Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:55:23 -0400 HamletHub.com Ridgefield Police Department Accepting Applications for Entry Level Police Officer https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/publicsafety/62663-ridgefield-police-department-accepting-applications-for-entry-level-police-officer62663-ridgefield-police-department-accepting-applications-for-entry-level-police-officer https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/publicsafety/62663-ridgefield-police-department-accepting-applications-for-entry-level-police-officer62663-ridgefield-police-department-accepting-applications-for-entry-level-police-officer

Join the Ridgefield Police Department!

The Ridgefield Police Department is accepting applications for the position of full-time, entry-level police officer. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

Don't miss the deadline! We are accepting applications until Friday, March 22, 2019 at 9:00 am.

Starting salary of $63,791.

We are accepting applications until Friday, March 22, 2019 at 9:00 am.

Applications can be found on our website at www.ridgefieldct.org/police-department.

kerry@ducey.org (RPD) Public safety Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:51:48 -0400
Sen. Hwang Hosts Ms President US in Hartford https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62662-sen-hwang-hosts-ms-president-us-in-hartford62662-sen-hwang-hosts-ms-president-us-in-hartford https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62662-sen-hwang-hosts-ms-president-us-in-hartford62662-sen-hwang-hosts-ms-president-us-in-hartford

Hartford, CT - Senator Hwang welcomed over 45 middle school girls on Wednesday for a series of tours showcasing Connecticut’s legislative history including the Capitol building, the Supreme Court and History Museum. The day closed with a panel discussion and question and answer period featuring several female legislators and leaders.

At a time where the nation is seeing a rising tide of women running for office, Senator Hwang believe events like these allow young people to see firsthand how their voice makes a difference and that there are leadership opportunities they can strive for.

Ms. President US was founded in Ridgefield, CT in 2016 and is a non-partisan, non- profit, community-based initiative dedicated to inspiring and preparing girls to aim for the highest civic leadership positions with the knowledge that they can achieve them.

"Ms President US is fortunate to have the opportunity to show our 4th-8th grade participants, first hand, how CT government works. In their monthly meetings they have already met with their local leaders, and heard from their state leaders. This is a chance to now see them in action at their workplace,” said Amanda Cordano, Project Manager for Ms President US. “These girls are already passionate about politics, and will no doubt have many questions for the politicians they meet during their day in Hartford. This is the next generation of leaders in the making, and offering this level of personal political exposure affords them the chance to visualize themselves in the heart of the action. These girls are at the unique age of finding their voice, which hopefully leads to a lifetime of civic engagement. Ms President US hopes to instill in them the confidence and knowledge in themselves to follow their passions, right to the steps of the White House."

“It’s wonderful to have these talented and ambitious young women at the Capitol to learn about the possibilities in front of them and to meet their role models in government,” said Senator Hwang. “Hosting Ms. President  members at the historic CT State Capitol was a really fun way to help inspire and empower another generation of political leaders and I am thrilled to be a partner with this great organization and want to thank the advisors and parents who support them.” 

State Senator Tony Hwang represents Connecticut’s 28th Senate District which includes the towns of Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton, Newtown & Sandy Hook.

kerry@ducey.org (Grady Jacobsen) Neighbors Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:25:50 -0400
Danbury Arena Purchased by Diamond Properties with Big Plans and Professional Hockey in the Making https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/62661-danbury-arena-purchased-by-diamond-properties-with-big-plans-and-professional-hockey-in-the-making62661-danbury-arena-purchased-by-diamond-properties-with-big-plans-and-professional-hockey-in-the-making https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/62661-danbury-arena-purchased-by-diamond-properties-with-big-plans-and-professional-hockey-in-the-making62661-danbury-arena-purchased-by-diamond-properties-with-big-plans-and-professional-hockey-in-the-making

Danbury Arena will  sparkle with Diamonds

Diamond Properties, a private real-estate development company owned by brothers Bill and Jim Diamond have purchased the Danbury Arena from Floyd Hall Enterprises.

Diamond Properties, headquartered in Mount Kisco, NY, has a long history of acquiring commercial properties with potential for substantial improvement through hands-on property management, market repositioning, and capital upgrades. In addition to its core real estate portfolio, Diamond Properties also operates a number of entertainment properties including Grand Prix New York Racing, Spins Hudson, and the Spins Bowl chain of entertainment centers.

“We are excited about the acquisition of the Danbury Ice Arena and we plan to undertake a significant renovation and upgrade to the facility, similar to what we have done to many of the entertainment properties we have purchased in the past,” said Bill Diamond. President of Diamond properties. “We have a terrific team in place and we have some exciting plans that includes bringing back professional hockey that should prove to be very popular to the surrounding Danbury community.”

In addition to acquiring the property, Diamond Properties has partnered with Danbury-based sports executive Herm Sorcher to revitalize the arena’s offering including bringing back professional hockey to the city of Danbury. “I have been very fortunate to have been part of some incredible moments in this building. I can’t say it enough how much I love this arena and walking through those doors. I am beyond honored to have Diamond Properties as partners as we focus our efforts towards bringing a world-class entertainment facility and Minor League hockey team to this deserving community.” Sorcher, who started his professional career in 1989 with the National Hockey League’s Hartford Whalers, was part of the ownership group that led the 2012-13 Danbury Whalers to the Federal Hockey League Championship.
Plans are in the works to expand the entertainment offering as soon as this summer, and professional hockey will be ready for the upcoming season. A name and branding for the team are to be released shortly.

From Eagle Ice Sports, the previous owners of the building - The Hall Family and the Management of the Danbury Arena would like to thank the Danbury skating, hockey and business community for their support over the last 18 years. We have enjoyed being part of Danbury, Fairfield County and the Housatonic Valley as we provided safe, affordable, and family oriented activities and programs for so many people over the years. We took great pride in working with the City of Danbury to help make the Danbury Arena a reality that brought skating and ice hockey to a whole new community of people.

We wish Diamond Properties and their Management Team well in their new endeavor. We are confident that their experience and vision will take the Danbury Arena to new places and that they will continue the tradition of the Danbury Ice Arena as the cornerstone of the city center of Danbury.

About Diamond Properties:
Since Diamond Properties was founded in 1993, we have acquired in excess of 70 properties, including office, medical, industrial, retail, entertainment, self storage, residential, lodging, and land, in 7 states, and currently own over 60 of those properties, totaling in excess of 12 million square feet. We continue to pursue a capital improvement and leasing program that, when combined with quality-driven customer service, has enabled us to deliver consistently high tenant satisfaction and lease renewal rates.

kerry@ducey.org (Diamond Properties) Places Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:55:55 -0400
Nature's Temptations this Week: Buy Any Sandwich, Get Side Salad for FREE https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/62660-nature-s-temptations-this-week-buy-any-sandwich-get-side-salad-for-free62660-nature-s-temptations-this-week-buy-any-sandwich-get-side-salad-for-free https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/62660-nature-s-temptations-this-week-buy-any-sandwich-get-side-salad-for-free62660-nature-s-temptations-this-week-buy-any-sandwich-get-side-salad-for-free

Nature's Temptations announces this week's Deli Special: buy any sandwich and get a 6 oz side salad from our Prepared Food Case for FREE!

Good thru Sunday, March 24.

We say NO to GMOs at Nature's Temptations!

Nature's Temptations is located at 32 Prospect Street. Call: 203-438-5443 or visit them online.


kerry@ducey.org (Nature's Temptations) Places Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:43:26 -0400
Ridgefield Academy Student Wrestles His Way To New England Tourney https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62657-ridgefield-academy-student-wrestles-his-way-to-new-england-tourney62657-ridgefield-academy-student-wrestles-his-way-to-new-england-tourney https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62657-ridgefield-academy-student-wrestles-his-way-to-new-england-tourney62657-ridgefield-academy-student-wrestles-his-way-to-new-england-tourney

It is no secret that Ridgefield resident and Ridgefield Academy student 3rd grader Cole D., is passionate about the sport of wrestling, and it is safe to say that he is amazing at it! In February, Cole won the Connecticut Youth Wrestling Championship in the 10U division, the first time since 2011 that a Ridgefield resident won this age category. Wrestlers beware, Cole just turned nine and is eligible to compete in the same age group again next year. Cole’s record since last September is an incredible 102-21. He has taken on the best competition in the East and competed in 12 States - as far north as Maine, south as far as Virginia and as far west as Michigan.

Last month’s state championship included qualifiers from sectional meets in Danbury, Bristol, Milford and Killingly. The top 4 from each section were invited to compete for a state title at Hillhouse High School in New Haven on February 24. Cole was a top seed, finishing first in the Danbury section, which also guaranteed him a spot in the following New England tournament. There, he made the podium, finishing fifth, and was honored with the title of All New England.

Cole wrestles for Ridgefield Youth Wrestling, Empire Wrestling Academy (club team) and CTWAY, a Connecticut all-star travel team.

Congratulations, Cole on remarkable achievements in a sport that brings you so much joy and success!
kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Academy) Neighbors Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:58:23 -0400
Comedy Workshop Graduation Showcase at The Ridgefield Playhouse on April 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/62651-comedy-workshop-graduation-showcase-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-april-162651-comedy-workshop-graduation-showcase-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-april-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/62651-comedy-workshop-graduation-showcase-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-april-162651-comedy-workshop-graduation-showcase-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-april-1

Comedy Workshop Graduation Showcase with host and teacher, Christine O'Leary will take place on Monday, April 1 beginning at 7:30 pm.

Purchase tickets ($20) here.

The Comedy Workshop Graduation Showcase is the finale to Christine O’Leary’s Stand Up Comedy Workshop here at The Ridgefield Playhouse. The brave, funny, and fabulous students will have their chance to perform their comedy set that they developed over the 8-week long program.

Learn more here.

kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:30:07 -0400
Singing the Blues in Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/62655-singing-the-blues-in-ridgefield62655-singing-the-blues-in-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/62655-singing-the-blues-in-ridgefield62655-singing-the-blues-in-ridgefield

Zip a Dee Doo Dah, Zip a Dee Dah.  My oh, my what a wonderful day…Mister Bluebird’s on my shoulder. It’s the truth, it’s actual,  everything is satisfactual. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, wonderful feeling, wonderful day (Song of the South, 1946).

With patches of snow still covering the thawing ground, the Eastern Bluebird appears, waking all living creatures and breaking the cold spell of winter with his melodious songs. The bluebirds are not the only ones singing. This docile little animal has the natural ability to make people happy. In the words of renowned poet Henry David Thoreau, “The bluebird is like a speck of clear blue sky seen near the end of a storm, reminding us of an ethereal region and a heaven which we had forgotten.”

A radiant color blue with a warm reddish breast, the male bluebird is as beautiful as he is charming. According to Tom Meyer, a trained bluebird rehabilitator referred to as “Mr. Bluebird” in his hometown of Bedford, NY the male arrives in the northeast in late February, ahead of his mate, and searches for a home worthy to present to her. Once he finds it, he beckons her with joyful chirps to come and approve one of the nest boxes he has selected to raise their family. “He will sit on top of the house fluttering and may show her 3 or 4 spots, just like a real estate agent,” chuckles Meyer. The female, who has lighter blue wings and tail, a brownish throat and breast and grey crown, gets busy creating a nest and promptly lays 4-5 eggs. She diligently incubates her eggs for two weeks. Once hatched, mom and dad share the responsibility of feeding the brood insects. “They kind of alternate, you’ll see the female go in and then the male and as the babies grow, the insects get bigger and bigger,” explains Meyer. It’s the glory and awe of nature at work-  a beautiful story of cohabitation, parenting and shared responsibility.

Believe it or not, if not for the effort and intervention of Eastern Bluebird loving humans, today, spring would arrive without the beauty and promise of the bluebird. There were several decades spanning the years from 1900-1970 when it was not easy for the kind spirited bluebird to find a natural nesting cavity.  Melodee Benoit, administrative assistant to the grounds department and bluebird monitor at the private GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, is dedicated to the preservation of the Eastern Bluebird. She explains that urbanization caused the Eastern Bluebird to compete with other cavity nesters for a place to raise their young. The submissive bluebird lost out to more aggressive birds such as The House Sparrow and the European Starling.  

”Back in the 70’s, a huge part of increasing the bluebird population was making people aware of the bluebird and their plight and how they weren’t thriving. ‘Backyard blue birders’ started putting up bluebird boxes,” explains Benoit. “I’ve put up more than 2,000 bluebird boxes,” Meyer humbly adds.  On his list: Bedford friend and neighbor, actress Glen Close. “About 20 years ago, Glen called me to put up some boxes. I remember taking her daughter, Annie on my shoulders so she could see the bluebirds, she said, “Oh, they look like pencil erasers,” chuckles Mayer. In addition, after Christopher Reeve’s  horseback riding accident which left him paralyzed from the neck down, Meyer received a call from Reeve’s wife. “Dana asked me to put up a box on their back lawn,” says Meyer.

Benoit credits Meyer for making it possible for GlenArbor Golf Club to launch a successful bluebird program. Working in tandem with Benoit, Meyer put up 22 boxes at GlenArbor. “We have an environmental program at the club and the bluebird program is part of that,” explains Benoit.  Once a week, Benoit and Meyer travel the course in a golf-cart checking on each bluebird box. The club recently won an award from the North American Bluebird society for environmental stewardship. “They claim that there are more bluebirds coming out of nest boxes that people put up than natural cavities,” says Meyer.

As a bluebird rehabilitator, Meyer is often called upon when a bluebird is in danger. Benoit recalls a time when bluebird babies were left alone in a nest. “Usually once a year we have to orphan a bluebird.  I can remember calling Tom for help. I put the baby birds in my hands and blew warm air on them. Tom got a heating pad and we put them into a box.” Benoit cared for them until she could add them to a nest box with other bluebirds about the same age. A fascinating trait of the Eastern Bluebird is their willingness to care for another bluebird’s young. “Those parents will then take over as adoptive parents,” explains Benoit.

While having a backyard nest-box is a fantastic way to assure the population of bluebirds continues to increase, Benoit says, ”It’s a commitment, if someone wants to have a bluebird box, they’ve got to monitor it, that’s part of the success. You need to know what’s going on inside the box. You need to check on the babies,” explains Benoit. The Eastern Bluebird can nest up to three times a season. “When they’re done nesting, you need to clean it out right away because they need to get back in there and do their thing again.”

The preservation and recovery of the Eastern Bluebird continues, in backyards, parks and golf courses throughout the northeast. “It’s hard not to love this little bird,” says Benoit. “If I could use one word to describe the bluebird, I’d say magical,” adds Meyer. What’s more, the bluebird is the state bird of New York. That’s one more thing to sing about.

*This story appeared in Ridgefield Magazine


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Sun, 17 Mar 2019 09:59:44 -0400
Happy St. Patrick's Day - A Bit o' History on the Holiday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/59359-happy-st-patrick-s-day-a-bit-o-history-on-the-holiday59359-happy-st-patrick-s-day-a-bit-o-history-on-the-holiday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/59359-happy-st-patrick-s-day-a-bit-o-history-on-the-holiday59359-happy-st-patrick-s-day-a-bit-o-history-on-the-holiday

Happy St. Patrick's Day! If you're wearing the green today, you may like to know a little about the man for whom the holiday is named.

According to BitOBlarney.com, Saint Patrick was born to Catholic parents about 385 in Britain. His father was a nobleman and a deacon. But Saint Patrick's privileged life came to an end at age 16 when he was captured by slave raiders from Ireland. With a large group of prisoners, Saint Patrick was transported to the then pagan island.

Sold as a slave to a king in the northeast, Saint Patrick had the lonely task of tending the pigs and sheep. In the midst of these harsh living conditions, Patrick's faith flourished as he turned to God in prayer.

After being held captive for six years, Saint Patrick heard a voice in his sleep say, "Soon you will go back to your homeland." A short time later, he heard the same voice say, "Your ship is ready."

Trusting in God, Saint Patrick set out on a 200-mile journey through unknown territory. When he arrived at the ship, the captain at first refused to take him. But Patrick prayed to God for help, and the captain changed his mind. Then began a lifetime of dedicating his life to becoming a priest. He envisioned returning to Ireland to teach the Irish about Christianity.

During his 30 years in Ireland, Saint Patrick founded more than 300 churches and baptized more than 120,000 people. Yet he still encountered much opposition, "Daily I expect either murder, robbery, or enslavement," he wrote in his Confessions. He escaped from 12 attempts on his life. Saint Patrick died a natural death on March 17, 461.

By the end of the 7th century, many legends had developed about Saint Patrick. One, of course, says he charmed all the snakes in Ireland and led them to the sea to drown. Another, probably the most popular, is that Saint Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to unbelievers. This is probably why shamrocks, now Ireland's national flower, are worn by the Irish on St Patrick's Day.

kerry@ducey.org (Mike Lauterborn) Life Sun, 17 Mar 2019 06:43:00 -0400
Author Luncheon at Bernard's with Pamela Hart "Mothers Over Nangarhar" https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/62647-author-luncheon-at-bernard-s-with-pamela-hart-mothers-over-nangarhar62647-author-luncheon-at-bernard-s-with-pamela-hart-mothers-over-nangarhar https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/62647-author-luncheon-at-bernard-s-with-pamela-hart-mothers-over-nangarhar62647-author-luncheon-at-bernard-s-with-pamela-hart-mothers-over-nangarhar

Bernard's welcomes Pamela Hart author of Mothers Over Nangarhar as part of their Author Luncheon Series on Thursday, April 4 at 12:00 pm.

Prix Fix Luncheon $35 - appetizer, entrée, dessert, author discussion, book signing.

Book sold separately by Books on the Common

(Beverages, tax & 20% service charge additional)

Make your reservation online here or call 203-438-8282.

PAMELA HART is the author of the award-winning collection, MOTHERS OVER NANGARHAR, published by Sarabande Books. She is writer-in-residence at the Katonah Museum of Art where she manages and teaches an arts-in-education program. She received the Brian Turner Literary Arts Prize in poetry in 2016. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship as well as a fellowship from the SUNY Purchase College Writers Center.

Toadlily Press published her chapbook, The End of the Body. She is a teaching artist in the schools and lives in North Salem, New York. She is a poetry editor for the Afghan Women's Writing Project and for As You Were: The Military Review.

Mothers Over Nangarhar is an unusual and powerful war narrative, focusing less on the front lines of combat and more on the home front, a perspective our American cultural canon has largely ignored after 222 years at war. In her stunning poetry debut, Pamela Hart concentrates on the fears and psychological battles suffered by parents, lovers, and friends during a soldier’s absence and return home, if indeed there’s a return. With honest grit and compassionate imagination, Hart describes her own experience having a son overseas, incorporating lyric meditations, photography, news articles, support group meetings, family interviews, oral histories, and classic literature to construct a documentary-style narrative very much situated in the now. Blending reality with absurdism and guided openly by a Calvino kind of logic, Hart reveals to us a crucial American point of view. An unusual and powerful war narrative told in poetry, focusing on the psychological battles suffered by parents, lovers, and friends on the home front.  


kerry@ducey.org (Bernard's ) Events Sun, 17 Mar 2019 06:13:57 -0400
ACT of Connecticut Sponsors Pride and Prejudice Book Discussion at Ridgefield Library on March 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/62653-act-of-connecticut-sponsors-pride-and-prejudice-book-discussion-at-ridgefield-library-on-march-2162653-act-of-connecticut-sponsors-pride-and-prejudice-book-discussion-at-ridgefield-library-on-march-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/62653-act-of-connecticut-sponsors-pride-and-prejudice-book-discussion-at-ridgefield-library-on-march-2162653-act-of-connecticut-sponsors-pride-and-prejudice-book-discussion-at-ridgefield-library-on-march-21

ACT of Connecticut sponsors Pride and Prejudice Book Discussion at Ridgefield Library on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 PM (Randolph Board Room).
Teens and adults are welcome to join us for a book discussion of Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice led by the Library's Assistant Director Andy Forsyth. 
This program is co-sponsored by ACT of Connecticut. Check out their musical Austen's Pride playing at the ACT of Connecticut Theater from March 28 through April 14! 
kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Library) Events Sun, 17 Mar 2019 04:13:23 -0400
FREE AARP Tax Aide Sessions at Ridgefield Library https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/62652-free-aarp-tax-aide-sessions-at-ridgefield-library62652-free-aarp-tax-aide-sessions-at-ridgefield-library https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/62652-free-aarp-tax-aide-sessions-at-ridgefield-library62652-free-aarp-tax-aide-sessions-at-ridgefield-library

AARP Tax-Aide at Ridgefield Library on Tuesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 21 @ 8:15 AM in the Dayton Program Room  

Tax-Aide sessions are held from 8:15 AM to noon by appointment only.  Appointments can be made by calling Barbara Elkow at 203-438-4288.  
All volunteers are IRS trained and certified every year. There is never a fee or sales pitch for other services.  AARP membership is not required.  The program is open to taxpayers of all ages and backgrounds.
Visit the Ridgefield Library online here for additional information.
kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Library) Life Sun, 17 Mar 2019 04:07:50 -0400
Ridgefield Rotary Fly the Colors Program Accepting Renewals and New Subscriptions! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62649-ridgefield-rotary-fly-the-colors-program-accepting-renewals-and-new-subscriptions62649-ridgefield-rotary-fly-the-colors-program-accepting-renewals-and-new-subscriptions https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62649-ridgefield-rotary-fly-the-colors-program-accepting-renewals-and-new-subscriptions62649-ridgefield-rotary-fly-the-colors-program-accepting-renewals-and-new-subscriptions

Rotary Fly the Colors Program Accepting Renewals and New Subscriptions. Sign up before Memorial Day!

The successful Fly the Flags program ended 2018 with approximately 500+ participants. The money raised goes to educating veterans on entrepreneurship at the University of Connecticut. Last year one of the graduating veterans started a drone consulting company here in Connecticut.

The Ridgefield Rotary Club created this innovative program to encourage the patriotic display of the American Flay on six American Holidays. This initiative is done in collaboration with the Ridgefield Marine Corps League and Ridgefield Supply Company.

Rotarians place an American Flag in front of the participant’s house for six major Holidays which are Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Patriot Day and Veterans Day.

The program works as follow: a plastic pipe will be buried permanently in front yards, near the street to hold the 3 x5 foot flag in place on a 10-foot staff. The installation will be in coordination

with “Call Before You Dig” and Ridgefield Public Works”. Homeowners will be asked to notify the installers of any underground installations before the pipe is buried. 

The flag program is an annual, subscription-based service. The first year cost is 50: its $25 a year after. The proceeds benefit the veterans and their immediate families in the area. You can register and pay on line.

To learn more Ridgefield Rotary, its mission, its people and upcoming events visit us online at www.ridgefieldrotary.org or on Facebook. 

kerry@ducey.org (Joe Savino) Neighbors Sat, 16 Mar 2019 11:23:40 -0400
A Festival of Fun at the Ridgefield One Acts https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/62650-a-festival-of-fun-at-the-ridgefield-one-acts62650-a-festival-of-fun-at-the-ridgefield-one-acts https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/62650-a-festival-of-fun-at-the-ridgefield-one-acts62650-a-festival-of-fun-at-the-ridgefield-one-acts

There is a thrill that surrounds a one-act festival, particularly one so full of local talent: on the stage, behind the scenes, and on the page. Ridgefield Theater Barn’s 9th Annual Evening of One Act Plays presents eight short plays, directed and performed by both seasoned and fresh faces to the theatre, which carry themes of light, laughter, and levity. 
Staged with minimal set pieces and props, with specific lighting and at-times finicky but appropriate entr'acte songs, the Ridgefield one-acts showcased twenty-one actors and seven playwrights’ latest works featuring women’s exploration of love, connection, and personal discovery. Does this sound like nearly every play, ever? Even Brecht? Well, the One-Acts have more than a touch of the absurd too, rest assured. 
Among them is “Waiting for Hugot,” one of the more head-scratching offerings of the night, by C.J. Erlich, directed by Shawn Tyler Allen, featuring Lori Franzese (with an exquisitely realistic Missourian accent--no “you betcha” pulp there) and Timothy Huber, trying on the madcap, writer-type like a splendidly wacky wig. As the title suggests, this play is not afraid to parade existential themes in reality, and the audience can enjoy the actors letting loose while somehow keeping on solid ground. 
A equally bizarre offering at the onset is a show about a priest, a teenager, and morning emissions--not exactly a set up for immediate hilarity, but Pat Lennon’s “Bless Me Father” gives it a whirl. Brian DeToma directs this piece with secure footing in the funny, with Larry Greeley as Father David Coughlin Power delivering pastoral pointers with benign boffola, and Daschel Knuff approaching young Brendan with a 50s-era earnestness. Sorta.
Taking the fourth dimension for a spin was one of my favorites of the night:“How We Met” by Ellie Martino, although it was not without its frustrating elements. Directed by David Fritsch, the audience is treated to two pairs of actresses who are positively joyous in their craft. Valerie Huegel and Taffy Miller are engaging in the telling of their endearing story--an effective use of fourth wall narration--with enough humor and heart to carry the play with no other elements. Yet, their story is enacted center stage by their spirit projections (Maya Jennings Daley and Chhanda Som respectively). These two comedic dynamos are relegated to puppets in what plays as a well-crafted improv sketch which is really not necessary to convey the meaning of the piece. Yet, while the audience must keep pulling focus from one wonderful pair to the next, the contrived story device finds the actors delighting all in the telling. 
A play ready to bust beyond its one act was “Question Mark” by Bob Zaslow, directed with full commitment and attention by Alexis Vournazos. Here the fourth wall narration was more superfluous, as Mark (Stephen Ross) did a fine job in each scene identifying that the perspective of the action was his. A quick character study of his girlfriend Christine (Kristi McKeever) and their delightfully awful stereotyped pairs of Jewish and Irish parents (Elayne Gordon and Craig David Rosen), and of course the magical homeless guy/bartender (Eli Rose), gives us a vast field to watch the actors stretch their archetypal legs in the comedic grass.
Meandering throughout the plays is a woman, Eliza (Emily Volpintesta) navigating the search for love with an array of “nope” guys (Chris Cenatiempo) in eight exchanges entitled “Miss Match / Mismatch” by Paulette Layton, directed by Nancy Ponturo. Volpintesta had to maintain an open, earnest Eliza as Cenatiempo presented a plethora of stock characters with impact in a tiny amount of time. While Cenatiempo hit the sweet spot of some of his characters throughout the show, Volpintesta found her stride as Emily in the final emotional exchanges. This is an excellent “front of curtain” piece, and in its present form, works nicely as a scene study collection for new actors.
A few plays had that “scene work” feel, starting right at the top with “Kissing Will” by Ginny Reynolds and directed by David Fritsch. Kylie Wolff and C.J. Morsey worked through the piece hitting the beats as close to naturally as possible, given how the play does much more telling than showing. Here is a piece where the actors could choose any number of emotional paths to play these characters, and Wolff and Morsey have the chops to pull it off.
“Love at First Sight” by Ed Friedman and directed by Erik Tonner also gave an impression of a perfect scene to work for an acting class--perfect in that it sets up drama from nearly no impetus and pushes the actors to work through their discoveries in rapid, swirling immediacy. This play is written like a sociology thesis, exploring complex concepts of ethnicity, race, and dyschromatopsia (where did THAT word come from?) with scintillating insights and no observable risk of conflict. Rita (Christine Mitchell-Robinson) brings about once-sensitive issues with ease, and Joe (Matt Pagliaro) is well matched for the polite Discussion Tennis that ensues.
Also by Ed Friedman is “Secret Dreamers,” another piece where he takes on the challenge of writing beyond the surface and into the depths of women’s psyches, through the lens of laughter. This play is a also a bit of a “unicorn” as it features the rarity of three women over age 50 exploring vitality and viability in the modern world. Elayne Gordon and Cathy Molloy are sisters who embody comedy and drama respectively, and each commits. Sitting in the stillness is their third sister, played by Kristin Aug, whose monologue teased at awkward to land with such elegance and sincerity (fancy French accordion music and elegant lighting choices notwithstanding) that she elicited mid-play applause.
RTB’s One Acts are an annual tradition of celebrating the craft of theatre, and this year is no exception. Enjoy this rich night of laughter as tickets are quick to sell out. An Evening of One Act Plays runs until March 30, 2019 at the Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Ln, Ridgefield, CT, 06877. Doors open one hour prior to curtain for cabaret-style seating, which is 8PM evenings and 2PM matinees. Bring your favorite treats and libations to enjoy prior to this delightful night full of laughs. Tickets are $35 for adults, and $28 for seniors, students and veterans, and available at ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org or by calling the box office at 203- 431-9850. For more information, email info@RidgefieldTheaterBarn.org. Recommended for mature audiences.

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (Christine S. Bexley) Life Sat, 16 Mar 2019 09:31:37 -0400
Services Planned for Longtime Resident and St. Mary Parishioner, Paul J. Haley, 91 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62648-services-planned-for-longtime-resident-and-st-mary-parishioner-paul-j-haley-9162648-services-planned-for-longtime-resident-and-st-mary-parishioner-paul-j-haley-91 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62648-services-planned-for-longtime-resident-and-st-mary-parishioner-paul-j-haley-9162648-services-planned-for-longtime-resident-and-st-mary-parishioner-paul-j-haley-91

Paul J. Haley of Ridgefield passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 91, at 3:30 a.m. this March 15th surrounded by his loving family. Paul was the adoring husband of Veronica Haley. 

Born in Brooklyn, New York on January 12, 1928, Paul was the youngest of three children of the late Paul Thomas and Mary Bertha Haley. In addition to his parents and siblings, he joins his children, Paul and Dennis Haley and daughter Mary Presnell, who predeceased him. He and Veronica have lived in Ridgefield since 1972 where they raised their ten children. Paul is survived by seven of his children: Theresa, Eileen, Cathy, Patricia, John, Veronica and Deirdre. With spouses and children these families reside in Connecticut, Georgia and Oklahoma. 

Twenty four grandchildren range in ages from 8-36; great-grandchildren total twelve. After serving in the Navy, he met his lovely wife Veronica while boating on Greenwood Lake, New York. They married in 1956 and began their life together in Brooklyn. Paul became a Police Officer with the NYPD and retired with Detective status. He had moved the family to Ridgefield to start a whole new life in his “dream house” with land for the kids to run around on while enjoying the families’ homegrown vegetables. Paul will be remembered for his devotion to his wife, his strong Catholic faith, his love of gardening and being the figure-it-out and fixit guy as well as being a man who was never far from a book. Paul and Veronica raised their family as members of St. Mary Parish. 

Well into his retirement, he joined Founders Hall becoming a pool enthusiast and very proudly winning the first Seniors Tournament. The guiding light throughout his entire life was his unfailing devotion to his Catholic faith which he imparted to his children. 

Friends will be received on Monday, March 18, 2019 from 5 to 8 PM at Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 1:15 PM at St. Mary Church; 55 Catoonah Street Ridgefield. Interment will take place in St. Mary Cemetery, Ridgefield.

kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Sat, 16 Mar 2019 08:48:18 -0400
Dinner and Dancing at Bernard's on March 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/62646-dinner-and-dancing-at-bernard-s-on-march-2762646-dinner-and-dancing-at-bernard-s-on-march-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/62646-dinner-and-dancing-at-bernard-s-on-march-2762646-dinner-and-dancing-at-bernard-s-on-march-27

Dinner & Dancing at Bernard's on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 pm

Join Morten & Mira from Ridgefield’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio for an unforgettable night of dinner and dancing at Bernard's!

3 course Pre Fix dinner & DANCING - $50
(Beverage, tax & 20% service charge additional)

Reservations 203-438-8282

Bernard's is located at 20 West Lane in Ridgefield. Visit them online here.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Sat, 16 Mar 2019 06:06:36 -0400