College student wins Irish dance competitions, other Danbury-area highlights (2023)

The First Congregational Church of Bethel is hosting its annual Drive-by/Pot Roast Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Pick-up time is from 4 to 6 p.m. Meals are packed and delivered to your car. Pot roast and gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, red cabbage, salad, rolls, and dessert are on the menu.

Dinner ticket price is $25 for a one-size meal. Advance orders only. To order, call Lillian at 203-748-6112 or David at 203-744-6160, or email requests to

Upon receipt of your tickets, return the left side of the ticket with your payment, filling in your name, pick-up time, and circling the number of dinners ordered. Keep and present the right side of the ticket at pick-up time. Checks should be made payable to the First Congregational Church of Bethel and returned to 46 Main St. Advanced ticket purchases are due by Wednesday, Nov. 30.


Retirement community opens

Municipal leaders and management gathered on Oct. 6 for a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the Linden retirement community in Brookfield at 291 Federal Road.

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In-house chefs prepared a gourmet offering of appetizers. A string quartet instrument group played to a crowd of more than 75 attendees, including BrookfieldFirst Selectwoman Tara Carr and state Rep. Steve Harding, R-Brookfield. Linden's first resident, Marie Esposito,cut the ribbon.

The Linden offers personalized independent and assisted living and memory care services.


Program encourages pre-teens, teens to talk about vaccines

Danbury’s Immunization Action Plan Program ran a successful campaign to promote three important vaccinations to young people in the Danbury area.

As part of the Win/Win/Win with the BIG 3 initiative, staff encouraged health care providers to discuss three vaccinations with their teenage and pre-teen clients: the anti-cancer human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, and two vaccines to prevent meningitis: Meningococcal ACWY and Meningococcal B. Patients who talked to their health care providers in Danbury, Brookfield and Newtown about any of these three vaccines and/or received a dose at their health care office could enter a drawing to win an iPad, and the offices that submitted the most entries won a free lunch for their staff.

A 10-year-old Danbury resident won the iPad after speaking with his doctor about the HPV vaccine. CIFC Health, Pediatric Dept., Danbury High School-Based Health Center, and Danbury Health and Human Services won lunch for their staff members.

The program received over 715 raffle entries, which means that over 715 pre-teens and teens talked to their health care providers about the importance of being vaccinated against HPV and meningitis or received the vaccines themselves.


Hat Tricks raise awareness for premature births

Danbury Hat Tricks have joined forces with The Tiny Miracles Foundation for the organization’s first-ever “Prematurity Awareness Campaign” this month created to generate visibility for the widespread incidence of premature births, while raising funds for Tiny Miracles programs for families of premature babies.

For Danbury Hat Tricks leadership, the topic is personal. The daughter of Billy McCreary, president of hockey operations, head coach, general manager Danbury Hat Trick, was born two months premature in March 2021 and spent six weeks in the Danbury Hospital neonatal intensive care unit.


Tree Lighting held

The Lexington Mews community held its first annual tree lighting, “A Warm Winter Welcome,” on the first weekend of November. A small group of volunteers formed a committee to string lights on a succession of trees at the front entrance to give a warm and inviting glow when entering the complex and to build a sense of community. The lighting was an enjoyable evening that brought residents together to meet and greet neighbors while enjoying refreshments and good conversation.


Students to learn how to better care for their hair

Shelter Rock Elementary School is presenting a health and wellness series for students and families.

The first workshop, "Hair Journeys," brings in an expert who will teach attendees how to better care for their or their child's hair. Arriel Kirlew, a curly hair specialist and salon owner, will teach guests how to best care for various hair textures, including wavy, curly, coily and kinky hair. She will be available to answer questions and suggest products for specific hair types.

There will be a live demonstration, hair care kits available for $20, a raffle for a free "Curly Cut."

The event is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Students from grades three, four and five, as well as their parents or caregivers, are invited. RSVP is available at


Food, donations collected for food pantries

The Savings Bank of Danbury is supporting the Danbury Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Class of 2022 Project.

The Leadership Danbury Class chose to partner with the Community Food Rescue run by the Community Action Agency that benefits many area food pantries including Association for Religious Communities, Bethel Community Food Pantry, Camella’s Cupboard, Community Action Agency, Daily Bread, Dorothy Day, Interfaith Aids, Jericho Partnership, Purple Heart, Victory Christian Food Pantry and Walnut Hill Community Pantry.

Michelle McCourt, senior vice president of operations at Savings Bank of Danbury, is a member of the Leadership Danbury Class of 2022. The branches collected nonperishable food and toiletries. In addition, the bank donated $1,000 to the Community Action Agency.


Connecticut Master Chorale to perform 22nd annual holiday concert

The Connecticut Master Chorale returns with its Holiday Prelude Concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at the First Congregational Church in Danbury.

The chorale is under the direction of Tina Johns Heidrich.

The program features "A Mediterranean Holiday" and a selection of music for the season. Attendees may expect new arrangements of old favorite songs, traditional carols, spirituals, big band, gospel and more. The program embraces the music of Spain, France, Italy and Greece.

The chorale will be accompanied by Joseph Jacovino on piano and organ, as well as the Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass.

Admission to the concert is $20 at the door by cash or check only. Masks are optional. The venue is handicap accessible. Doors open at 2:15 p.m.

There is plenty of parking in the area. Additional information is available at www.cmchorale.orgor by calling 203-740-9533.


Immaculate Drama Club to perform 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'

The Immaculate High School Drama Club is presenting "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" later this week at Immaculate High School.

Tickets went on sale Nov. 4. The club is performing the production as part of a dinner theater.

A preview performance is at 7 p.m. Thursday, with tickets costing $10 for students and $20 for general admission.

The dinner theater is Friday and Saturday. Dinner is at 6 p.m. The show is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30. There is a family of four discount of $100.

The dinner theater includes a buffet style meal of pasta, meatballs, chicken, and salad, etc. Coffee and dessert will also be provided to enjoy during the show.

Tickets can be purchased at

New Fairfield

Talk on Mark Twain to be held

New Fairfield Historical Society will present a talk with Mike Allen on Redding's favorite son, Mark Twain.

The talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at New Fairfield Library.

New Milford

Class of 1973 to host 50th reunion

The New Milford High School Class of 1973 is having its 50th reunion Aug. 19, 2023. Interested people are asked to reach out to class members David Golembeski at or Sarah Conn Herring at for more information and to be included on a mailing list.


Bach, Vivaldi and Handel to be performed

The Connecticut Choral Society is hosting "A Celebration of Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel" —part of its 40th anniversary concert season.

The show unites singers, renowned soloists and instrumentalists in works featuring Bach’s only composition for two violins, "Concerto No. 3 in D Minor," "Vivaldi’s joyful Gloria," and "Halleujah" from Handel’s "Messiah." Under the direction of Eric Dale Knapp, the concert will feature organist, Linda Sweetman-Waters, harpsichordist Max Vladimiroff, violinists Yevgenia and Sander Strenger, soprano Kristen Plumley, mezzo-soprano Jessica Grigg, ORCHESTRANEXUS, and the Connecticut Choral Society Festival Chorus.

Concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, 3 p.m. Saturday at the North Congregational Church in Woodbury, and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Valley Presbyterian Church in Brookfield.

General admission is $25 and tickets may be purchased online or at the door. For tickets or more information, visit


Class of 1973 is to host its 50th reunion

The Ridgefield High School Class of 1950 is having its 50th high school reunion the weekend of Sept. 8 through Sept. 10, 2023.

Class members are asked to reach out to Karen Brennan at 360-480, -6891, or


Resident wins Irish dance competitions

Ridgefield resident Jillian Collins, a junior at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., placed second in the Ladies Under 20 division at the Great Britain Irish Dancing Championships in London on Oct. 22.

Her finish on the international stage follows being crowned champion at the North American Championships in the Ladies U20 division this past July in Montreal. In April, she placed sixth at the 50th anniversary of the Irish Dancing World Championships in the Ladies 19-20 division held in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Collins dances for the Doherty Petri School of Irish Dancing, based in Bethel. She has won the New England Regional Championships four times and another North American Championship in 2018. In 2019, she placed ninth in her division at World Championships. Her next major competition is the New England Championships in Hartford in November.

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