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#CTTraffic Alert: Large Sinkhole Causes Traffic Problems in #DanburyCT

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Photo by Farley Santos

DANBURY, CT — Drivers around Danbury and Bethel will want to use caution and take alternate routes as a large sinkhole has formed on Shelter Rock Road in Danbury.

Councilman Farley Santos posted the following message on his Facebook page:

“To all our neighbors: A sinkhole has formed on Shelter Rock Road near the intersection with Cross Street. Traffic is being diverted through Cross Street. Please try to avoid the area if possible. The City’s Public Works department is on it. I’ve spoken with the Foreman and repairs are underway. It will be a long night for our City’s Public Works crew. I will update as needed.”

While areas like Florida are more prone to sinkholes, Connecticut has seen a large amount of rain. According to USGS.giov, a sinkhole is formed when the ground below the land surface cannot support the land surface and eats away at the rock below.

“Cover-collapse sinkholes may develop abruptly (over a period of hours) and cause catastrophic damages. They occur where the covering sediments contain a significant amount of clay. Over time, surface drainage, erosion, and deposition of sinkhole into a shallower bowl-shaped depression. Over time, surface drainage, erosion, and deposition of sediment transform the steep-walled sinkhole into a shallower bowl-shaped depression.”

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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

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: CTBuzzNews@gmail.com. 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.

 

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

#Danbury #CTKids Invited to Children’s Musical Theater Open House This Saturday, Feb. 9th

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DANBURY, CT— Award-winning theater instructor Wendy Mitchell will lead children in a fun, educational, cultural theater program this spring in Danbury. Local children ages 3-10 are welcome to come to meet the instructors and check out the class this Saturday. Wendy’s classes won TownVibe’s “Best of” award in 2017 for best music and art classes for kids.

Wendy’s theater classes are run through the GDICF Theatre Troupe, based out of the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, 6 Lake Ave., Danbury. Children ages 3-10 years old, along with their parents, are invited to come to the Open House on Saturday, Feb. 9th from 10-11:30 a.m. at the club, 6 Lake Ave., Danbury.

The Open House includes free face painting with Miss Angie of Poprox Productions, theater games, snacks, and FUN. Plays are written and directed by Wendy Mitchell, a theater instructor with over 20 years of teaching experience. Miss Wendy studied Child Development at Post University and has her Head Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education through the state of Connecticut. Her love of kids is apparent in the energy and excitement she brings to each of her events.

Shows are co-directed by Angie DeLorenzo. Miss Angie studied drama and poetry at Keble College at the University of Oxford in the U.K. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Arizona State University, has over eight years of experience working with children in educational and recreational settings and is a talented face painter as well. Her drama experience includes theatrical performances in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Hairspray, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, The Pirates of Penzance and more.

The spring session of theater classes runs from Saturday,. Feb. 16 – Saturday, Apr. 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. each Saturday. Classes are geared towards younger kids age 3-8 with youth ages 8-10 serving as mentors and leaders for the younger ones. This is a low-pressure, high fun class and each session teaches kids to give back to the community at the show by donating toys, food, clothing and more for those in need. All skill levels are welcome.

R.S.V.P. to Wendy Mitchell by calling or texting (203) 501-7424, or by emailing wendyannmitchell@live.com.

For more information, photos and videos, visit the GDICF Theatre Troupe‘s Facebook page.

About GDICF Children’s Theater TroupeGDICF Youth Theatre Troupe provides quality educational musical theater classes for children and youth ages 3-12-years-old. From cultural music & movement classes, to educational shows that bring people of all ages a positive message through the art of theater, the GDICF Theater Troupe teaches youth self-confidence, team building and community service while learning music and theater skills. The interactive shows include humor, song, dance and a whole lot of fun!

Boil Water Advisory Issued for Danbury After Massive Water Main Break

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DANBURY, CT — A boil water advisory was issued Tuesday, April 24 for Danbury residents in the area of Hayestown and Tamarack Ave. after a massive water main break that closed Danbury Hospital, Hayestown and Broadview Middle Schools. The City of Danbury is asking residents to voluntarily reduce water usage over the next 48 hours as crews work to repair the problem, according to the city’s website.

The water main break has impacted water customers east of Main Street, East of North Street up to Route 84 and South to South Street. The city’s boil water advisory remains in effect. Click here to sign up for updates regarding the water issue and when your water is safe to use. Periodic updates will be provided on the city’s website.

Mayor Mark Boughton tweeted Tuesday that handmade parts were flown in from Buffalo and that the Public Works Department is taking care of the problem.

The Danbury War Memorial Facilities are available for residents that have been impacted by the water main break. Restrooms, showers, and water is available there.

Photo credit: Mayor Mark

‘TradFest’ Irish Music Festival Set for April 29 in Danbury

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DANBURY, CT — A popular tradition in Dublin, Ireland is coming to Danbury, on a bit of a smaller scale, but still packed with tons of talent and fun— TradFest, a traditional Irish music festival.

Organized by Julie Sorcek, the festival will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center. The event  celebrates Irish culture and music with dance performances by students of the Newtown-based Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, a demonstration by the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center (GDICC) set dancers, and traditional acoustic Irish music from Damien and Sally Connolly, musicians from the GDICC, Chicks ‘n SyncRingrose & Freeman, and The Kerry Boys.

Food and drinks will be available as well a 50/50 raffle, and lots of Irish music throughout the afternoon and evening. TradFest will all be held at the GDICC, 6 Lake Ave., Danbury, rain or shine.

The schedule is available at https://danburyirishcenter.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/april-2018-tradfest-schedule.pdf.

Admission is $5, children 12 and under are free. More information is available by visiting www.gdicc.org.

Photo by Frederik ‘Freso’ S. Olesen via Flickr 

 

Former Sandy Hook Library Media Specialist Wins Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians

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NEWTOWN, CT —Yvonne Cech, current Library Director of the Brookfield Library and former Library Media Specialist of Sandy Hook Elementary School, is one of two Librarians who were chosen as the recipients of the 2018 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity, according to Cheryl Malden, Program Officer with the American Library Association.

Diana Haneski, Library Media Specialist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, along with Cech will both be presented with a cash prize an award at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, LA., Malden said in a statement.

The ALA explains the origins of the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity in the following manner: “It is of the opinion of Lemony Snicket, author, reader, and alleged malcontent, that librarians have suffered enough. Therefore he is establishing an annual prize honoring a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact. The prize will be a generous amount of cash from Mr. Snicket’s disreputable gains, along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, and a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing. It is Mr. Snicket’s hope, and the ALA’s, that the Snicket Prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them.”

The adversity Cech met was on that horrific December day five years ago, on December 14, 2012, when a lone gunman shot his way through the doors of Sandy Hook Elementary School taking the lives of 26 students and educators. According to a release, Cech saved 18 fourth grade children on that day by hiding them in a storage closet, locking the door and barricading it with book trucks and other objects until the SWAT team arrived.  Cech would not open the door until she verified the officers’ identity.

Similarly, five years later, during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL, Haneski shielded 50 high school students and five adults from harm in a barricaded equipment room. She also refused to open the door until she was sure that the rescuers were who they claimed to be, the statement said.

Cech is now a Librarian at the Brookfield Public Library where she, her bio says, specializes in children’s literature but also loves adult nonfiction books about history. Cech lives in Danbury, received her Master’s in Library Science from Florida State University and holds a Teaching Certification from Southern Connecticut State University, with undergrad degrees from Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and SUNY Oswego.

 

The deadline for submission of applications for the 2019 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity is February 1.  Guidelines and applications are available on the ALA website.

Read more here.

Photo by RoccoA via Flickr

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