Southbury's HamletHub Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:36:58 -0400 Fred Astaire Southbury Takes Home Big Wins At 47th New England Dancesport Championships

Awards and honors were pouring in for Fred Astaire Southbury students and instructors at the 47th New England Dancesport Championships which took place March 8th to March 11th at the Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa in Groton, CT.  

The studio delivered a series of dazzling dance performances in all categories, garnering top placements and special awards. Fred Astaire Southbury pulled in the coveted 1st Place “Super School” Award”and was also named one of the Top Studios. 

Southbury co-owner, Christian Lange, and partner/Hamden Studio instructor Anastasia  Barhatova, won 1st Place in the Open American Smooth Division. Their superlative dancing and impassioned performances in tango, foxtrot and waltz blew away the judges and had the crowd cheering. Lange is renowned worldwide for his ballroom prowess and has several distinguished titles to his name including 2017 Fred Astaire World Championship Silver American Smooth Closed; California Open Rising Star Smooth Championship; German 10 Dance Championship and North American Rising Star Smooth Champion. Barhatova’s titles include Fred Astaire Championship pro Open Ballroom Finalist and 2016 & 2015 pro Open Ballroom & Latin Finalist; Tri-State Championship Finalist Pro Ballroom & Latin and Commonwealth Classic Championship Pro Latin Champion.

Fred Astaire Southbury’s students and instructors also swept the Mystic competitions with several outstanding dances that them earned top awards. 

Student Awards

1st Place Awards: Karen Gagnon/Vladimir Serbulenco (Social Bronze Closed Smooth  3-Dance Championship); Susan Holms/Vladimir Serbulenco(International Bronze Ballroom); Linda Landry/Bill Falkner (Amateur Couple Social Bronze Closed Smooth 3-Dance Championship); Vera Maltsev/Christian Lange (International Silver Ballroom); Vera Maltsev/Christian Lange(Open Smooth Championship).

2nd Place Awards: Susan Holms/Vladimir Serbulenco (Advanced Bronze Closed Smooth 3-Dance Championship); Shirley Jakobowski/Christian Lange (Open Rhythm); Vera Maltsev/Christian Lange (Open Rhythm). 

Professional Awards

In addition to Christian Lange and Anastasia Barhatova’s big win, Studio  instructors Vladimir Serbulenco and Ivana Strancaric were among the top professional finalists earning an impressive 3rd Place in both Open American Smooth and  Open American Rhythm Divisions.    

Saturday’s big gala evening featured a very special a fund-raising event, “Dancing With Our Heroes, sponsored by all of the Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios in New England. The event  featured general dancing, a sit-down dinner, a silent auction, and the “Dancing with Our Heroes” competition between our military heroes who were each partnered with a professional dance instructor. Each participating Fred Astaire Dance Studio  provided  instructors, dance shoes and free lessons to help the heroes prepare for the competition.  Winners were selected by audience votes and a panel of celebrity judges. 

The proceeds of the event  were donated to The Friends of Fisher House Connecticut in support of The Fisher House on the grounds of the West Haven VA. Fred Astaire Franchised Studios New England’s  two previous events for this cause  raised $280,000.

“We want to congratulate all of our Fred Astaire Southbury students and teachers who performed so well at the recent Mystic Competition”, said Fred Astaire Southbury co-owner Paulo Jorge. “Everyone involved made such an overwhelming effort to excel beyond anything we could have imagined. We are so impressed with what they achieved and extremely proud  of  each and every one of their shining performances and excellent placements in all dances.   In addition, we would like to acknowledge and thank our military heroes for getting out there on the dance floor and showing us what they can do. They were all absolutely terrific!”

“What a great weekend this was for  Fred Astaire Southbury.” added co-owner Lange. “Thank you all for making the 47th New England Dancesport Championships such a rewarding and memorable experience!”  

Fred Astaire Dance Studio is located at 316 Main Street South, suite F & G, Southbury, CT 06488

You can contact us by calling (203) 267-7600 , and please visit us at

We Are the Champions

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Southbury Easter Egg Hunt and More Upcoming Events

Think Spring! Here's What's Happening in Southbury

Sacred Heart Lenten Fish Fry - 3/16/2018 | 4:30-7:00pm

Sacred Heart Lenten Fish Fry. Organizer: Knights of Columbus Council 5066 and Southbury Columbiettes.

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Easter Egg Hunt - 3/17/2018 | 10:00am

Southbury Parks and Recreations' Easter Egg Hunt is open to children up to 12 years of age. Free pony rides following the egg hunt! Bring your basket for candy and eggs, and a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny! Organizers: Southbury Parks and Recreations.

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Whispers From Heaven - a Morning of Spirit Communication - 3/18/2018 | 10:00am

Morning of Psychic Medium Spirit Communication. Organizer: River Glen Health Care Center.

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Snow Sculpture Contest - ENDS 03/30/2018

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 30, 2018. Organizers: Southbury Parks and Recreation.

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Cake Decorating 101 on March 27, 2018

"Carry the Tune" Free Screening on March 27, 2018

Easter Egg Hunt and Cookie Decorating on March 31, 2018

"Attracting Birds to Your Back Yard" Presentation on April 6, 2018

Pomperaug Film Festival on April 6, 2018

The Deacon Chuck Dietsch Memorial 5k Run/Walk on April 28, 2018

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Carry the Tune Free Screening in Southbury on March 27

Join the SFC for the 2nd selection in our three-part documentary film series, Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Southbury Town Hall, 501 Main Street, Room 205.

This three-part series focuses on music and highlights award-winning feature-length films.

The second film is "Carry the Tune" created by Colorado high school orchestra teacher Paul Trapkus. Music educators and researchers estimate that 75% or more of high school music students will quit their musical studies after high school. Many are pulled into paths toward economic growth and are unaware of the many musical opportunities in college and beyond. "Carry the Tune" is a documentary that shares the stories of people who have discovered these opportunities and how music provides a vital sense of balance in their lives.

The Heritage Village (HV) Ukulele Club will perform prior to the screening as attendees arrive. Following the film, there will be a 20-30 minute panel discussion comprised of local musicians and educators sharing their experiences and knowledge on the film's subject matter.

Admission is free but seating is limited. To reserve your seat, please visit or telephone the SFC at (203) 262-6213.

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Young Professionals To Host Socks For All Collection on Saturday, April 7

Young Professionals of Waterbury Region - Y.P.O.W.R., an umbrella organization within the Waterbury Regional Chamber, has launched their annual “Socks For All Collection” seeking donations of new socks for newborns, children, and adults plus monetary donations. Sponsored by MacDermid Performance Solutions and Post University, the collection will be held Saturday, April 7th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in front of the Walmart store in Naugatuck at 1100 New Haven Road.

Y.P.O.W.R. member Eric Turmel of Employers Reference Source, Inc., chairperson of the 2018 donations drive, commented, “Socks are the most needed apparel for low-income and homeless individuals and families, yet they are the least collected donation items.” Y.P.O.W.R.’s annual drive seeks both monetary donations and hundreds of new pairs of socks for individuals and families throughout the Greater Waterbury region.

The new socks and monetary gifts will benefit the following non-profit organizations, and the hundreds of individuals and families they generously serve, Naugatuck YMCA, Greater Waterbury YMCA, Naugatuck Youth Services, St. Vincent De Paul Mission of Waterbury, Carolyn’s Place and Acts 4 Ministry, Inc.

Volunteers are needed to help sort and distribute the hundreds of donated socks to the participating non-profit organizations on Monday, April 9 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the offices of the Waterbury Regional Chamber, 83 Bank Street, 4th Floor, in Waterbury.

The mission of Y.P.O.W.R. is to energize young professionals aged 21 to 39 who are seeking to grow their careers in the Waterbury area by engaging them in positive opportunities for professional development, educational, social, and community service.

Corporate members of Y.P.O.W.R. include Bank of America, CT Community Foundation, Mattatuck Museum, and Thomaston Savings Bank.

Monetary donations can be U.S. Mailed to Y.P.O.W.R. Sock Drive, Waterbury Regional Chamber, 83 Bank Street, Waterbury, CT 06721.

To volunteer to help sort socks on April 9th, or for more information, visit,,, email to, or call 203-757-0701.

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell ) Neighbors Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:13:39 -0400
Three Women, Three Roads at Southbury Public Library on March 22

Three Women, Three Roads, a play written and performed by Nancy Palmento Schuler on Thursday, March 22nd from 7-8pm in the Kingsley Room at Southbury Library

Three Women, Three Roads features three separate stories about three very different women, why they moved to the Waterbury area and what their expectations were here. All are based on actual people and facts, although some names have been changed. Teresa, an immigrant from Italy, tells her story about raising her family in Waterbury at the beginning of the 20th century. Next, meet Junie who moved from the Upper East Side in New York to Middlebury in the 1940s. Finally, there is Ruth who relocated from North Carolina to Waterbury in the 1960s.

Nancy Palmento Schuler was born and raised in Waterbury and has lived in Litchfield for the past 18 years with her husband, Ed. At age 69, Schuler has been transitioning to writing and acting. Her story about Teresa, her Italian immigrant grandmother, has been presented at the New York Public Library Equity Theater and the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. She has also performed at the Osher Life Long Learning at the University of Connecticut, (UCONN), the Silas Bronson Library, Shakesperience Productions, the Mattatuck Museum, and many community centers and libraries in Connecticut.

Registration is required. For more information or to register call the library at 203-262-0626 ext. 130

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library 

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Connecticut Arts Day Set for April 25th

The third annual Connecticut Arts Day 2018 will take place on April 25, 2018!

Connecticut Arts Day celebrates Connecticut’s investment in and support of the arts and reaffirms the significant role the arts play in our state.  The day will include performances, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities and the presentation of the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards. The theme for 2018 is Resiliency! 
Connecticut Arts Day 2018 will be held at Hartford StageUpward Hartford and Hartford Hilton. Stay tuned for more details!
]]> (Gina Zammit) Life Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:19:52 -0400
Danbury native was pilot and sole survivor of East River helicopter crash

Richard Vance, 33, the pilot of the helicopter that crashed in the East River in NYC on Sunday night, March 11, was a native of Danbury, according to his Linkedin profile. He was the sole survivor of the tragic accident.

The New York Post reports that the helicopter that Vance was operating is owned by a New Jersey-based company, Liberty Helicopters and took off from the HHI Heliport in Kearny, NJ. Vance is an experienced pilot and flight instructor. 

In a YouTube video, you can hear Vance saying, "Mayday, mayday, mayday...engine failure".

New York Fire Department Tweets @FDNY during last night's tragedy:

The helicopter was upside down and completely submerged. Firefighters and @nypdnews divers removed five people from the helicopter.

The pilot freed himself. 3 people were removed in critical condition and transported to a hospital along with the pilot. 2 were pronounced dead at the scene -#FDNY Commissioner Nigro gives update on helicopter down in East River.

ABC News reports that Vance "freed himself" and was cut out of a harness by personnel on an FDNY boat. According to reports, helicopter passengers were harnassed in the helicopter when it went down.

Image courtesy FDNY Twitter

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 12 Mar 2018 06:39:32 -0400
Town of Southbury Snowstorm Aftermath Update

The Town of Southbury is aware that there are 250 households still without power. At this time, we do not have a time estimate for full restoration from Eversource. Eversource has been working around the clock and have assured us that they are doing everything they can in order to restore power in Southbury.

The town will have the following facilities available for those residents without power:

Warming and Charging Centers

Senior Center: 
Friday, March 09, 2018 - Open until 1 pm
Sunday, March 11 - Open 1-3 pm

Southbury Public Library: 
Friday, March 9 - Open until 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 10 - Open 9:30 am-4:00 pm
Sunday, March 11 - Open 12-5 pm

Showering Facilities

Parks and Recreation Building:
Friday, March 9 - Open until 1 pm
Sunday, March 11 - Open 1-3 pm

Pomperaug High School (gym area):
Friday, March 9 - Open until 11 pm

Visit the Town of Southbury online for updates:


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Intermediate Microsoft Word on March 23 at Southbury Public Library

Intermediate Microsoft Word on Friday, March 23 from 2-4pm at Southbury Library

This class picks up where the Basic Word class leaves off, so some experience with Microsoft Word is expected.  Topics will include: character formatting, paragraph formatting, page formatting, spell checking and thesaurus, and cut-copy-paste.  With the knowledge from this two hour class, you will really be able to make your text documents stand out!

Mike Ingber is the owner of Upward Business Systems, which has been in business since 1989 and provides expert, reliable, affordable computer consulting services to a large base of clients.  Clients include town halls, schools, non-profit agencies, small and medium businesses of all sorts, home users, and senior citizens.

Space is limited to 10 participants. To register please call the library at 203-262-0626 ext. 130.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library

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Spring Ahead Weekend is HERE!

It's time to spring ahead! Tomorrow night, Saturday, March 10, most responsible Americans set their clocks ahead and kiss goodbye (or goodnight) the hour we won't see again until November.

Daylight Saving Time 2018 (note: it is Saving is singular) begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, and ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 4.

What does this mean?  At 2 a.m. on Sunday, you will lose an hour or spring forward an hour and the correct time will be 3 a.m.  This hour is not lost forever.  On November 3, the clocks will be readjusted backward and you will gain an hour.

For many of us, the adjustment of clocks will be minimal since smartphones, tablets, computers and more adjust automatically.  However, the adjustment of our body clocks might take a bit longer, so prepare yourself for a "tired Monday!"

The idea of daylight saving was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin, aka, the 'early to be, early to rise' guy, back in 1784.

National Geographic documents some interesting facts about Daylight Saving Time in an article titled Daylight Saving Time: When Does It Begin? And Why?. Read it here.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

]]> (Tara Daly) Life Fri, 09 Mar 2018 04:45:52 -0500
Bullet Hill School Docent Workshop and More Upcoming Events in Southbury

Bullet Hill School Docent Workshop - 3/13/2018 | 9:30am

Be a docent at Bullet Hill School! Organizer: Bullet Hill School.

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Hollywood's Walk of Fame's Musical History - 3/13/2018 | 1:30-3:30pm

With more than 2,500 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, only 60 represent the careers and achievements of classical musicians. Included in this very select group are celebrated conductors, opera singers, violinists, classical and film score composers. Organizer: Southbury Film Commission and Arts Escape, Inc.

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Snow Sculpture Contest - ENDS 03/30/2018

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 30, 2018. Organizers: Southbury Parks and Recreation.

Click for the event's details.


Sacred Heart Lenten Fish Fry on March 16, 2018

Easter Egg Hunt on March 17, 2018

Whispers From Heaven - a Morning of Spirit Communication on March 18, 2018

Cake Decorating 101 on March 27, 2018

Pomperaug Film Festival on April 6, 2018


Library's Calendar contains information about upcoming programs for adults, teens and children.


PDDH's Calendar contains upcoming and ongoing events for our district (e.g. Travel Vaccination Services, Weekly Vaccination Services, Free Blood Pressure monitoring)


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Bullet Hill School Docent Workshop on March 13

Bullet Hill School Docent Workshop on March 13 at 9:30 am.

Workshop to prepare docents who want to help 2nd graders with their 1850 day at Bullet Hill School, 215 Main Street North, Southbury, CT.

Event Snow/Rain Date: 3/15/2018

Questions? Contact Maura Stanko: 203-598-4493;

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Hunt for Easter Eggs in Southbury on March 24

Easter Egg Hunt on March 24 beginning at 10:00 am SHARP!

Our Easter Egg Hunt is open to children up to 12 years of age. Come with your basket or bag to hold your candy and eggs. Bring your camera as there will be an opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny!

While there is no fee for the egg hunt, all participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Southbury Food Bank.

  • Event Organizers: Southbury Parks & Recreation | 203-262-0633
  • Event Location: Ballantine Park, 611 Old Field Road, Southbury, CT
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Seats are still available for the Hollywood Walk of Fame's Musical History presentation

The Southbury Film Commission has partnered with Arts Escape, Inc. to present Hollywood's Walk of Fame's Musical History, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Arts Escape Gallery located at 88 Main Street South.

With more than 2,500 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, only 60 represent the careers and achievements of classical musicians. Included in this very select group are celebrated conductors, opera singers, violinists, classical and film score composers.

Jeffrey Engel will examine the lives and careers of a few of these personalities and play excerpts from their recordings. This 2-hour lecture will be held on one day with a short break for refreshments and conversation with other attendees.

Jeffrey Engel is a musician, Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Community College and lecturer at libraries, community and senior organizations on a variety of music-related topics.

Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. This program is sponsored by the Southbury Community Trust Fund. As seating is limited, please call the gallery to register at 203-586-1474 or visit the website at

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Southbury's Audubon Center to Visit Byrd's Books March 20th

Do you want to know how to maintain bluebird houses? Do you want to know "why, oh, why"? On Tuesday, March 20th at Byrd's Books, located at 126 Greenwood Avenue, across from P.T. Barnum Square in Bethel, you can learn why bluebirds can be your most wonderful feeder friends. At 7:00pm, the popular independent bookstore will welcome Kate Pratt from the Audubon Society at Bent of the River to explain how to attract bluebirds and how to maintain their houses without a huge amount of effort. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Related books will be available.To save a spot, go to

Audubon Center Bent of the River is a 700-acre nature sanctuary and education center and is a part of Audubon Connecticut, a state office of the National Audubon Society, and the Atlantic Flyway. To learn more about the Center's dedication to Audubon's open space and working lands conservation efforts in Connecticut, visit 

For more information, visit byrdsbooks.comor or call (203) 730 BYRD (2973).

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