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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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Immigration, News, Opinion

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

Columns, Wellbeing

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

Columns, Culinary // Food

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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Sports

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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American Dream Series

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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American Dream Series

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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Culinary // Food

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…

Babysitters and Caregivers are Main Target of Scams on Job Sites

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Babysitters and Caregivers are Main Target of Scams on Job Sites

By Mariana Silva

A job search is often a moment of distress and apprehension. People desire and dream about the moment they will find a job that fits their professional profile. Nevertheless, during that pursuit, it is possible to fall into traps and, if you are not alert, to become a victim. Being aware is paramount because there…

Danbury Police Department Launches Innovative Recruitment Campaign

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Community In Focus, News

Danbury Police Department Launches Innovative Recruitment Campaign

By Emanuela Palmares

The City of Danbury Police Department has launched a recruitment campaign with the release of application dates, informational sessions and a new action-packed and humor-filled hiring video that takes a light-hearted approach to give potential applicants a glimpse at the hard work that goes into joining the Danbury police force and serving the community. The…

English Learners: Struggling CT Schools Ignore a Proven Path

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English Learners: Struggling CT Schools Ignore a Proven Path

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas / CT Mirror

When it came time for Aracelis Hidalgo to enroll her two sons in school, it became clear that her local public school in Bridgeport would not be embracing Spanish – the only language she and her children understood. Instead, her sons were put into English-only classes and given some extra tutoring. School announcements were sent…

Tribuna American Dream Awards Nomination Process Is Now Open

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Tribuna American Dream Awards Nomination Process Is Now Open

By By Emanuela Palmares

In the definition of the American Dream written in 1931 by James Truslow Adams, a Connecticut native, he says that the dream should feel like “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. The American Dream…

Brazilian Medium Divaldo Franco to deliver a series of seminars in the TriState are

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Brazilian Medium Divaldo Franco to deliver a series of seminars in the TriState are

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The TriState Spiritist Federation has the honor to host the seminar “Be Happy Today” presented by Brazilian famous medium Divaldo Franco in New York and Danbury, CT.   Divaldo Franco is recognized as one of the most influential and greatest contemporary mediums. He has psychographed over 200 books and lectured at more than thirteen thousand…

Baja Style Fish Tacos

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Culinary // Food

Baja Style Fish Tacos

By Alicia Ghio

We love tacos and our obsession continues with this lighter take on Baja-style fish tacos. Traditionally, Baja fish tacos feature fried pieces of fish topped with crunchy slaw and zippy crema in a corn tortilla. At home, I modify a few ingredients in an effort to keep things a little fresher and lighter. First, instead…

Sports Benefit Girls in Many Ways

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Sports

Sports Benefit Girls in Many Ways

By Estela Camacho

The social stigma of what sports girls should be playing is slowly socially changing, opening opportunities for them to try different sports. Being physically active positively promotes the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of an individual. Not only it gives a girl(s) a sense of belonging and safety, but it also builds on self-esteem and…

The Stories of Evelin Garcia and Madiha Khan

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The Stories of Evelin Garcia and Madiha Khan

By WCSU Staff

Western Connecticut State University seniors Evelin Garcia and Madiha Khan were chosen as winners of this year’s Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award for their determination, demonstrated leadership, academic success and contributions to the community. Twelve Barnard Awards are given annually to distinguished students from Western, Central, Eastern and Southern Connecticut state universities. Khan and Garcia,…

The Arms of Addiction

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Health

The Arms of Addiction

By Terry Budlong

Sometimes life kicks you in the stomach. You feel helpless. You feel afraid. You feel alone. That’s how I feel right now. I have just attended the funeral of someone very dear to me. He died from a drug overdose. I feel sick. I can’t breathe. He was only 30 years old. I can’t get…

The Threat of Zika Never Disappeared

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The Threat of Zika Never Disappeared

By Erin N. Marcus, MD - New America Media

On December 9, 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott stood atop a Miami Beach hotel and announced that local transmission of the Zika virus was over, and the state was “open for business.” His announcement coincided with a change in how the U.S. Centers for Disease Control classified South Miami Beach. Prior to that day, the…

It’s Hard to Explain Brazil!

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Editorial, Opinion

It’s Hard to Explain Brazil!

By Abel Fiorot Loureiro

I have been living in the United States for approximately one year. In my academic and professional environment, especially in the financial market, I have had an opportunity to deal with people of different nationalities. Thinking about my homeland, we recently had a week in which everything indicated that Brazil was following a path to…

Getting Healthy Naturally

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Health, What You Should Know

Getting Healthy Naturally

By Dr. Kenneth Hoffman DACM, L.Ac.

Did you know that most Americans don’t have great health? Many people feel tired, in pain, and have allergies or digestive troubles. Also, lots of money is being spent on medications to control blood pressure and cholesterol, and even problems like depression and anxiety. All of these difficulties lead to one thing, unhappiness and suffering…

Blood Orange and Asparagus Chicken Salad

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Culinary // Food

Blood Orange and Asparagus Chicken Salad

By Alicia Ghio

A well-stocked pantry is something I always try to have regardless of what my schedule throws at me. Quick staples I usually have on hand include assorted grains, pasta, various canned beans and canned tuna. Well, I recently discovered a new go-to pantry item. It’s canned chicken breast from the brand Wild Planet. It is USDA-certified,…

Understanding Danbury Public Schools’ 2017-2018 Calendar

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Education, Kids & Family, What You Should Know

Understanding Danbury Public Schools’ 2017-2018 Calendar

By Anne E. Mead

Danbury Public Schools’ administration feels that ongoing communication is the key to developing partnerships within the community. After the April Board of Education meeting, many questions were raised about the later start of next year’s school calendar, on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Many families are concerned how this will impact their summer activities and child care,…

The Story of Walter Suin Chin

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American Dream Series

The Story of Walter Suin Chin

By María Danniella Gutiérrez-Salem

Our interviewee today is Walter Suin Chin who, like many, is an immigrant in Danbury. I asked him the origin of his surname and he explained: “More than a century ago, many Chinese immigrated to Ecuador fleeing hunger and poverty, and searching for a better future. Now a century later, the desire for improvement motivated…

A New Option Is Emerging in Danbury

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Editorial

A New Option Is Emerging in Danbury

By Emanuela Palmares

A new option for educating our children is emerging in Danbury, and ALL in the community should set aside their pre-conceived notions about school choice and take a deeper look at Danbury Prospect. Danbury Prospect is in its development phase. It is currently in the process of submitting a new charter school application to the…

USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

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Immigration, Public Service Announcements

USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS began issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017. These redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security…

Chorizo and Spinach Soup

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Culinary // Food

Chorizo and Spinach Soup

By Alicia Ghio

As the weather begins to warm, the foods I crave start to become lighter. But I have to tell you; on a rainy spring day, I still enjoy a comforting hot, hearty meal. I’ll keep dinner easy. And, soup is especially easy when you have ready-made stock or broth on hand. This soup earns high…

School Funding on Trial: High Court Rejects Speeding Up Appeal

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News, Politics

School Funding on Trial: High Court Rejects Speeding Up Appeal

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas | CTMirror.org

The Connecticut Supreme Court has denied the state’s unusual request that they speed up hearing arguments against a lower court’s controversial ruling that the state’s way of distributing school aid is irrational and unconstitutional. With the court’s decision not to hear the case the first week of May, the next window for the justices to hear the appeal will…

Going the Distance – D.A.Y.O.’s Alum Terrell Cunningham Is on the Fast Track to Success

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Sports

Going the Distance – D.A.Y.O.’s Alum Terrell Cunningham Is on the Fast Track to Success

By Walt Gunter

Terrell Cunningham began his track and field career back in the 4th grade at Danbury’s Field Day, a track & field meet featuring some of the town’s best elementary school runners. He continued by joining the Danbury Athletic Youth Organization (D.A.Y.O) Lightning Youth Track & Field team in the 6th grade. By the time he…

Growing Wait List for Child Care Subsidies Taking Its Toll

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News

Growing Wait List for Child Care Subsidies Taking Its Toll

By Kyle Constable | CT.Mirror.org

Thousands of low-income families hoping to receive child care subsidies are stuck in limbo as a wait list for the program swells. About 3,400 needy families are now on the wait list to receive child care subsidies through the popular Care4Kids program. That number could grow to 5,000 families by this summer, advocates say. They expect…

Theater Production: Dancing at Lughnasa

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Agenda, WCSU

Theater Production: Dancing at Lughnasa

By WCSU

The WCSU Department of Theatre Arts will present “Dancing at Lughnasa” on the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the University’s Westside campus at 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on April 28 and 29, with 2 p.m. matinees on April 29 and 30. The…

Connecticut’s Financial Situation Is Perilously Unstable

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Opinion

Connecticut’s Financial Situation Is Perilously Unstable

By Erik Cafarella

Like a profligate spender with maxed-out credit cards and limited income, Connecticut finds itself stumbling towards financial ruin. Relying on an addict to convey the true depth of his or her problem is, in general, ill-advised. This instance is no different. Hiding behind accounting gimmicks impermissible in the private sector, Connecticut politicians in the state’s…

Early Malloy Announcement Gives Dems a Fundraising Head Start

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Cover, News, Politics

Early Malloy Announcement Gives Dems a Fundraising Head Start

By Keith M. Phaneuf | CT.Mirror.com

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s relatively early announcement on April 13, not to seek re-election, gave his fellow Democrats seeking the gubernatorial nomination a crucial head start in fundraising. But if initial Republican responses are any indication, the governor’s decision won’t deter the GOP from making the 2018 race a referendum on Malloy’s record. “I’ve obviously…

2017 Danbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association Carnival

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Agenda, Culinary // Food, Culture & Lifestyle

2017 Danbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association Carnival

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Winter is over, so come on down to enjoy some family fun with great rides, games and carnival food, while supporting the Danbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association. The association is hosting its annual five-day carnival, at the parking lot of Best Buy at 2 International Drive. The event will feature a food tent and rides by…

Festival de Jazz

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Agenda

Festival de Jazz

By Western Connecticut State University

The 22nd Annual WCSU Jazz Festival will include three evening concerts in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the University’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Thursday, April 20, will feature big band music performed by the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, select faculty and the Berkshire Jazz…

Second Annual Safe Haven Day in Connecticut

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News

Second Annual Safe Haven Day in Connecticut

By Angela Barbosa

Overwhelming feelings of fear, shame and desperation can lead a pregnant woman to do unthinkable things. What women in Connecticut may not know is that there is a law that offers them more than two choices — terminate or keep. The Safe Haven law gives them a third option. You don’t have to reveal your…

Lemon Butter Penne with Chard

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Culinary // Food

Lemon Butter Penne with Chard

By Alicia Ghio

The end of March and the beginning of April is what I think of as a bridge between seasons. It’s officially spring but winter always tries to hold on a bit longer. With dark greens, butter, fresh lemon and basil, this recipe unites winter and spring in one fresh, creamy and comforting bowl. Lemon Butter…

The Story of Wilson Hernandez

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American Dream Series

The Story of Wilson Hernandez

By Mariana Silva

In these times of distress and uncertainty about the future, Tribuna Newspaper has decided to dedicate space to share the stories of those who make their lives an act of solidarity and compassion towards their neighbors. In this issue, our American Dream Series interviewee is entrepreneur and Ecuadorian Civic Center of Danbury President, Wilson Hernandez….

New Milford Library Asks for Suggestion on How to Assist the Latino Community

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Mail, Public Service Announcements

New Milford Library Asks for Suggestion on How to Assist the Latino Community

By Sally Tornow - Director New Milford Public Library

Dear Editor, New Milford Public Library is honored to be one of the new outlets for the Tribuna Connecticut publication. We are proud to offer several services that are helpful to everyone (JobNow, Mango Languages and Ancestry.com, to name a few), but we are hoping to be of greater service to the Latino community of…

Become Who You Are

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Wellbeing

Become Who You Are

By Eric Faria

Authenticity is a strong word. It can elicit conflicting emotions. Should I do it? Should I not do it? Why is it so difficult for us as human beings to be true to ourselves? The answer may be in thinking that perfection is something tangible and that in sharing our true selves with the world,…

When We Should All Cry Out an Injustice?

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Editorial, Immigration, News

When We Should All Cry Out an Injustice?

By Emanuela Palmares

In the last week of March, the Danbury immigrant community witnessed two arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to the authorities, both men have criminal backgrounds. One of the men had already entered a guilty plea regarding an offense against a minor child and signed a self-deportation order one year prior to committing…

DCF: 22,000 Citizen-Children of Undocumented Parents in CT

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Editorial, Immigration, Kids & Family, News

DCF: 22,000 Citizen-Children of Undocumented Parents in CT

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas | CTMirror.com

Given the Trump Administration’s increased focus on deporting more undocumented immigrants, state legislators want to know just how many children they may end up leaving behind. On March 6, the Department of Children and Families reported to the Appropriations Committee that there are 22,000 children of undocumented immigrants who are under 18, U.S. citizens and living in…

Proactive Undocumented Immigrants Encouraged to Make Plans for the Worse

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Proactive Undocumented Immigrants Encouraged to Make Plans for the Worse

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Immigrants fearing detention or deportation are trying to be proactive and appoint a guardian to look after their children in case they are detained and are unable to care for them. Randy Capps of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a Washington-based non-profit that analyzes the movement of people worldwide, recently told Reuters that while putting…

Doctors: Climate Change is Already Making America’s Kids Sicker

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Health

Doctors: Climate Change is Already Making America’s Kids Sicker

By Honora Montano - New America Media

A coalition of medical organizations representing over half of American physicians launched a campaign yesterday to alert policymakers and the public to the dangers climate change presents to public health. “Doctors in every part of our country see that climate change is making Americans sicker,” says Dr. Mona Sarfaty in a statement. Sarfaty is director…

The Story of Karen Beckenstein

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American Dream Series

The Story of Karen Beckenstein

By María Danniella Gutiérrez-Salem

Our interviewee today was born in the United States but her roots are Latin. Her father was born in Italy, but moved to Venezuela when he was 15 years old. What motivated your father’s family to move to Venezuela? “At that time, in the 1940s, South American countries like Venezuela opened their doors to these…

Italian Spaghetti Squash Boats

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Culinary // Food

Italian Spaghetti Squash Boats

By Alicia Ghio

The words low-carb and Italian don’t necessarily sound like they should be said together, at least in my mind. This time, however, spaghetti squash loaded with roasted garlic and fennel sausage, will give you all the Italian flavor you want in a low-carb package. Italian Spaghetti Squash Boats Serves 2 Ingredients 2-lb spaghetti squash 1…

Theatre Production: “Violet”

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Theatre Production: “Violet”

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The WCSU Department of Theatre Arts will present “Violet” in the Studio Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the University’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on March 31, April 1, 7 and 8; with 2 p.m. matinees on April 1, 2, 8 and…

Malloy Budgets for Big Raises Yet Seeks Union Concessions

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News, Politics

Malloy Budgets for Big Raises Yet Seeks Union Concessions

By By Keith M. Phaneuf - CT MIRROR

While most details of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal have been dissected repeatedly since he unveiled it five weeks ago, one still-looming question could have a huge impact on state finances for many years. Why does that two-year budget include $800 million for state employee raises — an amount that far exceeds anything Malloy…

A Grand Night for Singing with Mad Hatter Chorus

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A Grand Night for Singing with Mad Hatter Chorus

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The Mad Hatter Chorus announced that its 52nd annual show, “A Grand Night for Singing,” will take place Saturday, April 1, at Western Connecticut State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury. The evening will spotlight Broadway tunes by Richard Rodgers (1902-1979), one of America’s most beloved composers. The program is…

DHS Students Organize Prom for Teen with Special Needs

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DHS Students Organize Prom for Teen with Special Needs

By Mariana Silv

The end of the academic year is imminent, and the approach of the prom season enlivens teens’ routines. Prom is a very traditional event and highly anticipated by the youth. The tradition that marks the passage of adolescence to adulthood is unforgettable and because it involves teenagers, everything becomes a bit more distressing and nerve-wracking….

Family Camp “Together We Can Achieve More” Integrates School and Family

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Family Camp “Together We Can Achieve More” Integrates School and Family

By Mariana Silva

The Family Camp, “Together We Can Achieve More,” organized by Danbury Public Schools, Danbury Family Learning Center, Inc. and Sodexo, Inc., will be held on April 1 at Rogers Park Middle School. The goal is to share strategies, perspectives and ideas that benefit our families, children, teachers and the community. The idea is to have…

Community Dialogue Series – Part II  Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour on ICE

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Community Dialogue Series – Part II Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour on ICE

By Emanuela Palmares

Editor’s Note: The following story is the second in a three-part series covering a two-hour community dialogue with Mayor Mark Boughton, Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour and Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Glass on immigration and community relations. We continue the series with the transcript of Chief Ridenhour’s answer to the question posed to…

Tribuna American Dream Awards Nomination Process is Now Open

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Tribuna American Dream Awards Nomination Process is Now Open

By Emanuela Palmares

In the definition of the American Dream written in 1931 by James Truslow Adams, a Connecticut native, he says that the dream should feel like “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. The American Dream…

Second Annual Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show

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Second Annual Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show

By Western Connecticut State University

The Friends of the Ives nonprofit organization will present the second annual Art at Ives Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show during Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29, at Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury, CT. This three-day event will feature high-quality original works in a diverse scope…

Connecticut Ballet to Hold Annual Danbury Dance Initiative Benefit Performance

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Connecticut Ballet to Hold Annual Danbury Dance Initiative Benefit Performance

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Connecticut Ballet will hold its annual benefit performance for Khalda Logan Dance Scholarships, awarded to talented middle and high school youth from greater Danbury, on Sunday, March 19 at 4:30pm at Broadview Middle School, 72 Hospital Avenue, Danbury. All members of the community are encouraged to attend this collaborative performance featuring dance styles from ballet…

Golden Milk Oatmeal

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Culinary // Food

Golden Milk Oatmeal

By Alicia Ghio

Golden milk is one of those trendy items in the food blog world. However, it’s not really a new creation. It comes from Ayurvedic practice and medicine in Indian cultures. It’s a tonic made with milk, turmeric and other warming spices like cinnamon. Turmeric is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Among its many reported health…

2018 Exchange Plans Could Cover Fewer Hospitals, Doctors, Drugs

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2018 Exchange Plans Could Cover Fewer Hospitals, Doctors, Drugs

By Arielle Levin Becker | CT Mirror

Insurance companies that sell coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange next year will be allowed to cover fewer hospitals, doctors and prescription drugs under changes the exchange’s board approved Tuesday (02/28). Officials hope those changes could help offset rate increases that would otherwise be required because of the increased price and use of medical…

The Story of Talline Carvalho

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American Dream Series

The Story of Talline Carvalho

By Mariana Silva

For Talline, the United States represents her home and a place where she can be anything she wants to be as long as she is willing to pursue it.    Talline Carvalho, a Brazilian business owner in the insurance industry, is Tribuna’s interviewee for the American Dream profile in this issue. Born in Criciuma, Santa…

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