Southbury's HamletHub Fri, 24 May 2019 18:25:58 -0400 Southbury's Annual Memorial Day Parade and Picnic and More Upcoming Events

Annual Memorial Day Parade and Picnic 
5/27/2019 | 11:00am

Enjoy the parade down Main Street South which begins at 11:00am and then come on over to Ballantine Park for the Family Day Picnic. Organizers: Southbury Parks & Recreation.

Click for the event's details.

Boy Scout Troop 1607 Memorial Day Fundraiser 

5/27/2019 | 12:00pm

Let Boy Scout Troop 1607 cook for you on Memorial Day at the Town Picnic! Organizer: Boy Scout Troop 1607.

Click for the event's details.

May Books & Bites Book Club 
5/29/2019 | 1:00pm

Join the Book Club at Arts Escape!! Organizers: Arts Escape.

Click for the event's details.

Piano Sonatas in the Age of Mozart 
5/29/2019 | 2:00pm

Piano Sonatas in the Age of Mozart Lecture & Musical Performance. Organizers: Arts Escape.

Click for the event's details.


5/30 - 6/2/2019 - Half-Price Book Sale

6/1/2019 - Car Wash

6/1/2019 - CT Trails Day Hike at Bent of the River

6/2/2019 - CT Trails Day Hike at Bassett and Ivers Preserve

6/2/2019 - Rabies Clinic for Dogs and Cats

6/2/2019 - The Young Novelists at The Blues Café

6/2/2019 - 'Notorious Divorce' Author Discussion

6/4/2019 - Devouring History - Foods & Fads Lecture

6/7/2019 - Invasive Plant Walk with Glen

6/8/2019 - Opioid Awareness and Resource Day

6/8/2019 - South Britain Open House + Walking Tour

6/8/2019 - Bullet Hill School Open House

6/9/2019 - 43rd Annual Strawberry Festival

6/9/2019 - Amber Alert Event

6/9/2019 - Food Bank Cocktail Party and Fundraiser

6/13/2019 - Monthly Author Conversations with Author Heather Webb

6/14/2019 - Inaugural Run for the Arts - REGISTER NOW

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Get your amusement park thrill ON at Danbury City Fair through June 9

The Powers Great American Midways Carnival has arrived at Danbury Fair! Enjoy rides, games, and cotton candy through June 9.

Day Date Hours Promotional Price:
Monday's - Friday's - 5-11PM 
Saturday - 12N-11PM
Sunday's - 12N-10PM
Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day - 12N-11PM

**Pay One Price (Unlimited Rides) $30 All Hours**

* $25 POP Wristband with Mall Receipt or Coupon* - Coupons available throughout mall

Regular Ticket Prices - 4 Tickets - $5.00 22 Tickets - $20.00 - Rides accept 3-6 tickets

** Hours, prices, and rides subject change, weather permitting. **

All mechanical rides owned and operated by Powers Great American Midways

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DressBarn Closing Stores - Plans to Wind Down Operations of approximately 650 Stores

On May 20, Dressbarn announced plans to commence a wind down of its retail operations, including the eventual closure of its approximately 650 stores.

All Dressbarn stores are open and conducting business as usual, as is Dressbarn’s ecommerce site. Customers can continue to shop at Dressbarn in-store and online and use Dressbarn-branded credit cards for purchases. There are no current changes to Dressbarn’s return, refund, or gift card policies.

Steven Taylor, Chief Financial Officer of Dressbarn, said, “For more than 50 years, Dressbarn has served women’s fashion needs, and we thank all of our dedicated associates for their commitment to Dressbarn and our valued customers. This decision was difficult, but necessary, as the Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment. During the wind down process, we will continue to provide our customers with the same great experience both in-store and online, offering them even better deals and value. We will work to assist our associates through the transition and maintain existing relationships with our vendors, suppliers, and other key stakeholders through this process.”

Plans for closing individual Dressbarn locations, including information about store closing sales, will be shared during the wind down process. Dressbarn has retained A&G Realty Partners to assist on real estate-related matters.

Dressbarn associates will be notified when decisions are made about specific store closures and provided with transition support. Dressbarn intends to continue paying its vendors and suppliers in full in the ordinary course for products and services provided to Dressbarn during its wind down process.

Troy Taylor, President of financial advisory and investment banking firm Algon Group, has been appointed as independent director to the Board of Directors of The Dress Barn, Inc.

Above released by DressBarn/Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

Store locations in our area:

  • Putnam Plaza Shopping Center 1874 Route 6 Carmel, NY 10512
  • Danbury DressBarn Plaza 132 Federal Road, Danbury, CT 06811
  • Cortlandt Town Center 3119 E Main St, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
  • Southbury Plaza Shopping Center 100 Main St N, Southbury, CT 06488
  • Thornwood 996 Broadway, Thornwood, NY 10594
  • Norwalk 574 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851
]]> (Margaret Carey/DressBarn/Ascena Retail Group, Inc.) Places Thu, 23 May 2019 11:38:00 -0400
Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Appoints Attorney Mary Schinke to Board of Directors

Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, of Danbury, Appoints Attorney Mary Schinke, Volunteer Chairperson, to its Board of Directors

This week, Regional Hospice and Palliative Care (RHPC) President & CEO, Cynthia Emiry Roy, announced the appointment of Attorney Mary Schinke of Roxbury, Connecticut as Volunteer Chairperson of the agency’s Board of Directors.  Having volunteered on the Board and as a “Pet Partner” for patients for over four years, Schinke is uniquely qualified to fill this leadership position. As an estate lawyer, Schinke advises clients on services such as wills and trusts, health care advance directives, powers of attorney, and even the future care of a beloved pet should an owner die or become hospitalized. 

Mary began her relationship with Regional Hospice by taking the agency’s 24-hour family support volunteer training, with the goal of visiting hospice patients in the community with her Certified Therapy Dog, “Charlotte,” her Bichon Frise. “Mary’s passion and commitment to our patients and families is unsurpassed, says Roy. “She is a special volunteer because she has served in so many capacities at our agency.”  Since beginning, Mary has volunteered over 110 hours of her time to RHPC.

The services Mary was advocating for became personal two years ago when Steven, her husband of more than 30 years, received a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive and fatal lung disease. “Steven became a Regional Hospice patient in our home,” says Schinke, who devoted time and energy to caring for her husband. Later, when his symptoms worsened, he moved to a private suite at RHPC’s Center for Comfort Care and Healing in Danbury. With steady compassionate care from RHPC staff, Schinke was simply able to be a loving wife to her husband instead of a caregiver juggling endless tasks, a role she had when Steven was in their home. “Being with him without having caretaking demands gave us the gift of quality time together.”

Having had such broad experience with hospice, Schinke comes to her new role with a goal of expanding the scope of the non-profit agency. “Regional Hospice has been around for 36 years, and yet in many parts of Connecticut and eastern New York we’re still a well-kept secret,” she says. “I want to get us out into the community and start having important conversations about the quality of death. I want people to know that they have options when it comes to end of life care.” 

A native New Yorker, Schinke started life in Queens, then spent her formative years in Connecticut at The Ethel Walker School. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Psychology, also earning a certificate in British Studies during her junior year abroad in London. She earned her law degree at Harvard University.

Learn more about RHPC

]]> (Mona Finston) Neighbors Thu, 23 May 2019 08:56:48 -0400
Connecticut Facebook Fugitive Chooses Fame Over Freedom

The Torrington Police Department recently received an unusual offer from a wanted fugitive.

According to Torrington Police, after negotiating with the police department, wanted fugitive Jose Simms, 29, offered to turn himself in if the Facebook post with his mugshot received 15,000 likes. The post was made early on Wednesday morning and within 24 hours, the post garnered the support of over 22,000 likes. However, Jose Simms has yet to turn himself in.

Lieutenant Johnson remains hopeful, writing, “We will update the post again when he does turn himself in. Thank you to everyone who liked the post and messaged us with info. It's all appreciated”.

This is an ongoing story. We will continue with updates as new information develops.

*Image courtesy Torrington Police Facebook


]]> (Will Bryant) Public safety Thu, 23 May 2019 07:57:05 -0400
RVNA Southbury Spring Breakfast on June 7 at The Heritage Hotel

Rise and SHINE with the RVNA!

RVNA will hold their 5th Annual Southbury Spring Breakfast on Friday, June 7 from 7:30 to 9:00 am at The Heritage Hotel, 522 Heritage Road in Southbury.

Join the RVNA for a lively event, featuring an inspiring speaker, silent auction and exciting raffle items, all dedicated to funding our mission of providing quality health care in the Southbury community.

For sponsorship opportunities and reservations, click here.

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Opioid Awareness and Resource Day in Southbury on June 8

Opioid Awareness and Resource Day on June 8 from 8:30 am to noon at Pomperaug Woods, 80 Heritage Road.

Opioid Awareness and Resource Day will focus on relevant resources available to those struggling with substance use disorder and their families. The event will feature speakers who are experts in substance use disorder, treatment and support and people in recovery.

Click here for additional information.


]]> (Town of Southbury) Events Wed, 22 May 2019 13:19:27 -0400
Local Nonprofits To Benefit From Duck Race Raffle Ticket Sales

When thousands of rubber ducks drop into the Naugatuck River during the 14th Annual Naugatuck Duck Race & Festival on Sunday, June 2, 2019, it won’t be just holders of winning raffle tickets who benefit.

While 30 ticket-buyers will win prizes, more than twice as many nonprofit organizations from throughout the region will raise money for their causes. That’s because half of the proceeds from every ticket sold benefits the nonprofit organization selling the ticket. In fact, over the event’s first 13 years, more than 340 nonprofits have received more than $383,000 from the sale of Duck Race raffle tickets.

“We’ve been participating since its inception,” Lisa Shappy, executive director of the United Way of Naugatuck & Beacon Falls, said of the Duck Race. “We’ve probably received over a couple of thousand dollars, and that goes into our general campaign fund.”

Money from that fund is distributed to organizations that provide services to the community in both Naugatuck and Beacon Falls, including the Salvation Army and Naugatuck Youth Services, Shappy said. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to participate,” she said. “It’s really easy and a nice, simple fundraiser.”

As of May 9, 70 nonprofit organizations have signed up to sell raffle tickets. They include everything from major nonprofits like the United Way and Staywell Health Center to Boy Scout troops, Girls Inc. of Greater Waterbury, religious groups, animal rescue organizations and more.

Courtney Ligi, director of the Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce, said the annual event offers nonprofits both an easy way to raise money and a great opportunity for publicity. “The Duck Race & Festival is a fun, family-friendly event that attracts thousands of people to downtown Naugatuck,” she said. “They look forward to it every year because they know it’s a fundraiser that helps local nonprofits and offers an opportunity to win some great raffle prizes!”

Shappy agreed. “The Duck Race brings so many people to the community, they get to hear about us and learn more about us,” she said.

Each ticket sold has a number that is placed on the bottom of a rubber duck. Prizes are awarded to ticketholders of the first 30 ducks that cross the finish line after being dropped into the Naugatuck River from the Whittemore Bridge in downtown Naugatuck.

First prize is $5,000 cash. Second prize is a $500 gift certificate for dinner for up to eight guests at The Station Restaurant on Water Street in Naugatuck. Third prize is a Nintendo Switch 32-gigabyte console with the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Game donated by, Family FootCare PC and Rhino Garage Doors CT.

Tickets are available through any of the nonprofits listed below. They also are available online via Here are the participating nonprofit organizations:

Acts 4 Ministry Inc.; Animal Rescue Foundation; Animals for Life; Annie C. Courtney Foundation Inc.; Blessed Sacrament Children's Theatre; Boy Scout Troop 41 of Waterbury; Brass City Rescue Alliance; Bucks Hill Community Club; Carolyn Finch on behalf of the Naugatuck YMCA; Catholic Academy of Waterbury; Children's Community School; Coco's Animal Rescue Efforts of Seymour (CARES); Companion Pet Rescue; Connecticut Partnership for Children; Cub Scout Pack 20; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Forever Young Society of OLMC; Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 640;

Also: Girls Incorporated of Greater Waterbury; Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center; Holy Savior Church;Holy Trinity GOYA; Howard Whittemore Memorial Library; John Trumbull Primary School PTO; Kitty Kat Rescue; Kitty Quarters; Kiwanis Club of Greater Waterbury; Knights of Columbus Council 24342; Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury; Main Street Waterbury; Maple Hill PTO; Mass General Hospital - Pediatric Oncology Team; Muscular Dystrophy Association of Connecticut/New American Ride Team; My Eye Dr. on behalf of Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank.

Also: Naugatuck Beacon Falls Campership; Naugatuck Community Choir; Naugatuck Day Care; Naugatuck Dog Park; Naugatuck Elks Lodge; Naugatuck Garden Club; Naugatuck High School Chamber Singers; Naugatuck High School Girls Basketball; Naugatuck Lions Club; Naugatuck YMCA; Naugatuck Youth Services; Naugatuck Youth Soccer; Northern CT Black Nurses Association/The Ungroup Society; Polish American Club; Pomperaug High School Interact Club; Profnet of Waterbury; Project Purple; Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury Inc.; Salem School PTO; Seven Angels Theatre; Shepherd-Salem Masonic Lodge #78; St. Blaise Parish; St. Vincent Ferrer Church; Staywell Health Center.

Also: Temple Beth David; The Father's House; Together We Shine; United Way of Naugatuck & Beacon Falls; Waterbury Association of Insurance Professionals; Waterbury Emblem Club #552; Waterbury Exchange Club; Waterbury Lions Club; Wolcott Citizens Against Substance Abuse; Wolcott Grange 173; Woodland Regional High School Class of 2020, and Woodland Regional High School Timber Team.

For information, contact Alison Amato at or 203-747-0701.

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Charities Wed, 22 May 2019 09:46:00 -0400
Family & Children's Aid Free Baseball Clinics With MLB Alumni in New Milford, Danbury and Waterbury

Family & Children's Aid is hosting a free baseball clinic with MLB Alumni 

  • Up to 10 former Major League Baseball players will teach baseball and life skills
  • Suggested ages are from 6-16
  • Participants will receive an authentic Rawlings MLB Alumni baseball
  • Stay for autographs with MLB alumni

Participants should bring a bottle of water and a baseball glove (if they have one). All children will be put in groups by age. This clinic is appropriate for boys and girls!

NEW MILFORD CLINIC on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 9AM to Noon

New Milford High School Baseball Field
338 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776

DANBURY CLINIC on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 9AM to Noon

Danbury Westerners Baseball Field at Rogers Park
21 Memorial Drive
Danbury, CT 06810

WATERBURY CLINIC on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 9AM to Noon

Municipal Stadium
1200 Watertown Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06708

Contact Allison Carballo at 203-205-2633 or via email at with any questions.

Advance registration is recommended and appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome! 

Learn more and register HERE.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Wed, 22 May 2019 09:43:08 -0400
Southbury Public Library Seeks Library Assistants

Library Assistant Positions Available

Library Assistant at the Southbury Public Library. 18.5 hrs. per week. Schedule includes Monday 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday 1:30 to 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Included is a half hour unpaid break on Tuesday and Saturday. Works in Adult and Children’s Department. Responsible for all circulation procedures and shelving books. Must have good communication skills, working knowledge of clerical duties and working knowledge of computer skills. Ability to work effectively with the public. Graduation from High School or equivalent. Applications must be received by May 28, 2019. 

Applications are available online or at the First Selectman's office, 501 Main Street South, Southbury. ADA/EOE.

Library Assistant at the Southbury Public Library. 20 hrs. per week. Schedule includes: Tuesday 4:30 to 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 4:30 to 9:00 p.m.; Friday 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.; and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Included is a half hour unpaid break on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Works in Adult and Children’s Department. Responsible for all circulation procedures and shelving books. Must have good communication skills, working knowledge of clerical duties and working knowledge of computer skills. Ability to work effectively with the public. Graduation from High School or equivalent. Applications must be received by May 28, 2019. 

Applications are available online or at the First Selectman's office, 501 Main Street South, Southbury. ADA/EOE.

]]> (Town of Southbury) Neighbors Tue, 21 May 2019 09:01:42 -0400
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Bring New Orleans Jazz to The Ridgefield Playhouse May 24

Trombone Shorty - May 24 at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Fresh off headlining his hometown’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival again this year, Grammy Award winner Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue return to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, May 24th at 8pm with an upbeat, high-energy night of hard-edged funk, hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in the great tradition of jazz. Opening Act is Funky Dawgz Brass Band. This event is part of Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine & Jazz Series and Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity. Join us in the lobby before the show for a wine tasting by Pera Wines and an art exhibit by Andres Chaparro. Make it a great night out with dinner and a show! Visit Bailey’s Backyard (23 Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield) for an early dinner and receive 10% off when you show your ticket! Media sponsor for this event is WFUV, 90.7.

Raised in one of the Tremé's most musical families, Trombone Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) got his name when he picked up his instrument at four, "My parents pushed me toward trombone because they didn't need another trumpet player," he laughs. By eight, he led his own band in parades, halls and even bars: "They'd have to lock the door so the police couldn't come in." Promoters would try to hand money to his older cousins, but they'd kindly redirect them to the boy. In his teens, Andrews played shows abroad with the Neville Brothers. Fresh out of high school (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) he joined Lenny Kravitz' band. Across that time, three Trombone Shorty albums and many collaborations since, Andrews nurtured a voracious appetite for all types of music. Since his last LP, Andrews banked his fifth White House gig; backed Macklemore and Madonna at the Grammys; played on albums by She & Him, Zac Brown, Dierks Bentley, and Mark Ronson; opened tours for Daryl Hall & John Oates and Red Hot Chili Peppers; appeared in Foo Fighters' "Sonic Highways" documentary series; voiced the iconic sound of the adult characters in The Peanuts Movie; inherited the esteemed annual fest-closing set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in the tradition of Crescent City greats like the Neville Brothers and Professor Longhair; and released Trombone Shorty, a children's book about his life that was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 2016.

For his 2017 Blue Note Records debut, Parking Lot Symphony, Andrews teamed up with Grammy-nominated producer Chris Seefried (Andra Day, Fitz and the Tantrums) and an unexpected array of co-writers and players including members of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Meters, Better Than Ezra, and Dumpstaphunk. It's worth noting that Andrews' vocals sound better than ever (he credits Seefried for that) and Parking Lot Symphony might be his most heartfelt offering yet. The breezy title track, which Andrews wrote with Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros), is as much about walking the Tremé, being uplifted by the music that seems to seep from every surface, as it is about moving on from a broken heart. And the shuffling, bluesy "No Good Time" reminds us, with a world-weary smile, that "nobody never learned nothin' from no good time."

Artist Andres Chaparro is a mixed media painter and collagist whose bold and expressive art is a visual representation of jazz music. Chaparro’s work most recently in 2017 has been published in the book “Making The Cut, Volume 1, The World’s Best Collage Artists” by Crooks Press in Australia. As his work continues to rise in recognition and garnered by art and music enthusiasts around the globe, Andres continues to refine his own visual vocabulary through his focus on the intersection between art and music.

For tickets ($90) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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2019 Business Women's Forum (BWF) To Welcome Fashion Expert Stacy London

On October 29, 2019, The Business Women’s Forum (BWF) will welcome keynote speaker Stacy London, one of America’s foremost fashion experts, author, host of TLC’ hugely popular show, “What Not to Wear”, host of “Love Lust or Run”, plus style contributor to ABC-TV’s ”The View” and Rachael Ray’s syndicated talk show, “Rachael”.

Connecticut’s largest and longest-running, full-day statewide conference, the Business Women’s Forum is celebrating its 37th year. Under the theme “Design Your Success”, the 2019 BWF is anticipated to attract more than 600 attendees from across New England. The BWF will be held Tuesday, October 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer a full day of dynamic networking, educational workshops, breakfast, lunch and a closing reception with door and raffle prizes at the Aqua Turf Club at 556 Mulberry Street in Plantsville, Connecticut. The thriving nonprofit organization is led by female executives dedicated to the professional and personal growth of working women.

The 2019 BWF will also feature motivational speaker Connie Podesta, Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, award-winning author of seven books, actress, therapist, comedienne, former radio/TV personality, and an expert in the psychology of human behavior as it relates to sales, leadership, and personal/professional development.

“The mission of the Business Women’s Forum,” explained Lynn Ward, a BWF director and president and CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber, “is to raise funds for scholarships for female Post University students to pursue degrees in business. The BWF’s continual commitment is to the equality of opportunity and advancement for women in business. During the past 36 years, the BWF has raised more than $200,000 toward those scholarships.”

Stacy London, the author of “Dress Your Best”, which concentrated on style by body type, received stellar reviews. Her second book, “The Truth About Style”, became a “New York Times” bestseller, and is both a memoir and style guide. Ms. London appears on numerous national talk and news shows and has been an expert contributor to countless magazines and newspapers nationwide. Between 2005 and 2010, she joined NBC-TV’s “The Today Show” as a style correspondent, and has regularly appeared on “Access Hollywood” and “Access Live!”.

Stacy sits on the National Boards of the non-profits I AM THAT GIRL and The Jed Foundation, plus on the Advisory Boards of The and Stylinity. She contributes her time to such charities as Step Up!, the American Cancer Society, and many animal charities. She speaks at corporate and public events including ones for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Oprah University (O You!), Harvard University, Mount Sinai and the 92nd Street Y. Stacy has numerous prominent endorsements with brands that include Hanes, Pantene, Dr. Scholl’s, Woolite, Lee Jeans, and Westfield Malls.

The 2019 BWF motivational speaker Connie Podesta background in comedy, theater, radio, and TV have created a fiery personality, comedic wit, and an unforgettable delivery style. Combined with her on-target content, Connie is a rare blend of substance and style. An expert in the psychology of human behavior as it relates to sales, leadership, change and relationships, Connie is the go-to person when it comes to digging deep into what makes people do what they do and say what they say. Her intuitive understanding of people empowers audiences to be able to ACT, rather than react to even the most difficult of people and situations.

President and founder of Connie Podesta Presents, LLC for 25 years, Connie helps visionary organizations defy conventional thinking and challenge the status quo so they can re-think “business as usual.” Her first-hand experience in human resources, human relations, staff development, employee assistance, and training have given her a leading edge when it comes to taking organizations to an even higher level of success. Connie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech, Communications and Business, a Master’s Degree in Human Relations and Counseling and was a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for more than 25 years. Additionally, she has worked for 30 years with more than 1,000 leading organizations worldwide in almost every industry. Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses and associations. Her experience is wide and her impact is consistently top-notch.

Lori Turmel-Kecskes, the owner of Employers Reference Source, Inc., 2019 BWF Chairwoman, commented, “During the past 36 years, the BWF has provided thousands of attendees with access to phenomenal speakers, unparalleled networking opportunities, plus diverse training during a full, fun-filled day of activities. BWF conferences have featured such prominent, high-profile keynote speakers as Barbara Corcoran, Leeza Gibbons, Kathy Ireland, Elizabeth Vargas, Paula Abdul, Robin Roberts, Goldie Hawn, Jamie Lee Curtis, Suze Orman, Jane Seymour, Chris Madden, and Susan Saint James.

Our BWF Board of Directors believes attendees will truly benefit from the highly-informative and exciting day of dynamic and accomplished speakers, professional business trainers as workshop leaders, networking opportunities and a very exciting closing reception that features bountiful hors-d’oeuvres, beverages, and many raffle and door prizes including a notable grand prize vacation travel package.”

The 2019 BWF offers several admission packages ranging from $150 for the lunch only to $2,500 for a table of 10. Most entry costs include the keynote and motivational presentations, workshops, day-long networking, breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception.

To learn more about the 2019 BWF price ranges, and to register, or become a sponsor, visit, or call the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation at 203-757-0701.

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Fundraiser for Southbury Food Bank on June 9

Food Bank Cocktail Party and Fundraiser on Sunday, June 9 from 4-7pm

The Annual Fundraiser for Southbury Food Bank is hosted by Watermark at East Hill and 100% of donations go to Southbury Food Bank.

Click here to make your reservation ($20 tickets).

]]> (Town of Southbury) Charities Mon, 20 May 2019 09:14:16 -0400
Friends of Southbury Library Half-Price Book Sale May 30 to June 2

Half-Price Book Sale May 30 to June 2

Friends of the Southbury Public Library's half price sale: books, records, CDs, antiques and collectibles, wall decor, puzzles. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Southbury Public Library.

May 30th – June 2nd:

  • Thursday, May 30: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, May 31: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 1: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 2: 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Southbury Public Library, 100 Poverty Rd, Southbury, CT

]]> (Southbury Public Library) Places Mon, 20 May 2019 09:08:09 -0400
Southbury Area High Schools Honored with College Success Award

GreatSchools has just announced the winners of the second-annual 2019 College Success Awards. (See the list below for High Schools in Connecticut honored near Southbury).

According to GreatSchools, this award recognizes 1,722 high schools across 25 states that have a successful track record of going beyond simply graduating students to helping them enroll in college and succeed once they get there. Winners represent about 20% of eligible public high schools. Eligibility is determined by data availability and ranges on a state-by-state basis from 13% to 88%.

Avon High School took top honors, and three other CT High Schools received a ten for ten Great Schools Summary Ranking - Weston High School, Connecticut IB Academy, and Marine Science Magnet High School Of Southeastern Connecticut.

The high schools in Connecticut that have won the GreatSchools 2019 College Success Award include:

Rating School Total enrolled % Low-income % College enrollment - State average: 72% Persistence % - State average: 86%
9/10 Masuk High School 1092 8% 89% 95%
8/10 Brookfield High School 880 7% 85% 92%
5/10 Seymour High School 664 24% 76% 90%

For a full list of schools please go to

The College Success Award-winning high schools stand out based on school-level college readiness and postsecondary data collected and shared by their states. “This data tells us whether students enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist to their second year,” GreatSchools states.

Learn more about GreatSchools College Success Awards here.

]]> (Tara Daly) Places Fri, 17 May 2019 12:00:51 -0400