Teenager builds accessible picnic tables, other Danbury area highlights


A double jazz program will take place in the Bethel Jazz Series at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, titled: “Israeli Infused Jazz: TRIO-Kan”, with Ray Blue Trio returning to the event at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, at La Zingara restaurant, located at 8 Barnum Square in Bethel. Call the Bethel Jazz, Fairfield County Cultural Alliance, at 203-247-4273 for more information.

Seating starts at 6 p.m. for both shows.

Both events will also have a safe social distance with very limited ticket availability. Tickets are sold in individual seats with common seats and at the table.

Tables can seat two to four people, with tables for six to eight people available on request. Outdoor tables and indoor tables with open patio doors facing the show are also available. Rainy dates for shows will be announced for a Thursday or Sunday. Admission to shows is $ 15 per person with free seats available, or tables of two for $ 30, tables of four for $ 60, tables of six for $ 90, and tables of eight for $ 120.


Reopening of the Kids’ Corner room

The Western Connecticut Regional YMCA’s Kid’s Corner Room will reopen from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays starting Monday.

Parents and caregivers can train and have a place to put their kids while doing it. The corner is aimed at children from 2 to 9 years old. Parents and guardians are requested to register for the corner at reception before entering the corner.

Children over 2 years old should wear masks as per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The YMCA is also requesting that no food or drink be brought into the room at this time. The hours for the corner will be adjusted based on interest and demand for the corner. Those interested in the area are also asked to let the YMCA staff know what they are looking for. The YMCA’s head office is located at 293 Main Street in Danbury.


New Danbury Garden Club officers installed

The Danbury Garden Club recently held its annual reunion and lunch at Ridgewood Country Club when the officers for its 2021-2023 year were installed

Polly Brooks, president of the Federated Garden Clubs of CT, installed the new leaders. Denise Sladek will serve the Garden Club’s 96th year as president; Rose Mary Fasano as Senior Vice President, Programs; Berni Kallas as Second Vice President, Memberships; Kathy MacLaughlin, Treasurer; Darlene Russell, meeting secretary, and Anne Harrigan, corresponding secretary.

Awards were also presented to Garden Club members: Barbara DeVeaux, Carol Lubus, Carrie Pin, Kathy MacLaughlin, Evelyn Nipper and Susie von Eggers for various individual achievements.

The Garden Club Civic Committee will continue to maintain the multiple gardens of the Danbury Museum, the former town jail and the King Street School Butterfly Garden, which is also in the town. Volunteer members will continue to serve the Daily Bread Food Pantry at St. James Church. In November, the Garden Club will hold its annual lunch and holiday shop at the Amber Hall, which is also in town.

Contact Kallas, Garden Club Membership Manager, at [email protected] if anyone is interested in learning more about Garden Club membership and activities.


Teenager makes picnic tables, more for a group home

Ben SanSeverino, a 16-year-old resident of Danbury, recently constructed and installed two accessible picnic tables and four raised planters for residents of the Pound Sweet Hill group home in Bethel.

The non-profit Ability Beyond operates the group home. SanSeverino Scouts of America Troop 42 is based in New Fairfield.

The non-profit organization provides a wide range of services to over 3,000 people with disabilities who hamper their activities of daily living each year. Services include: residential alternatives, vocational training, career counseling, job placement services, cognitive and life skills education, clinical and therapeutic support, and volunteer and recreational activities throughout Connecticut and the Valley of the Hudson in New York.


An old engine fair will take place

The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Museum is holding its annual Antique Engines Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 24. Historic successful engines, two-stroke engines and steam engines will be on display and will operate during the event. There will also be a flea market and a food court. Entrance to the event is free. The museum is located at 31 Kent Cornwall Road, (Rt. 7,) in Kent.


A resident appointed to head Housatonic Habitat for Humanity

Diana Arfine, from Ridgefield, has been appointed executive director of the nonprofit Housatonic Habitat for Humanity.

His position began on July 1. Francine Normann, who led the section for over a decade, was appointed the nonprofit’s interim director of special projects until her retirement this fall.

Arfine joined Housatonic Habitat in 2020 as head of its ReStore operations. Arfine was previously the Public Relations Coordinator at the Ridgefield Thrift Shop where she also served as the Community Relations Liaison. Housatonic Habitat has a long relationship with Ridgefield Thrift Shop, which has been a donor and member of the ReSale Associaton, which includes thrift stores in the area that support nonprofit charities. Arfine comes to the nonprofit organization with a diverse background, including experience in business, nonprofit and community organizations, and entrepreneurial efforts.

ReStore sales are used to build Habitat homes in the communities it serves.

Arfine joins the nonprofit organization’s newly elected board chair, John Gonski, to focus on the continued growth of the nonprofit. Gonski, who is a resident of Sandy Hook, served on the board as treasurer.

Arfine previously founded its own retail operations in Ridgefield and Minnesota. Arfine was also an associate editor at Reader’s Digest for many years. Arfine is also a Ridgefield resident and a board member of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Arfine has also worked with the National Charity League and the Boy Scouts of America.


Award recipients announced

RVNAhealth recently announced the recipients of its 2021 Mary Edna Cargill scholarship. The scholarships are awarded annually to Bethel residents, who are enrolled in or pursuing studies in a health-related field.

The scholarship was founded in 1968 in memory of Cargill, who was an employee of the Bethel Visiting Nurse Association, a school nurse and a home care nurse. When the association merged with the home care service, RVNAhealth. in november, Cargill’s legacy and tradition continued.

The 2021 scholarship recipients were chosen by the Mary Edna Cargill scholarship selection committee. This year’s winners are:

РAllison Rodriguez-Brown; Lyc̩e Bethel, pursuing a diploma in communication disorders and speech therapy,

– Rachel Nelson; Bethel High School, pursuing a degree in Kinesiology,

– Sophie Bjornson, nursing student at Western Connecticut State University and

– Karen de Souza, nursing student at Western Connecticut State University.

The awards were given at the student’s respective schools by Theresa Santoro, President and CEO of RVNAhealth, and Stan Kessler, DDS, of the Home Health Care Service Board of Directors.


Fairfield County Bank celebrates 20 years as sponsor of Ridgefield Playhouse

Fairfield County Bank has pledged to become a Platinum Sponsor and Supporter of The Ridgefield Playhouse Arts in Education Series, marking its 20th year of supporting the Regional Performing Arts Center.

The Playhouse has grown from hosting 16 shows in its first season to over 250 in 2019, drawing over 100,000 customers to Ridgefield, over the past 20 years.

The bank also participated in the growth of the site’s Arts in Education series.

This coming season, the bank’s donation will also allow the Playhouse’s STEM offerings (science, technology, engineering and math) to continue. The bank also offers free online financial education classes for anyone who attends the Playhouse shows.

The series now features over 22 shows each season. The Playhouse continued to present educational programming during the coronavirus pandemic, being one of the only theaters to continue the series virtually.


Opening of the “Senior Art Show”

Over 20 senior artists exhibit their works of art in the Sherman Commission on Aging Senior Art Show at the Sherman Library at 1 Sherman Center in town, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 19h. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to Wednesday, August 25. The show opened last Friday. Some of the artwork in the exhibit can be found on the Sherman Library website: shermanlibrary.org.

The artists on the show are: Andy Alexander, Dale Baird, Carolyn Cohen, Stephen Diamond, Richard Engel, Lynne Gomez, Tony Gomez, Pat Hendrick, Linda Hubbard, Laura Jagodzinski, Herb Kroeger, Phyllis McGoldrick, Jeanne McRoberts, Cynthia O ‘ Connor, Michele Okarmus, Richard Okarmus, Laura Paradiso, Ed Smith, Trudy Smith, Carol Sperling and Art von Plachechi.

For more information on the Sherman Commission on Aging, visit the Town of Sherman website at townofshermanct.org.


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