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Savings Bank Of Danbury Rebranding As Ives Bank

The Savings Bank of Danbury will rebrand as Ives Bank later this year, honoring its historical roots and first Secretary-Treasurer, George W. Ives. This change, marking the bank’s 175th anniversary, will not affect ownership, structure, or services. Customers will keep their current account numbers and cards, which will be updated gradually. The bank’s headquarters will remain in Danbury. For more details, visit or call 844.723.2265.

Bear Sighting Creates Worry At Sherman School

Students and staff at the Sherman School were kept inside Wednesday morning after a bear was spotted in the parking lot. It marks the third bear sighting at the school in under two months. The bear was seen by a substitute teacher around 9:30 a.m. Students were kept indoors for about 15 minutes until the area was confirmed safe. Previous sightings included a bear running through the parking lot during an earthquake on April 5 and another one a week later. School officials are monitoring the situation.

Interstate 84 Crash Sends One Person To Danbury Hospital

Connecticut State Police are investigating a crash on I-84 in Danbury that sent a 24-year-old Ridgefield man to the hospital Tuesday night. The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. when a 2003 BMW 325CI rear-ended a tractor-trailer near Exit 5. The BMW driver was taken to Danbury Hospital with minor injuries. The tractor-trailer driver, a 50-year-old from Delaware, was not injured. The incident remains under investigation.

Parlato Given Vote Of Confidence By New Milford School Board

The New Milford school board has extended Superintendent Janet Parlato’s contract through the end of the 2026-27 academic year. The decision comes after a unanimous vote at a special meeting, highlighting Parlato’s positive performance and the board’s confidence in her leadership.

Danbury Celebrates All Things Portuguese On Sunday

Danbury’s Portuguese Day celebrations return this Sunday, featuring a lively parade, music, and traditional food. Festivities start with a flag-raising ceremony and Holy Mass, followed by a vibrant parade through the city streets. The day will be filled with cultural performances and a picnic at the Portuguese Cultural Center.

More Store Closures Coming Amid Difficult Financial Times

Stop & Shop may close some Connecticut stores as its parent company faces increasing financial struggles. The company hasn’t specified which locations will shut down, and there is no word on the fate of the Danbury stores. Meanwhile, the company is said to be focusing on core markets and remodeling stores, with about 190 of 400 stores already updated as Hannaford, a co-owned brand, is expanding. Stop & Shop’s plans call for scaling back to ensure a healthy store base. The decision aims to boost performance amidst fierce competition in the Northeast grocery market.

Hospitals Introduce Virtual Reality Program

Nuvance Health has introduced a new virtual reality simulation program to enhance nurse residencies, starting at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. The program aims to ease the transition from academic to actual healthcare by providing immersive training in clinical reasoning and decision-making. Resident nurses use VR goggles to navigate complex patient scenarios. The pilot will extend to Danbury Hospital in June. Nuvance hopes to fine-tune the technology and evaluate its effectiveness in supporting new nurses through their first year in practice.

Chamber Awards Set For June 20 In Danbury

The Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce is holding the inaugural “Chamber Awards” on June 20th at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. The event will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 and it will honor Dr. John Murphy of Nuvance Health with the Leadership Award; Stew Leonard’s with the Large Business Award; Rizzo Companies with the Small/Midsize Business Award; and Father Bob Weiss of St. Rose of Lima Church with the Volunteer Of The Year Award. It’s being sponsored by Savings Bank of Danbury. Details are available, and you can sign up to attend, by clicking HERE

Danbury Addiction Center Expanding

An addiction treatment center in Danbury is seeking approval for a $1.5 million expansion, adding a 14-bed rehab wing. The Mid-Western Connecticut Council on Alcoholism plans to enhance its Old Ridgebury Road campus, subject to a public hearing on June 5. The expansion aims to address the growing need for substance abuse services in the region.

Big Drug Roundup Nets 11

Eleven Connecticut residents have been arrested in a major national fentanyl trafficking ring. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the suspects were involved in distributing large quantities of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and crack, not only here in Connecticut, but throughout the entire northeast as well. The arrests followed an extensive DEA investigation, which included wiretaps and controlled buys. Authorities seized drugs, firearms, and vehicles during the raids. Officials say these arrests will have a positive impact on combating drug trafficking, not only in Connecticut, but in all of the northeast and particularly in New England.