Take On Life

Brian Koonz on life in Greater Danbury

Latino Scholarship Fund gives ‘esperanza’ to Danbury kids

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Hi everyone, Jessica Coraizaca was 12 years old when she came to Danbury from Ecuador with her big eyes and bigger dreams. She knew some words in English, maybe even a phrase or two, but not much more. “It was a new country and a new language for me,” Jessica said Wednesday night, just hours […] [Read More]
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A brother remembers the ‘Baby Bus’ a year later

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Hi everyone, Even as lung cancer left Danny Holt with little more than a pinhole-sized airway, he found the courage to speak the words that were so important to him. “Let me just go in for a second,” Danny whispered to his brother, Jay, as they pulled up to the Greenknoll YMCA in Brookfield. “I […] [Read More]
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Danbury needs Brigid Guertin running its museum full time

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Hi everyone, With a growing family and shrinking hours at work, Brigid Guertin found herself at the most uncomfortable of crossroads. Guertin, the Danbury Museum & Historical Society executive director and the mother of three boys, watched her full-time position fade over the past year or so from 40 hours, to 28 hours, to 20 […] [Read More]
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A night — and a legacy — to remember

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Hi everyone, Debbie Barrigas sat in the hallway for a year after her husband died. While her two kids, 5-year-old Zach and 2-year-old Stefani, went to therapy sessions at Healing Hearts, the Danbury bereavement center operated by Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, Barrigas sat in the hallway. Hour after hour. Week after week. “Carlos was […] [Read More]
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New Milford man makes the grade

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Hi everyone, Frank Wargo didn’t even try to hide his tears as he told the story. “I was teaching at RESCUE in Litchfield at the time,” Wargo said, referring to the agency that provided academic support for students with learning disabilities. “Just imagine an 18-year-old kid — bigger than his teacher — standing in front […] [Read More]
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Short stack helps fill a tall order at Morris Street School

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Hi everyone, Giovanna Carvalho loves to read books about action and adventure, pretty much anything that swaps ink for adrenaline as soon as you open it. Did I mention she’s only 7 years old? Her friend, Brianna Espinosa, also counts reading among her favorite activities in the world, right there with singing and dancing and […] [Read More]
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Greater Danbury arts group works to paint a dream

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Hi everyone, In the vernacular of her mission, Lisa Scails sees a blank canvas when she looks at downtown Danbury. Sure, the edges of the canvas might be a little frayed. There might even be a soiled spot here and there. But the big picture — the picture that Scails sees every time she closes […] [Read More]
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New Milford woman speaks out for ‘Voice for Joanie’

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Hi everyone, Shirley Fredlund never met Lou Gehrig, the late New York Yankees star first baseman. And yet, the bond she feels with Gehrig, who died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1941, is unmistakable — in the worst possible way. For many people, Gehrig is the face of ALS, the terminal neuromuscular disease that bears […] [Read More]
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