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Darla Shaw

Community Advisor

Dr. Darla Shaw is a full time professor of education and women's studies at Western Ct. State University. Prior to becoming a professor she was an administrator for the Ridgefield School for 38 years. As a volunteer she teaches classes at the DAnbury Women's Center and TBICIO and in the Danbury School System and serves as a job coach at the Prospector Theater. She is also an active volunteer for the Danbury Cultural Alliance, The Danbury Historical Society, and several robotics teams. Musically she plays with the Wilton Steel Drum Band, the Founder's Hall Band in Ridgefield, and runs drums circles for autistic children. She also is a local storyteller, takes on the roles of famous women in the area, and does living eulogies for people in hospice. Dr. Shaw also writes for the Ridgefield Press, travels extensively on humanitarian programs, and takes oral histories on people of interest. She has recently been featured in documentary, A Different Drummer, and appears in six inspirational videos for Hooplaha. Politically she is working with Dr. Jesse Turner, a fellow professor, on a quest to change what is wrong in education today; over focus on testing, teacher assessment, control by Pearson book company, and lack of creativity involved in the Common Core.

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  1. Refurbished Le Chateau At Ridgefield Border Will Reopen For Private Affairs

    Refurbished Le Chateau At Ridgefield Border Will Reopen For Private Affairs

    SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. — A South Salem landmark near the Ridgefield border that operated as a popular French restaurant and event venue for decades will be reopening later this year under its new owner Elegant Banquets LLC of Brookfield, Conn.The company is currently renovating and expanding the property, with the reopening set for the fall.Le Chateau has a rich history in the area. It was ...

  2. Ridgefield Boy Scout Troop Picks Up, Recycles Christmas Trees

    Ridgefield Boy Scout Troop Picks Up, Recycles Christmas Trees

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- No woods, no problem. Ridgefield residents who have no place to discard their fresh Christmas trees can arrange for a pickup up by local Boy Scouts.Troop 116 will pick them up and on Jan. 7 and take them to the Ridgefield Transfer Station for recycling into mulch.The mulch will be used in the spring on Main Street.Send an email to troop116ridgefield@gmail.com or ...

  3. Enchanted Garden Puts A Ridgefield Spin On Tale Of 'The Nutcracker'

    Enchanted Garden Puts A Ridgefield Spin On Tale Of 'The Nutcracker'

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — The Enchanted Garden School of Dance will present its 14th annual holiday program "Nuts About the Nutcracker" on Saturday at Ridgefield High School.The cast features 150 dancers, ages 5 through 18, who will perform to contemporary orchestrations.The show was conceived and choreographed by Jean Cobelli, Enchanted Garden’s dance director.The program is a big ...

  4. Ridgefield Embraces Love Your Library Day With Special Events

    Ridgefield Embraces Love Your Library Day With Special Events

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield has events all around town throughout October for residents of all ages, including a voter registration drive, a celebration of libraries and events with animals.On Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Ridgefield Library will host its first Love Your Library Day. During the day, children’s authors will be showcased in the lower level of the ...

  5. Ridgefield Library Features Mother's Day Community Singalong

    Ridgefield Library Features Mother's Day Community Singalong

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Library is hosting a Mother's Day community singalong with Mother’s Day songs -- family, folk and Americana -- on Sunday from 3-4 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library downstairs.Musical hosts will be Edwin and Faith Taylor and Debbie Katchko-Gray. The community is welcome to join a spirited singalong in the spirit of Pete Seeger and the folk traditions. ...

  6. Shakespeare Actor To Perform As King Lear, Iago, More At Ridgefield Library

    Shakespeare Actor To Perform As King Lear, Iago, More At Ridgefield Library

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, actor Stephen Collins perform as many of Shakespeare's characters on Saturday, April 23 at the Ridgefield Library.He will perform as King Lear, Edmund, Iago, Prospero and many others. He will use tragedies, sonnets, comedies and histories in his performance. The performance will begin at 2 p.m. ...

  7. Silver Hill Hospital Schedules Opioid Addiction Program In Ridgefield

    Silver Hill Hospital Schedules Opioid Addiction Program In Ridgefield

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Silver Hill Hospital will present an opioid training program on Wednesday, April 27 at the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA). This training session is being sponsored by the Ridgefield Prevention Council and is open to anyone who would like to learn more about opioids and opioid addiction.Discussions will also cover the recent opioid crisis, possible ...

  8. Take Part In Family Friendly Passover Service At Ridgefield Congregation

    Take Part In Family Friendly Passover Service At Ridgefield Congregation

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Passover Seder at Congregation Shir Shalom in Ridgefield will start at 6 p.m. Saturday with a family-friendly musical service led by Shir Shalom clergy.Each family should bring a kosher dish to share at the buffet. No bread, pasta, rice, legumes or dairy will be accepted.The cost for the event is $18 for adults and $10 for children. Reserve a spot by calling ...

  9. Navy’s Sea Chanters To Perform At Ridgefield High School

    Navy’s Sea Chanters To Perform At Ridgefield High School

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Navy Sea Chanters will be performing a free concert on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Ridgefield High School. The show, which is sponsored by CHIRP and the American Legion, is expected to feature a variety of music, including sea chanteys, patriotic songs and works from opera, Broadway and the world of contemporary music. Tickets are available at Town Hall, ...

  10. Ridgefield Theater Barn Invites Community To Enjoy The Piano Bar

    Ridgefield Theater Barn Invites Community To Enjoy The Piano Bar

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Theater Barn will host a new event — dubbed The Piano Bar — on Friday April 1 and 2. At the piano will be Tom Morris, assisted by singers Pamme Jones and Jeffry Albanesi. The audience is encouraged to join in with the singing of popular tunes. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the cost is $25 a ticket. Come an hour early and bring pre-show goodies and ...

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