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Ferraz Services: Cleaning Services Done Professionally, On-Time and On-Budget

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Ferraz Services: Cleaning Services Done Professionally, On-Time and On-Budget

By Angela Barbosa

Driving up to an office, manufacturing facility, residential complex or even a retail outlet with a clean exterior will not only impress visitors and customers, it will also give a sense of pride to employees and residents. If you want to give your home or your commercial building more curb appeal, one great way to…

Rent to Own or Save for the Unexpected?

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Rent to Own or Save for the Unexpected?

By Catherine Blinder

If you’re just starting out and need furniture, or you find yourself suddenly needing to replace a broken stove, refrigerator, television or other electronics, you may be tempted by headlines that say – “No Credit Check!” or “Take it Home Today!” At many of the Rent to Own stores in the state, that’s exactly what…

Migrating with Your Mind, Leaving Behind Your Heart

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Migrating with Your Mind, Leaving Behind Your Heart

By Karla Rensch

“Incomplete migration that breaks your heart and soul into pieces”; that was how Maria do Socorro dos Santos, a Brazilian from Governador Valadares in the state of Minas Gerais, described her experience in the United States, a land she defines as blessed and full of opportunities. The dos Santos life story is one among the…

The Dog Days of Summer

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The Dog Days of Summer

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

“I want the rain to stop, Miss Anne,” stated an incoming kindergartener surrounded by children who chimed in singing their version of “Rain, rain, go away.” After the song, we talked about how “it has been raining for too many days” (as the students told me), how showers can start and stop quickly and how…

Today’s Minimally Invasive Spine Techniques

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Today’s Minimally Invasive Spine Techniques

By Dr. Justin Paul

If you suffer from persistent back pain with sciatica or neck pain shooting into the arm, you may be a candidate for a more permanent solution. Advancements in technology, technique and materials make surgery on the spine more effective and easier to recover from. More and more patients are able to leave the hospital quickly…

Tips to Enjoy a Healthy Summer

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Tips to Enjoy a Healthy Summer

By Karla Rensch

Whether living in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, and regardless of cultural background, human beings share a common behavior – finding the availability to go out and enjoy the sun. In reality, summer is the most anticipated season of the year. In some European countries, as well as in the United States, school vacations last…

Ventura Law Donates $20,000 in the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic in our Communities

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Ventura Law Donates $20,000 in the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic in our Communities

By Angela Barbosa

Connecticut once again saw a year-over-year increase in the number of fatal drug overdoses, with 1,038 in 2017, compared to 917 in 2016. It was the first time the state had more than 1,000 accidental overdose deaths in a single year and nearly triple the amount in 2012, according to the Connecticut Office of the…

Beware the Traveling Pavers

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As the summer heats up, you notice things about your house that need repair. Especially if you own an old house, the maintenance seems never-ending! Driveways are one of those major investments that need attention every ten years or so. As the summer advances, you may notice scammers targeting older homeowners in your neighborhood. Every…

Adma Moura, New Brazilian Attorney Serving the Danbury Community

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Adma Moura, New Brazilian Attorney Serving the Danbury Community

By Karla Rensch

Migration is synonymous with opening horizons. Those who decide to become immigrants always carry baggage that is indeed heavy, but full of dreams and expectations. Nonetheless, apprehension of the unknown causes a lot of uncertainty. To adjust to a culture that is not your own, to come out of your comfort zone and face unimaginable…

Danbury Farmers Market Brings Fresh Food to Local Community

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Danbury Farmers Market Brings Fresh Food to Local Community

By Angela Barbosa

The weather was not that promising this past Saturday, but I decided to take a stroll through downtown Danbury and visit the so-anticipated Farmers Market at the Danbury Green. Cloudy or not, residents were not shy to come out to check the seasonal food and other items available from local farmers. With their fragile, seductive…

Summer Fun in the Sun

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Summer Fun in the Sun

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Summer is a wonderful time to try new things and visit unknown locations, and it offers time to improve our skills. Everyone has heard that summer learning loss causes students to return to school the next year having lost skills they had previously mastered. Summer reading is one of the best ways to combat summer…

‘Festa Junina” in the United States

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‘Festa Junina” in the United States

By Karla Rensch

It’s no secret that Brazilians are very enthusiastic people by nature, who love to rejoice. What many people may not know is that during the month of June, the “Festa Junina” (June Festival), also known as the “Festa de São João” for celebrating the nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24), is celebrated nationwide. It is…

Danbury Westerners’ 24th Annual Celebrity Breakfast

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Danbury Westerners’ 24th Annual Celebrity Breakfast

By Tribuna Staff

On June 8, the Danbury Westerners held their 24th annual celebrity breakfast, featuring speaker Chris Chambliss. Chambliss played for the New York Yankees, the Cleveland Indians, and the Atlanta Braves; he was also 1971 Rookie of the Year. He is a two-time World Series Champion as a player, and won four as the New York…

TBICO and WERACE Team-Up to Empower ESL Student Population

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TBICO and WERACE Team-Up to Empower ESL Student Population

By Angela Barbosa

A four-month partnership between services provided by The Bridge to Independence and Career Opportunities (TBICO) and Western Connecticut Regional Adult and Continuing Education (WERACE) offered 20 participants a class that combined English language instruction, civics education, workforce readiness and job-training skills. “The funding for the program was provided through a federal Program Enhancement Project federal grant….

You Can Be the Difference. Pledge to Vote in the 2018 Elections

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You Can Be the Difference. Pledge to Vote in the 2018 Elections

By Nora Duncan

The 2018 election to select our representatives for Connecticut’s state and federal legislative offices will be one of the most important in our lifetimes. Critical issues are on the line this November as we go to the polls to elect the candidates for roles that include our Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, Treasurer,…

“Brigadeiro’: A Brazilian Sweet with an International Reputation

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“Brigadeiro’: A Brazilian Sweet with an International Reputation

By Karla Rensch

“Brigadeiro,” a Brazilian sweet (a cross between fudge and a chocolate truffle) that is not only delicious but very easy to make, has torn down borders and conquered the world. A few years ago, The New York Times published an article about New Yorkers’ fascination with this iconic Brazilian sweet. Here in Connecticut, it is…

Consumer Alert: Be Aware of Traveling Pavers’ Scams

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Consumer Alert: Be Aware of Traveling Pavers’ Scams

By Catherine Blinder

This early summer has brought early-blooming flowers, warm weather, longer days and, unfortunately, door-to-door scammers who try to take advantage of homeowners in a variety of ways. It seems like there are more every year – chimney repairs, magazine subscriptions, alternative energy contracts, lawn mowing and landscaping, house painting, roofers and gutter installers and the…

Credit Cards for People with Poor Credit Scores: 5 Things You Should Know

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Credit Cards for People with Poor Credit Scores: 5 Things You Should Know

By Renata DeOliveira

People who have a poor rating are likely hoping to rebuild their credit score. There are many different reasons for damaged credit, but there is always a way to rebound. One of the best ways to begin the rebuilding process is to open a new loan line. Fortunately, there are credit cards for people with…

Just How Fragile Are We Really? Are We Prepared?

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Just How Fragile Are We Really? Are We Prepared?

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D

Events in Danbury over the past few weeks have shown how fragile we are as victims of situations beyond our control. First, the waterline break at Tamarack Avenue stopped Danbury in its tracks, catching homeowners by surprise and unprepared. Many had no extra water or supplies on hand. Second, the more recent storm last week…

AARP Partners with Local Organizations to Help Shed Light on LGBTQ Aging Community Challenges

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AARP Partners with Local Organizations to Help Shed Light on LGBTQ Aging Community Challenges

By Angela Barbosa

A joint effort by AARP CT, the Connecticut Community Foundation and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UConn Waterbury gathered over 30 attendees to watch the screening of Gen Silent, a documentary about the challenges the LGBTQ aging community often faces. Screened on the UConn Waterbury campus on May 3, the 70-minute movie shows the…

AFC Urgent Care Celebrates Milestone in Danbury

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AFC Urgent Care Celebrates Milestone in Danbury

By Tribuna Staff

American Family Care (AFC) is celebrating its fifth year of providing medical care to the residents of Greater Danbury. AFC is the nation’s leading provider of urgent care and occupational medicine. In addition to providing high quality health care, AFC has created dozens of new jobs for the community. Independent owner and operator Tom Kelly says…

Cachaça – Catching the spirit of Brazil

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Cachaça – Catching the spirit of Brazil

By Karla Rensch

Brazilian cachaça, (a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice), is widely known as a quality alcoholic beverage that has prevailed as an export around the world. In 2017, according to the Brazilian Institute of Cachaça (IBRAC) and the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, the United States is still the main market for…

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…

Thoughts on Danbury Public Schools and Educational Equity—Now Is the Time to Share Your Ideas

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Thoughts on Danbury Public Schools and Educational Equity—Now Is the Time to Share Your Ideas

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

The Danbury Public Schools (DPS) have been given funding by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to do a yearlong project to discover the root cause of educational disparity or gaps. What are the challenges students face during their education journey and what gaps or barriers stand in their way? How can DPS make learning accessible…

Winning the Battle Against the Scale

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Winning the Battle Against the Scale

By Karla Rensch

The adult obesity rate in the United States has been growing steadily since 1999, registering at 30.5 percent that year. It currently stands at an alarming level, affecting 39.6 percent of the adult population, according to a government report published in 2017. Experts from around the world are concerned because the condition is associated with…

What Is the Lemon Law?

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What Is the Lemon Law?

By Catherine Blinder

Buying a new car is a major investment, and most of us take a long time to make that decision. And after we compare prices, safety features, options, warranties and guarantees, we agree to pay a considerable amount of money for a vehicle we hope will last years and years. With so much to consider,…

Experience Ichiro

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Experience Ichiro

By Alicia & Renato Ghio

In an unassuming spot on Newtown Road near the Berkshire Shopping Center sits Ichiro Japanese restaurant. Opened in 2005, Ichiro offers a combination of Asian fusion, sushi and hibachi entrees. When it comes to atmosphere, there are two sides to Ichiro. For a boisterous environment with a large group, enjoy the hibachi area. For a…

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…

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…

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