a semester with a full-time course load.

Congratulations to Ridgefield residents Katie Ketner and Shayna Murphy for being named to the Dean's List at SUNY New Paltz for the spring 2020 semester. 

Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, ninety minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.


kerry@ducey.org (SUNY New Paltz) Neighbors Tue, 14 Jul 2020 10:08:34 -0400
LIVE Music and Comedy are Back at The Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/67062-live-music-and-comedy-are-back-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse67062-live-music-and-comedy-are-back-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/67062-live-music-and-comedy-are-back-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse67062-live-music-and-comedy-are-back-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse

Reserve your seat now for the first LIVE performances at  The Ridgefield Playhouse since the pandemic began. Come and enjoy LIVE entertainment once again in a safe and socially distanced setting! These shows will take place outside at The Playhouse.

Keep it "contactless" by purchasing tickets in advance online, and your concessions/bar order via our mobile site. Your order will be ready and waiting for you when you get here! ridgefieldplayhouse.ordernext.com
Sponsored by Teed & Brown

Additional support from Tony Goldwyn & Jane Musky and Frank Selvaggi & Bill Shea

Don't miss a night of music and comedy – our first live show since early March will be outdoors – with 2019 “American Idol” finalist Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon and comedian Christine O’Leary. The outdoor concert, will take place on the field adjacent to The Playhouse, with seating under a tent. Harmon and O’Leary will be reuniting after performing at a star-studded gala event in New York City last year.

Bandsintown Emerging Artist Series | Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer Songwriter Series | Barts Tree Service Comedy Series

With Support from Freixenet Prosecco


Don't miss the finale to Christine O’Leary’s Stand Up Comedy Workshop here at The Playhouse. STARRING: Aly Teutemacher, Glenn Smith, Melissa Tomey-Streeto, Perry Brown, Chris Greene, Holly Teutemacher, Dave Tarpey, Rebecca Berman, Trey Donoghue, Trish Gernert, Patti D’Agostino, Shaena Mcpadden, & Julia Bruce. The brave, funny, and fabulous students will perform their comedy set that they developed over the 8-week long program.

Barts Tree Service Comedy Series

kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:24:03 -0400