Category Archives: Politics

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.

99+ CT Town Jobs Available: Social Services; Therapist; Administrative Assistant; Maintenance Mechanic & More #CTJobs

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Looking for a solid job with great benefits? Check out these city and town jobs posted on local municipalities’ websites in the Fairfield County area and surrounding towns. If you’re a local employer and you’d like to see your job posting featured on CT Buzz News, email us at CTBuzzNews@gmail.com. Happy hunting!

Bethel

Brookfield

Danbury

  • CASHIER: SALARY: $24.86 – $26.17/hour. The City of Danbury is currently seeking a Cashier. This position requires the receipt of cash checks, money orders, etc at the counter or through the mail in payment of taxes, water service and sewer assessments. Click here to apply.
  • MAINTENANCE MECHANIC III – HVAC, Public Buildings, Salary: $32.16/hour. Work includes heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, electronics, electricity, painting, plumbing, lubrication, mechanical, building construction and renovations. Click here to apply.
  • Part-time Position: Kennel Assistant, 19 hrs / week at $13.25 / hour. Responsible for maintaining proper disease control protocols, including cleaning of the facility and general maintenance of the facility. Click here to apply.
  • Program Set-Up Assistant (Part-time). Elmwood Hall – Danbury Senior Center, Department of Elderly Services. Assists with all aspects of the set-up of programs for the Elmwood Hall Senior Center. Click here to apply.
  • FLU Clinic, Part-time Nurses, Rate: $30 – $40 / hr. We have an immediate need for part-time nurses to administer Flu Vaccines during fall clinics.  Click here to apply.
  • FLU Clinic Community Health Worker Part-time – $16.00 / hr. Seasonal Position August to December or January. Performs assigned flu clinic duties including attending the clinic and working with residents, coordinating volunteers, reconciling clinic reports, and data entry and billing.Click here to apply.

Darien

Easton

Fairfield

Greenwich

Monroe

New Canaan

New Fairfield

New Milford

Newtown

Norwalk

Oxford

Redding

Ridgefield

Southbury

  • Assistant to the Building Official. Part-time, 18 hours per week, $30.00 per hour. Under the direction of the Building Official, administers and enforces all State of Connecticut Building Codes, Statutes, Town of Southbury Ordinances and Regulations relating to construction, and all related codes to ensure the public safety, health and welfare affected by building use and construction. Click to view the job description.
  • Front Counter Service Clerk for the Senior Center. Performs clerical and customer service related duties, including but not limited to answering phone and scheduling and confirming appointments. Salary starts at $15 per hour, 20 hours per week. Graduation from high school plus one year customer service experience. Click to view the job description
  • Laborer at the Southbury Transfer Station – Per Diem. $16.50 per hour. Performs manual labor duties at the Transfer Station including monitoring and assisting in deposit of recycling and solid waste materials, cleaning up debris and litter. Applications are available online.
  • Bus Driver – Per Diem. To transport elderly and/or disabled Southbury residents to and from appointments and the Senior Center. No prior experience necessary, although must hold State of Connecticut license with appropriate endorsements (minimum “F” endorsement) and current medical certificate from your physician. May also be used as a utility person to help with various tasks at the Senior Center. $13.00 per hour. Applications are available online or at the First Selectman’s office, 501 Main Street South, Southbury. ADA/EOE.
  • Poll Worker. Residents needed to work at the polls on an election day. Click for more information.

Trumbull

Waterbury

Weston

Westport

Wilton

Woodbury

  • Conservation Commission Clerk: Approximately 12 morning meetings per year. Meetings are held the 4th Thursday of each month at 8:00 a.m. Attend meetings, type motions and minutes from home. File motions and minutes with the Town Clerk’s Office within the statutory timeline. Post legal notices as required. Send notifications and correspondence to commission members and applicants as needed. Pay rate is $17.00 per hour. Click here to apply.

Photo by GotCredit via Flickr Creative Commons

 

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

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

Bethel Town Budget Meeting is Tuesday, April 24

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BETHEL, CT — Town of Bethel voters are notified of the reconvened Annual Town Budget Meeting to be held at the Bethel High School Auditorium, 300 Whittlesey Drive in on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7: 00 p. m. to consider the appropriation of $29,536,242, which sum includes debt service of $ 3,939, 238 and the school’ s building maintenance account of $500,008 as recommended by the Board of Finance.

The meeting will also include consideration of a resolution to appropriate the sum of $ 1,140,000, as recommended by the Board of Finance, for capital item expenditures, and the issuance of short-term notes and/ or bonds of $ 1, 140,000, to finance the appropriation of said sum for all costs incurred for the following capital item expenditures:

Highway Elgin Street Sweeper $230,000

Education High School, HVAC $250,000

Bethel Fire Dept: Replace BFD Engine $660,000

TOTAL CAPITAL $1, 140,000

Finally, consideration to establish the date on which the machine vote on the annual town budget shall take place in accordance with the provisions of the Bethel Town Charter.

Photo by 401(K) 2012 via Flickr Creative Commons

Rep. Ferguson Joins CT School Safety & Security Working Group

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HARTFORD, CT – State Representative Michael Ferguson (R-138) has joined a new bi-partisan legislative school safety and security working group to better address the effectiveness of current school security-focused legislation and programs, as well as a canvass of current attitudes, concerns and trends in securing our schools.

Ferguson is a former Danbury Board of Education member and a member of the legislature’s Education committee who has cognizance over education policy in Connecticut.

“This school safety and security working group will allow for a full examination and evaluate the effectiveness of current school security-focused legislation and programs throughout the state. Recent national school violence has created unease among state students and parents regarding their safety in our schools. We, as legislators, have an obligation to talk and consult security experts and education stakeholders to reassure state residents that our institutions of learning throughout our state are as safe as possible,” said Rep. Ferguson.

Ferguson and other legislators on the working group are looking to analyze:

  • Summarize current school safety legislation;
  • Measure school districts’ knowledge of current legislation;
  • Use and availability of existing state and federal funds;
  • Review of whether regulations and associated programs have been implemented;
  • Availability of school-based mental health professionals;
  • Parents’ knowledge and understanding of their district’s security measures;
  • Local educators’ view of the effectiveness of legislation and related programs;
  • Determine viability of school security measures installed years ago;
  • Identify new trends and techniques in school security;
  • Collect recent concerns of educators, students and law enforcement;
  • Determine what other states are doing

The legislators also intend to communicate with their districts, teachers, superintendents, and students to get feedback on what has been done, how things have changed and what they still feel needs to change.

Among the working group’s proposed participants:

  • Republican and Democrat legislators;
  • School superintendents;
  • Law enforcement personnel;
  • Mental health professionals for children.
  • Federal agency liaisons
  • School security consultants
  • Students and parents

A recent report showed Connecticut was above the national average in the percentage of high school students who have been threatened or injured with a weapon at school, in the percentage of teachers who were threatened or attacked, and in the percentage of high school students who said they carried a weapon during the past month, among other categories.

From the Office of John M. Dooley IV, CT House Republicans 

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Recovering at Home After Collapse

Screen Shot 2018-03-16 at 6.17.14 PMDANBURY, CT — Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton’s campaign manager said the Republican gubernatorial candidate is recovering at home after a scary scene at a campaign stop in Avon. State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, another candidate running for governor, is one of three doctors who came to Mayor Mark’s rescue, performing CPR chest compressions on him, according to WFSB.

Team Boughton sent out the following email Friday:

UConn Health Center officials announced that Mayor Mark Boughton was released from UConn Health this afternoon. 

“Last evening Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton was brought to UConn Health where, according to his doctors, he was treated for dehydration. He was released a short time ago.  Before he left,  Mr. Boughton asked me to extend his thanks to the people of UConn Health for their care. He said, and I quote “we are lucky to have a place like this.” We thank Mr. Boughton for his comments and UConn Health will have no further updates on this matter.”

 
Thank you for your continued support.
 
– Team Boughton

Doctors said the collapse was due to dehydration and was unrelated to his medical issues stemming from a benign brain tumor he had removed last year.

Photo: Mayor Mark Boughton photographed March 3, 2018, t the Danbury St. Patrick’s Day Ball, presenting Tom McAuliffe with the Men’s Hibernian of the Year award. Photo by Wendy Ann Mitchell.