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Important Flu Outbreak Message from Danbury Hospital

Important Flu Outbreak Message from Danbury Hospital

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According to Mayor Mark Boughton’s robo call, “Danbury Hospital is experiencing a large influx of patients due to the recent flu outbreak. The hospital has asked the City of Danbury to remind residents to use the following practices to avoid spreading the flu”:

1. Avoid close contact with people

2. Stay home if you’re sick or not feeling well

3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

 

The hospital said you should seek medical care if you or any family member have the following symptoms:

  • Bluish skin
  • High fever accompanied by a rash
  • Dizziness
  • Not waking up
  • No tears when crying or excessive dehydration

The people who are most high risk for getting the flu include children under the age of 18 and adults over the age of 50.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said: “There is still time to get a flu shot  Please consider doing so to help stop the spread of the flu. Thank you for your cooperation.”

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Local Youth Theatre Troupe Accepting Registrations for “Willy Wonka the Musical”

Local Youth Theatre Troupe Accepting Registrations for “Willy Wonka the Musical”

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Ultra Violet Productions is now accepting registrations for their Winter Theatre Session which begins on Saturday, January 12, 2013. The 10-week session runs through March 16, 2013 with their performance to be held on March 23, 2013 at the Black Box Theatre in Newtown. They will be performing “Willy Wonka the Musical.” Classes are open to children and teens ages 5-18 and are held on Saturdays from 10-11am at Dance Dimensions LLC, 14 Del Mar Drive in Brookfield. Children from all surrounding towns are welcome.

The mission of Ultra Violet Productions is to create a non-competitve, nurturing environment for children and youth to thrive in while encouraging them to find their own unique gifts and talents. Each class includes improvisation, fun theatre games, and vocal and physical warm-ups. Children are encouraged to participate as they feel comfortable. Their focus is on building a child’s self-esteem while teaching acting and singing skills.

For each of their sessions,  Ultra Violet Production does a community service project in conjunction with their productions. Past projects have included food drives, visits with seniors in assisted living facilities, baking cookies for the elderly and much more. This session thy have chosen to donate a portion of ticket sales to benefit the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School through a non-profit organization created by SHES’s art teacher,Healing Sandy Hook Through the Arts.

For those joining late, classes can be prorated and children and teens may join through Jan. 26. For more information call 203-826-7194 or email UVProductions@yahoo.com for a registration form.

Like Ultra Violet Productions on Facebook by clicking here, and check out photos of past performances.

Visit UVP online by clicking here.

National Fire Protection Association Offers Winter Fire Safety Tips

National Fire Protection Association Offers Winter Fire Safety Tips

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Residents are encouraged to “Adopt a Fire Hydrant” this winter to keep your family and community safe.  As the snow plows clear the roads hydrants can become buried under large piles of snow, making it difficult for fire fighters to locate the hydrant in case of an emergency.  Most hydrants have marker flags, but valuable time can be lost in digging it out the snow during a fire.

According to Fire Engineering‘s website:

“The public thinks the fire department is responsible for the clearing fire hydrants. On average, it takes 20 minutes to dig out a hydrant. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards require hydrants every 1,000 feet for a building smaller than 3,600 square feet, and the duration of the water flow must be two hours or more. The first-arriving fire engine must establish fire flow water within four minutes.” ~ Scott Freeman
The National Fire Protection Association also recommends the following tips for winter fire safety:

Be safe and warm this winter

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable sapce heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.

For more information about how to keep your family and community safe this winter please click here.

 

Governor Malloy Asks Connecticut to Observe Moment of Silence & Ring Bells for Sandy Hook Victims Friday

Governor Malloy Asks Connecticut to Observe Moment of Silence & Ring Bells for Sandy Hook Victims Friday

A sign hangs on the fence of the tennis courts at Treadwell Park in Newtown.

A sign hangs on the fence of the tennis courts at Treadwell Park in Newtown. Photo credit: Wendy Mitchell

From the Office of Governor Malloy–
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today signed a proclamation declaring Friday, December 21, 2012 a “Day of Mourning” in the State of Connecticut and requesting that residents statewide participate in a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. The Governor is also requesting houses of worship and government buildings that have the capability, to ring bells 26 times during that moment in honor of each life that was taken at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
For more information, please visit Governor Malloy’s website: http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?a=4010&Q=515708
The photos below are of various memorials set up in Newtown and Bethel to honor the victims of Sandy Hook shooting. Photo credit: Wendy Mitchell

Region Comes Together for “A Tribute to Newtown”

Region Comes Together for “A Tribute to Newtown”

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A TRIBUTE TO NEWTOWN WEDNESDAY 12/19/12:

First Selectmen and Mayors from the Greater Danbury Region have come together to organize a Tribute to Newtown.

The gathering will be a way for the people of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman to come together in this time of need.

Western Connecticut State University will welcome guests to this regional tribute event on Wednesday, December 19th at 7pm in support of Newtown, Connecticut and everyone affected by the tragic school shooting last week. A Tribute to Newtown will take place at the O’Neill Center on the Westside Campus of WCSU in Danbury, Connecticut. The tribute will include various musical performances from choirs and musicians as well as remarks by community leaders including Western Connecticut State University President, Dr. James Schmotter.

The tribute is open to the public. Please show your support for Newtown.

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A Moment of Silence

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has called for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, which is exactly one week after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Malloy also asked churches to ring their bells 26 times to honor the victims.

Community Comes Together to Help Victims of Sandy Hook Shooting Tragedy

Community Comes Together to Help Victims of Sandy Hook Shooting Tragedy ~ By Wendy Mitchell

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Prayer vigils were held across the country tonight to pray for the families who lost their precious children Friday, December, 14, 2012, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, as well as Newtown Methodist were overflowing with mourners who came to pray for the victims. The flag was lowered to half-staff and at the nearby Edmond Town Hall people came to came to light a candle of remembrance for the innocent victims of this horrible tragedy.

On a personal note, my heart is broken for the families who lost their children and for my sister-in-law who works at the school and was, thankfully, home sick today and is okay. It is unfathomable to think of what the brave teachers, families of students, co-workers and friends of the victims are going through as they try to find ways to cope with this senseless tragedy. My step-brother’s 9-year-old son was at the school and heard the gunshots and is home safe, thankfully but will no doubt need counseling. My thoughts turned to my theater students who attend Sandy Hook Elementary and are also okay. This tragedy hit my hometown hard, a town I grew up in, at my former school. I have gotten numerous calls, emails, texts and Facebook messages from family and friends who want to help.

After putting out a call for information on Bethel Buzz’s Facebook page, we have collected information about ways you can help.

HOW TO HELP:

The United Way of Western Connecticut has partnered with Newtown Savings Bank to create the “Sandy Hook Relief Fund.” The fund will provide support services to those families who have been affected. Funds can be mailed to The Sandy Hook Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main Street, Newtown, CT. 06470.  Click here to donate online.

Click here to donate to another online fundraiser. This is a fund started by a former Sandy Hook Elementary student to gather support for the victims, families, and all others affected locally.The funds will go to the school’s PTSA organization for counseling for the survivors (children and families), funeral expenses for affected families and for a scholarship fund supporting students at Sandy Hook Elementary.

A Star for Ben: This online fund was set up for a friend of a friend’s son, to collect funds for 5-year-old Ben who passed away today.Here is Amy’s storyClick here to donate.

Ultimate Limousine in Danbury has drivers who are donating their time and services for any transportation needed for family members for funeral arrangements of other memorial services. 203-790-LIMO.

Dr. John Gelinas Jr., along with the clinicians at Family Study Center, Inc. in Danbury will begin running professional art therapy and counseling groups beginning next week for the children of Sandy Hook School. Please contact Ellie Nicol by calling 203-778-2020 ext. 12. There will be no cost for this service.
From Facebook–
  • On Friday, December 14th. Emilie Parker was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. We are seeking any endeavor to assist them in this tragedy.
If you know of a charity or business that is collecting or organizing therapy for the children and they are not listed here, please email the information to  ctbuzznews@gmail.com.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to those who lost their children and to the families of the teachers who died and we continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers during this tragic and difficult time.

New Fairfield & Sherman 12 Days of Christmas Shopping Guide

New Fairfield & Sherman 12 Days of Christmas Shopping Guide

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We all know the song, The 12 Days of Christmas where a gentleman gives his lady friend 12 gifts, each growing increasingly more extravagant as the song ends. With only 12 shopping days left until Christmas, New Fairfield & Sherman Buzz is sharing 12 ideas for great gifts that you can buy locally.

As has been our mission since we launched our website, New Fairfield & Sherman Buzz supports shopping locally at independently owned shops and encourages our readers will do the same. It’s time to “think outside the [big] box” and start  (or continue to) shop locally. In 2009 a grassroots initiative called The 3/50 Project launched with the goal of saving local businesses. The 3/50 Project concept is simple:

1) Pick 3  stores in town that you would really miss if they were gone

2) Spend $50 per month in those 3 stores

3) Save your local economy

According to The 3/50 Project, for every $100 you spend in a locally owned independent store, $68 goes back into the local economy through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. If you take that same $100 and spend it at a national chain big box store, only $43 stays local. If you spend it online, $0 stays in your local economy.

For the next 12 days, New Fairfield & Sherman Buzz will showcase a local, independently owned store where you can purchase unique gifts and help save your local economy at the same time.

Day 1: Village Hardware

Today we feature locally owned and operated Village Hardware, located at 1 Brush Hill Road, New Fairfield. Owner Dan Churchill offers customers excellent customer service and years of knowledge. Today we feature a special offer they have on Husqvarna snow blowers. Village Hardware is currently offering $50 off 2-stage Husqvarna snow blowers and $25 off single-stage Husqvarna snow blowers.

Just think how  You may already know Village Hardware has shovels, ice melt, tools, plumbing and electrical supplies, but did you know they also have great stocking stuffers for men, women and children? From flashlights, pocket knives and gloves to hats, gadgets and doo dads, Village Hardware offers a wide variety of affordable and unique gift ideas.

Click here to print a BUZZ BARGAINS COUPON and save 10% off your entire purchase at Village Hardware!

(excludes Husqvarna snow blowers & pellets)

Village Hardware, 1 Brush hill Road, New Fairfield, CT. 203-746-9331.

Hours of Operation:

Mon – Fri: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sat: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Village Hardware ot only has a great deal on snow blowers tis month, but they have great stocking stuffers as well! Don't forget to print out the 10% off Buzz Bargains coupon at the end of this article for extra savings!

Village Hardware not only has a great deal on snow blowers this month, but they have great stocking stuffers as well! Don’t forget to print out the 10% off Buzz Bargains coupon at the end of this article for extra savings!

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Yankee Mariano Rivera to Visit Frozen Ropes January 5th

Yankee Mariano Rivera to Visit Frozen Ropes January 5th

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From Frozen Ropes–

Danbury area youth baseball players will have the opportunity to attend a pitching clinic conducted by Mariano Rivera, New York Yankee closer, future hall of famer and Major League Baseball’s all-time saves leader on Saturday January 5, 2012 from 9:30am to 12:00pm at Frozen Ropes Danbury 69 Kenosia Ave, Danbury CT.

This event promises to be special because there is a strict limit on the number of kids attending this event ensuring attendees will have the chance to get unprecedented access to the Yankee pitcher who has saved 608 games.  This is the second time Rivera has appeared at Frozen Ropes Danbury.

“We, at Frozen Ropes, are thrilled to be able to provide the area youth with an opportunity to get up close and personal with the greatest closer in the history of baseball” said Jose Fernandez, owner of Frozen Ropes.  Fernandez added “It’s not often that you get to meet an athlete that is the best in the game in such an intimate setting.”

Attendees will all receive an autographed baseball from the Yankee great.   The admission price of $330 entitles the player to bring one parent to the event as well.   The parents are free to take photos throughout the event of their son/daughter while they are participating in the clinic.

For more information or to register for the event, please call Frozen Ropes at (203) 205-0174.   We are located at 69 Kenosia Ave in Danbury, CT 06810.

 

Friends of Library Celebrate the Season [With Video]

Friends of Library Celebrate the Season [With Video]

 

From Friends of Library , photos and video by Jennifer Okupski–-

Friends of the Library celebrate the Holiday season with two fun-filled events.

On Saturday, December 8th people were lining up before 10:00 am  to be the first customers at our 3rd annual Cookie Walk. This year we had even more cookies and an amazing selection .Our member Friends in their bright blue aprons served the selected cookies and  filled the boxes in the festive atmosphere of the beautifully decorated Library Community Room. A special raffle was held for a gingerbread train especially baked by Linda Decker . The winner was contacted and was to pick it up at the Adult Library.

On Sunday, December 9th, Alex Thomson and his quartet played Holiday music. The arrangements ranged from jazz, classical, pop and everyone was smiling and tapping their toes. One little boy was quietly and happily dancing in the back of the room.

As the year draws to a close the Friends are busy planning events for 2013—booksales, plant sale etc. Stay tuned for dates and details.

The Friends of the New Fairfield Free public Library: We are a group, members of the state organization Friends of  Connecticut Libraries (FOCL), who donate time and individual expertise because we believe that libraries are an essential resource for the residents  of our town. As Friends of The New Fairfield Free Public Library we welcome any new members or visitors. For more information go to: http://www.newfairfieldlibrary.com and click on Friends.

Local Youth Theatre Troupe to Present Willy Wonka, The Musical

Local Youth Theatre Troupe to Present Willy Wonka, The Musical

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Ultra Violet Productions, a local youth theatre troupe, will present Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, the Musical for their winter session. The theatre troupe has been performing since January of 2010 throughout the Greater Danbury Area and incorporates community service and giving with all of their shows.

At the last show they presented at the Edmond Town Hall, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, students and their families collected a large amount of non-perishable food items to help stock the Brookfield Food Pantry. Last summer they presented a free performance of Snow White at the Brookfield Senior Home, The Cascades. Parents baked cookies and after the show the children visited with the seniors, signing autographs on their programs and socializing over dessert. From now through March they will be holding a sock, hat and glove drive to benefit the Dorothy Day Hospitality House to help Bethel and Danbury’s homeless population.

Students from New Fairfield, Danbury, Bethel, Newtown, Brookfield, Easton and Redding enjoy learning basic acting and performance skills while having fun in  a non-competitive, nurturing environment that focuses on building a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Theater games, team-building games, improvisation and other activities encourage a child to feel comfortable in their own skin and gain the self-confidence they will need throughout their lives.

Ultra Violet Productions’ next session begins on Saturday January 12th and runs for 10 weeks through Saturday March 16th. Ages 5-18 are welcome to sign up. Classes are $150 per student per session plus a $25 annual registration fee. A 10% sibling discount is given to families. Classes are held at Dance Dimensions, 14 Del Mar Dr., Brookfield, on Saturdays from 10am-11am.  The final production is on Saturday March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre (Dance Etc.), Mount Pleasant Road in Newtown.

For more information & a registration form, email UVProductions@yahoo.com or call 203-826-7194.
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For more information about youth theater classes, puppet shows and children’s entertainment, visit Ultra Violet Productions’ website by clicking here.
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