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#CTTraffic Alert: Large Sinkhole Causes Traffic Problems in #DanburyCT

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DANBURY, CT — Drivers around Danbury and Bethel will want to use caution and take alternate routes as a large sinkhole has formed on Shelter Rock Road in Danbury.

Councilman Farley Santos posted the following message on his Facebook page:

“To all our neighbors: A sinkhole has formed on Shelter Rock Road near the intersection with Cross Street. Traffic is being diverted through Cross Street. Please try to avoid the area if possible. The City’s Public Works department is on it. I’ve spoken with the Foreman and repairs are underway. It will be a long night for our City’s Public Works crew. I will update as needed.”

While areas like Florida are more prone to sinkholes, Connecticut has seen a large amount of rain. According to USGS.giov, a sinkhole is formed when the ground below the land surface cannot support the land surface and eats away at the rock below.

“Cover-collapse sinkholes may develop abruptly (over a period of hours) and cause catastrophic damages. They occur where the covering sediments contain a significant amount of clay. Over time, surface drainage, erosion, and deposition of sinkhole into a shallower bowl-shaped depression. Over time, surface drainage, erosion, and deposition of sediment transform the steep-walled sinkhole into a shallower bowl-shaped depression.”

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Who & What is ‘CT Buzz News’ and How Can I Share My Business Information? Find Out Here!

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RIDGEFIELD, CT — Hello CT Buzz News readers, followers, and new group members! We’ve seen a recent large spike in traffic on our website and many new members joining our 10 group Facebook pages so we wanted to explain who we are and how it works with sharing posts and information in our groups.

CT Buzz Media is a news and information website with a passion to help small businesses and nonprofits in our community. We encourage residents and readers to shop local and strive to do the same. The main towns we cover are Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Newtown, New Fairfield, New Milford, Redding, Ridgefield, and Southbury but we also occasionally cover Monroe, Wilton, and surrounding towns.

Wendy grew up in Sandy Hook, attended Bethel High School and graduated from Newtown High School. She has also lived in Brookfield and New Milford and now lives in Ridgefield with her husband, 23-year-old son, 19-year-old daughter, and 5-year-old rescue dog, a black lab mix. Her oldest son lives in Brooklyn and is a SAG/AFTRA actor in NYC. Wendy is very connected to the community and serves on a number of boards and committees as a volunteer.

Now that you know about all CT Buzz and its Queen Bee, learn how to share your story and your news on our website and social media pages.

TO SHARE YOUR NEWS:
Anyone can share local news to the page it pertains to: Ex: An accident in Danbury would go on Danbury CT Buzz. We ask that you don’t “dump and run.” Take a few minutes to talk to others on the page, share your local tips, photos and local news and be active on the pages to boost engagement.
If you want to post about your business please follow the rules below. If you want to share a press release or are requesting coverage for your local fundraiser and/or event, please email CTBuzzNews@gmail.com.
We have *paid sponsors who support the website who we share info about on a daily, weekly or bi-weekly basis. You’ll know who they are because you will see #sponsored on the post.
For **unpaid sponsors, anyone is allowed to post if you follow these simple rules:
  1. LIKE the main CT Buzz Media page by clicking this link: https://m.facebook.com/ctbuzzmedia/?__nodl&_rdr
  2. Join the CT Buzz Media (Group Page) Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CTBuzzMedia/
  3. Only share ***ONCE a week, on “Follow Friday” and only post on the town where the event is located and the main CT Buzz Group Page. Ex: If your business is in Ridgefield, only post on Ridgefield CT Buzz & CT Buzz Media Group pages. The CT Buzz Group page is for any town in CT.
***IF you would like your announcement, coupon, event or business information shared to neighboring towns or more than once per week, please email Wendy to become a paid sponsor at CTBuzzNews@gmail.com. We offer very reasonable rates that give you maximum exposure across all of our platforms: Facebook, Facebook Groups, Twitter, Instagram, CT Buzz website, e-news blasts.
**A paid sponsor is a business who pays weekly or monthly to support the website.
***An unpaid sponsor is a business who pays weekly or monthly to support the website.
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WHO ARE “WE?”
“We” is mainly me, Wendy Mitchell. I’ve been a news editor, journalist and local reporter in the greater Danbury area and Fairfield/Litchfield counties for the last 12 years and have lived in Newtown/Bethel/Danbury/Ridgefield nearly my entire life, save for a brief stint one summer on Martha’s Vineyard and two years in Mesa, AZ. I sometimes have students, interns and bloggers share their stories on our site.
You may recognize my name from Patch.com, a national news website I worked for on and off for 7+ years. I have also been a “SEEN” photographer for the Danbury News-Times, worked for ORTV, Cumulous Broadcasting and other local newspapers. I have been very active in the community, volunteering with nonprofits and running my own.
I work as a professional marketing and social media consultant for a number of small and large local businesses helping them to gain an online presence through the creation of a strategic marketing plan personalized for their business, content creation, social media, digital advertising, event planning and much more.
I launched my CT Buzz Media website in 2011 and took a break in 2012-2013 to volunteer to open a nonprofit children’s arts organization in the wake of the tragic school shootings in my hometown of Sandy Hook. Read more here. After several years, I took another break to focus on raising my kids and also to battle the “Evil C Word,” breast cancer. You can read my story here.
I am now four years cancer free and I am redesigning and relaunching after a number of post-cancer health scares.
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My advertisers have been very happy with their ads and have seen an increase in their business and Facebook likes since signing on with CT Buzz Media. We do weekly shout-outs, giveaways,  “Tip of the Week” columns, events, and much more to help raise awareness for local businesses. 
We also write “advertorials” that include an interview with the business owner and a full photo gallery and/or video. Email CTBuzzNews@gmail.com for a rate sheet and more information.
Thanks for listening and help spread the BUZZ about CT Buzz!
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Pictured: Wendy Ann Mitchell and her children’s theater students. In addition to running CT Buzz News, Wendy teaches ages 3-12 from the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center on Saturday mornings and donates the proceeds from the shows to local charities. For more information, click here.
More about Wendy:

Wendy is an award-winning marketing manager, regional editor, entrepreneur and communications professional with expertise in brand development, strategic communications, print design, project management, and marketing. As the founder of CT Buzz Media, Wendy creates positive and innovative aesthetically-focused storytelling for small and large business owners across industries ranging from nonprofits to attorneys and medical practitioners. She has been featured on national news sites and is an award-winning writer and marketing professional.

Wendy sits on the Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation’s Board of Directors, manages all publicity and marketing for the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division #58, creates marketing campaigns. manages events from concept to completion for audiences of up to 3,000 and much more. The Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Wendy brings a diverse background to her role, with more than 15 years of experience in nonprofits including fundraising and events, over 15 years of marketing and communications experience, and 25 years of customer engagement including 10 years in retail and restaurant management.

Wendy has won numerous awards, attended dozens of leadership workshops and brings passion, energy, enthusiasm, and creativity to her work.

•Winner: Townvibe Reader’s Choice Awards 2017, Best Art/Music School, Arts & Nature School of Ridgefield.

•Awarded #7 of “Top 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013” in the Greater Danbury Area by Hearst Media Services for volunteer work at the Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids, a nonprofit I founded in response to the tragic school shootings of 12/14.

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Wendy Ann Mitchell
Owner/Editor, CT Buzz Media
ctbuzznews@gmail.com
(203) 501-7424

Opioid Awareness & Prevention Forum to be Held at Danbury High School

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DANBURY, CT — The City of Danbury Department of Health and Human Services and Danbury Public Schools are hosting an Opioid Awareness & Prevention Forum at Danbury High School, Black Box Theater located at 43 Clapboard Ridge Road in Danbury, Conn. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the forum is to educate residents about opioid drug prescriptions, opioid misuse, and opioid addiction treatment resources in an effort to prevent opioid-related deaths in our community.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 130 lives are lost daily to opioid-related drug overdoses. In 2017, The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) reported that approximately 1,038 deaths were attributed to opioid overdose in Connecticut.

The misuse of, and addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl, is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The CDC estimates that the total economic burden of prescription opioid misuse in the United States is approximately $78.5 billion a year. This includes the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.

To address the opioid epidemic in Connecticut, Governor Ned Lamont, the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH), and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) recently announced efforts to address the rise of opioid addiction across the State of Connecticut.

The City of Danbury Department of Health and Human Services and Danbury Public Schools are collaborating with medical professionals, community groups and police authorities to provide guidance on how to address the opioid crisis as a community.

The goal of organizers is to prevent opioid overdose-related deaths in the community by raising awareness. Residents in Danbury and surrounding areas are invited to join in the community-wide effort to prevent opioid overdoses.

This press release was submitted by The City of Danbury Department of Health and Human Services Department. To submit a press release email CTBuzzNews@gmail.com.

Photo by Robert Greene via Flickr Creative Commons

Foodie Alert! Long-Standing Bethel Farm Gets New Owners

 

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BETHEL, CT — Foodies take note! Redding and Bethel business owners have joined forces to take over running Holbrook Farm from the Holbrook family, according to MSN. Local foodies will recognize the names of the new owners— Jeff Taibe and  Stephanie Sweeney, owners of Taproot Restaurant in Bethel and Sean and Erin Reilly, owners of the Redding Roadhouse in Redding — have partnered to revamp the business.

For decades John and Lynn Holbrook, owners of Holbrook Farm, have offered fresh, locally grown produce, hosted Farm to Table dinners and provided the community with healthy, natural food choices. The Holbrooks retired in 2012 the lessee at the time, Jessica Wong, took over running the farm from 2012-2018.

John and Lynn Holbrook purchased 12 acres of land in Bethel, with only two acres in production. While the farm is not certified organic, they do use compost and natural leaf mulch to aid in fertilization and weed suppression. They do not use pesticides.

“Holbrook Farm has been clean of pesticides and herbicides for at least the last 40 years that we have owned the land. We don’t spray with pesticides, we try to use beneficial insects and companion plants and we don’t use herbicides. Weeds have a place in the ecological mix as long as they are controlled,” John Holbrook said.

Holbrook Farm is located at 45 Turkey Plain Rd. in Bethel, Connecticut. For more information, visit their website.

Written Threat Forces Ridgefield Schools to Close Early

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RIDGEFIELD, CT — Ridgefield Public Schools closed early on Thursday, May 30, 2019 after a written threat was called into the schools, according to the following message posted on the Ridgefield Public Schools’ website:

“This morning, Ridgefield High School received a written threat.  Administration and Police responded immediately.  Out of an abundance of caution, we are dismissing RHS at 9:30am. This dismissal (and the threat) does not affect Scott’s Ridge Middle School. The investigation is ongoing. We thank you for your understanding.”

Editor’s note: The previous version of this article stated there was a bomb threat. This information was reported to CT Buzz by a RHS staff member. The article has been corrected.

#CTWeather Alert: Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued for Fairfield, New Haven County

Screen Shot 2019-05-28 at 9.16.25 PMFAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT— The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 10:00 p.m. Tuesday evening for Fairfield and New Haven County. Strong wind gusts of up to 60 m.p.h., quarter-sized hail, and torrential downpours are expected.

"There is a chance of strong to severe thunderstorms developing late
this afternoon into this evening along a warm front. The main threat
will be damaging winds and large hail, however, an isolated tornado
is possible. The threat is highest just west of the NYC metro.
Monitor subsequent NWS forecasts for the latest information on this
severe threat."

The NWS reports the storm will be near Trumbull, Monroe and Newtown between 9:10 and 9:45 p.m. Residents of these towns and nearby locations should immediately move to an interior room or basement of the house away from windows for their protection.

"Locations impacted include...
Bridgeport, Danbury, Shelton, Southbury, Brewster, Newtown,
Fairfield, Stratford, Trumbull, Ridgefield, Monroe, Bethel, Seymour,
Brookfield and Orange."

Is Stress Killing You? Free Group Meditation Session at Peterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture in Ridgefield

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Naturopathic Physician Dr. Layli Harandi

RIDGEFIELD, CT — Is stress killing you? According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide. More than 75 percent of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.

Causes of work stress include:

  • Being unhappy in your job
  • The death of a loved one
  • Divorce
  • Loss of a job
  • Increase in financial obligations
  • Getting married
  • Moving to a new home
  • Chronic illness or injury
  • Emotional problems (depression, anxiety, anger, grief, guilt, low self-esteem)

How can you tell if you’re stressed? Symptoms include:

  • Depression or general unhappiness
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Moodiness, irritability, or anger
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Other mental or emotional health problems

Now that you’ve learned the causes, signs, and symptoms of stress, what can you do about it? Peterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture is offering customers and future customers a free 60-minute group meditation session led by Naturopathic Physician Dr. Layli Harandi at their office which is located at 31 Bailey Ave. in Ridgefield.

Peterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture is a family owned business that has been in Ridgefield for more than 40 years, run by Dr. Nickalos L. Peterson and his son, Dr. Nicholas A. Peterson. Dr. Nickalos L. Peterson and his wife Dawn, the office manager, moved to Ridgefield in 1977.
Their practice includes chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, cupping, kinesiology, sports medicine, wellness and nutrition.

Dr. Nicholas Peterson and Dr. Nickalos L. Peterson are licensed doctors of Chiropractic and acupuncturists. Dr. Nickalos L. Peterson practices medical acupuncture and Dr. Nicholas A. Peterson practices dry needle acupuncture. Peterson Chiropractic offers a wide variety of physical therapy modalities including electrical stim, mechanical traction, spinal decompression, power plate, ultrasound and more.

Hands-on modalities include acupuncture, therapeutic activities, trigger point therapy, massage, exercises, and PNF (Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation). Roberta Russell, L.M.T., provides massage therapy to complement their practice by helping patients relieve pain.

Peterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture is located at 31 Bailey Ave. in downtown Ridgefield. Visit their website to learn more. Join Naturopathic Physician Dr. Layli Harandi on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. for a relaxing session of meditation at Peterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture, 31 Bailey Ave., Ridgefield. Call (203)438-9609 to register.

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Picture-Perfect Day for Danbury’s Memorial Day Parade

DANBURY, CT — Dozens of marching units, thousands of spectators, and even a visit from Lady Liberty made Monday, May 27, 2019, a picture-perfect day to honor the brave men and women who fought for our nation’s freedom. Photographer Al Robinson of My Left Nutmeg captured the colorful spirit and diverse culture of the City of Danbury beautifully in the photos below. Thank you to all the brave men and women, our country’s true heroes, for your selfless service.

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Photos: Al Robinson, My Left Nutmeg

2 Fires in Bethel Require Mutual Aid From Area Fire Departments, Forcing One School Closure on Monday

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BETHEL, CT — Bethel and area fire crews had a busy Sunday battling not one, but two blazes this afternoon, one at Clarke Business Park and the other at Bethel Middle School. No injuries have been reported thus far, according to the Bethel Fire Marshal who posted the following message on their Facebook page:

FD operating at a fire in Clarke Park. We are monitoring the smoke and runoff with DEEP for hazards. No hazardous issues at this time. If the smoke is in your area you can close windows in your home. We will update as needed.

The fire departments were also called according to a report on the school district’s Facebook page. The middle school will be closed on Monday, the district stated in their letter to parents:

PLEASE READ IMPORTANT MESSAGE BELOW:

Dear Parents/Guardians, & Staff,

At approximately 1 PM this afternoon there was a fire in an isolated area within the building at Bethel Middle School. The fire department responded promptly and the fire was extinguished. Clean up operations will begin soon but we are in the process of evaluating the impact of the fire on the electrical panels. Therefore, Bethel Middle School and ONLY Bethel Middle School will not be in session tomorrow, Monday, May 20, 2019. As we have more information, we will be in contact with you.

Mutual aid was called in from Danbury, Brookfield, Weston, Trumbull, Shelton, Roxbury, Redding and Monroe, the News-Times reported.

In the Bethel Middle School fire, Bethel Fire & EMS reported that the building’s sprinkler system contained the fire before units arrived. After the BMS fire, crews were dispatched to Francis J. Clarke Park for a structure fire.

Stony Hill Fire said to avoid the area of the industrial park due to large amounts of smoke in the area. The business park is located at Francis J. Clarke Circle in Bethel along Route 53.

This is a developing news story. CT Buzz News will update as more information becomes available.

Photo via Google Maps

 

‘The Biggest Loser’ Contestant Aims to Inspire Change by Opening Orangetheory Fitness in Ridgefield

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Tara Costa, owner of Orangetheory Fitness in Danbury, will open Orangetheory Fitness this fall on Ethan Allen Highway in Ridgefield.

RIDGEFIELD, CT — The Biggest Loser contestant, mother of one and one on the way, Tara Costa said she wants to inspire others to “experience more life” which is why she got into the fitness industry after struggling with her weight and body image for years. It impacted everything she did, she said.

“I went through a major life change after realizing I couldn’t walk up a flight out of stairs or take a subway without being drenched in sweat,” she said, reflecting back on the days when she worked in the in corporate finance.
“I was living life but I wasn’t really living—being the biggest person in the room, always looking for the chair— you don’t want to be who you are, you don’t feel comfortable in your own skin. After getting involved in the show, I made a vow to try to inspire change in the lives of others.”
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That change came in the form of a fitness franchise which she opened with several partners in Danbury, Orangetheory Fitness. The Long Island woman became a fitness coach after The Biggest Loser Season 7 finale and helped a lot of people reach their goals. She started sending her clients to a gym in Long Island before deciding to open one of her own.
“After The Biggest Loser was over, I did Iron Mans and ran a few marathons, and the way that it made me feel, pushing myself physically and mentally helped me to break through a  barrier. You don’t realize how strong you are until you push yourself to do something. That’s what Orangetheory provides to people,” she said.
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“I ended up partnering with two people— a client who lost 160 pounds, and a friend I met through my speaking circuit, Matt Long. All of us were impacted by fitness and fitness provided more life to us. The camaraderie that existed became so empowering,” she said of working with her partners.
Costa lost 155 pounds on The Biggest Loser and is now celebrating a special anniversary this May as she plans her kickoff party for her new location, Orangetheory Fitness Ridgefield with a celebration on Saturday, May 18 from 12-6:00 p.m. at 850 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza, 424 Main St., Ridgefield.
The family-friendly event includes face painters for the kids, a caricature artist, and a balloon twister. The first 100 people to arrive will receive a free heart rate monitor.
“This is a pre-sale and we’re offering the lowest rates we can offer in the state of Connecticut for a limited time,” she stated.
Her Ridgefield studio manager, Shaun Chang, is a dedicated fitness enthusiast and is very excited to be joining the team. He has always enjoyed making a difference in the community, loves to exercise, and finds pleasure working with all kinds of people.
Shaun is an active volunteer for Ann’s Place and serves on the Board of Directors for Apex Community Care. He worked in the healthcare industry in his previous career which helped him realize how important good health is to one’s future. Shaun currently works out, runs, and participates in obstacle races such as Tough Mudder and Spartan Races.
“He cares about people,” Costa said, “we lift each other up. We’re super excited to get to a take part in a community that’s already close-knit and so involved.”
Orangetheory Fitness Ridgefield will open in September on Ethan Allen Highway on the Ridgefield/Wilton line in the Keogh’s Hardware shopping plaza.