Wilton's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Sun, 21 Apr 2019 14:11:27 -0400 HamletHub.com Amphibian Walk in Wilton on April 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49209-amphibian-walk49209-amphibian-walk https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49209-amphibian-walk49209-amphibian-walk

Amphibian Walk in Wilton on Saturday, April 27 beginning at 1:00 pm

Join us for an exploration of vernal pools and the many amphibians born there every spring. Dave Havens, environmental science teacher at St. Luke’s School and Vice President of NRWA will begin with a short introduction on amphibians and how to spot them, then lead a woodland walk along the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Wilton to visit vernal ponds coming to life with salamanders, newts, frogs and toads.

Discover some of the many species in our area, search for eggs and tadpoles, and learn about amphibian development. Meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Twin Oaks Lane in Wilton. Tall, waterproof boots are suggested. All ages are welcome to this free event. Register for this free event by emailing us at info@norwalkriver.org. Rain date: Sunday, April 28. Space is limited.

info@norwalkriver.org (Louise Washer) Events Sun, 21 Apr 2019 06:46:41 -0400
Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Presents First Annual Kids Film Fest Saturday, April 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49175-ridgefield-independent-film-festival-presents-first-annual-kids-film-fest-saturday-april-2749175-ridgefield-independent-film-festival-presents-first-annual-kids-film-fest-saturday-april-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49175-ridgefield-independent-film-festival-presents-first-annual-kids-film-fest-saturday-april-2749175-ridgefield-independent-film-festival-presents-first-annual-kids-film-fest-saturday-april-27


The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, (RIFF), now in its fourth year, will launch its first ever Kids Film Fest on Saturday, April 27, 2019. An impressive lineup of award-winning films tailored for children, tweens, teens, and families, showcasing imaginative animation, live action, and documentary films from around the world. All films are adult-friendly!

Liyana directed by Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp, will be the evening Spotlight Family Feature. This internationally acclaimed South African film is a genre-defying documentary that tells the story of five orphans in the Kingdom of eSwanti (formerly known as Swaziland). The children turn past trauma into an original fable about a girl named Liyana who embarks on a perilous quest to save her young twin brothers. The film weaves her animated journey together with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance and hope. 

Executive produced by Emmy-winner Thandie Newton, and produced by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge, Liyana features innovative animated artwork by Shofela Coker and an original score by Philip Miller. Liyanahas played at festivals around the world, including the British Film Institute's London Film Festival and MoMA's Doc Fortnight, and to date, has won 28 jury and audience awards. London’s The Sunday Times describes the film as “Part documentary, part animation, and pure magic.” Liyana screens Sat, Apr. 27 at 7:00pm at Ridgefield Theater Barn. (Appropriate for ages 10 through adult)

Also featured in the festival is RIFF Redux, two live-action short films created by Ridgefield students in grades four to six, that screened at RIFF in the fall—The Misadventures of Goldilocks and the Three Boys and Let’s Not Forget About Little Red Riding Hood. Former Nickelodeon producers and area residents Dave Goldberg and David Herman oversaw every stage of the film projects from inception to completion. The shorts feature numerous Ridgefield locations, including the Ridgefield Library, Planet Pizza, Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shop, and even a local graveyard. There are also several cameos by familiar faces to people in town. Herman will participate in a post-screening audience Q&A. RIFF Redux will run as part of RIFF RePLAY Sat., Apr. 27 at 1:00 pm at Ridgefield Theater Barn and will include other family favorite shorts from the RIFF archives. (Appropriate for ages 7-12).

Megan Smith-Harris, RIFF Festival Director said: “Exposing children to imaginative, age-appropriate films from around the world is integral to engaging them in the arts, helps to build empathy, and expands their world view.”

In addition to film compilations, the festival will present two East Coast premieres. First, Band Geeks, directed by Canada’s Morgan Elliot, a fun and uplifting documentary about a high school youth marching band preparing for their appearance at the Rose Parade in Pasadena. Next, a narrative short To Remember Me By, by up and coming Mumbai filmmaker, Rahoul Daswani. The film tells the story of family, memory, and buried secrets discovered inside an 8mm camera. Both films screen on Saturday, April 27, at the Ridgefield Theater Barn. To Remember Me By at 3:30pm followed by Band Geeks at 3:45pm.  (Appropriate for ages 8 through adult)

To see the complete line-up of films showing at Kids Film Fest and to purchase tickets visit RIFFct.org


Watch the Trailer for LIYANA here (ages 10 - adult)


Watch Trailer for BAND GEEKS  here (age 8 +)



NYICFF Kid Flicks Tour 2018

kerry@ducey.org (Marlea Willis) Events Sun, 21 Apr 2019 03:12:00 -0400
Ancona's Today: RVNA Give Back, Dr. Crystal, City Steam Brewery = Happy Saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/15-todays-events/49207-ancona-s-today-rvna-give-back-dr-crystal-city-steam-brewery-happy-saturday49207-ancona-s-today-rvna-give-back-dr-crystal-city-steam-brewery-happy-saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/15-todays-events/49207-ancona-s-today-rvna-give-back-dr-crystal-city-steam-brewery-happy-saturday49207-ancona-s-today-rvna-give-back-dr-crystal-city-steam-brewery-happy-saturday

Get Easter Ready and Put Spring in Your Step at Ancona's TODAY!

Ancona's in downtown Ridgefield: RVNA Give Back Day Part II

To celebrate our one year anniversary we're throwing a little "party" on 4/20 in our Ridgefield center location. There will be all sorts of delicious libations to taste throughout the day. 

"10% of Saturday's Sales Will Be Donated To the RVNA"

To celebrate, we'll have a quartet of tastings.

These tastings will be happening 3-6pm.

Gerry Valenti, co-founder of Taconic Distillery, will be pouring a selection of their award-winning 
bourbon and rye whiskeys

From Golden Vines, Mark Ancona (no relation) will be pouring a French and Italian lineup featuring.

Geoff Smith, Beer Ambassador from City Steam Brewery will be pouring some killer ales.

The Man, Myth, Legend... Peter Slywka pouring nothing but "pink" #rosetoday

Ancona's in Wilton 

Come join our good friend Dr. Crystal, at our Wilton location, today- 3-6pm, for a line up of some our favorite Spring selections!

Commanderie de Peyrassol Cotes de Provence Rose

Acustic Montsant Blanco

Pedro Parra Pencopolitano

Jax Vineyards Y3 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

Ancona's in Branchville 

Codey will be pouring all sorts of fun stuff from our newly re-stocked tasting machines PLUS a bonus bottle or two.... stop by he'll be in the shop from 12-8pm!


720 Branchville Rd. Ridgefield, CT 06877   (203)544-8958
Mon-Sat 8:30am - 8:00pm Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm

5 River Rd. Wilton, CT 06897   (203)210-7399
Mon-Sat 9:00am - 8:00pm Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm

17B Governor St. Ridgefield, CT 06877  (203) 544-9017
Mon-Sat 9:00am - 8:00pm Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm


kerry@ducey.org (Mitch Ancona) Todays events Sat, 20 Apr 2019 05:23:16 -0400
Flash Flood Watch for Northern Fairfield County, Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49206-flash-flood-watch-for-northern-fairfield-county-connecticut49206-flash-flood-watch-for-northern-fairfield-county-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49206-flash-flood-watch-for-northern-fairfield-county-connecticut49206-flash-flood-watch-for-northern-fairfield-county-connecticut

Flash flood watch remains in effect from 2 AM Saturday through Saturday afternoon.

The flash flood watch continues for portions of Southern Connecticut, Northeast New Jersey, and Southeast New York

A slow moving frontal system will approach the region tonight into Saturday. Heavy rain will become likely late tonight through Saturday morning. Total rainfall amounts will be around 1 inch with locally higher amounts possible. Excessive runoff will be possible, which would lead to flooding of urban and poor drainage areas. In addition, smaller rivers and streams could overflow their banks.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

keytocomputing@gmail.com (National Weather Service) Life Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:12:39 -0400
Former Driscoll Elementary School Employee, Ruth Wardrop Lyons, 85, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49205-memorial-service-planned-for-ruth-wardrop-lyons-85-of-ridgefield49205-memorial-service-planned-for-ruth-wardrop-lyons-85-of-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49205-memorial-service-planned-for-ruth-wardrop-lyons-85-of-ridgefield49205-memorial-service-planned-for-ruth-wardrop-lyons-85-of-ridgefield

Ruth Wardrop Lyons, 85, of Ridgefield, CT, passed away peacefully at home on April 10, 2019, following a brief illness. She was born April 29, 1933 in Bridgeport, CT to Thomas and Mary (Blackburn) Wardrop.
Her’s was a journey walked with grace and humility, humor and love. Childhood circumstances found her beloved older brothers, Thomas and Robert, in charge of her upbringing during her formative years. The importance of family and faith was at the heart of their care. They shaped her into the mannered and open-hearted soul that she would become. She had a way of making people feel uniquely familiar. Ruth attended boarding school at Wykeham Rise, Washington, CT. and graduated from Bassick High School, Bridgeport, CT. She attended the University of Connecticut and the Katharine Gibbs School.
On June 25, 1955 she was married to Raymond H. Lyons in a ceremony performed by her brother,  the Rev. Robert Wardrop, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Hartford, CT.  Hitching her star to a traveling salesman, her early years of motherhood included setting up nurseries from Hartford to Philadelphia to Rochester. In 1967 the family of five settled in Fairfield County, CT. As her children Elizabeth, Paul and Sarah progressed through the Wilton, CT. school system, Ruth went to work for Driscoll Elementary School. She became a mentor and big sister to many of the newly minted teachers undertaking their first posting, while carrying out administrative duties. Other career paths led to support roles in the worlds of commercial real estate, packaging and marketing, law and most recently, for the last fourteen years, insurance, with Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services.
The view from her desk fronting Main St. held it all. From the townsfolk clientele that were passionate about book swapping to the mail carrier bearing homemade wontons to the incredible staff who gave her everything from homemade chicken soup to surrogate grandchildren. Their collective thoughtfulness was an amazing gift to us. She took comfort in the simple, day-to-day rhythm that life in a small town can offer. Her pleasures were modest. Summer vacations on Cape Cod, crime mysteries, classic movies, a glass of wine, and being surrounded by loved ones. She made a savory onion soup, enjoyed playing bridge, loved to shop at Talbot’s and supported St. Stephens Episcopal church in Ridgefield as a devoted worshipper and volunteer. A family trip last summer to Chicago and Milwaukee included taking in an afternoon game at Wrigley Field. We will miss her hand seeking ours. She made us smile and believe in the goodness of this life, no matter the circumstances. May she rest in peace.
She is survived by her three children, a son-in-law, L. Timothy Klvana; a daughter-in-law, Gayle (Augustadt); five grandchildren, David Foster Klvana, Andrew Blackburn Klvana, Aaron Foster Lyons, Benjamin Harper Lyons and Emma Starling Lyons; nieces Mary Meggison and her husband Jim, Fort Wayne, In., Kate Wardrop, Somerville, Ma.; nephews, David R. Wardrop and his wife Maggie, Marstons Mills, Ma., Robert (Bob) Wardrop, Jr. and his wife Nancie, E. Granby, CT., grand niece, Lindsey Blair Wardrop, Somerville, Ma.; and grand nephews Robert, John and Randy Wardrop, E. Granby, CT. She was predeceased by her husband Raymond in 2014 and her nephew Thomas (Young Tommy) Wardrop, lll, 1966.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 2 pm. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 351 Main St. Ridgefield, CT.  The Rev. Victoria Miller, a close family friend, will offer the homily.  The Rev. Whitney Altopp will preside.   A reception will follow in North Hall.  In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Regional Hospice in Danbury, CT or St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.  Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.
kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:34:34 -0400
Caitlin Witty of Wilton Participates in Performance of Love's Labour's Lost at Webster University https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49204-caitlin-witty-of-wilton-participates-in-performance-of-love-s-labour-s-lost-at-webster-university49204-caitlin-witty-of-wilton-participates-in-performance-of-love-s-labour-s-lost-at-webster-university https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49204-caitlin-witty-of-wilton-participates-in-performance-of-love-s-labour-s-lost-at-webster-university49204-caitlin-witty-of-wilton-participates-in-performance-of-love-s-labour-s-lost-at-webster-university

Students from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University recently designed, constructed and performed Love's Labours Lost, a new musical based on the play by William Shakespeare with songs by Michael Friedman and book adapted by Alex Timbers. Wilton's Caitlin Witty is currently studying Musical Theatre at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University.

The Conservatory at Webster is a professional training program for acting, musical theatre, directing, theatre studies and dramaturgy, design, technical theatre and stage management. Located in St. Louis, the Conservatory has been training theatre students for the professional world for over half a century.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to ensuring high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.


kerry@ducey.org (Webster University) Neighbors Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:51:06 -0400
TownVibe Honors The Wilton 25 on May 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49203-townvibe-honors-the-wilton-25-on-may-249203-townvibe-honors-the-wilton-25-on-may-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49203-townvibe-honors-the-wilton-25-on-may-249203-townvibe-honors-the-wilton-25-on-may-2

TownVibe Honors The Wilton 25 on Thursday, May 2 at Wilton Library at 6:00 pm.

Wilton is home to a community of people of all ages, backgrounds, and personalities—residents who take their passions and run with them, creating a diverse, meaningful, compassionate, and spirited lifestyle. From entrepreneurs to activists, these individuals create the foundation that makes Wilton what it is.

This Wilton 25 reception and ceremony honors a select group of individuals who are eager to move mountains for fellow members of our community. Each brings forward the best of what humanity has to offer, setting the bar high for those who follow.

It is our distinct pleasure to present to you the 2019 Wilton 25. The evening begins with a wine reception in the Wilton Library Brubeck Room, followed by a short video of winners, then a ceremony recognizing each of the 25 honorees.

2019 Wilton 25 Honorees

  • Andy Schlesinger
  • Carol Miorelli Johnson 
  • Michael Crystal 
  • Savet Constantine 
  • Dave Cote 
  • Sarah Beach 
  • Max Fenwick 
  • Joan Wallace 
  • Tina Duncan 
  • Al Galletly 
  • Caroline Havlin Hoffman 
  • Logan Greenshields
  • Morgan Napier 
  • Brian Walker 
  • Victoria Andrew 
  • Michael Biondo
  • Joan McCullough
  • Patty Terranova 
  • Marianne Wilson 
  • Eileen Goldfield 
  • Dr. Gregory Ward Sanford DMD 
  • Sharon Grace 
  • Gail Lavielle, State Representative 
  • Nick Davatzes

For additional information and to purchase tickets ($35) click here.

kerry@ducey.org (TownVibe) Neighbors Fri, 19 Apr 2019 04:44:08 -0400
Nourished. From Field to Fork Benefits Woodcock Nature Center on May 5 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49201-nourished-from-field-to-fork49201-nourished-from-field-to-fork https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49201-nourished-from-field-to-fork49201-nourished-from-field-to-fork

Nourished. From Field to Fork on Sunday, May 5 at 3 pm at The Pavilion at Woodcock with chef and author Cristina Lombardozzi and Ridgefield farmer Pete Campbell

Join us for an afternoon of great food and engaging discussion about the many health benefits of eating locally sourced, sustainable foods that also nourish the soul.

 Enjoy samples from recipes in Cristina's new cookbook, Nourished. From Field to Fork., inspired by visits to Pete Campbell’s Horseshoe Farm. Using Pete’s fresh produce, the book showcases recipes that align with the low-allergen, low-inflammation eating style Cristina recommends to her clients. Learn more about her approach to eating and wellness developed from her experience as a certified nutritional coach, an AFAA certified personal trainer, and spinning and TRX training instructor.

 Guests will also sip Pete’s famous margarita while hearing about his commitment to growing sustainable food and re-connecting with nature before heading home with a special gift.

Tickets: $75; includes food and drink.

Cookbook available for purchase at the event: $35.

Proceeds benefit community programs at Woodcock Nature Center.

Learn more and register here

woodcocknaturecenter@yahoo.com (Woodcock Nature Center) Events Fri, 19 Apr 2019 04:27:12 -0400
CT State Police Seek To Recruit Women, Hold Event on April 24 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49202-ct-state-police-seek-to-recruit-women-hold-event-on-april-2449202-ct-state-police-seek-to-recruit-women-hold-event-on-april-24 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/49202-ct-state-police-seek-to-recruit-women-hold-event-on-april-2449202-ct-state-police-seek-to-recruit-women-hold-event-on-april-24

Join us next week Wednesday for our “Women in Policing” recruitment informational

The Connecticut State Police Recruitment and Selection Unit will be holding a “Women in Policing” recruitment informational on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Connecticut Police Academy, 285 Preston Ave, Meriden, CT.

You’ll have the opportunity to speak to women troopers assigned to various areas of the Connecticut State Police. Women troopers assigned to patrol and specialized units such as Major Crime, Firearms Training Unit, K9 Unit and many more will discuss their background, current assignment, challenges and experiences.

Learn more about this event on Facebook here.

kerry@ducey.org (CT State Police) Life Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:02:22 -0400
Wilton Library’s art exhibition is All About Color opening May 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49200-wilton-library-s-art-exhibition-is-all-about-color-opening-may-1049200-wilton-library-s-art-exhibition-is-all-about-color-opening-may-10 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49200-wilton-library-s-art-exhibition-is-all-about-color-opening-may-1049200-wilton-library-s-art-exhibition-is-all-about-color-opening-may-10

When the group of eight artists came together to discuss the upcoming exhibition at Wilton Library, they decided that their collective works were “All About Color” and so was born the name of the exhibit opening on Friday, May 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The eight local artists exhibiting their colorful works are Sally Aldrich, Ridgefield; Rich Alexander, Mt. Kisco; Sharon Cavagnolo, Chappaqua; Hans Fischer, Ridgefield; Jennifer Moné Hill, Danbury; Nancy Moore, Ridgefield; Erin Nazzaro, Redding; and Kris Davenport Toohey, Westport. Whether the artists have embraced their passion from their early days, through their college lives, or more recently become immersed in the discipline, their works highlight a range of styles, subject matter and media choices that are bold and impressive.

Ed MacEwen, Wilton Library’s art chair noted, “I was fortunate to see this group of artists in an exhibition in Ridgefield last year and I was taken by their collective works. I thought they would be well-received by the Wilton community and their paintings would show very well in the gallery throughout the library.”

The artists come to their craft from a range of backgrounds:

Sally Aldrich studied Fine Arts at Connecticut College and taught art in Pleasantville, NY becoming the Art Department Chair for K-12, inspiring the students through Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, and Advanced Placement Studio Art. Since retiring almost 25 years ago, she intensified her study of pottery and sculpture. She continues to teach at her studio in Ridgefield. Sally served as president of the Katonah Museum Artists Association, writes its newsletter and works on the Hammond Museum’s exhibition committee. Her work is exhibited in galleries in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Rich Alexander is a trained draftsman and owned and operated a sign company, hand lettering signs and trucks with letter enamels. He became a NYC fire fighter and during his 21-year career, he designed, built and painted dozens of firehouse tables and murals. In 2009, while designing the 9/11 Firefighter Memorial in Mt. Kisco, NY, he met illustrator Alan Reingold who encouraged Rich to attend Reingold’s portrait classes in Mt. Kisco and at Parsons School of Design in NYC. That led to Rich meeting fine artist Geoff Barbey who instructed Rich in oil painting. Barbey introduced Rich to landscape painter John Osborne who taught traditional painting at the Ridgewood Art Institute where Rich has been painting ever since.

Sharon Cavagnolo received her BFA in Painting and Illustration from Parsons School of Design in NYC and studied with Larry Rivers, Elaine de Kooning and Jane Wilson. Sharon did postgraduate work at Pratt Institute, New York University and Isabel O’Neil Studio. She has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Connecticut, Westchester and New York City.

Hans Fischer was born in Holland, raised in Harrington, NY, and currently lives in Ridgefield, CT where he maintains his studio. By his own admission, his budding career as a “fine artist” was sidetracked by the U.S. Army and the decade of The Sixties. His artistic talents took him into careers in industrial design, interior architecture, graphic design, art direction and corporate communications and management. He established his own graphic design firm in the late ’80s. Over the past fifteen years, he has been able to concentrate on his love of art. His work is in galleries and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

 Jennifer Moné Hill lives and works in Danbury, CT. Born and raised in White Plains, NY, she studied Visual Arts at SUNY Purchase, and then began working as a commercial photographer for over twenty years. Jennifer’s curiosity has led her simultaneously to pursue many creative outlets of which painting is now her greatest passion. Jennifer comes to painting with great enthusiasm, curiosity, love of color, nature, and positive energy. Her work has been in recent exhibitions at the Mattatuck Museum, Rene Soto Gallery, Carriage Barn Arts Center, and Ridgefield Guild of Artist.

Nancy Moore’s artwork has garnered many awards, along with the interest of a broad collector base from Vermont to California. In 2018, Moore was lucky enough to exhibit her work in four museums: the Katonah Museum (Katonah), the New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain), the Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury), and the Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton MA). This year, the artist marked her debut in New York City, at the Susan Eley Fine Art gallery. In 2014, Moore was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists. She is an artist guild member of the Silvermine Arts Center (New Canaan), Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Katonah Museum Artists Association, Surface Design Association, and Artists Collective of Westport.

Erin Nazzaro was born and raised in Connecticut and started her artistic pursuit with pencil. Working in this medium, she learned to develop and refine her images. Drawing is the foundation of her work today. She moved from pencil to paint in the 1980s and color changed everything for her. Her next big influence was traveling to the American Southwest where she embraced “the people, their beautiful families and the land they lived and worked on.” The artist noted that she appreciates all the swirling bright colors so integrated into the landscape, fabrics, dress and folk art. Her work is driven by this energy.

Kris Davenport Toohey is a landscape painter who works primarily in oils. She discovered her love of painting and art history as a student, graduating with a BA in Art from Williams College and an MBA from Columbia University. She now lives and works in Westport, CT where she is a part of The Art Studio – a shared artists’ workspace. Kris is an Exhibiting Member of The Rowayton Arts Center, winning 1st Place in Oils at the 2018 Marine & Coastal Show, as well as an active member of the Artists Collective of Westport and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

The opening reception is free and the public is invited with the exhibition running through Friday, May 31. The majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Wilton Library. Wilton Library hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. The library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. The media sponsor for the exhibition is The Wilton Bulletin. For information and directions, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6334.

kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Library) Places Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:22:44 -0400
Kick Off the Weekend with Disco Skate on Friday at Winter Garden Ice Arena https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49199-kicks-off-the-weekend-with-disco-skate-on-friday-at-winter-garden-ice-arena49199-kicks-off-the-weekend-with-disco-skate-on-friday-at-winter-garden-ice-arena https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49199-kicks-off-the-weekend-with-disco-skate-on-friday-at-winter-garden-ice-arena49199-kicks-off-the-weekend-with-disco-skate-on-friday-at-winter-garden-ice-arena

Friday night fever every Friday at Winter Garden Ice Arena from 8:50 to 10:00 pm with Disco Skate!

How easy is this? Now you can pre-purchase tickets for Winter Garden Ice Arena Friday Night Disco Skate.

$10 for admission and $5 for skate rentals.

*Please note: there are only 2 more Disco Skate events during Winter Garden's 2018-2019 season! Don't miss out on the fun!

Winter Garden Ice Arena is located at 111 Prospect Ridge Road in Ridgefield.

kerry@ducey.org (Winter Garden Ice Arena) Neighbors Thu, 18 Apr 2019 06:39:31 -0400
Ridgefield Academy Continues Commitment to Environmental Stewardship, Goes Solar https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49198-ridgefield-academy-continues-commitment-to-environmental-stewardship-goes-solar49198-ridgefield-academy-continues-commitment-to-environmental-stewardship-goes-solar https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/49198-ridgefield-academy-continues-commitment-to-environmental-stewardship-goes-solar49198-ridgefield-academy-continues-commitment-to-environmental-stewardship-goes-solar

With large, flat rooftops free of shade, Ridgefield Academy (RA) saw an untapped opportunity to install solar panels on its buildings as part of a conscious effort to make environmentally appropriate choices in the best interest of its community. The solar installation is the third of many measures being taken by the school in support of its mission to act as a good steward of the environment, lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce its carbon footprint, improve student and teacher health, and reduce energy costs.

The Academy, which serves children in preschool through grade 8, began its effort to convert to clean energy three years ago when the majority of the fuel oil used for heating purposes was replaced with propane. A propane furnace operates at a 90 percent efficiency rating (versus a 60 percent efficiency rating for an older oil furnace) and has far less impact on the environment as it produces significantly fewer emissions than oil and has low carbon content.

Ridgefield Academy continued its fuel-efficiency efforts a year later by upgrading from fluorescent lighting to LED lighting made possible by using energy credits and other incentives. LED lighting is mercury-free and one hundred percent recyclable making it the most environmentally safe lighting option. LEDs also use less energy than any lighting technology available and incur much lower maintenance costs – all without impacting a student’s learning environment.

As the third step in becoming more energy efficient, Ridgefield Academy recently installed 443 solar panels on the major buildings of its Ridgefield campus, which, in time, will generate approximately 80 percent of the electricity used. Solar energy is a cost effective way for schools to shine, and schools across the nation, like RA, are taking advantage of this environmentally friendly, cost savings opportunity. RA is also seeking to leverage the solar program as a learning opportunity for students. Larry Curry, RA’s Director of Facilities mentioned, “We want to combine this with education. Monitors will be permanently set up in both the Summit and Annex lobbies displaying statistics of the benefits of using this source of energy so that our students can see.” As one example, RA’s solar panels will generate enough electricity to power 20 homes for a year! More interesting statistics can be found here.

Commenting on Ridgefield Academy’s recent efforts to increase its environmental awareness and decrease its carbon footprint, CFO Briggs Tobin said, “We have a responsibility to maintain and preserve what makes Ridgefield Academy special. Ridgefield Academy has a magnificent history and sits on land that has been well cared for and loved for generations. We are stewards of an important legacy, and our efforts today both honor that legacy and build strongly upon it.”

Looking ahead, Ridgefield Academy is committed to identifying other ways to become as environmentally efficient as possible, including eliminating single-use plastics, improving current recycling procedures and possibly creating a composting program. In doing so, RA will set an example for its students and surrounding communities to show that, apart from the important work of educating and shaping the citizens and leaders of tomorrow, schools can make significant contributions to our entire community by becoming better stewards of our earth.

Established in 1975, Ridgefield Academy is a Preschool – Grade 8 private day school located in Ridgefield, Conn. serving students from Fairfield and Westchester counties. Ridgefield Academy is located at 223 West Mountain Road in Ridgefield, Conn. 203.894.1800. www.ridgefieldacademy.org.

Photo shows Director of Facilities, Larry Curry and our CFO, Briggs Tobin who are shown signing the deal for the recently installed solar panels at RA

kerry@ducey.org (Ashley Moran) Places Thu, 18 Apr 2019 06:35:48 -0400
Wilton Police Arrests: Jewelry Store Larceny and Credit Card Fraud https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/49197-wilton-police-arrests-jewelry-store-larceny-and-credit-card-fraud49197-wilton-police-arrests-jewelry-store-larceny-and-credit-card-fraud https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/49197-wilton-police-arrests-jewelry-store-larceny-and-credit-card-fraud49197-wilton-police-arrests-jewelry-store-larceny-and-credit-card-fraud

Local Jewelry Store Larceny

Wilton Police Detectives traveled to Bedford Hills Correctional Center in NY and took custody of Paula Hurtado (38) of Astoria, NY on an active arrest warrant. Hurtado was extradited to CT to face felony Larceny in the First Degree charges. This arrest is 3 of 4 stemming from a 2017 investigation where the suspects conducted a distraction type larceny at a local jewelry store. Hurtado posted a $100,000 surety bond and is due back in court on 04/26/2019. The fourth and final suspect in this case is currently incarcerated and will be extradited from NY when they complete the sentence in NY State.

Credit Card Fraud 

Wilton Police are investigating fraudulent charges to a credit card in December of 2018. These images were captured of the suspects by Stop & Shop loss prevention.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Scott Sear at 203-834-6260.

Visit Wilton Police on Facebook here for additional information.

kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Police) Public safety Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:41:48 -0400
Wilton Library’s Gigantic Book Sale is April 27 through 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49182-wilton-library-s-gigantic-book-sale-is-april-27-through-3049182-wilton-library-s-gigantic-book-sale-is-april-27-through-30 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/49182-wilton-library-s-gigantic-book-sale-is-april-27-through-3049182-wilton-library-s-gigantic-book-sale-is-april-27-through-30

 With books overflowing every conceivable table, cart, and shelf, Wilton Library’s Annual Gigantic Book Sale is taking shape and ready to open on Saturday, April 27 continuing through Tuesday, April 30. Early Buyers can gain entrance from 7 to 9 a.m. for a $15 admission fee.  The sale is then open to everyone with no admission fee on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with items half price and Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with pricing at $5 per bag (supplied by the library).  On Saturday, the Wilton Rotary Club will once again sell hot dogs and beverages to famished shoppers. All proceeds benefit the library.

According to Pat Gould, one of the chairs of the event, “The ‘Marie Kondo-ing’ craze has hit Wilton bigtime with everyone cleaning out their basements and attics. The good news there is that we have more books, DVDs, CDs and books on CDs than ever for this annual fundraiser that is so important to the library.”

More than 80,000 items are on sale in more than 50+ categories, ranging from picture books for babies to chapter books and series for teens, from mysteries to histories, from biographies to historical fiction. The sale takes up the full extent of the library’s Book Cellar and overflows into the Brubeck Room for the children’s and teen selections as well as the gallery for the Collectors Corner of rare and collectible books.  The Collectors Corner is open throughout all four days of the sale –savvy shoppers can purchase their finds on the spot without having to wait for any kind of auction results. 

“This book sale is always so much fun when you see people swooping in to find their next great read at bargain prices,” said Susie Gross, another chair.

 Tosha Rawlins agreed, “It’s such a family event with babes in arms and strollers, moms and dads corralling books for their kids, seniors combing through thousands of choices, and teens eagerly spotting their favorite series.”

Elaine Tai-Lauria, the library’s executive director noted, “With the distressing budget news coming out of Hartford each day, fundraisers such as this one are so important to Wilton Library.  The funds raised from this book sale help us in maintaining the level of service and quality of books, CDs and DVDs that go on our shelves for patrons to borrow.  We are thankful for the smart shoppers who take advantage of this great sale, for the pristine book donations we receive from people during the year, and we’re especially grateful to the loyal group of book sale volunteers who work throughout the year sifting, sorting and selecting to make this event worthwhile for everyone.”

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. For information and directions, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6334.

kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Library) Events Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:51:00 -0400
Five Things You Need to Know About ALICE® https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49196-five-things-you-need-to-know-about-alice-155551555949196-five-things-you-need-to-know-about-alice-1555515559 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/49196-five-things-you-need-to-know-about-alice-155551555949196-five-things-you-need-to-know-about-alice-1555515559

Five Things You Need to Know About ALICE®

Important facts about people who live paycheck-to-paycheck

Since 2015, United Way of Western Connecticut has focused on addressing the challenges of a population we call ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). ALICE represents Connecticut households that have earnings above the Federal Poverty Level but below a basic cost-of-living.

1.       Who is ALICE?

ALICE is any working household that makes too much to be eligible for many of the government safety net programs, but still struggles to pay for basic necessities, including housing, food, childcare, healthcare, and transportation. ALICE is employed—in fact many are working more than one job. We all know ALICE personally. They care for our children in childcare centers and schools, they work in health care with our aging parents, they provide us services in retail stores and restaurants, they are the checker at our local grocery store and the security guard at our office building. Or they can be retired and living on a fixed income. The one thing they have in common is that they are one emergency away from a financial crisis.

2.       How many people are ALICE in this region?

About 40,000 Western Connecticut households—one in three—are ALICE and typically live paycheck to paycheck. Combined with people living in poverty, 40% of the population in our region is making less than the ALICE Household Survival Budget. Every town and city in CT is home to the ALICE population. Want to know how many of your neighbors are ALICE? Click here.

3.       How can I tell if I am ALICE?

The Household Survival Budget determines whether you and your family are part of the ALICE population. In Fairfield County, if you have a toddler and an infant, you can be making as much as $81,792 and be an ALICE household. To determine if you are an ALICE based on your household size, click here.

4.       What is United Way doing to help ALICE?

We know from talking with ALICE that they don’t want charity, only a hand up. Many struggle silently not wanting to take help because there might be someone who needs it more. So we are striving to find ways to help give that hand up in some key areas. To help ALICE in our region, we are:

  •          Providing free, fresh food at Mobile Food Pantries so ALICE can spend less money at the grocery store and redirect funds to other basic needs.
  •          Providing childcare and after-school subsidies so ALICE families can know their children are in safe, high-quality programs while they work. We also have a fund that pays for out-of-school activities (sports, dance, music lessons).
  •          Offering free budget coaching, the SaverLife™ savings program, and free tax preparation services so ALICE can start to save and plan for the future.

5.       How can I help ALICE?

Go to www.uwwesternct.org to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved, or to make a donation. If someone you know needs immediate assistance, dial 2-1-1.

kerry@ducey.org (UWWCT) Neighbors Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:39:18 -0400