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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.

Darla Shaw's Contributions

  1. Methodist Church In Ridgefield Plans Fall Clothing Sale

    Methodist Church In Ridgefield Plans Fall Clothing Sale

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Jesse Lee's Methodist Church in Ridgefield will holding its annual fall clothing sale Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will be held in the Martin's Hall part of the church on Main Street. The price of the gently used clothing ranges from $1 to $5.Proceeds will go toward causes supported by Jesse Lee's Methodist Church. 

  2. Ridgefield Historical Society Seeks New Volunteers

    Ridgefield Historical Society Seeks New Volunteers

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Historical Society is looking for residents interested in discovering the roots of the town founded in 1709.Newcomers are encouraged to attend the society’s annual meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Scott House, 4 Sunset Lane, Ridgefield. The society is looking for those interested in working on the group’s numerous local projects. More information on ...

  3. Ridgefield Library Hosts Trip To Alice In Wonderland Exhibit

    Ridgefield Library Hosts Trip To Alice In Wonderland Exhibit

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Library will host a trip Wednesday to the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City to see the Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland exhibit. The trip will depart Ridgefield Library at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $40 and include a curator led tour of the exhibit and time to spend in the city. To purchase tickets, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org.

  4. Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra Opens With Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony

    Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra Opens With Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra will open its season Saturday with Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.Later on in the year, it will feature works by Mozart, Wagner, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mahler and more. The RSO is the largest classical orchestra in Fairfield County and is known as the best orchestra outside New York City, according to a press release.For tickets or ...

  5. Ridgefield Library Offering Theater Presentation On Early Stage Dementia

    Ridgefield Library Offering Theater Presentation On Early Stage Dementia

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Library will host a program on early stage dementia on Sunday, Oct. 4."To Whom I May Concern" will feature Alzheimer's patients telling their stories using a reader's theater format. Living with the complexities of advanced Alzheimer’s and dementia-related illnesses is difficult for families. Dealing with the earliest stages of dementia ...

  6. Ridgefield Women's Club Hosts Open House, Welcomes Legislator

    Ridgefield Women's Club Hosts Open House, Welcomes Legislator

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn., -- The Ridgefield Women's Club will host an open house at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 for residents interested in becoming more involved in the community. Members of the club work in several areas of the community including arts, family enrichment, gardening and conservation, education, international outreach and public issues. Members choose the projects or events that reflect ...

  7. Ridgefield Republicans Have Meet And Greet

    Ridgefield Republicans Have Meet And Greet

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn., -- The Ridgefield Republican Party will host a Candidate Meet and Greet event Sunday for residents to discuss local concerns and meet the candidates.The event will be from 2-5 p.m. at the home of Nina and Andrew Bodner, 18 Ivy Hill Road.Local Republican candidates from the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Planning and Zoning and Zoning Board ...

  8. Winner Repeats At Ridgefield's Annual Pumpkin Weigh-In

    Winner Repeats At Ridgefield's Annual Pumpkin Weigh-In

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Annual Ridgefield Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off held annually at Ballard Park attracted growers from around the state who showed off their giant gourds for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights. Everyone was trying to beat last year's winner Nicholas Huydic, a backyard grower from Fairfield, whose pumpkin weighed in at a 1,625.5 pounds. He even topped his ...

  9. Ridgefield's Prospector Theater Raises Money With Flea Market

    Ridgefield's Prospector Theater Raises Money With Flea Market

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Prospector Theater in Ridgefield had its first ever flea market Saturday to raise money for the theater. 

  10. Library Talk Explores Ridgefield's Hidden History

    Library Talk Explores Ridgefield's Hidden History

    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Learn more about the hidden history of Ridgefield at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.Jack Sanders will talk about Ridgefield's past. He will share stories that most people have never heard about in regard to Ridgefield. As the editor of the Ridgefield Press for 43 years, Sanders, now retired, had much access to news events that others were ...

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