Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Wed, 17 Jul 2019 21:26:21 -0400 HamletHub.com Ridgefield Democrats to Caucus Monday, Republicans on Tuesday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/63782-ridgefield-democrats-to-caucus-monday-republicans-on-tuesday63782-ridgefield-democrats-to-caucus-monday-republicans-on-tuesday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/63782-ridgefield-democrats-to-caucus-monday-republicans-on-tuesday63782-ridgefield-democrats-to-caucus-monday-republicans-on-tuesday

Ridgefield Democrats caucus to nominate candidates for the fall 2019 election, will take place on Monday evening, July 22, at 7:30 p.m., in town hall’s large lower level conference room.

All voters who are registered as Democrats in Ridgefield are eligible and invited to participate in the caucus. Please plan to arrive by or before 7:15 pm for check-in by the registrar of voters. Only verified registered Democrats in Ridgefield and press will be admitted to the caucus room.

Learn more here.

The Republicans will caucus on Tuesday, July 23, at 7:30, in the lower level conference room of town hall.

"Nominees for municipal offices to be voted on in November shall be nominated and endorsed by any and all registered Republican voters of the town of Ridgefield in attendance at the caucus," says Chair Hope Wise.  

You must be a registered Ridgefield Republican in order to participate and vote in the caucus. Please arrive early to be checked in as the caucus begins promptly at 7:30.

Learn more here.


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Politics Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:08:20 -0400
Rick Springfield Stripped Down Solo Comes To The Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63780-rick-springfield-stripped-down-solo-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse63780-rick-springfield-stripped-down-solo-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63780-rick-springfield-stripped-down-solo-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse63780-rick-springfield-stripped-down-solo-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse

Rick Springfield Stripped Down - Solo at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 8pm

Springfield is the creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” He rose to fame in the ‘80s as Dr. Noah Drake on the popular soap opera “General Hospital.”

Members can now purchase tickets online ($90) or call the box office at 203.438.5795. 


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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Wed, 17 Jul 2019 11:52:26 -0400
Ancona’s Annex Welcomes Mike Willison of Patton Valley Vineyards on July 25, Reserve Your Spot https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63779-ancona-s-annex-welcomes-mike-willison-of-patton-valley-vineyards-on-july-25-reserve-your-spot63779-ancona-s-annex-welcomes-mike-willison-of-patton-valley-vineyards-on-july-25-reserve-your-spot https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63779-ancona-s-annex-welcomes-mike-willison-of-patton-valley-vineyards-on-july-25-reserve-your-spot63779-ancona-s-annex-welcomes-mike-willison-of-patton-valley-vineyards-on-july-25-reserve-your-spot

Mike Willison of Patton Valley Vineyards at the Annex

Please Join Ancona's Wines & Liquors at the Ancona’s Annex in Branchville on Thursday, July 25 as they welcome Mike Willison of Patton Valley Vineyards!

Make your reservation ($10) here.

"This will not be the first time Mike has done a tasting event with us, and if the last time was any indication, this will be an event you definitely don't want to miss! His innate storytelling ability and passion for these wines are enthralling. This is gonna be a fun ride!" the Ancona's team says.

Patton Valley Vineyards is one of those small, passionate producers rooted in the desire to do things right. Their vineyards and winery are certified sustainable by LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Eonology). Their business is a certified B-Corporation, signifying the value they place in social and environmental responsibility.

The evening will include tasting a delicious all-Patton Valley flight, from pet-nat to Pinot Noir. Here's the lineup:

Patton Valley Pinot Noir Pet Nat 2017

Patton Valley Chenin Blanc 2018

Patton Valley "Nutmeg" Chardonnay 2015

Patton Valley "PTG" Passe Tout Grains 2018

Patton Valley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017

Patton Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2015

$10 person. 6:45 start. Email emma@anconaswines.com to save your seat or reserve your spot here.

Not sure what the Annex is? Read our story, "What the heck is an Annex event and why would I want to go?" 

Attendees will receive deep discounts at the event; deeper than our usual case pricing.

Attendance is FREE for WOM members.


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Wed, 17 Jul 2019 11:40:56 -0400
Can't Stand the Heat? Head to The Prospector and Catch a MOVIE! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/63778-can-t-stand-the-heat-head-to-the-prospector-and-catch-a-movie63778-can-t-stand-the-heat-head-to-the-prospector-and-catch-a-movie https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/63778-can-t-stand-the-heat-head-to-the-prospector-and-catch-a-movie63778-can-t-stand-the-heat-head-to-the-prospector-and-catch-a-movie

Too hot to trot? Head to The Prospector Theater for a COOL movie!

Playing NOW:

Spider-Man: Far From Home


Toy Story 4

Secret Life of Pets 2


Coming Soon

July 19

The Lion King

July 25


Whaaat? Summer Monday Matinee Movie MADNESS at The Prospector Theater! 

All summer-long, $5 Monday morning matinee movies.

Beat the heat with the Prospect crew.

Purchase your movie tickets and learn more about the awesome theater mission: www.prospectortheater.org

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:36:37 -0400
Inspiring Comfort Camp in August at The Lounsbury House https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63709-lounsbury-house-hosts-inspiring-comfort-camp63709-lounsbury-house-hosts-inspiring-comfort-camp https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63709-lounsbury-house-hosts-inspiring-comfort-camp63709-lounsbury-house-hosts-inspiring-comfort-camp

Everyone has a problem you don’t know about.

“Lounsbury House, Ridgefield’s community center, believes that a happier community is a healthier one and Executive Director Suzanne Brennan, is proud to host Inspiring Comfort Kids Camp with Inspiring Comfort co-founders, Jill Bornstein and Mary Perry. The skills workshop will take place in two sessions this August and will help educate youth and staff from The Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield.

Comfort is more than sympathy or understanding,” says Ms. Bornstein, “it is connecting with a person who’s in pain in a way they know someone cares. 

Jill, along with Mike Flynn, director of RB&GC, are excited that working together will help alleviate some of the awkwardness young people may feel when someone they know is struggling or dealing with a difficult situation. 

What is comfort? Why don’t we comfort others? Why is it hard for so many – young and old? Dogs are great at comforting and the lessons that can be learned from them will a part of the program: they listen and are confidential, they recognize when you’re hurting and don’t judge; words not necessary, etc. Plans include a special comfort dog visit.

Very special thanks to Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP and the Ridgefield Prevention Council for their valuable sponsorship support. As a not-for-profit, Lounsbury House depends on the support of donors to help fund programs and events that benefit the community.

Please join Lounsbury House in thanking sponsors and consider ways that we may all work together and make a positive difference -- share your ideas! Lounsbury House, 316 Main Street, Ridgefield; (203) 438-6962.

For off-hours you may always reach Suzanne Brennan at (203) 558-1977.

suebrennan@comcast.net (Lounsbury House) Events Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:20:00 -0400
Ridgefield Residents Named to Dean's List at Loyola University Maryland https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63777-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-loyola-university-maryland63777-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-loyola-university-maryland https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63777-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-loyola-university-maryland63777-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-loyola-university-maryland

Loyola University Maryland has announced the members of its spring 2019 Dean's List. Congratulations to the Ridgefield residents earning this coveted honor:

Elizabeth Berta 

Grace Dinkel 

Sophia Hall 

Alaina Harris 

Elisa Jonas 

Hannah Latorre 

Robert Smith 

Caroline Suozzi 

In order to qualify for the Dean's List at Loyola, a student must achieve a minimum QPA of at least 3.500 for the term, provided that, in the term they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits.

Established in 1852, Loyola University Maryland is a Catholic, Jesuit comprehensive university comprising Loyola College, home to the University's arts and sciences programs; the Sellinger School of Business and Management; and the School of Education. Loyola enrolls 4,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students from across the country.

kerry@ducey.org (Loyola University Maryland) Neighbors Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:11:00 -0400
Potential for Severe Weather, Flash Flooding and Excessive Heat for Weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/63776-potential-for-severe-weather-flash-flooding-and-excessive-heat-for-weekend63776-potential-for-severe-weather-flash-flooding-and-excessive-heat-for-weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/63776-potential-for-severe-weather-flash-flooding-and-excessive-heat-for-weekend63776-potential-for-severe-weather-flash-flooding-and-excessive-heat-for-weekend

The National Weather Service reports that there is the potential for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight for New Jersey, NYC and southern Westchester and flash flooding for the entire tri-state area. This will be coupled with extreme heat through the weekend. Heat index values are expected to range from 105 to 11o on Saturday and 100 to 105 on Sunday.

Read the complete report here.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Wed, 17 Jul 2019 07:36:03 -0400
Ridgefield Residents Can Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste on July 20 in Brookfield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63659-bring-household-hazardous-waste-to-brookfield-high-school-on-july-2063659-bring-household-hazardous-waste-to-brookfield-high-school-on-july-20 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63659-bring-household-hazardous-waste-to-brookfield-high-school-on-july-2063659-bring-household-hazardous-waste-to-brookfield-high-school-on-july-20

This is a reminder the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) FREE Drop-Off Day is Saturday, July 20 at Brookfield High School.

This event is for the towns of Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, New Fairfield, Redding, and Ridgefield.

Visit www.hrra.org for additional information.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Wed, 17 Jul 2019 07:23:00 -0400
Former Ridgefield Resident Jim Karlson, 69, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63775-former-ridgefield-resident-jim-karlson-69-has-died63775-former-ridgefield-resident-jim-karlson-69-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63775-former-ridgefield-resident-jim-karlson-69-has-died63775-former-ridgefield-resident-jim-karlson-69-has-died

Jimmy “Jim” Karlson

Jimmy “Jim” Karlson, 69, of Danbury, formerly of Ridgefield, husband of Kathleen (Battaglia) Karlson, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Danbury Hospital. 

Jim was born in Chicago, Illinois December 11, 1949, the son of the late Knute and Gertrude Karlson. He attended Chicago schools and was a graduate of Northeastern University. He was a U.S. army veteran and a research chemist. Of the many patents that Jim held, Sear’s Weatherbeater Paint was one of the most well-known to the American public. An area resident for the past 39 years, coming from Chicago, he was a member of the U.S. Chemical Association. He enjoyed fresh water fishing and authored the book, “God is Not A Religion.” It was his deep faith and relationship with God and his scientific background that lead him to write this book. His desire was for everyone to read the scriptures regularly and follow them throughout their daily activity in life.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by two sons, Scott Karlson and his wife, Tara of Redding, CT and Andrew Karlson of Danbury, CT; two daughters, Teresa Karlson of Ridgefield, and Lynda Zamolsky and her husband, Peter, of Summerville, SC; a brother John Karlson and his wife, Joanne, of Milton, DE; a sister, Jean Miller; six grandchildren, Gregory, Alexis, Adam, William, Brien, and Kelly. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a son, Adam.

A gathering of relatives and friends will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2019 between the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT concluded with a Celebration of Life Service at 12:30 p.m.

Memorial donations in Jim’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

kerry@ducey.org (Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Wed, 17 Jul 2019 03:53:07 -0400
Ridgefield Residents Named to Dean's List at Purchase College https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63773-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-purchase-college-156331240763773-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-purchase-college-1563312407 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63773-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-purchase-college-156331240763773-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-purchase-college-1563312407

Purchase College celebrates the achievements of more than 1,300 students who have been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2019 semester. Congratulations to Ridgefield residents Bret Kaser, a Music: Production major and Emma Shickell, a New Media major.

Purchase College announced that more than 1,300 students were named to the Dean's List for the spring semester. Students who have earned this academic honor have maintained a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and taken a minimum of 12 credits. For BA and BS programs a semester GPA of 3.50 is required. For BFA and MusB programs a semester GPA of 3.75 is required.

For more information about the College, visit www.purchase.edu.

kerry@ducey.org (Purchase College) Neighbors Tue, 16 Jul 2019 19:26:30 -0400
Birthday Bag Donations Welcome, Thanks to Young Ridgefield Philanthropist https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/63774-birthday-bag-donations-welcome-thanks-for-young-ridgefield-philanthropist63774-birthday-bag-donations-welcome-thanks-for-young-ridgefield-philanthropist https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/63774-birthday-bag-donations-welcome-thanks-for-young-ridgefield-philanthropist63774-birthday-bag-donations-welcome-thanks-for-young-ridgefield-philanthropist

Compassionate Ridgefield in ACTION!

What started out as a service project at East Ridge Middle School, has morphed into a beautiful community initiative which will result in a Girl's Scout Silver Award for one young Ridgefield philanthropist.

Devon, a rising freshman at Ridgefield High School and Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield member, is collecting Birthday Bags which will be given to locals in need of celebratory items - because "Everyone deserves something on their birthday," says Devon.

Look for the box you see here at inside the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield now through mid-August and consider making a donation. Please note: during Club Camp, there will be counselors and Club employees outside and they can take your donation. 

Suggested Birthday Bag items include plates, balloons, streamers, cake mix, a card, decorative gift bag - basically, anything anyone would want to throw a fun birthday party. 

Once school starts, Devon has permission to leave the donation box at East Ridge Middle School.

Thank you to Devon for spreading kindness and being a shining example of compassion.  

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:53:02 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Ridgefield: Sammy + Nat https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/63772-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-sammy-nat63772-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-sammy-nat https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/63772-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-sammy-nat63772-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-sammy-nat

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Sammy + Nat!

Three questions with Samantha Benson, owner of Sammy + Nat.

Why did you start your business?

I started Sammy + Nat, the brand, five years ago in New York City. I left my job at the Michael Kors corporate office and took a leap of faith. With all my friends having babies (and me shopping for them) I always wanted to give a gift that was quality and had integrity. I also wanted a baby/child brand I could relate to - working in fashion and being a 20 something (at the time) the whimsical and sweet layette baby brands didn’t do anything for me. I did some research and looked into manufacturers in Peru to find the finest Pima Cotton I could find. I started small, built a website, and started going to trade shows and putting on trunk shows with friends and family. Fast forward 4 years and the brand is in children and gift boutiques all over the country, we’ve opened two stores (Rye first and then Ridgefield), had a Holiday Pop Up Store at the Westchester Mall last year, and are growing sammyandnat.com business. I have a great team of women working with me: Darcy, Faiza, Sarah, Ginger and Zoe, all strong, smart woman who are part of the S+N Team! If you come to visit our stores, you will be sure to meet one of us! 

Best selling product/service?

We are known for our Luxe Pima Pajamas as well as our baby layette, a perfect go-to gift. 

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

We try to carry as many local businesses as possible! Some of the brands we carry are CPC Children’s Wear (family-run and based out of Rowayton, CT), Merrimane (Started by a mom in Darien), Gells Belts (Family run out of Fairfield CT), Sail to Sable (women-run, based out of Darien), Smoke + Slate (Greenwich, CT), Born on Bowery (woman designer in NYC), Baby Deedee (woman CEO/FOUNDER, based out of Port Chester), Saltwater Designs and Pearl Street Swim  (woman-owned, Fairfield, CT),  Little Kim’s (Rye, NY with mom owner), Hat Attack (Family friends, based out of Bronx NY) 

We also partner with Bundles of Joy, an organization originated in Bronxville NY that benefits babies, children and their mothers in need in the area. For every pair of pajamas, we sell we give back a onesie to a child in need and we also have drop boxes at both locations where you can drop off gently loved items or any new items you wish to donate to BOJ. You can visit our website for more information. 

Sammy + Nat is located at 414 Main Street in downtown Ridgefield. Visit them online here.

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

*Photo credit Ravanelli Photography 

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:12:01 -0400
Telephone Surveys To Be Conducted For Ridgefield Plan https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/63771-telephone-surveys-to-be-conducted-for-ridgefield-plan63771-telephone-surveys-to-be-conducted-for-ridgefield-plan https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/63771-telephone-surveys-to-be-conducted-for-ridgefield-plan63771-telephone-surveys-to-be-conducted-for-ridgefield-plan

As part of the process of updating the Plan of Conservation and Development, the Planning and Zoning Commission has authorized a telephone survey of Ridgefield residents

For the survey, randomly selected Ridgefield households will be contacted to get input and feedback on possible strategies being considered for inclusion in the Plan. Phone calls are expected to occur between Monday July 22 and Saturday July 27. Participants will be randomly selected and may receive a call on either their landline or cell phone. The caller ID will display “GreatBlue Research” and/or will come from prefix 860-740-400*. If no one answers, another Ridgefield telephone number will be randomly selected. The survey has protocols for gender, age group and neighborhood to help ensure a sample which is representative of the community.

The survey questions have been designed to help the Planning and Zoning Commission better understand issues of concern to Ridgefield residents and potential strategies being considered for the future. The results of the survey will be integrated into the Plan of Conservation and Development which is slated for adoption in 2020. The current Town Plan is available on the Town website.

A Plan of Conservation and Development is an advisory document used by the Planning and Zoning Commission and other Town agencies to:

  • Protect the resources important to residents
  • Guide growth and change in Ridgefield
  • Identify facilities and services needed to support the community we want to be

Ridgefield residents are encouraged to participate!

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Ridgefield) Politics Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:57:46 -0400
Save the Date: SPHERE Gala on November 9, Sponsorships Available https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/63769-save-the-date-sphere-gala-on-november-9-sponsorships-available63769-save-the-date-sphere-gala-on-november-9-sponsorships-available https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/63769-save-the-date-sphere-gala-on-november-9-sponsorships-available63769-save-the-date-sphere-gala-on-november-9-sponsorships-available

Spearheaded by Lori Berisford, SPHERE's Chairman of the Board, this year's SPHERE Gala will take place on November 9, beginning at 6:30 pm at Le Chateau in South Salem. 

Consider being an early sponsor and purchasing a table, or an ad in the program book. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Lori Berisford via email loriberis@aol.com.

Berisford has announced Rebecca Ciota has been named 2019 SPHERE Commitment to Service recipient. Rebecca, Ridgefield attorney and longtime SPHERE volunteer and Board member, will be honored at SPHERE's Gala.

We will share additional detail soon - for now, mark your calendars for November 9, 2019, and get ready for an unforgettable evening of friendship and fundraising!

SPHERE helps adults with developmental disabilities achieve their dreams by providing them experiences and programs that directly improve their quality of life and connect them to our robust community.

Learn more about SPHERE here.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:20:02 -0400
RVNA Announces Well Child Clinics in August https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63768-rvna-announces-well-child-clinics-in-august63768-rvna-announces-well-child-clinics-in-august https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63768-rvna-announces-well-child-clinics-in-august63768-rvna-announces-well-child-clinics-in-august

RVNA Announces Well Child Clinics

Every August, RVNA offers physicals and immunization-only visits for young people from birth to age 18. Well Child Clinics are open to all but are especially intended for families who do not have health insurance, or whose insurance does not cover annual physicals and immunizations.

RVNA Well Child physicals are performed by local pediatricians or APRNs (advanced practice registered nurses) accompanied by members of the RVNA staff.

Well Child Clinic Dates

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 6-8pm with Patrick Killeen, PA of Ridgefield Pediatrics/Boston Children’s Health Physicians

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6-8pm with Jay D’Orso, MD of Western Connecticut Medical Group

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6-8pm with Anil Britto, MD of Ridgefield Pediatrics/Boston Children’s Health Physicians

Clinics are held at RVNA: 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield, CT, 06877

To Schedule an Appointment, contact  203.438.5555 ext. 1119 or email KWise@ridgefieldvna.org

Well Child Physicals at RVNA – What’s Included

Each physical includes:

  •  vision and hearing tests
  •  height and weight measurements
  •  anemia screening
  •  urinalysis
  •  blood pressure
  •  doctor examination
  •  any vaccines or immunizations that are required

Well Child Clinic Fees

  • $50 for Well Child physical plus all required immunizations
  • $21 for immunization-only visits (prescription required)
  • Financial Assistance is available, lowering these costs. Please mention when you schedule your appointment.

Other RVNA Pediatric Services include:

Call us at 203-438-5555 x1119 for more information.

kerry@ducey.org (RVNA) Neighbors Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:07:18 -0400