Category Archives: Town Buzz

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

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.

Pepe’s Pizza to Donate Portion of Sales to Handy Dandy Handyman

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DANBURY, CT — For close to two decades, “The Boss Man,” also known as Peter Brady, founder of Handy Dandy Handyman (HDHM), has been helping Danbury area residents with new beds, furniture, home repairs, helping supply heat, food, and clothing for those in need and much more.

The 501(c)3 nonprofit was founded by Brady after he retired and wanted to help the elderly and homebound by raking their leaves. He organized an annual “Rake & Bake” that now has hundreds of volunteers providing assistance each fall to locals in the community.

Brady recently announced to his helpers that a local business, Cartus, has spearheaded a fundraiser for the nonprofit at a local pizza place in Danbury.

“We have been blessed by a team of employees at the Cartus Company in Danbury who have always been avid supporters of this HDHM Ministry, and they are taking it to another level,” Brady said.

The fundraiser takes place at Pepe’s Pizza, 59 Federal Road, Danbury, on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30, 2019 for lunch and/or dinner. People who eat in or take out will have 20% of their check donated to HDHM if they show the red certificate when paying.

For more information about Peter Brady and Handy Dandy Handyman, visit his website.

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

‘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.

Free Mother’s Day Massage & Spinal Check from Peterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture

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RIDGEFIELD, CT — She drove you to music lessons, baseball, dance, football and cheer, she stayed up late nights nursing you back to sleep when you got the flu or whooping cough or you were just scared of the monsters under the bed. She attended every game, every performance, was there for you when your prom date ditched you for someone else and did it all with a smile. Now it’s time to show her how much you care by giving her the priceless gift of health and wellness.

Peterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture has a very Mother’s Day special that will leave your mom (or you) feeling relaxed and refreshed. Their Mother’s Day special includes a free Adrenal stress test, a free spinal evaluation, and best of all, a free 15-minute trigger point massage.

Peterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture is located at 31 Bailey Ave. in Ridgefield and has been a leader in the wellness industry for more than 40 years. The practice offers a drug-free, holistic approach to wellness and recently added a Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Layli Harandi, to help their patients explore a variety of drug-free alternatives to pain relief.

Pamper your mom (or yourself) by calling to set up her/your appointment set up today! (203) 438-9609 and tell them you saw the free offer on CT Buzz News.

For more information about Peterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture, visit their website.

Brookfield’s ‘Giving Garden’ Invites Community to Planting Day

Screen Shot 2019-05-08 at 3.26.49 PMBROOKFIELD, CT — Brookfield’s “Giving Garden” is hosting their 10th Annual Planting Day on Saturday, May 18, 2019, beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing into the afternoon and they’re inviting experienced and inexperienced gardeners to join in the fun.

Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, hats, gloves and sunscreen and bring newspapers (black & white only), gardening tools, and bug spray. The organization will provide drinking water, snacks, and lunch for volunteers and children are welcome.

The Giving Garden is a project of the Kiwanis Foundation of Greater Danbury, and located at the Eriksen Farm Open Space, 8 Nabby Road in Brookfield. Since 2010, the Giving Garden has grown thousands of pounds of vegetables for local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Please R.S.V.P. by emailing GivingGardenCT@gmail.com, or texting Donna at (203) 241-7336.

Find out more on Facebook by clicking here.

Photo credit: Giving Garden

AMBER Alert 2019: Stony Hill Four Corners Association Hosts Annual Safety Event

BETHEL, CT — The Stony Hill Four Corners, a Bethel and Newtown business association, is hosting their annual AMBER Alert registration on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Haleyville Fire House, 34 Hawleyville Rd., Newtown. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to come out to this safety event which is sponsored by Stony Hill Four Corners, Quality Gem and Union Savings Bank.

Parents who register their child will receive one free laminated I.D. card per child. Additional cards are available. Free hot dogs and soda will be served and children are welcome to tour the firehouse and see the fire trucks up close.

The AMBER Alert began in 1996 and was named after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, a child who went missing while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then brutally murdered. “Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. AMBER stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman. Other states and communities soon set up their own AMBER plans as the idea was adopted across the nation,” the website states.

Today, the AMBER Alert system is being used in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Indian country, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 27 other countries, according to the agency’s website. As of April 2019, a total of 957 children were successfully recovered through the AMBER Alert system.

Questions? Contact Madeline Bunt at Union Savings Bank: (203) 730-6376.

About The Stony Hill Four Corners Association:

The Stony Hill Four Corners Association encompasses the “corridor” between exits 8 and 9 off Interstate 84; specifically Stony Hill Road in Bethel, and Rte 6 (Mount Pleasant), Rte 25 section of Hawleyville in Newtown.  Our purpose is to develop a greater awareness of our businesses in the area and what we have to offer, while creating ways for us – as a group – to give back to the local community.  We meet the first Wednesday of each month to plan several events a year that benefit community organizations. As a business member of the Stony Hill Four Corners, your business will be listed on the Stony Hill Four Corners website as well as in our color brochure that is distributed at various events throughout the area and year. Our members are also encouraged to display the brochures at their place of business.

#DanburyCT Traffic Alert: Incident on Lake Ave.

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DANBURY, CT — Western Connecticut State University alerted its students via Twitter to avoid Lake Ave. and Lake Ave. Ext. as there has been a dangerous spill o the road in front of Stanziato’s Pizza.

 

(1/2) A truck has spilled a load of 1,000 pounds of roofing nails in front of Stanziato’s Restaurant on Lake Ave. Extension near the entrance to the Westside campus.

(2/2) Please avoid taking Lake Ave. Extension to get to Westside. Instead, take Kenosia Ave. or approach from Exit 2. The campus remains open and all classes and other activities are continuing.”

Roofing nails can cause damage to tires causing a dangerous driving situation. “Driving with a hole in your tire is potentially dangerous and could cause a blowout. Furthermore, driving too long with the nail can ruin the tire so you will have to replace the entire tire, instead of having a small piece plugged,” according to Autoblog.

Danbury Area Irish Kick Off Month-Long Schedule of St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

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DANBURY, CT — Danbury Irish-Americans kick off a month-long St. Patrick’s Day celebration of events beginning on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 9 a.m. with the New Fairfield Flag Raising.  A St. Patrick’s Day Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 21 Brush Hill Road, followed by a march to Town Hall. Ancient Order of Hibernian (AOH) President David Albright, along with New Fairfield’s Peter Hearty and fellow Hibernians, will hoist the Irish flag at Town Hall. Refreshments will be served.

The Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center (GDICC) has two weekends of St. Patrick’s Day events planned to celebrate the holiday:

Friday, March 15, 2019

  • 2JAM Acoustic, 8-11 p.m.: Bill and AJ are back at the Danbury Irish Cultural Center for a night of entertainment including classic rock , oldies, folk , originals and some Irish tunes.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

  • Bethel St. Patrick’s Day Flag Raising, 9 a.m. Grab some friends and a warm woolen sweater and head to the Bethel St. Patrick’s Day flag raising on Saturday, March 16th at 9 a.m. at P.T Barnum Square. Then walk over to the Municipal Center, 1 School Street, to raise another Irish flag and join friends and neighbors inside the Municipal Center for coffee, tea, and refreshments.
  • Danbury Flag Raising, 12 p.m. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Hat City with local officials, Hibernians, and friends old and new on Saturday, March 16th. First go to Mass at St. Peter’s Church at 11 a.m. and then shuffle on over to the flag raising at the Danbury Town Hall at 12 noon. The GDICC will be opening up at 11 a.m. and serving up delicious, tender corned beef dinners and sandwiches from 12-8 p.m. Thorne Academy of Irish Dance will perform at 1 p.m., followed by a mini seisiun (Irish open music circle) from 3-4:15 p.m.. After that, from 4:15-4:45 p.m., there will be an Irish soda bread making demonstration and another mini sesuin from 4:45-5:30 p.m. Irish music will be playing after that in the pub and in the back room.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the GDICC on Sunday, March 17th! The GDICC opens at 9 a.m. and dinners and sandwiches will be served from 12 noon to 7 p.m. or until they are sold out. Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance will be dancing at 2 p.m., followed by Steve O’Tree who will be playing from 2:45-5:30 p.m. Chicks ‘n Sync will perform from 6-9 p.m.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

  • Danbury St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 2 p.m., downtown Danbury. Join locals for the annual Danbury St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 24, 2019. The parade steps off at St. Peter Church on Main Street in Danbury at 2 p.m., and continues up Main Street, turns left on West Street and proceeds up to the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, 6 Lake Avenue, Danbury where there will be Irish music, food, and dance. The parade includes bands, floats, dancers, and marchers. Go to the GDICC afterward for corned beef sandwiches and other food and desserts, music, drinks and a great time. For more information, email parade co-chairs Kevin Hearty or Wendy Mitchell: kevin.hearty@ncps-k12.org or wendyannmitchell@live.com.

ABOUT THE GDICC

The goals of our organization are the preservation and teaching of Irish heritage and culture for our own enrichment and enjoyment as well as the next generation’s and for all people who are interested in our heritage with a program of teaching, workshops and cultural events. Classes and workshops include Irish Language, Dance, Music, Singing, Drama, Storytelling, Genealogy, Literature, History and Gaelic Sports. Events include Irish language days, concerts, plays, games, lectures, book clubs and monthly seisiúins.

Currently, the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation (GDICF) offers weekly Irish language classes at the beginning and intermediate levels; weekly fiddle and whistle classes at the beginning and intermediate levels; weekly céilí and set dancing classes; monthly seisiún; a 1 day traditional acoustic Irish music festival; and an annual 3 day Irish Festival (the Danbury Irish Festival) with a full program of traditional Irish cultural entertainment.

​Questions? Call (203) 739-0010, email DanburyIrish@gmail.com or visit www.gdicc.org.