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Frank Abagnale in Connecticut: Catch Him if You Can!

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Frank Abagnale in Connecticut: Catch Him if You Can!

By Nora Duncan

In a joint collaboration, AARP Connecticut and the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Office of Continuing Education will host a free fraud prevention event featuring Frank W. Abagnale, one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents, on Wednesday, September 27. Abagnale, who has advised the FBI on how to outsmart…

A Holistic Approach to Nurturing Children at St. Mary School

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A Holistic Approach to Nurturing Children at St. Mary School

By Greg Viceroy, St. Mary School | Principal

Founded in 1963, St. Mary School in Bethel has provided a high-quality academic education to thousands of graduates. Building upon our rich history of excellence, we nurture and mold each child from Pre-K through 8th grade, spiritually, academically and socially. Our academic curriculum is designed to exceed local and national standards, providing a rigorous and…

The Story of Felipe Peláez

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The Story of Felipe Peláez

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Our interviewee today is Felipe Peláez. He was born and lived in the Republic of Colombia, specifically in the city of Medellín, Department of Antioquia. “Tell me Felipe, how did you decide to come to this country?” “The main reason was my eldest daughter. I was divorced and her mother decided to move from Colombia…

Hacienda Don Manuel Offers a Taste of Mexico in Brookfield

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Hacienda Don Manuel Offers a Taste of Mexico in Brookfield

By Alicia + Renato Ghio

Owning a restaurant is a risk, even more so when you step into an existing business with a beleaguered reputation. However, Edgar Romero decided he was ready for the challenge, seizing the opportunity to move from management to owner. Romero, who has 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry, having worked his way up…

How to Be More Confident in Your Daily Life

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How to Be More Confident in Your Daily Life

By Eric Faria

When others tell you to be more confident, you think: “If only it were that simple.” In truth, it is. Take the belief that you are valuable, worthwhile and capable, also known as self-esteem, add in the optimism that comes when you are certain of your abilities and then, empowered by these, act courageously to…

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By Elizabeth Patino

As the new school year begins, many high school seniors and their families will begin the long and complicated process of filling out college applications. And many will also be applying for financial assistance and loans to help reach their educational goals. The majority of students applying will find themselves in financial debt after they…

Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Transform Facebook into a Global Community to Connect the World – Some have a Head Start

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Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Transform Facebook into a Global Community to Connect the World – Some have a Head Start

By Mariana Silva

A recent and rare interview with Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed the new mission of his social media enterprise that has 1.9 billion users on a monthly basis, namely, “to give people the power to build a community and connect the world.” According to Zuckerberg, Facebook is not just a technology and media…

Widow Brown’s Café Celebrates 40 Years

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Widow Brown’s Café Celebrates 40 Years

By Renato + Alicia Ghio

In this day and age, it seems restaurants come and go with the wind. There are others, however, like Widow Brown’s Café on Federal Road that year after year continue to quietly do what they do. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Widow Brown’s Café. It’s had the same name, same location and same…

Black Sesame Ice Cream

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Black Sesame Ice Cream

By Alicia Ghio

If there is one thing I completely indulge in with abandon in the summer, it is ice cream. While I appreciate straight up vanilla, I love to try unexpected flavors. Even better, however, is trying to replicate unique flavors at home myself. That’s why instead of going savory with a jar of black sesame seeds…

Danbury’s Working Cities Challenge Needs Your Help

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Danbury’s Working Cities Challenge Needs Your Help

By Anne Mead

The Working Cities Challenge is a competition designed to lead teams within smaller cities to collaborate to solve economic growth issues impacting the lives of low-income residents and all families. Danbury’s design team consists of the Mayor’s office, Danbury Public Schools, the Community Action Agency of Western CT, City Center Danbury, NVCC, WCSU, Danbury Chamber…

Novel Approaches to Lyme

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Novel Approaches to Lyme

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The history of Lyme disease in Connecticut began in 1975 when a cluster of children and adults residing in the Old Lyme area experienced uncommon arthritic symptoms. By 1988, the news of Lyme disease spread and national media attention began. Lyme has now spread to almost every state in the United States, with most cases occurring…

Summer Meals Fill Hungry Little Bellies

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Summer Meals Fill Hungry Little Bellies

By Anne Mead

Often, children don’t have enough high-quality and healthy foods to eat during the summer. Families’ budgets increase by $316 a month to feed a family of four whose children normally eat lunch at school. Summer Meals Danbury, in conjunction with Danbury Public Schools and its community partners, offer breakfast and lunch throughout many of its…

When Something Really Is Too Good To Be True

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When Something Really Is Too Good To Be True

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We all want to protect ourselves and our families against fraud and scam, but there are so many out there! In just one year, fraud cost older Americans $2.9 billion. Many scams target our seniors, especially those who live alone. It’s important to educate yourself and older members of your family to recognize the signs…

Beware of Ticks: Protecting Ourselves from Tick-Related Diseases

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Beware of Ticks: Protecting Ourselves from Tick-Related Diseases

By Anne E. Mead

Due to the mild winter, scientists feel this will be a banner year during tick and mosquito season. With this thought in mind, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers the following advice. Keep mosquitoes and ticks from bugging you this summer by taking steps to prevent bites. Summer is a great time for children…

Inspiring Achievement: WERACE Class of 2017 Graduation

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Inspiring Achievement: WERACE Class of 2017 Graduation

By Angela Barbosa

A crowd of hundreds of family members and friends stood up to honor over 50 Western Connecticut Adult & Continuing Education (WERACE) graduates as they walked down the steps of the WCSU Visual & Performing Arts Center during their commencement processional. Led by Mr. Terence Cunningham, WERACE regional director, the ceremony began with the Pledge…

2017 Legislative Session: Budget Concerns Continue, But Key Victories for Connecticut Residents

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2017 Legislative Session: Budget Concerns Continue, But Key Victories for Connecticut Residents

By Nora Duncan - AARP CT

Connecticut is in a difficult economic time. Our current state budget has a deficit gap in the billions of dollars and conversations on a new, more balanced, budget for 2018 and 2019 have generated little in the way of consensus. However, we cannot afford to make short-sighted budget decisions that cost more in the long…

Babysitters and Caregivers are Main Target of Scams on Job Sites

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Babysitters and Caregivers are Main Target of Scams on Job Sites

By Mariana Silva

A job search is often a moment of distress and apprehension. People desire and dream about the moment they will find a job that fits their professional profile. Nevertheless, during that pursuit, it is possible to fall into traps and, if you are not alert, to become a victim. Being aware is paramount because there…

Urban Sculpture Park Enhances Danbury Downtown Streetscape

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Urban Sculpture Park Enhances Danbury Downtown Streetscape

By Angela Barbosa

Working in downtown Danbury, I have seen project after project being implemented with the intent to enhance the streetscape and make our business district even more appealing, not only to our residents and business owners, but also to visitors and possible startups. The ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Downtown Danbury Sculpture Park was held on…

Danbury Police Department Launches Innovative Recruitment Campaign

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Danbury Police Department Launches Innovative Recruitment Campaign

By Emanuela Palmares

The City of Danbury Police Department has launched a recruitment campaign with the release of application dates, informational sessions and a new action-packed and humor-filled hiring video that takes a light-hearted approach to give potential applicants a glimpse at the hard work that goes into joining the Danbury police force and serving the community. The…

Save Money on In-State Adventures with AARP’s Local Offers

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Save Money on In-State Adventures with AARP’s Local Offers

By Nora Duncan, State Director, AARP CT

Summer is quickly approaching, so whether it’s fun in the sun or indoor activities, AARP members and guests can enjoy great local offers on admission to a variety of Connecticut museums and cultural attractions, local theater and musical performances. AARP Connecticut offers members terrific year-round opportunities to save money and connect them with people and…

Samba Fest’s 11th Annual Brings Diverse Attractions to Hartford

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Samba Fest’s 11th Annual Brings Diverse Attractions to Hartford

By Mariana Silva

In early May, the Connecticut capital exhibited several artists and elements of Brazil in a festival dedicated to samba. The event, which takes place annually, was held at the Trinity College campus in Hartford on Saturday, May 6, from 11am to 6pm. The program was filled with exciting Brazilian attractions. This year, the program included…

Workshop on Safety Planning Provides Valuable Information for Immigrant Families

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Workshop on Safety Planning Provides Valuable Information for Immigrant Families

By Tribuna Staff

On May 21, Tribuna Newspaper, in partnership with The New American Dream Foundation, The Ecuadorian Civic Center, Emigrantes Brasil & Wide Focus Video Productions hosted a Community Dialogue & Workshop on Safety Planning for Immigrant Families. Danbury Probate Judge Dianne Yamin provided a detailed presentation on standby guardianship, and Attorney Lisa Rivas, from Cramer &…

Getting Healthy Naturally

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Getting Healthy Naturally

By Dr. Kenneth Hoffman DACM, L.Ac.

Did you know that most Americans don’t have great health? Many people feel tired, in pain, and have allergies or digestive troubles. Also, lots of money is being spent on medications to control blood pressure and cholesterol, and even problems like depression and anxiety. All of these difficulties lead to one thing, unhappiness and suffering…

Understanding Danbury Public Schools’ 2017-2018 Calendar

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Understanding Danbury Public Schools’ 2017-2018 Calendar

By Anne E. Mead

Danbury Public Schools’ administration feels that ongoing communication is the key to developing partnerships within the community. After the April Board of Education meeting, many questions were raised about the later start of next year’s school calendar, on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Many families are concerned how this will impact their summer activities and child care,…

Servicemembers and Identity Theft

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Servicemembers and Identity Theft

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When members of the military go off to serve their country, they leave family and friends and all that is familiar. When they return, especially if they were away on a long deployment, they are often expected to just take up where they left off. But everything is different. Daily life seems more complicated, and…

Brazilian Students of Caxiuanã Forest Partake in Cross-Cultural Exchange in Connecticut

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Brazilian Students of Caxiuanã Forest Partake in Cross-Cultural Exchange in Connecticut

By Mariana Silva

A delegation of eight teenaged students, of San Sebastian Community High School in Portel, at Caxiuanã Bay on the outskirts of Pará in Brazil, joined by their teachers and staff of the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, participated in a 14-day exchange program with students at the Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet Schools in Bridgeport. Through Museums…

The Value of Gardening with Children

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The Value of Gardening with Children

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Children are curious; they love to experiment and play in the dirt. How can we channel this energy into something positive? Gardening!! Gardening is a wonderful way for children to explore and experiment while playing in the dirt and learning life skills. Think about it for a moment. How good does it feel to work…

Finding Ways to Live with Autism: The Struggles of a Mother Looking for Alternative Treatments for Her Daughter

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Finding Ways to Live with Autism: The Struggles of a Mother Looking for Alternative Treatments for Her Daughter

By Mariana Silva - Tradução: Angela Barbosa

Vania Guerra’s story represents one of thousands of mothers who fight against the public authorities’ neglect and lack of accomplished professionals to deal with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a range of conditions classified as neurodevelopmental disorders that do not have a cure. When Nicole, Vania’s oldest daughter, was diagnosed with autism at the age of…

It’s Home Improvement Season!

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It’s Home Improvement Season!

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As summer approaches and the weather warms, you start to see what needs fixing, what needs paint and what might need replacement. If construction, repairs, electrical work or plumbing are beyond the ability of the handyman or handywoman in your house, you may be looking for a reliable skilled contractor. Sometimes, that person has done…

DCF: 22,000 Citizen-Children of Undocumented Parents in CT

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DCF: 22,000 Citizen-Children of Undocumented Parents in CT

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas | CTMirror.com

Given the Trump Administration’s increased focus on deporting more undocumented immigrants, state legislators want to know just how many children they may end up leaving behind. On March 6, the Department of Children and Families reported to the Appropriations Committee that there are 22,000 children of undocumented immigrants who are under 18, U.S. citizens and living in…

Proactive Undocumented Immigrants Encouraged to Make Plans for the Worse

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Proactive Undocumented Immigrants Encouraged to Make Plans for the Worse

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Immigrants fearing detention or deportation are trying to be proactive and appoint a guardian to look after their children in case they are detained and are unable to care for them. Randy Capps of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a Washington-based non-profit that analyzes the movement of people worldwide, recently told Reuters that while putting…

DHS Students Organize Prom for Teen with Special Needs

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DHS Students Organize Prom for Teen with Special Needs

By Mariana Silv

The end of the academic year is imminent, and the approach of the prom season enlivens teens’ routines. Prom is a very traditional event and highly anticipated by the youth. The tradition that marks the passage of adolescence to adulthood is unforgettable and because it involves teenagers, everything becomes a bit more distressing and nerve-wracking….

Family Camp “Together We Can Achieve More” Integrates School and Family

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Family Camp “Together We Can Achieve More” Integrates School and Family

By Mariana Silva

The Family Camp, “Together We Can Achieve More,” organized by Danbury Public Schools, Danbury Family Learning Center, Inc. and Sodexo, Inc., will be held on April 1 at Rogers Park Middle School. The goal is to share strategies, perspectives and ideas that benefit our families, children, teachers and the community. The idea is to have…

Kindergarten 2017-2018 Begins in Six Months: Part 2

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Kindergarten 2017-2018 Begins in Six Months: Part 2

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In the last edition of Tribuna, I wrote about how to help prepare your child for kindergarten. In this edition, I am focusing on developing your child’s social, emotional and self-help skills. These skills are perhaps the most important for success in school. Students who have high self-esteem and a positive self-image, combined with excellent…

To Bring More Peace in the World: A Public Talk with Noble Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee

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To Bring More Peace in the World: A Public Talk with Noble Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee

By Angela Barbosa

On February 24, Western CT State University held a public talk with Leymah Gbowee, a 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, offering a crowed auditorium the opportunity to listen to inspiring stories of continuous efforts in pursuit of peace and conflict resolution. The event was the first PeaceJam Conference for WCSU, which became a PeaceJam Chapter…

Public Safety Announcement

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Public Safety Announcement

By Danbury Police Department

The Danbury Police Department has received several reports of a person posing as a “health inspector” for the City of Danbury and charging businesses for inspections. The male caller will call unsuspecting businesses and identify himself as a city of Danbury Health Inspector and demand credit card prepayments over the phone for an inspection that…

St. Peter School is a Portrait of the Cultural Diversity in Danbury

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St. Peter School is a Portrait of the Cultural Diversity in Danbury

By Mariana Silva

“We are convinced that the Catholic school is called to foster the harmony of diversities.” It is with that stance that Pope Francis teaches us to discern what makes a school truly Catholic. To offer a humanitarian education rooted in Christian principles that is inclusive and guarantees the development of citizens who are critical, responsible…

First Brazilian Business Owners Prayer Meeting Breakfast in Danbury

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First Brazilian Business Owners Prayer Meeting Breakfast in Danbury

By Mariana Silva

The Danbury Council of Pastors (CONPAS) gathered in the morning of January 17 with local business owners to pray for the city’s prosperity and, therefore, to plant the seed of unity among business entrepreneurs in Danbury. The meeting was held at the Assembly of God Church, with the attendance of many local and regional religious leaders….

The Role of Prescription in the Opioid Crisis

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The Role of Prescription in the Opioid Crisis

By Jonathan A. Harris

  Several years ago, we wrote a column for “Get Smart – Pass It On” addressing the importance of safely disposing of expired or unused prescription drugs. At that time, the primary concern was that unused drugs, especially opioids, could fall into the hands of young, curious children who could be accidentally poisoned, or in…

2017 Legislative Session Priorities for AARP Impact All Ages

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2017 Legislative Session Priorities for AARP Impact All Ages

By Nora Duncan, State Director, AARP CT

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social mission organization with a membership of 612,000 in Connecticut. An organization with a membership that large and diverse must have a mission and vision to match. Our mission at AARP is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age. We champion positive social change and deliver…

Planting the Seeds for Education

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Planting the Seeds for Education

By Anne E. Mead

It’s snowing outside today and carefully tucked in my mailbox were the summer seed catalogs. Is it time to think about summer yet? Yes, it is! Careful planning now will benefit everyone. Danbury is hosting multiple summer activities that keep children learning and growing, and family programs that expand parenting knowledge. Oh yes, one last…

More Old Scams for the New Year

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More Old Scams for the New Year

By Catherine Blinder

In this issue, we are going to review another common scam from the past year. Every year, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) surveys all 50 states and publishes the top 10 scams. For the last year, debt collection complaints topped the list. How to Deal With Debt Collection Sometimes, even the most responsible person can…

Live music in Downtown

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Live music in Downtown

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There are many tasks that CityCenter Danbury sets out to accomplish throughout downtown, whether business recruitment, event promotion, streetscape improvements or increased walkability. One of the objectives that I think we are missing is live music in the downtown area. We’ve got our great concerts on the green during the summer, and of course, the…

Brazilian Doctor Is the Newest Primary Care Physician of the Alliance Medical Group in Naugatuck

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Brazilian Doctor Is the Newest Primary Care Physician of the Alliance Medical Group in Naugatuck

By Mariana Silva

At some point in life, people may need to see a doctor for a simple routine visit, due to an illness or, perhaps, an accident. For a foreign patient, however, who does not speak English, that simple appointment may be very complicated. When the health problem is more delicate, even those who speak English often…

Be Aware: Self Help Scams

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Be Aware: Self Help Scams

By Catherine Blinder

As the old year ends, and the new one approaches, many of us look at it as an opportunity to work on improving our financial or personal situation. New Year’s resolutions are easy to talk about and not always that easy to accomplish! We can be inspired by advertising, websites, self-help books and magazines, but…

“Placemaking in Downtown Danbury”

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“Placemaking in Downtown Danbury”

By P.J. Prunty

What happens when you put a sole piano — sans pianist — in a public space? International artist Luke Jerram was commissioned to find that out in Birmingham, UK, in 2008. He took the ivories to the streets for three weeks, and the result was “placemaking,” before the term was trendy. In those three weeks, more than…

Trefz Family Gift Creates First Global Health Endowed Chair in Connecticut

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Trefz Family Gift Creates First Global Health Endowed Chair in Connecticut

By Western Connecticut Health Network

At a private reception at Norwalk Hospital on November 16, Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) announced the creation of the Christian J. Trefz Family Endowed Chair in Global Health, the first of its kind in the State of Connecticut and one of only a few hospital-based endowed global health chairs in the nation. At the…

Holiday Spirit in Downtown Danbury

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Holiday Spirit in Downtown Danbury

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The holiday spirit is alive in downtown Danbury. From the holiday lights to decorations to festive activities, there is some holiday fun to be had in the heart of the Hat City. Take a stroll or a drive along Main Street. In addition to the lights along Main Street and in Library Plaza, downtown businesses…

The Law Firm of Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith Announces New Name as “Ventura Law”

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The Law Firm of Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith Announces New Name as “Ventura Law”

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The Law Firm of Ventura, Ribeiro and Smith announced on December 5 it is changing its name to Ventura Law, effective immediately. Although the firm will continue to operate with the same attorneys and staff, its new name represents an important milestone as it sets the course for its future.  “We’ve seen many changes to the…

Staying Safe Online this Holiday Season

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Staying Safe Online this Holiday Season

By Catherine Blinder

Happy Holidays from your friends at the Department of Consumer Protection! With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us will be doing some of our shopping online. While it’s important to support our local businesses, sometimes the item we’re looking for isn’t available, or we don’t have transportation, or it is more affordable online….

The Mistletoes Take a Holiday

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The Mistletoes Take a Holiday

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This December, Musicals at Richter, Connecticut’s longest-running outdoor theater, returns to The Palace Danbury with “The Mistletoes Take a Holiday,” a new family musical that pays homage to those great holiday shows. Set on Christmas Eve in 1965, the show follows the adventures of The Mistletoes, America’s favorite singing sisters. The gals have just wrapped…

A New Way to Shop for the Holidays

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A New Way to Shop for the Holidays

By Renato Ghio

Friends don’t let friends shop at the mall. That sums up the idea behind a new special holiday shopping event being organized by Meagan Cann at Workspace Collective, the unique retail and design co-op that opened this fall on Main Street. The Hat City Holiday Bazaar will take place on Small Business Saturday, which is…

Book Offers Tools to Help You Master Your Inner Critic

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Book Offers Tools to Help You Master Your Inner Critic

By Danniella Maria Gutiérrez-Salem

Chris Salem is an accomplished international keynote speaker, author, wellness advocate and change facilitator focused on resolving root causes that block sustainable success among individuals and businesses. He has a special passion for empowering business leaders, entrepreneurs, sales executives, coaches, authors and speakers to take their business and life to another level by operating in the solution…

Tis the Season in Downtown!

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Tis the Season in Downtown!

By P.J. Prunty - Photo by Renato Ghio

It’s that time of year again in Downtown Danbury, the Holiday Season! There are few things that I enjoy more than Main Street lit up during this festive time of year. Last year was the first time in over 30-plus years that we had holiday lights spanning the width of Main Street. It took a…

Danbury Volkswagen: Committed Member of the Community

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Danbury Volkswagen: Committed Member of the Community

By Danbury Volkswagen

Volkswagen is a trustworthy name with consumers worldwide. Translated as the “People’s Car,” Volkswagen has become a car brand customers around the world have chosen for many years. Globally, it has been a pioneer not only in product advancements, but also in social responsibility and environmental objectives. In Brazil, the Volkswagen Foundation was founded thirty-five…

Danbury Titans Start Season With A Win

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Danbury Titans Start Season With A Win

By Renato Ghio

  Hockey season is officially underway in Danbury. The sense of excitement and anticipation was palpable among the players and the fans at the season opener on Friday and under the quiet intensity of new head coach David Lun, the Danbury Titans rallied in overtime for a 7-6 win over the Berlin RiverDrivers. The RiverDrivers jumped out to an early lead, and Danbury’s Mike Dolman answered back with…

A Heartfelt Welcome to a Spiritual Leader

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A Heartfelt Welcome to a Spiritual Leader

By Angela Barbosa

The synergy was felt from a distance. As I approached the long family-style table set at the Caravela Restaurant in Danbury to celebrate Father Pedro Diniz’s visit, there was no doubt about the marks his spiritual leadership had left while ministering to the Brazilian community at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, the third oldest parish in…

Enhancing Children’s Emerging Skills

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Enhancing Children’s Emerging Skills

By Anne Mead

    Spoken language is one of the things unique to humanity. Infants and toddlers, as they rapidly acquire important language skills, are “evolving” every day as they increase their communication skills and their understanding of the world around them. Providing an environment that capitalizes on these traits and immerses them in language is key to helping…

The Holiday Season’s Biggest Grinch: Infertility

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The Holiday Season’s Biggest Grinch: Infertility

By Lisa Schuman

The holidays can be the most wonderful time of year… or the saddest. According to the National Institutes of Health, there is a high incidence of depression during December’s holiday season. Infertility patients often face added sadness during holiday season. What makes the holidays more difficult than other times of the year? Interactions with friends and family during this time of year can be difficult for several reasons. First, families and friends may announce, “We are pregnant.” Even infertility patients feel…

Lions Club KidSight Program Helps Treat Children’s Vision Problems

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Lions Club KidSight Program Helps Treat Children’s Vision Problems

By Angela Barbosa

    Several eye conditions can affect kids. Most are detected by vision screening using an acuity chart during the preschool years. The Lions Club Eye Health Program – KidSight – has changed the lives of many children, one eye screening at a time. The American Optometric Association and the Connecticut Association of Optometrists recommend a child have his or her first eye examination…

European Wax Center Helps You Find Your Own Version of Beauty

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European Wax Center Helps You Find Your Own Version of Beauty

By Angela Barbosa

For both women and men, revealing beautiful skin is no longer a dream. European Wax Center (EWC) has joined the Danbury business community to offer a high-quality waxing experience that is comfortable, easy and unforgettable. The new center opened in May, and according to COO and co-founder David Coba, “EWC is the premier destination for…

WE ARE DOWNTOWN

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WE ARE DOWNTOWN

By P.J. Prunty

  Social capital is a term I came across while studying political science during my years at Hartwick College. I was so intrigued by the concept, I decided to write my senior thesis about social capital in the United States. Social capital is a form of economic and cultural capital in which social networks are central, transactions are marked by reciprocity, trust and cooperation, and market agents produce goods and services not mainly for themselves, but for the common good. Some examples of social capital range…

Rental Car Billing Surprises

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Rental Car Billing Surprises

By Catherine Blinder

  Whether we need to drive to or from the airport, to an event or when our own car is in the shop for repairs, we trust rental car agencies to put us in a car that will bring us where we need to go, and do so safely and legally. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as smoothly as we want them…

Get In On Some Halloween Fun

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Get In On Some Halloween Fun

By Renato Ghio

Nowadays, you can enjoy Halloween festivities well beyond Oct. 31. The entire month is filled with activities for all ages. Here’s a run-down of what’s going on in and around the Hat City. One of the most popular family-friendly traditions is, of course, Halloween on the Green, which is Saturday Oct. 29 from 2 to 4 pm. The first 500 costumed children get goodie bags, and there’s a costume contest with…

Preparing for Your Child’s School Conference: Tips to Having a Joint Conversation

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Preparing for Your Child’s School Conference: Tips to Having a Joint Conversation

By Anne Mead

Each November, teacher-parent conferences are held. They are a joint meeting between parents and their child’s teacher to find out how the child is doing academically, socially and behaviorally. I remember my children’s conferences well. First, we would wait in the chair outside of my child’s classroom for our turn. The teacher would then welcome my…

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