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Get Ready for a Monstrously Fun Time!

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Get Ready for a Monstrously Fun Time!

By Tribuna Staff

Halloween is nearly here… and we just can’t wait to party! For a monstrously fun time, kids ages 3+, get ready to dance, make crafts and enjoy a treat or two at the Danbury Public Library on Saturday, October 26 at 10:30 am. Costumes are welcome! Stay for The Silly Monster Magic Show at 11:30…

Danbury Public Schools Needs your Feedback on Its Strategic Plan

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Danbury Public Schools Needs your Feedback on Its Strategic Plan

By Anne E. Mead

Danbury Public Schools has been working for the last 18 months to look at barriers that prevent all Danbury students from being prepared for college and life beyond high school. During this discovery process, it became evident that there were many strategies that could be employed to improve instruction, access to coursework and better ways…

Community Development Block Grant Funds Daily Bread Food Pantry’s Reconfiguration Project

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Community Development Block Grant Funds Daily Bread Food Pantry’s Reconfiguration Project

By Tribuna Staff

Daily Bread Food Pantry (DBFP), a Danbury non-profit organization that provides food free-of charge to low- and moderate-income families in need, is thrilled to announce that work has begun on a comprehensive reconfiguration of its interior space. This project is funded by a Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban…

School, City, Community Turn Pembroke Playground Dream into Reality

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School, City, Community Turn Pembroke Playground Dream into Reality

By Tribuna Staff

The ribbon has been cut. The new playground at Pembroke School is ready for play. The nearly $270,000 project is near completion after more than a year of tremendous effort and planning by school faculty — and donations from the City of Danbury, local businesses, neighboring communities and students. Pembroke principal, Dr. Sharon Epple, and Leigh Viviano, a former special education teacher…

Five Things to Know About Impeachment

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Five Things to Know About Impeachment

By Ana Radel / CTMirror.org

Washington –  Calls for impeachment of the president, once limited to a vocal minority in the U.S. House,  proliferated with the allegation that Donald Trump improperly solicited the help of a foreign leader, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, to “look into” unsubstantiated allegations of wrongdoing by former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic…

October’s Regressive Grocery Tax

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October’s Regressive Grocery Tax

By Themis Klarides

Everything from bagels to Popsicles to rotisserie chicken will be subject to confusing “meal tax” On October 1, shoppers will be paying a 7.35 percent tax on some groceries, but not others. In the latest budget, the tax exemption for groceries was quietly altered. When some Democrats proposed raising the tax by one percent on…

Sixth Annual American Dream Awards Provides $35,000 in Scholarships and Awards

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Sixth Annual American Dream Awards Provides $35,000 in Scholarships and Awards

By Tribuna Staff

The Sixth Annual American Dream Awards Gala, hosted by The New American Dream Foundation, Inc. (TNADF), a 501(c)(3) organization, was held last Saturday, September 21, at the Amber Room Colonnade, with nearly 400 guests and award winners in attendance. Mayor Mark Boughton and TNADF’s Vice-President, Emanuela Palmares, were the co-masters of ceremonies for the evening,…

Access Health CT Revamps the In-Person Help to Reach Communities in Need of Health Insurance

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Access Health CT Revamps the In-Person Help to Reach Communities in Need of Health Insurance

By Tribuna Staff

Choosing a health insurance plan that works for you can be complicated, but Connecticut residents can get free help from Access Health CT (AHCT) to better understand their options. About Access Health CT Access Health CT offers individuals, families and small businesses the opportunity to shop, compare and enroll in quality health insurance plans from…

Females Playing Intense Youth Sports- Football & Wrestling

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Females Playing Intense Youth Sports- Football & Wrestling

By Estela Camacho

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

Cheerleading Is a Sport

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Cheerleading Is a Sport

By By Estela Camacho

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

Easy Quinoa Salad

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Easy Quinoa Salad

By Alicia Ghio

Healthy, light, delicious and really easy to make are all the requirements necessary for a great late summer meal in my book. This recipe fits the bill. This salad is perfect for lunch, picnics and potlucks, as well as a light dinner side dish. It’s vegan/dairy free, gluten free and nut free. Easy Quinoa Salad…

What You Need to Know About Peanuts

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What You Need to Know About Peanuts

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

State Encourages Families to Take Steps to Prevent Addiction and Overdoses on International Overdose Awareness Day

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State Encourages Families to Take Steps to Prevent Addiction and Overdoses on International Overdose Awareness Day

By Tribuna Staff

In observance of International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31, the Departments of Consumer Protection (DCP), Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and Public Health (DPH) are encouraging families to take steps to prevent opioid addiction and overdose. It’s easy to take small steps to learn about those living with opioid use disorder in your community,…

The State’s New Education Commissioner: Collaborator, Listener, Hard Worker

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The State’s New Education Commissioner: Collaborator, Listener, Hard Worker

By Kathleen Megan / CT Mirror

When he was assistant superintendent of schools in Meriden, Miguel Cardona — the state’s new education commissioner — would take new teachers on a tour of the city’s neighborhoods. He did it because he wanted the teachers to understand the diversity of their students — from those living in half-million-dollar homes to those from housing projects….

Spicy Rigatoni Pie

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Spicy Rigatoni Pie

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What’s not to love about pasta filled with creamy ricotta and fresh spinach baked in a spicy marinara sauce and topped with bubbly, gooey mozzarella? This is a baked pasta dish that only looks fancy. There are three key areas to making a really good baked pasta dish.   Cheese You need good quality cheese…

State Budget Relies on $180 M in Tax Receipts Beyond Projections  Money

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State Budget Relies on $180 M in Tax Receipts Beyond Projections Money

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Connecticut legislators and governors banned what critics called “wishful budgeting” nearly a decade ago.  After Gov. M. Jodi Rell proposed a budget in 2009 that massively downplayed the coming recession — and was an unprecedented $2.7 billion out of balance, according to one report — lawmakers overhauled the budget-making process.  Simply put, if analysts weren’t ready…

Autism Diagnosis: Latinos Face Obstacles

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Autism Diagnosis: Latinos Face Obstacles

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Latinos represent the largest growing population in the United States, yet they have the lowest autism diagnosis rate. And, according to Dr. Lauren Herlihy, who works at the Hospital for Special Care in Connecticut, when Latino children are diagnosed with autism, they tend to be diagnosed, on average, 2.5 years older than non-Latino children.  The earlier a child…

Mexican Acoustic Rock Duo Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Mexican Acoustic Rock Duo Rodrigo y Gabriela

By Tribuna Staff

Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela made their mark with flamenco-style covers of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” and Metallica’s “Orion.” With the release of the most ambitious music in their twenty-year career together, their new LP Mettavolution, brings together Rod and Gab’s passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and…

An Oasis for Those Facing Cancer

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An Oasis for Those Facing Cancer

By Shannon Cobb

Most people know a family facing cancer, but what they may not know is that families do not have to face this pervasive disease alone. There is a place to get support, completely free of charge, right in the greater Danbury community, called Ann’s Place. Thousands of people come to Ann’s Place for professional counseling,…

Fentanyl Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic’s Third Wave

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Fentanyl Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic’s Third Wave

By Martha Bebinger | WBUR | via CTMirror.org

Men are dying after opioid overdoses at nearly three times the rate of women in the United States. Overdose deaths are increasing faster among black and Latino Americans than among whites. And there’s an especially steep rise in the number of young adults ages 25 to 34 whose death certificates include some version of the…

Mike Super: Magic & Illusion

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Mike Super: Magic & Illusion

By Tribuna Staff

Star of “America’s Got Talent” and winner of NBC’s “Phenomenon,” magician Mike Super stuns audiences with his spectacular illusions, which defy gravity and control the elements. Imagine mind-blowing illusions combined with the hilarity of a headline comedian. Mike has turned the magic show on its side and dumped it out into the audience! YOU become…

AARP Connecticut Announces 2019 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program to Help Make Communities Better for All Ages

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AARP Connecticut Announces 2019 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program to Help Make Communities Better for All Ages

By Tribuna Staff

AARP is now accepting applications for the 2019 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its third year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The Community Challenge is…

Federal Monitor’s Report in DCF Case Shows Continued Concerns

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Federal Monitor’s Report in DCF Case Shows Continued Concerns

By Por Kathleen Megan | CTMirror.org

The latest report from the federal monitor of the state Department of Children and Families shows that the agency maintained compliance with five of 10 measures that are part of a court supervised exit plan, but is still failing to meet the remaining five – including those related to hiring and caseloads. “I think it’s…

School Budget Season – Time to Get Informed and Involved

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School Budget Season – Time to Get Informed and Involved

By Emanuela Palmares

It’s school budget season, and whether or not you have children in the school system, you should get informed and involved. According to an analysis by the Connecticut School Finance Project, Danbury Public Schools is the 7th largest district in Connecticut and educates 11,483 students. Of those students, nearly 60 percent are low-income, over 1…

Snow Shoveling Tips to Help Prevent an Injury

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Snow Shoveling Tips to Help Prevent an Injury

By Dr. Lee Day

Winter is here and the snow is coming. As doctors of physical therapy, we see many people suffering from injuries sustained while shoveling snow. The joints and muscles of the lower back, knees and shoulders are the most common sites for these problems. So many of the people we treat are those individuals who do not…

New Food, Medicine Taxes Prove CEOs Can Have Terrible Ideas  It’s a Proposal So Distasteful That We Hope It Isn’t Real

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New Food, Medicine Taxes Prove CEOs Can Have Terrible Ideas It’s a Proposal So Distasteful That We Hope It Isn’t Real

By Janet Stolfi Alfano and Joanne Samuel Goldblum

It should not be a struggle – and certainly not an impossibility – for families to meet their basic needs. Yet it often is, and that’s why organizations like diaper banks exist. While we spend our days trying to get children the things they need to thrive, we all too often see policymakers float proposals…

New Legislative Voices to Represent Greater Danbury Area

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New Legislative Voices to Represent Greater Danbury Area

By Emanuela Palmares

The New Year is underway and with it, there are three new legislative voices in the State Capitol to represent the Greater Danbury area. The three members of the Danbury delegation that remain are: State Representative Bob Godfrey, Democrat, House District 110 – Danbury, first elected in 1989; State Representative Richard Smith, Republican, House District…

Acrobats of China: The New Shanghai Circus

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Acrobats of China: The New Shanghai Circus

By Tribuna Staff

Acrobats of China: The New Shanghai Circus returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse stage on Sunday, March 3 at 4pm, presented by Maron Hotel & Suites. This fast-paced show combines Chinese dancing, tumbling, juggling, balancing and thrilling stunts that audience members of all ages will enjoy! In acts that often trace their origin to the harvest festivals…

Youth Sports Clinics – An Introductory Opportunity to a Specific Sport

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Youth Sports Clinics – An Introductory Opportunity to a Specific Sport

By Estela Camacho

With the number of youth sport choices, it can be somewhat of a challenge to know what sports are available, for what age and what organization runs them. Some organizations run their programs based on their sport season and some offer their sport year-round. A variety of organizations are now holding clinics, offering parents an…

New Year’s Resolution- Investing in Your Child’s Sports Participation

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New Year’s Resolution- Investing in Your Child’s Sports Participation

By Estela Camacho

Happy New Year, Tribuna readers, Tribuna officers and Tribuna editorial staff!! It’s time for self-assessment, reflection and planning for the upcoming year, 2019! This is the time when people take a brief moment to internalize 2018 and discover what they perceive to be a need for change, add something of value or simply remove something…

CIFC Danbury Community Center Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony

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CIFC Danbury Community Center Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony

By Angela Barbosa

On December 6, Connecticut Institute For Communities, Inc. (CIFC) board of directors and officers, local and state dignitaries and community members gathered at 12 Boughton Street in Danbury for the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony of the new CIFC Danbury Community Center. “This facility will in fact be used by Harambee, St. Peter’s, the proposed Danbury…

Hope That Can Propel Action

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Hope That Can Propel Action

By Emanuela Palmares

Hope, by definition, is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. However, as many of us who share the immigrant experience know, hope is a feeling of expectation and desire that propels action, fueled by sacrifice that allows you to make your own future. Over 22 years ago, my parents,…

Performances of the Nutcracker Ballet in CT

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Performances of the Nutcracker Ballet in CT

By Tribuna Staff

Nothing represents the holidays like watching a live performance of the Nutcracker Ballet. It’s a tradition that many people enjoy. This family-friendly holiday classic centers on Clara’s dream world, brought to life after receiving a Nutcracker from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer, which is then transformed into a handsome Prince. Clara and the Nutcracker Prince journey…

Increase in Minority Teachers Not Keeping Pace with Influx of Minority Students

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Increase in Minority Teachers Not Keeping Pace with Influx of Minority Students

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas | CTMirror.org

First the good news: hundreds more minorities have become teachers over the last 10 years, following several changes that made it easier to become an educator in Connecticut. Now the bad news. The growth hasn’t kept pace with the influx of Hispanic and Latino students entering public schools and those students are now less likely to…

Danbury Library First to Offer New Meeting Pod

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Danbury Library First to Offer New Meeting Pod

By Tribuna Staff

The Danbury Library proudly unveils its newest free service in the form of a self-contained meeting pod. The Danbury Library is the only library in the United States to have the Hush Meeting Pod, which was designed by the Mikomax Smart Office, a Polish based company, and sold by Insidesource. Anjul Chandi, sales and marketing…

Better Organized Latinos Try to Shape Lamont Administration

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Better Organized Latinos Try to Shape Lamont Administration

By Mark Pazniokas | CTMirror.org

One measure of the larger role Latinos are trying to play in Connecticut politics is the creation of a group announced on November 20 that will work with Gov.-elect Ned Lamont to ensure the representation of Latinos in the incoming administration. Eight years ago, Latinos made no similar effort as Dannel P. Malloy was assembling…

Peace Light: Passing the Flame of Peace, Hope and Harmony Across Communities

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Peace Light: Passing the Flame of Peace, Hope and Harmony Across Communities

By Tribuna Staff

For the second consecutive year, Danbury Peace Light Coordinators, Gary Allen Prybylski and son Gary Allen Prybylski Jr., are bringing the light to Danbury and hoping to expand its reach. This year’s local Peace Light service event will be held at Saint Peter Church on Main St., Danbury, on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 7:00…

Boughton, Not Stefanowski, Could Have Won the Governorship for Republicans

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Boughton, Not Stefanowski, Could Have Won the Governorship for Republicans

By Francis P. DeStefano, Ph.D.

Republican Bob Stefanowski’s campaign for governor of Connecticut followed the same path that led other millionaire candidates like Linda McMahon and Tom Foley to flop on election day. Even though he garnered more votes than Foley, he lost the election because he could not overcome large Democrat majorities in cities like Bridgeport, Hartford, and New…

Midwives Could Be Key to Reversing Maternal Mortality Trends

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Midwives Could Be Key to Reversing Maternal Mortality Trends

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The Connecticut Childbirth & Women’s Center in Danbury is a 50-minute drive from Evelyn DeGraf’s home in Westchester, N.Y. Pregnant with her second child, the 37-year-old didn’t hesitate to make the drive — she wanted her birth to be attended by a midwife, not a doctor. DeGraf believed midwifery care to be more personal and…

Residents Urged to Use Caution When Shopping Online This Holiday Season

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Residents Urged to Use Caution When Shopping Online This Holiday Season

By StatePoint

Holiday season is here, and that means that tempting sales are now in full swing. Over the past few years, more people have started shopping online than in stores. Shopping online makes our holiday season more efficient, but can also open us up to risks like identity theft if we don’t follow some basic guidelines….

Defining Success in Youth Sports

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Defining Success in Youth Sports

By Estela Camacho

We end each sport season with some form of celebration: banquets, picnics, house parties, dinners; the list goes on. There is much to be said about who receives a participation medal or a trophy, a distinguished letter or even some words of praise. We know of teams that pride themselves on trophy titles such as:…

Daily Bread Food Pantry: The Gift of Giving

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Daily Bread Food Pantry: The Gift of Giving

By Angela Barbosa

For residents driving up on Terrace Place on the morning of the November 19, a long line coming out of the St. James Episcopal Church parking lot indicated that despite the cold, people were determined to wait to have an opportunity to pick up food at the Daily Bread Food Pantry to celebrate Thanksgiving with…

Governor-elect Ned Lamont Announces Diverse Transition Team

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Governor-elect Ned Lamont Announces Diverse Transition Team

By Tribuna Staff

Governor-elect Ned Lamont and Lieutenant Governor-elect Susan Bysiewicz announced members of their Transition Steering Committee, a bipartisan and diverse group, including Republicans, Latinos and religious leaders, at a press conference earlier this month, at Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT. “Our Steering Committee is going to help us build policy committees, each one with…

Holiday Celebrations from Around the World with Guest Speaker Benjamin Teixeira

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Holiday Celebrations from Around the World with Guest Speaker Benjamin Teixeira

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Benjamin Teixeira de Aguiar will discuss “Spirituality With or Without Religion,” on Saturday, December 1, at 5 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Campus Center on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury. Benjamin is a medium, writer, public speaker, TV host, teacher and president-founder of the Quantum Leap Institute (The…

Apple Pie Spice Bread

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Apple Pie Spice Bread

By Alicia Ghio

Start the Thanksgiving Day feast early with this apple-pie-spice breakfast bread. Apples and maple syrup provide just enough sweetness and Greek yogurt gives it a fluffy, spongy texture. It’s easy to make and sure to please. I really seem to be on a baking roll this fall, with cookies and muffins happening on a consistent…

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Black Business Alliance (BBA) Partner to Host Capitol Region Workshops for Minority Businesses

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Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Black Business Alliance (BBA) Partner to Host Capitol Region Workshops for Minority Businesses

By Angela Barbosa

Minority Businesses are invited to learn about the Minority Business Revolving Loan Fund (MBRLF), a Minority Business Initiative (MBI) Program.  Learn how to gain Access to Capital and to help finance small and minority businesses with DECD loans. To facilitate the development, sustainability and growth of CT Minority Businesses, DECD and Black Business Alliance (BBA)…

Connecticut Celebrates Adoption Awareness Month

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Connecticut Celebrates Adoption Awareness Month

By Emanuela Palmares

Connecticut is joining the nation in celebrating Adoption Awareness Month throughout November. This year’s emphasis is on the emotional rewards that families experience through adoption. Several events this month will highlight what adoption means to both parents and children, including adoptions occurring in open court sessions, and the premiere of a feature movie about a…

Respect Your Neighbor

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Respect Your Neighbor

By Emanuela Palmares

On October 27, an unspeakable tragedy was inflicted upon the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in United States history; eleven people were killed and six were injured. The sole suspect, a 46-year-old man, was arrested and charged with 29 federal crimes and 36 state crimes. Using the…

The Message is Loud and Clear; We Need to Get Our Youth Involved in Physical Activity

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The Message is Loud and Clear; We Need to Get Our Youth Involved in Physical Activity

By Estela Camacho

At times, we think we can’t possibly add more youth activities to our plate on a daily basis, yet statistics show that our youth are still not getting enough exercise. Many who are involved in multiple organized youth sports see a decline in participation and an increase in screen time. Commitment expectations, parents working more…

Dance to the Holidays

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Dance to the Holidays

By Tribuna Staff

“American Idol” star Vonzell Solomon, also known as “Baby V!” Dance to the Holidays with Tony Dovolani & Karina Smirnoff, presented by La Quinta Inn & Suites, will jingle its way into town on Sunday, November 18 at 4pm and 7:30pm. Part of the Ridgefield Magazine Broadway & Cabaret Series, Ridgefield Academy Family Series with…

Access Health CT Announces the Start Of 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment

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Access Health CT Announces the Start Of 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment

By Tribuna Staff

Open Enrollment through Access Health CT is November 1 to December 15, 2018 HARTFORD, Conn. (November 1, 2018)— The Lt. Governor and the Chair of the Access Health CT Board of Directors, Nancy Wyman, and the Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT (AHCT), James Michel, today announced that the 2019 Open Enrollment period has…

Learning from the Communication We Have with Ourselves – One Day at a Time

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Learning from the Communication We Have with Ourselves – One Day at a Time

By Eric Faria

We far too often find ourselves stuck fretting over the small stuff. Here’s the thing: as human beings, we are not taught how to be emotionally intelligent. Think about it: we learn how to read and write in school, we study different kinds of sciences, learn about our history and that of the world and,…

The Role of the Media in The Divide and Animosity We See in Politics

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The Role of the Media in The Divide and Animosity We See in Politics

By Emanuela Palmares

Since 1999, we have worked to build bridges and join cultures, informing our community regardless of origin, but with a primary focus on connecting immigrants to the communities they have chosen to call home. During election years, we reflect on the role of the media in the divide and animosity we see in politics in…

Tips for Keeping Baby Safe and Happy in the Car

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Tips for Keeping Baby Safe and Happy in the Car

By StatePoint

When it comes to car travel, families know that keeping baby safe and happy is essential, and understanding the latest expert recommendations is one of the best ways to help keep children as safe as possible. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently updated its recommendation on how long children should ride in rear-facing car…

Fall Festival – Craft Fair & Bazaar

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Fall Festival – Craft Fair & Bazaar

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Start your holiday shopping! Almost 40 vendors will be featuring their many one-of-a-kind items, including crafts, food from Vermont, chocolate, alpaca wool products, jewelry, hand-made cards, essential oils, holiday and Christmas decor, hand-painted signs, team blankets, bibs, knitted and crocheted items, recycled paper jewelry made by women in Uganda, wreaths, landscape paintings, Avon, Christmas ornaments,…

Connecticut Insurance Department Approves CVS-Aetna Merger

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Connecticut Insurance Department Approves CVS-Aetna Merger

By Mackenzie Rigg | CTmirror.org

The Connecticut Insurance Department has approved CVS Health Corp’s $69 billion merger with Hartford-based Aetna Inc. The approval is contingent on Aetna completing the sale of its entire standalone Medicare Part D prescription plan business to a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, according to the insurance department’s decision issued on October 17. “Today’s approval means that…

Apple Chia Muffins

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Apple Chia Muffins

By Alicia Ghio

Now that fall is here, I am ready for all things pumpkin, apple and spice. These Apple Chia Muffins are seriously some of the best-tasting muffins I have ever made and are definitely some of the best-looking. I know muffins aren’t necessarily the healthiest breakfast, but I think including chia seeds certainly ups the healthy…

Access Health CT to Host ‘Healthy Chat’ Educational Events Throughout the State

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Access Health CT to Host ‘Healthy Chat’ Educational Events Throughout the State

By Community-based discussions to prepare people for 2019 open enrollment period

Access Health CT (AHCT) announced on October 1 a series of upcoming community-based educational discussions, known as “Healthy Chats.” A total of 11 events are planned, all to take place prior to Access Health CT open enrollment, which begins November 1 and ends December 15, 2018. The purpose of these discussions is to help Connecticut…

The Story of Fernando Barahona

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The Story of Fernando Barahona

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Our interviewee today is Fernando Barahona, originally from a small town located in the Sierra of Ecuador called Guaranda. Can you tell our readers how you achieved the American dream? “It all started with my father. When I was only seven years old, I went through a family separation, because he emigrated to the U.S….

Art Garfunkel Returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on November 2

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Art Garfunkel Returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on November 2

By Tribuna Staff

Blessed with what the New York Times described as a “beautiful countertenor,” Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and as half of the unrivaled duo, Simon & Garfunkel, with songs like “Mrs. Robinson,” “Scarborough Fair,” “The Sound of Silence,” “Cecilia” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” …

Coach and Parent Relationships, How Important Are They?

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Coach and Parent Relationships, How Important Are They?

By Estela Camacho

Do you remember being enthusiastic about your child participating in a sport or similar extra-curricular activity? Did you long for the day that your child would kick the soccer ball, wrestle on a mat, chant a sideline cheer at a football game or hit a baseball off a Tee? As children begin to learn skills…

Brat Burgers with German Red Cabbage

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Brat Burgers with German Red Cabbage

By Alicia Ghio

Even though I consider myself an Italian girl, I am in fact, part German, among other things. Oktoberfest is an autumn festival held in Germany in late September and October. I could not let the celebration pass without sharing a recipe that celebrates my German heritage. Served on a pretzel bun, these pork burgers are…

A Two-Man Debate with Room for a Third, Dannel P. Malloy

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A Two-Man Debate with Room for a Third, Dannel P. Malloy

By Mark Pazniokas | CTMirror.com

The first head-to-head debate by Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski ended on the night of September 12 without Connecticut voters learning how either man would close a $2.1 billion deficit or how Stefanowski would begin to deliver on his audacious promise to eliminate the state income tax. Over the course of a contentious…

Americares and Walgreens Offer Flu Shots for Uninsured and Underinsured Patients

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News, Public Service Announcements

Americares and Walgreens Offer Flu Shots for Uninsured and Underinsured Patients

By Tribuna Staff

Americares Free Clinics and Walgreens are offering no-cost flu shots in October to help keep the uninsured and underinsured healthy this flu season. Now in its fourth year, the partnership annually vaccinates nearly 700 Fairfield County residents who cannot afford a flu shot. “The best time to get vaccinated is before the flu begins spreading…

Tony Danza: Standards & Stories

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Agenda, Culture & Lifestyle

Tony Danza: Standards & Stories

By Tribuna Staff

Best known for his starring roles on two of television’s most cherished and long-running series, “Taxi” and “Who’s The Boss,” for one night only, the iconic Tony Danza and his four-piece band are bringing their hit show to Ridgefield! Combining timeless music with wit, charm, storytelling and a dash of soft shoe and ukulele performances,…

Feds Give Two Immigrant Children in Connecticut a Year’s Reprieve

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Immigration, News

Feds Give Two Immigrant Children in Connecticut a Year’s Reprieve

By Clarice Silber | CT Mirror August 30, 2018

Two immigrant children who were reunited with their parents in Connecticut after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border have been granted temporary legal immigration status, the youths’ attorneys said. The federal government granted the nine-year-old Honduran boy identified as J.S.R., and a 14-year-old Salvadoran girl, a year of humanitarian parole. The children’s parents received six…

AARP Connecticut Launches Livable Communities Grant Program to Fund Local Projects

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AARP Connecticut Launches Livable Communities Grant Program to Fund Local Projects

By Nora Duncan

Program open to 501 (c)(3) or 501 (c)(4) non-profits and government entities located in Connecticut Projects must be completed within 12 months Application deadline is September 24, 2018 AARP Connecticut is expanding on the national AARP Community Challenge with the launch of the local “Livable Communities Grant Program” dedicated to fund “quick-action” projects in Connecticut communities. The…

Volunteers Needed: Come Be Part of Something Special!

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Volunteers Needed: Come Be Part of Something Special!

By Amy Faith Lionheart

This is quite a busy summer in Volunteer Services at Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital. We have some upcoming needs for which you might be interested in volunteering! Mission Health Day 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018! We are looking for volunteers aged 18 and over to assist on the…

Manhattan Short Film Festival

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Manhattan Short Film Festival

By Tribuna Staff

Film lovers in Danbury will unite with an audience of over 100,000 film buffs, across 6 continents, when the Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to The Palace Danbury on Friday, September 28 at 8 pm. Manhattan Short is not a touring Festival; it’s a celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues…

The Story of Tiffany Araujo

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The Story of Tiffany Araujo

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is Tiffany Araujo. Tell me how your story begins? “To be honest, I must admit that my life began in Minas Gerais, a state located in northern Brazil, where the main economic activity is agriculture. My parents are from that area. They emigrated 30 years ago to this wonderful country, where I…

Taste of Greater Danbury 2018

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Taste of Greater Danbury 2018

By Tribuna Staff

Do you enjoy free music and entertainment? What about a delicious food while discovering all that makes Danbury a great place to live and the historic downtown a great place to visit? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, check out the Taste of Greater Danbury, the downtown celebration which includes live music,…

5 Life Insurance Myths Busted

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5 Life Insurance Myths Busted

By StatePoint

Life insurance. It’s something that most people need but a topic that no one wants to discuss, leading to many misconceptions. To help you make sense of it all, here are five common myths debunked — just in time for National Life Insurance Awareness Month in September: I’m single; I don’t need life insurance. Most…

Racial Disparity in School Discipline to Be Addressed

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Racial Disparity in School Discipline to Be Addressed

By Julia Werth | CTMirror.com

Latino students in Connecticut are suspended from school at twice the rate as their white peers even though they are vastly outnumbered by white students, according to a report released on July 26, by Connecticut Voices for Children. Latino students also experience harsher punishments for the same behaviors than their white counterparts, leading to more expulsions…

Help Aid the Creation of a Mobile Application that will Enable Children (age 13+) and Adults with Special Needs Make Friends

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Help Aid the Creation of a Mobile Application that will Enable Children (age 13+) and Adults with Special Needs Make Friends

By Juliana Fetherman, Founder & CEO of Making Authentic Friendships LLC

One of the biggest challenges any person with special needs or disabilities faces is lack of social skills. This makes it extremely difficult and, in some cases, nearly impossible, to make friends. My brother is 20 years old, diagnosed with autism and ADHD. Although high functioning and verbal, he lacks many social skills and is…

Don’t Let a Vacation Derail Your Diet

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Don’t Let a Vacation Derail Your Diet

By StatePoint

Vacation season is here and it’s no surprise that what you eat can have an impact on your weight. In a study from the University of Georgia, 61 percent of the participants gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds. Some even gained up to 7 pounds. Making healthy choices, even…

The Story of David Ostermayer

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The Story of David Ostermayer

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

Our interviewee today is David Ostermayer. You have a German last name but your Spanish is perfect, tell me why? “My father is a first-generation German, and that is why my last name is German, but I must admit that my German is very basic. As to my Spanish, my mother was born in Bogotá,…

Making the Most of Local Produce

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Making the Most of Local Produce

By StatePoint

Fresh, local produce is in its prime, making now the perfect time to take part in the farm-to-table movement. Whether you join a community supported agriculture (CSA) group or shop at your local farmers’ market, it’s easy to taste the elevated flavor profile of just-picked fruits and veggies. Make the most of the season with…

Democrats Sustain Malloy’s Vetoes, Frustrating Republican Leaders

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Democrats Sustain Malloy’s Vetoes, Frustrating Republican Leaders

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Clarice Silber | June 25, 2018 | CT Mirror

The General Assembly sustained all seven vetoes on Monday (06/25) that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued following this year’s legislative session. Among the measures the governor rejected were bills that would have limited the fiscal bailout of Hartford, created a new student suspension process, limited the Executive Branch’s authority to reduce municipal education grants, established…

WERACE Class of 2018 Graduates Students to a Life of Possibilities

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WERACE Class of 2018 Graduates Students to a Life of Possibilities

By Angela Barbosa

Family members and friends waited anxiously to celebrate the accomplishments of their loved ones as they processioned toward the Western Connecticut State University Visual & Performing Arts Center main stage to receive their diplomas. June 14 will be a day to remember in the lives of forty WERACE high school, six GED high school graduates,…

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