Southbury's HamletHub Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:05:00 -0400 Danbury Arena Purchased by Diamond Properties with Big Plans and Professional Hockey in the Making

Danbury Arena will  sparkle with Diamonds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

]]> (Diamond Properties) Places Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:55:55 -0400
Singing the Blues in Southbury

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*This story appeared in Ridgefield Magazine

]]> (Kerry Ducey) Life Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
Park Clean Up in Southbury on Saturday, April 6

Park Clean Up in Southbury on April 6 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm 

The Southbury Land Trust and Southbury Conservation Commission are partnering for a clean up event in our town parks. Families are welcome. Any amount of time you can give is appreciated. Bring work gloves and if possible bring loppers or pruning shears. Garbage bags provided. Heavy rain cancels.

Meet at Southbury Town Hall lower parking lot, 501 Main Street South, Southbury

Learn more here.

]]> (Town of Southbury) Events Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:43:14 -0400
New Report lists Two Connecticut Cities in Top 3 Safest Cities in US, Connecticut 2nd Safest State Overall

Connecticut has a lot to boast about when it comes to safety - we are the second safest state in the country (New Jersey #1) with 14 of our cities among the top 100. Two of those cities, Ridgefield and Madison, are in the top 3! Read all about it in the SafeWise Report here.

Five Connecticut Cities reported no incidents of violent crime, Ridgefield, Madison, Granby Easton, and Groton Long Point.

In addition to Ridgefield and Madison, the SafeWise list included New Canaan (#14), Cheshire (#16), Avon (#18), and Darien (#25) in the top 25.  Additional Connecticut communities earned a place among the top 100: Simsbury (#30), Brookfield (#35), Westport (#36), Wilton (#48), Guilford (#53), Rocky Hill (#64), and Wolcott (#91).

View the 2019 Top 20 Safest Cities in Connecticut here. View the 2019 Safest Cities in America here.

Connecticut’s crime rates are better than the national averages, with 2.55 violent crime incidents per 1,000 people and 19.53 property crime incidents. Nationwide rates are 4.49 for violent crime and 27.11 for property crime according to SafeWise.

FBI had encouraging news about crime in the US overall:

  • In 2017, an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes occurred nationwide, a decrease of 0.2 percent from the 2016 estimate.
  • There were an estimated 382.9 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017, a rate that fell 0.9 percent when compared with the 2016 estimated violent crime rate and dropped 16.5 percent from the 2008 estimate. (See Tables 1 and 1A.)

SafeWise gives high marks to Connecticut’s overall safety. “There were only two murders reported among all 20 cities that made the list. Overall, the Constitution State is well below national averages for both violent and property crime. Proving the point, 95% of the cities on our list saw fewer than one violent crime per 1,000 people, according to FBI data,” SafeWise said.

Learn how SafeWise identified the safest cities by visiting their methodology page.

]]> (Tara Daly) Public safety Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:53:07 -0400
Quinnipiac Student Follows Historic Journey of The Legendary Leatherman for Charity

AQuinnipiac grad student who hails from England and now lives in New Haven, Lee-Stuart Evans, is presently embarking on a historical journey by retracing the tracks of The Leatherman.

Known as a vagabond who donned a leather suit, The Leatherman walked a 365-mile loop between the Connecticut and Hudson rivers in just 34 days, sleeping in cave shelters. According to historical accounts, The Leatherman died after suffering from lip cancer.

Evans is running a 365 mile loop through Connecticut and New York in under 7 days. According to a GoFundMe Page established by Shona Cooper in support of the journey, Evans is staying on the trail throughout the run and living homeless for a week. “The loop follows the route taken by the Old Leatherman of Connecticut and will follow his footsteps as closely as possible and aims to finish after 7 days at the site of his grave in Ossining, NY on the 130th Anniversary of his death - 20th March 1889,” she says.

Given The Leatherman's lifestyle and struggle with cancer, Evans is not running in vain but for local charitable causes.  

You can follow Evans on his trek via a live tracker here.

Click here for Evan’s research on The Leatherman.

View the GoFundMe Page and make a donation here.

]]> (Tara Daly) Charities Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:00:35 -0400
The Best High Schools for Math Near Southbury in Celebration of Pi Day

We celebrate Pi day to bring awareness to the importance of a STEM Education. The National Science Board report shows the need to bring attention to STEM:

 - Average mathematics scores for fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders declined slightly for the first time in 2015.

 - The average NAEP mathematics score in 2015 declined for fourth, eighth and twelfth grades.

 - NAEP science assessment results show that average scores increased slightly in 2015 for fourth and eighth graders but stayed similar for twelfth graders.

The Connecticut State Department of Education measures Math Performance of all the schools in CT.  The average performance for the high schools in the state 83.6%. The scores of the high schools closest to Southbury are:

School Score GraduationRate PostSecondary
Shepaug Valley School 90.94% 100.00% 100.00
Pomperaug Regional High School 88.43% 100.00% 100.00
Newtown High School 86.91% 100.00% 100.00
Masuk High School 86.75% 100.00% 100.00
Brookfield High School 84.48% 100.00% 100.00
Woodland Regional High School 79.49% 99.97% 98.29
Oxford High School 77.77% 100.00% 100.00
Seymour High School 77.16% 100.00% 97.89
Nonnewaug High School 76.60% 100.00% 100.00
Watertown High School 68.43% 98.86% 100.00
Naugatuck High School 63.10% 91.23% 80.36
John F. Kennedy High School 52.28% 80.61% 74.54

The top five high schools for Connecticut are Staples High School, Darien High School, New Canaan High School, Weston High School, and Avon High School.

Some other interesting facts about STEM education in the United States:

  • Approximately one-quarter of students stopped with algebra 2 as their highest mathematics course, another quarter stopped with trigonometry or other advanced mathematics, 22% advanced to pre-calculus, and 19% finished with calculus or higher.
  • In addition to taking biology, 76% of ninth graders who began high school in 2009 took chemistry and 42% took physics by the time they completed high school in 2013.
  • Calculus AB is the most common mathematics AP exam. The number of students who took an AP exam in calculus AB increased from 197,000 in 2006 to more than 308,000 in 2016.
  • Biology is the most common science AP exam. The number of students who took an AP exam in biology increased from nearly 132,000 in 2006 to 238,000 in 2016.
  • Computer science A is the fastest-growing AP exam, with the number of students taking the exam growing nearly four-fold from just under 15,000 in 2006 to nearly 58,000 in 2016.
  • Passing rates for the mathematics and science AP exams in 2016 ranged from lows of 40% for physics 1 and 46% for environmental science to highs of 77% for physics C: mechanics and 81% for Calculus BC.
]]> (Scott Schmidt) Life Thu, 14 Mar 2019 12:33:46 -0400
WCSU names Hospice CEO Cynthia Roy Macricostas Entrepreneur of the Year

Western Connecticut State University will recognize Cynthia Emiry Roy, president and CEO of Regional Hospice and Palliative Care in Danbury, with the 2019 Macricostas Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Roy has applied her entrepreneurial career exclusively to nonprofits, armed with the same drive and skills exhibited by successful business owners.

Her current project – directing construction of the Regional Hospice Center for Comfort Care and Healing, which opened in 2015, and running the highly successful operation – set a new standard for the way hospice care is offered not only in Connecticut, but across the country.

“Cynthia’s long resume of work with nonprofits and her drive to do something never before achieved in Connecticut, will convince anyone that the skills and drive expressed by business entrepreneurs are the same needed to make nonprofits successful,” said Dr. David Martin, dean of WCSU’s Ancell School of Business, which administers the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The award will be presented at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, at the Ethan Allen Hotel, 21 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The award is given annually to recognize local business leaders whose drive, intelligence and creativity lead to notable business success. The program’s benefactor is Constantine “Deno” Macricostas, the founder of Photronics Inc., in Brookfield, who is a longtime supporter of WCSU and its students.

Roy had been the executive director of another hospice in Connecticut for nine years when, in 2007, the board of directors at the Regional Hospice offered her the president and CEO job at Regional Hospice.

“I told the board, ‘I will come to work for you if you let me build a hospice inpatient center — one like you have never seen before!’” Roy recounted. She had learned that not all hospice care was suitable in hospitals or home. For some people at the end of life, a center that could assess and handle their special medical needs and help family members cope with emotional and spiritual needs all at the same time was the best solution. Connecticut had almost no options for patients and Roy knew from her travels around Connecticut and other states that no other facility met the best-practice standards she could build.

The Regional Hospice board of directors agreed and Roy set about her task. First, she had to change state hospice inpatient regulations, which didn’t represent best practice in end-of-life care. The original law from 1977 required a drinking fountain and a phone booth to be within a short distance of every hospice patient’s room and didn’t include any best-practice, evidence-based research within the regulations.

Roy had to find a location and raise money as well. “We didn’t have a $10 million donor,” she said. “Our average gifts were $400 each.” She identified a piece of land that was wooded and quiet, but is within half-a-mile of Exit 2 on Interstate-84 for easy access.

Operators of another hospice in the state lobbied against the change in regulations in order to blunt Roy’s attempt to construct a building. She spent several years engaging state and federal legislators before Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the reworked law in 2012.

Finally, Roy was able to hire an architect to design the building.

“I knew exactly what I wanted and I knew no one had done it before. We could do something really special,” Roy said. “I didn’t want it to look like a hospital. I wanted it to feel like home. It is the last home for most of the people who come here. We created an experience that is unforgettable.”

Roy has grown the organization from a small business to an $18 million corporation. The 36,000-square-foot building, which cost $14 million, offers 12 patient suites, each with space for family members to sleep, gourmet catering service from the kitchen, a library, chapel, a spa and a playground for children, as well as administrative offices. It is a fully licensed specialty care hospital and the only facility of its kind in Connecticut. It is getting state and national recognition from other health care providers. In addition to the center, Regional Hospice and Palliative Care also provides hospice care in four counties to people in homes, skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities.

Many people who work in hospice care have had a personal experience with loss that makes them passionate about the calling. As a teenager, Roy lost a best friend to leukemia. The experience of losing and caring for someone who was terminally ill changed her life. Sadly, she had a number of other significant losses that changed her view on dying with dignity.

The difficult experience gave Roy a personal understanding about end-of-life care and decisions the patient and family must consider. At the same time, Roy said, she approaches her position as a job that involves many of the same tasks as any corporate, for profit, business.

“Our business culture is very important because we are working with families and patients at very difficult times in their lives while juggling the expenses of health care,” Roy said. “If you make a mistake at the end of life, people never forget that memory. You don’t get another chance to do it right.”

Roy expects everyone who works at the hospice agency to have the same commitment to service and mission that she does.

]]> (WCSU) Neighbors Thu, 14 Mar 2019 11:13:17 -0400
Southbury in March: Docent Workshop, Books & Bites, Music of the Emerald Isle, and More!

These amazing local events will put spring in your step!

Bullet Hill School Docent Workshop
3/19/2019 | 9:30am

Receive material & training to help 2nd graders experience living history day at Bullet Hill School. Organizers: Bullet Hill School.

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Books & Bites March Book Club - "A Place for Us"
3/20/2019 | 1:00pm

Come Join Our March Books & Bites Book Discussion!! Organizers: Arts Escape.

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Music of the Emerald Isle
3/20/2019 | 2:00pm

Everyone is a Little Irish on March 20th! Organizers: Arts Escape.

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Regional Opioid Awareness & Response
3/20/2019 | 5:30-8:00pm

Community presentation: how to recognize symptoms of opioiod abuse; how to save a life with Narcan! Registration required by March 18. Organizers: Pomperaug District Department of Health.

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Recognizing Dementia with Dr. Yulia Riat
3/21/2019 | 12:00pm

Complimentary Lunch & Learn with Dr. Yulia Riat. Register by March 15. Organizers: River Glen Health Care Center.

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Hidden in Plain Sight
3/21/2019 | 6:30pm

A Free Interactive Educational Experience for Parents. Organizers: S.M.A.R.T., Inc.

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Teddy Bear Tea
3/24/2019 | 1:00-3:00pm

Bring your favorite Teddy or stuffed animal and a parent to our tea and storytime. Register by March 14. Organizers: Southbury Historical Society.

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Snow Sculpture Contest - ENDS 03/28/2019

When the flakes start to fall, be creative and sculpt your masterpiece! Take a picture of your snow masterpiece and email the photos at Photos will be on display at the Parks and Recreation office and winners will be announced by March 29, 2019. Organizers: Southbury Parks and Recreation.

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3/30/2019 - En Plein Air Art Exhibit & Meet the Artist Reception (Exhibit now open)

3/31/2019 - "Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said No to the Nazis" Showing and Panel Discussion

4/06/2019 - Easter Egg Hunt

4/06/2019 - Park Clean Up

4/18/2019 - Author Conversation with Charles Rafferty

4/20/2019 - Easter Egg Hunt at Christ the Redeemer Church

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NVCC Food Pantry on Sunday, March 24

NVCC’s Second Annual 5K to Benefit Student Food Pantry on Sunday, March 24th at 10:00 a.m.

 No student should have to go hungry which is why NVCC opened its on-campus food pantry last year. The pantry serves more than 20 students per day, and hundreds per month. NVCC invites community members to help us keep the College’s student food pantry stocked by joining us.

Run, walk, and register today.

The race begins outside Founders Hall, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT.

Learn more and register HERE.


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Happy Pi Day Southbury! How Many People in Connecticut are Working in the Math Field?

March 14 was officially designated as Pi day In 2009, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed “H.Res.224 - Supporting the designation of Pi Day, and for other purposes.

“Whereas Pi can be approximated as 3.14, and thus March 14, 2009, is an appropriate day for ’National Pi Day’: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) supports the designation of a ’Pi Day’ and its celebration around the world;

(2) recognizes the continuing importance of National Science Foundation’s math and science education programs; and

(3) encourages schools and educators to observe the day with appropriate activities that teach students about Pi and engage them about the study of mathematics.”

According to, Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. The date—which also happens to be Einstein's birthday—inspires a variety of events every year

Pi day is important because it helps us to bring awareness to the important role of math and science to Connecticut, the US, and the world!

The average Connecticut town had 6% of their workforce occupied by the Computer, Engineering and Science industry. The average town had 73% of them as male, and 27% as female.

Gales Ferry, Connecticut has the highest percentage of their workforce in Computer, Engineering and Science, Coventry, CT has the highest percentage of Female workers of any town over 1,000 workers in CT.  Coventry’s percent of male workers in Computer, Engineering and Science is 24.4%, and females have 75.6%.

Here are some fun ways to celebrate Pi day:

Celebrate Pi Day with NASA  

EDUTOPIA, 5-Minute Film Festival: Celebrate Pi Day!  

Exploratorium, Pi Day March 14, 2019  

NIST Taking Measure Blog, A Slice of Math Functions for Pi Day  

Smithsonian Magazine, A history of notable moments in the irrational number’s past  

]]> (Tara Daly) Neighbors Thu, 14 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
Southbury Parks & Rec Releases Spring Activities Guide!

The Southbury Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Spring Activities Guide. It lists recreational programs, events, summer camp, and swim team information.

Registration is easy - just click on your desired activity and you'll be taken directly to the enrollment section of the P&R webpage.

Click to view 2019 Spring Activities Guide.

]]> (Town of Southbury) Neighbors Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:41:49 -0400
United Way Launches ALICE® Saves Program, Kick Off Event Shows How Struggling Households Can Keep More of What They Earn

United Way of Western Connecticut is sponsoring a Kick-Off Event for its ALICE Saves program on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Danbury Police Station Community Room, 357 Main St., Danbury, CT. It joins the United Ways across the State of Connecticut in launching this program.

Danbury nonprofit agency staff, social workers, banking personnel, and other community members will want to attend this event to learn how ALICE Saves can help their clients and customers save more money and better manage their personal finances.                                    

At the informational session, attendees will see demonstrations of SaverLife and Trusted Advisor, learn how to enroll participants, and get access to free marketing materials. By joining SaverLife, participants receive financial rewards for consistent savings. Savers earn $10 for every month that they save at least $20 and have the potential to earn $60 in rewards at the end of the six-month period.

For the first time anywhere, SaverLife, a proven savings product from the California-­‐based nonprofit EARN, and Trusted Advisor, a successful financial counseling program operated by the New York-­‐based Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, will be available to help families build emergency savings and begin a journey to financial security.

In addition to potentially earning up to $60 in rewards, savers who securely link their savings account to SaverLife will have access to other supports. They will be offered an opportunity to take an additional step towards financial security by enrolling in Trusted Advisor, a technology-­‐enabled financial counseling program. A Trusted Advisor counselor, available through Skype or by telephone, will help Savers develop a financial action plan with concrete steps to meet financial goals.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Casey Levene at 203-297-6246 or

]]> (UWWCT) Charities Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:19:00 -0400
2019 Triennial Review of the Connecticut Water Quality Standards by DEEP, Kickoff Meeting Tonight

DEEP Kicks-Off a Comprehensive Review of Connecticut’s Water Quality Standards

CTDEEP is seeking comments identifying any aspects of the CT Water Quality Standards which should be considered for revision. Please submit your comments in writing to on or before April 5, 2019.

The public meeting is in Hartford, on March 13, 2019, between 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM, at CTDEEP Office, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT (Gina McCarthy Auditorium).

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is conducting its triennial review of Connecticut’s Water Quality Standards to determine if revisions are necessary. Connecticut Water Quality Standards effect every town, including Southbury.  A very informative description can be found here.

DEEP is requesting the public’s input regarding the current standards, and recommendations on what to focus on, as part of the 2019 review. The agency will use public feedback to help identify future changes to the standards.

"The Connecticut Water Quality Standards form the foundation of Connecticut's water management programs," said DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. "It is critical that we update the standards to remain consistent with state and federal law in order to reflect the best available science."

The topics under consideration for change within the WQS are identified below. Additional topics may be identified during this Triennial Review process and included in subsequent proposed changes to the WQS. The regulatory process to revise the WQS also includes a formal public review and comment process.

Topics under Consideration for Revision within the WQS Regulations

Updates to Numeric Water Quality Criteria

Since the WQS were last revised, EPA has updated recommendations for water quality criteria. The Department is currently reviewing the water quality recommendations from EPA and will either propose adoption of the federally recommended criteria or provide a reason for not doing so in accordance with section 304(a) of the federal Clean Water Act. These include updates to federal water quality criteria recommendations for toxics, bacteria and ammonia. Information about the current federal recommendations for water quality criteria can be found on the EPA web site at:

Revise the Low Flow Statistic Applicable to Fresh Waters

The 7Q10 flow is currently identified as the low flow condition in freshwater rivers and streams. The Department intends to recommend changing the low flow statistic for fresh waters from the 7Q10 flow to the Q99 flow. The Q99 flow represents the daily low flow rate that is expected to occur approximately 1% of the time. For daily stream flows, the Q99 flow is roughly equivalent to the 7Q10. The benefit of using the Q99 flow is that information on Q99 flows for waterbodies in Connecticut is easily accessible through the USGS StreamStats web site for all locations, not just those served by gaging stations. The USGS StreamStats web site for Connecticut is available at:

Extended Disinfection Period

The current Water Quality Standards contain requirements for disinfection of treated sewage discharge to surface waters at section 22a-426-4(a)(9)(E) of the regulations. This section requires continuous disinfection for all sewage treatment plants located south of Interstate Highway I-95. Disinfection is currently required for all sewage treatment plants north of Interstate Highway I-95 from May 1 to October 1, unless an alternative schedule, including continuous disinfection, is approved to protect those using the waterbody. Based on public comments which identified contact recreational activities within Connecticut that occur outside the current disinfection period, the Department intends to propose an extension of the disinfection period for all sewage treatment plants located north of Highway I-95 to include the period from April 1 through November 1, unless an alternative schedule, including continuous disinfection, is approved to protect those using the waterbody.

Define Highest Attainable Use

Recent revisions to federal regulations pertaining to Water Quality Standards (40 CFR 131.3(m) and 131.10(g)) have included a new term, Highest Attainable Use. The Highest Attainable Use is evaluated during a study of how a waterbody is used and pertains to identifying the highest use level for a waterbody should environmental conditions permanently preclude certain uses of that resource. The Department is reviewing the recently revised federal regulations and anticipates proposing language to ensure consistency with these federal requirements.

Downstream Protection

Water quality in a particular section of a waterbody may be affected by activities in the upstream watershed which contribute pollutants to the waterbody that are then transported downstream, affecting water quality in that downstream portion of the waterbody. The Clean Water Act requires consideration of these impacts on downstream waters when addressing water quality concerns. The Department believes that this concept is currently included within the WQS but is reviewing federal recommendations and may propose changes to the regulations for clarification, as needed.

Water Quality Classification Maps

The Department is evaluating the need to make changes in order to reconcile the water quality classification designation with shellfishing classification for specific water quality segments, as needed. Additionally, the Department expects to update ground water classification designations for consistency with Aquifer Protection Areas.

For more information visit: Water Quality Standards and Classifications and 2019 Water Quality Standards Triennial Review

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Scholarship Available for Southbury and Middlebury Graduating Seniors

The SWC is currently accepting applications from graduating seniors who reside in Southbury and Middlebury for three of their scholarships.

One for students applying to a technical college or apprenticeship program and two are for students beginning their higher education at a traditional 2–4 year college. If you are interested in applying please contact your guidance counselor or visit our website here.

A fourth scholarship is available and is restricted to graduating seniors at Pomperaug High School that have or had an IEP or 504 plan during their time in high school. This scholarship recipient is selected by the high school guidance counselors and you should contact your guidance counselor directly to apply.

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Women’s Club sponsors Dueling Pianos to support PHS music and theater

The Southbury Women’s Club is sponsoring a Dueling Pianos charity event featuring the Flying Ivories on Thursday, March 28th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Woodbury Brewing Company on Main Street in Woodbury. 

The Flying Ivories are professional entertainers from New York City that lead this interactive musical event.  Two performers on two pianos deliver an all-request, rock and roll sing-along as they battle each other to deliver the best song of the night!  From Billy Joel to Aretha Franklin, from Sinatra to Metallica, from Garth Brooks to Madonna, they’ve got it covered.  Got a favorite song? Put a tip in the jar and override the song currently playing to hear your tune.   

Proceeds from ticket sales along with the tips from this event, which the Flying Ivories is donating back to SWC, will go to benefit the Pomperaug High School Music Department and the Pomperaug Theatre Company.

Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm.  Must be 21 years old and over.  Tickets are $25 apiece and can be purchased through   The show includes a complimentary sweet and salty snack bar. 

 Additional information can be found at

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