Woodbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury Fri, 24 May 2019 04:55:04 -0400 HamletHub.com Woodbury Area High Schools Honored with College Success Award https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1745-woodbury-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-15581298821745-woodbury-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-1558129882 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1745-woodbury-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-15581298821745-woodbury-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-1558129882

GreatSchools has just announced the winners of the second-annual 2019 College Success Awards. (See the list below for High Schools in Connecticut honored near Woodbury).

According to GreatSchools, this award recognizes 1,722 high schools across 25 states that have a successful track record of going beyond simply graduating students to helping them enroll in college and succeed once they get there. Winners represent about 20% of eligible public high schools. Eligibility is determined by data availability and ranges on a state-by-state basis from 13% to 88%.

Avon High School took top honors, and three other CT High Schools received a ten for ten Great Schools Summary Ranking - Weston High School, Connecticut IB Academy, and Marine Science Magnet High School Of Southeastern Connecticut.

The high schools in Connecticut that have won the GreatSchools 2019 College Success Award include:

Rating School Total enrolled % Low-income % College enrollment - State average: 72% Persistence % - State average: 86%
5/10 Waterbury Arts Magnet School (High) 488 49% 81% 90%

For a full list of schools please go to https://www.greatschools.org/connecticut/college-success-award/

The College Success Award-winning high schools stand out based on school-level college readiness and postsecondary data collected and shared by their states. “This data tells us whether students enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist to their second year,” GreatSchools states.

Learn more about GreatSchools College Success Awards here.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Fri, 17 May 2019 12:00:51 -0400
See Where Woodbury Schools Rank in U.S. News & World Report https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1744-see-where-woodbury-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-15566658481744-see-where-woodbury-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-1556665848 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1744-see-where-woodbury-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-15566658481744-see-where-woodbury-schools-rank-in-u-s-news-world-report-1556665848

U.S. News & World Report has just released their 2019 Best High Schools Rankings. The rankings of the schools closest to Woodbury are:

High School CT Rank Nat Rank Grad Rate Readiness Enrollment
Pomperaug Regional High School #32 #1,378 95% 49.1 1,219
Nonnewaug High School #54 #2,724 95% 50.6 722

View the complete ranking of high schools in Connecticut here. View the complete ranking of high schools in the United States here.

U.S. News ranked 17,245 public high schools, out of a review of more than 23,000 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to U.S. News, the number of ranked schools is up from more than 2,700 last year. The new rankings, developed in conjunction with nonprofit research firm RTI International, are based on a revamped methodology that weighs six indicators of school quality for the 2016-2017 school year. View the methodology here.

The top five high schools in Connecticut

  1. Darien High School
  2. Weston High School
  3. Achievement First Hartford Academy
  4. Ridgefield High School
  5. Connecticut IB Academy

The highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations; participated in and passed a variety of college-level exams; and graduated in high proportions, according to U.S. News.

U.S. News also assigned a separate STEM ranking for 250 high schools whose students excelled on AP science and math tests. To be eligible, schools had to appear in the top 1,000 of the overall national ranking, according to the article.

Read the article in its entirety here.


cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Neighbors Tue, 30 Apr 2019 13:39:14 -0400
Wisdom House Hosting Photo Gallery Opening Reception Celebrating 70 Years In Litchfield https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1742-wisdom-house-hosting-photo-gallery-opening-reception-celebrating-70-years-in-litchfield1742-wisdom-house-hosting-photo-gallery-opening-reception-celebrating-70-years-in-litchfield https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1742-wisdom-house-hosting-photo-gallery-opening-reception-celebrating-70-years-in-litchfield1742-wisdom-house-hosting-photo-gallery-opening-reception-celebrating-70-years-in-litchfield

On Saturday, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. the Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery at Wisdom House Spiritual Retreat and Conference Center at 229 Litchfield Road in East Litchfield will host an opening reception of a distinctive interactive art exhibit, “The Enduring Presence of Wisdom Through the Years: A celebration of the Daughters of Wisdom in Litchfield For 70 Years.”

This special exhibit will be on display May 18 through August 17, 2019, and will also commemorate the 25th Year of Wisdom House’s popular Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery.

In addition to the in-house permanent display of historical and contemporary photos and artifacts, an application (APP) link will be available for smartphones that will enable the special exhibit’s still photos to morph into “live” video stories highlighting the past, present, and future of the Daughters of Wisdom ministries.

At 3:30 p.m. a special panel discussion will present insights and memories from several members of the Daughters of Wisdom, including former Wisdom House Administrator, Rosemarie Greco, and Provincial Head, Catherine Sheehan, among others.

A reception will follow the panel discussion. Reservations are requested for the free event.

Wisdom House, a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom, is an interfaith Retreat and Conference Center presenting programs that celebrate the sacred in everyday life, the arts and ecology. We offer hospitality to academic, nonprofit, and business organizations.

The Daughters of Wisdom originated in 18th Century France and founded the US Province in 1949 with the purchase of the former Spruce Brook Farm in East Litchfield. Originally, the property was used as a Convent and Novitiate.

Open to the public, the “The Enduring Presence of Wisdom Through the Years: A celebration of the Daughters of Wisdom in Litchfield For 70 Years” exhibit will run through August 17, 2019.

For information and reception reservations, email program manager Bonnie Mis at programs@wisdomhouse.org, call 860-567-3163 or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Places Mon, 29 Apr 2019 10:16:15 -0400
Connecticut to Receive New Funding for Tick Research, Woodbury Tick Data Shown Below https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/publicsafety/1743-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-woodbury-tick-data-shown-below-15565627051743-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-woodbury-tick-data-shown-below-1556562705 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/publicsafety/1743-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-woodbury-tick-data-shown-below-15565627051743-connecticut-to-receive-new-funding-for-tick-research-woodbury-tick-data-shown-below-1556562705

More help is on the way to study the tick problem in Connecticut.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently funded the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) to collect and test for more organisms that cause human diseases, including Lyme disease, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

According to the article, CAES will begin testing for more tick species and for more pathogens.

The chart below shows the data from collected ticks for towns near Woodbury in 2017, the latest available:

Town Total_Identified Total_Tested Total_Positive Percent_Positive
Woodbury 5 5 1 0.2
Middlebury 9 9 2 0.222
Southbury 166 149 68 0.456

The full list including all towns is available here. A total of 5,577 ticks feeding on humans were submitted by residents, health departments, and physician offices for identification in 2017. Of these, 3,993 were tested for the evidence of infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative organism for Lyme disease, and 1,277 (32.0%) were found positive.  For information on submitting ticks please go to the CAES website here.

Connecticut provides a number of fantastic resources to help prevent tick-borne diseases including this fact sheet on prevention and use of insect repellents, and a handbook on tick management by Dr. Stafford. The CDC page on lyme disease https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html

The Wall Street Journal said that Connecticut reported more than 35,000 cases of diseases contracted through tick bites from 2004 to 2016, according to the CDC. That makes it the state with the fifth most cases, behind Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Tick season stretches from April to October, although infections peak during the summer months.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Public safety Mon, 29 Apr 2019 08:50:00 -0400
Connecticut State Police Accepting Applications at Locations Near Woodbury for State Police Troopers until May 31 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/publicsafety/1740-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-woodbury-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-15553704151740-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-woodbury-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-1555370415 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/publicsafety/1740-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-woodbury-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-15553704151740-connecticut-state-police-accepting-applications-at-locations-near-woodbury-for-state-police-troopers-until-may-31-1555370415

Today is the DAY! The Connecticut State Police is accepting applications for the position of State Police Trooper Trainee. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2019.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police is currently accepting applications to establish a pool of qualified applicants to fill future vacant State Police Trooper Trainee positions across the State.    

The Connecticut State Police offers numerous Career Opportunities across our beautiful State, with opportunities for promotional advancement and geographic transfers.   Adding to the attractive locations and upward mobility are excellent Compensation and Benefits including a full Health Benefitspackage, along with additional Supplemental Benefits and a 25 year Hazardous Duty retirement.  

The CT Troop  locations nearest to Woodbury are:

Troop Street City Phone
TROOP A – Southbury 90 Lakeside Road Southbury (800) 375-9918
TROOP L – Litchfield 452A Bantam Road Litchfield (800) 953-9949
TROOP I – Bethany 631 Amity Road Bethany (800) 956-8818

There is a six stage process for hiring:

  1. Application Period:How to Apply for the SPTT Job Opening
  2. Physical Fitness Assessment: Candidates must take and pass a Physical Fitness Assessment that measures muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility.  Valid CHIP cards will be accepted prior to the CT State Police Physical Ability Test, tentatively scheduled for August.  To register, please follow the instructions on the CHIP Test Schedule.     

   Instructional Video Links:

  1. Polygraph Examination: Inquiries concerning employment history; driving history; medical history; financial history; gambling history; illegal possession, use and sale of drugs/narcotics; criminal activity; military history; illegal sexual activity; use of alcohol; general personal data; prior conduct in police/security/corrections fields; subversive, revolutionary or gang activity; basic honesty and integrity.
  2. Background Investigation:  Comprehensive review of employment, education, training, criminal, motor vehicle and credit history.
  3. Psychological Evaluation: Combination of written tests and interviews to assess suitability for employment in law enforcement.
  4. Medical Evaluation: Comprehensive physical examination, including drug screening.

Operational needs of the agency will weigh heavily on the initial assignment of hired Troopers.  However, we work with our staff to identify locations that are geographically compatible to their desired location.  The agency seeks trustworthy, motivated, driven individuals who are able to work well on their own as well as in a team environment.   We strive to provide superior Public Safety Services for Connecticut and achieve them through our Mission.

DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology.

In striving to accomplish this mission, State Police embody core values with great PRIDE:

  • Professionalism through an elite and diverse team of trained men and women.
  • Respect for ourselves and others through our words and actions.
  • Integrity through adherence to standards and values that merit public trust.
  • Dedication to our colleagues, our values, and to the service of others.
  • Equality through fair and unprejudiced application of the law.

To learn more about what it takes to become a Connecticut State Police Troopers, please view the video below and visit www.beaconnecticuttrooper.com.    

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT State Trooper) Public safety Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:04:38 -0400
State of Connecticut Partners With Dalio Philanthropies to Strengthen Public Education and Promote Greater Economic Opportunity https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/charities/1739-state-of-connecticut-partners-with-dalio-philanthropies-to-strengthen-public-education-and-promote-greater-economic-opportunity-15548184531739-state-of-connecticut-partners-with-dalio-philanthropies-to-strengthen-public-education-and-promote-greater-economic-opportunity-1554818453 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/charities/1739-state-of-connecticut-partners-with-dalio-philanthropies-to-strengthen-public-education-and-promote-greater-economic-opportunity-15548184531739-state-of-connecticut-partners-with-dalio-philanthropies-to-strengthen-public-education-and-promote-greater-economic-opportunity-1554818453

Dalio Philanthropies Pledges $100 Million to Connecticut; Collaboration Aims to Raise $300 Million to Benefit Youth and Under-Resourced Communities Throughout the State

(HARTFORD, CT) – Ray and Barbara Dalio of Dalio Philanthropies today joined Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, First Lady Annie Lamont, leaders in the General Assembly, students and other stakeholders to announce the launch of a partnership strengthening public education and promoting greater economic opportunity in Connecticut. Through Connecticut’s leadership and the support of Dalio Philanthropies, the partnership seeks to raise $300 million over five years: $100 million from the State of Connecticut that will be matched by $100 million from Dalio Philanthropies and another $100 million from other philanthropists and business leaders.

A video of the announcement is available here.

The $100 million from Dalio Philanthropies is the largest known philanthropic donation to benefit the state in Connecticut’s history. The partnership will benefit residents of Connecticut’s under-resourced communities, with a specific focus on communities where there is both a high poverty rate and a high concentration of youth (14-24) who are showing signs of disengagement or disconnection from high school.

Dalio Philanthropies and the State of Connecticut formed the partnership in response to the state’s current challenges:

  • More than one out of every five high school students in Connecticut are either disengaged or disconnected from school;
  • The annual fiscal impact of high school dropouts on the state budget is more than $900 million;
  • Connecticut ranks among the highest states in terms of income inequality; and
  • Employers across the state are looking to hire skilled workers in historic and emerging industries.

The partnership will:

  • Work with local stakeholders to ensure that community voice and input shape programming design and help advance positive outcomes as quickly and sustainably as possible;
  • Serve disengaged and disconnected youth or entrepreneurs working in under-resourced communities;
  • Utilize practices with demonstrated positive impact in Connecticut or other states and communities;
  • Monitor, measure, and report progress against specific agreed upon impact objectives; and
  • Likely form an independent organization to leverage community expertise and administer resources with representation from Dalio Philanthropies, and the legislative and executive branches.

Given this unprecedented opportunity to leverage a 2-to-1 match, the governor is proposing to appropriate the first contribution from the projected surplus this year. The state match for future years of the five-year commitment will be discussed with the legislature before developing final budgets.

To promote greater economic opportunity, the partnership will support and encourage microfinance and community entrepreneurship initiatives. For example, the partnership might explore funding entrepreneurs with small loans and early stage equity capital and providing non-financial supports such as mentorship and access to networks to help individuals start their own businesses in under-resourced communities so that they can create opportunities for their families and fellow citizens.

To strengthen public education, the partnership will engage non-profit organizations, high schools, higher education, and employers to connect young people to upwardly-mobile jobs. Public education and workforce development programs will include an integrated focus on youth development and wraparound programming to give youth the holistic supports they need to succeed. This could include collaborative endeavors to support educators and schools in individualizing interventions for each student, particularly at moments of transition, as well as programming to reach disconnected youth by providing the supports they need to get back in school and/or connect to the workforce.

“The Dalios, especially Barbara, have made improving public education a priority and thousands of young people will have a better chance to succeed because of their commitment,” Governor Ned Lamont said. “There are many individuals who care deeply about Connecticut and its future generations. We’ve come together today for a historic investment to support, encourage, and mentor our young people so they can achieve their greatest potential. I’m grateful to the Dalios, to all our community leaders and educators, and to all of our young people who are working every day to make our state the best it can be.”

“Our educators and community programs provide extraordinary support to our young people in Connecticut,” Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) said. “However, our state needs more investment and initiatives in under-resourced communities. This partnership between Dalio Philanthropies, the General Assembly, Governor Lamont, and other philanthropists and business leaders is an important investment in our young people. The entire state appreciates the generosity and commitment of the Dalio family. I also want to thank Governor Lamont for his work in leading this effort that has the potential to be transformative.”

“This is not just about two people being proud of their state and wanting to give back, but also an understanding of the special challenges our youth in certain communities face and investing in their future,” Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin, Southington) said. “Reaching our young people in need with mentoring and opportunity along with encouraging local entrepreneurship is exactly the formula we need, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.”

“We appreciate Governor Lamont’s out of the box creative thinking in moving the state forward in pursuit of alternative methods of funding, such as a public-private partnership,” the legislature’s Republican leaders, Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, said in a joint statement. “We share the goal of creating more opportunity for Connecticut’s youth. This is an idea that is certainly worth exploring, but also that needs to be vetted in great detail. The wellbeing of Connecticut and all who live here is of the utmost importance to all of us and we look forward to many more in-depth conversations to ensure that all people in Connecticut have the best opportunity to succeed.”

“Giving students the education that leads to career and job opportunities is one of the most important responsibilities that we have as a society,” Barbara Dalio, co-founder and director of Dalio Philanthropies, said. “When students are given the career and job training opportunities and they can see a path that excites them, they will thrive. Ray and I are thrilled to partner with Governor Lamont and communities to make this vision possible.”

“Equal access to education and job opportunities are required for any system to be fair and productive,” Ray Dalio, co-founder and president of Dalio Philanthropies, said. “Unfortunately, these are now lacking in Connecticut, particularly in poor areas of the state where poverty impedes children’s ability to get a quality education and for adults to get jobs. I believe that all members of our Connecticut community should pull together to rectify these intolerable circumstances. Barbara has for many years been tirelessly working alongside our state’s educational and community leaders to help provide our public school system with the support it needs to close the educational opportunity gaps. Building on her work and Governor Lamont’s call to work together, we are excited to help initiate this partnership to improve public education and provide jobs and microfinancing opportunities to those in the most depressed areas of our state. We hope to make these changes sustainable over the long run by raising incomes, lowering social costs, and making Connecticut a more hospitable environment for those who will contribute to its well-being.”

About Dalio Philanthropies

Dalio Philanthropies furthers the Dalio family’s diverse philanthropic passions, which include strengthening public education in Connecticut, financial inclusion and social entrepreneurship. Dalio Philanthropies has invested more than $50 million in the state’s public school districts, nonprofit organizations, and communities over the past four years alone. Dalio Philanthropies’ support for financial inclusion efforts total over $72 million to date. To learn more, visit www.daliophilanthropies.org.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT State) Charities Tue, 09 Apr 2019 03:57:51 -0400
Southbury Residents Can Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste and Paint on April 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/life/1717-southbury-residents-can-dispose-of-household-hazardous-waste-and-paint-on-april-271717-southbury-residents-can-dispose-of-household-hazardous-waste-and-paint-on-april-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/life/1717-southbury-residents-can-dispose-of-household-hazardous-waste-and-paint-on-april-271717-southbury-residents-can-dispose-of-household-hazardous-waste-and-paint-on-april-27

Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection at the Woodbury Middle School on April 27

A Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Paint Collection Day is scheduled for the towns of Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, and Woodbury for Saturday, April 27 from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. The event will be held at the Woodbury Middle School, 67 Washington Avenue in Woodbury. The collection starts promptly at 8:00 A.M. There is no need to line up before 8:00 A.M.

There is no charge to residents. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, tax bill, or other identification, is required for entrance. The event is sponsored by the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments and participating towns.

Household hazardous wastes are any wastes produced in the home that are poisonous, flammable, reactive, or corrosive. These wastes are harmful to human health and the environment if not disposed of properly. The goal of the program is to keep potentially hazardous waste out of local landfills and sewers, providing extra protection for wetlands and waterways. In addition, residents may now bring latex (water-based) paint to the collection event. While not considered hazardous waste, the latex paint will be accepted as part of a new statewide paint product stewardship program.

Examples of wastes that will be accepted include: Mercury and Mercury thermometers, Drain & Oven Cleaners, Upholstery Cleaners, Poisons, Insecticides, Wood Cleaners, Aerosols, Metal Polishers, Pool & Photo Chemicals, Automotive Cleaners & Fluids, Grease & Rust Solvents, Alkaline Batteries, and Fluorescent Bulbs.

Items that will not be accepted include: Auto Batteries, Motor Oil, Radioactive or Medical Waste, Asbestos, Explosives, and Empty Fire Extinguishers, Compressed Gas Cylinders, Lead Paint Chips. The contractor reserves the right to reject additional materials.

Up to 50 lbs. of residential waste will be accepted per vehicle. Residents should leave materials in the original container whenever possible. When arriving at the collection site, residents are asked to stay in their cars at all times. Trained waste handlers will remove materials from the cars.

Beginning July 1, 2013, Connecticut instituted a statewide paint recycling program known as PaintCare. PaintCare provides free recycling of architectural paint by placing a small fee on newly purchased paint. Acceptable paints will be collected at HHW events.

Acceptable Paints: Interior and exterior architectural paints, latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel, deck coatings, floor paints, primers, sealers, undercoatings, field and lawn paints stains, shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (single component), waterproofing sealers (except tar or bitumen based), metal coatings, rust preservatives. Containers larger than 5 gallons will not be accepted.

Unacceptable materials will be returned or left in the vehicle and information will be given on how to dispose of them.

Learn more about this event here.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Southbury) Life Fri, 05 Apr 2019 06:56:00 -0400
Schools Near Woodbury Awarded by CT Department of Education as Schools of Distinction https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/life/1737-schools-near-woodbury-awarded-by-ct-department-of-education-as-schools-of-distinction-15539040861737-schools-near-woodbury-awarded-by-ct-department-of-education-as-schools-of-distinction-1553904086 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/life/1737-schools-near-woodbury-awarded-by-ct-department-of-education-as-schools-of-distinction-15539040861737-schools-near-woodbury-awarded-by-ct-department-of-education-as-schools-of-distinction-1553904086

The CSDE is recognizing 160 schools across the state as Schools of Distinction for high overall performance, high academic growth, and/or improvement in overall performance. It is commendable that 43 of the 160 Schools of Distinction are located in Alliance Districts.

“The 2017-18 accountability results show progress is being made on several performance and growth indicators and it is especially encouraging to see increases in performance and growth for our most vulnerable student groups,” said Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell. “This is a sign we are moving in the right direction and delivering on our promise of equity and excellence for all Connecticut students.

The Schools in the Woodbury area recognized as Schools of Distinction are as follows:

School Index-Score ELA Math Phys Fitness Distinction
Waterbury Career Academy 73.51% 68.42% 63.96% 50.19% Great Improvement
Frisbie School 91.93% 100.00% 100.00% 91.80% High Performance and High Growth (All Students) - ELA & Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA & Math
Washington Primary School 85.82% 100.00% 100.00% 78.79% High Performance
Mitchell Elementary School 85.63% 100.00% 92.80% 94.95% High Growth (All Students) - Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA & Math
Wakelee School 84.66% 100.00% 98.21% 94.36% High Growth (All Students) - ELA and High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA
Brass City Charter School 81.58% 100.00% 97.51% 50.98% High Growth (High Needs Students) - Math
Plymouth Center School 77.88% 100.00% 100.00% 41.03% High Growth (High Needs Students) - Math
Oxford Center School 77.83% 98.33% 97.32% 54.36% High Growth (High Needs Students) - Math
Sarah Noble Intermediate School 74.86% 95.60% 89.77% 28.67% High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA
Salem School 89.81% 97.67% 95.73% 92.86% High Performance and High Growth (All Students) - ELA & Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA & Math
Head O'Meadow Elementary School 87.50% 100.00% 100.00% 80.50% High Performance and High Growth (All Students) - Math
Sandy Hook Elementary School 86.84% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% High Performance
Western School 85.69% 93.15% 92.72% 97.56% High Growth (All Students) - Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) - Math
Andrew Avenue School 78.77% 90.15% 85.71% 51.11% High Growth (All Students) - ELA and High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA & Math

Academic growth is a cornerstone of the Next Generation Accountability System. Unlike achievement which is a status measure, academic growth values the improvement in academic achievement of matched students in Grades 4 through 8. It is the best available broad measure of curriculum and instructional effectiveness. Connecticut’s academic growth results in 2017-18 were higher than in 2016-17. There is still room for improvement statewide toward the ultimate target of 100%. The CSDE is also pleased to release a document entitled Voices from the Field: Factors Influencing Academic Growth which is a compilation of the local policies, educator practices, strategies, and/or systems implemented by high growth schools that others may replicate.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Life Tue, 02 Apr 2019 04:00:00 -0400
NVCC Recognizes Outstanding Achievement and Announces Grant and Special Congressional Citation at Women’s Tea Awards https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1719-nvcc-recognizes-outstanding-achievement-and-announces-grant-and-special-congressional-citation-at-women-s-tea-awards1719-nvcc-recognizes-outstanding-achievement-and-announces-grant-and-special-congressional-citation-at-women-s-tea-awards https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1719-nvcc-recognizes-outstanding-achievement-and-announces-grant-and-special-congressional-citation-at-women-s-tea-awards1719-nvcc-recognizes-outstanding-achievement-and-announces-grant-and-special-congressional-citation-at-women-s-tea-awards

Spring marks the time for Naugatuck Valley Community College to recognize outstanding achievement by students who have overcome significant challenges. The annual Women’s Tea ceremony is a traditional afternoon tea celebrating women who have overcome adversity and found success at NVCC.

This year’s event honored seventeen female students who are excelling academically despite personal challenges and many of whom are balancing work and raising families while going to school full time.

One of this year’s honorees, Trajada Jackson, a Waterbury-native, began studying at NVCC while she was still in high school, and found the courses fairly simple to keep up with. When she enrolled at the College full-time, she admits that she struggled with the major she had selected for herself and balancing out-of-school obligations, but thanks to the help and counseling of caring and supportive advisors and professors at the College, she is back on track and in the process of exploring what other fields of study and career options are right for her. “I just want to build things and help my community,” Jackson said while admitting that, “this nomination, for me, is surreal.”

Second semester student Taslema Akther, who is enrolled in NVCC’s Workforce Value Achievers Education (W.A.V.E) Program was equally as surprised to receive the nomination from WAVE coordinator, Tracy Mahar. “It’s been a rough year,” said Akther who has had a year full of personal struggles, “and getting the nomination from Tracy put a smile on my face.” Akther is currently working in NVCC’s Information Technology Department as part of the department’s helpdesk team and considering careers in law enforcement when she graduates next year. Run through NVCC’s Business Division, the WAVE program is designed to build students’ academic and work skills while developing each individual student’s personal emotional quotient, enabling him or her to get along successfully in the real world.

NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. opened the annual celebration with remarks about the progress of the 17 student honorees: “Your stories bring meaning to the work we do,” said President De Filippis. “It is particularly important this year to celebrate the resilient spirit and the intellectual achievements of these radiant women who have overcome so many obstacles and found their path forward through education and courage and determination.”

Carlee Drummer, Ph.D., President of Quinebaug Valley Community College, was the keynote speaker. A reflection on her family history and her own life’s journey, Dr. Drummer’s speech was filled with gratitude for the reverence that education had among her maternal grandparents and parents. She recounted some of the obstacles she faced as a woman in her studies, and in her career, and the spirited way she chose to overcome these obstacles while building a strong foundation of skills that would be help her long into her career. In the spirit of commemorating Women’s History Month, President Drummer said, “I hope all of you will take a moment to reflect on the women in your lives. Those who you have helped and those who have helped you.”

The acknowledgment and celebration of this year’s inductees was just the beginning of the afternoon festivities, however. NVCC’s Associate Dean of Development, Angela Chapman, and Rose-Mary Rodrigues, Director of NVCC’s Women’s Center, announced the receipt of a generous $10,000 grant from the Women’s Giving Circle at the Connecticut Community Foundation that will be earmarked to begin a new program at the College.  NVCC’s Women’s Lead, Empower, Achieve and Persist (LEAP) Program will support the needs of a select group of determined female students who demonstrate resilience and tenacity in furthering their educations despite the barriers, odds, adversity and overwhelming challenges they are faced with through relevant workshops, mentorships, and other proactive measures that improve retention leading to graduation. 

“We are truly grateful to the Women’s Giving Circle at the Connecticut Community Foundation for the support of this program to help these deserving women achieve their dreams of a higher education.” said Dean Chapman.

A special guest to the event and former colleague of President De Filippis, Associate Dean for Community and External Relations, Ana I. García Reyes of Hostos Community College, where President De Filippis formerly served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, delivered a very special gift and announcement to close the festivities.  García presented an honorary citation from New York Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who serves New York’s 13th congressional district recognizing President De Filippis for her “extraordinary contributions to higher education.”

The event was moderated by NVCC Professor of Hospitality Management, Karen Rotella and Dean of Administration Dana Elm. The food from the luncheon was created by students of NVCC’s Food Production and Purchasing Class, the NVCC Service Management Class, and the Naugatuck Events Management Club.

kerry@ducey.org (NVCC) Neighbors Mon, 01 Apr 2019 05:25:01 -0400
43,251 lbs. of Unneeded Medication Were Disposed of by CT Residents - Here are the Drug Drop Boxes Closest to Woodbury https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/publicsafety/1736-43-251-lbs-of-unneeded-medication-were-disposed-of-by-ct-residents-here-are-the-drug-drop-boxes-closest-to-woodbury-15537216671736-43-251-lbs-of-unneeded-medication-were-disposed-of-by-ct-residents-here-are-the-drug-drop-boxes-closest-to-woodbury-1553721667 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/publicsafety/1736-43-251-lbs-of-unneeded-medication-were-disposed-of-by-ct-residents-here-are-the-drug-drop-boxes-closest-to-woodbury-15537216671736-43-251-lbs-of-unneeded-medication-were-disposed-of-by-ct-residents-here-are-the-drug-drop-boxes-closest-to-woodbury-1553721667

CT State is proud to announce an increase in the use of drug drop boxes in 2018. The drug drop box program helps save the lives of Connecticut children as well as the environment.

Unwanted medication should not be flushed down the toilet or sink!  

There are now 95 drug drop boxes at law enforcement stations in Connecticut registered with DCP. The Drug Drop boxes closest to Woodbury are as follows:

Location_Name Address

In CT, there are several ways that consumers can safely dispose of unwanted medications.

“Disposing of unneeded medication safely is just one way to prevent addiction and overdoses,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, “We’re pleased to see a steady growth in the number of drop boxes, and in the medication being disposed of. We want to thank law enforcement for hosting drop boxes in the state, and for their continued collaboration in making this program a success. We look forward to coordinating even more with our sister agencies and partner organizations to keep families safe”

Although using the toilet or sink prevents someone from accidentally taking the medications, disposing of them in this way causes water pollution and has adverse effects on septic systems, sewage treatment plants, fish and other aquatic wildlife. Trace amounts of all kinds of drugs have also been found in some drinking water supplies because they pass through septic systems and sewage plants untreated according to the CT Department of Environmental Protection.

“Thanks to the efforts of the people and communities of our state, in just one year, more than 20 tons of medications have been safely destroyed and kept out of the wrong hands,” said Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon. “Preventing addiction and limiting access to dangerous medications is one way we can all play a role in stemming the tide in the opioid crisis.”

In addition to disposing at a drop box, families can dispose of medication safely at home by running medication under hot water, combining it with an undesirable material, sealing the container, and throwing it out.

Families with complaints, questions, or concerns may contact DCP’s Drug Control Division by emailing dcp.drugcontrol@ct.gov, or by calling (860) 713-6065.

Drop Box Collection Results By Year:


# of Boxes

Amount Burned (lbs.)























What CAN and CANNOT be discarded in local medication drop-boxes


• Over-the-counter medications

• Prescription medications

• Medication samples

• Medications for household pets

• Medicated lotions or ointments


• Needles or other “sharps”

• Hazardous waste

• Thermometers

• Personal care products (shampoo,etc.)

Safe disposal options for drugs can be found here. For more information, please see the CT State Department of Consumer Protection website here.

Note: Schools that want to dispose of controlled substances should call the Drug Control Division of the CT Dept. of Consumer Protection for assistance at 860-713-6065.     


cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Public safety Fri, 29 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
Police ID Victims of Oxford House Fire https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/publicsafety/1735-police-id-victims-of-oxford-house-fire1735-police-id-victims-of-oxford-house-fire https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/publicsafety/1735-police-id-victims-of-oxford-house-fire1735-police-id-victims-of-oxford-house-fire

Connecticut State Police have released the names of the victims who died as a result of a house fire which took place Saturday, March 23 at 63 O’Neill Road in Oxford. 

  • Christopher S. Maseizik (DOB 06/02/65; 53 years of age)
  • Karl F. Maseizik (DOB 06/11/64; 54 years of age)
  • Nanci N. Southwell (DOB 02/29/48; 71 years of age)

The cause of death will be released by the Medical Examiner.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Public safety Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:52:52 -0400
UConn Study on Food Insecurity Ranks Woodbury Number 140 in Percent of Food Insecure Residents https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1734-uconn-study-on-food-insecurity-ranks-woodbury-number-140-in-percent-of-food-insecure-residents-15535470391734-uconn-study-on-food-insecurity-ranks-woodbury-number-140-in-percent-of-food-insecure-residents-1553547039 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1734-uconn-study-on-food-insecurity-ranks-woodbury-number-140-in-percent-of-food-insecure-residents-15535470391734-uconn-study-on-food-insecurity-ranks-woodbury-number-140-in-percent-of-food-insecure-residents-1553547039

The state-level decline in food insecurity in Connecticut is encouraging

The Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy at the University of Connecticut released an updated report on food insecurity and obesity in Connecticut. The study was authored by Rebecca Boehm, Jiff Martin, Jaime Foster, and Rigoberto A. Lopez, and titled  "Food Insecurity and Obesity Incidence Across Connecticut".

Woodbury was ranked number 140 for the percent of residents reported as Food Insecure (higher rank = fewer residents food insecure) out of 170 towns in Connecticut listed on the report.  The report found that Woodbury had a 6% rate of Food Insecurity, and a 27% rate of Obesity.

The Connecticut weighted average for Obesity was 25.6%, and the weighted average for food insecurity was 12.5%. Overall, in 2015, 12.4% of Connecticut households reported not having sufficient funds in the last 12 months to purchase food. (These households are defined as food insecure in this report.)

A two page summary of the report is available here.

An Excerpt from the study:

“Ensuring that all Connecticut residents and households are food secure is a critical public health goal. Studies of low income populations in the U.S. find that food insecurity is associated with poorer diet quality, which has implications for health. At the same time, rates of obesity and diet-related chronic diseases in Connecticut have risen steadily since the late 1990s. Consequently, the primary objective of this report was to describe the prevalence of food insecurity and obesity across Connecticut’s diverse population and towns.”

In Connecticut, obesity rates have steadily increased since the early 2000s.

Other findings reported:

  • Food insecurity rates in Connecticut are higher for households with than without children under 18, with 14.8% of Connecticut households with children reporting food insecurity in the last 12 months compared to 11.0% of households without children.
  • In 2016, the adult obesity rate climbed to 26.0%, compared to 21.8% in 2010.
  • Rates of obesity (excluding overweight) also increased among Connecticut high school students, from 10.2% in 2009 to 12.3% in 2015.
  • The incidence of overweight and obesity was substantially more widespread across Connecticut’s towns than food insecurity.
  • Rates of food insecurity in Connecticut have remained relatively stable over the last five years.
cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Neighbors Tue, 26 Mar 2019 04:00:00 -0400
Blood Drives Near Woodbury, and a Surprising Way to Help Patients Kick Cancer https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/charities/1733-blood-drives-near-woodbury-and-a-surprising-way-to-help-patients-kick-cancer-15535386431733-blood-drives-near-woodbury-and-a-surprising-way-to-help-patients-kick-cancer-1553538643 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/charities/1733-blood-drives-near-woodbury-and-a-surprising-way-to-help-patients-kick-cancer-15535386431733-blood-drives-near-woodbury-and-a-surprising-way-to-help-patients-kick-cancer-1553538643

People may be surprised that they can play a direct role in the fight against cancer, and it’s easier than they might think. By donating platelets or blood through the American Red Cross, donors can share their strength and help patients kick cancer.

Platelets are tiny cells that form clots and stop bleeding. About 2 million units of platelets are transfused each year in the U.S., and more than half of all donated platelets go to cancer patients.

“Some cancers and certain types of chemotherapy drugs and radiation can damage bone marrow, where red blood cells and platelets are produced,” said Dr. Pampee P. Young, chief medical officer, American Red Cross. “Cancer patients often require blood products during treatment or after surgical procedures. Platelet transfusions, in particular, are needed to prevent life-threatening bleeding and help cancer patients continue receiving lifesaving treatments.” 

Blood Donations Near Woodbury

Town Date Address
Southbury 4/13/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1021 Roxbury Rd
Washington 4/14/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Gunnery, Route 47, 99 Green Hill Road
Waterbury 4/15/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Parkway

Because platelets must be transfused within just five days from the time they are donated, platelet donors have the power to help save up to three lives within days of their donation.

In addition to cancer patients, platelets and blood are needed every day for lifesaving surgeries, traumas and those living with blood disorders. The Red Cross must collect more than 2,500 platelet and about 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide. In the Connecticut Blood Services Region, 48 platelet and 302 blood donations are needed each day.

How to donate platelets

Platelet donation is available at the following Red Cross blood donation centers. Appointments are encouraged and can be made using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org/Cancer or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Local Platelet Donation Center:

Farmington Platelet Donation Center

209 Farmington Ave

Farmington CT 06032

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Monday: 7:45 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Wednesday: 11:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday: 6:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

About platelet donation 

During a platelet donation, blood is collected by a device that separates platelets, along with some plasma, from whole blood, and the remaining blood components are returned to the donor. The entire process takes about two to three hours, and donors are encouraged to relax during the donation – Netflix, videos, television and wireless internet are available. Platelets may be donated every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Red Cross) Charities Mon, 25 Mar 2019 08:36:48 -0400
Three Fatalities After House Fire in Oxford https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/publicsafety/1731-three-fatalities-after-house-fire-in-oxford1731-three-fatalities-after-house-fire-in-oxford https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/publicsafety/1731-three-fatalities-after-house-fire-in-oxford1731-three-fatalities-after-house-fire-in-oxford

On Saturday, March 23 at approximately 11:22 pm, Troopers from Troop A in Southbury along with Oxford Police and Fire responded to 63 O’Neill Road in their town for a fully engulfed residential structure fire.

It has been confirmed that there are three fatalities as a result of the fire. The Medical Examiner is responding to the scene at this time. The case will remain with Oxford Police, however, CT State Police Major Crimes is on scene assisting along with CSP FEIU and the local fire marshal. CSP FEIU will assist by determining the cause and origin of the fire.

There are no further details at this time. Identities of the decedents will be provided pending further investigation by the ME’s Office and Police.  

kerry@ducey.org (CT State Police) Public safety Sun, 24 Mar 2019 09:20:45 -0400
Sherman Resident Charged with Murder, Police Save His Life During Interview https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/publicsafety/1730-sherman-resident-charged-with-murder-police-save-his-life-during-interview1730-sherman-resident-charged-with-murder-police-save-his-life-during-interview https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/publicsafety/1730-sherman-resident-charged-with-murder-police-save-his-life-during-interview1730-sherman-resident-charged-with-murder-police-save-his-life-during-interview

Western District Major Crime Detectives Save Suspects Life During Homicide Interview

On Wednesday 03/20/19 at approximately 2 am Troop A troopers responded to #99 Church Road in Sherman after a resident of the home, James Marharg called 911 and reported that an individual residing in the residence had fallen and struck his head on the countertop. Upon arrival Patrol units located the deceased within the residence. Due to several suspicious circumstances, the Western District Major Crime Squad and the Danbury State's Attorney were requested to respond to the scene. After an extensive investigation by WDMCS detectives, an arrest warrant charging James Maharg with Murder and Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence was submitted to and approved by the Danbury Superior Court. A court set bond of $2,000,000 was assigned to Maharg.

This was not a typical day for detectives in major crime however. While they were interviewing the suspect he collapsed, falling out of his chair and began having what appeared to be a medical emergency. Detectives immediately checked his pulse, he had one, but he was not breathing and they observed that he was beginning to turn blue. They attached an AED (automated external defibrillator) but no shock was advised. Detectives administered respiratory breaths with a bag valve and then provided him with oxygen until the ambulance arrived and transported him to the hospital. Maharg remains in the hospital at this time. He was arraigned bedside today and is in DOC custody at the hospital.

The detectives who interviewed him, Detective Edmund Vayan and Detective Jared Barbero, along with Trooper Giancarlo Ardolino and several members of the Statewide Narcotic's Task Force, did an amazing job of saving this man’s life. Their ability to seamlessly go from interview mode to taking lifesaving measures and actively saving his life, is a true testament to what we as troopers do every day.

kerry@ducey.org (CT State Police) Public safety Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:27:57 -0400