Wilton's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Fri, 27 Nov 2020 17:42:29 -0500 HamletHub.com Holiday Gift of Broadway from ACT of Connecticut, One Night Only https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50779-holiday-gift-of-broadway-from-act-of-connecticut-one-night-only50779-holiday-gift-of-broadway-from-act-of-connecticut-one-night-only https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50779-holiday-gift-of-broadway-from-act-of-connecticut-one-night-only50779-holiday-gift-of-broadway-from-act-of-connecticut-one-night-only

A One Night Special Livestream Event Airs December 12

Join ACT of CT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, Executive Director Katie Diamond, and Music Supervisor Bryan Perri as they “unwrap” all of ACT of CT's incredible productions to date. In this special livestream event, you’ll be given a backstage pass to see how ACT of CT’s musicals are conceived, designed, rehearsed, and finally put on stage!
And… you'll be amazed at what it takes to produce a musical. Hear from some of the stars, directors, and choreographers from ACT of CT's past productions, and the best part... you’ll get to experience some of your favorite ACT of CT musicals again! With songs and scenes from ACT of CT’s Mamma Mia!, Evita, Working, Austen’s Pride, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, and The Last Five Years – you’ll be overjoyed reliving some of your favorites! And, if you were not able to catch all of ACT of CT’s past shows, you’ll now have an opportunity to see what you missed! A perfect pre-holiday gift to open, you’ll love Broadway Unwrapped!!!!
This special one-hour livestream event airs on December 12th.

While donations are appreciated, this is a gift from all of us to all of you to enjoy!! 
Click HERE to secure your link for this special livestream event! or visit actofct.org.
kerry@ducey.org (ACT of Connecticut) Events Fri, 27 Nov 2020 08:23:47 -0500
Ridgefield Playhouse Black Friday Sale Starts NOW! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50778-the-ridgefield-playhouse-160649152650778-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1606491526 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50778-the-ridgefield-playhouse-160649152650778-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1606491526

The Ridgefield Playhouse is kicking off Black Friday with a bang!  See all the movies that you want in December!  Purchase a $50 Family 4-pack Movie Pass and you and your family can see an unlimited number of our December 2020 films!  Movies include - Stand!

The Movie Musical on December 1, Holiday Inn on December 2, The Big Chill on December 4, Elf on December 9, Fiddler on the Roof on December 14, Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirates Cove on December 15, Scrooged on December 16, Buttons: A Christmas Tale on December 17, Meeting The Beatles in India on December 18, Babe: 25th Anniversary Screening on December 20, The Polar Express on December 23 and Clueless on December 27!

Give the gift of LIVE entertainment this season - while shopping locally!  Stuff their stockings with gift cards and tickets to shows in 2021!  For every $200 gift card purchased, you will receive an extra $20 gift card on us!  We have something for everyone on your list - including tickets for Raul Malo of The Mavericks on February 20, Linda Eder on March 13, Tower of Power on April 13, Felix Cavaliere's Rascals on April 16, Martin Barre of Jethro Tull on April 21, The Doo Wop Project on April 23, Jay Leno on May 9, Mandy Moore on June 20, Chaka Khan on June 25 and so much more!!

Visit our website at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call the box office at 203.438.5795. Black Friday box office hours are 10am - 4pm


lisa.barrett@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Fri, 27 Nov 2020 05:37:10 -0500
Thanksgiving Farm Stand in Wilton November 23–24 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50756-thanksgiving-farm-stand-in-wilton-november-23-2450756-thanksgiving-farm-stand-in-wilton-november-23-24 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50756-thanksgiving-farm-stand-in-wilton-november-23-2450756-thanksgiving-farm-stand-in-wilton-november-23-24

Ambler Farm's Thanksgiving Farm Stand November 23–24

Monday, 3-6pm, Tuesday 9am-Noon · White Carriage Barn

Come out to Ambler Farm during Thanksgiving week to get fresh, organically-grown produce for your holiday feast! Right from Farmer Jonathan's fields to your table. Plus, pick up some of Ambler Farm's own Maple Syrup and more.

The Farm Stand is open Monday, November 23rd from 3-6pm and on Tuesday, November 24th from 9am-noon. The Farm Stand will take place in the Carriage Barn for these days. We will adjust our space to accommodate existing guidelines for social distancing, with a separate entrance and exit; wider, one-way aisles; distinct check-out areas, and more. Masks are required.

Credit, Cash, Checks

Learn more here.

kerry@ducey.org (Ambler Farm) Places Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:29:00 -0500
The Wilton Singers Presents Tis’ the Season: A Virtual Holiday Concert on December 18, Invites the Community To Participate https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/50746-the-wilton-singers-presents-tis-the-season-a-virtual-holiday-concert-december-18th-and-invites-the-community-to-participate50746-the-wilton-singers-presents-tis-the-season-a-virtual-holiday-concert-december-18th-and-invites-the-community-to-participate https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/50746-the-wilton-singers-presents-tis-the-season-a-virtual-holiday-concert-december-18th-and-invites-the-community-to-participate50746-the-wilton-singers-presents-tis-the-season-a-virtual-holiday-concert-december-18th-and-invites-the-community-to-participate

For 38 years, the Wilton Singers have been sharing beautiful music with their community. This year, as Covid-19 has presented serious challenges for singers and audiences alike, the group is pleased to present a virtual concert to keep the holiday tradition alive.

According to Kevin Cotellese, the Director of the Wilton Singers, "We are thrilled to offer this virtual concert as our way of helping our community members celebrate this holiday season. While we cannot offer the concert live, our group members have recorded their voices and we've assembled a beautiful virtual concert featuring some of the most beloved holiday songs.”

Among others classics, The Singers will perform the uplifting Dan Forrest arrangement of “O Come All Ye Faithful” along with an encore of “The First Nowell,” arranged especially for them by Matthew Culloton in honor of the group’s co-founders Jan and Ed MacEwen, premiered at last year’s concert. The Wilton High School Madrigals will also continue their tradition of performing a piece from their holiday set.

There are plenty of silver linings to this new format, according to member and concert producer Alison Wood. “This opened so many new creative doors for our performance. Costume changes, special guests, and utilizing the many talents of our members. We’re so excited for people to see what we’ve put together.”

As a special bonus this year, the group is inviting everyone in the community -- professional and non-professional singers alike -- to join in and share their voices! Community members are encouraged to be part of the concert by participating in a virtual recording of the perennial classic “White Christmas” -- the finale of their Virtual Concert premiering online December 18th.

Cotellese noted, “Over the years, many attendees of our concerts have shared that they'd love to sing with us on stage. As our way of giving back, we're thrilled to invite community members who love to sing the chance to participate in our virtual concert with us."

Wood adds, “We miss the connection with our audience so much and what better way to feel that togetherness than to have them join us!” The Singers are hosting an open Zoom rehearsal on November 17th for anyone who wants to participate in the Virtual Choir. Details can be found on their website: https://www.wiltonsingers.org.

Tickets for "Tis the Season: Virtual Holiday Concert" are on sale December 5th. They can be purchased online only at www.wiltonsingers.org. The online concert premier begins at 8 pm on December 18th and will be available for ticket holders for the two weeks leading up to New Year's Day.

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The Wilton Singers is a 501c3 organization that was founded to provide an outlet for adult participation in small ensemble singing, to support the Wilton High School choral program, and to foster an interest in choral singing within the community. Proceeds from their concerts support two scholarships that are presented each spring to graduating Wilton High School Seniors who have demonstrated music leadership within the choral program at WHS. For more information about the Wilton Singers: www.wiltonsingers.org.

Photo courtesy of Gretchen Yengst.

kathy@kathycaprino.com (Kathy Caprino) Neighbors Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:08:00 -0500
Wilton COVID Update: Thankful in the Time of COVID, Case Data and Step-Up CT https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/50777-wilton-covid-update-thankful-in-the-time-of-covid-case-data-and-step-up-ct50777-wilton-covid-update-thankful-in-the-time-of-covid-case-data-and-step-up-ct https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/50777-wilton-covid-update-thankful-in-the-time-of-covid-case-data-and-step-up-ct50777-wilton-covid-update-thankful-in-the-time-of-covid-case-data-and-step-up-ct

Social Services and Wilton Residents Deliver Thanksgiving Dinners to Locals

On Thanksgiving Day, several awesome volunteers will deliver Thanksgiving dinner to residents who are alone or otherwise would not have a dinner.  

The dinners, organized by Social Services, are possible due to the generosity of Wilton residents.  This is just one example of the many kind and generous acts by Wilton residents and businesses throughout the pandemic.

Helping Wilton Seniors

To those who made masks, delivered groceries and medicine to the elderly, donated to the Food Pantry, delivered meals to healthcare workers, provided gift cards and treats to our emergency responders, donated PPE, checked in with those living alone or neighbors, provided music outside our congregate living facilities, painted rocks and sidewalks with messages of hope, cheered for grads and birthdays or performed the hundreds of other acts of kindness, thank you!  You are what makes Wilton such a wonderful community, especially now.  

Case Data

The following is data from today’s CT DPH report versus Friday’s November 20th report:

  • Wilton:  26 new cases reported.  This is almost 2 times the number of cases reported to the Health Department for contact tracing.  We are investigating this unusually large disparity. 447 cases YTD.
  • Statewide:  5,271 new cases.  4.83% of new tests reported were positive.  106,740 cases YTD.
  • Fairfield County 1,624 new cases.  35,272 cases YTD.
  • Hospitalized PatientsStatewide875 with a 27-net patient increaseFairfield County241, with a 3-net patient increase.
  • DeathsStatewide, 4,871 with 43 new deaths.  Fairfield County, 1,477, with 6 new deaths.  Wilton, 43, with no new deaths.

Wilton’s known new cases for today ranged from ages 2 to 73.  

  % of  New Cases by Age, since Nov 10th


Age Range

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Today, the Governor announced Step-Up Connecticut, an effort to enlist help during the pandemic.  Needs include substitute teachers, volunteers for testing sites and food distribution and nursing home and hospital workers.  More information is available here.

On Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday weekend, please, behave as if you have the virus and as if those around you do as well.

5 W’s

  • Watch your distance
  • Wear a mask/face covering when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance whether indoors or outside
  • Walk, run or bike to the right in single file when passing another person on the NRVT, sidewalks and trails
  • Wait to host indoor gatherings
  • Wash your hands

If you have a question, please email me at lynne.vanderslice@wiltonct.org


kerry@ducey.org (Wilton First Selectwoman, Lynne Vanderslice ) Neighbors Tue, 24 Nov 2020 07:11:07 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Wilton (Reimagined): Elevation https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50773-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-reimagined-elevation-studio-fitness50773-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-reimagined-elevation-studio-fitness https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50773-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-reimagined-elevation-studio-fitness50773-why-small-businesses-matter-in-wilton-reimagined-elevation-studio-fitness

Why Small Businesses Matter Reimagined

Small businesses matter - now more than ever. They are answering the call with innovation and determination like never before.

We hope you join us in supporting them by sharing their story far and wide and shopping local! We are thankful to Fairfield County Bank for their continued support and for making this series possible.

Step inside Elevation Studio Fitness!

* To celebrate Thanksgiving, Elevation is offering 3 donation-based classes to support The CT Foodbank. 

Four questions with Michelle Woodward, founder of Elevation.


What do you want the community to know? Are there ways for the community to help you and other local businesses to prosper?

Elevation Studio Fitness is a boutique studio that specializes in Private Personal Training, Small Group Fitness Classes ie: Total Body conditioning classes, Core Fitness classes, Yoga classes, and Spin Classes. We are located in Georgetown, a hamlet of Redding. We have been successful at providing our community with fitness and wellness offerings for 13 years. Due to COVID, we have moved our group fitness offerings to a virtual platform and continue to provide our one on one clients with in-studio time or virtual depending on the comfort level. The community has helped support us by trusting us and continuing to work with us.

Are you offering any new products or ways for customers to purchase your products or services that are popular during this crisis?

We welcome new clients and although we know how difficult it is during COVID to attract new people, we offer a first-time visit for “FREE”. We offer first-time participants a 10% discount on any modality they choose. To celebrate Thanksgiving, we are offering 3 donation-based classes to support The CT Foodbank. We want to give back! Thursday 9-10 am Spin, Friday 9:45-11:00 am Yoga, and Saturday 8-9 am Spin. Visit our website Elevationspintraintrx.com to sign up.

Are there certain individuals or organizations that supported you and your business through this trying time?

The biggest support has come from our clients! We have an extremely loyal following and are very blessed with the trust they have in us. We align ourselves with businesses like Ridgefield Bicycle, Susi Laura Massage to name a few. We support each other with cross-marketing, recommendations, and promotion ideas. Word of mouth is our strongest advertisement, even during COVID.

Please share the ways your business is adapting to keep your customers and employees safe in addition to the standard guidelines

We have adapted by keeping all group fitness classes virtual. The camaraderie and energy IN the studio are missed, however, we have camaraderie in a different way. Our participants expect a certain standard of expertise with challenging classes while having fun. The In-Studio clients follow the COVID guidelines before they enter the studio. Mask, temperature, wash/sanitize hands, and enter a designated room for their workout. The studio never has more than 4 people occupying the space at once. Very safe environment.

Elevation is located at 4 Old Mill Rd. in Georgetown (a hamlet of Redding) on the Wilton border.

Visit Elevation online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook page as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:04:06 -0500
Wilton Library banks a donation for Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/50775-wilton-library-banks-a-donation-for-giving-tuesday-dec-150775-wilton-library-banks-a-donation-for-giving-tuesday-dec-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/50775-wilton-library-banks-a-donation-for-giving-tuesday-dec-150775-wilton-library-banks-a-donation-for-giving-tuesday-dec-1

Wilton Library kicks off Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1 with a generous donation from the caring agents of Coldwell Banker Realty of Wilton. The representatives are donating portions of their commissions to the library in the amount of $1,000 to honor the community and the library.

Courtney Lilly, Wilton Library’s development director said of the donation, “We are so thankful to this group of Coldwell Banker agents who are selflessly giving to Wilton Library for Giving Tuesday. These are difficult times for everyone, and we’re thrilled that Coldwell Banker is challenging the community to give what they can to Wilton Library, the jewel of the community. The realty group understands that it’s the power of people who can transform their communities, and they are setting an example of that for this special day.”

The pandemic has isolated many individuals but Giving Tuesday provides Wiltonians with a way to give back to the community, by making a safe connection with a place they love while still physically distancing. To give to Wilton Library on Giving Tuesday, donors may simply click here or visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Gifts to the library are gifts to every member of the community.

Wilton Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association that receives some of its funding through the public/private partnership with the Town of Wilton. Twenty-five percent of the library’s budget beyond what the town provides has to be raised each year. Those funds cover 100% of the books, audiobooks, DVDs, and music CDs that are on the shelves and all of the content of the Digital Library, as well as programs and services for all ages.

For more information, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or contact Courtney Lilly at 203-762-6323, clilly@wiltonlibrary.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Janet Crystal) Charities Mon, 23 Nov 2020 08:06:07 -0500
Falls Prevention, Tips and Tools, presented by RVNAhealth on December 3 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50776-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-350776-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-3 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50776-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-350776-falls-prevention-tips-and-tools-presented-by-rvnahealth-on-december-3

Melissa Woodhouse, OTR/L, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL Non-Medical Services, and Gigi Weiss, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services at RVNAhealth invite you to attend a virtual  Falls Prevention Event December 3.

In the U.S., more than 1 of 4 people aged 65 and older will experience a fall each year. Join RVNAhealth virtually as we discuss the statistics and science behind falls, as well as strategies to help you prevent and reduce your risk. The session will include personal tips for exercise and home safety, and cover some professional resources such as therapy and personal medical alert devices.

This presentation will be given by Melissa Woodhouse, OTR/L, Director of StayWELL Non-Medical Services, and Gigi Weiss, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services.

Pleases register here

kerry@ducey.org (RVNAhealth) Events Mon, 23 Nov 2020 07:53:24 -0500
Wilton's 35th Annual American Artisan Show Features Nine Connecticut Makers https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50774-wilton-s-35th-annual-american-artisan-show-features-nine-connecticut-makers50774-wilton-s-35th-annual-american-artisan-show-features-nine-connecticut-makers https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50774-wilton-s-35th-annual-american-artisan-show-features-nine-connecticut-makers50774-wilton-s-35th-annual-american-artisan-show-features-nine-connecticut-makers

Online Show Benefits Wilton Historical Society Now through December 5

Support a local non-profit organization and skilled artisans creating beautiful hand-crafted contemporary and traditional furnishings and wearables, all made in the USA.

The Wilton Historical Society is hosting the 35th annual American Artisan Show - the benefit event is taking place online for an entire month, from Thursday, November 5 – Thursday, December 5!

Anyone can shop online from a “by-invitation” group of 25+ makers. This year the show includes a record number of artisans from the Nutmeg State who are offering their own creative take on wood sculpture, letterpress printed cards, ceramics, jewelry, soap, cashmere wearables, and floor cloths. Perhaps you know some of them – Wilton residents include jewelers Emmy Starr and Sabina Furst, Catherine Romer and her Nod Hill Soaps, plus Lynda Campbell’s Saltbox Press hand printed calendars and cards. Luxurious cashmere scarves, mittens and ponchos are made in Ridgefield by Annette Bonwetsch’s Luscious Green label.

A bit further afield, in New Haven, Kiara Matos brings 25 years of experience and a modern sensibility to her ceramic vases, platters, lidded jars and sculptural colorful birds. The “quiet corner” of Connecticut is home to Ashley Garfield’s creative floor cloths, made in Danielson using a traditional technique with contemporary results. Christopher Lamontagne, artist, furniture maker, architectural wood worker, expert wood carver, and wood turner is offering some of his wood sculptures at the show, which he has crafted in the town of Sterling, also in the quiet corner. LMNT Jewelry’s Lauren Mullaney honed her metalsmithing skills at the CT School of Jewelry Art and now has her own studio in her hometown of West Hartford, CT. And last but certainly not least is the Wilton Historical Society’s own blacksmith, Skip Kern. Skip has been the resident blacksmith for about a year, and has used the 1890 Abbott Blacksmith Shop at the Museum Complex to polish and hammer over-the -door wreath hangers and angel Gabriel ornaments, available at the Betts Store Museum Shop at the American Artisan Show Online.

The event is an important fundraising effort for the Wilton Historical Society, supporting the education and historic preservation mission. 25+ highly-skilled artisans from across the country will be presenting their hand-crafted contemporary and traditional furnishings and wearables in an easy to use online shopping venue. Furniture, art, pottery, fine leather goods, Nantucket-style baskets, candles, Windsor chairs, art, tavern signs, fine jewelry, photography, and much more – will be available for purchase. Every purchase benefits the Wilton Historical Society. There is plenty of time for thoughtful gifting and delivery for the holidays. Go to www.wiltonhistorical.org to start shopping now! Every purchase will support the Wilton Historical Society, as well as the talented artisans from nine states who have hand-made wares for sale.    

Plus, a fabulous Silent Auction is also accessible from the same site, with a diverse selection, including a priceless exhibition tour with Chris and Tish Brubeck, vintage evening purses, art, and other surprises. The Silent Auction will run at the same time as the American Artisan Show, November 5 – December 5.

Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton CT 06897 www.wiltonhistorical.org

kerry@ducey.org (Nick Foster) Events Mon, 23 Nov 2020 06:42:32 -0500
Wilton Restaurant Savings Time-Dine Earlier https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/50772-wilton-restaurant-savings-time-dine-earlier50772-wilton-restaurant-savings-time-dine-earlier https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/50772-wilton-restaurant-savings-time-dine-earlier50772-wilton-restaurant-savings-time-dine-earlier

The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce shared a wonderful idea on how we can all support our local restaurants with  the introduction of "Restaurant Savings Time". (Photo designed by Miggs Burroughs)

The rollback to Phase 2.1 orders many businesses to close at 9:30 pm and will result in fewer patrons being able to dine in their establishments and directly affects their bottom line. Thus,  “Restaurant Savings Time-Dine Earlier” is a call for guests to dine earlier and to shift seatings up in order to help restaurants and eateries maintain their current revenue stream. 

Based on the idea of Daylight Savings time, if everyone simply shifts one hour, everything essentially stays the same, but is just earlier!

Please remember to support all of our small businesses in any way you can!

Whether you're hosting a small family gathering or having a virtual Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings this year, here's how you can make Thanksgiving 2020 more memorable, less stressful and help support a local business! See links below for special Thanksgiving offerings from some of our retailers:



kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Chamber) Life Sat, 21 Nov 2020 09:31:32 -0500
Connecticut updated sector rules released regarding team sports, gyms, and fitness centers https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/50770-connecticut-updated-sector-rules-released-regarding-team-sports-gyms-and-fitness-centers50770-connecticut-updated-sector-rules-released-regarding-team-sports-gyms-and-fitness-centers https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/50770-connecticut-updated-sector-rules-released-regarding-team-sports-gyms-and-fitness-centers50770-connecticut-updated-sector-rules-released-regarding-team-sports-gyms-and-fitness-centers

Governor Lamont signs 81st executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 81st since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus. Executive Order No. 9M enacts the following provisions:

  • DECD authority to enact rules for all sports activities: Expands authority of the commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development to establish mandatory safety rules to all sports.
  • Renewals of certain permits extended: To promote compliance with pandemic-related restrictions on sales of liquor, extends the renewal period for certain liquor permits and refunds certain renewal fees already paid.
  • Extending authorization for online continuing education for plumbers and electricians: Extends to February 9, 2021 the time during which plumbers and electricians may satisfy continuing education requirements through online learning.
  • Extended deadlines for continuing education for plumbers and electricians: Extends to February 9, 2021 the deadline for electricians and plumbers to complete their continuing education requirements while allowing them to renew licenses according to original deadlines.

Updated sector rules released regarding team sports, gyms, and fitness centers

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development today published updated sector rules regarding team sports, as well as gyms and fitness centers. These rules take effect Monday, November 23.

Some of the new rules include:

  • All team sporting activities, except collegiate and professional, are prohibited until January 19, 2021.
  • All team scrimmages, competitions, camps, clinics, and tournaments including all interscholastic, “pick-up” games, and other informal athletic activities prohibited.
  • “Team” is defined as a group of more than four people jointly engaged in an organized or recreational athletic activity on a court, field, etc.
  • Masks are now required in all gyms and fitness centers with no exceptions.
  • Fitness classes have been reduced to 25 percent capacity.

For the full rules released today, click here.

kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:58:52 -0500
Wilton Residents Named to Dean's List at Colgate University https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/50769-wilton-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-colgate-university50769-wilton-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-colgate-university https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/50769-wilton-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-colgate-university50769-wilton-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-colgate-university

Wilton residents named to Dean's List for Academic Excellence at Colgate University

Congratulations to:

Meredith Rappaport, a Neuroscience major at Colgate is a graduate of Wilton High School.

Paige Keating, an Undeclared major at Colgate is a graduate of Greenwich Academy.

Olivia Borden, a Molecular Biology major at Colgate is a graduate of Wilton High School.

Students who receive a term grade point average of 3.3 or higher while completing at least three courses for a conventional letter grade earn the spring 2020 Dean's Award for Academic Excellence.

Colgate is a leading American university for students who want classes with rigor, faculty with passion, and confidence in knowing they will learn how to thrive in work and life. Colgate offers 56 majors and supports 25 Division I athletic teams on a campus of about 3,000 students in central New York.

kerry@ducey.org (Colgate University) Neighbors Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:50:32 -0500
Save The Date: Wilton Singers Virtual Concert on Dec. 18! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50743-save-the-date-wilton-singers-virtual-concert-on-dec-1850743-save-the-date-wilton-singers-virtual-concert-on-dec-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50743-save-the-date-wilton-singers-virtual-concert-on-dec-1850743-save-the-date-wilton-singers-virtual-concert-on-dec-18

Wilton Singers presents Tis the Season! Virtual Holiday Concert on December 18th at 8pm.

Tickets on sale beginning December 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM.

Love to sing? Wilton Singers welcomes you to participate in the festive concert!

"Join us and add your voice to The Singers and others from the community to perform the perennial classic White Christmas. Anyone of any age can participate and we encourage you to make it a family affair! This community piece will be the finale of our Virtual Holiday Concert - Tis’ the Season! - on December 18th, 2020, premiering at 8pm on YouTube."

Learn more here.


Visit wiltonsingers.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Singers) Events Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:55:00 -0500
Wilton COVID Update: 11 New Cases, Status of Sports, Shop Local, Case Data https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/50768-wilton-covid-update-11-new-cases-status-of-sports-shop-local-case-data50768-wilton-covid-update-11-new-cases-status-of-sports-shop-local-case-data https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/50768-wilton-covid-update-11-new-cases-status-of-sports-shop-local-case-data50768-wilton-covid-update-11-new-cases-status-of-sports-shop-local-case-data

Last night, Wilton First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice updated the community on COVID cases and safety protocols. Due to the impact sports-related COVID cases are having on student learning, Vanderslice said that Governor Lamont suspended all team and club sports from Monday, November 23rd until January 19th. Please read the complete update below:

Wilton’s known cases ranged from ages 18 to 45.  

  % of  New Cases by Age, since Nov 10th


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Due to the impact sports-related COVID cases are having on student learning, today Governor Lamont suspended all team and club sports from Monday, November 23rd until January 19th.  A forthcoming executive or CT DPH order is expected.  As a reminder for this weekend, if within a red alert community sport sector rules require compliance with CT DPH sports guidance and mitigation strategies.  Details are available here. As of today, 145 of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities are red alert, including all those within Fairfield County.  

Red alert communities are defined as those with a 14-day daily average of 15 or more cases per 100,000 residents.  The following are the 14-day daily average cases per 100,000 residents for Wilton and area communities from November 1 to November 14th:


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Whether cooking-in or taking-out this Thanksgiving, please consider Wilton businesses first for all your holiday needs.  If you must look outside Wilton, the Connecticut Office of Tourism offers Ten Way to Safely Support Connecticut Businesses this Thanksgiving.

With the good news on vaccines, there is an end in sight. Until then, please continue to follow the 5 W's and behave as if you have the virus and as if those around you do as well.

  • Watch your distance
  • Wear a mask/face covering when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance whether indoors or outside
  • Walk, run or bike to the right in single file when passing another person on the NRVT, sidewalks and trails
  • Wait to host indoor gatherings
  • Wash your hands

If you have a question, please email me at lynne.vanderslice@wiltonct.org

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Fri, 20 Nov 2020 08:26:41 -0500
State Department of Education and Central Connecticut State University Launch Teacher Pipeline College Initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/50767-state-department-of-education-and-central-connecticut-state-university-launch-teacher-pipeline-college-initiative50767-state-department-of-education-and-central-connecticut-state-university-launch-teacher-pipeline-college-initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/50767-state-department-of-education-and-central-connecticut-state-university-launch-teacher-pipeline-college-initiative50767-state-department-of-education-and-central-connecticut-state-university-launch-teacher-pipeline-college-initiative


Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) are partnering in an initiative to launch NextGen Educators, a talent pipeline that will bring highly motivated college students from CCSU seeking education degrees into Connecticut’s K-12 classrooms to ease pressures on current teachers and contribute to the success of students. The initiative is designed to be highly flexible to provide future educators with experience and mentorship while addressing districts most pressing staffing needs without placing an added burden on administrators or teachers.


“Connecticut’s public schools are among the best in the nation, but there’s more that we can do to close achievement gaps so that we can provide more of our youngest students with the tools they need to achieve careers in leading fields when they become adults,” Governor Lamont said. “Creating a pipeline like this that encourages our college students to explore careers in K-12 education will not only increase the amount of talent in our schools, but it will also greatly enhance the diversity of those who teach within our school system. The NextGen Educators initiative is a direct investment in the classroom and in student success.”


NextGen Educators will place a special emphasis on attracting candidates from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds that complement CSDE’s commitment to increase the racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of Connecticut’s educator workforce.


As CSDE continues to provide resources to encourage more diversity in school districts around the state to diminish the gap between educators and students of color, the number of minority educators in Connecticut’s schools has increased steadily since 2015. The CSDE Talent Office team has developed a strategy profile with targets, measurable outcomes, and established metrics specifically designed to meet its stated goal of increasing the number of educators of color from 8.3 percent in 2015-16 to 10 percent by 2021 (i.e. roughly 1,000 new certified educators of color by next year). In the 2019-20 school year, teachers of color represented 9.6 percent of the state’s educator workforce.


“NextGen Educators places highly motivated college students in the classroom under the guidance of dedicated role models to provide support while gaining experiential learning on their pathway to a rewarding career in the profession,” Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said. “In the short-term, it will help districts struggling to fill current staffing shortages meet their immediate needs and make connections with potential talent eager to contribute to student success. In the long-term, it advances our goals of filling persistent shortage areas and building an educator workforce that reflects the full diversity of our students. This innovative pipeline benefits districts, educators and aspiring educators by cultivating the next generation of great teachers and leaders for our highest-need areas and school systems to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of our students - now and into the future.”


Tomorrow’s Educators in Today’s Classrooms


To ensure more consistent support for teachers and students alike, this program will assign a pair of NextGen Educators who will each provide two to three days of support per classroom. Unlike student teachers, the NextGen Educators will not earn credit for this program. Instead school districts will agree upon an appropriate payment for their service. The State of Connecticut is funding necessary background checks for these NextGen Educators to further ease the burden on districts who will determine how to best allocate their NextGen Educators – from leading small group instruction under supervision and developing lesson plans, to facilitating the use of new technologies for online learning or providing personalized support for students.


“We are very excited to partner with the state Department of Education on this initiative,” Dr. Zulma Toro, president of CCSU, said. “CCSU has a long, successful history in preparing educators for Connecticut’s communities since our founding more than 170 years ago. The NextGen Educators program ensures we are responsive to the needs of individual school districts and the state while our own students are provided with experiences that will guide them to becoming effective, successful teachers.”


“The concept for NextGen Educators has been in development for some time, but the pandemic really accelerated the need for more student and teacher support,” Dr. Kimberly Kostelis, dean of the CCSU School of Education and Professional Studies, said. “This collaboration really is a win-win-win for CCSU students, Connecticut school districts, and K-12 students and teachers.”


Mentorship from Seasoned Educators


CSDE is providing each NextGen Educator with a professional mentor – an experienced educator who will share their knowledge and advice. The Black Leaders and Administrators Consortium (BLAC) and Committed to Achieve Latino Advancement and Supports (CALAS) are working with CSDE and CCSU to provide NextGen Educators with these mentors. While classroom teachers will provide valuable mentoring for their NextGen Educators, they won’t be burdened with formal evaluation or administrative responsibilities. Serving as mentors, career teachers will share their expertise with NextGen Educators, allowing mentors to give back and elevate their profession while ensuring Connecticut’s entire education ecosystem will benefit from the collective expertise of experienced educators.


“We are grateful for the dedication of Connecticut’s expert educators who have committed to giving back to the profession they love by mentoring the teachers of tomorrow,” Shauna Tucker, CSDE’s chief talent officer, said. “By establishing these important connections, our NextGen Educators will be able to get a head start on building their professional networks while they are still in school.”


Pilot Program Live in Bristol Schools


The pilot program is underway in the Bristol Public Schools system, which includes six K-5 elementary schools and two K-8 schools. Last week, eighteen NextGen Educators from the classes of 2022 and 2023 at CCSU began orientation. NextGen Educators will be supporting classrooms both in-person and virtually through the end of the 2020-2021 academic year.


“When CCSU and the State Department of Education approached us with this program, we knew immediately that it was something we wanted to pilot in our schools,” Dr. Catherine Carbone, superintendent of Bristol Public Schools, said. “Not only are NextGen Educators providing immediate support to our teachers and students, but this partnership will be an additional path to establish relationships with preservice teachers and allow us to quickly fill needed teaching positions with candidates that know our expectations and embrace our community.”


For more information about the NextGen Educators initiative, click here.


commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Fri, 20 Nov 2020 07:27:13 -0500