Posts Categorized: Local News

Tasty, Tasty Danbury

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    “Taste it and you will get a desire for it.” –Irish proverb   The Taste of Greater Danbury, attracting upwards of 20,000 people over two days, is one of CityCenter Danbury’s highly anticipated annual events, and why not? It offers a world map… Read more »

Owen Eagen Selected as Chair of Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission

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  Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced that he selected Owen P. Eagan of West Hartford to serve as chairman of the Freedom of Information Commission (FOIC), the state body responsible for administering and enforcing the provisions of the state’s Freedom of Information Act,… Read more »

Danbury Police Misconduct

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A story reported by the News Times and the HatCityBlog is making waves: audio obtained from a March 8 traffic stop shows a Danbury police officer berating an undocumented immigrant.   According to the News Times, Officer Rob Madore initially stopped the car for running a… Read more »

Mega Hardcore Show Fights Cancer

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  Danbury, Connecticut resident Trista Vaughan, a 31-year-old mother of three, must be feeling the love.  Vaughan, a student at Paul Mitchell the School in Danbury, was recently diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and has been fighting hard ever since.   Vaughan’s boyfriend, Lou… Read more »

Long-Awaited Danbury History Book to Benefit Friends of Danbury Musem & Historical Society Authority

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  The Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Danbury’s Third Century: From Urban Status to Tricentennial, produced by Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) and written by Dr. Herbert Janick, Emeritus Professor at WCSU and William Devlin, a… Read more »

Hookah Headaches

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  Police from Fairfield asked the Public Health Committee Wednesday to allow them to regulate hookah lounges, which they said can currently act as de facto nightclubs in their town.   Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara testified in support of a bill introduced by Rep…. Read more »

Brause Realty Donates Space for HealingNewtown’s Art Activities

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  The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC) met last week for the first time in its temporary headquarters for the HealingNewtown project, an operation to help NCAC to manage the overwhelming response by artists, arts organizations, stakeholders, and the overwhelming number of creative contributions being… Read more »

Does Your Neighbor Own a Gun? You’ll Never Know in CT

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  In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, the Journal News of New York published an article and interactive maps including the names and addresses of Westchester and Rockland county gun owners. It prompted outrage from some readers, while others appreciated the information.   The controversial decision by… Read more »

Update: Sandy Hook Shooting

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  From the editor, Monday, December 17:   The Mercurial will not be doing any further reporting on the Sandy Hook shooting and will instead be focusing on getting the word out about how to help the Sandy Hook community.  If you have any information… Read more »

26 Declared Dead in Newtown School Shooting

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  A shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut around 9:30am has left 26 children and adults dead.  Reports indicate that 20 students and six adults, including the schools’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, and the school’s psychologist were killed.  Reports indicate that… Read more »

At Mohawk, the Snow is Good!

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by Mike Valletta AS OF LATE, I’ve been staying at the local resorts. The past week or so has been pretty dry for the ski resorts in the north country, so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity for me to spend my hard… Read more »

Local Businesses Unite Towns with Holiday Spirit

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by Amanda BloomBrought to you by Cassio Pet Resort & Training Center, Union Savings Bank, and Wingcat Web Design THE STONY HILL FOUR CORNERS ASSOCIATION (SH4C) is preparing for another cheerful and charitable holiday season with two tree lightings that will feature live music, singing,… Read more »

Danbury’s 2011 Mayoral Candidates

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A detailed note transcription of the 2011 Mayoral Debate that took place at Broadview Middle School on October 18. Watch the video inside and read the transcription to find out all you need to know about Mayor Mark Boughton and Decomcratic candidate Lynn Taborsak for… Read more »

Third Annual Car Show for Cancer

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by Amanda Bloom Three years after the first annual “Karing for Kelly” benefit, five-year-old Kelly Galarza is sitting at the counter of Nico’s Pizza and Pasta, enjoying a bowl of ice cream with her father, Luis.  George Korres, the owner of Nico’s, first put the… Read more »

The Stuck Shirt Saga, Day 13

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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 »

The Stuck Shirt Saga, Day 6

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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 »

The Stuck Shirt Saga, Day 4

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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 »

A Backyard Music Festival

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by Amanda Bloom With Bonnaroo, the Vibes and the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals behind us, it’s safe to say that we have reached the summer music festival season summit. But the greatness of a music festival isn’t necessarily measured by how many people come… Read more »

A Benefit for Eric Chapman

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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 »

Danbury Gets Another Art Gallery

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by Mike Ripollone Upon looking through the glass window of Art and Frame of Danbury, one realizes it is much more than a simple framing shop.  Rustically styled art shows the influence of nature in the shop’s upcoming gallery grand opening, scheduled for Saturday, June… Read more »

Incarcerated Voices

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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 »

Another Business Deterred from Danbury

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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 »

The Porthole, April 2011

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A window into Greater Danbury and beyond – April 2011.         A window into Greater Danbury and beyond. Submit your photos to The Porthole: editor@themercurial.com.Include your name, town of residence and where you took the photo.         Amanda Bloom… Read more »

Project Sends Fun Baskets to Children in Need

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by Amanda Bloom The Western Connecticut Business Volunteer Council (BVC) is now taking commitments for their 14th annual Spring Buddy Basket Project, a charitable project that distributes springtime activity baskets to low income pre-school children.  The BVC has been joining forces with other local organizations… Read more »

A Family Pharmacy

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by Lisa Ackerly At 8:30 in the morning, former New Yorker Jack Yeung, immunizing pharmacist and manager and owner of Main Street Pharmacy in downtown Danbury, puts on his white pharmacy coat after his hour and a half commute from Trumbull, Connecticut and greets every… Read more »

Breaking the Language Barrier

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by Amanda Bloom Since May of last year, the Danbury Public Schools Family Literacy Center (FLC) has been working with local families to support reading and other academic skills with various programs, all of which are free of charge. FLC programs offer guidance, play and… Read more »

A New Direction for Danbury

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by Amanda Bloom ON DECEMBER 8, 2010, Danbury’s Main Street Renaissance Task Force released Downtown Danbury: Issues and Recommendations 2010, a comprehensive plan to revitalize downtown Danbury.  The Task Force was formed in 2008, and the report has been highly anticipated.   The Mercurial will… Read more »

Something Awesome for the Gay Community

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by Amanda Bloom “Something…something… awesome.” This is the feel Jaime Randle and Jes Bengston wanted to create when they were first brainstorming about starting “something” over the summer.  The two young women met while working at a restaurant, and both were itching to do something… Read more »

It’s Chistmas at My House

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by Amanda Bloom From The Mercurial’s Christmas archives, published on 12/24/10: MY FAMILY became Christmas lawn decorators about 10 years ago, after my stepdad, Ernie, saw a friend’s uncle’s house in Trumbull all lit up.  “Uncle Bob” had hundreds, literally, of tiny snowmen covering his… Read more »

Fairfield County Mischief

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by Amanda Bloom Photos from a very haunted weekend. by Amanda Bloom     Photos from a very haunted weekend. My Place Pizza, Newtown House Party, Newtown Rosie, New Canaan

Interpretations of a Causeless Rally

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by Amanda Bloom POLITICAL COMEDIAN JON STEWART’S spoofy Rally to Restore Sanity was anchored at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. this past Saturday, but many who supported the cause and couldn’t trek to D.C. organized smaller and more localized rallies all across the country. … Read more »

Danbury Celebrates 325 Years

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by Amanda Bloom photos by Jim Dietter and Amanda Bloom   THE CELEBRATION OF DANBURY’S 325TH BIRTHDAY coincided with the 24th annual Taste of Greater Danbury this past weekend, culminating into a three-day event-packed party beginning with the unveiling of Danbury’s “Museum in the Streets”… Read more »