New American Dream Foundation Gala Raises Thousands of Dollars, Other Danbury Area Highlights

This is part of the “In View Project”, where art is displayed in vacant downtown storefronts.

The exhibit runs through November 17 and highlights works of art created by Mending Art artists across Connecticut. Artists work on well-being by connecting to themselves and the community through art. Amy Smith is the exhibition and Mending Art coordinator.

The “In View Project” was started by property owner Mark Nolan and artist Brian Walters. The exhibit offers emerging artists the opportunity to exhibit in shop windows in downtown Danbury for everyone in the community to see.

Visit the Mental Health Connecticut website for the art exhibit at, or contact Smith at 860-785-0122, or [email protected], for more information.


The university will present live performances of “Head Over Heels”

Western Connecticut State University’s Performing Arts Department and School of Visual and Performing Arts present their new live music production from the Mainstage Theater called: “Head Over Heels”, live for the community from 15-24 October.

Show times will be 8 p.m. on October 15, October 16, October 22 and October 23. The hours are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on October 17 and 24.

Performances will take place at the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Western Connecticut State University on the school’s Westside campus. The campus is located at 43 Lake Ave. in Danbury.

Prices range from $ 15 to $ 25. Tickets each cost $ 10 for students at Western Connecticut State University. There are discounts for seniors, children under 12 and groups. “Head Over Heels” is recommended for people aged 10 and over.

Tickets are available at

“Head Over Heels” is also a contemporary musical that features songs by the 1980s music group, The Go-Gos.

The School of Visual and Performing Arts has presented 13 virtual productions since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. The productions are now back live, after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

The show is a celebration of love that follows a royal family’s escapades on a journey to save their kingdom from extinction, only to discover that the key to the kingdom’s survival lies in each of its own hearts. “Head Over Heels” is set to music from The Go-Go’s, including the band’s songs titled: “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed”. The production is directed and choreographed by Tony-nominated Elizabeth Parkinson and Tony-winner Scott Wise. Conductor and composer Howard Kilik provided musical direction. They are all assistant instructors at Western Connecticut State University.

The ‘jukebox musical’ was on Broadway in New York in 2018 and adapts the plot of the 16th century prose love piece titled: ‘The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia’, by the Lord President of Wales, United Kingdom, Sir Philip Sidney.

“Head Over Heels” is a “chic and punk mash-up” that includes mistaken identities, jealous lovers, scandals and self-discoveries, where everything and everyone is not quite what ‘it seems. The musical has a message of unconditional love and acceptance of self and others.

Members of the public must wear masks at all times inside the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Social distancing of three feet will be enforced, with seating inside the Mainstage Theater in the center also being limited to all other seating inside the hall. Tickets must also be purchased in advance at

The cast with characters from “Head Over Heels” which is from the original book by actor and writer Jeff Whitty, and the book which has been adapted by fiction, writer, playwright and translator, James Magruder includes: Derek Alexander of Swansea, Mass., As Dametas; Nate Bloom of West Haven, as Basilius; Olivia Hendrickson from Callicoon, NY, as Pamela; Seymour’s Teagan La’Shay, as Mopsa; Cara Leahy of Pawling, NY, as Philoclea; Ariana Locascio of Southington, as Gynecia; George Pinnock of Queens, NY, as Musidorus; and Ulric Alfred Taylor of Brooklyn, NY, as Pythio.

The “Head Over Heels” set includes: Berny Balbuena of Newburgh, NY; Jack Canevari from Pawling, NY, Ethan Chan from Queens, NY; Michelle D’Amico of Dallas; Victoria D’Orazio of Hopewell Junction, NY; Logan Farley from Belvidere, NJ; Katie Geniuch of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts; Jonah King from Cranston, RI, Chloe Kramer from Poughkeepsie, NY; Meaghan Maher from Long Island, NY; Tyler Manemeit of Clinton; Alyssa McDonald from Nyack, NY; Antonio Porciello from Whippany, NJ; and Aurora Schloat from Avon.

Head Over Heels crew members include: Jessi Cohen of Brookfield; Mary Donovan of Wappingers Falls, NY Jakob Kelsey of Bethlehem; Beckett Pais of Bethel; Tim Schoeberl from Lagrangeveille, NY; Courtney Skeens of West Haven; Sara Stone of New Milford; Meredith Yoho of New Fairfield; and Theresia Young from New Rochelle, NY

Contact the Western Connecticut State University public relations office at [email protected] for more information.


Panelists meet to discuss

Panelists Cosmo Alberico, from Odyssey Innovating Logistics, and James Heneghan from Gro Intelligence, meet for a discussion at 5:30 p.m. on October 12.

The event focuses on ‘Lessons from the Pandemic Supply Chain’, with the Dean of Ancell Business School at Western Connecticut State University, Dr. David G. Martin, as a moderator in room 218 of the Westside classroom building. The location is also known as the President’s Reception Hall. The address is 43 Lake Ave., Extension. The event is open to the public.

Email Ancell’s administrative assistant, Catherine Côté, at [email protected] for more information.


Gala collects thousands

The New American Dream Foundation raised thousands of dollars for Nuvance Health and a senior dining program at its seventh annual American Dreams Awards Gala.

About 300 guests attended the event on September 17 at the Amber Room Colonnade.

The foundation asked guests to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test which had to be performed within 72 hours of the date of the event.

The vice-president of the foundation, Emanuela Palmares, was the host of the event. US Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., And participants spoke. Danbury-based RmediA produced videos.

Danbury High School students also performed a dance performance to singer Alicia Keys’ song ‘Good Job’, dedicated to all frontline workers amid the pandemic. There were also musical selections from Dawn Tallman, the “queen of gospel energy,” dedicated to the award categories.

Inspired by the foundation’s hot meal program, the theme was “Honoring Our COVID-19 Warriors”. Six awards were given to the “warriors” of COVID.

The meal program has served Danbury’s children, families and seniors with approximately 30,000 meals purchased in the Amber Room since the start of the pandemic.

A $ 2,000 scholarship, donated by the event’s main sponsor, the Ingersoll Auto dealership of Danbury, was awarded to Samuel Goes Justo, who is an aspiring biomedical engineer. Justo was selected by the president of the foundation, Celia Bacelar Palmares.

From the proceeds of ticket sales, the foundation donated $ 15,000 to Nuvance Health, a network of seven hospitals that includes Danbury Hospital. The money will go to:

– Ongoing training of Nuvance staff to support participation in conferences, in person or virtually, and other educational opportunities related to COVID-19,

– Efforts to boost Nuvance employee morale by providing funds to bring ice cream trucks to campus, pizza and more to staff, who continue to treat COVID-19 patients.

Another donation of $ 25,000 and proceeds from ticket sales went to the Hot Meals Program and other initiatives for 2022. The $ 25,000 donation was from Themis Klarides, former Connecticut State Representative and Republican House Leader, and Greg Butler, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Eversource.


A student from the Wooster school congratulated

Wooster School principal Matthew Byrnes recently announced that Sasha Peck has been named a Recommended Student under the 2022 National Scholarship Program.

A letter of recommendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, NMSC, was presented to Peck. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation runs the program.

Visit the school’s website at or contact the Wooster School admissions office at (203) 830-3916 to learn more.


Learn how to make pouches in Native American style

The Institute for American Indian Studies will host a workshop on Sunday afternoon where attendees can learn how to make their own Native American-style leather pouch.

This small-group, in-person workshop was organized in hour-long increments from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Under the direction of the museum’s education department, participants will learn how Native Americans used leather for clothing, pouches, bags, and other items of daily life.

Native Americans historically used leather pouches to carry many basic necessities of life. The pouches were made from a variety of materials. Some were woven and others were made from the skins of different animals, most often deer.

Participants will make their own unique and practical leather pouch which they can decorate with buttons, stones and seashells.

Sign up with your friends and family to reserve a time slot at

For questions, call 860-868-0518 or email [email protected] The cost of participation including materials is $ 25 per person for non-members and $ 20 for members.


A son, James Christopher Baldino, was born on September 27 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Stephanie Baldino and Christopher James Baldino of Bristol.

A son, Richard Elijah King, was born on September 8 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Melani Reilly King and Richard King of Cornwall Bridge.

A daughter, Abbie Mae Cote, was born on September 20 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Brittany Catherine LeGeyt and Timothy David Cote, of Torrington.

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