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The Story of Fernando Barahona

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The Story of Fernando Barahona

By María Danniella Gutiérrez-Salem

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….

New Report: 50 percent of Danbury Households Struggle to Pay for Basic Needs

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New Report: 50 percent of Danbury Households Struggle to Pay for Basic Needs

By Tribuna Staff

According to the 2018 ALICE Report for Connecticut, 40 percent of households in our state have income that falls below what is needed to pay for basic necessities such as housing, food, child care, health care, technology and transportation. ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) is a United Way acronym to describe hard-working, struggling households…

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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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…

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

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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…

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…

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…

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…

Attorney Agostinho J. Ribeiro Honored by The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States

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Attorney Agostinho J. Ribeiro Honored by The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States

By Tribuna Staff

On June 8, at the Connecticut State Capital, Hall of Flags, in Hartford, The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) honored Attorney Agostinho “Augie” Ribeiro, CEO of Ventura Law with its Community Leadership Award. The award honors individuals who have excelled or served as role models in their Portuguese-American communities. PALCUS was founded…

The Story of Elmer Palma

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The Story of Elmer Palma

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is a very active member of our community. His name is Elmer Palma. Tell me how you started your life in the United States? “I think I should say the usual phrase that it was not easy. It seems incredible how 28 years have passed since I arrived in Stamford, Connecticut, from…

Avianca Brazil Strengthens Expansion Strategy with New and More Frequent Flights

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Avianca Brazil Strengthens Expansion Strategy with New and More Frequent Flights

By Tribuna Staff

Avianca Brazil, the Star Alliance Brazilian member, has announced a series of news items for the market. In line with the company’s international expansion plan, Avianca Brazil will open another daily and direct flight to Miami and its third between Guarulhos (São Paulo) and Santiago (Chile) airports.  On domestic flights, besides the operation in Vitória, which…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Story of Rodrigo Satizabal

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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…

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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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…

Don’t Simply Age, Age With Grace

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Don’t Simply Age, Age With Grace

By Tribuna Staff

Let us introduce ourselves – we are Grace Medical Aesthetics, an anti-aging medical practice out of Southbury. Grace Medical Aesthetics offers customized treatment plans for facial rejuvenation through wrinkle relaxers, dermal fillers, laser treatment and medical grade skincare treatments and products. Noninvasive body sculpting can be achieved through two incredible treatment options, CoolSculpting and Ultherapy. Grace…

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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Parkland School Shooting: All Systems FAILED

By Emanuela Palmares

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

The Story of Néstor Temoche

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The Story of Néstor Temoche

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem | Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

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

Budget Deal Has Plenty for Connecticut

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Budget Deal Has Plenty for Connecticut

By Ana Radelat | CTMirror.com

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

Online Dating

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Online Dating

By Catherine Blinder

Looking for your special someone? In recent years, people have grown more comfortable with online dating as a way to meet others. In fact, 15 percent of adults in the United States have reported using online dating sites or online dating apps to meet people. Nearly 25 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds report using mobile…

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

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

By Tribuna Staff

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

Discover Real Discounts in Connecticut – Part 2

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Discover Real Discounts in Connecticut – Part 2

By Nora Duncan

AARP Connecticut offers members terrific year-round opportunities to save money and connect them with people and places in their community while supporting local, nonprofit educational and cultural venues. AARP members can enjoy great discounts on admission and memberships to a variety of Connecticut museums and cultural attractions, local theater, musical performances, educational classes and more!…

Cranberry Almond Scones

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Cranberry Almond Scones

By Alicia Ghio

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

Opening a Door to a Future in the Sports World

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Opening a Door to a Future in the Sports World

By Estela Camacho

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

United Way Fights for Economic Health: We Can Help You Realize Your Financial Goals

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United Way Fights for Economic Health: We Can Help You Realize Your Financial Goals

By Surline Jolicoeur and Sofia Dupi, United Way of Western Connecticut

At the beginning of the new year, many of us make resolutions to improve some aspect of our lives. Have you resolved to improve your financial life, move closer to your dream of homeownership or to make 2018 the year you finally set up a college savings or retirement account? United Way may be able…

Intercultural Marriage

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Intercultural Marriage

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…

4 Steps to a Healthier You this New Year

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4 Steps to a Healthier You this New Year

By StatePoint

Want to make resolutions you’ll keep this new year? Think simple, sustainable changes. Follow these four steps for a healthier you, inside and out. Stick to Your Workout After the holidays, the gym is filled with people who have resolved to incorporate exercise routines into their lives. Come February, the novelty of the new year…

Excellence & Tradition at St. Mary School in Bethel

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Excellence & Tradition at St. Mary School in Bethel

By Greg Viceroy Principal, St. Mary School

While society changes and evolves, one fact always remains: a quality education is the key to success. St. Mary, a pre-k through eighth grade school, provides excellent academics as well as guided character development, exciting after-school activities and a nurturing, family atmosphere. Now, the opportunity to attend our great school is a reality through financial…

An Extra Special Christmas Celebration

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An Extra Special Christmas Celebration

By Karla Rensch

Children are special for they all carry within – something pure, amazing and naïve. There is a group in this magical children’s world whose diagnoses and challenges make them even more special. They have unique personalities, academic development and ways to interact with society. A child with special needs is one that requires a different…

The DAYO Lightning Track and Field Team

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The DAYO Lightning Track and Field Team

By Estela Camacho

On November 13, 2017, the DAYO Lightning Track and Field Team embarked upon its first indoor season. The lightning track team started in the spring of 2011, the brainchild of a discussion on a bus ride home from a Pee Wee Trojan football game. Shortly thereafter, it became a part of the Danbury Youth Athletic Organization…

The Story of Dennis Diaz

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The Story of Dennis Diaz

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is Dennis Diaz, originally from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, who came to the United States when he was nine years old. How was that change for you? “The truth is that it was difficult, because my family was separated for a while. My father came first to work at a tobacco company….

Tips to Reduce Holiday Spending, Without Cutting Back on Cheer

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Tips to Reduce Holiday Spending, Without Cutting Back on Cheer

By StatePoint

Amid the merriment of the holiday season is a hard reality — nearly six in 10 Americans don’t have enough savings to afford an unexpected expense like a $500 car repair or a $1,000 emergency room bill, according to a bank survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associations International. While 83 percent of U.S. consumers…

Senate Approves Sweeping Tax Overhaul Despite CT Dem Opposition

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Senate Approves Sweeping Tax Overhaul Despite CT Dem Opposition

By Ana Radelat | ctmirror.org

On December 2, the Senate passed a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code that would end the deductibility of state income taxes and eliminate other popular tax breaks while lowering tax rates for individuals and corporations. With Vice President Mike Pence presiding over the Senate, the bill was approved on a 51-49 largely party…

Maple Mustard Roast Pork Tenderloin

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Maple Mustard Roast Pork Tenderloin

By Alicia Ghio

We typically do Sunday dinner as a family. Sometimes it’s fancy, and sometimes it simple comfort food. It doesn’t really matter; it’s more important that we get together, share a meal, talk about our week, and connect. It’s a tradition. At this time of year, as the temperatures fall and we all gear up for…

The Importance and Value of Giving Back

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The Importance and Value of Giving Back

By Isabel Almeida, United Way of Western Connecticut

There’s an old Portuguese proverb that has deep relevance to the work of United Way. And, over the last few years, as United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) has focused their work on hard-working, struggling households called ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), that proverb has taken on new meaning. “A caridade bem ordenada, por…

Winter Is Coming!

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Winter Is Coming!

By Catherine Blinder

It’s taken longer than usual this year– but it’s finally cold outside! And that means families need to start preparing for winter. That means things like locking down home heating fuel contracts, weatherproofing windows and doors, cleaning chimneys, doing last-minute repairs on our homes, and of course, holiday shopping. Make sure to plan ahead, make…

Tickets to Shows Make Great Holiday Gifts!

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Tickets to Shows Make Great Holiday Gifts!

By Tribuna Staff

The Ridgefield Playhouse has something for everyone on your list, from stocking stuffers to fun family shows like Masters of Illusion on February 13 or Shanghai Acrobats on March 18 or a night out to a concert or comedy show – like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on February 24 and 25, Lewis Black on February 25, LaKisha Jones “With Love…

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