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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…

Danbury Eats Out

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Danbury Eats Out

By Tribuna Staff

There is a new foodies’ group in Danbury, CT and they are gearing up to eat their way through downtown and beyond. On Friday, March 9, 2018, DEO or Danbury Eats Out will be meeting at El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant, located at 20 White Street, Danbury, CT, 06810, from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM. El…

Here We Go Again

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Here We Go Again

By Tribuna Staff

February 14, 2018 On Valentine’s Day, the Board of Education members vote to adopt the school budget for 2018-2019. This budget is then sent to the mayor the next day for review and consideration to fund. The proposed budget will incorporate a $7-million increase, 5.45 percent over last year’s budget of $128.2 million. Many members…

Parkland School Shooting: All Systems FAILED

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Parkland School Shooting: All Systems FAILED

By Emanuela Palmares

On February 14, Valentine’s Day, Nicholas Cruz, 19, allegedly carrying a black duffel bag and backpack, in which he hid loaded magazines, arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, at 2:19 p.m. by Uber, entered the building and pulled out a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, and “began shooting students that he saw in…

The Story of Néstor Temoche

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The Story of Néstor Temoche

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem | Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is Néstor Temoche, who came to the United States thirty years ago in search of the “American Dream.” Tell me; where you are from? “I am Peruvian, specifically from the Constitutional Province of Callao, which borders Lima on the north. It is also where the Port of Callao is located, one of…

Budget Deal Has Plenty for Connecticut

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Budget Deal Has Plenty for Connecticut

By Ana Radelat | CTMirror.com

Washington – In rare bipartisan agreement, Congress approved a massive budget deal that will increase federal spending in Connecticut, providing big boosts for the state’s defense industry and health care programs and even helping schools educate displaced students from Puerto Rico. The budget deal increases both military and domestic spending. It will raise defense spending…

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…

Emergency Department Visits Related to Flu the Highest in CT Since 2009

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Emergency Department Visits Related to Flu the Highest in CT Since 2009

By Tribuna Staff

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced that this year’s flu virus has thus far been particularly severe among people aged 65 and older, with that age group accounting for 70 percent of all patients who have been hospitalized with influenza. In addition, the DPH reported a steep increase in the number of Connecticut…

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!…

Cranberry Almond Scones

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Cranberry Almond Scones

By Alicia Ghio

These dense, crumbly scones are surprisingly filling and perfect for munching on with a hot cup of coffee. This recipe is not your average scone recipe. It doesn’t use dairy, refined sugars and refined grains. You could dare say these scones are healthy, not necessarily low calorie, but certainly full of good-for-you ingredients. You can…

Opening a Door to a Future in the Sports World

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Opening a Door to a Future in the Sports World

By Estela Camacho

Many athletes, along with their parents, dream of receiving a scholarship to go to a top college or university and play a sport. Those fortunate enough to attain that goal believe that it is a path that can ultimately lead to playing a major professional sport. Statistics show very few athletes receive full scholarships to…

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

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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…

Reduce Your Anxiety and Stress

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Reduce Your Anxiety and Stress

By Eric Faria

The best definition for happiness I have been able to come up with is as follows: “Happiness is when how you feel about being happy, and what you think about being happy, are in alignment.” I would like for you to read that again, especially the “how you feel about being happy” part. Feelings, whether…

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…

Rock, Roll & Soul at The Danbury Palace

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Rock, Roll & Soul at The Danbury Palace

By Tribuna Staff

Get ready for a great big night of Rock, Roll and Soul, when Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez share the stage with legendary drummer Liberty Devitto and his new band, The Slim Kings on Saturday, February 24, at 8PM. Reserved seating only (all seats $40). The Palace is located at 165 Main Street in Danbury. For…

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…

Danbury Conference Highlights Issues of Poverty, Stress on Local Children

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Danbury Conference Highlights Issues of Poverty, Stress on Local Children

By Ryan V. Stewart

On January 23, the Danbury’s Promise for Children Partnership (DPCP), in cooperation with the United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC), hosted an event focusing on the effects of familial financial hardship, and associated stress, on the health and development of young children. Titled “Community Report Out,” the conference was held in the Community Room of…

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…

Sesame Ginger Edamame Spaghetti

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Sesame Ginger Edamame Spaghetti

By Alicia Ghio

A spaghetti recipe in January? At a time when of year when people swear off carbs and head back to the gym? Yes, because this is a spaghetti recipe that fits into health goals. The key ingredient is a box of edamame spaghetti by the brand Explore Cuisine. It’s made from organic soybeans. Just soybeans….

New Rules for Air Travelers Starting January 22

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New Rules for Air Travelers Starting January 22

By Tribuna Staff

Effective January 22, 2018, air travelers with a driver’s license or identification card issued by a state that does not meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act (unless that state has been granted an extension to comply with the Act) must present an alternative form of identification acceptable to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)…

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…

Danbury Ice Arena to Celebrate Brazilian-American Figure Skating Champion

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Danbury Ice Arena to Celebrate Brazilian-American Figure Skating Champion

By Tribuna Staff

Danbury, Conn. – Danbury Ice Arena announces its upcoming ice skating spectacular, the “2018 Olympic Dreams Skating Show,” featuring figure skater Isadora Williams, who will represent Brazil at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.   Also performing will be Amanda Kalluf, who recently moved to Junior Level on the Brazilian skating team, and skaters who…

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 Story of Thomas Guardado

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The Story of Thomas Guardado

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez

Our interviewee today is a young entrepreneur in marketing. His name is Thomas Guardado.   Tell me a little about the origin of your last name? “Well, from what I’ve heard, it’s of Spanish origin but my father is from El Salvador, specifically from Chiltuapan. I honestly like it, because it is rare and people can quickly distinguish…

Supreme Court Rules Education in Poor Communities Meets Constitutional Standard

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Supreme Court Rules Education in Poor Communities Meets Constitutional Standard

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The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on January 17 that the state is providing students in Connecticut’s most impoverished school districts with the minimally adequate education the state constitution mandates.  The 4-3 decision probably draws to a close a 12-year legal saga in which a group of mayors, teachers, school board members and parents teamed up to sue the state,…

Living Is a Transgressive Act

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Living Is a Transgressive Act

By Eric Faria

A label is defined as a classifying phrase or name applied to a person or thing, especially one that is inaccurate or restrictive. That last part is the dangerous one. Whenever we label someone or something – an emotion such as fear, for example – we are encapsulating it usually as either good or bad,…

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…

DACA Update

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DACA Update

By William Hennessy, Esq.

The DACA situation continues to frustrate everyone, and we are still lacking clear answers about what will happen in March when the program is scheduled to end. The picture will hopefully become clearer by the end of this month when Congress has to reach an agreement to fund the U.S. government and avoid a shutdown. The good news is that to pass…

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…

Fourth Annual Hat City Ball

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Fourth Annual Hat City Ball

By Tribuna Staff

The Friends of The Danbury Museum & Historical Society will host their fourth annual Hat City Ball on Friday, January 26, 2018—with a speakeasy theme this year! 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 Danbury Museum & Historical…

Winter Generator Usage: OPEI Reminds Home and Business Owners to Keep Safety in Mind

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Winter Generator Usage: OPEI Reminds Home and Business Owners to Keep Safety in Mind

By The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)

Generators are critical during severe weather events, when the power can go out, as well as for bringing power to remote job sites and in disaster recovery and emergencies. As we move into the upcoming “snow season,” a time when homeowners’ electricity can go out due to snow and ice, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an…

Top State Education Officials Say There Is Nowhere Left to Cut

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Top State Education Officials Say There Is Nowhere Left to Cut

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas 

After being asked by the governor’s budget office to recommend places to cut state education spending, Connecticut’s top school officials have decided reductions are not possible.  “We respectfully stated that we are unable to reduce further,” Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell told the State Board of Education, which then unanimously approved responding that cuts are not possible.  The education…

Grown Up Grilled Cheese

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Grown Up Grilled Cheese

By Alicia Ghio

Chances are if it’s a snowy (or way-too-cold-to-go-outside) work-from-home kind of day, we’re making grilled cheeses for lunch. As an adult, my tastes have evolved and so have my grilled cheese making skills. Here are a few of my tips. Use quality ingredients. Use real butter, a quality whole grain bread and real cheese. Use frozen…

Do Not Be Scared to Ask for Help

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Do Not Be Scared to Ask for Help

By William Hennessy, Esq.

This will be the first of two articles based on a type of case I work on too often. Maria (not the client’s real name) comes to my office for a consultation. Maria had been in an abusive relationship in her home country. Fist she tried to get away from her husband by staying with…

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!…

Around the World – Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World

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Around the World – Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World

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With colorful tales from the Caribbean, South America, Spain and the Bronx, David Gonzalez paints a vivid picture of the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. From the enchanting Puerto Rican magician Milomaki to the friendship between young Delgadina and a magical snake, these stories are filled with memorable characters, fantastic plots and…

How Spiritual Guides Act and What to Expect of Guardian Angels

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How Spiritual Guides Act and What to Expect of Guardian Angels

By Benjamin Teixeira de Aguiar

Spiritual guides or instructors, guardian angels or any Force that represents God for the human creature, work to facilitate, catalyze, inspire and supra-ordinate, and not to deliver standardized answers or solutions, except in rare occasions. If they acted as an open source for the immediate resolution of problems, they would become true “evolutionary thieves,” incurring…

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…

The Story of Jim Fitzpatrick

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The Story of Jim Fitzpatrick

By Daniel Trock

Our interviewee for this issue is Jim Fitzpatrick, originally from Tipperary, Ireland. What was it like where you grew up? It was very green and picturesque, with a lot of rain. We didn’t get great summers. But it was a very nice, friendly country to grow up in. Kids played outdoors safely and could disappear…

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….

Legislature Headed for a Holiday Session to Fix Social Services Program

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Legislature Headed for a Holiday Session to Fix Social Services Program

By Keith M. Phaneuf | December 14, 2017

With partisan feuding providing the final push on December 14, the state legislature now will come into session between Christmas and New Year’s Day to reverse an unpopular cut to a social services program for poor seniors and the disabled. The Senate Democratic Caucus submitted the final signatures needed Thursday to force a special session…

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…

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