Southbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury Sat, 26 Sep 2020 21:44:50 -0400 HamletHub.com Back-to-School Special Education Law & Advocacy Webinar on September 29 https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/5056-back-to-school-special-education-law-advocacy-webinar-on-september-29th5056-back-to-school-special-education-law-advocacy-webinar-on-september-29th https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/5056-back-to-school-special-education-law-advocacy-webinar-on-september-29th5056-back-to-school-special-education-law-advocacy-webinar-on-september-29th

Please join us on September 29th at 6:30 p.m. EST for the Back-to-School Special Education Law & Advocacy Webinar.

This webinar is free and open to the public. Registration is required to view the webinar. Registration form on Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3cqM1hJ

Speakers:

Attorney Lawrence Berliner, Connecticut Special Education Law (Westport and Guilford, CT)

Jane Faherty, Director of Jumpstart, Stamford JCC and Educational Advocate

Jennifer Weitz and Marla Wayne, Educational Advocates, JW Advocates (Southbury, CT)

Co-hosted with the Stamford JCC (Stamford, CT)

Touchpoints as a Basis for Discussion in the time of the COVID Crisis:

Understanding your child’s special education rights

• Re-entry into school: Coping with the “new normal” school environment

• Scenarios of learning: in-school, vs home, vs. hybrid

• Challenges to learning: academics, wearing of masks, anxiety, school refusal

• Re-evaluating the IEP in the face of COVID/ Preparing for a PPT

• Compensatory Education

• Regression: when the student does not master the curriculum

• Bullying issues arising from COVID

Please email questions to Rachel Berliner rachel@berlinerspecialedlaw.com

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Fri, 25 Sep 2020 10:55:39 -0400
Southbury Library Lobby Book Sale Reopened https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/places/5055-southbury-library-lobby-book-sale-reopened5055-southbury-library-lobby-book-sale-reopened https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/places/5055-southbury-library-lobby-book-sale-reopened5055-southbury-library-lobby-book-sale-reopened

The Friends of the Southbury Public Library has announced that Library Lobby Book Sale has now reopened.

The sale is available during library business hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm and Tuesday, Thursday 9:30am - 6:30pm.

Collection are refreshed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Friends of Southbury Public Library) Places Thu, 24 Sep 2020 12:05:14 -0400
Southbury Apple Festival and More Upcoming Events! https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/5054-southbury-apple-festival-and-more-upcoming-events5054-southbury-apple-festival-and-more-upcoming-events https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/5054-southbury-apple-festival-and-more-upcoming-events5054-southbury-apple-festival-and-more-upcoming-events

Upcoming Southbury Events

Private Evening Hike
9/25/2020 | 6:00pm

A Private Evening Hike for Your Family and Your Circle of Friends. Register by September 24. Organizers: Bent of the River Audubon Center.

Click for the event's details.

Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection
9/26/2020 | 7:30am-3:00pm

A Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection Day will be held at Ansonia Public Works in Ansonia. Organizers: Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments and participating towns.

Click for the event's details.

Apple Festival
9/26/2020 | 9:00am-3:00pm

The Apples are Coming!!! Organizers: South Britain Congregational Church.

Click for the event's details.

Pomperaug Watershed Video Tour
9/26/2020 | 7:00pm

Kick off World Rivers Day and celebrate the Pomperaug Watershed with an online guided video tour. Organizers: Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition.

Click for the event's details.

Hawk Identification Workshop-Online
9/30/2020 | 7:00pm

Appreciated by birders and non-birders alike, raptors have fascinated people of all ages with their majestic presence and prowess throughout written history. Organizers: Bent of the River Audubon Center.

Click for the event's details.

ONGOING

Southbury Library Lobby Book Sale Reopened

The Friends of the Southbury Public Library has announced that Library Lobby Book Sale has now reopened. The sale is available during library business hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm and Tuesday, Thursday 9:30am - 6:30pm. Collection are refreshed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. Organizers: The Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Click for the event's details.
 

Scarecrow Contest - ENDS 10/23/2020

When the leaves start to fall, be creative and make your scarecrow! Take a picture of your scarecrow and email to Parks & Recreation at parkrec3@southbury-ct.gov. Photos will be on display at the Parks and Recreation office and winners will be announced at the end of October. Organizers: Southbury Parks and Recreation.

Click for the event's details.
 


COMING SOON

10/3, 17 or 31/2020 - Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure

10/10/2020 - Gourmet Picnic at the Bent

10/15/2020 - Author Conversation with Suzanne Nelson via Zoom

10/21/2020 - Virtual Book Club in October

10/22/2020 - Sparrow Identification Workshop-Online

10/24/2020 - Private Owl Prowl

View more future events: Upcoming Events Listing

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Events Thu, 24 Sep 2020 12:03:44 -0400
Dorothy Day: A Saint For Our Time" program at Wisdom House on Oct. 3 https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/5047-dorothy-day-a-saint-for-our-time-program-at-wisdom-house-oct-35047-dorothy-day-a-saint-for-our-time-program-at-wisdom-house-oct-3 https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/5047-dorothy-day-a-saint-for-our-time-program-at-wisdom-house-oct-35047-dorothy-day-a-saint-for-our-time-program-at-wisdom-house-oct-3

On Saturday, October 3, 2020, Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center at 229 East Litchfield Road in Litchfield will present a program on Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker movement. Presented by Robert Ellsberg, the revered author of “The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day” and “All The Way to Heaven: The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day”, and will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost of the program is $60 which will include lunch.

Program presenter Robert Ellsberg, editor in chief and publisher of Orbis Books, the publishing arm of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. In addition to his books on Dorothy Day, he is the prolific author of numerous books on Catholic Faith, including “Blessed Among Us: Day by Day with Saintly Witnesses”; “Blessed Among All Women: Women Saints, Prophets and Witnesses”; “The Franciscan Saints”; and “All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses”.

Co-sponsored by Fairfield University’s Center for Catholic Studies, the October 3rd program will offer insights into the ambitions, accomplishments, and devotions of Dorothy Day (1897-1980), one of the nation’s most influential nonviolent speakers for the rights of workers.

Dorothy Day was an American journalist, social activist, and anarchist who, after a bohemian youth, became a Catholic Christian without abandoning her social and anarchist activism. She described the process of her conversion in her autobiography, "The Long Loneliness". Today she is perhaps the best-known political radical in the American Catholic Church and is currently under consideration for sainthood.

An active journalist, Day described her social activism in her writings. In 1917 she was imprisoned as a member of suffragist Alice Paul's nonviolent Silent Sentinels.  In the 1930s, she worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic Worker Movement, a pacifist movement that combines direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf. She practiced civil disobedience, which led to additional arrests in 1955, 1957, and in 1973 at the age of seventy-five.

As part of the Catholic Worker Movement, Day co-founded the "Catholic Worker" newspaper in 1933 and served as its editor from 1933 until her death in 1980. In this newspaper, she advocated the Catholic economic theory of distributism, which she considered a third way between capitalism and socialism. Pope Benedict XVI used her conversion story as an example of how to "journey towards faith... in a secularized environment." Pope Francis included her in a list of four exemplary Americans who "built a better future", yet for much of her life Day was considered a fairly marginal figure, if not viewed with outright suspicion.

The October 3rd program will be offered in four sessions. The morning sessions will introduce Dorothy Day and her accomplishments and the story of her conversion. These sessions will include a showing of the documentary, “Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story”, which features an interview with Robert Ellsberg. The afternoon sessions will explore the social program of The Catholic Worker Movement: Works of Mercy, Social Justice, and Peace and focus on Day’s spirituality and reflections on the question of sainthood.

Wisdom House Executive Director Deborah Kelly commented, “We are honored to co-present this program because Dorothy Day is being widely publicly heralded and celebrated for the enormity of her offerings to the rights of social justice for Catholic workers in the past that is still a need today. She was an exemplary ‘true force of reason’ in unreasonable circumstances.”

Face masks, social distancing protocols, and registration for this event will be required. To register, call Wisdom House at 860-567-3163, or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.

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brancom@westnet.com (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Events Thu, 24 Sep 2020 12:00:53 -0400
One Week Left to View Southbury Vs. The Bund at the Southbury Public Library https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/5053-one-week-left-to-view-southbury-vs-the-bund-at-the-southbury-public-library5053-one-week-left-to-view-southbury-vs-the-bund-at-the-southbury-public-library https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/5053-one-week-left-to-view-southbury-vs-the-bund-at-the-southbury-public-library5053-one-week-left-to-view-southbury-vs-the-bund-at-the-southbury-public-library

In a sojourn from the usual wonderful art on display, our Gloria Cachion Gallery display this month examines a vital segment of local history: the 1937 fight by Southbury residents to keep a pro-Nazi training camp out of Southbury.

This exhibit can be viewed in person during library open hours from Tuesday, September 1 - 28, 2020. Currently, the First Floor and Gloria Cachion Art Gallery are open 9:30am-4:30pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 9:30am-6:30pm Tuesday and Thursday. A preview of the exhibit with additional background information can be found on our website here.

Melinda Elliott, President of the Southbury Historical Society, researched and curated this exhibit featuring nine narrative panels on display in the Gloria Cachion Gallery space and a special selection of documents, maps, and photographs on display in the Brown Room. The items on display in the Brown Room come to us directly from the collections of the Southbury Historical Society.

Currently, this story and other Southbury artifacts are featured in a display in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, commemorating an important period of a small town's civic resistance to Nazis on the American home front. We are excited to be able to also share such an important piece of local and national history right here in our own Gloria Cachion Gallery.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Life Mon, 21 Sep 2020 10:31:53 -0400
RVNAhealth StayWELL Services Wins ‘Provider of Choice’ Award https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/places/5052-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award5052-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/places/5052-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award5052-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award

RVNAhealth is pleased to announce that its StayWELL service line has received a 2020 Best of Home Care® - Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. This award recognizes the top performing non-medical home care agencies in the nation, based upon unfiltered client satisfaction feedback. The recognition is a testament to RVNAhealth’s outstanding service and high-quality caregiving teams, each dedicated to the health and well-being of their clients.

Committed to being the best in our field, RVNAhealth partnered with Home Care Pulse at the beginning of 2020 as part of an ongoing improvement initiative, to better understand the client and caregiver experience. As an independent third-party provider, Home Care Pulse collects candid and direct phone-interview feedback monthly from StayWELL clients and caregivers in areas such as impact on daily life, communication, caregiver ability, and client/caregiver compatibility.

“As one of only 16 home care agencies in Connecticut to receive this award, and with many hundreds of agency options in our state, we are honored to be recognized for our outstanding service. I am extremely proud of our skilled and compassionate caregivers who provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I also extend appreciation to our incredible clients for their feedback and trust in having RVNAhealth care for them or their loved ones,” says Melissa Woodhouse, RRT, MOT, OTR/L, CDP, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL Services.

To learn more about StayWELL services, please visit rvnahealth.org/services/stay-well/ or call 203-438-5555. To meet some of our exceptional caregivers, please visit our Meet the Caregivers webpage.

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kerry@ducey.org (Nancy Rowe) Places Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:35:24 -0400
Apple Festival in Southbury on September 26! https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/5051-apple-festival-in-southbury-on-september-265051-apple-festival-in-southbury-on-september-26 https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/5051-apple-festival-in-southbury-on-september-265051-apple-festival-in-southbury-on-september-26

Apple Festival in Southbury on September 26 from 9am to 3pm at South Britain Congregational Church

Classic fall festival with our signature pies, locally-grown apples, food, vendors, silent auction and more. We will follow all COVID guidelines and protocols; please wear a mask to our event and observe social distancing guidelines as posted at the event.

Attendance at the Apple Festival is limited by state mandate. If we are full when you arrive, please consider coming back at a later time with our thanks for your patience. The health and safety of our volunteers, vendors, and attendees is our first priority.

Please note that parking on the side of the road is not permitted.

Visiting the festival either prior to, or after the noon-time rush is encouraged for your convenience.

Our event will continue online from September 26-October 10. Please visit Southbritainchurch.org!


Event Organizers: South Britain Congregational Church

Questions? Email Applefestival@southbritainchurch.org or call Amy Smith: 203-509-5283 |

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:27:26 -0400
Southbury Events: Gardening Webinar, Evening Hike, Haz Waste and More! https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/5050-southbury-events-gardening-webinar-evening-hike-haz-waste-and-more5050-southbury-events-gardening-webinar-evening-hike-haz-waste-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/5050-southbury-events-gardening-webinar-evening-hike-haz-waste-and-more5050-southbury-events-gardening-webinar-evening-hike-haz-waste-and-more

Town of Southbury Upcoming Events

Southbury Farmers' Market
9/17/2020 | 3:00-6:00pm

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

Click for the event's details.

Putting your Garden to Bed! Webinar
9/17/2020 | 7:00pm

FREE Webinar/Q&A Putting Your Garden to Bed presented by Advanced Master Gardener Michele MacKinnon. Organizers: Sustainable Southbury.

Click for the event's details.

National POW/MIA Day
9/18/2020 | 9:00am

Southbury's commemoration of POW/MIA Day. Organizers: American Legion Post 14, 204 & VFW Post 1607.

Click for the event's details.


COMING SOON

09/25/2020 - Private Evening Hike

09/26/2020 - Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection

09/26/2020 - Apple Festival

09/26/2020 - Pomperaug Watershed Video Tour

09/30/2020 - Hawk Identification Workshop-Online

10/3, 17 or 31/2020 - Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure

10/15/2020 - Author Conversation with Suzanne Nelson via Zoom

View more future events: Upcoming Events Listing

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Events Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:23:42 -0400
CIAC Announces Full Contact Football Canceled for 2020-2021 School Year https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/5049-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year5049-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/5049-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year5049-ciac-announces-full-contact-football-canceled-for-2020-2021-school-year

CIAC Football Board of Control Update

At its September 16, 2020, meeting, the CIAC Board of Control reaffirmed its September 3 decision to cancel full-contact football for the 2020-2021 school year. This decision was made in alignment with the Connecticut Department of Health’s recommendation that football is a high-risk sport and should not be played this fall. The board did, however, agree it would consider allowing competition at a later time for a sport that cannot hold its regularly scheduled season, such as football, provided it does not negatively impact spring sports.

DPH continues to recommend substituting “higher risk” athletic activities with “moderate risk” or “lower risk” options and /or postponing those activities to a later time. In alignment with those recommendations, by the end of this week, through its football committee, the CIAC will recommend low and moderate-risk football activities in which schools may continue to engage their football athletes.

“CIAC made every effort to weigh all factors in this decision, including the passionate voices of students, parents, and school personnel, and ultimately made the determination to align its decision with the recommendations of the Governor’s office and DPH to not hold high-risk sports at this time,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini stated. “In conversation with other state associations across the country, it was clear that a key factor in playing interscholastic football was alignment with the opinion of their state’s governor and state health agency.”

After consulting with DPH and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), it was apparent that CIAC’s football plan, though endorsed by the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee, will not sufficiently mitigate the risk to lower the categorization of the sport from “high risk” to “moderate risk.” DPH encouraged CIAC to seek affirmation from the NFHS that its proposed mitigating strategies would meet the standards required to recategorize football from its classification as high risk. CIAC immediately consulted with the NFHS which responded by stating that, “As each state association has its own SMAC and state department of health/health agency, the NFHS SMAC will not exercise approval or disapproval of individual state guidelines.” Furthermore, in discussions with the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), it was made clear to the CIAC that its members are not public health experts and, as such, on the matter of playing football, CAPSS would defer to the appropriate state and local public health authorities.

The CIAC is concerned that DPH’s recommendation to postpone higher risk sports to a later time is reserved for CIAC sanctioned interscholastic athletics. In fact, as the CIAC is not sanctioning a football season at this time, schools, with approval from their local DPH, may opt to play full contact football as a “club” sport, similar to girls ice hockey, without adherence to CIAC COVID mitigating plans. The CIAC has previously tried to make DPH and the governor’s office aware of the inconsistency that permits our same student population to engage in non-interscholastic high risk sports with less oversight and fewer COVID mitigating strategies. Furthermore, the CIAC has expressed its concern that this inconsistency promotes an inequity in sport opportunities.

In consideration of playing football at a later time, the board seeks to better understand factors such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • How many sports are impacted to the extent where it cannot compete during its regularly scheduled season?

  • What other public health strategies have become available and are supported with better research?

  • How will facility scheduling be impacted?

  • The impact to field maintenance and playability.

  • The viability of synthetic surface fields passing the G-max test during winter months.

  • How has the COVID climate in Connecticut improved to support interscholastic high-risk athletics at a later time?

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kerry@ducey.org (CIAC Sports) Life Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:38:26 -0400
Southbury Parks & Recreation Announces Mural Contest https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/places/5046-southbury-parks-recreation-announces-mural-contest5046-southbury-parks-recreation-announces-mural-contest https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/places/5046-southbury-parks-recreation-announces-mural-contest5046-southbury-parks-recreation-announces-mural-contest

Southbury Parks and Recreation is excited to offer two Southbury residents, ages 16 and up, an opportunity to create their murals in the Parks & Recreation Building.

They are looking for designs showing i.e.: Parks & Recreation activities, Southbury Parks, Southbury Landmarks, etc.

Once the artists are chosen, the murals must be completed by March 31, 2021.

All painting supplies will be supplied by Southbury Parks & Recreation.

Each of the two spaces are approximately 8' high by 4' wide.

Please submit your design to the Parks & Recreation Office by November 9, 2020, by email - parkrec3@southbury-ct.gov or drop it off at the Parks & Recreation Office at 561 Main Street South. 

Please have your name and phone number on your entry.

The two artists chosen will be notified by November 30, 2020.

Call the Parks & Recreation Office with any questions at 203-262-0633.

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kerry@ducey.org (Southbury Parks & Rec) Places Tue, 15 Sep 2020 10:22:46 -0400
The Ridgefield Playhouse Celebrates 20 Years! https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/5044-the-ridgefield-playhouse-16001085665044-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1600108566 https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/5044-the-ridgefield-playhouse-16001085665044-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1600108566

Although they had to close their doors to inside shows on March 13th, move/cancel more than 120 shows so far (equaling a loss of more than $3 million in ticket income), and cancel their Summer Gala, the other big fundraiser that they depend on, The Ridgefield Playhouse, a nonprofit theater in Ridgefield CT,  is not going to let the hard times of COVID-19 get in the way of celebrating a giant milestone. 

For 20 years, The Ridgefield Playhouse has been the heart and soul of the community, culture and economy in Ridgefield, CT. “We were hoping to have a BIG Gala celebration for our 20th Anniversary Season,” says Executive Director Allison Stockel. “But I think we have turned lemons into lemonade and have come up with a great way to have a really fun 20th Anniversary Gala!” 

On Saturday, October 3rd, the Playhouse will indeed mark its 20th Anniversary season by having performers from the past 20 years make special virtual guest appearances- everyone from Graham Nash, Stephen Schwartz, Todd Rundgren and more- as well as a full LIVE performance on the stage inside the Playhouse with Bruce Hornsby

“We are really excited to have someone perform on our stage again!” Says Stockel.  The Playhouse is offering a variety of ways to participate depending on your comfort level.  There will be a limited number of Sponsor tickets inside the theater, as well as outdoor tented seating for Gala ticket holders (both include open bar and a sit-down dinner with food from Bernard’s and Gallo), and virtual streaming tickets for those who want to stay at home.   

“We want everyone to be able to be able to celebrate with us,” says Stockel.  “For those who feel comfortable coming out, the evening kicks off at 6:30pm - with a red-carpet arrival hosted by Christine O’Leary in the tent on the field next to The Playhouse.  There will be restaurant-style seating, where you only sit with your party and will get served dinner with food from Bernard’s and Gallo at your table.  Gala ticket holders will watch the performance in the tent via a live feed from the Playhouse stage, and Sponsor ticket holders will have a socially distanced seat inside the theater.”

 The Playhouse is also selling streaming tickets for those who want to watch from the comfort of their own home. If you buy a Gala ticket or Sponsor ticket and would like to pick up your dinner and watch via streaming from home- that is also an option.

“I think when the Playhouse opened its doors 20 years ago no one ever thought that we would have gotten to the point where we would be presenting more than 200 shows annually,” says Stockel. “And in addition to that, doing 33 Arts in Education performances, giving away more than $90,000 in free tickets to Title 1 schools and people from low-income areas, and have some of the most iconic performers from all genres like Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Blondie, Stephen Sondheim, Jay Leno and so many more.”  

Those numbers are of course pre-Covid.  There is no doubt that The Ridgefield Playhouse has grown in size and scope over the past 20 years.  Just ask any restaurant owner and they will tell you that when the Playhouse has a show, their restaurant is full. “In addition to being such an important part of this town’s culture, The Playhouse has been a huge economic generator for the town,” says First Selectman Rudy Marconi, “We know times are tough right now and look forward to getting The Playhouse and the Town of Ridgefield back to where it was.”

And times have been tough indeed.  “The entire Arts and Culture sector is hurting right now,” says Stockel. “So, we really need to do this Gala. We do not yet know what we will be able to do inside the Theater this winter, we are hoping to know soon. Right now, we can do a few outdoor shows, which is good, but not what we would normally do.” In fact, The Ridgefield Playhouse did only four outdoor shows in the month of August, when they originally had 18 shows booked.

  This September they were planning to do 20 live performances and will only be able to do five outdoor shows.  “At least it’s something,” Stockel says, “but it’s not enough to keep us going if we aren’t able to, at some point, start doing regular indoor shows again soon.” Even so, Stockel and her team are proud of what they have accomplished and feel positive about where the Playhouse is going.  “We have wonderful and loyal sponsors, members and donors. 

This Gala is as much for them as it is for us,” says Stockel. “And even though we’re doing it a little differently during these unprecedented times, we’re here and we’re not going anywhere.  We have been through a lot over the past 20 years, and we’ve stood the test of time.  I know we will be okay and come out on the other end, it’ll just be a bit of a journey to get there.” 

The Ridgefield Playhouse Gala is sponsored by  PLATINUM SPONSORS: Berisford, Rabinowitz, Ross & Stockel Families, Missy & Andy Williams; GOLD SPONSORS: Eric Diefenbach & JK Brown; SILVER SPONSORS:  Deb and Howard Bubb; BRONZE SPONSORS: Caroline & Rommin Adl, Amy & Eric Freidenrich, Kathleen & Dave Lyons, Jill & Larry Mango, Dr. Margaret A. Reed & Patricia Fernandes, The Sawtelle Family, Linsey Tully & Joe Racioppo, Mercedes-Benz of Danbury.

For more information about The Playhouse Gala go online to www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:00:58 -0400
Women’s Center SafeWalk to be weekend-long virtual event October 2nd- 4th https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/charities/5045-women-s-center-safewalk-to-be-weekend-long-virtual-event-october-2nd-4th-16001128205045-women-s-center-safewalk-to-be-weekend-long-virtual-event-october-2nd-4th-1600112820 https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/charities/5045-women-s-center-safewalk-to-be-weekend-long-virtual-event-october-2nd-4th-16001128205045-women-s-center-safewalk-to-be-weekend-long-virtual-event-october-2nd-4th-1600112820

The Women’s Center will hold its 14th annual SafeWalk virtually as a weekend-long event October 2nd - 4th, 2020. SafeWalk is the Women’s Center’s premier event to unite the community in our vision to end domestic violence and raise critical funds to support our free programs and services. 

Individuals and teams are encouraged to walk, run or creatively move their way to a 4K and fundraise from the comfort of their own homes/communities. Choose a time that works with your schedule, hop on a treadmill, walk around your neighborhood or meet up with a group of friends at a large public space, wear your facemask (included with registration along with a race bib) and hashtag your photos to #safewalk. Participants are also asked to wear purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. People of all ages are encouraged to participate and create their own personal peer-to-peer fundraising page encouraging family and friends to sponsor them with a donation.

There will be a kickoff party beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 4th with the release of a SafeWalk 2020 video, featuring Pat Zachman, Women’s Center President & CEO, SafeWalk Co-Chairs Kathy Graham of Ridgefield and Vicki Taylor-Bloch of New Fairfield, local officials, Women’s Center education team members, and supporters, telling us why they walk. There will also be an online Zumba warm up with instructor Sarah Imarata.

To create a fundraising team or sponsor this event, please visit www.wcogd.org/events or contact Linda Cummins, Special Events Manager, at 203-731-5200 x232 or linda.c@wcogd.org.


The Women’s Center provides free and confidential services to prevent or lessen the trauma associated with domestic violence, sexual assault and other major life transitions to thousands of women, children and men annually. The programs of the Women’s Center are supported by state and local government, area United Way agencies and the people and businesses in the communities we serve including Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, and Washington, CT.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Cheryl Kunst) Charities Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:58:00 -0400
Fall Sports in Full Swing: OrthoConnecticut Doc Talks Preventing and Treating Injuries in Young Athletes https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/5042-fall-sports-in-full-swing-orthoconnecticut-doc-talks-preventing-and-treating-injuries-in-young-athletes5042-fall-sports-in-full-swing-orthoconnecticut-doc-talks-preventing-and-treating-injuries-in-young-athletes https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/5042-fall-sports-in-full-swing-orthoconnecticut-doc-talks-preventing-and-treating-injuries-in-young-athletes5042-fall-sports-in-full-swing-orthoconnecticut-doc-talks-preventing-and-treating-injuries-in-young-athletes

It’s “Back to School” season, and in Hearst Connecticut Media’s recent feature, writer Andrea Valluzzo put a spotlight on fall sports and an orthopedic practice that is at the heart of diagnosing and treating injuries - OrthoConnecticut.

 “Whether or not students return to school this fall, odds are many of them will be participating in some type of athletic activity. When kids are involved in sports — no matter what the scenario — athletic-related injuries are always a possibility,” says Valluzzo. 

 OrthoConnecticut’s very own sports medicine specialist, Dr. Emund Ganal, mentions he can relate to the situation both personally and professionally, “Unfortunately, most kids, mine included, play sports all year round. Overspecialization, I think, is a problem when kids do one specific sport 12 months a year. They develop certain habits that stress only certain parts of the body and when those get overworked too much, they start developing chronic problems like tendon degeneration and a lot of overuse injuries,” he says. 

 Dr. Ganal, a resident of Ridgefield, sees many cases of overuse injuries in the office and also warns that now is the time to take things slow, " After months of being fairly sedentary, athletes need to be smart about their training. While the forced rest over the past few months can be a good thing, we also want to be sure athletes properly get back into shape to avoid injuries." It's important to listen to your body, your coaches and your doctor. 

OrthoConnecticut is a multispecialty practice staffed by leaders in orthopedic care with offices in Danbury, Litchfield, New Milford, Ridgefield, Sharon and Southbury. The practice’s urgent care service, OrthoCare Express, is open 7 days a week for emergencies and is available in the Danbury office.  

 

 
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Mon, 14 Sep 2020 08:24:24 -0400
Women’s Center SafeWalk to be weekend-long virtual event October 2nd- 4th https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/charities/5041-women-s-center-safewalk-to-be-weekend-long-virtual-event-october-2nd-4th5041-women-s-center-safewalk-to-be-weekend-long-virtual-event-october-2nd-4th https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/charities/5041-women-s-center-safewalk-to-be-weekend-long-virtual-event-october-2nd-4th5041-women-s-center-safewalk-to-be-weekend-long-virtual-event-october-2nd-4th

The Women’s Center will hold its 14th annual SafeWalk virtually as a weekend-long event October 2nd - 4th, 2020. SafeWalk is the Women’s Center’s premier event to unite the community in our vision to end domestic violence and raise critical funds to support our free programs and services. 

Individuals and teams are encouraged to walk, run or creatively move their way to a 4K and fundraise from the comfort of their own homes/communities. Choose a time that works with your schedule, hop on a treadmill, walk around your neighborhood or meet up with a group of friends at a large public space, wear your facemask (included with registration along with a race bib) and hashtag your photos to #safewalk. Participants are also asked to wear purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. People of all ages are encouraged to participate and create their own personal peer-to-peer fundraising page encouraging family and friends to sponsor them with a donation.

There will be a kickoff party beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 4th with the release of a SafeWalk 2020 video, featuring Pat Zachman, Women’s Center President & CEO, SafeWalk Co-Chairs Kathy Graham of Ridgefield and Vicki Taylor-Bloch of New Fairfield, local officials, Women’s Center education team members, and supporters, telling us why they walk. There will also be an online Zumba warm up with instructor Sarah Imarata.

To create a fundraising team or sponsor this event, please visit www.wcogd.org/events or contact Linda Cummins, Special Events Manager, at 203-731-5200 x232 or linda.c@wcogd.org.


The Women’s Center provides free and confidential services to prevent or lessen the trauma associated with domestic violence, sexual assault and other major life transitions to thousands of women, children and men annually. The programs of the Women’s Center are supported by state and local government, area United Way agencies and the people and businesses in the communities we serve including Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, and Washington, CT.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Cheryl Kunst) Charities Mon, 14 Sep 2020 05:58:42 -0400
Brewster HamletHub Recognized by Village Officials https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/5043-brewster-hamlethub-and-other-village-businesses-recognized-by-village-officials5043-brewster-hamlethub-and-other-village-businesses-recognized-by-village-officials https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/5043-brewster-hamlethub-and-other-village-businesses-recognized-by-village-officials5043-brewster-hamlethub-and-other-village-businesses-recognized-by-village-officials

Brewster HamletHub has been recognized, along with other Village businesses for their work in keeping Village and Town residents informed and safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.

As businesses are slowly starting to be able to open their doors again, the Village of Brewster extended a thank you to all of the businesses who were considered essential and stayed open or were asked to stay open during this time.

In June, the Village of Brewster Board of Trustees asked the public to nominate businesses in the Village who have supported the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses may have donated food to those in need or were complying with social distancing rules and staying open to serve the public and/or keeping them well informed.

Brewster HamletHub and it's Editors were considered and recognized as a vital and essential part of the community for keeping Village residents informed throughout the emergency.

The Village of Brewster honored these businesses at their July 15th Board of Trustee meeting with proclamations. Due to Social Distancing guidelines a large ceremony was not possible but Village representatives held small gatherings on the sidewalk in Front of Village Hall on Main Street and even went to some establishments to deliver the proclamations such as the Brewster Public Library who they cited as an instrumental service for their patrons and residents. Hamlet Hub was recognized on Monday August 24th by Trustees Mary Bryde and George Gaspar along with Village Clerk Michelle Chiudina for their work at Village Hall.

The following businesses were recognized at the July 15, 2020 Board of Trustees Meeting:

Brewster Hamlethub

Brewster Public Library

Moonlight Cafe

Kobacker's Market

Country Kitchen

Pizza Place

Bob's Diner

The Brewster Shipping Center

Suburban Carting

Tom & Jerry's

 

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Village of Brewster) Neighbors Fri, 11 Sep 2020 17:21:33 -0400