Danbury Garden Club awards $3,000 in scholarships, among area highlights

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The Danbury Garden Club recently awarded two scholarships at the club’s annual meeting at the Ridgewood Country Club.

Students must be a Connecticut resident attending Western Connecticut State University or Naugatuck Community College full-time in good standing and majoring in plant biology, ecology, or a related field.

Sebastian Palacio received a $2,000 scholarship. His major is Integrative Biological Diversity with the goal of being an outreach biologist. He hopes to earn a master of science degree from WestConn in 2024.

The Danbury Garden Club also selects a current or former student member of its junior garden club group.

Melina Cummings received a $1,000 scholarship. She has been a committed member of the club for six years. She is known for helping young members and undertakes all activities with passion and determination.

Anyone interested in the Danbury Garden Club can contact club president Berni Kallas at 203-797-1727.

Danbury

marching band to play

The Danbury Brass Band will perform a free concert from 2-3:15 p.m. on September 4 at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 18 Clapboard Ridge Road, Route 39, Danbury.

The program will include premieres of original music and arrangements of many types of music.

Originals will include Ernest Adams’ “Lime Rock Suite” and Thomas Caprino’s “The Hero Awakens.”

Arrangements of other music by Joseph Stamboni, John Beers and composer Alan Raph will include “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, “That’s What Friends Are For” by Burt Bacharach, “Polka and Fugue” by Schwanda the Bagpiper by J. Weinberger, “Pavanne” by Morton Gould, “South African Trilogy”, “In My Life” and “Nowhere Man” by the Beatles, “Farandole” and more. The concert will be without intermission.

The Danbury Brass Band is celebrating its 40th year of free concerts in the Danbury area.

The set toured the northeastern states of the United States. The ensemble also toured Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda and Ireland.

The group encourages the writing of brass music and has a library of over 500 original pieces and arrangements.

Contact Raph at 203-746-4222 for more information.

Danbury

Veteran recognized as “still in service”

David Vieira, Senior Deputy Commander of the Danbury Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 149, was honored for his dedication to the country through the national VFW #StillServing campaign.

The campaign was launched in March 2020 to recognize veterans who continue to serve in their community after the military.

Vieira helped recruit young veterans to secure the future of the post and enable him to become more active in the community. He created a Post website, launched a Friday barbecue that raised more than $2,000 for local youth sports organizations, including high schools, little leagues and varsity teams, and played instrumental in transforming the Post into a service-oriented, family-friendly place. the camaraderie of veterans. He is also working with veterans to build a memorial for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.

New Milford

Seniors Day Winner Announcement

Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation and Italia Mia Restaurant in New Milford recently collaborated to celebrate Older Adults Day with a special tomato sauce recipe program and Older Adults Day contest for New Milford residents aged 55 and over. Seniors in the community were invited to submit their tomato sauce recipes in exchange for being entered into a raffle to win six home-delivered meals from the restaurant.

The winner of Seniors Day is Doris Anderson. She prepares her tomato sauce about once a week, usually with linguine. It’s a family favorite.

The center received dozens of recipes, some of which called for ingredients like cinnamon, carrots, smoked herring, beets and cocoa powder.

The recipes will be placed in recipe booklets that the center is creating to be given out as gifts during the holidays.

Regional

United Way of Western Connecticut will host 5K

United Way of Western Connecticut’s King of the Hill 5K Race event will return in-person on Thursday, September 8 at 6 p.m. at Berkshire Corporate Park in Bethel.

The event will support ALICE or Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed households and help ensure that every child enters school ready to learn, every family is financially stable, and every community is healthy and strong.

This is one of United Way’s largest fundraising events, with funds raised supporting ALICE households in the organization’s 15 cities.

More than 40% of families in western Connecticut are considered ALICE households, which means they have household incomes above the federal poverty level, but below the basic cost of living threshold.

Financial constraints make it difficult to secure basic necessities, such as rent, childcare, transportation, housing and food.

The 2022 event will feature entertainment from radio personality Anna Zap of Star 99.9, pizza from Lion’s Bleecker Street Pizza restaurant in Newtown and craft beer from Danbury’s Charter Oak Brewing Company.

There will be nearly a dozen prizes up for grabs in a raffle on race day.

Runners can register as a team or as individual runners. The cost to register for the race is $40 before Tuesday, August 30. The cost is $45 from August 30 until race day. Same-day race registration is also available.

Riders can also organize personal fundraisers or create a team through the registration website.

Registration is available at https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Bethel/KingoftheHill5K.

More information and specific instructions for registering and creating teams can be found at https://www.uwwesternct.org/king-of-the-hill-5k.

Over a dozen companies have joined the event as sponsors of King of the Hill 2022.

Gold sponsors include: Amphenol RF, Berkshire Corporate Park, Duracell, Hoffman Energy, Nuvance Health and Ortho Connecticut.

Silver sponsors include: Ability Beyond, Connecticut Breast Imaging, Ingersoll Auto, Preferred Therapy, SoundView Financial Credit Union, Specialty Imaging.

Bronze sponsors include: SNAP Fitness of Bethel.

Questions about the event can be directed to United Way of Western Connecticut Events and volunteer manager Ebony Jeffress at [email protected]

Regional

The Fairfield County Bank holds its 151st annual meeting

Fairfield County Bank recently held its 151st annual meeting and elected five new corporators during the session.

The meeting took place at the Silver Spring Country Club in Ridgefield.

Attendees included the bank’s board of directors, the bank’s board of founders, and the bank’s senior management.

The meeting aims to update the founders on the financial health of the bank, the success and growth of the past year and the strategic plans for the coming year.

Fairfield County Bank Chairman Ralph L. DePanfilis welcomed everyone to the meeting. DePanfilis also led the vote to elect five new corporators.

The five new corporators are: Daniel Bara of Weston, Doug Bayer of Wilton, Peter Furfaro of Ridgefield, Robert Rossman of Brookfield and Jean Walker of Norwalk.

David A. Schneider, CEO of Fairfield County Bank, and Daniel L. Berta, President of Fairfield County Bank, presented on the bank’s finances, product and service offerings, innovation within the organization and community involvement.

Highlights of the presentation included a review of the bank’s strong financial position through rising inflation and Schneider’s current economic factors.

Berta touched on several topics, including the bank’s commitment to the Fairfield County community.

The bank donated nearly $1,000,000 in corporate contributions to more than 350 charities, with bank employees volunteering more than 3,300 hours throughout 2021.

Berta then highlighted the bank’s comprehensive banking service with access to insurance and investment services. Berta also talked about the bank’s online financial wellness platform which is powered by platform company Banzai free online financial literacy courses for students.

The platform supports students at 37 Fairfield County schools with articles, interactive lessons, and financial calculators on their financial literacy journey. The bank offers the program to its customers, community members, and local nonprofits with the ability to co-brand it for their members’ use.

The bank ranked #1 in customer service among all banks in Fairfield County, according to the 2021 Rivel Customer Benchmarks®.

Washington

Lions Club takes orders for Labor Day weekend lobster sale

The Washington Lions Club is hosting its annual Labor Day Lobster Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Elementary School Pavilion at 11 School St.

Lobsters from 1 to 1¼ pounds and more will be available.

Lobsters can be ordered in advance by leaving a message at 860-499-0783 with the caller’s name, phone number, and quantity and size of lobsters requested.

Pre-orders can be placed no later than Thursday 5 p.m.

All pre-ordered lobsters must be picked up by noon on the day of the sale.

Large orders and lobsters 1.5 pounds and over must be ordered in advance.

Proceeds from the sale will support several Lions Club initiatives, including the Washington Ambulance Association, scholarships for high school graduates and donations to other projects that benefit the city.

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