Southbury's HamletHub Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:10:12 -0400 Bantam Arts Factory Welcoming Artists, Entrepreneurs Seeking Co-Working Space

Bantam Arts Factory is the new name for what was widely known as the Bantam Switch Factory at 931 Bantam Road/Route 202 in historic downtown Bantam. The newly-renovated Bantam Arts Factory offers naturally-bright sun-lit loft spaces where resident artists are currently creating everything from woodworking to fine paintings.

“With its’ bright natural sunlight, high ceilings and views of the Bantam River, the Arts Factory truly offers an ideal creative space,” stated one of the building’s associates Dick Sheldon. “There is also an attractive retail space on the main floor facing Route 202, plus co-working space on all four floors.”

Over the past six decades, the building was leased out to a variety of enterprises and freelance artists and businesses. “In 2015,” stated associate Gary Silverstein, “we decided to renovate and upgrade all four floors into the more current, efficient and safe modern workspaces. We installed uniform lighting throughout, painted all the walls white, and put up trim boards in all the hallways where artists can display their works.”

Jay LeBoff, a third associate, commented, “The building literally had no name after the Switch Factory closed in 1992. Since we now have many artistic entrepreneurs in the building, we logically recently re-named it Bantam Arts Factory.

“Our ambition is to attract creative folks from around the northwest and central Connecticut regions seeking unique and remarkably comfortable original loft space to co-work in with other artists and small businesses.” The building is located across from Zinni’s and Jackie’s restaurants in the southern region on Route 202.

The bucolic hamlet of Bantam was established in 1719. Today the Borough of Bantam is approximately one square mile in size and includes a section of the Bantam River and a series of falls known as Bantam Falls which supplied waterpower to industries and commerce that flourished in the small town.  A hydroelectric plant built in 1905 generated power for the Bantam Ball Bearing Company, Trumbull-Vanderpoel Electric Manufacturing Company, plus all the street lights and homes. 

The original Bantam Arts Factory building was the Flynn and Doyle Carriage Factory built in 1878 to produce carriages and sleighs. The prominent factory burned to the ground in 1888. The new building became the Connecticut Electric Manufacturing Company in the 1950's, and operated until the 1990's as the Connecticut Electric and Switch factory.

To learn more about the newly-renovated and re-named Bantam Arts Factory for available leasing spaces, contact David Dean at 860-459-6009 or via email to

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell ) Places Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:17:18 -0400
20th Annual Southbury Celebration on Saturday!

Southbury Celebration this Saturday, September 22 at Lake Stibbs Field!

Food! Fun! Fireworks! Please bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get set for a terrific evening of fun and celebration for all ages.

  • Food Court, Music, Vendors from 4:30 to 8:30pm
  • Southbury Police, Fire and Ambulance personnel and equipment will be on-site providing public safety information.
  • FIREWORKS approximately at 7:45pm!!!

Food Court Vendors at the 2018 Southbury Celebration:

Boy Scout Troop 1607 Hamburgers, Cheese Sticks, Chips, Bottled Water
Bri Cins Festival Foods Fried Dough, Curly Fries, Chicken Tenders, Lemonade, Water
Circus Man Ice Cream LLC 40 – 48 Varieties of Packaged Ice Cream, Bottled Water, Gatorade and Canned Soda
Dad’s Pop Corn Truck 12 Kinds of Gourmet Pop Corn
Knights of Columbus 5066 Hot Dogs, Red Hots, Chili Dogs, Chips, Water, Soda, Hot Chocolate
Lucky Dog Food Truck Various kinds of Hot Dogs, Red Hots, Kielbasa, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, French Fries, Onion Rings, Chili with Cheese, Sweet Potato Fries
Sonny’s Grinders Steak Teriyaki Grinder, Hibachi /Shrimp Grinder
Southbury Republican Town Committee Popcorn, Donuts, Coffee & Tea
Southbury Women’s Club Cotton Candy and Bottled Water
Szabo Seafood Hot Lobster Rolls, Fried Shrimp, Fish & Chips, Fried Scallop Rolls, New England Clam Chowder
Twins BBQ Co Brisket, Pulled Pork, Pulled Chicken (in a Roll, Over Rice, on a Baked Potato, in 2 Soft Tacos or in a Bowl) with Various Toppings
Weenie Lynn’s Hot Dogs, Grilled Kielbasa, Bratwurst, Hamburger, Weenie Panini, The Popeye, The Porker, El Cubano, The Pikelena, Turkey Taco Fries, Different Kinds of Fries, Mini Donuts, Water and Soda

Musical performances will be provided by talented high school and college musicians. Also, the Pomperaug High School Honorary Music Society, Tri-M officers will be providing music and stage support during the event. The music will begin at 4:30pm with a PowerStation DJ.   

PHS Musicians at the 2018 Southbury Celebration:

5:10 - 5:20 PM Thomas Gilbertie, Nora Machin, Sage Baker 
5:20 - 5:45 PM Sungrove (band members: Christian Winter, Ben Tesbir, Jake Nicolari)
5:55 - 6:15 PM Taylor Dembski, Ellie Labriola, Camryn Dembski, Jason Winter
6:30 - 6:50 PM Catherine Windover
7:00 - 7:25 PM Rock Republic (band members: Ethan Fiske, Ben Bernard, Nate Gibson, Ricki Cruz)
7:45 PM National Anthem: Meghana Annambhotla, Laurel Paddock, Jason Jorge, Christian Winter

No alcohol and no pets are permitted at the event. Caution should be exercised with service animals due to the large crowds and fireworks noises. Extensive free parking is on the STS Great Front Lawn. Due to congested event traffic and safety concerns, there will be no pedestrian walking, no vehicle parking and no parent “drop off/pick up” along Route 172. Handicap and Special Needs parking is available at the Lake Stibbs parking lot.  

A free shuttle bus service will depart from Heritage Village paddock at 5:30pm and from Grace Meadows Senior Housing at 5:45pm. Reservations are required for the bus shuttle. Heritage Village resident's sign-up at HV Activities and Grace Meadow residents at their community center. The bus will return immediately after the fireworks at approximately 8:15pm.

In case of inclement weather, please call the Southbury Parks & Recreation Department Info-line at 203-262-0633 for an official announcement.

Event: Southbury Celebration
Event Date: 9/22/2018
Event Rain Date: 9/23/2018
Event Time: 4:30 - 8:30pm. Fireworks start at 7:50pm
Admission Fee: Free
Event Organizers: Town of Southbury and the Southbury Training School; Parks & Recreation Department Info-line 203-262-0633
Event Location: Lake Stibbs Field, Southbury Training School, 1461 South Britain Road, Southbury, CT, 06488

]]> (Town of Southbury) Events Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:20:26 -0400
Fall in Southbury: Apple Festival, Bluegrass Music, Lunch & Learn



Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection
9/22/2018 | 8:00am-2:00pm

A Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection Day will be held at Thomaston High School. Organizers: The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments and participating towns.

Click for the event's details.

Apple Festival
9/22/2018 | 9:00am-3:00pm

Southbury - Apple Festival at South Britain Cong. Church. Organizers: South Britain Congregational Church.

Click for the event's details.

Southbury Celebration
9/22/2018 | 4:30-8:30pm

Food! Fun! Fireworks! Please bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get set for a terrific evening of fun and celebration for all ages. Organizer: Town of Southbury and the Southbury Training School.

Click for the event's details.

BLUE BASH! A Celebration of Our Rivers
9/23/2018 | 3:00-6:00pm

Guests will enjoy the rustic charms of The White Barn at South Farms, local bluegrass music, tasty food, select wines and beers, tempting auction items, and lots of fun. Organizer: Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition.

Click for the event's details.

Lunch & Learn with Dr. John Dunleavy at River Glen
9/25/2018 | 12:00pm

Complimentary Lunch & Learn! Organizer: River Glen Recreation.

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09/27-29/2018 - UCC FALL Rummage Sale

09/29/2018 - Mission Trip Car Wash

09/30/2018 - Marc J. Taylor, M.D. Memorial Greenway Guided Walk

09/30/2018 - Eclipse 6 - Free Concert & Reception

10/2/2018 - "Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches" Presentation

10/6/2018 - Disaster Relief Training

10/7/2018 - Southbury Fall Classic - 5K Trail Run - REGISTER NOW

10/7/2018 - BentFest

10/13/2018 - Macroinvertebrate Survey - REGISTER NOW

10/14/2018 - Harvest Walk to End Hunger

10/14/2018 - Public Safety Day

10/14/2018 - Phillips Farm Funday

10/23/2018 - Drinking Water and Private Well Forum

]]> (Sarah) Events Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:14:27 -0400
2018 Business Women's Forum To Offer Workshop By Commander-In-She Founder Valerie Gordon

Valerie Gordon, creator of the Commander-In-She consulting business, will be one of four professional development workshop presenters during the Business Women’s Forum (BWF) on Tuesday, October 30, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. 

The BWF is a personal and professional development leadership conference for women that will feature dynamic businesswoman Bethenny Frankel as its keynote and award-winning motivational speaker Linda Larsen, plus a total of six empowering workshops throughout the day. As Connecticut’s longest-running full-day leadership conference for women, the Business Women’s Forum will strive to inspire, motivate, and excite participants during its 36th annual event.

The buzz for the 2018 event surrounds keynote speaker Bethenny Frankel, creator of Skinnygirl cocktails, TV talk show host and star, as well as a motivational speaker and actress Linda Larsen, BSW, MFA, CPAE. Adding to their list of accolades, both women are inspiring bestselling authors.

An anticipated 500+ participants will be able to choose from six workshops to bring new knowledge and expertise back to their workplace and to network with workshop presenters. Workshop topics include the importance of self-care for quality leadership, successful negotiation tactics, the role of nonverbal communication and body language at work, managing the talents of multiple generations, and two “Power Networking Hour” sessions.

Commander-In-She Creator Valerie Gordon will present “The Art of the Ask: Storytelling for Negotiation Success”. Throughout her 24-year television career, Gordon aired hundreds of stories and received 10 sports Emmys and 2 Edward R. Murrow journalism awards. As founder of the communication strategy firm Commander-in-She, she uses the principles of storytelling to meet business and client needs.

Gordon will show attendees how to “Take Command” of any negotiation and author their “ask”. Participants will learn skills to present their best selves, manage conflict and unexpected events with confidence, and fact check a pesky internal mental narrator. Gordon will provide insights to listening and laughing at negotiations gone awry, how to apply the formula, and “Get to Yes” by not being afraid to “Go for No”.

Two “Power Networking Hour” workshops will be offered during the 2018 BWF to provide the opportunity for attendees to connect one-on-one to create new business relationships and potentially generate business leads. Participants should bring many business cards and be ready to provide their 30-second ‘elevator description’ of their business to other conference attendees.

The BWF, a program of the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is a thriving organization led by female executives dedicated to the professional and personal growth of working women. The non-profit BWF’s mission is to raise scholarship funds for female Post University students pursuing a degree in business, and over the past 35 years, in excess of $190,000 in scholarships has been granted. 

The 2018 Business Women’s Forum (BWF) is being presented by the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Onyx II Fine Jewelers and Wells Fargo.

The $195/person admission includes a highly-informative and exciting day of accomplished speakers, breakfast, lunch, professional training workshops, networking opportunities and a high-energy closing reception featuring door and raffle prizes, hors-d’oeuvres, and beverages.

To learn more, and to register for the 2018 BWF, visit, or call the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation at 203-757-0701.

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell ) Events Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:56:04 -0400
Main Street Waterbury To Present Community Award To Waterbury Police Chief October 10

Main Street Waterbury has announced that the recipient of their 2018 Main Street Waterbury Community Partnership Award is Waterbury Police Department Chief Fernando C. Spagnolo. Chief Spagnolo will receive the fourth annual award during a presentation at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The Award was created by the non-profit Main Street Waterbury to celebrate the leadership and contributions of the late Stephen R. Sasala, former CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber and former president of Main Street Waterbury Board of Directors. It is presented to a commendable individual whose initiative, leadership, and personal commitment embody the spirit of partnership and community involvement.

Steve Sasala advocated for quality planning and policy development and practiced the leadership approach of setting goals and staying the course while recognizing and working toward the bigger picture. With these qualities, he continually provided support for addressing local work in ways that ultimately benefitted the more global good.

Fernando C. Spagnolo joined the Waterbury Police Department in July of 1992. During his tenure, he has served in the Patrol Division, Motorcycle Unit, Tactical Narcotics Team, Vice and Intelligence Division, Extra Duty and Licensing and as Aide to the Chief of Police. He has participated in several projects and investigations with both the State and Federal Departments of Homeland Security.

In February 1998 he was promoted to Detective in the Vice and Intelligence Division, and in July 2003 he was promoted to Sergeant. He was then assigned to the Chief’s Office as liaison to the State and Federal Departments of Homeland Security. In May 2006 he became Officer-in-Charge of the Extra Duty and Licensing Division, and in March 2007 he was promoted to Lieutenant and reassigned as the Aide to the Chief of Police.

Fernando Spagnolo attended Saint Joseph’s College in Portland, Maine with a focus on Criminal Justice and Psychology. Currently, he attends Post University to obtain a degree in Criminal Justice and has attended numerous training courses nationwide on Terrorism and Critical Infrastructure Assessment. He is recognized by the court as an expert witness on narcotics and illicit drugs and is certified by the State of Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council as an instructor in anti-terrorism training and crimes motivated by bigotry and bias. He is a graduate of the 69th session of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development School in Quantico, Virginia.

In 1994 and 1996 he was honored with Excellent Police Duty medals. Chief Spagnolo currently serves as Vice President of the Police Activity League of Waterbury, Inc. and as Vice President of the Waterbury chapter of Kiwanis.

Main Street Waterbury CEO Carl Rosa commented, “There are just not enough superlatives to describe the exceptional and highly-admirable achievements and generous community service undertaken by Chief Spagnolo.”

A portion of the annual Main Street Waterbury Community Partnership Award program is the awarding of a scholarship to a selected Greater Waterbury area student. In June 2018, Main Street Waterbury presented their 2018 Stephen R. Sasala II Community Partnership Scholarship to Ben Wierzbicki.

“Ben graduated fourth in his class from Naugatuck High School in June and is now enrolled in New York University studying Economics,” stated Main Street Waterbury’s Rosa. “A member of the National Honor Society, Ben has been very active locally as the student representative to the Naugatuck Board of Education and the Naugatuck Arts Commission. He was also involved as an athlete with the Naugatuck High School swimming and diving team. Ben brings his leadership skills to the college level where he hopes to excel and build partnerships for the future.”

Applicants for the Main Street Waterbury’s annual Stephen R. Sasala II Community Partnership Scholarship must demonstrate their leadership interests by being actively involved in the classroom, student clubs, and community organizations. Each applicant must also demonstrate how their involvement has contributed to their development as a future community leader.

Main Street Waterbury is a 501c3 non-profit, downtown management and revitalization program in the context of historic preservation. Through improving the physical appearance of downtown Waterbury, promoting its architectural and cultural assets, organizing volunteer initiatives, sponsoring events, and fostering public/private partnerships, the organization strives to economically rejuvenate Waterbury’s downtown district without sacrificing its character or heritage.

Platinum sponsors of the October 10 Main Street Waterbury Community Partnership Award reception are Webster Bank, St Mary’s Hospital and Post University. Gold sponsors are Carpin Manufacturing, American Medical Response, and Brass Axe Capital. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Carl Rosa directly at 203-757-0701 ext. 302 or emailing to

Tickets are $40/person and can be purchased in advance at the Palace Theater Box Office at 100 East Main Street in Waterbury, calling the box office at 203-346-2000, or visiting Tickets will be available October 10th at the box office. A portion of all proceeds will be directed toward Main Street Waterbury’s Stephen R. Sasala Scholarship Fund.

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Neighbors Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:03:59 -0400
Ion Bank's Chuck Boulier To Receive Malcolm Baldrige Award

Next Wednesday, September 26, Charles J. “Chuck” Boulier III, the chief executive officer of Naugatuck-based Ion Bank and its parent company, Ion Financial, will receive the Waterbury Regional Chamber’ 2018 Malcolm Baldrige Community Award.

The award is the Chamber’s most respected, honoring the legacy of Malcolm “Mac” Baldrige, the former CEO of Scovill Inc. and Secretary of Commerce under President Ronald Reagan. Baldrige, who also was a former chairman of the Chamber, continually demonstrated his belief in community, leadership, and volunteerism as he worked to promote economic development in Greater Waterbury.

The award will be presented during the 24th Annual Malcolm Baldrige Chamber Awards Dinner on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. The evening will include a silent auction and is a major fundraiser for the not-for-profit Waterbury Regional Chamber, supporting the Chamber’s economic development efforts.

“The Chamber presents the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Community Award each year to a business leader in the region who is committed to economic development and growth in Greater Waterbury,” said William J. Pizzuto, Ph.D., Director of the University of Connecticut Waterbury Campus and Chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. “Our Chamber is thrilled to present this year’s award to Chuck for all of his incredibly generous contributions to and support of the entire Greater Waterbury community and the region.”  

Mr. Boulier has had a long and distinguished career in finance, assisting three different banks in the region as they doubled in size, both in assets and employees. First was Waterbury-based Centerbank, which grew into one of the region’s largest financial institutions. Later, as treasurer and chief financial officer, he assisted American Savings Bank and American Financial Holdings in completing a public offering and growing into the state’s third-largest bank. In 2009, he was elected president and director of Castle Bank & Trust, which merged into Naugatuck Savings Bank and subsequently became Ion Bank. In 2003 he became president & CEO of Ion Bank, which has doubled in size through acquisitions and by opening new locations.

A Waterbury native, Mr. Boulier is a chartered financial analyst. He received his MBA in Finance from the University of New Haven, an accounting degree from Bryant College, and attended Naugatuck Valley Community College. He is a director of the Ion Bank Foundation and chairman of the American Savings Foundation and America’s Mutual Banks. He also serves on the boards of the Waterbury Regional Chamber and Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation. He chaired the United Way of Greater Waterbury’s 2017-18 annual fundraising campaign and serves on the 2018-19 Campaign Council. In addition, he serves on the Investment Committee of the Connecticut Community Foundation and the Quinnipiac University Business School Advisory Board and is a corporator for Griffin Hospital in Derby.  In 2010, he was named the United Way Naugatuck & Beacon Falls Campaign Coordinator of the Year.

In 2016, Mr. Boulier received the Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce’s Dibble Award, honoring his outstanding contributions to business and the socioeconomic well-being of Naugatuck. He is only the second person to be awarded both the Dibble Award and the Malcolm Baldrige Community Award. Joseph Carlson II of Centerbank and Hillside Properties LLC is the other.

Mr. Boulier and his wife, Beth, reside in Wolcott. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Nominees for the Malcolm Baldrige Community Award are considered for their roles in supporting employment opportunities, for enhancing the overall economic growth and quality of life in the region, for playing a leading role in initiating new business or development, and for their community leadership.

Past honorees are: Frank Monteiro of MacDermid Performance Solutions; Ralph Carpinella of Carpin Manufacturing Inc.; Judge James Lawlor, chairman of the Waterbury Housing Authority; M. Catherine Smith; attorney Gary B. O’Connor; Frederick Blasius Jr. of Blasius Chevrolet Cadillac; Peter Baker of Crystal Rock; Waterbury Mayor Neil M. O’Leary; Burton Albert of Albert Bros. Inc.; Sen. Joan V. Hartley; Joel S. Becker of Torrington Supply Co., and Charles T. Kellogg of Hubbard-Hall Inc.

Also: Norman S. Drubner of Drubner Industrials; Carmen A. Vacalebre of Carmen Anthony Restaurant Group; state Banking Commissioner John P. Burke; John A. Michaels of Michaels Enterprises; William J. Pape II of the Republican-American; Jaci Carroll of Jaci Carroll Staffing Services; James C. Smith of Webster Bank; Daniel Leever of MacDermid Inc.; Robert W. Garthwait Sr. of Cly-Del Manufacturing; Joseph Carlson II of Hillside Properties LLC, and former Gov. John G. Rowland.

The Chamber will also honor Timothy D. Bergstrom, Regional President-Hartford and head of Business Banking for the Connecticut market for Webster Bank, with its 2018 Leadership Award, and Joseph Riolo, owner of Route 63 Automotive in Watertown, with its 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award.

One of the largest chambers in Connecticut, the Waterbury Regional Chamber has more than 1,000 member businesses.

Tickets for the 24th Annual Malcolm Baldrige Awards Dinner are $150/person, $1,750 for a table of 10. Reservations may be made online at, by sending an email to, or by calling the Chamber at 203-757-0701.

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Neighbors Wed, 19 Sep 2018 06:27:35 -0400
Pomperaug Woods Announces Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show Award Recipients

Pomperaug Woods senior living community announces the recipients of the 11th Annual Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show awards. First, second, and third place are presented in four categories: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and Photography. Additionally, a “Best in Show” award is given to the artist who best demonstrates “the feeling of beauty and life in his/her artwork.”

Ralph R. Schwartz, from Monroe, is this year’s winner of the Tommie Davis Award, or “Best in Show,” for “Red’s Eats.”

Lisa Huebenthal, community life services director at Pomperaug Woods, said the community is proud of the art show’s continued growth. He said that they received 243 entries from 133 seniors from 51 Connecticut towns this year.

The art show, where the winning pieces will be on display, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sept 23 at Pomperaug Woods, located at 80 Heritage Road in Southbury. The event is free and open to the public.

The 2018 award winners are:

Tommie Davis Award: Ralph R. Schwartz, Monroe – Red’s Eats

Most Expressive: Thelma Appel, Waterbury – Before Time

Most Innovative: Robert T. Schweizer, Avon – Summer Dreams – Hammonasset Beach

Abstract: Eleanor M. Phillips, Colchester – Peace Overtakes Pain

Best Execution: Lorraine Ryan, New Milford – Heirlooms


Winners in the Painting Category

First Place – Lynn Norris, Southbury – The Committee

Second Place – Salvatore Gulino, Southbury – Bantam Bread (After Manet)

Third Place – Betsy Nickerson, Southbury – Will

Winners in the Drawing Category

First Place – Dolores Gall, Hamden – Botswana Trees

Second Place – Mary Noble Brand, Southbury – Best Friends

Third Place – Jillian Kauff, Washington – David


Winners in the Sculpture Category

First Place – Burt Carpentier, Waterbury – Mother and Child

Second Place – Sharon Curran, Bethlehem – Mustang Stallion

Third Place – Bob Murray, Watertown – Celtic Staff


Winners in the Photography Category

First Place – Charles Fleishman, Oxford – Round Things

Second Place – Charles Fleishman, Oxford – Magic Door

Third Place – Charlotte Dzujna, Southbury – Before Sunset


The award-winning pieces will be displayed at Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main Street in Waterbury, from October 7 to November 11.


About Pomperaug Woods

Pomperaug Woods is located at 80 Heritage Road in Southbury, Connecticut. As Southbury’s only not-for-profit LifeCare® senior living community, Pomperaug Woods offers residents a variety of amenities, activities and residential living options. In addition to maintenance-free independent living apartment homes, residents have access to graduating levels of care, including assistance-in-living, assisted living, rehabilitation and skilled nursing. For more information, call 203-262-6555 or visit

]]> (Kelsey G.) Neighbors Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:37:35 -0400
Upcoming Events in Southbury: Scout Kickoff, Tag Sale, and More!

Southbury Events: Cub Scout Kickoff, Fall Tag Sale, Meet the Farmers, and More!

Scout Me In - Cub Scout Kickoff!
9/14/2018 | 6:30pm

Boys AND Girls in grades K-5 are invited to a kickball kickoff to learn all about Cub Scouting! Organizer: Pack 162 and Pack 61.

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SVFA Ladies Auxiliary Fall Tag Sale
9/15/2018 | 9:00am-3:00pm

Join Southbury Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for a fun-filled day of shopping at Southbury Green - it's like visiting 100+ tag sales all in one place! Organizers: Southbury Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

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Meet the Farmers
9/16/2018 | 1:30-3:30pm

Learn what our area farmers are growing at Southbury Farms. Organizers: Southbury Land Trust.

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09/22/2018 - Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection

09/22/2018 - Apple Festival

09/22/2018 - Southbury Celebration

09/23/2018 - BLUE BASH! A Celebration of Our Rivers

09/26/2018 - Lunch & Learn with Dr. John Dunleavy at River Glen

09/27-29/2018 - UCC FALL Rummage Sale

09/29/2018 - Mission Trip Car Wash

09/30/2018 - Marc J. Taylor, M.D. Memorial Greenway Guided Walk

09/30/2018 - Eclipse 6 - Free Concert & Reception

10/2/2018 - "Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches" Presentation

10/6/2018 - Disaster Relief Training

10/7/2018 - BentFest

10/13/2018 - Macroinvertebrate Survey - REGISTER NOW

10/14/2018 - Public Safety Day

10/14/2018 - Phillips Farm Funday

]]> (Town of Southbury) Events Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:33:46 -0400
Pomperaug High School Student is National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Pomperaug High School senior, Jacob Zilkha is National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among them is Pomperaug High School student Jacob Zilkha. 

Zilkha, and all of the academically talented high school seniors named semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Program, more than 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. 

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2019 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join some 338,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

]]> (Tara) Neighbors Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:07:00 -0400
Huge Tag Sale on Southbury Green on September 15!

Southbury Volunteer Fireman's Association (SVFA) Ladies Auxiliary Fall Tag Sale on September 15 from 9am to 3pm on the Southbury Green!

Isn't it time to get cash for the items sitting around your attic or basement? Gather your treasures, invite a neighbor or friend to join you, and participate in the sale. Crafters and Flea Market vendors are also welcome. Our 125+ spaces sell out quickly, so if you're interested in participating, don't delay. Spaces: 10'W x 10" D-$25; 10'W x 20'D- $40. Send in your application today!

Visit our website at to download an application, or email to request one.

Questions? Email or go online:

Southbury Green, 775 Main St. South, Southbury

]]> (SVFA) Neighbors Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:45:00 -0400
Learn Basic Microsoft Word at Southbury Library on Thursday

Basic Microsoft Word:
Thursday, September 13 from 2-4pm at Southbury Library

Microsoft Word has been the most popular word processing program for a very long time now.  It is used at home, by businesses, and in schools.  If you are hoping to become more proficient in Word, this two hour class may be just for you! Topics will include:  discussing the user interface, creating a document, navigating around your document, important editing techniques, some common formatting options, and more.  So join us and become more comfortable with this important program.

Mike Ingber is the owner of Upward Business Systems, which has been in business since 1989 and provides expert, reliable, affordable computer consulting services to a large base of clients.  Clients include town halls, schools, non-profit agencies, small and medium businesses of all sorts, home users, and senior citizens.  Mike received an M.S. Degree in Computer Science from Cornell University, and a B.S. Degree in Computer Science and Applied Math from Stony Brook University. 

Registration is required. Please call the library at 203-262-0626 ext. 130

]]> (Southbury Public Library) Events Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:51:15 -0400
Meet RVNA Staffer of the Week from Sherman, Joanna Roche!

If you’ve ever planned a large party or event, you know the onslaught of details and tasks that occupy the final days before everything falls right into place. It’s inevitable. RVNA Development Associate, Joanna Roche, knows all about this — especially this week as the RVNA philanthropy team puts the finishing touches on this Saturday’s Autumn Dinner.

Nonetheless, Joanna, a true team player, took time from her busy and varied day to share her story.  Read on … it’s a good one.

Where did you grow up and where do you reside now?
I was fortunate to have had a very enriching childhood. I was born in Paris and from there lived in Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua, and Malaysia. At the age of 18, I had the opportunity to work and live in New York. After that, my life took a dramatic turn. After many flights across the Atlantic, between London and New York, my future husband brought me back to the States. Some 27 years later, I currently reside in the tiny rural town of Sherman, CT.

What brought you to RVNA?
A change of career! My husband and I founded a small media communications agency. After 18 successful years running our own business, it became time for me to find my own career path. An acquaintance spoke highly of RVNA and encouraged me to apply for a job in the Development office. I soon realized I had found my calling working in Development and Fundraising.

What is your role at RVNA?
I am a Development Associate, providing support to MJ Heller, Director of Philanthropy and Alice Meenan, Director of Donor Relations. I assist with donor cultivation, acquisition of new donors, donor retention, and I solicit donations through fundraising events, mailings and direct donor engagement. I also coordinate the execution of annual fund appeals, manage/maintain our donor database, and prepare daily correspondence to thank our donors, and keep the department organized and on track!

How long have you worked at RVNA?
I joined RVNA three and a half years ago in February 2015.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I really enjoy developing and maintaining donor relationships. This requires reaching out to donors thanking them for their donations. A phone call usually leads to why they support RVNA and I hear their gratitude for the wonderful care they receive from our clinicians and caregivers and how they deeply value RVNA and our mission.  At RVNA, our donors are also partners and friends and that makes my role a very nice one.

Did you ever consider being a nurse?
No, but I really admire those that have chosen this profession.

What do you love to do when you’re not working?
I love relaxing at home, taking my dog for a walk, seeing friends, going out to a great restaurant.

What is your hidden talent?
Hmmm that’s a tough one – I have a knack for remembering strings of numbers, like credit card numbers and phone numbers. Odd but true!

What would you do if you won the lottery?
Travel the world. Have another home in England to spend more time with my family, and maybe a villa in France or Italy that produces wine.

Do you have a favorite RVNA moment or story?
I do. I have an absolutely fabulous RVNA story to share, but you’ll have to come to the Autumn Dinner this Saturday to hear it.  You’re going to love it!

Visit RVNA online here.

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Drink Pink Courageous Faces: Meet Local Breast Cancer Survivor, Peggy Marconi

 On October 10, 2018, the 10th Annual Drink Pink for a cause will take place at Bernard’s in Ridgefield. This event supports Ann’s Place while putting a spotlight on local breast cancer patients and survivors.

The photo you see here is one of Kristen Jensen’s “Courageous Faces”. This and many other photos of cancer survivors and those in the midst of treatment will blanket the walls of Bernard’s on October 10 telling a story of life, struggle, friendship, and hope.

Here, we couple the many Courageous Faces with their unique stories. We thank each and every one of these ladies for sharing their difficult journey with us.

Peggy Marconi

Hometown: Ridgefield

Occupation: Realtor, Neumann Real Estate (and wife of Ridgefield First Selectman, Rudy Marconi!)

Tell me about when you first learned you had breast cancer

I went for my annual mammography in October 2012.  I received a letter in the mail several weeks later stating that something looked as though it needed a follow-up appointment with an ultrasound.  I scheduled that appointment within a few days and was told on the table I needed to go and have a biopsy immediately.  I did just that and found out that I had breast cancer. 

Who did you turn to for support and how was that person or organization supportive?

Fortunately, my husband immediately got involved and learned everything we needed to know about the type of breast cancer I had and attended every appointment with me and asked a ton of questions and took notes at every meeting.  I knew I had a great support system with him and ultimately my family and close friends.

Tell me about something someone said or did that helped you through your most difficult days

I thought about this question for a long time and I  had very good doctors and surgeons but my husband had the most significant impact on my attitude and ability to stay strong.  He was with me in my darkest hours of feeling really sick from the chemo and radiation and always told me I was going to make it and that he was there to make sure I did. Three years later when I had to have a bi-lateral mastectomy he was there every day to handle the extensive care I required because of the complicated surgery. 

Do you look at life differently pre/post breast cancer diagnosis?

There is no question that I totally approach life with a different attitude.  I have a much more realistic attitude about insignificant issues that people worry about every day of their lives.  I am so capable of knowing what is important in my life and definitely what is no longer important.  I want to make sure that my family learns from my cancer that life is uncertain and to make the most of every day. 

What message do you have for others who have been diagnosed with breast cancer?

I would wish for every person diagnosed with any form of cancer to reach out to close family and friends.  I think most people do not realize how many people want to help with every aspect of someone's health care and journey to wellness.  Facilities like Ann's Place is a wonderful, safe place for people going through treatments and for families to learn how best to help their loved ones.

Support Ann's Place, Peggy, and all of our Drink Pink Courageous Faces by visiting Crowdrise and making a donation HERE.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 12 Sep 2018 08:18:39 -0400
Southbury Library Lecture about Women in CT Native American Tribes

Southbury Library Lecture about Women in CT Native American Tribes on Thursday, September 13 at 6:30pm in the Kingsley Room of the Southbury Public Library

Find out more about the women of indigenous communities of what is now Connecticut, and how their roles compared to those of Native American men and their European female contemporaries. In traditional Native American societies, women were and still are considered major assets to their communities and are respected as the social equals of men for a number of reasons.

Joining us will be Dr. Lucianne Lavin of Washington CT's Institute for American Indian Studies. She'll provide a short introduction to the indigenous communities in southern New England, and then focus on the roles of women in those communities. This presentation will also discuss how those roles changed in response to the devastating effects of European colonization and briefly touch upon the riveting lives of some 20th & 21st century traditional indigenous women leaders in Connecticut.

 Lucianne Lavin, Ph.D. is an anthropologist and archaeologist with over 40 years of research and field experience in Northeastern archaeology and anthropology and currently works as the Director of Research and Collections for the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from New York University and her B.A. from Indiana University and has written over 150 professional publications and technical reports.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Registration requested at 203-262-0626 x130.

]]> (Southbury Public Library) Events Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:17:02 -0400
Town of Southbury Potential Storm Alert: Trees in Weakened Conditions

With the possibility of impending heavy rain and wind, the town would like to remind you that trees may be in a weakened condition from the recent tornado, and they have the potential to fall.

While we are not anticipating a widespread power outage please be prepared in the event that outages occur. The town is monitoring the situation and has been in contact with Eversource and the Red Cross.

While we don't expect it, in the event of power outages along with excessive debris in the roads, residents should be prepared to shelter in place for at least three days in the case of a large event.

More information will be available on the town website as the situation develops. For more information about what to have available at your home please visit

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