Southbury's HamletHub Sat, 29 Jan 2022 06:35:02 -0500 Town of Southbury Winter Storm Information

A major winter storm is expected to impact our region starting tonight and into Saturday night.

BE SAFE: Motorists are urged to stay off the roads. Essential Travel Only.

NO STREET PARKING: In an effort to keep our plow drivers safe and reduce snow removal times, please do not park any vehicles, trailers, etc. in the roadway between 1/28/2022 and 1/30/2022. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

TRANSFER STATION: Southbury Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday, January 29, 2022 and will be open at its normal hours on Tuesday, February 1.

MAILBOX POLICY: The Southbury Public Works Department recommends the closest part of your mailbox be at least 6-8” back from the road. That should allow space for the plows to pass freely. Periodically inspecting your mailboxes condition can help you insure your mailbox gives you years of trouble free service. If your mailbox sustains damage from a winter storm, please visit our mailbox policy for a detailed description of our departments policies.

]]> (Southbury Police Dept.) Public safety Fri, 28 Jan 2022 07:39:18 -0500
Southbury Parks & Rec Snow Sculpture Contest

Snow is on the way! Enter Southbury's Snow Sculpture Contest!

This winter, enjoy the outdoors and some classic activities like building a snowman! When the flakes start to fall, be creative and sculpt your masterpiece!

Take a picture of your snow masterpiece – please put your name, address and phone number - and email to Lexi Polasek at

Photos must be received by March 11, 2022. The winners will be announced by March 18, 2022. 


]]> (Town of Southbury) Life Fri, 28 Jan 2022 06:06:36 -0500
Connecticut Eye Consultants, P.C. Announces New Southbury Office

DANBURY, CT — Connecticut Eye Consultants, P.C. is pleased to announce its expansion into Southbury with the acquisition of Oculofacial Associates of Connecticut at 1449 Old Waterbury Road, and the addition of its founder, Mark C. Ruchman, M.D. to the CEC staff.

Dr. Ruchman is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmic plastic surgeon. A Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude graduate of Williams College, he received his medical degree from Yale University and completed his residency and fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. He was one of the original investigators in New England for the use of Botox® in the treatment of facial dystonia. Today, he specializes in treating migraine with Botox®.

CEC oculoplastic surgeon Katherine J. Zamecki, M.D will join Dr. Ruchman in the Southbury office two days per week, while keeping her office at 69 Sand Pit Road in Danbury. As of February, she will no longer be seeing patients in New Milford.

Serving the Danbury area for more than 30 years, Connecticut Eye Consultants (formerly Danbury Eye Physicians & Surgeons) is a comprehensive ophthalmology and optometry practice committed to providing superior, personalized care using state-of-the-art technology. Our 14 doctors see patients in four offices located in Danbury, New Milford, Southbury and Prospect. They offer affordable payment options and accept most insurance plans, including Medicare. Please call (203) 791-2020 schedule an appointment, or visit for more information.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Fri, 28 Jan 2022 04:10:40 -0500
Visualizing Early-stage Cancer: Meet CT Breast Imaging Physician Dr. Jaime Szarmach


Meet Dr. Jaime Szarmach, a fellowship-trained breast imager at Connecticut Breast Imaging in Danbury, Connecticut passionate about compassionate, patient-centered care for breast health.

Dr. Szarmach understands the anxiety patients face when deciding which healthcare facility they should go to for their breast imaging.  This is why she believes finding a facility with state-of-the-art services as well as a focus on the doctor-patient relationship is vital for the best possible care.

She advises patients to take a close look to make sure a facility has the proper equipment in place, or if they’re a center that has 3D mammography or tomosynthesis. She further advises patients to ask themselves, ‘who is reading the study, are they fellowship-trained?’ 

This is the amazing value of Connecticut Breast Imaging, as not only does the facility have the necessary equipment to visualize early-stage cancers, it is also staffed with professionals like Dr. Szarmach who are qualified experts in breast health.

In addition to medical school at New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Szarmach chose to enter a specialized fellowship in breast imaging, which includes breast MRI, breast ultrasound, mammography, breast biopsy, and armpit biopsy. Before coming to Connecticut Breast Imaging, she served as an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology for Breast Imaging at Yale School of Medicine.

Dr. Szarmach advises that when patients choose their breast imaging center, first check to make sure that if further medical procedures are needed, such as a breast biopsy, the center is able to facilitate it.

With COVID-19 still in effect today, many patients are choosing to avoid going into medical offices for fear of contracting the virus. This is another unfortunate side effect of the pandemic. Dr. Szarmach assures those who are concerned that it is safe to come in for your exams. Schedule your breast imaging exams now and make your health top priority.


]]> (Connecticut Breast Imaging) Neighbors Fri, 28 Jan 2022 02:02:19 -0500
The Ridgefield Playhouse And Aquarion Water Company Make The Entire Diversity Film Series Free Events For The Community

The Ridgefield Playhouse’s Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series continues in February with three films celebrating Black History Month that amplify and honor African-American culture and traditions.

All films in the Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series are presented as free events for the community. Following each film, a pre-recorded interview led by reporter Cheryl Washington will also be screened. These enlightening interviews can be viewed later on The Ridgefield Playhouse YouTube Channel.

On February 2ndSummer Of Soul presents a powerful and transporting document of an epic event in the summer of 1969: the Harlem Cultural Festival featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Mahalia Jackson, BB King and more. In his debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson reintroduces these lost performances as part of a documentary that combines music, history and story-telling to celebrate Black history, culture and fashion.

Then on February 16thQueen & Slim offers a thrilling modern drama about love, justice and righteous anger, focused on a young couple on the run from the law after a first date gone wrong. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner Smith, directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe and James Frey.

The Black History Month programming concludes on February 23rd with a 50th anniversary screening of Lady Sings The Blues, the classic Billie Holiday biopic starring Diana Ross in a tour-de-force performance that landed Ms. Ross an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

For more information or to reserve your free tickets, go online at or 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.

Follow us on Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse

]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 04:48:26 -0500
Town of Southbury Seeks Per Diem Assistant Animal Control Officer

The Town of Southbury is currently accepting applications for the position of Per Diem Assistant Animal Control Officer.

Under the direction of the Animal Control Officer, the Assistant Animal Control Officer receives and responds to complaints regarding domestic animals and wildlife from the general public and enforces all relevant State and Town laws, ordinances and policies. Possession of a valid CT motor vehicle license is required. Must obtain rabies vaccination and stay current with shots. Must have a current CT Animal Control Officer Certification or be willing to complete certification within one year. Salary range is $16.00-$18.00/hour. Click to view the job description
Applications are available online or at the First Selectman's office, 501 Main Street South, Southbury. Deadline for submitting applications is February 10, 2022. ADA/EOE.

Details are available on the Town of Southbury Employment Opportunities web page.

]]> (Town of Southbury ) Neighbors Wed, 26 Jan 2022 11:28:06 -0500
Town of Southbury Seeks Recreation Coordinator, Full-time with Benefits

The Town of Southbury is currently accepting applications for the position of Recreation Coordinator.

Full-time with benefits. This position provides administrative and program support services for the Parks and Recreation Department. Duties include: coordinating and developing programming, performing bookkeeping, clerical duties and program evaluation, communicating with citizens, vendors and service providers, supporting and attending special events and assisting with design and distribution of promotional materials.

The position is 35 hours/week at $23.63/hour with a comprehensive benefits package. Night and weekend availability required for programming and meetings. Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from high school plus college coursework in business administration or recreation and leisure services or high school degree plus three to five years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Associate or Bachelor degree preferred. Click to view the job description.

Applications are available online or at the First Selectman's office, 501 Main Street South, Southbury. Deadline for submitting applications is February 9, 2022. ADA/EOE.

Additional details are available on the Town of Southbury Employment Opportunities web page.

]]> (Town of Southbury) Life Tue, 25 Jan 2022 10:10:07 -0500
Bluewater Property Group To Develop the Waterbury/Naugatuck Industrial Park

Governor Ned Lamont, Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, and Naugatuck Mayor N. Warren “Pete” Hess today announced that Bluewater Property Group has been selected as part of a joint collaboration between the state and local governments to develop a plan that will turn the Waterbury/Naugatuck Industrial Park into a state-of-the-art distribution facility with the potential to create up to a thousand new jobs.

The Waterbury/Naugatuck Industrial Park encompasses more than 150 acres within the two municipalities. Bluewater’s proposal includes hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of investments in a state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution facility, which could yield substantial tax revenue for the municipalities.

“This project, if approved, has tremendous upside for Waterbury, Naugatuck, and residents throughout the region,” Governor Lamont said. “This has the potential to create up to a thousand new jobs and go a long way in supporting these communities in their broader revitalization efforts. We are seeing real momentum in our state as more and more companies are choosing to invest and grow here. My administration will continue working closely with communities to capitalize on vital economic opportunities like this. I thank Mayor O’Leary and Mayor Hess for their collaboration on this project and look forward to seeing it develop.”

“I am proud of the collaborative work done here by the state, the city, the borough, and the Naugatuck Valley Regional Development Corporation,” Mayor O’Leary said. “Much work is left to be done, but this could be an amazing win for our region and the entire state.”

“We are all extremely excited about our joint project with Bluewater Property Group, and its prospective tenant, Amazon, and the many benefits to both municipalities,” Mayor Hess said. “Working together we are stronger, and the Waterbury/Naugatuck partnership will continue to yield benefits to the entire valley. We are Valley Strong.”

“With the potential to create up to a thousand jobs, this proposed development is exactly the kind of project that would bolster Connecticut’s economic growth,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “Since taking office, Governor Lamont and I have prioritized facilitating more economic development within our state, and more businesses are choosing to call Connecticut their home. This project could be a major asset for the Greater Waterbury/Naugatuck Valley region.”

Bluewater Property Group was formed by a dedicated team of career industrial real estate practitioners with a deliberate focus on identifying and capitalizing on unique investment opportunities and advisory situations within the U.S. industrial marketplace. Bluewater principals have extensive experience leading public, private, and entrepreneurial entities focused on the domestic logistics sector and have, as part of a larger team of professionals, successfully developed, acquired, managed, and sold in excess of $10 billion of value and 130 million square feet of industrial assets over the past 30 years.

“There is a lot of work to do to make this potential project a reality, but we are excited at the opportunity to proceed to the next step,” Alexandra Escamilla, head of Development for Blue Water Property Group, said.

The Naugatuck Valley Regional Development Corporation (NVRDC) is leading the project on behalf of both municipalities. Created a year ago by Mayor O’Leary and Mayor Hess, the NVRDC is working to take a regional approach to economic development in the Naugatuck Valley region.

“The Naugatuck Valley’s central location with close proximity to major highways and rail service, along with an abundance of workforce talent, will continue to drive investment into the area,” Thomas Hyde, CEO of NVRDC, said. “The decision to locate a facility of this size and scale is a testament to the ongoing revitalization and attractiveness of the region.”

Given the complexities of developing this site, there is still a significant amount of due diligence that needs to be performed prior to moving forward. The proposed project will be subject to various approvals at both the state and local levels with several opportunities for the public to weigh in.

]]> (Governor Ned Lamont) Politics Tue, 25 Jan 2022 05:58:56 -0500
Skate with the Hat Tricks Post-game on January 30!

Have you been to a Danbury Hat Tricks game? Danbury Arena is a true family destination and on January 30, the team welcomes kids to join them on the ice!

FPHL Hat Tricks after the home game on Sunday, January 30th!

The Hat Tricks are inviting all fans to skate with the FPHL Hat Tricks after their game against Carolina on Sunday, January 30th. 

The puck drops at 7pm and the game is expected to end by 9:30 pm.

Nick Garofalo, Arena General Manager said, "Come share the experience with the team! Fans can feel the excitement of skating on the same ice with the Hat Tricks!"

Delicious food and drinks are available in the newly renovated and newly reopened Rabbit Hole Bar and Grill and, the brand new (and massive) redemption arcade is a destination for kids!

View the roster and team stats here.

Skates will be available to rent for $5 per pair.

Purchase tickets HERE.

]]> (HH) Events Tue, 25 Jan 2022 05:32:31 -0500
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust Launches 60th Anniversary Capital Campaign

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, a leader in environmental education in the region, is pleased to announce the launch of a 60th Anniversary Capital Campaign to provide enhancements to its Environmental Educational facilities at the Van Vleck Sanctuary in Woodbury.

The campaign, which seeks to raise $600,000, has kicked off with great success, including a generous gift of $20,000 from the Ellen Knowles Harcourt Foundation.

“This exciting campaign seeks to enhance Flanders’ ability to educate and serve the thousands of children, adults and families who attend immersive, educational programming here at the campus,” says Flanders Nature Center Board President Jodi Wasserstein. “When complete, this project will add a state-of-the-art lab to the existing historic Trail House, enabling Flanders to educate more children at summer camps and NGSS Academies. It will also provide space to graduate-level researchers conducting vital environmental research on the campus’ 200-plus acres.”

The addition of facilities to the iconic Sugar House guarantees year-round use of the building for maple sugaring operations and youth and family programming. Two pavilions with solar panels on their roofs will also serve as space for youth education while providing sustainable energy for the organization.

“This Capital Campaign will not only increase Flanders’ ability to accommodate more campers, but it will also solidify the nonprofit as a leading location for conducting environmental research,” adds Flanders Executive Director Vincent D. LaFontan. “It will help Flanders carry out its mission to appreciate nature’s wonders, preserve land, inspire lifelong learning about our natural world and strengthen our communities’ environmental courage to do what we can during a time when our climate is changing.”

Stay tuned to Flanders’ social media pages and website for updates on the campaign progress.

For more information on how to donate to Flanders’ 60th Anniversary Capital Campaign, contact Director of Development Jennifer Callery-Stokes at 203-263-2711 ext. 15 or



]]> ( Jennifer Callery-Stokes) Places Tue, 25 Jan 2022 04:51:09 -0500
What is shingles? RVNAhealth discusses this painful and preventable condition

The pandemic has stolen many things from many people. Starting with lives and loved ones, and moving on to ceremonies, traditions, and rites of passage. Plus, infinite things in between.

For many, the pandemic has also put them behind health-wise, because who’s thinking about annual screenings and prevention when you’re not even comfortable leaving the house.

If you turned 50 in recent years, or in recent decades, and haven't gotten your Shingles vaccine yet, it's time to get moving. Shingles is painful, unappealing, and easily avoided.

“For many 50- and 60-year-olds, the specter of shingles is a vague and distant threat,” says John Apinis, RN, BSN, RVNAhealth’s Senior Director, Home Health. “Shingles sounds like something that will happen to someone else. But with statistics showing that 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 gets shingles, that ‘someone else’ may well be you. And shingles is something you don’t want to get.”

Shingles is a viral infection that causes an ‘angry, blistering” rash that can occur anywhere on your body. Very painful. Not pretty. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, sensitivity to light, and just to put you over the edge, itchiness.

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox, you are at risk for shingles. If you haven’t had chickenpox but are exposed to someone with chickenpox or shingles, regardless of your age, you will develop chickenpox first. 

Shingles can be intensely painful and can cause serious complications that last for a long time, including postherpetic neuralgia (or PHN, pain that continues long after the shingles blisters have cleared), vision loss, neurological problems, and skin infections.

The good news — finally! — is that Shingles is easily avoided by getting the two-dose vaccine, Shingrix, proven to be over 90% effective in preventing Shingles and the PHN that often accompanies it.

If you’re not already Shingles-vaccinated, it’s time to act. RVNAhealth offers the Shingrix vaccine at our Ridgefield location.
To make an appointment, or learn more, contact us at 203-438-5555 x1119 or


]]> (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Life Thu, 20 Jan 2022 05:56:17 -0500
Southbury Parks & Rec: Open Swim, Free Throw Contest, New Programs and More


Open Swim takes place Saturdays and Sundays at the Pomperaug High School Pool from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM until Sunday April 3. (There is no open swim February 19 and 20 due to Region’s winter break).

Passes may be purchased online or in person at the Parks & Recreation office. All passes must be picked up at the Southbury Parks and Recreation office at 561 Main Street South in Southbury between 8:30 AM and 4 PM Monday through Thursday, and Fridays between 8:30 AM and 12 PM. All participants must show their member pass at the pool and sign in at the lifeguard table. Passes will not be sold at the pool

All patrons must wear a mask onto the pool deck, removing it only to swim.


The Knights of Columbus will hold its 2022 Free Throw Contest on Friday, January 21 from 7:15 PM to 9:15 at Rochambeau School in Southbury. Boys and girls 9-14 are eligible to enter. Contestants must arrive with parent and age verification as early as 6:00 PM and no later than 6:45 PM. All attendees must wear a face mask. Please contact to indicate attendance no later than 6 PM on January 20th.


Create your own piece of art to take home and display on your wall! Our instructor, Claire, will walk you through step by step in this painting class featuring the theme: Love Birds. Painting sizes are 16 x 20 (without backing). All painting supplies are included. Please wear a smock or an oversized shirt (paint will not wash out of clothes).

This painting class is for ages 13 & up and for all levels of painting - including beginners with little to no experience!


Toddlers (ages 3-5) and their parents/guardians will explore fun games and create unique crafts in the Tiny Tots Clubhouse. This program features play-based activities for active tots and the opportunity to explore & make different crafts to take home! This program will featured different themes and be offered on average once a month.

  • Valentine’s Day -X’s and O’s | Saturday, February 12 | 1:15-2:00pm - Register by 2/7
  • Leprechauns & Shamrocks | Saturday, March 12 | 9:30-10:15am - Register by 3/7


Join Southbury Parks and Recreation on Saturday, February 12th from 2:30-3:15pm for a special Valentine's Craft Class. Children will make specialty crafts themed for Valentine's Day. Each child will get to make: Valentine's Day cards, design scratch art, animal diamond painting, and a surprise craft! Children will go home with their crafts and a small bag of candy. At the end of the craft class, a game of Bingo will be placed and prizes will be handed out! Parents may stay on-site or drop their child for this program. This program will be held in the Southbury Parks & Recreation – Multipurpose Room.


Ages 5-12. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early this year. Parents can spend their evening with their special someone while Southbury Parks and Recreation will entertain their child on Friday, February 11, 2022. Activities will include a variety of structured activities and games run by our staff. Participants will also have an opportunity to make specialty crafts to take home. Dinner, snacks and beverages will be provided by Southbury Parks and Recreation with pizza and salad purchased from The Mad Greek Pizza.

This special event will take place in the Southbury Parks and Recreation building in the Multipurpose Room. Please enter through the Parks & Recreation entrance only. Drop off will take place between 4:30 PM and 5 PM. Pick up no later than 8:45 PM.

NOTE: If your child has a food allergy, please let Southbury Parks & Recreation know by Monday, 2/7. Register by 2/7.


NEW! April Vacation Camp. Adventure Day Camp for grades K-5 is featuring a new camp during Spring Break. April Vacation Camp will be held from Monday 4/11 to Friday 4/15. Children will have the experience of Camp during their Spring Break by participating in a variety of camp games, activities, crafts and even a special entertainer. Registration will open the beginning of February.



  • Drag n Drop Coding, Ages 7-8 | Tuesdays, 3/8-4/12 or Thursdays, 3/10-4/12 (4:30-5:30pm) - Register by 2/17
  • Game Development w/Unity, Ages 10-17 | Tuesdays, 3/8-4/12 or Thursdays, 3/10-4/12 (6:30-7:30pm) - Register by 2/17
  • Intro/Advanced Python, Ages 10-17 | Tuesdays, 3/8-4/12 or Thursdays, 3/10-4/12 (6:30-7:30pm) - Register by 2/17
  • Minecraft Coding, Ages 8-12 | Tuesdays, 3/8-4/12 or Thursdays, 3/10-4/12 (5:30-6:30pm) - Register by 2/17
  • Roblox Game Development, Ages 7-9 | Tuesdays, 3/8-4/12 or Thursdays, 3/10-4/12 (4:30-5:30pm or 5:30-6:30pm) - Register by 2/17
  • Roblox Game Development, Ages 10-17 | Tuesdays, 3/8-4/12 or Thursdays, 3/10-4/12 (5:30-6:30pm or 6:30-7:30pm) - Register by 2/17
  • Visual/Game Based Python, Ages 8-12 | Tuesdays, 3/8-4/12 or Thursdays, 3/10-4/12 (5:30-6:30pm) - Register by 2/17



  • Chess – Checkmate!, Ages 6-14 | Thursdays, 2/17-4/7 (4:45-5:45pm) - Register by 2/17
  • Gold, Jr. Clinic, Ages 7-14 | Wednesdays, 2/2-2/23 (4:30-5:30pm) - Register by 1/31
  • Math SAT Test Prep, Grades 9-12 | Mondays, 1/31-2/28 (7:00-8:30pm) - Register by 1/24


  • Chess Game of Kings, Ages 15 & up | Thursdays, 2/17-4/7 (6:30-8:00pm) - Register by 2/17
  • Golf - Women’s Clinic, Ages 16 & up | Thursdays, 2/3-2/24 (6:00-7:00pm) - Register by 1/31
  • Golf - Adult Novice, Ages 16 & up | Wednesdays, 2/2-2/23 (6:00-7:00pm) - Register by 1/31
  • Total Body Conditioning, Ages 18 & up | Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1/25- 3/17 (6:30-7:30pm) - Register by 1/24


  • Taekwon-Do Beginner, Ages 7 & up | Mondays and Wednesdays, 1/3 - 3/23 (6:00-6:45pm) - Ongoing Registration
  • Taekwon-Do Advanced, Ages 7 & up | Mondays and Wednesdays, 1/3 - 3/23 (7:00-8:00pm) - Ongoing Registration


To serve you better, all schedules of SP&R are subject to change.



]]> (Southbury Parks & Rec) Events Wed, 19 Jan 2022 11:32:49 -0500
Poetry Reading Next Saturday At Woodbury Library, Jan. 29th

Poet and storyteller Susan A. Katz of Washington, Connecticut, will offer an Author Talk & Poetry Reading on her recently-released book, “The Limits of Light”, on Saturday, January 29 at 2:00 PM at The Woodbury Library, 269 Main Street South in Woodbury, Connecticut. Admission is free. Face masks and preregistration are requested.

Published on August 31, 2021, by Austin Macauley Publishers, “The Limits of Light” features a collection of narrative poems that explores the tales of Greek Mythology and their contemporary messages.  “The gods, ostensibly divine beings were much like us. We can see parallels between the triumphs and disasters of the ancient Greek gods, and modern civilization. It is almost as if these ancient stories foretold the future,” comments Katz.

From Apollo, who was thwarted in love, to Scylla who betrays her father for lust, to Icarus who strives to fly to the sun, only to fall to his death… the tales of the gods unfold in Katz’s compelling and dramatic narrative poetry.

A nationally and internationally published poet, Katz’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, and literary magazines. With the publication of “The Limits of Light”, she will have published four books of poetry and co-authored two textbooks with a music specialist, Judith A. Thomas, espousing the need to incorporate the arts into schools’ curriculum.

For more than 30 years, Katz worked for The New York State Poets in Public Service, and then, with music/movement specialist, Judith A. Thomas, and conducted student/teacher poetry workshops in the United States and Canada. Her work has been cited as: “…precise imagery, directness, and honesty…outspokenly erotic and sensual, evoking a powerful sense of physical passion and deeply felt experiences.” – Robert Wilson, Poetry Editor, Negative Capability. 

Katz has been actively writing and publishing poetry for more than 50 years. She finds inspiration for her poems in the intricacies, and intimacies, of life and family, the hazards of living, and the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Her poems reveal her intense passion for the living quality of language. Katz believes that “Poetry is the need to write beyond the limits of choice; the freedom to see beyond the limits of light.”

Titles of poems in “The Limits of Light” include “The Rape of Persephone” (Persephone & Hades); Of Beauty Born (Medusa); To Phaeton (Phaeton & Apollo); By What Name Love (Minos, King of Crete, made war upon Megara; Nisus was the King of Megara and Scylla was his daughter); What Matters (Narcissus & Echo); Hazard of the Heart (Zeus); and The Gift (In the End)

Copies of “The Limits of Light” will be available for purchase at the January 29th event. The book is also available at; Amazon:; Barnes & Noble:; The Book Depository:; and in select bookstores. Susan A. Katz’s works can be found on her website                       

Masks will be required for the January 29th event, and seating will be limited due to social distance requirements. To preregister for the event, please call the Woodbury Library at 203-263-3502, or visit For information on Susan A. Katz, visit

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Events Wed, 19 Jan 2022 08:18:36 -0500
Southbury Police seek to ID suspect accused of stealing beer from ShopRite

The Southbury Police Department is investigating a shoplifting incident that occurred on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

The suspect is accused of stealing $173.00 worth of beer from ShopRite.

Southbury Police are looking to identify the pictured female.

The female party was also seen getting into a white Acura SUV with a New York license plate.

Anyone with information or possible identity of the suspect is asked to please contact Officer Markette at 203-264-5912.

All calls will be kept confidential upon request.

Information courtesy Southbury Police Facebook Page.

]]> (Southbury Police) Public safety Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:14:24 -0500
All you need is (Darlene) Love on Valentine's Day in Ridgefield!


All you need is LOVE!

She has performed to sold-out crowds with her Holiday Darlene Love is BACK to celebrate Valentine's Day in Ridgefield!
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy award winner Darlene Love returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on February 14 to celebrate Valentine's Day with all her hits including "The Boy I'm Gonna Marry," "He's a Rebel," "Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home," "A Fine, Fine Boy" and many more!
Purchase your tickets HERE.

Since the early sixties, Darlene has also appeared on numerous television programs and on Broadway, running the gamut from her weekly appearances on Shindig to a recent guest spot on the PBS special entitled Women Who Rock. An autobiographical film is currently on the drawing board with a development deal from Oprah Winfrey based on the book My Name is Love, written by Darlene.

Her Billboard hits include: He’s A Rebel, The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home, He’s Sure the Boy I Love and the #1 holiday classic Christmas Baby Please Come Home, a song that she performed annually with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Symphony Orchestra on The Late Show With David Letterman for some 29 years before David retired.

Arrive early and enjoy complimentary champagne, chocolate and a chance to win jewelry and more!
For tickets and additional information, click here.
All ticket holders get a free glass of champagne, chocolates, a chance to win chauffeur-driven BMW and other great prizes - PLUS an unforgettable night of music with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love!
Pepsi Rock Series Driven by North American Motor Car
Sponsored by BMW of Ridgefield, Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, Deborah Ann's Sweet Shoppe, Freixenet Mionetto
DIAMOND SPONSORS: Cox, Berisford, Rabinowitz, Ross & Stockel Families


]]> (HH) Events Tue, 18 Jan 2022 11:21:48 -0500