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‘Deeper, not wider’: As New Britain loses several Catholic churches, Rev. Michael Casey sees small but intentional community growing together

The impending consolidation of several Catholic churches in New Britain will represent a loss in the number of buildings and weekend Masses, but ultimately could bring a greater unity among parishioners across the city, Rev. Michael Casey said Tuesday. The Hartford Archdiocese announced this month that St. Jerome, St. John, St. Joseph and St. Francis of Assisi will remain operating as parish ...
Middletown Press

Shelton’s White Hills tree lighting Saturday

SHELTON - White Hills Voluntary Fire Company’s annual tree lighting will be ushering in the arrival of Santa and offering residents a chance to brighten the holidays for needy children. The White Hills Community Tree Lighting — hosted by the White Hills Fire Co. in conjunction with TEAM Inc.’s annual...

7 Places in the Hudson Valley to Have Brunch with Santa

The holiday season last year was a little iffy, to say the least. It's hard to have fun and spread good cheer during a global pandemic. This year is turning out to be much better. Want to give your kids an extra special treat this year? How about a brunch with Santa Clause? There are several places throughout the Hudson Valley offering brunch or breakfast with Santa, and to make it easier for you, we've compiled a list of some of those places.

Charter Oak Celebrates Ten Years of Brewing

Danbury’s Charter Oak Brewing Company celebrated its ten-year anniversary with an Oktoberfest party in its Biergarten on Oct. 16. Almost 1,000 guests from Connecticut and New York turned out to fête the brewery during the OAKtoBEERfest event, enjoying freshly grilled German Brats paired with more than ten Charter Oak Brewing Co. beers on tap, along with cask selections brewed especially for the event. More fun was had with raffle prizes and live music by Tony & The West Siders and Touro Sentado. Founded in 2011 by P. Scott Vallely and Michelle Vallely, the Danbury-based brewery and taproom offers a variety of small batch beer, hand crafted from 100% natural ingredients, including pale ales, lagers, IPAs, brown ales and sours through its 10 rotating draft lines.


The Outreach Committee from North Congregational Church in Woodbury held a winter coat drive recently. More than 100 coats were collected and given to ACTS 4 Ministry in Waterbury. Pictured is Chris Pearce of Woodbury, an Outreach member. North Church is active in many programs locally including the Woodbury Food Bank, Loaves and Fishes, The Cornerstone Project, and a Giving Tree for Christmas.

Poughkeepsie Ice Rink Offers Fun and Affordable Winter Recreation

One of my favorite things to do growing up was ice skating. My dad taught me how to skate starting about the time I was 4 or 5 years old. I remember using one of those red skate training walkers that you hold onto and push for balance and stability. It wasn’t long until I didn’t need it anymore, and I would zip around the rink. I was never one who cared much about doing tricks or playing games: I craved speed. By middle school, skating was a regular pass time for my friends and me on the weekends. In high school, skating became a great date location. I didn’t skate nearly as much in college, but I always found an excuse here or there to lace up the skates. Going to college in Albany, I would try to make one visit a year to Empire Plaza’s outdoor skating (which is beautiful, and I highly recommend it).


Southbury Ambulance Association volunteers supported the Southbury Food Bank by collecting food donations at the annual Stuff an Ambulance Food Drive on November 21 at Stop & Shop in the Southbury Plaza. The SAA, in conjunction with the Southbury Police Department, collected a generous amount of food and monetary donations. Among those collecting donations were (from left) Southbury Police Officer Anthony Armeno, Ann Marie Galus, director, Southbury Food Bank, and Southbury Ambulance Chief Geralyn Hoyt. Those seeking additional information may reach SAA by emailing

‘Much needed’ additional parking approved at Ridgefield Recreation Center

RIDGEFIELD — Users of the Recreation Center and Founders Hall will soon have more space to park thanks to a recent approval from the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission. The unanimous decision — with one commissioner absent and one recusing from the vote — will add 30 new parking spaces dedicated to the facilities, which are located off of Danbury Road.

Study to be presented on faster train ride from Danbury to NYC

DANBURY — The public may hear updates next week on the long discussed plans to create a faster train ride from Danbury to New York City. Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell will hold a virtual public meeting at 3 p.m. next Monday to discuss a study exploring the feasibility of restoring passenger rail service between Danbury and Southeast, N.Y.

Frosty the Snowman to Appear at Stepney Green Tree Lighting

MONROE — The Save Our Stepney Task Force will light up the Stepney Green with Frosty the Snowman at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 4. The rain date is 7 p.m. Sunday, December 5. There will be more than 300 luminarias and the holiday tree will be decorated with more than 500 LED bulbs. Members of Save Our Stepney Task Force, the Stepney Volunteer Fire Company, the Stepney Baptist Church and Frosty the Snowman, are collaborating in celebrating of the 21st annual tree lighting.

Mary D. Moore

MIDDLEBURY — Mary D. Moore, 83, died on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Dave Moore; her daughter, Orris Litz; her son, David Moore; her daughter-in-law, Tashi Ridley; her former son-in-law, Andrew Litz, and her three fantastic grandchildren: Catherine, Graham and Gabriel.

Brooklyn’s Favorite Bakery Café Moving in to Wappingers Falls

The owners of a wildly popular cafe in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens are bringing their popular sweet treats to the Hudson Valley. Over the past year, an influx of people from Brooklyn has made the Hudson Valley their new home. Now, it appears their favorite restaurants are beginning to follow them up north.
Chesire Herald

Winter Festival Returns To High School In December

Winter Festival Returns To High School In December. This year, on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cheshire High School will be holding its eighth annual Winter Festival. Organizers have partnered with the Ryan T. Lee Memorial Foundation and all proceeds go to this foundation. The Ryan...
Stamford Advocate

Who represents you in Congress? That might change in these CT towns

A shift in the state’s population, and a small increase over the last 10 years, is causing a realignment of the five U.S. congressional districts to evenly divide Connecticut’s 3,605,944 residents. That means musical towns, at least in a few places. We don’t know which towns that will be as...