Candlewood Lake Authority Forms ‘Lake Management Plan’ Committee to Help Protect Candlewood Lake

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Photo and article by the Candlewood Lake Authority—

DANBURY, CT—As the 2019 boating season comes to a close, and the buoys are removed from Candlewood Lake, the Candlewood Lake Authority is taking time to reflect on the year and prepare for the future. We are pleased with all of the positive feedback we’ve received from the community regarding the control of the Eurasian Watermilfoil and good water clarity, and encouraged by the scientific water quality monitoring results we’ve received so far this year. We are happy for all the work the community has done to protect the lake and educate their neighbors to thank for that progress!

While we can celebrate ongoing programs like the Sterile Grass Carp, the drawdown conducted by FirstLight Power, and the new Homeowner’s Guides that helped us make progress, this year’s success does not mean our work is over. On the contrary, the improvements we’ve seen this year only give us more energy to work towards continuous improvements and sustainable progress for Candlewood Lake. It is for that reason that we have begun work on a new “Lake Management Plan” tailored for Candlewood Lake!

Looking to the future, there are many goals we want to accomplish to continue to preserve, protect, and improve Candlewood lake for generations to come. To do that, we are using a tried and true method developed by lakes around the country and even the world – creating a Lake Management Plan that outlines every area where progress needs to be made, sets goals of what that progress will look like in both the short and long term, and outlines strategies to accomplish those goals. These areas include all sorts of critical aspects of lake management including the fish community, aquatic plant management for recreation, blue-green algae, invasive species, water quality improvement, stormwater management, watershed land management, and community engagement and education, to name a few!

To create this document, we cannot work alone. Many different people and organizations have a part to play in protecting Candlewood Lake. For this reason, we formed a Lake Management Plan Committee in June of 2019. Following the creation of that committee, at the beginning of September 2019, we reached out to the critical stakeholders around the lake to join us as members of the committee and provide their critically important insight and expertise.

Those organizations include but are not limited to: each of the five municipalities around the lake, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, FirstLight Power Resources, and Eversource. Furthermore, we are incredibly fortunate to have a robust network of lake managers and limnologists who have undertaken relevant projects at their lakes, both locally and through our membership in the North American Lake Management Society, and have offered their assistance and expertise as we work through the creation of this document. While Candlewood Lake is incredibly unique, the experience of these limnologists will be fundamental in helping inform the goals we can realistically set and the strategies we use to attain them. The Candlewood Lake Authority has a long history of collecting and analyzing important lake data, creating strategies and action plans to address pressures facing the lake, and even has an initial Lake Management Plan we created in 1985. While our new plan will be informed by the work the CLA has done in the past, the 2019 Candlewood Lake Management Plan will be created with stakeholder input to ensure its longevity. It will also be a “living document” so as scientific discoveries are made, the community continues to change and evolve, and the ecosystem in the lake changes, that doesn’t mean the plan is out of date; it can simply be amended and updated to reflect our new understanding.

    While we know that the CLA could sit down and write a “plan” without any input from the community, it would not be terribly effective at protecting the lake – because we are far from the only ones working to preserve Candlewood, and we must work with the community and other organizations to ensure that our goals and strategies are both realistic and effective. We cannot wait to begin this process in earnest and look forward to working with the community and lake experts to organize our efforts. We know how much everyone loves the lake, and we work every day to help make sure that the lake remains beautiful for years to come, because we love it too. We hope you are as excited about the future of Candlewood Lake as we are.

St. Joseph Catholic Academy’s Open House is on Sunday, Oct. 27th

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BROOKFIELD, CT — St. Joseph Catholic Academy (SJCA), a Catholic high school preparatory school located in the heart of Brookfield, will be hosting their Open House on Sunday, October 27. SJCA is Pre-K through Grade 8 school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges that serves more than 8 towns.

Families are invited to tour highly acclaimed innovative classrooms, meet instructors, enjoy some STEMIE games and learn about the STEM/STREAM programs that extend instruction outside the traditional classroom setting. Come learn how a multi-age, interdisciplinary, innovative, faith-based program provides children an opportunity to explore, be creative and excel beyond their own expectations as prepared leaders for high school and beyond!

Experience the spirit of  SJCA by visiting during its Open House on Sunday, October 27 at 10:30am, 5 Obtuse Hill Road, Brookfield. To start your application, schedule a shadow day or a private tour visit www.sjsbrookfield.org. 

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Danbury Area Kids Invited to Free Halloween GLOW Party & Theater Show

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DANBURY, CT — Danbury area children ages 10 and under are invited to join the Danbury Youth Theater Troupe​ (DYT) on Saturday, Oct. 26th from 12pm-1pm at the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, 6 Lake Ave., Danbury. There will be free glow sticks, goody bags to the first 30 children, snacks and FUN! An R.S.V.P. is required to attend before Thursday, Oct. 24th by emailing wendyannmitchell@Live.com. Space is limited.

The free theater production showcases the work of DYT’s actors’ work over the last five weeks of class. The theater troupe is busy preparing for their next 5-week mini-session for their winter production and is seeking more actors to join in.

All productions are 100% original, written directed and produced by “Miss Wendy” Mitchell who specializes in teaching beginner’s theater classes. Wendy has her Head Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education through the State of Connecticut and over 20 years of experience teaching youth theater, preschool and working as a daycare director. Each child is taught at their own pace and kids of all skill levels are welcomed and embraced.

We will hold a food drive at the fall play for the food pantry and a toy drive for Family & Children’s Aid at the winter play for those in need on the community. Danbury Youth Theater​ teaches kids that they can use their gifts and talents to help those in need in their community.

Questions? Call, text or email Wendy Mitchell: Wendyannmitchell@Live.com (203) 501-7424.

https://danburyyouththeater.com/

Photo by Wendy Ann Mitchell, Danbury Youth Theater

Brookfield Nonprofit Plans 20th Annual ‘Rake n Bake’ to Help People in Need in Greater Danbury Area

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BROOKFIELD, CT—When Brookfield resident Peter Brady retired from his “regular” job, he had no idea that what he started as an after retirement ministry would soon turn into a full-time volunteer gig that would help thousands in need in the Greater Danbury area.

This fall they are planning their 20th annual “Rake n Bake” community service outreach program and it’s sure to be bigger and better than ever. The community event and its organizer helps the elderly and homebound by organizing a team of volunteers to go out and rake and clean up people’s yards. The nonprofit Brady founded has helped countless local folks not only with yard cleanup but also with buying food, making utility bill payment for those in need, helping people housing, purchasing wheelchairs, scooters and so much more.

In a newsletter to his helpers and volunteers, Brady said:

“You’ve all no doubt noticed those little objects falling from the trees, making a mess of your driveway, deck, and car. That can only mean one thing…’Rake and Bake’ is back!! It’s time to register for HDHM’s signature volunteer event of the season – this year marking our 20th year helping needy citizens of Brookfield and surrounding towns who would not otherwise be able to handle this basic home cleanup task themselves.

I will be running this year’s event for Pete and I will make sure the experience is as helpful to our clients and meaningful to our volunteers as in years past. YOU and literally hundreds of others make this event happen each year by providing the raking energy – but it’s success really depends on one single favor you can do for us right now…  signing up early.

Though the actual raking happens all on one day (this year on November 16th), it takes our hard-working committee members several weeks to coordinate the many teams, equipment and properties to prepare. Please go to hdhm.org and click on the Rake/Bake link to register right away.”

Peter Brady, who goes by the name of “Boss Man,” woudl appreciate volutneers and donations to help make this year’s “Rake n Bake” a success. To make a donation, click here.

For more information, visit the HDHM Facebook page.

#NeverForget #911 #September11

Screen Shot 2019-09-12 at 12.36.41 AMToday we remember those lost on September 11, 2001. It started out as a beautiful, sunny day, much like today, and ended in such horrific devastation with thousands of lives lost.

We will never forget all of the brave first responders and civilians who perished on 9/11. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones. Thank you for your service.

City of Danbury to Conduct Emergency Response Drill & Flu Clinic on Oct. 5, 2019

From the City of Danbury Health Department

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DANBURY,CT—The Health Department in Danbury City Hall is conducting an emergency response exercise on Sat October 5th 9:30 a.m. – 1p.m. at Rogers Park Middle School.  This exercise will be open to the public and we are looking for volunteers to take part in this drill.  The purpose of this exercise is to assist our department in planning and preparing for future emergency events in our city.

Also at this event, we are offering a walk-in flu clinic which is at no cost to the patient.

Danbury Kids Invited to Open House Sat. Sept, 7 & to Perform ‘Dia de Los Muertos’ Theater Show

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DANBURY, CT— Young Danbury area actors are invited to join the the GDICF Theatre Troupe‘s Open House on Saturday, Sept. 7th from 10am-12pm at the GDICC, 6 Lake Ave., Danbury. There will be free face painting, coloring, theater games, snacks and FUN!

Children who sign up for the 12-week session at the Open House get 10% off each student. If a child can not attend the Open House on Sept, 7, they can still register with the discount by signing up before Sept. 28, 2019, the day of the first class.

The fall mini production is a Dia de Los Muertos theme with songs from the popular Disney movie “Coco” on Saturday, Oct, 27, 2019 at 12 p.m. The winter play is on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at 2 p.m. and is called “Christmas Around the World.” Classes are on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. at the GDICC, 6 Lake Ave. Danbury and is for ages 3-12.

All productions are 100% original, written directed and produced by “Miss Wendy” Mitchell who specializes in teaching beginner’s theater classes. Wendy has her Head Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education through the State of Connecticut and over 20 years of experience teaching youth theater, preschool and working as a daycare director. Each child is taught at their own pace and kids of all skill levels are welcomed and embraced.

All proceeds from the winter show go to benefit the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, a charity that helps those in need in the community. In addition, we also hold a toy drive for Family & Children’s Aid the day of the winter show.

The GDICF Children’s Theater Troupe teaches kids that they can use their gifts and talents to help those in need in their community.

Questions? Call, text or email Miss Wendy: Wendyannmitchell@Live.com (203) 501-7424.

Photo by Therese Beck via Flickr Creative Commons

Danbury Area Children’s Theater Open House Includes Free Face Painting, Theater Games & Fun: Saturday, Sept. 7th

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DANBURY, CT—A local children’s theater troupe is inviting area children to come out to their fun and free children’s theater open house with the Danbury Youth Theater Troupe this Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, 6 Lake Ave., Danbury, Conn. The event includes free face painting, theater games, arts and crafts, refreshments, and a meet and greet with the teachers.

Led by theater director Mrs. Wendy Mitchell, the theater classes encourage self-expression for children ages 3 – 12 years old in a safe, nurturing environment while educating kids about Irish folklore and various cultures. All productions are 100% original, written directed and produced by “Miss Wendy,” as the kids call her, who specializes in teaching beginner’s theater classes.

Miss Wendy has her Head Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education and over 20 years of experience teaching theater, preschool and working as a daycare director. Each child is taught at their own pace and kids of all skill levels are welcomed and embraced!.

Students who sign up for the musical theater fall/winter 10-week session on the day of the open house will save 10%! The 10-week session is $150/student with a 10% sibling discount. Classes begin on Saturday, Sept. 28 and run each Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. through Sat. Dec. 7, the day of their big show.

A free mini-production of “Wandering in the Willows” will be held at their Halloween blacklight GLOW party on Sun. Oct. 26th at 12 p.m. Songs from the popular movie “Coco” will be the backdrop for this colorful, engaging production.

The winter production of “Christmas Around the World” will be held on Sat Dec. 7th with a dress rehearsal on Fri. Dec. 6th. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids 3+up. All proceeds from the winter show go to benefit the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, a charity that helps those in need in our community. In addition, we also hold a toy drive for Family & Children’s Aid the day of the winter show.

The youth theater company is community-minded and teach kids that they can use their gifts and talents to help those in need in their community.  The weekly theater classes are for kids ages 3-12 years old. Siblings and friends are welcome and encouraged.

Questions? Call, text or email Miss Wendy: wendyannmitchell@Live.com (203) 501-7424.

Ridgefield Republicans Host ‘Meet the Candidates’ At Ridgefield Country Club

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RIDGEFIELD, CT— The Ridgefield Republican Town Committee invites the public to meet the Republican candidates at the Ridgefield Country Club on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, from 6:30-9:00 p.m.

The fundraiser cost is $75 per person which includes a barbecue dinner catered by Odeen’s BBQ. There will be discounted drink prices and a chance to discuss Ridgefield-centric topics with the Republican slate of candidates.
The Ridgefield Golf Course is located at 545 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield, Conn.
To R.S.V.P. and purchase tickets, contact Ridgefield Republican Town Committee Chairman Hope Wise by emailing gopchairiswise@gmail.com.

This event is being held for the purpose of funding a Ridgefield RTC downtown campaign office for this election season. If residents cannot attend the fundraiser but would like to donate, click here.

Town of Brookfield to Participate in #CityHallSelfie Day

Screen Shot 2019-08-15 at 2.33.46 AMBROOKFIELD, CT— The Town of Brookfield is encouraging residents to participate in “City Hall Selfie Day” on Thursday, August 15, 2019. The day is an online picture sharing event where locals snap a photo in front of their town hall and other government buildings.

Participants should take a selfie in front of a Brookfield Town Hall, 100 Pocono Road, and share it using the hashtag #CityHallSelfie. Prizes will be awarded for the best #CityHallSelfies in multiple categories.

Visit the Town of Brookfield’s website for entry details.

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