Danbury 11 & Under Baseball Team Wins State Championships, Other Community Highlights


Kassandra Steen, from Bethel, won the Deutsch Family Scholarship Program, sponsored by Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits. Steen is Brett Steen’s child. Steen is majoring in English at Mitchell College in New London.

Deutsch set up the program to reward the academic excellence of children or their employees. The company has 170 employees and imports wines, champagnes and spirits. The scholarship recipients are selected by a nonprofit scholarship organization called Career Opportunities Through Education, Inc. The company is headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Selection criteria for students to receive a scholarship from the program include: academic performance, school and community activities, work experience, and a recommendation. All phases of the competition for receiving a scholarship from the program are managed independently by a national scholarship service organization called Scholarship Managers.

The organization has experience in designing and managing scholarship programs like the Deutsch Family Scholarship Program.


A contemporary artist presents the latest works of art

Long-time Brookfield resident and contemporary artist, Katushka Millones presents her latest works at the PRPP Gallery in Ridgefield from Thursday August 5 to Sunday September 12 in an art exhibition titled “An Intimate Encounter with Nature”.

After being forced by COVID-19 to work from home, Millones has returned to what she loves most: making art. After painting intermittently for over two decades, she decided to become a full-time artist.

Over the past year, Millones has produced more than 100 works of art, 70 of which will be displayed on the gallery walls during the exhibition.

Millones is also an architect who graduated from her home country of Peru and has always found satisfaction in the arts.

Millones creates his best work in his art studio where his imagination knows no bounds, after experimenting with musical photography and technical drawing.

Moved by the skies of artists Joseph MW Turner, the palette of Wassily Kandinsky and the assemblages of Joseph Cornell, Millones’ present work explores the relationship between land and sea where a moment of solitude awaits the viewer.

The gallery is located at 410 Main Street in Ridgefield. Visit the Millones website at katushkamillones.org, or call the gallery at (203) 894-5609 for more information.


Registration for Sunset Sizzler is now open

Registration for the Brookfield Public School District Booster Club’s annual Sunset Sizzler community event is now open.

The event will take place on Friday August 13 at Brookfield High School. Bib pickup starts at 6 p.m. and the start time of the run / walk is at 7 p.m.

Visit the Booster Club website at https://www.brookfieldathletics.com/page/show/4610878-sunset-sizzler-5k for more event details and to register.

The Booster Club will not have an in-person registration on the day of the event. Participants must register for the event before its date by Thursday August 12th.

The profits of the event will benefit all the sports teams of the school.

Email the Booster Club at [email protected] with any questions or to volunteer. The school is located at 45 Long Meadow Hill Road.


Baseball team wins 2021 State Championship

The Danbury 11-and-under baseball team recently beat Greenwich 14-1 at Rogers Park in Danbury in the 2021 State Championship.

This is the team’s second consecutive championship and its third championship in four years.

Rogers Park is located at 15 Mountainville Ave. in the city.


Student Wins National Investment Essay Competition

Mike Zvon, a business student and president of the Ridgefield High School Investment Club, placed first in the United States in the InvestWrite Essay Contest. Zvon’s essay was chosen as the best among more than 2,000 applicants nationwide. Zvon also won $ 1,000 in prizes, as well as a banner, trophy and plaque for his arrival.

InvestWrite is a national essay competition that serves as a culminating activity for students participating in the SIFMA Foundation Stock Game.

Students at the school, who take personal finance classes and are members of the school’s investment club, participate in the game and essay contest throughout the school year.

The Spring 2021 InvestWrite contest prompt asked students the following questions:

What do you want to save for in the short and long term? Why are these things important and how will they benefit you and / or others? Using stocks, mutual funds, and / or bonds, how would you build a diversified stock market portfolio of $ 100,000 to be successful over both time periods?

In Zvon’s essay, Zvon says he would divide his investment between short-term strategies such as investing in individual stocks such as Micron and mutual funds such as the Morgan Stanley Insight fund.

For Zvon’s long-term strategy, he said he would invest money in an S&P 500 exchange-traded fund.


Ridgefield School of Dance celebrates its 2021 graduates

Five seniors recently said their farewells to Ridgefield School of Dance on Friday, May 21 at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport.

The students performed “Four Seasons” and “Exhale”. Three of the school’s students, Makena Davi, Ariana Mirfakhraie and Alexandra Westrick, are part of the school’s promotion for this year.

Students spent part of their lives in ballet slippers and / or jazz shoes in the studio located at 66 Grove St. in Ridgefield. With so many years of experience among them, each dancer has a favorite ballet, piece, memory and lesson, and each has had a busy life outside of school with other activities.

Davi has performed in at least 13 performances of “The Nutcracker” and 14 other ballets, including “Alice in Wonderland”, “Madeline”, “Coppelia”, “Carnival of the Animals” and “Cinderella”. Davi loves to dance in large ensembles such as the “Snowflake Waltz” in “The Nutcracker” and danced the role of Dew Drop in the ballet in 2019.

Davi was also a class assistant for several years. In addition to taking ballet lessons at least four days a week, Davi also participated in the Ridgefield High School music program and was a junior volunteer in the emergency room at Milford Hospital. Davi is going to study at the University of Florida in the future and plans to pursue medical studies.

Mirfakhraie has played the violin with the school’s Symphony Orchestra and plans to study at the University of Vienna in Austria in the future. Mirfakhraie’s favorite ballet was “Paquita” and her favorite role was to portray the emerald fairy in the play from the movie called “Sleeping Beauty”.

In addition to ballet, Mirfakhraie was also a member of the school’s jazz company and performed in “Exhale,” the department’s contribution to this season’s end-of-year festivities.

Westrick joined the school in the sixth grade. Westrick loved all of his dancing experiences. She liked to learn new materials and express different emotions through the choreography. Dancing taught her the joy of freeing herself from the stresses of everyday life.

When Westrick was not in the studio, she was involved with the Ridgefield High School cheering team and the Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church Appalachia Project. Westrick will be attending the University of Tennessee in the fall, where she will study nursing.

Beginning ballet at the age of 3, Magnusson applied the precise understanding of ballet movement and coordination to his passions for horseback riding and skiing. Magnusson also participated in the National Honor Society, balancing his attendance at school with academics.

Dancing with others has reinforced the value of making and honoring a commitment at Magnusson. Magnusson will head to Boston College in the future to pursue studies related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Magnusson also intends to continue with the dance.

Ronai also started dancing at age 3 and joined Ridgefield School of Dance at age 8. Ronai’s favorite ballet is “Cinderella”. Ronai’s favorite part in the ballet was portraying the white cat in “Sleeping Beauty”.

Ronai had previously gained confidence by performing in front of others. Ronai was also previously vice chairman of the Weston High School Debate Team. Ronai was also the Salvatorian in her class in school, co-captain of the Connecticut State Champion Mock Trial team, and a member of the nonprofit Circle of Friends. Ronai attends Dartmouth University in the fall. The school is located in Hanover, NH

All five of the undergraduate students shared their appreciation of the past year for having a place to go and express themselves emotionally and artistically.

The school’s artistic director, Jessica Boelts, has been teaching the students since they joined the school.

Visit the school’s website at www.theridgefieldschoolofdance.com, or call the school at 203-894-5957 for more information about the school.


A son, Kylo Daniel Covell-Sullivan, was born May 27 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Minnie Carista Burgess and Marc Edward Sullivan of Torrington.

A son, Shai Emil-Daniel Mattaboni, was born on June 17 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Crystal James and Michael Mattaboni, Bristol.

A son, Macklin John Mayo, was born June 21 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to John Edward Mayo, Jr. and Danielle Jean Mayo, of New Milford.

A daughter, Evelyn Ruth Miller, was born June 23 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital of Brittany Miller and Jesse Miller of New Milford.

A son, Kevin Robert Woznicki, was born June 28 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Cayce Woznicki and Mark Woznicki, in Torrington.

A son, Nathaniel Ivars Archer, was born June 28 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Sarah Rose Archer and Rodney Elton Archer, Jr., of Washington.

A daughter, Presley Mae Pequignot, was born July 5 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Angelica Marie Pequignot and Edwin Stanley Pequignot of Kent.

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