Southbury's HamletHub Sun, 11 Apr 2021 04:09:13 -0400 Southbury Mourns Passing of Pomperaug High School Junior, Ryan Rutledge

Ryan Anthony Rutledge, 17, passed away unexpectedly on April 5, 2021.  He was the beloved son of Anthony and Valerie (Kuehn) Rutledge; and twin brother of Patrick Francis Rutledge.

Ryan was a junior at Pomperaug High School achieving high honors, and enrolled in numerous AP courses.  When he wasn't studying, he was quite the athlete playing every sport imaginable.  At school he played lacrosse, football, golf, weight lifting, and was on the ski team.  He wasn't just talented in sports though, some of his other talents included playing 3 instruments fluently by ear, watching and investing in the stock market, solving a Rubik's cube in seconds, and being a master chess player.  Some of his other hobbies were sailing, saltwater fishing, playing X-Box, and snowmobiling.

Ryan was loved vehemently by everyone who knew him, and he will be missed by many classmates, teammates, and friends.

Besides his parents and brother, Ryan is survived by his grandparents: Edward and Carol Rutledge, and Joseph and Sharon Kuehn; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, and other extended family members.

A Mass of the Christian Burial took place today at Sacred Heart Church in Southbury.

To send sympathy gifts to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ryan Anthony Rutledge, please visit our tribute store.

]]> (Carpino Funeral Home) Neighbors Fri, 09 Apr 2021 09:54:27 -0400
Southbury Community Rallies Behind Eva Houlihan and Family, Go Fund Launched for Medical Expenses

A Go Fund Me campaign has been launched for Eva Houlihan who was in an accident on Monday, April 5 and is now in critical condition. The community of Southbury has rallied behind the family offering heartfelt prayers and making donations to help with medical expenses. 
The organizer of the campaign is Audrey Farfan who writes, "She is currently fighting for her life. This go fund me is to help her to continue her journey back to health so that she can be here with us again. For those of you wondering, I contacted Eva’s family prior to making this page to ask permission that I use Eva’s name and share her story. All funds are in their hands."
Farfan continues, "We hope that you all continue to pray for her family to help with her journey. Thank you all for your generous donations and support through this devastating time for her family."
Visit the Go Fund Me page and keep praying for Ava and her family!


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Walk-in Vaccine Clinic on Sunday in Rocky Hill for Veterans, Family Members, and Caregivers

Walk-in Vaccine Clinic on Sunday, April 11 from 8am to 3:30pm at CT State Dept. of Veterans Affairs Campus, 287 West Street in Rocky Hill. The Clinic is for veterans as well as their caregivers and family members.

View the flyer in this post for additional information (click on the image to enlarge).


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Spring is in the air at Southbury Parks & Rec!

Southbury Parks & Recreation would like to remind you of the following:

- SOUTHBURY RESIDENTS - TO RECEIVE THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for the 6 weeks Full Summer of Adventure Day Camp, sign-up by May 9, 2021!

- EASTER EGG HUNT ends on April 13, 2021 - send your pictures in by noon April 14, 2021 to be eligible for the bag of toys and candy! We will email everyone when the bags are ready to be picked up. Click here for details.


Learn more:

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Southbury Happenings: Earth Day Poster Contest, Talented Neighbors, Park Clean-up and More!

Upcoming Events in Southbury

Southbury's Got Talent
4/9/2021 | 7:00-9:00pm

From the comfort of your couch, join us for a fun evening to support the arts and unite our community. Organizers: Southbury DTC.

Click for the event's details.

Park Clean Up
4/10/2021 | 1:30-3:30pm

Let's Clean Our Parks! Organizers: Southbury Land Trust and Southbury Conservation Commission.

Click for the event's details.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Eggs have been placed in Settlers Park (4) and Ballantine Park (3) and remain there until April 13. Children who find all seven eggs will receive an Easter Bag filled with candy and prizes. Organizers: Southbury Parks and Recreation.

Click for the event's details.

"What Earth Day Means to Me" Poster Contest
Until 4/15/2021

People of all ages are invited to enter. Artists are encouraged to use "upcycled" materials. Organizers: Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition.

Click for the event's details.

Pomperaug Watershed Treasure Hunt

Hop in a car with your family and challenge your friends to the Watershed Treasure Hunt! Register by May 2nd. Treasure Hunt date: April 15-May 9, 2021. Organizers: Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition.

Click for the event's details.

Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure

Join a Bent of the River Audubon Center naturalist for a personal outdoor adventure at our nature sanctuary. Organizers: Bent of the River Audubon Center.

Click for the event's details.

Books Donations to Library

Friends of the Southbury Public Library are accepting donations of CD's, vinyl records and books of all kinds. Call John at 203-525-0199 to set up an appointment to meet at the library. Organizers: The Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Southbury's 2020 Year in Review

A look back at 2020 - a retrospective on our community coming together! Click to Watch the Video.

Coming Soon

4/17/2020 - Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection

5/15/2020 - Yard Sale to Support Cubscout Pack 162

5/23/2020 - Rubber Duck Race - Rubber ducks are now available for purchase

View more future events: Upcoming Events Listing

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Lime Rock Park Announces New Ownership Group

LAKEVILLE, Conn.—After 37 years of ownership, Skip Barber has announced a new Lime Rock Park ownership structure to propel future growth and opportunity for the Park in the years ahead. “I am extremely excited and proud to announce the acquisition of Lime Rock Park by Lime Rock Group, LLC,” said Skip Barber. “The Group’s General Partners, Charles Mallory, Dicky Riegel and Bill Rueckert along with a group of private investors have assumed control of Lime Rock Park and are bringing outstanding new vision and vitality to Lime Rock’s operations and to our local and regional community. They are the ideal stewards of the Park’s long and successful legacy. This is truly wonderful news for everyone involved with Lime Rock as we commence our 65th year of operations,” he continued.
Lime Rock Group, LLC was formed specifically for the acquisition of Lime Rock Park. Skip Barber will remain a significant owner in the new entity and will be an integral part of its Management Committee, as the business continues to leverage Skip’s worldwide reputation in the motorsports industry.
Dicky Riegel, former President & CEO of Airstream, Inc. and COO of Thor Industries, Inc., will serve as Lime Rock Park’s new CEO. “Lime Rock has been one of my favorite places and my home track for over 40 years; the same is true for my partners, Charles and Bill, both of whom consider Lime Rock a home away from home. All of us have deep roots in Connecticut and look forward to being active in the community and working collaboratively with the Town. To now be owners of this iconic and storied brand is a dream come true,” said Mr. Riegel.
As Lime Rock commences the 2021 season after a pandemic-restricted year in 2020, there is much to anticipate, including an expanding events calendar, new partners and sponsors, and additional new working capital to invest in future opportunities. Lime Rock Group’s investors include seasoned motorsports luminaries and automotive entities that will immediately drive new activity for the Park, including manufacturer and sponsor relationships. Most importantly, all of the Group’s investors are passionate motorsports enthusiasts intent on burnishing Lime Rock’s traditions and reputation while also evolving to meet modern demands.
About Lime Rock Park:
Opened in 1957, Lime Rock Park is a historic automotive and entertainment venue located in scenic Litchfield County, Conn. Along with hosting several televised spectator races and its storied Historics Weekend, Lime Rock is home to numerous special events, racing schools, driving schools, and the exclusive Lime Rock Drivers Club. Visit or @limerockpark on social media for more information.




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Trinity Southport to Present Top New York Jazz Ensemble, the Curtis Nowosad Quartet, on the Lawn

One of New York’s most prominent jazz bands—the Curtis Nowosad Quartet—will perform a rare local area concert on the front lawn of Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday, April 24th at 3:00 pm. This special event is open to ALL members of the community regardless of their religious affiliation.

Purchase tickets here.

A key player in galvanizing New York’s jazz cultural and spiritual awakening, Nowosad has been a major force in The Harlem Sessions, organized by renowned pianist Marc Cary. His New York-based ensemble has held court throughout the City—everywhere from Smalls to The Jazz Standard and full week residencies at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC).

Nowosad has played in the bands of Philip Harper, Craig Harris, rising star saxophonist Braxton Cook and Cary while headlining major jazz festivals in Canada and several in the U.S. On his self-titled album, the 31-year-old Canadian native emerges as a powerful musical force for social justice on a groundbreaking self-titled jazz and blues-driven collection that illuminates past and present history while creating some history of its own.

“We’re delighted to present the Curtis Nowosad Quartet to our community,” said Robert Kwan, Music Director at Trinity Episcopal Church. “They are master musicians and we’re in for a fun afternoon of top-notch entertainment. We welcome everyone who loves jazz.”

COVID CONSIDERATIONS: To comply with federal, state, and local guidelines, social distancing measures will be in place. All attendees must wear masks and be registered in advance for contact tracing purposes. Attendance at the event will be limited to 100 and no one will be admitted without tickets and advance registration. People should bring their own chairs.

The performance is the latest in Trinity’s “Music Under the Spire” series. Additional concerts in the series include Svetlana and the Delancey Five on May 15th and The Willerm Delisfort Project on June 5th.

Tickets for the Curtis Nowosad Quartet are $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, $55 for a family (2 adults and unlimited students/children); children 10 and under are free. Tickets for the full series are also available.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for students and seniors; $55 for a family (1-2 adults; unlimited students); Children 10 and under are free.
Purchase online at

Trinity Episcopal Church, 651 Pequot Avenue at the Corner of Center Street, Southport, CT


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Southbury Town Hall Reopens to Public at Regular Business Hours

Southbury Town Hall has reopened to the public at regular business hours. Visitors must enter the building through the first-floor entrance and sign the log book located in the lobby.

Face coverings and social distancing rules are still in effect.

Any questions can be directed to the Emergency Management Office at 203-262-0629.

Visit Town of Southbury online

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Connecticut continues to rank among the top three states in the nation that have administered the most vaccines per capita

Data updates on vaccine administration in Connecticut

The following data represents the total number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Connecticut, as reported to the state as of today:


Total Administered

First dose administered


Fully vaccinated


Total doses administered


*NOTE: A total of 57,061 doses of the single-dose J&J vaccine are included in each category

Connecticut continues to rank among the top three states in the nation that have administered the most vaccines per capita.

So far, those who have received at least one dose in Connecticut include:

  • 82% of all people over the age of 65;
  • 75% of all people over the age of 55;
  • 67% of all people over the age of 45; and
  • 45% of all people over the age of 16.

The Lamont administration anticipates that approximately 288,000 first doses will be delivered to Connecticut this week.

All Connecticut residents over the age of 16 are currently eligible to receive the vaccines. Appointments must be made in advance at all clinics statewide. To learn how to make an appointment, visit and enter a zip code to find the nearest clinics

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Mon, 05 Apr 2021 13:28:03 -0400
WCSU Master of Fine Arts students present virtual exhibition


Online show features 2021 M.F.A. candidates’ works in painting, illustration & mixed media      

Six Western Connecticut State University graduate student candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree in 2021 are presenting their works in the M.F.A. Thesis Virtual Exhibition featured on the web page of the Gallery at the WCSU Visual and Performing Arts Center in Danbury.

Sponsored by the university’s Department of Art, the virtual exhibition that opened on April 5 offers the public an opportunity to experience the diverse works in painting, illustration and mixed media created by this year’s M.F.A. candidates. Closure of the VPAC Gallery to the public during the pandemic has made in-person viewing of the exhibition impossible. By accessing the web page link, here the online guest is invited to take a virtual tour of the Gallery to view the exhibition installation as it appears on site as well as close-up images of individual works in the show. On the same web page, the visitor is invited to access links to each participant’s artist statement, biographical notes and exhibition portfolio.

The Department of Art organizes the M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition each spring as a capstone experience demonstrating the personal artistic direction and mastery of candidates for the M.F.A. in Visual Arts, expressed in the works they present for viewing. The M.F.A. is the terminal degree for practicing professional artists. The following M.F.A. students are showing their works in this year’s exhibition:

  • Ryan Ames, of Newtown. Ames’ artistic passion is editorial illustration, mixing conceptual design and symbolic language to encapsulate a story and educate the viewer in both familiar and new subjects. Recent works such as his “Hindsight” series, depicting the heartbreak of children lost to gun violence around the world, break from the digital mold of his previous works, using an unconventional painting process with stenciling and acrylics. Ames received a B.A. in Media Studies and Studio Art from WCSU in 2014, and worked for a Silicon Valley firm for several years as a project manager for development of educational applications for children before returning to Connecticut to pursue M.F.A. studies.
  • Alison Booth, of Sherman. The foundation of Booth’s M.F.A. thesis work at WCSU has been the search for her unique narrative and storytelling vision, realized in many of her works through self-portraits. She finds inspiration to create her narrative in nature and in her personal relationships to people, places and objects often overlooked, ignored or forgotten. Nostalgia, play and careful observation assume important roles in her artistic work. A student of the visual arts since her childhood in New York City, she took an early interest in drawing and majored in art at Fiorello H. Laguardia High School in Manhattan. She attended Alfred University and completed her B.F.A. at WCSU in 2016.
  • David Flook, of Bridgewater. Flook’s body of work as an M.F.A. in Painting candidate has been dramatically influenced and reshaped by the personal and social impact of the pandemic over the past year. His paintings depict memories and moments that reflect the people and places holding special importance in motivating him through challenging times. A native of the United Kingdom, Flook attributes the origins of his education in color theory and elements of art and design to his apprenticeship creating original works for clients at a cutting-edge U.K. tattoo studio. Following his move to the United States, he embarked on art studies to prepare for a career in the visual arts, earning a bachelor’s degree at WCSU with dual concentrations in painting and illustration.
  • Rachel Rossier, of Bethel. A painter and art educator, Rossier primarily works with acryla gouache and acrylics to create her works on illustration board and canvas. Her portraits address the intrinsic value, beauty and dignity of the human person at rest, while her most recent paintings document her journey as a joyful convert to the Catholic faith. The geometric shapes, intense colors and floral images that fill these narrative and psychological landscapes, influenced by her childhood experiences in both the United States and Mexico, evoke senses of whimsy and urgency. She earned her bachelor’s degree in art at WCSU with dual concentrations in illustration and painting.
  • Kathleen Spezzano, of Woodbury. Spezzano seeks to express through art the thoughts, emotions and imagery inspired by her personal spirituality and her keen interest in Wiccan/Pagan beliefs that magic lives in nature, the elements and forces of energy in the world. Her works use a wide variety of materials including acrylics, inks and iridescent mediums to depict imagery drawn from holidays, deities, mythical creatures and other themes found in Wiccan/Pagan tradition. Her M.F.A. thesis work focuses on the creation of her personal oracle card deck, “The Oracle of Shadows.” A native of Greenwich, Spezzano studied illustration and creative writing at Montserrat College of Art and completed a B.S. in Equine Studies at Post University.
  • Jennifer Sullivan, of Avon. Recipient of a B.A. in Art History from the University of Saint Joseph, Sullivan draws upon her knowledge of art history to inspire and challenge her artistic creation. Her diverse professional studio practice includes painting, collage, mixed media and printmaking. For her M.F.A. thesis, she used her continuing observations of change over time in floral arrangements on her dinner table to create a body of work depicting larger-than-life flowers within interior spaces. Unlike traditional still-life images, she notes that she painted her works through the lens of her feminism, revealing the flowers’ anthropomorphic qualities and offering a glimpse into the artist’s life.

For more information, contact Lori Robeau of the Department of Art at or Sherri Hill of the Office of University Relations at

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RVNAhealth: Taking Care of your COVID-19 Vaccination Card

In the increasingly paperless world in which we live in, the importance of one’s little white vaccination card is a little alarming. Here we offer a compilation of tips for keeping it safe and tracking down a new one if the inevitable occurs.

To start, background. 

The vaccination card tells you which COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. The card was originally intended to remind individuals of the date and time of their second dose appointment, but now it is serving as proof of vaccination, which can score treats such as a Krispy Kreme donut, and may also enable access to events and activities requiring proof of vaccination.  There is room on the card for additional information, i.e. booster shots if needed in future years, so it might be best to keep unlaminated for now. (If you’ve already laminated, don’t worry.)

Tips of the Vaccine Trade

  • Take a photo of your card. Take one photo after your first dose, and a second photo after your second dose. (Unless you get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, a single-dose vaccine, in which case one photo will do!)  If you’re already fully vaccinated, take a photo now.
  • Make a physical copy of the card. (Or two.)  You can keep a copy  with you, and leave the original in a safe place. (Unless you’re cashing in on your Krispy Kreme donut, which requires the original.)
  • Contact your primary care provider and make arrangements to send them a copy for your official vaccination records.
  • If you can, proactively help your parents, grandparents and elderly friends and relatives make digital copies of their vaccination cards and send it to their health care providers, too.
  • Don’t share your card digitally, as it contains personal information and is uniquely yours.  

OK. You’ve Gone and Done It. You’ve Lost Your Card.  (Or Never Received One in the First Place.)

That’s OK. You’re not the first, and you won’t be the last. If you lose your card, you should contact the place you received your vaccination and ask for a replacement.  

If you did not receive a COVID-19 vaccination card at your appointment, the CDC recommends that you contact the vaccination provider site where you got vaccinated or your state health department to find out how you can get a card.  All COVID-19 vaccination providers are required to report data within 72 hours in their state’s immunization system, so there should be a back-up record of your vaccination status there. The CDC has provided a list of the Immunization Information System (IIS) in each state, which is where to start if you need a replacement card and either can’t remember where you were vaccinated or have difficulty contacting the facility.

If you were vaccinated at a pharmacy chain, ask if you can have a digital copy of your vaccination record.

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Upcoming Events in Southbury: Easter Eggs, Books, Park Clean-up and More!

Hilarity for Charity
4/1/2021 | 8:00pm

Comedy night for the whole family from your living room! Organizers: Southbury Women's Club.

Click for the event's details.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Eggs will be placed in Settlers Park (4) and Ballantine Park (3) from April 1 to April 13. Children who find all seven eggs will receive an Easter Bag filled with candy and prizes. Organizers: Southbury Parks and Recreation.

Click for the event's details.

Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure

Join a Bent of the River Audubon Center naturalist for a personal outdoor adventure at our nature sanctuary. Organizers: Bent of the River Audubon Center.

Click for the event's details.

Books Donations to Library

Friends of the Southbury Public Library are accepting donations of CD's, vinyl records and books of all kinds. Call John at 203-525-0199 to set up an appointment to meet at the library. Organizers: The Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Southbury's 2020 Year in Review

A look back at 2020 - a retrospective on our community coming together! Click to Watch the Video.


4/9/2020 - Southbury's Got Talent

4/10/2020 - Park Clean Up

4/17/2020 - Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection

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Southbury Parks & Recreation is Hiring Summer Camp Counselors!

Southbury Parks & Rec Summer Employment Opportunities

Summer Camp Counselor 

Serves as a staff member responsible for youth in the Camp Counselor’s assigned group, and assists in implementing camp program activities, events, and health and safety procedures. Collaborates with other counselors, creates recreational plans and activities, and leads campers in fun-filled projects. Salary is $12.00 per hour, for up to 40 hours for each of the six weeks of camp. Click to view the Summer Camp Counselor Job Description. Applications must be received by April 21, 2021.

Teenscape Summer Camp Counselor 

Serves as an adult responsible for a group of teens that travel to a different activity location in the surrounding areas daily. Salary is $12.00 per hour, for up to 35 hours for each of the six weeks of camp. Click to view the Teenscape Summer Camp Counselor Job Description. Applications must be received by April 21, 2021.

Applications are available online. Completed applications should be returned to Southbury Parks and Recreation, 561 Main Street South, Southbury or emailed to ADA/EOE. Please use Parks and Recreation Employment Application for positions with Parks and Rec Department.

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Southbury Public Library Announces April Events: Crafts, Books, History, Science and More!

Adult Virtual Events

Information and Registration: Reference Department at 203-262-0626 ext. 130

All programs require registration unless otherwise noted. The majority of programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Library programs are not funded by the town fiscal budget. Until further notice, all programs will be virtual. For all adult programs requiring registration, registrants will receive an email with the Zoom links the morning of the program.

Lincoln's Inaugural Address
Tuesday, April 6, 1-2:30pm, Online, Registration Required

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln. Join us to learn more about the speech of Abraham Lincoln. The year 1861 was a tumultuous year for the United States, and President Lincoln's Inaugural Address discussed many of the complex issues of the time. Register here.

Pollinators in My Backyard
Tuesday, April 13, 1-2:30pm, Online, Registration Required

Victor DeMasi, lepidopterist, will take you on a sunny day walk through his pollinator meadow in Redding, Connecticut. Along the way, we will view some of the rare and common species he has seen there in 40 years of stewardship. Register here.

The 19th Amendment: A Tale of Suffrage, Sacrifice, and Success
Tuesday, April 20, 1-2:30pm, Online, Registration Required

Join us for this lively and engaging presentation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Learn more about the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, a 72-year struggle for women to obtain the legal right to vote in all states without restrictions. Register here.

Debt Management and Credit Repair
Tuesday, April 27, 1-2:30pm, Online, Registration Required

Are you concerned about your credit? Do you need help managing your budget? Are you telling yourself, "I'll worry about the bills later." If the answer to any of these questions is "yes" then it's time to reassess your financial health. If you are facing debt, it doesn't have to go from bad to worse. CT Department of Banking Outreach Coordinator Kathleen Titsworth will discuss ways to manage your debt and repair your credit the right way and avoid common mistakes. Register here.

 Virtual Adult Book Clubs

Mystery Book Club
Monday, April 12, 3-4pm, Online, Registration Required

This month we'll be discussing Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. There will be copies available in hard copy at the circulation desk. Register here.

Nonfiction Book Club
Wednesday, April 14, 10-11am, Online, Registration Required

This month we'll be discussing So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. There will be copies available in hard copy at the circulation desk. Register here.

Tuesday Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, April 27, 3-4pm, Online, Registration Required

This month we'll be discussing White Horses by Alice Hoffman. There will be copies available in hard copy at the circulation desk. Digital ebooks and audiobooks are available through Hoopla. Register here.

Children and Teen Virtual Events

Information and Registration: Children/Teen Department at 203-262-0626 ext. 3

See below for information about our upcoming Children's and Teen Programming! All of our Children's and Teen Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Library programs are not funded by the town fiscal budget. Until further notice, all programs will be virtual. For all programs requiring registration, registrants will receive an email reminder with the Zoom links approximately 24 hours before the start of the program.

Children's Storytimes:

Drop-In Storytime (All Ages)
Monday, April 5, 12, 19, & 26, 10:30am, Online, No Registration Required

Join us every Monday morning on the Youth Services Southbury Library Facebook Page. This storytime will be live at 10:30am and viewable after, with no Facebook account required to watch. Our Friend Miss Ann is back to share stories, songs, and a simple craft all themed around a different fun topic each week. Craft supplies can be picked up in the library after storytime and are available while supplies last (they go quickly!). Find more on our website here.

Storytime with Katie (All Ages)
Wednesday, April 7, 14, 21, & 28, 10:30am, Online, No Registration Required

Join us online on the Youth Services Southbury Library Facebook Page (live at 10:30am and viewable after, no Facebook account required to watch) for a special virtual storytime and craft. Miss Katie will share stories, rhymes, and songs geared towards toddlers and older. Crafts can be picked up in the library after storytime and are available while supplies last (they go quickly!). Find more on our website here.

Special Events for Children: 

Saturday Open House Take and Make Craft
Saturday April 3, 10, 17, & 24, All Day, Upstairs, No Registration Required

Stop by the Youth Services Department every Saturday to take a home a thematic craft (while supplies last)! Due to COVID-19 this program is Take & Make only. Find out more on our website here

Our Favorite Books (Grades 2-5)
Tuesday, April 6, 13, 20, & 27, 12-12:30pm, Online, No Registration Required

Join Miss Heather on our Southbury Library Youth Services Facebook page for a read aloud of some of our favorite stories each Tuesday afternoon. Catch us live or watch it later! No Facebook account required to view. Find out more on our website here.

First Chapter Friday (Grades 1-5)
Friday, April 9, 16, 23, & 30, 4:00pm, Online, No Registration Required

Join Miss Heather on our Southbury Library Youth Services Facebook page as we explore some of our favorite chapter books each Friday afternoon (except for Friday, April 2 when the library will be closed). Catch us live or watch it later! No Facebook account required to view. Find out more on our website here

Food Explorers: Strawberry Crumb Bars (Ages 7 and Up and Their Families)
Tuesday, April 6, 5-6pm, Online, Registration Required - Space Limited

Join Miss Carla, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers, and learn how to make Strawberry Crumb Bars! This class will be conducted using Zoom. Find out the ingredients list and register on our website here.

STEAMonday: Rain Cloud in a Jar (All Ages)
Monday, April 19, 4pm, Online, No Registration Required

Join Miss Heather for an afternoon of science fun. This month we're exploring clouds and rain with a weather experiment - all in one jar! Tune in to our Southbury Library Youth Services Facebook page at 4:00pm to catch us live or watch later! No Facebook account required to view. Find more, including the ingredients list to follow along at home, on our website here!

Spring Bulbasaur Planting Craft (for Grades 2-5)
Thursday, April 29, 4:30pm, Online, Registration Required

Miss Katie will share gardening themed stories as we make a recycled planter and learn how to plant care for seeds. Pick up your craft packet anytime after Friday, April 23 during open library hours. Find out more or register on our website here

Special Events for Teens:

Math and Science Homework Help (Grades 6-12)
Thursday, April 1, 15, & 29, 4-5pm, Online, Registration Required

Do you have a question about your science or math homework, or do you need some help understanding a concept from one of your STEM classes? Join us Zoom for some one-on-one help! Triloshan is a senior at Pomperaug High School who has been tutoring in math and science since middle school and currently tutors at Kumon. He has experience in many AP math and science classes, and enjoys tutoring at all levels of STEM topics. Find out more or register on our website here 

Citizen Science Month: EyeWire (Grades 6-12)
Thursday, April 8, 5-6pm, Online, Registration Required - Space Limited

Citizen science is the involvement of everyday members of the public in crowdsourcing scientific research, and April is Citizen Science Month! In this program, we'll be going over how to use EyeWire: a game that uses crowdsourcing to help map the retina in the game. By mapping neurons in EyeWire, you are helping with real neuroscience research at Princeton! Find out more or register on our website here. A computer and a device that can access Zoom are required for this program; if your computer can access Zoom, only one device is required. 

Teen DIY-to-Go: Macramé Sun Wreaths (Grades 6-12)
Starting Monday, April 12 while supplies last

Pick up complete kits to make a macramé sun wreath from the Teen Department starting Monday, April 12. This sunny craft was inspired by Shadow and Bone, a book series by Leigh Bardugo that is being adapted as a Netflix show premiering in April. This sun summoner inspired wall art can celebrate your love of the Grishaverse, or just be a celestial decoration. You can work on the kits in your own time, or you can wait and work on them together with us during our Virtual Meetup (see below for more information)! To find out more about the kits, visit our website here.

DIY Blackout Poetry on Zoom (Grades 6-12)
Wednesday, April 14, 5-6pm, Online, Registration Required - Space Limited

April is National Poetry Month. Join us virtually to create black out poetry, a fun and easy way to make poetry and art, and upcycle old book pages. With blackout poetry, you take an already existing page of text and cross out all the words you don't want to keep in your poem. You can cross them out with straight lines, squiggles, or anything you like to create a unique mix between poetry and art. Kits with all needed supplies will be available to pick up in the library during open hours starting Monday, April 5. Find out more and register on our website here.

Food Explorers: Loaded Veggie Tot Nachos (Grades 6-12)
Monday, April 19, 5-6pm, Online, Registration Required - Space Limited

Food Explorers is back! Join Katie, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make Loaded Veggie Tot Nachos! We'll be making tater tots from scratch using your choice of either broccoli or zucchini, baking them until crispy, and loading them up with your favorite toppings. Find out the ingredients list and register on our website here.

Citizen Science Month: ZSL Instant Wild (Grades 6-12)
Thursday, April 22, 5-6pm, Online, Registration Required - Space Limited

Citizen science is the involvement of everyday members of the public in crowdsourcing scientific research, and April is Citizen Science Month! In this program we'll be going over the Zoological Society of London's Instant Wild. Contribute to conservation research and get a rare glimpse into some of the world's wildest places. We'll go over how to use Instant Wild, and identify some animals together. No prior scientific knowledge is required, but you will need a smartphone, tablet, or computer that can access Zoom. Find out more on our website here.

Virtual Craft Meetup: Macramé Sun Wreaths (Grades 6-12)
Monday, April 26, 4-5pm, Online, Registration Required

Join us on Zoom to work on your Macramé Sun Wreath together! Have some company while you work on your project and ask any questions you may have. Registrants will receive Zoom log in credentials; register on our website here.

The Friends of the Southbury Public Library

The Friends of the Southbury Public Library are sponsoring many of our fun virtual programs found on the calendar page of our website. In addition, the Friends book sale area in the lobby is still open! Stock is replenished daily. Gift-quality books, puzzles, boutique items, art history books, coffee table books, holiday books, cookbooks and audiovisual vinyl records, CDs and DVDs are available. Exact change or checks are requested as the library staff cannot make change and the Friends cannot accept credit cards for this sale. Set up with COVID shields for shopping protection. For more information how to contact the Friends of the Southbury Public Library click here

Brinker Fireplace Room Display of the Southbury Volunteer Firemen's Association Ladies' Auxiliary

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Southbury Volunteer Firemen's Association is currently sponsoring an informative display about the group's services and activities in the glass display cabinet in the Southbury Public Library's Brinker Fireplace Room. The mission of the Ladies Auxiliary is to support the Southbury Volunteer Firemen's Association and the community. Their display can be viewed anytime during library open hours. If interested in becoming a member, participation is open to anyone at least 18 years of age. Meetings are held at 7pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month September through June at the Center Firehouse on Main Street South. To learn more about the Auxiliary and their upcoming events, like and follow them on their Facebook page @SVFALA. For more information on becoming a member, email the membership committee at or call (203) 262-0615.

Gloria Cachion Art Gallery: Mike Berlinski

April 3 - May 26, 2021

Mike began drawing and painting at the age of seven. He is basically self-taught and works primarily with oil paints. Most of his paintings are painted largely outdoors, sometimes even completed on location. This type of painting is known as Plein-air or open-air. For the past twenty years that he has been a serious artist, this form of painting has become increasingly popular and practiced. Even some of his successful studio painter colleagues sometimes paint outdoors in order to more truly capture the light and colors.

Being an artist is not always an easy journey. It helps that Mike feels like a maverick, an explorer of the unknown and of what is possible both as expressions of what he sees and feels and the continuing unfolding of his abilities. He wishes he could say being born with talent makes for an easy life. He used to think that when he was younger. Then he committed himself to the work, finding out along the way that it is a tremendous amount of hard work and at times personal sacrifice. He goes on to say that it's okay though, because while it can be frustrating, many more times it's downright joyful!

Mike enjoys being an artist. He is grateful for all the nice thoughts, appreciation and interest in his work. So, he'll continue to develop and improve on his journey, happy for the opportunity to create and for the people in his life. Ultimately his goal is to share what he perceives as the incredible beauty of the natural world and hopefully some of the feelings of joy as well!

Mike has exhibited widely and in different venues throughout the state, including libraries, art galleries, and art associations. He has given art demonstrations and taught oil painting classes. He is currently accepting commissions as well.

The exhibit will be open during regular library hours April 3 through May 26, 2021. Please visit our website to learn more.

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Connecticut Remains on Track To Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility To All Adults on Thursday, April 1

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut is on track to expand its COVID-19 vaccination program to the final group of adults, including all individuals between the ages of 16 and 44, on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Individuals in this age group will have access to schedule appointments beginning Thursday morning.

To schedule an appointment, Connecticut residents should visit and enter their zip code in the space provided. From there, they will be presented a list of the closest available clinics and instructions for how to make an appointment at each clinic. Those without access to the internet can call Connecticut’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224. The assist line is available seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Appointments are required in advance at all vaccination clinics in the state.

Individuals who are 16 and 17 years old are reminded that they should only sign up for a clinic that is offering the vaccine made by Pfizer, as that is the only vaccine at this point that has been approved for those ages by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Connecticut is currently ranked second in the nation in percentage of population that has received at least one dose.

“Connecticut’s healthcare providers have been doing a tremendous job getting the vaccine to our residents, and the reason why our state is among the most vaccinated in the country is because of the remarkable work they have been doing,” Governor Lamont said. “As we prepare to expand vaccine eligibility to the final group of adults on Thursday morning, there is going to be an initial rush of people who attempt to make appointments during the first couple of days, similar to what we experienced when we expanded to other age groups. I urge everyone to please be patient and check back as new appointments are being added every day. Thanks to the efforts of the Biden administration, the number of doses being delivered to Connecticut is significantly increasing each week, and I am confident that within this next month we will get the vaccine to everyone who wants it.”

“With the recent increase in cases in Connecticut, it is crucial that everyone who wants a vaccine, gets one as quickly as possible,” Connecticut Acting Public Health Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford said. “I am extremely proud of everyone involved in our vaccine program – the federal government, our local health departments and community partners, our vaccine providers, the National Guard – and thankful for the leadership of Governor Lamont and his team, who have all helped to speed up Connecticut’s delivery of vaccines and make tomorrow’s final expansion to all adults possible. Through everyone’s efforts, we are now able to offer vaccine to all adults months earlier than originally planned. While general availability of vaccines is a cause for celebration, we must also remember to keep up our guard against the spread of COVID-19. Even after you are vaccinated, you should continue to wear masks, social distance, avoid large gatherings and test and isolate if you are sick.”

More than one hundred additional pharmacies to begin offering vaccinations

Governor Lamont today also announced that more than 100 additional pharmacies throughout Connecticut will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines over the next several days, adding to the growing list of locations where the state’s residents can be vaccinated. Individuals are reminded that appointments must be made in advance prior to receiving the vaccine at all locations statewide.

The new pharmacies that are being added to Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccination program include:

  • Able Care Pharmacy & Med Supply: 15 Palomba Drive, Enfield
  • Achorn Pharmacy: 289 Post Road East, Westport
  • Apex Pharmacy & Home Care Center: 2380 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden
  • Arrow Prescription Center: 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington
  • Arrow Prescription Center: 500 Farmington Avenue, Hartford
  • Beacon Prescriptions: 233 Main Street, New Britain
  • Beacon Prescriptions: 25 Collins Road, Bristol
  • Beacon Prescriptions: 543 West Main Street, New Britain
  • Beacon Prescriptions: 609 North Main Street, Southington
  • Big Y Pharmacy: 1289 Foxon Road, North Branford
  • Big Y Pharmacy: 135 West Road, Ellington
  • Big Y Pharmacy: 224 Salem Turnpike, Norwich
  • Big Y Pharmacy: 33 Fieldstone Commons, Tolland
  • Big Y Pharmacy: 355 Hawley Lane, Stratford
  • Big Y Pharmacy: 504 Winsted Road, Torrington
  • Big Y Pharmacy: 7 E Hampton Road, Marlborough
  • Big Y Pharmacy: 70 Wauregan Road, Danielson
  • Big Y Pharmacy: 81 Stony Hill Road, Bethel
  • Big Y Pharmacy: 85 Bridge Street, Naugatuck
  • Big Y Pharmacy: 87 W Stafford Springs Plaza, Stafford Springs
  • Big Y Pharmacy: 995 Poquonnock Road, Groton
  • Bissell Health Mart Pharmacy: 23 Governor Street, Ridgefield
  • Brass City Pharmacy: 558 Chase Avenue, Waterbury
  • Brass Mill Pharmacy: 1405 East Main Street Unit 3, Waterbury
  • Bridgeport Pharmacy: 978 East Main Street, Bridgeport
  • Candlewood Drugs: 11 State Route 37, New Fairfield
  • Community Health Pharmacy: 210 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven
  • Danielson Pharmacy: 77 Westcott Road, Danielson
  • Della Pietra Pharmacy: 792 Highland Avenue, Waterbury
  • Evine Llc-Valuerx Pharmacy: 54 Tuttle Place, Middletown
  • Grieb’s Pharmacy: 1021 Post Road, Darien
  • Hancock Pharmacy: 1020 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport
  • Hancock Pharmacy: 306 Grand Avenue, New Haven
  • Hancock Pharmacy: 840 East Main Street, Meriden
  • Hancock Pharmacy: 95 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia
  • Health Complex Pharmacy: 55 Deforest Street, Watertown
  • Higganum Pharmacy: 23 Killingworth Road, Higganum
  • Main Street Pharmacy: 2117 Boston Avenue, Bridgeport
  • McQuade’s Pharmacy: 10 Clara Drive, Mystic
  • Medical Pharmacy: 1213 Main Street, Willimantic
  • Milford Pharmacy and Home Care: 78 Broad Street, Milford
  • Naugatuck Pharmacy: 153 Maple Street, Naugatuck
  • New Britain Pharmacy: 46 Broad Street, New Britain
  • New Canaan Pharmacy: 44 East Avenue, New Canaan
  • Norwalk Pharmacy: 250 Westport Avenue, Norwalk
  • Nutmeg Pharmacy Centerbrook: 33 Main Street, Centerbrook
  • Nutmeg Pharmacy: 38 Williams F Palmer Road, Moodus
  • Oxford Pharmacy: 100 Oxford Road, Oxford
  • Petricones Torrington Pharmacy: 110 East Main Street, Torrington
  • Pharmscript Holdco & Subsidiaries: 80 Clark Drive, East Berlin
  • Price Chopper Pharmacy: 121 Farmington Avenue, Bristol
  • Price Chopper Pharmacy: 251 Kennedy Drive Suite A, Putnam
  • Price Chopper Pharmacy: 675 Poquonock Avenue, Windsor
  • Price Chopper Pharmacy: 855 Washington Street, Middletown
  • Procare: 1492 Highland Avenue Suite 1C, Cheshire
  • Rite Aid: 1030 Wolcott Street, Waterbury
  • Rite Aid: 1060 East Main Street, Bridgeport
  • Rite Aid: 1395 Middletown Avenue, Northford
  • Rite Aid: 141 Meriden Road, Waterbury
  • Rite Aid: 1619 Post Road, Fairfield
  • Rite Aid: 180 Main Street, Cheshire
  • Rite Aid: 190 East Avenue, Norwalk
  • Rite Aid: 215 Federal Road, Brookfield
  • Rite Aid: 2175 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden
  • Rite Aid: 249 Legion Avenue, New Haven
  • Rite Aid: 277 Fairfield Avenue, Waterbury
  • Rite Aid: 280 Branford Road, North Branford
  • Rite Aid: 289 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel
  • Rite Aid: 325 Ferry Street, New Haven
  • Rite Aid: 508 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe
  • Rite Aid: 56 Rubber Avenue, Naugatuck
  • Rite Aid: 588 Main Street, East Haven
  • Rite Aid: 605 North Colony Road, Wallingford
  • Rite Aid: 645 Foxon Road, East Haven
  • Rite Aid: 744 Wolcott Road, Wolcott
  • Rite Aid: 85 Middletown Avenue, North Haven
  • Rite Aid: 922 South Main Street, Cheshire
  • Rockville Pharmacy: 42 Windsor Avenue, Vernon
  • Rotary Drug: 1030 Barnum Avenue, Stratford
  • Seybridge Pharmacy Jewelry & Gifts: 37 New Haven Road, Seymour
  • Shop Rite: 1990 West Main Street, Stamford
  • Shop Rite: 200 Shippan Avenue, Stamford
  • Shop Rite: 2100 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden
  • Shop Rite: 214 Spencer Street, Manchester
  • Shop Rite: 250 Barnum Avenue Cutoff, Stratford
  • Shop Rite: 259 Bull Hill Lane, Orange
  • Shop Rite: 266 East Main Street, Clinton
  • Shop Rite: 35 Talcottville Road, Vernon
  • Shop Rite: 360 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk
  • Shop Rite: 45 Shunpike Road, Cromwell
  • Shop Rite: 745 Foxon Road, East Haven
  • Shop Rite: 775 Main Street South, Southbury
  • Shop Rite: 875 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton
  • Shop Rite: 935 Boston Post Road, Milford
  • Slavins Hancock Pharmacy: 922 Washington Boulevard, Stamford
  • Stolls Pharmacy: 185 Grove Street, Waterbury
  • The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy: 535 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook
  • The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy: 774 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford
  • The Medicine Shoppe: 79 East Street, Vernon Rockville
  • The Rose City Pharmacy: 3 N 2nd Avenue, Taftville
  • Visels Pharmacy: 714 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven
  • Wallingford (Berlin): 8 Fairfield Boulevard, Wallingford
  • Westown Pharmacy: 455 Hartford Road, Manchester
  • Woodbury Drug: 682 Main Street South, Woodbury
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