Woodbury's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:27:25 -0500 HamletHub.com Red Cross Helps Four Families After Fire in Woodbury https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/charities/1763-red-cross-helps-four-families-after-fire-in-woodbury1763-red-cross-helps-four-families-after-fire-in-woodbury https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/charities/1763-red-cross-helps-four-families-after-fire-in-woodbury1763-red-cross-helps-four-families-after-fire-in-woodbury

The American Red Cross is helping four families – eight adults – no children after a fire yesterday on Main St S, Woodbury. The Red Cross provided assistance to meet the families’ immediate needs. Responders included: Cathy Tsacoyeanes, Joe Cozza, Jim Tsacoyeanes and  Bert Goff.

The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies and other items a resident might need when suddenly displaced from their home by a fire. In addition, a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more was provided. 

Those affected will connect with Red Cross caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan. The Red Cross is able to provide assistance through the generosity of our donors and the commitment of our volunteers.

For more information about the Red Cross visit redcross.org and for information on our home fire preparedness campaign visit: http://www.redcross.org/ct/schedule-a-visit or call 1-877-287-3327 and press option 1.

kerry@ducey.org (Red Cross) Charities Tue, 19 Nov 2019 02:18:24 -0500
Bronko Homes Real Estate Presented Donation To Naugatuck Youth Services https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/charities/1762-bronko-homes-real-estate-presented-donation-to-naugatuck-youth-services1762-bronko-homes-real-estate-presented-donation-to-naugatuck-youth-services https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/charities/1762-bronko-homes-real-estate-presented-donation-to-naugatuck-youth-services1762-bronko-homes-real-estate-presented-donation-to-naugatuck-youth-services

Bronko Homes Real Estate Owner Adam Bronko of Naugatuck (2nd from right) recently contributed a portion of the commission his firm earned on the recent sale of a home to the non-profit Naugatuck Youth Services. Celebrating the first anniversary of the Naugatuck-based real estate firm at 175 Church Street, Bronko is offering home sellers the opportunity to “Leave A Legacy” with the sale of their home.

“When a seller lists their home with us,” explained Bronko, “it is our pleasure to donate a portion of our earned commission in that client’s name to a local charity or non-profit organization of their choice. We believe this program is a great way for our clients to give back to a community they’ve been a part of for many years.

“Not only were our clients of this particular sale happy with our service and how fast we sold their home, the Naugatuck Youth Services organization was just as happy to receive a donation through our Leave A Legacy Program.” Photographed with Bronko are delighted members of the Naugatuck Youth Services team.

Serving Naugatuck, Beacon Falls, Middlebury, Prospect, Southbury, Waterbury and Oxford, Bronko Homes offers highly-personalized service to home buyers and sellers. Adam Bronko can be reached via http://www.bronkohomes.com, 203-714-6479, 203-889-1334, or via bronkohomes@gmail.com.



kerry@ducey.org (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Charities Mon, 28 Oct 2019 07:54:20 -0400
Five Inducted into American Manufacturing Hall Of Fame at Housatonic Community College https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1761-five-inducted-into-american-manufacturing-hall-of-fame-at-housatonic-community-college1761-five-inducted-into-american-manufacturing-hall-of-fame-at-housatonic-community-college https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1761-five-inducted-into-american-manufacturing-hall-of-fame-at-housatonic-community-college1761-five-inducted-into-american-manufacturing-hall-of-fame-at-housatonic-community-college

On Thursday, October 10, Housatonic Community College (HCC) hosted the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame (AMHoF), celebrating the innovative history of American manufacturing, honoring the success of manufacturers in Connecticut and raising funds for HCC student scholarships.

A crowd of nearly 200 manufacturing and community leaders attended the evening in Trumbull, CT to witness the organization’s sixth annual induction ceremony. This year, the inductees included Ashcroft Inc., Medtronic PLC, Microboard Processing Inc., Pratt & Whitney and Sonics & Materials Inc. Joe Carbone, President and CEO of The WorkPlace once again served as Master of Ceremonies.

The evening’s beneficiary, the HCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, provides students with access to education and workforce development training for in-demand jobs in the manufacturing sector. This premier program on the HCC campus is helping to keep manufacturing jobs in Connecticut.

“We would like to thank all of you who contributed, invested, and believed in us,” said Dorsia Franklin, a program graduate who went through the program with her daughter, Chanel. “The fact that we started out knowing nothing about manufacturing to then successfully completing the program and graduating at the top of our class surpassed anything I could’ve imagined!”

The American Manufacturing Hall of Fame was founded in 2014 by past HCC Foundation Board president Barbara Johnson, along with her husband Carl and actor and manufacturing supporter John Ratzenberger. A passionate group of volunteers continue to spearhead this event, in partnership with the HCC Foundation. Thirty Connecticut companies have now been inducted into AMHoF.

HCC Foundation Executive Director Kristy Jelenik said, “This annual celebration spotlights the incredible advanced manufacturing program at HCC which enables our students to enter a meaningful career path that offers wage-sustaining employment.” Mrs. Jelenik continued, “We are so grateful to all of our sponsors, and to our manufacturing partners around the region who support our program and employ our students, including this year’s inductees.”

Frank Gulluni, director emeritus of the Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center at Asnuntuck Community College, received the AMHoF 2019 Leadership Award. Earlier this year, Housatonic and Asnuntuck Community Colleges opened an Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Derby High School in Derby, CT where students can now take college-level classes.

The HCC Foundation would like to thank its generous sponsors including Founding & Diamond Sponsor blumshapiro, as well as Diamond Sponsor Wells Fargo, Platinum Sponsor Hubbell, Gold Sponsors the Barden Foundation, Bridgeport Fittings, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, and The WorkPlace, and Silver Sponsors Ashcroft Inc., the ASSA ABLOY Group, Dworken Hillman LaMorte & Sterczala, Moore Tools, Newtown Savings Bank, People’s United Bank, Resource Development Associates, TD Bank, United Illuminating, Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals, Inc. and Webster Bank.

To learn more about Housatonic Community College and the Advanced Manufacturing Program, visit www.Housatonic.edu and to learn how you can support the next generation of manufacturers in our state, contact the Housatonic Community College Foundation at www.Housatonic.edu/foundation or call Kristy Jelenik 203-332-5078.

Photo credit: David Gunn Photography

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Thu, 17 Oct 2019 06:44:57 -0400
Woodbury Resident Recipient Of Watertown Oakville Chamber's 2019 Community Leadership Award https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1760-woodbury-resident-recipient-of-watertown-oakville-chamber-s-2019-community-leadership-award1760-woodbury-resident-recipient-of-watertown-oakville-chamber-s-2019-community-leadership-award https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1760-woodbury-resident-recipient-of-watertown-oakville-chamber-s-2019-community-leadership-award1760-woodbury-resident-recipient-of-watertown-oakville-chamber-s-2019-community-leadership-award

Corey Shaker of Woodbury, co-owner of The Shaker Automotive Group, the president of a grassroots mental health organization, and a town facility will all be honored during the Watertown Oakville Chamber of Commerce’s 55th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

The prestigious 2019 Community Leader of the Year Award will be presented to Corey Shaker, co-owner of The Shaker Automotive Group; the 2019 Unsung Hero Award will be presented to Joseph D’Averso, president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Waterbury, and the 2019 Beautification Award will be presented to the Watertown Library Association.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Oak Villa, 550 Sylvan Lake Road in Oakville, and will include a silent auction to raise money for the Chamber’s Annual Scholarship Program, which provides two $1,500 scholarships for graduating Watertown High School students — one pursuing a career in business, the other a STEM or trade-related career.

“The criteria for selecting the Watertown-Oakville Chamber’s Community Leader of the Year include a nominee’s personal impact on the business community, how he or she demonstrates leadership, their notable accomplishments and the extent of their community involvement,” said Lori DosSantos of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, chairwoman of the Watertown Oakville Chamber Board of Directors.

Corey Shaker is a partner in and president of The Shaker Automotive Group, now in its eighth decade. The dealership was founded in Waterbury in 1930 by his grandfather. Since then, it has expanded across New England and includes seven dealerships in Connecticut and Massachusetts. That includes Shaker Family Ford Lincoln at 831 Straits Turnpike in Watertown, which it tore down in 2012 to build a new, 35,000-square-foot facility featuring 20 service bays, a car wash and detail center, customer business center and lounge, executive offices, and training center. It also recently acquired Bradshaw Chrysler Jeep in Watertown.

Shaker, who lives in Woodbury with his wife, Danielle, is being honored for his organization’s continued investment in Watertown, providing the town with significant tax revenue, jobs, and economic development.

Past recipients of the Community Award are Susan Atkins of Bradshaw Jeep in 2006; Dr. Joseph Erardi, Superintendent of Schools, in 2007; Bill Dunbar of Copes Rubbish Removal in 2008; Peter Baker of Crystal Rock in 2009; Dennis Strozzi of Siemon Realty in 2011; Stephen Martino of Martino’s Pizzaria in 2012; Watertown Town Manager Chuck Frigon in 2013; Rich Dupont of Resource Development Associates in 2014; Jack Traver of Traver IDC in 2015; Dr. Bridget Carnemolla, Superintendent of Schools,  in 2016; Robert LaBonne Sr. of LaBonne’s Markets in 2017, and Margret Warner of Litchfield Bancorp in 2018. No award was presented in 2010.

D’Averso, the 2019 Unsung Hero Award recipient, is president of NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Founded in 1979 by a small group of families, NAMI has grown into an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work to raise awareness and provide support and education not previously available to those in need.

D’Averso, who lives in Watertown with his wife, Jenny, also serves as the facilities director for Apple Rehab in town. He works tirelessly for the local community, helping to raise money for NAMI, recruiting volunteers, and cooking for two annual NAMI events, while also raising money for the Fisher Foundation for Veterans. He also has a catering business, a contracting business, and owns Joey’s Army Navy Store at 20 Depot St.

The Unsung Hero Award, DosSantos said, “is presented to a person or group who often works behind the scenes in Watertown-Oakville; has provided substantive yet unrecognized contributions to their community or business; exhibits fair and honest business practices; lives, works, or owns a business in Watertown-Oakville, and helps, supports and empowers other people to advance.”

Past recipients of the Unsung Hero Award include The Watertown Foundation in 2012; Sorrina Salvatore of Ion Bank in 2013; Theresa Gorman of Weichert Realty Briotti Group in 2014; Joseph McGrail of Remote Automation Systems/Emerson in 2015; Paul Jessell, Esq., of Slavin Stauffacher & Scott in 2016; William Wildman Sr. of Bill Wildman Floor Covering in 2017, and Don Gamsjager of DNR Laboratories in 2018.

The Chamber’s Beautification Award recognizes individuals, companies, and organizations for efforts that add to the aesthetics of the area by improving their properties or key access points to the community. “The nominee must be a Watertown-Oakville-based business, have demonstrated a special effort to improve and/or maintain a high standard of beautification of their property, and the physical enhancements may be but are not limited to, exterior renovations, landscaping, signage, and seasonal decorations,” DosSantos said.

Watertown Library Association, 2019 Beautification Award recipient, recently completed the Woodward Atrium Project for the library at 470 Main St., enhancing the façade and enlarging its interior. The expansion, the first since 1976, added a multi-purpose community room and two public meeting rooms, made its Book Nook more accessible and increased handicapped parking.

Past Beautification Awards recipients include Thomaston Savings Bank in 2012; Tony & Sons’ Seafood in 2013; Roma Florist Landscape in 2014; Onyx Jewelers II in 2015; ECI Screen Print in 2016; Hawk Ridge Winery in 2017, and The Taft School in 2018.

The Business Sponsor for the event is Litchfield Bancorp. Sponsorships to show support for the honorees at the 2019 Watertown Oakville Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner are still available by calling Alison Amato in the Chamber offices. Tickets are $50/person or a table of 10 for $550. Reservations are required by Thursday, November 7. Call the Chamber at 203-757-0701 or visit www.watertownoakvillechamber.com.

kerry@ducey.org (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Neighbors Wed, 09 Oct 2019 11:26:18 -0400
Cocktail Brunch by the Pond to Benefit Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/events/1759-prwc-benefit-20191759-prwc-benefit-2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/events/1759-prwc-benefit-20191759-prwc-benefit-2019


The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition’s (PRWC) annual benefit, Cocktail Brunch by the Pond, is set for September 22 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Woodbury Barns and Farm, 557 Main Street South, Woodbury. Guests will enjoy the magnificent views of the 20-acre Woodbury Barns and Farm countryside estate, live music, fine food as prepared by Chef Carol Byer-Alcorace, signature cocktails and tastings by Litchfield Distillery, tempting auction items and lots of fun while raising funds to support PRWC’s mission.

Cocktail Brunch by the Pond celebrates PRWC's ongoing environmental coalition-based protection accomplishments. The event raises important funds to support student internships and the Youth Conservation Corps, watershed monitoring and restoration initiatives, environmental outreach programs, science-based development of and advocacy for sustainable water and land use policies, and other vital work to protect your rivers and drinking water.

Woodbury Barns and Farm (WBF), an inclusive luxury destination, is located on the site of the old Samuel Bull Homestead and the former Country Loft in Woodbury, Connecticut. In 1706, Deacon Samuel Bull, Woodbury's first Blacksmith, built the historic homestead. The present-day guest cottage was originally the first general store in town. The 8,000 square foot barn, now home to an antiques store, venue space and Connecticut’s only authentic French wine cave, was constructed in 1840. These stunning examples of colonial architecture have all been updated, designed, & furnished with WBF's signature blend of quintessential New England style fused with French, English, & Italian influences. WBF has focused its debut almost exclusively on philanthropic initiatives and generously invites PRWC and its guests to its stunning property overlooking a tranquil two-acre pond with the backdrop of majestic cliffs.

Come celebrate and help protect your rivers and drinking water! Tickets are $75 per person and it is recommended that they be purchased in advance at www.pomperaug.org or by calling 203-263-0076.   All proceeds for the event support the work of PRWC.

Major business and foundation sponsors include Heritage Village/Connecticut Water Company, New Morning Market, O&G Industries, Inc., Eversource, Connecticut Community Foundation, Aquarion Water Company of CT, Kevin and Alicia Bennett, Giuliano Richardson & Sfara LLC, Milone & MacBroom, Inc., Secor, Cassidy, McPartland P.C.

kerry@ducey.org (PRWC) Events Tue, 10 Sep 2019 09:05:40 -0400
Many Connecticut Cities Ranked Highest for Number of Nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/charities/1757-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-15658230061757-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-1565823006 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/charities/1757-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-15658230061757-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-1565823006

Woodbury and other nearby cities data can be seen on the chart below.

The Bridgeport Region ranks 20th for the US regions with the highest concentrations of nonprofit organizations according to Governing Magazine.  The Bridgeport metro area has a total of 1,391 nonprofits, which translates to 14.7 per 10,000 population.

The number of nonprofits in towns near Woodbury are:

City # of Charities Value of Assets
Bethelhem, CT 1 $1
Bethlehem, CT 32 $23,949,631
Bridgewater, CT 23 $12,721,123
Lakeside, CT 1 $0
Middlebury, CT 55 $137,291,359
Morris, CT 15 $2,694,877
Naugatuck, CT 118 $41,212,549
Oakville, CT 25 $407,155
Oxford, CT 44 $4,916,337
Roxbury, CT 23 $59,007,430
Sandy Hook, CT 56 $39,610,586
Saouthbury, CT 1 $1,033,297
South Bury, CT 1 $0
Southbury, CT 99 $88,114,742
Union City, CT 3 $509,959
Washington, CT 21 $88,913,373
Washington Depot, CT 4 $29,616,136
Washington Dt, CT 18 $84,802,002
Waterburry, CT 1
Waterbury, CT 430 $842,239,840
Watertown, CT 63 $441,138,883
Woodbury, CT 72 $24,251,404

The magazine studied all of the regions in the United States to try to determine why some regions have more charities than others, and they found some interesting results. "What we found was that the concentration of locally focused nonprofits doesn’t just vary from one part of the country to another -- it varies a lot. The top 10 metro areas on our list have more than twice the number of nonprofits per capita as all those in the bottom quarter."

Other regions in the top 20 according to Governor Magazine include:

Metro Area Nonprofits
Nonprofits Per 10k Pop
Barnstable Town, MA 517 24.2
Pittsfield, MA 286 22.6
Santa Fe, NM 285 19
Missoula, MT 219 18.4
Ithaca, NY 187 18.2
Springfield, IL 358 17.2
Trenton, NJ 634 17.1
Bismarck, ND 222 16.7
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 366 16.6
Madison, WI 1,094 16.6
Napa, CA 231 16.6
Boulder, CO 538 16.5
Duluth, MN-WI 447 16
Fairbanks, AK 157 15.9
Great Falls, MT 130 15.9
Glens Falls, NY 198 15.8
Jefferson City, MO 234 15.4
Portland-South Portland, ME 813 15.2
Anchorage, AK 595 14.9
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,391 14.7


Other Connecticut regions on the list include:

  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford with 1,576 nonprofits
  • New Haven-Milford with 1,082 nonprofits
  • Norwich-New London with 318 nonprofits

The governing analysis is based on data published by The National Center for Charitable Statistics.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Charities Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:30:00 -0400
Michaels Jewelers In Torrington To Begin Closing Sale Aug. 16 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1753-michaels-jewelers-in-torrington-to-begin-closing-sale-aug-161753-michaels-jewelers-in-torrington-to-begin-closing-sale-aug-16 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/places/1753-michaels-jewelers-in-torrington-to-begin-closing-sale-aug-161753-michaels-jewelers-in-torrington-to-begin-closing-sale-aug-16

After 93 years in Torrington, the inventory of Michaels Jewelers store at 80 Main Street will be offered through a closing sale that is open to the public on Friday, August 16 at 10:00 AM. All warranty concerns, repair services, merchandise pickups, and any other customer needs will be fulfilled at the Michaels Avon location.

Mark Michaels, owner of the ten Michaels Jewelers stores across Connecticut, announced that “Having opened the Torrington store in the mid-1920s, we thank our customers, the city of Torrington and our landlord, the Warner Theater, for their support spanning over nine decades. The decision to close was difficult, however, we recognize our need to evolve and meet our customer’s shopping preferences through our other Michaels locations, especially at the Avon Market Place. We will continue to support our community programs and our ongoing commitment to give back to the Torrington community.”

Originally opened on Water Street in Torrington in 1926, the store was moved to 80 Main Street to coincide with the 1931 opening of the Warner Theater as part of the Warner Bros. movie theater chain.

Ken Bacon, manager of the Torrington Michaels Jewelers store for the past 30 years, and also manager of the Avon Michaels Jewelers store for the past 3 years, commented, “Our team of diamond and fine jewelry professionals are looking forward to serving our loyal long term friends and customers, and the new ones as well, one last time at the Torrington store. We are preparing our vast inventory for the general public Store Closing Sale that will begin on Friday, August 16 and run for a few short weeks.

With nine remaining stores across the state, Michaels Jewelers is Connecticut’s leading retailer of engagement rings, fine jewelry, repair services, and appraisals. This family-run business was founded in 1885 in Novia Scotia by Abraham L. Michaels and has been managed most recently by fourth-generation family member W. Mark Michaels, as CEO, and fifth-generation family member Lindsay Michaels-Gorski as director of marketing.

Michaels Jewelers stores are currently located in Avon, Bristol, Danbury, and Orange, plus several well-known malls including Westfarms, Manchester’s Buckland Hills, Westfield Trumbull, Westfield Meriden and Waterbury’s Brass Mill Center. During this coming fall 2019, they will open their first out-of-state store in a Maryland MGM Casino.

Michaels has been the first jeweler in Connecticut to earn Certified Gemologist and Appraiser titles, and it possesses one of the few AGS Accredited Gem Laboratories in Connecticut. Michaels has consistently brought the most desirable jewelry brands and products to their customers, from Pandora to the diamond standard of quality, their Hearts and Arrows Bridal and Diamond Jewelry. Additionally, they annually contribute to multiple community programs funded from the Michaels Jewelers Foundation

For more information on all the Michaels Jewelers, visit https://www.michaelsjewelers.com.

kerry@ducey.org (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Places Thu, 08 Aug 2019 07:21:05 -0400
Wisdom House Hosting Interactive Photo Gallery Celebrating 70 Years In Litchfield through August 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1749-wisdom-house-hosting-interactive-photo-gallery-celebrating-70-years-in-litchfield-through-aug-171749-wisdom-house-hosting-interactive-photo-gallery-celebrating-70-years-in-litchfield-through-aug-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1749-wisdom-house-hosting-interactive-photo-gallery-celebrating-70-years-in-litchfield-through-aug-171749-wisdom-house-hosting-interactive-photo-gallery-celebrating-70-years-in-litchfield-through-aug-17

Wisdom House Spiritual Retreat and Conference Center’s popular Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery at 229 East Litchfield Road in Litchfield, Connecticut is hosting a highly-distinctive interactive photo art exhibit, “The Enduring Presence of Wisdom Through the Years: A celebration of the Daughters of Wisdom in Litchfield For 70 Years.”

The ground-breaking exhibit includes an audio component available by downloading a special app onto smartphones to hear the voices of the contemporary nuns featured in large photos taken by Ruedi Hoffman of Manhattan. This special exhibit is open for public viewing through August 17, 2019, and also commemorates the 25th year of Wisdom House hosting the Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery.

“The Enduring Presence of Wisdom” exhibit features a breath-taking display of petite historical photos and artifacts showing the day-to-day lives of some of the nearly 100 nuns who resided and trained in the former convent founded in 1949. Those archival photos are in startling juxtaposition to photos of contemporary nuns who have also contributed to the many activities and extensive offerings of Wisdom House Spiritual Retreat and Conference Center during the past 70 years.

Through a distinctive “Live Portrait” application (app) link to smartphones, viewers of the photos of the contemporary Daughters of Wisdom nuns can listen to “live” audio stories from each nun highlighting her life at Wisdom House in the past and present, plus offerings of insights into the anticipated future of the Daughters of Wisdom ministries that spans the globe.

The Daughters of Wisdom originated in 18th Century France and founded the U.S. Province in 1949 with the purchase of 100 acres of the former Spruce Brook Farm in bucolic East Litchfield. The property was established as a Novitiate to train the order’s young postulant nuns from Brooklyn, New York who had only ‘heard’ of Connecticut. Today some of those nuns, now in their 70s, joyfully recount how enormously surprised they were to see cows walking around the convent’s property and intruding into their morning prayers by sticking their ‘mooing’ heads through open windows.

The archival photos show young Catholic nuns who wore ‘full habits’, cooked, cleaned, and did the laundry for themselves as well as the priests who lived in the nearby Montfort Missionary located “just up the road” from Wisdom House. The Montfort Missionary was founded in France by the St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1637 to 1716), and the Daughters of Wisdom order was founded by Montfort and Marie Louise Trichet in 1703.

Currently an interfaith spiritual retreat and conference center, Wisdom House presents programs and day-to-day operations that celebrate the sacred in everyday life, the arts and ecology. Wisdom House offers one-day, two-day, weekend, and week-long conference and retreat lodging and hospitality to academic, nonprofit, and business organizations from across New England, the United States, and from around-the-world.

“The Enduring Presence of Wisdom Through the Years: A celebration of the Daughters of Wisdom in Litchfield For 70 Years” free interactive photo exhibit is open to the public through August 17, 2019. The Wisdom House property also offers a year-round open-air meditative labyrinth and peace garden.

To learn of the days and times Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery inside Wisdom House located at 229 East Litchfield Road in Litchfield, Connecticut is open for viewing, please visit www.wisdomhouse.org, or call 860-567-3163.

For information on current and upcoming workshops, retreats, and conferences open to the general public to attend, please email Wisdom House Program Manager Bonnie Mis at programs@wisdomhouse.org, call 860-567-3163, or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Neighbors Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:03:08 -0400
Kick Off Summer at The Ridgefield Playhouse with Jon Batiste and Stay Human on June 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/events/1748-kick-off-summer-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-jon-batiste-and-stay-human-on-june-211748-kick-off-summer-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-jon-batiste-and-stay-human-on-june-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/events/1748-kick-off-summer-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-jon-batiste-and-stay-human-on-june-211748-kick-off-summer-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-jon-batiste-and-stay-human-on-june-21

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Kick off summer with dinner, open bar and a great night of live music at The Ridgefield Playhouse Summer Gala, featuring “Late Show” band leader Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human on Friday, June 21 – the first day of summer!

The gala, which benefits The Playhouse (a non-profit, 501 (c) (3)), begins at 5:30pm and includes dishes prepared by local restaurants, beverages provided by local brewers, wineries and distilleries and a chance to bid on fabulous silent auction items outside under a tent on the baseball field next to The Playhouse. Jon Batiste and Stay Human will perform in the theater at 8pm.

Batiste is a globally celebrated musician, educator, bandleader and television personality whose musical skill, artistic vision and exuberant charisma make him a triple threat with unlimited potential. Recognized for his originality, jaw-dropping talent and dapper sense of style, he transitions from commanding the piano with virtuosic skill to soulfully crooning to wailing on the “harmonaboard” (a kind of harmonica and keyboard) to curating unique "social music" experiences all over the world. Born into a long lineage of Louisiana musicians, Batiste eventually went on to receive both his undergraduate and masters degrees in piano from the Juilliard School and formed his band, Stay Human. This show is part of the Moffly Media Evening of Art Wine & Jazz Series and Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity. Media sponsor for this show is WFUV.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is grateful for the support of Silver Sponsors: Berisford & Stockel Families, Ann & Steve Carlson, De Clercq Office Group, Adam R. Rose & Peter R. McQuillan and Lisa & Michael Shinall; Restaurant Sponsors: Atria Senior Living Culinary Chefs, Bareburger, The Cake Box, Odeen’s Barbecue, Some Things Fishy Catering, Southwest Café, Tablao, Tequila Escape, The Village Tavern and Whistle Stop Bakery; Beverage Sponsors: Asylum Distillery, Campari, Corona Premier, Founders Brewing Company, Got Attitude Vodka, Half Full Brewery, Nod Hill Brewery, Pacifico Clara, Pera Wines, Reverie Brewing Company, The Wine Trust, and Treasury Wine Estates; Additional Support by Abbey Tent & Party Rentals, Hollandia Nurseries, Pepsi, Reliance Merchant Services & Reli-Bid.

Band leader, Jon Batiste has performed with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, and Mavis Staples. The Louisiana native began as a percussionist in his family’s band The Batiste Brothers Band at the age of eight. He switched to piano at age eleven and in addition to taking classical lessons began transcribing songs from video games such as Streetfighter Alpha and Sonic Hedgehog. He studied with Trombone Shorty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and later attended Julliard. He made his debut at The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam at age 20, producing and performing his own show and went on to conduct music classes and clinics throughout the Netherlands, eventually returning to play Carnegie Hall in New York City.

For Batiste’s latest album Hollywood Africans he worked with the legendary T Bone Burnett. Batiste states, “The goal was just to collaborate on something that felt authentic to both of us. What we came up with was an intimate, stripped-down portrait of who I am, and the lineage of musicians and performers who are really vital to my work and to his. On this record, I want us to bop, dance, laugh and cry to the sound of the music while we remember our black heroes and wield the superpowers they left us with. Because of them, I don't have to wear a mask. I get to be who I am.”

For tickets ($75- $175) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:11:50 -0400
Dr. Michael Brand, Sports Medicine Specialist, Now Seeing Patients at OrthoConnecticut’s Southbury Office https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1747-dr-michael-brand-sports-medicine-specialist-now-seeing-patients-at-orthoconnecticut-s-southbury-office1747-dr-michael-brand-sports-medicine-specialist-now-seeing-patients-at-orthoconnecticut-s-southbury-office https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1747-dr-michael-brand-sports-medicine-specialist-now-seeing-patients-at-orthoconnecticut-s-southbury-office1747-dr-michael-brand-sports-medicine-specialist-now-seeing-patients-at-orthoconnecticut-s-southbury-office

Southbury, CT – Dr. Michael Brand, one of the top Sports Medicine practitioners in the region, and president of OrthoConnecticut, will now be adding office hours in the practice’s Southbury location, located at 900 Main Street South, Building 3.

“I have been seeing Southbury residents in my Danbury and Ridgefield offices for years, so adding time in the OrthoConnecticut Southbury office will make treatment more convenient for area residents,” Dr. Brand explains.

Dr. Brand is widely recognized for his work as a shoulder and knee surgeon, including reconstructive knee surgery, total knee replacement, arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery, as well as ACL and ACL revision surgery. He has worked with professional sports teams, as well as Division 1 NCAA athletes during his career and currently serves as team physician at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) and Newtown High School.

Dr. Brand has been recognized as a Castle Connolly top doctor for many years, has been a Connecticut Magazine Top Doc for four consecutive years, and is a 2018 America's Most Honored Professionals Top 1%.

OrthoConnecticut is a member of the Southbury Business Association, and supports several local organizations, including Southbury Baseball, Ewald Park, Southbury Business Association and the Southbury Women's Club.  

About OrthoConnecticut

OrthoConnecticut is a multispecialty practice staffed by leaders in orthopedic and pain care, and is the united practice of Coastal Orthopedics, Danbury Orthopedics, New Milford Orthopedics and Connecticut Pain Care. The practice’s network of 28 fellowship trained, Board-certified physicians offer appointments and follow up care in 9 office locations. The goal of the practice is to help patients regain mobility, lead active lives, and attain optimal health. In addition to Southbury, OrthoConnecticut has offices in Danbury, Darien, New Canaan, New Milford, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Sharon, and Westport.

To make an appointment in the Southbury office, call: 203-797-1500.

kerry@ducey.org (Dana Covey) Neighbors Fri, 07 Jun 2019 09:45:28 -0400
Woodbury Area College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1746-woodbury-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-15596898321746-woodbury-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559689832 https://news.hamlethub.com/woodbury/neighbors/1746-woodbury-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-15596898321746-woodbury-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559689832

23 Students from Connecticut awarded College Sponsored Scholarships

Woodbury area students were awarded College-sponsored Merit Scholarships. These students are part of a distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $31 million.

Award recipients close to Woodbury are as follows:

PublishedDate Student City Probable Career College Sponsor High School
2019-06-05 12:00 Noah V. Sobel-Lewin New Haven Economics National Merit University Of Chicago Scholarship Hopkins School, New Haven
2019-06-05 12:00 Daniel Bouzolin Seymour Mechanical Engineering National Merit University Of Texas At Dallas Scholarship Seymour H. S., Seymour
2019-06-05 12:00 Abhiram Bhamidipati Southington Computer Science National Merit Northeastern University Scholarship Southington H. S., Southington
2019-06-05 12:00 Soumya L. Ganti Trumbull International Relations National Merit Boston University Scholarship Trumbull H. S., Trumbull
2019-06-05 12:00 Liam Patrick McEniry Trumbull Computer Engineering National Merit Northeastern University Scholarship Trumbull H. S., Trumbull


Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced over 3,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2019 competition to about 4,100.

Today’s announcement is the third National Merit Scholar release in 2019 by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). NMSC named recipients of corporate-sponsored awards on April 17 and winners of National Merit® $2500 Scholarships on May 8. Additional recipients of college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 15. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,600 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.

This year, 173 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 95 private and 78 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.


cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) Neighbors Wed, 05 Jun 2019 03:00:00 -0400
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