Southbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury Sat, 23 Jun 2018 19:35:13 -0400 HamletHub.com Southbury Farmers' Market is OPEN (and more Southbury happenings!) https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/3847-southbury-farmers-market-is-open-and-more-southbury-happenings3847-southbury-farmers-market-is-open-and-more-southbury-happenings https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/3847-southbury-farmers-market-is-open-and-more-southbury-happenings3847-southbury-farmers-market-is-open-and-more-southbury-happenings

Fresh and local veggies, concerts, health fair, and more!

Southbury Farmers' Market Opens
6/21/2018 | 3:00-6:00pm

Southbury Farmers' Market opens with local vendors, live music and cooking demonstrations. Organizer: Town of Southbury.

Click for the event's details.
 

Doug Jones Concert at the Gazebo
6/21/2018 | 6:00-8:00pm

Southbury Green Summer Concert Series Music presents Doug Jones playing contemporary jazz. Organizer: Southbury Green.

Click for the event's details.
 

Davina and The Vagabonds
6/25/2018 | 7:00pm

Live Jazz, Blues and Swing on Riverview Cinemas Stage. Organizers: Riverview Cinemas 8.

Click for the event's details.

Western CT Health & Leisure Fair
6/27/2018 | 10:00am-2:00pm

Live Healthy Fair! Free giveaways, close to 40 vendors, free bagged lunch! Organizers: Jewish Federation of Western CT and Southbury Senior Services.

Click for the event's details.
 

COMING SOON

06/28/2018 - Memphis Soul Spectacular Concert at the Gazebo

06/30/2018 - Troop 162 Car Wash

07/02/2018 - The Kerry Boys Concert at the Memorial Green

07/05/2018 - Willie & Jan Band Concert at the Gazebo

07/08/2018 - 2018 Walk for Wade

2018 Summer Concerts


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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Life Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:27:36 -0400
Acts 4 Ministry's Inspiration Fundraiser Next Thursday, June 28 Featuring Guitarist Chris Vitarello https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/charities/3846-acts-4-ministry-s-inspiration-fundraiser-next-thursday-june-28-featuring-guitarist-chris-vitarello3846-acts-4-ministry-s-inspiration-fundraiser-next-thursday-june-28-featuring-guitarist-chris-vitarello https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/charities/3846-acts-4-ministry-s-inspiration-fundraiser-next-thursday-june-28-featuring-guitarist-chris-vitarello3846-acts-4-ministry-s-inspiration-fundraiser-next-thursday-june-28-featuring-guitarist-chris-vitarello

Acts 4 Ministry’s annual “Inspiration: Inspiring Acts of Love” fundraising reception will be held next Thursday, June 28, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Lower Orchestra Lobby of the Palace Theater in Waterbury.

For the second consecutive year, the non-denominational, non-profit Acts 4 Ministry’s popular fundraiser will feature a performance by the Jeremey Baum Trio-JB3 blues and funky, soul-jazz band featuring gifted guitarist and Blues Hall of Fame® legend Chris Vitarello.

“The Jeremey Baum Trio-JB3,” commented Acts 4 Ministry Executive Director Sarah Elizabeth Carabetta, “was very well received at our 2017 ‘Inspiration’ fundraiser so we’re delighted to welcome them for an encore performance. Acts 4 Ministry’s annual fundraising reception celebrates the many ways our organization impacts positive changes in the greater Waterbury community. We support the daily needs of families and individuals who are in dire financial distress because they have lost virtually everything they possess to a fire, flood, or other devastating life events.”

Famed guitarist Chris Vitarello is a full-time member of the Jeremy Baum Trio, the Bruce Katz Band and the Chris O’Leary Band. When not on tour, he is Worship Leader at Walnut Hill Community Church leading Sunday morning worship for hundreds of congregants at campuses in Waterbury, New Milford, Seymour and Bethel, Connecticut.

Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame’s on November 14, 2013, at the Hudson, New York chapter venue, Vitarello was also a nominee and performer at the 32nd Blues Music Awards. During the past 20 years, he has been a band member, and recorded or shared the stage with the legendary Jimmy McGriff, Bruce Katz, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, Jerry Jemmott, Tad Robinson, the Chris O’Leary Band, Dennis Gruenling, Roxy Perry, Jeremy Baum, Joel Frahm, and Bernard Purdie to name a few. He has appeared on 30 plus albums and continues to perform nationally and internationally.

Sponsors of Acts 4 Ministry’s 2018 “Inspiration” fundraiser include top-level Inspirational Sponsors are Tomasso Group TBI Construction and Bourassa Catering and Events. Thomaston Savings Bank and DaVita Greater Waterbury/ Mattatuck Heights are Motivational Sponsors. Influential sponsors are the Harold Leever Cancer Center, O’Rourke & Birch Florist and Washington Trust. Beneficial sponsors are Branagan Communications Consultants LLC, CDS Displays, Inc., and Ion Bank. Friend sponsor is CM Property Management. The Connecticut Community Foundation is offering a special matching sponsorship to funds raised during the silent auction.

“Acts 4 Ministry is a collaborative group of a volunteer board of directors, staff members and dozens of volunteers who desire to share God’s love by meeting the comforting physical needs of others. We achieve this goal daily,” explained Carabetta, “on many levels by collecting and distributing, free-of-charge to recipients, clothing, and housewares with an accommodating furniture program through volunteerism. Each year we distribute clothing to nearly 4,000 people, and over 1,000 pieces of furniture and housewares to people of varying income levels throughout the Greater Waterbury area.”

Tickets are $45/ person and can be secured by clicking “Click to Give” at the top right corner of www.Acts4.org home page, or clicking “Purchase Tickets” under the “Inspiration” event on the Events page.

Tickets can also be purchased by check or money order made payable to Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. and US Mailed to PO Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704. Tickets can also be purchased at Acts 4 Ministry’s building and retail shop at 1713 Thomaston Avenue during the spring and summer months Mondays through Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, or by calling 203-574-2287, or via www.palacetheaterct.org.

Tax-deductible donations can be made year-round and brought to Acts 4 Ministry’s facility Mondays through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. and select Saturdays. Cash or money order donations can also be U.S. Mailed to P.O. Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704. To donate online with a credit card, visit www.acts4.org and go to “Click to Give” in the top right corner of the homepage.

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brancom@westnet.com (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell ) Charities Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:07:20 -0400
First Lady Cathy Malloy: Trump Policy Separating Families Must End https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/politics/3845-first-lady-cathy-malloy-trump-policy-separating-families-must-end3845-first-lady-cathy-malloy-trump-policy-separating-families-must-end https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/politics/3845-first-lady-cathy-malloy-trump-policy-separating-families-must-end3845-first-lady-cathy-malloy-trump-policy-separating-families-must-end

First Lady Cathy Malloy released the following statement in response to the inhumane Trump administration policy of forcibly separating immigrant children from their parents at the border:

“Over the past several days, I and so many other Americans have watched in horror as our government – under the direction of this president – forcibly rips babies and very young children, including those with intellectual and physical disabilities, from the arms of their parents. We have heard the unanswered screams of terrified toddlers crying for their mothers. We have seen images of people locked in cages as if they are feral animals. And we have watched as administration officials have lied, made excuses, passed the blame, and tried to buck responsibility for a cruel and heartless policy of their creation. I am angry; I am sickened, and I can no longer remain silent.

“The scene at the southern border is eerily similar to some of the darkest days in our nation’s history – including the internment of Japanese Americans and government-sanctioned segregation against people of color. We are better than this, as Connecticut has shown. We welcomed refugees when other states turned them away. We passed the TRUST Act to bring our undocumented neighbors out of the shadows and made our communities safer. And we made higher education accessible and available to Dreamers. Those policies not only make Connecticut a better, more welcoming state, they make our communities safer, and they should be a model for the nation.

“Donald Trump’s aptly-named ‘zero tolerance’ policy will neither deter immigration nor will it strengthen our border. Instead it will irreversibly traumatize some of the most vulnerable children and families in the world. History will not be kind to those here in Connecticut or nationally who equivocate, apologize, or otherwise enable this cruelty. It must end, now.”

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kerry@ducey.org (Leigh Appleby) Politics Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:00:36 -0400
Black Bear Enters Connecticut Home Through Screen Window https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/publicsafety/3844-black-bear-enters-connecticut-home-through-screen-window3844-black-bear-enters-connecticut-home-through-screen-window https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/publicsafety/3844-black-bear-enters-connecticut-home-through-screen-window3844-black-bear-enters-connecticut-home-through-screen-window

DEEP Euthanizes Black Bear
 
On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation Police (EnCon) responded to a residence on Winsted Road in Torrington, CT for a black bear that had entered a home through a screen window. Upon arrival of EnCon the bear was euthanized as it exited the house following DEEP protocol.
 
The bear is a sow, approximately one-year-old, the agency had not previously had contact with this bear.
 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (CT DEEP) Public safety Wed, 20 Jun 2018 04:37:58 -0400
Leaders Come Together for NVCC’s Ninth Community Meeting https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/3843-leaders-come-together-for-nvcc-s-ninth-community-meeting3843-leaders-come-together-for-nvcc-s-ninth-community-meeting https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/3843-leaders-come-together-for-nvcc-s-ninth-community-meeting3843-leaders-come-together-for-nvcc-s-ninth-community-meeting

Community leaders and partners from Naugatuck Valley Community College’s 22-town service region gathered for the College’s ninth annual Community Meeting on June 15, to discuss NVCC’s progress “Toward a Splendid College,” as outlined in its 2016-2026 strategic plan and to brainstorm enhancements to community engagement initiatives and building partnerships for the coming year.

“This is a moment in history when states are choosing to support community colleges,” said NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., “as the agents who drive economic change and pave the road toward prosperity, we need to do at least the same as the rest of the country if not better because Connecticut has always been a leader.”

“This is end of my tenth year as the president of your community college and I’m proud to report that it has been a very productive and rewarding year,” President De Filippis continued. “We believe in our communities and in our partners; we believe in you; we believe in the awesome potential that our working together has to produce meaningful outcomes.”

Incoming Student Government Association President Tabitha Cruz discussed her uncertain path just before graduating from Waterbury Career Academy and how faculty and staff at the school were able to link her up with NVCC where she is now not only an engaged student but an active leader and ambassador for the College.

An honorary degree was conferred upon Nicholas M. Donofrio, a friend and advocate for the college and former chairman of Connecticut’s Board of Regents for Higher Education (2012-2016). This past Janaury, Donofrio established a fund to support NVCC students who work on campus during their pursuit of a degree. The project is based on the existing Jobs on Campus initiative established by President De Filippis in 2014. Donofrio’s gift supports the placement of students into campus positions that support their academic goals. President De Filippis was joined by Yvette Melendez, Vice Chair of the Board of Regents, to present Donofrio with an honorary degree.

Accepting the degree with great humility and honor, Donofrio gave brief remarks on leadership, the importance of access to affordable higher education, and commended the College on the transformative power it has had for many students and communities, “I consider myself honored to be a member of your community,” he said.

The Honorable Neil M. O'Leary, Mayor of Waterbury, discussed the importance of supporting education, “Education is the clear path to success,” he said also noting his gratitude for being part of the NVCC’s community.

Kim Morgan and Victor Lopez of the Connecticut Working Cities Challenge of Danbury and Waterbury, respectively talked about the grant-based partnership underway with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and how both cities are working to improve the lives of low-income residents. Both Morgan and Lopez discussed what initiatives are underway in Danbury and Waterbury to address existing gaps in their communities that are keeping residents from excelling. Factors such as language skills, literacy, childcare, and building trust among community members are being tackled and building the infrastructure to support job development to transform families and neighborhoods are underway. In Waterbury, Lopez noted that the goal is to employ 150 individuals over the next 10 years with living-wage jobs in the South End/River Baldwin (RIBA) neighborhood of the city which reports a 24% unemployment rate. Morgan and Lopez noted their gratitude for their partnerships with NVCC and how the College’s mission of being an engine of change aligns with the missions of providing education for in-demand jobs in industries such as healthcare and manufacturing. Further, Lopez gave thanks for the individualized support that it recently received when NVCC donated 20 refurbished, recycled computers that will be used at a job training facility in the RIBA neighborhood.

The meeting continued with the Honorable Pete Bass, Mayor for the City of New Milford discussing the challenges that his community is experiencing and with overviews by Dave Celotto, Program Director for NVCC’s Bridge to College Office; Rob Sheftel, Director of NVCC’s Academic Center for Excellence; and Jose Feliciano, Program Director for the Hispanic Federation of Connecticut which oversees project CREAR Futuros that works to improve Latino college success through peer mentoring.

Community members then participated in round-table discussions about their challenges and strengths. Their feedback and ideas will be incorporated into NVCC’s strategic plan implementation.

*Photo shows (L-R) NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., Nicholas M. Donofrio, a friend and advocate for the college and former chairman of Connecticut’s Board of Regents for Higher Education (2012-2016), Yvette Melendez, Vice Chair of the Board of Regents. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Claude Ward-de Leon) Neighbors Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:02:38 -0400
Southbury Farmers' Market OPENS on June 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/places/3841-southbury-farmers-market-opens-on-june-213841-southbury-farmers-market-opens-on-june-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/places/3841-southbury-farmers-market-opens-on-june-213841-southbury-farmers-market-opens-on-june-21

Southbury Farmers' Market Opens on June 21!

The Southbury Farmers' Market is producer-only, meaning the farmer or specialty food maker behind the table is the person who grew or made the product. The market offers a great mix of plants, veggies, fruit, honey, jam, maple syrup, olive oil, baked goods, and wines!

Market opens June 21, 2018 and runs until October 11, 2018 on Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. 

The Market is located on Southbury Town Hall Green, 501 Main Street South in Southbury, CT.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Places Sat, 16 Jun 2018 18:14:59 -0400
The Chinese Exclusion Act Screening and Lecture Tuesday, June 19 at Southbury Public Library https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/3840-the-chinese-exclusion-act-screening-and-lecture-tuesday-june-19-at-southbury-public-library3840-the-chinese-exclusion-act-screening-and-lecture-tuesday-june-19-at-southbury-public-library https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/3840-the-chinese-exclusion-act-screening-and-lecture-tuesday-june-19-at-southbury-public-library3840-the-chinese-exclusion-act-screening-and-lecture-tuesday-june-19-at-southbury-public-library

The Chinese Exclusion Act Screening and Lecture on Tuesday, June 19 at 5pm in the Kingsley Room of the Southbury Public Library

Join us for this documentary screening and lecture examining a deeply American story-about immigration and national identity, civil rights, and human justice; about how we define who can be an American, and what being an American means.

The Chinese Exclusion Act: What does a little-known 1882 law have to do with American identity, democracy, and civil rights today? Through powerful and illuminating visuals, historical documents, testimonies, and insights of leading scholars and experts, The Chinese Exclusion Act documentary explores the history of Chinese immigration to the United States and its significance to issues of globalization, immigration, labor, and civil rights today. 35 minutes.

Understanding Asian American History: Immigration and Exclusion in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Tied in to the documentary, this 45 minute talk by Yale Historian Dr. Mary Lui will give a more expansive history of Chinese Exclusion and its impact on shaping broader additional immigration policies that ended Asian migration as well as limited naturalization and citizenship. 

About Dr. Mary Lui: A Professor of American Studies and History at Yale and a featured historian in The Chinese Exclusion Act, her primary research interests include Asian American history, urban history, women and gender studies, and public history. She is the author of The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City, the 2007 co-winner of the best book prize for history from the Association of Asian American Studies. She is currently working on a new book that examines the history of Asian American and U.S. cultural diplomacy in Asia in the early years of the Cold War.

This program is the first of the Richard Bozzuto American Dream Series which was recently established in his memory by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library and to honor his daughter Chris Tolley, a long time officer and member of the friends. Like all our programs, this is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Please register by calling 203-262-0626 x130.

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kerry@ducey.org (Southbury Public Library) Events Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:08:56 -0400
Southbury Flag Day Ceremony Today https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/15-todays-events/3839-southbury-flag-day-ceremony-today3839-southbury-flag-day-ceremony-today https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/15-todays-events/3839-southbury-flag-day-ceremony-today3839-southbury-flag-day-ceremony-today

Flag Day Ceremony

The Town of Southbury will be celebrating Flag Day at the Town Hall on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. The Board of Selectmen will be hosting a “Pause for the Pledge” beginning at 5:00 p.m. with refreshments following.

Also participating will be members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, Southbury Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies. Invited guests are our State Senator and State Representatives.

Southbury Town Hall, 501 Main Street South, Southbury, CT

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Todays events Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:14:47 -0400
Home of the Brave, Concert at River Glen & More Upcoming Events in Southbury! https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/3838-home-of-the-brave-concert-at-river-glen-more-upcoming-events3838-home-of-the-brave-concert-at-river-glen-more-upcoming-events https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/3838-home-of-the-brave-concert-at-river-glen-more-upcoming-events3838-home-of-the-brave-concert-at-river-glen-more-upcoming-events

Town of Southbury Upcoming Events

Mini Food Truck Festival
6/14/2018 | 4:00-9:00pm

Mini Food Truck Festival at River Glen. Organizer: River Glen Health Care Center.

Click for the event's details.

Eight to the Bar Concert at the Gazebo
6/14/2018 | 6:00-8:00pm

Southbury Green Summer Concert Series Music presents Eight to the Bar playing swing and R&B. Organizer: Southbury Green.

Click for the event's details.

"Home of the Brave" and "Honoring the Brave" Screenings
6/15/2018 | 3:30pm

"Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said 'No' to the Nazis" and "Honoring the Brave" documentaries will be shown at the Charter Community Access channel 192.

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The Fairy Doll and Les Sylphides
6/16/2018 | 2:00pm

A double bill of two great ballet classics. Organizers: Main Street Ballet.

Click for the event's details.

Women's Club Selling PHS Graduation Balloons
6/16, 19, 20/2018 | Times Vary

Celebrate a senior by purchasing a PHS graduation balloon. Organizers: Southbury Women's Club.

Click for the event's details.

Willie & Jan Nininger Concert at River Glen
6/20/2018 | 6:30pm

Outdoor Summer Night Concert with Willie & Jan Nininger. Organizers: River Glen.

Click for the event's details.

COMING SOON

06/21/2018 - Doug Jones Concert at the Gazebo

06/25/2018 - Davina and The Vagabonds

06/28/2018 - Memphis Soul Spectacular Concert at the Gazebo

07/02/2018 - The Kerry Boys Concert at the Memorial Green

2018 Summer Concerts


SOUTHBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

POMPERAUG DISTRICT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Events Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:11:06 -0400
U.S. Geological Survey Work Resumes Within and Near the Pomperaug River Watershed Region https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/3837-u-s-geological-survey-work-resumes-within-and-near-the-pomperaug-river-watershed-region3837-u-s-geological-survey-work-resumes-within-and-near-the-pomperaug-river-watershed-region https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/3837-u-s-geological-survey-work-resumes-within-and-near-the-pomperaug-river-watershed-region3837-u-s-geological-survey-work-resumes-within-and-near-the-pomperaug-river-watershed-region

The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition (PRWC) reports that William Burton, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), will be continuing his project to develop a new bedrock geologic map of the area within and near the Pomperaug River watershed region. The USGS has a mission to produce high-quality geologic maps of the nation.

The last map of this area was published over 60 years ago and lacks the data needed for modern land-use decisions. The area Mr. Burton will be working in during the period June 18-30 includes parts of the towns of Bethlehem, Middlebury, Roxbury, Southbury and Woodbury. The process he uses includes taking measurements on the bedrock exposures and collecting samples when needed. Mr. Burton will carry a USGS identification card and obtain landowner permission for visits on private property.

Commenting on the program, PRWC’s executive director Len DeJong noted: “While this is not a PRWC sponsored project, given the long history of successful partnering PRWC has had with USGS and the importance of these mapping updates relevant to the protection of water resources, we are assisting USGS with announcing this program and would ask for your consideration should Mr. Burton request access to your property. That being said, your permission is completely voluntary.”

Questions in advance of and during project work can be directed to William Burton at: bburton@usgs.gov" data-type="mail">bburton@usgs.gov. You may also call PRWC at 203-263-0076 for assistance with contacting Mr. Burton.

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info@pomperaug.org (Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition) Life Thu, 14 Jun 2018 06:12:32 -0400
PRWC Seeks Nominees for 2018 Dr. Marc Taylor Environmental Stewardship Award https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/3836-prwc-seeks-nominees-for-2018-dr-marc-taylor-environmental-stewardship-award3836-prwc-seeks-nominees-for-2018-dr-marc-taylor-environmental-stewardship-award https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/3836-prwc-seeks-nominees-for-2018-dr-marc-taylor-environmental-stewardship-award3836-prwc-seeks-nominees-for-2018-dr-marc-taylor-environmental-stewardship-award

The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition is pleased to request nominees for the 2018 Dr. Marc Taylor Environmental Stewardship Award.  Established in 2015 to honor Dr. Taylor and his contributions to the protection of water resources, this prestigious award recognizes similar efforts by dedicated Connecticut conservationists.

Dr. Taylor, who passed away in June of 2012, is remembered as a highly respected and compassionate physician, educator, and environmental leader.  It was in his retirement from the medical profession that Dr. Taylor turned his keen intellect and calm demeanor toward fostering coalition-based solutions for the benefit of the environment. 

In 1999, Dr. Taylor and a group of his peers founded the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition to study the quality and quantity of water in the Pomperaug Watershed, a 90-square mile area that touches eight towns in western Connecticut.  With science at its core and education as its hallmark, PRWC works with watershed towns, regulatory agencies, environmental organization and community volunteers to continue Dr. Taylor's legacy in stewarding the local water resources.  In addition to his role as PRWC founder, Dr. Taylor demonstrated his dedication to environmental protection locally, regionally, and nationally as a board member and chair of River Alliance of Connecticut, Housatonic Valley Association, and River Network. 

PRWC would like to honor an individual who has demonstrated similar dedication and leadership for the conservation of natural resources.  To be eligible for this award, the nominee should have extensive community service with a focus on environmental issues; be recognized as a “go to person” in the environmental or conservation arena; and, be an effective leader and collaborator. 

Of the excellent nominees for the Taylor Award, the Coalition has recognized the work of Margaret Miner, Executive Director of the Rivers Alliance and Vice Chairman of the CT Water Planning Council Advisory Group; Tom Crider, President of the Southbury Land Trust, for his outstanding environmental leadership and enormous contributions toward protecting both our land and water resources and Frederick “Dick” Leavenworth, Board Member of Northwest Conservation District, Woodbury Conservation Commission, and Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, for decades of conservation leadership that has effected real protections and real progress in the preservation of natural systems.Nominations must be received by July 20, 2018

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info@pomperaug.org (Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition) Neighbors Thu, 14 Jun 2018 06:12:13 -0400
Tickets Available For Acts 4 Ministry's Inspiration Fundraiser on June 28 https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/3835-tickets-available-for-acts-4-ministry-s-inspiration-fundraiser-june-283835-tickets-available-for-acts-4-ministry-s-inspiration-fundraiser-june-28 https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/events/3835-tickets-available-for-acts-4-ministry-s-inspiration-fundraiser-june-283835-tickets-available-for-acts-4-ministry-s-inspiration-fundraiser-june-28

Tickets are available for Acts 4 Ministry’s annual “Inspiration” fundraiser on June 28 featuring a repeat performance by the Jeremey Baum Trio-JB3 blues and funky, soul-jazz band featuring gifted guitarist and Blues Hall of Fame® legend Chris Vitarello. This is the second consecutive year the JB3 band is the featured entertainer at the non-denominational, non-profit Acts 4 Ministry’s annual fundraising reception, “Inspiration: Inspiring acts of love”.

The fundraiser will be held Thursday, June 28 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Lower Orchestra Lobby of the Palace Theater in Waterbury.

Acts 4 Ministry Executive Director Sarah Elizabeth Carabetta commented, “The Jeremey Baum Trio-JB3 was very well received at our 2017 ‘Inspiration’ fundraiser so we are delighted to welcome them for an encore performance in 2018. Acts 4 Ministry’s annual fundraising reception celebrates the many ways our organization impacts positive changes in the greater Waterbury community. We support the daily needs of families and individuals who are in dire financial distress because they have lost virtually everything they possess to a fire, flood, or other devastating life events.”

Famed guitarist Chris Vitarello is a full-time member of the Jeremy Baum Trio, the Bruce Katz Band and the Chris O’Leary Band. When not on tour, he is Worship Leader at Walnut Hill Community Church leading Sunday morning worship for hundreds of congregants at campuses in Waterbury, New Milford, Seymour and Bethel, Connecticut.

Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame’s on November 14, 2013, at the Hudson, New York chapter venue, Vitarello was also a nominee and performer at the 32nd Blues Music Awards. During the past 20 years, he has been a band member, and recorded or shared the stage with the legendary Jimmy McGriff, Bruce Katz, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, Jerry Jemmott, Tad Robinson, the Chris O’Leary Band, Dennis Gruenling, Roxy Perry, Jeremy Baum, Joel Frahm, and Bernard Purdie to name a few. He has appeared on 30 plus albums and continues to perform nationally and internationally.

Sponsors of Acts 4 Ministry’s 2018 “Inspiration” fundraiser include top-level Inspirational Sponsors are Tomasso Group TBI Construction and Bourassa Catering and Events. Thomaston Savings Bank and DaVita Greater Waterbury/ Mattatuck Heights are Motivational Sponsors. Influential sponsors are the Harold Leever Cancer Center, O’Rourke & Birch Florist and Washington Trust. Beneficial sponsors are Branagan Communications Consultants LLC, CDS Displays, Inc., and Ion Bank. Friend sponsor is CM Property Management. The Connecticut Community Foundation is offering a special matching sponsorship to funds raised during the silent auction.

“Acts 4 Ministry is a collaborative group of a volunteer board of directors, staff members and dozens of volunteers who desire to share God’s love by meeting the comforting physical needs of others. We achieve this goal daily,” explained Carabetta, “on many levels by collecting and distributing, free-of-charge to recipients, clothing, and housewares with an accommodating furniture program through volunteerism. Each year we distribute clothing to nearly 4,000 people, and over 1,000 pieces of furniture and housewares to people of varying income levels throughout the Greater Waterbury area.”

Tickets are $45/ person and can be secured by clicking “Click to Give” at the top right corner of www.Acts4.org home page, or clicking “Purchase Tickets” under the “Inspiration” event on the Events page.

Tickets can also be purchased by check or money order made payable to Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. and US Mailed to PO Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704. Tickets can also be purchased at Acts 4 Ministry’s building and retail shop at 1713 Thomaston Avenue during the spring and summer months Mondays through Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, or by calling 203-574-2287, or via www.palacetheaterct.org.

Tax-deductible donations can be made year-round and brought to Acts 4 Ministry’s facility Mondays through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. and select Saturdays. Cash or money order donations can also be U.S. Mailed to P.O. Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704. To donate online with a credit card, visit www.acts4.org and go to “Click to Give” in the top right corner of the homepage.

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brancom@westnet.com (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell ) Events Wed, 13 Jun 2018 07:50:43 -0400
Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief of New England Seeks Donations for Southbury Residents https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/3834-southern-baptist-convention-disaster-relief-of-new-england-seeks-donations-for-southbury-residents3834-southern-baptist-convention-disaster-relief-of-new-england-seeks-donations-for-southbury-residents https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/neighbors/3834-southern-baptist-convention-disaster-relief-of-new-england-seeks-donations-for-southbury-residents3834-southern-baptist-convention-disaster-relief-of-new-england-seeks-donations-for-southbury-residents

The Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief of New England continues to help Southbury residents with the cleanup from the tornado. They do all of this work free of charge and have traveled great distances to help our town! They are running short on water and energy bars so any donations are greatly appreciated!

Donations can be dropped off at the Town Hall, 501 Main Street South. Enter through the double doors near the upper parking lot and there is space in the hallway (right outside of meeting room 205.) Drop-offs can be made during regular business hours. Town Hall is open Mon-Thu 8am-4:30pm, Fri 8am-1pm.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:58:39 -0400
DEEP EnCon Police Arrest Suspect for Running over Geese https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/publicsafety/3833-deep-encon-police-arrest-suspect-for-running-over-geese3833-deep-encon-police-arrest-suspect-for-running-over-geese https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/publicsafety/3833-deep-encon-police-arrest-suspect-for-running-over-geese3833-deep-encon-police-arrest-suspect-for-running-over-geese

On Sunday, June 10, 2018 at approximately 08:19 hours, Waterbury Police Department received a 911 emergency call from a witness who observed an individual drive over multiple Canada Geese with their vehicle on North Main Street in front of the Knotty Pine package store in Waterbury.  The witness alleged the suspect illegally passed two vehicles on the shoulder who were stopped for the Canada Geese crossing North Main Street, and drove over multiple Geese Goslings, killing at least one. 
 
The witness was able to get the license plate of the offending vehicle and relay it to the Waterbury Police Department.  Shortly after, the suspect who was identified as Moses Wilson (Age 70) from Waterbury contacted the Waterbury Police Department and admitted to driving over several Canada Geese on North Main Street.  Wilson was detained by Waterbury PD. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation Police (EnCon) were notified about the incident. 
 
During the investigation, it was determined through witness statements that Wilson intentionally drove his vehicle over the Canada Geese as they crossed the roadway.  DEEP EnCon Police obtained video surveillance footage showing Wilson’s black sedan driving over the Canada Geese (Adults and Goslings) as they attempted to cross North Main Street.  
 
Wilson was arrested for allegedly committing the following violations; Cruelty to Animals, Illegal Method of Taking Waterfowl, Taking Waterfowl during Closed Season, and Passing on the Right.  Wilson was released on a $1500.00 dollar non-surety bond with a court date of 6/20/18 at G.A. 4 Waterbury.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (CT DEEP) Public safety Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:44:10 -0400
Town of Southbury Update on FEMA https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/3832-town-of-southbury-update-on-fema3832-town-of-southbury-update-on-fema https://news.hamlethub.com/southbury/life/3832-town-of-southbury-update-on-fema3832-town-of-southbury-update-on-fema

Last week, the town was notified that FEMA would be arriving in town on June 11th and again on the 13th. The town was informed that FEMA would be driving around surveying damage and reviewing paperwork, not meeting with homeowners. In the course of their day, they decided to knock on doors and if people were home, talk to them. In no way does the fact that homeowners were or were not home affect the process moving forward.

This pre-assessment review is the first step in order for the State to declare a disaster. If the State declares a disaster, it will then be presented to the President for his declaration.

In the event that the President does declare a disaster, FEMA representatives will meet with individual property owners to discuss the damages they incurred. Keep in mind that only uninsured damage to homes will be considered for reimbursement.

If the final declaration is made, homeowners, REGARDLESS of whether they filled out a damage assessment form, will be eligible to meet with representatives from FEMA.

The town will inform residents of dates and times to meet with FEMA should a disaster be declared, which might take several months.

As always, if anyone has questions or concerns, please call the Office of First Selectman at 203-262-0647.


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kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Life Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:08:41 -0400