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Females Playing Intense Youth Sports- Football & Wrestling

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Females Playing Intense Youth Sports- Football & Wrestling

By Estela Camacho

Have you ever watched a youth sport and you find yourself amazed at what has just transpired? It wasn’t the score or the win or the loss. It wasn’t the reactions of the coaches or spectators but what really grabbed your attention was the diverse participation of an unexpected athlete, a female. Yes, we absolutely…

Cheerleading Is a Sport

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Cheerleading Is a Sport

By By Estela Camacho

If you ever want to get a rise out of a cheerleader, just ask if cheerleading is a real sport. There is nothing more that gets these athletes fired up than the never-ending debate about whether cheerleading is indeed a sport. There are cheer programs that are available for boys and girls as young as…

What You Need to Know About Peanuts

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What You Need to Know About Peanuts

By Cristiana Menichelli / Photos By Juliana Amselem

Some foods are so common in our diet that we tend to forget about the importance they really represent in our nutrition. The peanut is one of them. This leguminous raw bean and soybean’s cousin has been known and cultivated since pre-Incan times, when it was discovered. European explorers spread the peanut to all parts…

Danbury Schools begin on Wednesday, August 28. Are you ready???

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Danbury Schools begin on Wednesday, August 28. Are you ready???

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

It’s hard to believe that it’s back to school time. On Wednesday, August 28, 11,600 students will begin the school year in Danbury with a full–day schedule. As school returns, we want to think about what routines we need to slide back into. The school schedule includes early bedtimes, homework and packing lunches. Routines put…

An Up-close and Personal Interview with Adventure Racer and Entrepreneur Marco Amselem

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An Up-close and Personal Interview with Adventure Racer and Entrepreneur Marco Amselem

By Angela Barbosa / Photos By Juliana Amselem

Whether hiking through a dense forest, ripping down rapids in a canoe, or making his favorite childhood snack into a successful business, teamwork is a word that resonates well with Brazilian adventure racer and entrepreneur Marco Amselem, founder of Pasokin, a traditional Brazilian peanut butter snack company. The San Diego based athlete, 34, was born…

Association of Women Entrepreneurs Expands Professional Network in Connecticut

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Association of Women Entrepreneurs Expands Professional Network in Connecticut

By Angela Barbosa

From attorneys to real estate brokers to personalized handcrafted soap makers, women have redefined power by not only building their own businesses against all odds, but also continuing to accomplish their roles as mothers and spouses. This scenario was well-exemplified at the second business network gathering of the Connecticut Association of Women Entrepreneurs (AME CT)…

Know What Your Contracts Say

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Know What Your Contracts Say

By Catherine Blinder

America is getting older. It is projected that the number of Americans aged 65 and older will more than double from 46 million to over 98 million by 2060. People aged 65 and older will become 24 percent of the population by then.  Along with that aging population, there will be an increase in companies selling products targeted toward aging individuals. We can already see that…

Café on The Green: Danbury’s Hidden Treasure

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Café on The Green: Danbury’s Hidden Treasure

By Angela Barbosa

Ranked one of the top 25 public courses in the United States, the Richter Park Golf Course is home to one of Danbury’s hidden treasures, Café on the Green. Surrounded by huge picture windows, the three sides of the restaurant offer a breathtaking view that invites you to sit down and contemplate it while enjoying a casual or formal meal.  For…

Ready for Local Fresh Produce? Danbury Farmers Market Opens on June 22

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Ready for Local Fresh Produce? Danbury Farmers Market Opens on June 22

By Angela Barbosa

Wait no longer to start bringing fresh and healthy food to your table. Every Saturday from June 22 through October 19, CityCenter Danbury will be hosting a Farmers’ Market at the Danbury Green on National Place from 10 am to 2 pm, except July 20 and September 7.   Held by the Danbury Farmers’ Market Community Collaborative (DFMCC), the eleven-year event features…

FAVI Lunches & Deli: A Local Family Business Providing the Best of Brazil’s Iconic Sandwiches

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FAVI Lunches & Deli: A Local Family Business Providing the Best of Brazil’s Iconic Sandwiches

By Angela Barbosa

One of the things that make certain kinds of food extra-special for me is the ability to bring me mouth-watering memories. Who doesn’t appreciate a tasty sandwich, prepared with fresh and quality ingredients? That is why when I miss my favorite snack foods from Brazil, I stop at FAVI Lunches & Deli for a made-to-order Brazilian X-tudo burger.  FAVI Lunches & Deli is a family-owned and operated business…

Building Your Financial Stability by Building Your Credit Score

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Building Your Financial Stability by Building Your Credit Score

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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 diving deeper into this issue, it’s important to understand what credit…

A+ Driving School Helps Community Members Become Safe Drivers

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A+ Driving School Helps Community Members Become Safe Drivers

By Angela Barbosa

I believe that driving is one of the most useful skills in the world. It may not always be needed if you have access to good public transportation, but it certainly facilitates life in many different aspects. Finding the ideal driving school can sometimes be challenging and identifying a driving school that can meet your needs is crucial…

A New Group of Women Entrepreneurs is Launched in Connecticut

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A New Group of Women Entrepreneurs is Launched in Connecticut

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At a time when women are more than 50 percent of the world’s population but are still a minority in positions of political and economic power, according to Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, initiatives have surfaced around the globe that continue to reveal the need for gender parity in the business sector. On May 4, over 100 women gathered at Emmanuel Church of Danbury for a cocktail to launch the Association of Women…

American Family Care Earns Accreditation from the Urgent Care Association

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American Family Care Earns Accreditation from the Urgent Care Association

By Tribuna Staff

Seven Connecticut Locations Achieve Highest National Industry Distinction for Quality Care American Family Care (AFC) locations in Danbury, West Hartford, New Britain, Vernon and Torrington have achieved Accreditation through the Urgent Care Association (UCA). This is the highest level of distinction for urgent care centers in the nation.  AFC’s urgent care facilities met the stringent UCA criteria and established standards for…

The Importance of Numbers

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The Importance of Numbers

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Numbers are all around us. We use numbers to count the cracks in the sidewalk, to count money and to tell how old we are. Our world is connected to numbers and helping children develop a sense of what numbers are and what they mean is an important developmental milestone. When a child counts from…

Getting Ready for the Sunny Days

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Spring is here and we are gradually replacing our heavy winter wardrobe with lighter pieces of clothing that expose a bit more of skin. During that season, professionals in the hair removal businesses are often in high demand. Most women are not fond of extra body hair, and spas and other facilities that offer hair…

Will My Insurance Company Be on my Side in the Event of an Accident?

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Will My Insurance Company Be on my Side in the Event of an Accident?

By Associate Attorney Antonio Fernandes, Esq

If you’ve been in an auto accident, your natural response is probably to call your insurance company. After all, you pay premiums to help cover any losses you sustain in an accident and your insurer is there to protect you, right? Maybe. It’s not at all unusual for policyholders to find themselves fighting with insurance…

Beware of Tax Scams

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Beware of Tax Scams

By Catherine Blinder

It’s nearing tax time again, and every year, around this time, we hear about an increase in calls from people claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). They will often ask you for your Social Security number (SSN), or other personal and financial information. The IRS does not call people and ask them…

Integrating Is Possible

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Integrating Is Possible

By Karla Rensch

One of the greatest challenges for most immigrants is to speak the language of the country in which they have chosen to live. Therefore, to attain comprehensive and tangible integration in a culture that is not yours, learning the language is a must. Language learning should be an important focus for all newcomers, but that…

Kindness, Compassion Move Fifth-Grader to Raise Money for Classmates

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Kindness, Compassion Move Fifth-Grader to Raise Money for Classmates

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When Najiah Tallman, a fifth-grader at King Street Intermediate School, learned that a few of her classmates would not be able to attend their end-of-year field trip because they didn’t have the money, she decided to raise the funds for them. In February, Najiah handed over $267 to her school’s administrators to help defray the…

Danbury Dominican Community Celebrates 175th anniversary of its Country’s Independence

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Danbury Dominican Community Celebrates 175th anniversary of its Country’s Independence

By Tribuna Staff

On February 26, under freezing temperatures, members of the Dominican community in Danbury gathered at City Hall alongside municipal and state leaders to raise the Dominican Flag in celebration of the 175th anniversary of their country’s independence. The ceremony began with the U.S. and Dominican flags being raised to the sounds of the two countries’…

Phishing Site: A Fake Reality That Lives Online

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Phishing Site: A Fake Reality That Lives Online

By Catherine Blinder

Have you ever received a telephone call or an email from what appears to be a legitimate company or government agency like Verizon, Netflix, Bank of America or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)? They say they are calling to inform you that you are in BIG TROUBLE because there is a problem with your account…

Helping Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut Continue its Health Message Go! 5-2-1-0

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Helping Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut Continue its Health Message Go! 5-2-1-0

By Tribuna Staff

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, Morris Street School unveiled the Go! 5-2-1-0 Wellness message as a reminder to Eat 5 fruits and vegetables daily; 2 hours or less of screen time; 1 hour of play every day and 0 intake of sugar-sweetened beverages. The community adopted the wellness message as far back as 2011 with…

Probate Judge Dianne Yamin: An Example of Kindness and Passion for Service

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Probate Judge Dianne Yamin: An Example of Kindness and Passion for Service

By Angela Barbosa

She has practiced ballet since the second grade, stopped for about ten years after law school, then started again, and currently takes a weekly class at the SAS School of Dance in New Fairfield. She also happens to be Danbury’s first female probate judge, the youngest jurist ever in the State of Connecticut, elected in…

Advocating for Connecticut

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Advocating for Connecticut

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A record number of Connecticut voters went to the polls this past November to cast a ballot for the candidates they believed would best lead our state into the future. The state and federal legislators we elected have taken office and started their work addressing the issues that impact all of us. AARP Connecticut is…

Things We Should Do to Take Care of Our Vehicle During the Winter

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Things We Should Do to Take Care of Our Vehicle During the Winter

By Emylly Silva

A vehicle can be compared to a human body. The same way we take care of our body, feeding it properly, doing daily exercise and medical check-ups annually, we should do with our car, especially here in the United States, where our vehicle is a working tool, and the winter is very intense. Here are…

Be Aware of Tax Scams

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Be Aware of Tax Scams

By Catherine Blinder

April 15 – the final date for filing taxes will be here before you know it! As with anything these days, there is an opportunity for unscrupulous people to scam you out of your hard-earned money. There are two common scams to look out, particularly around this time of year. First, whether you are current…

Savings Bank of Danbury to Receive Hat City Award for Preservation Excellence

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Savings Bank of Danbury to Receive Hat City Award for Preservation Excellence

By Tribuna Staff

The Friends of The Danbury Museum & Historical Society will host their fifth annual Hat City Ball—with a 50s sock hop theme this year – on Friday, January 25, 2019. The gala celebrates the museum’s mission to acquire, preserve and interpret the history of our city. As part of the festivities, The Friends of The…

Want to Help Out? Danbury Free Clinic Seeks Volunteers

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Want to Help Out? Danbury Free Clinic Seeks Volunteers

By Angela Barbosa

I could easily write an article on why the work of a volunteer is so important. But, for the moment, if you are looking for an opportunity to help better your community and a free way to feel good about yourself, the Boehringer Ingelheim Americares Free Clinic of Danbury is seeking medical volunteers and interpreters…

Renewal of Cycles

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Renewal of Cycles

By Karla Rensch

January always arrives with a taste of renewal. In Brazil, the first day of the year was marked by the inauguration of the newly elected president, Jair Messias Bolsonaro. With the sensation of rebirth, the hearts of our fellow Brazilians were filled with hope for better days for our country. In exercising their right to…

Beating Stress and Anxiety During Holiday Time

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Beating Stress and Anxiety During Holiday Time

By Dr. Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Ahhh, the holidays: does that word immediately make you feel stressed, start to sweat or say “oh, no”? For many of us, it brings out anxiety concerning what is about to happen and the work that must be done: gift shopping and wrapping, food preparation, ensuring the decorations are just right, cleaning and all that…

Don’t Get Scammed When You See that Cute Puppy in the Window!!

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Don’t Get Scammed When You See that Cute Puppy in the Window!!

By Catherine Blinder

You want a puppy. You tell everyone that it’s your son who wants it – and it’s true, little Timmy does want one – but, really, it’s you who can’t wait to bring that dog home. Anyone thinking that they are ready to have a pet should check out local dog shelters, humane societies and…

Spreading the Light of Peace in the Hearts and Minds of All

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Spreading the Light of Peace in the Hearts and Minds of All

By Angela Barbosa

As we set a warm tone for the holiday season, I would like to share an uplifting and beautiful initiative I witnessed recently while attending the Peace Light distribution in our city of Danbury. The Peace Light of Bethlehem is a program inaugurated in Austria in 1986 as part of a charitable relief mission for…

Makeup as a Form of Self Expression

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Makeup as a Form of Self Expression

By Karla Rensch

The pursuit of image perfection is not something that began in modern times; it has evolved from primordial times. Nowadays, we see an enormous beauty industry, from the market directly linked to personal care to the vast cosmetics market, growing tremendously in all corners of the earth. The history of cosmetics spans at least 7,000…

Are Those Robocalls Driving You Crazy?

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Are Those Robocalls Driving You Crazy?

By Catherine Blinder

ro·bo·call   noun: an automated telephone call that delivers a recorded message, typically on behalf of a political party or telemarketing company.   That is the official definition, but we all know what they are – annoying and persistent calls that either want to sell us something we don’t need or solicit support for someone…

Reconnecting with Yourself Through Dance at Arthur Murray of Danbury

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Reconnecting with Yourself Through Dance at Arthur Murray of Danbury

By Angela Barbosa

In the words of the popular American dancer, Fred Astaire, “Some people seem to think that good dancers are born, but all the good dancers I have known are taught or trained.” And that was how Andy Cabell, owner of Arthur Murray of Danbury dance studio fell in love with not only dancing, but with…

The Backstage of a Dream

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The Backstage of a Dream

By Karla Rensch

The price to be paid for a dream is not cheap; besides time, it requires dedication and many sacrifices throughout a person’s lifetime. For those experiencing the migration and social integration processes, who find that journey challenging, or think that it is impossible to set foot on foreign land and to become an entrepreneur, it…

KIDS & FAMILY.474

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KIDS & FAMILY.474

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

It’s that season of the year when we are bombarded by TV commercials, catalogs in our mailboxes and sales at stores every time you turn around, featuring toys, gifts and ideas for Christmas. It can become daunting to try to figure out what your child really wants, will play with or needs. During this time…

Through the Eyes of a Child

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Through the Eyes of a Child

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Today I had the pleasure of sitting with a group of preschoolers who were excited about their upcoming in-house field trip with the fire department. While the firemen were delayed I asked the children what they were thankful for.  Children at this age are so egocentric.  They think mostly about recent past experiences such as…

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…

Never Too Early for Holiday Shopping Tips!

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Never Too Early for Holiday Shopping Tips!

By Catherine Blinder

It’s fall, and time to enjoy these last few weeks of warmth. And now that Halloween has passed, we can begin to get ready for the upcoming holiday season! Unfortunately, these days, Thanksgiving brings, along with family and friends and food, Black Friday shopping frenzy. However, as more and more people try to avoid going…

Raising Children in Difficult Times

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Raising Children in Difficult Times

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

The recent occurrences of tragedy, death and unrest in the world have shaken many families to the core. While wanting to protect our families from such news, we also can be thinking about what we can do as parents and extended families to help raise children to be more empathic and have the skills to…

“Don’t Let Them Take You for a Fool” – An Evening of Comedy with Marian Pabón

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“Don’t Let Them Take You for a Fool” – An Evening of Comedy with Marian Pabón

By Angela Barbosa

For those victimized by scammers, becoming educated about the subject, laughing and enjoying complimentary dinner and drinks, was quite a treat. On November 1, as part of AARP CT’s ongoing effort to educate people on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud and identity theft, they invited Marian Pabón, a Puerto Rican actress, stand-up…

Thanksgiving Day

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Thanksgiving Day

By Karla Rensch

Americans, as well as Brazilians, are culturally prone to celebrations; both enjoy living well and celebrating life. Unlike in Brazil, in the United States, there is a national holiday that halts the country in a noble and captivating way, for it is a day of gratitude, when families and friends gather to feast and together…

Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences By Understanding What Your Child Is Learning

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Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences By Understanding What Your Child Is Learning

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

It’s that time of year again, when parents attend parent-teacher conferences to learn how their children are doing is school. Conferences are a dedicated time between parents and teachers to speak about your children, what they are excelling in and how you can support learning at home. Regardless of how your children are doing in…

All Dressed-Up to Go on the Trick-Or-Treat Trail

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All Dressed-Up to Go on the Trick-Or-Treat Trail

By Angela Barbosa

So much planning and excitement surrounds choosing the perfect costume for Halloween. From gruesome characters to favorite super heroes, adults and little ones are becoming more and more creative every year. Once costumes have been selected, it is time to plan a safe trick-or-treat trail. So here are some Halloween ideas happening in Danbury: Sensory-friendly…

Carmen: A Saga of Love and Betrayal

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Carmen: A Saga of Love and Betrayal

By Karla Rensch

Opera is a genre of creative acting consisting of a dramatic composition in which performers combine instrumental music and singing, with or without spoken dialogue. The singers are accompanied by a musical group that, in some operas, can be an entire symphony orchestra. Opera singers stand out for their striking and remarkable voices, like the renowned Brazilian…

Discover Lifelong Learning Opportunities in Connecticut

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Discover Lifelong Learning Opportunities in Connecticut

By Nora Duncan

As an organization, AARP provides valuable information and resources on many important topics that impact residents of all ages. An essential element in all of our work is to empower people to choose how they live as they age. The beauty of being able to choose how you live as you age is an opportunity…

Running Right to Avoid Common Injuries

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Running Right to Avoid Common Injuries

By Ross Henshaw, M.D., Sports Medicine Specialist, OrthoConnecticut

Running is a wonderfully efficient way to improve your health, except when it produces chronic injuries. The best way to safely enjoy a running program is to gradually build the intensity of your workouts. WHAT THE PROS SAY Typically, a running coach or trainer will recommend increasing distances no more than 10 percent a week….

Living in Plenitude

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Living in Plenitude

By Karla Rensch

The search for a better quality of life is part of everyday reality for contemporary families, and that quest has ignited the growth of a unique and effective market for holistic therapists, like Brazilian Silvana Rossini, who practices in conjunction with naturopathic doctors. Sparked from a change in her own reality, she realized that she…

Building Community Trust in Police and Schools

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Building Community Trust in Police and Schools

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Last Friday, September 28, the Danbury community came together at the Party on the Patio, sponsored under the umbrella of DanburyWorks, at the Danbury Police Department. Attended by over 150 families, diverse groups came together to celebrate their families, and talk to police officers and other community groups. The driving impetus for the event came…

Prepare Now for Winter

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Prepare Now for Winter

By Catherine Blinder

It’s hard to imagine that winter will ever come when it’s ninety degrees outside – but it will be here sooner than you think and now is the time to make arrangements for all those cold-weather repairs and general maintenance! That means locking down home heating fuel contracts, weatherproofing windows and doors, cleaning chimneys, cleaning…

Bringing Brazilian Fashion to Danbury

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Whether dressing for business, casual occasions or the beach, fashion in Brazil is often synonymous with vibrant colors. And you don’t have to travel abroad to add a few pieces of trendy Brazilian clothing to your wardrobe. On September 7, as the community celebrated the Independence Day of Brazil, Mayor Mark Boughton and members of…

The Importance of Early Identification, Referral and Services

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The Importance of Early Identification, Referral and Services

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Are you concerned about your child’s growth and development? Do you see your child lagging behind children of a similar age at birthday parties or at the park? Is your child 10 months old and not crawling or picking up finger foods or 18 months old and not walking? Some children begin talking right after…

Soccer Injury Prevention

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Soccer Injury Prevention

By Dr Lee Day PT, DPT, MS, ATC, CSCS, ITPT

Soccer is by far the number one sport in the world; over 226 countries participate and over 240 million men, women, boys and girls of all ages are players. A typical soccer player will average 7 to 9 miles of running per game, depending on their position. Soccer entails a lot of stop and go,…

ARC Is Recruiting Volunteers to Work as Mentors for Kids in Danbury Program

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ARC Is Recruiting Volunteers to Work as Mentors for Kids in Danbury Program

By Tribuna Staff

The Association of Religious Communities (ARC) is pleased to collaborate with the Danbury Public School system by helping to meet the need for volunteer mentors through the KIDS (Kids In Danbury Schools) program. This program has been operating under the guidance of ARC for the past four years. During this time, the program has expanded…

Art in Graphite

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Art in Graphite

By Karla Rensch

Art nurtures the soul and it is the direct way artists come into contact with their innermost, sacred selves. As regards Brazilian art in Connecticut and the surrounding area, an interesting and highly renowned profile in social media comes to mind, a charismatic artist who disseminates her art through graffiti anywhere she goes. Veronica Martins…

Marian Pabón and AARP Connecticut Bring FREE Food and Laughter to Danbury

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Marian Pabón and AARP Connecticut Bring FREE Food and Laughter to Danbury

By Nora Duncan

In life, things are not always as they seem. Sometimes an offer is too good to be true. Sometimes a person is not who they seem to be. While these situations can come to a harmless – or hilarious – end, they can also lead to devastating consequences. AARP Connecticut invites you to a FREE…

September is Attendance Awareness Month

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September is Attendance Awareness Month

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Students who attend school on a consistent basis have better grades, become academically proficient and are on a trajectory to high school graduation. One would think that consistent attendance is the norm for most students; however, this is not the case. Though Danbury Public Schools has one of the lowest chronic absenteeism rates in the…

The Danger of Synthetic Drugs

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The Danger of Synthetic Drugs

By Catherine Blinder

Have you noticed something new on the counters at your local gas station, bodega or convenience store – innocent-looking little foil packages, no bigger than a teabag, often with bright colors and cartoon characters? Often marketed as “incense,” they have names like K2, Spice, Pep Spice, Spice Silver, Sence, Skunk, Yucatan, Fire, Bliss, Black Mambo,…

New Owner to Two-Step Arthur Murray Into New Direction

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New Owner to Two-Step Arthur Murray Into New Direction

By Tribuna Staff

Andy Cabell never saw himself owning a dance studio but now that he does, he has big plans for the Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Danbury. An instructor at the Danbury studio at 345 Main Street since 2009, Cabell, of New Milford, set aside plans to attend grad school and instead started teaching dance. When…

Celebrating the Independence of Brazil in Connecticut

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Celebrating the Independence of Brazil in Connecticut

By Karla Rensch

“… They heard from the placid shores of the Ipiranga The resounding shout of a heroic folk…” This is how the Brazilian National Anthem begins, uplifting the proclamation made by then Prince Regent Dom Pedro’s famous cry: “Brazilians, Independence or death!” This historical event is remembered as the “Cry of Ipiranga,” which took place at…

Danbury Philadelphia Assembly of God Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

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Danbury Philadelphia Assembly of God Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

By Angela Barbosa

The Danbury Philadelphia Ministry Assembly of God invites the community to celebrate its 30th anniversary in a four-day worship gathering at its location on 45 New Street. Thirty years ago, Pr. Manuel de Melo saw himself preaching to a small group of 12 members at the Philadelphia Church in Danbury. What was supposed to be…

Maintaining the Health of Your Brain and Your Mind

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Maintaining the Health of Your Brain and Your Mind

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Depression and anxiety are very real contemporary problems that affect thousands of people. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by 2020, depression will be the most crippling disease in the world. It generates that feeling of sadness that never goes way, the lack of stimulus that keeps one in bed and unwilling to perform…

Sanchez Repair Services Partners with Ferris to Offer the Best Mowers for Max Productivity

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Sanchez Repair Services Partners with Ferris to Offer the Best Mowers for Max Productivity

By Angela Barbosa

Whether you are a landscape contractor or a large estate owner, when it comes to accomplishing more with ease and without sacrificing a quality cut, the Ferris line of commercial landscaping and turf care equipment offers many high-quality machines and new products with innovative and industry leading designs. And they are available in Danbury now!…

Welcoming Statement from the Danbury Superintendent of Schools

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Welcoming Statement from the Danbury Superintendent of Schools

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Welcome to the new school year! I hope everyone enjoyed a safe summer full of activities with family and friends. Whether you are a returning staff member or family member. or if you are new to the district, we look forward to your involvement in the Danbury school community. Your valuable support helps our students…

Work Hard and Save Easy with the New Connecticut Retirement Security Program

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Work Hard and Save Easy with the New Connecticut Retirement Security Program

By Nora Duncan

Men and women across Connecticut are working hard to build a better future for themselves and their families. But too many have no access to a retirement savings plan at work, especially if they work for a small business. AARP is working to ensure Connecticut employees have an option to grow the savings they need…

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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Beware the Traveling Pavers

By Catherine Blinder

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…

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