BROOKFIELD, CT—With the work-from-home trend continuing to take our nation by storm in the wake of COVID-19, many contractors are busier than they’ve ever been. According to Rick Welday of Forbes, “71% of office workers were doing their job from home all or most of the time last year. Additionally, nearly 93% of school-aged students reported some form of distance learning during 2020. These are huge numbers that underscore the drastic ways in which we’ve had to adapt technologically as the state of the world changed around us.” (Pew Research Center).
With the rise of work-from-home parents and learn-from-home students, finding space in the home where children and their parent employees can focus at the same time, under the same roof, is crucial to both of their success. With many families having several children and one or two work-from-home parents, finding a quiet space to concentrate can be quite a challenge.
So how are families solving the noise/space issue in their homes? Enter in David Alger, owner of *Elite Construction Group. “Now more than ever we’ve seen an increase in people rethinking their home living spaces. From home offices, to renovating a basement or garage and turning it into an office, family room or a den, we’ve seen it all. This trend is not going away any time soon.”
Alger and his team of designers, carpenters, and home remodeling crews have been busy churning out top quality family rooms, home offices, attic space makeovers and more to accommodate the rising demand.
“Businesses are trending towards having employees work from home even after the pandemic has passed because the cost in doing so is beneficial. This shift in the market has prompted some homeowners to consider major home renovations to develop these additional spaces in their home—whether it’s refinishing a basement, creating an office space in a large room, or a small addition.”
“More than a year into the pandemic, more than 56% of American workers are still working remotely, with 41% fully remote. This represents a 44% increase from prior to the pandemic. And of those continuing to work remotely, 82% hope to continue to work from home at least one day a week or more in the future. These sentiments are presenting a challenge to return-to-office strategies as companies look to retain their employees. In fact, many employees have expressed that they would look for a new job if they were no longer allowed to work where they choose,” Welday stated.
For more information on how you can turn your home living space work better for you and your family, contact David Alger at Elite Construction Group”: (203) 648-9995 or David@eliteegroup.com.
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BROOKFIELD, CT—If you need an excuse to eat a hearty and delicious double-decker burger or sandwich today, JJ Stack’s got you covered! The newly opened Brookfield eatery boasts mouthwatering burgers, hot dogs, hand cut fries and much more. Owners Joe Attonito and Joe Acocella opened the unique eatery in late August and have been going full steam ahead ever since.
Attonito was the owner/operator of the former Tiger’s Den Sports Bar in Ridgefield, and has over 28 years of experience in the industry, started our as a bus boy and working his way up through the ranks.
“Currently I work in sales, selling food to restaurants, but was itching to get back in. This to me is like sort of some unfinished business when my previous restaurant closed abruptly after years of struggle,” Attonito said.
Acocella, on the other hand, is a restaurant newbie, but is dedicated to learning the business and becoming a bigger part of the day-to-day operations he said.
The dynamic duo said they were originally going to open a food truck but then came across this opportunity and they couldn’t refuse the chance to make something uniquely theirs and thus JJ Stacks was born. The restaurant got its name when Joe Acocella combined their first initials and the restaurant concept of their triple decker sandwiches.
Attonito said he chose to open in Broofield becasuse he loves the feel of a charming small town.
“I grew up working in restaurants with heavy “local” and “regular” business and that’s how I want to grow,” Attonito said. “We are a very community-oriented team as far as supporting local business and teaming up for fun and often charitable events, and Brookfield seems like a town that would greatly appreciate that.:
At his previous restaurant, Attonito was well-known in the Ridgefield community and helped dozens of non-profits, educational organizations, sports teams and more. He has already begun doing the same in Brookfield by hosting a few charitable events.
While opening during a global pandemic has been a challenge, Attonito said that the large patio and outdoor section offers plenty of room for safe social distancing and a great view of the mini golf course which is perfect for outdoor family fun.
“The fact that the whole feel of the place is that of an old take-out burger and ice cream joint which made us feel more comfortable considering COVID precautions. We love the idea of a unique way to spend time outdoors and something fun for kids and families to do together after being cooped up inside for so long. Obviously, we have our share of challenges, but we’re hoping the community takes to us quickly and we’re able to overcome what is sure to be a very tricky winter,” Attonito said.
Speaking of which, the restaurant offers take-out and curbside to go in addition to catering for corporate and community functions. The restaurant will be open all year round offering their full menu as well as homemade soup and donut specials for curbside and take-out, as well as limited dine-in options. JJ Stacks also participates with @deliverydotcom @ubereats @doordash and @grubhub.
Photos: Joe Attonito, JJ Stacks
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DANBURY, CT—The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the Greater Danbury area.
Severe Weather Statement National Weather Service New York NY 817 PM EDT Wed Jun 3 2020 Fairfield CT-New Haven CT-Bergen NJ-Westchester NY-Orange NY- Putnam NY-Rockland NY- 817 PM EDT Wed Jun 3 2020
…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 845 PM EDT FOR CENTRAL FAIRFIELD…WEST CENTRAL NEW HAVEN…NORTHEASTERN BERGEN…WESTCHESTER…SOUTHEASTERN ORANGE…PUTNAM AND ROCKLAND COUNTIES…
At 817 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Brewster to New City, moving east at 70 mph. HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts. SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect damage to trees and power lines. These severe storms will be near… Danbury and Bethel around 825 PM EDT. Newtown and Redding around 830 PM EDT. Bedford around 835 PM EDT. Greenwich around 840 PM EDT.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.
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DANBURY, CT— Young Danbury area actors are invited to join the the GDICF Theatre Troupe‘s Open House on Saturday, Sept. 7th from 10am-12pm at the GDICC, 6 Lake Ave., Danbury. There will be free face painting, coloring, theater games, snacks and FUN!
Children who sign up for the 12-week session at the Open House get 10% off each student. If a child can not attend the Open House on Sept, 7, they can still register with the discount by signing up before Sept. 28, 2019, the day of the first class.
The fall mini production is a Dia de Los Muertos theme with songs from the popular Disney movie “Coco” on Saturday, Oct, 27, 2019 at 12 p.m. The winter play is on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at 2 p.m. and is called “Christmas Around the World.” Classes are on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. at the GDICC, 6 Lake Ave. Danbury and is for ages 3-12.
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.
All proceeds from the winter show go to benefit the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, a charity that helps those in need in the community. In addition, we also hold a toy drive for Family & Children’s Aid the day of the winter show.
The GDICF Children’s Theater Troupe teaches kids that they can use their gifts and talents to help those in need in their community.
Questions? Call, text or email Miss Wendy: Wendyannmitchell@Live.com (203) 501-7424.
Photo by Therese Beck via Flickr Creative Commons
BROOKFIELD, CT— The Town of Brookfield is encouraging residents to participate in “City Hall Selfie Day” on Thursday, August 15, 2019. The day is an online picture sharing event where locals snap a photo in front of their town hall and other government buildings.
Participants should take a selfie in front of a Brookfield Town Hall, 100 Pocono Road, and share it using the hashtag #CityHallSelfie. Prizes will be awarded for the best #CityHallSelfies in multiple categories.
Visit the Town of Brookfield’s website for entry details.
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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.
Wondering 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.
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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
- Welcome Home Peacocks! Harrybrook Park, 100 Still River Rd., New Milford, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- St. Mary School Carnival, Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel 12:00pm-10:00pm. Dessert Baking Contest: Drop your dessert by 2:00pm, judging will be at 2:30pm, $5 entry per dessert. Open to amateur bakers of all ages. One entry per person. Desserts must be homemade, two dessert portions must be delivered on the table (one for tasting and one for sale). Questions? Call (203)744-2922.
- Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, New Fairfield, Redding, Ridgefield Household Hazardous Waste – Newtown Public Works Garage – Saturday, May 18, 2019
- Orange Theory Fitness kickoff party at 850 Wood Fired Pizza in Ridgefield, 12pm-6pm, first 100 in attendance will receive a free heart rate monitor. Face painters, caricature artist, balloon twister.
- Redding Hive at Topstone Park, Redding, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- New Milford GOAT Free Family Fest, Young’s Field, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A Celebration of what makes New Milford The Greatest Of All Towns. Tons of baby goats to snuggle! Create a Castle, The Clambaking Company, LLBean, Kimberly Farm Ice Cream, Cookie Cloud 9, Local Vendors, Food, Fun, Free, Family Event!
- Brookfield Craft Center Open House, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., 286 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield.
- Sip n Stroll at Biscotti’s in New Fairfied, Grand Opening of their patio, 7 p.m. – midnight.
- She’s the First 5K Charity Walk/Run, Tarrywile Mansion, 70 Southern Blvd., Danbury, 9-11 a.m.
- Comedy Dinner & Show at Amerigo Vespucci, Danbury, $40 for members, $45 non-members.
- Full Moon Family Hike, Great Hollow Park, 225 Rt. 37, New Fairfield, 7 – 9:00 p.m.
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.
BROOKFIELD, 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.
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BROOKFIELD, CT — Quiche Lorraine, Country Farm Pancakes, Goat Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato Frittata…. is your mouth watering yet? Looking for a great spot to take the family for Easter Brunch or Passover? Here are the top three spots in Brookfield, as ranked by Trip Advisor and Yelp users.
Yelp’s Top 3 Brookfield Brunch Spots
- Maggie McFly’s, 195 Federal Road
- Agora of Brookfield, 834 Federal Road
- Bagelman, 14 Candlewood Lake Road
Trip Advisor’s Top 3 Brookfield Brunch Spots
Trip Advisor did not have any rankings in Brookfield specifically for brunch, so below are the top ranked places for breakfast and lunch in Brookfield.
- Chick-fil-A, 156 Federal Road
- Bagelman, 14 Candlewood Lake Road
- Hacienda Don Manual, 265 Federal Road
What do you think of their picks? Tell us in the comments.
We wish you a very Happy Passover season and a Happy Easter to you and yours!
Photo Credit: Kyle Van Horn via Flickr Creative Commons
DANBURY, CT — The first day of spring is on Tuesday, but spring weather is staying at bay, at least for now, as a fourth Nor’Easter in one month threatens our area. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook now through Sunday which “will likely bring accumulating snow from late Tuesday night into Wednesday evening.”
NECN’s meteorologist said this could be enough to bring “plowable snow” and “cause delays and cancellations for Thursday morning.”
WFSB meteorologist Bruce DePrest stated that light snow will begin early in the morning on Wednesday and then snow will become heavy at times, with strong winds. Snow is expected to end before dawn on Thursday. Depending on the track of the storm, some areas may receive significant snowfall of 6 inches or more, according to the NWS.
“We are forecasting 6-12 inches for much of the state,” DePrest said.
If area students have a snow day, many will be getting out in late June as snow day totals approach nearly two dozen for some schools.
Photo credit: Wendy Ann Mitchell