Southbury's HamletHub Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:31:32 -0500 Soon-To-Open The Ivy At Watertown Assisted Living Community Names Executive Director

Scheduled to open in February 2020, the near-completion newly-constructed The Ivy at Watertown Assisted Living Residential Community at 655 Straits Turnpike on the Watertown/Middlebury border, has welcomed Jason Rieger of Wallingford as the community’s executive director.

“The Ivy is a family-run business,” said Rieger, “so it is more resident- and employee-centered in regards to the company’s focus. With my first interview, I could tell that this company sincerely cares about every person they hire as team members.”

Officially named executive director in October 2019, Rieger has been focused on hiring the complete line of staff required in an assisted living community, from RNs, LPNs and C.N.A.’s to reception, housekeeping, activities, dining room, and maintenance personnel. “The number one thing I search for in every job applicant is that he or she is a warm and approachable person. Team members who care for residents with compassion and respect, and are willing to go the extra mile for the residents and their team members, are the individuals we seek.”

As executive director, Rieger will oversee the administration of operations including the many amenities and services such as dining, housekeeping, activities, maintenance, transportation, nursing, and wellness plus service providers such as physicians, home health providers, life enhancement professionals and entertainers from the greater local Watertown/Middlebury community.

Conveniently located with rapid access to Routes 6, 63, 8 and I-84, The Ivy at Watertown offers 89 apartments including studios, one and two-bedroom, and a specialized memory support environment called Reflections.

Rieger’s philosophy of care will be to learn what each resident needs from the community to flourish. “We will welcome people who need very little assistance and want to enjoy the amenities and live in a safe environment plus individuals who will need more hands-on care.

“Every staff members’ job will be to know each individual resident so well that they can identify any changes in their condition or activities and allow us to offer assistance wherever needed. By truly knowing our residents, we are able to insert assistance as needed and allow them to continue to thrive.”

One of Rieger’s expressed passions is memory care for elders as his mother has mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease. “It’s absolutely critical for every assisted living community to have an innovative memory care component and The Ivy has Reflections, its signature memory care program. Anything we can do to heighten a person’s quality of life and bring them moments of joy is what we will strive to achieve. Our goal will be to have every interaction produce a positive emotional memory.”

Rieger has worked in senior living communities for more than 30 years. His career path has taken him through the ranks from a director of dining and hospitality services to an administrator. While working he earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration, Management, and Operations, and he developed his own philosophies regarding senior care and leadership.

When Rieger learned about The Ivy at Watertown he was excited for an opportunity to be part of growing a nurturing culture of care from the ground up. He commented that through his interview process he was impressed by the questions he was asked and the interests of the company’s leaders. “It was very clear that The Ivy’s leadership sincerely care about their team members and the residents they serve.”

The Ivy at Watertown’s elegant home-like environment amenities includes dining on local culinary favorites, a movie theater, billiards, outdoor courtyard and patio, and a pub with complimentary snacks and beverages. All of the apartments are designed with daily high-quality personal care services, walk-in showers, cable, phone and Internet service, self-service washers and dryers, plus car snow removal services for all residents.

To learn more about The Ivy at Watertown Assisted Living Residential Community, visit, call 860-483-8141, or email to

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Places Thu, 23 Jan 2020 06:59:26 -0500
Southbury Happenings: Bird Walks, Music and Books!

Upcoming Events in Southbury

Saturday Morning Bird Walks
1/25/2020 | 8:00-10:00am

Bent of the River land provides great habitat for migrating birds such as warblers, vireos, Indigo Buntings, thrushes, orioles, and many others. Organizers: Bent of the River Audubon Center.

Click for the event's details.

Music Lecture Series with John Tuohy
1/29/2020 | 11:00am

Join guitarist John Tuohy for a presentation of 3 music lectures with live demonstrations. Organizers: Arts Escape.

Click for the event's details.


Until 02/15/2020 - Half-Price Library Lobby Book Sale - during Library hours.

Until 03/08/2020 - Shepaug Eagle View - every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Until 03/20/2020 - Snow Sculpture Contest - email photo to Parks and Rec.


02/01/2020 - Southbury VFW Indoor Tag Sale

02/09/2020 - Greg Greenway Concert

02/15/2020 - Great Backyard Bird Count Hike

02/17/2020 - President's Day Hike

02/19/2020 - Lecture - A Journalist's Story on The Fall of the Berlin Wall

]]> (Town of Southbury) Events Thu, 23 Jan 2020 06:54:07 -0500
RVNAhealth StayWELL Services Introduces Expanded Home Health Aide Supervisory Team

There’s no place like home. Indeed, according to AARP, three-quarters of Americans 50 and older hope to stay at home as they age. With swelling demand for personal care and household assistance, RVNAhealth StayWELL non-medical services enters the new decade with the expansion of their Home Health Aide (HHA) supervisory team to include two seasoned clinicians, Danielle Taibi, MOTR/L, DCP and Jessica Spears, LPN.

Taibi and Spears will work collaboratively to conduct client needs assessments, develop and manage customized care plans and oversee a team of approximately 100 live-in and hourly caregivers.

Danielle Taibi, MOTR/L, DCP

Danielle Taibi joined RVNAhealth in 2014 as an occupational therapist and was promoted to her current role in September 2019. Following a career start in the entertainment industry, Danielle shifted gears to health care in 2009, seeking meaningful work that helped people recover their lives and their health. Prior to RVNAhealth, Danielle worked at Blythedale Children’s Hospital and the orthopedic unit at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in Westchester.  She gained additional experience, including more direct interaction with nursing, in later roles with local sub-acute facilities such as United Hebrew, Greenwich Woods, and Bethel Health Center.

A resident of Ridgefield, CT, Danielle obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (theater) degree from Syracuse University, and a Master of Science (occupational therapy) from Mercy College. She is certified and licensed as an Occupational Therapist and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. 

Jessica Spears, LPN

Jessica Spears joined the RVNAhealth StayWELL services team in November 2019 and brings a depth of nursing and training expertise to her role. Prior to RVNAhealth, Jessica worked at Ridgefield Primary Care for three years as a nurse. She also has experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) instructor and as an acute rehabilitation nurse.

Jessica resides in Danbury, CT and enjoys spending time with her family, studying world history, traveling, and the beach. She is a graduate of Porter & Chester Institute and is currently working toward her Registered Nurse degree at Goodwin College. 

About RVNAhealth

RVNAhealth (formerly Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, or RVNA), is a private, non-profit, mission-driven organization that continues to thrive since our inception over a century ago. Our name, services, and reach evolve to meet the care and wellness needs of all those we serve. Our focus on excellent care, quality and safety, and our guiding philosophy remains intact – the individuals we care for come first.

]]> (Lisa Fleming, RVNAhealth) Neighbors Thu, 23 Jan 2020 05:24:00 -0500
Greg Greenway concert in Southbury on Feb. 9

Greg Greenway concert on February 9 beginning at 1pm 

His guitar, piano, and ukulele reflect inspiration from all over the map–gospel, rock, blues.

Doors open 1 PM with a Pot Luck. Open Song Circle 1:15 to 2:30 PM. Main Act Scheduled for 3 PM.

Tickets are limited. Reservations are highly encouraged, email:


  • Admission Fee: $20
  • Registration Deadline: 2/8/2020
  • Registration Instructions: Email to reserve a seat
  • Event Organizers: The Blues Cafe | 203-313-6366 |
  • Event Location: George F Newton, 150 Lee Farm Dr, Southbury CT 06488
]]> (Town of Southbury) Events Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:31:21 -0500
Shelton Man to Serve Prison Time for Distributing Oxycodone

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SALVATORE PERRY, 45, of Shelton, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 30 days of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing oxycodone.  Judge Bolden ordered Perry to serve his first six months of supervised release in home confinement.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between September 2017 and November 2018, law enforcement made five controlled purchases of 30mg oxycodone pills from Perry.  Perry sold between 30 and 60 pills each transaction.  Perry had obtained the pills from at least two other individuals who had prescriptions for the drugs.

Perry was arrested on December 4, 2018.  On that date, investigators searched his residence and seized oxycodone pills, along with Perry’s cell phone, which contained evidence of the drug sales.

On October 24, 2019, Perry pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, oxycodone.

Perry who is released on a $250,000 bond, is required to report to prison on February 7.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah P. Karwan.

]]> (DOJ CT) Public safety Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:16:18 -0500
AAA is calling all Connecticut high school videographers!

HS Students: Focus on April 13! It’s AAA’s Traffic Safety Video Contest Deadline!

Calling all high school videographers! AAA Northeast’s annual 2020 Traffic Safety Video Contest is now underway with a theme that focuses on the dangers of marijuana-impaired teen driving.

To compete for monetary prizes, high school students in Litchfield, Fairfield, and New Haven Counties must create a 30-second public service announcement focusing on the marijuana impairment theme.

Contest rules and judging criteria are listed on, the link through which entries may be submitted by the April 13 deadline.

“In this year’s contest, we’re want to reinforce the message that consuming marijuana, then getting behind the wheel of a car, impact’s one’s driving ability,” said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman.  “We also believe video media designed and created by students, is an engaging, effective way to spread awareness on this topic.”

With the recent legalization and decriminalization of cannabis in many states, society’s attitude toward the drug has softened, said Mayko. “And unfortunately, all drivers – not only teens -- need to understand that marijuana-impaired driving more than doubles your crash risk.”


Between April 20-30, the public may view and “like” student entries submitted from AAA Northeast’s territory, which covers Connecticut’s Fairfield, New Haven, and Litchfield Counties; Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and parts of New York, and New Jersey. The website is

Then on May 1, the top five videos, determined by the number of “likes,” will be posted to AAA Northeast’s Instagram account @AAANortheast. The video receiving the most “likes” by May 4 will be named the Grand Prize $5000 Winner.

This competition is part of AAA Northeast’s ongoing education efforts on marijuana and driving. The Providence-based auto club also offers a free, video-based presentation, Shifting GearsThe Blunt Truth About Marijuana & Driving” to high school health classes.

Endorsed by Brown University’s School of Public Health, the program highlights the effects of marijuana use on the teenage brain and focuses on the dangers of drugged driving.

To learn more about this free educational program, area high school principals and health educators should visit for more information.

AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 64 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 5.2 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services. In Connecticut, we serve a half-million members living in is Fairfield, New Haven, and Litchfield counties


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Broadway’s Jessica Vosk Joins Bryan Perri in ACT of CT’s Broadway Unplugged Series Feb. 25

ACT (A Contemporary Theater) of Connecticut is excited to announce that Jessica Vosk will join ACT's Resident Music Supervisor, Bryan Perri, on February 25, 2020 for the Broadway Unplugged Series 

Jessica Vosk played Elphaba in WICKED on Broadway for two years, and recently starred in the NYC Ballet Jerome Robbins tribute SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT. Other Broadway credits include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, FINDING NEVERLAND, and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Jessica starred as Anita in the Grammy-nominated San Francisco Symphony’s WEST SIDE STORY. This season, she will star in the 50th anniversary of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Lincoln Center. 

The Broadway Unplugged Series is the brainchild of the accomplished Perri, who is currently working as Music Director and Conductor on the critically acclaimed Broadway musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL alongside Alanis Morissette, Tom Kitt and Diane Paulus. Perri recently finished a ten-year run as Music Director and Conductor of the Broadway production of WICKED, and as Music Director for SUPERHERO, having its world premiere Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater. Each show in the Broadway Unplugged Series presents an intimate evening where Perri sits down at the piano with renowned Broadway performers for an exceptional evening of never before heard stories, great conversation, and incredible vocals.

ACT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine says, “Jessica is one of the most gifted performers that I know. I’ve been hoping to get her to ACT for a Broadway Unplugged for quite some time, and I am thrilled that it is happening! Audiences are going to fall in love with her!”

Tickets for the February 25, 2020 show may be purchased here. For more information about ACT of Connecticut, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theater-related news and announcements, visit

]]> (Amanda Duff) Events Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:45:00 -0500
Registration OPEN for 3rd Annual Run 4 Hunger & Health to Benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services

The Newtown Knights of Columbus is once again hosting a 5K and has chosen Newtown Youth & Family Services to be a beneficiary along with FAITH Food Pantry.
The 3rd Annual Run 4 Hunger & Health will be on May 16th on the Fairfield Hills Campus. Register HERE.
This event was created three years ago with the desire to raise awareness and support for F.A.I.T.H Food Pantry, which provides food assistance to local residents. But feeding the body AND a healthy mind and soul are all prerequisite to a healthy community which is one of the many reasons the Newtown Knights of Columbus have chosen NYFS as an additional partner.
Main Event
The Early Bird Rate is $25 + 3 canned goods. Expires on February 14th.
The Regular Rate is $30 + 3 canned goods.
Kid's Event
$5+ 3 canned goods.
For more info on the 3rd Annual Run 4 Hunger & Health including a course map, visit:
Who & What is FAITH Food Pantry?
F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry of Newtown, Inc. (Food Assistance Immediate, Temporary, Help),  has relied on the kindness and support of Newtown residents and businesses for more than three decades to help provide one week of groceries to Newtown resident in need, once a month. This organization is completely run by volunteers.
For more info visit:
]]> ( Newtown Youth and Family Services) Life Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:23:52 -0500
Services planned for 17 year old Immaculate High School student, Liam Declan Devine

Liam Declan Devine, age seventeen, died tragically in a car accident on Friday, January 17, 2020.

Liam is survived by his loving parents, Elizabeth Weinshel of Danbury and Timothy Devine of Naugatuck; brother Eamon Devine of Whittier, CA and sister Angela Devine of Danbury, step-father David Weinshel of Danbury and Liam’s loyal dog Caesar. Liam is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and his Nana, Thirza Conway of St. Augustine, FL and Grandma, Ellen Devine of Little River, SC. He is also survived by his godparents, Patricia Neeves of St. Augustine, FL and Matthew Watkins of Danbury.

Liam was born on July 11, 2002 in Danbury, CT. Liam initially resided and attended school in Oxford, CT. He had been recognized as gifted and talented by the State of Connecticut by the age of 11. Most recently, Liam was an honor student in his senior year at Immaculate High School in Danbury, CT. Over the years at IHS, he participated in many clubs and volunteer work. Liam especially enjoyed graphic design and forensic classes. Liam received many merit awards for his academic performance to the delight of his family.

Liam was an avid sports fan, and passionately followed the New England Patriots, the New York Yankees and the Toronto Raptors. He loved to play basketball, both with friends and at home where he could be found practicing his dribbling and shooting, often playing with his mother or sister. At the time of his death, he had already been accepted into college, planning a career in sports journalism and analytics.

Liam was an incredibly bright, creative and funny young man. He enjoyed playing video games (particularly immersive sports games) with his friends or against “the bots”, as Liam would call them. He possessed a wonderful talent for music (guitar, singing, harmonica, drums) and participated in Immaculate’s guitar ensemble. He had an inspired and humorous writing style. Liam’s unique sense of humor touched everyone he met. He was a best friend-big brother to Angela, willingly driving her to and from school and other activities whenever needed. Liam was a kind, generous and courteous human being with a heart of gold.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at St. Gregory the Great Church, 85 Great Plain Rd., Danbury. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends from 4:00pm-8:00pm on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Liam’s memory, to Immaculate High School, 73 Southern Blvd., Danbury, CT 06810

]]> (Green Funeral Home) Neighbors Tue, 21 Jan 2020 07:18:19 -0500
It's Finally Snowing, Southbury! Get Creative!

Snow Sculpture Contest until March 20, 2020

Do you and your family wait for those good snowfalls to go out and build snowmen in your front yard? When the flakes start to fall, be creative and sculpt your masterpiece! Take a picture of your snow masterpiece and email the photos with the name(s) of the creator(s) at or drop it off at our office. Photos will be on display at Southbury Parks and Recreation and winners will be announced by March 20, 2020.


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Sat, 18 Jan 2020 09:57:13 -0500
Animal Tracking in Winter and more upcoming events in Southbury!

Southbury Happenings: Animal Tracking, Birds, Music and More!

Let's Go Birding Together Monthly Hikes
1/18/2020 | 8:00-10:00am

Bent's LGBTQ monthly walk. Organizers: Bent of the River Audubon Center.

Click for the event's details. 

Animal Tracking in Winter
1/18/2020 | 10:00am-12:00pm

The tracks of an animal can tell us much about its life. Organizers: Bent of the River Audubon Center.

Click for the event's details.

Current Events Lecture Series
1/21/2020 | 10:30am

Politics, pop-culture, and foreign affairs are all up for discussion in a friendly and open-minded environment. Organizers: Arts Escape.

Click for the event's details.

The Music I Love - Piano Concert with Paul Bisaccia
1/22/2020 | 2:00pm

Music I Love - Scarlatti, J. S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, and Chopin. Organizers: Arts Escape.

Click for the event's details.


Until 02/15/2020 - Half-Price Library Lobby Book Sale.

Until 03/08/2020 - Shepaug Eagle View

Until 03/20/2020 - Snow Sculpture Contest


01/25/2020 - Saturday Morning Bird Walks

01/29/2020 - Music Lecture Series with John Tuohy

02/09/2020 - Greg Greenway Concert

02/15/2020 - Great Backyard Bird Count Hike

]]> (Town of Southbury) Events Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:06:58 -0500
Submit Your Nominations for 2020 ACE Awards!

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2020 Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards. The purpose of these awards is to celebrate the passion for arts and culture in Fairfield County, and to raise awareness of the quality and diversity of our arts and cultural offerings.
Awards in five categories will be presented in late spring at our 5th annual ACE Awards Breakfast, to be held Tues. June 9, 2020, at The Shore and Country Club, Norwalk, to recognize and thank those individuals, organizations and businesses who have made significant artistic and cultural contributions to our community, as well as those who have supported the arts and culture sector through their volunteerism and/or patronage.
Click HERE to Make your Nominations
]]> (Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County) Neighbors Thu, 16 Jan 2020 08:30:10 -0500
Town of Southbury Seeks Assistant Animal Control Officer

Town of Southbury Employment Opportunity: 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, receives and responds to complaints regarding domestic and wildlife animals from the general public; to enforce all relevant State and Town laws, ordinances and policies. Must possess valid motor vehicle operator’s license. Must obtain rabies vaccination and keep current. Must have current CT Animal Control Officer Certification or be willing to complete within one year and keep current. Salary to be determined by experience. Deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2020.

Applications are available online or at the First Selectman's office, 501 Main Street South, Southbury. ADA/EOE

Details are available on the Town of Southbury Employment Opportunities webpage.

]]> (Town of Southbury) Neighbors Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:46:59 -0500
RVNAhealth Hospice Patient Revisits His Boyhood Past

World War II paratrooper. Educator. Grandfather. Loyal friend. These are just some of the words that come up in conversations with Edward Siergiej’s friends and family.

Since August 2019, Ed Siergiej has also been a hospice patient with RVNAhealth. He has been homebound due to a hip fracture and other health issues this year that brought him back from Florida to live in Danbury with his son, Ed Jr., and daughter-in-law, Joanne. But he recently embarked on a special journey: A tour of some of the places and sights that framed his past in his hometown of Danbury.

“His desire was to revisit his early boyhood home, school and church in Danbury,” explains RVNAhealth Hospice Social Worker Cindy Merritt, LCSW. “This was about memories for both Mr. Siergiej and his family.”

Tour of Memories

The journey began on an early December afternoon when Mr. Siergiej, his son, and RVNAhealth Hospice Case Manager Kim Babson, RN, were transported by Danbury Ambulance Service to some landmark sites. 

One stop was the house in downtown Danbury that Mr. Siergiej’s father built in 1925 – and where Mr. Siergiej lived until he married Mary Alma Taylor in 1954, his wife of 53 years. They also visited Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, where he, his parents and sister had been parishioners since 1925.

The “old” Danbury High School – now part of Western Connecticut State University’s White Hall – was another significant stop.

“My father was president of his class at the Danbury State Teachers College in 1948,” says Ed Jr. “He later went on to graduate from WestConn’s education program, and then taught and became a school administrator on Long Island.”

The Uncle Sam statue, a 38-foot monument previously located at the Danbury State Fairgrounds, and since transported to the Danbury Railway Museum, was another destination.

“My father earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star when he served as a paratrooper and glidertroooper in the 194th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 17th Airborne Division during World War II,” says Ed, Jr. “He is a proud military veteran, and the Danbury Fair was part of his childhood, so this statue is an important part of his past.”

Make a Wish

Other places visited included Jimmie’s – a deli where Mr. Siergiej enjoyed coffee with friends for more than 20 years – and JK’s (famous for hot dogs). 

“My father was very grateful to everyone who made this trip possible, especially his nurse, Kimmie, and Rosa Ramirez, his nursing assistant.” says Ed, Jr. “It was a highlight of the last weeks of his life.”

Made possible by the Ridgefield Thrift Shop Hospice Fund at RVNAhealth, the outing was a gift to the Siergiej family.

“Since 1937, when the Thrift Shop was created to support the work of the District Nursing Association, now RVNAhealth, we have been grateful for this partnership,” says MJ Heller, RVNAhealth director of philanthropy. “This special hospice fund, established by our Thrift Shop friends, makes wishes and memories possible for hospice patients and their families at their most vulnerable time.”

Visit RVNAhealth online here to view more photos of Ed's walk down memory lane.

]]> (Jo Bennett) Neighbors Tue, 14 Jan 2020 10:29:38 -0500
Danbury Hat Tricks Winning Streak Hits Eight! Don't Miss Weekend Showdown!

The Danbury Hat Tricks have won eight straight home games!
A big slate of home games coming up this weekend! Come see the Hat Tricks take on the Elmira Enforcers this Friday, January 17 on New Haven Night and Saturday, January 18 on Danbury Chamber of Commerce Night! Plus, Danbury Arena's adult hockey players get a complimentary ticket and pre-game beverage before Saturday's game! 
Purchase tickets HERE.
]]> (Danbury Hat Tricks) Events Mon, 13 Jan 2020 07:08:07 -0500