Southbury's HamletHub Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:25:05 -0500 Connecticut Among Top 10 States for Outbound Moves

Connecticut Residents Are on the Move

Connecticut residents are on the move, according to a recent study conducted by United Van Lines. Results show that for the fourth consecutive year, Connecticut is among the top ten states for outbound moves. 

Out of the four areas tracked, one area bucked the trend and had more people moving in than out.  The New London-Norwich area had a total of 245 shipments, 54.3% of those were folks moving into the area.

The area with the highest percentage of people moving out was the New Haven-Waterbury-Meriden area that had 282 shipments from a total of 385 in or out of that area.


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United Van Lines reports, “New Jersey (66.8 percent), Connecticut (62 percent) and New York (61.5 percent) were included among the top 10 outbound states for the fourth consecutive year. 

The top outbound states for 2018 were:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. Connecticut
  4. New York
  5. Kansas
  6. Ohio
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Iowa
  9. Montana
  10. Michigan

Since 1977, United Van Lines has annually tracked migration patterns on a state-by-state basis. “The 2018 study is based on household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. and ranks states based off the inbound and outbound percentages of total moves in each state,” United Van Lines says.

Learn more about United Van Lines 2018 study here.

]]> (Tara Daly) Neighbors Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:15:28 -0500
Burn Calories, Be One with Nature! Snowshoe Trails Near Southbury

Finally…snow is headed to much of Connecticut this weekend! You don’t need to be a kid to get outside and bask in the white fluff! Why not give snowshoeing a try? Enjoy the picturesque backdrop of nature in New England while engaging in a low impact cardio workout.

"Snowshoeing is the best bang-for-your-buck, fat-burning workout in winter," according to Dr. Ray Browning of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado's Health Science Center and Vail Mountain Man champion. "It's an exceptional way to achieve cardiovascular fitness, expend energy and reduce your chance of heart disease; plus it's low cost, easily mastered and fun."

According to two independent studies conducted by Ball State University and the University of Vermont, snowshoers can burn between 420-1000 calories per hour. Here are some snowshoeing trails near Southbury courtesy of

Trail Difficulty Rating Park
Pomperaug and Crest Trail Loop MODERATE 4 Kettletown State Park
Fairfield Hills Loop EASY 4 Newtown, Connecticut
Housatonic Railway Trail: Monroe to Newtown EASY 3 Newtown, Connecticut
Lilinonah Trail MODERATE 4 Paugussett State Forest

Please visit for more information about the trails at


]]> (Katie Connors) Places Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:49:42 -0500
Region 15 Announces Incoming Parent Information Night

Region 15 Incoming Parent Information Night on March 5 at 6:30 pm at Pomperaug, Gainfield, Long Meadow, and Middlebury Elementary Schools

Parents/Guardians of children in Southbury/Middlebury who will begin Kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year are invited to attend a Kindergarten Parent Informational Session to learn about the Region 15 Kindergarten program. Parents/Guardians are requested to attend the informational session at the school their child will be attending. For additional information please call the school your child will be attending.

Learn more:


]]> (Southbury Public Library) Events Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:16:11 -0500
Southbury Happenings: Climate Change, Snow Sculpture Contest, and More!

Upcoming events and activities in Southbury

What Can We Do About Climate Change?

1/19/2019 | 1:00-2:30pm

Green Change over Climate Change. Organizers: 5th District Citizens Climate Lobby.

Click for the event's details.

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.

Click for the event's details.


1/24/2019 - How to Talk so Teens Will Listen & Listen so Teens Will TalkT

3/05/2019 - Region 15 Incoming Parent Information Night

View more future events: Upcoming Events Listing

]]> (Town of Southbury) Events Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:13:20 -0500
Seven Connecticut Dogs Selected for 2019 Puppy Bowl

Bloomfield’s Brady from Dog Star Rescue to be part of the starting Lineup

Brady, a 17 week old Chihuahua/Russell Terrier from Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut will be part of Animal Planet’s 15th annual "Puppy Bowl", two hours of nonstop cuteness, on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3, 3 EST/12 PST).

Animal Planet says, “Don't miss the ultimate "Tailgating experience with the Puppy Bowl Pregame Show, featuring aww-analysis and cuddly commentary from sports correspondents including the infamous Rodt Weiler. Puppy Bowl XIV will kick off at GEICO Stadium.”

According to Animal Planet, the 7 year-running America's favorite "Rufferee," Dan Schachner, will return to call the puppy penalties, furry fumbles and terrier touchdowns. 

Six other dogs from Connecticut will be “Back Up Pups”.

Four puppies are from Danbury Animal Welfare Society:

  • Cole, an 18 week old Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd/Rottweiler/Weimaraner
  • Panda, a 19 week old American Bulldog/Labrador Retriever/Rottweiler/Weimaraner
  • Scout a 15 week old Pomeranian/Chihuahua
  • Walnut, a 19 week old Boston Terrier/Miniature Poodle/Chihuahua/Dachshund.

Two puppies are from Pack Leaders Rescue of CT:

  • Smokey Blue a 13 week old Lab/Shepherd/American Staffordshire Terrier/Golden Retriever
  • Tuff a 16 week old Toy Fox Terrier/American Staffordshire Terrier.

All dogs are available for adoption! View the Puppy Bowl starting lineup here.

*Fun Fact, Brady is a 2019 Howl of Fame inductee


]]> (Animal Planet) Life Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:27:25 -0500
Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that a public-private partnership between the State of Connecticut and private banks, led by Webster Bank and supported by the Connecticut Bankers Association, will enable essential federal workers who are required to report to work without pay to receive unemployment assistance.

In addition, he is working with legislative leadership to emergency certify a bill that would ensure Connecticut is able to take advantage of any decision by the federal government to permit essential workers to collect earned unemployment insurance benefits. Lastly, Governor Lamont urged non-essential employees, who are not required to report to work, to access state unemployment benefits by contacting the Connecticut Department of Labor or their local American Job Center.

Read More: Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown.

]]> (CT Gov) Politics Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:21:45 -0500
Google Tech Training Tour Brings Seminars to 500+ Connecticut Job Seekers, Small Businesses and Nonprofits


February Trip Will Make Stops in Hartford, New Haven, and New London, open to all residents of Southbury

Google announced today that it will host three day long digital skills training sessions in Connecticut during the week of February 11, making stops in Hartford, New Haven and New London. The effort put on by Grow with Google (the company’s economic opportunity initiative) is part of a national tour of libraries in all 50 U.S. states to equip people with requisite skills to thrive in the digital economy. Each stop will consist of free hands-on courses in an array of tech topics, aimed at job seekers, small business owners, students, educators and entrepreneurs to improve their digital skills.

“Connecticut is one of our country’s most historic centers of innovation, entrepreneurship and manufacturing. By bringing the ‘Grow with Google’ tour to the state, we are making a commitment to help develop a skilled workforce that can meet the needs of the Constitution State’s growing economy,” said Erica Swanson, Google’s Head of Community Engagement.

Each event will include Google staff leading interactive workshops about issues ranging from search engine optimization and online marketing to coding and email basics. Attendees can also sign up for one-on-one training with Google staff, and tour demo booths to learn more about Google’s free products for learners and small businesses. Google is officially partnering with Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Hartford Public Library, New Haven Free Public Library, and Public Library of New London as well as the American Library Association for the trip, and will explore partnership opportunities with area organizations to help with job training and developing digital skills.

To learn more about the free event and to register, visit Space will be limited; so please register in advance.

In its 2017 Economic Impact Report, Google found that 14,000 Connecticut businesses generated $4.13 billion in economic activity by using Google’s search and advertising tools.


February 11th: Hartford

  • 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Hartford Public Library -- Albany Library
  • 1250 Albany Avenue,  Hartford, CT 06112

February 13th: New Haven

  • 9am to 4:30pm
  • New Haven Free Public Library
  • 133 Elm Street,  New Haven, CT 06510

February 15th: New London

  • 9am to 4:30pm
  • Public Library of New London
  • 63 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320

For more information, click here.

]]> (Google) Neighbors Wed, 16 Jan 2019 02:17:44 -0500
Brookfield Theatre for the Arts Awarded by Broadway World

Brookfield Theatre for the Arts awarded as part of BroadwayWorld’s 2018 Theater Awards chosen by chosen by you - the local theater goers!

BroadwayWorld explains, “Regional productions, touring shows, and more were all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. This year the BroadwayWorld Regional Awards are bigger and better than ever, including over 100 cities across America, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia!”

Congratulations to Brookfield Theatre for the Arts for winning Best Choreography (Non-Equity) for Todd Santa Maria in "The Wild Party".

]]> (Broadway World) Events Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:36:45 -0500
Snow predicted for Southbury by week’s end, stronger storm Saturday night into Sunday

A quick moving but weak low pressure system will bring a light accumulating snowfall to Southbury Thursday night, January 17 into Friday morning, January 18, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

A more significant storm system will impact the region over the weekend, bringing the potential for snow and heavy rain Saturday night, January 19  into Sunday evening, January 20. Strong winds will bring an arctic blast Sunday afternoon into Monday.

The National Weather Service is predicting 2 to 4 inches for interior portions of northeastern New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, and Southwest Connecticut and one inch for NYC/NJ metro and surroundings before a changeover to rain. Less than one inch is predicted for Southeastern LI and CT before a changeover to rain.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to poor visibility and snow covered roads, particularly across the Interior, for the Friday morning commute.

In the wake of this system, a blast of arctic air is expected to rush into the region Sunday afternoon into Sunday Night, with the coldest air of the winter season expected into early next week.

Learn more on NWS website: NWS New York Website:

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Gordon Ramsay heads to Vasi's Restaurant & Bar in Waterbury for "Hell on Wheels"

Gordon Ramsay's "Hell On Wheels" is heading to Connecticut! In Season 2, Episode 3 which airs tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16 at 8:00 pm on FOX, the popular show opens the doors to Vasi's Restaurant & Bar, a family-owned eatery in Waterbury.

Owned by Vasilios Kaloidis, the restaurant, located at 1700 Watertown Ave, boasts an Italian menu with a "Greek influence". The Executive Chef is Valerie Albini.

According to TV Guide, the episode goes down like this: "After intense investigation and surveillance, Chef Ramsay and his team discover a disconnect between the restaurant's owner and head chef that's inhibiting any updates the restaurant may need. Ramsay will try to bring this failing restaurant back from the brink of disaster—all in just 24 hours."

Vasi's Restaurant and Bar is located at 1700 Watertown Ave, Waterbury. Visit them online here.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:35:56 -0500
Southbury Resident Named As Connecticut REALTORS® 2019 Vice President-At-Large For Small Firms Regions 1 & 2

M. Augustus “Gus” Ryer, a REALTOR® and commercial broker with Ryer Associates in Danbury, has been elected as the 2019 Vice President-at-Large for Small Firms, Region 1 and 2 for the Connecticut REALTORS® (CTR). He has been an active member of both CTR and the Northern Fairfield County Association of REALTORS® (NFCAR) since 2011.

Ryer serves as a CTR Director, Trustee to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee and sits on the Executive and Legislative/Political Affairs Committees.

Locally, Ryer is a NFCAR Director, and Legislative Liaison and President for the Commercial Brokers Alliance of Western Connecticut. He’s a Director of the Housatonic Development Corporation which provides government guaranteed real estate loans to small and medium-sized businesses. A third generation REALTOR®, Ryer resides in Southbury CT.

Ryer commenced his term on January 1, 2019.

Connecticut REALTORS® is a statewide trade association representing nearly 17,000 real estate professionals engaged in all aspects of real estate in Connecticut. The term REALTOR® is trademarked and denotes membership in the National Association of REALTORS®.


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:18:31 -0500
Gas Prices in Connecticut Inch Down

Connecticut gas prices continued to decline this week, according to AAA Northeast. Today, a gallon of self-serve, regular gas in Connecticut averages $2.55, 3 cents lower than this time last week. Compared to last year, prices are 12 cents lower.

On the national level, a gallon averages $2.25, 1 cent higher than last week – the first increase since October. Compared to last year, prices are 28 cents lower.

“The price of crude oil has been slowly increasing this year, but unlike some parts of the country, the impact has yet to be felt locally by motorists at the pump,” said Adelle Zocher, Outreach Specialist for AAA Northeast.

AAA’s weekly survey of prices in Connecticut’s six regions are:

  • Greater Bridgeport $2.66
  • Lower Fairfield County: $2.62
  • New Haven/Meriden: $2.57
  • Greater Hartford $2.45    
  • New London/Norwich $2.58
  • Windham/Middlesex $2.52

Statewide Average:$2.55

Today, Missouri and Arkansas both register the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $1.89 and $1.90, respectively. California and Hawaii continue to lead the pack with the highest prices at $3.28 and 3.26, respectively. Connecticut holds the 9th spot on the list of states with the highest prices in the nation.

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at

]]> (Tara Daly) Places Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:27:46 -0500
CT Author Pens CT Guidebook to Adventure - available for purchase near Southbury

East Hampton, CT Author and Historian Marty Podskoch scripted a brilliant solution for fragmented families and town-tied locals. With his latest Book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.

Podskoch navigates readers from out behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut backroads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State.

The locations within 10 miles of Southbury where the book can be purchased are:

Place Address
Rich’s Farm Ice Cream Rich’s Farm Ice Cream, Oxford, CT
Canfield Corner Pharmacy 2 Main St. North, Woodbury, CT
Oxford Baking Company Oxford Baking Company, Oxford, CT
Country Card Corner 7 Klarides Village Dr, Seymour, CT
Beacon Falls Historical Society Beacon Falls Historical Society, Beacon Falls, CT

To purchase the CT 169 Club 8.5 x 11 hardcover book with over 300 photos & maps and 376 pages directly from the author, please send a check for $26.53 (that includes $24. 95 for the book plus $1.58 for CT Tax with free USPS shipping!) to:

Marty Podskoch, 43 O’Neill Lane, East Hampton, CT 06424

The CT 169 Club Book is also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide.

Learn more about the author and the book here

]]> (Martin Podskoch) Neighbors Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:07:49 -0500
NVCC Hosts Annual Leadership Breakfast

State and Local Elected Officials Reflect on the Importance of Partnerships

Nearly 50 state, municipal, and community leaders met at Naugatuck Valley Community College on January 11 for the college’s annual Leadership Breakfast. Approximately 30 NVCC students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the NVCC Foundation and Regional Advisory Council joined the conversation. The event focused on the importance of building partnerships in education, government, and industry to move the state forward.

The theme of “Partnerships Make Progress” surfaced topics such as the importance of united relationships, economic development, education as a bridge to upward mobility, community needs, adapting to change, and the need for the proliferation of early college-preparedness programs such as the Danbury Early College Opportunity program (Danbury ECO) and NVCC’s Bridge to College Programs which have proven track-records of student success.

Program speakers included: Dr. Verna D. Ruffin, Superintendent of Waterbury Schools; David Celotto, Director of NVCC’s Bridge to College Office; Catherine Awwad, Executive Director of the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board; and Dr. Sarah Roy, Director of Danbury’s Early College Opportunity Program (DECO).

NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. welcomed attendees and spoke about the vital role community colleges play in providing affordable, high-quality education and access to resources and opportunities for disadvantaged students.

She also talked about some of the initiatives NVCC has carried out that not only help its students, but make the college an engine of change in the community citing such achievements like the creation of city-wide evening bus service in Waterbury in 2011, the establishment of the College’s Center for Racial Dialogue and Communal Transformation and a Bridge to College Office.

“We are one of the many institutions in Waterbury, Danbury, and Connecticut,” De Filippis said, “where students, colleagues, and community members feel part of a mission to redress social class and race inequality challenges by means of access to quality, affordable education in response to the needs of our students and the communities we serve.”

Danbury high school students Alex Sanchez and Francis Sanchez spoke about their experience in the DECO Program and how they were introduced to the program when they were in the eighth grade.

“We thought we should take every opportunity that we had to move forward in our education,” said Francis Sanchez. The Sanchez brothers emigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador when they were nine and are thrilled that they will graduate from high school this year with associate degrees. The two have already applied to several colleges and are looking forward to embarking upon educational paths in computer science and the arts.

Salma Akter, a graduate of Waterbury’s Kennedy High School who emigrated to the U.S. with her family from Bangladesh, is currently a pre-Nursing student at NVCC and spoke about the way the GEAR UP program helped her get on the college path. GEAR UP is a partnership between NVCC, the Waterbury Public School System, and the Greater Waterbury community. The program’s mission is to create a college-going culture among Waterbury students and their families. “I’m the first one in my family to attend college,” said Akter, “GEAR UP helped me to complete all the steps to become a college student in the United States.”

Dr. Ruffin, said, “What I found very strong within our community here in Waterbury is that this is a community that’s very interested in making great choices on behalf of children.” She reflected on the growing strength of the district’s partnership with NVCC since her arrival, and about the opportunities available to the Waterbury students. “We want our students to be able to connect. We want them to be ready to attend college. We want them to be successful in fields that perhaps have not yet been created. We want them to be life-long learners. We want them to have skills that are marketable,” she said noting the importance of programs such as GEAR UP in creating opportunities and the need to continue the GEAR UP program next year.

The meeting was moderated by Waldemar Kostrzewa, Dean of Community Engagement at NVCC, and included comments from First Selectman Edward St. John from Middlebury, Prospect Mayor Robert J. Chatfield; State Senators Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury) and George Logan (R-Ansonia);  State Representatives Ronald Napoli, Jr. (D-Waterbury), Arthur O’Neill (R-Southbury), Joe Polletta (R-68), and Geraldo Reyes(D-Waterbury); and Ken Curran, Director of Outreach for Congressman Chris Murphy. Also in attendance was State Representative Lezlye Zupkus (R-89).

]]> (NVCC) Neighbors Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:36:21 -0500
Red Cross Issue Urgent Need for Blood, Donation Opportunities in Fairfield County

Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood donors

A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.

The Red Cross collected some 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. During this period, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away.

Southbury residents can donate blood at these times:

Date Place Address
2/2/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. I.B.E.W. Local 488 721 Main Street, Monroe
2/8/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Masuk High School 1014 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe
2/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Beacon Hill Evangelical Free Church 371 Old Zoar Road, Monroe

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand, well below the ideal five-day supply needed to respond to emergencies and daily hospital needs. Blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days to help restock the shelves for hospital patients.

Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.

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