Southbury's HamletHub Sat, 18 Sep 2021 19:56:02 -0400 Southbury Travel Alert: Portion of Bucks Hill Road Closed for Emergency Repair Starting Sept. 20

Bucks Hill Road will be closed for emergency road repair between Lum Lot Road and Dublin Road starting September 20 to September 30, 2021.

It will be closed daily from 6:30am to 4:30pm. Please use an alternate route.

Learn more on the Town of Southbury website

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Celebrate Southbury's rural roots at Ludorf Barn Festival on Saturday

Ludorf Barn Festival on September 18 from 2:30 to 5:30 pm 

A celebration of Southbury's rural roots with live music, food, farmers market, demonstrations and more.

Organized by Southbury Historical Society and the Southbury Land Trust.

Learn more here.

 502 West Purchase Road in Southbury

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Southbury Rummage Sale September 30-October 2

Southbury's United Church of Christ will hold an indoor Rummage Sale on September 30 and October 1 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm and on Saturday, October 2 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Shop for clothing, collectibles, jewelry, books, and more!

The United Church of Christ is located at 283 Main Street North, Southbury.

Learn more here.

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Southbury Upcoming Events: Barn Festival, Hike, Apple Festival, and MORE

Southbury Upcoming Events

Ludorf Barn Festival
9/18/2021 | 2:30-5:30pm

A celebration of Southbury's rural roots. Organizers: Southbury Historical Society and the Southbury Land Trust.

Click for the event's details.

Hike at Southbury Farms
9/22/2021 | 3:30-4:30pm

Hike the beautiful land at Southbury Farms. Organizers: Southbury Land Trust.

Click for the event's details.


9/23/2021 - Southbury Garden Club at Farmer’s Market

9/25/2021 - Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection

9/25/2021 - Apple Festival

9/25/2021 - Flow to Fit Yoga Open House

9/30/2021 - 10/2/2021 - Rummage Sale

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My Back is Out! Should I See a Spine Surgeon?

So many people suffer with all types of back pain, and it often gets in the way of doing simple daily activities or causes problems performing at work. OrthoConnecticut's Spine Team is highly regarded as one of the finest in the region, and our physicians, Justin Paul, MD, PhD and Abiola Atanda, MD, care for patients of all ages with debilitating or simple spine issues. Contrary to what you may believe, the majority of spine patients are treated without surgery, and when surgery is required, the practice uses minimally invasive procedures whenever possible.

Older adults commonly have age-related back, neck, and spinal pain or stiffness from cartilage, joints, and discs wearing down from everyday usage or losing water and shrinking as we age. Over time, we can also experience narrowing of the space around our spine, or spinal stenosis, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves causing symptoms ranging from pain, numbness, tingling to progressive loss of function. Spinal arthritis, also a degenerative condition, can occur when the joints above and below the vertebrae begin to degenerate. In addition to age-related wearing down of the disc and other tissues, this can result in an abnormal curvature of the spine, commonly referred to as Degenerative Scoliosis. This condition can cause a debilitating functional problem. Some adults experience decreased bone mass – osteopenia or osteoporosis, which leaves us more vulnerable to vertebral fractures even with a low-impact injury or fall.

If you experience neck and back pain, don’t ignore it! If it’s age-related or due to injury, there are many treatments that can help and it doesn’t necessarily mean you need surgery. Our Spine Team is here to help you get back to living the life you love! Visit our WEBSITE for more information about spine issues, treatments or to book an appointment.


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WCSU Associate Professor Giamanco receives Provost’s Award for Teaching

Western Connecticut State University Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Kristin Giamanco recently received the Provost’s Award for Teaching during the Opening Meeting for the university’s fall 2021 semester. Giamanco was nominated by Assistant Dean of the Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences Dr. Pat Boily.

In his nomination letter, Boily stated, “In my previous role as [Biological and Environmental Sciences] department chairperson and member of the Department Evaluation Committee, I directly observed Dr. Giamanco multiple times in the classroom. I was extremely impressed by the quality of her teaching, in lecture and in lab. She is very engaging, knows all the students by name, and fosters an environment that is inclusive and conducive to active learning. The students in her classes always appear to be very comfortable asking questions and engaging in discussions. Her lectures incorporate a variety of assessments that encourage active learning, such as oral presentations, discussion boards, and written assignments. In labs, she provides clear and easy-to-follow instructions, ample feedback to the students, and plenty of support and encouragement when difficult tasks are to be performed (for example, complex dissections).”

Boily went on to note that Giamanco’s student evaluations “have been extraordinarily positive, with almost 100% of students responding ‘very good’ or ‘good’ in the evaluation categories … which is especially remarkable considering that she teaches very difficult and highly demanding classes.

“Her commitment to providing a high-quality education is demonstrated by the smooth transition that she was able to implement when we had to abruptly switch to online teaching last spring,” Boily said. “She created online virtual labs to ensure that students had an educational experience that was as close as possible as if the classes had remained in-person.”

Giamanco joined WCSU’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences in 2016. Her major teaching assignments include upper-level courses such as Developmental Biology and Cell Biology. In her scholarly work, Giamanco seeks to understand how a particular cell cycle gene, cyclin D2, modulates progenitor proliferation in the embryonic mouse brain. In addition, her laboratory is developing cell culture models to better understand the structure and assembly of the perineuronal net, a specialized substructure of the neuronal extracellular matrix. Giamanco recently received tenure and was promoted to associate professor.

Giamanco received a B.A. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate, she received fellowships to conduct research at Stony Brook University in Geochemistry and SUNY Upstate

Medical University through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in Neuroscience. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, where her work focused on elucidating the molecular composition and structure of the neuronal extracellular matrix.

Giamanco joined the Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, New York, to complete her post-doctoral training, where she studied the molecular factors regulating cell division in the developing mammalian brain. Giamanco’s work was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a division of the National Institute of Health. During this time, she was also an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College, where she taught the laboratory portion of General Chemistry as well as biology courses for non-science majors.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at

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Pomperaug High School Student is Semifinalists in 2022 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Congratulations to Pomperaug High School student Jeffrey Gao!

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2022. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located.

In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2022 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.

These scholarship recipients will join more than 362,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title. 

Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program here.

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Hat Tricks are BACK at Danbury Arena, Season Opener on October 29!

The Hat Tricks drop the puck on the new season on Friday, October 29th at home in Danbury Arena against the Port Huron Prowlers. This is the first game since March of 2020 and expectations are that the energy level will be at an all-time high!

There’s never a dull moment at Danbury Arena, even when the players aren’t on the ice. The delicious food and drink available at the newly renovated and newly reopened Rabbit Hole Bar and Grill and, a brand new (and massive) redemption arcade beckon fans to come early and stay late!

Win, lose or draw, the Hat Tricks are always available after every home game for special autograph and photo sessions. You can’t get closer to professional athletes than this!

Let’s DO THIS! Professional hockey is BACK! 

Adult tickets are just $15, with children under 12 and military veterans priced at $11. Purchase your tickets to the season opener HERE.

To view the Hat Tricks 2021-22 season schedule, click here.


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Town of Southbury Seeks Youth Basketball Scorebook/Game Clock Operators

The Town of Southbury is currently accepting applications for the position of Youth Basketball Scorebook/Game Clock Operators.

Part-Time Recreational Seasonal position of Book and Game Clock operator for the Southbury Parks and Recreation. Typical work schedule consists of winter weekends, (December thru March) and the occasional weeknight. Should have basic knowledge of the game of basketball or be willing to learn. No previous experience required. Must be at least 14 years old to apply. $13.00 per hour. These positions are open until filled.
Applications are available online. Completed applications should be returned to Southbury Parks and Recreation, 561 Main Street South, Southbury or emailed to ADA/EOE. 

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

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James R. Benn Lecture at the Southbury Public Library

On Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 from 6:30-8pm on Zoom or watch it from our Kingsley Room, the Southbury Library will be hosting the latest installment of the Lu Burke Author Lecture Series featuring Connecticut mystery author James R. Benn. 

James R. Benn is the Dilys, Barry, and Sue Federer Historical Mystery-award nominated author of the popular Billy Boyle WWII mystery series and two stand-alone works. His novel The Blind Goddess was long-listed for the 2015 Dublin IMPAC Literary Award. . 

 The Billy Boyle series, published by Soho Press, has been hailed as “meaty, old-fashioned, and thoroughly enjoyable,” by the Seattle Times. Billy Boyle, an Irish-American cop from Boston, helps his “uncle” Ike Eisenhower in sensitive WWII military investigations in overseas Europe.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this program is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Registration is required. Zoom invitation links will be sent via email on the day of the program. Please visit the link below for more information and to register.

Registration Link:

Zoom, click  here

In Person, click here

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RVNAhealth is offering flu vaccines to patients ages 6 months and older and pneumonia vaccines for ages 65+

Stay WELL with RVNAhealth - Get Your Flu Shot!

Beginning Monday, September 13th, through the flu season, RVNAhealth is offering flu vaccines to patients ages 6 months and older and pneumonia vaccines for ages 65+ at our headquarters at 27 Governor Street and at many community and drive-thru clinics in Ridgefield and surrounding towns. 

Visit RVNAhealth online here for details.

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RVNAhealth Hosts Caregiver Job Fair on Saturday, September 25

RVNAhealth seeks compassionate individuals interested in hourly and live-in non-medical caregiver positions. Attend our job fair to learn more and, if interested, you can interview with one of our staff before you leave.

 -  Minimal experience required – will train all new hires

    -  Competitive benefits and pay; flexible hours

    -  Same-day interviews available

    -  No appointment is necessary

    -  Serving clients in Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties

Visit the RVNAhealth Job Fair tent located outside the library.

For information about RVNAhealth click here.

To meet some of our current caregivers click here.

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Town Updates: Southbury Celebration Canceled, Ida, Lake Zoar and MORE

First Selectman’s Update- September 7, 2021

Southbury Celebration

The Southbury Celebration set to be held on October 2nd has unfortunately been canceled for this year.  The decision was made to protect the health and safety of the community due to concerns with the rise of COVID-19 cases and the spread of the Delta variant.  The Committee will be looking forward to the 2022 Southbury Celebration.  Although this cancellation is disappointing and we were excited to bring the community together for this event, I hope residents will understand and join us for next year’s celebration.

Hurricane Ida

As Connecticut experienced the heavy rain, strong winds and flooding last week from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, our Emergency Management, Public Works, Police and Fire departments along with Emergency Medical Services worked tirelessly to respond to the storm and help those affected by the tropical depression.  I want to thank all involved for their hard work and dedication in protecting the safety of Southbury citizens and managing this emergency.

This storm brought an unexpected and tragic event to our area as state trooper, Sgt. Brian Mohl, died after being swept away by the floodwaters in Woodbury this past Thursday morning while in the line of duty.  My heart goes out to his family and friends as they cope with this tragic loss.  It is not often that we experience losses like these in our community.  I think we have all been affected by Sgt. Mohl’s death, and I hope we will all remember his bravery and many years of dedicated service to our community.   

ARPA Task Force Meeting

The first American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Task Force meeting will be held tonight at 6:00pm at Town Hall.  The Board of Selectmen formed this task force to make recommendations on the best ways to spend the $5.79 million dollars the Town has been awarded by the federal government.  This meeting will be focused on introductions and discussion of input we have received from the community regarding the appropriation of funds.

Lake Zoar Channel Closure        

Structural steel is going to be installed over the Lake Zoar channel under the Rochambeau Bridge in the next two weeks.  This installation will cause disruption to marine traffic as the channel will be closed from 9/7 – 9/10 and 9/13 – 9/17.  This erection of structural steel is necessary to protect the safety of boaters.



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CT Dept. of Veterans Affairs Hosts 9/11 20th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony in Rocky Hill

Saturday, September 11th at 11:00am, Veterans Affairs Commissioner will be joined by Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, CT Adjutant General Francis Evon, CT Federal VA Healthcare Director Alfred Montoya, Gold Star Families, Veteran Leaders and federal, state, and local officials to honor and memorialize the victims of 9/11 and its aftermath - the victims of the terrorist attacks that day, our State’s military personnel who fell in action since 9/11 and our State’s fallen First Responders. 

Veterans Affairs Commissioner Thomas J. Saadi; Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz; CT Adjutant General Francis Evon; Federal VA Healthcare CT Director Alfred Montoya; CT Dept. of Emergency Services and Public Protection James Rovella; U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney, U.S. Congressman John Larson, U.S. Congressman Chris Murphy, Commander Jacob Hurt, Submarine Readiness Squadron 12, SUBASE New London and Goldstar Family Rep Patricia Perry (mother of Navy Seal Brian Bill killed in action in Afghanistan) will be amongst those in attendance. 

Veterans Affairs Campus Auditorium is located at 287 West Street in Rocky Hill. 

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Town of Southbury Employment Opportunity: Assistant Mechanic

Town of Southbury will be accepting applications for the position of Assistant Mechanic, Public Works Department.

Performs or assists in the performance of a variety of routine to complex maintenance and repair procedures on municipal automobiles, trucks, heavy construction equipment and/or related mechanic equipment.  Must be available for emergency call-in to provide roadside service to police and other emergency vehicles or to assist in weather-related public works operations or other related work.

Must have a valid CDL motor vehicle license and be able to operate various heavy construction equipment. 

Applications may be obtained at   Deadline for receiving applications is Friday, September 17, 2021. EOE/ADA

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