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Home Care In Sherman, CT

Home Care Sherman, CT

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic David Sherman House gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Sherman, CT is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Bessie has been an exceptional Health Care Provider. She takes such pride in her work and truly cares about the people she is in contact with. She is dedicated, diligent, and is devoted to her job assignment. She not only takes care of my Mom, but she goes above and beyond her call of duty. Bessie has a unique ability to connect with every person she meets. No day goes by that my Mom is not pampered. Bessie make sure she's always comfortable. She makes exceptional meals for her 3 times a day, cleans her clothes, gives her showers, washes her hair and makes her look amazing every single day. Bessie is so beneficial to our family we can't imagine our family without her. I myself and my family members could never do what she does for our Mom. She has been with my mom and our family for almost 1 year and we don't know what we would do without her, she truly is a gift from God. She not only takes care of my Mom daily, nightly and weekly, she also takes care of her personal life and whatever life throws at her. She is a devoted caretaker and should be recognized with the utmost respect. Her dedication to improving the health and well-being of my Mom is commendable. You can't find anyone as special as she. Her life commitment has touched our lives through her delivery of exceptional care in a compassionate, respectful, and safe manner on a daily basis. She has become a member of our family and she has shown us the meaning of adaptability. Her strong faith in God, Forgiveness, and Believing in each other makes her the great person that she is. On behalf of our family, we would like to thank you for the extraordinary care and services your company has provided to us. Thank you for all you do”

Debra T.

“We used Always Best Care for my mother. They provided basically anything we needed a few hours a week, they were very thorough in asking about my mother's condition, and what were the needs that were required. It's more like bathing, medication, and companionship. We used them for about a week.”


“Thank you again to you, Susan and the rest of the care-givers and staff of Always Best Care for the outstanding service you have provided for our parents. ABC provided professional, first-class support that allowed our parents to remain in their home while relieving of us of concern for their care and is something we will never forget. You can be sure we will happily refer any family member or friend that is seeking care at home to Always Best Care.”

Madison R.

“Dear Rick, Over the past three plus years, my father Joseph Ceuch has lived at home assisted by the caregivers from your company Always Best Care of Greater Bristol. This letter is a personal thank you from my father and the entire Ceuch family on how your caregivers treated and attended to my father during this time. The caregivers became part of our extended family who shared in countless family events resulting in beautiful lasting memories. Caregivers Frances Boateng, Jeremy Turner, and Yanice Hernandez were awesome in their care of my father. I want to especially acknowledge Francis as a person who went above and beyond his responsibility and became part of the Ceuch inner circle. It was not uncommon for Francis on his off days to stop by during a family picnic to say hello...he is truly loved by my father. Again, I want to thank you for the loving care your caregivers provided my father. I would highly recommend your company to anyone interested in having a caregiver attend to a loved one. Thanks again”

Gregory C.

“Heather, I just wanted to thank Always Best Care in helping to provide care for my step father, Daryl. It's unbelievable how the progression of his illness happened so quickly, however, Always Best Care was always ready to provide the level of care he needed as it increased. Most importantly, I'd like to thank his aide, Sue Malasics. She was wonderful to Daryl and took great care of his needs. I knew I did not have to worry with Sue there with him. She was always cooking wonderful homemade meals and desserts and I was happy to see how happy she made Daryl. I think she is a wonderful asset to Always Best Care. Should I know of anyone needing help in the future, I would recommend Always Best Care and Sue Malasics.”

Milissa K.

“My mother was bedbound for months and had serious health related issues including kidney failure. My mother was also very demanding about her care and who she would allow into her home. After several attempts with various in-home care agencies my mother really responded well to Always Best Care Senior Services of Greater Bristol and we cant thank them enough for the high level of compassionate care they were able to provide during my moms final months.”

Liam C.

“I am a past client of this provider My journey with Always Best Care began with a visit from the owner and office manager. Soon after, I was introduced to the caregiver who would provide care for me. All 3 persons seemed very knowledgeable, experienced anf caring. I was certainly provided with quality service and much respect and compassion.”

Dorothy W.

“Our sister, Barbara has early-onset dementia , and was in sudden need of a personal care assistant until placement in a quality skilled nursing facility became available. We reached out to home health care agencies in her local area but, by this point, had already worked with several agencies for med reminders for Barbara (and 24/7 care for our Mom in another area of CT) and were a bit skeptical that that we’d find one that could provide consistent quality of care.When I spoke with Rick Downey of Always Best Care Senior Services in Bristol, he conveyed both confidence in his knowledge of health care and empathy in understanding the frustrations that families experience when seeking quality care for their loved ones. We were next contacted by their care coordinator,Heather Kozikowski, who came to our sister’s home to conduct an assessment and further explain the services offered by Always Best Care.A further testament to the exceptional quality of Always Best Care is the service and care we’ve received after Barbara is no longer a client; our thanks to Always Best Care for the excellent care of our sister, and the peace-of-mind it afforded our family knowing that she was in such kind and competent hands!”

Susan W.

“I am a retired registered nurse, and for several years, I have been the primary caregiver for my husbamd/ My husband suffers from dementia and is aphasic. On a Saturday morning in October of 2015, a sudden change in my health required an emergent hospitilization, which late resulted in an extensive rehabilitation stay. Upon my hospitalization, my son reached out to Always Best Care Senior Services of greater Bristol. The Always Best Care team assessed my husband, his needs, and had his care staffed within hours of my son's call. The care provided to my husband has been exceptional. The caregivers as well as the office staff have been attentive to our needs and have met all of our expectations. I would highly recommend Always Best Care to you and anyone who is in need of care for their loved one.”

Pope A.

“I had a very good experience ! I really appreciate the service that your company, Always Best Care, offered our family and especially the caring, loving attitude that Amber and Natalie displayed to Carol at all times. They were outstanding and you should be proud to place them in any situation with the full expectation they will represent your firm in a most professional manner. Thanks again for all your help.”

Kevin N.

“My journey with Always Best Care began with a visit from the owner and office manager. Soon after, I was introduced to the caregiver who would provide care for me. All 3 persons seemed very knowledgeable, experienced anf caring. I was certainly provided with quality service and much respect and compassion.”


“Dave and staff, thank you or consistently caring and comforting my Mom. Your quality of care will be recommended to others. You went above and beyond what was expected.”


“I have a very good providers from this Company”

elizabeth S.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Sherman, CT?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Sherman, CT

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Pecan Grove Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local The Library Grill or visit Sherman Historical Society, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Sherman, CT

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Sherman, CT, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CT's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Sherman, CT understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Traditions Senior Living and Memory Care
  • Assisted Living Sherman, TX
  • Brookdale Willows Sherman
  • Pecan Point Assisted Living and Memory Care
  • Homestead of Sherman
  • lighthouse senior assist living
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Sherman, CT 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Green Pond, Sherman - 2022

Transect Data | Water DataGreen Pond is a 30-acre waterbody located in Sherman, CT. It is a private pond with a maximum depth of approximately 35 feet.CAES IAPP performed its first survey of Green Pond in August 2022. Eighteen aquatic plant...

Transect Data | Water Data

Green Pond is a 30-acre waterbody located in Sherman, CT. It is a private pond with a maximum depth of approximately 35 feet.

CAES IAPP performed its first survey of Green Pond in August 2022. Eighteen aquatic plant species were found, including two invasive species. Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) was found frequently around the lake and has been actively managed since 2014 using diver-harvesting and benthic blankets. Minor naiad (Najas minor) was the other invasive species found in the lake. It was found by the beach in the north end and in a few locations along the western side of the pond. Minor naiad is an annual plant that regrows each year from the previous year’s seed. Thus, it is not normally noticeable until early to mid-summer when it grows in patches in the shallows. It often is most abundant in and around beaches. CAES IAPP is not aware of any control practices be performed on this plant in Connecticut apparently because it is not a nuisance. If management in beach areas is desired, it can easily be removed with a rake.

Vegetation occurred frequently throughout the lake within 150 feet of the shoreline at depths to 10 feet due to above average transparency (Secchi = 16.4 feet). The mostly commonly found species were native pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata), large-leaf pondweed (Potamogeton amplifolius), eelgrass (Vallisneria americana), and invasive Eurasian watermilfoil. White water lily (Nymphaea odorata) and yellow water lily (Nuphar variegata) were also common. The primary nuisance species were Eurasian watermilfoil and large-leaf pondweed which occurred on 47% and 37% of the transect points respectively. These plants often reached the surface, at sparse to moderate densities that would be a nuisance to swimmers. Fisherman might prefer these locations as they are a habitat for bass, pickerel, and other species. Many trees have fallen into the lake that also offer fish habitat.

Aquatic plant management is currently being accomplished by the installation of numerous benthic blankets. Many of these appear to have been installed in a year prior to our survey. This has allowed sediment to gather on the barrier and vegetative growth to begin. CAES IAPP has demonstrated the barriers can be installed and removed in as little a month for season long control. We suggest that the barriers be placed in one spot for no more than one season. An herbicide application using a new product called ProcellaCOR® is being considered. The product has been shown to be extremely effective at giving multiyear control of watermilfoil while leaving many native species such as large-leaf pondweed relatively unscathed. Whether this approach is feasible for Green Pond will be dependent on CT DEEP/Town review, stakeholder acceptance, and affordability. Pondweeds, particularly large-leaf pondweed, might fill the void left by the removal of Eurasian watermilfoil and become a greater nuisance.

Species recorded during our 2022 survey of Green Pond. Scientific Names *Invasive Species

Bur-reed Large-leaf pondweed Small pondweed
Cattail Leafy pondweed Spikerush
Coontail Minor naiad* Water plantain
Eelgrass Pickerelweed White water crowfoot
Eurasian watermilfoil* Ribbon-leaf pondweed White water lily
Humped bladderwort Slender naiad Yellow water lily

New plan to save The Sherman School would reduce building size by about 30 percent

SHERMAN — School officials have developed a plan to renovate the outdated Sherman School that would reduce the square footage of the building by about 30 percent.The proposed square footage of about 59,000 is the most efficient size to maintain a pre-K-8 school, school officials said. A prior ...

SHERMAN — School officials have developed a plan to renovate the outdated Sherman School that would reduce the square footage of the building by about 30 percent.

The proposed square footage of about 59,000 is the most efficient size to maintain a pre-K-8 school, school officials said. A prior $47 million plan to upgrade and reduce the building from about 85,000 square feet to about 68,000 square feet was voted down in October 2023.

The 86-year-old building is in such poor shape that local officials have weighed whether to close it as enrollment declines. There is no plan to close Sherman School entirely, officials said.

“The request that we all got from the town was to sharpen our pencils. This plan reflects that sharpening,” said Board of Education member Tim Laughlin at a recent meeting. “It is essentially the smallest, most efficient building plan that you can have to accommodate the current educational program for students in pre-K-8 that’s reflected not only in the building plan, but frankly, also in the budget the superintendent proposed.”

The Board of Education doesn’t have a cost estimate yet of the new plan, Laughlin said, adding it would likely be cheaper than the previous plan.

"We do understand school construction prices have become more stable in recent weeks, based on other projects' bidding results,” he said. “It would be fair to assume that a reduction in size and scope would have a corresponding reduction in project cost and associated impact to taxpayers.”

Sherman First Selectman Don Lowe told Hearst Connecticut Media on Thursday he looks forward “to examining the situation at the school and to working to make The Sherman School whole again in a way that’s acceptable to the Sherman taxpayers.”

At the Feb. 7 meeting, the Board of Education unanimously voted to send the revised space plan to the school building committee, which meets Tuesday. At the joint meeting, which will be held with the Board of Education and the Board of Selectmen who also acts as Sherman’s Board of Finance, next steps will be discussed.

Reconfiguring classrooms, bathrooms

There are about 250 students in grades pre-K-8 in The Sherman School this year and about 130 high school students who attend school in neighboring communities, according to figures presented at the meeting.

According to enrollment projections from the school, in the 2024-25 school year, there’ll be about 240 students in pre-K-8 and about 140 high school students. Over the next 10 years, however, enrollment in grades pre-K-8 is anticipated to increase by 60 students, with about 100 students in grades 9-12.

Under the new plan, pre-k through fourth grade would be upstairs, while fifth through eighth grade would be downstairs. Fifth graders are upstairs with the younger kids at the existing school.

“Because the fifth graders would be part of the middle school, they wouldn’t need independent classrooms,” said Board of Education Chair Matt Vogt, who is also on the school’s building committee. “In the middle schools, the rooms are multi-use — more like a college campus where teachers move between rooms rather than having dedicated classrooms.”

Additionally, the plan calls for pre-K students having bathrooms in their own classroom.

Other changes would include eliminating gym locker rooms, reducing storage and office space, and reducing and combining educational technology and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) instruction spaces.

“Essentially, everything would be condensed. Really, the thought process was 'What is the minimum size of each program space that can support the student enrollment?'” Laughlin said.

Exploring other options

While the Board of Education has not endorsed any plan other than a modified space program for a local pre-K-8 school, members are analyzing what the costs associated with a pre-K-5 only model are from an operational, tuition, and transportation perspective, Laughlin said.

Toward that end, board members discussed what's involved in sending Sherman’s middle school students to neighboring districts.

Students in the Sherman school district now choose between attending high schools in New Fairfield, New Milford and Region 12, which has students from Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington. If The Sherman School decides to eliminate its middle school and send children to neighboring schools, there would be no more choice.

“The logistics wouldn’t make any sense. So if you were to do it, one town would take all of our students from sixth grade to 12th grade,” Vogt said.

Sherman school officials will be working on the full analysis of cost comparisons in the coming weeks.

"We remain committed to conducting a thoughtful and deliberate analysis to determine if any alternates are viable based on tuition cost information provided by potential receiving districts," Vogt said.

Laughlin said program needs from a building perspective for a pre-K-5 school compared to those needed for a pre-K-8 school are slightly different as fewer classrooms would be required.

"However, any potential reduction in square feet would be relatively small in order to still maintain required programming for students in grades pre-K-5," he said.

He added based on preliminary information and considering all factors, it doesn't seem that a pre-K-5 only model would result in significant operational cost savings, if any at all.

Sherman families plea for school to remain open, despite up to $50M repair cost

SHERMAN — Town resident Joanna Wozniak-Brown faced education board members last week with strong emotion in her voice.She referenced repairs needed at the Sherman school and said she hopes the district can develop the best plan "to make the school as safe as we possibly can," she said, as her voice broke.Additionally, a sixth-grader called into the meeting virtually and also became emotional, saying, "I really do not want to see the school go. I'm very good friends with a lot of people in the school."...

SHERMAN — Town resident Joanna Wozniak-Brown faced education board members last week with strong emotion in her voice.

She referenced repairs needed at the Sherman school and said she hopes the district can develop the best plan "to make the school as safe as we possibly can," she said, as her voice broke.

Additionally, a sixth-grader called into the meeting virtually and also became emotional, saying, "I really do not want to see the school go. I'm very good friends with a lot of people in the school."


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Many other impassioned voices were heard at the April 5 meeting, which was held in response to recent conversations the school might have to close due to up to $50 million in repairs needed.

The Sherman School, which has about 270 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, is the only school in the town, and if it were to close, Sherman would be the only town in the state without a school, according to a state Department of Education spokesperson.

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At the 90-minute meeting which had about 90 people in attendance both in person or watching virtually, school administration explored several options for students and also discussed costs involved to repair the school.


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After the meeting, Sherman Schools Superintendent Pat Cosentino said "none of the town leaders or the administration are in favor of closing the Sherman School or tuitioning out our students but we understand our responsibility to do our due diligence to cost out all of the options."

To 'reassure' the community

Aside from over half a dozen parents who spoke in favor of saving the school at the meeting, Sherman education board chairman Matt Vogt said the board received a handful of emails against closing the school.

He added the board didn't get any letters supporting redistricting students, which could involve sending students to Region 12, which serves students from Roxbury, Bridgewater and Washington.


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Vogt said he wants to "reassure" the community that town officials don't want to redistrict.

"There's concern that this has to do with fear mongering but I'll say for myself, personally, I am in no way, shape or form in support of anything like regionalization or changing the school structure as it is," he said.

"That would not change, even if the money was there to save quite a bit of it out of our budget," he added.

Board members, however, are still crunching the numbers to examine all the costs involved with redistricting. Once those costs are solidified, they'll be presented at a future education board meeting.


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Vogt said the costs involved with redistricting are not just ones that can be calculated into the district's budget, such as busing costs.

"It also has to do with the cost to the town in terms of home values ... but also ... our experience, the makeup of our town, who's in it, what the town has to offer them," he told Hearst Connecticut Media.

"A budget advantage or a cost advantage to taxpayers has to be pretty significant to offset a lot of those things. And frankly, it's just not there," he added.

The repair process

School administration is looking into different repair options and it's too early right now, Vogt said, to know exact costs for each one.


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"It has to do with the total square footage of the building itself as a direct impact on the cost," he said. "What we're doing now is putting together a few different layouts essentially of the building."

The district is working with architects Antinozzi Associates PC in Bridgeport on possible options, which range from "bare bones" to fixing everything that's needed, he said.

All work needed at the school is "intertwined," he said. "That's why we end up with this large full-scale project at the end of every conversation because no matter how hard you try, there's no really efficient way to do it by just selecting a few things to do at once."

Alternative options

Aside from redistricting to Region 12, alternatives for students were addressed at the meeting including regionalization or a process called "tuitioning out," which is what the district does with its high schoolers.


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Vogt said Sherman could make the school from kindergarten to fifth grade. Students in grades 6 to 12 would be tuitioned out to Shepaug Valley School in Washington.

Vogt said, however, there are concerns with that option.

"There's a state statute that allows us to tuition out our high schoolers. There is no state statute specifically for middle school students," he said. "If we were to try to do something like that, it would be unprecedented. (It's) not necessarily impossible but there's certainly a question brought up by the Board of Ed counsel as to whether or not it's even legal to do just that."

A spokesman for the state Board of Education could not be reached for comment on Friday.


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Another option is regionalization, which involves a legal agreement contracted in partnership with another town, to share resources. It involves a very long, legal process, town approval by the state Board of Education and can take many years to accomplish.

Next steps

By the end of April, cost estimations for the main three or four idea plans for repairing the school will be available to the public, Vogt said.

The school's building committee and other town officials will then can weigh the pros and cons of each option and then get feedback from the community.


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Ultimately, the option that is selected would go to a referendum.

Brookfield, New Fairfield and Sherman beaches close due to rainfall, bacteria levels

Lakeside beaches in Brookfield, New Fairfield and Sherman are closed as a precaution due to heavy rainfall and bacteria levels caused by this past weekend's storms.Widespread flooding has been reported across Connecticut as a result of strong storms and heavy rainfall. Up to 9 inches of rain fell on parts of northwestern Connecticut, resulting in eva...

Lakeside beaches in Brookfield, New Fairfield and Sherman are closed as a precaution due to heavy rainfall and bacteria levels caused by this past weekend's storms.

Widespread flooding has been reported across Connecticut as a result of strong storms and heavy rainfall. Up to 9 inches of rain fell on parts of northwestern Connecticut, resulting in evacuations and damages to roads.

Four of the 17 lakes and ponds the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection tests for bacteria are closed. This includes Cockaonset State Forest in Chester, Wadsworth Fall State Park in Middletown, Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford and Indian Well State Park in Shelton. Indian Well State Park is closed due to flooding, according to the DEEP website.

Linda Lull, director of New Fairfield Parks & Recreation, said the town beach will be closed for the next couple of days due to bacteria levels in the water. She said the town is being advised by its health department, who will inform the town as to when the beaches can be opened.

“We’re hoping by the weekend things will be resolved,” Lull said.

Brookfield Parks & Recreation reported swimming at Brookfield Town Beach is prohibited, per the town health department’s protocol.

“Due to the 3" of rainfall in the last 24 hours, the waterfront will be closed until further notice,” Brookfield Parks & Recreation stated Monday on its Facebook page. “The swimming area is currently closed due to results received from routine water quality test results. A repeat test has been performed and the length of closure will be determined once new results are available.”

The park also closed on Fourth of July due to rainfall. Parks and Recreation Director Laura Murphy said at the time that the town's policy is to close the park for 24 hours if there is over 1 inch of rain due to the risk of bacteria levels for e.coli.

Sherman First Selectman Don Lowe said the town beach was closed Monday and Tuesday but not because of high bacteria levels.

"We closed them yesterday and today for silt from run-off from Saw Mill Brook in the high water and excessive rain," Lowe said on Tuesday. "I don’t know tomorrow’s status yet."

New Milford Parks & Recreation reported that the beach at Lynn Deming Park was closed Monday due to the rainfall but is now open to patrons. Danbury Parks & Recreation Director Nick Kaplanis said “everything has been good” at Candlewood Town Park with the exception of a delay in opening due to the rainfall.

“We haven’t had any problems with the water levels and/or bacteria count,” Kaplanis said.

What's happening at the Sherman Playhouse in January

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own.Arts & EntertainmentMark your calendars for upcoming events at the Sherman Playhouse.Nancy Sasso Janis, Patch MayorNews ReleaseSHERMAN, CONN. - Saturday January 27th will see the introduction...

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own.

Arts & Entertainment

Mark your calendars for upcoming events at the Sherman Playhouse.

Nancy Sasso Janis, Patch Mayor

News Release

SHERMAN, CONN. - Saturday January 27th will see the introduction of the newest offering from the Sherman Players – THE COLD LEMONADE READING SERIES, hosted by MORGANA KATE WATSON!

For playwrights and screenwriters, cold reads are an essential stage in the development of new works. For actors they can also be the theatrical equivalent of a gym workout! However, the opportunities for cold reading sessions are rarely afforded to writers outside of cities such New York and Los Angeles so the Sherman Players are thrilled to be able to bring the brand-new COLD LEMONADE READING SERIES to our community.

Writers and actors are invited to come along to our inaugural session on Saturday January 27th at the Sherman Playhouse, where the works of up to 5 local writers, selected in advance by host Morgana, will have 10-minute extracts read by a team of actors. There’ll then be an opportunity for discussion of the pieces with the authors. Spots are still available for writers to submit their pieces to Morgana for consideration.

Actors – if you want to flex your thespian muscles just turn up at 7pm on the night. Morgana will have scripts and will cast the lineup for each reading from who is present. Simple as that! And while casting can’t be guaranteed for this session (roles aren’t unlimited, after all), don’t worry there will be more sessions for you to strut your stuff. In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy a great night of theater!

The readings will commence at 8 pm.

If you’d just like to come along to enjoy the readings and support your local writers and actors, the Players would love to see you there.There’s no fixed amount for attending, though you’re encouraged to make a small donation at the door to help cover costs.To register your interest and find out more about this and future sessions just email Morgana at [email protected].

Steve Stott, President of the Sherman Players says, “We think this is a great opportunity to support our local writers and actors – and who knows, maybe we’ll be playing our part in discovering the next big Broadway hit or Oscar winning screenplay!”

Then on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th January The Sherman Players will be holding auditions for their Spring Production HABEAS CORPUS

Written by Alan BennettDirected by Dan FriedmanProduced by Jessica Durdock Moreno

Auditions:Sunday January 28th 2024 - 3.00 - 5.00 pmMonday January 29th 2024 - 6 - 8.30pm

At The Sherman Playhouse, 5 Route 39 N, Sherman CT, 06784 (located between the firehouse and Mallory Town Hall)

Appointments are not necessary. Come to the Green Room at the rear of the Playhouse to sign in.Sides for cold reading will be provided at the audition.

Performance Dates:Friday, April 5th - Saturday, April 27th

Available Roles:We are looking for 5 women and 6 men.Ages specified are guidelines.The Sherman Players do not discriminate – Actors of all races, ethnicities and gender identifications are encouraged to audition.

Arthur Wicksteed (50s), a lecherous General PractitionerMuriel Wicksteed (40s-50s), his assertive wifeDennis Wicksteed (20s) their son, a wimpish hypochondriac frustrated by his lack of a girlfriendConstance Wicksteed (40s-50s) the doctor's sister, a scrawny spinsterMrs Swabb (any age) a cleaning ladyCanon Throbbing (any age) a celibate anxious to abandon his vowsLady Rumpers (40s and up) a returning aristocratic expatriate who cares only for her daughter's welfareFelicity Rumpers (20s) her daughter who elicits lust from those who meet herMr Shanks (any age) a sales representativeSir Percy Shorter (50s and up) a leading light in the medical profession, once Muriel's paramour and Wicksteed's nemesisMr Purdue (any age) a sick man

Synopsis:The antics at the Wicksteed home are a satirical merry-go-round. Family, friends, and the sexual satisfaction of the "corpus" (body) are the ruling passions in this farcical comedy of ill-manners. Through a dance of mistaken identities and carnal encounters, one motto holds fast: "He whose lust lasts, lasts longest."

First performed in 1973 starring Alec Guinness, Alan Bennett’s hilarious play takes the traditional British farce of prior years to the extreme. – It’s all the trousers-down, door-slamming, mistaken identity, not-so-subtle innuendo you might expect, presented with a knowing nod and a wink from master satirist, Bennett.

For further information please contact the director, Dan Friedman at [email protected]


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