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VOTE: City of Danbury, Jericho Partnership Need Help to Fight Homelessness

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DANBURY, CT —  The City of Danbury and the Jericho Partnership are joining forces to help combat homelessness and they need your help to qualify for a $25,000 grant to fulfill their mission. The two organizations are presenting the project called “CityServe” to increase the number of participants in Project CleanStart (PCS), expand the number of students impacted by Reading Buddies Program (RBP), and increase services offered by Spring Street Neighborhood Center (SSNC), according to their website.

Jericho is a finalist to win one of 40 grants with 200 organizations in the running. Funds will be used to enable team leaders to work directly with the homeless population and present the “Reading Buddies” program to several Danbury public schools. If awarded the grant, they will be able to expand their impact in elementary schools, increase food pantry distributions, help shut-ins and the elderly population, and offering free case management for families in need.

To vote for the Jericho Partnership to receive the funds through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant, supporters simply have to vote on the following website:

NeighborhoodAssist.com/entry/2012674

People can vote 10 times a day, every day, until Aug. 24, 2018.

#SFNeighborhoodAssist

Photo credit: Jericho Partnership

From Air to Hair: Memorial Day Reflections from a U.S. Air Force Veteran

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RIDGEFIELD, CT — While many across the country attended parades, ate hot dogs and burgers at picnics and honored our fallen heroes this Memorial Day, one U.S. Air Force veteran was enjoying his retirement from service by reflecting on the two decades that proudly wore the uniform.

Mike O’Hara, originally hailing from Bronx, New York, now lives in Danbury and works full-time in Ridgefield hair salon with his life partner, Tami Williams, who owns Hair Couture Salon.

O’Hara served in the U.S. Air Force from 1982-2002 and during that time served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield, as well as in Korea and Sicily.

Now retired, he said that he went “from air to hair” to be closer to the love of his life, Williams.  O’Hara said that Memorial Day means that “somebody gave their life and that they put country before family knowing that they may not see their family again— which they didn’t.”

While it may seem odd to some to go from the U.S. Air Force to working the front desk of a hair salon, for O’Hara, his service is a new type— one that gives him great satisfaction not only to himself but to all those he has the pleasure of serving.

“What better job satisfaction than seeing the bright glowing smiles on all the clients when they see the results of their hair?”

“I joined to protect and serve our country,” O’Hara said, “and also to live a structured life, gain an education and career skills. Memorial Day means that somebody gave their life, they put country before family knowing that they may not see their family again in which they didn’t. All those that sacrificed their lives for us is why I’m so proud to be an American.”

In honor of O’Hara’s 20 years since his retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Hair Couture Salon is giving service men and women $20 off of any service when they mention the U.S. Air Force slogan, “Aim High.”

Hair Couture Salon is located at 590 Danbury Road, Ridgefield. For more information or to book an appointment, call (203) 438-2121.

Greater Danbury Area Easter Egg Hunts will Have Kids Hopping This Weekend

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DANBURY, CT— Aaah to be young again…. gathering up all the chocolate and candy you could dream of, not a worry about calories or tooth decay… and it looks like Mother Nature will cooperate with temps in the 50s, mostly sunny skies on Saturday and highs near 49 on Sunday. There is a chance of sprinkles before 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Many towns had their egg hunts last weekend, but there’s plenty more to come this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So deck the kids out in their most Easter-y outfits, grab a colorful straw basket and head over to one or more of the many local egg hunts in our area. Did we miss one? Email us at: ctbuzznews@gmail.com.

Bethel

  • Register for the annual egg hunt at The Giggling Pig on Friday, March 30 from 10-11:30 a.m. Cost is $15 per child and is open to all ages. All children must be pre-registered to participate.
  • Walnut Hill Community Church is hosting their annual Easter egg hunt at the church, Walnut Hill Rd., Bethel onCome join us on the Saturday before Easter for our Free Easter Eggstravaganza where your little ones will enjoy a fun egg hunt.

    Saturday, March 31 | 2-3:30 p.m.

Brookfield

  • While the town held its egg hunts last weekend, Brookfield kids can still visit with the Easter bunny at Chick-Fil-A on Federal Road. No reservations are required. Visit on Thursday, March 29 between 5:30 – 7 p.m. to enjoy your dinner with the Easter bunny.

Danbury

  • The Danbury Church of Christ is holding a free community egg hunt for babies through 5th grade on Saturday, March 31 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the church, 90 Clapboard Ridge Rd, Danbury. There will be crafts, prizes and light refreshments. This event is free, but the church asks those interested in attending to sigh up by emailing dcocevents@gmail.com. Children should bring a basket.
  • The Danbury Railway Museum presents Train Rides with the Easter Bunny at their location, 120 White Street, Danbury, on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31. Trains depart every 30 minutes from 12:30-3:30, Reservations are strongly suggested by calling (203) 778-8337.  The cost is $12 for ages 2 and up. Babies under 24 months are free. Admission includes a ride through the rail yard on a vintage train, a visit with the Easter Bunny in his special railroad car, a small gift for children from the Easter Bunny, temporary tattoos, a coloring station, Thomas® play table and museum exhibits. Click here for more info.
New Milford
  • Faith Church is hosting their annual Easter Fest at the church, 600 Danbury Rd. New Milford, on Saturday, March 31, 2018. This free event includes food trucks, an egg hunt, face painting, crafts, bounce houses and much more. CT. Call (860) 354-7700 for more information.
  • Harrybrooke Park is holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt. Cost is $5 per child and no advanced registration is required to participate. The event will be held on March 31, from 11 a.m – 2:00 p.m. Each child collects 10 eggs and cashes them in for a new book that they choose. This does not have a shotgun start and people can arrive at any time from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call (860) 799-6520 or visit http://www.Harrybrookepark.org. 
Newtown
  • EverWonder Children’s Museum is holding an Easter egg hunt at the museum, 31 Pecks Lane, Newtown on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Egg drops will be at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. There will be two age groups for ages 5 and under and another for ages 6 and up. The cost is $5 per participant  which includes museum admission. Register online, over the phone or in person. Space is limited for each egg drop. (203) 364-4009.
  • Grace Family Church is holding their annual egg hunt on Saturday, March 31st from 1-2:00 p.m at Treadwell Park on Philo Curtis Road in Sandy Hook. There will be over 20,000 eggs and prizes there. Pre-register here.
Redding
  • Redding Neighbors & Newcomer’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Friday, March 30 at 3 p.m. All attendees must pre-register by clicking here.
Ridgefield
  • Jesse Lee United Methodist Church will hold an Easter egg hunt after their Easter services  on Sunday, April 1st after the 9:00 a.m. and after the 11:00 a.m. services.
Sherman
  • The Town of Sherman’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is set for Saturday, March 31 at the Sherman Town Park. The egg hunt is free, however, donations will be accepted to benefit Hungerford Place, Sherman ‘s food pantry. A representative will be on hand to accept monetary donations and/or grocery store gift cards. Children are invited to stop by the jelly bean guessing game first, then find the area for their age group and wait for the signal to start. There is a limit one dozen eggs per child.  The event is open to kids in grades preschool through grade 5 and kids should bring their own baskets.

Southbury

  • On Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m., Christ the Redeemer Church is hosting their annual Easter egg hunt at the church,114 Roxbury Rd., Southbury. This event is open to all children up to 5th grade and is free. They will have some fun Easter egg cookies to decorate and eat or take with them. For more information call (203) 264-2407, email info@christtheredeemerct.org or visit www.christtheredeemerct.org. 

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What’s the Buzz?

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Hey there! Wendy Mitchell here— mom of three, writer, editor, musician, wife, rescue pup mama, breast cancer survivor. After battling the evil “C word” for the past three years, I’m happy to report that I’m now 100% cancer free and ready to announce the (re)launch of sorts of my CT Buzz family of news sites. Why is it a relaunch? Because I originally launched Bethel Buzz news site in June of 2011 and soon after added New Fairfield and Sherman Buzz. After several years, I went on to work as Regional Editor for a national news website from 2010-2012.

During 2012-2013, I stopped working in order to serve as a volunteer to help my hometown of Sandy Hook heal after the tragic Sandy Hook School shootings on Dec. 14, 2012. I founded the Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids (The SHACK) in Sandy Hook Center as a creative way for kids and families to heal through the power of the arts through free music and art programs. We were happy to have the Newtown Strong Therapy Dogs as regular visitors.

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