Newtown chef helps raise over $50,000 for World Central Kitchen, among Danbury area highlights

CityCenter Danbury’s “Taste of Danbury” event finale will take place this month.

For only $25, attendees can enjoy a variety of delicious meals from four different downtown establishments

More information and ticket purchase is available at


Immaculate Engineering Team Wins National Merit Award

Danbury Immaculate High School’s Brave engineering team received the 2022 United States Design Viability Merit Award at the virtual International Real World Design Competition in Washington, DC

The team members were: Nikolas Badinelli, Danbury resident and Class of 2022, Paulina Garcia, Danbury resident and Class of 2022, Carolyn Jandura, Redding resident and Class of 2022, Mario Perez, Newtown resident and Class of 2022, Nicole Radllif , New Fairfield resident of the class of 2024, Ava Viola, resident of Sherman and class of 2023, and Yipeng Simon Zhao, resident of Danbury and class of 2024.

Jeanine Antonios, school counselor at Immaculate High School, led the team. The Technical Director of Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Engines mentored the members.

The team was challenged to present their design evolution and final design, which included the processes used to determine the viability of the specifications for the creation of their N-21 BE Eagle drone, controls, operations center , ground control station operations and safety. measurements, delivery capabilities, unforeseen events and business model.

The challenge is also an annual competition that provides high school students with the opportunity to work on real-world engineering challenges in a team environment.


Family Resource Fair

Various organizations are hosting a free 2022 Early Years and Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Danbury Sports Dome.

The Center for Action Learning/Community Agency of Western Connecticut is hosting the event in conjunction with Danbury Public School District, Latinos for Educational Advocacy and Diversity, United Way, Danbury Senior Resources Council and Parent Leadership Training Institute.

The event aims to provide information and resources on how to access services and programs that benefit all children and families in the community.

Participants will have the opportunity to collect and exchange information from different organizations in the community.

Agencies will provide information on child care services, kindergarten enrollment, special education services, summer camps, dental health services, food assistance services, family support, etc.

There will also be workshops, resource tables, face painting, children’s activities, music, arts and crafts, games and raffles.

New city

The school holds an annual spring meeting and auction

Fraser Woods Montessori School held its annual spring gala and auction fundraising event, “Let’s Get to Know Aquila,” on May 1.

This year’s fundraiser supported the school’s Fund-A-Need campaign, with funds earmarked for a new manufacturing lab.

The lab is intended to equip students in kindergarten through eighth grade with the tools to design, invent, and create independently. It will cultivate an environment that encourages students to apply fundamental knowledge to unique challenges. Additionally, it will encourage students to develop a growth mindset that they will carry into all their future endeavours. Above all, it is also a space where our students have fun.

New city

Chef helps raise over $50,000 for World Central Kitchen

Newtown Chef Plum recently hosted a celebrity chef beer dinner to benefit the World Central Kitchen.

The April 25 event raised more than $50,000 as chefs from the Food Network television network came together to support the crisis in Ukraine.

The celebrity chefs, known for heating things up on the network, teamed up with the Boston Beer Company and whipped up a six-course dinner complete with beers, all to benefit the World Central Kitchen.

The chefs were: Chef Plum, who is also from PBS and National Public Radio, as well as Jeff Purazzi, who is the co-host of the Plumluvfoods podcast, Nick Calias from the Hotel Colonnade TV show on the Food Network, chef Michele Ragussis, who is also a Food Network judge, Robert Sisca, who is a chef and partner at The Banks, and Himmel Hospitality Group’s Bistro du Midi venues, and Adam Young, who is a pastry chef on the Food Network.

The 65-person dinner took place at Boston’s Tap Dance Hall and was hosted by Chef Plum after a chat with Jamie Mcdonald on WNPR radio’s “Seasoned.”

New city

The organization will organize a fundraiser for Ukraine

The Western Connecticut Music Teachers Association is hosting a free festival and fundraiser at the Newtown Meeting House for Ukraine from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, titled “Young Musicians For Ukraine.”

The Meeting House is located at 31 Main St. in Newtown.

The event will feature live music by students under the age of 19.

There will also be performances that will include musical works by composers Chopin, Grieg, Albeniz, Beethoven and other composers. A jazz band will also perform.

All donations will be used to protect and restore lives in Ukraine and other countries where families have been displaced.

Cash donations to the United Nations Refugee Agency, United States, for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, will be accepted at the event and online.

Donations can be made to Ukraine.


Mental health programs available

The Housatonic Valley Health District will be offering two-hour sessions to learn about promoting positive mental health and addressing feelings of anxiety, stress, and loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To raise awareness about mental health, the Housatonic Valley Health District will begin hosting “Coping During Times of COVID-19” programs in the community.

Topics will include general mental health information, facts and myths about mental health, how to promote positive mental health through a healthy lifestyle, tips for beating stress, tips for coping with stress and COVID-related anxiety, and supporting the senior community with the effects of the COVID pandemic.

To attend the program virtually, people can join the Housatonic Valley Health District from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. To register for the virtual program, visit


The church will support World Central Kitchen

Christ Church Roxbury is hosting a benefit tag sale event for the nonprofit World Central Kitchen from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The event will take place in the parish hall of the church at 4 Wellers Bridge Road in Roxbury.

Call Roxbury resident Dona Murphy at 860-354-6760 with any questions.


Local carer receives national carer of the year award

Local Southbury carer, Kay Madlingozi, a Certified Home Health Worker, from BrightStar Care Southbury, received the Carer of the Year award. She has been recognized for the exceptional care she continues to provide to her clients and for her commitment to health care.

She was named BrightStar Care’s North East Region winner, but the national homecare and medical staffing franchise opted to reward all regional winners with national recognition due to the challenges caregivers faced. over the past two years.

Madlingozi was nominated for the honor by one of her client’s family members for the unparalleled empathy, care and patience she provided to her client during the 3½ years she was her certified caregiver.


Social Justice Group Host Speaker

The social justice advocacy group, Justice Southbury. has scheduled the fourth session of its speaker series, on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion

This interactive Zoom conversation will take place on Sunday at 7 p.m.

The speaker for the May 15 session is Aunrée Houston, former vice president of marketing operations for HBO’s programming sales division. Currently, Houston partners with companies to develop and improve workplace culture, diversity, equity and inclusion policy, and talent management.

A self-proclaimed “Fairness and Equality Futurist,” Houston will present a “DEI Empowerment Talk” to Judge Southbury’s audience. DEI stands for diversity, equity and inclusion.

To receive the Zoom link to attend, email [email protected]


Institute of American Studies Announces New Quilt Project

The Institute for American Indian Studies has announced a new community quilt project for the month of May.

The project, titled “Blocks of Hope and Healing,” is a way to support and bring attention to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people, MMIWG2.

The concept of the community-made quilt will be used to honor and remember the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people.

The institute invites the public to be part of the global movement by participating in two upcoming quilting workshops.

The first workshop will take place on Saturday, at 11 a.m. Saturday. The second workshop will take place at 11 a.m. on May 22.

The Institute for American Indian Studies Director of Education, Darlene Kascak, will lead the workshops. She is from the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation.

Participants who do not complete their quilt packs during the workshops can complete them at home, provided they return them to the institute before June 1st.

All participants are invited to donate $25 to the National Council for Native Women’s Rights. Donations can be made to

Call 860-868-0518 or email [email protected] to reserve your section on this community quilt, register for one of the quilt workshops, or if you have any questions about this initiative.

CORRECTION: An original version of this article incorrectly identified the name of the national home care and medical staffing franchise from which caregiver Kay Madlingozi received the award. The name is BrightStar Care.

An original version of this article incorrectly reported the technology that would be supported by the Fraser Woods Montessori School fundraiser. The event raised funds for the school’s fabrication lab. The school has had 3D printers since 2017 and a laser cutting machine since spring 2018.