Southbury's HamletHub Sun, 12 Jul 2020 10:14:33 -0400 UConn performed 150 COVID-19 tests on student-athletes and all results came back negative

UConn performed 150 tests on student-athletes and all results came back negative

UConn today announced that it has performed 150 COVID-19 tests on student-athletes since June 19 and all of the results came back negative for the virus.

“While this is good news, it is certainly no time to relax the standards and protocols we have in place to ensure the safety of our student-athletes and staff,” David Benedict, UConn director of athletics, said. “We will remain vigilant throughout this process. I’d like to commend our public health officials and medical staff for planning and implementing these protocols while also passing along my gratitude to our student-athletes and staff for adhering to the guidelines. It is my expectation that a future positive test is inevitable but I am confident that the procedures we have in place will mitigate any community spread.”

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit

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Congratulations to the Southbury residents named to the Dean's List at WCSU

Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) has announced the names of students named to the Dean's List for the spring semester 2020. Congratulations to the following Southbury residents:

Michael Bellesheim, Cybersecurity; Hannah Brooks, Music Education; Conor Burke, Art; Janelle Chandler, Art; Jeanna Defusco, Secondary Education; Dominic Frasca, Accounting; Jason Hesse, English; Christina Imperioli, Accounting; Nathalya Januth, Social Sciences; Abbigail Joseph, Nursing; Christopher Josephs, Management; Armend Klenja, Secondary Education; Victoria Korzan, Biology; Jamie Leo, Theatre Arts; Liliana Meleshkewich, Justice and Law Administration; Mary Metzger, Social Work; Bernard Monagan, Finance; Ava Ouellette, Psychology; Matthew Pendagast, Business Administration; Thomas Pendagast, Finance; Jordan Polvere, Chemistry; Katherine Roberts, Music Education.

Learn more about WCSU => Western Connecticut State University

]]> (HH) Neighbors Fri, 10 Jul 2020 07:46:58 -0400
RVNAhealth teams up with On the Mend to deliver deluxe recliner to hospice patient at Wilton Meadows

RVNAhealth gave a shoutout to their friends at On the Mend Medical Supplies & Equipment who teamed up with them to provide and deliver a deluxe model recliner to their beloved hospice patient, Felix Peninpede, at Wilton Meadows.

"Felix, 93, was due for a new chair, and when On the Mend heard that his chair often serves as his bed for comfort, they went the luxurious route. What a difference a chair makes! Many thanks to On the Mend and sweet dreams, Felix!" said RVNAhealth.

RVNAhealth (formerly RVNA or Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association) is a private, non-profit, mission-driven organization founded and focused on care. Learn more about RVNAhealth here.

On the Mend Medical Supplies and Equipment is located in Southbury and Mount Kisco, NY. Learn more here.

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Modified Swim Lessons at the Southbury Town Pool Beginning July 20

We are excited to be able to now offer modified swim lessons at the Southbury Town Pool. While adhering to all guidelines, beginning Monday July 20th, we will offer two lesson options. Lessons will be run from 10:30 am to 11:00 am on the days indicated. Lessons will run the week of July 20th through the week of August 3rd.

Both lesson groups will be run with the lifeguard instructor on deck providing instruction. At no time will the guards be allowed in the water to assist.

Lessons Groups are as follows:

PARENT & TOT LESSONS - Ages 3 mo.- 5 yrs

Tuesdays & Thursday, 6 lessons, $60 - click to register

This is an introduction to water where the parent/guardian is in the water with the child, providing hands-on instructions. An instructor on deck will lead the group in activities with children enjoying splashing, floating, kicking, songs and games with their parent. The goal is to acclimate our youngest pre-swimmers to an aquatic environment at an early age so they are comfortable, happy and confident to learn the basic swimming skills without a parent. Any children who are not potty-trained MUST wear a swimming diaper AND a bathing suit OR plastic pants.

Parent/guardians in the Parent/Tot lesson will be required to be in the water with their swimmer and will be expected to follow the instruction of the on-deck instructor in order to provide the lesson.


Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9 lessons, $90 - click to register

Young swimmers who are able to swim a length of the Town Pool without stopping are invited to take part in this lesson. Swimmers will receive instruction to fine tune their stroke technique in freestyle and backstroke; they will be introduced to butterfly and breaststroke. Swimmers will continue to build confidence and endurance in the water by increasing the distance they swim during lessons.

Southbury Parks and Recreation, 561 Main Street South, Southbury, CT 06488


]]> (Southbury Parks & Rec) Life Thu, 09 Jul 2020 09:50:32 -0400
Southbury Events: Virtual Campfire Storytelling, Art, Wellness, and More!

 Town of Southbury Events

Southbury Farmers' Market
7/9/2020 | 3:00-6:00pm

Southbury Farmers' Market with local vendors. Every Thursday until October 8. Please check the page for Covid-19 related changes. Organizers: Town of Southbury.

Click for the event's details.

Virtual Lecture: "Off the Podium" with Leif Bjaland
7/9/2020 | 4:00pm

Free lecture with Conductor of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. Organizers: Arts Escape.

Click for the event's details.

Storytelling at a Virtual Campfire
7/10/2020 | 7:00pm

Valerie Tutson promises summertime fun for all ages! Organizers: United Church of Christ, Southbury.

Click for the event's details.

Virtual Art Lecture: The Gentle Art of Rembrandt van Rijn
7/13/2020 | 4:00pm

Art Lecture on Rembrandt with Dr. Barbara Johnston. Organizers: Arts Escape.

Click for the event's details.

Virtual Lecture: The American Civil War
7/14/2020 | 10:30am-12:00pm

This series of three lectures will examine the Civil War in its diplomatic context.. Organizers: Arts Escape.

Click for the event's details.

Local Collaborative Virtual Wellness Series
Until 7/31/2020 | Any time

Stay Fit and Be Well from Home. Organizers: The Watermark at East Hill.

Click for the event's details.


07/17/2020 - Storytelling at a Virtual Campfire

07/18/2020 - Household Hazardous Waste & Paint Collection

07/22/2020 - Virtual Music Lecture: Bing Crosby Swinging on a Star

07/27/2020 - Virtual Art Lecture on Claude Monet

View more future events: Upcoming Events Listing

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Local Mom Seeks Best Orthopedic Doctor to Treat her Son, She Meets Dr. Lunt: OrthoConnecticut Testimony

I cannot tell you how much it set my mind at ease to know we were with the practice that everyone recommended! 

- Local mom

Dr. John G. Lunt, a fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity orthopedic surgeon, has an expertise in pediatric and adult sports injuries, minimally invasive endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery, and management of ailments 

With a reputation that precedes him, Dr. Lunt often gets referrals from patients he has healed and treated. In this most recent testimony, a local mom, Kristen, seeks to find the best of the best to treat her young son, Liam. She finds Dr. Lunt.

So recently I had to take my son Liam to the ER at 3 am. We were advised to find an ortho as soon as possible today. We talked to my dad and my friend Tricia Gogliettino [physical therapist at RVNAhealth] and both recommended Dr. Lunt. 

I cannot tell you how much it set my mind at ease to know we were with the practice that everyone recommended! 

Within the first moments of entering the exam room, Dr. Lunt noticed and pointed at my finger (which I broke last fall and had operated on in December) and asked what happened. This was something I had wanted to ask him about...I didn't need to even be cagey or awkward...this guy knows digits and he noticed mine from across the room. Thank you, Dr. Lunt!

OrthoConnecticut is the area’s leading multispecialty orthopedic practice, caring for more than 30,000 patients and performing over 6,000 surgeries each year. We have 31 orthopedic specialists and subspecialists on staff. Led by doctors who are recognized experts in their fields, our highly trained team of medical professionals are dedicated to helping patients return to healthy, active lives.

With offices in Danbury, New Milford, Ridgefield, Sharon and Southbury, we offer unparalleled experience and cutting edge diagnostic tools and treatments, conveniently located near where you live and work.

Dr. John G. Lunt is a fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Lunt has been in practice in the greater Danbury area for more than 27 years, where he was Medical Co-Director and partner at the Hand Center of Western Connecticut. 

Dr. Lunt’s areas of expertise include pediatric and adult sports injuries, minimally invasive endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery, and management of ailments such as tendonitis and arthritis.  He is the founder of the Danbury Hand Club, an organization for discussing new research and innovations in hand surgery. Dr. Lunt is a member of the prestigious American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the New York and New England Hand Societies. 

To learn more about Dr. Lunt and to make an appointment, click HERE.

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VOTE for the Best Looking Crusier in Connecticut!

Voting is now open!

The American Association of State Troopers is conducting its national "Best Looking Cruiser" contest. Voting is now open and continues through Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. (EST).

This year’s contest will be tabulated through the SurveyMonkey website. Access the survey through this link: and scroll through the state agency photos to find the Connecticut State Police cruiser. At the bottom of the page, use the drop down menu to select Connecticut as your favorite!

The winner will be presented with the "Best Looking Cruiser Award" and featured on the cover of the AAST’s “America's Best-Looking Trooper Cruisers 2021 Wall Calendar.”

Calendars will be available for purchase at beginning Oct. 1, 2020.

Net proceeds of calendar sales benefit the American Association of State Troopers Foundation, which provides educational scholarships to dependents of member troopers.

]]> (CT State Police) Life Wed, 08 Jul 2020 14:54:03 -0400
Stargazing with Stellarium Program with Southbury Public Library

Join us to learn about a free resource that can help you look at the stars.  Head of reference Rebecca Randall will showcase some of the features of  This is a great time to look up at the stars!

The librarian hosting this program will be helping patrons learn how to use Zoom along the way. Each attendee will be sent the Zoom Room information after registering.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this presentation is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Registration is required. This program is run by library staff. For more information about this program, please email Rebecca at or call the reference desk at 203-262-0626 ext 131.

Please sign up for this program here

]]> (Southbury Public Library) Events Wed, 08 Jul 2020 12:36:42 -0400
Lamont Signs Order for Absentee Balloting

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order allowing all registered voters in Connecticut to vote absentee in the August 11, 2020 primary. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill mailed every registered Democrat and Republican in the state an application that they will need to fill out and return in order to obtain an absentee ballot.

That application, which will be sent via U.S. Postal Service, will include a postage paid return envelope. Beginning July 21, 2020, all voters who requested an absentee ballot will receive the ballots in the mail, which will also include a postage paid return envelope. New Fairfield will also have a secure ballot drop box, located in front of Town Hall, to allow voters to deliver their absentee ballots in person without close personal contact.

For those who would still like to appear in person to cast their vote, our polling locations will remain open, however, the ability to vote absentee will ensure that the democratic process continues safely and securely

]]> (Town of New Fairfield) Politics Wed, 08 Jul 2020 07:09:57 -0400
Keeping Salon Guests Beautiful and Safe: Adam Broderick Talks Reopening and the New Normal

"St Patrick's Day, March 17th seems like a lifetime ago however for us the beginning of the new normal," explains Adam Broderick, owner of adam broderick salon & spa in Ridgefield and Southbury.
We are living the new normal. Life in the midst of a lingering pandemic means face coverings, keeping a safe distance from others, and constantly washing our hands. Broderick is taking extreme precautions to assure his clients and associates are safe. And, feedback from salon-goers indicates that they feel safe and cared for at adam broderick salon & spa (see image #2 - salon buzz). This, coupled with leaving looking beautiful is a win-win.
But, getting to this point, was a rollercoaster of information, challenges, and change, according to Broderick. Salon services and the longstanding commitment to excellence remain constant, however, Broderick says that the details and touchpoints of the business for every coworker and client have changed dramatically.
Prior to reopening the Salon, Broderick initiated reorientation training programs and updated safety protocols for his co-workers. He also asked for guidance from RVNAhealth who offered their medical expertise.  "Department-specific SHOW ME training is now required for all AB team members. In addition, Barbicide Sanitation Certification has been completed," he explains.
According to Broderick, technology upgrades have enhanced almost every aspect of the salon's daily operations. Heat sensor technology, new POS software, online reservations, digital communications and cashless options have all deployed to support changing needs.
"Although wearing a mask may not be forever, our attention to safety, sanitation and a heightened awareness of all aspects of our business will be," says Broderick.
Visit adam broderick salon & spa online here to make a reservation or to purchase a product or gift card.
Read more "client buzz" on the adam broderick salon & spa Facebook page.
*Image courtesy adam broderick salon & spa
]]> (HH) Neighbors Wed, 08 Jul 2020 05:32:00 -0400
Regional travel advisory updated to include three additional states

The regional travel advisory between Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York that went into effect last month and directs incoming travelers from states with a significant community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for a 14-day period was updated today and now includes three additional states (Delaware, Kansas, and Oklahoma) for a total of 19. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

As of today, the states meeting these criteria includes:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

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

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

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

Overall Summary

Statewide Total
(includes confirmed and probable cases)

Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases



COVID-19-Associated Deaths



Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19



COVID-19 PCR Tests Reported



County-by-county breakdown:


COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Deaths

COVID-19 Hospitalizations





Fairfield County






Hartford County






Litchfield County






Middlesex County






New Haven County






New London County






Tolland County






Windham County






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

Reminder: Connecticut individual income tax returns and payments due July 15

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services is reminding taxpayers that the deadline to file individual income tax returns and make payments for the 2019 tax year is Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The deadline was extended by 90 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The easiest way to file state income tax returns is online via the state’s Taxpayer Service Center, which is easy, secure, and free to use. The Department of Revenue Services website includes a useful list of Frequently Asked Questions that are updated regularly.

For more information, read the press release issued today by the Department of Revenue Services.

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Christine O’Leary & Friends Headline Virtually LIVE! Comedy Show July 22

Christine O’Leary has always been funny. But, it wasn’t until she won a stand-up contest in Maine that she quit her day job to pursue a career in comedy. O’Leary is now an award-winning stand-up comedian, professional host, corporate consultant, and coach to budding adult and teen comics and improv enthusiasts enrolled in her classes at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Her advanced stand up students will take center stage — via Zoom — at Christine O’Leary & Friends: Virtually LIVE! on Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30. O’Leary will host from the Ridgefield Playhouse, while her team delivers stellar sets from home, to allow for a large capacity online audience.

Tickets are on sale now ($20 each) and can be purchased via the phone (203) 438-5795 or online: here

Ticket purchasers will be e-mailed a Zoom show link and given instructions the day of the show. At check out, attendees also have the opportunity to donate to The Leir Foundation Arts for Everyone program, which helps make performing arts shows at the Ridgefield Playhouse and elsewhere available to economically disadvantaged area residents.

O’Leary has taught over 50 sold-out comedy classes (182 graduates) at her post at the Playhouse, with many repeat students, who take an 8-week program to develop a tight, economized, 5-minute set -- the first increment of time given to new stand ups at comedy clubs. The students bring weekly material to “Rip and Read” in class to determine winning content, then video conference one-on-one with O’Leary to finalize their material and hone their set. After two months, they’re ready for an audience. This semester, Christine made what she calls a “pandemic pivot,” and continued classes for nearly 3 months past the original schedule. Knowing the Zoom sessions provided connection for her “tribe”during an uncertain time, Christine was determined to check in with students — not only about comedy — but also about their well-being, as they collectively quarantined. Following the new stand up model, she ’s adapted and created Virtually LIVE! to deliver her team’s signature entertainment to a more inclusive virtual audience; fans can universally enjoy comedy from their couches. A true win-win.

“Comedy is a way to tell the truth, solve a problem and sell the material with a feeling. I love and live to share with people the greatest ‘high’ and joy I know -- standing up and getting paid in laughs! Anyone can do this; there’s enough for everyone. For me, stand up is liberation and freedom. You can ‘up your game’ in life whether you’re a parent or a podiatrist,” said O’Leary, Founder, Team Green Light Comedy.

“You’ll never see anything like it...they’ll be born as comics before your eyes,” O’Leary added.

O’Leary’s stand up class has been a staple at The Ridgefield Playhouse since 2013. The July 22 lineup includes comedians: Eileen Fickes, Dimitri Giatrakis, Laura Isler, Laurie Newkirk, Judy Eckert, Frankie Fuhrman, Stefanie Rosenberg, Jerry Kuyper, Michael Mast, Micky Pasquarella, Bill Green, Laura Von Stein, Barbara Miller, Lee Scharfstein, and Aline Weiller. They include sales people, writers, designers, electrical engineers, creative marketers, insurance brokers, social workers, actors, teachers, activists, and non-profit mavens, among others. The exciting evening will feature surprise visits by celebrities and a door prize to complement the timely Zoom format.

Christine O’Leary has worked with headlining comedians to include Gilbert Gottfried, Joy Behar, Chevy Chase, Sinbad, Tracey Morgan, Robert Klein, Margaret Cho, and Janeane Garofalo. She takes her Team Green Light Comedy comrades to area shows and also hosts and performs at companies, colleges, and charitable, club and pride events nearby and nationally. Christine recently appeared on the Bravo Network pilot, Camp Getaway in April. She can be contacted via and on all social media platforms.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) whose mission is to present a variety of performing arts to the community and the surrounding area that they can enjoy and experience at a varied price point. The Playhouse presents national and local acts and is the cultural hub for the town of Ridgefield.

For details regarding Christine O’Leary & Friends: Virtually LIVE! tickets and comedy classes, visit

Tickets are on sale now ($20 each) and can be purchased via the phone (203) 438-5795 or online: here

]]> (Aline Weiller) Events Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:32:26 -0400
Lamont Puts Pause on Phase 3 Reopening

During his news conference yesterday, Governor Ned Lamont said that while the numbers in Connecticut are trending in the right direction with COVID cases and hospitalizations down significantly, he will not move forward with Phase 3 which would have opened bars and increased the number of people allowed to be both inside and outside of restaurants and other gathering places.

Lamont said, "Let's not get too big for our britches". He referred to Arizona, Florida, and Texas states that are now seeing surges of COVID cases after opening bars. 

Watch Lamonts press conference by clicking the arrow in this post. 

Read the most recent Press Release from Lamont here.

Learn about rules for Phase 1 and Phase 2 reopening here.



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Southbury Parks & Rec Online Classes: Writing Resumes, Career Prep for Students

Southbury Parks & Rec Online Classes

Career Prep Workshop for High Schoolers and College Students

If you are a high school student who is excited about college but struggles with choosing a major, or a college student who still isn't quite sure of your career pursuits, then this workshop will be invaluable. This course will take you on a journey of self-exploration, the foundation of career preparation using Susan's 5 point model to help you identify your personality traits, skills and strengths, interests, values and purpose, and link this information to career options and courses of study that best fit who YOU are. This is an online class. The instructor is Susan Nardella. 

Register and Instructor will set up date & time with you. FEE: $125.00 - Private Workshop. $75.00 - Group Workshop.

Click to register for Private Workshop or Group Workshop.

Writing Cover Letters and Resumes

Are you ready to craft a resume that will differentiate you from the competition and get YOU noticed by recruiters? This workshop will help you create not just a resume, but a marketing tool that highlights YOU, your personal brand, including your skills, contributions and accomplishments. You will learn the basics of resume writing and formatting, and how to match your 'brand' to specific job positions by the expert use of copy that encapsulates who you are and why your unique selling features are 'perfect for the job'! You will learn how to synthesize your experience into a focused document that will open doors and give you the best chance of securing an internship or your dream job. Students will learn to write cover letters that not only introduce themselves to recruiters, but showcase their unique skills that are specific to the position they are interested in. This is an online class. The instructor is Susan Nardella.

Once you register for the class the instructor will contact you to set up a time. FEE: $70.00 - Private Workshop.

Click to register for the Writing Resumes Workshop.

]]> (Southbury Parks & Rec) Events Mon, 06 Jul 2020 14:04:22 -0400
Secretary Merrill Announces Recruitment Effort for Poll Workers

Recognizing that the August and November elections will have unique challenges related to COVID-19, Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today announced a statewide effort to recruit poll workers for Connecticut's primary and general elections.

Voters interested in working at the polls should sign up at

"One of the major effects of COVID-19 we have seen in other states is the struggle to staff polling places and local election offices," said Secretary Merrill. "We are working with our local election officials to make sure that they have the resources they need for the elections in August and November, including adequate staffing. No Connecticut voter will have to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote."

COVID-19 is a disease that passes via direct person-to-person contact and has disproportionate adverse effects on senior citizens and people with pre-existing conditions. The poll worker population, in Connecticut and nationally, tend to be older than the population at large and more likely to have risk factors for COVID-19.

At the same time that a portion of the poll worker community may not be able to work in August or November, COVID-19 is changing our elections. Polls will now feature social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE), and Town Clerks offices are preparing for a much higher volume of absentee ballots than there are in a typical election.

The Office of the Secretary of the State is able to pay for towns' additional expenses related to COVID-19 through federal CARES Act funds, including the hiring of additional poll workers to work in polling places, registrars' office, and Town Clerks' offices. Opportunities are available across the state.

Interested voters should sign up here:

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