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166 Arts Organizations, Including Brookfield Craft Center, Receive $786K In Grants From Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund

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Mark Chadwick, Flowing Fluid Art, Flickr Creative Commons

 

HARTFORD, CT — The Connecticut Office of the Arts recently announced the 166 Connecticut Arts Endowment grants that were awarded to local nonprofits totaling $786,107.

The Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund (CAEF) was established by the Connecticut State Legislature to stimulate the development of private sector funding resources for Connecticut-based arts organizations and to ensure the long-term stability of these arts groups by providing funding to organizations.
Grant awards are calculated on a formula which compares the number of non-governmental contributions received by the applicant in its two most recently completed fiscal years, rather than the groups asking for a specific grant amount.
Local nonprofits who received the awards are as follows:
Brookfield
  • Brookfield Craft Center, Inc. – $6,488
Danbury
  • Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut – $1,620
  • Danbury Music Centre, Inc. – $1,313
  • Friends of the Ives, Inc. – $500
New Milford
  • Kent Singers – $500
  • TheatreWorks New Milford, Inc. – $500
  • Village Center for the Arts – $969

Ridgefield

  • Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum – $3,927
  • Ridgefield Chorale – $615
  • Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts – $6,021
  • Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra – $1,684
  • Ridgefield Workshop for the Performing Arts/Ridgefield Theater Barn – $500

Southbury

  • Arts Escape, Inc. – $875

To see the full list of grant recipients, visit the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s website.

Brookfield Gymnasts Win Big at Xcel Gold State Championships

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BROOKFIELD, CT — A Brookfield gymnastics studio has lots to be proud of after four out of their five Xcel Gold State gymnasts placed in the championships held at Killingly High School on April 21 and 22, 2018.

Kratos Gymnastics, owned by Ashley and Mihael Anton, had four of their gymnasts on the Xcel Gold Team compete. In their first season of the Xcel Gold level, everyone qualified to the CT State Championships and medaled in their individual age groups.

  • Izabella Dobkowski, of Danbury, placed fourth on the floor exercise.
  • Ella Penna, of Sherman, came in ninth place on balance beam and second place on the floor exercise.
  • Mila Kuilan, of Danbury, came in fifth place on balance beam, fourth place on vault and uneven bars and all-around, and came in first place CT State Champion on floor exercise.
  •  Madison Larkin, of New Milford, came in ninth place on vault, second place on floor, and 1st place CT State Champion on uneven bars, balance beam, and all around.
Out of the overall approximate 300 gymnasts who competed, Madison Larkin placed fifth all around which earned her one on of only seven spots granted on the CT Xcel Gold Regional Team. This team will compete at the 2018 Xcel Gold Region 6 Regional Championships taking place at Shrewsbury High School, in Shrewsbury MA. on May 19.
At the Regional Championships, the top seven gymnasts in Xcel Gold from CT, NY, MA, NH, VT and ME will compete representing their State for the title of Region 6 Regional Champion.

Mother’s Day & We Care 5K to Benefit Late CT State Trooper

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BROOKFIELD, CT — The Brookfield Parks & Recreation announced the Mother’s Day & We Care 5K, presented by Dr. Philip Mascia. The race will be held on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. The race starts at Brookfield High School, 45 Long Meadow Hill Road and will be held to benefit the Brookfield High School Track and The Amyloidosis Foundation in honor of Tommy Corres who passed away in January of 2018 at the age of 55.

Corres served as a Connecticut State Trooper with Troop A in Southbury for 22 years where he received a Life Savings Award in 2008, according to his obituary. The Amyloidosis Foundation began in order to support research, to support patients and increase awareness of the diseases, AA amyloidosis, which occurs as a reaction to another illness, such as a chronic inflammatory disease or a chronic infection, and AL amyloidosis is caused by a bone marrow disorder, according to The Amyloidosis Foundation.

The registration fee is $25, payable by mail or by phone, before May 11, 2018. Race day registration is available for $30 on race day. Online registration for individuals is due by Thursday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m. for $27.25 per person by visiting: http://brookfield.usaxc.com.

T-shirts will be given to the first 250 entrants. Prizes will be given out in the following categories:

  • Top Male
  • Top Female
  • Ages 8 and under
  • Ages 9-13
  • Ages 14-19
  • Ages 20-29
  • Ages 30-39
  • Ages 40-49
  • Ages 50-59
  • Ages 60-69
  • Ages 70-79
  • Mother/Daughter team
  • Grandmother/Granddaughter teams
  • Mother/Son team
  • Grandmother/Grandson teams

The course route begins at Brookfield High School to Long Meadow Hill Rd., to Hop Brook Rd, with a turnaround at the cone, back on to Long Meadow Hill Rd. to Brookfield High School.

Click here for more information on the race.

To donate to the Family of Tommy Corres Fund, click here.

Brookfield Librarian, Former Sandy Hook Library Media Specialist, Wins Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians

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NEWTOWN, CT —Yvonne Cech, current Library Director of the Brookfield Library and former Library Media Specialist of Sandy Hook Elementary School, is one of two Librarians who were chosen as the recipients of the 2018 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity, according to Cheryl Malden, Program Officer with the American Library Association.

Diana Haneski, Library Media Specialist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, along with Cech will both be presented with a cash prize an award at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, LA., Malden said in a statement.

The ALA explains the origins of the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity in the following manner: “It is of the opinion of Lemony Snicket, author, reader, and alleged malcontent, that librarians have suffered enough. Therefore he is establishing an annual prize honoring a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact. The prize will be a generous amount of cash from Mr. Snicket’s disreputable gains, along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, and a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing. It is Mr. Snicket’s hope, and the ALA’s, that the Snicket Prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them.”

The adversity Cech met was on that horrific December day five years ago, on December 14, 2012, when a lone gunman shot his way through the doors of Sandy Hook Elementary School taking the lives of 26 students and educators. According to a release, Cech saved 18 fourth grade children on that day by hiding them in a storage closet, locking the door and barricading it with book trucks and other objects until the SWAT team arrived.  Cech would not open the door until she verified the officers’ identity.

Similarly, five years later, during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL, Haneski shielded 50 high school students and five adults from harm in a barricaded equipment room. She also refused to open the door until she was sure that the rescuers were who they claimed to be, the statement said.

Cech is now a Librarian at the Brookfield Public Library where she, her bio says, specializes in children’s literature but also loves adult nonfiction books about history. Cech lives in Danbury, received her Master’s in Library Science from Florida State University and holds a Teaching Certification from Southern Connecticut State University, with undergrad degrees from Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and SUNY Oswego.

 

The deadline for submission of applications for the 2019 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity is February 1.  Guidelines and applications are available on the ALA website.

Read more here.

Photo by RoccoA via Flickr

Best Brunch Spots in Brookfield

Screen Shot 2018-03-30 at 2.43.12 AMBROOKFIELD, CT — Quiche Lorraine, Country Farm Pancakes, Goat Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato Frittata…. is your mouth watering yet? Looking for a great spot to take the family for Easter Brunch or Passover? Here are the top three spots in Brookfield, as ranked by Trip Advisor and Yelp users.

Yelp’s Top 3 Brookfield Brunch Spots 

  1. Maggie McFly’s, 195 Federal Road
  2. Agora of Brookfield, 834 Federal Road
  3. Bagelman, 14 Candlewood Lake Road

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 Brookfield Brunch Spots

Trip Advisor did not have any rankings in Brookfield specifically for brunch, so below are the top ranked places for breakfast and lunch in Brookfield.

  1. Chick-fil-A, 156 Federal Road
  2. Bagelman, 14 Candlewood Lake Road
  3. Hacienda Don Manual, 265 Federal Road

What do you think of their picks? Tell us in the comments.

We wish you a very Happy Passover season and a Happy Easter to you and yours!

Photo Credit: Kyle Van Horn via Flickr Creative Commons

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