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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 

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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 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: (203) 501-7424.

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 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.

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.

Has Spring Sprung? Calendar of Fun CT Events to Get You in the Springtime Mood

Screen Shot 2019-05-14 at 6.36.01 PM.pngWondering if spring has sprung or will ever spring? It seems like someone has upset Mother Nature and she has unleashed her cold, rainy fury on us for far too long. But even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, CT Buzz News has a variety of indoor and outdoor events that will get you in the mood for warmer weather.

The biggest event this weekend is the St. Mary School carnival in downtown Bethel.

Here is what’s going on this week. Do you have an event to submit? Email it in a Word document or email the text in the body of an email and send to: No PDF’s, please. Thanks! 🙂

Wednesday, May 15

  • St. Mary School Carnival, Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel, 6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Sing & Sign with Ms. Janine at Kid’s Kingdom in Brookfield, 100 Pocono Rd. Brookfield.  You’re guaranteed to learn several signs, dance and have fun at the same time! All ages are welcome. In case of bad weather, the program will be held in Brookfield Town Hall in Room 133. Time: 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Dates: 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22.

Thursday, May 16

  • St. Mary School Carnival, Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel

Friday, May 17

  • St. Mary School Carnival, Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel

Saturday, May 18

Sunday, May 19

  • St. Mary School Carnival, Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel,12:00pm-2: 00 pm & 4:00pm – 8:00 pm.
  • Bethel Memorial Day Parade, Greenwood Ave., Bethel, 2:00 p.m.
  • Rockin’ the Hook Concert, 12-7 p.m., Sandy Hook Center, 5 Glen Road, with music by Traveling Danburys and Cheap Thrills, hosted by S.H.O.P., the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity.
  • Blue Ribbon Ventures Horse Show at Fair Hill Farm, 1060 Sport Hill Rd, Easton, 9 a.m.


166 Arts Organizations Receive $786K In Grants From Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund

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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 Craft Center, Inc. – $6,488
  • 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


  • 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


  • Arts Escape, Inc. – $875

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

Craig Ferguson’s ‘Hobo Fabulous’ Comedy Tour Comes to Ridgefield

Screen Shot 2018-12-01 at 4.04.22 PMRIDGEFIELD, CT — Looking for some laughs to kick off the stressful, harried holiday season? Craig Ferguson’s new stand-up show, “Hobo Fabulous” is just the thing. The award-winning comedian, writer, actor, and host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” is scheduled to perform on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at The Ridgefield Playhouse​.

The Scottish-American stand-up comic has performed his all new material tour to sold-out venues across the country. Ferguson has earned two Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Album, earned a Primetime Emmy nomination and the 2009 Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for his interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and was awarded the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host two years in a row.

Monday’s show is sponsored by Bart’s Tree Service Comedy Series, SiriusXM, and is partially underwritten by Nutmeg Livery Service​. T​ickets are $60 and can be purchased online here​.

The VIP Party Pass is available which includes priority parking and free house wine and beer from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. for $25 by calling box office (203) 438-5795.

Visit Bareburger at 38 Danbury Road in Ridgefield for dinner the night of the show and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer with your entrée when you show your ticket.

For tickets visit​.

Experience the Sights & Sounds of the Emerald Isle at the 2018 Danbury Irish Festival


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DANBURY, CT — The 2018 Danbury Irish Festival is bigger and better than ever in 2018 at a brand new location, 65 Sand Pit Rd., Danbury. It will be an indoor/outdoor event that will take place rain or shine! With live Irish music all weekend long, Irish dance, cultural activities, Irish food and beer and a children’s area with non-stop entertainment, it’s sure to be a weekend jam-packed with fun for all ages!

The festival takes place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 21, 22 and 23, 2018 and is presented by the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation, the Men’s and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, committee members, and volunteers.

The brainchild of Gerry Curran, former President of the Danbury Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Irish Festival began in 1995 at Rogers Park in Danbury with the help of Sharon Higgins. Twenty-one years ago, Curran had the dream to bring an Irish music and culture festival to Danbury to raise money to benefit the Irish Club. The festival offers Irish food, fellowship, and fun for people of all ages.

John Feeney, an Irish Gaelic language instructor, heads up the cultural tent which showcases a broad range of Irish heritage and gives festival-goers an up-close experience of Irish traditional music, Gaelic language, history, dance, genealogy, film, theater, and literature through live performances, displays, lectures, and workshops.

Wendy Mitchell heads up the Children’s Tent and has organized a wide variety entertainment and activities for children. The Children’s Tent headline entertainer is Danny Diamond who will present a magic show at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 followed by balloon twisting. The Magic of Danny Diamond magic is sponsored by Gold Sponsor Wooster School, a co-ed day school located on Miry Brook Road by the Danbury Airport. Balloon twisting is sponsored by Silver Sponsor Pour Me Cafe & Wine Bar, a new food, coffee and wine hot spot located in the heart of Danbury on Main Street.

The Children’s Tent is sponsored by Gold Sponsor Wooster School, Silver Sponsor Pour Me Cafe & Wine Bar, Bronze Sponsors Peterson Chiropractic and Poprox Productions, who will be face painting and Festival Friends Ridgefield Playhouse, Service Unlimited, Danbury Palace Theater, Absolute Limousine, Eddie’s Pizza & Pasta, Arbonne by Nicole Coleman, Charmio’s, Groovy Brew Organic Body Scrubs, and Lucy Super 7 Studios.

Shop in the Irish Village and get your holiday shopping done early! Peruse gifts, jewelry, Irish instruments, and other authentic, unique gift ideas from the Irish vendors who will sell their wares.

All weekend long there will be displays on Women of the Easter Rising, Book of Kells, Irish crochet, Irish language and classes, Irish family histories, genealogy, Irish blessings, Irish literature, history of the potato famine, Irish traditional music history and classes and much more.

The Greater Danbury Irish Festival will be held at 65 Sand Pit Road, Danbury, on the beautiful grounds of the Portuguese Cultural Center. This year’s festival is sponsored by Gold Sponsors Clancy Relocation & Logistics, McKenney Mechanical HVAC/R Solutions; Silver Sponsors Union Savings Bank, Savings Bank of Danbury, McCollam Insurance Agency, Senator Michael McLachlan, and Westchester Modular Homes; Bronze Sponsors Pembroke Pumping, Mulvaney Mechanical,  Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, Belardinelli Services, LLC, Councilman Phil Curran & Maggie Curran, Law Offices of Lawrence M. Riefberg, LLC, South Street Self Storage, Hull Funeral Home, Earthmovers and Levine Automotive.

Click here for more information.

Entertainment on the Main Stage (inside):

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018:

  • Ceili Dancing on the Main Stage
  • Green Gates (in the Cultural Tent) 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018:

  • The Traveling Danburys 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
  • Steve O’Tree and Friends – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Thorne Academy of Irish Dance – 2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Keltic Kick – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Cunningham Brothers – 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
  • Ashurst Irish Dance 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Celtic Cross Pipe & Drums – 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
  • Highland Rovers – 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Humble Hooligans– 8:45 – 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018:

  • Ringrose & Freeman – 12:00 – 1:15 p.m
  • Doherty-Petri School of  Irish Dance – 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
  • Jeff Conlon – 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
  • Doherty-Petri School of  Irish Dance – 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tiperrary Knights – 4:45 – 6:00 p.m.

Cultural Tent Entertainment Schedule (outside):

~ Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 ~

  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM: Céilí Set Dancing Workshop – Brian Reynolds (inside, on the main stage)
  • 7:00 – 10.00 PM: Céilí (Irish Social Dancing) – Green Gates Céilí Band (inside, on the main stage)

~ Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 ~

  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Uilleann Piper – Chris Finnegan, Irish Speaker
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Owen McDonnell – Presentation on McDonnell family history
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM: Harp Performance – Regina Delaney
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM: Harp Workshop – Regina Delaney, learn to play the harp
  • 7:00 – 10:00 PM: Irish Traditional Music Seisiún  – Nora Hanley starts with a performance and then rolls into an open seisiún

~ Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 ~

  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Traditional Irish Music (guitar & flute, voice) – Chicks-n-Sync
  • 2:00 –  3:00 PM: Traditional Irish Music (fiddle, tin whistle, flute) – Fiddleuisce GDICC musicians
  • 3:00 – 3:30 PM: Traditional Irish Singalong – Fiddleuisce and John Feeney
  • 3:30 – 4:30 PM: Harp Performance – Regina Delaney
  • 4:30 – 5:30 PM: Traditional Irish Music (Irish lute, guitar, voice) – Aindriú Ó’Ciardha
  • Several Historical Figures from Irish History will be roaming the festival grounds – Liz Popiel.
  • Displays on: Celtic Art, Book of Kells, Irish Crochet, Irish Language and Classes, Irish Family Histories, Genealogy, Irish Blessings, Irish Dance, Irish Literature, Irish Traditional Music History, World Meeting of Families in Ireland 2018 and Classes, and more.

Children’s Tent Schedule (outside):

~ SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2018, 12-6pm ~

  • Face Painting with Miss Angie from PopRox Productions, 12-6pm
  • Shriner’s Clowns: Saturday, Sept. 22, 11am-2pm
  • Costume Parade led by Celtic Cross bagpiper, Saturday, Sept, 22, 1:30pm
  • The Magic of Danny Diamond, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2-3pm

~ SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2018, 12-6pm ~

  • Face Painting with Miss Angie of PopRox Productions 
  • Bubble Zone
  • Kid’s Karaoke
  • Kid’s Crafts
  • Carnival Games
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Make & Shake a Shamrock
  • Thumbprint Rainbows
  • Irish Village
  • Kid’s Crafts & and MORE!

Raffle Tickets:

  • Tickets are $5 each
  • First Prize is $2,000
  • Second Prize is $1,000
  • Third Prize $500
  • Call Sharon O’Rourke at 203-470-7570 for tickets

For more information, click here, email or call the club at 203-501-7424.

Photo by Wendy Ann Mitchell

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