Monthly Archives: June 2012

State Rep. Dan Carter Kicks Off Campaign With Full House at Greenwood’s

State Rep. Dan Carter Kicks Off Campaign With Full House at Greenwood’s

State Rep. Dan Carter, center, stands with members of the Republican Town Committee  Paul Improta and Bill Hillman, right, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Szatkowski, Bethel Selectman, left, at his campaign kickoff fundraiser. Photo credit: Wendy Mitchell

Dozens of supporters came out to Greenwood’s Grille and Ale House Thursday evening to kick off State Representative Dan Carter’s campaign for re-election. Fresh off the heels of  Obama’s speech regarding Rep. Carter opened the evening with a few words about this change will affect each and every one of us and that changes need to be made on a state and national level to help those who are struggling. Carter said his top priority continues to be improving the economy.

“Every town is experiencing vacant storefronts and the impact of the poor economy; it’s not just Bethel,” Carter said. “I will continue to work on the with the Economic Development Commission on ways to create more jobs.”

In the 2011 legislative session, Rep. Carter joined Republican leadership to create the “no tax increase” budget as an alternative to the Democrats’ budget that included the historic $1.8 billion tax increase. He has been very active in the fight against overspending, tax increases and initiatives that inhibit job growth, according to his website.

Rep. Carter has joined legislators in the House and Senate to support bi-partisan legislation aimed at giving small businesses the assistance they need to grow and create jobs.

Rep. Carter served as a pilot in Saudi Arabia in Operation Desert Storm, two tours over war-torn Bosnia through NATO and served missions supporting this country’s drug interdiction program in Central America. His military dedication earned him the Meritorious Service Medal. Rep. Carter served his country as an Air Force reservist.  He also volunteers his time on behalf of the Air Force to mentor students interested in pursuing military careers. Rep. Carter is a proud member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Aircraft Owner’s and Pilots Association.

Rep. Carter resides in Bethel with his two children.

Firecrackers, Firecrackers, Boom Boom Boom! This Season’s Local Displays

Firecrackers, Firecrackers, Boom Boom Boom! This Season’s Local Displays

Photo contributed.

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

This weekend many area towns will celebrate our nation’s independence with July 4th fireworks celebrations. Below is a listing of just a few–

Friday, June 29

Town of Oxford Quaker Farms Fireworks Display will be held at Great Oak High School at 9:45p.m., 50 Great Oak Road, Oxford, CT.

Saturday, June 30 

The Danbury Volunteer Fireman’s Council is hosting their annual fireworks display at the Danbury Town Park over Candlewood Lake, 36 Hayestown Rd., Danbury. Hayestown Road. Roads will be blocked off at Hayestown Ave. across from St. Gregory’s Church as well as Hayestown by North Street. Shuttle busses will be available at two locations: North Street parking lot and St. Gregory’s Church parking lot on Great Plain road in Danbury. Shuttle busses begin at approximately 8:30p.m. and the fireworks begin after dark, at approximately 9:00p.m.

Tuesday, July 3 

The Danbury Fair Mall hosts fireworks at the Danbury Municipal Airport. Fireworks display begins at dark. Rain date is July 5th. Viewers can park in the parking lot of the Danbury Fair Mall.

The Town of Westport’s fireworks display is hosted by the Police Athletic Stadium and held at Compo Beach at 9:15 p.m. The rain date is July 5th.

Wednesday July 4

For a unique fireworks experience, check out Quassy Amusement Park ay 8:00p.m., Middlebury Road, Middlebury, CT. Their special 3-D fireworks presentation goes to benefit Prevent Blindness Tri-State. The event is being sponsored by Naugatuck Savings Bank, Gibraltar Pools, Price Chopper and Pepsi.

The Town of Ridgefield is holding their annual fireworks display at Ridgefield High School at 9:00p.m., 700 North Salem Road  Ridgefield, CT. Rain date is July 7th.

Washington- Shepaug Region #12 School South St, 9:15pm

Town of Wilton, Wilton High School Athletic Complex, 9:00p.m., Wilton, CT.

Saturday July 7

Town of New Milford – Fort Hill/Still Meadow 9: 30pm, presented by The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce. The fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m., launched from over Still Meadow on Fort Hill Road.

The Lion’s Club is sponsoring a carnival July 5 from 6 to 10 p.m.; July 6 from 6 to 11 p.m.; and July 7 from 5 p.m. until 10:30p.m.  at Young’s Field on Young’s Field Road. Tickets for rides will cost $1 each. A book of 28 will cost $25 or can pay $20 for a wrist band to ride the rides July 5 only.

The southern crossover of the Green and Bank Street will be closed from 2:30 p.m. until after the fireworks. Bank Street will be closed from 3:30 p.m. until after the fireworks show. Fort Hill Road, Peagler Hill and Town View Road will also be closed to traffic during the fireworks display.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk Registration Now Open

Registration Now Open for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk To Help Fund Lifesaving Research

Each participant carries an illuminated balloon during the Walk. Red for supporters, White for Survivors and Gold for loved ones lost. Photo contributed.

June 25, 2012 – Registration is open to join The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night® Walk onSaturday, September 29, 2012  at Newtown Youth Academy, Fairfield Hills Campus, Newtown, CT. Please join us to help build awareness for the over 1,012,533 people in the United States living with a blood cancer.

Light The Night, LLS’s annual fundraising walk held in communities throughout the country, features teams of co-workers, families and friends walking together at twilight holding illuminated balloons – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold to remember those who have died. The Walk, which commemorates lives touched by blood cancers, is a celebration, with music, refreshments and family activities. This years walk will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012  at Newtown Youth Academy, Fairfield Hills Campus, Newtown, CT. Festivities will begin at 5:00pm.

“Light The Night is the nation’s opportunity to pay tribute to lives touched by blood cancer,” said Jeannie Montano, Executive Director. “We are grateful to all of our participants for supporting this lifesaving program. The funds raised help LLS support cutting-edge research and provide much-needed patient services.”

Last year, participants in Light The Night Walk raised more than $51 million nationwide. For more information or to register for a local Walk, contact the Connecticut Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 203-665-1400 or

Every walker who raises $100* or more will become a Champion For Cures and will be recognized on the night of the Walk with:

A Light The Night t-shirt

– An illuminated Light The Night balloon in red (supporters), white (survivors) or

gold (in memory of a loved one)

– A wristband which entitles the wearer to food and refreshments

Be a Champion For Cures and let everyone know you’re helping cure cancer!

Summer Promotion: Between July 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012 when participants raise funds online ($250 or more), they will be rewarded with redeemable dinner codes through The promotion applies to funds raised for Light The Night Walk, online in the months of July and August only.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

:: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – CT Chapter | 372 Danbury Rd., Ste. 200, Wilton, CT 06897

:: 203-665-1400 VOIP/Ext 1415 | 


Fairfield County – Newtown:
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Newtown Youth Academy,Newtown

New Haven County:
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven

Eastern Connecticut:
Friday, October 12, 2012
Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket

Hartford County:
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk, South Windsor

Fairfield County – Norwalk:
Friday, October 26, 2012
Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk

CityCenter Danbury Offers Rooftop Concert Series

CityCenter Danbury Offers Rooftop Concert Series

The following is a press release sent in from CityCenter Danbury–



CityCenter Danbury’s concert presentation of “Pops Under the Stars” with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, played atop the Patriot Garage, was rousingly received, and since the Danbury Green bandshell is being renewed, CityCenter Danbury is going up on the roof again, with a celebration of the 60’s and of country music on the weekend after July 4th. With the support of Union Savings Bank; Comcast; Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith; Danbury Parking Authority; BRT; Danbury Cultural Commission;  Hat City Pools, and Downtown businesses, this summer season is sizzling.

The Sixties Show™, in performance on Friday, July 6th,  is NYC based and is regarded as The Greatest 1960‘s Musical Tribute Show in The World. The act features former members of Billy Joel’s and Elton John’s band, The Boston Pops® and current members of The Smithereens.  The members of The Sixties Show have toured and played with legendary acts such as Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys,  Mick Jagger, The Bee Gees, Blondie, Little Steven {Bruce Springsteen} Pete Townsend. Opening the evening is Phoenix Tree, and CityCenter Danbury’s “Non-Profit in the Spotlight” is the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT).

Gunsmoke, performing on Saturday, July 7th, is celebrating 25 years of entertaining audiences with their brand of Classic Country Music. The Nashville Recording Artists, have been inducted into the Connecticut Country Music Hall of Fame, The Country Music and Dance Hall of Fame in Mount Kisco NY, and elected Band of the Year six years in a row by, The New York Metro CMA. They have performed with musical legends, such as, Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Hank Williams Jr., Ray Price, and countless other country legends. They have performed for The President of the United States as well as on the World Famous Ernest Tubb’s Midnite Jamboree, in Nashville, TN, following The Grand Ole Opry. This Premier Country Band always brings a refreshing entertaining show for all ages to enjoy. Opening the evening  is The Midnight Blues, and CityCenter Danbury’s “Non-Profit in the Spotlight” is The Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut.

Performances begin at 7 pm, with headliners taking the stage at 8 pm. Parking is readily available at the Patriot Garage (but not on the roof!) and the concerts are elevator accessible. You can find tasty treats to snack on around the Green, including CityCenter Danbury’s most recent eaterie, Ortega’s.  For more information,  call CityCenter Danbury at (203) 792 1711. Follow the balloons from the Green to the top of Patriot Garage!


As the key management for downtown, CityCenter Danbury is a non-profit that works to meet, sustain, and surpass the four principals of Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring under the National Main Street Program. In partnership with the City of Danbury, the Office of Economic Development, and the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance, CityCenter Danbury enhances Western Connecticut’s urban core with arts, culture, entertainment, and a vibrant City life. Andrea Gartner serves as Executive Director and Pat Hembrook is Managing Director. CityCenter Danbury’s offices are located at 186 Main Street, phone: (203) 792 1711 or visit


Bethel Woman Swims in Annual Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim

Bethel Woman Swims in Annual Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim

Lisa Peden gives a thumbs up after she completed last year’s Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim. To Lisa’s right is Craig Beardsley, a 1980 U.S. Olympic Swim Team member and on the Swim Across America Board of Directors. Photo courtesy of Lisa Peden.

The following was sent in by Jenifer Howard, Jenifer Howard Public Relations–

Bethel, Conn., June 25, 2012 — Lisa Mele Peden of Bethel, Conn., swims for all of her friends and family that have experienced cancer.  She swims because it is her way of giving thanks for her own good health, celebrating those who survive, and remembering those who have passed.

And this Saturday, June 30th, Lisa Mele Peden will be joining more than 200 other swimmers who all will be making waves in the fight against cancer in the 6th annual Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim.

“This is my third year swimming in the Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim,” noted Peden, who is 47 years old and has lived in Bethel for ten years.  She is an active swimmer with the Mako Masters at the Greenknoll YMCA in Brookfield.  For Swim Across America, she is a member of “The Cure Ators” team, with more than 30 swimmers ranging from elementary school age to retirement age. Howie Senior is the team captain and John Jorkowski is their coach.  Howie Senior of New Milford, Conn., is another passionate supporter of Swim Across America and swimming for a cure.  Peden says their weekly swimming practices are the highlight of her week.

“I participate in Swim Across America because some of my friends and family have experienced cancer.  While a few have overcome and survived, others have not.  I am thankful for the quality of life of those who live on,” said Peden.  “Participating in SAA makes me feel like I can make a difference for people in the present and future and make meaning out of the suffering and passing of those who have already experienced cancer.”

The June 30th Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim is open to swimmers of all levels.  Swim Across America holds numerous swimming events throughout the United States each year. Swimmers, boaters, kayakers and land volunteers are encouraged to pre-register at to reserve their spot or register a team.  There are several different swim options including a half-mile or a 1.5 mile swim, or a three or five-mile challenge. And new this year is a “corporate pool challenge” for those that prefer the comfort of a pool or need to swim on a different date.  The “corporate pool challenge” allows swimmers to swim different distances and fundraise based on how many lengths of the pool they complete.  This is the sixth year the swim has been held in Greenwich-Stamford and benefits the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT), the nation’s only non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to funding cancer cell and gene therapy research. ACGT is headquartered on the Greenwich/Stamford border and serves as the start and finish line for the Swim. For more information, please visit, email or call 888-SWIM-USA.

Swim Across America is currently celebrating its 25thanniversary of “making waves in the fight against cancer.” While Swim Across America is a national organization, and hosts dozens of swims from Boston Harbor to under the Golden Gate Bridge, its roots are firmly anchored in Connecticut and along the Long Island Sound shore. Darien, Conn., resident Matt Vossler, and his lifelong friend and college roommate Jeff Keith founded the organization in 1987.  And, Janel Jorgensen McArdle, president of Swim Across America, and 1988 Olympic silver medalist and Pan American gold medalist, grew up in Ridgefield, Conn., and spent her summers swimming in Long Island Sound.

“Last year we had 225 swimmers, plus 120 land, kayak and boat volunteers participating in the Greenwich-Stamford Swim,” noted Janel Jorgensen McArdle, president and ceo of Swim Across America.  “This year, we hope to raise that number to close to 300 swimmers.  This is such an inspiring event that every year, our swimmers come back and bring their families, friends, co-workers, or a whole team to swim.”  Across the U.S., more than 4,000 swimmers, ranging in ages from four to 78, participate on an annual basis in the Swim Across America events.

“Many of our swimmers are either cancer survivors or have been touched by cancer in some way – either personally or by someone they know,” noted Matt Vossler, founder of Swim Across America.  “Those that participate are truly inspirational. With every stroke each swimmer makes, it’s a chance to save a life through the promise of cancer research and treatment.”

Locally, the Greenwich-Stamford Swims have raised a total of $1 million for the Connecticut beneficiary, the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT).  Nationally, Swim Across America has raised more than $40 million for cancer research, prevention and treatment.

Each participant in the half-mile and 1.5 mile swims are required to raise a minimum of $500 (swimmers under the age of 18 have a $300 minimum); swimmers in the three-mile challenge must raise $3,000, and those in the five-mile challenge must raise $5,000.  Volunteer opportunities for boaters, kayakers and land volunteers are also available.  For more information, visit or email Jacque Lang at or call 888-SWIM-USA or 203-438-0313.

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Rep. Scribner Recognized for Instrumental Role in School Transportation Safety

Rep. Scribner Recognized for Instrumental Role in  School Transportation Safety

Rep. Scribner holds his COSTA award beside Jean Cronin, COSTA’s government relations liasion, and Peter Agostini, President of COSTA. Photo contributed.

From the Office of State Rep. David Scribner–

HARTFORD—On Thursday, State Representative David A. Scribner (R-107) was applauded and honored by the Connecticut School Transportation Association (COSTA) for his tireless efforts to improve the safety of school transportation.

Rep. Scribner joined COSTA for their annual Board of Directors meeting, and spoke before the dozens of school administrators, transportation business leaders and public safety advocates who applauded his legislative accomplishments as Ranking Member of the Transportation Committee.

“As a legislator and a father, ensuring that students are transported under the safest conditions possible is a top priority. I am proud to have played a role in crafting legislation aimed at preventing child harm and improving the safety infrastructure of school transportation.” Rep. Scribner said.

In presenting the citation, Jean Cronin, COSTA’s government relations liaison, called Rep. Scribner “composed, helpful, caring, and thoughtful” and noted that he “asks all the appropriate questions” in a time of need.

Rep. Scribner added, “I am humbled by this recognition, and I am committed to continuing my work to enhance the safety of children in transit during the course of the school day.”

Some of the accomplishments that COSTA leadership identified when recognizing Rep. Scribner includes legislation:

◦                     Offering sales tax incentives for schools that purchase school buses with seat belts

◦                     Assisting the timely backlogging of criminal background checks for bus drivers

◦                     Streamlining the fingerprinting process for school bus drivers

COSTA is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization of pupil transportation carriers in Connecticut, responsible for transporting nearly 500,000 children to and from school daily. COSTA’s mission is to promote and foster the highest degree of safety in the transportation of school children. It is the leading organization in the state dedicated to improving safety for Connecticut children riding school buses.

Rep. Scribner serves as Ranking Member of the Transportation and Transportation Bonding Committees. He has previously been appointed by the Speaker of the House to the nationwide Transportation Committee of the National Council of State Legislators. In 2008 he was named Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association for his many successful leadership efforts to improve the safety of our roads and highways. He is largely credited with annually defeating proposed legislation to re-implement highway tolls in the state.

Rep. Scribner represents the communities of Bethel and Brookfield