Wilton's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:44:45 -0400 HamletHub.com Car Seat Safety Day in Wilton on Friday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/49400-car-seat-safety-day-in-wilton-on-friday49400-car-seat-safety-day-in-wilton-on-friday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/49400-car-seat-safety-day-in-wilton-on-friday49400-car-seat-safety-day-in-wilton-on-friday

Wilton Police Announce Car Seat Safety Day on Friday

Have your child's car seat checked for free by a certified child safety technician this Friday, June 28 from 7 to 9:30 am at The Goddard School, 385 Danbury Road in Wilton. 

No appointment is necessary. This event is open to the public.



kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Police) Public safety Tue, 25 Jun 2019 09:01:26 -0400
Bank of America team wins NRVT’s Top Dog Trophy https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49399-bank-of-america-team-wins-nrvt-s-top-dog-trophy49399-bank-of-america-team-wins-nrvt-s-top-dog-trophy https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49399-bank-of-america-team-wins-nrvt-s-top-dog-trophy49399-bank-of-america-team-wins-nrvt-s-top-dog-trophy

Bank of America team is Top Dog 

Teams competed to raise donations for the NRVT’s Mutt Strut, a fundraiser held on May 18th. The Bank of America Barkers came out number one, winning the Top Dog Trophy.

Charlie Taney, NRVT’s Executive Director said; “It was great to see hundreds of people turning out In Norwalk and Wilton for this year’s Mutt Strut. The NRVT made lots of new friends, human and canine, raising over $20,000 to help build more trail.”

The NRVT’s vision is a 30-mile, ten-foot wide, multi-use trail running from Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, through Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding and terminating at Rogers Park in Danbury.

kerry@ducey.org (Charlie Taney) Neighbors Tue, 25 Jun 2019 07:18:14 -0400
Wilton's Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing on July 18 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/49397-wilton-s-planning-and-zoning-commission-public-hearing-on-july-1849397-wilton-s-planning-and-zoning-commission-public-hearing-on-july-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/49397-wilton-s-planning-and-zoning-commission-public-hearing-on-july-1849397-wilton-s-planning-and-zoning-commission-public-hearing-on-july-18

July 18, 2019 - Public Hearing in Wilton Date Set for Plan of Conservation and Development

The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, July 18, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Trackside, 15 Station Road to accept public comment on revisions to the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD).

The hearing follows approximately one and one-half years of study by the Planning and Zoning Commission with participation and input from other town boards and commissions. Milone and MacBroom, Inc., a planning and engineering firm based in Cheshire, has provided assistance in preparing the plan.

The POCD is a state-mandated guidance document that provides a tenyear vision for the town and serves to guide decision making with respect to growth, development, and conservation. As a comprehensive plan, the POCD examines a wide spectrum of topics likely to influence Wilton over the coming decade; including demographics, housing, land use, community facilities, infrastructure, economic development, open space, recreation, transportation and sustainability.

In addition to examining data and trends, the plan provides direction with regard to community priorities. A draft of the document is currently available for online viewing at www.wilton2029.com. In addition to public comment taken at the hearing, comments may also be posted at this site between now and the July 18th hearing date.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Wilton) Politics Tue, 25 Jun 2019 06:38:53 -0400
Wilton Resident Earns Spot on University of Dayton Spring 2019 Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49398-wilton-resident-earns-spot-on-university-of-dayton-spring-2019-dean-s-list49398-wilton-resident-earns-spot-on-university-of-dayton-spring-2019-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49398-wilton-resident-earns-spot-on-university-of-dayton-spring-2019-dean-s-list49398-wilton-resident-earns-spot-on-university-of-dayton-spring-2019-dean-s-list

Wilton resident Madison Paradis earned a spot on the University of Dayton's spring 2019 dean's list, which honors undergraduate students achieving a minimum 3.5 GPA for the semester.

The University of Dayton is a top-tier, national, Catholic, research institution. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists), we focus on educating the whole person, connecting learning with leadership and service. Through student clubs, campus recreation, education abroad, research, service-learning and career preparation, students are encouraged to engage the world, developing a critical mind and compassionate heart.

kerry@ducey.org (University of Dayton) Neighbors Tue, 25 Jun 2019 03:18:33 -0400
Wilton Food Truck Festival Planned for August 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49396-wilton-food-truck-festival-planned-for-august-1749396-wilton-food-truck-festival-planned-for-august-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49396-wilton-food-truck-festival-planned-for-august-1749396-wilton-food-truck-festival-planned-for-august-17

Wilton Food Truck Festival supporting Trackside on August 17 from 11am to 7pm

Wilton's 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival in support of Trackside Teen Center is scheduled for August 17 at Miller Driscoll.
The event includes 20 Food Trucks, vendors, music and special surprises for the kids!
$10/car admission goes to support Trackside's mission to provide a safe, drug and alcohol-free place for Wilton's teens.
Learn more here.
kerry@ducey.org (Trackside) Events Mon, 24 Jun 2019 10:32:42 -0400
Wilton Town Government Volunteer Opportunities https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49395-wilton-town-government-volunteer-opportunities49395-wilton-town-government-volunteer-opportunities https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49395-wilton-town-government-volunteer-opportunities49395-wilton-town-government-volunteer-opportunities

Wilton's town government depends on the hard work and dedication of its Board and Commission volunteers. It is these very volunteers whose work and talents help make Wilton such a vibrant community. At present, there are a number of opportunities to volunteer, including:

Inland Wetlands Commission (one position):  The commission’s role is to conserve, protect, supervise, and regulate the wetlands and watercourses within the Town of Wilton.  Commissioners review applications on land use projects within wetlands and watercourses and within the regulated areas adjacent to them.  The Commission also addresses violations and corresponding corrective action.

The Commission is comprised of seven members who serve in three-year terms.  Residents with legal background would be of particular benefit to the commission.  

Wilton Library Association-Board of Selectmen Trustee (two positions):  As a Board of Selectmen trustee, one serves on the Board as a representative of the town and the taxpayers.  Residents with a background in accounting or interest in fundraising would be of particular benefit to the board.

Parks and Recreation Commission (one position): The Commission works with the Parks and Recreation Department to provide programming and management of sports fields, Merwins Meadows and other recreational facilties. The Commission provides a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen for the annual budget for the department and for bonded recreation-related projects.  Commissioners represent residents of all ages and interests.

If you are interested in one or more of these opportunities or another listed on the Volunteer link on the Town website’s homepage, please follow the instructions found on that link.

There is also an opening on the State funded Western CT Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is comprised of representatives from sixty-three towns, with a mission to promote leisure and business travel to the region.  The Bureau works in conjunction with the State Office of Tourism and meets four times a year in the Southbury area.  Any resident interested in serving should contact the First Selectwoman’s office. 

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Wilton) Life Mon, 24 Jun 2019 10:25:52 -0400
Wilton's Megan Smith-Harris Kicks Off ACT's New Season with New Play "KILLING MOM" https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49394-act-of-ct-announces-2019-new-works-series-reading-of-killing-mom49394-act-of-ct-announces-2019-new-works-series-reading-of-killing-mom https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49394-act-of-ct-announces-2019-new-works-series-reading-of-killing-mom49394-act-of-ct-announces-2019-new-works-series-reading-of-killing-mom

ACT of CT Announces 2019 New Works Series Reading of KILLING MOM

ACT (A Contemporary Theater) of Connecticut is delighted to kick off their 2019 “New Works Series” with a professional reading of the riveting new play by Megan Smith-Harris, KILLING MOM.  The presentation will take place on Saturday, July 27 at 3pm and will be complementary to the public with general admission.

ACT of Connecticut’s “New Works Series” showcases the work of the next generation of writers and composers, educating the community on the creation of a Broadway-caliber show. This series enables the Fairfield and Westchester County communities to play a role in developing new plays and musical which could potentially land on Broadway. Our July 2018 readings of VICTORY TRAIN and AUSTEN’S PRIDE launched this program with great success. The success of AUSTEN’S PRIDE led to a fully-staged production at ACT in the Spring 2019. 

KILLING MOM is a moving and humorous family drama that touches upon issues that confound us all: aging, our own mortality, and the eternal quest to be the favorite child.  It is a story of family, love, sibling rivalry, and mother/daughter relationships.  The show is written by Megan Smith-Harris, who is the Festival Director of the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF) and the president and co-owner of Pyewackitt Productions, an independent production company with a commitment to create high quality, socially relevant programs with a unique perspective. She has helmed multiple long-form documentaries that have aired domestically and around the globe, while also serving as the Editor of Wilton Magazine. 

“KILLING MOM is an extraordinarily clever new play that explores important issues that many families struggle with.”, stated ACT of CT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, “We felt that the message of this new play would resonate with our ACT of CT audiences, and I am excited that our patrons will be the first to experience this wonderful new script.”

ACT of CT’s “New Works Series” is free with general admission to the public.  For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theater-related news and announcements, visit www.actofct.org.

Visit actofct.org for further information.


kerry@ducey.org (Page Bowler) Neighbors Mon, 24 Jun 2019 08:17:45 -0400
Story-Sharing Circle at Wilton Library on Tuesday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49393-story-sharing-circle-at-wilton-library-on49393-story-sharing-circle-at-wilton-library-on https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49393-story-sharing-circle-at-wilton-library-on49393-story-sharing-circle-at-wilton-library-on

The Wilton Library invites all storytellers and story-listeners to join in for an informal evening celebrating the oral storytelling tradition. Attendees are welcome to bring a prepared story to tell or just come to listen. All are welcome, experienced storytellers and newbies alike.
The event will be held Tuesday, June 25 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Pre-registration is suggested but not required. There is no cost to attend this program. To sign up, please click here or call 203-762-6341.
Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton, Conn. For more information, visit wiltonlibrary.org.
sally.stra@gmail.com (Books, Ink editors) Events Sun, 23 Jun 2019 05:53:00 -0400
Wilton Residents Named to Dean's List at JMU https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49385-wilton-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-jmu49385-wilton-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-jmu https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49385-wilton-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-jmu49385-wilton-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-jmu

JMU announces spring 2019 dean's list

James Madison University is pleased to announce the following students from Wilton made the dean's list for the spring 2019 semester. Students who earn dean's list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of between 3.5 and 3.899.

  • Rebecca Faye Hersch is majoring in Athletic Training.
  • Sommer Lynn Rogg is majoring in Communication Studies.
  • Kinsey Watson is majoring in Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication.

Established in 1908, James Madison University is a community of 22,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff, nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. JMU offers 124 degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, keeps classes small with a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio and has the highest six-year graduation rate among its peer institutions at 84%. JMU is quickly gaining a national reputation, and ranks as the most recommended university in the nation by students. As the No. 2 Best Public Regional University in the South, students enjoy unusually engaged relationships with world-class faculty, access to top-notch NCAA Division 1 athletics and state-of-the art amenities. Once students graduate they join an esteemed network of around 140,000 Dukes across the globe, giving of their time, talent and treasure to the university.

kerry@ducey.org (JMU) Neighbors Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:50:38 -0400
500 Golden Ticket “Bananas” Hidden at Area Libraries on June 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49392-500-golden-ticket-bananas-hidden-at-area-libraries-on-june-2249392-500-golden-ticket-bananas-hidden-at-area-libraries-on-june-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49392-500-golden-ticket-bananas-hidden-at-area-libraries-on-june-2249392-500-golden-ticket-bananas-hidden-at-area-libraries-on-june-22

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Five hundred Golden Ticket “Bananas” are hidden in children’s books about monkeys, both fiction and non-fiction, in libraries throughout the area. Prizes include one GRAND PRIZE of a Behind-the-Scenes Tour at the Zoo, one FIRST PRIZE of a free children’s birthday party, along with multiple family yearly memberships, free passes for families and individuals, free monkey plush toys, discounts at the Zoo gift shop, soft serve ice cream cones and carousel rides.  

When: Saturday, June 22, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Hours may vary; check with participating libraries)

Where: Libraries in participating towns: Trumbull, Wilton, Milford, Weston, New Canaan, Monroe, Stratford, Easton, Newtown, three branches in Fairfield, Danbury, Cheshire, Derby, Beacon Falls, Seymour, both branches in Shelton, Hamden, and all branches in Bridgeport.

Why: To celebrate the opening of the newest species arriving at the Zoo later this summer, a pair of Black-handed Spider monkeys in a new, 21stcentury habitat, while supporting literacy and a love of reading. 

How: Simply go to a participating library and search through children’s books on monkeys to find a Golden Ticket Banana. Peel off the sticker on front and see what you’ve won! Librarians are fully engaged in the contest and are happy to assist any child who needs help. 

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut's only zoo, celebrating its 97thanniversary this year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won't want to miss our Amur (Siberian) tigers and leopards, maned wolf family, Mexican and Red wolves, and Golden Lion tamarins. Other highlights include the new Natt Family Red Panda Habitat, the South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, plus the Pampas Plains, featuring Giant anteaters, Chacoan peccaries and more. Guests can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful, indoor carousel. For more information, visit beardsleyzoo.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Clair) Events Fri, 21 Jun 2019 07:47:04 -0400
Wilton's Street Fair on July 20, Vendor Application Deadline June 28! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49391-wilton-s-street-fair-on-july-20-vendor-application-deadline-june-2849391-wilton-s-street-fair-on-july-20-vendor-application-deadline-june-28 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49391-wilton-s-street-fair-on-july-20-vendor-application-deadline-june-2849391-wilton-s-street-fair-on-july-20-vendor-application-deadline-june-28

Wilton's annual street fair is just around the corner. It's our biggest event of the year with vendors and guests coming from all over the area and neighboring states!

Join us on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. If you're interested in participating as a vendor, the application deadline is June 28th! Space is limited so don't wait and act now!

Contact us at 203-762-0567 or info@wiltonchamber.com and you can download the vendor registration form here

kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Chamber) Events Fri, 21 Jun 2019 07:33:08 -0400
Celebrate 4th of July in Wilton: Freedom Run and Fireworks https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49390-celebrate-4th-of-july-in-wilton-freedom-run-and-fireworks49390-celebrate-4th-of-july-in-wilton-freedom-run-and-fireworks https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49390-celebrate-4th-of-july-in-wilton-freedom-run-and-fireworks49390-celebrate-4th-of-july-in-wilton-freedom-run-and-fireworks

4th of July in Wilton

The Wilton Parks and Recreation Department is planning activities for the Town's July 4, 2019 celebration!

  • 8:30 AM: Freedom Run Road Race (5K)
  • TBD Republicans vs. Democrats Softball Game
  • 5:00 PM: Dance To the Music– DJ
  • 9:30 PM: (Approximately) Fireworks!

The Parks and Recreation Department will be selling 4th of July Patron Parking Passes for $35 through July 3rd.  Parking passes may be obtained by visiting the Parks and Recreation Office at 180 School Road, Wilton, CT.  Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Passes may also be obtained by completing and returning the attached form to the Parks and Recreation Department office.  Passes will be mailed to you.  Parking passes for remote parking locations will also be available the evening of the event at $20.00 per vehicle.  All proceeds offset cost of the evening's events. 

In the event of rain, please call the Parks and Recreation hotline at (203) 454-5188 for event status. Rain date for the event is July 5th. Please contact the Parks and Recreation Department office at (203) 834-6234 for further information.

Click here to learn about becoming a Wilton 4th of July Booster.

kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Parks & Rec) Life Fri, 21 Jun 2019 06:42:06 -0400
Rebecca Hersch of Wilton named to JMU president's list https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49384-rebecca-hersch-of-wilton-named-to-jmu-president-s-list49384-rebecca-hersch-of-wilton-named-to-jmu-president-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49384-rebecca-hersch-of-wilton-named-to-jmu-president-s-list49384-rebecca-hersch-of-wilton-named-to-jmu-president-s-list

Wilton resident, Rebecca Faye Hersch, has been named to the president's list at James Madison University for the spring 2019 semester. Students who earn president's list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of 3.900 or above. Hersch is majoring in Athletic Training.

Established in 1908, James Madison University is a community of 22,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff, nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. 

kerry@ducey.org (JMU) Neighbors Thu, 20 Jun 2019 10:35:16 -0400
Wilton Resident Lucy Pepper Graduates from College of Charleston https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49389-wilton-resident-lucy-pepper-graduates-from-college-of-charleston49389-wilton-resident-lucy-pepper-graduates-from-college-of-charleston https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49389-wilton-resident-lucy-pepper-graduates-from-college-of-charleston49389-wilton-resident-lucy-pepper-graduates-from-college-of-charleston

Lucy Pepper of Wilton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management from the College of Charleston during the college's Spring 2019 Commencement on May 10 & 11, 2019.

Pepper was among more than 1,700 bachelor's degree and master's degree candidates who participated in the iconic annual event in the College's historic Cistern Yard.

Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation's top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. Its beautiful and historic campus, combined with contemporary facilities, cutting-edge programs and accessible faculty attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world.

kerry@ducey.org (College of Charleston) Neighbors Thu, 20 Jun 2019 10:33:36 -0400
Walking Tour of Historic Hillside Cemetery With Wilton Historian Bob Russell https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49388-walking-tour-of-historic-hillside-cemetery-with-wilton-historian-bob-russell49388-walking-tour-of-historic-hillside-cemetery-with-wilton-historian-bob-russell https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49388-walking-tour-of-historic-hillside-cemetery-with-wilton-historian-bob-russell49388-walking-tour-of-historic-hillside-cemetery-with-wilton-historian-bob-russell

Walking Tour of Historic Hillside Cemetery With Wilton Historian Bob Russell this Saturday, June 22, 10:30am - 11:30am

Meet Wilton historian Bob Russell’s tour at the flagpole at 10:30.  Open to all.

The hour-long guided walk includes a brief history of the historic cemetery and the notable people buried there, including Revolutionary and Civil War veterans plus familiar names such as Olmstead, Middlebrook and Comstock, dating back to the 1800’s. 

Co-sponsored by the Wilton Congregational Church and the Wilton Historical Society.

No charge, all are welcome.

Hillside Cemetery is located at 165 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897

Registration suggested: pam@wiltoncongregational.org or call 203-762-5591

kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Historical Society) Events Thu, 20 Jun 2019 08:20:42 -0400