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Never Too Early for Holiday Shopping Tips!

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Never Too Early for Holiday Shopping Tips!

By Catherine Blinder

It’s fall, and time to enjoy these last few weeks of warmth. And now that Halloween has passed, we can begin to get ready for the upcoming holiday season! Unfortunately, these days, Thanksgiving brings, along with family and friends and food, Black Friday shopping frenzy. However, as more and more people try to avoid going…

Raising Children in Difficult Times

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Raising Children in Difficult Times

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

The recent occurrences of tragedy, death and unrest in the world have shaken many families to the core. While wanting to protect our families from such news, we also can be thinking about what we can do as parents and extended families to help raise children to be more empathic and have the skills to…

“Don’t Let Them Take You for a Fool” – An Evening of Comedy with Marian Pabón

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“Don’t Let Them Take You for a Fool” – An Evening of Comedy with Marian Pabón

By Angela Barbosa

For those victimized by scammers, becoming educated about the subject, laughing and enjoying complimentary dinner and drinks, was quite a treat. On November 1, as part of AARP CT’s ongoing effort to educate people on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud and identity theft, they invited Marian Pabón, a Puerto Rican actress, stand-up…

Thanksgiving Day

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Thanksgiving Day

By Karla Rensch

Americans, as well as Brazilians, are culturally prone to celebrations; both enjoy living well and celebrating life. Unlike in Brazil, in the United States, there is a national holiday that halts the country in a noble and captivating way, for it is a day of gratitude, when families and friends gather to feast and together…

Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences By Understanding What Your Child Is Learning

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Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences By Understanding What Your Child Is Learning

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

It’s that time of year again, when parents attend parent-teacher conferences to learn how their children are doing is school. Conferences are a dedicated time between parents and teachers to speak about your children, what they are excelling in and how you can support learning at home. Regardless of how your children are doing in…

All Dressed-Up to Go on the Trick-Or-Treat Trail

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All Dressed-Up to Go on the Trick-Or-Treat Trail

By Angela Barbosa

So much planning and excitement surrounds choosing the perfect costume for Halloween. From gruesome characters to favorite super heroes, adults and little ones are becoming more and more creative every year. Once costumes have been selected, it is time to plan a safe trick-or-treat trail. So here are some Halloween ideas happening in Danbury: Sensory-friendly…

Carmen: A Saga of Love and Betrayal

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Carmen: A Saga of Love and Betrayal

By Karla Rensch

Opera is a genre of creative acting consisting of a dramatic composition in which performers combine instrumental music and singing, with or without spoken dialogue. The singers are accompanied by a musical group that, in some operas, can be an entire symphony orchestra. Opera singers stand out for their striking and remarkable voices, like the renowned Brazilian…

Discover Lifelong Learning Opportunities in Connecticut

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Discover Lifelong Learning Opportunities in Connecticut

By Nora Duncan

As an organization, AARP provides valuable information and resources on many important topics that impact residents of all ages. An essential element in all of our work is to empower people to choose how they live as they age. The beauty of being able to choose how you live as you age is an opportunity…

Running Right to Avoid Common Injuries

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Running Right to Avoid Common Injuries

By Ross Henshaw, M.D., Sports Medicine Specialist, OrthoConnecticut

Running is a wonderfully efficient way to improve your health, except when it produces chronic injuries. The best way to safely enjoy a running program is to gradually build the intensity of your workouts. WHAT THE PROS SAY Typically, a running coach or trainer will recommend increasing distances no more than 10 percent a week….

Living in Plenitude

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Living in Plenitude

By Karla Rensch

The search for a better quality of life is part of everyday reality for contemporary families, and that quest has ignited the growth of a unique and effective market for holistic therapists, like Brazilian Silvana Rossini, who practices in conjunction with naturopathic doctors. Sparked from a change in her own reality, she realized that she…

Building Community Trust in Police and Schools

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Building Community Trust in Police and Schools

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Last Friday, September 28, the Danbury community came together at the Party on the Patio, sponsored under the umbrella of DanburyWorks, at the Danbury Police Department. Attended by over 150 families, diverse groups came together to celebrate their families, and talk to police officers and other community groups. The driving impetus for the event came…

Prepare Now for Winter

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Prepare Now for Winter

By Catherine Blinder

It’s hard to imagine that winter will ever come when it’s ninety degrees outside – but it will be here sooner than you think and now is the time to make arrangements for all those cold-weather repairs and general maintenance! That means locking down home heating fuel contracts, weatherproofing windows and doors, cleaning chimneys, cleaning…

Bringing Brazilian Fashion to Danbury

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Bringing Brazilian Fashion to Danbury

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Whether dressing for business, casual occasions or the beach, fashion in Brazil is often synonymous with vibrant colors. And you don’t have to travel abroad to add a few pieces of trendy Brazilian clothing to your wardrobe. On September 7, as the community celebrated the Independence Day of Brazil, Mayor Mark Boughton and members of…

The Importance of Early Identification, Referral and Services

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The Importance of Early Identification, Referral and Services

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Are you concerned about your child’s growth and development? Do you see your child lagging behind children of a similar age at birthday parties or at the park? Is your child 10 months old and not crawling or picking up finger foods or 18 months old and not walking? Some children begin talking right after…

Soccer Injury Prevention

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Soccer Injury Prevention

By Dr Lee Day PT, DPT, MS, ATC, CSCS, ITPT

Soccer is by far the number one sport in the world; over 226 countries participate and over 240 million men, women, boys and girls of all ages are players. A typical soccer player will average 7 to 9 miles of running per game, depending on their position. Soccer entails a lot of stop and go,…

ARC Is Recruiting Volunteers to Work as Mentors for Kids in Danbury Program

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ARC Is Recruiting Volunteers to Work as Mentors for Kids in Danbury Program

By Tribuna Staff

The Association of Religious Communities (ARC) is pleased to collaborate with the Danbury Public School system by helping to meet the need for volunteer mentors through the KIDS (Kids In Danbury Schools) program. This program has been operating under the guidance of ARC for the past four years. During this time, the program has expanded…

Art in Graphite

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Art in Graphite

By Karla Rensch

Art nurtures the soul and it is the direct way artists come into contact with their innermost, sacred selves. As regards Brazilian art in Connecticut and the surrounding area, an interesting and highly renowned profile in social media comes to mind, a charismatic artist who disseminates her art through graffiti anywhere she goes. Veronica Martins…

Marian Pabón and AARP Connecticut Bring FREE Food and Laughter to Danbury

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Marian Pabón and AARP Connecticut Bring FREE Food and Laughter to Danbury

By Nora Duncan

In life, things are not always as they seem. Sometimes an offer is too good to be true. Sometimes a person is not who they seem to be. While these situations can come to a harmless – or hilarious – end, they can also lead to devastating consequences. AARP Connecticut invites you to a FREE…

September is Attendance Awareness Month

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September is Attendance Awareness Month

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Students who attend school on a consistent basis have better grades, become academically proficient and are on a trajectory to high school graduation. One would think that consistent attendance is the norm for most students; however, this is not the case. Though Danbury Public Schools has one of the lowest chronic absenteeism rates in the…

The Danger of Synthetic Drugs

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The Danger of Synthetic Drugs

By Catherine Blinder

Have you noticed something new on the counters at your local gas station, bodega or convenience store – innocent-looking little foil packages, no bigger than a teabag, often with bright colors and cartoon characters? Often marketed as “incense,” they have names like K2, Spice, Pep Spice, Spice Silver, Sence, Skunk, Yucatan, Fire, Bliss, Black Mambo,…

New Owner to Two-Step Arthur Murray Into New Direction

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New Owner to Two-Step Arthur Murray Into New Direction

By Tribuna Staff

Andy Cabell never saw himself owning a dance studio but now that he does, he has big plans for the Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Danbury. An instructor at the Danbury studio at 345 Main Street since 2009, Cabell, of New Milford, set aside plans to attend grad school and instead started teaching dance. When…

Celebrating the Independence of Brazil in Connecticut

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Celebrating the Independence of Brazil in Connecticut

By Karla Rensch

“… They heard from the placid shores of the Ipiranga The resounding shout of a heroic folk…” This is how the Brazilian National Anthem begins, uplifting the proclamation made by then Prince Regent Dom Pedro’s famous cry: “Brazilians, Independence or death!” This historical event is remembered as the “Cry of Ipiranga,” which took place at…

Danbury Philadelphia Assembly of God Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

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Danbury Philadelphia Assembly of God Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

By Angela Barbosa

The Danbury Philadelphia Ministry Assembly of God invites the community to celebrate its 30th anniversary in a four-day worship gathering at its location on 45 New Street. Thirty years ago, Pr. Manuel de Melo saw himself preaching to a small group of 12 members at the Philadelphia Church in Danbury. What was supposed to be…

Maintaining the Health of Your Brain and Your Mind

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Depression and anxiety are very real contemporary problems that affect thousands of people. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by 2020, depression will be the most crippling disease in the world. It generates that feeling of sadness that never goes way, the lack of stimulus that keeps one in bed and unwilling to perform…

Sanchez Repair Services Partners with Ferris to Offer the Best Mowers for Max Productivity

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Sanchez Repair Services Partners with Ferris to Offer the Best Mowers for Max Productivity

By Angela Barbosa

Whether you are a landscape contractor or a large estate owner, when it comes to accomplishing more with ease and without sacrificing a quality cut, the Ferris line of commercial landscaping and turf care equipment offers many high-quality machines and new products with innovative and industry leading designs. And they are available in Danbury now!…

Welcoming Statement from the Danbury Superintendent of Schools

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Welcoming Statement from the Danbury Superintendent of Schools

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Welcome to the new school year! I hope everyone enjoyed a safe summer full of activities with family and friends. Whether you are a returning staff member or family member. or if you are new to the district, we look forward to your involvement in the Danbury school community. Your valuable support helps our students…

Work Hard and Save Easy with the New Connecticut Retirement Security Program

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Work Hard and Save Easy with the New Connecticut Retirement Security Program

By Nora Duncan

Men and women across Connecticut are working hard to build a better future for themselves and their families. But too many have no access to a retirement savings plan at work, especially if they work for a small business. AARP is working to ensure Connecticut employees have an option to grow the savings they need…

Ferraz Services: Cleaning Services Done Professionally, On-Time and On-Budget

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Ferraz Services: Cleaning Services Done Professionally, On-Time and On-Budget

By Angela Barbosa

Driving up to an office, manufacturing facility, residential complex or even a retail outlet with a clean exterior will not only impress visitors and customers, it will also give a sense of pride to employees and residents. If you want to give your home or your commercial building more curb appeal, one great way to…

Rent to Own or Save for the Unexpected?

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Rent to Own or Save for the Unexpected?

By Catherine Blinder

If you’re just starting out and need furniture, or you find yourself suddenly needing to replace a broken stove, refrigerator, television or other electronics, you may be tempted by headlines that say – “No Credit Check!” or “Take it Home Today!” At many of the Rent to Own stores in the state, that’s exactly what…

Migrating with Your Mind, Leaving Behind Your Heart

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Migrating with Your Mind, Leaving Behind Your Heart

By Karla Rensch

“Incomplete migration that breaks your heart and soul into pieces”; that was how Maria do Socorro dos Santos, a Brazilian from Governador Valadares in the state of Minas Gerais, described her experience in the United States, a land she defines as blessed and full of opportunities. The dos Santos life story is one among the…

The Dog Days of Summer

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The Dog Days of Summer

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

“I want the rain to stop, Miss Anne,” stated an incoming kindergartener surrounded by children who chimed in singing their version of “Rain, rain, go away.” After the song, we talked about how “it has been raining for too many days” (as the students told me), how showers can start and stop quickly and how…

Today’s Minimally Invasive Spine Techniques

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Today’s Minimally Invasive Spine Techniques

By Dr. Justin Paul

If you suffer from persistent back pain with sciatica or neck pain shooting into the arm, you may be a candidate for a more permanent solution. Advancements in technology, technique and materials make surgery on the spine more effective and easier to recover from. More and more patients are able to leave the hospital quickly…

Ventura Law Donates $20,000 in the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic in our Communities

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Ventura Law Donates $20,000 in the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic in our Communities

By Angela Barbosa

Connecticut once again saw a year-over-year increase in the number of fatal drug overdoses, with 1,038 in 2017, compared to 917 in 2016. It was the first time the state had more than 1,000 accidental overdose deaths in a single year and nearly triple the amount in 2012, according to the Connecticut Office of the…

Beware the Traveling Pavers

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As the summer heats up, you notice things about your house that need repair. Especially if you own an old house, the maintenance seems never-ending! Driveways are one of those major investments that need attention every ten years or so. As the summer advances, you may notice scammers targeting older homeowners in your neighborhood. Every…

Adma Moura, New Brazilian Attorney Serving the Danbury Community

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Adma Moura, New Brazilian Attorney Serving the Danbury Community

By Karla Rensch

Migration is synonymous with opening horizons. Those who decide to become immigrants always carry baggage that is indeed heavy, but full of dreams and expectations. Nonetheless, apprehension of the unknown causes a lot of uncertainty. To adjust to a culture that is not your own, to come out of your comfort zone and face unimaginable…

Danbury Farmers Market Brings Fresh Food to Local Community

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Danbury Farmers Market Brings Fresh Food to Local Community

By Angela Barbosa

The weather was not that promising this past Saturday, but I decided to take a stroll through downtown Danbury and visit the so-anticipated Farmers Market at the Danbury Green. Cloudy or not, residents were not shy to come out to check the seasonal food and other items available from local farmers. With their fragile, seductive…

Summer Fun in the Sun

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Summer Fun in the Sun

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Summer is a wonderful time to try new things and visit unknown locations, and it offers time to improve our skills. Everyone has heard that summer learning loss causes students to return to school the next year having lost skills they had previously mastered. Summer reading is one of the best ways to combat summer…

‘Festa Junina” in the United States

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‘Festa Junina” in the United States

By Karla Rensch

It’s no secret that Brazilians are very enthusiastic people by nature, who love to rejoice. What many people may not know is that during the month of June, the “Festa Junina” (June Festival), also known as the “Festa de São João” for celebrating the nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24), is celebrated nationwide. It is…

Danbury Westerners’ 24th Annual Celebrity Breakfast

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Danbury Westerners’ 24th Annual Celebrity Breakfast

By Tribuna Staff

On June 8, the Danbury Westerners held their 24th annual celebrity breakfast, featuring speaker Chris Chambliss. Chambliss played for the New York Yankees, the Cleveland Indians, and the Atlanta Braves; he was also 1971 Rookie of the Year. He is a two-time World Series Champion as a player, and won four as the New York…

TBICO and WERACE Team-Up to Empower ESL Student Population

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TBICO and WERACE Team-Up to Empower ESL Student Population

By Angela Barbosa

A four-month partnership between services provided by The Bridge to Independence and Career Opportunities (TBICO) and Western Connecticut Regional Adult and Continuing Education (WERACE) offered 20 participants a class that combined English language instruction, civics education, workforce readiness and job-training skills. “The funding for the program was provided through a federal Program Enhancement Project federal grant….

You Can Be the Difference. Pledge to Vote in the 2018 Elections

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You Can Be the Difference. Pledge to Vote in the 2018 Elections

By Nora Duncan

The 2018 election to select our representatives for Connecticut’s state and federal legislative offices will be one of the most important in our lifetimes. Critical issues are on the line this November as we go to the polls to elect the candidates for roles that include our Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, Treasurer,…

Consumer Alert: Be Aware of Traveling Pavers’ Scams

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Consumer Alert: Be Aware of Traveling Pavers’ Scams

By Catherine Blinder

This early summer has brought early-blooming flowers, warm weather, longer days and, unfortunately, door-to-door scammers who try to take advantage of homeowners in a variety of ways. It seems like there are more every year – chimney repairs, magazine subscriptions, alternative energy contracts, lawn mowing and landscaping, house painting, roofers and gutter installers and the…

Credit Cards for People with Poor Credit Scores: 5 Things You Should Know

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Credit Cards for People with Poor Credit Scores: 5 Things You Should Know

By Renata DeOliveira

People who have a poor rating are likely hoping to rebuild their credit score. There are many different reasons for damaged credit, but there is always a way to rebound. One of the best ways to begin the rebuilding process is to open a new loan line. Fortunately, there are credit cards for people with…

Just How Fragile Are We Really? Are We Prepared?

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Just How Fragile Are We Really? Are We Prepared?

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D

Events in Danbury over the past few weeks have shown how fragile we are as victims of situations beyond our control. First, the waterline break at Tamarack Avenue stopped Danbury in its tracks, catching homeowners by surprise and unprepared. Many had no extra water or supplies on hand. Second, the more recent storm last week…

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…

AFC Urgent Care Celebrates Milestone in Danbury

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AFC Urgent Care Celebrates Milestone in Danbury

By Tribuna Staff

American Family Care (AFC) is celebrating its fifth year of providing medical care to the residents of Greater Danbury. AFC is the nation’s leading provider of urgent care and occupational medicine. In addition to providing high quality health care, AFC has created dozens of new jobs for the community. Independent owner and operator Tom Kelly says…

Cachaça – Catching the spirit of Brazil

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Cachaça – Catching the spirit of Brazil

By Karla Rensch

Brazilian cachaça, (a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice), is widely known as a quality alcoholic beverage that has prevailed as an export around the world. In 2017, according to the Brazilian Institute of Cachaça (IBRAC) and the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, the United States is still the main market for…

Winning the Battle Against the Scale

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Winning the Battle Against the Scale

By Karla Rensch

The adult obesity rate in the United States has been growing steadily since 1999, registering at 30.5 percent that year. It currently stands at an alarming level, affecting 39.6 percent of the adult population, according to a government report published in 2017. Experts from around the world are concerned because the condition is associated with…

What Is the Lemon Law?

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What Is the Lemon Law?

By Catherine Blinder

Buying a new car is a major investment, and most of us take a long time to make that decision. And after we compare prices, safety features, options, warranties and guarantees, we agree to pay a considerable amount of money for a vehicle we hope will last years and years. With so much to consider,…

Experience Ichiro

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Experience Ichiro

By Alicia & Renato Ghio

In an unassuming spot on Newtown Road near the Berkshire Shopping Center sits Ichiro Japanese restaurant. Opened in 2005, Ichiro offers a combination of Asian fusion, sushi and hibachi entrees. When it comes to atmosphere, there are two sides to Ichiro. For a boisterous environment with a large group, enjoy the hibachi area. For a…

2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

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2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

By Nora Duncan

The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications through May 16, 2018 to fund “quick-action” projects in communities across the country. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. The program is now in its second year and is part of AARP’s nationwide work on…

Public Libraries Offer a World of Knowledge for Free

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Public Libraries Offer a World of Knowledge for Free

By Karla Rensch

Nowadays, we notice that one of the biggest global concerns – education – transcends race, religion or cultural boundaries. Education causes constant uncertainty in parents who cautiously consider the planning of their children’s future. After all, children are the future foundation of humanity. It is a known fact worldwide that the United States is far…

Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation Supports New Healthy Living Community-Wide Website

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Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation Supports New Healthy Living Community-Wide Website

By Tribuna Staff

Age Well Community Council members gather at the Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation Partner Breakfast to accept the Foundation’s contribution for development of an online audio/visual informational tour of the new Age Well CT community-wide website, www.agewellct.org. Pictured are council members: June Renzulli, Peter & Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation (front left) and Probate Judge and…

Facebook’s Reach and Your Privacy

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Facebook’s Reach and Your Privacy

By Catherine Blinder

Recently, it was discovered that the private information of 50 million Facebook users was compromised – we don’t know exactly what that means, but we can be assured that at the very least, it means that a lot of personal information is no longer personal. But was our personal information ever personal? Facebook has become…

2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

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2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

By Nora Duncan

The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications through May 16, 2018 to fund “quick-action” projects in communities across the country. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. The program is now in its second year and is part of AARP’s nationwide work on…

Keeping Our Children Safe

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Keeping Our Children Safe

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

All parents want to provide for and keep their children safe; however, our world has changed. At home, we lock our doors, and teach children stranger danger and how to navigate our community and schools. Inevitably, it has become the responsibility of everyone to ensure our children’s safety. As children go to school, questions arise…

Pianist and Mezzo-Soprano Brazilian Divides Your Musical Passion

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Pianist and Mezzo-Soprano Brazilian Divides Your Musical Passion

By Karla Rensch

Music is one of the passions that accompanies a human being during his or her evolution process. In addition to acknowledging and surpassing cultural and economic boundaries, music is for many people the food that nourishes their soul. We can observe that in both the United States and in Brazil, love for music is widespread…

Westside Middle School Students Take Top Prizes in CT Science and Engineering Fair

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Westside Middle School Students Take Top Prizes in CT Science and Engineering Fair

By Tribuna Staff

Eight students from the Westside Middle School Academy STEM program took home prizes at the CT Science & Engineering Fair held on March 11 at Quinnipiac University in Hamden. For the past three years, WSMSA, led by science teacher and theme coach Jon Neuhausel, has been one of the top three middle school in the…

OrthoConnecticut Doctors Honored by Their Peers and Their Patients

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OrthoConnecticut Doctors Honored by Their Peers and Their Patients

By Tribuna Staff

The physicians at OrthoConnecticut have once again been honored with some of the country’s most prestigious awards. Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd., has recognized Dr. Andrew Bazos, Dr. Michael Brand, Dr. Joseph DiGiovanni, Dr. Ross Henshaw, Dr. John G. Lunt and Dr. Robert Yaghoubian as Top Doctors for 2017. Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors awards are given to leaders nominated by…

An Entire State Needs to Be a Part of Solution

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An Entire State Needs to Be a Part of Solution

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Connecticut has the 18th largest Latino and Hispanic population in the United States and the 15th largest Latino statewide eligible voter population, according to Pew Research Center. The successes, concerns and struggles of the state’s Latino and Hispanic residents are vital for Connecticut to reach its growth and development potential. Our state budget still has…

Are You a Victim of Cabin Fever?

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Are You a Victim of Cabin Fever?

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

When the weather turns cold, cabin fever sets in. You know the symptoms: feelings of isolation, restlessness and irritation and complaints of boredom. It’s a nasty feeling that everyone tries to avoid. But adults as well as kids can become victims. If you’re stuck indoors and crave a change of scenery, try these home remedies….

The Presence of Wine in Brazilian and American Cultures

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The Presence of Wine in Brazilian and American Cultures

By Karla Rensch

Wine is one of the oldest drinks in the world, with an eclectic historical and cultural background. Its regular consumption is prominent in every corner of the globe. Over the years, Brazilians have been learning to drink and enjoy good wine, while the American is already quite familiar with its peculiarities. Debora Dividino, a well-known…

New Danbury Business Aims to Be a One-Stop Shop for Multiple Services

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New Danbury Business Aims to Be a One-Stop Shop for Multiple Services

By Tribuna Staff

On March 10, the City of Danbury welcomed a new and locally owned business to the community -Integrity Insurance, Taxes and Services, LLC (IITS). Sandra Sanchez, owner and insurance agent, is taking on her first endeavor as a business owner. “Integrity Insurance Taxes & Services aims to provide the community of Danbury with quality services…

Funeral Home Scams to Avoid

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Funeral Home Scams to Avoid

By Catherine Blinder

In this column, we usually discuss ways to avoid scams and make smart choices for ourselves and our families regarding day-to-day decisions. But it’s important to talk about things that are difficult too, and nothing is more difficult that losing a loved one. Most of us would rather not think about funerals, and as a…

When You Need Home Healthcare

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When You Need Home Healthcare

By Catherine Blinder

Many of us are caring for, or helping to care for, older members of our extended families. There are over 47 million people over 65 in America today. In 2060, that number will likely double to 98 million. The responsibility can be challenging and difficult for family members caring for several generations at the same…

Your House or Mine: Meeting Families at the Front Door

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Your House or Mine: Meeting Families at the Front Door

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Meet families where they are; at their door, not your door. The phrase “hard-to-reach families” is a misnomer; there are no parents that are hard to reach. Rather, there are false assumptions about families that leads to assuming they are unreachable or don’t have the capacity to engage with their child’s learning. Do hard-to-reach parents…

Brazilian Carnival: An Unforgettable Spectacle

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Brazilian Carnival: An Unforgettable Spectacle

By Karla Rensch

The Carnival of Brazil is renowned worldwide for its splendor, uniqueness and originality. Taking place in a country rich in diversity, Brazil’s carnival is no different, showcasing in diverse ways each state and region of the country. It is no surprise that people in several parts of the globe watch the traditional parade of Rio…

Dominican Community Celebrates Independence Day

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Dominican Community Celebrates Independence Day

By Tribuna Staff

Shouting, “Viva la República Dominicana!” three dozen Dominican Americans celebrated the 174th anniversary of the country’s independence by raising the Dominican Republic’s red, white and blue flag at Danbury’s city hall. Dominican Independence Day commemorates the country’s break from Haiti in 1844. The holiday’s activities include a major presidential address to the National Assembly, a…

Bethel Native Receives “Wings of Gold” Graduating From Naval Flight School 

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Bethel Native Receives “Wings of Gold” Graduating From Naval Flight School 

By Lt. Veronica Bildzukewicz, Helicopter Training Squadron 18 Public Affairs Officer

A Bethel High School graduate and Bethel, Connecticut native recently completed naval flight school to receive the flight officer insignia known as “Wings of Gold” during a Winging Ceremony held at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field in Milton, Florida.  Ensign Matthew Correnty, a naval aviator, received his “Wings of Gold” serving with Helicopter Training (HT)…