Amanda Bloom

Hurricane Irene Aftermath

Millions of people throughout the East Coast remain without power following Hurricane Irene’s visit.  Here at The Mercurial we wish you all well and hope that you and your loved ones stayed safe. Here is some of your footage of Irene’s damage  from throughout the… Read more »


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The Stuck Shirt Saga, Day 13

by Amanda Bloom THIS STUCK SHIRT SAGA has been quite the ride, and I am sad to say that the ride is over.  At about noon yesterday, August 25, the wife beater was caught by a gust of wind and landed in the middle of… Read more »


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The Stuck Shirt Saga, Day 6

by Amanda Bloom It has been a precarious couple of days for the shirt. I travelled extensively around Newtown, Bethel and Danbury yesterday (day 5), and since the shirt is now completely dry, the lower part of the shirt “bundle” has begun to billow like… Read more »


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The Stuck Shirt Saga, Day 4

by Amanda Bloom At about 1am last Saturday night/Sunday morning, I returned to my car from the Bruvahs for Life benefit at Heirloom to find a soaked wifebeater stuck to my rear windshield.  It is now Wednesday, and the shirt still remains. Clearly, I must… Read more »


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A Benefit for Eric Chapman

ERIC CHAPMAN has really left a mark on the Greater Danbury, Connecticut community – it’s likely that you, or someone you know, is sporting one of his masterful tattoos. This past Father’s Day, Chapman was involved in a car accident which he was lucky to… Read more »


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#46: 33 Crosby Street

You can’t help but be hopeful about Danbury’s revitalization when you look at the transformation that’s occurred at 33 Crosby Street.     You can’t help but be hopeful about Danbury’s revitalization when you look at the transformation that’s occurred at 33 Crosby Street.  What… Read more »


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The Sierra Nevada Bar Bike.  Photo by John Watson.

Back From Beer Camp

  The Hop Smack Double Black is coming back.  Mark Tambascio, co-owner of My Place Restaurant and Tap Room in Newtown, Connecticut, thought that three kegs of this tasty black India Pale Ale (IPA) would last a week in his bar, but his patrons went… Read more »


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Incarcerated Voices

by Amanda Bloom and Lisa Marie Ackerly The Garner Correctional Institution is an all-male level four high-security state prison in Newtown, Connecticut.  Here, inmates are serving anywhere from two to 100 year sentences – a total of 648 inmates as of the beginning of 2011. … Read more »


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Another Business Deterred from Danbury

by Amanda Bloom “John will have a brewery – depending on where it is, that’s the question.” This is what Mark Tambascio, owner of My Place Restaurant and Tap Room in Newtown, Connecticut, has to say about award-winning homebrewer John Watson. Danbury was one place… Read more »


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#40: Library Place

Danbury’s Library Place, home to The Mercurial and The Mercurial Collective art gallery, is a lovely little street connecting Main Street and Terrace Place at an angle of about 35°.     Danbury’s Library Place, home to The Mercurial and The Mercurial Collective art gallery,… Read more »


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A New Direction For Danbury, part 2

by Joshua L. Durkin A RENAISSANCE is a period of reinvigoration, of renewed interest. In our time of economic woes, change is needed on all levels of society. That’s precisely what the Main Street Renaissance Task Force envisions. In the coming years, there will be… Read more »


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