Wilton's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Wed, 04 Aug 2021 04:57:41 -0400 HamletHub.com Local Charity Announces $6 Million in Grant Awards https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/51404-local-charity-announces-6-million-in-grant-awards51404-local-charity-announces-6-million-in-grant-awards https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/51404-local-charity-announces-6-million-in-grant-awards51404-local-charity-announces-6-million-in-grant-awards

The Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education will award $6 million in grants, the charity announced today, providing grants to 43 local Fairfield County programs. The charity announced its plans to dissolve and to distribute its considerable 

“We wish we could have gone back and given funds to everyone we have supported over the years – about 200 grantees over 30 years,” said Executive Director Karen Barry Schwarz, “but that was not feasible. We looked at those grantees that we regularly supported over the last 10 years or so and chose carefully from a large group of proposals. We’re delighted that our donors’ funds will be doing good in Fairfield County for many years to come, and in some cases, in perpetuity.”

 The Fairfield County programs that will each receive a portion of the $6 million in funds from The Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education in its dissolution include the following:

All Saints Catholic School
Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders
Bridgeport Neighborhoods Together
Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Building One Community
Cardinal Shehan Center
Caroline House
Carver Foundation of Norwalk
Catholic Academy of Bridgeport
Catholic Academy of Stamford
Catholic Charities of Fairfield County Immigration Services
Catholic Charities of Fairfield County Morning Glory Kitchen
Center for Family Justice
Circle of Care for Families of Children with Cancer
Domestic Violence Crisis Center
Domus Foundation
Family ReEntry
Foundations in Education
Future 5
Homes with Hope
Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County
Kids in Crisis
Kolbe Cathedral High School
Malta House
Mercy Learning Center
New Covenant Center
Open Door Shelter
Pacific House
Sacred Heart University
Shelter of the Cross/Renewal House
St. Catherine Center for Special Needs
St. Joseph Parenting Center
Stamford Public Education Foundation
Sterling House Community Center
Thomas Merton Center
Tiny Miracles Foundation
Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers
Women's Center of Greater Danbury

In a closing statement to donors, Executive Director Karen Barry Schwarz added, “For almost three decades, The Inner-City Foundation, with your help, has helped to feed the hungry, house the homeless, and educate those living in poverty in Fairfield County, granting $38 million to 200 local programs over the last 30 years. It has been our distinct honor, and our mission, to help families in need, helping to construct with them a path to a better future.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us, and our friends in need, over all these years. We hope you will continue the good work we began together.”


kerry@ducey.org (KBSchwarz) Charities Mon, 02 Aug 2021 11:17:03 -0400
Lamont Announces Deployment of More Than $16 Million To Support Local Special Education COVID-19 Recovery Efforts https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/51405-lamont-announces-deployment-of-more-than-16-million-to-support-local-special-education-covid-19-recovery-efforts51405-lamont-announces-deployment-of-more-than-16-million-to-support-local-special-education-covid-19-recovery-efforts https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/51405-lamont-announces-deployment-of-more-than-16-million-to-support-local-special-education-covid-19-recovery-efforts51405-lamont-announces-deployment-of-more-than-16-million-to-support-local-special-education-covid-19-recovery-efforts

Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Acting Commissioner of Education Charlene Russell-Tucker today visited Regional School District 17 in Higganum to highlight the more than $16 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief II (ESSER II) funds that are being made available to assist 170 school districts across Connecticut with delivering special education services to more than 80,000 students during the 2021-22 school year.

“These funds are an important way to provide needed resources to special education programs throughout Connecticut and ensure that all of our students have equal access to the education they deserve,” Governor Lamont said.


ESSER funding is critical to re-engaging all students and supporting learning acceleration with the different and unique needs of students in mind, such as students with disabilities. The Connecticut State Department of Education is using its ESSER II state set-aside to supplement local special education COVID-19 recovery efforts through several initiatives piloted last school year by several districts, including Regional School District 17. The district is also innovating and expanding capacity by engaging stakeholders to address the needs of students with disabilities using their local ESSER II funds. During the 2021-22 school year, four main initiatives will be coordinated by the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education (BSE) to assist in providing services to students with disabilities and their families. These include:

  1. Addressing Delayed, Interrupted, Suspended or Inaccessible Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Supports and Services: Up to $13 million in funds will assist districts with addressing delayed, interrupted, suspended, or inaccessible IEP supports and services for students with IEPs in each school district.
  2. Special Education Evaluations: Up to $1 million in funds will increase the capacity of state’s six Regional Educational Service Centers (RESC) to assist school districts in conducting special education evaluations, which will benefit approximately 240 students, as well as planning and placement teams.
  3. Supplementary Tutoring and Reading Instruction: Up to $2 million in funds will assist 170 districts with supporting supplementary tutoring and reading instruction to address the needs of 3,092 students with an IEP and a primary disability category of SLD/dyslexia in alignment with the reading goals in the student’s current IEP.
  4. Individualized In-Home Support for High Needs Students: Up to $272,000 in funds will provide for 8,000 hours of individualized in-home support through partnership with the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services to provide 1:1 in-home assistance and support for up to 200 students with high needs.

Governor Lamont and Acting Commissioner Russell-Tucker also visited the site of Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department’s summer camp, located on the campus of Regional School District 17’s high school. The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is one of 235 programs statewide that are receiving grants through the Connecticut State Department of Education’s set-aside of COVID-19 recovery funds to deliver affordable high-quality educational and recreational opportunities this summer.

In total, the grants have already expanded access to enrichment experiences for more than 50,000 students in Connecticut, with an emphasis on children and communities most impacted by the pandemic. Many summer programs continue to have open enrollment, and families still have time to find many financially accessible options on their area.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Politics Mon, 02 Aug 2021 10:51:18 -0400
Take Note of Important Dates for Wilton Public School Families https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/51403-take-note-of-important-dates-for-wilton-public-school-families51403-take-note-of-important-dates-for-wilton-public-school-families https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/51403-take-note-of-important-dates-for-wilton-public-school-families51403-take-note-of-important-dates-for-wilton-public-school-families

There's still a whole lot of summer to enjoy! But, for planning purposes, mark your calendars for August 30, the first day back for Wilton Public School Students. Please take note of important "back to school" dates below. 

Printable 2021-22 District Calendar


  • Wilton High School will hold its Freshman Orientation on August 27. 
  • Wilton High School Open House is planned for September 30.


  • August 24 Middlebrook Schedules Released
  • August 26 Grade 6 Walkthrough
  • September 13 Open House - Grade 6
  • September 20 Open House - Grade 7
  • September 27 Open House - Grade 8

Cider Mill

  • August 26 Meet the Teacher
  • September 8 Open House - North
  • September 22 Open House - South


  • August 26 Meet the Teacher
  • September 14 Open House - Prek & Kindergarten
  • September 21 Open House - Grade 1 & 2

For additional information including WPS Reopening info, visit https://www.wiltonps.org/

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Mon, 02 Aug 2021 10:26:37 -0400
Fairfield County Bank held its 150th Annual Meeting https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/51402-fairfield-county-bank-held-its-150th-annual-meeting51402-fairfield-county-bank-held-its-150th-annual-meeting https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/51402-fairfield-county-bank-held-its-150th-annual-meeting51402-fairfield-county-bank-held-its-150th-annual-meeting

Fairfield County Bank held its 150th Annual Meeting at the Silver Spring County Club. The attendees included the Board of Directors, The Board of Incorporators, and the Senior Management of the Bank. The Annual Meeting is held to inform the Incorporators on the financial well-being of the Bank, success and growth over the past year and strategic plans of the coming year.

The Annual Meeting was opened with remarks from Ralph L. DePanfilis, Chairman of the Board, welcoming the attendees. David A. Schneider, CEO, and Daniel L. Berta, President, presented on the financials of the Bank, the product and service offering, innovation across the organization, and Community engagement. Presentation highlights included a review of the strong financial position of the Bank through 2020 from Mr. Schneider.

Mr. Berta touched on several topics, including the Bank’s commitment to Fairfield County throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. Fairfield County Bank processed 100% of the 1,850 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans that were requested of the Bank. The $240 million in PPP loans, in turn, supported 20,000 local jobs throughout the pandemic.

President Daniel Berta highlighted key facets of what makes Fairfield County Bank, and how those core values were upheld during 2020.  During his discussion, Mr. Berta also brought one of the Bank’s clients into the spotlight, Astacio Plumbing and Heating, whose owner, Richard Astacio, has been banking with Fairfield County Bank since 2014.

Richard, in his client spotlight video, focused on the ways in which the personal relationship he developed with Lisa Bancroft helped him expand his growing business. Astacio Plumbing and Heating was also one of the local businesses that received a PPP loan through the Bank.

Mr. Berta announced that the Bank donated $10,000 to SPHERE on behalf of the corporators. SPHERE of CT helps adults with developmental disabilities achieve their dreams. SPHERE’s programs improve quality of life by providing rich experiences and a strong community, which the Bank is proud to support. 

kerry@ducey.org (Jillian Fernandez) Life Mon, 02 Aug 2021 10:03:06 -0400
Wilton Resident Sarah Souza Named to New York Tech Presidential Honor List https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51401-wilton-resident-sarah-souza-named-to-new-york-tech-presidential-honor-list-162791817451401-wilton-resident-sarah-souza-named-to-new-york-tech-presidential-honor-list-1627918174 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51401-wilton-resident-sarah-souza-named-to-new-york-tech-presidential-honor-list-162791817451401-wilton-resident-sarah-souza-named-to-new-york-tech-presidential-honor-list-1627918174

Sarah Souza from Wilton was named to the Spring 2021 Presidential Honor List at New York Institute of Technology. Souza was one of more than 1,100 students recognized.

To qualify for the Presidential Honor List, a student must achieve a minimum semester GPA of 3.7 and complete at least 12 credit hours without any incomplete grades.

For more information, visit nyit.edu.

kerry@ducey.org (NY Tech) Neighbors Mon, 02 Aug 2021 07:29:29 -0400
Ancona's Flash Sale Monday: Anthill Farms North Coast Pinot Noir https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51406-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-anthill-farms-north-coast-pinot-noir51406-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-anthill-farms-north-coast-pinot-noir https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51406-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-anthill-farms-north-coast-pinot-noir51406-ancona-s-flash-sale-monday-anthill-farms-north-coast-pinot-noir

Happy Flash Sale Monday! Welcome Anthill Farms North Coast Pinot Noir

I am so excited to present you today with the opportunity to grab a highly sought-after wine at perhaps the sharpest price in the country.

We're talking about none other than Anthill Farm Winery, known for its organic, small production, single-vineyard, high end Pinot Noir.  Wines with this kind of pedigree come with a significant price tag- it's common to find them on the aisle at $40-$60+ with buyers across the country scooping up every bottle the winery puts out.  That's why today's flash sale is a real treat.

You have 24 hours to shop it, once the 24 hours pass, the offer is gone!

Regular Price: $29.99

Flash Sale Price: $21.99 regardless of quantity

Purchase it here!

My tasting notes: A total pleasure to drink.  Very perfumed and expressive.  Crushed cranberry and blackberry fruit with earthy notes.  Smooth and silky structure, fine tannins balanced with fresh acidity.  Beautiful pairings that come to mind are seared tuna, cornish hens, Thanksgiving Bird, duck or Asian dishes.  A memorable wine indeed. 

kerry@ducey.org (Paula Alonso) Places Mon, 02 Aug 2021 07:17:22 -0400
Phillip Phillips returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse with two outdoor shows on August 7! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51400-phillip-phillips-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-two-outdoor-shows-on-august-751400-phillip-phillips-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-two-outdoor-shows-on-august-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51400-phillip-phillips-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-two-outdoor-shows-on-august-751400-phillip-phillips-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-two-outdoor-shows-on-august-7

Phillip Phillips, the winner of the 11th season of American Idol in 2012 and singer of widely-acclaimed songs including “Home”, “Gone, Gone, Gone", and “Magnetic", is performing outdoors under the Tent at  The Ridgefield Playhouse on August 7th at 4:00 and 7:30 PM. Tickets for the 4:00 PM show are on sale by phone [203-438-5797] and reservations for the 7:30 PM concert are purchased by phone and online here.

Playing some of his hit songs, hidden gems, and newest tracks alongside him are guitarist Errol Cooney and cello player Dave Eggar. “We have such a blast playing with one another, it's just really free and easy,” Phillip told me on a Zoom interview last week. “We just have fun. It’s live music!” 

Born on September 20th, 1990 in Albany, Georgia, Phillip Phillips fell in love with writing and playing music early at the age of 14. “I would just constantly play guitar. I took my guitar to school almost every day on the bus and I would play,” he explained. “Musically, Angus Young from AC/DC was my hero,” he said, citing Dave Matthews and Damien Rice as idols as well.

In 2009, it was evident that Phillip’s interest in music was taking a turn into becoming a blooming career when he appeared in local Georgian venues and contests, eventually winning a singing competition called “Albany Star” in 2010. 

As Phillip Phillips walked in front of American Idol judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler for his initial audition on the show in 2012, Steven Tyler whispered to Jennifer Lopez, “I got a funny feeling about this.” It turns out that he was right with Phillip wowing the judges with songs “Superstition” and “Thriller,” catapulting him forward in the competition. Many spectacular performances later, Phillip found himself in the Top 3. Singing “We’ve Got Tonight” by Bob Seger, Phillip Phillips sealed himself as the indisputable winner of the show. “It was crazy and it changed my life completely. I didn’t know what to expect, I just loved playing music,” he reminisced. “I am just very blessed and a very lucky person.” 

When I asked him how other people can accomplish their goals like he did, he told me, “You really have to work hard and you can’t get lazy.” He says, “It’s all about learning.” Before finishing his answer, he delighted me by adding, “You have to stay humble as well.”

Two albums and many songs later, Phillip Phillips is still very much enthusiastic about living his dream of being a musician. “What inspires me to write music is just real life, you know, good, bad, sad, and happy,” Phillip voiced to me in our discussion. “These new songs that I have been writing have become some of my favorites. “The song called  Rescue You I really love… I think it’s a step forward in my career.” Now a dad, Phillip laughed and said, “[My son] likes them so I am taking that as a win.” 

If you are near Ridgefield, Connecticut, available, and looking for a great time on Saturday, August 7th, get your tickets to Phillip Phillips’ shows at the Ridgefield Playhouse at 4:00 and 7:30 PM. 

“The show is going to be great, everybody come on down,” Phillip says.

 I will be in attendance that day and I as well hope to see you all there for what will become two fantastic shows.


Phillip Phillips - Magnetic

kerry@ducey.org (Max Porter) Events Sun, 01 Aug 2021 11:55:48 -0400
Wilton Resident Margaret Smith named to dean's list at Bates College https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51399-wilton-resident-margaret-smith-named-to-dean-s-list-at-bates-college51399-wilton-resident-margaret-smith-named-to-dean-s-list-at-bates-college https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51399-wilton-resident-margaret-smith-named-to-dean-s-list-at-bates-college51399-wilton-resident-margaret-smith-named-to-dean-s-list-at-bates-college

Margaret Smith of Wilton was named to the dean's list at Bates College for the winter semester ending in May 2021. This is a distinction earned by students whose grade point average is 3.88 or higher.

Smith, the daughter of William S. Smith and Laura W. Smith, is a 2017 graduate of Wilton High School. She is majoring in economics and minoring in digital and computational studies at Bates.


kerry@ducey.org (Bates College) Neighbors Fri, 30 Jul 2021 13:55:26 -0400
Red Barn Yoga Series with Rebecca Filiault on Sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51398-red-barn-yoga-series-with-rebecca-filiault-on-sunday51398-red-barn-yoga-series-with-rebecca-filiault-on-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51398-red-barn-yoga-series-with-rebecca-filiault-on-sunday51398-red-barn-yoga-series-with-rebecca-filiault-on-sunday

Red Barn Yoga Series on Sunday, August 1, 2021

8:00am-9:00am · Field in Front of the Red Barn · $25 for Non-Members / $20 for Members


Yoga with Rebecca Filiault Rebecca has been practicing various forms of yoga for 8 years. Having been trained in vinyasa yoga as well as more integrative forms such as yoga therapy and yoga nidra, she brings a wholesome and well-rounded approach to her classes. She prioritizes equal amounts of work, rest, and play. All are welcome in her classes, and students are free to move as they please through their practice while taking inspiration from her guidance. You’ll find yourself deeply relaxed, clear-minded, and physically restored after leaving your practice.

Please remember to bring your own yoga mat and water bottle. For your safety and the safety of others, please set up six feet apart in the field. We look forward to moving with you!

If you have any questions, please email Laura Guzewicz for more information. Registration is required and class sizes are limited.

kerry@ducey.org (Ambler Farm) Events Fri, 30 Jul 2021 11:48:42 -0400
Connecticut DPH Announce New CDC COVID-19 Guidance https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/51396-connecticut-dph-announce-new-cdc-covid-19-guidance51396-connecticut-dph-announce-new-cdc-covid-19-guidance https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/51396-connecticut-dph-announce-new-cdc-covid-19-guidance51396-connecticut-dph-announce-new-cdc-covid-19-guidance

According to new guidance released by CDC this week, all individuals over the age of 2 years—whether vaccinated or unvaccinated—in counties with substantial transmission of COVID-19 should wear masks in public indoor spaces. 

As of today, Hartford, New Haven and New London counties have moved into the category of “substantial transmission” per the CDC classification system.  The Connecticut Department of Public Health strongly recommends that individuals who live in, work in, or are visiting towns located in Hartford, New Haven or New London County follow this recommendation.

In addition, residents across our entire state who have underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk for complications of COVID, or residents who live with high risk or unvaccinated individuals should also consider wearing masks in indoor public spaces. This includes vaccinated family members who live with young children who are not yet eligible for vaccination. 

Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Order 12 remains in effect which requires all individuals who have not been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when indoors and unable to maintain adequate distance from others.

Emerging science indicates that with the Delta variant in circulation, in some cases vaccinated individuals may become infected with and subsequently transmit COVID infection to others. The risk of contracting and transmitting COVID infection is far greater for the unvaccinated, and vaccination remains the safest and most effective way to protect yourself and your community from COVID. The vaccines are readily available at hundreds of locations across Connecticut and everyone who is eligible should consider receiving the vaccine if they have not done so, already.

kerry@ducey.org (CT DPH) Public safety Fri, 30 Jul 2021 09:11:50 -0400
José Feliciano Headlines Concert Celebrating Connecticut's New, Tougher Human Trafficking Law at Ridgefield Playhouse on Aug. 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/51395-jose-feliciano-headlines-concert-celebrating-connecticut-s-new-tougher-human-trafficking-law-at-ridgefield-playhouse-on-aug-1451395-jose-feliciano-headlines-concert-celebrating-connecticut-s-new-tougher-human-trafficking-law-at-ridgefield-playhouse-on-aug-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/51395-jose-feliciano-headlines-concert-celebrating-connecticut-s-new-tougher-human-trafficking-law-at-ridgefield-playhouse-on-aug-1451395-jose-feliciano-headlines-concert-celebrating-connecticut-s-new-tougher-human-trafficking-law-at-ridgefield-playhouse-on-aug-14

Celebratory Concert Headlining José Feliciano on August 14 at The Ridgefield Playhouse

To mark the passage of the new state law that better protects victims of human trafficking in Connecticut, as well as highlight continued efforts by organizations around the state to focus greater attention to this pervasive problem, Traffick Jam Live, a Connecticut-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is hosting a special concert featuring Grammy Award-winning singer/guitarist José Feliciano of Weston and special guest Vaneese Thomas at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, Aug. 14.

The concert will work to raise money -- and awareness -- about human trafficking, which affects communities large and small, including many here in Connecticut. Since 2008, more than 1,000 children have been referred to the Department of Children and Families in Connecticut as possible victims of child trafficking.

Between the two performances several Connecticut based anti-human trafficking nonprofits (PEHT, LOVE 146 and TJL) will share some vital information about human sex trafficking right here in our own communities. The presentation takeaways include: tips on “Red Flags” to look for to spot early indications of “grooming” techniques of traffickers; a protective look at how social media can provide traffickers access to our young daughters.

State Sen. Will Haskell will join them on stage and comment about the importance of the recently signed anti-human trafficking law.

Traffick Jam Live is a Connecticut-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit aimed at collaboratively disrupting human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking of girls under the age of 18, in the United States. It was launched by Ridgefield resident Bo Beatty in 2016.

Traffick Jam Live shines a spotlight on the shadows of human trafficking through concert and event productions that inform audiences on vital human trafficking awareness information.  For starters, if you see something, say something by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733. Traffick Jam Live is also collaboratively developing a tactical hand signal for girls to alert “trained eyes” when they are with their trafficker on an airplane, a hotel lobby or any public facility with monitored security cameras. 

"Sadly, most Americans have no idea how prevalent sex trafficking is right here in our own communities," states Beatty.

The new law, which passed earlier this summer, has been hailed by advocates working to end human trafficking. Traffickers charged in Connecticut will find it harder to avoid prosecution and victims of trafficking will now have an easier time getting their convictions vacated if the crimes they committed were done while being trafficked.

Advocates say these measures, and others included in the law, reflect a greater understanding and awareness of the problem, as well as the long-term consequences trafficking has on its victims. On a recent online zoom presentation hosted by Greenwich-based Partnership to End Human Trafficking (PEHT), the group praised the new law and the significant efforts of advocates over several years to get it passed and signed. 

“This new Connecticut State law is a major accomplishment,” said Erin Williamson, vice president of Global Programs and Strategy at New Haven-based LOVE146.

One of Williamson's and LOVE146's concerns are the predatory traffickers' enhanced social media access to vulnerable young girls anywhere in Connecticut.

The average age of entry into human sex trafficking is 12 to 14 years old, according to many anti-trafficking agencies. And the U.S. Department of State, in its "2021 Trafficking In Persons Report,” indicates that 28 percent of sex trafficking victims in the United States (more than 1 in 4) are girls under the age of 18.

Concert organizers are hoping the community comes out to enjoy some great music and do their part in disrupting human trafficking. The concert opens at 7 p.m. with a performance by Thomas and her ensemble.

"I'm honored to be a part of it. It's such an important issue," said Thomas, who has sung with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Celine Dion, to name a few.  "I don't think people really know ... they know the large picture, the big picture of what human trafficking is about. But they don't see it in a personal sense. That it could be right next door to them. That it could be right in their neighborhood. I'd like to draw attention to that aspect and have people be aware of what is going on around them."

She will be followed by the presentation and then the headliner -- Jose Feliciano -- will take the stage. Feliciano, a longtime Weston resident, headlined the Grand Opening of the Ridgefield Playhouse in 2000 and is returning once again to lend his talents to a worthy cause. 

In a joint statement, both José and wife Susan Feliciano stated, “Unless we, as a people, are really aware of this perversion —  a thing as diabolical as Human Trafficking — it will continue to permeate the underbelly of our society. I must admit, not until I was invited to perform this concert in support of Traffick Jam Live,  did we, Susan and I, grasp the scope of the dilemma. We need to become more fully aware and dedicated to do whatever we can, whatever it takes, to rid this scourge in order to protect the most vulnerable among us. Together, let’s work towards eradicating Human Trafficking in all its forms.”  The venues Gold Circle tickets also include post event VIP “meet and greet” with Feliciano after the concert.

To help provide complimentary concert tickets to Connecticut human trafficking survivors and employees and volunteers of CT’s anti-trafficking nonprofits, visit traffickjamlive.org “donate” page, make a donation, and enter “Comp Tix” in the comments field.  Join in and let’s JAM human trafficking together.

Tickets are available at RidgefieldPlayhouse.org and here

-- For more information about Traffick Jam Live, please visit https://traffickjamlive.org/

Vaneese Thomas opens the Traffick Jam Live Aug 14 ...

kerry@ducey.org (Bo Beatty) Charities Fri, 30 Jul 2021 07:07:30 -0400
Made in Connecticut Expo features over 300 local businesses and entrepreneurs August 15 & 16 in Naugatuck https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51397-made-in-connecticut-expo-features-over-300-local-businesses-and-entrepreneurs-august-15-16-in-naugatuck51397-made-in-connecticut-expo-features-over-300-local-businesses-and-entrepreneurs-august-15-16-in-naugatuck https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/51397-made-in-connecticut-expo-features-over-300-local-businesses-and-entrepreneurs-august-15-16-in-naugatuck51397-made-in-connecticut-expo-features-over-300-local-businesses-and-entrepreneurs-august-15-16-in-naugatuck

6th Annual Made in Connecticut Expo August 15 & 16 in Naugatuck

We're bringing over 300 amazing booths all from right here in Connecticut in every category imaginable. Food companies, drink companies, handcrafted products, manufacturers, apparel and fashion designers, artists and artisans, farm producers, local authors doing book signings, health and beauty product companies, pet companies, top local gourmet food trucks, furniture makers, upcyclers and so much more!!!

Please come and support local businesses and new entrepreneurs large and small producing goods, creating jobs and supporting the local economy right here at home. 

Beer and wine selections will be available from local Connecticut breweries and wineries.

Become a vendor and learn more here.

6 Rubber Drive, Naugatuck, CT


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Fri, 30 Jul 2021 04:57:29 -0400
Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Is Scheduled To Increase on Sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/51393-connecticut-s-minimum-wage-is-scheduled-to-increase-on-sunday51393-connecticut-s-minimum-wage-is-scheduled-to-increase-on-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/51393-connecticut-s-minimum-wage-is-scheduled-to-increase-on-sunday51393-connecticut-s-minimum-wage-is-scheduled-to-increase-on-sunday

Governor Ned Lamont is reminding Connecticut residents that – as a result of legislation he enacted two years ago scheduling several increases in the minimum wage over a five-year period – the minimum wage in the state will increase from the current rate of $12.00 per hour to $13.00 per hour beginning on Sunday, August 1, 2021.

“Nobody working a full-time job should live in poverty,” Governor Lamont said. “For too long, while the nation’s economy grew, the income of the lowest earning workers has stayed flat, making already existing pay disparities even worse and preventing hardworking families from obtaining financial security. This is a fair, modest increase, and the money earned by workers will go right back into our own economy, supporting local businesses and our communities.”

“Every single worker in Connecticut deserves dignity,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “This progress towards Connecticut’s $15 an hour minimum wage will lift our state up and ensure that nobody working a full-time job lives in poverty. I join Governor Lamont in applauding this milestone for working families in Connecticut, and I share his continued commitment to the hardworking women and men of our state.”

Signed into law by Governor Lamont in 2019, Public Act 19-4 requires the minimum wage to increase five times over a five-year period, from the then-rate of $10.10 to:

  • $11.00 on October 1, 2019;
  • $12.00 on September 1, 2020;
  • $13.00 on August 1, 2021;
  • $14.00 on July 1, 2022; and
  • $15.00 on June 1, 2023.

Ultimately, beginning on January 1, 2024, that same public act requires the minimum wage to become indexed to the employment cost index, which is calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor, and for the first time in Connecticut the rate will grow according to economic indicators.

kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Thu, 29 Jul 2021 09:43:58 -0400
850 Wood Fired Restaurant in Ridgefield is HIRING Servers, Great Work Environment, No Experience Required! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51394-850-wood-fired-restaurant-is-hiring-no-experience-required51394-850-wood-fired-restaurant-is-hiring-no-experience-required https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/51394-850-wood-fired-restaurant-is-hiring-no-experience-required51394-850-wood-fired-restaurant-is-hiring-no-experience-required

850 Wood Fired Restaurant is HIRING! 

Owned by Larry Debany, the popular eatery is looking for SERVERS this summer and into the fall!

There are plenty of shifts available and no experience is required. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Call the restaurant at (203) 894-5395, stop in, or email 850DegresPat@gmail.com.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 29 Jul 2021 08:35:00 -0400
Ambler Farm's Red Barn Live Music on August 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51392-ambler-farm-s-red-barn-live-music-on-august-2151392-ambler-farm-s-red-barn-live-music-on-august-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/51392-ambler-farm-s-red-barn-live-music-on-august-2151392-ambler-farm-s-red-barn-live-music-on-august-21

Red Barn Live Music on Saturday, August 21, 2021

5:00 - 9:00pm · Field in Front of the Red Barn


●  Group of 6 People Premium Package $300 Non-Member/ $285 Member

● Individual Tickets (Children under four are free) $25 Non-Member/$20 Member

Bid adieu to summer with tasty brews and “morning dew”! Relax in the field, enjoying beer from CT’s brand-new brewery, Berlinetta Brewing Co., and tunes by the much-loved Grateful Dead Tribute band, Bear’s Choice! Your regular ticket (group or individual) guarantees lawn seats in the field in front of the Red Barn; don't forget to pack your picnic dinner but we've got you covered with a variety of beer, rosé and savory + sweet snacks available for purchase throughout the evening.

It’s been quite a year, you deserve to be a VIP!

We’re excited to introduce our first-ever premium group ticket package, The Ultimate Alfresco Picnic. It includes six tickets, a creative, curated and convenient farm-chic tablescape set on a reserved picnic table and amenities by Seasonal Celebrations by Lana. This package comes complete with linens, candles, glasses, plates, flowers (a “to go” reminder of the evening), charcuterie board (yours to take), reserved parking, and VIP fast track access to food, Berlinetta Brewing & Co. pop up and more...No waiting in line for you and your crew!

The premium package is limited, so be sure to grab one before they’re gone! The last live music event of the summer will be one you won’t soon miss. Be sure to buy your tickets before we sell out (like last time)! Online registration is required and enrollment is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 5pm. Show 5:30 - 8:30pm. Event concludes at 9pm.

Learn more here.

kerry@ducey.org (Ambler Farm) Events Wed, 28 Jul 2021 12:58:00 -0400