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2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

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2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

By Nora Duncan

The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications through May 16, 2018 to fund “quick-action” projects in communities across the country. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. The program is now in its second year and is part of AARP’s nationwide work on…

Spring Has Sprung: Activities to Help Build Your Child’s Knowledge

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Spring Has Sprung: Activities to Help Build Your Child’s Knowledge

By Anne Mead

Spring is a time for awakenings, full of opportunities to integrate activities that promote learning in everyday situations. I enjoy taking neighborhood walks with my grandchildren as we can see the new signs of spring: tulips and daffodils arising from the ground and forsythia beginning to bloom. It is also a time to think about…

Public Libraries Offer a World of Knowledge for Free

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Public Libraries Offer a World of Knowledge for Free

By Karla Rensch

Nowadays, we notice that one of the biggest global concerns – education – transcends race, religion or cultural boundaries. Education causes constant uncertainty in parents who cautiously consider the planning of their children’s future. After all, children are the future foundation of humanity. It is a known fact worldwide that the United States is far…

Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation Supports New Healthy Living Community-Wide Website

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Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation Supports New Healthy Living Community-Wide Website

By Tribuna Staff

Age Well Community Council members gather at the Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation Partner Breakfast to accept the Foundation’s contribution for development of an online audio/visual informational tour of the new Age Well CT community-wide website, www.agewellct.org. Pictured are council members: June Renzulli, Peter & Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation (front left) and Probate Judge and…

Facebook’s Reach and Your Privacy

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Facebook’s Reach and Your Privacy

By Catherine Blinder

Recently, it was discovered that the private information of 50 million Facebook users was compromised – we don’t know exactly what that means, but we can be assured that at the very least, it means that a lot of personal information is no longer personal. But was our personal information ever personal? Facebook has become…

2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

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2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

By Nora Duncan

The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications through May 16, 2018 to fund “quick-action” projects in communities across the country. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. The program is now in its second year and is part of AARP’s nationwide work on…

Keeping Our Children Safe

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Keeping Our Children Safe

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

All parents want to provide for and keep their children safe; however, our world has changed. At home, we lock our doors, and teach children stranger danger and how to navigate our community and schools. Inevitably, it has become the responsibility of everyone to ensure our children’s safety. As children go to school, questions arise…

Pianist and Mezzo-Soprano Brazilian Divides Your Musical Passion

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Pianist and Mezzo-Soprano Brazilian Divides Your Musical Passion

By Karla Rensch

Music is one of the passions that accompanies a human being during his or her evolution process. In addition to acknowledging and surpassing cultural and economic boundaries, music is for many people the food that nourishes their soul. We can observe that in both the United States and in Brazil, love for music is widespread…

Westside Middle School Students Take Top Prizes in CT Science and Engineering Fair

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Westside Middle School Students Take Top Prizes in CT Science and Engineering Fair

By Tribuna Staff

Eight students from the Westside Middle School Academy STEM program took home prizes at the CT Science & Engineering Fair held on March 11 at Quinnipiac University in Hamden. For the past three years, WSMSA, led by science teacher and theme coach Jon Neuhausel, has been one of the top three middle school in the…

OrthoConnecticut Doctors Honored by Their Peers and Their Patients

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OrthoConnecticut Doctors Honored by Their Peers and Their Patients

By Tribuna Staff

The physicians at OrthoConnecticut have once again been honored with some of the country’s most prestigious awards. Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd., has recognized Dr. Andrew Bazos, Dr. Michael Brand, Dr. Joseph DiGiovanni, Dr. Ross Henshaw, Dr. John G. Lunt and Dr. Robert Yaghoubian as Top Doctors for 2017. Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors awards are given to leaders nominated by…

An Entire State Needs to Be a Part of Solution

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An Entire State Needs to Be a Part of Solution

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Connecticut has the 18th largest Latino and Hispanic population in the United States and the 15th largest Latino statewide eligible voter population, according to Pew Research Center. The successes, concerns and struggles of the state’s Latino and Hispanic residents are vital for Connecticut to reach its growth and development potential. Our state budget still has…

Are You a Victim of Cabin Fever?

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Are You a Victim of Cabin Fever?

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

When the weather turns cold, cabin fever sets in. You know the symptoms: feelings of isolation, restlessness and irritation and complaints of boredom. It’s a nasty feeling that everyone tries to avoid. But adults as well as kids can become victims. If you’re stuck indoors and crave a change of scenery, try these home remedies….

The Presence of Wine in Brazilian and American Cultures

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The Presence of Wine in Brazilian and American Cultures

By Karla Rensch

Wine is one of the oldest drinks in the world, with an eclectic historical and cultural background. Its regular consumption is prominent in every corner of the globe. Over the years, Brazilians have been learning to drink and enjoy good wine, while the American is already quite familiar with its peculiarities. Debora Dividino, a well-known…

New Danbury Business Aims to Be a One-Stop Shop for Multiple Services

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New Danbury Business Aims to Be a One-Stop Shop for Multiple Services

By Tribuna Staff

On March 10, the City of Danbury welcomed a new and locally owned business to the community -Integrity Insurance, Taxes and Services, LLC (IITS). Sandra Sanchez, owner and insurance agent, is taking on her first endeavor as a business owner. “Integrity Insurance Taxes & Services aims to provide the community of Danbury with quality services…

Funeral Home Scams to Avoid

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Funeral Home Scams to Avoid

By Catherine Blinder

In this column, we usually discuss ways to avoid scams and make smart choices for ourselves and our families regarding day-to-day decisions. But it’s important to talk about things that are difficult too, and nothing is more difficult that losing a loved one. Most of us would rather not think about funerals, and as a…

When You Need Home Healthcare

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When You Need Home Healthcare

By Catherine Blinder

Many of us are caring for, or helping to care for, older members of our extended families. There are over 47 million people over 65 in America today. In 2060, that number will likely double to 98 million. The responsibility can be challenging and difficult for family members caring for several generations at the same…

Your House or Mine: Meeting Families at the Front Door

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Your House or Mine: Meeting Families at the Front Door

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Meet families where they are; at their door, not your door. The phrase “hard-to-reach families” is a misnomer; there are no parents that are hard to reach. Rather, there are false assumptions about families that leads to assuming they are unreachable or don’t have the capacity to engage with their child’s learning. Do hard-to-reach parents…

Brazilian Carnival: An Unforgettable Spectacle

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Brazilian Carnival: An Unforgettable Spectacle

By Karla Rensch

The Carnival of Brazil is renowned worldwide for its splendor, uniqueness and originality. Taking place in a country rich in diversity, Brazil’s carnival is no different, showcasing in diverse ways each state and region of the country. It is no surprise that people in several parts of the globe watch the traditional parade of Rio…

Dominican Community Celebrates Independence Day

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Dominican Community Celebrates Independence Day

By Tribuna Staff

Shouting, “Viva la República Dominicana!” three dozen Dominican Americans celebrated the 174th anniversary of the country’s independence by raising the Dominican Republic’s red, white and blue flag at Danbury’s city hall. Dominican Independence Day commemorates the country’s break from Haiti in 1844. The holiday’s activities include a major presidential address to the National Assembly, a…

Bethel Native Receives “Wings of Gold” Graduating From Naval Flight School 

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Bethel Native Receives “Wings of Gold” Graduating From Naval Flight School 

By Lt. Veronica Bildzukewicz, Helicopter Training Squadron 18 Public Affairs Officer

A Bethel High School graduate and Bethel, Connecticut native recently completed naval flight school to receive the flight officer insignia known as “Wings of Gold” during a Winging Ceremony held at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field in Milton, Florida.  Ensign Matthew Correnty, a naval aviator, received his “Wings of Gold” serving with Helicopter Training (HT)…

Don’t Simply Age, Age With Grace

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Don’t Simply Age, Age With Grace

By Tribuna Staff

Let us introduce ourselves – we are Grace Medical Aesthetics, an anti-aging medical practice out of Southbury. Grace Medical Aesthetics offers customized treatment plans for facial rejuvenation through wrinkle relaxers, dermal fillers, laser treatment and medical grade skincare treatments and products. Noninvasive body sculpting can be achieved through two incredible treatment options, CoolSculpting and Ultherapy. Grace…

Supporting the Danbury Schools Budget

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Supporting the Danbury Schools Budget

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Each year, Dr. Pascarella, the Danbury Superintendent, prepares a budget to operate Danbury Public Schools; it is approved by the Danbury Board of Education and sent to the Danbury City Council for approval. The City Council refers it to a committee that makes a recommendation back to the Council for funding. The Committee is conscious…

The Beauty Industry

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The Beauty Industry

By Karla Rensch

The beauty industry moves millions. Its power is tremendous; regardless of any crisis a given country is facing, anywhere in the world, the global cosmetic market grows progressively around 4 percent annually. It is interesting to note that consumption patterns basically remain the same over time. Whether for cultural or social reasons, the contemporary consumer…

Online Dating

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Online Dating

By Catherine Blinder

Looking for your special someone? In recent years, people have grown more comfortable with online dating as a way to meet others. In fact, 15 percent of adults in the United States have reported using online dating sites or online dating apps to meet people. Nearly 25 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds report using mobile…

Discover Real Discounts in Connecticut – Part 2

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Discover Real Discounts in Connecticut – Part 2

By Nora Duncan

AARP Connecticut offers members terrific year-round opportunities to save money and connect them with people and places in their community while supporting local, nonprofit educational and cultural venues. AARP members can enjoy great discounts on admission and memberships to a variety of Connecticut museums and cultural attractions, local theater, musical performances, educational classes and more!…

United Way Fights for Economic Health: We Can Help You Realize Your Financial Goals

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United Way Fights for Economic Health: We Can Help You Realize Your Financial Goals

By Surline Jolicoeur and Sofia Dupi, United Way of Western Connecticut

At the beginning of the new year, many of us make resolutions to improve some aspect of our lives. Have you resolved to improve your financial life, move closer to your dream of homeownership or to make 2018 the year you finally set up a college savings or retirement account? United Way may be able…

Intercultural Marriage

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Intercultural Marriage

By Karla Rensch

Love is unacquainted with nationality and frontiers. Based on this social aspect and on popular perception, some historians and researchers attribute to love (in this case, among citizens of widely different cultures and customs) the responsibility of making it possible to grow and solidify relationships between individuals who have nothing in common, that against statistics…

Local Small Business Owner Wins National Award

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Local Small Business Owner Wins National Award

By Tribuna Staff

Charis Wipfler, APRN-FNP, has been named “Top 25 Most Loved Injector” in the nation, courtesy of RealSelf and Grace Medical Aesthetics’ supportive clientele. Charis Wipfler is the owner/operator and lead injector of Grace Medical Aesthetics, an anti-aging medical aesthetics practice in Southbury, CT and New York City, specializing in injectable dermal fillers, wrinkle relaxers and…

Make a Difference in Your Community by Volunteering

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Make a Difference in Your Community by Volunteering

By Nora Duncan

AARP Connecticut is always looking to add to a team of approximately 800 volunteers who are involved in programs and activities that make a difference in communities throughout the state, particularly those who are bilingual. Through education, advocacy and service, AARP volunteers have the opportunity to share the benefits of their life experience; benefit from…

It’s Nearing Tax Time and That Means Protecting Your Identity

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It’s Nearing Tax Time and That Means Protecting Your Identity

By Catherine Blinder

Many of us may have already filed our taxes, especially if we’re expecting a refund. But as the Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service warn – be careful, this is prime time for identity theft. Identity theft is among the most common scams, and scammers prey on people especially during this time of…

Mentors Making a Difference – One Hour at a Time

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Mentors Making a Difference – One Hour at a Time

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D., and Ellen Meyst

Think back to when you were younger: was there one person that was super special in your life? Did they guide you, help you make decisions and act as the sounding board you needed? That special person may have mentored you through difficult times and now, is maybe a special friend. January is National Mentoring…

It Takes a Solidary Community to Help One Fight Depression

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It Takes a Solidary Community to Help One Fight Depression

By Karla Rensch

The intensity of the winter in the United States often changes, and it has many peculiarities, like in Brazil, where there is no snow but some states experience very low temperatures. Different from many residents in the Western United States who enjoy the winter, the Brazilian community that resides in that prosperous area, where the…

Malloy Names Danbury’s Thomas J. Saadi to Lead Veterans Affairs

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Malloy Names Danbury’s Thomas J. Saadi to Lead Veterans Affairs

By Mark Pazniokas | CTMirror.org

On January 16, Thomas J. Saadi, an Army Reserve officer who has held senior jobs in the state Department of Veterans Affairs for nearly three years, was named by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as his choice to lead the department as commissioner.  Saadi, a former general counsel and chief of staff at the department, has…

Watch Out for Modeling Scams

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Watch Out for Modeling Scams

By Catherine Blinder

You are at the mall and someone stops and says, “You are so pretty! You could be a model.” Or they tell you that your child could be a model, and if you let them take some photos, a glamorous and lucrative career could be just around the corner!  Now they have your attention. After all, it’s hard to resist…

The Snowy Owl and Student Success

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The Snowy Owl and Student Success

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D

During the cold New Year’s weekend, I became distracted by something large and white in the trees behind my home. There sat a large white snowy owl who was intently watching the ground below for movement, movement that would signify a small creature, that is, its next meal. The owl sat there for a good two hours, then swooped down to the snowy ground, grabbed its next…

Brazilian Art Showcased Abroad

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Brazilian Art Showcased Abroad

By Karla Rensch

Brazilian handicrafts have a striking presence in the world market, mainly in the United States. It is interesting to note that their steady growth occurs not only due to the large number of immigrants residing in the country, but also to the support of Itamaraty, the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in helping the non-immigrant artisan to guarantee a physical presence in the international…

The Benefit of Private Education with the Added Comfort of a Religious Community

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The Benefit of Private Education with the Added Comfort of a Religious Community

By Angela Barbosa

Selecting the right school for your children is challenging and yet can make an extraordinary difference in their moral and social development, in addition to their academic success.  Each private school has its own set of standards, and will vary in its ideology, practice and pedagogy. St. Mary School, for instance, a pre-K through eighth grade school, is known for its excellent academics as…

Be Aware When Applying for Citizenship

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Be Aware When Applying for Citizenship

By Catherine Blinder 

For several years, we have had the honor of informing Tribuna’s readers about their consumer rights, and warning about scams. Many of the scams that we write about can affect your credit, your online safety, your personal safety or your home. But none of the scams we have warned about have the potential of devastating families like notario fraud.  For many immigrants in the United States, the…

Discover Real Discounts in Connecticut – Part 1

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Discover Real Discounts in Connecticut – Part 1

By Nora Duncan

AARP Connecticut offers members terrific year-round opportunities to save money and connect them with people and places in their community while supporting local, nonprofit educational and cultural venues. AARP members can enjoy great discounts on admission and memberships to a variety of Connecticut museums and cultural attractions, local theater, musical performances, educational classes and more!…

The Need for Children to Have Adequate Sleep and Positive Routines

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The Need for Children to Have Adequate Sleep and Positive Routines

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D

Babies let us know how much sleep they need by becoming cranky, sucking their thumb or rubbing their eyes. When parents recognize these signs, they comfort their children to help them go to sleep. As children get older, they show different signs of needing sleep and will fight going to bed. Crying, tantrums, poor reactions…

What Can You Do About Debt Collectors?

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What Can You Do About Debt Collectors?

By Catherine Blinder

Last year, we wrote about your rights when debt collectors call. One of the most vulnerable times for many of us in terms of credit card usage is during the holidays, when you might have overextended credit and your budget! It’s worth reminding everyone of the rights consumers have in regard to debt collection. And…

Green Plus, a Natural and Organic Food Choice Now at Padaminas Bakery Padaminas Bakery Launches Green Plus, a Natural and Organic Food Choice

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Green Plus, a Natural and Organic Food Choice Now at Padaminas Bakery Padaminas Bakery Launches Green Plus, a Natural and Organic Food Choice

By Karla Rensch

Many studies show that one of the main concerns of contemporary societies is pursuing a better quality of life. Nowadays, we see individuals who aspire not only to material gain. Besides success and personal ascension, they yearn for health and a long life. The result of this quest for life conditions that are more stable…

State-of-the Art Orthopedic Center is Now Open in Danbury

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State-of-the Art Orthopedic Center is Now Open in Danbury

By Tribuna Staff

Danbury is now home to the region’s premier orthopedic care center providers. On December 7, Mayor Mark Boughton, joined by local dignitaries and community members, welcomed a team of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, physician assistants and therapy specialists while celebrating the opening of OrthoConnecticut I Danbury Orthopedics Center at 2 Riverview Drive in Berkshire Corporate Park….

Boost Your Spirits But Know Your Limits Alcohol and The Holidays: What You Need to Know

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Boost Your Spirits But Know Your Limits Alcohol and The Holidays: What You Need to Know

By Terry Budlong

Most people like to celebrate during the holidays by drinking, but we often put ourselves and others at risk because we aren’t aware of how alcohol affects us. Alcohol impairs decision-making ability and our driving skills long before we show physical signs of intoxication. Did you know that one 5-ounce glass of wine can take…

Not My Mother’s Voice: Things I Promised I Would Never Say to My Children

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Not My Mother’s Voice: Things I Promised I Would Never Say to My Children

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D

When I was growing up, my mother would say things to my sibling and me that I promised myself I would never say to my own children. Though I made this promise to myself, they slip out. After hearing these things and talking with my children about what bothered them, I compiled a mental list…

An Extra Special Christmas Celebration

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An Extra Special Christmas Celebration

By Karla Rensch

Children are special for they all carry within – something pure, amazing and naïve. There is a group in this magical children’s world whose diagnoses and challenges make them even more special. They have unique personalities, academic development and ways to interact with society. A child with special needs is one that requires a different…

The Importance and Value of Giving Back

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The Importance and Value of Giving Back

By Isabel Almeida, United Way of Western Connecticut

There’s an old Portuguese proverb that has deep relevance to the work of United Way. And, over the last few years, as United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) has focused their work on hard-working, struggling households called ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), that proverb has taken on new meaning. “A caridade bem ordenada, por…

Winter Is Coming!

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Winter Is Coming!

By Catherine Blinder

It’s taken longer than usual this year– but it’s finally cold outside! And that means families need to start preparing for winter. That means things like locking down home heating fuel contracts, weatherproofing windows and doors, cleaning chimneys, doing last-minute repairs on our homes, and of course, holiday shopping. Make sure to plan ahead, make…

The Backstage of a Dream

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The Backstage of a Dream

By Karla Rensch

There are timeless behaviors unrelated to the current economy, politics, beliefs or education level that are directly connected to one’s life ideals and remain inherent as time passes by. The desire to improve is related to human behavior. The so-desired “American Dream” continues to be the key motivator for immigrants that have traveled the world…

Danbury Public School’s Readiness Program Scores High on National Accreditation Criteria

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Danbury Public School’s Readiness Program Scores High on National Accreditation Criteria

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D. and Robin Provey

Danbury Public School’s Readiness Program received notification of its 5-year reaccreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) on October 4, 2017. “We have been working on updating the materials, taking new pictures and improving our learning space for over the two last years. The NAEYC validator spent an entire day…

Saying Thank You to Our Military

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Saying Thank You to Our Military

By Nora Duncan

This year, Veteran’s Day is officially November 11; however, AARP has launched several month-long initiatives in recognition of – and to say thank you to – our veterans and current military personnel. We encourage our community members to visit aarp.org/veterans for related news and informational content about our veterans as well as more details on…

Brazilian Entrepreneurship in the United States

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Brazilian Entrepreneurship in the United States

By Karla Rensch

Brazilians are naturally entrepreneurial people; according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2011 (GEM), in a research project conducted in partnership with Sebrae and IBQP, the Brazilian Institute of Quality and Productivity, Brazilian entrepreneurship is the third ranking among 54 countries that were studied, right behind China and the United States. When migrating, Brazilians coming to…

You Are a Gemstone

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You Are a Gemstone

By Eric Faria

We all have deep within ourselves a voice telling us that we are not enough: not smart enough, not good-looking enough, not earning enough money, not thin enough or any variation of that. That voice arrived sometime in childhood and if it goes unchecked, it can take over our lives to the point of paralysis….

Be Generous, But Stay Safe

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Be Generous, But Stay Safe

By Catherine Blinder

The hurricanes that recently hit the continental United States, Puerto Rico and other island nations and territories in the Caribbean have left hundreds of thousands of people without power, jobs, housing, schooling and access to emergency health services. Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and other islands. Electric service, phone lines and fuel lines went down…

Halloween or Hallelujah?

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Halloween or Hallelujah?

By Karla Rensch

Halloween is the biggest non-Christian holiday celebrated in the United States. Different from what many people may think, it did not originate in U.S. culture. It started in the 16th century in the United Kingdom. Historians connect its beginnings to the Celtic festival of Samhain (which signals the end of summer). Its huge popularity may…

Making Halloween Safe and Fun!

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Making Halloween Safe and Fun!

By Catherine Blinder

Here in New England, the leaves and the temperatures are falling, a sure sign that Halloween is just around the corner. Halloween is celebrated by over 41 million people in America, and although children see it as an opportunity for unlimited sugar consumption, Halloween is historically a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought…

Marriage, From Primordial to Current Times

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Marriage, From Primordial to Current Times

By Karla Rensch

Among all the institutions, family and marriage are the only ones that have survived progressively and indestructibly the inevitable march of humanity. Ancient societies needed a safe and suitable ambiance to perpetuate our species, as well as a system of rules that would address property concession and protect the blood lineage. Marriage was the institution…

The Opioid Crisis in America

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The Opioid Crisis in America

By Valerie B. Calistro, Esq. Managing Partner, Ventura Law

It’s estimated that more than 55,000 Americans die each year from a drug overdose, which has become the leading cause of death among individuals under the age of 50. Sixty percent of these deaths are caused by opioids. The rise in fatalities over the past 15 years has been staggering – a greater than three-fold…

Connecticut Pushes Forward with Retirement Security Program

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Connecticut Pushes Forward with Retirement Security Program

By Nora Duncan

Connecticut is moving forward with the implementation of the Connecticut Retirement Security Program, which will provide the 600,000 people without a workplace retirement savings plan an opportunity to build a secure financial future for themselves and their families. In the process, the program that was signed into law in 2016 and will begin in 2018…

Fascinating Fall Family Frolics

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Fascinating Fall Family Frolics

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Fall is a time for renewed energy; the air gets cooler, school has begun and families start to settle into new schedules. But wait; take a minute to think about all the fascinating opportunities fall brings us. It is a time when we hear the crinkle of leaves under our feet and the hooting of…

An Exclusive Interview with One of the Biggest Bossa Nova Icons, Sérgio Mendes

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An Exclusive Interview with One of the Biggest Bossa Nova Icons, Sérgio Mendes

By Karla Rensch

Bossa Nova means much more than a mix of smooth rhythm that moves the body and nurtures the soul. It is a peculiarity of Brazilian culture born in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s. Its captivating melody is a jazz-influenced version of Samba. With time, Bossa Nova became one of the…

Taste of Greater Main Street

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Taste of Greater Main Street

By Daniel Trock

On September 13, 2017, Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Danbury branch held an event entitled “The Taste of Greater Main Street.” For this event, the school invited several restaurants and eateries from Main Street, White Street, West Street and Liberty Street to bring samples of their food to the Danbury branch building for the students to…

Keeping Financial Information Safe in Natural Disasters

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Keeping Financial Information Safe in Natural Disasters

By Catherine Blinder

We are taught as young children that in case of natural disaster, our first priorities should be access to food, clean water and shelter. Keeping our personal and financial information secure is nearly as important. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, winter storms, floods and other extreme weather conditions often knock out power and limit our…

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…

Secure Your Internet Purchase Exchanges

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Secure Your Internet Purchase Exchanges

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Many people have become accustomed to buying and selling online, and there are many benefits. On websites such as Craigslist, Oodle, eBay, Facebook Marketplace or Sell.com, you can find anything from apartments and cars to clothes and appliances. As the seller, you can reach a broad range of potential buyers. And as an online buyer,…

Matters of the Heart: An Integrative Approach to Cardiovascular Health

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Matters of the Heart: An Integrative Approach to Cardiovascular Health

By Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DACM, L.Ac.

I often hear from my patients about the health assessment done at milestone years, such as colonoscopies, mammograms, blood tests, stress tests, PSA testing and the list goes on and on. The purpose of this testing is early detection of disease and disease prevention but I have learned some sobering facts about the effectiveness, or…

Immigration and Social Integration

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Immigration and Social Integration

By Karla Rensch

Editor’s Note: In line with Tribuna’s tradition of building bridges and joining cultures, we introduce a new column – “Little Brazil” – with the purpose to offer a peek into the lives of Brazilians living in Connecticut, written by Karla Rensch, the woman behind the curtain of one of the largest online communities of Brazilians…

Building Your Financial Stability by Building Your Credit Score

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Building Your Financial Stability by Building Your Credit Score

By Catherine Blinder

For many of us, building and maintaining a good credit score can be a challenge. The stakes are higher for people who may have little or no credit history. You can, however, take positive steps for yourself and your family by building your credit score in a way that helps you create financial stability. Before…

Grilled Italian Corn Salad

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Grilled Italian Corn Salad

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August is here and we are taking full advantage of summer’s bounty – filling our farmers’ market bags and bellies with amazing local produce. At peak flavor right now are two favorites – corn and tomatoes. While I adore sweet and crunchy local corn, I’m one of those people that hate to eat it on…

It May Not Be Ripe for a Large White Supremacist Rally, But There’s Hate in CT

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It May Not Be Ripe for a Large White Supremacist Rally, But There’s Hate in CT

By Ana Radelat | CTMirror.org | Photos by: Al Robinson | HatCityBlog

Connecticut may not be fertile ground for a white supremacist rally like the one that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va., but the state is not immune to hate. The Southern Poverty Law Center, headquartered in Montgomery, Ala., says there are several active hate groups in the state. Perhaps the leading white supremacist figure from the…

Danbury 2017-18 “Teacher of the Year” Loves Science

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Danbury 2017-18 “Teacher of the Year” Loves Science

By Tribuna Staff

The daughter of a school teacher and a pharmacist, Beth Manning started out as a pharmaceutical representative. But it wasn’t long before Manning felt the calling to become a teacher herself, a position that suits her love of science and her desire to share that passion with others. The Danbury educator has long been known…

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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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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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…

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