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Boozy Rice Pudding

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Boozy Rice Pudding

By Alicia Ghio

I don’t make or even eat rice pudding very often. I am not sure why; it’s certainly easy to make and even easier to eat. There’s something about it that is unpretentious and yet so satisfying. It takes me back to childhood and those simpler times. This holiday season I decided to create a “grown…

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…

4 Steps to a Healthier You this New Year

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4 Steps to a Healthier You this New Year

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Want to make resolutions you’ll keep this new year? Think simple, sustainable changes. Follow these four steps for a healthier you, inside and out. Stick to Your Workout After the holidays, the gym is filled with people who have resolved to incorporate exercise routines into their lives. Come February, the novelty of the new year…

Excellence & Tradition at St. Mary School in Bethel

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Excellence & Tradition at St. Mary School in Bethel

By Greg Viceroy Principal, St. Mary School

While society changes and evolves, one fact always remains: a quality education is the key to success. St. Mary, a pre-k through eighth grade school, provides excellent academics as well as guided character development, exciting after-school activities and a nurturing, family atmosphere. Now, the opportunity to attend our great school is a reality through financial…

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 DAYO Lightning Track and Field Team

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The DAYO Lightning Track and Field Team

By Estela Camacho

On November 13, 2017, the DAYO Lightning Track and Field Team embarked upon its first indoor season. The lightning track team started in the spring of 2011, the brainchild of a discussion on a bus ride home from a Pee Wee Trojan football game. Shortly thereafter, it became a part of the Danbury Youth Athletic Organization…

The Story of Dennis Diaz

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The Story of Dennis Diaz

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is Dennis Diaz, originally from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, who came to the United States when he was nine years old. How was that change for you? “The truth is that it was difficult, because my family was separated for a while. My father came first to work at a tobacco company….

Tips to Reduce Holiday Spending, Without Cutting Back on Cheer

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Tips to Reduce Holiday Spending, Without Cutting Back on Cheer

By StatePoint

Amid the merriment of the holiday season is a hard reality — nearly six in 10 Americans don’t have enough savings to afford an unexpected expense like a $500 car repair or a $1,000 emergency room bill, according to a bank survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associations International. While 83 percent of U.S. consumers…

Senate Approves Sweeping Tax Overhaul Despite CT Dem Opposition

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Senate Approves Sweeping Tax Overhaul Despite CT Dem Opposition

By Ana Radelat | ctmirror.org

On December 2, the Senate passed a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code that would end the deductibility of state income taxes and eliminate other popular tax breaks while lowering tax rates for individuals and corporations. With Vice President Mike Pence presiding over the Senate, the bill was approved on a 51-49 largely party…

Maple Mustard Roast Pork Tenderloin

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Maple Mustard Roast Pork Tenderloin

By Alicia Ghio

We typically do Sunday dinner as a family. Sometimes it’s fancy, and sometimes it simple comfort food. It doesn’t really matter; it’s more important that we get together, share a meal, talk about our week, and connect. It’s a tradition. At this time of year, as the temperatures fall and we all gear up for…

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…

Thanksgiving: Being Thankful and Grateful

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Thanksgiving: Being Thankful and Grateful

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When I sit down to script my articles, I often look around my home or my community to see what inspires me. Many times, the topic stems from ideas or questions shared by parents during the prior weeks. My articles are not necessarily thought about for days; rather, something strikes me that I want to…

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…

Tickets to Shows Make Great Holiday Gifts!

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Tickets to Shows Make Great Holiday Gifts!

By Tribuna Staff

The Ridgefield Playhouse has something for everyone on your list, from stocking stuffers to fun family shows like Masters of Illusion on February 13 or Shanghai Acrobats on March 18 or a night out to a concert or comedy show – like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on February 24 and 25, Lewis Black on February 25, LaKisha Jones “With Love…

State Watchdog: Schools Keeping Too Many Students Home Without Medical OK

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State Watchdog: Schools Keeping Too Many Students Home Without Medical OK

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas | CTMirror.org

An investigation by a state watchdog agency has found that “high numbers” of children have left public school for medical or mental health reasons – though only two-thirds of the absences had been authorized by the student’s health care provider, as required by state regulations. Calling her team’s findings “troubling,” State Child Advocate Sarah Eagan…

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…

The Story of Laura Battisti

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The Story of Laura Battisti

By Daniel Trock

Our interviewee for this issue is Laura Battisti, originally from Milan, Italy, currently a high-school teacher at Newtown High School. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Milan, in the northern part of Italy, though from the age of six to twelve, I lived in Geneva, Switzerland. My father was working there for…

Deadlines on the Immigration System

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Deadlines on the Immigration System

By William Hennessy, Esq.

This column will focus on the two deadlines that cause difficulty for many individuals dealing with the U.S. immigration system – changing the venue of their case and submitting an application for asylum. Individuals fleeing their country of origin who enter the United States without permission most often enter through the U.S./Mexico border. If that…

Major Connecticut Municipal Races Round Up

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Major Connecticut Municipal Races Round Up

By Mark Pazniokas | CTMirror.org

Democrats Claim “Huge Victory” in Connecticut Municipal Races With no competitive mayoral races in Connecticut’s largest cities, the focus in municipal elections turned to the suburbs, where jubilant Democrats made gains on Republican turf across the state in races for local councils and chief elected officers, fueled by an ambitious ground game. Democrats flipped control…

Special Report: Be a Kid Hero

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Special Report: Be a Kid Hero

By Daniel Trock

A recently published study revealed that the U.S. foster care system is showing a worrying disconnect between the number of youths in the system and the number of available homes. In some areas of the foster care system, Connecticut has experienced improvements, but the need for more foster homes continues to be a problem.  The…

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…

Tips for Choosing and Using Your 2018 Medicare Health Plan

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Tips for Choosing and Using Your 2018 Medicare Health Plan

By StatePoint

It’s that time of year again: the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) began October 15 and runs through December 7. Medicare is a critical source of health care for millions of Americans who are age 65 and older and for younger people with certain qualifying disabilities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sets…

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…

One Warm Coat’s 25th anniversary is the right time to rally the country to give warmth to those in need

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One Warm Coat’s 25th anniversary is the right time to rally the country to give warmth to those in need

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Non-profit organization seeks volunteers to help reach goal of collecting 1 million coats this season  On November 1, One Warm Coat, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing a free, warm coat to any person in need, kicked-off a movement to help launch the official One Warm Coat Day. This new observance day will bring much-needed…

Funnier Than Your Family

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Funnier Than Your Family

By Tribuna Staff

Ah, Thanksgiving weekend. A time for family, food and football! But once you’ve had enough of all three, come join us at The Palace for a night of comedy… we guarantee they’re funnier than your family! Hosted by comedian and master storyteller Shaun Eli, the evening will present stand-up comedians Andy Pitz and Frank Vignola….

The Story of Jessica Ruiz

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The Story of Jessica Ruiz

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

Our interviewee today is a 23-year-old girl, and her name is Jessica Ruiz. What’s your story? “My story is very long, with many ups and downs despite my young age, but I’ve discovered over the years that all the things that happen to us in life are to move us in the right direction.” What…

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…

Malloy Rejects Hospital Tax Plan But Signs Most of CT Budget Into Law

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Malloy Rejects Hospital Tax Plan But Signs Most of CT Budget Into Law

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas | CTMirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy used his line-item veto to reject a new taxing arrangement on hospitals, but signed into law the bulk of a new, two-year state budget negotiated without direct input from his administration. The governor signed a $41.3 billion, biennial plan that closes major projected deficits while boosting taxes close to $500 million…

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…

Mayor Boughton Hosts Downtown Danbury Development Meeting

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Mayor Boughton Hosts Downtown Danbury Development Meeting

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The Danbury City Council is planning an architectural overhaul of several of Downtown Danbury’s most notable spots, and it wants city residents’ thoughts on the improvements to come. On October 19, in the third-floor meeting room of City Hall, the second in a series of meetings on the upcoming development of Downtown Danbury was held….

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…

The Bridge to Independence & Career Opportunities (TBICO) Annual Luncheon

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The Bridge to Independence & Career Opportunities (TBICO) Annual Luncheon

By Daniel Trock

The Bridge to Independence & Career Opportunities (TBICO) held their 2017 Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Anthony’s Lake Club in Danbury, CT. The luncheon’s centerpiece was a fashion show presented by Workspace Collective, a retail and design co-op located in Danbury, CT, specializing in locally made sustainable clothing as well as candles,…

The Story of Vera Bourjeili

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The Story of Vera Bourjeili

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Our interviewee for this issue is Vera Bourjeili, originally from Beirut, Lebanon. Tell me your story as an immigrant. I came from Lebanon about twenty-five years ago. My husband immigrated in 1993 to be with his family in the USA, who had immigrated a few years earlier. We had been engaged for about a year,…

AG Offers no Assurances on Legality of Malloy Budget Order

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AG Offers no Assurances on Legality of Malloy Budget Order

By Keith M. Phaneuf | ctmirror.org

Attorney General George Jepsen offered a legal opinion that questioned the legality of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to administer municipal aid in the absence of a state budget. But while Jepsen raised concerns about the governor’s plans to reduce special education and sales tax revenue-sharing grants, he offered Malloy and the legislature just one…

Please Join Us for Mission Health Day

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Please Join Us for Mission Health Day

By Emanuela Palmares

The New American Dream Foundation Inc. (TNADF), a 501(c)(3) organization, last month raised $15,000 at the Fourth Annual American Dream Awards Gala, hosted by Tribuna Newspaper. The funds have contributed to Mission Health Day – a day of free health screenings and other community services for the uninsured and the income challenged in Danbury. The…

Hurricane Maria Relief Initiatives Statewide for Puerto Rico

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Hurricane Maria Relief Initiatives Statewide for Puerto Rico

By Maria Roman

“Puerto Rico se levanta” was the theme for the speedy response to the tragedy of September 19, 2017, when category 4 Hurricane Maria destroyed the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico, leaving residents suffering from loss of lives, homes, water, lights and communication signals. The hurricane has prompted mainland relief initiatives from community advocates across…

An Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz With International Music Icon Sérgio Mendes and Brasil 2017 at The Ridgefield Playhouse

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An Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz With International Music Icon Sérgio Mendes and Brasil 2017 at The Ridgefield Playhouse

By Tribuna Staff

Sérgio Mendes is the most internationally successful Brazilian artist of all time. From the mid-1960s to the late 1970s, Mendes established his legend by taking numerous albums and singles, such as “Brasil 66,” “Mas Que Nada” and “The Look of Love,” to the top of the pop charts. The Ridgefield Playhouse and the Moffly Media…

Fourth Annual American Dream Gala Presents $25,000 in Awards

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Fourth Annual American Dream Gala Presents $25,000 in Awards

By Daniel trock

The fourth annual American Dream Awards Gala, hosted by Tribuna Newspaper and The New American Dream Foundation, Inc. (TNADF), a 501(c)(3) organization, was held on Saturday, September 16, at the Amber Room Colonnade, with nearly 400 guests and award winners in attendance. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and TNADF’s Vice-President, Emanuela Palmares, were the co-masters of…

The Story of Víctor Rodríguez

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The Story of Víctor Rodríguez

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

Our interviewee today is Víctor Rodríguez, who was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents. Tell me, what was the reason your parents moved from paradise to the Big Apple? “Puerto Rico is a beautiful island that has incredible natural wealth and people with an unbreakable spirit. It is almost impossible to describe their…

“Adeus” to a Dear Friend of this Publication

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“Adeus” to a Dear Friend of this Publication

By Tribuna Staff

  Americo S. Ventura (1927 – 2017) Americo S. Ventura of Brookfield, Connecticut passed away on September 1, 2017, at the age of 89, at Danbury Hospital. He was a well-known lawyer in the City of Danbury and an icon in the Portuguese community for decades. Mr. Ventura was born on 21 Comstock Street in…

TV Pilot Filmed in Danbury Selected as Finalist in Film Festival

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TV Pilot Filmed in Danbury Selected as Finalist in Film Festival

By Tribuna Staff

Local production company, RmediA, credits businesses downtown for support in creating TV Pilot Danbury, CT – The Jeskid TV Show pilot, shot and co-produced by Danbury’s RmediA, was recently selected as a “TV Comedy” finalist at ITVFest (the Independent Television Festival). As members of the downtown Danbury business community, Renato and Alicia Ghio, of RmediA,…

The Awakening of The Real Me

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The Awakening of The Real Me

By Eric Faria

This is a deeply personal column for me. Here’s what I want to share with you all: the word discipline has haunted me for a long time. Putting in the work so that you can sow the rewards later was not something that was instilled in me from a young age. Rather, I learned how…

Orthopedic and Pain Care Practices announce new name: OrthoConnecticut

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Orthopedic and Pain Care Practices announce new name: OrthoConnecticut

By OrthoConnecticut

Four large, well-known practices are uniting under the new name: OrthoConnecticut. Coastal Orthopedics, Danbury Orthopedics, New Milford Orthopedics and Connecticut Pain Care have merged their practices and expertise to provide improved patient-centered care for the full range of musculoskeletal issues. The new group has the strength of thirty-one Board-certified orthopedic and pain management specialists in…

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…

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…

USCIS Launches Mobile Form for Replacing Green Card

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USCIS Launches Mobile Form for Replacing Green Card

By Tribuna Staff

Lawful permanent residents who file the online Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, without assistance from an attorney or accredited representative, can now file their form and upload evidence entirely on a mobile device. The redesign of the online Form I-90 also allows lawful permanent residents to navigate the site more easily, making…

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…

Taste of Greater Danbury!

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Taste of Greater Danbury!

By Tribuna Staff

Do you enjoy free music and entertainment?  Enjoy delicious food? Enjoy discovering all that makes Danbury a great place to live and the historic downtown a great place to visit? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, check out the “Taste of Greater Danbury,” the downtown celebration that includes live music, family entertainment, games and local food…

4th Annual American Dream Awards Gala Dinner to Honor Members of the Immigrant Community

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4th Annual American Dream Awards Gala Dinner to Honor Members of the Immigrant Community

By Emanuela Palmares

Tribuna Newspaper and The New American Dream Foundation Inc. (TNADF), a 501(c)(3) organization, will host their 4th Annual American Dream Awards Gala on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. In 2014, in celebration of its 15th Anniversary, Tribuna created the American Dream Awards Gala, an annual awards…

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…

Defend DACA – Our Community Depends on It!

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Defend DACA – Our Community Depends on It!

By Camila Bortolleto CT Students for a DREAM Campaign Manager

These are difficult times for our immigrant community and many are feeling anxious with the increasing number of deportations taking place in Connecticut and across the country. Every week, it feels like there’s a new policy meant to target our immigrant community and make our lives more difficult. One source of anxiety for many young…

A Concession Deal Struck, But Still No Budget

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A Concession Deal Struck, But Still No Budget

By Paul Stern | CTMirror.org

The month in Connecticut started with political drama and a squeaky close vote on a package of wage and benefit concessions critical to shaping the Connecticut state budget – when the legislature can finally adopt one. As is often the case, however, Connecticut’s politics were upstaged by events at the White House, where President Donald…

An Invitation to Engage in a Global Environment Through Robotics

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An Invitation to Engage in a Global Environment Through Robotics

By Kay Bell

Dear Editor, It is a pleasure to inform you that Danbury Robotics is currently recruiting for all robotics teams. We are a non-profit community competitive robotics team program that competes through FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – www.firstinspires.org). We coach kids from the Greater Danbury Area, including New York, from ages…

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…

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…

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…

This Summer’s Last Hurrah! Top 6 CT Family Fun Spots of 2017

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This Summer’s Last Hurrah! Top 6 CT Family Fun Spots of 2017

By Emanuela Palmares

With amusement parks, museums and nature centers, there are enough family activities in Connecticut to keep everybody entertained during the last month of summer. Here are a few Indoor and outdoor options that are guaranteed fun for the whole family. INDOOR FUN It Adventure Ropes Course 40 Sargent Dr. Long Wharf New Haven, CT 06511…

Brews & BBQ Festival Featuring Spin Doctors

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Brews & BBQ Festival Featuring Spin Doctors

By WCSU

  Townsquare Media will host the Brews & BBQ Festival featuring Spin Doctors on July 22 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Ives Concert Park on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets are on sale at www.tixr.com/groups/americaontap/events/brews-and-bbq-5219. For more information,…

Speed & Agility Camp 2017

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Speed & Agility Camp 2017

By Estela Camacho

The Danbury Athletic Youth Organization offers a Speed and Agility Camp in the month of July for girls and boys from kindergarten age to incoming ninth graders. It is a way to increase coordination, improve speed and work on footwork. Athletes from all sports and children that are not involved in sports can participate. They…

Orzo Salad with Garlic Scape Pesto

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Culinary // Food

Orzo Salad with Garlic Scape Pesto

By Alicia Ghio

No summer cookout or picnic feels complete without a little pasta salad. This one takes full advantage of a short-lived early summer ingredient – garlic scapes. Scapes are the curly green shoots that grow from hard-beck garlic varieties. You clip them off so the plant nutrients and energy refocus on the bulb and create a…

Summer Meals Fill Hungry Little Bellies

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Education, Kids & Family

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…

The Story of Claudio Martins

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The Story of Claudio Martins

By Mariana Silva

In this issue, our interviewee for the American Dream profile is the financial advisor, Claudio Martins, who shares with us his personal journey to the United States. In 1980, Martins made a decision that changed his life forever: he left the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and moved to New Jersey. He stayed at his…

Gov. Malloy Signs Legislation Reforming the State’s Pretrial Justice System to Help Break the Cycle of Crime and Poverty

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Gov. Malloy Signs Legislation Reforming the State’s Pretrial Justice System to Help Break the Cycle of Crime and Poverty

By Tribuna Staff

On June 28, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that he has signed into law legislation he introduced and developed with a number of lawmakers and advocates that will create a major reform to the state’s methods of detention for people who have only been charged with a crime in order to continue efforts reducing the…

House, Senate Democrats Unable to Agree on Provisional Budget

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House, Senate Democrats Unable to Agree on Provisional Budget

By Keith M. Phaneuf | CTMirror

Connecticut’s prospects of enacting a state budget — even a provisional one — before the new fiscal year begins July 1 appeared to slip away late night on June 26 as House and Senate Democrats were unable to agree on a path forward. After closed-door talks between House and Senate Democrats bogged down over several…

In honor of Independence Day

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Editorial

In honor of Independence Day

By Emanuela Palmares

Editor’s Note: In honor of Independence Day, Tribuna wants to share with its readers the full text of the Declaration Independence of the United States, signed on July 4, 1776. The document is often referred as the “promise” set forth by our founding fathers more than 200 years ago, and our constitution the “fulfillment” of…

Korean Barbecue Turkey Burgers

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Culinary // Food

Korean Barbecue Turkey Burgers

By Alicia Ghio

Turkey burgers have a bad reputation, typically characterized as bland and dry. I am a fan of the humble turkey burger. It’s all about seasoning and bold flavor combinations. These Korean BBQ turkey burgers are the perfect example. They are packed with flavor, a little heat and fresh vegetable crunch. In this recipe, the flavor…

U.S. Brahma Kumaris Welcomes Sister Shivani to a Tour on “Awakening” in Danbury

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U.S. Brahma Kumaris Welcomes Sister Shivani to a Tour on “Awakening” in Danbury

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On June 20, Sister Shivani, an internationally renowned inspirational speaker, began a 14-city speaking tour of North America with the theme of “Awakening.”  Sister Shivani presents spiritual solutions to the complex problems of contemporary life through a TV program called Awakening with Brahma Kumaris and a YouTube channel with over 33 million views and over…

The Story of Nadia Gerwell

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The Story of Nadia Gerwell

By María Danniella Gutiérrez-Salem

Our interviewee today is Nadia Gerwell. She was born in Bronx, New York, surrounded by a colorful multicultural exchange, but then moved to Stamford in 1994. Her parents speak Spanish and that is why she is completely bilingual. I asked her to tell me a little about her parents: “My parents are from Ecuador. They…

Keeping You Moving: Preventing Shoulder Injuries

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Health

Keeping You Moving: Preventing Shoulder Injuries

By By Dr. Albert Diaz - Sports Medicine Specialist at Danbury Orthopedics

Many of the patients I see with shoulder pain have injured themselves as the result of strenuous, weight-bearing exercise. As high impact, strength-related exercise programs have increased in popularity, many people are putting too much weight on their shoulder joints. While the benefits of exercise are indisputable, it is important to understand how the shoulder works and how best to avoid injuring this…

CTDOT Asks for Community Input to Improve Safety and Capacity on I-84 in Danbury

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CTDOT Asks for Community Input to Improve Safety and Capacity on I-84 in Danbury

By Angela Barbosa

In an open house format, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) hosted a public information meeting at Western Connecticut State University to provide the public with an opportunity to view introductory exhibits regarding an initiative to improve safety, increase capacity and improve operations and access between Exits 3 and 8 on Interstate 84 in Danbury…

Inspiring Achievement: WERACE Class of 2017 Graduation

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Community In Focus, Education

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…

Liberty and Justice for All, Including Those We Do Not Agree With

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Editorial, Opinion

Liberty and Justice for All, Including Those We Do Not Agree With

By Emanuela Palmares

No political party has monopoly over intolerance, hate or violence. On June 14, a 66-year-old man who identifies himself as a Democrat opened fire on Republican members of Congress at baseball practice for a charity game in Alexandria, Virginia. The gunman was shot by two Capitol Hill Police officers who were at the scene as…

Trump Administration Delivers Good News and Bad on Immigration

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Trump Administration Delivers Good News and Bad on Immigration

By Emanuela Palmares

There is good news and bad news for undocumented immigrants in the United States. The good news: the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on June 16 that it would keep in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, allowing certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to remain in…

CTDOT to Host Public Information Meeting on June 13, 2017, Regarding I-84 Danbury Project

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CTDOT to Host Public Information Meeting on June 13, 2017, Regarding I-84 Danbury Project

By The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT)

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will host a public information meeting at Western Connecticut State University, Student Center, Room 201, on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, to provide the community with an introduction to an initiative to improve safety, increase capacity, and improve operations and access between Exits 3 and 8 on Interstate 84 in…

Amaretto Mint Rose

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Amaretto Mint Rose

By Alicia Ghio

When we bought our house, I didn’t have time to tend to flowers and wanted something easy and pretty to fill an empty garden bed around our patio. I thought something low-maintenance and edible might be fun. So, I planted two types of mint that year. Most gardeners only recommend planting mint in container gardens because…

Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot

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Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot

By WCSU

Ives Concert Park will present Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot on Sunday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at Ives Concert Park on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Tickets can be purchased at  www.ticketfly.com/event/1453533. For more information, go to www.ivesconcertpark.com.  

New Healthy Aging Website with Easy-to-Use Features Connects Seniors with Helpful Resources

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Health

New Healthy Aging Website with Easy-to-Use Features Connects Seniors with Helpful Resources

By Tribuna Staff

On May 30, The Age Well Community Council of Danbury, formerly the Aging In Place Council of Danbury, sponsored a “reveal and recognition” event to celebrate the launch of their newest initiative – Age Well CT, the official, easy-to-use website for resources, news and events for older adults in Western Connecticut. The new site allows…

The Ciclismo Classico: Bike Travel Film Festival

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The Ciclismo Classico: Bike Travel Film Festival

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What’s better than descending Italy’s legendary Monte Stelvio Pass… at an elevation of 9,048 feet/ 2,758 meters… with all of its 48 hairpin turns… on a bike with no handlebars or brakes… at night illuminated only by a torch and moonlight!?  Watching someone else do it! On Friday June 16, The Palace Danbury will present the…

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