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Bacon & Leek Pasta

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Bacon & Leek Pasta

By Alicia Ghio

Leeks and bacon are a perfect match. Add some pasta to the mix, and you have a salty, savory, slightly sweet, crave-worthy dinner on your hands. If you haven’t cooked with leeks before, it’s important to know that they grow in sandy soil, so they can be gritty and need to be thoroughly cleaned. Here’s…

Let’s Get Fit and Have Fun!

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Culture & Lifestyle, Sports

Let’s Get Fit and Have Fun!

By Estela Camacho

The Danbury Athletic Youth Organization (DAYO) Annual Speed and Agility Camp is back for the fourth year! We are an organization that offers a variety of athletic activities to the children in our community and nearby towns. We pride ourselves in conducting constant evaluation of all our programs each year to see where we can…

Bills Approved Mandating ‘Essential Benefits,’ Helping Uninsured Pregnant Women

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Health

Bills Approved Mandating ‘Essential Benefits,’ Helping Uninsured Pregnant Women

By Mackenzie Rigg | CTMirror.Org

A bill headed to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk would give uninsured women the ability to sign up for health insurance after they learn they are pregnant. The bill would make pregnancy a “qualifying life event,” like the birth of a child or a job loss, so expectant mothers could enroll in individual health insurance…

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

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

By Angela Barbosa

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

Community Action Agency Hosts 4th Annual Wine Tasting

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Community Action Agency Hosts 4th Annual Wine Tasting

By Tribuna Staff

The Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut, Inc. (CAAWC) will host its 4th Annual Wine Tasting on Thursday, May 31, 2018, from 6 PM to 9 PM at Tarrywile Mansion, located at 70 Southern Boulevard in Danbury. This exciting evening will feature exceptional wines and beers provided by New Fairfield’s Heritage Wine & Liquors and…

The Story of DAYANA DELIMA

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The Story of DAYANA DELIMA

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee is from Recife, the capital of Pernambuco State in Brazil. Her name is Dayane DeLima. She came to the United States in 2001. Tell me the beginning of your story in the United States. “The beginning was a bit complicated, but with a happy ending. My sister had a very successful business in…

New Milford-Based Ministry to Hold Gala for Dominican Republic Relief

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New Milford-Based Ministry to Hold Gala for Dominican Republic Relief

By Ryan Stewart

Diana Bryant Ministries, an independent church and non-profit outreach organization from New Milford, will be holding a fundraiser gala to benefit a city in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, June 2, at Danbury’s Amber Room Colonnade. The gala, entitled “We Are Barahona,” and organized by the organization’s overseas humanitarian relief program, Hope In Action, will…

What to Know About Seasonal Allergies and Your Eyes

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Health

What to Know About Seasonal Allergies and Your Eyes

By StatePoint

Suffering from itchy, watery eyes? You may have ocular allergies or you could have another issue entirely, such as chronic dry eyes. Experts say that getting the correct diagnosis is the only way to treat symptoms properly. “Chronic dry eye often mimics the symptoms of seasonal allergies and must be approached entirely differently,” says Arian…

Creamy Mojo Criollo

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Creamy Mojo Criollo

By Alicia ghio

This recipe is a creamy twist on a traditional Cuban garlic sauce known as mojo criollo. For a traditional mojo criollo, there are a few basic ingredients you can always count on: sour orange juice, fresh garlic, and salt. Optional herbs and spices include oregano, paprika, cumin and black pepper. It can also be made…

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: A Growing Problem for Those Growing Old

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Drug and Alcohol Abuse: A Growing Problem for Those Growing Old

By StatePoint

Misuse and abuse of drugs and alcohol among the elderly is one of the fastest-growing health problems in the United States, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), yet it can often be mistaken for normal aging behavior. The statistics are alarming: according to The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug…

United Way of Western CT Launches Cora’s Kids: Affordable Childcare for Danbury’s Hard-Working Families

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United Way of Western CT Launches Cora’s Kids: Affordable Childcare for Danbury’s Hard-Working Families

By Angela Barbosa

United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Morgan was joined by state legislators, current Danbury childcare providers and community members at the Danbury Fair Mall Center Court on April 19 to announce the launch of Cora’s Kids, a program to invest $1 million over the next 3-5 years to support new family…

Motown: The Musical

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Motown: The Musical

By Tribuna Staff

It began as one man’s story…became everyone’s music…and is now Broadway’s musical. Motown: The Musical is the true American Dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives…

Undocumented and Unafraid, Republicans and Unafraid

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Undocumented and Unafraid, Republicans and Unafraid

By Emanuela Palmares

Under current Connecticut law, undocumented students pay in-state tuition rates into the institutional aid fund at Connecticut colleges, but are unable to access those funds to help them lower the cost of their education. Without the ability to access federal loans and scholarships, these students pay the full amount of tuition. So for a second…

Call for Volunteers

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Culture & Lifestyle, Sports

Call for Volunteers

By Estela Camacho

Volunteering in sports is indispensable and vital. We are very well aware that a good majority of parents are already volunteering at a school, a non-profit, a place of worship, work events or community events. How could we possibly ask for more in addition to what they contribute? It is simple; the Danbury Athletic Youth…

Danbury Library Hosts a Special Naturalization Ceremony  Nineteen New Citizens Took the Oath of Allegiance at the Danbury Library

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Danbury Library Hosts a Special Naturalization Ceremony Nineteen New Citizens Took the Oath of Allegiance at the Danbury Library

By Angela Barbosa

April 11 marked the rebirth of nineteen candidates from Danbury and the surrounding area who took the Oath of Allegiance and became U.S. citizens in a ceremony at the Danbury Public Library, led by Ethan Enzer, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Section Chief at the Hartford Field Office. “What a better way than…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Ruben Studdard on his Appreciation of Luther Vandross and Life After American Idol

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Ruben Studdard on his Appreciation of Luther Vandross and Life After American Idol

By Emanuela Palmares

In the world of contemporary music, there are just a handful of superstars whose first name alone brings instant recognition. But when it comes to male vocalists, one name towers above the rest in any discussion of black male singers whose impact and influence has been unparalleled – Luther Vandross. He was, and always will…

The Story of Britta Pedersen

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The Story of Britta Pedersen

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is Britta Pedersen, from Dusseldorf, Germany. What motivated you to come to the United States? “I was motivated by the desire to learn English. In Germany, I was working as a dental hygienist but wanted to improve myself, and learning another language was a good tool to achieve this goal. I came…

Families Network of Western CT Turns 20, Brings Attention to Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Families Network of Western CT Turns 20, Brings Attention to Child Abuse Prevention Month

By Ryan Stewart

If you are wondering what the pinwheels along Danbury’s Main Street mean, wonder no more. The Danbury-based Families Network of Western CT (FNWC), a non-profit dedicated to ending the abuse of children and supporting families in the Greater Danbury area, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, which has been observed as the country’s National Child…

Low Carb Southwest Steak Burrito Bowls

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Culinary // Food

Low Carb Southwest Steak Burrito Bowls

By Alicia Ghio

Think of this meal as a deconstructed steak burrito. It’s got the steak, beans, corn and fresh salsa you’d expect, but it’s all placed on top of riced cauliflower instead of being wrapped in the flour tortilla with lots of rice. It’s healthy, low carb and full of flavor. Plus, it comes together in under…

Community College Consolidation Is a Risky Experiment

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Community College Consolidation Is a Risky Experiment

By Brian Donohue-Lynch

The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education continues its push to consolidate the 12 state community colleges into one, having most recently submitted the necessary change proposal to the regional accreditor, NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges), for its approval. Promoters of the plan have, among other things, have circulated a recent…

Rock Musical RENT

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Rock Musical RENT

By Tribuna Staff

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage  in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring…

City of Danbury Joined the Autism Awareness Campaign

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City of Danbury Joined the Autism Awareness Campaign

By Tribuna Staff

For the second consecutive year, the City of Danbury joined the autism awareness movement, and on April 2, 2018 at 7:00pm, Danbury City Hall was lit up in blue, shining a light on autism in honor of World Autism Month. The Light Up ceremony was organized by Emanuela Palmares and sponsored by David Parks, owner of…

Fiscal Panel’s Formula for Revitalizing CT Provokes Democratic Resistance

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Fiscal Panel’s Formula for Revitalizing CT Provokes Democratic Resistance

By Keith M. Phaneuf | CTMIRROR.org

Progressive Democrats in the General Assembly pushed back on March 23 against the state’s new fiscal stability panel, charging its recommendations shortchange key priorities, like poor cities, education and social services. Meanwhile, the leaders of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth conceded they were limited by severe time constraints. But co-chairs Robert Patricelli…

CT Dreamers One Step Closer To Equal Access To Institutional Aid For Higher Education

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CT Dreamers One Step Closer To Equal Access To Institutional Aid For Higher Education

By Emanuela Palmares | Photo by George Lee

On March 15, two dozen students gathered in the atrium of the legislative office building in Hartford, each with a sign spelling out “Our Dreams Can’t Wait.” After marching around the atrium in unison, the students gathered and marched together to the office of the Speaker of the House Aresimowicz. Once there, currently undocumented college…

Danbury Selects Ventura Law to Join Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers

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Danbury Selects Ventura Law to Join Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers

By Tribuna Staff

The City of Danbury has selected Ventura Law to investigate and pursue claims on its behalf relating to the national opioid epidemic. The Danbury Common Council agreed to hire Ventura Law on March 6, 2018. Across the country, more than 200 local governments have joined the opioid litigation, and that number continues to climb nearly every…

State Launches ‘Change the Script’ Campaign To Combat The Prescription Drug And Opioid Misuse Crisis

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State Launches ‘Change the Script’ Campaign To Combat The Prescription Drug And Opioid Misuse Crisis

By Tribuna Staff

Governor Dannel P. Malloy joined the Commissioners of the state Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Consumer Protection (DCP) and Public Health (DPH) to officially launch the Change the Script statewide public awareness campaign, which is designed to provide communities, healthcare providers, pharmacists and individuals with information on the prescription drug and opioid…

The Story of Rodrigo Satizabal

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American Dream Series, News

The Story of Rodrigo Satizabal

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is a young man from Cali, Department of Valle del Cauca, Republic of Colombia. His name is Rodrigo Satizabal. Tell me why you decided to move to the U.S.? “To be totally honest, the decision was not mine. My mother thought that we would have a better life here in the United…

Stepping Stones Hosts Egg-Stravaganza on March 31!

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Stepping Stones Hosts Egg-Stravaganza on March 31!

By Tribuna Staff

Stepping Stones Museum for Children is throwing their annual Egg-straordinary Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, March 31 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. We’re not eggs-aggerating when we promise a day filled with family fun. The festivities will be held outdoors in the Celebration Courtyard, or in case of inclement weather, indoors in the Multimedia Gallery. The excitement begins…

A New Public School Option for Danbury

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A New Public School Option for Danbury

By Angela Chastain

Danbury Prospect Charter School, a new public school option for Danbury, is now one step closer to making its Fall 2019 opening a reality. After being approved for a public hearing by the Connecticut State Board of Education, the school’s organizers are working closely with members of the Danbury community to clear this next hurdle…

Concert for George

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Concert for George

By Tribuna Staff

On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honor. Held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening featured George’s songs, and the music he loved, performed by a lineup that included Clapton, Joe Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jools…

WERACE in Danbury Offers Free Continuing Adult Education and English as a Second Language Programs

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WERACE in Danbury Offers Free Continuing Adult Education and English as a Second Language Programs

By Ryan V. Stewart

WERACE, an acronym for Western Connecticut Regional Adult and Continuing Education, a regional program offering adult education services to residents of seven central-northern Fairfield County towns, provides almost all of its state-mandated services to eligible attendees free of charge. Covering residents of the towns of Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Redding and Ridgefield, WERACE, headquartered…

Free Tax Preparation Available in Your Neighborhood

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Free Tax Preparation Available in Your Neighborhood

By NVCC’s Waterbury Campus Will Host VITA Site

For individuals who earn $54,000 or less, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will help those who need assistance in preparing their tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers will provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing of Federal and State returns. Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Waterbury campus will be one of five Waterbury-area…

White House Moves to Allow Obamacare Rival

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White House Moves to Allow Obamacare Rival

By Ana Radelat | CTMirror.org

The Trump administration on February 27 moved forward on allowing Americans to purchase short-term health plans that may be more affordable than what’s on the market right now but would not contain the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protections and would undermine the health care law. Health and Human Services Department Secretary Alex Azar issued proposed…

Trump Asks Murphy to Help Draft ‘Comprehensive’ Gun Bill

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Trump Asks Murphy to Help Draft ‘Comprehensive’ Gun Bill

By Ana Radelat / CTmirror.org

Washington – President Donald Trump on Feb. 28 said he wanted Sen. Chris Murphy to join three Senate colleagues – John Cornyn, R-Texas; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., in drafting a “comprehensive” gun bill that is “very powerful” on expansion of the FBI background check system for gun buyers.  “We are determined to…

Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry

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Culinary // Food

Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry

By Alicia Ghio

Minimal prep. Maximum flavor. This vegan curry filled with pantry staples is healthy, hearty and chock full of spices, perfect for eating next to the fireplace on a cold winter evening. I love a good “set it and forget it” dish. Simmered all day in the crock-pot, the aromatic spices and creamy coconut milk form…

Supporting the Danbury Schools Budget

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Supporting the Danbury Schools Budget

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Each year, Dr. Pascarella, the Danbury Superintendent, prepares a budget to operate Danbury Public Schools; it is approved by the Danbury Board of Education and sent to the Danbury City Council for approval. The City Council refers it to a committee that makes a recommendation back to the Council for funding. The Committee is conscious…

Danbury Receives Grant to Aid Low-Income Families, Working Poor

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Danbury Receives Grant to Aid Low-Income Families, Working Poor

By Ryan Stewart

Danbury is one of five Connecticut cities to win a multi-year grant by an independent jury in association with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, more commonly known as the Boston Fed or, simply, the Fed. The Implementation Grant awards are one of two types of grants awarded to those eligible New England municipalities that…

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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Editorial, News

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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American Dream Series, News

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…

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

By Karla Rensch

Love is unacquainted with nationality and frontiers. Based on this social aspect and on popular perception, some historians and researchers attribute to love (in this case, among citizens of widely different cultures and customs) the responsibility of making it possible to grow and solidify relationships between individuals who have nothing in common, that against statistics…

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

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas | CTMirror.org

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

By Tribuna Staff

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…

The Need for Children to Have Adequate Sleep and Positive Routines

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The Need for Children to Have Adequate Sleep and Positive Routines

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D

Babies let us know how much sleep they need by becoming cranky, sucking their thumb or rubbing their eyes. When parents recognize these signs, they comfort their children to help them go to sleep. As children get older, they show different signs of needing sleep and will fight going to bed. Crying, tantrums, poor reactions…

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…

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